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Guest Commentator
4 days ago
Alexa Kerr helped Amador remain perfect in the Mothe Lode League as they defeated Summerville. ALD photo by Jack Mitchell

The Amador High Tennis team remained perfect in League play on Tuesday, winning their third game in a row in the Motherlode League against Summerville 7-2. The Buffaloes were able to close out some very close matches, with three contests coming down to third set tie-breaks, all of which Amador won.

Alexa Kerr took her singles match 3-6, 6-4,10-4. Brook Hemig and Renee Hoover won their doubles match 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 10-4. Brandon Del Porto and David Hoover won 6-7 (4-7) 7-5, 10-5 after dropping the first set in a tie break, then...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago

The Challenge of Champions Rodeo is a statewide championship rodeo hosted by the California High School Rodeo Association. This past weekend was the 18th year the event has been held in Plymouth, and it was better than ever.

Early champions in Plymouth were Drew Mauro in Bareback Riding, Reed Neely in Saddle Bronc and Casssidy Barnes in Breakaway Roping. Tyler Muth grabbed the win in Steer Wrestling for District 8, while Kelsi Pond won the Pole Bending at the Challenge of Champions.

Jesse Clark took top honors in Tie Down Roping,...

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4 days ago
Amador Buffaloes’ Abby Poppert scored the only goal against Calaveras in San Andreas. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In what has become quite the heated rivalry in Mother Lode League girls soccer, Amador High’s teams traveled to Calaveras Tuesday to engage in another all-out brawl. When the dust settled, both games had ended in draws.

The JV Thundering Herd finished with a score of 1-1. And in the nightcap, the varsity side tallied no goals. Bad. But Calaveras also scored none. Good. End result: 0-0.

They say a tie is like kissing your sister. There was a lot of smooching going on Tuesday in San Andreas.

VARSITY

The Amador side managed only 11...

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Mike Meserole
4 days ago
Argonaut’s Ryan Halvorson swats one against Sonora on Tuesday. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

A big seventh inning for Sonora propelled the Wildcats past the Mustangs in a huge Mother Lode League battle Tuesday at Argonaut High School. The Mustangs led most of the way, but gave up a two run lead in the seventh by giving up six runs to Sonora on their way to an 8-4 defeat.

The game started out promising as Sean Purdy started the game for the Mustangs. Purdy went four and two thirds innings, struck out six batters and only gave up two runs as Argonaut led 3-2 heading into the sixth inning. In the sixth inning Argonaut added to...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago

From my vantage point I was sure it had gone in the hole. In fact, I have to admit I held my breath for a second to see if I would here the flag and the hollow sounding thunk as the ball dropped in the cup.

If you have ever played Castle Oaks, most are familiar with the shot to get to the green on hole number two. Or in my case, the shot to get to the sand or the water.

This past Tuesday, Amador faced Argonaut in the Big Game golf match at Castle Oaks Golf Course, in Ione. So, I made the trip down for some pics and hopefully some...

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Mike Meserole
4 days ago
Landry Eagye

JUNIOR VARSITY

Argonaut Junior Varisty may be the big story right now. On Tuesday the Mustangs beat Sonora in a 5 inning romp, 17-1.

Jillian Welch was 3-4 with a triple, double and a single. Lauryn Davis was 2-3 with two triples. Landrey Eagye pitched the full game for the win.

That puts Argonaut at 8-2 on the season and 3-0 in the Mother Lode League.

VARSITY

In varsity girl’s softball, there were three games played around the Mother Lode League Tuesday.

The Argonaut Lady Mustangs handled business as they destroyed the visiting...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago
Ryan Albiani on the mound against the Franklin Yellow Jackets. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

VARSITY PRESEASON

The Argonaut Varsity Baseball team got a much needed win last Tuesday against a very good Franklin Yellow Jackets team at Argonaut High School by a score of 6-4. The Mustangs found themselves in an early hole as Franklin put up two runs in the first inning and led 2-0 heading to the second.

