MOCs: Taz third, Sharks take fifth

Dry Diggin Dolphin swimmers finish 22nd  WOODLAND — Buoyed by the 120 point-gathering effort of Patrick Sammon, the El Dorado Tasmanian Devil swimmers took third place at last weekend’s three-day, end-of-season Meet of Champions competition at Woodland’s Aquatic Center. Batting Piranhas, Stingrays Tigersharks and AquaMonsters to name a few, the Taz tallied 362 points for their small team […]

Lake Tahoe Marathon returns next month

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon returns to Lake Tahoe Sunday, September 14. Since its inception in 1995, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has evolved into a premier running event that attracts athletes from all over the United States and globe. After 19 years, founder and racer director […]

Roundup: Aug. 5, 2014

Finals Boys 6 and under — 25 free: 9-Cole Pratt, DDD, 19.09; 10-Calahan McColley, EDH, 19.14. 25 back: 8-McColley, EDH, 23.05; 14-Pratt, DDD, 25.51. 9-10 — 100IM: 1-Patrick Sammon, EDH, 1:11.71; 16-Jacob Seabourne, EDH, 1:24.44. 25 free: 1-Sammon, EDH, 12.39; 4-Ethan Mueller, EDH, 13.20. 25 back: 1-Sammon, EDH, 15.95. 50 free: 1-Sammon, EDH, 27.52; 6-Mueller, […]

Devils celebrate SSL season

The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team concluded the 2014 season with their annual Award’s Night Picnic late last month at Bertlesen Park. At the forefront was recognition of its athletes who helped the team go undefeated during the regular season and then capture Suburban Swim League title by a mere seven points over Granite […]

Davy Johnson named D’backs interim head coach

EL DORADO — Davy Johnson began his football coaching career at the same high school from which he graduated in 2003 — Union Mine High. On July 28, Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille appointed Johnson, who was a three-year starting quarterback on the 2000 to 2002 Diamondback teams, as Union Mine’s interim varsity football coach. Johnson […]

Golobic brings home duel victories

After cancellation of the July 26 race due to the Sand Fire, teams and fans returned to Placerville Speedway for the 13th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Point Race of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in grand fashion on Saturday. The five-division program saw more than 100 cars on the quarter-mile clay oval, with […]

El Dorado High athletic handbooks available

El Dorado High students who are interested in playing a fall sport — football, girls volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf, boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls water polo and cheerleading — need to complete an athletic handbook by Monday, Aug. 11. Athletic packets are available at Click the “Athletic Handbook” link, and complete digitally. […]

Nordby new Grizzly coach

GARDEN VALLEY — A story on new Golden Sierra High football coach Jeremy Nordby will appear in the Mountain Democrat this week. Nordby is a former Grizzly who started on both sides of the ball on the 1994 championship team that played Bear River in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game at the University […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 3, 2014

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament Sept. 22. All proceeds will be donated to the AFF, which offers assistance to active-duty military personnel. National Guard, reserve components and military families. Sponsorship hole opportunities are available for $250, $500 and $1,000. Registration on event […]

Bruin assistant coach dies

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Mike Brown, a Ponderosa High special education teacher who was an assistant coach on the Bruins boys basketball team for the last two seasons, passed away July 28. “We have truly lost a great person in coach Mike Brown, but let’s be grateful that we all had the chance to be around […]

Camp draws good numbers

While there’s bubbling anticipation at El Dorado High for the start of the fall volleyball season, it’s too soon. Being July, it’s first things first so the order of business last month was the annual Girls Volleyball Camp at El Dorado High. Ran in conjunction with the City of Placerville Recreation and Parks Department, the four-day […]

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New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

El Dorado County varsity high school football head coaches have mixed feelings regarding a new state law Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week. The bill, AD 2127, limits full-contact football practices to two hours a week during the season and prohibits summer full-contact camps, including those out-of-state. The bill’s aim is to reduce the number of concussions […]

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

If your summertime fun includes heading up to Tahoe City to rent a raft for the float down the Truckee River to the River Ranch restaurant, you won’t like this. Sad but true, the river rafting outfits in Tahoe City have had to close. The flow of water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River […]

Racing returns with big 5-division card

After an unexpected cancellation last Saturday due to the area wildfire support, racing action is back tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Five divisions will be on the race lineup as the championship point battles wind toward the final chapter of the season in all three of the weekly divisions, […]

