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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
Argonaut takes on Amador Friday at Aime Field in a special event held in conjunction with KVGC Radio and Little League East. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Today, April 17, Mother Lode League softball returns to Aime Field in Jackson as the Argonaut Mustangs will host the Amador Buffaloes in a special event being held in conjunction with KVGC Radio and Little League East. Aime Field was previously the home field for the Argonaut Softball program until 2001. The JV game will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the city park with the varsity game’s first pitch being throw at 7:15 p.m., concluding under the lights. In a previous match-up played at Amador High School on March 31, the Mustangs defeated... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
Off the blocks at the Argonaut versus Amador swim meet last Friday. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Last Friday Argonaut and Amador squared off in the pool-with close team score results. Argonuat girls won 81-72 and Argonaut boys won 55-22. While Amador won more individual races, the depth of the Argonaut girls brought in the point difference.

Highlights:

Best times for Mckenna Seyboldt (Am) and Madi Hallum (Arg) in 100 breaststroke.

2nd time for swimming the 500 free- Chloe Resha (Arg) dropped almost two minutes.

Jacob Dunham getting a personal best time in 200 free.

Wednesday Meet versus Linden:

Varsity Girls:...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

The Amador High girls soccer teams enjoyed their second and final bye of the season Tuesday, which turned out to be a perfect day off to tune up for the REAL Big Games that were played Thursday at Amador. Both the junior varsity and varsity clashes Thursday could very well have decided if both Amador teams go on to win the Mother Lode League crown for the fourth time in a row, or if the Buffaloes were stymied in their quest to be cuatro campeones — or something.

(We agree, it feels weird to talk about games that were scheduled for...

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Jim Baldwin
1 week ago
Alyssa Rogers powers a backhand against Calaveras on Tuesday. Scores had not been submitted as of press time. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Amador’s run of 16 consecutive MLL victories came to climatic end last Wednesday as the Herd dropped a dramatic 4-5 decision to Sonora. But despite the loss the Buffalo players can hold their heads high, as they displayed incredible character and sportsmanship which we coaches are far more proud of then any winning streak.

It all came down to a 3rd set tiebreak in the final match as the Wildcats squeaked out a 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 in mixed doubles over Alyssa Rogers and Andrew Greeley.

Continuing their winning ways were Lauren Lee...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago

One might wonder if anyone is thinking about football this time of year. Well, you wouldn’t have to think too hard or search very far to get your answer. Amador Buffaloes Head Football Coach Bill Baker has been busy during the off-season, his players are training hard and football is definitely on all of their minds.

But before jumping into a new and exciting season of play, two players from the Amador Buffaloes have a special game in which they will play. A game rich in tradition, that honors not only their individual talent and...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

The Argonaut Mustang varsity baseball team lost a second consecutive one run game last Wednesday, this time to the visiting Summerville Bears in nine innings by a score of 5-4.

All started well for the Mustangs, as they held Summerville scoreless in the first inning. Summerville scored twice in the second inning but the Mustangs had an answer by scoring two runs of their own in the bottom half of the second.

Both teams were shut out in the third inning, but in the fourth Summerville would score two more runs and led 4-2 heading...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Calaveras wasn’t clicking in any phase of the game on Thursday night, April 9 as they fell to Sonora 8-1. It was the same ole story for Calaveras: sloppy pitching and sloppy defense put Calaveras in trouble in all but two innings. Calaveras pitching walked 5 and hit 3 batters while yielding 8 hits. At the plate, Jason Stokkeland had a pair of hits including a double to lead the Calaveras offense.

In JV action, Calaveras squandered away an early lead to drop a 7-2 decision. Logan Arledge led Calaveras with a pair of hits....

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Diverse and dedicated, the Amador and Argonaut Swim Teams are finding success. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

While we may not have the larger numbers in overall team size, we have the most outstanding swimmers compared to the other teams in our conference. Records reflect the lack of depth or numbers, and not the lack of quality.

Our two teams are quite different. Argonaut is a young team, having only one senior, Caleb Howe. The young team has great promise and their hard work and dedication is making waves.

