Ponderosa girls third best

MAMMOTH — The slalom ski race at Mammoth Mountain closed the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships on Thursday. Three from the area cracked the top 10 on the slopes while four made the podium for the All State ski team. Team-wise, the Ponderosa girls had the highest placing as they finished […]

Velasquez captures 152-pound title

Bruin perfect 55-0 record BAKERSFIELD — For the third time in its illustrious history, Ponderosa High wrestling crowned a state champion. Bruin senior Zack Velasquez (152-pounds) capped off an undefeated season Saturday with a state title at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, as he outlasted Justin Thomas of Santiago (Corona) in a 2-1 double-overtime […]

Claiborne takes fifth place

BAKERSFIELD — Brandon Claiborne celebrated a stellar wrestling performance in a way that very few do: Sitting on the trainers’ table getting his knee looked at. That was just collateral damage from the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, where the Oak Ridge junior earned a fifth-place medal at Rabobank Arena on Saturday. A knee […]

Roundup: March 6, 2015

Baseball  Oak Ridge 5, Napa 4 — In wine country Saturday, Chris Roppolo singled in Trenton Denholm to break a tie as the Trojans (2-0) won in 13 innings. Tyson Solis pitched the last two innings for the victory. Troy received quality relief pitching from Jeff Cunningham, Crew Winkler, Conner Davis and Denholm. El Dorado […]

Lady Trojans’ rally knocks off D’backs

EL DORADO HILLS — Kelsey Sather smacked a two-out single down the third base line that gave the Oak Ridge High softball team a 5-4 win over Union Mine in an intra county game that was part of the one-day Oak Ridge Round Robin Tournament on Saturday. The game was tied at 4-4 in the […]

Ponderosa defeats El Dorado in dramatic fashion

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A walk-off passed ball in the seventh inning allowed Ponderosa to post a 9-8 win over El Dorado in an exciting intra county non-league baseball game Thursday. The Bruins’ leadoff hitter Scott Martin (2-for-4, two runs) walked to start the final frame, and moved to second on Logan Ito’s single to right field. […]

Schedule, Mar. 9-14, 2015

Monday, Mar. 9 Baseball ED @ GS, 4 p.m. Soccer Foresthill @ GS, 4 p.m. Bella Vista @ PHS, 4 p.m. Softball Nevada Union @ OR, 4 p.m. ED @ Folsom, 4 p.m. Swimming GS @ Cap. Christian, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 10 Baseball Cordova @ ED, 4 p.m. UM @ Galt, 4 p.m. PHS […]

Roundup: March 4, 2015

Softball Ponderosa 10, St. Francis 4 — The Bruins scored four runs in the sixth and another four in the seventh inning to win Tuesday’s nonleague road game. Karsen O’Rourke went 4-for-5 for Ponderosa while Mckenna Rickles and Annie Weiss each had two hits. On the mound, Terra Jerpbak wen the distance. Union Mine 3, […]

On tap

Today/tomorrow Wrestling CIF State Championships Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield Soccer UM, GS @ Grizzly Cup Classic Tomorrow Softball UM @ OR, 9:45 a.m. Track/Field ED, PHS @ Ruptier Invite

Lambres 2nd, Thompson 4th in state GS race

MAMMOTH — Ponderosa’s Alec Lambres was less than two seconds from a state title Wednesday as the Bruin took second place in the Giant Slalom race as skiers took over Mammoth Mountain at the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation championships. Lambres’ two runs totaled 1:09.73 and was just off the combined 1:07.86 by Del […]

Trojans can’t catch McClatchy in Sleep Train quest

STOCKTON — Let’s face it, Oak Ridge wouldn’t mind if the CIF changed venues for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game. Win or lose, the Lady Trojans don’t play their best on the UOP campus. Take Tuesday against McClatchy. Miserable first half, decent first half — 56-40 loss to the Lions. At stake was […]

Snowboarders improve; Costa 8th All State

MAMMOTH — Tuesday held better results for area snowboarders at the  California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Slalom races on Mammoth Mountain despite the tough competition. El Dorado’s Sofia Costa was again the 0nly local girl’s rider to finish top 10 while on the boy’s side, two snowboarders — Golden Sierra’s Will Cann and Cougar […]

El Dorado boys take home opener

In its first home match of the season at L.A. Brown Gym Tuesday, the El Dorado High boys volleyball team defeated Bella Vista 25-11, 25-18, 25-17. In the first set, El Dorado broke free from a 6-5 advantage when Nathan Camello served the Cougars’ next four points for a 10-6 lead. After the Broncos scored twice, […]

Velasquez eyes state’s top prize

Zack Velasquez has been on a mission since injuring his ankle last year. The Ponderosa High 152-pound wrestler, with a perfect 49-0 record, headlines a list of six Ponderosa and Oak Ridge matmen competing this weekend at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, beginning today. Medals are awarded to those who finish in the […]

Outside with Charlie: Keep the hope

A nice, cold storm blew through over the weekend and Monday. It wasn’t a drought buster by any means. It did coat the high country with a bit of wonderful, powdery snow. The amounts varied from around 6-8 inches in Hope Valley, to over a foot at South Lake Tahoe. Sierra-at-Tahoe reported over 17 inches, while […]

