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Jennings wins national title

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Kyle Jennings had something to prove on the wrestling mat. The Ponderosa High grappler recently won the national championship of the 220-pound class for sophomores at the National High School Coaches Association Grade Level National Championships held in Virginia Beach, Va. The sophomore won the title with a 3-2 overtime decision over Kyle […]

Roundup: April 17, 2014

Baseball El Dorado 2, Orange Glen 1 — Owen MacKendrick pitched a complete game two hitter and struck out nine batters Tuesday at the San Diego Lions Tournament. Matt Smith doubled twice — his second one-hopped the center field fence to drive in Zach Culp with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh […]

Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

Someone tip Savannah Stephens’ hitting coach Mike McCauley for the work he’s done. The Golden Sierra shortstop has pulverized Sierra Delta League pitching the last few years … so much even she wonders what might have happened had she played for a bigger school in a higher division — thoughts quickly countered by advice Stephens […]

King of the West roars into Placerville

After opening its season last weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are back at it this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway for the “Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout.” Tomorrow’s event will be the second of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. One of the hottest […]

First and goal: Bunt etiquette

In baseball and softball, there are multiple situations to bunt. The main reason is for the batter to sacrifice himself/herself to move runners into scoring position, setting up a better opportunity to score. Another is to get something going as it puts pressure on the defense to make the play. When used appropriately, bunting is an […]

Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

SACRAMENTO — On the field, the Oak Ridge High baseball team outhit Granite Bay, 6-5. But the Grizzlies pulled out a thrilling 2-1 win over the Trojans in a pool play game Wednesday of the Boras Baseball Classic Tournament at Don McAuliffe Field. “Offensively, we had plenty of opportunities to drive in a run,” Oak Ridge head […]

Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

It’s time to put the skis and boards away. Most of the Tahoe resorts will close April 20th, Squaw Valley on April 27. It’s doubtful a massive snow storm would change those plans. We’re swinging into a different recreational season. Longer days means more time to stay outside. The river sports crowd will have to […]

Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

They’re not the first, won’t be the last … but they could be the first in their sport. Ponderosa High’s spring volleyball team contains a rarity. Four Charron brothers: Tanner, Taylor and twins Kyle (older by four minutes) and Kristian are all varsity players, all on the same team and all from the same family […]

Roundup: April 15, 2014

Baseball El Dorado 5, Boulder City 0 — The Cougars (12-5) opened action in the San Diego Lions Tournament, and play through Thursday.  Union Mine 11, Monterey Trail 0 — Competing in the Woodland Spring Break Easter Tournament Saturday, the Diamondbacks (9-10) had nine hits and took advantage of four Mustang errors to win the game […]

Aussie team makes visit

CAMERON PARK — A touring Australian Rugby Club makes a local stop when its takes on the Mother Lode Football Club tomorrow at Christa McCauliffe Park at 5 p.m. Both varsity and JV will be in action. The Mother Lode club combines players from Folsom-area high schools on up the hill. On Saturday, the Mother […]

Griz have challenging day

RANCHO CORDOVA — If the Golden Sierra High baseball team had its way, instant reply would have been used Monday at the 44th annual Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament. A play at second base didn’t favor the Grizzlies, who lost 3-0 to Cordova, in their second tourney game of the day. In the morning game, Golden […]

Tennis: Golden Sierra vs Forest Lake Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — Host Golden Sierra hosted Forest Lake Christian last Thursday in a nonleague match. Results were unavailable at press time. DEO AVALOS, GS #1 boys. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins ALLIE BACHMAN, GS #1 Girls. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins ANTHONY YAMZON, GS #2 Boys. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins PAT_4828 copy WILLOW […]

Roundup: April 10-12

Baseball Oak Ridge 13, Sheldon 3 — Oak Ridge (5-1, 7-5) had 14 hits and scored eight times in the bottom of the third inning in Friday’s home game. Jake Hathaway led the attack, going 3-for-4 and 3 RBIs. Tyson Solis (2-for-3, double) and Jon Seim (2-for-3) followed in multiple hits. Ryan Sullivan and Erik McNeill […]

Sanders breaks through with race victory

The grandstands were packed once again at Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the second Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light and the Mountain Democrat. Four divisions were on tap for the event that brought four new faces to victory lane, celebrating their first successes of […]

Lacrosse: Trojans battle but fall to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge endured a hard-fought match at home Thursday, falling 11-7 to St. Francis in an intense grind. Looking to avenge a 15-9 loss to the Troubadors earlier in the week, Troy found itself locked into a demanding struggle that lasted both halves. “We never look past any team we are […]

Softball: Grizzlies win wild one

GARDEN VALLEY —  Kristine Mendoza’s two-out, two-run single to left center field broke a sixth-inning tie Friday and host Golden Sierra held off Bradshaw Christian’s rally-bid in the seventh to defeat the Pride 15-14 in a wide-open Sierra Delta League matchup. The victory avenged an earlier loss by the Grizzlies at Bradshaw Christian and improved […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 13, 2014

