Snowboard duo rises to the top

Four years ago, El Dorado freshman snowboarders Taylor Caldwell and Madison Orr were content knowing they matched each other’s skill levels as relatively newcomers to the sport, striking up an immediate and lasting friendship. Fast-forward to the present. The two four-year varsity seniors have progressed to become the top two South 1 Division girl boarders, […]

Roundup: Mar. 4, 2014

Track Capitol Classic Relays Varsity boys: 100-meters: 2-Dominick Worsham, 11.57 seconds; 3-Bryce Williams, 11.62; 800: 3-Colin Pilcher, 2:10.45; 3200: 4-Alex Merry, 10:07.72; MR: 4-(Pilcher, Bret McNamee and Josh Gladwell), 11:27.01. Varsity girls: 100-meters: 4-Jaimi Gotro, 16.62; MR: 1- (Gotro, Sabrina Andrus, Karina Kauffman, Rachel Peterson) 14:06.43; 1-pole vault, Ashley Dean, 9-0. Frosh/soph girls: 400 meters: 2-Sierra Salmon, 64.61; […]

Trojan alumni baseball game on tap

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High School baseball program is hosting an alumni baseball game. Former Trojan players are invited to join in the excitement of reconnecting with former teammates Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the varsity diamond, umpired by Oak Ridge’s first baseball coach, Doug Paul. To register for the alumni […]

Cougar ski third at Northstar

TRUCKEE — The CNISSF State Championships held its slalom ski race Monday at Northstar at Tahoe. El Dorado, behind top 10 finishes from Andrew Vardanega (8th) and Tyler Atkinson (9th), finished third best in the state. The Cougar pair were joined by the efforts of teammates Joel Kaderka and Kennan Raleigh. Vardanega posted the seventh-best […]

First and goal: Competitive nature

Ryan Anderson has entered Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, which has also been known as Power Balance Pavilion and Arco Arena in years past, wearing uniforms as a member of the Oak Ridge High boys basketball, Cal, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelican teams, with the latter three are from the NBA. But Monday when he […]

Eight punch tickets to Rabobank

Claiborne takes second STOCKTON — Competing at the two-day CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Stockton Arena, eight combined Oak Ridge and Ponderosa wrestlers placed in the top seven to advance to the state wrestling championships this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. The Trojans send five and the Bruins three. As a team, Oak Ridge finished fifth with […]

Roundup: Mar. 2, 2014

Golf Apple Mountain Resort Hole in ones Raymond Costley aced the 17th hole from 149 yards out using a 9-iron. David Gorans aced the 15th hole from 102 yards out using a ping sandwedge. Dean Petzold aced the second hole from 132 yards out using a 9-iron. A.J. Kenyon aced the 17th hole from 171 […]

CNISSF races open today

TRUCKEE — South 1 Division alpine racers are at Northstar this week for the California Nevada Interscholastic ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships. Local skiers and boarders from El Dorado, Ponderosa, Oak Ridge, Union Mine and Golden Sierra High will compete in the four-day event beginning today and running through Thursday. Friday is a makeup […]

Trojans charge past Enochs

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ali Bettencourt’s signed autograph for a youngster after her playoff opener Tuesday has doubled in value. Thursday the Oak Ridge senior maintained her hot hand, burying 19 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, as the Trojans cruised past Enochs 64-33 in the second-round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I […]

Schedule: Mar. 3-8, 2014

Monday, Mar. 3 Alpine Racing CNISSF State Championships ED, PHS, OR, UM @ Northstar Baseball Roseville @ PHS, 3:30 p.m. Golf PHS, OR @ DRL Meet, Empire Ranch GC, 1 p.m. UM @ Central Catholic Tourney, Del Rio CC, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 4 Alpine Racing CNISSF State Championships ED, PHS, OR, UM @ Northstar […]

Oak Ridge upends Cougars in 4

Several key plays by Oak Ridge’s Conner Peterson late in the fourth set turned the tide in Friday’s nonleague match with host El Dorado, won by the Trojans 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22. On the comeback trail, the Cougars wanted to force at fifth game. Tied at 20-all, Peterson tipped in a winner, won a skirmish […]

