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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Author Archive: Mike Bush

Griz have challenging day

RANCHO CORDOVA — If the Golden Sierra High baseball team had its way, instant reply would have been used Monday at the 44th annual Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament. A play at second base didn’t favor the Grizzlies, who lost 3-0 to Cordova, in their second tourney game of the day. In the morning game, Golden […]

El Dorado falls to Cosumnes Oaks

Visiting Cosumnes Oaks erupted for nine first-inning runs and another four in the second to coast to the five-inning 19-1 over El Dorado in a Sierra Valley Conference softball game Thursday. The Cougars scored their lone run in the first as Monigue Wilson singled to center, moved around on two groundouts and came in on […]

Track: Oak Ridge squads race past Pleasant Grove

EL DORADO HILLS — Rachel Peterson has been lowering her times in the 1600 and 3200 meter races — and that’s a good thing. The Oak Ridge long distance runner shined in Wednesday’s Delta River League home dual meet against Pleasant Grove. Peterson, a senior, was first in the 1600 at 5 minutes, 27.50 seconds […]

El Dorado spikers rally for win

El Dorado High boys volleyball coach Alan Magat feels his team has a target on their backs — mainly due to the Cougars being 8-0 in Sierra Valley Conference play, with six matches to go. El Dorado won Tuesday’s home encounter against Capital Christian in four games, 25-19, 8-25, 25-19, 25-21. The turning point was […]

Lady Cougars get defensive in loss

Despite a Kristen Teehee goal in the 73rd minute of Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference home game, Cosumnes Oaks prevailed 4-1. Teehee was assisted by teammate Rachael Beam. “Kristen just followed it up with a nice strong shot on the ground,” El Dorado head coach Chris Herman said. “We made some good runs today.” Teehee’s goal made […]

Good start leads to Oak Ridge victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Kyle Stephens made his first start on the mound for Oak Ridge Monday in the Trojans 11-1 Delta River League baseball win over Sheldon. The senior, who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, shut out the Huskies for four innings, giving up three hits, and struck out three Husky batters. […]

Oak Ridge wins it in walk-off style

EL DORADO HILLS — On the white board inside the Oak Ridge baseball team’s dugout reads, “Adversity or failure allows us the opportunity to reach our potential.” In the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s Delta River League home game against Pleasant Grove, the Trojans faced the adversity of a 2-all tie but used […]

Baseball: Cougars’ rally falls short

For two innings, the El Dorado High baseball team seemed to have the edge over Vista del Lago in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game at Escobar Field. The Cougars had two of their nine hits within the first two innings, and held a 1-0 lead over the visiting Eagles. El Dorado pitcher Michael Green kept […]

Trojans’ rally falls short

EL DORADO HILLS — A halftime speech motivated the Oak Ridge High lacrosse team to come back in Saturday’s nonleague game against Foothill but the Pleasanton school hung on to post an 8-5 win. Trailing 5-1 at halftime, Trojan Josh Wellman scored less than a minute into the third period. Prior to taking the field, Troy […]

Trojans open league play with tie

EL DORADO HILLS — Two minutes into Tuesday’s Delta River League opener, the Oak Ridge High girls soccer team appeared to have momentum on its side. Trojan forward Hannah Miller drove the ball down her team’s sidelines while battling a Folsom mark and fired the ball into the net for the goal. Oak Ridge wouldn’t […]

Oak Ridge boys knock off Chico

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge has warm-up T-shirts that read “Lock, Load and Explode.” The Trojans did exactly that on serve during the third set of Wednesday’s nonleague boys volleyball home match against Chico, leading to a four-set 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 victory. With the match tied at one win each entering the third game, […]

Ponderosa fails to hold early lead

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Some quick offense Monday by the Ponderosa High baseball team in its nonleague encounter opposite Rio Americano was promising, but it was the Raiders who stole the outcome with their rally that produced the 7-4 win. Four hits set the tone for the Bruins (2-4) who scored two runs in the bottom of […]

Trojans drop home opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first home game of the season Thursday, the Oak Ridge High baseball team fell 8-5 to Bella Vista in nonleague play. The Broncos overcame a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Behind 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Oak Ridge took a […]

El Dorado teams sweep D’backs

Boone Bates and Makana Kauhaahaa strive for excellence against each other. Bates, a senior on the El Dorado High boys track team, and Kauhaahaa, also a senior on the Union Mine boys squad, competed against each other in the 800 meters in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county meet at Harvey E. West Stadium. Competing neck-to-neck […]

Lady Bruins too much for Cordova

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Back-to-back doubles paved the way toward the end of Tuesday’s nonleague softball game between Ponderosa against Cordova. The Lady Bruins plated five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 10-0 win. The game was called because of the mercy rule. Bailey Nordquist and Shawna Boley clubbed back-to-back doubles to start […]

Ponderosa girls shut down Wildcats

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The luck of the Irish was with Ponderosa’s Sydney Rivera during the Bruins’ St. Patrick’s Day matchup with Whitney. The senior midfielder had Monday’s only goal as Ponderosa posted the 1-0 girls soccer nonleague win. In the 52nd minute, Samantha Fowler’s inbound toss from the corner had the Whitney defense hustling toward the ball […]