El Dorado senior volleyball player Elijah Magat is the nation’s leader in aces according to MaxPreps Inc. Magat is credited with 94 aces, 33 more than the player behind him. Magat and the Cougars are currently 9-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference standings. *** Oak Ridge golfer Quinn Carlsen picked up a recent Future Collegians World […]

Schedule: April 14-19, 2014

   Monday, April 14 Baseball OR @ Boras Tourney, McAuliffe Field -OR vs Archbishop Mitty, 4 p.m. Cordova Easter Tourney -GS vs Rosemont, 9:30 a.m. -GS vs Cordova, noon PHS, UM @ Woodland Easter Tourney ED @ San Diego Lions Tourney Tuesday, April 15 Baseball OR @ Boras Tourney, McAuliffe Field Cordova Easter Tourney -GS […]

El Dorado falls to Cosumnes Oaks

Visiting Cosumnes Oaks erupted for nine first-inning runs and another four in the second to coast to the five-inning 19-1 over El Dorado in a Sierra Valley Conference softball game Thursday. The Cougars scored their lone run in the first as Monigue Wilson singled to center, moved around on two groundouts and came in on […]

Roundup: April 9, 2014

Softball Union Mine 12, Galt 0 — Beth Hammer allowed two hits in six innings, struck out 11 and went 3-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBIs in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game. Shyanne Winje was 3-for-5 with two doubles and 4 RBIs; Miah Linson (double), Calista Almer and Madelyn Heape also each had three […]

Track and Field: El Dorado splits with Vista

Host El Dorado Cougars and Vista del Lago squared off for an afternoon of exciting Sierra Valley Conference Dual Meet action Wednesday. As predicted, the Lady Eagles flew to the 81-54 win while the Cougar boys kept their four-year league win streak alive with the 87-48 win. The girls score was tied with three events left […]

Soccer: Grizzlies score late, avoid tie

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra extended its win streak to four after defeating San Juan 2-0 Tuesday in Garden Valley. The Grizzlies scored twice in succession, two-thirds into the match. The victory came at a price as Alexa Chiaratti suffered a hip injury. Jockeying for position in the Sierra Delta League standings, Golden Sierra (6-3-1) […]

Cougars get Senior Day split

EL Dorado bid farewell to its seniors Wednesday prior to facing Cosumnes Oaks in a Sierra Valley Conference meet. The teams split: the Lady Cougars winning 100-70 while the boys lost 119-51. Prior to the first event, the Cougars rolled out the red carpet for Haley Owens, Kyle Covington, Matt Coen, Katryna Holifield, Lola Pesce, […]

Grizzlies sweep

GARDEN VALLEY — After two cancelled meets, Wednesday marked Golden Sierra’s first Sierra Delta League meet. The varsity boys’ competition, close throughout, had the Grizzlies scoring big in the distance events to slip past Vacaville Christian 127-121. The Lady Grizzly nabbed five first place finishes and top team honors with a 130 to 118 win over […]

Track: Oak Ridge squads race past Pleasant Grove

EL DORADO HILLS — Rachel Peterson has been lowering her times in the 1600 and 3200 meter races — and that’s a good thing. The Oak Ridge long distance runner shined in Wednesday’s Delta River League home dual meet against Pleasant Grove. Peterson, a senior, was first in the 1600 at 5 minutes, 27.50 seconds […]

Four divisions Saturday

Placerville Speedway gears up for another big night of championship point racing tomorrow night with four divisions competing. In the Sprint Car division, Andy Forsberg leads while Steven Tiner is four points behind, Andy Gregg is third tied with Matt Peterson and Willie Croft is fifth. The early point standings in the Limited Late Model division […]

Troy triumphs 9-5

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge overcame Lincoln Tuesday night by a 9-5 score. With a roster troubled by injuries, the Trojans were forced to grind it out against a stingy Zebra squad. Oak Ridge dominated in face offs, winning 12-of-17 in a game where persistence decided the victor. Austin Hunter led the charge […]

Hole in one

Union Mine’s Tyler Peterson used a pitching wedge to ace the 123-yard third hole at Cameron Park Country Club during Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference match against Liberty Ranch. Peterson was also the medalist with a low of 42 (see Roundup). Union Mine #2, Tyler Petterson. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

El Dorado spikers rally for win

El Dorado High boys volleyball coach Alan Magat feels his team has a target on their backs — mainly due to the Cougars being 8-0 in Sierra Valley Conference play, with six matches to go. El Dorado won Tuesday’s home encounter against Capital Christian in four games, 25-19, 8-25, 25-19, 25-21. The turning point was […]

Lady Cougars get defensive in loss

Despite a Kristen Teehee goal in the 73rd minute of Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference home game, Cosumnes Oaks prevailed 4-1. Teehee was assisted by teammate Rachael Beam. “Kristen just followed it up with a nice strong shot on the ground,” El Dorado head coach Chris Herman said. “We made some good runs today.” Teehee’s goal made […]

