Oak Ridge wins it in walk-off style

EL DORADO HILLS — On the white board inside the Oak Ridge baseball team’s dugout reads, “Adversity or failure allows us the opportunity to reach our potential.” In the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s Delta River League home game against Pleasant Grove, the Trojans faced the adversity of a 2-all tie but used […]

Lady Trojans pull away

SHINGLE SPRINGS — “Make ‘em pay” were the final words Amber Orchard heard as teammate Caitlyn Olan was walked to load the bases in the sixth-inning of Thursday’s intra-county Delta River League clash between visiting Oak Ridge and Ponderosa. Orchard did, ripping a huge 3-run double, as the Trojans pulled away to defeat the Bruins […]

Swimming: Trojans dominate Bruins in dual meet

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity swim program hosted Oak Ridge Wednesday for a Delta River League and intra-county showdown. The visiting Trojans led the way in most categories, as the boys beat the Bruins 139-50, while the Lady Trojans downed their counterparts 119.5-69.5. Oak Ridge’s boys and girls seized victory in all relay events, dominating […]

Speedway: 2014 race season fires up tomorrow

The 2014 racing season begins Saturday at Placerville Speedway. The opening of the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship season presented by the Mountain Democrat and Coors Light at the quarter-mile clay oval kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with qualifying followed by racing. Front gates open at 5 p.m. Tomorrow’s opener will include […]

Roundup: April 2, 2014

Soccer Golden Sierra 3, Rio Vista 2 — The Grizzlies overtook the Rams for third place in the Sierra Delta League with Tuesday’s home win. Robin Moore assisted Jazmin Lutey-Willard with the game-winner in the second half for Golden Sierra (4-3-1, 5-7-3). Breeze Baiz scored Golden Sierra’s first two goals with assists from Erin Anderson […]

Soccer: One goal helps Union Mine beat El Dorado

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity girls soccer program hosted Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county rival El Dorado Tuesday night, posting a 1-0 win at the Diamondbacks’ field. Both squads fought for dominance in a game that was kept in limbo through two halves, with only a handful of shots on goal coming at […]

Heinz-sight: Know now

The recent revelation by Stanford’s Sara James of her battle with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome begs the question … was she afflicted with the early stages of the condition while leading Oak Ridge to the 2010 CIF State Girls Division I title? The timeline given is vague — “sometime” between James’ senior season at Oak […]

Baseball: Cougars’ rally falls short

For two innings, the El Dorado High baseball team seemed to have the edge over Vista del Lago in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game at Escobar Field. The Cougars had two of their nine hits within the first two innings, and held a 1-0 lead over the visiting Eagles. El Dorado pitcher Michael Green kept […]

Soccer: Oak Ridge edges Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Anna Lippuner’s penalty kick late in the second half capped a comeback that gave Oak Ridge the 2-1 Delta River League victory over host Ponderosa Tuesday. Mother Nature’s wrath — varying degrees of rain, chill and wind gusts  — threatened to undermine play on the pitch. Not until the Bruins broke the […]

Roundup: April 1, 2014

Golf Sierra Valley Conference tournament — 18 holes at Del Paso, par 71. Team scores: Vista del Lago 397, Cosumnes Oaks 452, Union Mine 488, Liberty Ranch 492, El Dorado 517, Galt 527. Union Mine: Alex Abel-Smith, 90; Johnny Cray, 96; Tyler Peterson, 98; Max Wiegel, 101; Paul Derochea, 103; Brian Lehner, 106. El Dorado: Derek Delfino 87, Gabe Fierro 98, Gary Shoffner […]

Outside with Charlie: Extended season

Up until last Saturday, the many mountain bike trails in Lake Tahoe were mostly open and rideable, according to the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association. Recent storms have boiled up, and it seems now all the snow dances have paid off. The Tahoe ski resorts are all reporting around 2 feet or so of new snow. […]

