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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, […]

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. […]

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