Tennis: Lady Trojans defeat Rams

FOLSOM — Before playing for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls tennis team title Wednesday, Oak Ridge posted a 6-3 win over St. Mary’s in the semifinals Tuesday at the Broadstone Racquet Club. The Lady Trojans swept the Lady Rams in the doubles matches, 3-0, that proved to be the difference. Doubles winners were Jessica […]

Water polo: Bruin boys fall in quarterfinals

ROCKLIN — Dixon broke from a halftime tie with five, third-period goals to oust Ponderosa from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys water polo playoffs Tuesday at Whitney High. The Bruins (21-10), the Capital Valley Conference’s No. 2 seed, tied the game at 5-5 with 6:15 left in the third period when Cameron Mosbacher fired a […]

Volleyball: Golden Sierra survives 1st round

Scoreboard El Dorado def. by Vanden 3-0 Union Mine def. by Bear River 3-0 GARDEN VALLEY — The volleyball gods weren’t exactly smiling at Golden Sierra during its 25-17, 26-24, 20-25, 16-25, 15-7 first-round Division V playoff victory over visiting Capital Christian Tuesday — it was more of a wink, nod and shove to the […]

Outside with Charlie: Gear tune-up

Just enough snow fell a little over a week ago to fire up the race for bragging rights for first ski resort opening. The snow wasn’t nearly enough but freezing temperatures in the higher reaches of the Sierra triggered another race as the snow guns began laying down man-made snow. Mt. Rose and Boreal hit the winners […]

Tennis: Oak Ridge girls halfway there

FOLSOM — Because the NFL’s Oakland Raiders are currently 0-9, was Oak Ridge senior Teja Chalamcherla’s Raider cap subliminal messaging in that 0-9 translated in team tennis terms is the worst possible outcome? Maybe. Were the rearranged court-assignments by Trojan coach Ralph Clark — you now need a map to figure it out — meant to throw Franklin off […]

Anika Lehr makes most of contest win

When Anika Lehr discusses her recent trip to pleasant hunt in South Dakota, there’s much more to it than just the four-night, three-day stay at the R & R Pleasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, a Cabela’s certified hunting destination. That’s because she just didn’t zip there and back and cram it into the time frame […]

Cross country: Section race next for area runners

ANGELS CAMP — Six county varsity teams competing at last Saturday’s varsity CIF Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet at Frogtown qualified for this weekend’s section race at Willow Hills in Folsom. To make the cut, teams had to finish in the top 10. The other avenue, individually, was also a top-10 finish. There was one champion as […]

Golf: Trojans fall short; Perry advances

SALINAS — The Oak Ridge girls team took seventh place at Monday’s NorCal Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch — 24 strokes shy of a state finals berth — to end a strong postseason run. Despite the disappointment, Trojan sophomore Lexi Perry played her best round of the season in carding a 78 […]

Re-branding Launch Event

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High Athletics Department is hosting a Re-Branding Launch Event Wednesday in the Trojan Arena (gymnasium). The ‘Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself Launch Event’ features the unveiling of the new athletics logo. Other happenings Wednesday is the Larger than Life Oak Ridge Athlete Banners Showcase, the video premier of […]

Next stop: Playoffs

Two El Dorado County high school football teams will extend their seasons via the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that begin this Friday. El Dorado, the outright Sierra Valley Conference champions after their perfect 10-0 regular season record, grabbed the No. 8 seed in Division III and will host Benicia. Golden Sierra grabbed the No. 4 spot […]

Roundup: Nov. 9, 2014

Tennis Individual Section Tournament Division I Johnson Ranch Singles Championship: Madeline Almeida, OR def. by Jacquie Tan, F, 3-6, 2-6 Semifinals: Almeida, OR def. Jacques, B, 6-1, 6-1. Quarterfinals: Almeida, OR, def. Barajas, L, 6-0, 6-2 First round: Almeida, OR, def. Hill, N, 6-0, 6-2 OR-Oak Ridge, F-Franklin, B-Beyer, L-Lodi, N-Napa   Water polo Section […]

