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Donna Kelley
3 days ago
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American families celebrate many ancient traditions during Halloween, but with a different twist. Most of the activities involve carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns, children wearing cute, scary costumes (which we all love to see), bobbing for apples at parties, visiting haunted houses and trick-or-treating. One identifies trick-or-treating with children collecting and usually eating lots and lots of candy, which we, as their parents, may also indulge in. Most of this candy is loaded with sugar and artificial food coloring (dyes)... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
Yesterday
People fishing in the very low water of Lake Amador appear to be as tiny as specks of dust on a tabletop. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

I suppose the first item on the agenda is to wish everyone a Happy Halloween. Eat all the candy you want — your dentist will thank you.

OK, on to fishing. I think that the Upcountry fishing is about done for the year. Last week, I mentioned my trip (both the drive up and the one where I hit the ground) to Upper Blue Lake. Until that trip, I had never left Upper Blue Lake with fewer than four fish. If you’ll recall, that one was two.

Last Wednesday, I drove up to Silver Lake to do a final check. With the recent rain we had,...

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Jerry Budrick
Yesterday
Sixth-grade Jackson Jaguar Lauryn Bierman, #00, comes down with the ball. Photo courtesy of Kandi Thompson

The 6th-grade Jackson Jaguars basketball team faced off with Mark Twain once again last Thursday, at home, and came out on top with a 26-9 win. The Badgers’ defense started out strong, limiting Jackson to only four baskets in the first quarter, but the unity of the Jaguars proved to be more than Mark Twain could handle.

Pounding the boards for the Jags was forward Emilie Thompson. “She would get position,” said Coach Jody Matweyou, “and was unstoppable on the rebounds.” The old saying, “It takes a player to shoot a shot,...

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Kathleen Lynch
Yesterday
The True Sportsman Club of Jackson will be open to the public on Saturday, November 2, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., for a Fall Turkey Shoot. Men, women, boys and girls are invited to participate in the event for rifle, handgun and muzzleloader. Targets will be reactive, located at various distances depending on the type of firearm and sights. All events will be shot offhand (standing), with no slings or other support, with special exceptions for youth shooters. Five shooters will make a “flight.” Each shooter will get five shots for a... [Read more]
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Tom Baldwin
Yesterday
Amador High School Varsity volleyball players gather around their coaches. Photo courtesy of Emily Tirapelle

The Amador Varsity volleyball team dropped a tough match on the road to a strong Calaveras squad last Tuesday. It was a difficult loss to swallow, as the Buffalos had defeated Calaveras in their previous meeting at Amador High. Also, this game was very important to the Buffalos’ playoff hopes.

The girls played hard and it was close, but they couldn’t pull through, losing three games by a combined total of eight points: 25-23, 25-21 and 26-24. Leading in stats that evening was captain and setter Taylor Roberts, with 1 ace, 5...

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Jerry Budrick
Yesterday
The Ione 5th-grade Bulldogs are, top row, from left, Maggie, Alexis, Celeste, Madison, Melani and Hailey; middle row, Samantha, Chloe, Ashlynd and Lily; bottom row, Vivianne, Mya and Alyssa. Led by Head Coach Dave Crosby and Assistant Coach Shane Alderson, the 2014 Ione Elementary School 5th-grade Girls’ Basketball Team enjoyed a winning season, compiling a 5-4 record. The team learned to play together and was described by many as competitive, athletic and tough as nails. Good job, Bulldogs. [Read more]
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Walter Guerra
Yesterday
Amador running back Cameron Bennett races around the left side. Photo by Jon Myatt

The Amador Buffalos traveled to Sonora last Friday night to play the Sonora Wildcats. Sonora and Amador were both undefeated in Mother Lode League action coming into the game. The Buffalos were 3-0 in league, 4-3 overall, while the Wildcats were 4-0 in league, 7-1 overall.

To start the game, Sonora kicked off to the Buffalos. Dylan Littlefield bobbled the kickoff and caused Amador to start with the ball on their own two-yard line. Amador could do nothing with the ball and they were forced to punt. First-year player Haydon Grandon...

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John Williamson
Yesterday

The Amador County Recreation Agency Women’s Basketball League came to an end last Sunday night. It was a six-week season, during which all four teams played each other two times each. At the end of the six weeks, two teams had the same record and had each defeated the other team one time.

So, ACRA decided to have a championship game, to see who the winner would be. The two teams in the championship game were Hanford House and Ashley Brady’s Team.

Hanford House entered the game as the defending champions of the league, having...

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Tom Baldwin
Yesterday
The Amador JV faces off against Sonora. Photo by Julia Burns
Coming to the MLL from the powerful Valley Oak League, Sonora High School had found much success in their new home, taking an undefeated league record into Friday night’s contest against visiting Amador High School. But they would have a tough matchup against an explosive Amador offense, and a team that had only lost one game all year, and only by one point. After taking the opening kickoff, Amador wasted no time getting on the board as Daylen Thetford took the first play from scrimmage up the middle for a 77-yard score, giving... [Read more]
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Gregorio Muralla
Yesterday

Amador Varsity soccer found themselves in a hole to start both games last week, but showed resiliency in fighting back into each game. On Tuesday, the Buffalos traveled to Calaveras, where they struggled much of the match and eventually slipped into a 2-0 hole. Their spirit didn’t waver, and a goal midway through the second half by Cole Stubstad led to an entertaining finish. Amador wasn’t able to net the tying goal, but did show how to play to the final whistle. The final score was 2-1, Calaveras.

Similarly, on Thursday, the...

