El Dorado sets up Sr. Night showdown

Mounting an invincible lead before its first challenging match, host El Dorado rolled over Galt 56-16 in Sierra Valley Conference mat action. The Cougars, behind five pins, sit at 3-1 heading into next week’s Senior Night match with Union Mine (4-0). Against the Warriors Wednesday, just one match went the distance. “Tonight went well, we were […]

Bruins pin down Roseville

SHINGLE SPRINGS — One goal the Ponderosa High wrestling team set this season was to win the Capital Valley Conference crown. Now the Bruins are a step away after Wednesday’s home conference finale/Senior Night 60-10 victory over Roseville. Ponderosa jumped out to a 24-0 lead thanks to the middleweights who won the first five matches. […]

Cougars edge Union Mine

Ian Spencer and Matt Smith each scored a game-high 23 points Tuesday as host El Dorado held off Union Mine 72-68 in a Sierra Valley Conference intra-county battle. The Cougars’ win, before a big crowd, spoiled the return of Diamondback head coach Brad Visman who prepped at El Dorado and then coached five years there. […]

El Dorado races past D’backs

EL DORADO — A four-point halftime lead expanded to double digits in the third quarter of Tuesday’s El Dorado-Union Mine girls basketball game at the Snake Pit. The visiting Lady Cougars (15-7, 5-0) led 20-16 at halftime but finished with a 48-34 win over the Lady Diamondbacks (12-10, 2-3) to conclude the first round of SVC […]

Alpine Race results

South 1 Division Race No. 1 & 2 Alpine Meadows Skiing Girls Giant Slalom   1-Fiona Zeier, PO, 1:08.21; 2-Allena Thompson, OR, 1:09.15; 3-Amanda Pinski, PO, 1:13.47; 4-Ally Roemer, ED, 1:17.25; 5-Danica Stevenson, OR, 1:17.92; 6-Emily O’Donnell, ED, 1:21.00; 7-Marina Neill, PO, 1:21.12; 8-Kat Porter, PO, 1:25.44; 9-Jordan Hardt, PO, 1:25.64; 10-Gillian Davidson, OR, 1:26.64. […]

Roundup: Jan. 28, 2015

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 65, Folsom 56 — Behind season-highs from Isamar Conde and Hailey McCoy, the host Trojans improved to 7-0 in the Sierra Foothill League after Tuesday’s overtime win. Conde scored 21 points while McCoy pumped in 19. Oak Ridge outscored the Bulldogs 9-0 in the extra session. Troy, which trailed 21-13 after […]

Fine-tuning for max glide

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a behind the scenes look at those who make the ski and snowboard experience at Sierra-at-Tahoe much more enjoyable. Paul Sokolov has been working as a tech at the ski tuning shop at Sierra-at-Tahoe for the last 15 years. He is one of many people working behind […]

Ryan was willing, just not able

PORTLAND, Ore. — Buried in archives within the University of Portland women’s basketball Website are news releases of Ali Ryan’s pending arrival as a freshman recruit. Not too much later the trail stops. Ryan’s college highlights should blanket the site but they don’t and never will. Beset by the same injury since her junior year […]

Outside with Charlie: The condition of conditions

Spring skiing conditions generally happen in late March after the winter storms taper off. Classic spring conditions can be challenging as skiers and riders have to adapt to the icy stuff because there isn’t any soft snow. Around noon, there’s generally a couple of hours of really sweet skiing and riding on perfect conditions. After lunch, things can […]

Local club has top finishers

EL DORADO HILLS — Over the weekend, members of the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club competed at three tournaments. On Saturday in Rocklin at the Hardwood Palace was the middle school Natomas Tournament of Champions qualifier. First-place trophies went to Jose Sanchez, Kai Schaefer and Kaden West. At the Elementary Championships at Kerr Middle School in Elk Grove, Gavin Luna brought home […]

Roundup: Jan. 23, 2015

Boys basketball El Dorado 61, Galt 47 — The Cougars returned home and returned to the win column with Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference victory. Matt Smith scored 25 points and blocked three shots to lead El Dorado; Isaac Bugbee had 10 points; Brian Lane scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds; Cam Battersby scored six; […]

