Football: Diamondbacks too much for Matadors

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity football squad steamrolled Mira Loma 58-0 in a non-conference game Friday. For Diamondbacks interim head coach Davy Johnson and his players, the win was a good mark for the season record, but also an opportunity to rotate all players onto the field after the first quarter. “We didn’t keep […]

Roundup: Oct. 6, 2014

Golf Ponderosa 248, Bella Vista 288 — 9 holes, Mather GC, par 36. PHS low scores: Jasmine Monas 41, Julia Martin 46. Oak Ridge 224, Rocklin 240 — 9 holes, Whitney Oaks CC, par 36. OR low scores: Carolyn Almeida, 42. El Dorado 316, Cordova 323 — 9 holes at Cold Springs GC, par 36. ED low scores: […]

Football: Cougars improve to 5-0 with lopsided win

SACRAMENTO — Fresh off its bye week, the El Dorado High football team dominated from kick-off to the final second in the fourth quarter en route to a 51-0 non-conference victory over Foothill at Negri Field of Foothill Stadium on Friday. El Dorado has started its season at 5-0, and it’s believed to be the first […]

Football: Trojans struck by Thunder

ROCKLIN — It’s hard telling the more impressive at Rocklin High Friday night: its dance squad, the halftime pyrotechnics show or its football team. Safe guess to say Oak Ridge thinks it’s the latter after the Thunder rolled past the Trojans 59-21 in Sierra Foothill League action. Rocklin, which celebrated its homecoming, owned field positioning all evening. Thunder quarterback […]

Schedule: Oct. 6-11, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6 Soccer Antelope @ PHS, 3 p.m. Highlands @ GS, 4 p.m. ED @ Cordova, 7 p.m. UM @ Galt, 7 p.m. Volleyball Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7 p.m. UM @ Cordova, 7 p.m. Water polo ED @ Florin, 4/5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 Golf UM @ ED, Cold Springs GC Whitney @ […]

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 […]

Volleyball: Grizzlies fall out of first place

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s tied for first-place status atop the Sierra Delta League in volleyball is no more after visiting Vacaville Christian dealt the Grizzlies a three-set defeat 22-25, 19-25, 22-25. Golden Sierra (3-1) hits the road this week for matches at Bradshaw Christian and Encina, trailing the Falcons (4-0) by a game in […]

Roundup: Oct. 1, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Del Oro 2 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Isaac, 6-4, 6-1; Teja Chalamcherla def. Dickson, 6-2, 6-2; Lily Wainwright def. Stough, 6-0, 6-4; Hannah Crookham def. Jorgensen, 6-2, 7-6; Kassidy Lyons def. Lewis, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0; Kelly McMillen def. by Cankle, 2-6, 4-6. Doubles (OR first): Jessica Williams-Lan Zhao def. […]

El Dorado flexes its running prowess

RANCHO CORDOVA — Cooler temperatures, faster times and better performances were the case at Wednesday’s second Sierra Valley Conference meet at Hagan Park, attended by El Dorado and Union Mine. With dual victories, the Cougar boys and girls teams established themselves as the teams to beat in the race for the league crown. The El […]

Union Mine girls drop five-setter

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine picked the wrong time — the fifth set — to commit a series of mistakes Wednesday night, costing the Lady D’backs in a 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 12-15 loss to Liberty Ranch at the Snake Pit. Union Mine had momentum after its fourth set victory but three, double-hit infractions […]

Heinz-sight: Royal letdown

The Oakland A’s trade of slugger Yoenis Cespedes for ace Jon Lester in an attempt to push the team over the playoff hump is reminiscent of the dog with the bone that sees his relection (in the water), drops the one he has and loses out on both. Accurate? The trade was gutsy but at the […]

Bruin sweep

EL DORADO — In its quest to remain undefeated in Capital Valley Conference action, the Ponderosa High boys water polo team wasted little time in beating up Roseville, 15-5, Tuesday at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. The Bruins (6-0 in the CVC, 10-5) jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to goals from Reilley Waterman, Connor Overstreet […]

