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Jerry Heinzer

Ponderosa summer camp nothing but duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A 12-team field representing four states filled out the annual California Gold Wrestling Camp host by Ponderosa High School recently. According to Bruin head coach Tyson Escobar, the camp has morphed from a skills-learning agenda to full-on duals which is preferred by everyone. Aside from a weigh-in, warm-up and technique session to […]

Stelzmiller aims to enhance professional profile

Chelsea Stelzmiller is back. Today at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Stelzmiller is among 288 aspiring professionals aiming to raise their status and obtain a much-coveted LPGA (Ladies’ Professional Golfing Association) tour card — the gateway to bigger earnings. The home-grown product of Cold Springs Golf and Country Club is a rookie pro but just […]

All were aboard for Train’s Tahoe stop

Train frontman Pat Monahan has a unique ability to exude thorough appreciation not only to what he’s doing but to anyone traveling the journey with him. That was evident as Train pulled into Stateline for a near sold-out show at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, the fourth-to-last stop on its Picasso at the Wheel summer […]

El Dorado’s summer season comes to an end

Missed opportunities, mental lapses and physical errors was the unfortunate takeaway from El Dorado High’s 7-1 setback to visiting NBO Thursday evening. With Kennedy cancelling the weekend’s double-header, the loss ended El Dorado’s summer season. Overall, it went 23-5. “It was a good summer and the kids played well at times and poor at times. […]

Terra Jerpbak takes talents to Yale

RESCUE — Terra Jerpbak’s graduation in May left a hole in the Ponderosa softball program maybe too big to fill. A four-year starter for the Lady Bruins, Jerpbak’s pitching and her bat will be sorely missed. To cap her senior season, Jerpbak was named an All-Metro First Team as a pitcher and separately, the Capital […]

Pondo All Stars can’t close out

ROSEVILLE — One run didn’t cut it in Ponderosa’s first attempt to lock up the District 54 All Star Juniors title Thursday night at Mahany Park. Why? Because Maidu came up with two for a quick 2-1 victory. Ponderosa controlled its own destiny and against slow starting pitching, wasted a golden opportunity to win the […]

Heinz-sight: Cage Part 3

Editor’s note: This is the third and last installment of a trilogy of columns about the stages of owning a batting cage; the good/bad, ups/downs and everything in between. It sat just off the back lawn, smack in the middle of the back 40. The remnants of the Juggs batting cage — most of its […]

Ponderosa Juniors reach title game

ROSEVILLE — Austin Neher’s five RBIs, a 6-run rally capped by Adam Schumann’s 2-run double and Devon Suske’s shutdown pitching lifted the Ponderosa Junior All-Stars to a come-from-behind 13-8 victory over Folsom National in Monday’s District 54 tournament semifinals action at Mahany Park. Ponderosa’s win advanced it to tomorrow’s championship game. Trailing Folsom at one point […]

Post 119 edges EDHS for 3rd

Sunday’s third/fourth place game at last weekend’s July Fourth Tournament featured host El Dorado High against El Dorado Post 119. The intra-county local matchup was a pitcher’s duel pitting Post 119’s Davis Carlson on the mound opposite James Pizzuti and both delivered. Carlson went the distance in a complete game 2-0 shutout of El Dorado […]

Good turnout for Hangtown Junior Clinic

The recent 29th annual Hangtown Junior Tennis Clinic held at the El Dorado High courts drew 52 players for both the beginners/low intermediate group in the morning and the late morning higher intermediate class. Local certified tennis pro Martha Downing oversaw the drills, assisted by Ponderosa tennis coach Don Eddy, Cheryl Cady from Carmichael and Paul […]

Strikeouts hurt El Dorado High in loss

On Thursday, El Dorado High School summer baseball team fell 10-1 to the visiting NBP Baseball U19 Club, which put up runs in the first five innings — the exception was a scoreless two-inning stint by Josh Wienholz who struck out four. Strikeouts hurt the host team which fanned a dozen times. El Dorado faced […]

Fair favorite Mutton Bustin’ delights the crowd

Fair goers converged at the grandstands Friday for the annual Mutton Bustin’ contest featuring the Lil Busters and Busters age divisions. A total of 41 youngsters participated, both girls and boys, to see who could stay up the longest. The first three players for the Busters category were: Charlie Lemos, age 6, Placerville; 2-Dillon Gygax, […]

El Dorado High splits with Bluejacks

Rory Patterson’s two-out, seventh-inning pop fly fell into no man’s land Saturday, scoring Alex Pereria with the winning run as El Dorado High School rallied to edge visiting South Lake Tahoe 4-3. The victory gave the Cougars a split of their doubleheader. In the first game, the Bluejacks rode two big innings to a 19-8 […]

