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Union Mine shuts down Lancers

EL DORADO — With a driving cold rain pounding the gridiron Halloween night, Union Mine treated itself to a 35-0 victory over visiting Cordova in Sierra Valley Conference action. On the opening kickoff, Austin Rigsby raced 90 yards for the first of his three touchdowns to give the Diamondbacks (3-1 in the SVC, 5-4) a quick 7-0 lead […]

Football: Golden Sierra comes up big

GARDEN VALLEY — For Golden Sierra, Friday night marked an opportunity for the Grizzlies to get back to their winning form as they posted a 43-0 Sierra Delta League win over Highlands. Wasting no time, Golden Sierra (3-1 in the SDL, 6-2) vaulted out to a 13-0 lead as Jordan Corvello intercepted a pass and […]

Union Mine jumps back in the saddle

EL DORADO — Shaking off the bitter taste of two of its wins wiped away due to a CIF rule infraction, Union Mine looked impressive Friday in its 46-14 Sierra Valley Conference win over visiting Galt. Diamondbacks’ running back Austin Rigsby bursted through for a 7-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. […]

Cougars blank Union Mine 2-0

El Dorado and Union Mines squared off at the Cougars’ home pitch Friday, each in search of their first Sierra Valley Conference victory. For the Diamondbacks and Cougars, their respective soccer campaigns have been a struggle to find the back of the net. The Cougars scored early in the match as Alex Jimenez took a penalty kick and buried the […]

Football: Bruins stampede Broncos in homecoming game

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa High football team was motivated to change its fortunes Friday at Simon-Bruin Stadium, which led to a 34-0 stomping over Bella Vista in the Bruins’ homecoming game. In the Capital Valley Conference contest, the Bruins wasted little time in taking control of the contest, as the Ponderosa defense suffocated the Broncos the […]

D’backs overwhelm Lincoln

EL DORADO — Union Mine football appeared in midseason form against Lincoln Friday in a nonconference game. With a strong running game, precise passing and a stout defense, the host Diamondbacks rolled to an impressive 60-32 victory over the Fighting Zebras. Union Mine (3-1) was paced during the game by running back Austin Rigsby, who scored four […]

Oak Ridge loses to Reed

EL DORADO HILLS — Offensively Friday, Oak Ridge was challenged to find any rhythm while on the defensive side of the ball it was faced with containing the punishing rushing attack of visiting Reed High from Sparks, Nev. “We went into this game knowing that Reed is a top Nevada team who looks to dominate at the […]

Grizzlies light up Blazers

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High football team improved its record to 3-0 by utilizing the same recipe for success as in the previous contests with a stout defense and unrelenting ground attack against Lindhust, with a 42-0 victory Friday. Before the Grizzlies stormed the gridiron, Golden Sierra head coach Jeremy Nordby remarked about the success […]

Trojans win on goal-line stand

EL DORADO HILLS — With only 15 seconds remaining on the clock Friday, Oak Ridge and Vacaville lined up for one final play. Though the visiting Bulldogs had just completed a scoring drive to pull within 24-23 and were going for the 2-point conversion, an exhausted Trojan defense rose to occasion and stood Vacaville up at the goal to […]

Grizzlies dominate from start to finish

GARDEN VALLEY — For Golden Sierra the season opener against Foresthill got off to a fantastic start that ended in a 62-6 win. Grizzly fullback Christian Klahn electrified the crowd with a 52-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. After Austin Spencer added the extra point to give the Grizzlies a 7-0 lead, […]

Cougar boys tear into Galt

Postseason up next Senior Night, Homecoming, the final game of the regular season and the opportunity to claim a spot in the Sac Joaquin Division III playoffs was all wrapped into one for El Dorado with a 64-0 win over Galt Friday night. Once the seniors were recognized, the Cougars wasted little time in taking a […]

Grizzlies explode

GARDEN VALLEY — A punishing rushing attack and dominating defense Friday left little doubt Golden Sierra was on a Senior Night mission to take one step closer toward a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth. By completely dismantling Encina 49-20, the Grizzlies (4-1 Sierra Delta League, 4-5) close out the season at San Juan this Friday. “Our […]

El Dorado boys snare first league win

On a cool, bone-chilling evening last Friday, both El Dorado and Liberty Ranch gunned for victory in wanting to improve their playoff fortunes. The Cougars knew if they could win their final three games they’d have a good possibility to reach the postseason. Those chances took an early hit as the visiting Hawks scored first […]

Trojans return to form, trounce Sheldon

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge broke from an early tie with 35 second-quarter points Friday to dominate Sheldon 56-7 in Delta River League action. “We started out a little shaky defensively on that first possession then our team game to life. Everyone played hard and our running backs were able to have a big […]

Bruins stumble in opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — With an autumn chill permeating the air, Ponderosa stepped onto its gridiron Friday hoping to open the Delta River League schedule with a win with Jesuit standing in the way. Though the Bruins’ effort was full of intensity, they struggled to catch the Marauders after the visitors scored quickly in the first […]

