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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, […]

Diamond teams ready for playoffs

One El Dorado County high school baseball and two softball teams get the postseason underway the first part of the week, all on the road. Today, Golden Sierra (9-11) baseball enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs as the Sierra Delta League’s No. 3 seed and the division’s No. 9 seed. In an outbracket game, […]

Lady Grizzlies roar into playoffs

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Within 24 hours, the Golden Sierra and San Juan softball teams combined to score 48 runs in their two Sierra Delta League contests — one third by the Grizzlies Wednesday in their 16-7 win over the host Spartans to determine third place and the league’s last playoff slot. That formula has worked for […]

Lady Trojans drop league finale

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge had eight hits but Del Oro posted a 10-3 Sierra Foothill League softball win Tuesday on the Trojans’ Senior Day. The Lady Trojans (6-6 in the SFL, 13-14) came into the game already clinched one of the league’s five playoff berths. The Golden Eagles (9-3 in the SFL, 16-9) scored their first run […]

Girls soccer: Bruins dethrone Lancers

RANCHO CORDOVA — Two Ponderosa girls soccer players led the way in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III first-round 7-1 playoff win at Cordova. The victory sent the No. 10 seed Lady Bruins (9-6-5) to yesterday’s second round at Vista del Lago. Abbie Jones and Jadah Suarez scored two goals each for the Bruins. Suarez scored her first […]

Del Rio boots D’backs into playoffs

EL DORADO — At stake between host Union Mine and El Dorado in their Sierra Valley Conference/intracounty girls soccer finale was a playoff berth. Kinsey Del Rio’s two early goals stood as the host Diamondbacks posted the 2-1 win over the Cougars, who had one of their best seasons in many years. Union Mine’s victory earned […]

Twice is nice for El Dorado race teams

SACRAMENTO — Halfway through Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference swim finals at Rosemont High, El Dorado was winning the girls division while Cordova looked like it was going to claim victory for the boys. But the Cougar boys squad rallied. Trailing Cordova by nearly 100 points (217-122) at one time, they fought back to join the Lady Cougars in winning […]

Lacrosse: Late rally not enough for Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — A second half rally was close but no victory host Oak Ridge in a boys Senior Night 14-9 loss to Granite Bay. After it was held to one goal in the third period, Oak Ridge, which trailed 7-6 at halftime, scored most of its goals in the fourth period off face-offs […]

Trojans drop 2nd straight

EL DORADO HILLS — After winning its first 15 Sierra Foothill League baseball games this season, Oak Ridge lost its second consecutive to Folsom with Wednesday’s 7-5 setback at home. The Trojans cut a deficit to 6-5 in the fifth inning when Jake Hathaway singled in Tyson Solis and Beau Philip (2-for-4) and Logan Denholm […]

Lady D’backs win conference title

RANCHO CORDOVA — Early hits and errors, plus a stellar performance on the mound led to the Union Mine High softball team winning an outright Sierra Valley Conference title with a 5-0 victory over Cordova on Monday. The Lady Diamondbacks (14-1 in the SVC, 17-5) and the Lady Lancers (13-2 and 19-3) were tied for first place going in. […]

Trojans lose home finales

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first year in the Sierra Foothill League, the Oak Ridge High boys swim team has made a big splash. Entering Friday’s league home finale against Granite Bay at the Community Service District pool, the Trojans and the Grizzlies have swam to a 5-0 record each. But someone’s league winning […]

El Dorado girls blank Warriors

One of the three shots on goal that Kaycee Richards had led the El Dorado High girls soccer team to Thursday’s 2-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over Galt at Harvey E. West Stadium to keep their playoff hopes alive. The game was 0-0 until the 72nd minute when Richards, whose previous shots on goal were in […]

Ponderosa boys destroy Cougars

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In Tuesday’s Capital Valley Conference boys volleyball match, Ponderosa swept Del Campo; the final scores were 25-4, 25-9, 25-13. The Bruins, who remain in second place in the CVC at 9-1 and 11-2 overall, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first game in which half of their points came from Cougar side […]

Trojans take bite out of Bulldogs

Laut ties own record EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge vauler Austin Laut tied his own state-leading height at Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill league meet against Folsom, one of many highlights in the Trojans sweep of the Bulldogs. Laut’s 16-2 leads California prep levels. The old school mark was from Brian Hanson at 15-6 in 2010. […]

