Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 17, 2014

Union Mine senior pole vaulter Leah Bertuccelli, a two-time Sac-Joaquin Section Masters qualifier, cleared a personal best 12-2 at the recent Street Vault in Auburn, besting the 9-0 school record she tied earlier this year. Since then, Bertuccelli, ranked top-10 in the state, has added 3-2 to her PR height. This summer, Bertuccelli placed 14th […]

Schedule: Aug. 18-23, 2014

Thursday, Aug. 21 Girls Golf *UM @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 Football *Colfax @ OR, 9 a.m. *UM @ Amador, 9 a.m. *Placer @ ED, 9:30 a.m. *Golden Sierra @ Bret Harte, 11 a.m. *Rosemont, River Valley and Winters @ PHS, 7 p.m. Volleyball *OR @ Bella Vista, 8:30 a.m. […]

Cross Country: Cougars use summer to spring into fall

Less than 24 hours before the start of fall classes, the El Dorado High cross-country team celebrated its summer of workouts. At its height, the Cougars attracted 40 or more kids from a pool 60-65 that attended at one time or another — their best summer turnout — to execute a workout plan devised by […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 17, 2014

Volunteer youth flag football coaches needed  Cameron Park Community Service District is looking for volunteer coaches for the fall NFL Flag Football Season, beginning in September. Coaches will be responsible for teaching proper techniques and skills to players in a fun and safe environment. There will be one to two practices a week at the […]

Roundup: Aug. 14, 2014

Golf Oak Ridge golfer Dylan VanderVeer captured the First Tee Junior Tournament late last month at the El Macero Golf Course. shooting a 1-under on the par 72 course to win by three strokes. VanderVeer eagled two holes, bogied one and shot par on the 16 others. Other Trojans who competed were Austin Long (6th), […]

Annual crash-fest back in grand fashion

Both stock, open classes On Sunday, Placerville Speedway hosts the sounds of smashing sheet metal, the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events, the Placerville Police Officers Association’s annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, celebrates its 41st consecutive year with an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that’s fun for the entire […]

First and goal: ‘Time flying by’

Less than three months ago, the Class of 2014 graduated from Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra high schools. Here’s a rhetorical question for the recent graduates, in particular those who were involved in athletics and/or extra-curricular activities: Do you think time has flown by too fast? If your answer is yes, then […]

Bruin teammates go their separate ways

The number three (3) seems to be significant for Taylor Doane and Rachel Timberman. The former Ponderosa High softball players ended their three-year varsity careers three months ago at the Sacramento Softball Complex in a first-round loss to Roseville in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Next week, Doane and Timberman, both of whom graduated … […]

Kid’s Night kicks off big weekend

Kids are free this Saturday night at Placerville Speedway Grab the bikes and bring the tikes for tomorrow’s “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Speedway, benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. This big night for the littlest of race fans marks the first of two days of family fun at the racetrack, […]

Relaxing alternative to Lake Tahoe

PORTOLA, Plumas Co. — For all its inherent beauty, mystical waters and gorgeous mountain vistas, highly touted Lake Tahoe can be one congested vacation spot in the summer months. If avoiding crowds and experiencing a big dose of serenity is the goal, head north of Tahoe for the 45-minute drive to the Graeagle region, where the great outdoors abounds […]

Sports scene

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament Sept. 22. 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 on event […]

On tap

Kickoff Party The Ponderosa High football program holds its Comunity Kickoff party Saturday at Applebee’s and Burke’s Junction in Cameron Park from 8 a.m. to noon. A Flapjack Fundraiser is from 8-10 a.m. at Applebees before the switch to Burke’s Junction for player, coach, band, cheerleader and student introductions from 10-noon. Additional activities include food […]

Ex-Trojan Aboukhadijeh hits the ground running

Entrepreneurial spirit LOS ANGELES — Oak Ridge and recent UCLA graduate Amjed Aboukhadijeh, like his brother Feross, is making it big right out of college. While Feross made an immediate impact in the tech world, selling his startup PeerCDN to internet giant Yahoo, Amjed and his partners recently turned down an offer of acquisition from […]

Dropping pins at Knotty Pines Lanes

POLLOCK PINES — Bowling is considered by some people as a leisure sport. The game seems simple. Roll a bowling ball toward 10 pins located at the end of the lane, hoping to knock all down for a strike while avoiding the gutter. A bowler gets two chances to level the pins. Most times, 10 games […]

Meet the Trojans holds its 7th get together

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge footba;; program held its Meet the Trojans party last weekend at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Players from all levels, coach and cheerleaders drew a big crowd to the 7th annual event.