Heinz-sight: Dubs did it

Candlestick Park, third base line, day game. My answer to the question ‘do you know where you were the last time the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship?’ Fast-forward 40 years, the answer becomes less exciting: home, living room couch, next to the pooch. Forty years between titles is a long wait. For some […]

Cougars blitz Bear River

El Dorado High School put together 19 hits Wednesday, capping the game with an eight-run inning, to overwhelm visiting Bear River 17-1 in a summer matchup under the lights. The Grass Valley squad ran into an offensive juggernaut, especially at the end. Just two of the Cougar hits went for extra bases, the rest singles. […]

Jerrod Bravo goes after World Series title

OMAHA, Neb. — Jerrod Bravo is living the dream playing baseball for Cal State Fullerton at the College World Series, knows it and understands the moment. As a kid growing up in Cameron Park, Bravo recalled watching the Titans on TV, vocalized his desire to become a team member and then went out and made it […]

Sports scene: June 12, 2015

Soccer camp The Oak Ridge Boys Soccer Summer Camp is Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16th at the Oak Ridge Stadium. Open to 8th, 9th and 10th graders (based upon 2015/16 enrollment). Camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost $150 per camper (includes Oak Ridge Soccer t-shirt). To register, visit

Roundup: June 9, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High School 4, Del Oro 3 — Hunter Susmill, in relief of starter James Pizzuti, pitched three scoreless innings, allowing no hits, as the Cougars held off the host Golden Eagles in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader in Loomis. El Dorado scored twice in the first inning as Bryce Culp singled, […]

SVC All League

Soccer Most Valuable Player McKenzie Gregorio, Liberty Ranch Co-Coach of the Year Chris Herrman, El Dorado Rob Huarte, Liberty Ranch Kinsey Del Rio, Union Mine Yvonne Taylor, Union Mine Jessica Prichard, Union Mine Kylie Haverson, El Dorado Rachel Beam, El Dorado Karla Reyes, El Dorado

CVC All League

Softball Most Valuable Player Brooke Larsen, Del Campo Offensive Player of the Year Terra Jerpbak, Ponderosa Defensive Player of the Year Maddie Skibitski, Antelope McKenna Rickles, Ponderosa Karsen O’Rourke, Ponderosa Soccer Most Valuable Player Ariel Klink, Cosumnes Oaks McKenna Fox, Ponderosa Abbie Jones, Ponderosa Swimming Gary Woo, Ponderosa Conner Overstreet, Ponderosa Talon Green, Ponderosa Vaughn […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 7, 2015

Ponderosa baseball alumni Jerrod Bravo scored the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday as Cal State Fullerton edged No. 3 Louisville 3-2 to grab the first game in the best-of-three Super Regional. Bravo walked to lead off the 10th and after several hits landed him at third, a hit batter forced him in. A […]

Smith, South All Stars crush North

SACRAMENTO — Urgent text to the South dugout about two-thirds of the way into Saturday’s 44th annual Optimist All Star game … To: Matt Smith From: The Sacramento State Baseball Program Message: ‘Save some of those hits and RBIs for when you get here.’ In the shadow of where Smith will play his collegiate career, the […]

Bertuccelli’s aim is to win

Leah Bertuccelli School: Union Mine Class: Senior PR: 12-6 State rank: T-8th  CLOVIS — Like everyone at this weekend’s CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High, Union Mine pole vaulter Leah Bertuccelli hopes she’ll do her absolute best on prep’s biggest stage. For the Diamondback, however many jumps she does will be her last at […]

Holloway eyes top 5 finish

Robert Holloway School: Ponderosa Class: Senior PR: 15-3 State rank: T-19th CLOVIS — Robert Holloway wants a top-5 pole vault finish this weekend at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High, a goal he feels is realistic. Holloway’s personal best is 15-3, a mark he set earlier this year at the Sacramento Meet […]

Elite U17 girls take State Cup

The El Dorado Hills Elite U17 Girls club team posted an incredible win over the American River Freedom May 17 to win their division in the State Cup Championship for the NorCal Premier Soccer League. The final score was 1-0. The Elite began their season in June 2014 and have competed steadily throughout Northern California in tournaments […]

El Dorado doubles up Post 119 Juniors

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Defense was the difference between El Dorado High School and host El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion which kicked off the summer baseball schedules with Monday’s intra-county matchup. The squad with the least errors … the Cougars … prevailed 6-3 with the game ending on Eli Franks’ retreating catch deep down the left field […]

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 […]

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