Protest duo at documentary showing

A two-day celebration honoring the 1968 U.S. Olympic Men’s Track and Field Trials at Echo Summit, begins Thursday in Placerville. Scheduled at 1 p.m. at the Placerville Regal Theatre, 337 Placerville Drive, are Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race, respectively, at the ’68 Olympics in Mexico […]

Youths make fundamental contact

EL DORADO HILLS — The strongest high school football programs in the nation like Santa Ana’s  Mater Dei High and Concord’s De La Salle, have pedigrees of excellence established at a young age. For a school to develop that stature, it takes a strong sense of community that includes more than just  high schoolers putting on […]

Marlins draft former Trojan

Former Oak Ridge High and Cal pitcher Kyle Porter was selected by the Florida Marlins in last week’s Major League Baseball Draft in the 31st round. This past season for the Bears, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Porter went 6-5 with a 3.01 ERA. During his years at Cal, he picked up a combined 15 wins with a […]

DeCaires charges to second season victory

Placerville Speedway filled the grandstands and pit area for a great night of racing in the eighth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Season on Saturday night. Greg DeCaires brought car owner Dale Miller to victory lane in the winged Sprint Car division. In the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, Scott Hall won in dramatic […]

El Dorado splits twin bill

RENO, Nev. — Playing two of five games in three days in Nevada, the El Dorado Summer Legion baseball team split a doubleheader with McQueen on Saturday. In the first game, El Dorado posted an 11-0 victory in a game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule. At the plate, El […]

Schedule: June 23-28, 2014

Monday, June 23 Baseball ED @ Truckee, 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25 Baseball Del Oro @ ED Post 119, UMHS, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 Baseball Del Oro @ ED, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 Baseball Lodi @ ED (2), 4 p.m. ED Post 119 @ Del Oro (2), 10 a.m. Speedway Championship Points Race, […]

Oak Ridge honors its athletes

RANCHO CORDOVA — The Oak Ridge High sports programs honored its outstanding career and 2013-14 class athletes in a ceremony recently at the Spaghetti Factory. Named Outstanding Career Athlete for the girls was Jenn Hoffman (basketball), the Trojans’ energetic, efficient, sharp-shooting point guard who helped the Lady Trojans maintain their high standard of excellence by […]

Roundup: June 20, 2014

  Cold Springs Ladies golfPro points & puttsJune 10 Ace of the Month: Marge Dodrill, net 67Overall low gross: Jerri Arens, 86Overall low net: Marge Dodrill1st flight low net: Cathie Dyer, 58; Mary Jo Walter, 70; Karen Beckman, 702nd flight low net: Helen Glenn, 67; Kathy Goldman, 67; Karen McCaughern, 683rd flight low net: Jo-Ann […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 23, 2014

Former El Dorado County high school baseball and softball players shined at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, along with Sacramento City College, this past spring. Five ex-Oak Ridge baseball players who were on the Hawks’ squad were freshman catcher Logan Martson, sophomore infielder Mason Watkins, freshman pitcher Zachary Mahon, sophomore catcher Cody Morris and freshman […]

Elite Taekwondo USA warms up for nationals

CAMERON PARK — Elite Taekwondo USA of Cameron Park participated in the 2014 Tiger Claw Taekwondo Championship held in San Jose recently. The team, trained by Master John Jonghun Yi, competed against some of Northern California’s strongest competitors. The first event of the day was Youth Sports Poomsae. Quinci Whitson was first up competing against […]

Sharks win first meet of season

There were 21 Sierra Sharks swimmers who had qualifying times for next month’s Meet of Champions at the team’s first dual meet of the season against College Greens, who the Sharks took a bite out of with a 474-313 win June 14. Boys with qualifying times for the MOC were Avery Pellicano (ages 7-8), Kai Curry (9-10), […]

Attendance up at annual tennis clinic

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Whether learning brand new skills or polishing off older ones, the Hangtown Junior Tennis Clinic, sponsored by the Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club, held its 28th annual clinic last week at the Ponderosa High tennis courts. Area tennis pro Martha Downing, assisted by fellow club members, took the lead in instructing two skill […]

Roundup: June 18, 2014

Youth baseball Juniors  Tournament of Champions Gold Rush Juniors 11, Folsom American Blue Jay 18 — Playing in the District 54 title game of the Tournament of Champions at Woodcreek High of Roseville on Wednesday, the Gold Rush and Folsom Blue Jays battled until the sixth inning, when the Jays took the lead for the win. Members […]

Aquatic center site for record try

The Placerville Aquatic Center will be one of many public swimming pools across the United States that will serve as an official host location in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for kids and adults to learn how to swim today — Friday. The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming […]

