Brandon Anicich

Ponderosa rally on Folsom isn’t enough

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity wrestling program lost a close one to Folsom Wednesday night at home, coming up short 30-27 in a hard-fought battle with the Bulldogs. As both teams came in undefeated, the outcome likely determined the Delta River League winner. Folsom’s lower weight classes set the early tone in decisioning T.J. […]

Diamondbacks too much for Cougars

The Union Mine High varsity girls basketball team traveled to El Dorado Friday night, beating the intra-county rival and Sierra Valley Conference foe Cougars 56-32. The Diamondbacks (3-2, 16-4) took an aggressive tempo early in the game and maintained momentum through all four quarters, building on a foundation of smart passing and court awareness. Senior […]

Cougars edge D’backs in conference play

In an intra-county and Sierra Valley Conference boys basketball game, El Dorado hosted Union Mine in an anticipated showdown. Trailing by nine at half, El Dorado rallied in the final two quarters to edge the charging Diamondbacks 50-47 in the Cougars’ gym. Union Mine (0-3, 9-9) maintained its nine-point lead through the first few minutes […]

Eagles fly past Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program came up short Friday night at home, losing 81-58 to Pleasant Grove in Delta River League play. The Bruins struggled to establish an offensive rhythm, finishing the first half with 15 total points. The Eagles set the pace from tip-off to final buzzer on a night […]

Turnovers cost Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity girls basketball program lost 50-43 to visiting St. Francis Tuesday night, conceding 36 turnovers in the Lady Bruins’ Delta River League home opener. Freshman Danielle Craft had a team-high 11 points on the night, firing 5-for-7 from the free throw line and hammering two, big three-point jumpers. Senior Megan […]

Grizzlies drop Classic finale

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s varsity boys basketball program fell 54-44 to Buckingham Charter Saturday night in the Grizzlies’ own Mountain Classic Tournament final. Junior forward Peter Biersteker earned All Tournament honors for his play during the three-day invitational. After opening the tournament with wins over Global Youth Charter and Trinity Christian (see Roundup), […]

Cougars fade after fast start

El Dorado High’s varsity boys basketball program fell 67-55 to Rio Americano Tuesday night at home, struggling to maintain control after leading by three at halftime. The Cougars established dominance in the first quarter, holding the Raiders to eight points while netting 22. Rio bounced back in the second quarter, cutting a 14-point lead to […]

Ponderosa overcomes first-half deficit, Cougars

Behind four players in double-figures to offset five El Dorado double-digit scorers, visiting Ponderosa  turned back host El Dorado 74-67 Tuesday night during preseason action in Cougar country. Junior Bruin center Chris Snyder finished with a game-high 20 points for Ponderosa, while senior teammate Curtis Opsahl bucketed 16. Senior Jacob Bist netted 11 points while […]

Quick Pitch: Tip of the cap

You’ve got to tip your hat to the El Dorado High volleyball team this season. Granted, the Cougars have talent on the court. Between Kylee Hardy’s distribution at the net, Courtney Macklin’s power above it, Keeley Franz’ ability to create a “where did she come from?” moment and the capabilities of each girl on the […]

Cougars grind out win over D’backs

El Dorado High’s varsity volleyball program closed out its regular season on the highest of high notes Tuesday evening at home, defeating crosstown rival Union Mine 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 24-26, 18-16 en route to earning a tie with the Lady Diamondbacks for second place in the Sierra Valley Conference. “That was just an absolute dogfight […]

Tow’s big night does in El Dorado

Fueled by a tremendous rushing performance by senior Sean Tow, the Union Mine Diamondbacks pushed through El Dorado 55-28 in the “Golden Nugget Game” Friday evening in Cougar country. Tow’s 370-yard, four-touchdown performance was the cornerstone of a D’back offense that averaged two touchdowns per quarter in the Sierra Valley Conference rivalry matchup. Union Mine […]

Cougars, D’backs play to 1-1 draw

EL DORADO — Union Mine hosted El Dorado in Sierra Valley Conference action Tuesday, a matchup that wound up a 1-1 draw while exposing different perspectives from each respective program. For the Diamondbacks, the tie was a record of how far the program had come. “It’s really difficult,” Diamondback head coach Jason Bourdett said. “When […]

Vista volleyball sweeps Cougars

El Dorado High’s varsity Lady Cougar volleyball program dropped three straight games at home Thursday evening, falling to an undefeated Vista del Lago squad in Sierra Valley Conference action. The Cougars, coming into Thursday’s match with some big momentum after back-to-back 3-0 victories over Galt and River City, looked to give the Eagles their first […]

Cougars can’t stop Cosumnes Oaks

El Dorado High School’s varsity football program suffered a tough 43-0 Sierra Valley Conference loss Friday night at home to a Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack squad ranked 13th in the area. Facing a well-equipped Wolfpack team, El Dorado put forth a determined effort throughout the night, and while the scoreboard remained bereft of any Cougar points […]