Trojans inch closer to outright title

Lucke one-hitter EL DORADO HILLS — In 12 Sierra Foothill League baseball games this season, Oak Ridge has averaged nearly eight runs per game. In Monday’s league home game against Nevada Union, the Trojans nearly doubled that with a 15-0 mercy rule shortened victory over Nevada Union. The win gives Oak Ridge (13-0 in the SFL) […]

Trojans lose tough one

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge and Jesuit boys lacrosse teams faced off in a Sacramento Valley League double overtime game Friday with the Marauders netting the winning shot for a 10-9 victory over the Trojans. When the fourth quarter ended, the score was tied 9-9. Oak Ridge, which started the quarter in a 7-7 tie with the […]

Bruin rally falls short

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A late Ponderosa rally fell short in Friday’s Capital Valley Conference home baseball contest to Cosumnes Oaks, won by the Wolfpack 9-6. Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bruins (0-7 in the CVC, 8-12) cut the ‘Pack’s lead to 7-5 when Aaron Bezdek drove Davis Carlson home on a single […]

Ponderosa too much for Roseville

Bruin boys aim for title SHINGLE SPRINGS — In Thursday’s Capital Valley Conference home meet, the Ponderosa High boys swimming team remained undefeated with a 122-58 win over Roseville. The Bruins (6-0 in the CVC) are looking to win the school’s first conference title in the sport since Ponderosa opened its doors in the early […]

Many winners at conference finale

EL DORADO — Strong finishes highlighted Wednesday’s intra county/Sierra Valley Conference dual meet finale between host Union Mine and El Dorado at the Western Slope Aquatic Center. The varsity boys races ended in an 85-all tie. The Cougars are 4-0-1, Union Mine 3-1-1 and Cordova 3-1 — the champion to be decided at the SVC championships. El Dorado’s Dylan […]

Lady Cougars edge Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — In an intra-county non-conference girls soccer game Monday, El Dorado edged Golden Sierra 1-0. The game’s only goal came in the 12th minute when Lady Cougar forward Rachael Beam received the pass from midfielder Kaycee Richards and fired the ball straight into the Lady Grizzlies’ net. Beam had four of the El Dorado’s nine […]

El Dorado nine defeats D’backs 9-1

After losing to Sierra Valley Conference and intra county baseball foe Union Mine last month, El Dorado has been on a tear. The Cougars, winners of eight of their last 10, made it 9-of-11 after defeating the Diamondbacks 9-1 Friday in a rescheduled makeup. The two meet in the rubber match at Union Mine’s field on Thursday, […]

Oak Ridge girls fall to Grizzlies

EL DORADO HILLS — A second half rally fell short Friday for the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team, which fell to Granite Bay by an 18-14 score. Trialing 13-6 at halftime, the Trojans (5-4) and Grizzlies combined for five goals in the first seven minutes of the second half. Oak Ridge cut the Griz lead to 15-10 […]

Union Mine plays Cordova to a draw

EL DORADO — A late stoppage of play favored host Union Mine in Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference girls soccer game, which led to a 1-1 tie against Cordova. The visiting Lancers were pressing on offense when a player went down to injury — the delay allowed the Lady Diamondbacks time to regroup and hold Cordova off the […]

Oak Ridge girls in tie with Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — Although his Oak Ridge High girls soccer team ended Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League home game in a 1-1 draw to Folsom, head coach Joe Champion liked the Lady Trojans’ performance. For 80 minutes, the Trojans marked up the Bulldogs’ offense , allowing few shots and just one goal. “I was really pleased with […]

Ryan Anderson on road to recovery

SACRAMENTO — From the time he stepped onto the Sleep Train Arena floor last Friday, through warm-ups and until his New Orleans Pelicans left the arena with a 101-95 win over the host Sacramento Kings, Ryan Anderson felt beyond good. The former Oak Ridge High and Cal basketball standout made his second and final appearance of the […]

Special ‘Day’ for Lady Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A hat trick helped the Ponderosa High girls soccer team to a 4-0 Capital Valley Conference win over Antelope at Simon-Bruin Stadium on Monday. The Lady Bruins (3-3-2 in the CVC, 4-5-2) jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead. Two of those goals came from sophomore forward Alexis Day, who finished with three […]

Softball: Lady Grizzlies tame Lions

GARDEN VALLEY — Allie Widmann stood tall for the Golden Sierra High softball team in Thursday afternoon’s 20-1 home non-league win against Leroy Green Academy. The 4-foot-11 Lady Grizzly senior shortstop went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. She also walked two times and scored three of Golden Sierra’s runs. One of Widmann’s hits came in the […]

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