Sports Scene: Aug. 10, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 mail@edhcsd.org Adult 5×5 Basketball Teams play 7 games followed by play-offs for the top four teams. Games are played at the CSD Gym on Sunday evenings from Aug. 24 to Oct. 19 and again from Nov. 2 to Jan. 11 with a team fee of $425 for each season. Deadline […]

Heinz-sight: Fond memories

Ah, the innocence of a good ol’ game of kickball. Fond grade-school memories … that and dodgeball. Back in the day, kickball was fairly popular at recesses and lunchtime. Is it still or has texting, socializing and the like replaced it? I recall I couldn’t wait to get to school — downing breakfast, grabbing my […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 10, 2014

Four area baseball players — Jonathan Wong (Union Mine, Occidental Collge), Matt Poulin (Ponderosa, Sonoma State), Troy Zeier (Ponderosa, Sac City), John Creason (Union Mine) — were on the summer roster for the Sacramento Legends semi-pro baseball team which reached the American Amateur Baseball Congress Stan Musial World Series in Farmingdale, N.Y. The team finished with […]

DeCaires wins his second Forni Classic

The 2014 Civil War Sprint Car Series has been highly competitive as Saturday night Greg DeCaires became the seventh winner in seven events this season — picking up his second career Mark Forni classic victory and the $5,000 that came with it. With Andy Forsberg and DeCaires leading the field to green, it was Auburn’s […]

Getting kicks from kickball

CAMERON PARK — Kickball is a sport played mainly on elementary school playgrounds throughout the region. Similar to baseball and softball, such as nine players are needed on defense, kickball utilizes a rubber ball with the objective to boot the ball in play, run the bases and hope to touch home plate. Jayme Bermudez had the honors […]

Tomorrow’s racing honors Mark Forni

Past Forni Classic winners 2013- Andy Gregg 2012- Andy Forsberg 2011- Andy Forsberg 2010- Mason Moore 2009- Sean Becker 2008- Sean Becker 2007- Greg DeCaires 2006- Kyle Hirst This Saturday will be the richest night of the season at Placerville Speedway as the evening will pay tribute to the late Mark Forni. At the end […]

Meet the Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — On Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., the 2014 Oak Ridge High football team will be the center of attention at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Amphitheater. In addition to meeting players on this year’s varsity roster, plus the junior varsity and freshman grid squads, the Oak Ridge High dance […]

Outside with Charlie: Trail dos, don’ts

Taking your trusty mountain bike out on the trails is always a good thing to do. You’re out in the forest, or perhaps an urban/wild land setting, and it’s pedal time. Whether you are on a hard tail or a fully sprung unit doesn’t matter. It’s just good being out there. The recent thunderstorms gracing […]

Kid’s clinic has British ambience

CAMERON PARK — Learning how to play futbol, British style, made its way to Christa McAuliffe Park recently. Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, conducted a week-long soccer clinic at the park through Cameron Park Community Services District. Almost a dozen kids, ages 4-8, competed in morning sessions. The kids learned the basics of soccer that included ball control and foot skills. […]

Forni Classic hosts huge fundraiser

As an added addition to Saturday’s big race, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training participant and local race fan Carla Tilford will hold their second annual benefit raffle. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a non-profit, voluntary health organization whose mission is to cure leukemia and its related cancers — lymphoma, multiple myeloma […]

Grizzlies’ Nordby ready for new challenge

GARDEN VALLEY — Jeremy Nordby knows Golden Sierra High football very well. He started at fullback and outside linebacker on the 1994 Golden Sierra squad that won the Golden Empire League crown. The Grizzlies went deep in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs but lost to Bear River 3-0 in overtime for the title at the […]

Future Cougar gridders build skills

Two football greats, including a former El Dorado High football player who donned the San Francisco 49ers’ uniform and the other the father of El Dorado High football coach Joe Volek, were a part of the recent annual five-day summer El Dorado Jr. Cougars Youth Football Camp at the Cougars’ football field. Members of Volek’s coaching […]

MOCs: Taz third, Sharks take fifth

Dry Diggin Dolphin swimmers finish 22nd  WOODLAND — Buoyed by the 120 point-gathering effort of Patrick Sammon, the El Dorado Tasmanian Devil swimmers took third place at last weekend’s three-day, end-of-season Meet of Champions competition at Woodland’s Aquatic Center. Batting Piranhas, Stingrays Tigersharks and AquaMonsters to name a few, the Taz tallied 362 points for their small team […]

