Trojans execute in victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High boys basketball coach Bobby Edwards received an early Christmas present Tuesday from his team — quick start that led to a win. Hosting Vacaville in a non-league game, the Trojans used full-court pressure defense that resulted into many Bulldog turnovers. Add in clutch shooting, and Oak Ridge (3-1) raced […]

Part II: Leaving the cross country resorts behind

Editor’s note: Charlie Ferris is the Mountain Democrat’s columnist on outdoor activities throughout the year. Below concludes his two-part feature on the different types of cross country skiing. The first part ran in Wednesday’s issue.  Cross-country skiing, as pointed out Wednesday, doesn’t fit into a simple category — especially true once you leave the cross-country resorts behind. […]

Roundup: Dec. 10, 2014

Boys basketball Union Mine 67, San Juan 65 — The Diamondbacks overcame a nine-point deficit after three quarters to outscore the host Spartans 23-12 in the fourth for Tuesday’s nonleague win. After trailing 19-10 after the first quarter, Union Mine had to fight back the entire way. Andrew Vaughn led the D’backs with a season-high […]

SVC All League Cross Country

Varsity boys *Dalton Douglas-Hiley, El Dorado Jackson Harris, El Dorado Charlie Plamondon, El Dorado Liam Drennan, El Dorado Grant Seely, El Dorado Jay Revolinsky, El Dorado Keis Verleur, Union Mine Garrett Locher, El Dorado Brett Burink, Union Mine Jordan McGuire, Cordova Varsity girls *Kaitlynn Staggers, El Dorado Allison Babbage, Union Mine Dani DeStefano, El Dorado […]

South Tahoe resorts expect 1-3 feet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Calif./Nev. — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as this week’s forecast calls 1-3 feet of powder above 7,000 feet ( According to NOAA, the system will produce significant snow in the Sierra with an increase in intensity yesterday afternoon and continuing through the afternoon today. A slight chance of snow […]

Outside with Charlie: Resort style cross country

Editor’s note: Our columnist on all things outdoors, Charlie Ferris, provides an in-depth look to the sport of cross country skiing. Below is part I. Look for part II in a future Democrat. In the nearby Sierra, the mere hint of snow brings out the Alpine and Nordic skiers. As soon as enough snow is […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 9, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD Pee Wee Basketball (ages 4-6) Participants are exposed to the basics of basketball which includes dribbling, passing and shooting. This 4-week camp meets Thursdays from March 5-26 at the Brooks Elementary School Gym. Participants can pick from either the 5 or 6 p.m. time slot. The fee of $60 includes a […]

Boreal open; Sierra awaits more snowfall

Editor’s note: On its Website Tuesday, Sierra-at-Tahoe reports 18 inches of snow on the upper portion of the mountain but needs more to open. Boreal just expanded its terrain and has three lifts, nine runs and the 6+ terrain park in operation.  There are no golf balls heading along the shortly trimmed grass that grows […]

County resident is nation’s fastest

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills fourth-grader William McCoy won the 2014 All-American National Cross Country Championship in his age division Saturday. He ran a 3K, or 1.86 miles, in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Remarkably, his parents Allen and Rochelle McCoy didn’t know they had a super runner until recently. “We knew he was […]

Roundup: Dec. 9, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings 1. Team Effort 36-16 2. Sometimers 29-23 3. Bowlin Baggs 27-25 4. Knotty Girls 26-26 5. Alley Oops! 26-26 6. Fun Gals 23-29 7. Hillbilliettes 22.5-29.5 8. Pin Pals 17.5-34.5 High games: 189 — Cheryl Haas; 179 — Connie Harding and Nancy Bumbaca; […]

Lady Bruins 0-2 against Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Folsom’s game-ending 12-2 run broke a fourth quarter tie Monday as the visiting Lady Bulldogs defeated host Ponderosa 63-53 for their second win over the Bruins in three days. McKenzie Forbes and Danielle DaCosta each scored 19 points for Folsom to offset Danielle Craft’s game-high 23 — all after the first quarter. The […]

