Outside with Charlie: Weathernomics

A decent set of storms dropped enough snow in the high country last month to allow the ski resorts, big and small, to open. The holidays were great for skiers and snowboarders, cross country skiers, and snowshoe enthusiasts. Recent storms have mostly headed elsewhere. While there have been a few days of very light snow, […]

Oak Ridge upends T’wolves 49-22

EL DORADO HILLS — Kassidy De Lapp had a double-double for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team Wednesday, which posted a 49-22 Sierra Foothill League win over Woodcreek. The Lady Trojan freshman center registered a game-high 12 points and 11 rebounds — scoring half of her points in the third quarter that helped Oak Ridge (4-0 […]

D’backs rally for victory

EL DORADO — Two Union Mine girls basketball players scored in double figures — one aided by key fourth-quarter free throws — leading to a 53-48 Sierra Valley Conference win over Liberty Ranch in the opener for both teams at the Snake Pit Tuesday. Lady Diamondback Courtney Bruno scored eight of her 14 points in the final […]

El Dorado wins SVC opener

Two key scoring plays, both involving Ian Spencer and Isaac Bugbee, late in the fourth quarter Tuesday helped turn the tide for host El Dorado in its 61-56 victory over Rosemont to open Sierra Valley Conference play. Both involved good defense by one team but better offense by the other. On the first, the Cougars […]

Common sense safety tips on the slopes

Ski resorts nationwide are participating in National Safety Month this month with the goal of educating skiers and snowboarders about being safe and practicing common sense on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are vital for everyone to understand when cruising down the mountain. Every resort, […]

Mixed All Star Dual Team takes third place

ELK GROVE — Elite middle school wrestlers came together from all over El Dorado County to form an All-Star Dual Team to compete at the Brandon Matsumoto Team Duals at Kerr Middle School in Elk Grove. The wrestlers placed third as a team out of 10 teams — its only loss to the first place team by […]

SFL Fall All League

Volleyball Coaches of the Year Breanne Wymore, Oak Ridge Christy Bergin, Oak Ridge Tricia Plummer, Granite Bay Dave Muscarella, Rocklin Moct Valuable Players Kelly Krigger, Oak Ridge Maddie Haynes, Rocklin Kimmy Tuttle, Oak Ridge Olivia Reed, Oak Ridge Elizabeth Cameron, Oak Ridge Football Coaches of the Year Kris Richardson, Folsom Troy Taylor, Folsom Offensive Player […]

Bruin wins “Doc” B. title

CLOVIS — Ponderosa senior Zachary Velasquez captured first place in the 160-pound division at the prestigious two-day Doc Buchanan Invitational Wrestling Tournament last weekend at Clovis High School. In the finals, Velasquez edged Folsom’s Lorenzo De La Riva by a 3-1 decision. In the semis, Velasquez defeated Buchanan’s Anthony Montalvo. Team-wise, the Bruins placed 20th with […]

Former Cougar takes over at Union Mine

Team off to good start EL DORADO — Union Mine High boys basketball head coach Brad Visman has his Diamondback players spreading the wealth on the court and off to a winning start. Last night, the D’backs entered their Sierra Valley Conference opener at Liberty Ranch with a 9-7 record after a 6-1 mark to […]

Bruins battle Broncos in loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Bella Vista Friday night, falling to the Broncos 51-45 in Capital Valley Conference action. The Bruins traded buckets with their guests through the majority of the first half, but couldn’t shut down Bella Vista’s offense in the second quarter, trailing 26-19 at halftime. Grinding through […]

No snow cancels opener

Today’s South 1 Division ski and snowboard race opener at Sierra-at-Tahoe has been cancelled according to the division’s Website. The reason given was that there’s not enough snow pack to set a course. That same reason caused the start of last season to be postponed and eventually shifted to Northstar to ensure the regular season […]

