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Amanda Williams

Serendipitous situation bonds families

It’s 3 on a Saturday afternoon in Camino. It’s a little gloomy outside but the mood at Eric and Amy Soik’s house is anything but somber. Ash from a nearby fire is falling down on their guests but nobody seems to mind. The Soiks and their guests share laughter and stories like they’ve been friends […]

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

… still relevant, still time-tested and still a heap of fun. That describes an early summer dodgeball class offered by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and held at the CSD gym. Everyone’s had a brush with dodgeball at the grade school level, The sport, around for generations, was made into a major motion picture […]

Music scene in Shingle gets lively

What: Summer Concert Series Who: Jamie Faw, musician Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donation Information: 530-626-6274   For a town with such a rich history, Shingle Springs lacks a strong live music scene today. Looking to change that, Jamie […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

EDH 10/11s stumble but still alive

EL DORADO HILLS — Looking to extend their stay in the winner’s bracket, the El Dorado High 10/11 All Stars returned to Jeff Mitchell Field Monday to take on Woodcreek whose offense had plans of its own in pouring on run-after-run for the runaway 15-1 mercy rule-shortened victory. El Dorado Hills’ best chance to see […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

EDH 10/11s defeat Roseville West

EL DORADO HILLS — Taking on Roseville West at Jeff Mitchell Field Wednesday, the El Dorado Hills 10-11 All-Stars had the opportunity to clinch a spot in the tournament semifinal and thanks to eight early runs did just that with a 10-6 victory. El Dorado Hills got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the […]

El Dorado sweeps past Lodi

Continuing its summer dominance at home, El Dorado scored nine, first-inning runs and cruised past Lodi 10-0 victory in Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader. Zach Terry got the start and was immediately in control, striking out a batter in a scoreless first. In the bottom half, Adam Washabaugh singled to load the bases before the […]

Youths make fundamental contact

EL DORADO HILLS — The strongest high school football programs in the nation like Santa Ana’s  Mater Dei High and Concord’s De La Salle, have pedigrees of excellence established at a young age. For a school to develop that stature, it takes a strong sense of community that includes more than just  high schoolers putting on […]

Smokey Joe’s finds early success

Many people sacrifice a lot to make their dream a reality. Not many people sacrifice a lot to make someone else’s dream a reality. Enter Kimberly Sophia. After the passing of her father in August, Sophia quit her job in the medical field to enter a much more uncertain field. She, along with her mother […]

El Dorado sweeps Post 119 squad

Getting another summer of travel baseball started, the El Dorado Summer baseball team hosted the El Dorado Post 119 Junior American Legion team at El Dorado High on Saturday, as the host cruised to a 12-1 victory in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule. Post 119 led off the game against El […]

Troy wins turnover battle, not game

FOLSOM — In a game much closer than the final score indicated, Oak Ridge dropped its first Delta River League game of the year in a 35-0 loss to Folsom. The Trojans picked off Folsom quarterback Jake Browning five times Friday but failed to put points on the board. “Defensively, we played well all night. Folsom’s tough […]

Stanford-bound duo likes tough academics

Editor’s note: When undergraduate classes get underway tomorrow at Stanford University for approximately 7,000 students, Lauren Bertoy and Keaton Subjeck will be among the freshmen class. Under the watchful eye of many in the community, the recent Oak Ridge High graduates enjoyed stellar four-year varsity careers in their respective sports and now turn their sights […]

Great memories

Editor’s note: The Mountain Democrat Sport’s Department has regularly tapped into the community in search of student writers and many, like Shane, have gone on to pursue journalism or communications in college and are now in the business. Despite his best attempts to give his own send-off an aura of finality, Shane has accepted a […]

It’s ping to the pong at Table Tennis Class

CAMERON PARK — It’s another summer day and Stanley Price is ready for action. The Cameron Park resident tucks his shirt into his shorts, laces up his shoes, and removes his paddle from its case. He’s ready for another day of ping pong. “It’s table tennis, not ping pong,” said Price while tying his shoes. […]

CAB splits with Folsom Flames

Host California Academy of Baseball turned a one-run, sixth-inning lead into a six-run win Saturday to defeat the Folsom Flames 11-5 in the first game of a doubleheader. Shaky play cost CAB in the second game as the Flames battled back to tie it in the seventh and win 7-6 in  extra innings. On its […]

CAB powers past Christian Brothers

Overcoming an early two-run deficit, the bats came alive for California Academy of Baseball team, which was paced by pitcher Krischton Kern to a 10-3 victory over Christian Brothers at El Dorado High on Tuesday. The visiting Falcons took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on a ball that got away from […]