Roundup: July 31, 2014

Wrestling El Dorado Hills Club wrestler Mikey Mello, pictured at right, an incoming Oak Ridge High freshman when the school year starts toward the end of next week, had an enjoyable summer that included earning honors at the USA Schoolboy National Tournament in Oren, Utah. Mello competed in the Schoolboy division — middle school — of […]

Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

Bumps and bruises are her specialty, but 1999 Ponderosa High graduate Kelly Ketcham brings much more to the St. Francis High community. Ketcham is the assistant athletic director for sports medicine for the St. Francis’ athletic department staff, the first full-time certified athletic trainer in the school’s history. In addition, the former Bruin will be […]

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

ROCKLIN — Despite dominating several age divisions at the Suburban Swim League Championships last weekend at the Sierra College pool, the Sierra Sharks placed fifth within an eight-team field. El Dorado Hills edged out Granite Bay to win the title while Park Terrace and Broadstone finished third and fourth, respectively. Next up for the swim […]

Roundup: July 29, 2014

Suburban Swim League Championship Meet Sierra College Girls (top Taz, Shark placer) 6 and under — 25 back: 1-Lulu Mancinelli, SS, 22.27; 2-Katie Tadayeski, EDH, 22.91. 25 free: 1-Mancinelli, SS, 17.64; 2-Katie Tadayeski,18.91. 7-8 — 25 back: 3-Rylee McColley, EDH, 21.14; 14-Olivia Mancinelli, SS, 22.74. 25 free: 3-Mancinelli, SS, 16.43; 7-Alena Tadayeski, EDH, 17.10. 50 […]

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

ROCKLIN — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team claimed first place at the Suburban Swim League Championship Meet last weekend at Sierra College by a narrow margin of just seven points over the formidable Granite Bay Gators. El Dorado Hills tallied 12 individual event victories and won six relay races. Of the  dozen, […]

Local spiker shines

El Dorado High boys volleyball player Elijah Magat, located second to right in the bottom row, was chosen to participate in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Okla. This team of high-performing athletes represented the Northern California Region at this annual tournament. It is an honor to be selected to compete against other boys representing […]

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Summer is the best time to prepare for the high school wrestling season that competes in the winter. That’s how Ponderosa High wrestling coach Tyson Escobar sees it. Escobar and most of the Bruin grapplers returning this winter were hosts of the 12th annual California Gold Wrestling Camp inside the Bruins’ gym. “It’s […]

Speedway races cancelled

Saturday’s races at the Placerville Speedway, which is on the site of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, were cancelled because of an emergency fire camp and evacuation center set up for the Sand Fire at the Amador and El Dorado County lines that started Friday, according to the speedway’s Website. At deadline, it was […]

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

Two runs scored in the top of the first inning by the visitors was no problem for the El Dorado High Summer Legion baseball team. Hosting Pro Players Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, El Dorado doubled its runs in its first at-bat, and added more throughout the game to post an 8-4 win. Along with winning […]

Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

Cameron Park CSD 530-677-2231  Swim lessons Registration is still available for the last session swim lesson July 28 to Aug. 7. Lessons are scheduled in two-week sessions that include 25-minute classes that run from Monday through Thursday unless noted otherwise. Private lessons are also available. Kids Summer Day Camp Allows the children to participate […]

Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

Ten-year-old Sophie Yoder from the Sierra Marlins’ swim program has been selected for the Western Zone Select team that will represent the Sierra Nevada region for the upcoming 2014 Western Zone Age Group Championships Aug. 6-9 in Federal Way, Wash. A recent dual gold medal winner at the JO Championships, Sophie, from Shingle Springs and […]

Roundup: July 26, 2014

Baseball El Dorado Hills 0, Nogales 4 — Representing Northern California, the El Dorado Hills 50/70 Intermediate team fell short of reaching the World Series after its second setback to the host Nogales, Ariz. team Thursday night at Fleischer Park. Both vyed for the Western Regional District 8 championship and to advance to Livermore, site […]

Quarter century later, Rypien wins ACCG again

STATELINE, Nev. — The 2014 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course was memorable due to the inclement weather most of the week. After Sunday’s 3-hour rain delay, former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien (76 points) went on a surge to win his second ACGC title. He won the inaugural title in […]

Sports Scene: July 24, 2014

Wrestling reunion The Ponderosa wrestling program is holding a reunion, hosted by Aaron Reeves, July 26 at 6 p.m. For questions or information, call Richard Fox at 530-558-5731.  

