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Jerry Heinzer

Grizzlies drop double bill to San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — For the Golden Sierra boys to pocket their first Sierra Delta League win, it had to defeat not one but two San Juan teams Friday. The Spartans’ even-steven approach — running two, five-man units every couple of minutes — worked as San Juan held off the Grizzlies 56-50. In the earlier game, the […]

D’back give-and-take leads to win

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s claim to victory in Wednesday’s home dual with Rosemont had to make up for lost ground as three forfeits loomed in the background. In winning 9-of-11 matches that took place, the D’backs succeeded, coming out on top 43-24 at the Snake Pit. Union Mine improved to 3-1 in the Sierra […]

Grizzlies celebrate Senior Night

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra held its Senior Night Tuesday against league-leading Bradshaw Christian — a success unmatched by the wrestling that followed. Grizzly coach Tony Arena honored Joseph Herrera, Jordan Miyara and Holly Mason for their leadership, committment and sacrifice. In the dual that followed, the Pride prevailed 63-12. Golden Sierra’s only points came […]

South 1 season hits its midpoint

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Four repeat individual winners and 3-of-4 repeat team victories highlighted Monday’s first slalom race by the South 1 Division under great weather conditions at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Oak Ridge skiers Parker Doshier and Allena Thompson duplicated last week’s efforts, as did El Dorado snowboarder Colton Bliss and Ponderosa’s Cora Nuttall. Team-wise, the Trojan boys, with […]

Roundup: Jan. 24, 2016

Girls basketball Union Mine 50, Rosemont 38 — The Lady D’Backs improved to a 3-2 SVC record with their road victory Thursday night. Maleah Denault had a team-high 11 points while Breanna Heinrich’s finished with 10. Kaitlin Lishman had 9 points while Katie Vick had 7 and Riley Rupley scored 6. Katie Parker, Isabella Ancona and Bethany Hammer each contributed 2 points. Oak […]

Foothill Throwers clinic has good turnout

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stephanie Brown Trafton, 2008 Women’s Discus Olympic Gold Medalist/3-time Olympian/2016 Olympic Contender, and an array of coaches held center court at last weekend’s Foothill Throwers Winter Shot-put and Discus Clinic at Ponderosa High. Despite suspect weather, the turnout was very good according to event organizer Dave Mosbacher.

Trojans get it done against Del Oro

EL DORADO HILLS — The play wasn’t pretty nor textbook but in the end it was effective for the Oak Ridge girls who defeated Del Oro 54-31 at home Wednesday evening. The win improved the Lady Trojans to 5-0 in the Sierra Foothill League, 18-1 overall. Oak Ridge missed shots, free throws and turned the […]

Diamondback boys score first conference victory

EL DORADO — It took a team-wide effort, all 32 minutes and end-to-end play for Union Mine to get its first Sierra Valley Conference win Tuesday — a 69-59 victory over the Galt Warriors at the Snake Pit. Fourteen Diamondbacks, led by Andrew Vaughn’s team-high 15 points, cracked the scoring column as Union Mine coach […]

South 1 proceeds with caution

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Oak Ridge’s Allena Thompson was the lone repeat winner as the South 1 Division managed to get in its second race of the season Monday on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Greeted by a foot of fresh powder, it was all-hands-on-deck for both skiers and snowboarders who spent most of the morning slipping the […]

Bruin boys take care of Del Campo

Ponderosa squares CVC record at 2-2 SHINGLE SPRINGS — Kenny Macklin led four Bruins in double figures as Ponderosa scored a 66-55 Capital Valley Conference victory in front of a Loud Crowd Black-Out Friday. Macklin pumped in 19 points on a variety of shots including an early three-pointer followed by a 3-point play to get […]

Del Oro powers by Troy

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge’s late-match bid to overcome Del Oro stalled in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League dual meet when the visiting defending section champs clamped down in the middle weights to emerge 42-24 victors. The Trojans were within 31-24 with three matches left. In need of points, Oak Ridge managed just escapes and […]