All Star baseball

9/10s EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa, the team counted out by so many throughout the District 54 9/10s All-Star tournament, battled back from adversity once again but ultimately fell short in a 12-11 heartbreaker to Roseville West at Mitchell Field. Ponderosa jumped out to an early lead as Logan Schweizer singled, Cole Spangler walked, Casey […]

Late collapse cost El Dorado Hills 9/10s

EL DORADO HILLS — Holding a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning, the 9/10 El Dorado Hills All Stars allowed four runs to Woodcreek in the fifth in an eventual 4-3 loss Tuesday at Mitchell Field. “Our starting pitcher (Andrew Uharriet) did exactly what we asked from him. (Woodcreek) just had one inning where they […]

Big inning advances Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — Patience and heads-up base running aided Ponderosa 9/10s in its 16-5 victory over Gold Rush in the District 54 All Star Tournament at Mitchell Field Monday — called after four innings. Ponderosa stayed alive to face Folsom American while Gold Rush was eliminated. Logan Schweizer and Cole Spangler each singled to […]

Pitching aids Academy sweep of Hard 90

Strong pitching from Zach Terry and Adam Washabaugh in the first game and Logan Quick in the second paired with timely hitting paced the host California Academy of Baseball to 8-0 and 3-1 wins over Hard 90 at El Dorado High Wednesday. Zach Culp led off in the top of the first against Hard 90 […]

Oak Ridge softball ends season

EL DORADO HILLS — In a do-or-die softball game for the final Delta River League playoff spot, St. Francis ran circles around host Oak Ridge in a lopsided, five-inning, 15-0 loss. “Sometimes you catch teams at the wrong time and they were on fire today. I mean, they hit everything. I knew we’d have to […]

Trojan spikers advance

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing at home in the first round of the section playoffs, Oak Ridge knocked off Davis in four sets, 25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-17. “They just get into a rhythm. They’re a team that you can’t really micromanage a lot, and they sort of work out the bugs on their own,” Trojan […]

Trojans edge Marauders in season finale

EL DORADO HILLS — On Friday, the Oak Ridge High boys lacrosse team knocked off the visiting Jesuit Marauders, 12-11. Josh Wellman scored the Trojans’ first two goals, and Cayd Rich and Gage Webb added goals as Oak Ridge led 4-2 after the firstquarter. Chase Webb and Tanner Rosenbaum scored in the second and the Trojans led […]

Rough loss for Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — Looking to pull even atop the Delta River League softball standings, Oak Ridge made little noise in a 3-1 loss to visiting Pleasant Grove Thursday. With the win, the Eagles clinched at least a share of the league title. “I knew it was going to be close and we would have […]

Bruins get Sr. Night win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — On the final night of the 2013 regular season, the Ponderosa Bruins swept visiting Sheldon 25-17, 25-23, 27-25 on Senior Night. “It was a little closer than I think I would like. But overall they played really well. The first game they came out really well and I think that was awesome. […]

Ponderosa stumbles against Marauders

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Two days after beating Jesuit 9-7 to start a three-game series, Ponderosa  fell flat last Wednesday in a one-sided 19-3 loss to the visiting Marauders — the game called after five innings due to the mercy rule. Jesuit sent 18 men to the plate in the top of the third inning and […]

Troy advances entire team

EL DORADO HILLS — In preparation for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, divers from the Delta River and Metro Leagues came together and held their championships at the El Dorado Hills CSD pool Tuesday. Teams from around the Sacramento area, including Rosemont, Sheldon, Pleasant Grove, McClatchy, along with Oak Ridge and Jesuit/St. Francis, dueled off. The […]

Vista takes 2-of-3 from Cougars

In a game that could decide the Sierra Valley Conference title Thursday, the El Dorado Cougars fell short to visiting Vista del Lago 8-1. “The first time we played them this year we squeaked out a win, but the last two times they’ve beaten us pretty good. We were right in there at 4-1, but […]

Oak Ridge boys drop tight match

EL DORADO HILLS — After a successful comeback to regain the lead, the Oak Ridge lacrosse team couldn’t stay in front and lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to visiting Bella Vista Tuesday. The Broncos took control from the get-go, leading 4-0 headed to the second quarter. As the Trojan defense tightened behind goalie Jacob Ochs, Josh Wellman found a wide-open […]

Trojans fall to Jesuit in 4

EL DORADO HILLS — Failure to execute at critical junctures cost the Oak Ridge volleyball team as they fell to visiting Jesuit 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 24-26 Monday. “Our guys played really well. I think we just made a few more mistakes. The games were all very close,” Trojan coach Melanie DeMure said. Oak Ridge hung […]

Lady Trojans roll past Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game Thursday, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans led from the start in a 7-1 Delta River League victory over visiting Ponderosa. “That was the best game we’ve played all year. We got our bunts down, we moved runners, we made little fielding mistakes. Even […]