Lake Tahoe Marathon returns next month

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon returns to Lake Tahoe Sunday, September 14. Since its inception in 1995, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has evolved into a premier running event that attracts athletes from all over the United States and globe. After 19 years, founder and racer director […]

Roundup: Aug. 5, 2014

Finals Boys 6 and under — 25 free: 9-Cole Pratt, DDD, 19.09; 10-Calahan McColley, EDH, 19.14. 25 back: 8-McColley, EDH, 23.05; 14-Pratt, DDD, 25.51. 9-10 — 100IM: 1-Patrick Sammon, EDH, 1:11.71; 16-Jacob Seabourne, EDH, 1:24.44. 25 free: 1-Sammon, EDH, 12.39; 4-Ethan Mueller, EDH, 13.20. 25 back: 1-Sammon, EDH, 15.95. 50 free: 1-Sammon, EDH, 27.52; 6-Mueller, […]

Devils celebrate SSL season

The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team concluded the 2014 season with their annual Award’s Night Picnic late last month at Bertlesen Park. At the forefront was recognition of its athletes who helped the team go undefeated during the regular season and then capture Suburban Swim League title by a mere seven points over Granite […]

Davy Johnson named D’backs interim head coach

EL DORADO — Davy Johnson began his football coaching career at the same high school from which he graduated in 2003 — Union Mine High. On July 28, Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille appointed Johnson, who was a three-year starting quarterback on the 2000 to 2002 Diamondback teams, as Union Mine’s interim varsity football coach. Johnson […]

Golobic brings home duel victories

After cancellation of the July 26 race due to the Sand Fire, teams and fans returned to Placerville Speedway for the 13th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Point Race of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in grand fashion on Saturday. The five-division program saw more than 100 cars on the quarter-mile clay oval, with […]

El Dorado High athletic handbooks available

El Dorado High students who are interested in playing a fall sport — football, girls volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf, boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls water polo and cheerleading — need to complete an athletic handbook by Monday, Aug. 11. Athletic packets are available at eduhsd.net/. Click the “Athletic Handbook” link, and complete digitally. […]

Nordby new Grizzly coach

GARDEN VALLEY — A story on new Golden Sierra High football coach Jeremy Nordby will appear in the Mountain Democrat this week. Nordby is a former Grizzly who started on both sides of the ball on the 1994 championship team that played Bear River in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game at the University […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 3, 2014

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament Sept. 22. 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 on event […]

Bruin assistant coach dies

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Mike Brown, a Ponderosa High special education teacher who was an assistant coach on the Bruins boys basketball team for the last two seasons, passed away July 28. “We have truly lost a great person in coach Mike Brown, but let’s be grateful that we all had the chance to be around […]

Camp draws good numbers

While there’s bubbling anticipation at El Dorado High for the start of the fall volleyball season, it’s too soon. Being July, it’s first things first so the order of business last month was the annual Girls Volleyball Camp at El Dorado High. Ran in conjunction with the City of Placerville Recreation and Parks Department, the four-day […]

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New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

El Dorado County varsity high school football head coaches have mixed feelings regarding a new state law Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week. The bill, AD 2127, limits full-contact football practices to two hours a week during the season and prohibits summer full-contact camps, including those out-of-state. The bill’s aim is to reduce the number of concussions […]

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

If your summertime fun includes heading up to Tahoe City to rent a raft for the float down the Truckee River to the River Ranch restaurant, you won’t like this. Sad but true, the river rafting outfits in Tahoe City have had to close. The flow of water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River […]

Racing returns with big 5-division card

After an unexpected cancellation last Saturday due to the area wildfire support, racing action is back tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Five divisions will be on the race lineup as the championship point battles wind toward the final chapter of the season in all three of the weekly divisions, […]

Roundup: July 31, 2014

Wrestling El Dorado Hills Club wrestler Mikey Mello, pictured at right, an incoming Oak Ridge High freshman when the school year starts toward the end of next week, had an enjoyable summer that included earning honors at the USA Schoolboy National Tournament in Oren, Utah. Mello competed in the Schoolboy division — middle school — of […]

Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

Bumps and bruises are her specialty, but 1999 Ponderosa High graduate Kelly Ketcham brings much more to the St. Francis High community. Ketcham is the assistant athletic director for sports medicine for the St. Francis’ athletic department staff, the first full-time certified athletic trainer in the school’s history. In addition, the former Bruin will be […]