D’back booters shut out

EL DORADO — Throughout Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference soccer match, Union Mine created chances to score but it was visiting Cordova pulling out a 3-0 victory. In the first half, the Diamondbacks had shots on goal from Ernesto Aguilar, Bryce Yaple and Martin Garcia who sent a corner kick over the goal. Union Mine coach Christina Savage […]

Key matchups end in Lady Cougars’ win, boy’s loss

EL DORADO — The El Dorado girls water polo team stayed undefeated in Metro Conference action Wednesday after a tight 11-10 victory over River City at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Three different Lady Cougars scored in the first quarter: Maddy Salerno, Bean Salerno off a Megan Moore pass and Anika Morkowski. “In my experience in water […]

Grid season hits the halfway mark

Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are at the halfway mark of the season tonight. Oak Ridge travels to Rocklin; Ponderosa hosts Bella Vista; El Dorado hits the road for Foothill; and Union Mine plays at home against Mira Loma. Golden Sierra has a bye. Oak Ridge (1-0, 4-1) at Rocklin, (0-0, […]

El Dorado boys blanked 6-0

Fleet-footed, quick to the ball and explosive, Rosemont pinned a 6-0 Sierra Valley Conference defeat on host El Dorado Monday night. With speed to spare and a touch of flare, the Wolverines’ Andrew Brown scored a hat trick on the Cougars and was involved in two other Rosemont goals. Despite the conference-opening setback, El Dorado played hard […]

Trojans, D’backs at Stanford run

PALO ALTO — The Oak Ridge and Union Mine varsity boys and girls cross country teams competed at last weekend’s prestigious 41st Stanford Invitational at the university golf course. Teams from throughout California and non-California teams were in attendance that featured many of the top high school and collegiate cross country athletes in the nation. […]

Outside with Charlie: Autumn is here

With help from a good storm front that passed through, coupled with the massive effort by fire crews, the King Fire has been damped down. While it isn’t out, it isn’t the monster that it was over the last two weeks. We even had the first snow of the season last Friday night. Impressive. There […]

Cougars split with McClatchy

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum in its key Metro Conference matches at McClatchy Monday — the boys squeezing out an exhilarating 13-12 victory but the girls dropping a 7-5 heartbreaker. “The boys were so pumped,” said Cougars’ coach David Pimentel in an email to the Democrat. “We were up […]

Roundup: Sept. 30, 2014

Volleyball CIVT Tournament El Dorado def. Bear Creek 25-10, 25-16 El Dorado def. Cloverdale 25-12, 25-20 El Dorado def. San Domenico 25-8, 25-4 El Dorado def. by West Valley 23-25, 21-25 Total stats: Kills: Kylie Haverson, 28; Abby Bennett, 18; MacKenzie Niemann, 6; Rachel Rus, 6; Faith Wilson, 4; Rachel Stevenson, 3. Blocks: Niemann, 7; […]

Better late than never for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Roseville’s last-minute attempt for a clear off its line caromed off Chris Rudfelt back into the goal — giving host Ponderosa a dramatic 3-2 win Monday afternoon. Andrew Doe’s side throw-in to the box and ensuing melee for the tie-breaker improved the Bruins to 3-1-1 in the Capital Valley Conference. Rudfelt’s winner was his first […]

Golden Sierra picks up first victory

GARDEN VALLEY — A three-minute span was all Golden Sierra needed Monday for the Sierra Delta River League soccer win against Vacaville Christian — the Grizzlies’ first of the season. Scoring twice toward the end of the second half to break open a 1-all tie, the Griz posted a 3-1 win. In the 73rd minute, Riley […]

Oak Ridge sticks it to T’Wolves

EL DORADO HILLS — Forget trick plays. Oak Ridge’s first Sierra Foothill League victory swung on a trick-question play, an instance that defied logic in its 38-20 victory over Woodcreek Friday night. The host Trojans nursed a 10-7 lead and faced a fourth-and-9 at the Timberwolves’ 31. Instead of letting quarterback Ian Book determine the […]

