Peters’ pitching stymies Cougars

EL DORADO — Round one the Sierra Valley Conference/intra county baseball clash between Union Mine and El Dorado went to the Diamondbacks who knocked off the Cougars 4-1 Thursday afternoon. D’back freshman Colton Peters went five and a third innings, scattering five hits, striking out one and walking one. Andrew Vaughn finished on the hill. […]

Lady Cougars belt Mesa Verde

Nine runs in one inning broke open a close game for the El Dorado High softball team in its 12-0 nonleague home win over Mesa Verde Friday. The Cougars (4-5) led 1-0 after the first inning when winning pitcher Joshlyn Wright tripled to the left field fence and scored on Sammi Rowan’s sacrifice fly. In the top of […]

El Dorado’s defense contains Amador

Two early goals and defensive play helped the El Dorado girls soccer team to a 2-1 nonleague win over Amador at Harvey E. West Stadium on Friday. In the 12th minute of the game, Cougar freshman Kaycee Richards scored the first goal off a cross-field pass from Rachael Beam — punching it into the back of […]

Roundup: Mar. 11, 2015

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Antelope 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 Golden Sierra def. Bradshaw Christian 23-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-23 Union Mine def. by Antelope 23-25, 19-25, 22-25 Union Mine def. by Kennedy 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 4-15 Baseball El Dorado 7, Cordova 0 — Owen MacKendrick drove in five runs, four on a first-inning grand slam, and […]

Jerpbak tames Bella Vista’s Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s Terra Jerpbak pitched out of last-inning trouble Wednesday as the Lady Bruins held off visiting Bella Vista 3-1 in Capital Valley Conference play. The win improved Ponderosa to 2-0 in league and saddled the Broncos with their first loss of the season. “Though it’s early, this was one of our better […]

Bruin riders continue on

MARINA — The Ponderosa Bruins mountain bike team continued where it left off last year, taking the first place team award at the first race of the 2015 season earlier this month. Beautiful weather greeted racers and fans at the old Fort Ord grounds as 31 Division II teams competed — 30 of which placed […]

Ponderosa boys, El Dorado girls post wins

In a tri-county track and field meet between Ponderosa, Golden Sierra and host El Dorado, the Bruin boys and Lady Cougars took the top results. Ponderosa finished the meet with 95 points, followed by El Dorado with 53 and Golden Sierra 11 in the varsity boys division. El Dorado topped Ponderosa, 101-58 in the varsity girls division, with […]

First and goal: Respect

It pays to be a quality program that competes year in and out with a state title as part of the resume. The Oak Ridge High girls basketball team fits that description. Tomorrow at 6 p.m., the No. 2 seed Lady Trojans (25-4) host No. 10 seed Oakland Tech (21-8) in the second round of the CIF State Basketball Championships. […]

On tap

Tomorrow Basketball NorCal Playoffs Oakland Tech @ Oak Ridge, 6 p.m. Wrestling Middle/Junior High NorCal TOC Del Oro, Loomis

Trojan spikers solid in victory

EL DORADO HILLS — In 45 minutes Tuesday, the Oak Ridge High boys volleyball team defeated Capital Christian in straight sets by the final score of  25-17, 25-8, 25-15. In the first set, the Trojans jumped out to a 10-3 lead behind the serving of Ben Kopania and Wyatt Rowland. Along with kills at the net […]

Youth sports: Julian Monas wins Winter Tour

CAMERON PARK — Nine year-old Julian Monas, a Blue Oak Elementary School student, won the recent U.S. Kids Sacramento Winter Tour at Wildhawk Golf Club. Competing against players from all over northern California, Julian, a Cameron Park resident, overcame tough chilly conditions to card a 37 over nine holes and end up the season’s champion. […]

Roundup: Oak Ridge boys win Whitney Invitational

Track and Field Whitney Invitational Varsity boys: 1-Oak Ridge, 73; 2-Whitney, 68.5. 100: 2-Brandon Jetter, 11.22; 400: 2-Bret McNamee, 52.00; 110h: 2-Jetter, 15.40 (fourth all-time at OR); 300h: 2-Griffin Prather, 41.96; SP: 2-Jack Root, 48-8 (third all-time at OR); PV: 2-Grant Laut, 13-0; 4×100: 3-OR (Prather, Chibuikem Ohanele, Christian Wootton, Jetter), 43.76; HJ: 2-Will Vaughn, […]

Outside with Charlie: Extra light?

