Travels to resort have produced many stories

The story of Sorensen’s Resort is complex. From the first actual cabin built in 1907, through the years to what it is now. The resort has been an ever evolving story of determination, gumption, blind faith and luck. Travel through Hope Valley long ago was very different from it is today. Travelers, on foot, horse, […]

Speedway: Hirst records career win

Two-time and defending King of the West champion Kyle Hirst fired off a warning shot at the opening round in 2015 that he will certainly be a player once again. He drove to victory at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night. It was Hirst’s 12th career series win and tied him with former driver Kevin […]

Softball: Lady Grizzlies tame Lions

GARDEN VALLEY — Allie Widmann stood tall for the Golden Sierra High softball team in Thursday afternoon’s 20-1 home non-league win against Leroy Green Academy. The 4-foot-11 Lady Grizzly senior shortstop went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. She also walked two times and scored three of Golden Sierra’s runs. One of Widmann’s hits came in the […]

Roundup: April 4, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 6, Washington 5 — Aaron Farney’s ground ball RBI single through the right side capped a bottom-of-the-seventh-inning rally Thursday as the Cougars edged the Eagles in the semifinals of the San Diego Lions’ Tournament. The win advanced El Dorado to the finals against Hemet. Trailing 5-3, Nick Bonniksen singled to lead off […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 4, 2015

Six Oak Ridge High girls basketball players, led by Isamar Conde’s first-team selection, are a part of the All Metro teams annouced last week. Conde, a senior, finished strong in helping Oak Ridge reach the CIF NorCal title game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Senior guard Grace Derksen was named to the second team […]

Track opens 50th Anniversary Season

High profile opener features live music and to-and-from shuttle service The much-anticipated 50th anniversary racing season is set to take the first green flag tomorrow at Placerville Speedway and open in grand fashion. The race features the fire-breathing 410 cubic powered sprint cars of the King of the West Series and Midgets of the Bay Cities Racing […]

Roundup: April 2, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 7, Sierra Canyon 3 — Nick Bonniksen scattered nine hits over seven innings in Wednesday’s win at Hoover High to give the Cougars a 3-0 record at the San Diego Lions Tournament. Bonniksen, who had two of El Dorado’s 10 hits, struck out eight and allowed just one earned run. Sierra Canyon, […]

Bruin cyclists back in the lead

LAGUNA SECA – The Ponderosa High School mountain bike team rode to victory at the cycling race at Laguna Seca last weekend. After three races the Bruins’ lead the five race NorCal series with 6,006 points. Second place is held by the Spartans, a composite team of local riders with 5,851 points. Marin Academy holds […]

County Sports League

Wrestling Tournament  Sixth-eighth grade 70s — 1-Zach Ratcliff, GTR; 2-Aiden Joyce, MAR; 3-Zach Cox, MAR 76s — 1-Riley Jones, GTR; 2-Cameron Douglas. 89s — 1-Bradley Morris, GTR; 2-Matt Chapman, GEO; 3-Brayden Brunius, CAM; 4-Nate Amann, MAR. 95s — 1-Miles Tresser, CMP, 2-Daniel Bunantello, GEO; 3-Rory Hidgon, MAR; 4-Jeremiah Holton, SR. 103s — 1-Luis Ramirez, MAR; […]

Trojans host Next Level Combine

EL DORADO HILLS — In preparation for the upcoming season this fall, members of the Oak Ridge High football team competed in an NFL style combine Wednesday. The Next Level NorCal Combine was held at Oak Ridge’s stadium. According to Gabe Jackson, strength and conditioning coach for the Trojans’ football program, approximately 107 youth and […]

Outside with Charlie: Shoulder season

Skiing is getting less likely as each warm day goes by. Currently, Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Boreal, Kirkwood, and Mt. Rose remain open. Alpine Meadows will close April 5. Generally, the season between shutdown of the resorts and full-on late spring/summer activities is much later, referred to as the shoulder season. This year, […]

