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Trojans edge Bruins in league finale

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys basketball team hosted Delta River League and intra-county rival Ponderosa Tuesday, topping the Bruins 56-47 in the league finale. Fans treated the showdown as if it was a section semifinal, giving both squads an electric environment to compete in. The Trojans’ win secured a playoff spot. “Playing […]

Bruins break through

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa picked up its first Delta River League victory Thursday night at home, dropping Folsom 57-50. The Lady Bruin offense blitzed its way to a 19-point first quarter and 32-point first half while holding Folsom to 15. “Our goal the second time through our schedule had been to improve and the past […]

Bruins drop home finale

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Sheldon Wednesday night, falling 56-44 in Delta River League action. The game was Ponderosa’s last regular season home game and before tipoff the program honored Richie Munoz, Marcus Forbes, Shelby Lee, Josh Boiler, Dillon Gugin, Mitch Milicevich and Chris Snyder who received ovations from an […]

El Dorado boys crush Galt’s Warriors

El Dorado High’s varsity boys basketball program pulled off a commanding Sierra Valley Conference win over Galt Friday night at home, overpowering the Warriors 68-13 in a game that saw every Cougar on the roster score. There were many positives throughout. Stifling defense held Galt to a single point in the first quarter, while the […]

Cougars fall to Cosumnes Oaks

El Dorado High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Cosumnes Oaks Tuesday evening, suffering a 75-53 loss in Sierra Valley Conference action. While the Cougars enjoyed spurts of momentum, they struggled to compete with a Wolfpack squad that featured a bigger and faster roster. “Those guys (Cosumnes Oaks) are a good team,” Cougar head coach Conrad […]

It’s all Oak Ridge against Lady Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls basketball program hosted intra-county rival Ponderosa Thursday night, defeating the Lady Bruins handily in a 64-20 Delta River League victory. The Bruins, 0-4 in league action heading into the game, found themselves outmatched against an undefeated squad from Troy with an expansive offensive arsenal. The hosts […]

Bruin effort isn’t enough

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program endured a tough loss Friday evening at home, losing 81-48 to an offensively charged Folsom squad in Delta River League action. Facing a Bulldog roster stacked with scorers and filled with size, Ponderosa coach Troy Selvey knew his Bruins would have to bring their best game […]

Raiders spoil D’backs’ Sr. Night

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity wrestling program fell to Sierra Valley Conference foe River City, 42-26, on Senior Night at the Snake Pit Wednesday. Three Diamondback forfeits created an 18-point deficit the hosts never overcame. “It’s tough to overcome 18 points — the team wrestled well, we just didn’t have quite enough tenacity […]

D’backs lose tough game to Raiders

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys basketball team fell to an experienced River City squad, 58-37, Thursday at the Snake Pit in a Sierra Valley Conference contest. The Diamondbacks (1-3, 5-11) held their guests to 23 points in the second half, but couldn’t finish at the rim consistently enough to build a comeback. “We […]

Cougars denied by Wolfpack

El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball program came up short Friday at home, falling to Cosumnes Oaks 61-46 in Sierra Valley Conference action. The Cougars pushed for an early lead, forcing Cosumnes Oaks to take note but trouble finishing at the rim and second-chance baskets for the Wolfpack had El Dorado trailing at the end […]

Bruin boys defeat Sheldon

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity wrestling program overcame Sheldon Wednesday night, handling the Huskies 48-21 in its first Delta River League dual meet of the year. Zack Velasquez, Trae Providence, Nathaniel Moody and Zack Miller all managed to pin their opponents en route to victory, while Joshua Ferry, Joe DelValle and Kyle Jennings contributed […]

Oak Ridge rolls into Toss-Up finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls basketball program put together two well-earned wins this weekend at its annual Trojan Toss-Up — defeating Inderkum 72-36 Friday  before conquering River City 57-32 Saturday. In reaching the finals, Oak Ridge takes on Cardinal Newman tonight at 8:15. Troy set the tone early with stifling defense […]

D’backs upend Griz

Union Mine High’s varsity girls basketball program made quick work of Golden Sierra Thursday night, downing the Grizzlies 61-19 in preseason action. Union Mine held Golden Sierra to seven points in the first half, while scoring at least 11 in each quarter.  Trisha Tolbert had a game-high 11 points for the hosts while Courtney Bruno […]

Bruins edge past Cougars

SHINGLE SPRINGS — It was an intra-county showdown Tuesday night at Ponderosa High as the Bruins hosted El Dorado for their annual varsity boys preseason matchup. After trading big scoring runs in the first half, both squads were neck-and-neck down the stretch with the hosts coming away with a 63-60 victory. Ponderosa worked its way […]

Oak Ridge gets Folsom finals rematch

Trojans hold off Eagles; Hughes gets 3 TDs EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity football program punched its ticket to the Sac-Joaquin Division I Section championship after a 26-20 semifinals win over visiting Pleasant Grove Friday night. After a first half dominated by stifling defense from both squads, the Trojans established a viable […]