Taz dominate Penguins

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team prepared all week for a close competition against their archrivals the Park Terrace Penguins which took place on Saturday. Both teams entered the contest with commanding records of 2-0, buit the Taz dominated with a final score of 503-286. Though not the tight […]

Championship series returns

After a week off for the El Dorado County Fair, weekly points racing resumes Saturday night, with the Jackson Rancheria Championship Season at Placerville Speedway. Four divisions will be on the menu in an action-packed event that will wave the green flag on the final half of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ […]

El Dorado’s scoring opportunities come and go

A come-from-behind rally fell short for the El Dorado Summer baseball team, falling to Hard 90 by a 9-6 score at El Dorado High on Wednesday night. Entering the bottom of the seventh inning behind what would be the final score, El Dorado loaded the bases. Leadoff batter Louis Merlo walked, followed by Kent Schardt […]

New heights for brothers

Brothers Brandon and Forrest Hierholzer continued their pole vaulting careers post El Dorado High at the college level. This past season, each helped lead their respective programs — Brandon at Long Beach State, Forrest at American River College — to league titles. Brandon, a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, earned All-Big West […]

Roundup: June 16, 2014

Baseball Fairfield Father’s Day Tournament El Dorado 1, Napa 4 — El Dorado finished 3-2 in the tournament, good for top 4 after Sunday’s setback in the semifinals. Zach Terry pitched a complete game, surrendering two runs in the first inning and another two in the sixth. El Dorado scored in the fifth when Zach Culp […]

Outside with Charlie: Hit the trails

Break out your mountain bikes. It’s time to hit the trails. We have some of the very best places to ride mountain bikes right here in El Dorado County. Early in the season, the trails are still pretty well-packed down. There isn’t a lot of loose dirt or sand, which means the skidding and sliding […]

Veerkamp becomes new all-time champion

Championship Race 1st-Brian Veerkamp 2nd-Jesse Spencer 3rd-Grant Krale Women’s Race 1st-Makenzie Snyder 2nd-Kara Reed 3rd-Mila Olson Old Timers 1st-Mark Schwartzmeyer 2nd-Dean Marks 3rd-Donald Narden 4th-Davey “Doc” Wiser 5th-Steve Mee High School Challenge 1st-Union Mine (P.J. Repetto/Tyler Parker) Teen Boys 1st-Dan Carey 2nd-Levi Schnetz 3rd-Dallas Biel Teen Girls 1st-Alexandra Nisson 2nd-Jacqueline Nisson 3rd-Emily Costa Youth Boys […]

Dolphins too much for Tiger Sharks

Brionna Schafter was one of the big winners for the Dry Diggin Dolphins swim team, which posted its second consecutive victory with a 1,570-1338 win over the Orangevale Tiger Sharks on Saturday. Schafer, who swam for the Union Mine High girls swim team, competed in the girls 15-18 age division, where she took first place […]

70th running of the Wheelbarrows

The 70th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races were held Saturday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Coverage and top finishers will be in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat. DSC_1469ew

Sports scene: June 15, 2014

Quarterback school West Coast Youth Football will be holding a quarterback school that will teach the fundamentals to youth football players interested in playing the position at Oak Ridge High on Friday, June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. Seven Division scholarship quarterbacks have attended this […]

Roundup: June 16, 2014

Baseball Fairfield Father’s Day Tournament El Dorado 2, Vacaville 1 — A hurried throw to first base on an inning-ending strikeout, kicked into short right field and allowed Adam Washabaugh to score all the way from second base in Saturday’s bottom-of-the-seventh inning walk-off win. Washabaugh had singled to open and was bunted up by Kent Schardt. […]

6-7 Mutton Bustin results

1 – Jarro Castallanos, Dixon, 80 2 – Olivia Novelo, Shingle Springs, 79 3 – Aiden Curtin, Placerville, 78 Mutton8w Mutton9w Mutton10w

4-5 Mutton Bustin results

1 – Delilah Webb, Rescue, 80 2 – Charlie Lemos, Placerville, 72 3 – Preston Vance, Rancho Cordova, 55 Mutton1w Mutton5w Mutton6w Mutton7w

Cameron Spencer heading to Humboldt

Cameron Spencer’s soccer plans, post-graduation from Ponderosa High, is to resume his career at Humboldt State University for the Lumberjacks. The mascot is fitting. Aside from soccer, Spencer, who also excels in the classroom, is recognized for his creative craft with wood working which has twice won him an ‘Excellence in Student Achievement’ award as a […]

Schedule: June 16-21, 2014

Monday, June 16 Baseball ED Post 119 @ Chico Tourney ED @ Fairfield Tourney -Championship game (if necessary) Tuesday, June 17 Baseball ED Post 119 @ Chico Tourney Wednesday, June 18 Baseball ED Post 119 @ Chico Tourney Friday, June 20 Baseball Lodi @ ED Post 119, UMHS, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21 Baseball ED […]