Ex-Cougar Cody Horan is Sims open class winner

SODA SPRINGS — El Dorado High alumni Cody Horan claimed first place in the open class of the recent 2014 Tom Sims Retro World’s Snowboarding Championships at Soda Springs, the place competitive snowboarding got its start back in 1983. Horan won the giant slalom’s timed, best-of-two-runs event. His second run time of 30.36 was the […]

Area teams reach midpoint

The spring boys and coed tennis teams, dancing around rain storms, are nearing completion of the first go-around in league play or in some cases opening the second round. Two area teams, Oak Ridge and Union Mine, had good starts before absorbing losses. In head to head matchups, the D’backs edged El Dorado 5-4 while […]

Grizzlies roll past Bradshaw Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — They’re on the schedule and they have to be played. Still, there’s not a lot to be gained when an undefeated Sierra Delta League team goes against one that’s winless. Monday at Golden Sierra, the host Grizzlies (5-0) had it easy with Bradshaw Christian, defeating the Pride 25-11, 25-12, 25-14. Bradshaw Christian […]

Schedule: Mar. 31-April 5, 2014

Monday, Mar. 31 Baseball OR @ PG, 4 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 4 p.m. UM @ River City, 4:15 p.m. ED @ Vista, 4 p.m. Golf UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Del Paso, 11:30 a.m. Volleyball Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 Baseball GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4 p.m. Golf Cos. Oaks […]

Roundup: March 27-29

Baseball El Dorado 9, Liberty Ranch 0 — In the first game of a doubleheader in Galt on Friday, Nick Bonniksen pitched six innings, and Owen MacKendrick tossed the final inning of the Sierra Valley Conference contest for the Cougars (7-2, 10-2). El Dorado 0, Liberty Ranch 2 — In a  tough loss, the Cougars’ Zach Terry pitched seven […]

El Dorado sweeps D’backs

El Dorado High’s varsity boys volleyball program made quick work of intra-county rival Union Mine Thursday night at home, dropping the Diamondbacks in three straight games, 25-12, 25-19 and 25-7. With an experienced roster featuring players who have developed collectively under head coach Alan Magat, the Cougars were well prepared to take on a D’back […]

Oak Ridge girls unload on Broncos

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming off its frustrating defeat to Granite Bay, the Oak Ridge varsity girls lacrosse program bounced back with a vengeance Friday night, improving to 6-2 with a 26-1 rout of Bella Vista Friday night at home. Scoring four goals in four minutes to jump ahead, the Lady Trojans made quick work […]

Trojans’ rally falls short

EL DORADO HILLS — A halftime speech motivated the Oak Ridge High lacrosse team to come back in Saturday’s nonleague game against Foothill but the Pleasanton school hung on to post an 8-5 win. Trailing 5-1 at halftime, Trojan Josh Wellman scored less than a minute into the third period. Prior to taking the field, Troy […]

Golden Sierra booters, Vacaville play to a draw

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s match with visiting Vacaville ended in a 1-1 Sierra Delta League tie Thursday. “The last time we played Vacaville, it was 3-1 (loss) but this time we have dominated them and just couldn’t get the last goal we needed to seal the game,” Grizzly coach Trenton Mol said. The Grizzlies […]

Under the Scoreboard: Mar. 29, 2014

Three Trojans and two Bruins landed on the All Metro Wrestling’s second team. From Oak Ridge, Brandon Claiborne (138 pounds), Ryan Redhair (145) and Bishane Sagal (182) were selected as was Colin Hustrulid (138) and Trae Providence (160) from Ponderosa. All five were state qualifiers. Folsom’s Jerod Nooner (195), a former Bruin, also made the […]

Roundup: Mar. 26, 2014

Baseball Oak Ridge 1, Del Oro 0 — Austin Root pitched another gem Tuesday, a six-hitter, and Erik McNeill drove in the game’s only run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly. Tanner Ales went 2-for-3 and Logan Denholm doubled. Root fanned three and didn’t walk a batter for the Trojans (2-2). Golden Sierra […]

