Oak Ridge captures Craft

EL DORADO HILLS — Out of its 11 games it played in the 26th annual Christine Craft Tournament, the most important one for Oak Ridge Saturday was the final one against Oakmont. The Lady Trojans’ three-set win was good for the first place trophy in the Gold Playoff Bracket. Oak Ridge won 25-19, 21-25, 15-9. According to Oak […]

Schedule: Sept. 8-13, 2014

Monday, Sept. 8 Soccer Folsom @ PHS, 3 p.m. GS @ Colfax, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 Golf Bella Vista @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. Rocklin @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 p.m. Tennis Nevada Union @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. PHS @ Antelope, 4 p.m. Soccer UM @ Amador, 6:30 p.m. Volleyball Folsom […]

Trojans win on goal-line stand

EL DORADO HILLS — With only 15 seconds remaining on the clock Friday, Oak Ridge and Vacaville lined up for one final play. Though the visiting Bulldogs had just completed a scoring drive to pull within 24-23 and were going for the 2-point conversion, an exhausted Trojan defense rose to occasion and stood Vacaville up at the goal to […]

Yates’ return successful as Bruins sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — Ponderosa made a winner of coach Mike Yates in his return to Union Mine Thursday as his Lady Bruins defeated the host Diamondbacks 25-20, 25-17, 25-15. “It was weird (coming back),” said Yates who guided the 2011 Union Mine team to the state title. “It came back to me … hearing the […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 4, 2014

Disc Golf Tourney The 36th Gold Pan Open is Sept. 13-14 at Pioneer Park and Somerset Country Club in Somerset. Open to professionals and amateurs. For information call Charlie Callahan at 530-620-0050. Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at […]

Roundup: Sept. 4, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Davis 2 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Paw, 6-1, 6-1; Teja Chalamcherla def. by Duan, 2-6, 6-2, 8-10; Lily Wainwright def. Mould, 7-5, 6-2; Hannah Crookham def. Donahue, 6-3, 6-0; Kassidy Lyons def. Ewens, 6-1, 6-2; Kelly McMillen def. Murdoch, 6-3, 6-3. Doubles (OR first): Julia Van Boening-Lan Zhao def. […]

Troy beats old foe

Chris Craft tomorrow EL DORADO HILLS — Although the Oak Ridge High volleyball team played St. Francis in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation match, it felt — just like old times — that the Delta River League title was at stake. The former Delta River League neighbors matched one another point-per-point in their two-hour, four-set match […]

Lady Bruins upend Grizzlies in 3 sets

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa hosted Golden Sierra for the annual Foundation Game Tuesday, two of 156 teams competing in the 13th year of raising scholarship funds for the CIF. The Lady Bruins turned back the Grizzlies 25-11, 25-16, 25-6 in the low-intensity matchup of local squads. Results weren’t counted in the official standings. Ponderosa is coached […]

Late Trojan goals subdue Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High’s boys soccer programs faced off Wednesday night in Bruin country for the first and last intra-county showdown in preseason action. Oak Ridge’s junior varsity and varsity programs each took earned 2-1 victories over the hosts, despite the Bruins holding a one-goal lead for the majority of the […]

Heinz-sight: The Road

Some football away games aren’t close and require some travel time. Take last week’s game at South Lake Tahoe. Not exactly a hop, skip and a jump away. Driving alone, the longer trips afford plenty of time to reflect, think and mull things over — some more thoroughly than others. Well, the following is a […]

Local teams ready for Week 1

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams host their first home games in Week 1 action tonight as El Dorado entertains Lincoln, Oak Ridge welcomes Vacaville and Ponderosa takes on Vista del Lago. Playing on the road, Union Mine is at Bear River while Golden Sierra treks to Jackson to play at […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 2, 2014

Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the forum on the school campus. Start time is 6 p.m. For more information, contact coach Jeff French at 530-748-5650. Volleyball camp Fundamental volleyball classes are available for grades 4 to 8 […]