Roundup: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 75, Rocklin 59 — Three Oak Ridge players scored in double figures in Saturday’s Sierra Foothill League road win. Conor Jeffery was the Trojans’ leading scorer with 22 points, Connor Schumutte 18 and Cole Compton 15. Tyus Millhollin followed in scoring with eight, Kisilewicz five, Jarod Casey-Holland four and Connor Davis three. […]

Scots get Garden Valley twin bill

GARDEN VALLEY — Siblings Isaiah and Acacia Tenette each claimed game-high scoring honors for their respective teams Friday as Highlands swept Golden Sierra in a varsity boys/girls Sierra Delta League doubleheader in Garden Valley. Isaiah bucketed 23 points to pace the Scots’ 72-42 win to close the night while earlier, Acacia pumped in 18 during […]

Oak Ridge girls bury Miners

EL DORADO HILLS — A rough first quarter start didn’t last long for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team, which routed Nevada Union, 61-22, in a Sierra Foothill League home game Friday. The Lady Trojans and Lady Miners combined for 13 turnovers in the first quarter. But toward the end, Oak Ridge (3-0, 13-3) […]

Defense the key in Trojan win

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing its first Sierra Foothill League home game Friday, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team played solid defense that led to a 54-37 win over Nevada Union. Hanging onto a 30-21 halftime lead, the Trojans (2-1, 12-5) went on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes of the third […]

Schedule: Jan, 12-17, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 13 Boys basketball Rosemont @ ED, 7:30 p.m. Woodcreek @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball Liberty Ranch @ UM, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Whitney, 7 p.m. ED @ Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling OR @ Del Oro, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 Boys basketball Whitney @ PHS, 7 […]

Roundup: Jan. 7, 2015

Boys basketball El Dorado 46, Casa Roble 61 — The host Rams outscored the Cougars 40-25 in the second and fourth quarters Tuesday. Cam Battersby led El Dorado (8-6) with 15 points; Matt Smith scored 11; Ian Spencer added seven; Brian Lane had six; and Christian Robson scored five points. Ponderosa 53, Antelope 61 — […]

Outside with Charlie: Now’s the time

Early winter has settled in and the trees in the orchards are beautiful in a wonderful winter landscape. The traffic in Apple Hills is now mostly local and actually moves through the area with ease as there’s simply not many cars and trucks roaming the back roads. It is a perfect time to take your bike, […]

Oak Ridge’s aggressive tone not enough

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first of only two home Sierra Foothill League matches, Oak Ridge wrestled tenaciously in most of its bouts but it was Folsom which came out with a 53-21 victory. Trojan grapplers Patrick Irwin (220-pounds), Josh Ploke (113s), Mikey Mello (120s), Jack Santina (126s) and Brandon Claiborne (145s) walked off […]

Trojans fall to top-ranked Folsom

FOLSOM — Though a four-minute span in the fourth quarter helped the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team, it wasn’t enough against Folsom, which posted a 55-46 Sierra Foothill League win in the opener for both teams inside the Bulldogs’ gym Tuesday. The Trojans went on a 12-5 run in the final four minutes of […]

Northstar’s halfpipe opens today

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Northstar California Resort will open this winter’s first halfpipe to skiers and riders today. Located on Pipeline trail and accessible via Vista Express, the halfpipe is a popular and highly-anticipated feature among Northstar’s terrain park users. Its addition allows for a contiguous, uninterrupted terrain park descent from the top of Pinball Park, which […]

Diamondbacks open league victoriously

EL DORADO — Wrestling on the home mat for the first time this season, host Union Mine toppled Galt 50-28 Wednesday in both squad’s Sierra Valley Conference dual meet opener. The Diamondbacks trailed 18-12 before jumping to a comfortable lead after the Warriors forfeited four of the next five matches. Union Mine also recorded two […]

Titans shoot down Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Impressive long-range perimeter shooting by visiting Antelope Tuesday night pushed the Titans past Ponderosa 71-59 to open the Capital Valley Conference schedule. Antelope sank 10 three-pointers — nine by the Johnson sisters — to sink the Bruins who battled the whole way. Nia Johnson hit the Titans’ first three in the first […]

