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6 days ago
ACRA is continuing its series of level 1 Hula Hoop Fitness classes next Monday. This will be the third class in a series of six, but don’t worry, a $20 per class drop-in rate is available and no “hooping” experience is needed. Hoops of every size will be available to use in this full-body workout. Learn choreographed routines, tricks, transitions and techniques each Monday evening until October 17 at the HUB, 206B Main Street, in Jackson. Classes will be taught by instructor Shannon Sealey, a certified Hoop Love Coach with almost a... [Read more]
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6 days ago

For a first-year program it’s all about learning the game, and that’s true of Argonaut High School’s girls golf team.

The Mustangs are not winning matches in their first season in the TransValley League, but they are making progress. Last week, the upstart team lost matches against Summerville and Sonora.

Against Summerville, the Mustangs got a strong effort by Nicole Sheppard, who led the team with a score of 53. It wasn’t enough and the Mustangs fell 257-271 in the match. Kaylee Weaver was the next low scorer for the...

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6 days ago
Amador High School’s girls cross country celebrates another victory -- this time at the Frogtown Invitational in Calaveras.

Amador’s girls cross country team cruised to another big invitational win — this time in Calaveras County.

The Buffaloes captured the Frogtown Invitational, aided by a strong forth-place effort by Andy Romero, who covered the 3-mile course in 21-minutes, 8-seconds, and they finished ahead of Dixon to complete their second consecutive team invitational title.

Athletic.net, a national track and field and cross country website, currently has Amador ranked fourth in a hypothetical CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV meet, and...

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6 days ago

CRACKERJACKS - women’s league - Games:202 Sylvia Bird, 184 Mabel Miramon, 177 Flora Billigmeier Series: 463 Sylvia Bird, 447 Laurie Sundholm, 439 Linda Costanzo

NEWCOMERS - mixed league - Games: M 236 Rick Land, 223, 223 Dale Frankel, W - 180 Anita Paque, 179 Marlene Heeley, 173 Tanya Golding, Series: M - 630 Rick Land, 583 Dale Frankel, 512 Kenny Carroll W - 493 Liz McCulloch, 462 Marlene Heeley, 455 Lovell Smith

GCL NONSMOKERS - mixed league - Games: M - 244 Emil Leese, 226 Bill Bayer, 216 Bob Reed W - 175 Carol...

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6 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
5 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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6 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
6 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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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago
Pumpkin seeds provide an abundance of zinc that is important for enhancing memory and thinking skills. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Summer fun and vacation-time (which means relaxing the body and brain) have come to an end, because school is now back in session. Whether going to elementary school, junior high, college or just starting out in pre-school, we need a healthy brain, one that can be alert, focused, and ready to concentrate and remember. Are you eager and willing to power up your brain and put on your thinking cap? One way to super-charge the brain is to feed it smart foods. Adding smart foods into your everyday diet may help to power up and maintain a... [Read more]
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2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago
Cross Country runner race toward the finish line. Photo by Maxwell Moore
Last Saturday, September 10, Sutter Creek Volcano Road was filled with more than 80 runners and walkers, traveling the 7.7-mile route of the 43rd annual Jug & Rose Race. Participants enjoyed sunny weather and mild temperatures as they travelled down the shady, winding road to Lions Park. Participants included runners and walkers of all ages, from teenagers to those in their 60s and 70s, with both locals and those from out of the area. Also among the race participants, were Amador High cross country team members and members of the... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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
3 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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Louis Amestoy
3 weeks ago
Seniors Warren Wheat and Breanna Collins were named king and queen of the 2016 Amador High School homecoming court.

Amador High School crowned its 2016 homecoming court during hafltime of the Buffaloes game against visiting Rio Vista.

Senior Warren Wheat was named the king of the court, while senior Breanna Collins was named the homecoming queen.

Wheat plays football for the Buffaloes, while Collins is a soccer player.

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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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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

Don’t forget to register for the 43rd Annual Jug and Rose 7.7 mile benefit run/walk, set for Saturday, September 10 at 8 a.m. in Volcano. Early entry forms can be picked up at merchant sponsors:

Shenandoah Valley: Spinetta Family Vineyards

Martell: Starbucks Coffee

West Point: Black Diamond Graphics

Jackson: Safeway, New York Fitness, Gordon Hill Flower Shop and JB’s Awards and Engraving

Sutter Creek: Amador County Recreation Agency

Volcano: St. George Hotel, Whiskey Flat Saloon, Volcano Union Inn & Pub, Volcano...

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Craig Baracco
4 weeks ago
Fighter Nick Kohring, of Valley Springs, moves into a dominating position over his opponent. Photo by Phil Emerson

The top Mixed Martial Arts prospects from around Northern California and their fans gathered at the Jackson Casino on Saturday night for Global Knockout 7. The fighters, each looking for the kind of stand-out performance that would bring them the attention of national fighting promoters, delivered a series of action-packed matches.

In the main event of the night, Modesto’s Angel DeAnda defeated Mike Jasper of Camarillo, California, by a unanimous judges’ decision. DeAnda out-stuck his opponent over three five-minute rounds, using...

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