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Schedule: Jan. 4-9, 2016

Monday, Jan. 4 Boys basketball ED @ El Camino, 7 p.m. Colfax @ GS, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball GS @ Marysville, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Boys basketball Casa Roble @ ED, 7 p.m. Folsom @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ Bear River, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Vista del Lago […]

Oak Ridge grounds Eagles

EL DORADO HILLS — Cole Compton delivered for Oak Ridge, which posted a 56-53 win over Vista del Lago in Tuesday’s winners bracket action at the Trojan Toss Up. As Vista held onto a 53-52 lead with 2:25 left in the fourth quarter, the Eagles had an opportunity to make it a two-possession game. But […]

Trojans upend Shasta

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing its first home game, Oak Ridge defeated Shasta 55-45 in Monday’s Trojan Toss Up opener. A fourth quarter surge carried the Trojans past the Wolfpack. Leading 39-37 after three quarters, Oak Ridge (8-4) broke loose with a 7-2 run but Shasta trimmed the Trojans’ advantage to 46-43 with four minutes remaining in […]

First and goal: Excellent memories

For the last four and a half, almost five years, many El Dorado County high school athletic teams have been very successful. The 2011 to ’15 Oak Ridge football teams had great runs in the regular season and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. The Lady Trojans’ volleyball and basketball teams that won many league titles and had deep […]

Clinics emphasized the Ponderosa way

CAMERON PARK — New Ponderosa High baseball head coach Ben Peterson and KG Sports Club recently held a series of Ponderosa Bruin Baseball Clinics. Inside the KG Sports Club’s facility, Peterson, assistant coach Chris Miller and Bruin baseball players from last spring’s varsity, JV and frosh squads worked with youngsters, ages 7 to 14, on the […]

Girls basketball: El Dorado picks up win

EL DORADO HILLS — Off to a fast start in its seventh place game at the Trojan Toss Up at Oak Ridge Tuesday, the El Dorado High girls basketball team battled to notch a 54-47 win over River City. Leading the way for El Dorado (3-8) was guard Faith Wilson, who was named to the all-tourney […]

Girls basketball: Oak Ridge captures Toss Up trophy

Hailey McCoy MVP EL DORADO HILLS — For the season, the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team is 3-0 on its home court. The third win came Tuesday night against Inderkum at the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament title game. Playing in front of an estimated 300 fans, Oak Ridge (9-1) led after tip-off and coasted to a […]

Clayton’s banker sinks River City

EL DORADO HILLS — Madison Clayton provided the spark for the Ponderosa High girls basketball team in Tuesday’s consolation game against River City at the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up. The Lady Bruin senior forward jump started a run that was anchored by a smothering defense on the Lady Raiders’ backcourt. Later, she hit the game-winning shot as […]

El Dorado girls fall to Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — In the battle of the Cougars in Monday’s consolation bracket at the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up, El Dorado was no match for Kennedy, which posted a 60-38 victory. The loss sent El Dorado into Tuesday’s seventh place game against River City, which fell to Ponderosa 57-56 after holding a 15-point […]

Oak Ridge pounds El Dorado

EL DORADO HILLS — After playing its first seven games on the road this season — all tournaments — the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team played its first home Saturday that was also the start of the 21st annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament. Playing intra county rival El Dorado in the opener, Oak Ridge’s […]

Lady Bruins defeat Cougars

SHINGLE SPRINGS — El Dorado was close but Ponderosa posted a 62-42 win in Friday’s intra county and non-league girls basketball game. Trailing 25-16 at halftime, El Dorado (2-7) started the third quarter with a 6-2 run that trimmed the Bruins’ lead to 27-22. But Ponderosa (5-3) stopped the Cougars’ run when Bruin forward Danielle […]

First and goal: Expand season

If the National Football League started the playoffs today, most likely the Oakland Raiders, at 6-7 but let’s say they are 9-7 for argument’s sake, would extend their season. But that’s if the NFL would wake up and adapt this playoff format in which the National Football and American Football conferences would qualify eight teams each […]

Griz girls slip past Mavs

GARDEN VALLEY — For the second time this season, the Golden Sierra High girls basketball squad played Mesa Verde. This time, it was on the Lady Grizzlies’ home court of Rod Hedlund Gym and Tuesday’s result was the same for Golden Sierra, which knocked off the Mavericks 48-36 in a nonleague contest. Their first meeting was […]