Rush sit a win from Series

NOGALES, Ariz. — The El Dorado Hills Rush doubled up Southern California 6-3 Wednesday night to move to 5-1 at the West Regional Tournament at Fleischer Park. The victory set up a rematch with Nogales (Arizona District 8), the host team who earlier dealt El Dorado Hills a 7-6 setback. The winner advances to the […]

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils concluded their regular season Saturday by defeating the Granite Bay Gators 432-353 during the last dual meet of the Suburban Swim League. With the win, the Taz held top placement in the league with a perfect 7-0 record. As tradition, eight graduating seniors were honored poolside. Ashley […]

Outside with Charlie: Paddle time

If you have a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board, now is the time to launch at one of the great lakes in the high country. There’s quite a few choices. each coming with its own beauty and splendiforousness. Here’s four that offer a great time on the water, in different ways. Sly Park  — The closest, […]

Midget Lites join tomorrow’s action

Four divisions will be on Saturday’s menu as the championship point battles wind toward the final chapter of the season in all three of the weekly divisions. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks are joined by the exciting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. In the Sprint Car division, Greg […]

El Dorado rallies for last-inning victory

In the majority of its games this season, the El Dorado High Summer Legion baseball team has dominated. Not Tuesday against Hard 90 as El Dorado found itself having to come-from-behind in a 5-4 win. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nathaniel Erskine and Louis Merlo walked while El Dorado teammate Ian Philbrick singled to right field to […]

Celebrity golf at Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. — Celebrities from across the entertainment and sports worlds gathered last weekend for the annual American Century Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Look for further coverage in an upcoming Mountain Democrat. tahoe_11w

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

… still relevant, still time-tested and still a heap of fun. That describes an early summer dodgeball class offered by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and held at the CSD gym. Everyone’s had a brush with dodgeball at the grade school level, The sport, around for generations, was made into a major motion picture […]

Roundup: July 22, 2014

Dolphin stats VFCAL Meet Girls 6 and under — 25 free: 1-Emma Frazer, 22.19; 4-Maggie Yost, 24.96; 7-Heidi Schneider, 26.57. 25 back: 1-Frazer, 25.77; 4-Amelia Leo-Frazee, 27.94; 5-Yost, 29.27. 100FR: 1-Frazer, Yost, Hannah Musgrove, Schneider, 1:43.17; 4-Pearl Cooney, Lauren Dorrough, Maya Musgrove, Sage Warren, 1:57.54.; 5-Leo-Frazee, Emily Murphy, Meagan Sare, Naomi Morgan, 2:05.06. 7-8 — […]

Dolphins ring up another title

CITRUS HEIGHTS — The Dry Diggin Dolphins’ swim program captured its fourth straight Valley Foothill Competitive Aquatic League championship last weekend — outpointing four other clubs at Rusch Park. While Orangevale gave the Dry Diggins’ squad a run for its money in first-place finishes, the Dolphins still won 32 of 84 events. The boys registered […]

Sharks defeat Loomis Basin in season finale

LOOMIS — In its final regular season summer meet of the season Saturday, the Sierra Sharks swim team took a bite out of the Loomis Basin Dolphins, 464-323. In addition, five Sharks won a combined five races each that included being members of relay teams. For the boys, Paul Vos and Justin Lehr, both competing […]

Valley View Sports Park

Construction to begin on joint project Officials held a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the first El Dorado Hills sports field and park south of Highway 50. Construction should be complete in early November. The Valley View Sports Park project is a joint use partnership between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and the Buckeye Union […]

Under the Scoreboard: July 20, 2014

Former Golden Sierra baseball standout Tyler Waldron is a step away from the big leagues in pitching for Indianapolis, the Triple A farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates which drafted him out of Oregon State. Waldron, who as a senior for the Grizzlies was the All Metro Player of the Year, is currently injured and on […]

Becker slips by in wild KWS finish

A packed house Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway witnessed one of the craziest finishes seen in a long time, when leader Brent Kaeding spun on the cushion during the final corner and Sean Becker snuck by for the dramatic victory. The unbelievable win for Becker was his 10th career with the King of the […]

Sports Scene: July 20, 2014

Wrestling reunion The Ponderosa wrestling program is holding a reunion, hosted by Aaron Reeves, July 26 at 6 p.m. For questions or information, call Richard Fox at 530-558-5731. Host needed The Warren High Cross-County boys team from Downey, CA seeks a host when it returns to El Dorado County next month for an 11th year […]

Sophia Barden wins strut title

STOCKTON — El Dorado Hills native Sophia Barden recently won the National Title in Strut at the 56th annual U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships held July 7-12 at the Stockton Arena. Competing amongst the best 13 year-olds in the nation, Barden captured first place in Strut with 18.30 points and was second in solo, 2-Baton […]