Once again, the clocks have been pushed forward as daylight savings time has landed. Before anyone starts hopping with glee about the extra hour of daylight, take a breath. There is no extra hour of daylight. The only thing that happened is that the clocks were set ahead an hour. Sun rise and sunset haven’t […]

Grizzlies smother Wildfire

GARDEN VALLEY — Back on its pitch after hosting the Grizzly Cup last weekend, Golden Sierra blanked Foresthill 7-0 Monday afternoon. Elise Wilson turned in a hat trick for the Grizzlies who peppered Wildfire keeper Grace Sanders with shots. Britney Borello scored twice, Breeze Baiz had one goal as did Becca Torley for her first career goal. Golden […]

Perfect conditions mark Ruptier Invitational

El Dorado girls dominate; Engle sets school pole vault record SHINGLE SPRINGS — Spring-like weather greeted a full slate of teams at last weekend’s Ron Ruptier Invitational at Ponderosa High Saturday. Past Ruptier meets have had no-shows or weather issues but not Saturday’s third annual which, according to Bruin coach Karen Norwood, had to turn down several […]

Cougar boys 10-run Golden Sierra

GARDEN VALLEY — Louis Merlo and Tanner Williams combined on a five-hitter Monday and Matt Smith drove in five runs as El Dorado defeated host Golden Sierra 14-0 in intra-county nonleague action. Merlo went four innings, allowed two hits and struck out four. Williams’ line read: two innings, three hits, five strikeouts. Smith’s 3-run home […]

Quartet battled to the end

BAKERSFIELD — It doesn’t rival the glory days of Ponderosa High sending multiple wrestlers to the podium at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, but this year’s Bruins were a formidable force at the state meet. Aside from Zack Velasquez’s title in the 152-pound class, Ponderosa’s other two qualifiers each went 2-2 at Rabobank Arena to […]

Ponderosa girls third best

MAMMOTH — The slalom ski race at Mammoth Mountain closed the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships on Thursday. Three from the area cracked the top 10 on the slopes while four made the podium for the All State ski team. Team-wise, the Ponderosa girls had the highest placing as they finished […]

Velasquez captures 152-pound title

Bruin perfect 55-0 record BAKERSFIELD — For the third time in its illustrious history, Ponderosa High wrestling crowned a state champion. Bruin senior Zack Velasquez (152-pounds) capped off an undefeated season Saturday with a state title at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, as he outlasted Justin Thomas of Santiago (Corona) in a 2-1 double-overtime […]

Claiborne takes fifth place

BAKERSFIELD — Brandon Claiborne celebrated a stellar wrestling performance in a way that very few do: Sitting on the trainers’ table getting his knee looked at. That was just collateral damage from the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, where the Oak Ridge junior earned a fifth-place medal at Rabobank Arena on Saturday. A knee […]

Roundup: March 6, 2015

Baseball  Oak Ridge 5, Napa 4 — In wine country Saturday, Chris Roppolo singled in Trenton Denholm to break a tie as the Trojans (2-0) won in 13 innings. Tyson Solis pitched the last two innings for the victory. Troy received quality relief pitching from Jeff Cunningham, Crew Winkler, Conner Davis and Denholm. El Dorado […]

Lady Trojans’ rally knocks off D’backs

EL DORADO HILLS — Kelsey Sather smacked a two-out single down the third base line that gave the Oak Ridge High softball team a 5-4 win over Union Mine in an intra county game that was part of the one-day Oak Ridge Round Robin Tournament on Saturday. The game was tied at 4-4 in the […]

Ponderosa defeats El Dorado in dramatic fashion

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A walk-off passed ball in the seventh inning allowed Ponderosa to post a 9-8 win over El Dorado in an exciting intra county non-league baseball game Thursday. The Bruins’ leadoff hitter Scott Martin (2-for-4, two runs) walked to start the final frame, and moved to second on Logan Ito’s single to right field. […]

Schedule, Mar. 9-14, 2015

Monday, Mar. 9 Baseball ED @ GS, 4 p.m. Soccer Foresthill @ GS, 4 p.m. Bella Vista @ PHS, 4 p.m. Softball Nevada Union @ OR, 4 p.m. ED @ Folsom, 4 p.m. Swimming GS @ Cap. Christian, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 10 Baseball Cordova @ ED, 4 p.m. UM @ Galt, 4 p.m. PHS […]

Roundup: March 4, 2015

Softball Ponderosa 10, St. Francis 4 — The Bruins scored four runs in the sixth and another four in the seventh inning to win Tuesday’s nonleague road game. Karsen O’Rourke went 4-for-5 for Ponderosa while Mckenna Rickles and Annie Weiss each had two hits. On the mound, Terra Jerpbak wen the distance. Union Mine 3, […]

On tap

Today/tomorrow Wrestling CIF State Championships Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield Soccer UM, GS @ Grizzly Cup Classic Tomorrow Softball UM @ OR, 9:45 a.m. Track/Field ED, PHS @ Ruptier Invite

Lambres 2nd, Thompson 4th in state GS race

MAMMOTH — Ponderosa’s Alec Lambres was less than two seconds from a state title Wednesday as the Bruin took second place in the Giant Slalom race as skiers took over Mammoth Mountain at the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation championships. Lambres’ two runs totaled 1:09.73 and was just off the combined 1:07.86 by Del […]

Trojans can’t catch McClatchy in Sleep Train quest

STOCKTON — Let’s face it, Oak Ridge wouldn’t mind if the CIF changed venues for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game. Win or lose, the Lady Trojans don’t play their best on the UOP campus. Take Tuesday against McClatchy. Miserable first half, decent first half — 56-40 loss to the Lions. At stake was […]

