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2 weeks ago
Men’s (yes, men’s) doubles champions Chloe Vicari and Yevhen Zakharaov, along with finalists Sterling and Randi Galli. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Tennis Club hosted its annual FUN(d)raiser Tournament on May 30 and 31 at Argonaut High School. Profits will go to the club’s ambitious project to construct two additional tennis courts at the school. Despite the warm weather, turnout was good and the tennis was great. A huge thank you is due to all the volunteers who helped with the tournament and the local merchants who donated prizes.

In men’s singles, former Amador standout player Josh Harder battled mightily but lost to Dan Klement, director of ATC’s wildly successful...

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Troy Claveran
3 weeks ago
Matt Huss taking command of the mound for Delta College. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Matt Huss, last years star baseball pitcher for the Argonaut Mustangs, was a key player for this year’s Delta College Mustangs squad as they once again (2nd year in a row) made it to the Championship game of the JUCO (Junior College) State Baseball Finals. As everyone in baseball knows you have to win the last game of the year to accomplish your ultimate goal. Unfortunately for the Delta College Mustangs of Stockton, in spite of being ranked number one in the nation with the best record in Junior College, and having one of the best... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
The champions: Jon Gilliam, Taylor Parsons, Ryan Erosa, Marcus Glavenich and Brad Nichols. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
Eight teams signed up for the spring basketball league this year and director John Williamson, using some history, divided them into two fairly competitive divisions. The champion Hammerheads with a returning solid roster were the team to beat. The A division’s three other teams were a reconfigured blend of familiar players and new ones. Early on it became obvious that two teams were going to vie for first, the Hammerheads and the returning team sponsored by Bo Gillman’s Matich Vucovich Insurance with a few new players in the mix.... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Alyssa Holmes (center) and her Amador teammates celebrate with Rebecca Valencia (at right) after Holmes scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over Ripon. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

So we wrapped up the Amador Buffloes soccer season last week, but as happens, Herb got a little long winded and we definitely don’t want to leave out a very important piece of the story. The story of a community coming together to support our champions — the 2015 Junior Varisty and Varisty Amador Buffalo Soccer teams.

There are plenty of folks to thank, and we will undoubtedly leave someone out — but we are hopeful it is never too late to say thank you — and if we miss, please know it is not intentional.

For starters, in our...

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Jack Mitchell
06/04/2015 11:09 AM
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In the battle for bragging rights leading into the next year, and for some — the final battle as they head off to their future outside of high school — Argonaut once again hosted the Powderpuff Classic. Where only one team can be victorious, the women’s flag football match did not disappoint. In the end the Upper Classmen took home the victory. The Under Classmen did go on record saying they were distracted by the boys cheer team and some “interesting outfits” and “scary moves” with at least one witness going on record as saying,... [Read more]
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06/04/2015 10:51 AM

We’re thinking it might have been the Chunk o’ Stanford Sod.

We said earlier that the success of both the varsity and junior varsity Amador High girls soccer teams this year could be attributed to several things. We narrowed it down to the fact that there are simply lots of hecka talented girls out there representing.

And we don’t mention them all that much, but the coaches may have had something to do with it. On the varsity side, that’s Barron Peterson, Sarah Schwabe and Jessica Renzelman. On the JV side, it’s Mitch Karr and...

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05/28/2015 11:22 AM

Perhaps it was the pink stripes on the otherwise traditional Amador navy and white coaches’ shirts. After all, they do coordinate nicely with the flaming flamingo-pink shirts worn by the Amador goalkeepers.

Perhaps it was the spiffy new shoes that the coaches (usually) wore on the sidelines to complement those aforementioned shirts and complete the package of sartorial splendor.

Or perhaps it was just a formidable, stellar, peerless collection of skill and heart on both the varsity and junior varsity Amador High School girls...

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Jack Mitchell
05/28/2015 11:14 AM

With the end of her track and field season on the line, Anastasia Karnaze kept her cool at the CSU Stanislaus Divisional Track and Field meet on Thursday, May 21. Keeping her nerves in check, relaxing and waiting for her race she was calm and ready. But when that starting pistol signaled for her to kick into gear, Karnaze answered. And answered with an amazing performance.

Karnaze, a Junior at Amador High School, broke the school’s 31 year old 1600 meter (mile) record with a time of 5:10.66 during the Division Finals, and...

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Jack Mitchell
05/21/2015 10:43 AM
Lisa Cramer watches along with Jeff Cramer as Autumn Cramer signs her letter of intent to attend and play basketball at Southern Virginia University. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson
On May 5, 2015, Argonaut High Schools, Autumn Cramer signed her letter of intent to attend and play women’s basketball at the Southern Virginia University starting this fall. Autumn is excited to play for Coach Heather Roberts and the Knights program. She is extremely thankful to all her family, friends, and teammates over the years that have helped her on and off the court. She wants to thank her coaches Mel White, Rick Cabri, Mike Cabri, Mike Roots, Mark Giannini, Mike Tortorich, and Que Ngo. In addition she wants to thank... [Read more]
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Mike Meserole
05/21/2015 10:32 AM

The Argonaut Mustang varsity softball team fell one game short of the CIF Div. VI championship game as they fell to a tough Wildcat team from Waterford last Wednesday by a score of 12-2.

The Wildcats jumped all over the Lady Mustangs early by scoring eleven runs in the first two innings at Arnaiz Field in Stockton. Argonaut could never recover and the Wildcats won going away.