Pereira wins another title

SACRAMENTO — Former Ponderosa High golfer Corey Pereira fired a 5-under-par 67 to win the California State Fair Men’s Amateur Championship at Haggin Oaks’ Alister MacKenzie Course over the Labor Day weekend. The former Bruin, who plays on the Washington men’s golf team, had a one-shot lead before he pulled out the win with a […]

Lady Trojans 1st at Oakmont run

ROSEVILLE — Both the Oak Ridge and Union Mine cross country squads competed at last weekend’s Oakmont Invitational at Maidu Park, the field consisting mainly of larger schools for the 4,000 meter races. The Trojan varsity girls placed first with 38 points, toppling last year state qualifiers Woodcreek and Jesuit. Six Oak Ridge girls placed […]

Section football playoffs expands its divisions

Will El Dorado be D-III or IV? LODI — One more division in the football playoffs, money made/lost in post-season and a new commissioner were the main topics discussed by Sac-Joaquin Section officials at last Thursday’s annual media day meeting at its office. When the section playoffs begin Nov. 14, Division VII will be part of […]

2014 Union Mine roster

1-Kevin Casio, Sr. 2-Max Fitzpatrick, Jr. 3-Parker Cronk, Sr. 4-Austin Rigsby, Jr. 5-Zach Cherrinton, Jr. 6-Bradley Brittain, Jr. 7-Christian Beck, Jr. 9-Brody Pearman, Jr. 11-Cruz Rodriguez, Jr. 12-Mason McLaury, Jr. 15-Nate Brown, Sr. 20-Bill Morning, Sr. 27-Kyle McDonald, Sr. 30-Colton Lamson, Sr. 34-Trevor Reed, Jr. 52-Jared Ebbe, Jr. 54-Cole Bennett, Jr. 63-Justin Tracy, Jr. 66-Daniel […]

Union Mine looks to improve

2014 Union Mine Football Schedule Aug. 29: @ Foothill — won 49-0 Sept. 5: @ Bear River, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12: Bye Sept 19: Calaveras, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 26: Lincoln-Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3: Mira Loma, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 10: @ Rosemont, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 17: Galt, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 24: Liberty Ranch, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 31: Cordova, 7:15 p.m. Nov. 7: @ […]

Outside with Charlie: Quieter times

Labor Day has come and gone. All of the schools in the area are back in session. This is a time of year when things in the great outdoors really do slow down. While the bike rides in the Apple Hill area are coming to a halt, everything else is opening up. There’s plenty to […]

Tribute to Tilford a wild one

During his days beneath the helmet and thereafter, the one thing the late Donnie Tilford truly loved was an exciting race night for both drivers and fans. Saturday night at Placerville Speedway there was undoubtedly a bit of magic in the air as a grandstand packed with fans was treated to thrills, spills and emotion […]

D’backs record 48-0 shutout

SACRAMENTO — Union Mine High’s varsity football program kicked off its 2014 season on a high note Friday, traveling to Foothill High and returning with a 48-0 preseason victory. Junior running back Austin Rigsby tallied four rushing touchdowns in the win — two he earned with change-in-direction runs and two that relied on brute strength, […]

Schedule: Sept 1-7, 2014

Monday, Sept. 1 Soccer McClatchy @ OR, 4 p.m. ED @ Natomas, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 Golf Roseville @ OR, Serrano CC, 3 p.m. Soccer OR @ CBS, 4 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 5:45 p.m. Tennis St. Francis @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Foundation Games GS @ PHS, 7 p.m. ED @ Vista, […]

Cougars ‘cramp’ South Tahoe’s style

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Balanced offense, first-half domination and big games from Tyler Clanin, Nick Bonniksen and Carter Meyers lifted visiting El Dorado past South Tahoe 45-28 to open the preseason Friday in a matchup that wasn’t as close as the final score. Bonniksen completed 19-of-28 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three […]

Grizzlies dominate from start to finish

GARDEN VALLEY — For Golden Sierra the season opener against Foresthill got off to a fantastic start that ended in a 62-6 win. Grizzly fullback Christian Klahn electrified the crowd with a 52-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. After Austin Spencer added the extra point to give the Grizzlies a 7-0 lead, […]