Bruins fall to Placer

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity girls volleyball program fell 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 to Placer Thursday. The match was Ponderosa’s first with a fully-active roster this season as injuries and illness have plagued the Lady Bruins as they prepare for conference action on Wednesday. While the full starting block didn’t have enough to overtake […]

Union Mine booters fail to ding Wolfpack

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys soccer team kicked off Sierra Valley Conference action Thursday evening at home, hosting Cosumnes Oaks but falling 5-0 to its guests to open league play. For the Diamondbacks, the loss was a hard pill to swallow but it also indicated progression for the young, inexperienced program that […]

CrossFit trains outside the “box”

CAMERON PARK — Talk about passion. Two years ago, Scott Reynolds, Rob Enright and Megan Nichols ran a fitness program out of a garage. With a small arsenal of weights and other items Reynolds built himself, CrossFit in Cameron Park relied on word of mouth to expand membership and revenue. Nowadays, the trio still trains […]

Junior lifeguards in training

Each summer, armies of local kids look to cool off and have some fun around water — and the Placerville Aquatics Center has plenty of options for those adventurous young ones. Likewise, for those bright young children who may be dreaming of becoming stronger swimmers or even lifeguards, the Junior Lifeguard program offered by the […]

Moving, muddy morass of metal and mayhem

With temperatures swelling to triple-digits Sunday afternoon at Placerville Speedway, determined fans were rewarded with the Placerville Police Officers Association’s 39th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby. Local favorite and derby veteran Ron Cannon, representing the host organization, and his No. 30 “CannonBall Express” 1979 Chevy Malibu Wagon was the last car moving to pick up the […]

El Dorado Juniors fall short of District title

Hosts go 2-2 at tournament The El Dorado Post 119 Junior Legion baseball season drew to a close Saturday night at El Dorado High’s John Escobar field as Grass Valley downed Post 119 twice for the championship, 4-3 and 9-5, in the double elimination District 7 Tournament. At stake was advancement to this week’s Area […]

El Dorado drops Sun Devils in doubleheader

The El Dorado Senior Legion baseball team picked up a pair of wins Sunday against the Sierra Sun Devils of Reno on John Escobar Field at El Dorado High School in a doubleheader. In the first game, El Dorado (29-3) cruised to a 6-2 victory. Stellar pitching performances from El Dorado’s Troy Booher and Justin Dillon […]

Alumni game ends an era

Players from the past 11 seasons were on hand Wednesday to challenge the current El Dorado Seniors’ baseball squad, an annual tradition that has become a highlight of the summer for legion fans in the county. This year’s alumni game weighed a little heavier on the hearts of all who have followed El Dorado legion […]

All Star Gymnastics team showcases skills

Squad qualifies for Nationals EL DORADO — It was a showcase of strength, balance, flexibility and grace last weekend as All Star Gymnastics hosted the 2012 Acrobatic Gymnastics Regional Championships at Union Mine High. Acrobatic gymnastic teams from all over California converged on the Snake Pit, competing in the partner categories and skill levels. Acro-gymnastics […]

Hangtown Destruction Derby roars to new high

Some said it was the best destruction derby Placerville had ever seen. The 38th annual Placerville Police Officers Association’s Hangtown Destruction Derby absolutely destroyed the belief that Sunday was a day of relaxation. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds produced a cacophony of noise — complete with roaring engines, smashing fenders and screaming fans. This year’s […]

Junior Livestock Auction brings community together

It was another memorable year for the El Dorado County Fair’s 2011 Junior Livestock Auction, as the county’s 4-H, Future Farmers of America, local Granges and youngsters from plenty of organizations put their best foot forward and put up their prized animals for sale — to be bid on by residents and business owners living […]

John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races feature tougher course, added challenge

It just wouldn’t be Father’s Day without wheelbarrow racing. Regardless of the economy or gas prices, wheelbarrow race fans know that Sunday afternoon at the El Dorado County Fair is reserved for the annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races — the epitome of a family fun. The rules are: Each competitor starts with a wheelbarrow, […]

Capt. Satellite reflects on TV career

Democrat staff writer When you sit down and chat with Bob March, 83, and his wife Alice at their home in Placerville, you canÕt help but want to be a member of the Bob March fan club. The man is the epitome of an entertaining gentleman: polite, charismatic, funny and so approachable you feel as […]

Local family fights scourge of worldwide human trafficking

Democrat staff writer If youÕre looking for a lead-by-example lesson in compassion and humanity, look no farther than Kim and Troy Dickson Ñ two El Dorado County residents embarking on an incredible mission. The Dicksons, along with their two daughters Jia and Asha, will be in New Delhi, India for the next year, assisting in […]

Pollock man awarded China medal

Democrat staff writer On July 7, 1937, Marvin E. Metzler enlisted in the Navy and headed off to boot camp in San Diego. A successful career in the United States Navy would soon follow Ñ as Metzler would see action throughout the Pacific Theater during the Second World War, ending his naval service as a […]

