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Jerry Heinzer

Bruin boys make history; win NorCal thriller

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Playing on the home court the final time in his prep career, Haward Gomes’ impressive hitting display carried host Ponderosa to a comeback 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 victory over Saratoga Tuesday night. The win made area history. The Bruins, the Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up, became the first-ever county boys team to make […]

Soaring high with Leah Bertuccelli

Leah Bertuccelli has goals she’d like to accomplish before leaving the prep stage to embark on a college pole vaulting career at the University of Washington. At the top of her list, the Union Mine senior hopes to clear the super elite high school girls class mark of 13-feet, a height she knows prerequisites the bigger […]

Bruin boys swept by Rio

SACRAMENTO — Playing in the game it coveted but not the way it desired, Ponderosa’s section title aspirations were swept aside by Rio Americano, which defeated the Bruins 22-25, 23-25, 23-25 for the Division II championship last Thursday night at Capital Christian High School. Ponderosa was right there with the Raiders but self-admittedly, let nerves get […]

Robert Holloway wins D-II/III championship

FAIR OAKS — Behind a strategic but minimum number of jumps, Ponderosa senior pole vaulter Robert Holloway won the boys Division II/III section title Friday afternoon at Bella Vista High School. Holloway faced tough competition, especially when the field narrowed to the final three. There, he battled Bronco Phillip Gwin and Pioneer’s Keenan Calhoun head-to-head before clearing 15 feet to […]

Mefford dual state champ

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge sophomore won both the 200-yard freestle and 100 backstroke races at the CIF State Swimming Championships at the Clovis West Aquatic Complex over the weekend. Complete coverage including results for other area swimmers will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Bruin spikers reach section final

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stepping up efforts across the board, Ponderosa swept its Division II section semifinal playoff match against visiting Placer Tuesday, winning 25-19,25-17, 25-22. The victory sent the Bruins into last night’s section final against the Rio Americano Raiders, the first time since 1987 a Ponderosa volleyball team has made it. Win or lose, the […]

Oasis alum Gallagher plays Warfield

SAN FRANCISCO — To the chagrin of die-hards, Noel Gallagher is successfully making the transition to a solo career, making any anticipated Oasis reunion further back on the burner. For now, Gallagher, who, along with brother Liam front the immensely popular (but currently sidelined) English band Oasis, is traveling the globe in support of his second solo effort — […]

Trojans, Grizzly boys take first place

Sewell, Belluomini 3-time league champs Three El Dorado County high school track and field teams completed for their league championships last week with advancement to the postseason at stake. Two boy’s teams won titles while one school had two triple-event winners. In Division I action, Oak Ridge trekked to Del Oro with its varsity boys […]

Bruins oust Vista

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Showing no visible effects of a long layoff, Ponderosa defeated visiting Vista del Lago 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18 Thursday in boy’s Division II second round section playoff action. The Bruins advanced to tomorrow’s semifinal against Placer. Ponderosa rolled through the Eagles in the opening set with smooth play from setter Taylor Charron […]

Ponderosa gets split

SACRAMENTO — Plays they couldn’t make and hits they didn’t get plagued the Ponderosa girls who lost Saturday’s Division III quarterfinal playoff game against East Union 7-1 at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The No. 2 Lady Lancers sprayed around a dozen hits including one that left the yard. Three of East Union’s first four hits […]

Cann, Hodges win VCGP classes

VIRGINIA CITY — The 44th Virginia City Grand Prix held the last weekend of April attracted over 750 riders, including many from El Dorado County. The 22-mile endurance race saw riders running for the most laps and racing against the clock. The Pro-Am riders raced on Saturday and the Novice riders on Sunday. Georgetown Divide, […]

Griz bumped by Vista

GARDEN VALLEY — The energy and effort was there, just not the size and talent for Golden Sierra which dropped its Division II section playoff opener in four sets to visiting Vista del Lago Tuesday. To the point, the Eagles were the better team despite a third-game setback to a Grizzly squad fighting to stay […]

Smith sets baseball sights long-term

MVP Numbers Games 27 Average .598 Runs 39 Hits 55 RBIs 57 Doubles 15 Home runs 14 College career awaits the SVC MVP Matt Smith’s plate is full … today, tomorrow and beyond. The El Dorado High senior has final exams, section baseball playoffs, graduation, the Optimist All Star game and summer ball just to […]

Trojans signed to LOIs

EL DORADO HILLS — Seven Trojan athletes, covering all the seasons, signed their Letter of Intent forms at a signing ceremony last month on the campus. Competing at the college level will be: Carolyn Almeida, golf, Lewis and Clark; Shelby Peters, basketball, US Merchant Marine Academy; Grace Derksen, basketball, Cal Lutheran; Madison Topping, lacrosse, Whittier […]

