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3 days ago
Argonaut’s Lauren Armstrong digs a ball from a Summerville attempt during the Sept. 20 match in Jackson. Summerville won the Mother Lode League match 3-1.

Amador and Argonaut volleyball are faced with similar situations in the Mother Lode League — chasing league leaders Sonora and Bret Harte.

The Mustangs have lost two of their last three matches, including Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to visiting Summerville, but Argonaut remains competitive. Against Summerville, the Mustangs’ size and ball-handling pushed Summerville to a fourth game after the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match.

Led by senior Madi Hoyt and sophomore Traci Millager, the Mustangs presented plenty of challenges...

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Louis Amestoy
2 days ago
Amador's Daylan Thetford rushes for the second of his three first-half touchdowns against Linden.

Amador High School senior running back Daylan Thetford rushed for five touchdowns, including three in the first half, as the Buffaloes ran their record to 4-0 with an impressive 61-7 victory over host Linden on Friday night.

Back in Amador County, Argonaut needed to rally from a 13-0 deficit against a pesky Bret Harte team to post a 27-13 victory.

Both Amador and Argonaut are now 1-0 in the Mother Lode League.

At Linden, Thetford put on a dominant offensive display by rushing for 191 yards on just 16 carries. He also had...

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3 days ago
Argonaut High School running back Andrew Hernandez makes a diving catch against Colfax. Hernandez’s versatility has been one of the keys to the Mustangs offense. Photo by Aaron Johnson for Ledger Dispatch.

After 3-0 starts, things are looking bright for the football programs at Amador and Argonaut high schools, but the road ahead is full of danger.

Amador has been rolling through its pre-Mother Lode League schedule with a shutout and two impressive offensive displays. The Buffaloes have outscored their opponents 142-13 in three games, but starting tonight things tighten a bit.

Amador travels to Linden for the Mother Lode League opener for both schools. The host Lions lost their first three games of the season, but snapped that...

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Louis Amestoy
3 days ago
Amador High School's Miranda Holtz attempts a kill against Argonaut in the second game of the Buffaloes match on Thursday night. Amador won the match 3-0.

From the first serve, Amador High’s girls volleyball never stepped off the gas against rival Argonaut.

The Buffaloes raced to a 6-0 lead in the first game, and never looked back in a 3-0 sweep of visiting Argonaut. It wasn’t a perfect match, but it was a solid performance for a program that is attempting to challenge traditional powers in the Mother Lode League.

“Tonight they worked as a team, said Amador coach Emily Tirapelle. “We were coming off a hard loss against Sonora, which was a great learning experience for us. It...

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1 week ago
Amador High School’s girls cross country celebrates its team championship at the Sierra Invitational. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch.

The Amador High cross country team started 2016 off with a bang in Modesto at the Sierra Invitational on Saturday with a pair of team victories, an individual win, a second-place team and a third-place team.

The meet began with a surprise victory in the boys sophomore race, with Amador edging St. Mary’s of Stockton for first (out of 6 teams), by a score of 26-33. The team was lead by Tyler Kirkbride in 2nd place, in a time of 11 minutes, 46 seconds for the 2-mile course. He was followed closely by Tim McCarthy (4th) in 12:21,...

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Louis Amestoy
1 week ago
Argonaut High School running back Mason Flores looks for running room against Colfax on Sept. 9. While he was kept out of the end zone, Flores rushed for a game-high 122 yards as the Mustangs rolled up 322 rushing yards.

Argonaut High School football coach Rick Davis stood in front of his players last Friday night, armed with a slight smile, and didn’t give them a rah-rah speech about a big win, but he said to them simply: “That was fun.”

Davis and his Mustangs had just fought threw another tough win, this time against the pass-happy Colfax Falcons, but in the end it was the defense that came through with five sacks, including one sealing a 35-30 victory, to give Argonaut its first 3-0 start since 2012 — the last time the team made the CIF...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Amador’s volleyball team went 1-1 in recent nonleague play. The Buffaloes lost to Union Mine, but bounced back vs. Summerville. Photo courtesy of Tom Baldwin.

