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 […]

Trojans, Grizzlies compete at Josh Ruff Memorial

FOLSOM — Saturday was a good day for the Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra High cross country programs at the annual Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus. Twenty-five schools competed in the memorial of Josh Ruff, a 2007 Oak Ridge alumnus who died two years ago. The Oak […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 21, 2014

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament today. All proceeds will be donated to the AFF, which offers assistance to active-duty military personnel, National Guard, reserve components and military families. Sponsorship hole opportunities are available for $250, $500 and $1,000. Registration is at 10 […]

Roundup: Sept. 20, 2014

Tennis Ponderosa 4, Del Campo 5 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. Bovdreau, 6-2, 6-2; Lexi Comstock def. by Yarmolyuk, 1-6, 0-6; Jaclyn Fields def. Kisel, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5; Laura Parkyn def. by Chrisco, 6-6, 0-6, 4-6; Natanya Ackerly def. Griffith, 6-3, 6-3; Grace Guimont def. Zaragoza, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Doubles (PHS first): Katie Johnson-Regan […]

Oak Ridge loses to Reed

EL DORADO HILLS — Offensively Friday, Oak Ridge was challenged to find any rhythm while on the defensive side of the ball it was faced with containing the punishing rushing attack of visiting Reed High from Sparks, Nev. “We went into this game knowing that Reed is a top Nevada team who looks to dominate at the […]

Ponderosa falls to Timberwolves

ROSEVILLE — Ponderosa High wrapped up preseason action Friday night at Woodcreek, falling 28-14 to an undefeated Timberwolves program in nonconference play. For the Bruins, it was a tale of missed opportunities in the red zone. Ponderosa fought its way inside the 20 four times but failed to find pay dirt against a stout Woodcreek […]

Golden Sierra suffers first loss

COLFAX — Behind a potent ground game and several back-breaking special team plays, host Colfax doubled up Golden Sierra 42-21 Friday evening — handing the Grizzlies their first loss of the season. The Falcons’ 84-yard game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown by Tim Rawlins (18 rushes, 141 yards, five touchdowns) set a negative tone although Golden Sierra […]

Union Mine gets victory in home opener

EL DORADO — To hear Austin Rigsby explain it, the injured elbow that forced him to miss a good chunk of his first varsity season wasn’t such a bad thing. “I sat out most of the season because of this,” said the Union Mine tailback, pointing to the bulky brace on his left elbow after […]

Lady Trojans tame Woodcreek netters

Bruins edged by Del Campo FOLSOM — In a Sierra Foothill League girls tennis match Thursday at Broadstone Racquet Club, Oak Ridge remained undefeated with an 8-1 win over Woodcreek. The Lady Trojans (4-0 in the SFL, 6-0) were led by the doubles squads which won all three matches. Two of the three were settled […]

Schedule: Sept. 22-27, 2014

Monday, Sept. 22 Golf OR @ SFL Meet, tbd Soccer Rio Vista @ GS, 4 p.m. PHS @ Del Campo, 7 p.m. Water polo ED @ Rio Linda, 4/5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 Golf OR @ Folsom, Empire Ranch GC, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Galt PHS @ Roseville, Sierra View CC, 3:15 p.m. UM vs […]

El Dorado stays perfect after 42-0 win

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Three El Dorado High football players helped set the tone in the first half of Friday’s nonconference game against Mesa Verde, a 42-0 win at San Juan High’s McArthur Field. On their second possession in the first quarter, the Cougars (4-0) scored their first touchdown when running back Tyler Clanin (11 carries for 106 […]

D’backs stumble against Bear River

EL DORADO — It wasn’t long after the start of Union Mine’s nonleague match with Bear River Thursday that for the Lady Diamondbacks to win they’d have to do so without their ‘A’ game. Not happening. Saddled with countless unforced errors and no one to blame but itself, Union Mine lost to the visiting Bruins […]

King Fire cancels Civil War

Due to the growth of the King Fire in El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds overtaken by additional fire crews for an unknown term, tomorrow’s Civil War Series race has been cancelled at Placerville Speedway with a make-up race to be announced soon at an alternative location.