Argonaut would get one run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI by Dylan Speer, but still trailed 2-1 going to the third inning. After blanking the Yellow Jackets for a second straight inning the Mustangs then rallied for...

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Kathleen Lynch
2 weeks ago
Cassandra Smith, a senior at Amador High School received the Wayne Weinert CAP award for Coachability, Best Attitude and Perserverance presented by Head Coach Richard Lynch. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kathleen Lynch

The True Sportsman’s Club A&A Shooters recently kicked off their season in the warm confines of the American Legion Hall with a gathering of young athletes and their parents. All listened intently as Head Coach Richard Lynch spoke about the season’s goals and expectations. A humorous, but serious, skit on safe gun handling and appropriate shooting attire was created and performed by A&A Shooters Dylan Smith, Carter Kaup and Alex Case, drama students at Amador High School.

Cassandra Smith, a senior at Amador High, was voted by her...

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2 weeks ago
Amador’s Team Captain Abby Poppert scored a hat trick against Sonora, as the Junior Varsity Blue Crew went on to win 6 - 0. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Jack Mitchell
Properly attired for St. Paddy’s Day by wearin’ a bit o’ their away green uniforms, Sonora High School’s Wildcats showed up Tuesday at Amador ready to do some battle with the host Buffaloes. It was the visitors’ debut in the Mother Lode League, but as it turned out for both the Amador JV and varsity sides, the Blue Crew had a little more luck o’ the Irish on their side. The JV team started things off with a 6-0 win, followed by a 4-1 win for the varsity side. Both Amador squads opened the season as defending champions for the past... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Karen Oneto puts the soft touch on a return. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

The Mustangs fell just one game short of victory against the Linden Lions in their tennis tournament this past Tuesday. It was as close as can be, but Linden managed to pull off the win.

On the winning side for Argonaut Wyatt Johnson beat Branden Jensen of Linden 6-1, 6-1; Robert Gutierrez beat Linden’s Joseph Cordero 6-2,6-1; Sarah Daly defeated Katie Lagorio 6-0, 6-0; and in women’s doubles Cheyanne Sheridan and Lauren Armstrong defeated Anna Miller and Jackie Mendogor 6-1, 6-4.

Coming up short of victory on the day, Karen Oneto...

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Dianne Bennett
2 weeks ago
Our champions of the CYSA District 8 Bill Meyer U-14 tournament in Stockton. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Raina Ricketts

Feb. 28 and March 1, a group of 18 young men from Amador County known as the Motherlode Spartans, their three coaches, family and friends traveled to the CYSA District 8 Bill Meyer U-14 tournament in Stockton.

The results were a well deserved 1st place trophy for the tournament after an undefeated winter league season. Saturday, the boys played against Atwater and won with a score of 4-0, and against Ceres with a score of 5-1. Sunday, the boys had the only loss of all of their winter games with a score of 2-3 against Tracy, but won...

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Mike Meserole
3 weeks ago
It’s early in the season, but Argonaut off to a rocky start. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

The Argonaut boy’s varsity baseball team traveled to Lincoln High School in Stockton on Monday to face a tough Trojan team. Zach Belton took the mound for the Mustangs, and pitched pretty well except for a shaky first inning.

The Mustangs opened the game with a promising lead off double by Dylan Speer. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they couldn’t advance the runner home and headed to the bottom of the first at 0-0. In the bottom of the first inning the Trojans got into a hitting rhythm and scored four times before Belton could get...

