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D’backs’ Bruttig makes sections

LAGUNA CREEK — Union Mine’s Chandler Bruttig, seeded No. 2, fell short in last week’s finals of the Sierra Valley Conference championships at Laguna Creek Racquet Club. Bruttig, a junior, lost 2-6, 1-6 to Liberty Ranch’s Taylor Gayla after defeating Vista del Lago’s Angelica Frank 10-6 in the quarters and Chloe Anderson (Cosumnes Oaks) 6-3, […]

Roundup: April 26, 2013

Tennis D-I Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 9, Golden Valley 0 Singles (OR first): Brandon Sutter def. Nava, 6-0, 6-0; Jacob Zetlin def. Becker, 7-5, 6-4; Charlie Conarro def. Garcia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Simon Chan def. Gallegas, 6-1, 6-2; Matt Fergerson def. Moua, 6-2, 6-2; Matthew Lai def. Smith, 6-2, 6-4. Doubles (OR first): Clarence Lai-Scotty […]

Sports scene: April 25, 2013

Ducks Unlimited Placerville Ducks Unlimited will celebrate its 35th anniversary Friday, May 10 when it holds its annual dinner/raffle/silent auction at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. to 10:30. Tickets, $65 individual/$600 for a table package of eight, are limited. RSVP to ensure a spot. There will be an auction and games and drawings […]

Roundup: April 25, 2013

Baseball El Dorado 9, Union Mine 8 — The Cougars edged the D’backs Wednesday to sweep the season series from Union Mine. Tied at 3-3 after four innings, the D’backs scored four runs in the fifth to go in front but El Dorado came back with three in both the fifth and sixth innings to […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 25, 2013

El Dorado track and cross country coach Peanut Harms will be honored as the State Boys Track Coach of the Year at the California Coaches Association’s 56th annual awards banguet in June in Fresno. *** Former 4-year Ponderosa varsity wrestler Jesse Routsong was named a Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete for 2012-13 at Embry Riddle University in […]

Roundup: April 24, 2013

Baseball Golden Sierra 19, Encina 2 — The Grizzlies scored seven runs in the top of the first inning in Tuesday’s Sierra Delta League win. Golden Sierra (4-5, 6-13) banged out 17 hits; Beau Burgess, Bryson Campbell, Jeffrey Klahn, Joshua Salmonson and James Shurtz each had two. Campbell had four RBIs and Klahn three. Burgess went the distance on the mound for […]

Sports Scene: April 24, 2013

Ducks Unlimited Placerville Ducks Unlimited will celebrate its 35th anniversary Friday, May 10 when it holds its annual dinner/raffle/silent auction at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. to 10:30. Tickets, $65 individual/$600 for a table package of eight, are limited. RSVP to ensure a spot. There will be an auction and games and drawings […]

Oak Ridge sports lists key dates

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High Athletic Department has announced two important upcoming dates for incoming freshman and those students planning on participating in Trojan sports during the 2013-14 school year. Freshman Sports Information Night — All incoming freshmen parents and students interested in participating in sports at Oak Ridge during the 2013-14 […]

Bruins upset second-ranked Jesuit

CARMICHAEL — Matt Poulin’s two-out, two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie and Jacob Bist worked out of a two-on, one-out situation for the save as visiting Ponderosa stunned second-ranked Jesuit 9-7 Monday in the first of a three-game Delta River League series. The Bruins started well as Poulin (3 RBIs) doubled in Matthew McBride (4-for-5, […]

Roundup: April 22, 2013

Track and field Woody Wilson Classic, UC Davis Boys Oak Ridge/Ponderosa results — 300H: 2-Jacob Sipes, OR, 39.75; 800: 19-Jake Zeltner, OR, 2:00.12;  1600: 19-Zeltner, 4:34.16; 31-Dusty Armstrong, OR, 4:47.71. 3200: 13-Armstrong, 9:44.09. 110H: 2-Zach Youngberg, OR, 15.32; 9-Jacob Legge, P, 42.13; 13-Nick Emanuel, OR, 42.83. 4×100 relay, OR, 43.47. Distance medley: 4-OR, 10:57.54. HJ: 4-William Vaughn, […]

