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Youth camp taught Cougar football

For a third consecutive year, the El Dorado Jr. Cougars Youth Football Camp was held at Harvey West Stadium last week. During the five-day camp, members of El Dorado High football head coach Joe Volek’s coaching staff from his two teams — varsity and junior varsity — and Cougar varsity players worked with their counterparts. According […]

First and goal: Honor request

From 1990 to 2009, Junior Seau terrorized offensive linemen, running backs and quarterbacks in the National Football League. The former San Diego Charger, Miami Dolphin and New England Patriots’ inside linebacker played 268 games during his career, most with the Chargers (1990-2002), Seau recorded many sacks, tackles and interceptions. He also helped the Chargers’ in 1994 […]

El Dorado douses Folsom Flames

In its first of four home games to close out the season this week, the El Dorado High School summer baseball team made Tuesday’s game against the Folsom Flames one for the scrapbook. Tied entering the final inning, El Dorado, which was behind early in the game, rallied to post a 5-4 win over the Flames. […]

Back-to-back losses ends summer

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four hits came off the bats of four El Dorado Jr. Legion Post 119 players in Friday’s District 7 Tournament opener against Auburn Post 84 at Ponderosa High’s diamond. But Auburn, which entered the tourney as the No. 2 seed and El Dorado No. 3, had one hit more and posted a 2-0 […]

Fond memories for Williams

LODI — For the last 14 years, John Williams served as the Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner — a position he actively sought in 1999. “I was in the newspaper business and I wanted out,” said Williams, who worked as a sports writer, sports editor, managing editor and production manager for different newspapers for a combined […]

First and goal: Boys of summer

For the last two summers, Mike Frank has taken a group of El Dorado Hills pre-teenage boys into All Star battle. Last week that squad, now the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All Stars, played for the District 54 Tournament title against Woodcreek at Roseville’s Mahany Park. Members of the El Dorado Hills’ all star squad were: Cole […]

Post 119 endures wait, then ‘Blues’ in loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Members of the El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion baseball team warmed up prior to its Sunday doubleheader and regular season home finale against the Chico Blues with a mini-scrimmage on the Ponderosa High diamond. Come game time, El Dorado was ready to go but Chico nowhere to be found. Post 119 […]

El Dorado Hills 10/11s eliminated by Woodcreek

ROSEVILLE — Three hits in its first at-bat in Thursday’s District 54 tournament title game seemed to give the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All Stars baseball team momentum the rest of the way. But Woodcreek hung onto a 3-1 lead that led to a 4-1 win over El Dorado Hills, which suffered its first loss […]

It’s over for Ponderosa Juniors

ROSEVILLE — In five of seven innings of Friday’s District 54 Tournament championship final at Mahany Park, the Ponderosa Junior All Stars baseball team scored a run. But Maidu, which lost to Ponderosa in the double-elimination tourney early last week, scored three or more in the first three frames that secured a 10-6 victory to capture […]

El Dorado Hills advances to finals

ROSEVILLE — A crack of the bat in the sixth inning led to joy for members of the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All Star baseball team against Folsom National in the District 54 Tournament’s elimination game at Mahany Park Wednesday. Leading by a slim margin, El Dorado Hills made sure it landed a spot in the title game […]

Late rally falls short for EDH 10/11s

ROSEVILLE — An opportunity to break open a tied game fell short for the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All-Stars baseball squad, which fell to Woodcreek 3-2 in Tuesday’s winner’s bracket game of the District 54 Tournament at Mahany Park. The game was knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning with one out when Braden Frank walked […]

Comeback not in Post 119’s deck

One day after rallying from a 9-2 deficit to win 14-9 its first game in the first-ever El Dorado High School Fourth of July Tournament, the El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion baseball team found itself in another come-from-behind situation last Saturday. Behind 3-0, Post 119 appeared ready for another come-from-behind win in Saturday’s pool play game against […]

El Dorado High splits first two

A smaller lead became bigger and an eventual 6-0 victory for the El Dorado High School summer baseball team over Kennedy at Friday’s first-ever Fourth of July Tournament on El Dorado’s field. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when El Dorado (17-2) pushed across its first run as Chris Pederson […]

Divide eliminated by Folsom National

ROSEVILLE — After losing 9-0 to El Dorado Hills in District 54 Tournament game on Tuesday, the Divide 10/11 All-Stars baseball team were looking forward to generating some runs across home plate looked forward to its Wednesday’s contest against Folsom National at Mahany Park. But Divide saw its season come to an end fast, as Folsom […]

