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Troy Claveran
5 days ago
Gio Casillas drives the lane. His point guard skills and defense were crucial in Argonaut’s victory. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

After a 6 – 6 finish in the Mother Lode League competition and a 3rd place finish, the Argonaut Boys Varsity Basketball team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs where they hosted the Le Grand Bulldogs in the 1st round of the State Competition.

In the 1st quarter of the game on their home court in Jackson on Wednesday night, the Mustang boys came out a little nervous while the Bulldogs were biting hard on defense and connecting on most of their shots. Although the Mustangs were highly favored to win this contest on their...

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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago
Rich Hoffman, CEO Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Josh Blanchard, Wesley Low, Jr. and John Swift of Gold Country Lanes. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Gold Country Lanes hosted the Pro Bowling Association Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship on Feb. 20 - 22, with a final match that saw touring PBA’s Josh Blanchard, age 27, from Mesa, AZ, taking on amateur, 17-year-old Wesley Low, Jr., from Palmdale, CA.

Blanchard was PBA’s Rookie of the Year for 2011-12. In 2013, Blanchard finished third in WSOB V Scorpion Championship losing to eventual winner Tom Smallwood in a semifinal match 232-232 and after a five frame sudden death roll-off, the longest in PBA Tour history....

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Mike Meserole
5 days ago
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The girl’s basketball playoffs are underway and two of the three teams to make the post season played on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the #16-seeded Linden Lions had their hands full with #1-seeded Brookside Christian. Brookside Christian opened fast and never looked back as they defeated the Lions 88-32. Linden finished the season at 13-12 overall and 7-5 in the Mother Lode League.

In the only other playoff game to feature a Mother Lode League team, the #7 Sonora Wildcats hosted the #10 Riverbank Bruins. The Lady Wildcats won in a...

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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago
George Gurion will step in the ring on March 21 at GKO 3 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Northern California’s premier Mixed Martial Arts Promotion, Global Knock-Out, returns to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort March 21,with GKO 3. And while eyes may be on the middleweight title fight, Jara versus Kohring, our eyes will be on the 205-pound weight class and a match between George Gurion, in his debut fight, and seasoned veteran fighter out of Lodi, Steven Cartwright. While Gurion will be making his debut in the ring to do battle, he’s no stranger to fighting.

April will mark three years of sobriety for Gurion. Few would...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
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Amgen Bicycle Tour Sets 700 Mile Route For Tenth Anniversary

The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as five stages that highlight different regions of California for the very first time.

“The stage one route chosen for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will showcase a much different, yet still as impressive, side of the...

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Jack Mitchell
4 days ago
Brynna Reilly, Jim Reilly and Makenna White. The coach and two of his ski students. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Jim Reilly, Program Director for the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation, flashes a smile and does the boot walk all skiers have come to know and love as he makes his way to the table where I am sitting in the ‘Legendary’ 7800 Bar and Grill at Kirkwood. Originally, I’d set up the interview to discuss how it was going with Matthew Spinetta, an Amador High School Senior, who joined the Kirkwood Ski Team this year. It became obvious very quickly that there was a whole lot more to Reilly and the Kirkwood Ski Team that needed to be covered.... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
7 days ago
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Consuming real whole foods supports heart health – that is, foods that we all recognize as a fruit, a vegetable, or a nut. Eliminate highly processed sugary foods that are unsupportive and damaging to the heart muscle. The following recipe is shared with this in mind because from time to time, we all love to indulge in a treat or something sweet. I’m sure that you will absolutely love this recipe – it tastes chocolaty and sweet.

Here are a few healthy tidbits about the ingredients in this recipe:

1) Carob originates...

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Brent Parsons
4 days ago
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One of Amador County’s visual attributes is a lack of off- site advertising signage. This scarcity is especially welcome along our still pastoral stretches of highway which could be billboard trashed if not for some foresight and taste on the part of our regulators. There are a few excluded segments which are noticeable for their rarity which is surpassed only by “noticeable for their absence” as the best way to be recognized. There are a couple of sections on Highway 88 near Ione and up on the hill above 88’s junction with Highway... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Mario Castillo, on right, of Galt, and Beau Coutroul, of Valley Springs, pulled these beauties out of the pond February 24. Both were using power worms. Mario’s catch weighed in at 7.11 lbs and Beau’s was 10.23 lbs! These guys always get the big trout! Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Bass and trout are here if you know where to look.

Mt. Lassen Trout farm planted 1,200 pounds of trout to the South shore pond and South shore ramps on Monday, Feb. 23. Another 1,200 pounds are scheduled for next week.

Although there was a bass tournament at North shore on Saturday, February 21, no one stopped in to share any details. Large, seven-plus pound trout are the story this week as several were brought in to be weighed. Favorite spots reported were trolling out by the dam, the Day Use Area and Hat Island no more...

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Mark Kautz
4 days ago
The spot where we launched from at New Melones. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Wednesday the 18th was another one of those days where my wife had to be to work early, so I took that advantage to get to New Melones before the crack of dawn at 6:56 a.m. Once again I wanted the spot at the end of the manual launch ramp.

After a stop at Starbucks in Angels Camp for coffee and two pieces of that darn addictive lemon pound cake, I made it to the lake.

I wouldn’t have had to rush since no one showed up but me, and why would anyone show up? It was dark, cold, foggy and wet. Only a bonehead like yours truly would...