Ponderosa’s CVC streak remains intact

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Winning 12-of-14 matches, host Ponderosa defeated Del Campo 54-6 Wednesday to improve to 4-0 in the Capital Valley Conference. Except for Matt Monroe’s pin and a technical decision by Zach Miller, the visitors competed well in the lightweights, extending the Bruins to the full three periods or in one case, overtime. “We […]

South 1 winter season gets underway

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — On time, on schedule and on location, Monday’s South 1 Division opener went off without a hitch as local ski and snowboarders completed the season’s first Giant Slalom race at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Unlike last season when Mother Nature forced a delay and then shift to Northstar, conditions, under a mix of sunshine and clouds, […]

Trojan boys whip Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing less than 24 hours after an exciting overtime victory in Grass Valley, Oak Ridge returned home to defeat Rocklin 71-47 in an early evening Sierra Foothill League matchup Saturday. Matt Battaglia, behind a fast start and strong finish, scored a game-high 25 points while Cole Compton recorded 17 points, 8 […]

Oak Ridge girls roll Thunder

EL DORADO HILLS — Can Oak Ridge win without starting post Kassidy De Lapp? That question was answered Saturday afternoon. The Lady Trojans defeated Rocklin 55-24 with De Lapp spending a good chunk of the Sierra Foothill League matchup on the bench in foul trouble — the other part of the game not needed due […]

Bruins buck Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Danielle Craft scored 17 of her team-high 20 points in the second half Friday as Ponderosa edged visiting Bella Vista 62-59 for a must-win Capital Valley Conference victory. The Lady Bruins overcame 42 points by twin sisters Rebeccah and Rachael DiRegolo to prevail. Ponderosa scored the last five points — the final […]

Oak Ridge girls survive early test

EL DORADO HILLS — A solid fourth-quarter effort on the heels of a strong finish to the third propelled host Oak Ridge past Folsom 50-43 in a tense Sierra Foothill League opener Wednesday night. For two and a half quarters, the Lady Bulldogs were more than the Trojans could handle, enjoying a nine-point halftime lead that […]

Griz can’t catch Falcons

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s fourth quarter rally ran out of time Monday as visiting Colfax held on for the 45-41 nonleague victory. The Grizzlies pulled to within 42-41 on Riley Larson’s pull-up three-pointer with 55 seconds left. Applying pressure, the Griz forced a turnover but gave it right back with one of their own […]

Griz win Mountain Challenge

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra accepted, met and executed its two-game Mountain Challenge Saturday, defeating both Hamilton and then Rio Vista for the championship. After a winless appearance last year, the Grizzlies upended the Bears 49-37 in the morning and edged the Rams 46-43 in the afternoon. In between, the four participating teams held a […]

Cougar girls take 2nd at Vitell

El Dorado’s combination of second-half foul trouble and inability to put points on the board allowed Colfax an opening it took to capture the Jan Vitell Tournament title by a 45-35 score Wednesday night. The Cougars led most of the way but lost the lead for good early in the fourth quarter when Falcon guard Courtney […]

D’backs rally for win

An elevated second-half offensive effort led by Riley Rupley and energized play piloted by Breanna Heinrichs and Dakota Shinn Wednesday allowed Union Mine to overcome Summerville 42-36 for seventh place at the annual Jan Vitell Tournament. Rupley scored 8 of her team-high 13 points in the third quarter, including three straight buckets, to jumpstart the D’backs […]

Heinz-sight: It’s a wrap

That sound of silence? It’s prep sports sitting idle on this first day of 2016. Locally, Wednesday evening’s tournament championship games by Oak Ridge and El Dorado effectively shut down high school sports for the calendar year. What stood out during the 2015 year was the number of individual state prep titles we had — […]

El Dorado girls win Vitell opener

Behind a season-high in points scored and contributions from up and down the lineup, host El Dorado opened its Jan Vitell Tournament with a 72-19 shellacking of Summerville Monday night. The Cougars’ previous high was 59 in a win over Granite Bay. El Dorado’s lead reach 50 in the fourth quarter on a Molly Hargon […]

Union Mine falls to bigger Broncos

Relying on the inside presence of sisters Rebecca and Rachael DiRegolo, Bella Vista posted a 57-35 victory over Union Mine in both teams’ Jan Vitell Tournament opener Monday. One DiRegolo stood 6-3, the other 6-2. Hence, both controlled the paint and gave the Diamondbacks little daylight. Bella Vista scored the first nine points and its press […]