Raiders turn back El Dorado

With time running out on the first half of Friday’s El Dorado-River City Sierra Valley Conference football matchup, the Cougars marched down to the Raider 3 yard line where, on four attempts to find the goal line, they were denied. With momentum squarely in the hands of River City at halftime, El Dorado struggled to […]

Oak Ridge boys double-up ‘Dogs

Sipes fills in after injury EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge and Vacaville stood toe-to-toe with each other on the way to a 14-14 deadlock at the halftime of Friday’s nonleague encounter. That changed in the second half as the Trojans took control and overpowered the Bulldogs for the 28-14 victory. “The entire staff […]

Second half separates Ponderosa from D’backs

EL DORADO — Ponderosa and Union Mine met up Friday with the Bruins looking to remain undefeated in nonleague play and the host Diamondbacks wanting to break into the the win column. Union Mine pressed Ponderosa for most of the first half. After Kevin Ackernecht’s 90-yard kickoff return to open the second half ignited the […]

Diamondbacks stumble in Colfax gridiron loss

COLFAX — For almost its entire game Friday, Union Mine struggled to generate an offensive attack that could find the goal line and the evening was a test for the Diamondbacks in perseverance and determination. With almost every possession, Colfax added to a comfortable lead. Though the D’backs found some momentum midway through the fourth […]

Mustangs too fast for Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — For almost the entire first half Golden Sierra High football squad displayed poise, confidence and determination as the Grizzlies battled toward a victory against Argonaut on Friday. The toughness of the Grizzlies was evident when they took possession of the ball midway through the second quarter trailing 14-7 to the Mustangs. This deficit […]

Bruins light up Hawks

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Host Ponderosa, on an Austin Tibbs touchdown run, needed a little over two minutes to take the early lead over Natomas and from there the Bruins never looked back as the Aaron Jestice-led tenacious defense harassed the Nighthawks the entire way for a convincing 60-6 victory. “We came out strong in the […]

El Dorado has easy win over Galt

El Dorado wrestling celebrated its Senior Night Tuesday, wasting little time in defeating Galt 45-3 in  dominating fashion. “Our team has been showing improvement and tonight that was evident. Now at this point in the season we are looking to be in shape and getting ready for the post season,” Cougar coach Robert Hart said. […]

Ponderosa pins down Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa renewed their wrestling rivalry Wednesday evening in a Delta River League and intra-county dual meet at the Trojans’ gym. The Trojans and Bruins battled throughout the dual meet, but at the end, Ponderosa was able to emerge with a difficult 31-24 victory over the Trojans. “Those guys […]

Bruins flatten Eagles

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Showing depth and lineup strength in the absence of key individuals, the Ponderosa wrestling team won 11-of-13 matches Wednesday — nine via pins — to destroy Pleasant Grove 61-10 in Delta River League wrestling action. The Bruins began their barrage of pins at 106 pounds as T.J. Holloway used a half nelson […]

El Dorado wins last-match thriller

Down two points headed into Wednesday’s final match, El Dorado needed a win in order for the Cougars to walk away victorious in their Sierra Valley Conference opener against River City. The intense bout lasted the full six minutes. As it reached the final 20 seconds, El Dorado freshman Zach Brazell used a snap down […]

Bruins and Rodriquez take it to the wire

Pondo Duals today SHINGLE SPRINGS — As December rain pelts the ground, wrestling has returned and Wednesday night the squad from Ponderosa took to the mat for an early season dual. “We are looking toward having a great season as our team has several individuals who want to do well and wrestle at the state […]

D’backs lassoe Argonaut 3-0

EL DORADO — For two games Tuesday, host Union Mine was challenged by Argonaut in its first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff volleyball match. Demonstrating resilency and determination, the Lady Diamondbacks won those 25-21, 28-26 and took the third set to oust the Mustangs. “Our team has grown through the season and has greatly improved […]

Vista doubles up D’backs 42-21

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s determination, pride and desire to finish on a three-game winning streak  on Senior Night wasn’t a match for visiting Vista del Lago with its eyes squarely fixed on the Sierra Valley Conference title. On the strength of 28 unanswered points, the Eagles overcame an early deficit to register the 42-21 […]

Gallant Ponderosa effort isn’t enough

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s visions of shocking first place Folsom in Friday’s Delta River League Senior Night matchup fell short as the visiting Bulldogs emerged the 42-25 victor. The Bruins gave Folsom all it could handle, playing like a team on a mission while standing toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs to give them something they hadn’t […]

Golden Sierra dominates

GARDEN VALLEY — Behind a devastating run attack led by Adam Sewell (10 carries, 120 yards, two touchdowns) combined with a defense that suffocated visiting Rio Vista, Golden Sierra was in control start to finish en route to a convincing 55-7 victory Friday. After a rough start, the Grizzlies have reeled off four straight victories. […]