D’backs win consolation title

Getting off to a fast start, Union Mine rolled over South Lake Tahoe 80-55 for the consolation title at Saturday’s Gold Dust Tournament at El Dorado High School. Despite the fifth-place finish, the Diamondbacks won their last two after a rough opener Thursday. “We came out with energy, executed well and didn’t let them back […]

Roundup: Dec. 5, 2014

Boys basketball Jack Scott Tournament Oak Ridge 65, Del Campo 37 — The Trojans outscored the Cougars 19-3 in the second quarter to pull away. Ten Oak Ridge players scored led by Matt Battaglia and Cole Compton with 14 points apiece. Oak Ridge 62, Kennedy 71 Girls basketball Clovest West Tournament Oak Ridge 58, Immanuel […]

El Dorado finishes 4th at Gold Dust

Unable to duplicate a good first-half effort in Saturday’s third/fourth place game at the annual Gold Dust Tournament, host El Dorado fell to Tamalpais 65-53. The Cougars led 36-30 after two quarters before the Red Tailed Hawks used a 15-8 third to lead 45-44 entering the fourth. Tamalpais never lost its lead over the final […]

Union Mine has it rough against Tamalpais

In its first game of the 41st annual Gold Dust Tournament, the Union Mine High boys basketball team was within striking distance of taking a lead over Tamalpais. But the Diamondbacks fell further behind to lose their opening game, 80-48, Thursday at El Dorado’s L.A. Brown Gym. The D’backs (2-1) trailed 5-2 early in the […]

Team Awards

El Dorado Varsity Football 2014 Big Cat Award Christian Mardis Ruelas Scholar Athletes Connor Russell Britton Stark Isaac Bugbee Andrew Benson Conor Villines Brandon Ollar Eric Abbott Special Teams Fernando Esparza Outstanding Lineman Austin Danker Outstanding Defense Carter Meyers Outstanding Offense Tyler Clanin Coaches Award Zach Culp Sam Osterhout Most Inspirational Cody Miller Talen Van […]

Bruins take 2nd at Ponderosa Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Zachary Velasquez highlighted a list of Ponderosa High wrestlers who posted winning records Friday at the 26th annual Ponderosa Duals Tournament on Friday. The 170-pound senior finished with a perfect 5-0 record that included his 6-5 overtime win in his final match, as the Bruins faced Buchanan for the tourney team title. Velasquez led […]

Cougars win in double overtime

Two overtime periods were needed for the El Dorado High boys basketball team, which pulled out an exciting 83-81 win over South Lake Tahoe Thursday in the first game of the 41st annual Gold Dust Tournament at L.A. Brown Gym. The game was tied 81-81 with 2.4 seconds left in what looked like a third OT session, but Cougars guard […]

Schedule: Dec. 8-13, 2014

Monday, Dec. 8 Boys basketball Cristo Rey @ GS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Folsom @ PHS, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 Boys basketball Vacaville @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ San Juan, 7 p.m. ED @ Lincoln, 7 p.m. Girls basketball GS @ Amador, 7:30 p.m. UM @ Forest Lake Christian, 5 p.m. OR @ […]

Bruin Jr. Midgets best of D-I, II levels

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa Jr. Bruins Midget football team capped a stellar season by winning a second consecutive Bay Valley Conference crown and the Sacramento Youth Football Super Bowl. In the SYA Super Bowl, the Jr. Bruins knocked off the Inderkum Jr. Tigers in an exciting 32-30 double-overtime win at Sheldon High. Previously, Ponderosa had won the Division I […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 4, 2014

Breakfast, Santa run Tomorrow the Cameron Park CSD holds a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Admission is $5. Prior to the breakfast, take part in the Santa Run, which starts at the Community Center at 7 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for adults or […]

El Dorado comes back on Titans

SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado girls made Steve Scott a winner in his first game as coach with Tuesday’s 54-33 nonleague victory at Burbank. Samantha Klinkenborg led a trio of Cougars in double figures with 12 points. Kylie Haverson and Faith Wilson each added 11 while Rebecca McCaughey contributed eight points. Rounding out the scoring, […]