Flurry of titles closed out 2014

Editor’s note: The following concludes a look back at 2014 with a month-by-month breakdown of events that occurred from July to December. July — Former Olympians John Carlos and Tommie Smith were guest speakers at the “Return to the Summit” ceremony to commemorate Echo Summit as a California Historic Landmark. The El Dorado Hills 10-11 All-Stars clinched […]

Roundup: Jan. 6, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings Week 16 of 32 1. Team Effort 40-24 2. Sometimers 37-27 3. Knotty Girls 34-30 4. Alley Oops! 33-31 5. Fun Gals 33-31 6. Bowlin Baggs 31-33 7. Hillbilliettes 25.5-38.5 8. Pin Pals 21.5-42.5 High games: 213 — Jeanne Valentine; 212 — Terese […]

2014 Top Honors

Most Valuable Player Cross Country Kaitlynn Staggers, El Dorado Dalton Douglas-Hiley, El Dorado Ryan Sewell, Golden Sierra Football Nick Bonniksen, El Dorado Softball Calista Almer, Union Mine Savannah Stephens, Golden Sierra Volleyball Kara Campbell, Union Mine Elijah Magat, El Dorado Brian Cann, Golden Sierra Wrestling Patrick Lewis, Golden Sierra Co-Most Valuable Player Volleyball Kelly Krigger, […]

Holiday snow meant positive cash flow for Tahoe

There’s no doubt Lake Tahoe depends heavily on the ski season to help fill its hotels, restaurants and casinos in hopes that a trail of cash that gets left behind and is spread around throughout the region’s business community. And there was no more important time for that than during the recent holiday season. Thanks to […]

CVC Fall All League

Cross Country Jaxon Clausen, Ponderosa Football Josh Bist, Ponderosa Colby Chiverton, Ponderosa Joe DelValle, Ponderosa Golf Jasmine Monas, Ponderosa Soccer Andrew Doe, Ponderosa Nicholas Davis, Ponderosa Danie Brennan, Ponderosa Christopher Rudfelt, Ponderosa Volleyball Alex Boyle, Ponderosa Boys Water Polo Heath Faulkner, Ponderosa Talon Green, Ponderosa Connor Overstreet, Ponderosa Reilley Waterman, Ponderosa Girls Water Polo Hannah […]

Roundup: Jan. 4, 2015

Boys basketball Kendell Arnett Tournament El Dorado 49, Oakmont 45 — The Cougars outscored the Vikings 11-7 in the fourth quarter to take fifth place. El Dorado 71, Colfax 53 — The Cougars outscored the Eagles 41-24 in the second half. Matt Smith scored 23 points to lead El Dorado; Ian Spencer added 14; Cam […]

El Dorado’s season was special

Editor’s note: Due to sheer difficulty, size, odds and committment, El Dorado football’s first-ever 10-0 regular season stands out as the year’s top local sports story. Included are other top feats that made 2014 memorable. Wednesday’s issue will feature the July-December month-by-month recap.  El Dorado football Cougar varsity football coach Joe Volek felt his squad […]

D’backs’ rally falls short

EL DORADO — Four games in five days ended Friday for the Union Mine High boys basketball squad, which lost a 68-59 nonconference contest to McClatchy at the Snake Pit. Trailing 52-41 as they entered the fourth quarter, the Diamondbacks (9-5) saw the Lions (7-5) go on an 8-3 run for a 60-44 lead thanks to two, […]

Grizzlies 0-for-2 in 2015

GARDEN VALLEY — Host Golden Sierra dropped both ends of its two-day Mountain Challenge committment last weekend — edged 41-37 on Friday by Western Sierra followed by Saturday’s loss to Hamilton which doubled up the Grizzlies 60-30. Golden Sierra played both without starting point guard Sam Holder who recently moved to Idaho. “Not having our […]

Schedule: Jan. 5-10, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 6 Boys basketball ED @ Casa Roble, 7 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Lincoln @ UM, 7 p.m. Antelope @ PHS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 Boys basketball San Juan @ GS, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Girls basketball San Juan @ GS, 6 p.m. OR @ Folsom, […]