Lacrosse: Oak Ridge aggressive in tough loss

EL DORADO HILLS — Tanner Rosenbaum and Tyler Hersh shined Saturday afternoon for the Oak Ridge High lacrosse team, which fell to Amador Valley, 7-6. Rosenbaum had a hat trick with his second and third goals within a minute of the other at the start of the third period. The third goal gave Oak Ridge […]

Union Mine wins conference opener

El DORADO — In its Sierra Valley Conference opener Tuesday, the Union Mine High softball team had nine hits in its 4-1 win over Liberty Ranch. In the bottom of the second inning, the Diamondbacks’ Larissa Garcia singled and moved to second base on Carley Stevens’ bunt single. Calista Almer drove in Garcia on an error to […]

D’back boys push past Liberty Ranch

EL DORADO — Three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning broke open a close Sierra Valley Conference baseball game for Union Mine, which posted a 5-2 win over Liberty Ranch. Leading 2-1 entering the fifth, the Diamondbacks (1-1, 2-2) scored when Lucas Fuller walked, moved to second base on Austin Helmholz’s single and […]

Oak Ridge girls corral Mustangs

EL DORADO HILLS — Seven hits in two innings set the tone Monday for the Oak Ridge High softball team against Monterey Trail in its 12-2, six-inning, mercy rule-shortened nonleague win. Trojan catcher Caitlyn Olan clubbed a three-run homer over the left-center field fence to end it. Oak Ridge leadoff hitter Kendall Kelly, second baseman […]

D’backs, Cougars end in draw

In the final seven minutes of its Sierra Valley Conference and intra county girls soccer game, Union Mine had three chances to score on El Dorado. But the Lady Diamondbacks’ shots missed, as they and the Lady Cougars settled for a 1-1 tie in the conference opener for both teams. “We crashed the goal, but it […]

Trojans finish second to St. Mary’s

SACRAMENTO — In the third quarter of its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had St. Mary’s on the ropes. The Trojans had mounted a run to obliterate the Rams’ 39-31 halftime lead. Key baskets from Shelby Peters and Ali Bettencourt helped tie […]

Union Mine splits first meet

EL DORADO — New Union Mine High swim coach Darin Mai had 43 swimmers compete in their first Sierra Valley Conference meet against River City Wednesday. The Diamondbacks split with the Raiders; the Lady D’backs knocked off the Lady Raiders, 93-66, while the boys fell, 90-74. For the girls, Kaitlin Watkins was first in the […]

Providence eyes Rabobank medal

Ponderosa High wrestler Trae Providence has wrestled since eighth grade. “I wasn’t into sports,” said Providence, “but I had a knack for it, and stuck with it.” Bruin head coach Tyson Escobar saw Providence’s promise when he entered the Bruin wrestling room as a freshman. “I felt he had some athletic potential,” Escobar said. “He only […]

First and goal: Competitive nature

Ryan Anderson has entered Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, which has also been known as Power Balance Pavilion and Arco Arena in years past, wearing uniforms as a member of the Oak Ridge High boys basketball, Cal, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelican teams, with the latter three are from the NBA. But Monday when he […]

Eight punch tickets to Rabobank

Claiborne takes second STOCKTON — Competing at the two-day CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Stockton Arena, eight combined Oak Ridge and Ponderosa wrestlers placed in the top seven to advance to the state wrestling championships this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. The Trojans send five and the Bruins three. As a team, Oak Ridge finished fifth with […]

The time to become a ‘Master’ starts today

STOCKTON — There are 22 El Dorado County high school wrestlers competing at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament beginning today at the Stockton Arena. Ponderosa and Oak Ridge have a combined 18 grapplers; the Bruins 10 and the Trojans, eight. Bruin matmen competing are: Austin Ward (106-pounds); Zach Miller (113); Pre Deitchman (120); Colin […]

Lincoln ends Cougars’ season

LINCOLN — Soren Shepherd’s three-pointer ended the third quarter for El Dorado against host Lincoln Wednesday in its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III opener. While the trey helped the No. 7 Cougars cut into the Fighting Zebras’ 51-40 lead, Lincoln made its fourth quarter free throws for the 77-58 victory, avenging a December nonleague loss […]

Boy’s squads ready

Three El Dorado County high school boys basketball teams begin the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs tonight. In Division III, El Dorado (13-13) plays at No. 5 Lincoln of Lincoln (21-6). The Zebras won the Pioneer Valley League title with a 9-1 record. Cougar head coach Conrad Dizon feels his team will be ready to face […]

It’s Oak Ridge-Kennedy tomorrow

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge girls basketball team face a familiar foe tomorrow to open the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I section playoffs when Kennedy rolls to town. The Trojans (23-4) grabbed the No. 2 seed after winning their second consecutive Delta River League title. The Cougars (16-11, 9-5), fourth in the Metro, are seeded […]

Providence, Claiborne win titles

18 Ponderosa, Oak Ridge grapplers advance to Masters ELK GROVE — Four months ago, Ponderosa High wrestler Trae Providence knew sacrifices had to be met in order to lose 10 pounds to compete in the 160-pound class. “I cut down all of the junk food,” Providence said. “I just had to eat smart and keep running. I completely […]

First and goal: Who’s No. 2?

