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Mike Meserole
3 days ago
Keely Lucke cuts off the passing lane on defense. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Argonaut and Amador girl’s varsity basketball teams played critical games in the Mother Lode League last Wednesday night as both teams are fighting for their playoff lives this season.

The Lady Mustangs were looking to keep their momentum going against a struggling Summerville team as they hosted the Bears at Argonaut High School.

An aggressive full-court defensive press and great defensive rebounding that gave Summerville no second chances kept the Lady Mustangs comfortably in the lead through both hot and cold shooting...

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Donna Kelley
3 days ago

ebruary 7 is Super Bowl Sunday. This Sunday marks a special day for many fans of the National Football League, since this year’s annual football championship is their 50th game. Go, Denver Broncos! Go Carolina Panthers!

Families, friends and neighbors will be gathering together to watch the big game on their big screen TV’s, with big shout-outs for their favorite team, with their big appetites for party food, and their big thirsts for beer or soda. I anticipate excitement galore (since I am going to one myself)! I’ve heard Super...

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Troy Claveran
3 days ago
Dillian Hilliard with the acrobatic shot for the layup. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

Argonaut Boys Varsity Basketball travels to Linden and back on the winning horse

The Mustang Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Linden on January 29, to take on the Lions, but the team was still suffering the effects of the Flu Bug. “Half the team was playing with the flu,” stated Coach Troy Mounier, “and it showed in the first half,” added Mounier.

From a scoring standpoint, things didn’t really look too bad as the Mustangs came out and put 22 on the board in the first quarter behind a hot Josiah Molin who hit a deuce...

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Jack Mitchell
3 days ago
Junior Team Tennis registration is open for boys and girls ages 7-14. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Registration is now open for Spring Junior Team Tennis. Boys & Girls ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome.

League matches will run six consecutive Saturdays from April 9 to May 14 and each team will have one practice per week starting in late March (parents can request practice days).

The cost is $70 for the first child, $45 for the second child, and $10 for the third child (max of $125 per household).

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago
Stellar's Jay. Photo by Cathie Gernhardt

I am a recent transplant to Amador County from the Bay Area, which I learned is typically referred to as a old BAT (Bay Area Transplant). Well, this BAT is spreading her wings, and soaring. I am actually a wannabe writer and I decided what better to write about than something I truly love — birds — and perhaps, occasionally, other animals, as I honor the animal spirits in us all.

I’m putting out a chirp to all the bird nerds, tweet freaks, or whoever enjoys birds and bird watching. I plan to teach a bird identification class in...

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Aaron Johnson
1 week ago
Adison Cramer goes up for the two after a steal. ALD photo by Aaron Johnson

The Argonaut JV Mustangs came prepared last Friday night to take on the Amador Buffaloes. After a disappointing, mid-season loss to Sonora, the JV squad won their last two games by an average of 26 points. The game against their cross county rival would hold a similar result.

Argonaut jumped out to a 9-0 lead to begin the game. They pressured the ball at both ends of the court and forced 9 turnovers in the first quarter. Adison Cramer led the way, wreaking havoc on defense and scoring on the offensive end. Jeremy Mendoza helped to...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

The Amador Buffaloes looked to defeat the Bret Harte Bullfrogs Janaury 26, coming off a past close match up against them. The Buffaloes went into battle without their top scorer, Eric Shaw, nursing a partially torn shoulder.

It looked to be a one-way kind of game, as Bret Harte continually passed the ball with ease and went to work on defense, forcing the Buffaloes to take tough shots. The Bullfrogs main focal point was inside the paint, giving the ball to their big men which was no match for the Amador frontcourt. The quarter...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
Argonaut cheer squad. ALD photo by Aaron Johnson

It is always a long trip to Summerville High School in Tuolumne City, but more so when the boys are sick and trying to hold down food and fluids on those curvy roads. Left behind on the Janaury 26 road trip was star player Ryan Halvorson and Khouri Kling with the flu and the rest of the boys of Argonaut were not doing much better.

“It was a tough game” said Coach Troy Mounier. “We had two starters out…and we had other kids throwing up at halftime.” In the 1st quarter the Argonaut boys put up a respectable 15 points but the...

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Donna Kelley
1 week ago

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides us with two lists showing fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides. The two lists distinguish between the most heavily sprayed and the least sprayed, calling them the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen, respectively.

Why would it be beneficial to know this information? Because pesticides are very toxic to the body and have been linked to several devastating health conditions such as cancer, nervous system and hormonal development dysfunction, and skin,...

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Craig Baracco
1 week ago
Argonaut Coach Mark Giannini addresses the team during a timeout. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

Argonaut Varsity Basketball has defeated hosts Amador in the latest edition of the Big Game by a score of 38-29. Argonaut jumped out to an early lead with a balanced attack, with five different players scoring in the quarter to give them a 14-4 lead after the first quarter.

Amador dug in defensively in the second quarter, holding Argonaut to just five points, but struggled to make shots most of the game.

Argonaut lead 32-20 at the end of the third quarter. Amador attempted to stage a rally in the fourth quarter, trimming...