Roundup: Sept 17, 2014

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Antelope 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 Oak Ridge def. Monterey Trail 25-13, 25-19, 25-8 El Dorado def. Del Campo 25-21, 25-10, 25-9 Union Mine def. by Folsom 22-25, 21-25, 20-25 Soccer Oak Ridge 5, Woodcreek 1 — OR goals: Hunter Tully; Nico Carpignano; Clayton Smith; Julian Garcia; Andrew Greer. Assists: Tully; Carpignano; Greer. Saves: […]

On tap

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe One of more than 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Lake Tahoe this Sunday leads athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run utilizing a variety of the city of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding areas. Athletes finish the 140.6-mile course with an energetic welcome at Squaw Valley. […]

Lady Trojan harriers edge new league foes

FOLSOM — Just one point separated the Oak Ridge girls cross country team from the Sierra Foothill League victory Wednesday at the first league meet at the Willow Hills course on the Folsom High campus. The Lady Trojans edged Woodcreek, by a score of 50 to 51. Leading the pack for Oak Ridge was Maddy […]

Ponderosa spikers prevail in 4

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Staving off Vista del Lago’s attempts to force a fifth and deciding game Wednesday, host Ponderosa put down the Eagles 26-28, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22 in nonleague action. After dropping the first set, the Lady Bruins came back to win three straight  — overcoming a late deficit in the fourth set to nail […]

Final nonleague games for some squads

All five El Dorado County high school football teams are back in action tonight with some playing their final nonconference games. Union Mine entertains Calaveras; Ponderosa plays at Woodcreek; Oak Ridge host Reed; El Dorado plays Mesa Verde at San Juan High; and Golden Sierra goes to Colfax. Calaveras (0-3) at Union Mine (1-1) Diamondbacks’ interim […]

Bruins get split

Boys win nailbiter EL DORADO — Two goals in the fourth quarter helped break a tie for the Ponderosa High boys water polo team, which posted a 7-6 win over Bella Vista Tuesday in a Capital Valley Conference match at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. With the game tied at 5-all entering the final seven minutes, Reilley Waterman […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 16, 2014

Wrestling signups The El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club is accepting membership applications for middle school ages 6-8 and elementary grades K-5th grades for the Fall and Winter Folkstyle season November-March. Three divisions based on experience: Novice (1st year), JV (2-3 years) and varsity (competition team). For information visit or email Golf fundraiser Serrano […]

Roundup: Sept. 16, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 1 Team standings 1. Sometimers 3-1 2. Hillbilliettes 3-1 3. Bowlin Baggs 3-1 4. Team Effort 2-2 5. Fun Gals 2-2 6. Pin Pals 1-3 7. Knotty Girls 1-3 8. Alley Oops! 1-3 High games: 213 — Jeanne Valentine; 188 — Pauline Ackerman; 185 […]

Fast starts catalyst for Cougar wins

EL DORADO — The El Dorado varsity girls and boys water polo teams each won their matchup with Laguna Creek Monday at the Aquatic Center on the campus of Union Mine High. The Lady Cougars opened play and overwhelmed the Lady Cardinals 15-2 while the boys followed with a 14-8 victory. Both were playing their […]

Old Greenwood a classic Jack Nicklaus design

TRUCKEE — The illustrious name alone – Jack Nicklaus – draws golfers to this scenic course in Lake Tahoe. And for most golfers, after they play a round at the Nicklaus-designed track, they vow a return trip to Old Greenwood. That was the case for Larry Ballew and his son Marcus, who played Old Greenwood for the first time […]

First and goal: Go-to guy

On his Twitter profile dated Aug. 17, Austin Collie wrote, “Just waiting for my number to be called.” The 2004 Oak Ridge High graduate who was a part of several Trojans football teams that won Sierra Valley Conference and Sac-Joaquin Section titles continues to play the waiting game with the NFL. Drafted by the Indianapolis […]

Ponderosa picks up first conference victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — After his Ponderosa High boys soccer team posted an 0-4 preseason record, head coach Greg Spangler felt strongly his team would turn its fortunes around when Capital Valley Conference action started toward the end of last week. On Monday, the Bruins, who tied Antelope, 2-2, in the conference opener Sept. 10, scored […]

Wall of Fame

NEW INDUCTEES INTO El Dorado High School’s athletic Wall of Fame, located on the home side of the Cougars’ football stadium, were honored Friday at halftime of the El Dorado-Rio Americano varsity football game. The former players and coaches are, left to right, Marv Bukema, representing Kelley Kalafatich, who played girls basketball; Kyle Kenworthy, football/skiing/swimming, […]

Roundup: Sept. 13, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Folsom 1 Single (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. Sherya B. 6-1, 7-5; Lily Wainright def. Jonne W. 6-1, 6-4; Hannah Crookhm def. Grace C. 6-0, 6-1; Kassidy Lyons def. by Dominiue M, -1, 4-6, 3-6; Kelly McMillen def. Brianna W, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Julia VanBoening def. Crystal N,7-5, 6-1. Doubles (OR […]

Schedule: Sept. 15-20, 2014

Monday, Sept. 15 Golf UM, OR @ Poppy Ridge Classic, 10 a.m. Soccer Bella Vista @ PHS, 3:15 p.m. Volleyball ED @ Davis, 6 p.m. Water polo Laguna Creek vs ED, UMHS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 16 Golf ED @ UM, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. PHS vs Del Campo, Mather GC, 3:15 p.m. OR […]