If members of the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had their say in the seeding of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, they would, without question, pick to be No. 1. But the Lady Trojans could wind up being the second seed. That could be the case for the Oak Ridge. The section is […]

Cougars’ title quest comes close

Double overtime loss A share of the Sierra Valley Conference title was on the line for the El Dorado High boys basketball team which hosted first-place River City Monday. The tense battle went to double overtime and in the end, the Raiders walked off the court with a thrilling 76-71 win on the Cougars’ Senior Night […]

Wrestling: Cougars, D’backs place at conference tournament

WEST SACRAMENTO — Four El Dorado High wrestlers, plus two Union Mine grapplers, left River City High’s gym as champions Saturday at the Sierra Valley Conference league championships. Marcus Douglas (132-pounds), Jeremiah Romero (152), Alex LeBaron (182) and Zachary Brazell (heavyweights) all won their respective weight classes. The Diamondbacks’ Hunter Cannon (170) led, then fell behind before he rallied […]

El Dorado clips D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado kept the Sierra Valley Conference title in sight Friday with a narrow 44-40 win over Union Mine at the Snake Pit. The Cougars (8-3, 13-12) host River City (9-2) tonight, and a win ties the Raiders for the conference title. After D’back Austin Russell (13 points) hit a basket to […]

Winter passes 300 wins

El Dorado High girls basketball head coach Pat Winter picked up his 300th career win on the road toward the end of last week. Tuesday against Sierra Valley Conference foe Liberty Ranch at LA Brown Gym, Winter watched his Lady Cougars extend his victory count with a 55-39 win. After Liberty Ranch jumped out to a 3-2 […]

Oak Ridge falls to Folsom in OT

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Oak Ridge High basketball players scored in double digits in Friday’s Delta River League home game against Folsom but the Bulldogs escaped with a 73-64 overtime victory. Trojan guard Tyus Millhollin scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter including two, three-pointers. Forward Connor Sende scored five of his […]

Oak Ridge can still catch Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s Kevan Cryan knows Pleasant Grove’s Rossin Erbe very well on the mat as the two have competed against each other almost a half-dozen times over the years. At Wednesday’s Senior Night and Delta River League dual meet finale inside the Trojans’ gym, Cryan posted a close 13-8 decision […]

Drossos’ trey keys Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — Yumi Drossos was one of two Oak Ridge High girls basketball players who scored in double figures in Tuesday’s 52-47 Delta River League home win over Pleasant Grove. Pleasant Grove led 36-35 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter when Drossos (13 points) eyed the basket and fired a three-pointer […]

Ali Bettencourt comes into her own

EL DORADO HILLS — From the time she started playing in elementary school to AAU travel ball to high school, Ali Bettencourt has continued to hone her basketball skills. The three-year shooting guard for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team is proficient at running the floor, finding open teammates, shooting both at the arc and […]

Surprise stunner in Shingle Springs

Bruins defeat rival Trojans SHINGLE SPRINGS — Chris Snyder’s recent bout with the flu left the 6-foot-9 center for the Ponderosa High basketball team completely drained. “I didn’t eat anything for three days straight,” Snyder said. “I could barely run.” Snyder felt much better Friday against Delta River League and intra-county rival Oak Ridge and […]

Twice is nice for El Dorado

Three seniors on the El Dorado High wrestling team combined for a 4-0 record Wednesday in a Sierra Valley Conference dual meet against Liberty Ranch and Galt on Senior Night at LA Brown Gym. In their matches against Liberty Ranch, Tryston Alvarez-Ross (160 pounds), Jeremiah Romero (170) and Rick Reed (182) won by pins. Romero […]

First and goal: Halfway mark

If the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls basketball playoffs started today, half of the 10 El Dorado County squads would advance. For the boys, Oak Ridge, member of the six-school Delta River League, is battling for one of the four playoff spots. As of yesterday, Oak Ridge is in third place at 2-1 in […]

Claiborne wins Tim Brown title

NORTH HIGHLANDS – Brandon Claiborne didn’t care much to have the freebie point he was granted prior to facing Henley High’s Connor Noonan in Saturday’s 138-pound title match at the Tim Brown Memorial Invitational so he went out and earned a dozen more. Claiborne’s 13-5 win at the Jackson Sports Academy was the only local championship. […]

Trojans knock off defending section champs

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge stole momentum in the third quarter Friday, breaking from a halftime tie to defeat Delta River League foe Sheldon, 51-44, at the Trojans’ gym. Troy forward Jordan Roberts (game-high 15 points) started the third by scoring a basket off a Husky turnover. At the free throw line, Trojan […]

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