Amador fields only six women and three men, four of which are seniors. Each are very strong and have placed first or second in...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago
As Amador High’s girls soccer teams boarded the bus Tuesday for the ride to Bret Harte, it was probably a stroke of good fortune that the games were even still on. Stormy weather that included rain, hail and wind had left all three of the final games of the Mother Lode League’s first round in doubt all day. Indeed, as Amador departed to Frogtown, Argonaut welcomed Calaveras to their swampy prairie just down the road to play in games that ended up being postponed due to lightning. So it was lucky, perhaps, that Amador played their... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Amador fans filled Shea Stadium to watch Kobie Pettis and the Cal Bears take on the Sacramento State Hornets. Photo courtesy of Bob Solorio

On Wednesday, March 25, dozens of Amador County residence traveled to Shea Stadium on the Sacramento State campus to watch the No. 17 Cal Bears take on the Hornets. The draw was to see Ione native and Golden Bear athlete, Kobie Pettis in action. Supporters were not disappointed as they watched a young and focused Cal team defeat the Hornets 13-4.

Kobie was a 2014 graduate of Argonaut High School and earned a full ride softball scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley. As a freshman for the Golden Bears, she...

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3 weeks ago
Cody Yonker rips a forehand return. Photo courtesy to Amador Ledger Dispatch

Two teams moving in opposite directions met Tuesday as cross-town rivals Amador and Argonaut squared off in a Mother Lode League tennis battle.

The course for both teams remained steady as the undefeated defending league champion Buffaloes, now 5-0 walked off with a convincing 7-2 victory for their 15th consecutive MLL win dating back to last year. The Mustangs fell to 0-5.

The marquee match of the day featured the league’s two top girl players, Amador’s Lauren Lee and the Mustangs Sarah Daly going head to head. Lee prevailed...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Andrea Meeker takes a swing and gets a piece of the ball Tuesday against Amador. Mustangs win it, 7-3. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Sometimes the teamwork and effort just all come together. That has certainly been the case for the Junior Varisty Argonaut Mustangs. They took on Bret Harte March 26, winning by a score of 29-0.

Aubrey Hobbs pitched a perfect game. Defense was great behind her to help her out. A true team win, but Hobbs also managed to hit a homerun in the game making her a stand out player in this matchup. The team as a whole, hit the ball very well.

Next up was the cross-town rivals the Amador Buffaloes on Tuesday, March 31. As Coach Scott...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Megan Macheel received the Mother Lode All League Character Award. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Amador High School sophomore Megan Macheel played this past season on the Amador Varsity basketball team for the Buffaloes. Macheel received All Mother Lode League honors in the form of the Character Award for her efforts on behalf of the entire basketball team, Amador High School, Amador County and the entire Mother Lode League. [Read more]
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John Williamson
3 weeks ago
Team Awesome was crowned Amador County's co-ed volleyball league champions. Top row (left to right) Kelsi Taylor, John Williamson, Tom Peyton. Bottom Row (left to right) Kayci Goehner, Katelyn Goehner. On the team, but not pictured, Valerie Blanchard, Breanna Cazzad. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Wilma Yonker

Amador County’s only Adult Co-ed Volleyball League crowned a champion on Sunday. This is 4 on 4 League where teams can be all male, all female, or mixed. Each team plays two matches per week for six weeks, then a one day playoff.

The first match of the day featured the first place team, Team Awesome, against the fourth seed and a brand new team to the League, Cal-Girls. Cal-Girls improved dramatically over the course of the season and it was fun having them in the League. Unfortunately they had a tough first round draw against Team...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
Alyssa Holmes hit the goal against Linden that proved to be the game winner. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Amador High’s futbolistas visited the Linden Lions Den on Tuesday — Gameday 5 out of 14 on the season — and the Thundering Herd came away with a win and a draw. The varsity Buffaloes stomped the Lions, 5-2, to take over first place in the Mother Lode League standings. In the JV game that kicked off the action for the evening, the visitors could only come away with 1-1 draw.

Both Amador teams were coming off big games the previous Thursday, March 26, when the varsity and JV Amador squads beat both their Summerville counterparts (see...

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Mike Meserole
3 weeks ago
Cameron Gish gets ready to smack the hit against Argonaut. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Friday, March 27

The Argonaut Mustang varsity baseball team traveled to Bret Harte last Friday to take on the Bullfrogs in a very important Mother Lode League showdown.

Thanks to Dylan Speer’s six shutout innings and some key hits for the Mustangs, Argonaut cruised to a 6-2 victory and won their first MLL game of the year.

Argonaut jumped out to a first inning lead off an RBI from the bat of Miles Tomczak. Neither team would score in the second or third innings. The Mustangs would pick up a run in the fourth and fifth innings as...

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03/26/2015 11:31 AM
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
03/26/2015 11:11 AM

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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03/26/2015 11:05 AM
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.

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The Amador side managed only 11...

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Mike Meserole
03/26/2015 10:47 AM
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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