Football: Balanced attack gives Oak Ridge victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s football team charged through the opening round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Friday with a 31-7 win over Napa. Trojan quarterback Ian Book completed 12-of-18 passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns — two of which targeted senior Trent Buenzli on a couple of crafty routes up […]

Trojans oust Davis

SHINGLE SPRINGS  — Oak Ridge advanced through its opening-round Division I section playoff match Tuesday, dropping visiting Davis 25-19, 16-25, 25-23 , 25-17 at Ponderosa High. “We hadn’t seen Davis this year,” co-head coach Christy Bergin said, “We struggled to get in rhythm at times but when the girls found it you could really notice […]

Union Mine ends its season

FOLSOM — Union Mine High’s varsity football program wrapped up its season Friday, falling 45-0 to Vista del Lago in a frustrating Sierra Valley Conference closer at Prairie City Stadium. As has been the story for the Diamondbacks this year, the opposition boasted more size, speed and depth. “It’s been a tough year,” Union Mine […]

Bruins latest Folsom casualty

FOLSOM — Ponderosa High’s varsity football program suffered a heavy dose of gridiron punishment Friday night, traveling to Folsom High for a 52-0 loss to an undefeated Bulldogs squad. Fans knew the match up favored Folsom heavily, as the hosts have been enjoying a bona fide heyday with the school’s football program. With a well-tuned […]

Troy takes second

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys soccer program suffered two losses this year in Delta River League action but Tuesday at home, the Trojans avenged one by dropping Pleasant Grove 6-1 on Senior Night to clinch second place and a playoff berth. Seniors Kevin Eccles, Brian Looper, Sean Miller, Ryan Mullin, Cameron […]

D’backs get first win

EL DORADO — Union Mine gave its fans a number of reasons to be excited during Friday’s Homecoming game, including the first win of the year in a 36-6 rout of Galt in Sierra Valley Conference action. “I’m happy,” Diamondback coach Dave Johnson said. “It’s good for the guys to get a win here for […]

Trojans jump on Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys soccer program hosted Ponderosa Thursday night at home, jumping on a timid Bruin performance in the first half en route to a 3-1 victory. From the opening kick, Ponderosa walked on eggshells, failing to attack aggressively and pursue 50-50 balls with tenacity. Sensing that, Oak Ridge […]

Water Polo: Cougars soak Wolves

EL DORADO — El Dorado High’s varsity water polo program found success across the board Thursday afternoon as the boys and girls teams beat visiting Rosemont 14-2 and 17-4, respectively, at the Aquarics Center. For the girls, it was the last home match for seniors Lola Pesce, Katryna Holifield, Sarah Miller and Madison Orr and […]

Eagles run past Ponderosa

SACRAMENTO — Heading into Friday night’s Delta River League game with Pleasant Grove High, Ponderosa’s head football coach Jason Tenner knew his Bruins had to be perfect against the undefeated Eagles at Sheldon High School. Unfortunately, perfection was not the order of the day and Ponderosa suffered a 46-0 loss. “When you play against a […]

Volleyball: D’backs too much for Warriors

EL DORADO — Union Mine made quick work of Galt Thursday night at home, rolling past the visiting Lady Warriors in three straight, 25-6, 25-8 and 25-4. The Diamondbacks were unstoppable in all aspects. Libero Macallan Smith was flawless in serve reception, while outside hitters Andrea Barnes and McKaela Vonasek dominated the attack, picking up […]

Trojans edge Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — It was a gritty grind Tuesday afternoon as host Ponderosa squared off against neighboring Oak Ridge in a physical rivalry match that saw the Trojans pull away with a 1-0 victory. “We knew the kind of game it was going to be going into today,” Bruin head coach Greg Spangler said. “When […]

Youth of El Dorado: Trick or treater and teen driver safety for Halloween night

It’s already October! The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and the familiar smell of pumpkin pie is beginning to permeate our kitchens. The most exciting part of October is the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, trick or treating, and all things spooky. Nothing is more exciting than dressing up as a goblin, ghoul, your favorite […]

Union Mine drops to 0-6

ELK GROVE — It was a tough evening for Union Mine High’s varsity football program Friday as host Cosumnes Oaks routed the Diamondbacks 45-6 in Sierra Valley Conference action. Matching up against a Wolfpack squad with more speed, size and numbers, Union Mine struggled to find footing on both sides of the ball. “We have […]

Trojan boys fall to Jesuit, Trojan girls lose to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s boys and girls water polo programs hosted games against Jesuit and and St. Francis Tuesday at the CSD pool, losing both Delta Valley Conference matchups. Following an exciting JV upset where the Trojans edged Jesuit 7-6 in overtime, Oak Ridge’s varsity boys struggled to find momentum, falling 14-6 […]

Lady Bruins fall in straight sets

SHINGLE SPRINGS – Ponderosa High’s varsity girls volleyball team hosted Rocklin Thursday, losing in three straight, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20. The Lady Bruins struggled to put balls away on the attack, and succumbed to a formidable Rocklin offense. Junior Lauren Williams led the hosts with four kills, while senior Sarah Walker had three and Christine McDavid, […]

