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Oak Ridge out after semifinals loss

ELK GROVE — One field goal for the lead, plus a trip into the red zone and a three-point difference were the story lines for Oak Ridge in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinal game against Elk Grove at the Thundering Herd’s field Friday. The Trojans, the No. 3 seed, battled the No. 2 Herd but Elk Grove […]

Playoffs: It’s Oak Ridge-Elk Grove tonight

EL DORADO HILLS — Then there were four. Oak Ridge is one of four Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football teams that have the honors of playing the day after Thanksgiving when it plays at Elk Grove tonight. After hosting their first two playoff games, the Trojans (10-2), the No. 3 seed, take on the Thundering […]

Dalton Douglas-Hiley leads the pack

In his freshman year in the El Dorado High cross-country program three years ago, Dalton Douglas-Hiley vividly remembers the practices. One of the runs Douglas-Hiley and his Cougar teammates participated was running through Main Street in Placerville. At times, they were tempted to stop at local coffee shops or restaurants for water, the latest coffee craze […]

Pereira flexes to top California finish

On Mother’s Day five and a half years ago, Gabriela Pereira posed for a picture that led to mixed feelings. “I didn’t realize how much weighed I gained,” said Pereira, who noted she was 30 pounds over her actual weight. “I looked like a brick.” Then 38, Pereira, an El Dorado Hills resident, went proactive […]

Oak Ridge silences Wolfpack

EL DORADO HILLS — Home sweet home. The Oak Ridge High football team had only four home games during the regular season. But the Trojans have enjoyed the luxury of playing their first two Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff games at home that comes with earning the No. 3 seed, including Friday’s game against No. 6 […]

Playoffs: Oak Ridge hosts Wolfpack

EL DORADO HILLS — The lone surviving El Dorado County high school football team remaining hosts a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff game tonight at 7. Oak Ridge, the No. 3 seed with a 9-2 record, will host No. 6 seed Cosumnes Oaks, which has an 8-3 mark. In their playoff openers last Friday, the […]

Lady Trojans’ postseason exit too soon

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming out of a timeout in the fifth and final set of Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal volleyball playoff match, tied at 3-all, host Oak Ridge and Pitman resumed their back-and-fourth slugfest. Tied at two wins each, the host Lady Trojans and Pride knew whoever had the momentum had the upper hand toward […]

Trojans advance to final 4

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High volleyball head coach Patrick Sanders had plenty of reasons to smile after his Lady Trojans swept Rodriguez in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal match. Sanders’ Trojans dominated the contest in three sets; the final scores were 25-13, 25-8, 25-9. The win sends No. 1 seed Oak Ridge […]

Late goal sinks Oak Ridge’s title hopes

ELK GROVE — In a battle of the No. 1 and No. 2 California high school boys soccer teams for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title at Cosumnes Oaks High on Saturday, Oak Ridge and Jesuit lived up to the hype. The Trojans, also ranked No. 1 in D-I, were denied an opportunity to win back-to-back section […]

El Dorado exits early from playoffs

OAKDALE — Aaron Golmitz and Chris Volek posted big numbers for the El Dorado High football team against Oakdale in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener at The Corral but the No. 2 Mustangs prevailed 63-33. Golmitz completed 25-of-32 passes for 256 yards. Volek grabbed 16 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns. “I […]

Playoffs tonight

It’s win-or-else as four El Dorado County high school football teams open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs tonight. Oak Ridge will host Monterey Trail for the only county home game. El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra travel — the Cougars at Oakdale; D’backs at Sierra of Manteca; the Grizzlies at Ripon Christian. Monterey Trail at […]

Lady Trojans notch win

EL DORADO HILLS — In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball playoff opener that lasted only 57 minutes, Oak Ridge dominated Armijo from start to finish. The ending result was the Lady Trojans, winners of the Sierra Foothill League title for a second consecutive year, sweeping the Lady Indians by the final scores of 25-12, […]

It’s back to the ‘ship for Trojans

Overtime win over Napa EL DORADO HILLS — For a second consecutive year, Julian Garcia delivered at the right time for the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team. In the second overtime period of Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game against undefeated Napa, the Trojan forward fired in the game’s only goal for a thrilling […]

On to semis for Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — For the second time in two months, the Oak Ridge and McClatchy boys soccer teams met — this time in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal game. The host Trojans (14-1-3), the No. 1 seed in the section and California, silenced the Lions with a 3-1 win. Their first meeting was a 2-2 […]