Ponderosa’s Millhollin steps away

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Long-time Ponderosa varsity girls volleyball coach Sheri Millhollin is retiring after 16 seasons at the Lady Bruins’ helm, the longest volleyball tenure for the same coach at the same school in the El Dorado Union School District. Former Union Mine coach Mike Yates takes over the program next fall in its transition […]

Roundup: Feb. 27, 2014

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 47, Golden Valley 64 — Behind 27-21 in Wednesday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys basketball playoff game in Merced, Oak Ridge was held to nine points in the third quarter that proved to be the difference in the game. Oak Ridge (13-14), which entered the playoffs as the No. 10 […]

The time to become a ‘Master’ starts today

STOCKTON — There are 22 El Dorado County high school wrestlers competing at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament beginning today at the Stockton Arena. Ponderosa and Oak Ridge have a combined 18 grapplers; the Bruins 10 and the Trojans, eight. Bruin matmen competing are: Austin Ward (106-pounds); Zach Miller (113); Pre Deitchman (120); Colin […]

Lincoln ends Cougars’ season

LINCOLN — Soren Shepherd’s three-pointer ended the third quarter for El Dorado against host Lincoln Wednesday in its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III opener. While the trey helped the No. 7 Cougars cut into the Fighting Zebras’ 51-40 lead, Lincoln made its fourth quarter free throws for the 77-58 victory, avenging a December nonleague loss […]

Outside with Charlie: XC skiing

We all know this winter has been stingy with the snow. The ski resorts had to make their own snow and continue to do so. While the resorts keep a fair amount of coverage on the trails for the downhill crowd, the other winter skiers, the cross country types and snowshoe enthusiasts, have had to […]

Grizzlies drop opener

AUBURN — Back in the postseason for the first time in a decade, Golden Sierra’s stay wasn’t long. Despite four Grizzlies in double figures, host Forest Lake Christian won Wednesday’s first-round CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff game 86-69. The quick elimination did not take away from Golden Sierra’s successful season. “This season has been […]

Trojan girls hold off Kennedy

Boys fall 64-47 EL DORADO HILLS — Ali Bettencourt scored a game-high 23 points, hitting all six of her free throws in the last two minutes, as host Oak Ridge held off a furious fourth-quarter Kennedy rally to defeat the Cougars 52-39 in a Division I section playoff opener Tuesday night. Kennedy had cut its […]

Heinz-sight: Sochi

Put aside the fact it’s considered a “disappointing” showing by the U.S. in terms of medal count, the 2014 Sochi Olympics were quite good. The beautiful location, host nation ingenuity/security and outstanding performances by the international athletes all contributed to its success. More enjoyable than the Super Bowl, right? NBC dredged up the Tonya Harding-Nancy […]

Roundup: Feb. 24, 2014

Youth wrestling El Dorado Hills Club El Dorado County Wrestling Championships, Ponderosa HS First place: Mikey Mello, Jackson Redhair, Jared Horstman, Riley Lewallen Second place: Jack Santina Third place: Connor King, Jake Lewallen Fourth place: Max McCarver Meat Grinder Tournament, Roseville Second place: Christian Pebley Fourth place: Payton Gunter NOR-CAL 12 & Under Wrestling Championships, […]

Banner year for Cougars, Bruins

Caldwell 6-for-6 SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — As frustrating, disjointed and costly as the alpine race season went, the South 1 Division made it across the finish line with its last race at Sierra-at-Tahoe … just in the nick of time. Monday’s final Giant Slalom on Lower Main was the last day to qualify for next week’s CNISSF […]

All-League skiing/snowboard

South 1 Division 2014 All League Boys ski 1-Alec Lambres, Ponderosa 2-Alexander Murray, Golden Sierra 3-Andrew Vardanega, El Dorado 4-Samuel Neill, Ponderosa 5-Tyler Atkinson, El Dorado 6-Ryan Fischietto, Ponderosa 7-Dustin Diel, Oak Ridge 8-Josh Prettyman, Oak Ridge 9-Parker Doshier, Oak Ridge 10-Joel Kaderka, El Dorado 10-Hunter Lay, Ponderosa Girls ski 1-Allena Thompson, Oak Ridge 2-Fiona […]