Sports Scene: Mar. 27, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Pee Wee Soccer (ages 3-6) Children are exposed to the fundamentals of soccer in cluding the goalie position. This 4-week camp meets on Thursdays April 10 to May 1 at the Promontory Community Park Girls Softball Field. Parents can pick from 4 p.m. (3 year olds only with parent participation […]

Lady Diamondbacks turn back Vista

EL DORADO — A day after demolishing a nonleague opponent, host Union Mine took care of Vista del Lago 7-2 Tuesday for its fifth Sierra Valley Conference victory without a loss. One swing off the bat of Mickaela Robertson — a second-inning three-run home run — gave Union Mine the lead and all the run […]

Intra-county meet a split decision

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine and El Dorado each took home wins from Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference meet at the Western Slope Aquatic Center — the D’backs winning 115-54 for boys and the Lady Cougars prevailing 122-47. The inclement weather failed to slow El Dorado’s girls who took first in each event. Kyle Covington […]

Trojans open league play with tie

EL DORADO HILLS — Two minutes into Tuesday’s Delta River League opener, the Oak Ridge High girls soccer team appeared to have momentum on its side. Trojan forward Hannah Miller drove the ball down her team’s sidelines while battling a Folsom mark and fired the ball into the net for the goal. Oak Ridge wouldn’t […]

Oak Ridge boys knock off Chico

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge has warm-up T-shirts that read “Lock, Load and Explode.” The Trojans did exactly that on serve during the third set of Wednesday’s nonleague boys volleyball home match against Chico, leading to a four-set 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 victory. With the match tied at one win each entering the third game, […]

D’backs sign

EL DORADO — Two Union Mine athletes, Charlie Swift and Michelle Gonzalez Miranda, signed their Letter of Intent forms last Friday at the campus. Swift, a thrower for the D’back track and field team, heads to Graceland University in Iowa while Gonzalez Miranda takes her running talents to Dominican University. IMG_3606e

Heinz-sight: Never know

The Pleasant Grove girls basketball team plays this Saturday for the Division I state title at Sleep Train Arena. Or, as most prep hoopsters call it, Arco Arena. Congrats to the Lady Eagles for making it all the way to the championship game. Who saw that coming? If Mercer is the ultimate bracket-buster to the […]

Track trio finds niches at NASCAR level

Larson drives to first victory When it comes to auto racing, it’s no secret that NASCAR is at the top of the ranks at the professional level in both national recognition and salaries for those that prove their talents. Nearly every driver in the NASCAR ranks started their career on small town tracks and  Placerville […]

Roundup: Mar. 24, 2014

Softball El Dorado 13, Folsom 12 — The Lady Cougars overcame a 12-6 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning and scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win Monday. Kelsey Liddell went 4-for-5; Ty Henderson was 3-for-5 with a double; Shelby Rowan was 3-for-5; and Sammie Rowan went 3-for-5. […]

Sports Physical Night planned

Students planning to participate in the athletic programs at El Dorado, Ponderosa and Union Mine High Schools for the 2014-15 school year are required to have a current and complete Sports Participation Health Record and updated immunizations, including tetanus and Hepatitis B. This requirement includes a medical physician’s approval for full participation. Physicals must be […]

Ponderosa fails to hold early lead

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Some quick offense Monday by the Ponderosa High baseball team in its nonleague encounter opposite Rio Americano was promising, but it was the Raiders who stole the outcome with their rally that produced the 7-4 win. Four hits set the tone for the Bruins (2-4) who scored two runs in the bottom of […]

