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Brandon Anicich

Grizzlies thump Encina on Senior Night

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra charged through the final week of regular season play with flying colors Friday, downing Encina Prep 56-7 to finish with a 5-1 conference record on Senior Night. Big plays lined the menu as the Grizzlies feasted on a struggling Bulldogs squad. The Griz pushed ahead early with 14 points in the […]

Football: D’backs fall to Hawks

GALT — It was a rough evening for Union Mine High’s varsity football program, falling 35-21 to Liberty Ranch in a grueling Sierra Valley Conference showdown held at Galt High. Forced to matchup against a bigger, stronger and deeper squad in Liberty Ranch, Union Mine’s players were worn out after four quarters, many of whom […]

Football: Cougars’ late rally falls short

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado High’s football team fell to Rosemont, 34-27 in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference contest. Coming off a tough loss to Liberty Ranch the week before, El Dorado (0-2 in the SVC, 4-3) found some positives in its loss. Cougar quarterback Aaron Golmitz threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. The Cougars ran for 276 yards but made mental errors […]

No. 3 Trojans defeat No. 6 Grizzlies

GRANITE BAY — Oak Ridge backed up its stellar defensive performance against Rocklin last week with an all-around besting of Granite Bay Friday — defeating the host Grizzlies 36-28. After an explosive first quarter put Oak Ridge up 20-7, Granite Bay trimmed it to 23-21 at the half. In the third quarter, the Trojans (6-1, […]

Trojans lead start-to-finish

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge gave Trojan fans the Homecoming victory they hoped for Friday, dropping Rocklin 38-22 in Sierra Foothill League action. Troy established the ground game early and demonstrated a stout and sturdy defensive presence. Quarterback Ian Book put Oak Ridge (2-0 in the SFL, 5-1) on the board midway through the first quarter […]

Grizzlies blitz San Juan

CITRUS HEIGHTS —Golden Sierra opened Sierra Delta League play Friday at San Juan and wasted no time dismantling the Spartans in every aspect, 40-8. A 27-point first quarter was the difference. The Grizzlies’  suffocating defense, save for a grinding third quarter touchdown and conversion, kept San Juan at bay. “We played a really good game tonight,” […]

El Dorado bounces back against Rio

FAIR OAKS — Firing on all cylinders Friday night at Del Campo High, El Dorado dismantled Rio Americano High 50-13 in non-conference preseason action. Looking to right the ship after losing 59-20 to Lincoln, El Dorado came out with discipline, intensity and a rate of play that paralyzed/punished the Raiders. Cougar quarterback Aaron Golmitz was near-perfect, distributing an […]

Soccer: Trojans shutout Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — It felt like fall had arrived Friday night, lending a cool crisp air as the environment enveloping the intra county and preseason rivalry match between the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa boys soccer teams. This year belonged to Oak Ridge, which posted a 5-0 win over the visiting Bruins. “It was a great night […]

Baseball: Thrilling finish for El Dorado Hills, Ponderosa

FOLSOM — It was a battle to the last out between the Ponderosa and El Dorado Hills 9/10-year-old All-Star baseball squads faced off in the double-elimination game of the District 54 Tournament at Hazel McFarland Park on Wednesday night. After a grueling six innings, El Dorado Hills defeated Ponderosa 14-11. The win sends El Dorado Hills into today’s […]

Trojans advance to semis after ‘Vintage’ win

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge faced off against Vintage Saturday afternoon at Sacramento City College, crushing the Crushers 7-2 in Division I playoff action courtesy of pitching from Connor Davis and a crucial four-run sixth inning. Davis gave up a solo home run in the first inning and another run in the third but his “keep the […]

Trojans tighten 2nd place hold

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s boys volleyball program hosted Folsom Thursday evening, making quick work of the Bulldogs, 25-8, 25-10 and 25-14 in Sierra Foothill League action. Connor Petersen led Troy’s offense with a game-high seven kills, while teammate Nicholas White had six kills and senior Ben Kopania finished with five. Austin Frese […]

Jerpbak pitches Ponderosa past Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls softball program hosted intra-county rival Ponderosa Friday afternoon for a non-conference matchup that helped benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. With both squads donning pink to support the cause, the Lady Bruins came away with a 3-0 victory and another momentum boost as the end of regular season […]

Trojans fall in 4

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys volleyball program squared off against Nevada Union Thursday night, fighting hard but falling in four to the Miners in conference action, 19-25, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-27 at home. No game was a runaway victory for either side, which gave Troy fans an optimistic estimate for what […]

Lady Trojans reach NorCal finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge signed, sealed and delivered its ticket to Sleep Train Arena Tuesday night at home via a commanding victory over post-season rival Berkeley, 58-49, in girls CIF NorCal Division I semifinal action. A flawless 12-0 regular season, high seeding and victory over Oakland Tech merited a home playoff game against Berkeley. […]