Lady Diamondbacks race past Calaveras

EL DORAD) — It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night at Union Mine High as the varsity Lady Diamondbacks hosted Calaveras for its second nonleague game of the year. Following a dismal showing in the first two quarters, Union Mine reversed a two-point deficit at halftime with an 18-point third quarter and another […]

G9 Golden Sierra girls drop home opener

GARDEN VALLEY — An early lead looked promising Tuesday for the Golden Sierra High girls basketball team against Marysville. But the visiting Indians capitalized on turnovers that led to a 54-30 win in the home opener for the Lady Grizzlies (0-1). The Grizzlies’ defense forced Marysville into five turnovers in the first quarter that transitioned into […]

SVC All League Fall 2014

Football Coach of the Year Joe Volek, El Dorado Most Valuable Player Nick Bonniksen MVP Offense Daniel Tveretinov, Rosemont MVP Defense Christian Pridgen-Daniels, Rosemont Outstanding Lineman Vince Spikes, Cordova Carter Meyer, El Dorado Colby Harrington, El Dorado Cody Miller, El Dorado Zach Culp, El Dorado Talen Van Cleave, El Dorado Brandon Ollar, El Dorado Tyler […]

Ponderosa Duals today

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa High wrestling program hosts the 26th annual Ponderosa Duals Tournament this weekend. The 10-team field opens at 9 a.m. this morning with the varsity followed by the JV tournament tomorrow. Programs lined up to attend are Buchanan, Merced, Rocklin, Rosemont, Casa Roble, Cosumnes Oaks, Placer, Hiram Johnson and Nevada’s Damonte […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 2, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD Adult 5×5 Basketball Teams play seven games followed by playoffs for the top four teams. Games are played at the El Dorado Hills’ CSD Gym on Sunday evenings from Jan. 25 to March 22 and again April 12 to June 14 with a team fee of $425. Deadline to register for […]

Football: Area teams held their own ground

Editor’s note: Democrat staff writer Mike Bush looked back on the recently completed seasons for the five area prep football teams. His analysis is broken into two parts: Union Mine, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa are featured today. El Dorado and Golden Sierra ran Monday. One more win. That was all that the Union Mine, Oak Ridge […]

Oak Ridge looks to benefit from strong schedule

EL DORADO HILLS — In order to have his Oak Ridge High boys basketball team ready for its first season in the Sierra Foothill League, head coach Bobby Edwards beefed up the Trojans’ pre-season schedule with four tough tournaments. Starting Thursday, Oak Ridge will compete at the Jack Scott Tournament at Rio Americano High. Then the […]

Trojans looking to press opponents

EL DORADO HILLS — Reload could be the key word for this year’s Oak Ridge High girls basketball team. Gone from previous seasons are three-year starters Ali Bettencourt, Jenn Hoffman and Michelle Barkley, who led to the Lady Trojans to consecutive Delta River League titles and deep runs in the Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal playoffs, as […]

Cougars’ perimeter shooting tames Panthers

Ian Spencer scored 22 points, Cam Battersby 18 and Matt Smith 16 Monday as host El Dorado defeated Florin 76-68 in the annual Sac-Joaquin Section’s Foundation Game to benefit the CIF’s A. Dale Lackey scholarship fund and Women in Sports Conference. The Cougars shot well from the perimeter and hit eight three-pointers, four by Battersby, who sank […]

Outside with Charlie: Ski safely by getting in shape for the slopes

The Thanksgiving weekend brought much-needed rain and snow into El Dorado County. The storm door appears to be propped open, as additional storms forecasted rolled in Tuesday and today. With snow beginning to coat the higher reaches of the county, more opportunities for the downhill ski crowd are opening. In the Lake Tahoe area, there are […]

Roundup: Dec. 2, 2014

Boys basketball Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation game Ponderosa 53, Vista del Lago 62 — In Monday’s opener in Folsom, the Bruins trailed 41-36 entering the fourth quarter, but the Eagles grounded their visitors in the final eight minutes. Jordan Brennan was one of two Ponderosa players who scored in double figures with 16 points, followed by Matthew Bejsovec at […]