Oak Ridge opens with road win

ROCKLIN — In a season-opening matchup between past Sac-Joaquin Section champions, Oak Ridge defeated host Whitney 44-19 to kick off the preseason football schedule Friday. The Trojans, winners of four D-II titles who have played in back-to-back D-I title games, put points on the board in each quarter while the Wildcats, the 2008 D-IV champs, […]

Sanders, interceptions help Ponderosa turn tide

LINCOLN — Two was a good number for the Ponderosa High football team in its nonconference season opener at Lincoln Friday. In the second quarter, the Bruins’ defense picked off two Fighting Zebras’ passes that led to two touchdowns. Those scores were by junior running back Jimmy Sanders, who finished with four in the game that […]

Tribute to Donnie Tilford

Tomorrow combines inflated winnings with heavy emotion at Placerville Speedway as the second-to-last championship event of the season pays homage to the late Donnie Tilford, one the most decorated and beloved in the history of Placerville Speedway, with the inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford Big Trophy Night. The first Tribute to Donnie Tilford offers inflated […]

Heinz-sight: It’s here …

… The start of high school football tonight. That realignment we’ve mentioned the past year in our sports pages? It’s here too but right around the corner. After the nonleague preseason is completed this fall, two of our local schools — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa — battle vastly different opponents once league rolls around. Exciting. The […]

Gridiron season kicks off tonight

All five El Dorado County high school football teams kick off the 2014 season tonight. Four will be on the road. Oak Ridge plays at Whitney; Ponderosa starts at Lincoln; El Dorado makes the trek to play at South Tahoe; Union Mine travels west to Sacramento to play at Foothill; and Golden Sierra, the lone […]

2014 Ponderosa football roster

2-Ken-Yon Daisley, Jr. 3-Nael Bseiso, Sr. 4-Brandon Reese, Jr. 5-Colby Chiverton, Sr. 6-Chace Lerch, Sr. 7-Jimmy Sanders, Jr. 8-Pre Deitchman, Jr. 9-Luc Deitchman, Sr. 10-Zach Lopes, Sr. 11-Sage Dahl, Jr. 12-David Dyas, Jr. 13-Josh Bist, Sr. 14-Sean Bennett, Jr. 15-Zack Steiner, Jr. 16-Quinton Bardwell, Sr. 17-Josh Israel, Sr. 19-Tommy Larner, Jr. 20-Cole Donovan, Jr. 22-Ryan […]

Bruins happy to be back in D-II

2014 Ponderosa Football Schedule Aug. 29: @ Lincoln-Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Vista del Lago, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 12: Bye Sept 19: @ Woodcreek, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 26: @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Bella Vista, 7 p.m. Oct. 10: Whitney, 7 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Del Campo 7 p.m. Oct. 24: @ Oakmont, 7 p.m Oct. 31: Roseville, […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

If you are a bike rider, mountain or road, you know this is a fantastic time to ride as temperatures have backed off a bit. Perhaps one of your favorite rides is anywhere in Apple Hill, or you’ve always wanted to ride Apple Hill. This is the time to do it. The apples have ripened […]

Lady Bruins ready for fall season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High girls golf coach Steven King and his seven players are looking forward to competing in the Capital Valley Conference this fall. “We’re in a new league this year with teams that we have never seen or played before,” King said. This season, the Bruins has four players returning to the greens. […]

Grizzly roster

Alex Murray, Sr. Dakota Haddock, Sr. Jerramy Lopez, Jr. John Oules, Sr. Wyatt Alexander, Sr. Zach Martinez, Jr. 3-Austin Spencer, Sr. 5-Talon Albert, Sr. 6-Issac Duling, Sr. 8-Reily Prine, Jr. 10-Jeff Gale, Jr. 16-Nathan Anderson, Jr. 24-Brenden Nutt, Jr. 25-Jordan Corvello, Jr. 28-Skyler Watson, Jr. 32-Christian Klahn, Sr. 35-Dominic Chamberlain, Sr. 46-Mason McKinney, Jr. 48-Nick White, […]

