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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Jackie Rutherford at the ticket table for the Buffaloes JV Girls basketball game against Calaveras on January 20, 2015. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

If your children participate in athletics at Amador High School, or if you have attended any sporting event at Amador for the past 20 years, then the name Jackie Rutherford should sound familiar to you.

Jackie Rutherford is the friendly lady who is among the first to welcome you with a smile to the field, or building, for football, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball games. The only reason she does not cover volleyball, Rutherford declared, is because it would interfere with the soccer games. Sound familiar yet?...

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago

MLL Varsity Girls Basketball — Week 3

As we approach the mid season mark in the Mother Lode League for varsity girls, it appears as if the Sonora girls will be heading to the playoffs. Sonora sits at 6-0, alone at the top of the MLL as the second half of league play gets underway. It would take a total collapse for Sonora to miss the playoffs. The Lady Mustangs are in great shape as they are in sole possession of second place at 4-1. Calaveras (the surprise of the MLL this year) is in the third spot at 3-2 with Bret Harte on their...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
You actually get tired just walking into the gym and taking in the surroundings. But not everyone is tired — not the 250 youth wrestlers set to compete. And not the parents — certainly not. If I were a betting man, I’d guess that wrestling coaches Gary Landergen, Brian Whaling and Emilio Estrada might be. I caught them setting up on Friday night, coaching and running the Argonaut Invitational on Saturday morning, and back for the kids on Sunday for youth wrestling. But if they were tired — you’d never know it judging from the smiles,... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
1 week ago

On Friday, January 16 the Argonaut Varsity Girls Basketball Team played host to the Lady Bears of Summerville.

The Argonaut Varsity Girls Basketball Team Played host to the Summerville Bears on Friday night and they were determined not to lose another game to Tuolumne County in the same week. The Argonaut Varsity Girls are a good basketball team to begin with, but add a little dash of determination and look out visitors — you are in our house. Domination in basketball is most effective with tight defensive pressure. The Lady...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Family and friends gathered together on December 20, 2014 to watch as Chelsea signed her letter of intent to play softball at McPherson College in Kansas.

It all began when Chelsea started playing recreational softball here in Amador County. From there she started travel softball with the Sirens and continued on to play 3 years with the Runnin’ Rebels before the USA Elite Gold team recruited her for her pitching.

Chelsea is going into her third year at the Varsity level for pitching for Argonaut High School. Last season, she was...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
The Amador Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Calaveras High School in San Andreas on Tuesday, January 20. The Calaveras boys, who were projected to win the Mother Lode League basketball competition, had their hands full with the Amador Buffalos. The Buffalos held the Tribe to just 7 points playing good defense while scoring 9 of their own. Going into the second quarter, they had hopes of making this a close contest, but the Buffs unraveled just a bit on offense by scoring only 5 points for the period. They played a good second... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
1 week ago

Amador Versus Summerville

The Amador Girls Varsity Basketball Team Traveled to Tuolumne City on Wednesday January 14 to play the Lady Bears of Summerville

The Lady Amador Buffs lost a closely played game by a score of 43 to 40.

Amador Versus Calaveras

The Amador Buffalos Girls Varsity Basketball Team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Calaveras by a score of 44 to 35.

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago

Sonora, ROP, Amador, Weston Ranch, Red Bluff and Argonaut all met on Saturday, January 17, to battle it out on the mats. And battle they did. At the end of the day, some came out better than others, some missed close opportunities and sure, some have some work to do, but one thing is certain, they gave it everything they had.

The same can be said for the Amador County Jackson Lions Club, which did a fantastic job of keeping things moving along and taking care of anything that came up. With that said, here are the individual results:...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago

In what can only be described as a game for the ages, the Argonaut Mustangs varsity boys basketball team finally did something every team in the Mother Lode League has been trying to do since football season: beat Sonora. Since Sonora joined the MLL earlier this year they have been undefeated in boys sports in league play. Well Sonora is undefeated no longer as the Mustangs beat the Wildcats in a crazy finish at Argonaut High School 65-60 in overtime Wednesday night.

Not only was it an upset for the Mustangs, but it put Argonaut...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago

MLL Varsity Boys Basketball — Week 2

Three games into Mother Lode League play for the varsity boys, and all seems to be shaping up as I predicted. Well, sort of. As predicted, Calaveras and Sonora are sitting on top of the MLL undefeated. Bret Harte sits alone in third at 2-1 after a shocking upset of Argonaut on Monday night 49-46. Linden is hanging on to the fourth spot at 1-1 while Argonaut is surprisingly in fifth at 1-2. Summerville at 0-2 and Amador at 0-3 are at the bottom of the Mother Lode League. This article was written...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago

Argonaut versus Linden

On Wednesday, January 7, the Argonaut Girls Varsity Basketball Team hosted the Lady Linden Lionesses in Jackson. The Mustangs were feeling good about practice and went into the game with confidence and a desire to show their conference opponents that they want to be champions. With good defense and superb offensive ball movement the Mustangs charged out to a 7 point lead in the 1st quarter by a score of 11 to 4. Not wanting to let the Lady Lions back into the game, the Mustangs scored an additional 12 points...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
On January 12, the Amador Girls Varsity Basketball Team hosted the Sonora Wildcats, in Sutter Creek, for the first time in league competition. The Sonora Wildcats moved down to the Mother Lode League division, which is a group of smaller schools as compared to the Valley Oak League that Sonora has been competing in for the last few decades. The Wildcats came in with a good team a got right to business with our Lady Buffs with a stifling defense that held the Amador girls to just 5 points in the 1st quarter while scoring 19 of their... [Read more]
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Tom Baldwin
2 weeks ago
"Center Chris Lenning makes what proves to be the game winning shot in Amador's 37-33 victory over Bret Harte"
After a solid 7-5 preseason the surprising Amador JV opened league play last Tuesday against Linden High School on their home floor. Amador took a quick lead when Seth Baldwin completed a 4 point play after being fouled making a 3 point shot. Anthony Burns extended the Buffalo lead to 10-5 with two 3 point shots of his own. Jake Erosa added a 4th 3 pointer in the quarter rounding out the hot Amador shooting. But opportunistic playmaking by the Lions kept it close and the 1st quarter ended with Amador leading 16-12. The second... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago

Bret Harte Bullfrogs Jump Past Buffaloes For The Win

On Friday, January 9, the Amador High Buffaloes Basketball team hosted the Bret Harte High Bullfrogs in a contest to determine whether or not either team would become a threat for a league title or playoff spot. In this early stage of the league competition it would be important for the Buffaloes to put up a win or drift to the bottom of the league standings. Things did not start out good for the Amador boys as they fell to a 1st quarter deficit by the score of 9 to 14. With a...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago

On Monday, January 12, the Argonaut boys varsity basketball team played host to the Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys basketball team, in Jackson, in the Mother Lode League competition.

It was an important game for the Mustangs as they had lost a close game to the league favorite Calaveras Redskins last week but there was still a chance to prove that they could be a dominate player in the league.

In the 1st quarter the Mustangs scored 14 as Ryan Halvorson led the way with 9 of his own. However the Frogs scored 16 of their own and it was a...

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Mike Meserole
3 weeks ago
Argonaut’s Matt Hoyle goes up for two against Calaveras in the opening of the Mother Lode League Varsity Boys Basketball this week. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kam Merzlak

MLL Varsity Boys Basketball — Week 1

Mother Lode League Basketball started last Wednesday night, of which all teams except Summerville (bye week) opened their season. Calaveras opened their season with a big win over Argonaut 52-45 to go to 1-0 in the MLL and 12-1 overall. Argonaut goes to 0-1 to start league and drop to 7-7 overall (See page C6 for full story). Linden hung on to beat Amador in a tight finish in OT which gets the Lions off to a 1-0 start in the MLL and 11-4 overall record, while Amador starts the season 0-1 in the...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jamie Swisher

The combined Girls Wrestling Team competed at the Toe-to-Toe Tournament at Cordova High School on Jan. 3. And when it was all said and done, every girl that competed came home with a medal.

As pictured, Cassidy Swisher (Amador) came in 3rd place; Sara Kolstad (Amador) took fifth place; Katarina Legorreta (Mountain Oaks) received a third place medal for her performance; Jessica Gonzales (Argonaut) landed a third place finish; Emma Schulter (Argonaut) came in 5th place; Charity Goldsmith-Ding (Argonaut) also finished in fifth place...

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Tom Baldwin
3 weeks ago
Despite a 7 player roster, the JV Amador Buffaloes have had a successful preseason. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tom Baldwin
Amador’s JV Basketball team, led by first year coach Dale Cagle, entered their home court to face El Dorado High on a frosty January evening to wrap up what has been a surprisingly successful preseason. Not that the JV Buffaloes lack talent, they simply lack bodies. With only 7 players on the roster, Amador managed to win 6 pre-season games and looked to finish strong as they entered their contest with El Dorado. But their starting power forward, Travis Griffin, came down with the flu, and at game time, the roster was down to 6.... [Read more]
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Troy Claveran
3 weeks ago

Argonaut Ladies Varsity Basketball At Ripon Christian

The Argonaut Lady Mustang Varsity Basketball team traveled on New Year’s Day to Ripon Christian High School in Ripon, Calif., to compete in the Championship game of the Ripon Christian High School Christmas Holiday Tournament. The Lady Mustangs enjoyed two wins in the first and second rounds of the tournament earlier in the week, and the championship game paired the Argonaut Mustang girls against the host Ripon Christian Girls Basketball team. It was a good tournament for the...

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Troy Claveran
3 weeks ago
The Argonaut Mustang Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to San Andreas on Tuesday, Jan. 6 to take on the league favorite Calaveras Redskins in a league opener. On the road for the first league game against the Redskins, who are favored to win the league, is certainly a difficult challenge. But by all appearances, right out of the gate this challenge seemed like something the Mustangs were prepared for. At the end of the first period of play it was a tight contest and Calaveras had a slight lead at 12 to 11. A solid defensive... [Read more]
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