Manson earns USASA invite

CAMERON PARK — Michael Manson, a 13-year old Cameron Park resident, was invited to compete at the 2014 United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) Nationals in Slopestyle and Boarder Cross events that started April 1 in Copper Mountain, Co. To qualify for the USASA 2014 National Championships, Manson earned multiple first and second place awards […]

Tennis: D’backs, Trojans duplicate wins

Both Union Mine and Oak Ridge swept its respective local counterparts last week as the rain abated to allow tennis to resume. The D’backs doubled up El Dorado 6-3, splitting singles but taking four of five doubles matches. El Dorado won No. 1 girls singles, No. 2 boys and No. 1 girls doubles. Sitting at […]

Good start leads to Oak Ridge victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Kyle Stephens made his first start on the mound for Oak Ridge Monday in the Trojans 11-1 Delta River League baseball win over Sheldon. The senior, who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, shut out the Huskies for four innings, giving up three hits, and struck out three Husky batters. […]

Ponderosa’s Wright has the right stuff

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s Parker Wright won his pitching duel with Jesuit lefty Chris Loeb Monday afternoon as the host Bruins edged the Marauders 2-1. The victory was Ponderosa’s first Delta River League win after its tough series last week against Sheldon. The loss dropped Jesuit to 1-3 in league. Parker allowed just two […]

Frosh Info Night at Union Mine

Union Mine High School will host the Athletic Information Night for all incoming freshmen who will be attending Union Mine for the school year 2014-15 Wednesday night, April 30, 6-7  p.m. in the East Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek, and/or Pleasant Valley Middle Schools are encouraged to attend the night along with their […]

Cougar Relays a big success

Track and field competitors endured Friday’s chilly Cougar Twilight Invitational at El Dorado High where several personal bests were set. The Cougars hosted teams from Ponderosa, Union Mine, Oak Ridge, 12 other schools from the Sacramento region and one from Reno, Nevada. El Dorado established itself as the team to beat and took the varsity […]

Roundup: April 4, 2014

Baseball  Oak Ridge 4, Pleasant Grove 1 — The Trojans broke a 1-all tie in the top of the 10th inning  Thursday. Tyson Solis (2-for-5, double) joined Erik McNeill (double) and Brogan Cooper (2-for-4) in the Trojans’ nine-hit attack. Austin Root went 7 innings and Cooper the last 3. Oak Ridge 0, Pleasant Grove 10 […]

Race opener draws capacity crowd

The new racing season opened in big way Saturday night at Placerville Speedway located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. A standing room only crowd packed the grandstands and one of the largest car counts for a weekly point race in recent history filled every available space in the pit area to build a spectacular […]

Under the Scoreboard

Oak Ridge senior Jenn Hoffman was a first team selection to the All Metro basketball team. Teammate Ali Bettencourt was named to the second team. Honorable Mention went to Ponderosa’s Danielle Craft. For the boys, Trojan Connor Sende and Bruin Chris Snyder were Honorable Mention All Metro picks. Saturday, Hoffman and Bettencourt combined for 12 […]

Bruins sweep

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Six Delta River League sets equals two wins for Ponderosa which followed up its victory at Jesuit with Friday’s 26-24, 25-21, 25-14 victory over visiting Oak Ridge. After the first set went overtime, the Bruins led the second after breaking a 13-13 tie before storming back from an early deficit in the […]

D’backs fall in extras

EL DORADO — River City pushed across two eighth-inning runs Friday and rode the complete game pitching of Austin Miller to upend host Union Mine 4-2 in Sierra Valley Conference action. The Raiders tied the score in the sixth and won it two innings later. The two teams resumed the series Saturday with a doubleheader […]

Schedule: April 7-12, 2014

Monday, April 7 Baseball Sheldon @ OR, 4 p.m. Jesuit @ PHS, 4 p.m. Vista @ UM, 4:15 p.m. Softball Sheldon @ OR, 4 p.m. Volleyball GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Baseball GS @ Encina, 4 p.m. Golf Liberty Ranch vs UM, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. GS vs Vacaville Christian, […]

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 […]