Schedule: Dec. 29-Jan. 3 2015

Monday, Dec. 29 Boys basketball OR @ Trojan Toss Up Tourney -OR vs Vista del Lago, 6:30 p.m. Placer Tourney -ED vs El Camino, 3:30 -UM vs Oakmont, 6:30 MaxPreps Holiday Classic -PHS vs Edison, 8:30 Girls basketball Jan Vitell Tourney -UM vs Summerville, 4:30 p.m. -ED vs Center, 7:30 p.m. SoCal Holiday Classic, San […]

Roundup: Dec. 26, 2014

Girls basketball Southern California Holiday Classic Oak Ridge 70, Torrey Pines 53 Oak Ridge 60, Mater Dei Catholic 51 — The Lady Trojans won on the strength of a 12-3 overtime. Boys basketball St. Hope’s Classic Ponderosa 48, Foothill 58 Ponderosa 74, Tancho Cucamongo 83 Ponderosa 55, Silverado 57

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 29, 2014

Union Mine’s Nate Brown scored a touchdown in Friday’s Sacramento Bee Small School Football Classic at Capital Christian High School. Playing for the South, Brown scored on a 45-yard pass play, diving into the end zone for the six points in a 19-17 loss. ***  Oak Ridge boys soccer coach Joe Champion, who guided the […]

Trojans blitz Greenwave

EL DORADO HILLS — Two 15-2 runs in the first and third quarters set the tone for the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team, which beat Churchill County 80-25 to open play in the annual Trojan Toss Up. The Trojans (8-4) dominated on the boards in the first quarter as they out-rebounded the Greenwave, 12-4. That […]

Team effort carries Cougars at Vitell

Behind solid pressure defense and balanced scoring, host El Dorado opened the Jan Vitell Tournament with 59-38 victory over Summerville. Saturday’s score wasn’t that close. Despite an ever-changing lineup, the Lady Cougars’ lead grew to 32 points early in the fourth in a game El Dorado led start to finish. “I was happy with the […]

Union Mine falls to Colfax 50-40

Colfax center Kylee Bauer scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Falcons upended Union Mine 50-40 in the first-round of the annual Jan Vitell Tournament. Up to then, the Diamondbacks’ problem had been the Colfax perimeter game. In the fourth, Falcon guards drove, drew defenders and dished to the […]

Roundup: Dec. 24, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Classic Ponderosa 48, Foothill-Palo Cedro 58 — The Bruins (3-5) trailed 45-42 going to the fourth quarter but were held to six points in Tuesday’s loss. Matthew Bejsovec scored 19 points followed by Josh Bist with 10. Kenny Macklin and Jordan Brennan had six points each, Marty Padilla four and Brennan Wheeler […]

Free throws decide game for Lady Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Two Ponderosa High girls basketball players made 5-of-6 free throws toward the end of the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Trojan Toss Up consolation game against Inderkum, which hung on for a 55-50 win. Trialing 51-45 with 1:06 left in the game, the Bruins’ Danielle Craft made 4-of-4 from the line while […]

Oak Ridge graduate named UAV coach

LANCASTER — University of Antelope Valley Director of Athletics Jeff Bussell has announced the hiring of Brad Rogers as the first ever head men’s basketball coach for UAV. Rogers comes to the Pioneers after spending the last three years working as an assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Christian University. “Brad’s success in […]

First and goal: Football fantasy comes true

El Dorado County high school football players, coaches and fans will have a chance to make the short, westbound trek on Highway 50 to watch the best Northern and Southern California prep grid teams compete for the next three years. Toward the end of last week, Roger Blake, executive director for the California Interscholastic Federation […]

Former Cougars return for alumni game

A team comprised of players from the classes 2008 to 20013 defeated the El Dorado High boys varsity team 84-76 in an alumni game exhibition last Monday in the Cougars’ gym. The El Dorado alumni starters were Jared Gavard (Class of 2008), Justin Gavard (2010), Garrett Keith (2010), Ben Thomas (2011) and Justin Morrison (2012). […]