Respectable area finishes

FRESNO — Temperatures in the High 60’s greeted the hoards of runner’s from every corner of California for the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday. The excellent weather and fast course provided an appropriate stage on which some of the best runners in the United States displayed their talents. “Year […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 1, 2014

Ponderosa graduate Lianna Sybeldon, Class of 2012, helped her University of Washington volleyball team knock of No. 1 ranked Stanford in four sets last Wednesday in Pac-12 play. With the win, the fifth-ranked Huskies (28-2, 17-2) dealt the Cardinal (28-1, 18-1) their first loss. Heading into the postseason, Sybeldon is first on the team with […]

Schedule: Dec. 1-6, 2014

Monday, Dec. 1 Girls basketball Foundation Games CBS @ OR, 6 p.m. GS @ Foresthill, 5:30 p.m. PHS @ Vista, 6 p.m. Boys basketball Foundation Games CBS @ OR, 8 p.m. Florin @ ED, 7 p.m. GS @ Foresthill, 7 p.m. PHS @ Vista, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 Girls basketball Marysville @ GS, 7 […]

El Dorado boys win home opener

Spencer, 26 points; Smith, 21 Matt Smith and Ian Spencer combined for 32 second-half points — 11 in a pivotal fourth quarter — as El Dorado opened the 2014-15 season by rallying past visiting Pioneer 72-67 Saturday night. Spencer sank four free throws in the final 19 seconds to keep the Cougars ahead. Spencer led […]

Accomplishments highlighted 2014 Cougar, Grizzly seasons

Editor’s note: Democrat staff writer Mike Bush looked back on the recently completed seasons for the five area prep football teams. His analysis is broken into two parts: El Dorado and Golden Sierra today and Oak Ridge, Union Mine and Ponderosa to run on Wednesday. In terms of record and making the playoffs, El Dorado […]

Additional terrain at Heavenly, Northstar resorts

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif./Nev. — Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort will expand terrain for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, giving skiers and riders access to the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe. Combined, the Best of Tahoe resorts will offer Lake Tahoe’s most-open terrain. “If you’re planning on skiing this holiday weekend, Heavenly […]

Outside with Charlie: Plan ahead

Autumn can be a bit of a challenge for outdoor types, whatever outdoor venture you participate in. It’s not a difficult challenge, it’s just necessary to adjust what you do a bit. Alpine skiers aren’t immune from it. Snow can fall early or late in the early weeks of autumn. When and where to start […]

Hoops up next

The transition to the winter prep sport’s season means that basketball rakes to the court. Monday, local teams compete in the Foundation game. Next weekend, beginning Thursday, El Dorado boys host the annual Gold Dust Tournament (see bracket) that includes Union Mine. To open, El Dorado plays South Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. followed by […]

Ex-Bruin Curto gets ‘in shape’

First competition nets 3rd place open-class trophy SHINGLE SPRINGS — A twist of fate, stick-to-itiveness, will power and determination has elevated Jen Curto in the world of amateur bodybuilding. The 20 year-old from Shingle Springs, a personal trainer at In-Shape El Dorado, entered her very first competition last month and placed third amongst an experienced […]

County squads ready for big race

Two El Dorado County high school boys cross country teams will conclude their season Saturday at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Golden Sierra High boys squad, which won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys title two weeks ago, is one team along with El Dorado’s boys. The Grizzlies won the […]

Winter leaves quite a legacy

Pat Winter abruptly resigned as head coach of the El Dorado High girls basketball program. Citing personal reasons, Winter departs as the all-time winningest coach of any sport on campus. Having coached 16 years, Winter’s teams compiled 302 wins, made the playoffs 14 times and won five league titles, including four in a row from […]

Resort openings and tips for skiing attire

Opening days • Boreal Mountain: Nov. 18 • Northstar California: Nov. 21 • Heavenly Montain Resort: Nov. 21 • Mt. Rose: Nov. 21 • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Nov. 22 • Squaw Valley: Today • Sugar Bowl: Today *Both Boreal and Mt. Rose opened briefly earlier this month Although no major snowstorms have descended on Northern California and left […]