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Jack Mitchell
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Brynna Reilly, Jim Reilly and Makenna White. The coach and two of his ski students. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Jim Reilly, Program Director for the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation, flashes a smile and does the boot walk all skiers have come to know and love as he makes his way to the table where I am sitting in the ‘Legendary’ 7800 Bar and Grill at Kirkwood. Originally, I’d set up the interview to discuss how it was going with Matthew Spinetta, an Amador High School Senior, who joined the Kirkwood Ski Team this year. It became obvious very quickly that there was a whole lot more to Reilly and the Kirkwood Ski Team that needed to be covered.... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
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Mustangs vs. Winner Of Forest Lake Christian/Delta ­— Bye For The First Round

Argonaut and Sonora finished tied as co-champions at 11-1 atop the MLL.

Argonaut will head into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D5 playoffs as the #2 seed, getting a bye in the first round. They will face the winner of Forest Lake Christian and Delta. Argonaut is the smallest school in the MLL and the student population dictates what division a team plays in. This favors Argonaut greatly because the Mustangs faced bigger schools during the regular...

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
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Mustangs vs. Le Grand Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Argonaut High School

The regular season in the Mother Lode League is now officially over. The time has come to announce the MLL teams that will be heading to the playoffs.

Calaveras is the Mother Lode League Champion at 10-2 and will be the #5 seed to open the Sac-Joaquin D4 playoffs. Calaveras will face the #12 seed Mesa Verde in the first round of post season.

Sonora finished second in the MLL after being upset by Amador on the final night of the season 62-60. Sonora will be...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
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Could it possibly be a great night for boys’ varsity basketball in Amador County Tuesday night?

With the Amador Buffaloes struggling for a win all league long and hosting the contending League Champion Sonora Wildcats for the last league game of the season could there really be some high fiving by the Buffs after this tough opponent?

And the Argonaut varsity boys who had just come off two tough losses in the last week to both the Calaveras and Sonora boys and were crumbling as the season was drawing to a close could there be...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
Argonaut’s Lauryn Davis applies the full court press. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Amador Buffalo girls’ varsity basketball team played host to the league leading Argonaut Mustangs girls in the final league game of the season for both teams.

In the 1st quarter the Lady Mustangs crept out to a small lead at 9 to 5 by the end of the period.

In the 2nd quarter the Lady Buffs came on strong with 13 points and held the Lady Stangs to 12 reducing the Argonaut lead to just 3 points at halftime.

The Argonaut girls had a nice chat with their coach in the locker room and came out for the 3rd period of play with more...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
Miles Tomczak gets fouled going for the slam dunk. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Argonaut Varsity Boys basketball team hosted their big game rival Amador Buffaloes on Friday in a game that could have serious consequences on whether they would have hopes of making the Sac Joaquin Section Basketball Playoffs.

It was a must win game situation as the Mustang boys were trying to hold onto 3rd place in the Mother Lode League assuring them a chance at the 3rd playoff spot guaranteed by the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff guideline.

A win for Argonaut would put their record at 6 – 6 in league play and a tie for 3rd...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
Mustangs Miles Tomczak keeps his eye on the prize and drills one for two points. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kam Merzlak

Now at this same time on Tuesday night just a couple miles south on highway 49 at Argonaut High School the Varsity Boys Basketball team was hosting a very high scoring and good Valley Christian Basketball team where, with an Argonaut win, there was a good chance that the Mustangs would earn a playoff berth.

Calaveras takes the top spot with the League Championship at 10 – 2, Sonora takes the second spot at 9 – 3 but three teams tied for the 3rd spot: Summerville, Bret Harte and Argonaut all with 6 – 6 records.

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
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The Amador boys’ basketball team traveled to Linden on Friday night to take on the Lions in a varsity match that put two closely matched teams together for a good game. It turned out to be a close game and the Linden Boys beat the Amador Boys by a slim margin 58 to 55. Further game details were not available by press deadline. [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
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The Amador girls’ varsity basketball team played host to the lionesses of Linden on Thursday night in Sutter Creek and both teams put on a good basketball performance. They both played good defense, both moved the ball around on offense and fought hard for the win.

The 1st quarter was a see saw match back and forth until the Lady Linden Lions edged out the Lady Buffaloes by one point and won the period by a score of 12 for the Buffs and 13 for the Lionesses.

In the 2nd period the Lady Buffs scored a solid 10 but the girls from...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
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The Argonaut Mustang Varsity Girls Basketball Team traveled to Calaveras High School in San Andreas Friday night to play a tough girls squad that had hopes of being the spoiler for the Argonaut girls who are making a run at the Mother Lode League Championship.

Coaches from Argonaut had stated in pre-game planning that Calaveras had become tough to beat on their home court and the girls would really have to stay focused to pull out the win and maintain a chance of winning the conference competition.