Golden Sierra in 1st place tie

GARDEN VALLEY — Without breaking much of a sweat, host Golden Sierra remained undefeated in the Sierra Delta League after its quick 30-18 win over Rio Vista Thursday. There was just one bout, won by the Rams. All Grizzly points came from forfeits as Matt Wallis (160 pounds), James Azbill (170), Jordan Miyara (180), John […]

Under the Scoreboard: Jan. 25, 2015

Former Golden Sierra High ace right-handed pitcher Tyler Waldron, a former All Metro Player of the Year as a senior for the Grizzlies, was selected in the minor league Rule 5 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Waldron played collegiate ball for Pacific and Oregon State. Until he was picked up by St. Louis, Waldron […]

Bist leads Bruins over Tigers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — As the last five seconds of the second quarter ticked off the clock in Friday’s Capital Valley Conference boys basketball game against Roseville, Ponderosa’s Josh Bist looked for a teammate inside the paint. But with all his teammates manned up, Bist drove toward the basket for a quick shot. As the buzzer […]

Union Mine accelerates to win

EL DORADO — Three Union Mine High boys basketball players scored in double digits in Thursday’s 81-46 Sierra Valley Conference win over Rosemont. The Diamondbacks (2-2 in the SVC, 11-9) led from tip-off to the final buzzer. Union Mine was led by Andrew Vaughn’s game-high 25 points that included 12 points in the first quarter for […]

Dirty Five-Thirty Duals a grinder

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four of Northern California’s toughest high school wrestling programs gathered at Ponderosa High to compete in the first-ever, round-robin Dirty Five-Thirty Duals Saturday afternoon. The Bruins hosted Elk Grove, Oakdale and De La Salle, all of whom are ranked in the top 20 among California high school wrestling teams. Ponderosa defeated Oakdale, 42-19, […]

Oak Ridge crashes its way to victory

EL DORADO HILLS — On a night shots were there but weren’t consistently falling, the Oak Ridge girls more than overcompensated with a strong rebounding effort to power past visiting Granite Bay 53-29 in Sierra Foothill League action Friday evening. The Trojans’ rebounding success, especially offensive, made for more opportunities to score after initial shot attempts rimmed […]

Trojans hold off Granite Bay

EL DORADO HILLS  — Tyus Millhollin’s game-high 22 points, including 11 in a key third-quarter push, lifted host Oak Ridge past Granite Bay 56-49 to close the first round of Sierra Foothill League play Friday night. Millhollin scored all but six of his points in the second half. The Trojans (3-3) held off the Grizzlies (2-4) […]

South 1 sets up opener

To get their season under way after a two-week delay, South 1 Division skiers and snowboarders will compete in a Giant Slalom/Slalom doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Alpine Meadows. The races will be held on the ‘Kangaroo’ course and can be walked to from the base lodge. Live-Timing.com and race.skialpine.com are available to […]

Schedule: Jan. 26-31, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 27 Alpine Racing ED, PHS, UM, OR, GS @ Alpine Meadows, 9 a.m. Boys basketball UM @ ED, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball ED @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Folsom @ OR, 7 p.m. Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 7 p.m. Wrestling GS @ Bradshaw Christian, 6 p.m. OR @ Nevada Union, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. […]

Turgeon signs with Wingate

Former El Dorado County resident, Austin Turgeon signed late last year with Wingate University (in southwest North Carolina) to play baseball. Born in Placerville, Turgeon attended California Montessori Project Shingle Springs through the 8th grade and Ponderosa his freshman year. Turgeon is now a senior at Athens Christian School in Athens Georgia. Last season he […]

Union Mine scores Senior Night win

EL DORADO — Wednesday night was a big night for Sierra Valley Conference wrestling, as the last two undefeated teams squared off for undisputed rights to the top of the standings as host Union Mine faced off against a formidable Cordova lineup. When the mats were rolled up it was the Diamondbacks who seized the […]

Roundup: Jan. 22, 2015

Girls basketball El Dorado 62, Cordova 51 — In Tuesday’s matchup for first place in the Sierra Valley Conference, the Lady Cougars got up 33-15 at halftime and coasted to the win. Kayla Cotten poured in a season-high 16 points to lead El Dorado; Samantha Klinkenborg scored 11 points, pulled in 18 rebounds and blocked […]

First and goal: Seasons change?