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Mike Meserole
Yesterday
Argonaut’s CJ Wynn reaches high for a reception. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Argonaut Mustangs finally got in the win column last Friday, as they dominated the visiting Linden Lions by a score of 31-13. The Mustang offense was clicking on all cylinders as Argonaut kept Linden guessing all night on defense. Argonaut started the scoring off with a Chad Floyd touchdown pass to CJ Wynn for 35 yards that gave the Mustangs a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

On their next possession, Linden scored on a James Berg 15-yard run to put them up, 7-6.

Floyd kept the hot hand, though, as he hit Joey Guidi for a...

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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago
The crowd cheers as Ione Police Chief Tracy announces the winners of the first Cops and Kids Charity Golf Tournament. Busby is flanked by Jackson Police Chief Scott Morrison, left, and Sutter Creek Police Chief Phillip Han. Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Last weekend, 96 golfers participated in the Cops and Kids Charity Golf Tournament at Castle Oaks Golf Course, in Ione. The proceeds, estimated to be $20,000, will benefit the Jackson Police Officers Association, Sutter Creek Police Officers Association, Ione Police Officers Association and Cops & Kids Foundation of Ione. This was the first-ever Cops and Kids Golf Tournament in Amador County.

Ione Police Chief Tracy Busby and Sutter Creek Police Chief Phillip Han were paramount in bringing this fundraiser to Amador County. Chief...

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Tommy Webb
1 week ago
Chloe Hedger inbounds for the Colts. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Matthew Hedger
It is often said that it is not about whether you get knocked down, but how you get back up that counts, and if this is true then 7th Grade Jackson Jags have gotten back up better than they were before. Following a 4 point loss to McCaffery on the road, which saw McCaffery come from behind in the final minutes to steal the victory from Jackson, the 7th Grade Lady Jags have found themselves back on top. The first victory game against Ione as the Lady Jags took care of home court and won by a final score of 41-19. As she has done all... [Read more]
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Kandi Thompson
1 week ago
Jackson Jaguar Kasey White puts up a shot. Photo by Jody Matweyou

The Jackson Jaguars’ 6th-grade girls defeated Jenny Lind at home last Thursday, 24-16. Jenny Lind played an aggressive game, but the Jags’ defense was still able to shut their offense down. Jackson held Jenny Lind to only one basket in the first half. High scorer for the Jags was center Lauryn Bierman, with eight points. Allie Olivarria followed close behind with six points, and contributing two points each were Cherisse Carney, Janae Churchill, Kate Johnson, Mackenzie Kraft and Erynn Thompson.

Jaguar Coach Aaron Johnson...

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Mike Meserole
1 week ago
Argonaut's Andrew Deason breaks through to grab a Summerville runner. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Summerville Bears hosted the visiting Argonaut Mustangs at Summerville High School last Friday night. The Mustangs were looking to upset the favored Bears and get their first win of the year. The Bears, though they had lost two of their first three MLL games, were looking to stay in the Mother Lode League playoff hunt.

The Bears started fast, mixing up their offense with a variety of passes and rushes. By mixing up the plays, they kept the Mustang defense guessing all night.

Summerville scored the first three TD’s of the...

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Tom Baldwin
1 week ago
Solidly protected by his offensive line, Amador JV Quarterback Anthony Burns prepares to hand the ball off to a running back. Photo by Julia Burns.

Coming off their bye week, the Amador JV Buffalos hosted the Bret Harte Bullfrogs last Friday evening. The Buffalos had had two weeks to think about their disappointing loss to Linden, and now looked to take it out on visiting Bret Harte, who themselves had dismantled Linden earlier in the season by a large margin.

The Buffalos have enjoyed much success this year in both their running and passing games, and it’s time to recognize five young men who have had a lot to do with that success: the Amador offensive line. They are LT...

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Walter Guerra
1 week ago
Amador High School running back Connor Otto fends off a Bret Harte tackler. Photo by Jon Myatt

Last Friday night, the Amador Buffalos (3-3) took on the Bret Harte Bullfrogs (1-5). This was a home game for the Buffalos, and the energy was high for the game we all were about to see.

Coming into the game, the Buffalos’ Mother Lode League record was 2-0, while Bret Harte’s was 0-3, and the Buffalos were looking to continue to be undefeated in league.

Starting the game, the Bullfrogs could do nothing with the ball and they were forced to punt.

On Amador’s first possession, the Buffalos drove quickly into Bret Harte...

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Mark Kautz
1 week ago

I had planned on going fishing Wednesday morning, the 15th. We had a storm moving through, but the local weather guessers said the rain wasn’t going to be south of Highway 80, which is a bunch of miles North of us. If that was the case, then I could get a little fishing in.

I headed out of the house around 7:15 a.m. and, after a gas stop in Pioneer and coffee at Cook’s Station, I headed up the hill. Before I got to Bear River Reservoir, I hit the clouds. Some would call it fog, but it was low clouds hanging on the hill at about...

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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
I’ve been out of touch and unconnected, but reconnecting. Leslie, Bella and I are camping in the desert — again. We were here, not actually here here, but a few hundred miles away in what might look like here, four months ago. The time in between was in the shade, at less than the triple figures that are too hot for even desert lovers. We have been able to shoehorn in a couple of two-week vacations annually the last few years. Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, you might ask? No, the desert canyon country, except for a road trip to Kansas to... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago

Winter rates went into effect on Monday, October 27: 18 Holes with cart will cost $22; $17 for 9 holes with cart; $10 for 18 holes walking; and $7 for 9 holes walking.

ACRA Adult Co-ed Volleyball

The Amador County Recreation Agency’s Adult Co-ed, 4-on-4 Volleyball League begins play on Sunday, November 2. Game times begin at 3 p.m. at Argonaut High School. Cost is $175 Per Team. For more information, call John, at 223-6349, or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org. For information on ACRA programs, visit goacra.org, or facebook.com...

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