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Jerry Heinzer

Markham student enjoys South Dakota trip

Markham seventh-grader Paris Hokanson, the youngest-ever winner of the annual academic hunting contest, cashed in on her trip to the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, South Dakota, the last week of September. “I was so excited when they called me and told me I had won … my brothers (Hunter, twin Stone) were jealous,” […]

NorCal Tournament loss ends Lady Trojans’ season

FOLSOM — Whether snake bit, unlucky or over-matched, Oak Ridge girls tennis will have to wait at least another year for its first-ever NorCal win. Hosting the 10-team tournament last weekend at the Broadstone Racquet Club, their third straight NorCal appearance, the Lady Trojans fell 5-2 to Saratoga in their first match Friday, ending their […]

On tap

Today Football Section playoffs D-I: Cosumnes Oaks @ OR, 7 p.m. Tennis NorCal Tournament Saratoga vs OR, Broadstone RC, 11:30 Tomorrow Tennis NorCal Tournament Semis, finals, Broadstone RC, 1 and 3 p.m.

Oak Ridge girls open NorCals today

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge makes its third consecutive NorCal appearance beginning today but first as hosts of the CIF Tournament. Ten teams, mainly from the Bay Area, converge at Broadstone Racquet Club for first-round action that starts with two play-in matches that begin at 10 a.m. Seeded 6th, the Lady Trojans face No. 3 Saratoga […]

Neil Young rebels at sold-out Berkeley show

Count on Neil Young to politically rally behind a cause or tackle a musical genre. Last month at Berkeley’s Greek Theater above the campus, the last stop of Young’s Rebel Content Tour, the cause was agrochemical giant Monsanto and GMOs (genetically modified organisms); the effect one of his strongest sets in recent memory. As he […]

Douglas-Hiley, Cougar boys take third

FOLSOM — Despite solid efforts across the board by El Dorado runners at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section race at the Willow Hills Course, the Cougars came out with just half what they had hoped for. For the seventh straight year, El Dorado sends athletes to next week’s State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno […]

Different year, same result for Griz

RIPON — Scoring an even six touchdowns, three per half Friday, host Ripon Christian bounced Golden Sierra from the playoffs for the second straight year, this time by a 42-7 score. The Grizzlies’ ground game of Brenden Nutt, Chris Mejia, Reily Prine and Jeff Gale met stiff resistance from the Knights’ defensive front. Forced into […]

Season over for Lady Cougars

Though it fought to prolong its season, El Dorado was eliminated for the second straight year by Vanden which defeated the host Cougars 18-25, 24-26, 24-26 in second round Division III playoff action last Thursday. “Too many missed serves, miss-hits and our setting was a little off for our hitting – when on our hitting was […]

OR girls denied repeat

FOLSOM — Rocklin defeated Oak Ridge 5-4 last Thursday to dethron the Division I champs. Coverage of the match will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Union Mine loses tough one

MANTECA — Despite outscoring host Sierra by a 2-to-1 points margin in the second half, Union Mine couldn’t overcome an early deficit and lost 24-21 to open the Division IV section playoffs. Several fourth-down stops stalled the D’backs’ comeback that started with Josh Middleton’s third-quarter interception — setting up Brody Pearman’s 21-yard strike to Trevor […]

Cougar boys reach state

FOLSOM — The El Dorado varisty boys race team had a third-place finish at Saturday’s Section Finals at the Willow Hills course to qualify for the Nov. 28 state meet at Woodward Park in Fresno. Complete story for all five county schools to run in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Trojans regroup for NorCals

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge’s comeback in an attempt to defend as Division I section champions fell short last Thursday as Rocklin edged the Lady Trojans 5-4 in a repeat of last year’s title match. Play stretched under the lights at Broadstone Racquet Club as Oak Ridge fought off the chill to get within 4-3. The […]

Sports Scene: Nov. 13, 2015

Toy Run The 3rd Annual Foster Family Toy Run is Sunday Nov. 15 beginning at Sierra Child & Family Services, 4250 Fowler Lane, Diamond Springs. Registration 8-10 a.m., kick stands up at 10:15. $15 donation plus toy/$25 without toy/$10 for passenger. Run ends and party begins at The Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Road, […]

Perry, Clark make state finals

SALINAS — Oak Ridge’s seventh place finish at Monday’s CIF NorCal Girls Championship Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch ended the team season for the Lady Trojans with two exceptions. Based on their individual scores to finish in the top 12, Lexi Perry and Courtney Clark advanced to next week’s state finals. Perry […]

Oak Ridge girls go after section title

FOLSOM — When Oak Ridge picked up the first five wins of Wednesday’s Division I semifinal match against visiting Franklin, that was it; the fact that the Wildcats’ No. 1 player was a no-show, that was disappointing. But all in all, it was a good day for the Trojan girls at Broadstone Raquet Club as […]

Cougars advance to 2nd round

Brushing aside the long delay to the start of their Division III playoff opener Tuesday night, the El Dorado girls easily swept visiting Central Valley 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 to advance. A broke-down bus soon became the least of the Hawks’ troubles — replaced by Makayla Hoyt and Kylie Haverson who peppered the court to split […]