Bruin Jaclyn Fields sixth best in state

VISALIA —  Determined, focused and unwilling to give in, Ponderosa High senior Jaclyn Fields met her goal by winning a medal at last weekend’s CIF Girls State Wrestling Championships at the Visalia Convention Center. Fighting back in the consolation bracket, the Bruin senior took sixth place in the 160-pound weight division. As a junior, she went […]

Costa 10th at CNISSF Giant Slalom race

MAMMOTH — South 1 Division snowboarders faced tough competition in Monday’s Giant Slalom race to open the week-long California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation State Championships at Mammoth Mountain. Just one local rider, El Dorado’s Sofia Costa, made the top 10. Behind a ninth place run followed by an 11th, Costa placed 10th with a […]

Roundup: Mar. 3, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Ponderosa uses PK to defeat Trojans

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Five goals were scored between the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa girls soccer teams in Monday’s intracounty/nonleague match at Bruin Stadium, but the most important one favored the host Lady Bruins who posted a 3-2 win over the Lady Trojans. In the 74th minute of the contest, Bruin midfielder Sarah Pacheco drove the ball toward the […]

Oak Ridge boys come up short

SACRAMENTO — If or when Oak Ridge gets around to watching game film of last Friday’s playoff exit at Sheldon, there’s sure to be a collective cringe in the room. Turnovers are a part of basketball but the ones the Trojans made cost them any chance to upset the host Huskies who eliminated Oak Ridge from […]

Trojans advance to D-I semis

EL DORADO HILLS — In Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal home game, the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had a strong finish to post a 49-25 win over River City. The victory advances the Lady Trojans, the No. 2 seed, into Tuesday’s semifinal game against No. 3 McClatchy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The […]

Three Bruins, Trojans reach Rabobank

Velasquez, Claiborne pin down crowns STOCKTON — Ponderosa High wrestler Zack Velasquez entered the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament with a perfect 45-0 record and added four more wins on his way to the 152-pound title at Stockton Arena Saturday. After winning his first three matches by pins, Velasquez took an early commanding leading over Merced’s Romeo Medina […]

Roundup: Mar. 1, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Heartbreaker for Ponderosa

TRACY — A full-court drive and layin with 1.2 seconds left lifted No. 3 seed Kimball High to a dramatic 65-64 girls victory over visiting Ponderosa in Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinals action last Thursday night. The Bruins’ bid to unseat the undefeated Jaguars (29-0) came on the heels of Tuesday’s win at Sacramento High. […]

Schedule: Mar. 2-7, 2015

Monday, Mar. 2 Alpine Racing ED, PHS, OR, UM, GS @ Mammoth Baseball GS @ Bear River, 3:30 p.m. Golf ED, UM @ Jessup Memorial, Cold Springs OR @ Del Rio Tourney, Modesto Soccer OR @ PHS, 8 p.m. Western Sierra @ GS, 5 p.m. Mira Loma @ UM, 6 p.m. Softball Sac High @ […]

Trojans steamroll Bear Creek

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind disruptive pressure by its defense and a solid display of outside shooting, host Oak Ridge overwhelmed Bear Creek 62-20 in its girl’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener Tuesday night. The win advanced the Lady Trojans (24-3) to yesterday’s second-round matchup with River City. Against the Bruins, Isamar Conde led […]

Cougars fall in 1st round

SACRAMENTO — Throughout the season en route to winning an outright Sierra Valley Conference title, the El Dorado High girls basketball team dominated opponents with full-court pressure defense and turned turnovers into points. In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game at Christian Brothers, the Cougars received a dose of their own medicine as the host Falcons forced […]

Locals ready for Masters

Who: Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado and Union Mine What: Sac-Joaquin Section/Les Schwab Tires Masters Wrestling Tournament Where: Stockton Arena When: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. both days   STOCKTON — There are 30 El Dorado County high school wrestlers with one goal in mind — placing high at this weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section’s Masters Tournament at […]

Roundup: Feb. 26, 2015

Boys basketball Section playoffs Ponderosa 65, Modesto Christian 78 — Despite a team-high 17 points from senior Matthew Bejsovec and 14 by freshman Adam Orr, the 15th-seed Bruins saw their season end at the hands of the No. 2 host Crusaders Wednesday night in a Sac-Joaquin Division II section playoff matchup. Ponderosa trailed by seven at […]

Bruin girls slay mighty Dragons

SACRAMENTO — For more than a decade, Sacramento High’s varsity girls basketball program has been an unstoppable postseason institution — cruising through the opening rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs year after year. Not so on Tuesday, as visiting 11th seed Ponderosa slayed the No. 6 Dragons in an 81-74 upset that rocked the Division II bracket […]

Oak Ridge takes care of the home court

Millhollin nets 21 in win EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge started fast Wednesday night and never let up in its 64-40 Sac-Joaquin Division I Section playoff victory over visiting Bella Vista. Trojan starters, led by point guard Tyus Millhollin’s game-high 21 points, scored all but two of the team’s points. The Oak Ridge backcourt […]