Are El Dorado County high school boys and girls soccer teams going to be play their games during the winter? Wednesday, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Board of Managers held one of its three yearly meetings in Stockton — the board meets every October, January and April of each school year — in which it discussed moving boys […]

Grizzly boys come so close

GARDEN VALLEY — Three-pointers helped the Golden Sierra boys basketball team in the end but not free throws, as the Grizzlies fell to visiting Rio Vista 46-42 in the last game of a Sierra Delta League varsity doubleheader Wednesday. The Grizzlies (0-4 in the SDL, 4-11) canned two treys in the final eight minutes, all coming […]

Lady Bruins too much for Vikings

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Defense ignited the Ponderosa High girls basketball team to a 71-39 Capital Valley Conference win over Oakmont Tuesday. In the first two minutes of the game, the Lady Bruins (3-2 in the CVC, 12-6) forced the Vikings into four turnovers — 11 by the end of the  quarter — thanks to Ponderosa’s […]

Del Rio’s shooting touch derails Galt

EL DORADO — Kinsey Del Rio scored a game-high 15 points Wednesday, including 11 in the first quarter, as host Union Mine downed Galt 56-34 in girls Sierra Valley Conference action at the Snake Pit. Del Rio’s flurry of three-pointers to open the game was a departure from the point guard’s normal pass first/shoot later […]

El Dorado girls take to the mat

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the El Dorado High girls wrestling team. But five Lady Cougars — six counting another who’s out for the season — is an excellent start. Typically, wrestling programs have very few girls willing to endure the physicality, time committment and technical aspects of the sport. Not […]

Roundup: Jan. 20, 2015

Bowling Knotty Lanes, Pollock Pines Brunch Bunch Bowling League Team Standings 1. Way Knotty 43-25 2. Team 1 42-26 3. Assorted Nuts 37.5-30.5 4. Pine Nuts 35-33 5. Who Cares 35-33 6. It’s About Time 28-40 7. The Sliders 26.5-41.5 8. Time To Spare 25-43 High games: 199 — Leslie Fouche-Munoz; 181 — Phyl Warrick; […]

Outside with Charlie: Avalanche beware

Those heading to the back country during winter on skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles or any other type of gear should first check with the Sierra Avalanche Center Website at sierraavalanchecenter.org. When there’s snow on the ground in the high country, avalanches are always lurking around the edges. Experienced back country travelers know that conditions may look […]

Behind the scenes at Sierra

Next time you hit the slopes, carve turns and have an uber wonderful day, keep in mind there’s an entire team of people at the resort, most of whom you might never see, dedicated to making that happen. Ski resorts are multi-faceted, complicated places to operate. There’s somewhat of a moving maze of parts that […]

Rattlers Association Cup state champs

The Cameron Park-based Prospector Rattlers U-12 team, behind four shutout wins and one loss, captured the Cal North Association State Championship after its recent victory over the Visalia Galaxy Strikers. Avenging a preliminary round loss to the defending champion Strikers, the Rattlers rebounded with a 2-0 win behind stellar defense. The Rattlers scored both goals […]

Sports scene: Jan. 18, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Youth Dodgeball (ages 7-12) Catch Dodgeball fever by playing this fast-paced and fun indoor game. Participants have fun while working on their hand-eye coordination, agility and learning the value of teamwork. Teams are formed each night for this 4 week session from March 6-27. Camp runs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. for […]

