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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, […]

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 […]

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