Elizabeth Cameron can do it all

Elizabeth Cameron knows a thing or two about winning it all. Within the past year, she and fellow Oak Ridge volleyball teammates Megan Priest, Hailey Maniglia and Olivia Reid helped their NCVC team win the Junior National 17s title in New Orleans, La. after going 11-0 from a field of 48 teams. Now, the four Trojans […]

Ponderosa boys advance after 2-1 win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A hard-nosed effort, a big turnout of local fans and even social media helped push Ponderosa past visiting Del Oro 2-1 in first round Division II section playoff action Tuesday night. The victory sent the No. 5 Bruins to yesterday’s match at No. 4 Pitman, a team Ponderosa is unfamiliar with. “We […]

El Dorado girls alone at the top

EL DORADO — There won’t be any sharing of the Sierra Valley Conference girl’s banner this year, El Dorado has it all to itself. Behind solid performances up and down the lineup Monday, the Cougars took care of business at the Snake Pit, defeating Union Mine 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 to cap an undefeated league run. Unlike […]

Ponderosa girls share CVC title

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The pre-Halloween scare dished out by Ponderosa on Thursday, though frightening, was probably good for the soul. With a piece of the Capital Valley Conference title on the line, the accompanying banner looked in doubt until the Lady Bruins rallied from behind for the tense, five-set 25-19, 22-25, 27-29, 25-21, 15-12 victory […]

Grizzlies get big road win

RIO VISTA — Golden Sierra’s trek to the Delta region and land of wind turbines was fruitful Friday as the Grizzlies came out 51-34 winners over Rio Vista in a battle for second place in the Sierra Delta League. Key to the outcome was Golden Sierra touchdowns — one to close the first half/one to open the next — that gave the Griz […]

Cougar boys take it; girls tie D’backs

FOLSOM — The Sierra Valley Conference completed its season with Wednesday’s championship finals at the Willow Hills course on the edge of Folsom High’s campus. El Dorado’s varsity boys, winners of five straight SVC titles, left no doubt about No. 6 — dominating the race with placers, led by Dalton Douglas-Hiley, in the top six […]

Union Mine defeats El Dorado

With nothing at stake except intra-county pride, Union Mine and host El Dorado squared off in spirited fashion Wednesday to end the Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer season. Leading the whole way, the Diamondbacks spoiled the Cougars’ Senior Night and came away with the 3-1 victory. El Dorado’s push for the equalizer ended with three […]

Grizzlies drop key match

GARDEN VALLEY — Wasting a golden opportunity to catch first-place Vacaville Christian and situate itself for the Sierra Delta League volleyball title, Golden Sierra instead fell in four sets to the Falcons 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 11-25 Tuesday. Playing on the Grizzlies’ court, Vacaville looked beatable but Golden Sierra failed to capitalize. Considering the stakes, the […]

Ponderosa’s solid effort results in loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s bid to take league-leading Cosumnes Oaks down a notch came close before a late goal enabled the Wolfpack to depart 4-3 winners of Monday night’s Capital Valley Conference match. Under the lights and a full moon, the Wolfpack (12-0-2) felt at home — ringing up a 3-2 halftime advantage. The Bruins (9-4-1), […]

El Dorado girls in the driver’s seat

Maintaining its perfect Sierra Valley Conference record, host El Dorado made quick work of Cordova Monday, defeating the Lancers 25-13, 25-11, 25-11. Prior to the first serve, the Lady Cougars honored seniors Kylie Haverson, Makayla Hoyt, Serena Franz, Samantha Chavez and Rachel Stevenson. El Dorado (24-6, 8-0) has remaining matches at Galt tonight and a big […]

Football: Trojans claim 38-7 win

GRASS VALLEY — Behind efficient first-half passing and an effective second-half ground game, Oak Ridge spoiled Nevada Union’s Senior Night 38-7 Friday in Sierra Foothill League action. The Trojans’ victory sets up this week’s huge showdown with Folsom for the league title. Troy’s Ian Book completed 12-of-18 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns — all to Kevin Kassis. Book also […]

Bruin tennis edges Roseville

ROSEVILLE — Ponderosa edged Roseville 5-4 Tuesday at the Sierra Country Club, rallying from a 3-4 deficit to get the Capital Valley Conference win. With the No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles yet to finish, the Bruins trailed by a set in both. Ponderosa’s Ania Lobsinger, behind well-placed volleys and attacking the net, wore […]

Tennis: Trojan girls in position to win title

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge celebrated its Senior Day Tuesday and played its final regular season home match, defeating Granite Bay 7-2. The Lady Trojans swept doubles play and won 4-of-6 singles to avenge an earlier loss to the Grizzlies. The victory, coupled with Rocklin’s loss to Del Oro, created a 3-way tie atop the Sierra […]