County Sports League Girls Basketball Tournament results

County Sports League Girls Basketball Playoffs Eighth grade  Championship Markham 37, Herbert Green 32 — Markham: Kyli Segura 18, Skylar Winter 9. HG: Danielle Sime 14, Kiersten Parker 12. Third place Golden Sierra 41, Gold Trail 23 — GT: Ashley Tolbert and Taylor Sexton 8 points each. Semifinals Markham 38, Gold Trail 12 — Markham: […]

Roundup: Mar. 31, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 10, Horizon Christian Academy 2 — Owen MacKendrick pitched six innings, struck out nine, gave up five hits, two runs and walked no one as the Cougars opened up the San Diego Lion’s Tournament with Monday’s win at Clairemont High. Offensively, Nick Bonniksen, Matt Smith (two doubles, four RBIs) and Nathaniel Erskine […]

Local anglers win FPTC

NICE — Overcoming a sub-par first-day weight of just 12.34 pounds, Northern region anglers Danny Cross and Dugan Wilson, both Ponderosa High graduates, recovered from that disappointment to produce respective 37.95 and 29.36 pound five-fish bass limits over the next two days to take the Coors Light Future Pro Tour Classic crown. “We don’t know what […]

Free passes haunt Golden Sierra girls

GARDEN VALLEY — A base-clearing three-run double highlighted Valley Christian’s seven-run third-inning Monday as the Lions posted a 14-3 nonleague victory over host Golden Sierra. The Grizzlies showed some late life in the fifth inning with a pair of runs — not enough to extend the mercy rule-shortened game further. “It was good to play […]

D’back arms quiet Grizzly bats

EL DORADO — In a nonconference/intra county baseball game Monday, Union Mine posted a 3-2 win over Golden Sierra. In the bottom of the first inning, the Diamondbacks (4-8) scored two of their runs without a hit. Leadoff hitter Austin Rigsby reached first base on a Grizzly error and after stealing second base and moving to […]

Two Cougars voted Spider Sabich Award winners

El Dorado High snowboarder Cameron Peeters and skier Ally Roemer were this year’s recipients of the annual award which exemplifies, embodies and represents the spirit of the sport as voted on by their peers. Cameron’s brother Tyler won the award two years ago.

Roundup: Mar. 27, 2015

Golf El Dorado 228, Union Mine 238 — 9 holes at Cold Springs CC, par 36. ED scores: Christian Grier, 40; Gabe Fierro 41; Auston Wells, 44; Cody Pugh, 49; Anthony Smylie, 54; Mason Porter, 58. UM scores: Medalist Tyler Peterson, 36; Nate Jetton, 40; Johnny Cray, 49; Zack Gutierrez, 54; Curtis Regan, 59; Zach […]

Trojans fall in 4

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys volleyball program squared off against Nevada Union Thursday night, fighting hard but falling in four to the Miners in conference action, 19-25, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-27 at home. No game was a runaway victory for either side, which gave Troy fans an optimistic estimate for what […]

Combine at Oak Ridge

Are you a youth or returning high school football player who wants to work on his skills this week? The Oak Ridge High football program will be hosting the Nor Cal Next Level Combine at the Trojans’ stadium on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is for fourth through eighth graders, and incoming freshmen […]

Schedule: Mar. 30-Apr. 4, 2015

Monday, March 30 Baseball GS @ UM, 4 p.m. Spring Tournaments PHS vs. Casa Roble, 9:30 a.m. PHS vs. River Valley, 12:30 p.m ED vs. Horizon @ Clairemont HS, noon Soccer GS @ Yuba City, 6 p.m. Softball Valley Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 Baseball Spring Tournaments OR vs. Clovis West, 4 […]

Under the scoreboard: Mar. 30, 3015

Former Ponderosa Bruin and Shingle Springs’ native Brad Waldow leaves St. Mary’s as its fourth all-time scorer in program history. Waldow, whose Gaels career ended with an opening-round NIT loss to Vanderbilt recently, also ended up top five all-time in rebounds, blocked shots, games played and games started. Waldow racked up awards. All West Coast Conference […]