Bruin comeback falls short

ELK GROVE — In 14 seconds, Ponderosa turned its Capital Valley Conference football finale against Cosumnes Oaks into a one touchdown game Friday. Despite their gallant efforts, the Bruins were bitten by the Wolf Pack, 42-21. The loss ends a long season for Ponderosa (1-6 in the CVC, 2-8). Trailing 21-0 at halftime, Cosumnes Oaks (5-2 […]

Gold Nugget game tonight

Two of the four El Dorado County high school football teams square off tonight. El Dorado makes the five-mile trek to Union Mine in their Sierra Valley Conference and Gold Nugget showdown. In other games, Golden Sierra hosts Encina and Ponderosa is at Cosumnes Oaks. Oak Ridge has the Sierra Foothill League bye. El Dorado […]

One down, three left for Lady Trojans

FOLSOM — A one day delay didn’t stop the Oak Ridge High girls tennis team from posting a 9-0 victory over Pleasant Grove in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener at the Broadstone Racquet Club Wednesday. Initially, the match was scheduled for Tuesday but inclement weather pushed back other matches. Oak Ridge (12-2), the Sierra Foothill […]

Oak Ridge notches playoff victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Toward the end of the first half of Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer playoff opener with Edison, Oak Ridge’s Nico Carpignano set the tone. The Trojan forward scored the go-ahead goal that broke a 1-1 tie in an eventual 4-1 win that eliminated the Vikings. In the 37th minute […]

Grizzlies too much for Bulldogs

GARDEN VALLEY — In recent weeks, the Golden Sierra High volleyball team has worked on parts of its offense that executed in Monday’s Sierra Delta League finale against Encina at Hedlund Gym. The result was quick (35 minutes) as the host Grizzlies (9-3 in the SDL, 15-10) clawed the Bulldogs (0-12) in three games 25-4, 25-11, 25-7. Golden […]

Meyers’ four TDs leads El Dorado

GALT — As his team went into the locker room of Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference road game against Galt trailing by a touchdown, El Dorado High football head coach Joe Volek was confident his players would overcome their first-half deficit. “We talked about the offensive plays that we thought were going to work,” Volek said. […]

Streak continues for Lady Trojan spikers

EL DORADO HILLS — First-year Oak Ridge volleyball head coach Patrick Sanders is pleased with his players’ domination on the court and Tuesday’s sweep of Woodcreek is proof as the Lady Trojans attacked the net and served tough to win 25-13, 25-12, 25-20. Oak Ridge (10-0 in the SFL, 26-2), ranked No. 10 in California and […]

Hat trick for Julian Garcia

EL DORADO HILLS — With the Sierra Foothill League title wrapped up, the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team continued to take care of business Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Nevada Union on Senior Day. Leading the Trojans (9-1-2 in the SFL, 12-1-3 overall), who are ranked No. 1 in California and 56th in […]

Oak Ridge-Folsom tonight

Oak Ridge hosts Folsom in what could be deemed the biggest prep football game in the Sacramento region if not the entire Sac-Joaquin Section tonight. Other county games have Ponderosa at Roseville; El Dorado travels to Galt; Union Mine plays at Cordova and Golden Sierra goes to Rio Vista. Folsom at Oak Ridge The Trojans (5-0 […]

Rosemont denies D’backs’ playoff bid

EL DORADO — Fighting for the Sierra Valley Conference’s fourth and final playoff seed Monday night, host Union Mine and Rosemont battled for 80 minutes but the Diamondbacks fell 1-0 on Senior Night. Union Mine (1-5-3 in the SVC, 6-5-4) and the Wolverines (3-4-2) traded shots on goal most of the first half. In the […]

Cougar varsity teams swept by McClatchy

EL DORADO — Although not in the running for one of the Metro Conference’s playoff berths, the El Dorado High boys water polo team played like a squad geared toward postseason in Monday’s home finale against River City at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Trailing 8-1 at halftime, the Cougars fought back in the second half […]

Football: Golden Sierra weather the storm

NORTH HIGHLANDS — Time was on Golden Sierra’s side in Friday’s exciting 43-34 Sierra Delta League football win over host Highlands at the Highlands Bowl. Clinging to a 36-34 lead with 10:47 left, the Grizzlies (3-1 in the SDL, 5-3) fumbled the ball away. Thankfully, Golden Sierra held and worked the clock down to 1:53 remaining […]