American Century discounted tickets

Savings at 127 NorCal and Nevada Raley’s store locations SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Discounted tickets to the 25th American Century Championship, the all-star sports and celebrity golf tournament July 15-20 at Tahoe South, are now on sale at Raley’s, Nob Hill and Bel Air locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Celebrating 25 years as […]

El Dorado gets sweep

Gold Rush no-no Triple A Cubs’ pitcher Kyle Breibart tossed a mercy rule-shortened no-hitter against the Angels at Rotary Park, striking out nine in a 16-0 victory. FAIRFIELD — The El Dorado High summer baseball team pitched and hit well in its two victories Wednesday at Laurel Creek Park to kick off the Fairfield Father’s […]

First and goal: Luv for Love?

There’s a buzz that the Sacramento Kings should gamble and make a move to land All-Star Minnesota Timberwolves’ center Kevin Love. But should the Kings try to land Love prior to, if not the day of the NBA Draft, which is Thursday, June 26? Would Gene Simmons of Kiss turn down an opportunity to making […]

Tahoe Donner golf specials

TRUCKEE — The Tahoe Donner Golf Course is offering fantastic golf specials this month including a Father’s Day Special, Drive-and-Dine Special and a Locals Special. Through June 15, Tahoe Donner Golf Course is offering a Father’s Day Golf Special. Those who purchase a 4-play pack (for the public) at $319 including a shared cart or […]

Getting a ‘kick’ out of futsal

Stephen Beck has coached youth club soccer teams and camps in El Dorado County for many years. But for the last five years, the county resident has been involved in futsal, a modified form of soccer played with five players on each team, indoors. The emphasis of futsal is controlling the smaller ball on the ground. […]

Wheelbarrow races this Saturday

The 70th running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races, an annual crowd favorite and free with admission to the El Dorado County Fair, is Saturday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Presented by Kiwanis of Placerville, the event features eight race categories: Kids, Youth Girls, Youth Boys, Teenage Girls, Teenage Boys, High School Challenge, […]

Outside with Charlie: Open terrains

Slowly but surely the high country is more accessible. The snow packing the north facing slopes is giving way to the warmer temperatures. As more terrain opens up, there are some things that you do have to keep in mind as you hike way up there. The streams that are fed by melting snow vary […]

Taz Devils upend Sierra’s Sharks

CAMERON PARK — Despite an eventful week for the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team, the Taz defeated the Sierra Sharks on Saturday at the Cameron Park Community Services District swimming pool, 498-291. The Taz won 55 of 83 races including most of the relay events. Most races had either Taz Devils or Sharks […]

Dolphins win opener

The Dry Diggin Dolphin swimmers opened their season Saturday with a resounding win over visiting Arden Manor, 1,951-611, as the Dolphins won 78 of 84 events. In the battle of the Dolphins for top spots, the breakdown saw the girls win 1,047-293, and the boys prevailed 904-318, as both turned in multiple wins. On the girls’ […]

Cambron Lyles

COMPETING IN THE 110-meter hurdles at the 96th annual CIF State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, El Dorado High’s Cambron Lyles, seen here competing at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters at Elk Grove High on May 30, lowered his time at 14.53 seconds in Friday’s trials, but placed 16th in […]

Forsberg bags win in benefit race

Saturday produced five different winners, as the Placerville Speedway hosted its seventh Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Four of those victorious came in the form drivers. The biggest winner of the night was the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County, which benefited from […]

Late rally gives El Dorado victory

EL DORADO — In an intra-county diamond contest, the El Dorado Summer baseball team broke a 4-all tie with the El Dorado Post 119 Junior American Legion squad for an 11-5 victory Thursday at Union Mine High. El Dorado (4-0) scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning off three hits, two walks, a […]

El Dorado sweeps Post 119 squad

Getting another summer of travel baseball started, the El Dorado Summer baseball team hosted the El Dorado Post 119 Junior American Legion team at El Dorado High on Saturday, as the host cruised to a 12-1 victory in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule. Post 119 led off the game against El […]

Sports scene

Golf Fundraiser The Bob West Drive for Marshall (Medical Center) Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 27. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. Shotgun Start will be at noon. Tournament fee of $176 includes golf fee, cart, lunch on golf course, dinner afterwards, prizes and range balls. Golf shirts provided by sponsor Union Bank. […]

Roundup: June 8, 2014

Rec Swimming Girls Dry Diggin Dolphins 1,047, Arden Manor 293 Boys Dry Diggin Dolphns 904, Arden Manor 318 Note: Coverage of the Dolphins and Sharks-Taz will be in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat. Optimist All Star Baseball Small Schools South 5, North 1 Large Schools North 8, South 2 Optimist All Star Volleyball Girls North def. South […]