Roundup: Grizzly softball in 1st place

Volleyball El Dorado def. West Campus 26-28, 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 Soccer Union Mine 4, Galt 1 — UM goals: Deyanira Ventura, 2; Haylee Dale; Kathryn Leal. Ponderosa 2, Pleasant Grove 1 — PHS goals: Sammi Fowler, Selena Brewer. Golden Sierra 3, San Juan 1 — The Grizzlies picked up their seventh Sierra Delta League win. […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 21, 2013

Former Ponderosa pitcher Andrew Graham pitched the first no-hitter in Cal State Stanislaus baseball history (48 years) when he accomplished the feat last month in a 3-0 shutout of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Graham, the younger brother of current Bruin head coach Tyler Graham, struck out four in his gem and was named the NCBWA […]

Schedule: April 22-27, 2013

Monday, April 22 Baseball ED @ UM, 4:15 OR @ Sheldon, 4 p.m. PHS @ Jesuit, 4 p.m. Golf PHS @ Seascape, Aptos, 10 a.m. Tennis *Pleasant Grove @ OR, Broadstone, 3:45 GS @ SDL Singles Tourney Tuesday, April 23 Baseball GS @ Encina, 4 p.m. Dive OR, PHS @ DRL Trials/Finals, CSD, 2:30 Golf […]

Roundup: Swimming and track results

Swimming Boys El Dorado 89, Liberty Ranch 57 200 medley relay–ED (Garry Wriedt, Dylan Thompson, Matthew McNicolas, Dakota Keeton), 1:54.44; 200 free–Thompson, ED, 2:08.93; 200 IM–Matt Coen, ED, 2:24.98; 50 free–Andrew Coen, ED, 23.22; 100 fly–Mac Guinn, ED, 58.97; 100 free–A.Coen, ED, 51.18; 200 free relay–ED (Keeton, A. Coen, M. Coen, Thompson), 1:40.45; 100 back–Guinn, […]

Roundup: April 17, 2013

Volleyball Golden Sierra def. Capital Christian 25-21, 25-14, 25-21 — Kills: Brian Cann, 9. aces: Matt Smith, 2. Blocks: Smith, 4; Cann, 2. Assists: Smith, 19. Digs: Cann, 15; Eric Yamzon, 12. Serve Receieve: Yamzon, 11; Brandon Susic, 10; Cann, 9. Oak Ridge def. Folsom 3-0 Ponderosa def. by Jesuit 21-25, 25-20, 17-25, 24-26 — Kills: […]

On Duty: Air Force Airman Morgan B. Mack

Air Force Airman Morgan B. Mack graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

On Duty: Air Force Airman Dorian G. Gant

Air Force Airman Dorian G. Gant graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

On Duty: Airman Ian R. Hyzer receives promotion

Air Force Sr. Airman Ian R. Hyzer was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal on March 11, having distinguished himself by meritorious achievement and service during a three-year tour at Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, United Kingdom. The accompanying citation notes that he made “repeated contributions to unit success, which ultimately led to him being selected […]

Wood Heads raise money for schools

The Society of Wood Heads Only in conjunction with The Hardwood Lumber Distributors of Greater Sacramento are pleased to announce their ninth annual fundraiser for school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. Participating schools include Union Mine, El Dorado, Ponderosa, Golden Sierra high schools, El Dorado Trade School and Camerado Springs Middle School. For the […]

Vino Noceto celebrates

Vino Noceto’s open house celebrates the public release of the estate block Sangiovese bottlings on Saturday, April 20. The open house includes a day of food, music, activities, and of course, the wine. This is a popular event and many people make a day of it. This year’s event will include musical entertainment from Two […]