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Troy Claveran
1 week ago
The Buffalo Blue Crew gets loud as Argonuat’s Josiah Molin attempts the shot. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Amador Boys Varsity Basketball Team traveled all the way to Jackson for the second round of Mother Lode League action. The match up put the two biggest guns in the league against one another but the shooter from Amador was injured and the game was not all we had hoped for.

Last week, Eric Shaw injured his shoulder and was only probable to participate in the game. However, this being one of the big games, Shaw was not able to restrain himself from participating… so game on…Eric Shaw and Ryan Halvorson and Amador Argonaut here...

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Dan The Stat Man
1 week ago

Oak Monkeys beat That Team — 11-4

The Pointers beat Top Dog — 12-3

Damaged Darts over Dart Attack — 13-2

Who Darted downed Bulls Up — 14-1

Updated Standings:

Wins Avg

Oak Monkeys 10.00

Damaged Darts 9.73

The Pointers 9.25

Who Darted 8.83

That Team 5.55

Top Dog 5.36

Dart Attack ...

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
We have reached the halfway point in the 2016 high school basketball season, and things are really starting to heat up in the girls’ and boys’ divisions of the Mother Lode League. On the varsity boys’ side Summerville has surprised the league so far at 5-1 in the MLL and 15-6 overall. The Bears dominated both Sonora and Calaveras in their first meetings of the season by winning by an average 18 points. Summerville’s only loss has been to Argonaut in a 68-67 thriller back on January 15. Calaveras is in second at 5-1 in the MLL and... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

I know that we sometimes put exercise on the back burner while we were out having fun doing other things.

Congratulations, we are now taking the next step on our way to a new and improved mind and body.

All we need is 30 minutes a day to keep us fit and healthy. “Exercise is the magic pill,” says Michael R. Bracko, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Consumer Information Committee. Exercise has been credited with helping people prevent or recover from some forms of cancer. Exercise helps people prevent and reverse...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Registration is now open for Spring Junior Team Tennis. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Registration is now open for Spring Junior Team Tennis. Boys & Girls ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome.

League matches will run six consecutive Saturdays from April 9 to May 14 and each team will have one practice per week starting in late March (parents can request practice days). The cost is $70 for the first child, $45 for the second child, and $10 for the third child (max of $125 per household).

Early bird special: Take...

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Dan The Stat Man
2 weeks ago

Damaged Darts blunted The Pointers 8-7

Who Darted downed Oak Monkeys 8-7

Standings are based on the average number of wins per week. Due to teams having played different numbers of match at this point in the Season Standings:

Avg Wins

Oak Monkeys 9.90

Damaged Darts 9.40

The Pointers 9.00

Who Darted 8.36

That Team 5.70

Top Dog 5.60

Dart Attack 5.55

Bulls Up 5.36

Individual Highlights:

Lance Goodby – 9 Marks, Double Bull Out, 4 Outs

Melanie...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago
Zoey Peters takes it to the hoop against Linden earlier this season, the Lady Buffs split last week with a loss against Sonora and a win against Summerville. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by David Tearpak

We are now a couple of weeks into the Mother Lode League season for girls’ varsity basketball and the cream is starting to rise to the top of the division.

Amador Buffaloes

The Amador girls’ basketball team had two games last week and just like the week before they split the pair with a win and a loss. Let’s start with the loss. Last Monday, the Lady Buffs traveled to Sonora to take on a Wildcat team that should be down a little bit this year. You wouldn’t know it by looking them, because Sonora jumped out early on Amador and never...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

Last Week’s Record: 2-1-0-0, 4 points

Overall Record: 14-16-1-2, 0.470 Win Percentage, 7th in the Pacific Division

Last Week’s Results:

Jan. 13 – Stockton Heat 6 vs. San Antonio 2

Jan. 16 – Stockton Heat 0 at Rockford 3

Jan. 17 – Stockton Heat 7 at Iowa 4

This Week’s Schedule:

Fri. Jan. 22 - Stockton Heat vs. Manitoba Moose - Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)

Sat. Jan. 23 - Stockton Heat vs. Manitoba Moose - Stockton Arena (7:30 p.m.)

Recent Transactions:

None last week

Team Leaders:

Goals: Derek Grant with 17

Assists: Drew...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Winter Session registration for Girls Junior Golf will be held January 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The winter session for Junior Girls Golf, ages 7-17, registration day is set for January 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at Castle Oaks Golf Course.

Sessions begin at 11 a.m. - noon and occur every Saturday February through April.

Registration forms are available at the Pro Shop at Castle Oaks Golf Course and on the day of registration or visit our website, castleoaksjrgirlsgolf.org, click on forms and complete the participation and waiver of liability (2) forms and pay the $50 fee. Make checks payable to: Castle Oaks Jr. Girls Golf...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago
Look to fresh whole food to fulfill your folate required recommendations. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Many of us today are consuming multivitamin supplements in an effort to improve and boost the function of a healthy body or to repair and rebuild the dysfunction of an unhealthy body. Are your vitamin supplements made from whole food or artificial chemicals? You may have never considered this question. Let’s consider it, now. Folic acid — friend or foe?

In 1998, the United States implemented a new practice of enriching (adding) folic acid to cereal grains in an effort to build up the health of pregnant women to decrease the...

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