Hangtown Classic returns this week

No race is like it in California. The 47th Annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic, the Crown Jewell of the Series, is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16, 2015, with the pros racing on Saturday. It‘s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the […]

Connor Rains signs pro contract

Former Ponderosa High football player Connor Rains has signed a professional free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, one of nine undrafted players the team agreed to terms with. A two-year starting offensive lineman for Wyoming after arriving as part of the Cowboys’ 2012 recruiting class, Rains is one of three […]

Cougar spikers sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado and Union Mine’s intra-county Sierra Valley Conference matchup Wednesday ended the regular reason with the Cougars sweeping 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 – the scores made close by the D’backs’ late push in each set. The Cougars rode the talents of senior Elijah Magat whose dominate hitting keyed El Dorado’s offense. Aside […]

Cougars dual meet champs

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s varsity teams completed their undefeated Dual Meet Sierra Valley Conference season after twin wins at Union Mine to emerge undisputed league champions. The Lady Cougars won their head-to-head with the Diamondbacks 110-26 while the El Dorado boys prevailed against their counterparts 105-31. The Cougars varsity boys are undefeated in dual […]

Union Mine bows out to lower seed

EL DORADO — Natomas High’s brute strength and sheer physicality won out in the end in the Nighthawks’ Division IV section playoff matchup with host Union Mine Tuesday. Though it looked promising early for the No. 6 seed Lady Diamondbacks, they lost their lead and eventually the 2-1 game to the No. 11 Nighthawks. Needed […]

D’backs win last game

EL DORADO — Behind the complete-game pitching of Andrew Vaughn, Union Mine ended it season on a high note with Tuesday’s 6-2 win over visiting Cordova. The D’backs finished 8-13 overall and 5-10 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Prior to the game, Union Mine honored seniors Nate Brown and Colton Lamson. Both seniors started. Brown […]

Grizzlies throttle Highlands

GARDEN VALLEY — Capitalizing on Highlands’ very shaky defensive play Friday, host Golden Sierra rolled the Scots 18-0 for the Sierra Delta League Senior Day win. Prior to the first pitch, Beau Burgess, Roger Borba, Dakota Haddock, Dalton Wilson and Ethan Dunn were introduced. All five started for the Grizzlies. “Obviously they were feeling the […]

Cougars control own destiny

Behind its offensive muscle and pitching prowess, El Dorado grabbed Thursday’s first-place Sierra Valley Conference Senior Day matchup from visiting Galt by a final score of 19-0. The Cougars can win the title outright should they win tomorrow’s game at Liberty Ranch, the second-to-last regular season agme for seniors Matt Smith, Nick Bonniksen, Zach Culp, […]

Griz boys champs, girls 2nd

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra varsity Track and Field teams closed out the Sierra Delta League schedule Wednesday after hosting the fourth and final league meet. Though short-handed, the Grizzly boys, as expected topped the field to claim the SDL title while the girls, also without key athletes, took second and finished second in […]

Golden Sierra gets another title

GARDEN VALLEY —  Golden Sierra’s Senior Night sweep of Bradshaw Christian Wednesday guaranteed itself the Sierra Delta League title. The set scores in favor of the Grizzlies were 25-19, 25-20, 25-18. Golden Sierra (12-3, 9-1) has two left on the road but can’t be caught. The championship is the team’s second straight — first under […]

Nick Bonniksen: Have arm, will travel

Make no mistake, El Dorado two-sport athlete Nick Bonniksen is a baseball player at heart who played football — not vice versa — though he’s equally talented at both. He’s not a scholarship pitcher to the Menlo College baseball program hoping for a shot on the gridiron — despite drawing the attention of UC Davis […]

Defense betrays Lady Cougars

For more than a moment Monday at El Dorado’s last home game of the season, the thought hung out there of a possible upset over visiting Liberty Ranch. Afterall, the Cougars had pushed ahead and sat six outs away from giving Joshlyn Wright and Ty Henderson a Senior Day victory. Not to be. It what […]

Nick Bonniksen no-hits Union Mine

EL DORADO — See ball, hit ball is one of the ways to keep it simple in baseball, another is to avoid a well-rested Nick Bonniksen. Toeing the rubber for the first time in nine days, Bonniksen, El Dorado’s ace, sparkled with seven, no-hit innings to pitch the Cougars past host Union Mine 4-0 in […]

Bruins’ defense blows lead

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The first rule on defense in softball is to catch the ball. The second rule is don’t screw up the first. By all accounts, Ponderosa pulled the latter in the field Tuesday and dropped its key Capital Valley Conference matchup with visiting Del Campo 7-5. Defensively, the Bruins had trouble in back-to-back […]