Under the Scoreboard: Mar. 23, 2014

The Ponderosa freshman girls soccer team is a perfect 9-0 this spring and posted shutouts in its first eight wins. Overall, the Bruins have allowed just one goal while scoring 46. On the roster is Kylie Wright, Megan McFarlin, Marlee Duane, Lauren Joy, Taylor Silva, Gianna Anselmo, Cassidy Pensa, Jacquelyn Silverbush, Erin Ling, Avery Baker, […]

Cook’s clutch against Union Mine

EL DORADO HILLS — Bailey Cook’s two-out, sixth-inning double to the gap in left-center scored pinch-runner Jenna Fitzgerald all the way from first base in Oak Ridge’s 5-4 victory over Union Mine. The Trojans’ come-from-behind win Saturday morning opened Oak Ridge’s round-robin tournament. Both Troy and the D’backs played Center in the afternoon. Trailing 4-2, […]

Roundup: March 20, 2014

Baseball Golden Sierra 8, Placer 5 — The visiting Grizzlies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to win Saturday’s nonleague contest in Auburn. Golden Sierra (4-5) scored the tying run in the seventh. Jeffrey Klahn (2-for-5, RBI) and Nick White (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs) led the Grizzlies’ attack while Cameron Stephens, Carter […]

Trojans drop home opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first home game of the season Thursday, the Oak Ridge High baseball team fell 8-5 to Bella Vista in nonleague play. The Broncos overcame a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Behind 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Oak Ridge took a […]

Schedule: Mar. 24-29, 2014

Monday, Mar. 24 Baseball Rio Americano @ PHS, 4 p.m. Galt @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Marysville @ GS, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 4 p.m. Golf OR @ Thunder Invite, Whitney Oaks, 11:30 a.m. Soccer Marysville @ GS, 3:30 p.m. Softball Monterey Trail @ UM, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Highlands @ GS, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Union Mine’s start holds against Griz

EL DORADO — Three Union Mine pitchers held down Golden Sierra in all but one inning Friday, adding up to an 8-2 nonleague win for the host Diamondbacks. Offensively, Union Mine scored all the runs it needed with a five-run first inning as Brenden Hunter (3-for-4, 2 RBIs), Brendan McKillop and Austin Helmholz (double ) […]

D’back bats get offensive with El Dorado

Visiting Union Mine erupted for 10 fourth-inning runs Thursday to overwhelm El Dorado 15-0 in five innings of intra-county Sierra Valley Conference play. Laura Dager delivered the big blow, a two-run home run halfway up the spruce that towers over the high left field fence, driving in Jessica Dager. “The pitch was right down the […]

El Dorado teams sweep D’backs

Boone Bates and Makana Kauhaahaa strive for excellence against each other. Bates, a senior on the El Dorado High boys track team, and Kauhaahaa, also a senior on the Union Mine boys squad, competed against each other in the 800 meters in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county meet at Harvey E. West Stadium. Competing neck-to-neck […]

Roundup: Mar. 19, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Ponderosa 0 Singles (OR first): Charlie Conarro def. Trip Moore, 6-3, 6-0; Matt Fergerson def. Quaid Moore, 6-0, 6-3; Simon Chan def. Hunter Portillo, 6-0, 6-0; Clarence Lai def. Kyle Johnson, 6-0, 6-0; Matt Lai def. James Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-2; Sam Miller def. Brandon Kanzaki, 6-2, 6-0. Doubles (OR first): Hayden […]

Sports scene

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Cougars fall to River City

El Dorado High’s varsity girls soccer program hosted River City Tuesday night, fighting hard but coming up short in a 2-1 Sierra Valley Conference loss. Caught off guard by an early Raiders push, El Dorado gave up two quick goals in the opening 15 minutes of play before renegotiating the pace and holding its guests […]

Lady Bruins too much for Cordova

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Back-to-back doubles paved the way toward the end of Tuesday’s nonleague softball game between Ponderosa against Cordova. The Lady Bruins plated five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 10-0 win. The game was called because of the mercy rule. Bailey Nordquist and Shawna Boley clubbed back-to-back doubles to start […]