Football: Bruins honor past

Two of the five El Dorado County high school football teams play their final home games of the season tonight. Ponderosa entertains Oakmont and El Dorado welcomes Cordova. Road games have Oak Ridge traveling to Nevada Union; Union Mine making the trek to Galt to play Liberty Ranch and Golden Sierra playing at Highlands. Oakmont […]

Soccer: Griz boys ‘Cann’ do

GARDEN VALLEY — A fast start propelled Golden Sierra to a 3-1 win over Vacaville Christian in Wednesday’s Sierra Delta League action. The Grizzlies (2-8 in the SDL, 4-10) had big plays from Will Cann. In the fifth minute, Cann, Riley Larson and Alonso Santos held possession in front of the Falcons’ box when Cann […]

Volleyball: Lady Cougars remain undefeated

El Dorado continued its winning ways against Liberty Ranch in Wednesday’s match at L.A. Brown Gym. Though their streak of 18 consecutive Sierra Valley Conference sets ended, the Cougars (7-0 in the SVC, 23-6) dominated the final three for the 22-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 win. Communication breakdown after taking an early 19-14 lead in the […]

Area squads compete at Bronco Invitational

FOLSOM — El Dorado and Ponderosa boys cross-country squads led the way Saturday at the annual Bella Vista Bronco Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus. Taking third place in the varsity boys small schools division was El Dorado’s Dalton Douglas-Hiley, with a time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds. Two Cougars also placed […]

D’backs improve playoff hopes

EL DORADO — Multiple shots on goal toward the end of Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer game helped Union Mine against Cordova that ended in a 2-2 tie. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Diamondbacks (1-4-2 SVC, 6-4-3), battling for the conference’s No. 4 playoff spot with Rosemont, tied the game in the 60th minute. […]

Football: Diamondbacks too much for Warriors

GALT — For the second time this season, Union Mine scored more than 60 points, but this time in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference football contest with a 70-34 victory over Galt on the Erv Hatzenbuhler Field of Warrior Stadium. The Diamondbacks (2-0 in SVC, 5-2), who defeated Lincoln 61-55 in a non-league game last month, recorded […]

Griz ready for tonight’s challenge

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football have league home games tonight. Entering Week 7, Golden Sierra host Bradshaw Christian; Oak Ridge entertains Del Oro and Ponderosa welcomes Del Campo. In Sierra Valley Conference road games, El Dorado plays at Rosemont and Union Mine goes to Galt. Bradshaw Christian at Golden Sierra The […]

Rivalry no problem for El Dorado girls

In a highly-anticipated intra-county and Sierra Valley Conference clash at the L.A. Brown Gym, El Dorado and Union Mine entered Wednesday’s Pink Volleyfest showdown undefeated in conference. On the court, the Cougars took charge in the first two sets and though the Diamondbacks displayed plenty of energy in the third, El Dorado swept its rivals 25-17, […]

D’backs’ fast start upends Cougars

EL DORADO — In their first intra-county/Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer meeting this season Monday night, Union Mine dominated El Dorado 6-1. Both entered winless in conference play. The Diamondbacks (1-3-1 in the SVC, 6-3-2) scored their first of four goals two minutes into the first half with the help from the Cougars (0-5, 4-11-2). The […]

Oak Ridge girls sweep Grizzlies

EL DORADO HILLS — One of the reasons Oak Ridge is off to a fantastic start is its players hustle all over the court. Displaying that athleticism against Granite Bay in last Thursday’s Sierra Foothill League volleyball matchup, the Lady Trojans swept the Grizzlies 25-17, 25-11, 25-17. In the first set, Oak Ridge (6-0 in the SFL, 19-1) […]

Bruins shutdown Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Defense was a factor for Ponderosa, which blanked Bella Vista 3-0 in Wednesday’s Capital Valley Conference boys soccer game at Bob Bist Soccer Field. The shutout was the fifth in conference play for Ponderosa (6-2-1 in the CVC, 8-3-4), which scored its first goal without any of its players touching the ball in the […]

Volek: ‘One game at a time’

All five El Dorado County high school football teams are in league action tonight. Two of the squads open Sierra Valley Conference action; El Dorado is hosting Liberty Ranch and Union Mine welcomes Rosemont. Other county games are Oak Ridge at Granite Bay; Ponderosa travels to Whitney and Golden Sierra entertains Vacaville Christian. Liberty Ranch […]

El Dorado, Ponderosa split contests

EL DORADO — In an intra county non-conference girls water polo match-up, El Dorado dominated Ponderosa that led to a 14-6 win at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Designated as the visitors in this contest, the Lady Cougars (4-3) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period and 9-2 at halftime behind the scoring […]

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