Water polo: Bruins shut out Cougars

ROSEVILLE — For the last four months, the Ponderosa and El Dorado boys water polo squads have greeted each other between practices at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Last Thursday at Woodcreek High, the teams battled in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff opener, won by Ponderosa 14-0. The Bruins, seeded 2nd, face Dixon tomorrow at Whitney […]

Schedule: Nov. 10-15, 2014

Monday, Nov. 10 Golf NorCal Tournament OR @ Crazy Horse Ranch, Salinas Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Franklin-EG vs OR, Broadstone RC, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 Tennis Section playoffs D-I Semifinals, 2 p.m. Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: Kennedy @ OR, 7 p.m. D-III: ED @ Vanden, 7 p.m. D-IV: UM @ Bear River, 7 p.m. […]

El Dorado rally caps 10-0 season

An outright Sierra Valley Conference title, first-ever 10-0 record in school history and hosting a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff opener were the rewards for the El Dorado High football team after last Friday’s 31-9 Gold Nugget victory over intra-county rival Union Mine before a standing room-only crowd at Harvey E. West Stadium. The Cougars, who trailed the Diamondbacks 7-3 […]

Ponderosa falls 45-21

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Despite coming up short of the postseason, Ponderosa held its head high into the offseason Friday night, earning a sense of accomplishment from its 2014 finale against Cosumnes Oaks, the Capital Valley Conference champions. But the decisive final score against the Wolfpack put a damper on the host Bruins. Tears flowed, hugs […]

Soccer: Oak Ridge blanks Pitman

EL DORADO HILLS — Striking twice minutes into the second half Thursday, host Oak Ridge went on to a 3-0 second-round CIF Division I Section playoff victory over Pitman. The win sent the Trojans to tomorrow’s semifinal matchup with Jesuit and atoned for last year’s playoff loss at Pitman by a 2-nil score. “As seniors, we remember […]

Turnaround has El Dorado riding high

Nick Bonniksen describes the vivid memories from his first varsity football season at El Dorado High in unpleasant, but hardly uncertain, terms. “If we fell behind in a game, we’d crumble,” the Cougars’ senior quarterback remembered. “And in practice, you’d see fights literally breaking out. You’d look up and see guys getting mean and nasty […]

Outside with Charlie: Light precautions

Daylight savings time has faded out. A cold storm blew in, ushering it out, and dropped a nice dusting of snow in the high country. Autumn is in full residency now but there’s still plenty of hikes, treks and excursions to be had. What’s changed is how to approach any trip into the forest. The […]

Trojans corral Mustangs

EL DORADO HILLS — A free kick was huge for Oak Ridge in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I home boys soccer playoff game against Monterey Trail Tuesday. In the 62nd minute of the tied contest, Trojan forward Clayton Smith earned the chance to boot the free kick that was the go-ahead goal in a 2-1 victory. “We knew they were going […]

Bruin boys edge Grant

DEL PASO HEIGHTS — If the Ponderosa High boys soccer team was going to win its Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff opener against Grant Tuesday, it needed its players to make big plays. Enter Bruin goalie Patrick Hickey. The junior, the back-up to Max Hall, recorded four saves in the second half, two of which came after […]

Gold Nugget game tonight

Three El Dorado County high school football teams close out the regular season tonight — two that play one another. In Week 10 showdowns, Union Mine is at El Dorado for the annual Gold Nugget game while Ponderosa hosts Cosumnes Oaks. Oak Ridge has a bye and Golden Sierra won its league finale against Encina by […]

Lady Trojans capture 9-0 postseason victory

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge breezed past Napa 9-0 to open the CIF Section Division I playoffs Tuesday at the Broadstone Racquet Club. The Bulldogs, the Monticello Empire League’s second seed, edged Atwater 5-4 in Monday’s first round. Against the Lady Trojans, Napa was held set-less and managed just 12 points — five coming from its […]

Roundup: Nov. 4, 2014


Oak Ridge tri-champs

GRANITE BAY — On the heels of last week’s high-energy Senior Night win over Rocklin, Oak Ridge defeated host Granite Bay 25-18, 25-10, 25-19 Monday to close the Sierra Foothill League season. The win over last year’s Division I state champions gave the Lady Trojans a share of the league title with the Grizzlies and […]