Roundup: Sept. 26, 2014

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-21, 25-4, 25-9 Golden Sierra def. San Juan 25-8, 25-9, 25-15 Ponderosa def. Del Campo 25-10, 25-16, 25-17 Union Mine def. by Casa Roble 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25. Kills: Kylie Russell, 13; Gabrielle Fredericks, 7. Aces: Savannah Scott, 5; Fredericks, 2; Jordyn Trulli, 2; Karly Dales, 2. Blocks: Fredericks, 5. […]

Grizzlies crush San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — It was thunder in the sky and thunder on the field Friday as Golden Sierra steamrolled visiting San Juan 64-6 in Sierra Delta League action. Coming off a tough loss to Colfax, the Grizzlies surged forward with a chip on the shoulder en route to a 28-0 rout in the first quarter. […]

Tennis: Bruin tennis defeated by Roseville

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The rain let up, the sun came out and Ponderosa played it’s Capital Valley Conference match with visiting Roseville Thursday. Unfortunately for the Lady Bruins, the Tigers prevailed 8-1. The visitors won five of six singles matches and swept doubles play. Ponderosa’s Grace Guimont, at No. 6 singles, used a strong forehand […]

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 […]

Tennis: Lady Trojans pound former section champs

FOLSOM — Madeline Almeida is a sophomore who plays with experience for the Oak Ridge girls tennis team. In Thursday’s Sierra Foothill League contest against Granite Bay at the Broadstone Racquet Club, Almeida, who plays tennis year-round, posted a straight set victory that helped Oak Ridge to an 8-1 victory. The win was huge. Though the Trojans […]

Water polo: Bruins edge Cougars twice

EL DORADO — Ponderosa and El Dorado hooked up Saturday for two closely contested matches at the Aquatic Center on the Union Mine campus. The Bruins won both — the girls powered their way to the 9-8 victory while the boys held off their Cougar counterparts 7-6. The intra-county matchups were a part of a […]

Schedule: Sept 29 – Oct. 4, 2014

Monday, Sept. 29 Golf PHS @ CVC Tourney UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Mather GC, 11:30 a.m. Soccer Roseville @ PHS, 3:15 p.m. Vacaville Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. Rosemont @ ED, 7 p.m. UM vs Liberty Ranch, Walker Park, 7 p.m. Water polo ED @ McClatchy, 4/5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 Golf OR vs […]

Ponderosa drops league opener

ANTELOPE — Two interceptions were helpful for Ponderosa Friday in its Capital Valley Conference football opener against host Antelope, which broke free from a 6-all tie in the first quarter to post a 48-20 win over the Bruins. With 7:49 left in the first quarter, Ponderosa (0-1, 2-2) scored its first touchdown when running back Ryan […]

JV Cougars capture Davis Fall Classic

CLASSIC CHAMPS — The El Dorado junior varsity volleyball team extended its win streak to eight matches, and 16 straight sets in winning the Davis Fall Classic all-day tournament Sept. 20. An all-team effort led to successful 2-0 wins against Pioneer, Will C. Wood, and host Davis. In bracket play, the Lady Cougars soundly defeated […]

Firefighters free for Powder Puff

El Dorado High School extends a special invite/free admission to the service men and women (and their immediate family), who have courageously battled the King Fire to tomorrow’s third annual Powder Puff football games at the Harvey E. West Stadium on campus. The powder puff games are girl’s flag, or touch, football games. There will be two […]

Dry Creek Hills Demo Day taking place Saturday

RANCHO MURIETA — Ride some hot new mountain bikes, check out some sweet, local trails, and wash it all down with an ice-cold, local brew at the Deer Creek Hills Mountain Bike Demo Day, scheduled for Saturday at the Deer Creek Hills Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day of fun is co-sponsored […]