El Dorado Hills Major win big

EL DORADO HILLS — Home runs and pitching ignited the El Dorado Hills Major All-Stars baseball team to a 12-3 win over Folsom American in a District 54 Tournament game on Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field at William Brooks Elementary School Sunday evening. Erik Bare and Drake Bicknell led off the top of the first inning […]

Ponderosa lead slips away is district play

FOLSOM — A late rally fell short for the Ponderosa 9-10 All Star baseball team, which fell to Folsom American 10-5 in the District 54 Tournament at McFarland Park on Monday. With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Ponderosa’s Alex Reil and Jack Moore had back-to-back singles. After a strike out, Aidan Beck […]

Sheer determination carried Miki Sparks to finish

Miki Sparks competed in the Women’s Division of the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races last Sunday at the El Dorado County Fair. From the start, the 28 year-old Placerville resident and other contestants competed with their bags of sand (ore) and wheelbarrows — navigating through hills, fallen trees trestle, railroad ties, log […]

Snyder wheels her way to repeat

Makenzie Snyder and Grant Krale each had exactly one thousand reasons to smile Sunday evening after the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair Grandstands. Synder, a Coloma resident and former Ponderosa High/Chico State volleyball star, defended her title by leading from start-to-finish — toting 45.20 pounds of ore. […]

Cougars roll past Post 119 Juniors

In an intra-county game Monday night, the El Dorado High School summer team scored early and often to record a 7-2 win over the El Dorado Jr. Legion Post 119 squad on the Cougars’ field. After Post 119 went down in order in the top of the first inning, El Dorado High (8-0) put on a hitting […]

El Dorado turns back Folsom

An early lead set the tone for the El Dorado High School summer baseball team, which improved to 5-0 with a 5-2 win over Folsom in Thursday night’s home game. The Cougars led 3-1 after three innings. But visiting Folsom used five hits that included two doubles and three singles in the top of the […]

Post 119 notches first win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — One more run proved to be the difference for the El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion baseball team, which posted a 5-3 victory over Auburn Post 84 on Ponderosa High’s diamond Wednesday. Leading 4-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Post 119 watched their lead shrink to 4-3 when Auburn scored all […]

Local duo came close to placing

CLOVIS — Ponderosa’s Robert Holloway and Union Mine’s Leah Bertuccelli each finished ninth at Saturday night’s 97th annual CIF State Track and Field finals at Veterans Memorial Stadium of Buchanan High. Both competed in the pole vault and were a part of the elite 12 in the boys and girls competition. The top six in each event […]

Laut tops the field at state finals

CLOVIS — Before he moves to the East Coast to study economics at Yale this fall, recent Oak Ridge High graduate Austin Laut had one more goal to conquer — perfection in the pole vault. Winning Sierra Foothill League dual meets, plus Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and Masters’ titles in recent weeks and an array of other […]

Season ends with Optimist matches

SACRAMENTO — Ben Kopania and Elijah Magat shined on the court in Wednesday’s 18th annual Optimist High School Boys’ volleyball All-Star matches inside Capital Christian High’s gym. One of the South’s Division I players, Oak Ridge’s Kopania was named the team’s Outstanding Player. On the court most of the match, the former Trojan outside hitter played a […]

Laut goes in the favorite

Austin Laut School: Oak Ridge Class: Senior PR: 16-3.25 State rank: 1st  CLOVIS — Austin Laut has worked hard toward keeping his eye on the prize for the last five months. Today, the Oak Ridge pole vaulter strongly feels that the hard work and efforts will pay off with a California Interscholastic Federation state track […]

State berths were within reach

ELK GROVE — Four inches. That was the difference for El Dorado high jumper Samantha Klinkenborg to clinching a berth in the CIF State Track and Field championships. Taking part in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ finals at Elk Grove High on Thursday, Klinkenborg, only a sophomore, cleared the bar at 5 feet, 1 inch, for fourth […]

Local trio vault to state finals

ELK GROVE — Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut and Ponderosa’s Robert Holloway joined Union Mine’s Leah Bertuccelli in leaping to top finishes at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ finals at Elk Grove High. Competing Thursday in the pole vault, Laut won the section crown as he cleared the bar at 15 feet, 9 inches on his sixth attempt, defeating Lodi’s Michael […]

Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

EL DORADO HILLS — New chapters in Austin Laut’s life will begin in upcoming months. Today, the Oak Ridge High senior, who has accumulated a 4.1 grade point average, will receive his diploma. During the summer, Laut will work as a lifeguard at the CSD pool. Toward the end of August, Laut will move to the East Coast to attend Yale in New […]

Quartet enjoyed final game

SACRAMENTO — Five El Dorado County high school softball players ended their diamond prep careers at the 38th annual Optimist High School Softball All-Star games on the Capital Christian High diamonds Wednesday night. Oak Ridge utility player Sky Divinagracia and outfielder Kelsey Sather joined Ponderosa pitcher Terra Jerpbak and catcher Erin Anderson on the South squad for the large […]

No. 1 Oak Ridge exits playoffs

SACRAMENTO — For half an inning, the Oak Ridge High baseball team was in the driver’s seat of Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North losers’ bracket against Elk Grove at Union Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus. As Trojan teammate Logan Denholm stood on first base after hitting a high-flying base hit into right […]

Troy shines at Divisionals

ELK GROVE — Brandon Jetter was very determined to earn a Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ berth. This season, the Oak Ridge senior has shined in the 110 hurdles and 100 meters, plus part of the Trojans’ 4×100 relay team. But at the Sierra Foothill League trials almost two weeks ago, Jetter suffered a back injury. Still, he still competed in […]

Oak Ridge suffers first postseason loss

SACRAMENTO — An opportunity to score runs came and went fast for Oak Ridge in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I game against Granite Bay at Union Stadium on Tuesday night. The Trojans, the No. 1 seed who swept the No. 7 seed Grizzlies all three times in Sierra Foothill League action, stranded six runners, four in […]

Softball: Bruins eliminated in Division III playoffs

SACRAMENTO — Three hits rarely win high school softball playoff games. In Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Ponderosa found that out against Cordova. The Lady Lancers needed only one inning for their run production to post a 3-1 win over Ponderosa (23-5) in the elimination game. The Bruins, the […]

Mefford breaks section records

LODI — Eight El Dorado County high school swimmers shined at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section finals at Tokay High’s pool. Leading the parade is Oak Ridge’s Bryce Mefford. The sophomore won the 100 backstroke at 48.07 seconds and the 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 37.31 seconds, both new section times according to the section’s Website. “He definitely […]

Lady D’backs shutout in playoff opener

STOCKTON — The third time was not the charm for Union Mine had hoped for in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff softball opener against Sierra at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. After losing back-to-back postseason openers the past two years, the No. 4 Lady Diamondbacks (17-6) had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning but […]

Cougars upset by Tigers

LODI — After two innings, El Dorado and Los Banos were knotted 2-2 in Thursday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener at Zupo Field. El Dorado, the No. 1 seed, and Los Banos, No. 8, seemed destined for a who-scores-the-final-run battle. Not to be as the Tigers netted a shocking 6-3 win over […]

Ponderosa’s run ends in 2nd half

MANTECA — Ponderosa’s attempt for its third straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer playoff win looked promising as the halfway point of the second half of Wednesday’s semifinal match against No. 3 Manteca drew near. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, the host Buffaloes stampeded the Bruins’ goal to play for the section title — scoring three […]

Lady Bruins win playoff opener

Jerpbak tosses one-hitter SACRAMENTO — Ponderosa turned to its baserunning strength to defeat Laguna Creek 6-0 in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff opener at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Scoreless until the bottom of the second inning, Bruin McKenna Rickles walked, stole second and went to third on an overthrow — later scoring on Kaela Hangebrauck’s […]

Local teams ready for postseason

Two of the three El Dorado County high school baseball teams enter as top seeds in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that begin tomorrow. Oak Ridge, winners of an outright Sierra Foothill League title, is the Division I No. 1 seed with a 23-4 record. The Trojans join Vintage of Napa, Elk Grove and Jesuit in receiving […]

Next stop: Playoffs

Oak Ridge and Union Mine softball teams begin their Sac-Joaquin Section playoff runs tomorrow. Playing its first game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Oak Ridge (13-14) enters as the Division I’s No. 10 seed and play No. 7 River City (17-6) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the playoffs, taking […]

Ponderosa girls advance to final four

FOLSOM — Abbie Jones scored the winning goal for Ponderosa, which defeated Vista del Lago, 2-1, in overtime in last Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer quarterfinal game. This was the second consecutive road victory for the No. 10 Lady Bruins (10-6-5), who beat Cordova in the first round last Tuesday. Ponderosa advances to the semifinals Wednesday, […]

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