Part I: Some of 2014’s biggest sports stories

Editor’s note: Each December the Democrat sports staff sifts through 12 months of coverage in an attempt to determine the year’s biggest stories by our local athletes and teams. Never easy, this task regrettably can’t acknowledge everyone. Our 2014 format selected one top sports story and nine others ranked in no particular order. Additionally, a […]

Roundup: Dec. 31, 2014

Boys basketball Kendell Arnett Tournament — Placer High  El Dorado 71, Colfax 53 — The Cougars outscored the Eagles 41-24 in the second half. Matt Smith scored 23 points to lead El Dorado; Ian Spencer added 14; Cam Battersby had 10; Dylan Heibel, nine; Isaac Bugbee, six; Christian Robson, five; and Ryan Campbell and Brian […]

First and goal: Needle in haystack

Yesterday, on New Year’s Day, the El Dorado High girls basketball team played Brookside Christian on the first day of the Running with the Pack Tournament at Cosumnes Oak High in Elk Grove. Yes, your eyes are just fine — the Lady Cougars played on New Year’s Day. El Dorado was scheduled to start the […]

Year in Review: Recap: Jan – June 2014

Editor’s note: The 2014 sports year in El Dorado County was diverse in its range of feats and accomplishments. The following is a brief look back at the first half of 2014 in a month-by-month breakdown of people, places and events. January — The new year opened with the uncertainty of whether the South 1 […]

Oak Ridge captures own tourney crown

EL DORADO HILLS — If the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team needed motivation in the title game against Monterey Trail of its own Trojan Toss Up, its performance at a previous tournament in toppling a top-ranked team ignited the fuel. Tuesday against the Mustangs, Oak Ridge (10-4) played its game and took the top trophy after […]

Cougars girls take second at Vitell

El Dorado’s bid to beat two good teams 90 minutes apart Tuesday to close the Jan Vitell Tournament fell short as Colfax took the first-place trophy with its 43-32 victory over the Lady Cougars. The Falcons held a five-point lead after three quarters and outscored El Dorado in the fourth. Earlier, the Cougars defeated Vista […]

Heavenly Resort opens Stagecoach Express, DMZ Carpet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Cooler temps have allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to utilize the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system in order to expand terrain and open Stagecoach Express last Saturday, offering a second access point to the mountain, as well as top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the Nevada side. “These cooler temps have come […]

Roundup: Dec. 30, 2014

Boys basketball Kendall Arnett Tournament Union Mine 66, Oakmont 52 — In Monday’s tournament opener at Placer High, the Diamondbacks (10-3) advanced when they broke free from a 15-14 first quarter lead by holding the Vikings’ offense to five points. That gave Union Mine a 32-19 halftime lead. The D’backs outscored the Vikings, 34-33, in […]

Outside with Charlie: Options aplenty

At last. All the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are open. Downhill and cross country resorts are spinning the lifts and grooming the trails, and skiers of all types are having a great time. Hope Valley Cross Country was the last to open. Located at Pickett’s Junction, the intersection of Highway 89 and […]

Cougars reach title game

El Dorado wins in battle between Cougars Sabrina Tate scored all 12 of her points in the second half Monday, joining two other Cougars in double figures, as host El Dorado pulled away from Center for a 59-46 second-round victory at the Jan Vitell Tournament. Tate played the entire second half, scoring six points in both […]

Oak Ridge advances to Toss Up finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Though its double-digit lead shrunk toward the end of the third quarter, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team stayed the course for a 63-52 win over Vista del Lago Monday in the winner’s bracket game of the annual Trojan Toss Up. Yesterday, the Trojans (9-4) played for the tournament title against […]

Lady Diamondbacks hold off Bears

Breanna Heinrichs’ free throw broke a tie with under 10 seconds to play Monday as Union Mine escaped with a 48-47 win over Summerville in second-round action at the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High School. The Bears, all the way from Tuolumne County, tied the score on a defensive breakdown by the Diamondbacks […]