Oak Ridge girls upend Miners 3-1

El DORADO HILL — Oak Ridge extended its perfect streak Tuesday night at home, defeating Nevada Union 25-21, 20-25, 25-15 and 25-17 in Sierra Foothill League volleyball action. Sporting a solid win in game one, Troy faltered throughout game 2 on miscommunication and a troubling service receive — allowing the Miners to pick up a […]

Roundup: Sept. 24, 2014

Golf Oak Ridge 193, Folsom 248 — 9 holes at Empre Ranch, par 36 — OR scores: Medalist Courtney Clark, 34; Emma Sand, 36; Carolyn Almeida, 38; Lexi Perry, 40; Natalie Kinney, 45; Sara Johnson, 45. Union Mine 268, Rosemont 370 — 9 holes at Cordova, par 36. UM scores: Medalist JayKlynn Burns, 44; Cassie […]

Grizzly boys take SDL meet

SACRAMENTO — Ryan Sewell led the Golden Sierra High boys cross country team to a first place finish Wednesday at the Sierra Delta League’s first meet of the season at Renfree Field. Finishing ahead of the pack, Sewell finished the 3.1 miles course with a time of 17 minutes, 13 seconds for first place. “It’s […]

Rough go in the pool for Trojan teams

EL DORADO HILLS — Morgan Jones scored often Tuesday for the Oak Ridge High girls water polo team, which fell to Woodcreek 14-11 in a Sierra Foothill League contest at the CSD pool. The senior driver scored eight of the Trojans’ goals, including three in the first period. That’s when Oak Ridge (0-2 in the SFL, 2-5) led […]

County teams begin league action

Three of the four El Dorado County football teams in action tonight open league play. Ponderosa travels to Antelope to play its first-ever Capital Valley Conference game; Oak Ridge plays its first Sierra Foothill League contest against Woodcreek; Golden Sierra opens Sierra Delta League action at home with San Juan: and Union Mine continues nonconference […]

Bruin spikers let one slip away

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Failing to temper or match Whitney’s ratcheted-up play late in Tuesday’s Capital Valley Conference match, host Ponderosa lost in five sets to the bigger Wildcats 16-25, 25-19, 25-23, 19-25, 8-15, its second straight league loss at home. After holding a 2-1 games lead, the Lady Bruins lost the fourth and trailed the […]

Roundup: Sewel, OR girls golf take 1st place

Waterpolo  Boys El Dorado 9, Rio Linda 8 — Goals: Dylan Thompson 4, Nico Camello 2, Josh Wienholz 1, Nathan Camello 1, Justin Jumper 1. Steals: Thompson 3, Nathan Camello 2, Nico Camello 1, Wienholz 1, Austin Davis 1. Assists: Wienholz 2, Thompson 1, Nico Camello 1, Nathan Camello 1, Keefe Pesko 1, Davis 1, […]

Outside with Charlie: King’s toll

The King Fire has brought a screeching halt to quite a few outdoor recreation plans, including postponing several youth and high school athletic contests. The fire is massive, complex, and continues to be dangerous. While there are still outdoor recreation possibilities, you’ll have to check not only where the fire is actively burning, but the […]

Hangtown’s Smith a national champ

Will represent USA DIAMOND SPRINGS — Chaz Smith of Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs regained the US National Championship Veteran-50 last month in Columbus, OH and was named by USA Fencing to the 2014 Veterans World Championship Team representing the US in Hungary this October. “Local girl makes good,” commented Hangtown Saber Head Coach […]

Linthicum a 3-time Length of Tahoe finisher

LAKE TAHOE — Conventional thinking for some feel the world’s natural wonders are there for specific reasons: A tall mountain should be climbed; a wilderness trail is for hiking; and a large body of water, like Lake Tahoe, is to swim. Tom Linthicum bought into the latter. The Fair Play resident is believed to be the only […]

Lady Diamondbacks win at Frogtown

ANGELS CAMP — Union Mine’s varsity girls cross country team continued its strong early season results with a win Saturday at the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. It was an opportunity for the D’backs to see both the course and many of the schools they’ll compete against later in the […]