Teen rushes to Rockies, returns a new champion

Democrat staff writer Her name is Emily Piland, and she knows a thing or two about cattle. A 13-year old Jr. Livestock champion from Rescue, Piland recently returned from Denver, Colo., where she was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion buckle for Bred and Owned Cow/Calf pairing in the National Junior Angus Show Ñ the worldÕs […]

Gold Country, school to get sidewalks; trail extended

Democrat staff writer El Dorado County will be seeking to construct a safe route to school for Herbert Green students as well as extend part of the El Dorado TrailÕs bicycle path up through Camino, pledging to meet local grant matches in funding the projects. The project will also bring sidewalks by Gold Country Retirement […]

FFA gal wins big at State Fair

Democrat staff writer El Dorado County teenager Danielle Alicea knows a thing or two about rabbits. Consequently, she also knows a thing or two about dogs. And goats. And guinea pigs. And chickens. As a matter of fact, Alicea knows more than enough about five different species of animals to be crowned champion in the […]

Chili Bar Fire book is Mosquito fire dept. fund-raiser

Democrat staff writer It will be 31 years this September since the terrible Chili Bar Fire ravaged through the American River Canyon, burning nearly 7,000 acres and destroying five buildings in the process. The fire, a disastrous blaze that terrorized Placerville residents for three straight days, still lives in the hearts and minds of firefighters […]

Placerville salaries dont set off any alarm bells

Democrat staff writer In the wake of the outrageous payroll fiasco in the city of Bell, residents across the state have expressed a growing concern about local government, and are asking more and more what their own city officials earn for their positions. Bell, one of the poorer municipalities in the greater Los Angeles area, […]

Cougar sighting in Placerville causes concern

Democrat staff writer Placerville resident Debra McIntire has long been aware of the presence of mountain lions in El Dorado County, but did not expect one to show up in her back yard. McIntire, 47, spotted the cougar early one recent evening, walking down a dirt driveway adjacent to McIntireÕs property, approximately 20 yards from […]

Frank-ly speaking, auto body shop is benchmark operation

Democrat staff writer Talking with Jim and Rich Morgan, owners of FrankÕs Body Shop in Placerville, it becomes very clear why their shop has its outstanding reputation. Chances are, if you have ever needed body work done on your vehicle in El Dorado County, you have heard of FrankÕs. Additionally, if you have ever attended […]

Post 119 earns first Area 1 title in more than 20 years

Mother Lode News DAVIS Ñ Yountville, here they come. The El Dorado Senior American Legion Post 119 baseball team made history Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium on UC Davis campus, defeating Chico 4-1 in the Area 1 championship game. The victory sealed its place among the greats and ensured a ticket up to Yountville for […]

EDH North Little League falls short following Pondo upset

Mother Lode News El Dorado Hills North Little LeaguesÕ 9-10 All-Star team finally met their match Sunday night, falling to WoodcreekÕs All-Stars 8-4. The loss held the boys to finishing third in the tournament with an overal record of 5-2 Ñ their best in years. The preceding games of the tournament tested the young athletesÕ […]

Once sentenced to death, former prisoner talks with local group

Democrat correspondent Internationally celebrated Christian pastor Wally Magdangal of Sacramento came to Placerville Monday, speaking before the El Dorado County Republican Women, Federated at DennyÕs Restaurant to enlighten members regarding his personal story of persecution and imprisonment in Saudi Arabia. He also talked of what he described as the pressing dangers of radical Islam as […]

Fire horn to return to Moke Hill

Democrat correspondent While the Fourth of July is in and of itself a special day for every single town in America, for Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County this yearÕs Independence Day celebration will be extra special. Cameron Park residents Ron and Dyana Anderly are returning a 150-year old fire horn to the station in Mokelumne […]

Bidders step up to claim the best of livestock in 2010 Junior Livestock Auction at the fair

Democrat correspondent It was a sight to see Saturday at the Vicini Livestock Pavilions in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds as the 2010 Junior Livestock Auction captured the attention of fairgoers with an electrically entertaining all-day event. Honorary Lifetime Auctioneer Doug Milton, alongside auctioneers Jimmy Clark and Seth Seever, kept spectators on constant awareness as […]

Post 119 beats Oroville in double header

Mother Lode News El Dorado American Senior Legion Post 119 made a day of it Saturday afternoon at El Dorado High School, downing Oroville 12-3 and 8-7 in some early summer baseball action. Daniel Muzzi pitched all seven in the first game, finishing with six strikeouts. He allowed six hits, walked none and his dominance […]

Interesting connections make for good music

Special to the Democrat Tim Hamilton is a musician and singer/songwriter. He and his band, Slight of Hand, perform cover songs and some original material at venues throughout Northern California. That doesnÕt seem all too unique, until you find out that Hamilton is an attorney by trade, and his band has been supported and assisted […]

Cool crowd celebrates the Amgen

Democrat staff writer COOL Ñ Spectators and cycling fans lined Highway 49 around the town of Cool for the first stage of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California as early as 6 a.m. Sunday. Equipped with lounge chairs, ice chests and umbrellas, the crowd waited patiently for a glimpse of professional cycling action. The Amgen […]

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