Bruin girls slay mighty Dragons

SACRAMENTO — For more than a decade, Sacramento High’s varsity girls basketball program has been an unstoppable postseason institution — cruising through the opening rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs year after year. Not so on Tuesday, as visiting 11th seed Ponderosa slayed the No. 6 Dragons in an 81-74 upset that rocked the Division II bracket […]

Bruins get Sr. Night win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa continued its push to the playoffs Friday night, rolling through Roseville 65-27 in Capital Valley Conference action. For co-captain Mackenzie O’Donnell, Ashlyn Zentner and team manager Naomi Parrilla, the win was a fitting sendoff for the Ponderosa seniors serving in their last regular season home game. Fellow co-captains Madison Clayton and Danielle […]

Union Mine scores Senior Night win

EL DORADO — Wednesday night was a big night for Sierra Valley Conference wrestling, as the last two undefeated teams squared off for undisputed rights to the top of the standings as host Union Mine faced off against a formidable Cordova lineup. When the mats were rolled up it was the Diamondbacks who seized the […]

Bruins battle Broncos in loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Bella Vista Friday night, falling to the Broncos 51-45 in Capital Valley Conference action. The Bruins traded buckets with their guests through the majority of the first half, but couldn’t shut down Bella Vista’s offense in the second quarter, trailing 26-19 at halftime. Grinding through […]

Raider press stifles Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa battled a tough River City squad for its Trojan Toss-Up opener Saturday and despite coming in with momentum, the Lady Bruins hit an obstacle with the Raiders’ press and couldn’t recover, falling 48-33 in the matchup. “We didn’t play well at all,” Danielle Craft said after the game. “They (River City) […]

Oak Ridge girls deliver when it counts

EL DORADO HILLS — Given a run for its money Saturday by Inderkum during its own Trojan Toss-Up opener, host Oak Ridge assembled a solid final three minutes to pull out a 62-52 victory in front of a supportive home crowd. The win came together in a final collage of productive plays in the last […]

Bruins ‘Craft’ three weekend victories

Ponderosa’s girls met Union Mine Thursday in both squad’s opener of the “Battle in the Foothills” round robin format and the Lady Bruins, behind Danielle Craft’s 32-point effort, subdued the Diamondbacks 54-33. Ponderosa wrangled early control despite executing a “feeling out” stage that limited its offense against Union Mine in the first quarter. The D’backs, making […]

Lady Diamondbacks race past Calaveras

EL DORAD) — It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night at Union Mine High as the varsity Lady Diamondbacks hosted Calaveras for its second nonleague game of the year. Following a dismal showing in the first two quarters, Union Mine reversed a two-point deficit at halftime with an 18-point third quarter and another […]

Volleyball: Oak Ridge spikers sweep Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls volleyball program hosted Kennedy Tuesday night, cruising through the Cougars 25-20, 25-19, 25-11 in CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I playoff action. It was a smooth first-round win for the Trojans, who compensated for a slow start in set No. 1 to dispatch their counterparts with ease the rest […]

Football: Oak Ridge knocks off Nevada Union

EL DORADO HILLS — Needing a win to aide its playoff chances, and supported intensely by a loud homecoming crowd on Senior Night, Oak Ridge High’s varsity football program delivered a 24-21 Sierra Foothill League victory over Nevada Union in a game that kept the outcome from becoming apparent until the final Miner possession. Leading 17-7 […]

EL Dorado rally overtakes Hawks

GALT — El Dorado High’s varsity football program extended its perfect record Friday night on the road, traveling to/returning from Liberty Ranch with a 40-29 comeback Sierra Valley Conference victory. Cougar conditioning kicked in late as El Dorado reversed a 10-point fourth quarter deficit with 21 unanswered points on three Nick Bonniksen touchdown passes in an […]

Football: Diamondbacks too much for Matadors

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity football squad steamrolled Mira Loma 58-0 in a non-conference game Friday. For Diamondbacks interim head coach Davy Johnson and his players, the win was a good mark for the season record, but also an opportunity to rotate all players onto the field after the first quarter. “We didn’t keep […]

Grizzlies crush San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — It was thunder in the sky and thunder on the field Friday as Golden Sierra steamrolled visiting San Juan 64-6 in Sierra Delta League action. Coming off a tough loss to Colfax, the Grizzlies surged forward with a chip on the shoulder en route to a 28-0 rout in the first quarter. […]

Oak Ridge girls upend Miners 3-1

El DORADO HILL — Oak Ridge extended its perfect streak Tuesday night at home, defeating Nevada Union 25-21, 20-25, 25-15 and 25-17 in Sierra Foothill League volleyball action. Sporting a solid win in game one, Troy faltered throughout game 2 on miscommunication and a troubling service receive — allowing the Miners to pick up a […]

Ponderosa falls to Timberwolves

ROSEVILLE — Ponderosa High wrapped up preseason action Friday night at Woodcreek, falling 28-14 to an undefeated Timberwolves program in nonconference play. For the Bruins, it was a tale of missed opportunities in the red zone. Ponderosa fought its way inside the 20 four times but failed to find pay dirt against a stout Woodcreek […]