Amador Volleyball fell to Union Mine at home on Monday night 3-1, before taking a five-set win on the road at Summerville on Tuesday.

Union Mine got off to a fast start, taking the first set from the Lady Buffaloes, 25-23, Amador rallied in the second set, winning 29-27. They couldn’t turn the corner on the visitors, dropping the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-22.

At Summerville, Amador rebounded from the previous loss. The teams traded sets for the first three games, Amador winning the first, 25-20, before dropping the second by...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
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Amador Football continued its winning ways on the road, defeating San Juan High School 59-7 in Citrus Heights.

The victory was Amador’s second 50-plus point victory, and helped the Buffaloes to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2013.

“Great game, played by kids with great attitudes,” said Amador coach Bill Baker, whose team has outscored opponents 142-13 to start the season, but now gets some rest with a bye on the schedule this week.

The Buffalo running attack proved unstoppable to the San Juan Spartans, and the...

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1 week ago
Amador’s water polo team is practicing at the Sutter Creek Pool. Photo courtesy to the Ledger Dispatch.

Amador High School is debuting a club water polo team, and the team is gearing up for its season.

With help from parents and the city of Sutter Creek, the water polo team has made its debut for boys and girls. The team is practicing five days a week at the Sutter Creek Pool, adjacent to the school.

The turn out has been good and the kids are having a great time learning a new sport.

The team is coached by Ron Hood, Julia Sierk and Grant Hasson, who have all played water polo at the high school and college levels. The...

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Louis Amestoy
2 weeks ago
Argonaut High School football coach Rick Davis talks with his team after the Mustangs defeated visiting Colfax 35-30 on Sept. 9, 2016.

At the end of Friday night’s game, Argonaut High School football coach summed up things simply: “That was fun.”

What was fun was a 35-30 Argonaut back-and-forth victory over visiting Colfax — the last of the Mustangs pre-league games and before the team heads to its bye week. With a 3-0 start, Argonaut now gets a week to heal and prep for a rugged Mother Lode League schedule.

One of the team’s Argonaut will look forward to seeing is rival Amador, which pounded San Juan 59-6 to move its record to 3-0 on the season.

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Amador running back Brandon Cook looks for room to maneuver against Rio Vista on Friday night.

The Amador High School football team gave its Homecoming crowd an offensive showcase on Friday night, defeating the visiting Rio Vista Rams, 59-6.

The Buffalo piled on the points, scoring on the ground, in the air, and on defense.

“Its always nice to win at homecoming” Amador coach Bill Baker said. “We need to get better with every game, and we are, because we know what's waiting for us in league.”

The victory moved the Buffaloes to 2-0 on the season. Rio Vista fell to 1-1.

The Buffalo offense stepped on the gas from the...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

Amador Volleyball kicked off its 2016 season this week, beginning with the Foundation Game against Amador Alumni on Monday night, before traveling to Riverbank on Tuesday for their first competitive game of the season.

For their Monday warm-up game, the Lady Buffaloes faced off with former Amador Volleyball players. Tracey Towner served as alumni coach and referee for the game. For their first competitive games of the season, Coach Emily Tirapelle’s girls traveled to Riverbank, where they bested the Bruins in straight sets, by...

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Louis Amestoy
3 weeks ago
Argonaut High School running back Andrew Hernandez catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Albiani in the second quarter against Citrus Heights Mesa Verde. The Mustangs rolled to a 53-7 victory in the season opener for both schools on August 26, 2016. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Louis Amestoy

After taking a couple of seasons off from coaching, Argonaut High football coach Rick Davis was just a bit nervous before his team took to the field for its Aug. 26 season opener against Citrus Heights Mesa Verde.

“I went 14 straight (years), I just needed a little bit of a break,” Davis said. “So I took a couple of years off to recharge the batteries a little bit.”

Davis is recharged and that showed in a big way for Argonaut. The Mustangs rolled to a 39-0 halftime lead, and cruised to a 53-7 victory over Mesa Verde.