Analysis: Russell takes page from Tucker’s playbook

No one rejoiced more after Union Mine’s title-clinching win than Kylie Russell whose handprints were all over Monday’s huge victory. In the aftermath, Russell’s emotions were mixed — elated, speechless, numb, overcome with joy — as she came to grips with what just happened. Going in, she and the D’backs had faced a tall order. […]

Oak Ridge girls take Masters

STOCKTON — The Oak Ridge girls golfers stayed on their roll with the low team score at Monday’s Masters Tournament at The Reserve. The Trojans’ six golfers shot a 420 to best Davis by seven strokes and Granite Bay by 24. All three advance to next week’s NorCal Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse […]

Three area teams all tri-champions

Oak Ridge wins piece of SFL title GRANITE BAY — On the heels of last week’s high-energy Senior Night win over Rocklin, Oak Ridge defeated host Granite Bay 25-18, 25-10, 25-19 Monday to close the Sierra Foothill League season. The win over last year’s Division I state champions gave the Lady Trojans a share of […]

First and goal: Dynasty

In 1979, the rock ‘n’ roll band Kiss came out with its 14th record, “Dynasty,” which included disco and pop songs instead of the hard rock that the make-up wearing quartet recorded on previous records. On Jan. 12, 1981, eight days before Ronald Reagan was officially sworn into the first of two terms as President of the United States, a […]

Lady Grizzlies zip past ‘Dogs

GARDEN VALLEY — In a Sierra Delta League volleyball finale that took all of 35 minutes, Golden Sierra dispatched Encina in straight sets, 25-8, 25-7, 25-11, Monday on Senior Night. The Lady Grizzlies (8-4 in the SDL, 15-10) used their passing and outside hitting for a 13-1 lead in the first game as Jazmin Lutey-Willard serving […]

Cross Country: Lady Trojans win league title

ROCKLIN — The Oak Ridge varsity girls’ cross-country team put in a stellar performance Friday to win the Sierra Foothill League finals and earn the league banner. The Lady Trojans scored 45 points to beat Woodcreek by eight points, and the majority set significant personal bests for the 3.1-miles race on a rainy evening at Johnson-Springview Park. Freshmen Elena and […]

SFL All League Tennis

Sierra Foothill League All League Tennis Most Valuable Player Madeline Almeida, Oak Ridge First Team Teja Chalamcherla, Oak Ridge Lilly Wainwright, Oak Ridge Hannah Crookham, Oak Ridge Navenna Atotta, Rocklin Anna Bothe, Rocklin Talia Panadero, Rocklin Ratheya Rajukumar, Granite Bay Kristen Hilburn, Granite Bay Kristina Calistro, Woodcreek Dani Arendain, Woodcreek Ashley Isaac, Del Oro Shreya […]

Oak Ridge bitten by Folsom Bulldogs

FOLSOM — If the Oak Ridge High football team was going to secure an at-large Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth Friday, it had to find a way to slow down or stop Folsom in Friday’s Sierra Foothill League contest. But the host Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions en route to a 42-7 victory over […]

Sports scene: Oct. 31, 2014

Coach needed Oak Ridge High is looking for a softball head coach. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Oak Ridge High School – Athletic Office, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, 95762 by Monday, Nov. 17.

Roundup: Oct. 31, 2014

Tennis Sierra Foothill League Singles/Doubles Tournament Super Singles: Madeline Almeida, OR, def. Mehta, GB, 6-0 6-0; def. Panadero, R, 6-2, 6-4; def. Isaac, DO, 3-6, -6, 6-0. Teja Chalamcherla, OR, def. Yates, R, 6-2, 6-0; def. Arendain, WC, 7-5, 6-1; def. by Isaac, DO, 2-6, 2-6. Champion: Almeida, OR. Singles: Kassidy Lyons, OR, def. Hopping, […]