Boy’s squads ready

Three El Dorado County high school boys basketball teams begin the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs tonight. In Division III, El Dorado (13-13) plays at No. 5 Lincoln of Lincoln (21-6). The Zebras won the Pioneer Valley League title with a 9-1 record. Cougar head coach Conrad Dizon feels his team will be ready to face […]

South 1 season concludes today

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 Division alpine skiers and snowboarders hold their last race with today’s Giant Slalom on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe, the final day to qualify for next week’s state championships at Northstar. If confirmed, immediately afterward will be the award ceremony. The tightest team race is on the boy’s ski side where 40 […]

It’s Oak Ridge-Kennedy tomorrow

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge girls basketball team face a familiar foe tomorrow to open the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I section playoffs when Kennedy rolls to town. The Trojans (23-4) grabbed the No. 2 seed after winning their second consecutive Delta River League title. The Cougars (16-11, 9-5), fourth in the Metro, are seeded […]

Lewis’ bid falls short

DELHI — Despite two Friday wins to reach the semifinals of last weekend’s Division V Tournament at Delhi High, Golden Sierra’s Patrick Lewis lost his next two and finished fifth, a spot away from advancing to Masters. Grizzly Joseph Herrera (113 pounds) was sixth after going 3-3 while Jordan Miyara (152) went 0-2. Lewis (120) […]

Providence, Claiborne win titles

18 Ponderosa, Oak Ridge grapplers advance to Masters ELK GROVE — Four months ago, Ponderosa High wrestler Trae Providence knew sacrifices had to be met in order to lose 10 pounds to compete in the 160-pound class. “I cut down all of the junk food,” Providence said. “I just had to eat smart and keep running. I completely […]

Brazell scores big as Division champ

FOLSOM — It took 350 matches spanning two days for El Dorado High to get its Division IV champion but it was worth the wait. Heavyweight Zach Brazell put a resounding exclamation mark on the tournament at Vista del Lago, pinning Manteca’s Steve Martinez late in the first period for the county’s only title. After […]

Schedule: Feb. 24 Mar. 1, 2014

Monday, Feb. 24 Alpine Racing PHS, ED, OR, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Tuesday, Feb. 25 Girls basketball Section playoffs D-I: Kennedy@ OR, 7 p.m. Tennis Argonaut @ ED, 3 p.m. PHS @ McClatchy, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball UM @ Davis Jamboree, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Boys basketball Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Golden Valley, 7 […]

Bowman wins women’s halfpipe

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – El Dorado County’s Maddie Bowman has won the first gold medal in women’s freeski halfpipe. The 20 year-old Bowman, a South Lake Tahoe resident, completed the American sweep of gold in the Olympic debut of the event. She was nearly flawless in her winning run, scoring an 89.00 to improve upon […]

Trojans edge Bruins in league finale

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys basketball team hosted Delta River League and intra-county rival Ponderosa Tuesday, topping the Bruins 56-47 in the league finale. Fans treated the showdown as if it was a section semifinal, giving both squads an electric environment to compete in. The Trojans’ win secured a playoff spot. “Playing […]

Jenn Hoffman can do it all

Jenn Hoffman epitomizes what Oak Ridge girls basketball is all about. Hard working, dedicated, giving. Day in, day out; year in, year out. Hoffman, the Trojans’ senior guard listed at 5-foot-5 on the roster, brings a big game to the court and is, according to head coach Steve White, the complete package. “Our program has […]

First Mud Run

Get Muddy for a Great Cause at El Dorado County’s First Mud Run Mud Aide Fun Run to Benefit the Infant Parent Center The Infant Parent Center is hosting Mud Aide, the first mud run offered in El Dorado County on Saturday, March 1 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Mud Aide is a […]

