King Fire cancels Civil War

Due to the growth of the King Fire in El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds overtaken by additional fire crews for an unknown term, tomorrow’s Civil War Series race has been cancelled at Placerville Speedway with a make-up race to be announced soon at an alternative location.

Roundup: Sept 17, 2014

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Antelope 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 Oak Ridge def. Monterey Trail 25-13, 25-19, 25-8 El Dorado def. Del Campo 25-21, 25-10, 25-9 Union Mine def. by Folsom 22-25, 21-25, 20-25 Soccer Oak Ridge 5, Woodcreek 1 — OR goals: Hunter Tully; Nico Carpignano; Clayton Smith; Julian Garcia; Andrew Greer. Assists: Tully; Carpignano; Greer. Saves: […]

On tap

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe One of more than 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Lake Tahoe this Sunday leads athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run utilizing a variety of the city of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding areas. Athletes finish the 140.6-mile course with an energetic welcome at Squaw Valley. […]

Lady Trojan harriers edge new league foes

FOLSOM — Just one point separated the Oak Ridge girls cross country team from the Sierra Foothill League victory Wednesday at the first league meet at the Willow Hills course on the Folsom High campus. The Lady Trojans edged Woodcreek, by a score of 50 to 51. Leading the pack for Oak Ridge was Maddy […]

Ponderosa spikers prevail in 4

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Staving off Vista del Lago’s attempts to force a fifth and deciding game Wednesday, host Ponderosa put down the Eagles 26-28, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22 in nonleague action. After dropping the first set, the Lady Bruins came back to win three straight  — overcoming a late deficit in the fourth set to nail […]

Final nonleague games for some squads

All five El Dorado County high school football teams are back in action tonight with some playing their final nonconference games. Union Mine entertains Calaveras; Ponderosa plays at Woodcreek; Oak Ridge host Reed; El Dorado plays Mesa Verde at San Juan High; and Golden Sierra goes to Colfax. Calaveras (0-3) at Union Mine (1-1) Diamondbacks’ interim […]

Bruins get split

Boys win nailbiter EL DORADO — Two goals in the fourth quarter helped break a tie for the Ponderosa High boys water polo team, which posted a 7-6 win over Bella Vista Tuesday in a Capital Valley Conference match at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. With the game tied at 5-all entering the final seven minutes, Reilley Waterman […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 16, 2014

Wrestling signups The El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club is accepting membership applications for middle school ages 6-8 and elementary grades K-5th grades for the Fall and Winter Folkstyle season November-March. Three divisions based on experience: Novice (1st year), JV (2-3 years) and varsity (competition team). For information visit or email Golf fundraiser Serrano […]

Roundup: Sept. 16, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 1 Team standings 1. Sometimers 3-1 2. Hillbilliettes 3-1 3. Bowlin Baggs 3-1 4. Team Effort 2-2 5. Fun Gals 2-2 6. Pin Pals 1-3 7. Knotty Girls 1-3 8. Alley Oops! 1-3 High games: 213 — Jeanne Valentine; 188 — Pauline Ackerman; 185 […]

Fast starts catalyst for Cougar wins

EL DORADO — The El Dorado varsity girls and boys water polo teams each won their matchup with Laguna Creek Monday at the Aquatic Center on the campus of Union Mine High. The Lady Cougars opened play and overwhelmed the Lady Cardinals 15-2 while the boys followed with a 14-8 victory. Both were playing their […]

Old Greenwood a classic Jack Nicklaus design

TRUCKEE — The illustrious name alone – Jack Nicklaus – draws golfers to this scenic course in Lake Tahoe. And for most golfers, after they play a round at the Nicklaus-designed track, they vow a return trip to Old Greenwood. That was the case for Larry Ballew and his son Marcus, who played Old Greenwood for the first time […]

First and goal: Go-to guy

On his Twitter profile dated Aug. 17, Austin Collie wrote, “Just waiting for my number to be called.” The 2004 Oak Ridge High graduate who was a part of several Trojans football teams that won Sierra Valley Conference and Sac-Joaquin Section titles continues to play the waiting game with the NFL. Drafted by the Indianapolis […]