Sports Scene: April 16, 2013

Basketball league  Cameron Park CSD is offering a High School Spring League. Get your friends together and sign up as team. Games start Thursday April 25 at 6 p.m. Team registration is $400.  League consists of seven games plus playoffs for top four teams. Deadline to register is April 18.  Pre-registration is required and can be […]

Roundup: Big comeback for Bruins

Baseball Ponderosa 9, Sheldon 8 — Logan Tonge’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh-inning capped a big comeback Monday as host Ponderosa picked up its first Delta River League win. The Bruins trailed 8-1 entering the bottom of the sixth but plated seven runs to tie. Tonge’s 3-run triple was the big blow, […]

Roundup: Payback for El Dorado girls

Softball El Dorado 5, Vista del Lago 4 — The Cougars broke a 4-4 deadlock Thursday with a run in the seventh inning to avenge an earlier home loss to the Eagles. Trinity Jackson led a 12-hit afternoon with a 3-for-4 effort and scored twice while Maria Gadow and Kailey Olcott each added two hits. […]

Schedule: April 15-20, 2013

Monday, April 15 Baseball Pleasant Grove @ OR, 4 p.m. ppd Sheldon @ PHS, 4 p.m. River City @ UM, 4:15 p.m. ppd Vista @ ED, 4:15 p.m. ppd Softball Foresthill @ ED, 4 p.m. ppd Volleyball Jesuit @ OR, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 Baseball Pleasant Grove @ OR, 4 p.m. GS @ Vacaville […]

Jimmer visits El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS — Sacramento King’s guard Jimmer Fredette came up to Town Center in El Dorado Hills Tuesday to sign autographs. Fans came from all over for a chance to get close to the former Brigham Young star. Fredette is in his second season in the NBA.

Roundup: April 10, 2013

Baseball Union Mine 1, Galt 0 — John Creason and Charles Simpson combined on the eight-inning shutout as the host Diamondbacks picked up Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference win. Each allowed a single hit in four innings of work while Creason struck out five. Carlos Romero’s RBI double plated Colton Merrill for the lone run. Sean […]

Garleanne Mason is featured at Rinconart

This month’s featured artist at Rinconart Studio and Gallery, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is Garleanne Mason. The native Californian paints landscapes, still life, portraits, figures, Gold Country historical sites, Victorian houses, Mendocino cottages, water towers and gardens. Mason has been interested in art since a young age, experimenting with several different media before settling […]

Free e-cycle at Holy Trinity School

The Holy Trinity School seventh grade is having a community service and fundraising project to help save the environment. The students are conducting a free electronic waste drive-through drop-off fundraiser at the school, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive in El Dorado Hills, on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants won’t even have to […]

Engagement: Kacee Taylor-David Freitas

Kacee Taylor of Shingle Springs and David Freitas of Wilton have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Linda Taylor of Shingle Springs. She is a 2007 Ponderosa High School graduate. She is working toward her bachelors degree in psychology with a concentration on community and mental health at William Jessup University in […]

On Duty: Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Abel Del Real-Nava

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Abel Del Real-Nava graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training […]

‘The Greatest Challenge of All’ by Andy London

Today’s world is far from perfect. With the economy in distress and sea levels rising, there are copious challenges the U.S. faces as she continues to grow. Facing these problems all at once may seem like a gargantuan mountain to climb. We must take on each problem one at a time, starting with its roots. […]

Anderson returns to the area

Former Oak Ridge Trojan Ryan Anderson plays tonight at Sleep Train Arena when the New Orleans Hornets visit the Sacramento Kings. Game time is 7 p.m.

