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Trojans win wild one over Wildcats

EL DORADO HILLS — Big plays and numbers fueled Oak Ridge to a 57-55 non-league football home win over Whitney in Friday’s opener for both teams. After Trojan running back Michael Pittman scored his third of a game-high five touchdowns on a 2-yard off-tackle play with 33.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Oak Ridge, […]

Trojan football looks to improve

Team: Oak Ridge Mascot: Trojans Head Coach: Eric Cavaliere, 9th year Assistant Coaches: Mark Watson, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks; Darren Jonutz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers; Chris Williams, Offensive Line; Kevin Placek, Defensive Line; Ron Martin, Running Backs; Ben Sweet, Defensive Backs; Bill Bunce, Wide Receivers; Kevin Lopina, Quarterbacks. League: Sierra Foothill League (Del Oro, Folsom, Granite Bay, Nevada Union, Rocklin and Woodcreek). 2014 record: 5-5, 3-4 SFL, fifth place. Key losses: Lineman Nolan […]

Squads kick off season tonight

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams open their season at home tonight. Oak Ridge will host Whitney, Ponderosa entertains Lincoln and Union Mine welcomes Foothill of Sacramento. El Dorado plays its first of three consecutive road games, starting at South Lake Tahoe. Golden Sierra stays in the foothills but travels […]

Marcus ready for new adventures

In 1997, Kaela Marcus was introduced to the swimming pool as young infant. “My parents wanted me to learn how to swim,” said the El Dorado High swimmer who graduated last spring. “It was just a backyard swimming pool … good size … seven feet at the deepest.” The Marcus family moved to El Dorado […]

Grizzly summer workouts were fruitful

Editor’s note: This is the final of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition, the team previews and schedules will run in upcoming issues. Today’s edition ends with Golden Sierra. GARDEN […]

First and goal: Road games

In 313 words, random thoughts. • One week from today, Week 0 of the high school football season begins. Set the timers on your cell phones and/or watches right now. • In Week 1 and 2, only one of the five El Dorado County high school football teams plays a home game. On Friday, Sept. […]

D’backs focused on fundamentals

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams and what each have done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. Today’s edition continues with Union Mine. EL DORADO — Seven months ago, two things happened to the Union Mine […]

Imperial Chryslers last two standing

Behind the wheel of his 2001 Mercury Marquis, Ron Cannon was confident he could place in the Open Division of Sunday’s 42nd edition of the annual Placerville Police Officer’s Association Hangtown Destruction Derby at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The sergeant for the Placerville Police Department was one of six drivers who competed in […]

Cougars take pride in summer workouts

Editor’s note: This is the third of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer. Today’s edition continues with El Dorado. From the time he became the El Dorado High football head coach three years ago, Joe Volek has spent many hours overhauling a […]

Transplant company hopes to pin down local kids

EL DORADO HILLS — Inside the Urban Sprawl Academy on a warm, summer night, close to 200 youngsters and high school students displayed their wrestling talents for one of the country’s elite organizations. Wresting Prep, a nationally renowned organization that recently moved from San Jose to El Dorado Hills, contributes to the growth of individual wrestling abilities of each grappler. Carolyn Wester […]

Bruin varsity has productive summer

Editor’s note: This is the second of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition, the team previews and schedules will run in upcoming weeks. Today’s edition continues with Ponderosa. SHINGLE SPRINGS […]

First and goal: Tough turf

All five El Dorado County high school football teams — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra — play on artificial turf at their respective campuses. In addition to the Trojans, all of the Sierra Foothill League schools have the turf as well. In the Capital Valley Conference, Ponderosa joins six of the seven schools […]

Football: Trojans focused on off-season workouts

Editor’s note: This is the first of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each has done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition, the team previews and schedules will run in upcoming weeks. Today’s edition leads off with Oak […]

Football: Book commits to Fighting Irish

EL DORADO HILLS — Prior to the start of the upcoming Oak Ridge High football season, quarterback Ian Book wanted to resolve his future in terms of his college education and continuing his career on the gridiron. By this time next year, Book will be part of one of the country’s prestigious college football programs. Earlier […]

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 […]

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