Trojans come on to take Toss Up title

Peters MVP; McCoy, Derksen All Tourney EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s burst of fourth-quarter offense gave it the lead, cushion and eventual 51-41 win over Pleasant Grove in Tuesday’s championship game of the 20th Annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament. Former league and playoff adversaries, the two finalists were embroiled in a one-point affair after three […]

One more time for county grid players

A combined four El Dorado County high school seniors will don their helmets and shoulder pads for their final prep game of their lives starting tonight. The second annual Sacramento Bee Small School Classic will take place at Capital Christian High tonight with kickoff slated at 6 p.m. Representing the North team will be Golden Sierra […]

Sports scene: Dec. 23, 2014

Cameron Park CSD Adult basketball winter season Come join the Cameron Park Community Services District for another great adult basketball season. The new season begins on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Now CSD is looking for teams. Games are played every Tuesday evening with each team playing 8 games and concluding with playoffs; winners receive championship shirts. […]

Outside with Charlie: Cold hard facts

Last Sunday, autumn switched to winter as they quietly passed each other on the Solstice. Each day will get almost imperceptibly longer, all the way to the Vernal Equinox, when spring will take over. In the mean time, there is a lot to pay attention to if you are headed into the great outdoors. This […]

Roundup: Dec. 23, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Classic Ponderosa 45, Christian Brothers 70 — The Bruins (3-4) led 14-11 after the first quarter, but the Falcons flew to a 28-9 second quarter scoring advantage for a 39-23 halftime lead. Brennan Wheeler had 12 points for Ponderosa, and Matthew Bejsovec followed with 10. Josh Bist finished with six points, […]

The dos and don’ts of buying new skis

Attention all you budget-conscious types. Let’s face facts – change is required. It’s time to ditch those archaic skis and get hooked up with a new pair. Yes, it is hard pulling the trigger, especially when your bank account isn’t overflowing with excess cash and the old skis still provide adequate transportation. But if you […]

Ponderosa girls get back on track

EL DORADO HILLS — Danielle Craft scored a season-high 38 points Monday as Ponderosa bounced back at the Trojan Toss-Up with a 65-50 win over El Camino. The Bruins lost their tournament opener by 15 to River City over the weekend but rebounded with that same margin in victory against the Eagles. Ponderosa led start to finish […]

Trojans advance to Toss Up title game

EL DORADO HILLS — One of the many strengths for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team this season is its defense, which delivered against Kennedy for a 45-36 victory in the second round of the 20th annual Trojan Toss Up on Monday. The victory sent the Lady Trojans into last night’s title game against Pleasant Grove, […]

Raider press stifles Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa battled a tough River City squad for its Trojan Toss-Up opener Saturday and despite coming in with momentum, the Lady Bruins hit an obstacle with the Raiders’ press and couldn’t recover, falling 48-33 in the matchup. “We didn’t play well at all,” Danielle Craft said after the game. “They (River City) […]

Roundup: Dec. 21, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope’s Classic Oak Ridge 68, Lawndale 60 Ponderosa 64, Kennedy 74 — After a 49-49 tie after three quarters, the Cougars outscored the Bruins 25-15 in the fourth. Leading Ponderosa was Marty Padilla with 15 points; Brennan Wheeler had 14 and pulled down eight rebounds; Jordan Brennan added nine points; and Josh […]

Oak Ridge girls deliver when it counts

EL DORADO HILLS — Given a run for its money Saturday by Inderkum during its own Trojan Toss-Up opener, host Oak Ridge assembled a solid final three minutes to pull out a 62-52 victory in front of a supportive home crowd. The win came together in a final collage of productive plays in the last […]

Lady Cougars get win over Amador

Defense led the El Dorado High girls basketball team to a 41-27 nonconference win over Amador at L.A. Brown Gym last Friday. The Lady Cougars (5-3) forced the visiting Buffalos into 10 turnovers in the first half. El Dorado’s backcourt of Sabrina Tate, Sarah Holm, Kylie Haverson and Faith Wilson smothered Amador players at midcourt and […]