Lichty gets Big 8 hole-in-one

PALO ALTO — Considering the circumstances, environment and location, what happened to Tanner Lichty in early February at the 14-team Standford Invitational tournament on the Stanford University golf course is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Playing for the American River College men’s golf team, Lichty, a 2011 El Dorado High graduate, sank a hole-in-one on the […]

On tap

Today/Tomorrow Wrestling Girls State Championships Visalia Convention Center Boys Masters Stockton Arena Tonight Boys basketball Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Sheldon, 7 p.m. Next week Alpine Racing CNISSF State Championships Mammoth, CA      

Roundup: Feb. 24, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings  1. Pin Pals 16-8 2. Bowling Baggs 15-9 3. Knotty Girls 13.5-10.5 4. Team Effort 12-12 5. Hillbilliettes 12-12 6. Sometimers 11-13 7. Alley Oops! 8.5-15.5 8. Fun Gals 8-16 High games: 222 — Leslie Fouche-Munoz; 212 — Terese Clusiau; 188 — Jeanne […]

Outside with Charlie: Snowshoe trek

Up Highway 88 there’s some good news for the snowshoe and cross country crowd. It’s hard to imagine when you drop down from Luther Pass onto Highway 89 and  see Hope Valley devoid of snow, but there are a couple of possibilities. A small bit of snow dropped over the weekend and added a few […]

Mt. Rose Ski Resort celebrates 50 years

Although now just an amusing footnote in the annals of Mt. Rose Ski Resort history, old-timers can recall a time when this mountainous area in the Carson range was quite the winter battleground. Starting in the mid-1960s and continuing for more than two decades, one side of Slide Mountain was Slide Mountain Ski Resort, while […]

South 1 Division All League snowboard team

Boys 1 – Charlie Plamondon, El Dorado 1 – Cameron Peeters, El Dorado 3 – Jonas Rogers, El Dorado 3 – Talon Green, Ponderosa 5 – Brad Smith, El Dorado 6 – Ryan Hughes, Union Mine 7 – Will Cann, Golden Sierra 8 – Bryson Able, Union Mine 8 – John Behman, Ponderosa 10 – […]

South 1 Division All League ski team

Girls 1 – Allena Thompson, Oak Ridge 2 – Fiona Zeier, Ponderosa 3 – Amanda Pinski, Ponderosa 4 – Ally Roemer, El Dorado 5 – Marina Neill, Ponderosa 6 – Danica Stevenson, Oak Ridge 7 – Lily Doshier, Oak Ridge 8 – Stephanie Pinski, Ponderosa 9 – Miranda Jachens, Ponderosa 10 – Kat Porter, Ponderosa […]

Oak Ridge boys host playoff opener

Bruins, D’backs in action For the first time since becoming Division I five years ago, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team will host a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game. Historically, the Trojans (17-9), as D-II members of the Sierra Valley Conference, have hosted many playoff games over the years. Tonight at 7, Oak Ridge, the […]

Season over for Golden Sierra

SONORA — The three Golden Sierra Grizzlies who competed at last weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament at Sonora High came up short in their bids to extend the season. Against teams/competition from the Sierra Delta, Golden Empire, Mother Lode, Trans Valley and Southern leagues, Golden Sierra came in 25th from a 32-team field. Wrestling […]

Roundup: Feb. 22, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts February 10 Ace of the Month: Roberta Galvez, net 69 Low gross: Patty Mitchell, 79 Low net: 1st flight: Heidi Caldwell, 71; Judy Goggins, 74 2nd flight: Helen Glenn, 70; Jody Clark, 73; Rosemary Authier, 75 3rd flight: Pat Panto, 73; Lillie Fuentes, 75; Esther Purdie, 75

Ponderosa 2nd in section; advance 10 to Masters

BENICIA — Ponderosa’s two-day jaunt to Benicia High School for the weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Tournament was a success as nine Bruins wrestled in the finals — four coming away with titles. Team-wise, Ponderosa just missed out on the section banner. The host Panthers took it with 257 total points to the Bruins’ 251.5. “The […]

Deja vu for Oak Ridge mat trio

LOOMIS — Been there, done that for Oak Ridge at Saturday’s championships of the two-day Sac-Joaquin Section Division IA Divisionals at Del Oro High. In an exact replay of last weekend’s finals of the Sierra Foothill League Tournament, the same three Trojans made it to the end, faced the same opponent in that match and secured […]

El Dorado drops playoff opener

Unable to finish like it had started, host El Dorado fell to Ceres 58-54 in Sac-Joaquin Section Division III outbracket play Friday night. The Bulldogs, seeded last, overtook the No. 15 Cougars in the second half. Despite two clutch three-pointers in the final minute, El Dorado couldn’t catch Ceres and saw its season end. “With the […]

Bruins ‘crush’ Vintage

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In the early minutes of the first quarter of its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II outbracket game Friday, the Ponderosa High School boys basketball team matched Vintage point-for-point. But behind Matthew Bejsovec’s scoring that led to a double-digit halftime lead, the host Bruins upended the Crushers 67-50. The playoff win, Ponderosa’s first since the […]