Ponderosa picks up first conference victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — After his Ponderosa High boys soccer team posted an 0-4 preseason record, head coach Greg Spangler felt strongly his team would turn its fortunes around when Capital Valley Conference action started toward the end of last week. On Monday, the Bruins, who tied Antelope, 2-2, in the conference opener Sept. 10, scored […]

Wall of Fame

NEW INDUCTEES INTO El Dorado High School’s athletic Wall of Fame, located on the home side of the Cougars’ football stadium, were honored Friday at halftime of the El Dorado-Rio Americano varsity football game. The former players and coaches are, left to right, Marv Bukema, representing Kelley Kalafatich, who played girls basketball; Kyle Kenworthy, football/skiing/swimming, […]

Roundup: Sept. 13, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Folsom 1 Single (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. Sherya B. 6-1, 7-5; Lily Wainright def. Jonne W. 6-1, 6-4; Hannah Crookhm def. Grace C. 6-0, 6-1; Kassidy Lyons def. by Dominiue M, -1, 4-6, 3-6; Kelly McMillen def. Brianna W, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Julia VanBoening def. Crystal N,7-5, 6-1. Doubles (OR […]

Schedule: Sept. 15-20, 2014

Monday, Sept. 15 Golf UM, OR @ Poppy Ridge Classic, 10 a.m. Soccer Bella Vista @ PHS, 3:15 p.m. Volleyball ED @ Davis, 6 p.m. Water polo Laguna Creek vs ED, UMHS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 16 Golf ED @ UM, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. PHS vs Del Campo, Mather GC, 3:15 p.m. OR […]

Offense lifts Oak Ridge to win

EL DORADO HILLS — Andrew Lacowski and Ryan Sullivan were some of offensive weapons that helped the Oak Ridge High football team to a 45-28 non-league win over Burbank on Friday. On the ground, Lacowski, one of the Trojans’ running backs, had 17 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns. In the air, Sullivan, a tight end, hauled […]

Union Mine beats Golden Sierra in five

GARDEN VALLEY — Sparked by the late-match heroics of Kara Campbell and Kylie Russell, Union Mine rallied for the five-set 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11 non-league volleyball victory at Golden Sierra Thursday night. The Diamondbacks trailed after three sets and were behind in the fourth at 14-17 when Kaitlin Lishman tapped down an errant Grizzly […]

11th annual Hinds Tribute crowns speedway champions

The regular championship point racing season came to a climactic conclusion Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, as three season champions were crowned in the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resorts Championship Series. This marked the first year that the annual race paid homage to late track promoter Al Hinds. The Sprint Car winner earned $2,000, the Limited […]

El Dorado uses multiple weapons for victory

El Dorado’s offensive supremacy was on full display Friday for its nonleague football game against Rio Americano. In scoring 10 touchdowns by six different players, the Cougars rolled over the Raiders 72-28 on El Dorado’s field to improve to 3-0 on the season. Tyler Clanin and Carter Meyers each scored three times as El Dorado found the […]

Grizzlies light up Blazers

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High football team improved its record to 3-0 by utilizing the same recipe for success as in the previous contests with a stout defense and unrelenting ground attack against Lindhust, with a 42-0 victory Friday. Before the Grizzlies stormed the gridiron, Golden Sierra head coach Jeremy Nordby remarked about the success […]

El Dorado drops five-setter to Folsom

Despite a lead after three sets and a match-long game effort, host El Dorado fell to Folsom in five Tuesday, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24, 16-25, 11-15. The Cougars fell back 3-0 to open the last set and never led. El Dorado led just once in the fourth set, 2-1, after Abby Bennett’s kill. Unforced errors hampered Cougar […]

Golden Sierra denies Eagles

GARDEN VALLEY — Behind the late play of Rylyn Campbell, Golden Sierra held off visiting El Dorado Adventist School 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 Wednesday in nonleague play. Campbell’s tap broke a 17-17 tie in the final set. Her other gave the Grizzlies a 21-20 advantage before she added a kill off Brittany LaShell’s set to make […]

