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Oak Ridge girls cruise by Timberwolves

EL DORADO HILLS — Still perfect. Oak Ridge’s varsity Lady Trojans continued their undefeated tear through the Sierra Foothill League regular season one more night, cruising through Woodcreek 58-33 in a commanding home win. Hailey McCoy scored 11 while Brittany Belanger and Siera Rasmussen each finished with eight on the night. “It was a good game for […]

Troy tests Woodcreek

EL DORADO HILLS — The last time Oak Ridge’s varsity boys squared up with Woodcreek in Sierra Foothill League action, Troy fell 82-65 on the road. Friday night at home, head coach Bobby Edwards and his team proved they would not go quietly the second time around, losing 71-68 in an overtime thriller. “I’m incredibly […]

Roundup: Feb. 8, 2016

Boys basketball Union Mine 74, Galt 45 — The D’backs explosive offense on the road outshone Galt’s best efforts Thursday night in SVC action. Jay Cardoza finished with 17 while Andrew Vaughn had 15. Mikey O’Neill scored 14, Brad Brittain had 10, Brandt Parkerton had five, Austin Maranville had four and Ryan Guderyon had three. Brody Pearman, […]

Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

Girls basketball Ponderosa 69, Whitney 49 — The Lady Bruins held their opponent to just five points in the fourth quarter en route to victory on the road. Danielle Craft finished with a game-high 23 points while Saraya Smith and Juliana Blaine each had 15. Cassidy Pensa finished with nine points while Lauren Joy had six and […]

Bruins clinch CVC

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Bring on Benicia. Pondoerosa’s varsity squad secured its Capital Valley Conference championship Tuesday night at home, defeating Bella Vista 49-16 in front of a packed-out Senior Night crowd. Bruin seniors Kyle Jennings and Elan Tubbs both earned pins in their matches while they — along with fellow senior Zach Stewart, were honored […]

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

EL DORADO — For the second consecutive year, the Sierra Valley Conference will have co-champion banners created for varsity wrestling. This year, however, it will only be two teams instead of three — Union Mine and El Dorado High. The D’Backs defeated their intra-county conference rivals Wednesday night at home, winning 37-33 on Senior Night. […]

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys extended their undefeated home court record one more night, defeating Bella Vista 81-72 in Bruin country Monday evening. Down 20-18 after the first quarter, Ponderosa returned to form in the second quarter with major contributions from Kenny Macklin, Brennan Wheeler and Adam Orr to lead 43-37 at half. Macklin […]

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

EL DORADO HILLS — With league action winding down and the postseason looming, Oak Ridge High’s varsity program hosted its annual Trojan Wars invitational tournament Saturday, with 15 schools participating in the daylong event. Troy seized the day on its home turf, finishing first with 261.5 total points. Oak Ridge finished with nearly 100 points more […]

South 1 completes final Giant Slalom of year

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 skiers and boarders were greeted by a bluebird day on the mountain Monday, as teams competed in their third and final Giant Slalom of the season. Ponderosa High’s Lady Bruin forces were stellar, seizing first in both team competitions while Oak Ridge High’s mens ski team denied the Bruins of taking three team […]

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

Team misses Clayton in lopsided defeat SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity girls experienced a tough loss Friday night at home, falling 80-39 to an undefeated Antelope squad in Capital Valley Conference action. The Bruins started strong early in the first, controlling pace and establishing a 6-0 lead, but Antelope’s outside shooting equalized almost immediately, and […]

Ponderosa boys beat up on Wolfpack

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Bruin boys extended their win streak to four Wednesday night at home, dropping Cosumnes Oaks 78-53 in Capital Valley Conference action. Brennan Wheeler finished with a game-high 22 points while Kenny Macklin dropped 18 on the night, as Ponderosa cruised through four quarters of large-margin leads. Up 22-10 after the first […]

Cougars upend Lady D’backs

El Dorado High’s girls program moved atop the Sierra Valley Conference standings Tuesday evening, defeating intra-county rival Union Mine 49-39 at home. Molly Hargon finished with a game-high 15 points for the Cougars while Sam Klinkenborg had 12 in the victory. “We played with a lot of aggression tonight,” Klinkenborg said. “Any time we play Union Mine […]

PHS girls top Tigers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Saraya Smith scored 18 of her 23 points in the second half — 13 in a pivotal third quarter — as Ponderosa defeated visiting Roseville 59-46 for its fifth straight Capital Valley Conference win. With all but two of her team’s points in the third, Smith single-handily kept Ponderosa within range after an injury to Madison […]

Bruin tourney gets down and dirty

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity program hosted its “Dirty 530″ tournament over the weekend, with five teams competing including squads from De la Salle and Chico High. The Bruins split 1-1 after a 41-24 loss to De la Salle and a 32-26 victory over Chico, but for head coach Tyson Escobar and his team, it wasn’t about the […]

