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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
For the 15th consecutive year, the Michael Neville Memorial Foundation is hosting its annual, amazing, free event — The Michael Neville 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament & Community Day. Come one, come all! This year’s tournament will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 12, which happens to be Mike’s birthday, at Bryson Park, in Sutter Creek.

Enjoy a family-friendly day with fun in the sun, basketball, food, music, local vendors and an array of raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event go to the MNMF and its efforts to support education...

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Mark Galligan
4 weeks ago
The Native Sons of the Golden West, Excelsior Parlor #31, in Jackson, held their annual Kids Fishing Derby at Lake Tabeaud on Saturday, June 14. The free event was open to kids 15 years and under, with lunch provided to all.

Winners in the five age groups received new fishing poles. The winners this year are: 4-and-under — Wyatt Hobbick; 5 to 7 — Lucas Reese; 8 to 10 — Alex Girton; 11 to 12 — Haley Hobbick; 13 to 15 — Hunter Hobbick.

The Native Sons of the Golden West are dedicated to preserving and promoting California...

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Jenny Price
4 weeks ago
Clark’s Corner, in Ione, held its first-ever Softball Tournament and Family Jubilee last Saturday, at Howard Park. Games began at 8 a.m. with four co-ed teams taking the field to play for the title — Crossfit Rugged Edge, Clark’s Corner, Jackson Rancheria and an unnamed team from Ione.

When the dust cleared, it was Crossfit Rugged Edge that pulled in at first place, after a head-to-head battle with Clark’s Corner in the final game.

Event Coordinator Chester Webb was pleased with the turnout and is already making plans already...

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Mike Sweeney
4 weeks ago
Writing about the Pacific Crest Trail last week finally inspired me to get off the couch and on the trail. Backpacking Man insisted that we not do anything rash, so I simply headed up to Ebbetts Pass, on Highway 4, in Calaveras County, with a vague idea to head north on the PCT and then hitchhike back to the car when I got to Blue Lakes. This plan would at least prevent the dreaded out-and-back hike, where you cover the same ground on your return trip that you covered on your way in. It would also force me to depend on the kindness... [Read more]
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Tom Baldwin
4 weeks ago
As the 12 members of the Amador West All-Star team prepare for this Saturday’s opening game of the District 15 tournament, two players in particular have a lot on their minds. Since it was less than 11 months ago, the incredible memories of last year’s State Tournament still hang thick in the air for returning players Mason Gold and Seth Baldwin. I had a chance to talk to both of them at a recent tune-up for the District 15 tournament, at Howard Park, in Ione. I asked them what they remembered most about their trip to the State... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
Jackson resident Connor Poreider, age 8, soon to be a 4th-grader at Jackson Elementary, has won the regional title in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run, and now has a chance to compete nationally next month. All 30 Major League clubs hold a Pitch, Hit & Run competition, and the top three scorers nationally in each age group compete in the finals during All-Star weekend.

In local trials, held May 4 in Jackson, at Argonaut High School, Connor placed first in all three categories, earning awards that allowed him to move on to...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/25/2014 12:35 PM
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the month surround the July 4th holiday. Of those, 17 percent of July 4th firework hospitalizations involve eye injuries. As Independence Day approaches and plans for festivities begin, many may not realize the eye injury risks they will encounter. The good news is that there are things they can do to protect their eyes during this festive time of the year.

“July is the...

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Matthew Hedger
06/22/2014 10:03 AM
The definition of a criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1 mile), often run on closed-off city center streets. Here’s an exceptional chance for runners to take to the streets crit style and enjoy plenty of goodies! The Inaugural Lodi Cyclefest 5K Run, will be held on Sunday, July 12, (taking place a few hours prior to the Fifth Annual Cyclefest criterium bike race), in downtown Lodi.

Just like proceeding bike criterium, participants will run four laps on the downtown Lodi .8 mile course with...

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Via Press Release
06/16/2014 10:14 AM
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The 4th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Run

Here’s your chance to let the animals WATCH YOU in action, at the 4th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K Walk/Run and Kids Run, taking place at the Micke Grove Zoo grounds, in Lodi, on Saturday, June 21. Proceeds from this outstanding new family event will benefit the zoo’s educational programs.

5K EVENT

Participants of the 5K can choose to race, walk, or stroll through the beautiful Micke Grove Park, on a...

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Jerry Budrick
06/12/2014 3:44 PM
The Amador Polar Bears swim team hosted Carmichael last Saturday in the first official meet of the 2014 NorCal Swim League season.

The team did what one parent called “a fantastic job,” losing by only 27 points to a larger, powerful team from Carmichael.

The final total combined scores were: Polar Bears, 394; Carmichael, 421.

The scores for the Girls/Women were: Polar Bears, 217; Carmichael, 194.

The scores for the Boys/Men were: Polar Bears, 170; Carmichael, 227.

It was a hard-fought meet against a very talented...