‘Technological Balance’ by Annie Van Den Broeke

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown once advised, “Take … what modern technology is capable of: the power of our moral sense allied to the power of communication and our ability to organize internationally.” He further explained that he was of the opinion that such technology “gives us the first opportunity as a community to […]

Sports Physical Night

Students planning to participate in the athletic programs at El Dorado, Ponderosa or Union Mine high schools for the 21013-14 school year are required to have a current and complete Sports Participation Health Record and updated immunizations, including tetanus and Hepatitis B. This requirement includes a medial physician’s approval for full participation. A physical must be […]

Roundup: April 9, 2013

Track and Field Oak Ridge senior Zach Youngberg competed at the prestigious 46th Annual Arcadia Track & Field Invitational in the Los Angeles area last weekend, one of the many athletes from 32 states, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Youngberg competed in the 110 Meter High Hurdles, turning in a time of 15.80 seconds, his […]

El Dorado Special Olympics

El Dorado Special Olympics has planned two upcoming fundraising events to benefit its growing program needs for the coming year. On April 23, Special Olympics will team up with local law enforcement officials and Applebee’s restaurant in Cameron Park for the annual Tip-a-Cop program. Law enforcement personnel will wait on tables that day,  seeking donations to […]

‘Draining the World Dry’ by Danay Nipar

We use water when we take showers in the morning, to wash the slumber from our eyes. We use it to wash our hands of the gritty dirt after gardening in humid soil. We use it to hydrate us after a long run. The bottom line is we use water to sustain us and our […]

Essayists address a tough challenge and win

What: Eighth annual Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest luncheon Who: United Democrats in Placerville, the Sierra Foothill Democrats in El Dorado Hills and the Central Committee of the Democratic Party Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, April 20 at noon Cost: $17 per person Information: […]

Local softball matchup benefits worthy cause

EL DORADO HILLS — Tomorrow’s Delta River League softball matchup between host Oak Ridge and Ponderosa is the Trojan program’s Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit game. Fans will be treated to complimentary hot dogs hot off the BBQ grill. Solicited donations and all proceeds goes to The Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund, ran by […]

Five D’backs sign

EL DORADO — Five Union Mine athletes signed their Letter of Intent forms Friday at the campus. Rugby’s Samantha Gaither, Lindenwood University; softball’s Sarah Phillis, Colorado Mesa University; football’s Sean Tow, Southern Oregon University; soccer’s Taylor Bruno, Colorado Mesa University; and basketball’s Madi Aliff, Austin College, will all continue their careers at the college level.

Roundup: April 5, 2013

Softball NorCal Classic Oak Ridge 7, Ripon 5 — Lauren Bertoy drove in four runs on two home runs and a double to pace the Lady Trojans. Renee Bardini plated the other three runs on a 2-for-4 effort; Jackie Schmaeling went 2-for-4 with a double; and Jessica Burgess was a perfect 3-for-3. Oak Ridge 10 […]

Schedule: April 8-13, 2013

Monday, April 8 Baseball Galt @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Jesuit @ OR, 4 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 4:15 p.m. PHS @ Folsom, 4 p.m. Golf UM, ED @ SVC Meet, Ancil Hoffman, noon Tuesday, April 9 Baseball GS @ Highlands, 4 p.m. Golf UM @ Cosumnes Oaks, Bartley Cavanaugh, 3:30 p.m. Lacrosse OR girls […]

Roundup: April 3, 2013

Baseball  Oak Ridge 1, Rocklin 3 — In Wednesday’s non-league road game, Tanner Ales had two of the Trojans’ three hits. John Rico had an RBI for Oak Ridge (6-4). The Thunder broke a 1-all tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs. Tommy Hummer and Brogan Cooper split time on the mound […]

Ruptier Invite cancelled

Due to a scheduling conflict with Red Cap Timing and the inability to secure another timer, the Ponderosa Track and Field program announced that tomorrow’s 2nd annual Ron Ruptier Invitational has been cancelled. Aside from the Bruins, Golden Sierra and Union Mine were also scheduled to compete. Ponderosa looks forward to next year’s invite going […]

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