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Troy Claveran
3 weeks ago
Eric Shaw. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Eric “Shooter” Shaw

Eric “Shooter” Shaw earned 1st Team All – League honors this week for his outstanding play during the Amador Buffaloes Mother Lode League 2014 – 2015 basketball season. In addition to leading all scorers this year in the Mother Lode League with 22.5 points per game Shaw was also the 13th leading scorer in all of the Sac-Joaquin Section. Nearly 23 points per game as a Junior, and all opposing teams were either double teaming or playing a special defense against Shaw. This made the scoring efforts that much more...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Amador Varsity Soccer claim their second crown in a row at the Cal-Spring Classic Tournament. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
After more than two months of conditioning and practice, the Amador High School girls soccer program is off to a thundering start to the 2015 season. The Buffaloes, whose JV and varsity teams are both Mother Lode League champions for the past three years, got things rolling with a tournament championship for both the varsity and JV squads. The varsity won their group at the Cal Spring Classic in Woodland Feb. 27-28. The JV squad, not to be outdone, won the championship of Amador’s own Gold Cup tournament last weekend. Both teams... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
A snowboarder tests his limits at the Rhalves’ Banzai Tour at Kirkwood. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Daron Rhalves is excited. It’s Saturday, March 7, at Kirkwood. The Weather is beautiful, and despite the unusually warm weather, the snow and conditions at Kirkwood are fantastic. It’s a perfect day for the fifth season of the Rhalves’ Banzai Tour.

Rhalves, a former American World Cup alpine ski racer and freestyle skier who was born in Walnut Creek and raised in Northern California, is all smiles.

The Banzai Master, World Champion, USA Olympic ski racer, Winter X-Games Skier-X-Champ and pro big mountain skier is the event...

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3 weeks ago
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This year’s Argonaut Tennis Team will look a lot different than last year. We graduated 14 seniors from 2014’s tennis in which we came in second place.

Returning this year for our girls will be Senior First Team All League player Sarah Daly, who will be playing girls #1 singles. Also returning will be senior Karen Oneto, playing girls doubles and junior Cheyanne Sheridan. New players Lauren Armstrong, Allison Bish, Alexis England and Hannah Williams, all underclassmen, will round out our girls team.

On the boys side, we have...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Miss California High School Rodeo Queen Rachael Asbell and Amador County Fair CEO Troy Bowers. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Challenge of Champions Rodeo is a statewide championship rodeo hosted by the California High School Rodeo Association. The rodeo will be held at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, on March 20, 21 and 22. This will be the 18th year that it has been in Plymouth. For the previous 25 years it was held at the Cow Palace, in San Francisco. “We’ve got world champions that have come through the challenge,” remarked Challenge Chairman Craig Williams.

Rachael Asbell currently holds the title of Miss California High School...

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Troy Claveran
4 weeks ago
Miles Tomczak pulls up for two. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Argonaut Varsity Boys Basketball Team Traveled to Play Elliot Christian on February 27, for the 2nd Round Competition of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.

Hoping to avenge a loss earlier in the season to the Christian boys in a game that was held at Argonaut High School the Mustangs boys were facing a big challenge by taking on the Eagles on a neutral court. But, anything can happen in the playoffs.

The Argonaut boys were coming off a good performance against Le Grand earlier in the week in their 1st round win of the...

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Jim Baldwin
4 weeks ago
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This year’s Amador High tennis squad looks a lot like last year’s Motherlode League champion team.

That’s because the Buffaloes will be returning 11 of the 14 varsity players that led them through an undefeated MLL campaign in 2014. Included in those 11 are first team all league members Lauren Lee, a junior who will again slot in at the girls number one singles spot, and seniors Max Jones and Cody Yonker who plowed through the MLL competition en route to a 9-1 league record as the number one boys doubles duo. All three represented...

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Mike Meserole
4 weeks ago
Lauren Davis pulls up for the jumper. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

On the girls side of the Sac-Joaquin divisional playoff races, the Sonora Wildcats girls team was eliminated by a very tough Bradshaw Christian team by a score of 69-34 on February 26. Bradshaw Christian never trailed and won with ease. Sonora finished with a 19-7 overall record and went 11-1 in the Mother Lode League to finish as co-champions of the MLL

That meant the only Mother Lode League team left in the playoffs were our own Lady Mustangs. That was until they ran into a very solid Capital Christian Lady Cougar team.

The...

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