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Madison Hallam attacks for Argonaut in the first game of the Mustangs match against visiting Denair on Sept. 1, 2016.

Argonaut Volleyball is looking good just three games into the new season, as they defeated visiting Denair High school is straight sets on Sept. 1 by a score of 25-9, 25-15, and 25-13.

The Lady Mustangs looked strong in a number of positions and maintained a comfortable lead for most of the match. Seniors Madison Hallam and Madi Hoyt both have a tremendous height advantage in the middle blocker position, and took turns dominating the net with blocks and kills that the much-smaller Denair team could not compete with. Denair also...

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Louis Amestoy
3 weeks ago
Argonaut running back Mason Flores races in for a touchdown run against Mesa Verde on Aug. 26. The score helped the Mustangs rout Mesa Verde 53-7 in the season opener for both schools.

After taking a couple of seasons off from coaching, Argonaut High football coach Rick Davis was just a bit nervous before his team took to the field for its Aug. 26 season opener against Citrus Heights Mesa Verde.

“I went 14 straight (years), I just needed a little bit of a break,” Davis said. “So I took a couple of years off to recharge the batteries a little bit.”

Davis is recharged and that showed in a big way for Argonaut. The Mustangs rolled to a 39-0 halftime lead, and cruised to a 53-7 victory over Mesa Verde.

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Via Press Release
08/25/2016 1:38 PM

The 2016 high school football season kicks off on Friday with Argonaut opening on the road, while Amador begins its season on Saturday night on the road. Here’s a look at the games.

Amador at Union Mine

When: 7 p.m., Saturday

Where: Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado.

2015 records: Amador 6-5, third in the Mother Lode; Union Mine, 7-4

The Buffaloes are led by senior running back Daylan Thetford, who is coming off a big junior year with 1,168 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Amador has won three of its...

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Craig Baracco
08/25/2016 1:12 PM
The new Argonaut girl’s golf team enjoys beautiful sunny weather at Castle Oaks in its first-ever scrimmage. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Craig Baracco
Argonaut Girls Golf began its first-ever season with a scrimmage against Hilmar High School on the team’s home course of Castle Oaks, in Ione, on Tuesday. It was perfectly sunny weather, a high of 88 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, as some of the six-member team took their very first competitive swings. The Mustangs are led by team captain Nichole Sheppard. Sheppard has played golf for the Mustangs for the past three years on the boys’ team. The rest of the team was rounded out by 5 freshmen: Kaylee Weaver, Gracie Sandoval,... [Read more]
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08/25/2016 1:20 PM

The 2016 high school football season kicks off on Friday with Argonaut opening on the road, while Amador begins its season on Saturday night on the road. Here’s a look at the games.

Amador at Union Mine

When: 7 p.m., Saturday

Where: Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado.

2015 records: Amador 6-5, third in the Mother Lode; Union Mine, 7-4

The Buffaloes are led by senior running back Daylan Thetford, who is coming off a big junior year with 1,168 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Amador has won three of its...

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Jerry Budrick
08/23/2016 9:18 AM

The 2016 Mother Lode League girls soccer season is all wrapped up ­— but in about half a year hence, it will start all over again, as the Sac-Joaquin Section joins the rest of the state in playing girls and boys soccer together in the winter season. That will allow for true state championships in soccer. For everyone involved in our own Mother Lode League, it’s definitely going to be something of a crazy transition. But that’s still down the road.

At the recent end-of-the-year meeting that followed the conclusion of the MLL season...

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Mike Meserole
08/11/2016 1:38 PM
MLL Volleyball season opens soon. Photo courtesy to the ALD

It’s time for another year of Mother Lode League volleyball. As usual I will predict the order of finish for the local high school teams in the MLL. Now we all know by now I am usually wrong with my predictions but this year it is even going to be harder for me. Some of the teams do not have their rosters available so it is more difficult to know who is returning this year. I love a challenge so here it goes:

Sonora Wildcats

Sonora Wildcats – The Wildcats finished a perfect 12-0 in the Mother Lode League and won the section...

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