Fox inducted into SJS Hall of Fame

SACRAMENTO — Richard Fox made history among El Dorado County high school coaches Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena. The former Ponderosa High wrestling head coach from 1978 to 2001 was one of 32 coaches — past and present — players, games officials and media who were inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. […]

New coach inherits winning tradition

2014 Golden Sierra Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: Foresthill, 7 p.m. Sept. 5: @ Argonaut, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12: Lindhurst, 7 p.m. Sept 19: @ Colfax, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26: San Juan, 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Bye Oct. 10: @ Vacaville Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Bradshaw Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 24: Highlands, 7 p.m. Oct. 31: Rio Vista, 7 p.m. Nov. […]

Ping-pong challenge

MEMBERS OF THE Oak Ridge High football team took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge — but with the use of ping-pong balls instead. Led by teammate Kyle Brown, No. 8, the Trojans dumped ping-pong balls onto their heads in taking a drought-friendly ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. According to Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavliere, […]

Point races brings five different drivers to victory

The pit area of Placerville Speedway was packed full Saturday night, as five different divisions formed the race card for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season. When the final checkered flag waved on the field of more that 80 cars, five different faces celebrated their success in victory lane. Bobby […]

2014 Oak Ridge football roster

2-Dalton Santos, Sr. 3-Brock Martin, Jr. 4-Stephen Douglas, Sr. 5-Ryan Sullivan, Sr. 6-Camden Cicchetti, Sr. 7-Scott Douglas, Sr. 8-Kyle Brown, So. 9-Tanner Emmanuel, Sr. 10-Kevin Kassis, Jr. 11-Ian Book, Jr. 12-Adam Walter, Sr. 14-Brian Parker, Sr. 15-Quintin Graves Mercado, Jr. 16-Collin Poerio, Jr. 17-Max Augood, Jr. 18-Wyatt Maeva, Jr. 20-Luke Goins, Jr. 21-Wyatt Nelson, Sr. […]

Schedule: Aug. 25-30, 2014

Monday, Aug. 25 Soccer PHS @ Folsom, Kemp Park, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball *ED @ PHS, 6 p.m. Girls golf *PHS @ Folsom, Empire Ranch CC, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 Soccer *GS @ Forest Lake Christian, 4 p.m. Volleyball *UM @ Roseville, 4 p.m. Girls tennis *Rio Americano @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. Girls golf […]

First and goal: Friday night football

Five more days — counting Monday. That’s when all five El Dorado County high school football teams will kickoff the 2014 season. On Friday, four of the five will open on the road, with Golden Sierra entertaining Foresthill. Oak Ridge plays at Whitney of Rocklin, Ponderosa travels to Lincoln of Lincoln, Union Mine treks to Sacramento […]

Trojans ready for tougher league

2014 Oak Ridge Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: @ Whitney, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Vacaville, 7:15 p.m. Sept 12: Burbank, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 19: Reed (Sparks, Nev.), 7 p.m. Sept. 26: Woodcreek, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3: @ Rocklin, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10: Granite Bay, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Del Oro, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24: Nevada Union, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 31: @ […]

College boxing route for local pair

EL DORADO HILLS — The track record of El Dorado County student-athletes going to four-year colleges to continue their careers is impressive. Most, if not all of the major sports are covered: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, cross country, tennis and swimming. But has an area athlete ever gone for boxing? Ever? […]

Nor-Cal Dirt modifieds headlines five-division program

On Saturday night, Placerville Speedway will pack the pit area of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for a giant five-division racing program for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season. While four divisions make return visits, the evening will welcome the excitement of Dirt modified back to the quarter-mile track, with […]

Take the challenge at Crazy Eights Trail races

The third annual Crazy Eights Trail Run Series concludes Sunday at Lake Camanche, South Shore Recreation Area, Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground. The Crazy Eight’s trail runs was created for anyone of any ability to participate. That’s not to say there won’t be challenging terrain. The past two trail runs offered runners a choice of either […]

Fox to enter section’s Hall of Fame

Long-time Ponderosa High wrestling coach Richard Fox is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. Fox, who retired over a year ago from his teaching career at the campus, will be honored Sunday at an induction banquet and ceremony at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The dinner will start at […]