Trojans open league with Jesuit victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind seven strong innings from Tommy Hummer Monday and a big four-run third inning of offense, Oak Ridge dominated the visiting Jesuit Marauders in a 7-2 Delta River League win to snap a two-game losing streak. “Tommy pitched great. He pitches to contact, and got a lot of ground balls today. […]

Trojans 10-run Vista

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge overcame an early deficit to blast visiting Vista del Lago 15-2 in five innings Wednesday as Trojan Alyssa Burns pitched a complete game. “Alyssa threw a great game. She located her pitches, hit her spots, and that makes it a lot easier. Hitting wise, we hit the ball […]

Oak Ridge soccer falls to Thunder

EL DOADO HILLS — Returning from spring break winners of five straight, Oak Ridge soccer dropped its nonleague match 1-o to visiting Rocklin Tuesday. “We didn’t play that well. It was similar to the Bella Vista game we had earlier this season (1-0 loss). It was one of those that we knew was going to be […]

Trojans edge Bruins,1-0

EL DORADO HILLS — A matchup that’s always competitive had a different twist Thursday when the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa girls’ soccer teams met for the first time this season. The Bruins came in undefeated with an 8-0-1 record and ranked No. 1 in the state and nation by MaxPreps. The Trojans, at 6-1-1, is […]

Oak Ridge falls a run short

EL DORADO HILLS — In a matchup between the two top-ranked teams in the area, host Oak Ridge left the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday, falling 6-5 to No. 1 Elk Grove. “We’re easily as good as those guys. We had so many opportunities. Early in the game, […]

Lady Trojans’ 2nd half comeback falls short

Berkeley holds on SACRAMENTO — A landmark season for the Oak Ridge girls basketball team came to a disappointing close Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in the CIF NorCal Division I Championship. The Trojans let an 8-0 lead against Berkeley slip away and a late rally wasn’t enough as the Yellow Jackets held off Oak […]

D’backs have enough against River City

EL DORADO — Behind some early offensive firepower and solid pitching, the Union Mine Diamondback softball team held off a rally from River City Thursday to win 5-3. The Diamondbacks got out to a 5-0 lead off of River City starter Karina Callazo. “We had a plan coming into it. We had a pretty good […]

Troubadours blank Oak Ridge 13-zip

EL DORADO HILLS — A few days after an emotionally exhausting win against San Ramon, the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team fell behind early in a 13-0 defeat at the hands of rival St. Francis. The Lady Trojans drop to 2-4-1 on the year. “Offensively, we weren’t settling the ball. So as soon as we […]

Oak Ridge sweeps El Dorado

EL DORADO HILLS — As the Oak Ridge and El Dorado boys volleyball teams seek their identity, they met up Thursday with the host Trojans getting the better of the Cougars, winning 25-19, 25-6, 25-16. The first set was competitive as Oak Ridge led 4-3 after a Chase Barri kill. The Trojans took an 8-4 […]

Trojans come up short against Broncos

EL DORADO HILLS — After a blowout 7-0 win at Valley High School to start the 2013 campaign, the Oak Ridge girls soccer team fell short in a 1-0 loss to a good Bella Vista squad. “I thought it was a reasonably close game. A couple of little moments that could have gone either way. […]

Oak Ridge advances to semifinals

EL DORADO HILLS  — Dominating on the offensive and defensive glass, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs after a hard-fought 52-37 victory over visiting Monterey Trail. “Rebounding was really important for us. In the first half they weren’t really boxing out that well, so we got a […]

Oak Ridge girls tame Broncos

EL DORADO HILLS — Opening up the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at home Tuesday, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans crushed Bella Vista, winning 68-29. “We had a good second quarter, but we brought the intensity defensively in the second half,” coach Steve White said on an effort that limited the Broncos to only seven […]

Oak Ridge wins thriller over Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The annual meeting between Oak Ridge and Ponderosa boys basketball teams is always a hard fought grudge match to the wire. That notion held true Tuesday inside the Bruins’ gym as the visiting Trojans escaped with a 46-44 win on the Bruins’ Senior Night and Delta River League finale. The win also clinched […]

Sheldon lives up to its reputation

EL DORADO HILLS — Facing one of the best teams in California, the Oak Ridge Trojans weren’t on their game Friday night as they lost to the visiting Sheldon Huskies 74-47 to spoil Senior Night. “We came out terrible, scared almost. They (Sheldon) are a good team, but we just got embarrassed,” Trojans senior guard […]

Failure to execute costs Trojan boys

EL DORADO HILLS — Trailing by only one at halftime, the Oak Ridge Trojans were outscored 17-7 in the third quarter in a 52-45 loss to visiting Jesuit Wednesday. Oak Ridge falls to 4-4 in the Delta River League and 14-11 overall. “We struggled to execute all night long. Didn’t matter who we put in […]

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