Snowboarders improve; Costa 8th All State

MAMMOTH — Tuesday held better results for area snowboarders at the  California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Slalom races on Mammoth Mountain despite the tough competition. El Dorado’s Sofia Costa was again the 0nly local girl’s rider to finish top 10 while on the boy’s side, two snowboarders — Golden Sierra’s Will Cann and Cougar […]

El Dorado boys take home opener

In its first home match of the season at L.A. Brown Gym Tuesday, the El Dorado High boys volleyball team defeated Bella Vista 25-11, 25-18, 25-17. In the first set, El Dorado broke free from a 6-5 advantage when Nathan Camello served the Cougars’ next four points for a 10-6 lead. After the Broncos scored twice, […]

Velasquez eyes state’s top prize

Zack Velasquez has been on a mission since injuring his ankle last year. The Ponderosa High 152-pound wrestler, with a perfect 49-0 record, headlines a list of six Ponderosa and Oak Ridge matmen competing this weekend at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, beginning today. Medals are awarded to those who finish in the […]

Outside with Charlie: Keep the hope

A nice, cold storm blew through over the weekend and Monday. It wasn’t a drought buster by any means. It did coat the high country with a bit of wonderful, powdery snow. The amounts varied from around 6-8 inches in Hope Valley, to over a foot at South Lake Tahoe. Sierra-at-Tahoe reported over 17 inches, while […]

Bruin Jaclyn Fields sixth best in state

VISALIA —  Determined, focused and unwilling to give in, Ponderosa High senior Jaclyn Fields met her goal by winning a medal at last weekend’s CIF Girls State Wrestling Championships at the Visalia Convention Center. Fighting back in the consolation bracket, the Bruin senior took sixth place in the 160-pound weight division. As a junior, she went […]

Costa 10th at CNISSF Giant Slalom race

MAMMOTH — South 1 Division snowboarders faced tough competition in Monday’s Giant Slalom race to open the week-long California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships at Mammoth Mountain. Just one local rider, El Dorado’s Sofia Costa, made the top 10. Behind a ninth place run followed by an 11th, Costa placed 10th with a […]

Roundup: Mar. 3, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Ponderosa uses PK to defeat Trojans

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Five goals were scored between the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa girls soccer teams in Monday’s intracounty/nonleague match at Bruin Stadium, but the most important one favored the host Lady Bruins who posted a 3-2 win over the Lady Trojans. In the 74th minute of the contest, Bruin midfielder Sarah Pacheco drove the ball toward the […]

Oak Ridge boys come up short

SACRAMENTO — If or when Oak Ridge gets around to watching game film of last Friday’s playoff exit at Sheldon, there’s sure to be a collective cringe in the room. Turnovers are a part of basketball but the ones the Trojans made cost them any chance to upset the host Huskies who eliminated Oak Ridge from […]

Trojans advance to D-I semis

EL DORADO HILLS — In Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal home game, the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had a strong finish to post a 49-25 win over River City. The victory advances the Lady Trojans, the No. 2 seed, into Tuesday’s semifinal game against No. 3 McClatchy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The […]

Three Bruins, Trojans reach Rabobank

Velasquez, Claiborne pin down crowns STOCKTON — Ponderosa High wrestler Zack Velasquez entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament with a perfect 45-0 record and added four more wins on his way to the 152-pound title at Stockton Arena Saturday. After winning his first three matches by pins, Velasquez took an early commanding leading over Merced’s Romeo Medina […]

Roundup: Mar. 1, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Heartbreaker for Ponderosa

TRACY — A full-court drive and layin with 1.2 seconds left lifted No. 3 seed Kimball High to a dramatic 65-64 girls victory over visiting Ponderosa in Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinals action last Thursday night. The Bruins’ bid to unseat the undefeated Jaguars (29-0) came on the heels of Tuesday’s win at Sacramento High. […]

Schedule: Mar. 2-7, 2015

Monday, Mar. 2 Alpine Racing ED, PHS, OR, UM, GS @ Mammoth Baseball GS @ Bear River, 3:30 p.m. Golf ED, UM @ Jessup Memorial, Cold Springs OR @ Del Rio Tourney, Modesto Soccer OR @ PHS, 8 p.m. Western Sierra @ GS, 5 p.m. Mira Loma @ UM, 6 p.m. Softball Sac High @ […]

Trojans steamroll Bear Creek

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind disruptive pressure by its defense and a solid display of outside shooting, host Oak Ridge overwhelmed Bear Creek 62-20 in its girl’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener Tuesday night. The win advanced the Lady Trojans (24-3) to yesterday’s second-round matchup with River City. Against the Bruins, Isamar Conde led […]

Cougars fall in 1st round

SACRAMENTO — Throughout the season en route to winning an outright Sierra Valley Conference title, the El Dorado High girls basketball team dominated opponents with full-court pressure defense and turned turnovers into points. In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game at Christian Brothers, the Cougars received a dose of their own medicine as the host Falcons forced […]

Locals ready for Masters

Who: Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado and Union Mine What: Sac-Joaquin Section/Les Schwab Tires Masters Wrestling Tournament Where: Stockton Arena When: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. both days   STOCKTON — There are 30 El Dorado County high school wrestlers with one goal in mind — placing high at this weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section’s Masters Tournament at […]