On tap

Fishing Derby Rain or shine, don’t miss out on the 27th annual Placerville Fishing Derby and casting contest Saturday, April 12 at Lumsden Park. Fishing divisions and times are as follows: Toddler-2nd grade, 9-11 a.m.; 3rd-8th grade, 11- 1 p.m. The El Dorado County Fish & Game Commission will stock Lumsden Pond with Rainbow Trout. […]

Roundup: April 8, 2014

Softball Ponderosa 0, Pleasant Grove 1 — The host Eagles pushed across a fourth-inning run Monday to spoil Terra Jerpbak’s five-hit pitching. Jerpbak doubled twice for half of the Bruins’ hit total. Oak Ridge 4, Sheldon 20 — The visiting Huskies jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead, scored four in the fourth and […]

Oak Ridge athletes compete at Stanford Invite

PALO ALTO — Eighteen Oak Ridge athletes competed in the prestigious Stanford Track and Field Invitational last weekend. Senior Rachel Peterson placed 10th in her heat with a time of 10:20.74 in the 3000 meter run — the equivalent to her best 3200 meter time of 11:04 which she set in May 2013. Peterson also […]

Manson earns USASA invite

CAMERON PARK — Michael Manson, a 13-year old Cameron Park resident, was invited to compete at the 2014 United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) Nationals in Slopestyle and Boarder Cross events that started April 1 in Copper Mountain, Co. To qualify for the USASA 2014 National Championships, Manson earned multiple first and second place awards […]

Tennis: D’backs, Trojans duplicate wins

Both Union Mine and Oak Ridge swept its respective local counterparts last week as the rain abated to allow tennis to resume. The D’backs doubled up El Dorado 6-3, splitting singles but taking four of five doubles matches. El Dorado won No. 1 girls singles, No. 2 boys and No. 1 girls doubles. Sitting at […]

Good start leads to Oak Ridge victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Kyle Stephens made his first start on the mound for Oak Ridge Monday in the Trojans 11-1 Delta River League baseball win over Sheldon. The senior, who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, shut out the Huskies for four innings, giving up three hits, and struck out three Husky batters. […]

Ponderosa’s Wright has the right stuff

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s Parker Wright won his pitching duel with Jesuit lefty Chris Loeb Monday afternoon as the host Bruins edged the Marauders 2-1. The victory was Ponderosa’s first Delta River League win after its tough series last week against Sheldon. The loss dropped Jesuit to 1-3 in league. Parker allowed just two […]

Frosh Info Night at Union Mine

Union Mine High School will host the Athletic Information Night for all incoming freshmen who will be attending Union Mine for the school year 2014-15 Wednesday night, April 30, 6-7  p.m. in the East Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek, and/or Pleasant Valley Middle Schools are encouraged to attend the night along with their […]

Cougar Relays a big success

Track and field competitors endured Friday’s chilly Cougar Twilight Invitational at El Dorado High where several personal bests were set. The Cougars hosted teams from Ponderosa, Union Mine, Oak Ridge, 12 other schools from the Sacramento region and one from Reno, Nevada. El Dorado established itself as the team to beat and took the varsity […]

Roundup: April 4, 2014

Baseball  Oak Ridge 4, Pleasant Grove 1 — The Trojans broke a 1-all tie in the top of the 10th inning  Thursday. Tyson Solis (2-for-5, double) joined Erik McNeill (double) and Brogan Cooper (2-for-4) in the Trojans’ nine-hit attack. Austin Root went 7 innings and Cooper the last 3. Oak Ridge 0, Pleasant Grove 10 […]

Race opener draws capacity crowd

The new racing season opened in big way Saturday night at Placerville Speedway located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. A standing room only crowd packed the grandstands and one of the largest car counts for a weekly point race in recent history filled every available space in the pit area to build a spectacular […]

Under the Scoreboard

Oak Ridge senior Jenn Hoffman was a first team selection to the All Metro basketball team. Teammate Ali Bettencourt was named to the second team. Honorable Mention went to Ponderosa’s Danielle Craft. For the boys, Trojan Connor Sende and Bruin Chris Snyder were Honorable Mention All Metro picks. Saturday, Hoffman and Bettencourt combined for 12 […]

Bruins sweep

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Six Delta River League sets equals two wins for Ponderosa which followed up its victory at Jesuit with Friday’s 26-24, 25-21, 25-14 victory over visiting Oak Ridge. After the first set went overtime, the Bruins led the second after breaking a 13-13 tie before storming back from an early deficit in the […]

D’backs fall in extras

EL DORADO — River City pushed across two eighth-inning runs Friday and rode the complete game pitching of Austin Miller to upend host Union Mine 4-2 in Sierra Valley Conference action. The Raiders tied the score in the sixth and won it two innings later. The two teams resumed the series Saturday with a doubleheader […]

Schedule: April 7-12, 2014

Monday, April 7 Baseball Sheldon @ OR, 4 p.m. Jesuit @ PHS, 4 p.m. Vista @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Softball Sheldon @ OR, 4 p.m. Volleyball GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Baseball GS @ Encina, 4 p.m. Golf Liberty Ranch vs UM, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. GS vs Vacaville Christian, […]

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