SDL Fall All League

Cross Country Most Valuable Player Ryan Sewell, Golden Sierra Coach of the Year Mike Brown, Golden Sierra Diego Bartolome, Golden Sierra Chris Lopez-Pugh, Golden Sierra Nick Blanton, Golden Sierra Hunter Hughes, Golden Sierra Thomas Christner, Golden Sierra Max deBecker, Golden Sierra Tristan Rollins, Golden Sierra Football Most Outstanding Lineman Wyatt Alexander, Golden Sierra First Team […]

Campbell Outstanding Player in Optimist contest

North teams post split SACRAMENTO — Union Mine’s Kara Campbell had a stellar performance in the 31st annual High School Optimist Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game at El Camino High last Thursday. The Lady Diamondback was one of three El Dorado County volleyball players on the North small school squad coached by El Dorado’s Shelley Bishop. Cougar […]

Schedule: Dec. 22-27, 2014

Monday, Dec. 22 Girls basketball PHS, OR @ Trojan Toss Up Boys basketball ED boys Alumni Game, 7 p.m. PHS, OR @ St. Hope’s Classic, Sac High UM @ Mesa Verde Tourney Tuesday, Dec. 23 Girls basketball PHS, OR @ Trojan Toss Up GS @ Lincoln, 7 p.m. UM @ Del Campo, 7 p.m. Boys […]

Union Mine depth does in Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — Balanced scoring by the Union Mine girls Wednesday and great production off the bench allowed the Lady Diamondbacks to crush host Golden Sierra 60-20 in nonleague action at the Rod Hedlund gym. The victory improved Union Mine to 8-3. Ten D’backs scored but jus one in double figures as Isabel Rojas tallied 10 points. […]

Roundup: Dec. 18, 2014

Boys basketball Union Mine 71, Argonaut 68 — Bradley Brittain’s team-high 20 points led four Diamondbacks in double-figure scoring as Union Mine prevailed in Wednesday’s nonleague road game. The D’backs withstood Argonaut’s 19-10 fourth quarter to hold on. Andrew Vaughn followed Brittain with 15 points; Mike O’Neill dropped in 14; and Austin Maranville added 10. […]

New snow totals reach three feet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — The latest series of winter storms have delivered three feet of snow to Kirkwood, 16 inches to Northstar and five inches of accumulation to Heavenly. Both weather systems carried very cold temperatures which created optimal snowmaking conditions for Heavenly, which is home to the west coast’s largest snowmaking system; and […]

First and goal: Home for the holidays

For the first time in three years, El Dorado County San Francisco 49er fans will watch the upcoming NFL playoffs without their Bay Area team battling for a Super Bowl appearance. Sitting with a 7-7 record entering Saturday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, the 49ers are out of the playoff picture for the first […]

Upper weights tilt match for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In its first Capital Valley Conference home wrestling match of the season Wednesday, host Ponderosa knocked off Cosumnes Oaks 56-20. At one point during the match, the Bruins (2-0) led 27-20 after the 160-pound match in which Bruin grappler Garrett Estes was pinned. But Ponderosa won the final five matches from the 170s to […]

Sabrina Tate overcomes physical setbacks

El Dorado High senior Sabrina Tate is back. Back playing Cougar sports; back from a particular rough time in her young life. A three-sport athlete, Tate has sacrificed time, energy and some of herself for El Dorado’s sports programs. When he graduates, she’ll be remembered as having the talent and skill to make a varsity […]

Optimist All Stars play tomorrow

All Optimist Senior All Star lineups are unique and tomorrow’s 31st girl’s volleyball games at El Camino High are no different. Six county spikers are slated to compete — El Dorado’s Abby Bennett, MacKenzie Niemann and Union Mine’s Kara Campbell in the small school’s match at 5 p.m. and Oak Ridge’s Kimmy Tuttle, Kelly Krigger […]

Roundup: Two Trojan titles; two MVPs

Boys basketball Antelope Titan Holiday Classic Oak Ridge 67, West Campus 49 — Tournament MVP Cole Compton led three Trojans in double figures as Oak Ridge won the championship Saturday. Troy outscored West Campus 20-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Matt Battaglia bucketed 16 points while Tyus Millhollin tallied 11 and Connor Schmutte added nine […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 16, 2014