Lady Cougars post shutout win

One goal and a fine defensive play led the El Dorado High girls soccer team to a 1-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over Rosemont at Harvey E. West Stadium Thursday night. In the 31st minute of the contest, Cougar forward Rachael Beam received a pass from teammate Mariah Thomson. Despite a battle for control with […]

Laut leaps high at Cougar Coed Relays

Individual and top place team placing was the theme at Friday’s 4th annual Cougar Coed Relays at El Dorado High’s Harvey E. West Stadium. Oak Ridge pole vaulter Austin Laut cleared the bar at 16 feet for a new personal and school record. Entering the event, Laut was tied for second in California at 15-10. […]

Roundup: Mar. 25, 2015

Lacrosse Oak Ridge boys 10, St. Mary’s 6 —  OR goals: Scott Barnett, 2; Gage Webb, 2; Austin Hunter, 2; Sam Wellman; Ian Book; Chandler Thomas, Matt Engelken. Assists: Book, 4; Hunter, Webb, Thomas. Saves: Tyler Hersh, 8. Oak Ridge girls 14, Casa Roble 0 Golf El Dorado 215, Galt 286 — 9 holes at […]

Griz wins big ‘Diehl’

GARDEN VALLEY — Led by senior triple-event winners Ryan Sewell for the varsity boy’s team and Mia Belluomini for the girls, Golden Sierra swept Wednesday’s Sierra Delta League home meet to give first-year coach Christine Diehl her first victories. Beautiful weather served as the backdrop at the Grizzly Dome for host Golden Sierra and visiting Highlands, […]

Lady Trojans three-hit

EL DORADO HILLS — Jacy Boles allowed just three hits and fanned 10 to pitch visiting Woodcreek past Oak Ridge 10-1. Tuesday’s matchup was for the early lead in the Sierra Foothill League as the Timberwolves came in 3-0. The setback saw the Lady Trojans fall to 2-1. Woodcreek stung the ball against Oak Ridge pitching, […]

Lady Diamondbacks slip past Galt’s Warriors

EL DORADO — Off to a winning start this season, the Union Mine High girls soccer team looked to keep the momentum going against Galt in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference opener. The Lady Diamondbacks did just that, posting a 2-1 win over the Warriors. Scoreless until the 19th minute, D’back striker Kinsey Del Rio received […]

Cougar squads remain undefeated

For a third consecutive Sierra Valley Conference meet, the El Dorado High boys and girls swim teams dominated their opponents. Hosting Liberty Ranch Wednesday, the Cougar boys grounded the Hawks 94-72 while the Lady Cougars posted a 127-43 victory over the Lady Hawks. Leading the way for the El Dorado boys was Dylan Thompson, who won a very […]

Today’s Cougar Relays draws big field

Today’s Cougar Coed Relays hosted by El Dorado will be its biggest and most talented field ever with 1,700 athletes, representing 18 schools, expected to attend. Along with the Division IV Cougars, other confirmed local teams are Oak Ridge (D-I), Ponderosa (D-II) and Golden Sierra (D-V). On the roster is another large school, Rocklin, and […]

Ponderosa girls fall to Tigers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A heavy heart and weary legs were two seasons preventing Ponderosa from mounting its best effort in Monday’s Capital Valley Conference matchup with visiting Roseville. The other — injuries — just added to the outcome in a Tigers’ 2-0 shutout of the Bruins. Roseville scored twice in the second half for the difference […]

Outside with Charlie: Spring’s here

Winter handed off the reins to spring on March 20th, bringing with it a small bit of snow overnight on the 22d. It was good to see it, and to have rain in the places where it doesn’t snow. If anyone has a direct line to the head of the Weather Gods Union, call them. […]

Roundup: Mar. 25, 2015

Baseball Ponderosa 8, El Camino 4 — The Bruins scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 4-3 deficit Monday. Oak Ridge 9, Rocklin 0 — Kyle Lucke pitched a one-hitter Monday and struck out seven as the Trojans moved to 4-0 in the Sierra Foothill League. Oak Ridge scored […]