Treats turn into nightmare for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A treat for the Ponderosa High football team in Halloween’s Capital Valley Conference home game against Roseville came at the start of the second half. But the Tigers pulled out a 39-7 win. Trailing 19-0 at halftime, the Bruins’ kickoff return team received the treat when defensive back Zack Steiner recovered a fumble […]

Cougars grab share of conference crown

Four touchdowns in the first quarter set the tone for El Dorado High football team, which clinched at least a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title with a 63-13 win over Galt at Harvey West Stadium on Thursday. The first touchdown for the Cougars (4-0 in the SVC, 9-0) came within two minutes of […]

Union Mine shuts down Lancers

EL DORADO — With a driving cold rain pounding the gridiron Halloween night, Union Mine treated itself to a 35-0 victory over visiting Cordova in Sierra Valley Conference action. On the opening kickoff, Austin Rigsby raced 90 yards for the first of his three touchdowns to give the Diamondbacks (3-1 in the SVC, 5-4) a quick 7-0 lead […]

Oak Ridge gets back at Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — Revenge is a dish best served cold and Rocklin tasted just that during Thursday’s Halloween-eve Sierra Football League volleyball match, as Oak Ridge upended the Thunder 26-24, 25-14, 27-25. The victory pulled fourth-ranked Oak Ridge even with No. 2 Rocklin for second place in the SFL, and atoned for an earlier setback on […]

Grizzlies hold off Rams

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s 27 unanswered points spanning the second and third quarters held up Friday, as the host Grizzlies turned back Rio Vista 27-22 to cement second place in the Sierra Delta League. The last 12 minutes of the rainy Holloween-night affair was fitting — Golden Sierra received a scare as the visitors scored two touchdowns […]

Schedule: Nov. 3-8, 2014

Monday, Nov. 3 Golf OR @ Masters, Spanos Park, Stockton Volleyball *UM @ ED, Pink VolleyFest, 7 p.m. *Encina @ GS, 5:30 p.m. OR @ Granite Bay, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 Soccer Section playoffs D-I: Monterey Trail @ OR, 3 p.m. D-II: Grant @ PHS, 6:30 p.m. Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Atwater/Napa winner vs OR, Broadstone, […]

Outside with Charlie: Fall tune-up

Autumn shows up with beautiful changes each year and we have a front row seat for all of it. The tree’s steady and stupendous leaps into color show us a rolling canvas of beauty. The days get just a little shorter every day. The wind blows and the leaves fall, and a little rain on […]

Roundup: Oct. 29, 2014

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Woodcreek 25-16, 25-21, 25-16 El Dorado def. Cordova 25-8, 25-14, 25-12 El Dorado JV def. Cordova 25-8, 25-8 El Dorado Frosh def. Cordova 25-21, 25-18 Ponderosa def. by Roseville 16-25, 22-25, 19-25 Golden Sierra def. by Vacaville Christian 17-25, 11-25, 18-25 — Kills: Paige Murchison, 8. Blocks: Rylyn Campbell, 2; Lindsay […]

Cougars crush Florin, await playoffs

EL DORADO — Closing out the regular season Metro Conference schedule with Senior Day at the Aquatic Center Wednesday, El Dorado destroyed visiting Florin —the boys winning 22-3 and the girls shutting out the Panthers 23-0. Afterwards, the team held an emotional potluck get-together at the pool and honored seniors Maddy Salerno, Emily Oliver, Kylie Hammond, […]

Football: Grizzlies ready for big game

Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams continue their quest toward league championships and/or playoff berths tonight in Week 8. Golden Sierra welcomes Rio Vista; Oak Ridge makes the short trek to Folsom; Ponderosa entertains Roseville; and Union Mine plays its last home game of the season by taking on Cordova. […]

Union Mine girls sweep Wolverines

EL DORADO — Union Mine took another step forward toward next week’s league-ending match with El Dorado by defeating visiting Rosemont 25-16, 25-9, 25-12 on Senior Night at the Snake Pit Wednesday. On an evening honoring seniors Kara Campbell, Jordyn Trulli, Gabrielle Fredericks and Savannah Scott, the win puts the D’backs a game behind the […]