Soccer: Ponderosa posts 3-0 shutout

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s 3-0 victory over Roseville Wednesday entrenched its hold on second place in the Capital Valley Conference. The Bruins tallied once midway through the first half and added two late goals to compete the scoring. Ponderosa withstood an aggressive Tigers’ attack to start while applying offensive pressure on the other end. “Our […]

Starr brought star power to Bay Area show

Ringo Starr was correct in introducing the song “Yellow Submarine” when he told the crowd if they don’t know this song, they weren’t at the right concert. To catch Starr and his impressive All-Star band featuring Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie and Todd Rundgren, San Francisco’s The Masonic was the […]

Union Mine staves off upset bid

Union Mine in 5 sets EL DORADO — Union Mine flirted with disaster Monday night — coming close to dropping its second straight Sierra Valley Conference match — before fending off a Liberty Ranch challenge to win in five, 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12. After falling to El Dorado last week in a battle for […]

Football: Golden Sierra falls to Pride

GARDEN VALLEY — No second half comeback for Golden Sierra, as Bradshaw Christian saw to that. With first place on the line in the Sierra Delta League, the visiting Pride utilized an effective ground game and stingy defense to turn back the Grizzlies 34-6. The loss was Golden Sierra’s first in league (2-1 SDL, 4-3) […]

Heinz-sight: Likenesses

Each volleyball season, Mike Yates and I reflect at least once on that terrific 2011 Union Mine girl’s volleyball team he coached to a state championship. Yates, the current Ponderosa coach, has perfect memory of the journey, recalling specifics like it happened yesterday. Usually we chat in an empty gym, after the players and fans […]

Ponderosa sweeps Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Once Ponderosa switched from hospitable hosts to adversaries in Tuesday’s Capital Valley Conference match against Bella Vista, the Bruins were fine. Until then, a campus tour, free meal and help with the Broncos’ homework seemed possible. Swept in the first meeting, Ponderosa returned the favor on its court with a 25-22, 25-23, […]

It’s El Dorado versus Union Mine tonight

What: Volleyball Who: Cougars-D’backs Where: El Dorado High When: 6 p.m. Tonight’s huge intra-county volleyball match pits intra-county rivals Union Mine and El Dorado on the Cougars’ court with first place in the Sierra Valley Conference at stake. Both teams come in undefeated in league and both are defending SVC champions led by senior captains […]

Roundup: Oct. 13, 2017

Volleyball El Dorado def. Galt 25-5, 25-12, 25-7 — Kills: Bella Danker, 7; Kylie Haverson, 6; Lauren Tigue, 3. Aces: Hannah Cornwell, 7; Olivia Kemp, 4; Haverson, 4; Danker, 4; Greta Gavin, 2. Blocks: Tigue, 5. Digs: Cornwell, 10; Sam Chavez, 10. Assists: Gavin, 18. Serve receive: Haverson, 6; Cornwell, 4. Soccer Ponderosa 1, Whitney […]

Lady Diamondbacks down Wolverines

EL DORADO — In a tune-up for tonight’s big match against El Dorado (see above), Union Mine easily rolled through visiting Rosemont for the 25-9, 25-17, 25-14 Sierra Valley Conference victory Monday night. Lady Diamondback starters Taylor Coate (17 assists, 4 aces, 4 kills), Kaitlin Lishman (5 kills), Kylie Russell (19 kills, 20 digs, 12 […]

Bruins succumb to Whitney

ROCKLIN — Whitney’s fast start — three scores in less than seven minutes — put Ponderosa in an early hole and the host Wildcats went on to defeat the Bruins 42-6 in Capital Valley Conference action Friday night. Before fans could blink it was 22-zip as Whitney, despite fumbling a punt that Bruin Kris Charron […]

Lady Trojans roll Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sierra Foothill League rematch between Oak Ridge and Rocklin will be a humdinger because the first meeting between the two Tuesday night was very good for the Trojans taking the win 25-20, 25-20, 25-8. At stake was first place as both came in 4-0. Either could have won the first two […]

Cougars blanked by Cordova

Cordova’s aggressive offensive posture paid off for the Lancers which picked up Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference victory at El Dorado by the score of 6-0. Putting forth individual skill with physical play, Cordova led 4-0 at the break before adding two more in the second half. The Cougars started fine and behind Fernando Esparza, Adrian […]

Local duo hits the international stage

Fourteen year-old Jarrett Darrah and Emma Fitzgerald, 11, left for Puerto Rico Monday to complete at the upcoming Pan American Acrobatic Championships, the result of many years of hard work, practice and commitment by the acrobatic gymnastics duo. Recently named to the USA Team, their excursion will be the pair’s first international competition with another stop scheduled […]

Ponderosa teams swept in pool

EL DORADO — Travis Elmont’s skip-shot inside the left post 43 seconds into sudden death overtime ended a marathon back-and-forth with Ponderosa Friday as the Wildcats saddled the Bruins with a heartbreaking 12-11 setback at the Aquatic Center. After two, 3-minute overtime periods left the teams still deadlocked, action moved to the first-one-that-scores-wins third 3-minute OT […]

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