Laut sets, Jetter resets records

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge High School track and field athletes turned in many outstanding performances in the running and field events at the Depth Charge meet at Folsom High last Saturday. Many Oak Ridge athletes obtained personal bests and medals at the meet under great conditions. Eight schools participated but team scores were available. The Trojans athletes competed […]

D’backs’ Hammer 3-hits Rosemont

EL DORADO — In Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference home contest, the Union Mine High softball team used the pitching of Beth Hammer and Laura Dager’s key two-run single for a 4-0 victory over Rosemont. Up 1-0 as they entered the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Diamondbacks (4-0 in the SVC, 7-4) used three hits, a walk […]

Roundup: Mar. 18, 2015

Baseball Golden Sierra 12, Foresthill 4 — The Grizzlies tallied seven runs in the sixth inning of Saturday’s win. El Dorado 1, Galt 10 — The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and four-hit the Cougars. Union Mine 5, Rosemont 6 — The host Wolverines rallied with five runs in the […]

Grizzlies blank Scots

GARDEN VALLEY — Breeze Baiz and Jenna Matyac scored second-half goals Friday and host Golden Sierra, behind air-tight defense, blanked Highlands 2-0 in Sierra Delta League girls action under the lights. “I was please with how we played — we moved the ball and we’re really starting to come together,” Grizzly coach Trenton Mol said. […]

Trojans denied state finals bid

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge High’s quest for its second state title — first with the new logo – will have to wait as the Lady Trojans suffered their second NorCal finals setback in three years with Saturday afternoon’s 58-49 loss to McClatchy at Sleep Train Arena. The Lions’ second postseason win over Oak Ridge advanced […]

Trojan rally falls short

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High girls lacrosse team fell to San Ramon Valley 12-10 in a nonleague home game Saturday evening. The Lady Trojans (2-3) and Lady Wolfpack were tied at 5-5 at halftime. The two teams tied again at 6s and 7s on goals from Cristina Drossos. The Trojans took an […]

Under the Scoreboard: Mar. 22, 2015

Former Oak Ridge basketball standout Bryce Scott started for the Lafayette Leopolds against Villanova last Thursday in the NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament, won by the Wildcats. *** Jeremiah Salmonson, brother of former Golden Sierra baseball player Joshua Salmonson (now playing for Folsom Lake College), hosts a weekly baseball show every Thursday at 7 […]

Ponderosa gets past D’backs

EL DORADO — Four hits was good enough for Ponderosa, which beat Union Mine 5-3 in a nonleague/intra-county baseball matchup Saturday. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning, Bruin leadoff hitter Scott Martin smacked his second double of the game to left field. Logan Ito walked to put Ponderosa runners at first and second […]

Oak Ridge takes Woodcreek 3-1

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first two Sierra Foothill League baseball games last week against Woodcreek, Oak Ridge scored a combined 23 runs. In last Friday’s third contest, the Trojans pulled out a 3-1 win over the visiting Timberwolves to remain perfect in league (3-0) and on the season (8-0). Oak Ridge broke a […]

Schedule: Mar. 23-28, 2015

Monday, Mar. 23 Baseball OR @ Rocklin, 4 p.m. PHS @ El Camino, 4 p.m. Golf GS @ SDL Tourney OR @ SFL Tourney, Lincoln Soccer Roseville @ PHS, 4 p.m. Softball Rosemont @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Galt @ ED, 4:15 p.m. GS @ Foresthill, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 24 Baseball Cordova @ UM, 4 […]

Volek honored by NFL chapter

El Dorado High A.D. and varsity football coach Joe Volek was honored by the National Football Foundation’s Sacramento Chapter at a Sunday banquet with the R.P. “Red” Smith Award for outstanding service as the chapter’s Coach of the Year.

Roundup: Mar. 18, 2015

Baseball Oak Ridge 10, Woodcreek 7 — The visiting Trojans put on their rally caps again in Wednesday’s league road game. Oak Ridge (2-0 in the SFL, 7-0) trailed 6-5 in the top of the fifth inning when it scored four runs for a 9-6 lead. The Trojans added their final run in the sixth. Jake Hathaway, plus Troy teammates […]