El Dorado teams poised for banners

Under perfect weather conditions via limited sunshine, host El Dorado swept all divisions against Cordova at Wednesday’s meet. The varsity girls prevailed 92-44 while on the boy’s side, the Lancers made a run of it but fell to the Cougars 75-61.Both El Dorado teams remain undefeated in Sierra Valley Conference competition — the boys perfect since […]

The Replacements are the real deal

Concert review SAN FRANCISCO — The best way to drown disappointment of the Giants’ baseball team losing its home opener last Monday was to cap the day off with alternative rock pioneers The Replacements at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium as 3,300 did — many donning SF gear. Back after a near 25-year absence with […]

El Dorado drops match in 4

El Dorado’s bid to win its first Sierra Valley Conference match Friday didn’t materialize as Lincoln prevailed over the host Cougars in four sets by a score of 16-26, 26-24, 22-25, 18-25. Tied at a set apiece, El Dorado lost a late lead in the third game and never recovered to fall to 0-4. “We […]

Cougars stay in contention

Matt Smith delivered two solo home runs in support of starting pitcher Logan Quick Thursday and Owen MacKendrick nailed down the last two outs as El Dorado downed visiting Liberty Ranch 7-4 in Sierra Valley Conference action. The win, coupled with Galt’s loss to Rosemont, placed the Cougars (7-3) a game behind the Warriors with […]

Union Mine track and field routs Galt

EL DORADO — Both Union Mine varsity teams won big over visiting Galt Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ second-to-last Sierra Valley Conference home meet of the regular season. The Union Mine girls won by a score of 116-1 while the boys prevailed 108-14. In the boys Frosh/Soph competition, Galt pulled out a 64-41 win. At press […]

D’backs pull even with Cordova

EL DORADO — Beth Hammer’s four-hit, five stikeout effort led host Union Mine to a 1-0 victory over Cordova Wednesday, tying the Lancers atop the league standings. The Diamondbacks’ victory avenged an earlier loss on Cordova’s field. “Games like this that are a real grind but makes you a stronger team,” Union Mine coach Rob […]

Beam’s laser wins it for El Dorado

Judging by the swarm of family and friends gathered around El Dorado’s Rachael Beam Tuesday, you’d think she just won the World Cup. Better yet, Beam’s first-half goal decided the outcome in the Cougars’ key inter-county clash with Union Mine — one the hosts took by a 1-nil score. Beam’s breakthrough 16 minutes into the […]

Roundup: April 11, 2015

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Nevada Union 2 Singles (OR first): Simon Chan def, Quinn, 6-0, 6-1; Clarence Lai def. Wright, 6-1, 6-2; Kyle Tomaskewski def. Shimek, 6-1, 6-2; Amir Nadami def, by Puleo, 4-6, 2-6; Matthew Maloney def Beltran, 6-3, 6-3; Cole Rickard def. by Conners, 3-6, 3-6. Doubles (OR first): Brandon Sedgwick-Erwin Maquiling def, Malin-Nielson, […]

Hammer no-hits Cougars

EL DORADO — Picking up where she left off before the spring break, Union Mine pitcher Beth Hammer threw her second consecutive no-hitter of the season Thursday as the host Lady Diamondbacks defeated El Dorado 12-0 in intra-county Sierra Valley Conference action. Offensively, Madelynn Heape drove in five runs, three with a home run, Briana Hall added […]

Ponderosa spikers power past ‘Pack

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Behind its ability to elevate its play, host Ponderosa completed its first Capital valley conference run-through with Tuesday’s 25-11, 25-14, 25-18 sweep of Cosumnes Oaks. The Bruins (6-1) easily took the first two sets before rallying from a 9-4 deficit in the third. Ponderosa’s lone CVC setback was to Roseville. “Cosumnes Oaks is […]

Roundup: April 9, 2015

Baseball Oak Ridge 8, Granite Bay 1 — The Trojans had “Lucke” on their side in Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League road game. Oak Ridge (7-0 in the SFL, 13-2) pitcher Kyle Lucke pitched six innings, striking out six and yielding three hits. Nolan Boggini pitched the final frame. Oak Ridge scored half of its runs […]

Free passes haunt Golden Sierra girls

GARDEN VALLEY — A base-clearing three-run double highlighted Valley Christian’s seven-run third-inning Monday as the Lions posted a 14-3 nonleague victory over host Golden Sierra. The Grizzlies showed some late life in the fifth inning with a pair of runs — not enough to extend the mercy rule-shortened game further. “It was good to play […]

Griz wins big ‘Diehl’

GARDEN VALLEY — Led by senior triple-event winners Ryan Sewell for the varsity boy’s team and Mia Belluomini for the girls, Golden Sierra swept Wednesday’s Sierra Delta League home meet to give first-year coach Christine Diehl her first victories. Beautiful weather served as the backdrop at the Grizzly Dome for host Golden Sierra and visiting Highlands, […]

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