Big second half carries Diamondbacks

EL DORADO — Less than 24 hours after losing a triple overtime contest, the Union Mine High boys basketball team bounced back to defeat South Lake Tahoe 52-36 at the Snake Pit Wednesday. The nonleague game was tied 14-14 at halftime in which both teams displayed defense inside the paint. But each had trouble moving […]

Girls battle at Queen of the Mountain

Four of the five El Dorado County high schools competed last Saturday in the first-ever Queen of the Mountain Wrestling Tournament at El Dorado High’s L.A. Brown Gym. A combined 15 girls from Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra took to the mat. El Dorado’s Jessica Killian took first place in the 150-pound […]

Ponderosa girls too fast for D’backs

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Two Ponderosa girls basketball players scored in double figures that led to a 53-23 intra county win over Union Mine in the first game of the round-robin Battle in the Foothills Tournament on Thursday. The Lady Bruins’ Danielle Craft and Saraya Smith scored 16 and 13 points, respectively. They combined for eight of […]

Cougars pin down Grizzlies

Twice was nice for El Dorado, which hosted intra county rival Golden Sierra and Placer on the wrestling mat Thursday. The Cougars needed only 20 minutes to post a 30-6 win over the Grizzlies. Prior to the intra county match, El Dorado knocked off the Hillmen, 46-24. Five of the six wins for El Dorado […]

Bruins unscathed at Battle in the Foothills

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Home court was an advantage for the Ponderosa boys basketball team, which posted a 62-56 win over Bishop Manogue Saturday — the Bruins third in as many games at last weekend’s Battle in the Foothills Tournament. Ponderosa’s victory was hard-fought despite a 51-31 lead after three quarters. Bishop Manogue, out of Reno, Nev., […]

Golden Sierra gets win over Knights

GARDEN VALLEY — After his Golden Sierra High boys basketball team knocked off Foresthill in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Foundation Game early last week, head coach Al Toney pushed for his Grizzlies for improvement on defense in practices. In Tuesday’s nonleague home game against the Buckingham Charter squad, the Grizzlies reaped their rewards at Ron Hedlund […]

Union Mine girls double up Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — Early turnovers disappeared for the most part for Union Mine, which posted a 44-22 win over Golden Sierra in an intra-county nonleague girls basketball game at Ron Hedlund Gym Tuesday. The Lady Diamondbacks and Lady Grizzlies were guilty of committing a combined nine turnovers in the first quarter. Golden Sierra (4-3) led 13-9 […]

Bruins second at Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four Ponderosa High wrestlers shined Friday at the Ponderosa Duals inside the Bruins’ gym. Bruin senior Kyle Jennings (220 pounds), ranked fifth in the state, led the way for All-Tourney selection with a perfect 5-0 record. “His expectations are pretty high,” said Ponderosa head coach Tyson Escobar. “He wants to be section […]

Vista defeats Cougars 60-45

An early lead shrunk fast for the El Dorado High boys basketball team, which fell to Vista del Lago 60-45 in the consolation title game of the annual Gold Dust Tournament inside L.A. Brown Gym on Saturday. The host Cougars (1-3) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter behind baskets from Kyle Dobbs […]

Lady Bruins drop tourney opener

FOLSOM — In the first half of Wednesday’s opener of the Folsom/Vista Tip-Off, the Ponderosa High girls basketball team battled former Delta River League foe St. Francis before the Troubadours took command for a 70-52 win over the Bruins, who dropped into the loser’s bracket of the tournament that concludes today. Now playing in the […]

Trojans so close

ELK GROVE — Emotions flowed as members of the Oak Ridge High football team walked toward the north end zone after Friday’s 30-18 Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division-I semifinals loss to Elk Grove. Tears streamed and looks of disbelief and shock were apparent as the team huddled for more than 20 minutes. But one thing was more […]

Grizzly squads sweep Wildfires

GARDEN VALLEY — A three-point play toward the end of the fourth quarter paced the Golden Sierra High boys basketball team to a 54-51 win over Foresthill in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game at Ron Hedlund Gym. With 2:51 left in the game, the Grizzlies, who trailed 46-44, saw the momentum change when Allan Nicholson, one of […]

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 […]

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