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Anderson to address Independence grads

DIAMOND SPRINGS — El Dorado County Olympian Jamie Anderson, the recent gold medal winner in women’s snowboarding at the Sochi Winter Games, is confirmed to provide the keynote address at Independence High School’s graduation ceremony Thursday.  Principal Alison Gennai encourages the community to join the celebration. “Independence High School is thrilled and honored to welcome […]

Ponderosa’s Fields 4th at Freestyle Nationals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s Jaclyn Fields took fourth place in the Body Bar FILA Cadet Freestyle Wrestling Nationals at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. The Bruin junior lost a tough 5-3 battle to New Hampshire’s Olivia Toth in the 3rd/4th place championship bout. Earlier this month, Fields won the Sacramento Area Wrestling Association (SAWA) […]

Cougars push their way through to Masters

TURLOCK — The Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Track and Field Divisional Meet at CSU Stanislaus concluded last Thursday with three more individual and one relay team champions — all El Dorado Cougars. Sierra Valley Conference champion Cambron Lyles was a double winner in hurdles, capturing the 110 distance at 14.47 seconds, and the 300 hurdles […]

Bruins, Trojans making their next move

ELK GROVE — Brittany Anselmo had positive thoughts running through her mind that led to a strong finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field finals at Elk Grove High on Friday. The Ponderosa High senior took first place in the girls 800 meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 16.36 seconds, […]

Sports Scene: May 22, 2014

Basketball camp The Oak Ridge High boys and girls basketball programs will hold summer basketball training camps starting Monday, June 2 through Thursday, June 5. Girls entering fifth grade through freshmen in high school will go from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m; boys entering fifth grade to freshmen in high school will go from 5 to […]

Covington to Wyoming

El Dorado High’s Kyle Covington will compete next spring for the University of Wyoming swim team. The senior signed her Letter of Intent this week on the campus. Kyle Covington 523

Five Bruins sign

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Five senior Ponderosa athletes signed their Letter Of Intent forms Tuesday at the campus’ Career Center. The five Bruins were: Trae Providence (Simpson College, wrestling), Tiffany Nesterenko (University of Dallas, basketball), Tanner Charron, (Culver-Stockton College, volleyball), Taylor Lehr (University of Tennessee, swimming) and Marcus Forbes (Occidental University, basketball). DSC_4419ew

Outside with Charlie: Bike adventures

May is Bike Month. The goal this year is 2 million California miles. So far, the count is upwards of 960,000 miles ridden. There is less than two weeks left to make the 2 million mile mark. Placerville Bike Shop’s team has put in over 2,500 miles. Over 1,000 miles of that total was logged […]

Three from area already in

TURLOCK — First day finals action from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Track and Field Divisionals Meet at CSU Stanislaus Tuesday saw three El Dorado County athletes place — one in first — in addition to several winning preliminary performances on the track. Union Mine pole vaulter Leah Bertucelli cleared 10-6, six inches higher than […]

Local athletes shine at D-I meet

ELK GROVE — Eight El Dorado County high school field athletes raised the bar Wednesday, literally. Competing in the finals of the Sac Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field trials/finals at Elk Grove High, Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut and Kasian Strawick took fifth and sixth places, respectively, as they cleared the bar at 14 feet, […]

Abrupt end for Bruins

An obvious difference in Tuesday’s Ponderosa-Del Oro semifinal Sac-Joaquin Section Division I match was 6-foot, 8-inch Golden Eagle Connor Drake. To the Bruins, the difference was 6-1 setter Mason Humes. Ponderosa swept Del Oro earlier in the season with Drake but not Humes. With Humes the tables turned as the visitors defeated the Bruins 25-16, […]

Sports Scene: May 20, 2014

Golf tourney The Mother Teresa Maternity Home Golf Tournament , sponsored by Knights of Columbus, will be played at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club Monday, June 2 starting at 11:30 a.m. with registration and 1 p.m. for tee-off. The fee is $150 per person and includes cart, range balls and dinner. Extra dinners […]

46th Hangtown Classic brings world’s best racers

FOLSOM — The 46th annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park from Thursday, May 29 to Saturday, May 31, with the pros racing Saturday. It‘s one of the oldest and most coveted trophies on the 12-race Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series and considered the crown jewel of […]

Bruins, Trojans crown six DRL champs

EL DORADO HILLS — A combined 32 varsity athletes fom Oak Ridge and Ponderosa punched their tickets to today and Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I meet at Elk Grove High after qualifying performances at last week’s Delta River League Championships at the Trojans’ track. The top four in each event advanced as did those meeting/surpassing […]

Grizzly girls win league; boys take 2nd

RIO LINDA — The Golden Sierra High girls track team won the Sierra Delta League title and the varsity boys finished second behind Vacaville Christian at the league’s track and field championships at Rio Linda High last Wednesday. As the countdown to the State Meet begins, the league’s top three athletes earn the chance to […]