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Jerry Budrick
06/12/2014 3:41 PM
The “Wrecking Crew”, consisting of Alberico Leonardi, Laura De La Rosa, Ron and Jo Ann Jacobs, went undefeated to win the gold medals and cash, for the second year in a row at the annual Sunday Italian Picnic Bocce Tournament, held on June 1. Second place went to “The Sopranos,” consisting of David Canclini, Vern Cooper, Bob Kennedy and Tony Randazzo. Third place went to “Andiamo,” consisting of Carol Del Prette, Pat Ross, Lena Vasconcellos and Nancy Martignago. All three medal-winning teams play at the Italian Athletic Club, in... [Read more]
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Kathleen Lynch
06/06/2014 2:32 PM
The Martinez Gun Club was primed for the California Youth Shooting Sports Association trap shoot last Saturday, as 257 youth shooters descended upon the club’s eight trap fields. With perfect weather conditions and most of the top youth gun-club teams competing, the shoot scores were high and shoot-offs were inevitable.

In the Varsity category, there was one perfect 100, coming from Joshua Lopes, of Los Banos, but right behind him was a string of six 99’s, including Amador County’s A&A Shooters’ Bobby Boitano. Boitano, in his...

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Jerry Budrick
06/06/2014 2:43 PM
The Amador Polar Bears opened their 2014 season last Saturday with a non-conference meet against a contingent of swimmers from Sac Town. Although it won’t count in their league totals, the local kids earned a convincing victory.

The final total combined score was: Polar Bears, 478.50; Sac Town, 340.50.

The scores for the Girls/Women were: Polar Bears, 226; Sac Town, 185.

The scores for the Boys/Men were: Polar Bears, 252.50; Sac Town, 148.50.

In total disqualifications, the Polar Bears had only 26 compared to Sac Town’s...

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Jenny Price
06/06/2014 7:35 AM
An Angels Camps native and UFC champion was honored at the state Capitol Thursday.

T.J. Dillashaw was recognized by Sen. Tom Berryhill on the Senate floor after he took the UFC bantamweight title on May 24 in Las Vegas. Many considered Dillashaw's win to be a major upset because he beat former UFC champion Renan Barao, who was undefeated in his past 34 fights.

"It was a decisive victory and well-deserved," Berryhill said. "He worked hard and took Barao out fair and square. I would love to credit T.J.'s rural roots --he is...

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Jerry Budrick
06/05/2014 2:00 PM
Mark Bentley’s daughter, Kayla, caught her first-ever fish, an 8-lb., 9-oz. Trout, in the Lake Camanche Pond on Mother’s Day. She reeled in the 27-inch-long Trout as her three-year-old son, Marcus, cheered her on. In her words, it was the “Best Mother’s Day present ever.” [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
05/29/2014 1:03 PM
Beginning on Tuesday, June 17, Amador Athletic Club, on the northeast corner of Highway 49 and Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek, will be providing an absolutely free summer fitness program for kids 8 years old and up.

A variety of classes and instruction will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until noon. The gym will also be open free to kids all day on Saturdays. Parents can join the kids, for a fee of $5 per day.

Classes will include: Strength training with machines and body weight equipment; Archery by...

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Kathleen Lynch
05/22/2014 1:16 PM
An impressive group of Amador County women, as well as some from as far away as Santa Rosa, took advantage of the 18th annual Women’s Shooting Clinic, sponsored by the True Sportsman Club, in Jackson, last Sunday. Participants received an introduction to target and clay shooting, along with firearm nomenclature, safe gun handling and marksmanship.

This annual event grows more popular with every passing year.

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Jerry Budrick
05/22/2014 1:32 PM
Jackson Police Junior Giants baseball returns

The Jackson Police Department is gearing up for the return of its countywide Jackson Police Activities League Summer Baseball Program, Junior Giants. The program is an official departmental program of the Jackson Police Department, organized by the Jackson Police Activities League. JPAL Baseball is open to boys and girls between the ages of five and 18. There are no sign-up fees and no insurance or equipment cost for players. This is a non-competitive league, where all kids play...

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Jerry Budrick
05/22/2014 12:55 PM
The incredible Jackson Tigers finished the 2014 season with two no-hitters in the league-ending tournament, winning the championship of the Juniors Division of the Amador County Girls Softball Association. The Jackson Tigers went a perfect 12–0 for the season, outscoring their opponents, 151 to 33, with a team batting average of .640. Lauryn “LB” Bierman led the team with a batting average of .857, barely outdoing Keilawnee “Chewy” Landergen and her stellar average of .824. Other stupendous offensive contributions came from Riley... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
05/22/2014 1:18 PM
Last week was Championship Week for the ACRA Men’s Basketball League. UpCountry Hardware entered Sunday’s championship game against the undefeated Hammerheads as underdogs. They had lost two fairly close games to the favored Hammerheads during the season but, as competitive players think, “If I play up to my potential, along with a couple of my teammates, we can win.”

That is true only if the opponents’ potential is not as good or if enough of the opposing players have “off” games to make your team relatively better that night. A...

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