Grizzlies alone atop the Sierra Delta League

GARDEN VALLEY — Tough defense, special teams and a ball bouncing their way led to the Golden Sierra Grizzlies’ 16-14 Homecoming victory over visiting Highlands Friday in a key Sierra Delta League matchup. The Griz win gave them a 3-0 record in league, good for first place. Both the Scots and Golden Sierra came in […]

Cougar boys fall to Galt

There were positives for the host El Dorado soccer team in its Sierra Valley Conference match with Galt Tuesday night but the Warriors’ ability to control possession and thus the outcome was the difference in their 3-1 victory over the Cougars. “The first time we played Galt they dominated the game and tonight we were […]

Cougars cruise to victory

EL DORADO — With tenacious defense, relentless pressure and an offense that used precision passing, the water polo squad from El Dorado dominated Kennedy from start to finish en route to a convincing 17-1 victory Tuesday at the Aquatics Center on the Union Mine campus. “Our team was happy with our effort today and the […]

Late field goal sinks Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Host Ponderosa’s hopes to ride into league play next week undefeated were dashed Friday as Rio Linda converted a 34-yard field goal that barely cleared the cross bar — leveling a difficult 15-13 setback to the Bruins on Homecoming. Ponderosa had gone in front 13-12 after covering 80 yards in only three plays, highlighted […]

Union Mine comes close

EL DORADO  — Behind solid tackling on defense and a punishing ground attack on offense, host Union Mine controlled the first half Friday but not the second, eventually owning a difficult 13-9 setback at the hands of the Raiders. “Our team played hard tonight and gave a good effort but we made some mistakes in […]

Turnovers aid El Dorado’s win over Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — After a tough week for both Golden Sierra and El Dorado, each was anxious to step onto the gridiron and improve. That was evident from the opening quarter as each of the combatants played with energy and enthusiasm. The host Grizzlies’ strength was displayed with a punishing rushing attack as they chewed […]

Ponderosa crushes Valley in opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — When Ponderosa stepped onto the gridiron to start its new season Friday at Simon Bruin Stadium against Valley, the Bruins quickly established that this year the team is confident and will play with a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm with a 63-0 win. “Our goal is to prepare hard every week, improve and […]

Minus Tow, D’back offense spins its wheels

EL DORADO — With a packed crowd and the final days of summer waning for the first night of high school football, host Union Mine ran on to the gridiron to kick off its season against El Camino. While each team was eager to establish its dominance on the field in order to start the […]

D’backs win on Senior Day

EL DORADO — For Amy Pedretti and Katie Helmholz, Tuesday marked the final home game of their careers as the two Union Mine seniors took to the diamond to take on Galt. The afternoon was a tough one for the Lady Diamondbacks as the visiting Warriors battled but in the end the strong pitching and […]

Union Mine spikers outlasts El Dorado in five games

EL DORADO — For the seniors on the Union Mine High boys volleyball team, Wednesday evening represented an opportunity to play one final regular season game at the Snake Pit. At the same time, Union Mine attempted to avenge an earlier defeat against intra county and Sierra Valley Conference foe El Dorado. As for the […]

Dillon’s two home runs power Cougars past Union Mine

EL DORADO — For the baseball squad from Union Mine, the season has been a challenge with a series of close games and difficult defeats. On the other side of the diamond, just about everything has gone right for El Dorado as the Cougars have consistently crushed their opponents with authority. Monday afternoon, none of that […]

Cougar volleyball upends Union Mine in 4

With team intensity, cohesion and thunderous spikes from Dylan Sellers and Nick Warren, the El Dorado boys volleyball defeated county rival Union Mine in a thrilling 25-23, 25-20, 9-25, 25-16 four-set Sierra Valley League victory Monday night. “Our team played with confidence tonight and really wanted to win this match,” Cougar coach Alan Magat said. […]

Lady D’backs, Cougars play to draw

EL DORADO — Tuesday night’s soccer match was an opportunity for host Union Mine to secure some solid ground in the Sierra Valley Conference standings toward a possible playoff berth. With the first half of the league schedule nearly complete, the Lady Diamondbacks are in contention for a post season berth. “Our team started the year with […]

Nighthawks extinguish light on El Dorado’s season

El Dorado’s quest for a deep playoff run came to an abrupt end Wednesday as a determined Natomas team hit crucial shots and free throws done the stretch to send the Cougars home with a tough 81-77 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff defeat. The Nighthawks took the early advantage as turnovers hit both sides. Trailing […]

Oak Ridge, Ponderosa wrestling qualify 25 to Divisionals

FOLSOM — For wrestlers at Ponderosa and Oak Ridge, it’s the time of year where all the training and hard work starts to pay off. With the duals and tournaments complete, wrestlers look forward to the postseason and the journey toward the state meet. That quest for the Bruins and Trojans began Saturday as both […]

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