Tribute to Al Hines also points racing finale

Race fans from El Dorado County and the surrounding communities are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open wheel racing in the sierra foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage tomorrow to a legacy in local racing with the 11th Annual Tribute to Al Hinds. For the first time in the history of this event, […]

Roundup: Sept. 11, 2014

Tennis Ponderosa 7, Antelope 2 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. Poroch, 7-5, 6-3; Lexi Comstock def. Tran, 7-6, 7-6; Jaclyn Fields def. Muntean, 6-4, 6-3; Laura Parkyn def. Adams, 6-4, 6-3; Natanya Akerly def. Lord, 6-0, 6-3; Grace Guimont def. by Grigoryan, 5-7, 5-7. Singles (PHS first): Katie Johnson-Regan Bloomquist def. Hongkham-Nguyen, 6-2, 6-2; […]

First for Babbage, Harris, El Dorado squads

HERALD — Union Mine’s Allison Babbage, El Dorado’s Jackson Harris, plus the Cougars’ boys and girls varsity teams all raced to top finishes Wednesday at the Sierra Valley Conference’s first cross country meet of the season at Rancho Seco Park. Babbage, a junior, finished the 3.1 miles course with a time of 21 minutes, 11 seconds […]

Cougar Wall of Fame events

The second annual Wall of Fame Celebration takes place at halftime of tonight’s game. Entering the class is: Christine Harms (volleyball/cross country/ track and field); Jordan Williams (football/wrestling); John Hanson (cross country/  track and field); Kyle Kenworthy (football/skiing/swimming); Marvin Penner (basketball); Rod Lung MacKenzie (football/wrestling/baseball/track); Kasey Garcia (soccer); Brenda Payton (cross country/track and field); Kelley […]

Lady Trojans sweep Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — In their first and only nonconference volleyball meeting Wednesday, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa provided excitement in front of their respective fans inside the Trojans’ gym. There were several long rallies in the contest, but Oak Ridge (9-0) posted a three-game sweep over Ponderosa (5-6) by the scores of 25-20, 25-17, 25-21. In […]

Week 2 matchups

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are hosting nonconference games tonight, while Ponderosa and Union Mine have byes. Rio Americano (0-2) at El Dorado (2-0) Cougar quarterback Nick Bonniksen controls the offense, and Carter Meyers leads the defense in tonight’s game against the Raiders. El Dorado hosts its second consecutive game. […]

Time to purchase six-pack ski tickets

LAKE TAHOE — Skiers and snowboarders are turning their attention toward the upcoming winter season, as timing is critical in finding the best values on lift tickets and multi-day passes. For those in the know, the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket represents the ultimate deal in terms of variety, flexibility and savings for destination guests […]

Annual hunting contest taking entrants

A contest is underway for El Dorado County students ages 12 to 16 for a 4-night, 3-day pheasant hunt with a parent/guardian at R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, S.D., which is one of only a few Cabela’s certified hunting destinations. The program, which is in its sixth year, has a goal to tie together […]

SCC wrestling to hold alumni scrimmage

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento City College wrestling program will hold its 35th Annual Alumni Wrestling Scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m. at the Campus’ North Gym. Included will be current and past SCC wrestlers from El Dorado County. Admission and parking is free. The tentative lineup for the SCC alumni has Robert Hart (El Dorado) at […]

Roundup: Sept. 9, 2014

Soccer Golden Sierra 2, Colfax 4 — The host Falcons scored two goals each in the first and second halves of Monday’s nonleague contest in Colfax. Golden Sierra (0-4) begins Sierra Delta League action today at Highlands. The Grizzlies’ next home game is Wednesday, Sept. 17 against Encina. Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Brunch Bunch […]

Outside with Charlie: Take a hike

Autumn will make its debut on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:29 p.m. It’s called the Autumnal Equinox. On this day, night and day will be equal in time. After that day, the nights will slowly grow longer and the days slowly shorter. Nights in the mountains will be colder, which will trigger the annual splash […]