OR wrestling bounces back

EL DORADO HILLS — In a tuneup before its weekend tournament at Morro Bay, host Oak Ridge bounced back in the Sierra Foothill League win column with a 48-15 victory over Granite Bay Thursday in an early afternoon dual meet. The Trojans forfeited once (220 pounds) and lost 11-6 (140), 4-0 (147) and 5-3 (184) […]

Cougars crush Galt

El Dorado High’s varsity girls hit double-digits in all four quarters of Sierra Valley Conference play Thursday night, downing Galt 66-26. After a rocky start, the Lady Cougars overwhelmed their guests, dropping 16 points in the first quarter to lead 38-15 at half. Sarah Holm finished with a game-high 20 points while Molly Hargon and Sam Klinkenborg […]

Schedule: Jan. 25-30, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25 Alpine Racing PHS, OR, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Tuesday, Jan. 26 Boys basketball El Dorado @ Union Mine, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ ED, 7 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 7:30 PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. Wrestling Nevada Union @ OR, 7 p.m. Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, […]

El Dorado dominates Liberty Ranch

El Dorado High’s varsity wrestling program cruised to another commanding victory Wednesday night at home, dismantling Liberty Ranch 60-9 on Senior Night in league duals action. Five Cougar grapplers walked away with pins, three of which came in the first round. Haley Beecher garnered her second first-round pin of the year in the 106-pound division, […]

Oak Ridge beat by a dozen

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys program suffered through a tough loss at home Tuesday, falling 64-52 go a Del Oro squad that outplayed the Trojans in all aspects of the game. Troy trailed the Golden Eagles through all four quarters, failing to jump ahead despite keeping within striking distance. “We flat-out […]

Loya clutch for Lady Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — A packed house, a budding rivalry, and a high-octane barnburner that gripped an entire student body cheering section. That’s what Lady Grizzly basketball fans got Friday night on home court as Golden Sierra High’s varsity girls basketball program knocked off Vacaville Christian 53-52 in Sierra Delta League action. Freshman sensation Rachel Loya […]

Golden Sierra drops close one at home

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s boys varsity basketball program came close to clinching its first conference victory Friday night at home, losing 45-51 to Vacaville Christian in Sierra Delta League action. Trading blows with the Falcons through three deadlocked quarters of play, the Grizzlies, driven by head coach Al Toney’s resolve to fight to the […]

D’backs fall 65-23

EL DORADO  — Union Mine High’s varsity girls endured a tough one Thursday evening at home, falling 65-23 to Cordova in Sierra Valley Conference action. Katie Vick was the first to put points on the board for the D’backs on an assist from Maleah Denault and behind defense, Union Mine kept things close at 6-10 […]

Union Mine takes Hawks to buzzer

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity basketball program came within one shot of delivering the first loss of the year to Liberty Ranch Tuesday night at home, falling 57-54 to the Hawks in Sierra Valley Conference action. Tied 28-28 at halftime, the Diamondbacks met their opponent blow-for-blow through all four quarters of regulation, suffering […]

D’backs punish Liberty Ranch

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity wrestling program made quick work of Liberty Ranch Wednesday night at home, defeating the Hawks 64-18 in league dual action. With three forfeits to overcome in the 106, 113 and 120-pound divisions, the Diamondbacks got to work quickly in their individual matches, earning six first-period pins, seven pins […]

Lady Cougars’ loss leaves sour taste

It was a frustrating way to end preseason action for El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball program, falling 60-58 to El Camino via a turnover and layup in the final seconds of play Saturday night at home. Despite leading most of the night, El Dorado couldn’t contain the Eagles’ outside shooting, and succumbed to key mental mistakes […]

Beecher’s pin sets tone for El Dorado

El Dorado opened up its 2016 dual meet schedule with a home dual against Cordova Wednesday night, coming away with a commanding 50-24 victory over the Lancers. Cougar head coach David Pimentel and his crew in blue knew the value of pins, having to overcome three forfeits in the 160, 182 and 220-pound weight divisions. It […]

El Dorado falls to CBS

El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball had its hands full Wednesday night at home, falling 75-34 to a talented and deep Christian Brothers squad in preseason action. The Falcons were off and running early, relying on a fast-paced offensive surge that left El Dorado trailing 27-7 after the first quarter, and 40-15 heading into halftime. […]

Cougars get by Casa

Backed by a 17-point performance by junior power forward Bill Bumbaca, the El Dorado High varsity basketball program muscled its way to a 45-35 victory over Casa Roble Tuesday night at home. In a grueling grind that gave no indication of a solid outcome until midway through the fourth quarter, El Dorado traded buckets with […]

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 […]

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