Sochi gold for Reno’s Wise

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — World champion David Wise, who grew up in nearby Reno, Nev., added Olympic gold to his trophy collection with victory in the men’s ski halfpipe competition  Tuesday. Wise hd difficukty on his second run but his 92.00-point first run held up and he headed a podium made up entirely of world champions. […]

Oak Ridge goes 10-0

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge’s 16-1 run to open the second half, led by nine consecutive points from Ali Bettencourt, decided Tuesday’s intra-county matchup with host Ponderosa. The burst opened a big lead and carried the Lady Trojans to the 76-40 victory. The win closed the Delta River League schedule, giving Troy a perfect 10-0 […]

South 1 season on verge of completion

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 Division ski and snowboarders completed the slalom portion to the alpine race season with Monday’s side-by-side doubleheader on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Snowboarding had dual winners in El Dorado’s Taylor Caldwell and Ponderosa’s Davis Alexander while the ski wins were spread out among Bruin Alec Lambres and Golden Sierra’s Alexander Murray […]

First and goal: Who’s No. 2?

If members of the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had their say in the seeding of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, they would, without question, pick to be No. 1. But the Lady Trojans could wind up being the second seed. That could be the case for the Oak Ridge. The section is […]

Second quarter does in D’backs

EL DORADO — The Union Mine girls basketball team had a promising start on the court Monday night, but a second quarter collapse derailed early efforts and spelled a season-ending loss to Vista del Lago, 54-38. It was Senior Night for Union Mine with Stephanie Preacher and Trisha Tolbert playing their last games as a […]

Roundup: Feb. 18, 2014

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 76, Rio Vista 47 — The Grizzlies locked down the Sierra Delta League’s final playoff spot with Monday’s road win. Five players scored in double figures led by Jason Yurgelevic’s game-high 20 points that came on his league-record six three-pointers. Sam Holter added 15 points; Nick White, designated Golden Sierra’s Player […]

Cougars’ title quest comes close

Double overtime loss A share of the Sierra Valley Conference title was on the line for the El Dorado High boys basketball team which hosted first-place River City Monday. The tense battle went to double overtime and in the end, the Raiders walked off the court with a thrilling 76-71 win on the Cougars’ Senior Night […]

Roundup: Feb. 17, 2014

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 47, San Juan 60 — The Grizzlies dropped Friday’s Sierra Delta League road game. Peter Biersteker led Golden Sierra with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assist; Jason Yurgelevic added 14 and Nick White (16 boards) and Micah Wever each had six points. Oak Ridge 43, Sheldon 60 — Justin Priest led […]

Wrestling: Three Grizzlies advance

SACRAMENTO — Golden Sierra qualified all three of its wrestlers it sent to Saturday’s Golden Empire/Sierra Delta League Tournament at Capital Christian. Senior Patrick Lewis took first place after pining all three of his opponents to become a four-time league champion. He now sits five pins away from the school career pin record. Jordan Miyara […]

Trojan shooting sinks Sheldon

EL DORADO HILLS — Another impressive perimeter shooting display featuring 10 three-pointers carried Oak Ridge past Sheldon 66-43 Friday. The Trojans’ Delta River League win came on Senior Night as the program honored Ali Bettencourt, Jenn Hoffman, Michelle Barkley and Celeste Vitolas. “It’s a special group — fun to be around, fun to coach and […]

Wrestling: Bruins tie Trojans for second place

Ponderosa qualifies 13, Oak Ridge 12 SHINGLE SPRINGS — A successful outing for both Oak Ridge and host Ponderosa at Saturday’s Delta River League championships. At stake was advancement to next week’s Divisionals. Of the 26 varsity Bruins and Trojans who took to the mat, all but one moves on. Oak Ridge had three champions […]

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Wrestling: Cougars, D’backs place at conference tournament

WEST SACRAMENTO — Four El Dorado High wrestlers, plus two Union Mine grapplers, left River City High’s gym as champions Saturday at the Sierra Valley Conference league championships. Marcus Douglas (132-pounds), Jeremiah Romero (152), Alex LeBaron (182) and Zachary Brazell (heavyweights) all won their respective weight classes. The Diamondbacks’ Hunter Cannon (170) led, then fell behind before he rallied […]