Roundup: Jan. 18. 2015

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 50, Del Oro 45 — The Lady Trojans rallied to Friday’s Sierra Foothill League victory with a 20-10 fourth quarter. Isamar Conde led the Trojans with 17 points; Grace Derksen scored 11; Kassidy De Lapp added seven; and Briana Dulgar and Yumi Drossos had six points each. Golden Sierra 30, Vacaville […]

Oak Ridge captures War Challenge

Three Cougars place in top five EL DORADO HILLS — For a third time this season, the Oak Ridge High wrestling team won a tournament championship — and right inside its own gym. Saturday, with 166.5 points, the Trojans captured their annual Trojan War Challenge team crown, first from a field of 23 schools. Four Oak […]

Cougars ground Hawks

Haverson records double-double A furry of rebounds in the first quarter set the tone early for the El Dorado High girls basketball team, which posted a 54-35 Sierra Valley Conference win over Liberty Ranch inside L.A. Brown Gym Friday. The Lady Cougars (2-0 in the SVC, 12-7) grabbed 19 boards in the first quarter. El […]

Second quarter does in D’backs

EL DORADO — In its first Sierra Valley Conference home game of the season Thursday, Union Mine looked to have a strong showing but visiting Cordova came away with an 87-55 win. The Diamondbacks (0-2 in the SVC, 9-9) had seven rebounds, compared to the Lancers’ four, in the first quarter, as Union Mine held an […]

Schedule: Jan. 19-25, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 20 Boys basketball ED @ Cordova, 7:30 p.m. UM @ Galt, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball Cordova @ ED, 7:30 p.m. Oakmont @ PHS, 7 p.m. Galt @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 Boys basketball Rio Vista @ GS, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Rio Vista @ GS, 6 […]

Ponderosa gets going

Ponderosa sophomore Kendyl Maher banked in a three-pointer from the wing with no time left Friday to lift the JV squad to a dramatic 24-23 victory. Maher’s game-winner left her fingertips as the buzzer sounded.   Bruins’ tale of two halves SHINGLE SPRINGS — Sometimes an earful goes a long way. It did for the […]

Roundup: Jan. 14, 2015

Girls basketball El Dorado 42, Rosemont 31 — The Lady Cougars jumped out to a 26-8 halftime lead to cruise past the host Wolverines to open Sierra Valley Conference action Monday night. Faith Wilson led El Dorado with 13 points; Kylie Haverson bucketed seven; Kayla Cotten added six points; and Sabrina Tate scored five. Ponderosa […]

Speedway announces 2015 sponsors

As Placerville Speedway embarks on a landmark 50th aniversary season, it is proud to welcome Red Hawk Casino and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians as the official title sponsor of the quarter-mile clay oval that has been home to auto racing at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville since 1965. The upcoming season […]

Cougar boys take down Rosemont

With wins up and down the lineup covering light, middle and upper weights, El Dorado pinned a 45-27 defeat on visiting Rosemont in Sierra Valley Conference mat action Wednesday night. Both teams forfeited two weight divisions. For the Cougars, Joe Carlisle (132 pounds) and Ben Grigsby (138) went unopposed for 12 mid-match points that boosted El […]

Outside with Charlie: Weathernomics

A decent set of storms dropped enough snow in the high country last month to allow the ski resorts, big and small, to open. The holidays were great for skiers and snowboarders, cross country skiers, and snowshoe enthusiasts. Recent storms have mostly headed elsewhere. While there have been a few days of very light snow, […]

Oak Ridge upends T’wolves 49-22

EL DORADO HILLS — Kassidy De Lapp had a double-double for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team Wednesday, which posted a 49-22 Sierra Foothill League win over Woodcreek. The Lady Trojan freshman center registered a game-high 12 points and 11 rebounds — scoring half of her points in the third quarter that helped Oak Ridge (4-0 […]

D’backs rally for victory

EL DORADO — Two Union Mine girls basketball players scored in double figures — one aided by key fourth-quarter free throws — leading to a 53-48 Sierra Valley Conference win over Liberty Ranch in the opener for both teams at the Snake Pit Tuesday. Lady Diamondback Courtney Bruno scored eight of her 14 points in the final […]