Senior Haley Stahl led the Argonaut offense with two hits, while Sophomore McKenna Cabri ended a very good year with one hit and one RBI. Senior Chelsea...

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05/21/2015 10:16 AM
The Varsity Amador Buffaloes Soccer Team celebrates their impressive victory over the Ripon Indians to be crowned the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 champions. Photo courtesy to the ALD

The Ripon Indians arrived at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls soccer championship game last Saturday having lost only one game the entire season. With 18 wins and one tie to round out their record coming in to the game, they were the No. 1 seed in the tournament. They also boasted slightly higher rankings than their final opponent on the national, state and section levels. By all accounts, Ripon was probably, you know, sort of favored to win this game.

But Ripon’s opponents in that game — your very own Amador Buffaloes —...

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Mike Meserole
05/14/2015 10:51 AM

The Argonaut girls varsity softball team advanced to the second round of the CIF Division VI after defeating a pesky Bulldog team from Le Grande 6-3 at Arnaiz Field in Stockton on Tuesday.

Chelsea Conrad got the win for the Lady Mustangs after pitching six and two-thirds innings with twelve strikeouts. Argonaut jumped out to an early first inning lead 1-0. In the second, the Lady Mustangs would tack on four more runs to make it 4-0. That score would hold until the fourth inning, until LeGrande scored three runs to make it 4-3. ...

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Mike Meserole
05/14/2015 10:50 AM

The Argonaut Mustang and Amador Buffalo varsity baseball teams got together at Amador High School to play the final game of the season last Wednesday. Since neither team is playoff bound this year the last game was for bragging rights until next season.

On this day, it was the Mustangs who were victorious by a score of 5-0. Dylan Speer pitched a complete game by going seven innings and striking out six batters. Haydon Grandon went the distance for Amador striking out two batters in the loss. Both pitchers threw extremely well as...

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Craig Baracco
05/14/2015 10:45 AM

Argonaut Softball dominated the Big Game on May 6, at Amador, defeating their cross-County rivals by a final score of 13-0. Leading the offense for Argonaut was Sophomore Sydney Julian, who was 2 for 4 from the plate with a double and a triple, stole two bases, scored three runs and drove in another. Junior Kyle Welch had two hits in three at bats with two RBI’s and a run scored, and Senior Haley Stahl recorded two hits in two at bats, a walk, and a run batted in.

Senior Chelsea Conrad pitched five scoreless inning for the Lady...

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05/14/2015 10:35 AM

Late breaking news: The Amador High varsity girls soccer team beat Summerville by a score of 2-1 Wednesday night to advance for the third straight year to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game.

This semi-final tilt was an all Mother Lode League affair. Amador arrived as MLL champions for the fourth year in a row, and Summerville had finished tied with Calaveras for second place in the MLL, but Calaveras was moved to Division IV for schools that are bigger than those in Division V.

The vagaries of the scheduling made it a...

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Jack Mitchell
05/14/2015 10:26 AM

Every student athlete is special. They grow up around us adults so fast and occasionally, just every once in a long while, those children we watched, those youth we cheered on... Well, they grow up to be champions.

On and off the field, these young women have been a pleasure to watch, to celebrate and to cherish as they were crowned champions of the Mother Lode League year after year.

I, for one, as the publisher of a small hometown newspaper, remember some of them as little girls from years past. Now they’re young ladies, but...

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Mike Meserole
05/07/2015 11:49 AM

The Amador High School baseball team got a win Monday as the Buffaloes defeated the visiting Bret Harte Bullfrogs by a score of 5-3. The Buffaloes jumped out early on the Bullfrogs by scoring one run in the first inning and two more runs in the third. Meanwhile, Amador pitcher Cameron Gish was busy shutting out the Bullfrogs.

Amador scored two more in the fourth and led 5-0 heading into the fifth inning. Bret Harte scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth inning to make the game interesting at 5-3 in favor of Amador....

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Jack Mitchell
05/07/2015 11:48 AM

Going into Wednesday’s season finale at Amador, the Argonaut Mustang softball team had already clinched a post season berth with their 12 win, 5 loss record. Over the ast week, Argonaut clinched the playoffs by winning 3 of 4 games.

Tuesday, April 28 – Argonaut 10, Bret Harte 0

The Lady Mustangs pounded Bret Harte pitching to a tune of 10 hits over four plus innings, ending the game due to the mercy rule with no out in the fifth. Argonaut scored in every inning and were led offensively by Makenna Cabri, Haley Stahl,...

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Jim Baldwin
05/07/2015 11:17 AM

Amador’s tennis season came to a disappointing end Tuesday as the Buffaloes dropped a tight 4-5 match to Colfax in the second round of the CIF playoffs, exactly a week after they clinched their second consecutive Motherlode League championship with a convincing 8-1 victory over Bret Harte.

It all came down to the final match of the day, a number two girls doubles contest where Colfax’s Parker Francella and Emily Webb were able to slide past Amador’s duo of Alyssa Rodgers and Brenna Wade, 5-7, 5-7.

The dramatic finish was set up...

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05/07/2015 11:09 AM

Varsity got their crown one game earlier; now both are league champions four years in a row

Amador high’s varsity girls soccer team had clinched their fourth straight Mother Lode League championship two days before, but the Junior Varsity Buffaloes had to wait until the last game of the 12-game season to do the same. With their 4-1 defeat of Bret Harte on Thursday, April 30, at Amador’s stadium, followed by the varsity side’s 3-0 win, the two teams succeeded in making it an Amador Varsity-JV sweep for the fourth consecutive year....

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