Offense lifts Oak Ridge to win

EL DORADO HILLS — Andrew Lacowski and Ryan Sullivan were some of offensive weapons that helped the Oak Ridge High football team to a 45-28 non-league win over Burbank on Friday. On the ground, Lacowski, one of the Trojans’ running backs, had 17 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns. In the air, Sullivan, a tight end, hauled […]

Union Mine beats Golden Sierra in five

GARDEN VALLEY — Sparked by the late-match heroics of Kara Campbell and Kylie Russell, Union Mine rallied for the five-set 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11 non-league volleyball victory at Golden Sierra Thursday night. The Diamondbacks trailed after three sets and were behind in the fourth at 14-17 when Kaitlin Lishman tapped down an errant Grizzly […]

11th annual Hinds Tribute crowns speedway champions

The regular championship point racing season came to a climactic conclusion Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, as three season champions were crowned in the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resorts Championship Series. This marked the first year that the annual race paid homage to late track promoter Al Hinds. The Sprint Car winner earned $2,000, the Limited […]

El Dorado uses multiple weapons for victory

El Dorado’s offensive supremacy was on full display Friday for its nonleague football game against Rio Americano. In scoring 10 touchdowns by six different players, the Cougars rolled over the Raiders 72-28 on El Dorado’s field to improve to 3-0 on the season. Tyler Clanin and Carter Meyers each scored three times as El Dorado found the […]

Grizzlies light up Blazers

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High football team improved its record to 3-0 by utilizing the same recipe for success as in the previous contests with a stout defense and unrelenting ground attack against Lindhust, with a 42-0 victory Friday. Before the Grizzlies stormed the gridiron, Golden Sierra head coach Jeremy Nordby remarked about the success […]

El Dorado drops five-setter to Folsom

Despite a lead after three sets and a match-long game effort, host El Dorado fell to Folsom in five Tuesday, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24, 16-25, 11-15. The Cougars fell back 3-0 to open the last set and never led. El Dorado led just once in the fourth set, 2-1, after Abby Bennett’s kill. Unforced errors hampered Cougar […]

Golden Sierra denies Eagles

GARDEN VALLEY — Behind the late play of Rylyn Campbell, Golden Sierra held off visiting El Dorado Adventist School 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 Wednesday in nonleague play. Campbell’s tap broke a 17-17 tie in the final set. Her other gave the Grizzlies a 21-20 advantage before she added a kill off Brittany LaShell’s set to make […]

Tribute to Al Hines also points racing finale

Race fans from El Dorado County and the surrounding communities are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open wheel racing in the sierra foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage tomorrow to a legacy in local racing with the 11th Annual Tribute to Al Hinds. For the first time in the history of this event, […]

Roundup: Sept. 11, 2014

Tennis Ponderosa 7, Antelope 2 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. Poroch, 7-5, 6-3; Lexi Comstock def. Tran, 7-6, 7-6; Jaclyn Fields def. Muntean, 6-4, 6-3; Laura Parkyn def. Adams, 6-4, 6-3; Natanya Akerly def. Lord, 6-0, 6-3; Grace Guimont def. by Grigoryan, 5-7, 5-7. Singles (PHS first): Katie Johnson-Regan Bloomquist def. Hongkham-Nguyen, 6-2, 6-2; […]

First for Babbage, Harris, El Dorado squads

HERALD — Union Mine’s Allison Babbage, El Dorado’s Jackson Harris, plus the Cougars’ boys and girls varsity teams all raced to top finishes Wednesday at the Sierra Valley Conference’s first cross country meet of the season at Rancho Seco Park. Babbage, a junior, finished the 3.1 miles course with a time of 21 minutes, 11 seconds […]

Cougar Wall of Fame events

The second annual Wall of Fame Celebration takes place at halftime of tonight’s game. Entering the class is: Christine Harms (volleyball/cross country/ track and field); Jordan Williams (football/wrestling); John Hanson (cross country/  track and field); Kyle Kenworthy (football/skiing/swimming); Marvin Penner (basketball); Rod Lung MacKenzie (football/wrestling/baseball/track); Kasey Garcia (soccer); Brenda Payton (cross country/track and field); Kelley […]

Lady Trojans sweep Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — In their first and only nonconference volleyball meeting Wednesday, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa provided excitement in front of their respective fans inside the Trojans’ gym. There were several long rallies in the contest, but Oak Ridge (9-0) posted a three-game sweep over Ponderosa (5-6) by the scores of 25-20, 25-17, 25-21. In […]