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Mike Meserole
5 days ago
Ryan Halvorson hits two against Le Grand in round one of the MLL playoffs. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
The Mother Lode League had four teams represented in the playoffs this year and, as of Wednesday night, only two teams remained. The Summerville Bears gave it all they had, but fell to the West Campus Warriors (Sacramento) by a score of 65-51. Summerville finished the season 15-12 overall and 6-6 in the Mother Lode League. In a big upset, the Mesa Verde Mavericks knocked off the heavily-favored Calaveras Redskins 57-43. Calaveras was expected to make it to the final eight and possibly the final four this year, but the Cinderella... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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Adult Co-ed Soccer League Forming

Adult Co-ed Soccer League 7 vs. 7 League will begin it’s 8 week run on Sundays starting March 7 at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Junior High School Field. The cost is $400 per team and high school players are welcome. A league meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at the ACRA office. Call ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org for more information.

Volleyball Open Gym Offered

Volleyball Open Gym will be offered at Amador High School for all skill levels on...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago
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Mustangs vs. Winner Of Forest Lake Christian/Delta ­— Bye For The First Round

Argonaut and Sonora finished tied as co-champions at 11-1 atop the MLL.

Argonaut will head into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D5 playoffs as the #2 seed, getting a bye in the first round. They will face the winner of Forest Lake Christian and Delta. Argonaut is the smallest school in the MLL and the student population dictates what division a team plays in. This favors Argonaut greatly because the Mustangs faced bigger schools during the regular...

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Mike Meserole
2 weeks ago
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Mustangs vs. Le Grand Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Argonaut High School

The regular season in the Mother Lode League is now officially over. The time has come to announce the MLL teams that will be heading to the playoffs.

Calaveras is the Mother Lode League Champion at 10-2 and will be the #5 seed to open the Sac-Joaquin D4 playoffs. Calaveras will face the #12 seed Mesa Verde in the first round of post season.

Sonora finished second in the MLL after being upset by Amador on the final night of the season 62-60. Sonora will be...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
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Could it possibly be a great night for boys’ varsity basketball in Amador County Tuesday night?

With the Amador Buffaloes struggling for a win all league long and hosting the contending League Champion Sonora Wildcats for the last league game of the season could there really be some high fiving by the Buffs after this tough opponent?

And the Argonaut varsity boys who had just come off two tough losses in the last week to both the Calaveras and Sonora boys and were crumbling as the season was drawing to a close could there be...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
Argonaut’s Lauryn Davis applies the full court press. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Amador Buffalo girls’ varsity basketball team played host to the league leading Argonaut Mustangs girls in the final league game of the season for both teams.

In the 1st quarter the Lady Mustangs crept out to a small lead at 9 to 5 by the end of the period.

In the 2nd quarter the Lady Buffs came on strong with 13 points and held the Lady Stangs to 12 reducing the Argonaut lead to just 3 points at halftime.

The Argonaut girls had a nice chat with their coach in the locker room and came out for the 3rd period of play with more...

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Troy Claveran
2 weeks ago
Miles Tomczak gets fouled going for the slam dunk. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Aaron Johnson

The Argonaut Varsity Boys basketball team hosted their big game rival Amador Buffaloes on Friday in a game that could have serious consequences on whether they would have hopes of making the Sac Joaquin Section Basketball Playoffs.

It was a must win game situation as the Mustang boys were trying to hold onto 3rd place in the Mother Lode League assuring them a chance at the 3rd playoff spot guaranteed by the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff guideline.

A win for Argonaut would put their record at 6 – 6 in league play and a tie for 3rd...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
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The Stockton Ports are excited to announce that the annual casting call and National Anthem auditions will be held at Banner Island Ballpark on Saturday, February 28.

The casting call will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for seasonal game-day employment. Candidates will have the opportunity to apply for the following positions: parking, food services, bat boy, merchandise store, usher, Kids’ Zone, field maintenance, ticket office, promotional team and ticket taker.

While formal interviews will not be conducted...

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Dan The Stat Man
2 weeks ago

Most Outs Men: Jeremy Nicol - 60 Women: Carol Balowski - 28

Most Tons Men: Dave Purse - 33 Women: Carol Balowski - 7

Most Hat Tricks Men: Dan James and Daniel Brosz - 2 Women: Carol Balowski - 1

High Dart On 301 Men: Duane Thurston - 6T0 Women: Melanie Martin - 5T2

High Out Men: John Dalman - 1T4 Women: Pam Henderson - 32

Most 8T0’s: Gary Kay - 1

Best Record 301 Men: Jeremy Nicol - (16-2) Women: Carol Balowski - (12-6)

Best Record Cricket Men: Dan James - (17-1) Women: Deb Deveney - (9-8)

Low Dart 301 Men: Dan...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago
Yuki needed a bigger net — and got one, landing this beautiful Rainbow trout.

The week of February 8 started out wet and windy. By Tuesday morning all was calm again. I headed out of the house at dark:30 and got to the launch ramp at New Melones under Highway 49 bridge at 7 a.m., a minute before official sunrise.

I wanted the spot at the bottom of the ramp and it’s a good thing I got there at 7 a.m., because between then and when Yuki arrived, there were at least six people who wanted that spot.

I’ll make this short and sweet because I want to get to Friday’s trip to Lake Camanche. I put out two lines...

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