Bruins pull out thrilling comeback

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pulling off a gutsy two-point conversion in the final seconds, host Ponderosa edged Vista del Lago 43-42 in the Bruins’ home opener Friday. Down by a score, Ponderosa quarterback Colby Chiverton found Josh Bist on the left side for a 30-yard touchdown with under 15 seconds remaining in the game. From there, head […]

Late Trojan goals subdue Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High’s boys soccer programs faced off Wednesday night in Bruin country for the first and last intra-county showdown in preseason action. Oak Ridge’s junior varsity and varsity programs each took earned 2-1 victories over the hosts, despite the Bruins holding a one-goal lead for the majority of the […]

D’backs record 48-0 shutout

SACRAMENTO — Union Mine High’s varsity football program kicked off its 2014 season on a high note Friday, traveling to Foothill High and returning with a 48-0 preseason victory. Junior running back Austin Rigsby tallied four rushing touchdowns in the win — two he earned with change-in-direction runs and two that relied on brute strength, […]

Oak Ridge gallups past Mustangs

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge advanced through opening rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Tuesday, hosting and defeating Monterey Trail in three sets, 25-10, 26-24 and 25-20. Troy jumped out to an early lead in game one but the Mustangs came alive in the second set, forcing Oak Ridge to grind out […]

Lady Trojans douse Lodi Flames

Oak Ridge advances to semifinals EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High varsity girls soccer team hosted Lodi in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, posting a commanding 3-0 victory Thursday. The Lady Trojans dominated possession throughout both halves, drawing first blood in the 37th minute when Julia Crawford’s corner kick […]

Cougars drop season finale

El Dorado High’s varsity girls soccer program hosted Galt Thursday, falling 1-0 to the Lady Warriors in Sierra Valley Conference action. “We played a great first half,” Cougar head coach Chris Herrman said. “We did a lot better opening up our passing and controlling possession — we just struggled to finish on the offensive end.” […]

Troy unpends Davis

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys lacrosse program hosted Davis Tuesday night, downing the Top-25 ranked Blue Devils 7-5 in a close battle. “This was a great win for us,” head coach Chad Walden said. “Our attack line with Tanner (Rosenbaum), Conner (Herr) and Austin (Hunter) played its best game of the […]

Lacrosse: Trojans battle but fall to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge endured a hard-fought match at home Thursday, falling 11-7 to St. Francis in an intense grind. Looking to avenge a 15-9 loss to the Troubadors earlier in the week, Troy found itself locked into a demanding struggle that lasted both halves. “We never look past any team we are […]

Troy triumphs 9-5

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge overcame Lincoln Tuesday night by a 9-5 score. With a roster troubled by injuries, the Trojans were forced to grind it out against a stingy Zebra squad. Oak Ridge dominated in face offs, winning 12-of-17 in a game where persistence decided the victor. Austin Hunter led the charge […]

Swimming: Trojans dominate Bruins in dual meet

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity swim program hosted Oak Ridge Wednesday for a Delta River League and intra-county showdown. The visiting Trojans led the way in most categories, as the boys beat the Bruins 139-50, while the Lady Trojans downed their counterparts 119.5-69.5. Oak Ridge’s boys and girls seized victory in all relay events, dominating […]

Soccer: One goal helps Union Mine beat El Dorado

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity girls soccer program hosted Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county rival El Dorado Tuesday night, posting a 1-0 win at the Diamondbacks’ field. Both squads fought for dominance in a game that was kept in limbo through two halves, with only a handful of shots on goal coming at […]

El Dorado sweeps D’backs

El Dorado High’s varsity boys volleyball program made quick work of intra-county rival Union Mine Thursday night at home, dropping the Diamondbacks in three straight games, 25-12, 25-19 and 25-7. With an experienced roster featuring players who have developed collectively under head coach Alan Magat, the Cougars were well prepared to take on a D’back […]

Oak Ridge girls unload on Broncos

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming off its frustrating defeat to Granite Bay, the Oak Ridge varsity girls lacrosse program bounced back with a vengeance Friday night, improving to 6-2 with a 26-1 rout of Bella Vista Friday night at home. Scoring four goals in four minutes to jump ahead, the Lady Trojans made quick work […]

Cougars fall to River City

El Dorado High’s varsity girls soccer program hosted River City Tuesday night, fighting hard but coming up short in a 2-1 Sierra Valley Conference loss. Caught off guard by an early Raiders push, El Dorado gave up two quick goals in the opening 15 minutes of play before renegotiating the pace and holding its guests […]

Bruins fall in 4

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High hosted Roseville Thursday night, beating its guests 25-16 in game one before losing the next three 25-19, 25-23 and 29-27. “We played well,” Bruin head coach Amy Stockett said. “We unfortunately weren’t able to keep enough momentum in the last three games.” The match allowed both squads to see how […]

D’back spikers fall to Davis

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys volleyball program hosted Davis Tuesday night, falling in four games to the Blue Devils 25-16, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-18. Davis jumped out to an early lead in game one, notching a win without much struggle from the hosts. Union Mine saw a change in confidence during games […]

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