Ponderosa strong at section finals

LODI — Five El Dorado County high school swimmers and a relay team placed in the top eight at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Finals at Tokay High on Saturday. Ponderosa’s Taylor Lehr, a senior who will swim at the University of Tennessee on a scholarship this fall, took fourth place in the 100 backstroke with […]

Speedway: Night of nail-biters at the race track

Saturday night close wheel-to-wheel racing that kept the fans on the edge of their seats for nearly every race seemed to be the theme at Placerville Speedway for the sixth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Riebes Auto Parts. Although car counts were slightly […]

Track/Field: Four years straight for El Dorado boys

Cougar Cambron Lyles a triple winner; Union Mine sweeps throwing events FOLSOM — Spirited competition once again was the theme of the meet as three of the top teams in the Section for Division IV squared off at Folsom High for the Sierra Valley Conference Championships last week. “There is no question that the SVC […]

Softball: Lady Bruins shut out by Roseville

SACRAMENTO — Despite threatening with the bases loaded late in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I softball playoff game Saturday against Roseville, Ponderosa fell 2-0 to the Tigers at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The Bruins (14-7-1) started their rally when Madison Anderson singled and Taylor Doane and McKenna Rickles walked. But with two outs, a Bruin […]

Roundup: May 16, 2014

Volleyball Section playoffs El Dorado def. by Placer 25-21, 14-25, 25-21, 9-25, 5-15 — ED kills: Tait Miller, 14; Elijah Magat, 7. Aces: Magat, 2. Blocks: Daniel Hayes, 4; Miller, 2; Caleb Wetmore, 2. Digs: Magat, 4; Dominic Morgan, 7; Nathan Camello, 6. Assists: Magat, 20; Dustin Brown, 10. Serve Receive: Shea Jamrowski, 18; Camello, […]

Softball: Diamondbacks fall in final inning

STOCKTON — All Union Mine needed was one more out to advance to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball playoffs at Arnaiz Stadium Thursday. But Ceres’ two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 2-1 victory eliminated the Diamondbacks, who led 1-0 entering the frame. “We could’ve put […]

Soccer: Trojans fall short of D-I banner

ELK GROVE — Anna Gregg’s first-half goal stood as St. Francis denied Oak Ridge’s title hopes with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Cosumnes High for the Division I championship in the all-Delta River League final. The Troubadour’s bend-don’t-break defense survived numerous Trojan chances. Alone, Oak Ridge lined up for nine corner kicks and relentlessly crashed the […]

Volleyball: Bruins coast into the semifinals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Devastating jump serves and solid all-around play carried host Ponderosa past Davis 25-12, 25-12, 25-14 Thursday in Division I section playoff action. The Bruins played well from the start while the Blue Devils’ serve receive issues plagued the I-80 team all evening. Ponderosa advances to host Del Oro tomorrow. “We had a […]

Schedule: May 19-24, 2014

Tuesday, May 20 Track and Field Divisionals D-IV/V: ED, UM, GS @ CSU Stanislaus, 3 p.m. Volleyball Section semifinals D-I: Del Oro @ PHS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 Track and Field Divisionals D-I: OR, PHS @ Elk Grove HS, 1 p.m. Thursday, May 22 Track and Field Divisionals D IV/V: ED, UM, GS @ […]

Volleyball: Grizzlies bow out to Rio

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra fell to visiting Rio Americano in the second round of playoffs Thursday 12-25, 14-25, 15-25. “The game was as expected … Rio Americano is 20th in the State,” Grizzly coach Glenn Linka said. “I told the boys to do their best and to hold their heads high. This was the […]

Oak Ridge gallups past Mustangs

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge advanced through opening rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Tuesday, hosting and defeating Monterey Trail in three sets, 25-10, 26-24 and 25-20. Troy jumped out to an early lead in game one but the Mustangs came alive in the second set, forcing Oak Ridge to grind out […]

Sanders goes for four in a row

Justin Sanders looks to continue his win streak at Placerville Speedway in the winged sprint car division, one of four on the race card tomorrow night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Joining the winged 360 sprint car division on the quarter-mile clay will be the Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and the visiting Midget Lites […]

Boys ready for section time trials

A combined 21 El Dorado County high school boys swimmers will compete in today’s Sac-Joaquin Section Trials at Tokay High of Lodi. Representing Oak Ridge are Trevor Dong, Kyle Bare, Austin Sanders, Aaron Taylor and Patrick Tehaney. For Ponderosa, it’s Heath Faulkner, Vaughn Cannedy, Gary Woo, Seth Wilmoth, Jake Rackwitz and Grant Marriott. El Dorado will have Matt Coen, Marcus Holifield-Helm, Keefe Pesko and Dylan […]