Aboukhadijeh picks up first marathon victory

ANCHORAGE, AK — El Dorado Hills native Amjed Aboukhadijeh won the Moose’s Tooth Alaska Marathon during the Big Wild Life Runs in downtown Anchorage, Alaska last month. Over 3,000 runners toed the line to compete in the state’s largest running event as participants had the option to choose between a half-marathon or full marathon. The […]

Lady D’backs shine at Lagoon Valley

Oak Ridge girls place runners in top 20 VACAVILLE — Union Mine and Oak Ridge girls cross-country teams had strong showings at the Lagoon Valley Classic Cross Country Invitational last Saturday. In the Small Schools division, the Lady Diamondbacks took second place as a team with 98 points, behind Placer which was first with 58 points. […]

Ponderosa unlucky in loss to Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — If hard work, effort and numerous scoring chances lead to eventual success on the soccer pitch, it eluded host Ponderosa Monday afternoon in its match with Folsom to close the preseason. The Bulldogs’ bend-don’t-break defense held off the Bruins’ charge, especially in the first half, and the visitors emerged 3-0 winners in […]

Bruins pull out thrilling comeback

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pulling off a gutsy two-point conversion in the final seconds, host Ponderosa edged Vista del Lago 43-42 in the Bruins’ home opener Friday. Down by a score, Ponderosa quarterback Colby Chiverton found Josh Bist on the left side for a 30-yard touchdown with under 15 seconds remaining in the game. From there, head […]

Nutt’in but TDs for Grizzlies

SUTTER CREEK — Behind five Brenden Nutt touchdowns and solid play on both sides of the ball, Golden Sierra improved to 2-0 with Friday’s 41-0 shutout of host Argonaut at Dan Barnett Field. The Grizzlies dominated in the trenches. Offensively, Nutt, Riley Prine and Christian Klahn got the necessary blocking to keep the chains moving […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 7, 2014

Disc Golf Tourney The 36th Gold Pan Open is Sept. 13-14 at Pioneer Park and Somerset Country Club in Somerset. Open to professionals and amateurs. For information call Charlie Callahan at 530-620-0050. Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at […]

Roundup: Sept 6, 2014

Volleyball Union Mine def Dublin 25-13, 23-25, 15-6 Union Mine def. Carson 25-23, 24-26, 17-15  Union Mine def. by Rio Americano 25-20, 12-25, 2-15 Union Mine def. by St. Mary’s 15-25, 18-25 Golden Sierra def. Marysville 21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 Golf Oak Ridge 220, Woodcreek 250 — 9 holes at Serrano CC, par 36. […]

El Dorado takes home opener

A failed third-down had his team punting and El Dorado quarterback Nick Bonniksen venting, exchanging heated words with assistant coach Henry Hamilton Friday night. “Nick is a perfectionist. He’s comfortable expressing himself and expects a lot out of himself,” Hamilton explained. What a difference two quarters make. The final moments of the Cougars’ home-opening 36-19 […]

Union Mine falls 29-6

GRASS VALLEY — Nate Brown was all over the field for the Union Mine High football team, which fell to Bear River 29-6 in a nonconference game Friday. Returning kickoffs and punt returns, the Diamonbacks’ senior tallied 133 yards on special teams play, 68 on the opening kickoff to the Bruins’ 14 yard line. “He did the […]

Seven seniors return for Lady Cougars

El Dorado coach Shelly Bishop confessed after Thursday’s home match against Del Oro that she purposely scheduled the Division I school, plus other D-I and D-II schools to strengthen her Lady Cougars for when Sierra Valley Conference action begins next month. After all, the tougher schedule paid off last fall. In the two-hour matchup, El Dorado […]

Oak Ridge captures Craft

EL DORADO HILLS — Out of its 11 games it played in the 26th annual Christine Craft Tournament, the most important one for Oak Ridge Saturday was the final one against Oakmont. The Lady Trojans’ three-set win was good for the first place trophy in the Gold Playoff Bracket. Oak Ridge won 25-19, 21-25, 15-9. According to Oak […]