Girls basketball: Lady Bruins take fifth place at Toss Up

EL DORADO HILLS — Twenty two straight points delivered the early knock-out punch Tuesday as Ponderosa won the Toss Up Tournament consolation title with its 52-34 victory over Kennedy at the Oak Ridge gymnasium. The Lady Bruins finished 2-1, losing their opener to Inderkum, edging River City and dominating the Cougars who in past years have made strong […]

Trojans overpower Eagles

EL DORADO HILLS — Hailey McCoy’s 11-point explosion, part of her 14-point second quarter, allowed host Oak Ridge to pull away from Pleasant Grove Monday night for a 63-39 victory in second-round play at the annual Toss Up Tournament. McCoy’s run turned a 23-19 lead into a 34-21 advantage after she went strong with a baseline move […]

Roundup: Dec. 22, 2015

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Hoop Classic Ponderosa 40, Pittsburg 35 Ponderosa 66, Johnson 68 — Kenny Macklin scored 21 points for the Bruins; Brennan Wheeler added 17; Jordan Brennen added 10; Remington Smith bucketed 6; Adam Orr, 5; Cameron Sherrod, 3; and Troy Whitfield and Daniel Doe had 2 each. Oak Ridge 62, Lawndale […]

Offensive woes continue for Lady D’backs

EL DORADO — Scoring the first 10 points, visiting Argonaut sailed to the 41-25 nonleague victory over Union Mine in girls basketball action at the Snake Pit on Thursday. The Diamondbacks cut it to 12-6 at the end of the first quarter on three points from Katy Vick and Breanna Heinrichs’ 3-point play but after […]

Scoring abandons Bruins in 2nd half

EL DORADO HILLS — Aggressive defense and steals leading to transition lay-up turned the tide for Inderkum in its 63-45 victory over Ponderosa to open the Trojan Toss Up Tournament at Oak Ridge Saturday. The Tigers trailed after two quarters but held the Bruins to 14 total second-half points as Ponderosa struggled offensively. “We turned the […]

Bruins rolled out the welcome mat

What exactly is a vegemite sandwich? If you’re connected to the Ponderosa Lady Bruins’ varsity basketball team and hosted Tenison Woods College players from Australia, you may know. Last weekend, the Lady Titans, coached by Ciaran Buckley, competed at the Battle in the Foothills Tournament in Shingle Springs — the stop smack in the middle […]

Cougars miss opportunity against Dixon

In a close game, particularly in the fourth quarter, free throws are critical. The likely scenario is for the team that’s ahead to extend its lead while the team that trails benefits both from the stopped clock and any misses. Appears the Dixon Rams see it differently. Visiting El Dorado for Monday’s nonleague encounter, Dixon did […]

Golden Sierra wins first two

GARDEN VALLEY — Rachel Loya’s 12-point run spanning the second and third quarters was the difference Saturday morning as host Golden Sierra defeated Foresthill 41-12 in the middle game of the annual Darren Tillotson Memorial 2015 round-robin tournament. Loya scored all eight Grizzly points in the second quarter as Golden Sierra extended a 7-3 first-quarter lead […]

Lady Bruins win final two

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Danielle Craft and Saraya Smith combined for 35 points and seven three-pointers as Ponderosa turned back Tenison Woods College of Australia 70-32 Saturday in the final varsity girls game of the Battle in the Foothills Tournament. Craft bucketed 24 (six threes) Friday while Smith added 20 points in a 63-37 win over […]

On tap

Today Boys basketball Battle in the Foothills @ PHS -PHS vs Pacific Coast Prep, 8 p.m. Girls basketball Battle in the Foothills @ PHS -UM vs Team Australia, 3:30 -PHS vs Vista del Lago, 6:30 GSHS Tournament -GS vs Western Sierra, 7:30 Tomorrow Boys basketball Battle in the Foothills @ PHS -PHS vs Bishop Manogue, […]