Roundup: May 13, 2014

Baseball Section playoffs Oak Ridge 6, Rocklin 7 — The Trojans rallied for fives runs to tie the score at Union Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College Wednesday but a run in the bottom of the seventh by the Thunder dealt Oak Ridge its first Division I playoff loss. Troy received solid relief […]

Lady Trojans reach D-I title game

ELK GROVE — Julia Crawford and Nina Grimes delivered for the Oak Ridge High girls soccer team Wednesday. Crawford scored two goals, including one in penalty kicks, while Grimes made a huge PK save for the Lady Trojans in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game against Franklin that produced a 3-1 victory on PKs. […]

El Dorado wins battle of the Cougars

The El Dorado High boys volleyball team went the distance in its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division II home playoff match Tuesday against Del Campo. In the battle of the Cougars, El Dorado won in five sets, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8 and advanced to last night’s quarterfinal with Placer. With the match tied at two […]

Manteca’s Corn three-hits Cougars

LODI — Zach Culp smacked the first pitch deep to left field for a double for El Dorado in Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener against Manteca. That hit, one of three for the Cougars, wasn’t enough for El Dorado, which fell to the Buffalos, 6-0, at Zupo Field. The next three El […]

Volleyball: Grizzlies dispatch Johnson 3-0

GARDEN VALLEY — Behind late surges in all three sets, host Golden Sierra swept Johnson 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 to open the Division II section playoffs Tuesday. The Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 9-2, 13-1 and 5-2, respectively, in each set and advanced to yesterday’s second round against Rio Americano. “The guys showed a lot of heart […]

Roundup: May 12, 2-14

Golf Masters Tournament The Reserve at Spanos Park Par 72 Team scores (top 3 to NorCals): 1-Granite Bay, 365; 2-Jesuit, 371; 3-Central Catholic, 377; 4-Oak Ridge, 384. OR individual scores: Tyler Gunderson, 73; Dylan VanderVeer, 74; Austin Long, 74; Connor Gaymon, 81; Quinn Carlsen, 82; Nick Brandon, 85. Tennis Section playoffs D-I semifinals Oak Ridge […]

Cycling race hit parts of El Dorado County

A professional bicycle race is a pretty amazing spectacle. Nothing about it is static. If you are there to watch, you really have to pay attention. Blink, and you will have missed a large chunk of what you came to see. The Amgen Tour of California is billed as America’s Greatest Race. The route of […]

Freshmen Bruins go 22-0-1

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The 2014 Ponderosa girls freshman soccer team went undefeated in their 23 matches this season. The Lady Bruins were champions of the inaugural Grizzly Cup Classic JV Tournament, beating Nevada Union’s JV squad 2-0 in the championship match. In addition, they won the Sacramento Area Freshman Women’s Soccer League including a 2-0 […]

H’town Women’s Club wins 9-0

The first Hangtown Women’s Challenge between the Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club and El Dorado High consisted of nine, eight-point pro set doubles matches, all won by Hangtown. The Hangtown Women’s Club brought their considerable experience to bear, aided by the fact they regularly play on the Cougar courts. Originally slated for early April, the challenge […]

Woo prepares for final splash

Samantha Woo is looking forward to competing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Trials and Finals at Tokay High of Lodi. The Ponderosa High senior, who is headed to Fresno Pacific University on a scholarship, wants to make a big splash in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. In the Delta River League championships held almost two […]

Trojans rally to win playoff opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In his fourth appearance at home plate, Erik McNeill delivered in a big way for the Oak Ridge High baseball team. The junior second baseman, hitless in two at bats with a walk in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I home opener against Napa, struck the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of […]

McClain takes third

STOCKTON — Union Mine’s Spencer McClain won two matches at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III individual section singles tournament at Oak Park Racquet Club, defeating Derrick Witt (Southern League No. 1) 6-2, 6-1 and Mykaiah Clermont (Golden Empire League   No. 1) 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday. In playing his most consistent tennis of the year […]

Sanders continues winning streak

Entering Saturday night’s fifth Jackson Rancheria championship point race at Placerville Speedway, Justin Sanders was poised to put another notch in his early season win streak aboard his Beverly and Rudy Warrington owned #18 sprint car that recently carried him to the top of the point standings. When the checkered flag flew at the end […]

Equine drill team leaps to wins

CERES — The El Dorado County 4-H Equine Drill team competed in the top equestrian rodeo drill teams, as they congregated at the Diamond Bar Arena the weekend of May 3 and 4 for the 2014 California State Drill Team Championships. The competition is put on annually by the California State Horsemen’s Association Inc. Jill […]

Schedule: May 12-17, 2014

Monday, May 12 Baseball Section playoffs D-I: Napa @ OR, 4 p.m. Golf OR @ Masters Tourney, The Reserve, Stockton Tennis Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Davis, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 Softball Section playoffs PHS @ Buhach Colony, 4 p.m. Track and Field ED, UM @ SVC Trials, Folsom HS Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: […]

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