Alumni game The El Dorado High boys basketball program will hold an alumni game Monday Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the gym to benefit Feed the Hungry. Bring can foods to donate at the door. Cameron Park CSD Volleyball clinic A two-day instructional clinic for beginning and intermediate players in fourth through eighth grades. […]

Lady D’backs fall to Laguna Creek

EL DORADO — A second half rally fell short Monday for the Union Mine High girls basketball team, which fell to Laguna Creek 46-34 inside the Snake Pit. Trailing 25-14 at halftime, the Lady Diamondbacks (7-3) rebounded aggressively in the third quarter and trimmed the Cardinals’ lead to 34-26. “We came out in a man defense, trying to […]

Roundup: Dec. 12, 2014

Boys basketball Bret Harte Tournament Union Mine 49, Calaveras 60 — The Diamondbacks were outscored 29-8 in the first and third quarters of Saturday’s championship game yet still made a game of it by bouncing back to outscore the Redskins 22-10 in the second. Andrew Vaughn led Union Mine with 18 points; Mike O’Neill scored […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe open for business

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following last week’s storm that left more than 15 inches of fresh snow in the Sierra, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort opened last Friday for the 2014-15 winter season. As early season conditions still exist, the resort will operate limited terrain accessed by the Grandview Express and Easy Rider Express. “We are excited to […]

Lady Diamondbacks split last two games

Jordyn Trulli buzzer-beater SHINGLE SPRINGS — Injuries, illness and fatigue caught up with Union Mine at Saturday’s final day of the Battle in the Foothills round-robin tournament hosted by Ponderosa. Kicking off the morning, the Lady Diamondbacks competed well in the first half but hit the wall in the second and fell 54-39 to Vista del […]

Bruins ‘Craft’ three weekend victories

Ponderosa’s girls met Union Mine Thursday in both squad’s opener of the “Battle in the Foothills” round robin format and the Lady Bruins, behind Danielle Craft’s 32-point effort, subdued the Diamondbacks 54-33. Ponderosa wrangled early control despite executing a “feeling out” stage that limited its offense against Union Mine in the first quarter. The D’backs, making […]

Grizzly girls take Tillotson trophy

GARDEN VALLEY — Carley Kauffman’s free throw with 16 seconds left broke a fourth quarter tie Saturday as host Golden Sierra capped a trio of weekend victories with a tight 33-32 win over Victory Christian in the last game of the annual Darren Tillotson Memorial Tournament. After a Lady Viking travel, the Grizzlies had possession with 30.9 left. […]

Ponderosa boys win two-of-three

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Two games in four hours Saturday led to victories for the Ponderosa High boys basketball team, which included a 57-37 win over Albany of Australia to wrap up the inaugural Battle in the Foothills Tournament. Forcing turnovers led the way for the Bruins (3-2) in the first quarter, as their overseas visitors committed […]

Ponderosa girls defeat Vista, Albany

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Danielle Craft led the Ponderosa High girls basketball team in scoring, and was one of two Bruins who scored in double digits that led to a 73-34 win over Albany, an Australian high school squad, Saturday in the final game of the inaugural Battle in the Foothills round robin tournament. The junior Bruin forward scored six of the eight points […]

Schedule: Dec. 15-20, 2014

Monday, Dec. 15 Boys basketball ED @ Dixon, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Laguna Creek @ UM, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 Girls basketball GS @ Mesa Verde, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 Boys basketball UM @ Argonaut, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ GS, 7 p.m. Wrestling Cos. Oaks @ PHS, 6 p.m. GS @ […]

Grizzlies pinned down in league matches

GARDEN VALLEY — In a tri-Sierra Delta League home meet Wednesday, the Golden Sierra High wrestling squad was looking to have a strong showing against Capital Christian and Mesa Verde. But the visiting Cougars and Mavericks pinned the Grizzlies, who lost 18-9 to Capital Christian and 42-12 to Mesa Verde. Despite the losses, Golden Sierra […]