Ponderosa boys roll over Antelope

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Winning all but one of its matches, host Ponderosa routed Antelope 66-3 Wednesday to open the Capital Valley Conference schedule. Bruins pinned six Titans and won four-of-five decisions. Antelope forfeited three weight classes — its final point tally unable to overcome even one. “This was good (team showing) after last weekend which […]

D’backs hold off Spartans

EL DORADO — A 10-1 burst out of the locker room to open the third quarter stretched a slim halftime lead Tuesday as Union Mine defeated visiting San Juan 71-59 in boy’s nonleague action. The Diamondbacks led by four after the first half but 14 after three quarters. Andrew Vaughn scored 10 of his 16 […]

Brozek twins looked alike, acted apart

They’re identical, yet different … similar, yet contrastive. Ten year-old sisters Riley and Reese Brozek, for all their genetic resemblance, do diverge at times. Take this past fall. The two El Dorado Hills, Silva Valley fifth-grade identical twins joined the Oak Ridge Junior Trojan football program, one as a cheerleader, the other in helmet and […]

Roundup: Dec. 6, 2015

Girls basketball Clovis East Tourney Oak Ridge 53, Clovis East 34 Oak Ridge 73, Orosi 41 Oak Ridge 47, Edison 42 Oak Ridge 49, Clovis West 65 Lady Viking Classic Golden Sierra 38, Mesa Verde 17 Golden Sierra 39, Victory Christian 28 Golden Sierra 18, Calaveras 56 Placer Tourney El Dorado 59, Granite Bay 49 […]

O’Neill lifts D’backs past Roseville

Mikey O’Neill’s running floater through the lane in overtime put Union Mine ahead for good Friday and three-pointers by Austin Maranville, Bradley Brittain and Jay Cardoza sealed the deal as the D’backs outlasted Roseville 57-49 to advance to the title game. Both teams battled through regulation to a 43-all tie, neither scoring in the final 2:14. Union Mine’s […]

Union Mine takes second at Gold Dust

Union Mine’s attempt to grab the Gold Dust title in just its fourth game of the season fell short Saturday as Central Catholic took the first-place plaque after defeating the Diamondbacks 66-51 at El Dorado’s L.A. Brown Gymnasium. Toward the end, the Raiders pushed their lead to 20 in a start-to-finish effort that rarely dipped. For […]

Golden Sierra wrestlers sees first live action

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s first mat action of the season happened Wednesday night in the Rod Hedlund Gym with a home double dual featuring Marysville, Lindhurst and Highlands. Unable to field a full lineup, the Grizzlies outpointed the Indians 24-12 in the contested matches but didn’t (12-27) against the Blazers. Golden Sierra went 6-7 […]

Roundup: Dec. 3, 2015

Boys basketball Ponderosa 67, Nevada Union 86 — Outscored in every quarter, the Bruins lost their first game of the season Wednesday on the road. Brennan Wheeler led Ponderosa with 23 points while Kenny Macklin added 17 points with five assists and two blocks. Austin Mencarini was next with 7 points. Girls basketball Golden Sierra 45, […]

El Dorado girls drop home opener to Colfax

A late 9-2 fourth-quarter Colfax run squashed El Dorado’s comeback hopes as the visiting Falcons upended the injury-depleted Cougars 53-41 in Tuesday’s nonleague girl’s game. The loss was El Dorado’s first of the season and spoiled the Cougars’ solid start. Colfax surged ahead with two free throws to end the first quarter and never trailed […]

Ponderosa hoops shoot for big seasons

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa kicked off its 2015-16 season with a boys/girls varsity sweep of visiting Vista del Lago in Monday’s annual Foundation Games. After Mr. Loken provided some unusual sound bites during pregame introductions, the Lady Bruins rolled the Vista girls 56-40 before the boys pulled away from the Eagles 64-52. At the end of […]

Cross Country: State Finals results

FRESNO — The 29th Annual California Interscholastic Federation Cross Country State Finals was held Saturday at Fresno’s Woodward Park. Twelve area runners competed in three divisions. Of that number, seven ran for the El Dorado boys in the Division III race. Below are times of the local runners. Division 3 boys 18-El Dorado, 473 57-Dalton […]

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