At this point the girls...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
Argonaut’s Lauryn Davis battles Sonora for the rebound. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson
The Argonaut Girls Varsity Basketball Team hosted the Lady Sonora Wildcats for a potential Mother Lode League Championship on Tuesday night in Jackson and the fans were treated to a fine display of basketball from every angle of the game. The Sonora Wildcats are undefeated in league at 9 – 0 and the Lady Mustangs had suffered only one loss and that was to the Wildcats at the beginning of league play and the Mustangs are 8 – 1. So this big league game of the year as it coincidentally played out may be for the Mother Lode League Lady’s... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago
Autumn Cramer hits a big three pointer against Sonora. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson
The Argonaut varsity girls’ basketball team is officially in first place in the Mother Lode League standings. With a big win over Sonora Tuesday night (47-37) the lady Mustangs took a half game lead in the MLL standings. However, there are still two games to go and anything can happen. One thing is for sure though; both Sonora and Argonaut are playoff bound. Still fighting for playoff births are Linden, Bret Harte and Calaveras. Just a half of a game separates the three teams with only two games left to play. The only teams that have... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago
Argonaut’s Travis Love drives the court against Calaveras. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson
With one week to go in the Mother Lode League season, the MLL title appears to still be up for grabs. Calaveras and Sonora are deadlocked at 8-2 atop the division, and both teams are definitely heading into the playoffs. This next week will determine the champion, or quite possibly co-champions. As of this moment Summerville (6-4) has taken over the third spot after getting a huge win over Bret Harte (5-5) Tuesday night by a final of 64-50. Argonaut has fallen to fifth at 5-6 after a loss at Sonora Tuesday 71-64. Linden has officially... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
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For the past five years, Harmony Hanks, co-owner of Kaizen Martial Arts Academy, has been volunteering her time and energy to do preseason training sessions for the Argonaut High School Baseball Team. Coach Tim Finch brings the boys from the team to Kaizen for training for three weeks prior to baseball season. “The boys love being here,” commented Coach Finch. Coach Finch also mentioned that with just a half hour of training with Harmony, three days a week for three weeks, the improvement in their strength and skills is evident. On... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
3 weeks ago
The Calaveras boys’ basketball team visited Sutter Creek Tuesday night to take on the boys of Amador in the final match of the year between these two teams. The Calaveras boys had a solid and consistent scoring attack while also playing good defense against the Buffaloes. However, a little bit of that defense included some grabbing, holding and stomping, as one of the Calaveras players intentionally stomped on Eric Shaw’s head and was ejected from the game. Word is out. These opposing teams know they need to stop the Shooter from... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago

It was a warm day at Sierra At Tahoe, with slopes more ice than snow — and very little of it. But it didn’t deter the combined varsity high school ski team from putting forth some great effort as they set their sights on the Sierra At Mammoth Mountain Championships coming up March 1 through the 5.

In back-to-back competitions due to weather, the team competed on Monday, Feb. 2 and went back on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to have another shot at victory.

On the snowboards it was Joey White and Raymond Floyd from Argonaut along with Cody...

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Tom Baldwin
3 weeks ago
After a strong road victory in Angels Camp on Tuesday, the Amador JV Buffaloes’ road trip continued in Tuolumne City last Friday as they took on the Summerville Bears. This is the same Bears team that last month in Sutter Creek fought off a late charge by Amador to preserve a nail biting 3 point victory. But despite 23 points from their center Chris Lenning, 15 team steals and another late comeback, the Amador JV Buffaloes dropped a close one to Summerville 48-42 in a tightly contested match. The loss drops their overall record to... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

The ladies of Liberty lifted the torch to victory recently when they won the tournament that brought down the curtain on the 7th annual Amador High School girls soccer 7v7 winter season.

Liberty emerged as the champions after beating Boudica by a score of 7-1 in the tourney played all day Dec. 20 at Amador High. Liberty led all the way in the final, with Alyssa Holmes notching both of her team’s first two goals 28 seconds apart in the fifth minute. That proved to be all the Dark Blues would need as they rolled to the win. Sammi...

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Troy Claveran
01/30/2015 11:37 AM
Ryan “Alley-oop” Halvorson hits the reverse slam dunk at the buzzer compliments of a beautiful pass from his teammate Gio Casillas. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Aaron Johnson

The Big Game And A Big Week For The Argonaut Mustangs

The Amador Buffalo Boys Varsity Basketball Team hosted the Argonaut Boys Varsity Mustangs in Sutter Creek on Friday night, January 23, and once again fans were treated to an exciting contest and spectacular finish to the “Big Game” rivalry.

One of the most incredible basketball games you would ever hope to witness occurred at Amador High school a few weeks ago when two players combined for 101 points, Eric “Shooter” Shaw from Amador High went for 50 while leading the...

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Troy Claveran
01/30/2015 11:26 AM
Argonaut’s Kennedy Curran and Madison Hoyt take on Amador’s Camille Strazzo for the rebound. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kam Merzlak

he Lady Amador Buffaloes traveled to their “Big Game” rival Argonaut Mustangs home court for a basketball game Thursday, Jan. 22, in Jackson. The game started off with the girls on both sides a little nervous probably due to the big game rivalry and after the 1st quarter the score was Amador 9 and Argonaut 11.

In the 2nd quarter, both teams played good defense and the scoring was spread around and at the end of the half we still were not sure who wanted to win this game. The score at the end of the 2nd period was Amador, 18, and...

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