Soccer: Trojans tie Woodcreek

Oak Ridge 0, Woodcreek 0 EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys soccer program wrapped up preseason action Tuesday at home, playing visiting Woodcreek to a 0-0 draw. Both teams enjoyed an even share of possession throughout the match, but stingy defenses on both ends kept any momentum in check. Woodcreek’s caliber of […]

Injury overshadows Bruin win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity soccer program extended its preseason win streak to five Friday after dropping Cordova 6-2 in Bruin Country. Junior Brandon Avalos picked up two goals on the day while teammates Matt Gould, Cameron Spencer, Jared Heffner and Jose Carrillo each contributed scoring efforts. The win served as a litmus test […]

Football: Bruins get it done via the run, pass

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity football program extended its perfect preseason to 3-0 Friday night at home, cruising past visiting Cordova 24-0 in front of a full crowd at Simon Bruin Stadium. Without seizing it, Ponderosa managed to dictate the pace of play, scoring two touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Despite […]

Bruins’ scoring blitz buries El Dorado soccer

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity soccer program hosted intra-county rival El Dorado Wednesday, routing the Cougars 5-1 in preseason action. The Bruins tallied all five of their goals in the first 30 minutes, sparked mere seconds in as senior Trevor Swartz took an opening tap from Curtis Goldsmith and blasted a deep floater that […]

Oak Ridge boots past El Dorado

An inter-county preseason boys soccer match between Oak Ridge and El Dorado at the Cougars’ field led to the visiting Trojans posting a 4-0 victory Thursday. The game served as a nice opportunity for fans to see the progress of both programs. Joe Champion is heading the Oak Ridge boys soccer after coaching boys at […]

Tigers claw back to beat Cougars

The El Dorado High football team fell to Tokay, 29-16 in a close game at the Cougars’ den Friday. Slated to be a litmus test for the strength of the Cougars, El Dorado head coach Joe Volek expressed his pride in the play of his players — young men charged with the task of playing […]

Youth of El Dorado: Back to school tips — extracurricular activities

Introduction Welcome to the Youth of El Dorado column, where teens and parents can gain information on local youth organizations, committees and clubs; sports; job and scholarship opportunities; youth spotlights and success stories; as well as information about local events for participants and/or volunteers. The community now has a chance to hear and share what […]

‘Book’ smart Trojans rip Vista

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity football program made quick work of visiting Vista del Lago Friday night, shutting out the Eagles in a 38-0 preseason route. Sophomore quarterback Ian Book put in a clinic in accuracy during his debut, completing 15-of-18 passes en route to throwing for 259 yards and three touchdowns. […]

CAB rolls through Folsom Twisters

The California Academy of Baseball team continued its dominant summer schedule by downing the Folsom Twisters 9-3 and 8-1 in a double-header matchup at El Dorado High on Saturday. Featuring a lineup flush with strong batters, CAB had a combined 22 hits — 10 in the first game and 12 in the night-cap — while […]

Oak Ridge blanks Cougars 5-0

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge girls soccer cruised through its CIF Division I playoff opener Tuesday,  dropping visiting Kennedy 5-0. After an early goal by Anna Lippuner, the Lady Trojans eased off the accelerator through the first half, with both squads equally sharing possession. Troy keeper Nina Grimes picked up two saves in the […]

Trojan spikers get payback on Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys volleyball program hosted intra-county rival Oak Ridge Wednesday evening, falling 3-1 to the Trojans, 25-14, 32-30, 20-25, 26-24. For Oak Ridge, the victory was retribution of sorts for the loss it suffered to the Bruins last month — a four-set win Ponderosa couldn’t duplicate. “The heart was there […]

Big nine-run inning lifts Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge breached the .500 mark Friday afternoon at home, dropping Pleasant Grove 10-3 in Delta River League action. The Trojans smashed their way to a dozen hits and rallied from a one-run deficit with nine, fifth inning runs en route to a landslide victory. The win gave Oak Ridge the […]

Cougars get the series sweep

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s volleyball team visited Union Mine Thursday and trounced the D’backs in three sets 25-15, 25-10 and 25-7 for the Sierra Valley Conference victory. “Tonight we played a complete game,” El Dorado coach Alan Magat said. Cougar juniors Tait Miller and Matthew Ehly had six kills each in the win while […]

Stellar performance for Ponderosa, beats Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys volleyball program enjoyed a stellar performance Thursday evening against Oak Ridge, defeating its intra-county rival, 3-1 in Delta River League action inside the Trojans’ gym. “This was the best match they’ve played to date this season,” Bruin head coach Amy Stockett said. “Everyone played with a lot […]

D’backs can’t overtake Liberty Ranch

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys basketball program dropped Friday’s conference match-up against Liberty Ranch 62-57 in a game that saw the Diamondbacks nearly overcome a 20-point deficit. “We got it close,” head coach Mike Verbitsky said. “We got it to a spot where we felt we could win if we played smart, […]

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