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Chaz Smith brings home gold medal

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Chaz Smith of Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs helped Team USA claim the 2014 Veteran World Saber Championship in Debrecen, Hungary recently. In addition, county resident Chaz Smith competed in the individual saber event that earned a sixth place finish. Team events in Veterans go to 30 points in five-touch relays. […]

Roundup: Nov. 25, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings  1. Team Effort 32-12 1. Alley Oops! 26-18 3. Sometimers 22-22 4. Knotty Girls 21-23 5. Bowlin Baggs 21-23 6. Hillbilliettes 21-23 7. Fun Gals 19-25 8. Pin Pals 13-31 High games: 207 — Bonnie Flint; 181 — Jeanene Santerelli; 175 — Connie […]

First and goal: ‘Out of line’

In the final minute of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer title game at Cosumnes Oaks High of Elk Grove almost two weeks ago, Oak Ridge and Davis battled for control of the ball. Less than a minute before the Trojans would eventually celebrate a 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils to capture their […]

35th annual Apple Hill Harvest

KID’S FUN RUN — Runner’s ready themselves at the starting line in Camino for the annual run held in early November. Former El Dorado High distance ranner Sean Gregg took first place in his division with a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds in the 3.5 mile course. View results at applehillrun.com. Democrat photo by […]

Roundup: Nov. 24, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings 1. Team Effort 31-9 2. Alley Hops! 23-17 3. Knotty Girls 20-20 4. Bowlin Baggs 20-20 5. Hillbilliettes 20-20 6. Sometimers 19-21 7. Fun Gals 16-24 8. Pin Pals 10-30 High games: 195 — Jeanene Santerelli; 186 — Connie Harding; 180 — Judy […]

Hi 5 taekwondo athlete brings home bronze

The USA Taekwondo National Poomsae team, featuring former Ponderosa High’s Saejin Yi, recently competed at the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. There were 46 countries competed in 36 divisions, with each athlete pursuing a gold medal in their respective division. After four days of competition, the USA team brought home 20 medals (4 […]

Schedule: Nov. 24-28, 2014

Thursday, Nov. 27 Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, Nov. 28 Cross Country State Championships ED, GS boys @ Woodward Park, Fresno Boys basketball UM @ Amador, 6 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ Amador, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 Boys basketball Pioneer @ ED, 7 p.m.

Lady Trojans fight for it but fall short

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge’s quest to advance past the first round of Friday’s NorCal Tournament ended in disappointment when No. 5 seeded Miramonte used a doubles sweep to eliminate the No. 4 Lady Trojans 4-3 at the Natomas Racquet Club. Ahead 3-2 on the strength of three singles wins, Oak Ridge needed one of its […]

Heinz-sight: Makings of

Each year, in every sport, just one team ends its season victoriously. Not so for the others. Though the Oak Ridge girls tennis team knew that full well heading into last weekend’s Northern California Girl’s Tennis Championships at the Natomas Racquet Club, it’s still a cold dose of reality when it hits home it won’t be […]

Perry top-40 at state finals

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Oak Ridge High’s Lexi Perry shot an 11-over 83 for a top 40 finish at Monday’s CIF State Girl’s Golf Championships at the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. OR Izzy Arnold. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Sports Scene: Nov. 20, 2014

Training classes Gold Country Officials will hold training classes for referees for the 2015 Placerville and Cameron Park youth leagues. There will be two classes, both on Sundays on Dec. 7 and 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Al at 530-622-5841 (home), 530-401-1766 (cell) or e-mail [email protected] Breakfast and Santa run On […]

Trojan captain delivers on, off the court

It’s safe to say that before the Oak Ridge girls tennis team takes the court for today’s NorCal opener down at the Natomas Racquet Club, Teja Chalamcherla will have her say. As one of three, senior Lady Trojan captains and clearly the most visible, Chalamcherla doesn’t think twice about assuming the role as team leader. […]

Resorts to open before holiday weekend

LAKE TAHOE — With up to a foot of fresh snow forecasted, Lake Tahoe ski resorts are ready to kick off another winter season with the majority planning to open in advance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Destination guests headed to Lake Tahoe this season will find significant capital improvements including new lakefront lodges, two new […]

Steve Scott back coaching

Steve Scott has returned to coaching basketball in El Dorado County. The former Oak Ridge boys hoops mentor is the new El Dorado High girls coach. Scott takes over for Pat Winter, who according to El Dorado High athletic director Joe Volek in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat, resigned prior to the start of practices. Scott, […]

Lady Trojans drop semis heartbreaker

ELK GROVE — For two hours and 10 minutes Tuesday, every point was critical between Oak Ridge and Pleasant Grove in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball semifinal match. From the first set to the last, both slugged it out to the end. Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, the host Eagles ended Oak Ridge’s fantastic season […]

Heinz-sight: A Trojan fall

Defeating a nationally and state-ranked team like the Oak Ridge boy’s soccer team did last week won’t mean nearly as much unless the next step is winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. Done. To go the distance to reintroduce/rebrand yourself like Oak Ridge did recently, the message/event is enhanced if your sport’s teams do well. […]

Oak Ridge showcases new logo

El DORADO HILLS — Last Wednesday’s Re-Branding Launch Event at Oak Ridge High was a rousing success — evidenced by the standing-room-only crowd that packed the Trojan Arena on a weeknight. Those attending were entertained with singing, music, dancing, fashion and more from the 370 student performers and witnessed the unveiling of the school’s new […]

Grizzly boys win sections; Cougars 2nd

FOLSOM — Two El Dorado County teams finished strong at last Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet at the Willow Hills course and will advance to the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Golden Sierra boys squad raced to first place to claim the section’s Division V blue banner for a second consecutive year, […]

Cross Country Section Meet

FOLSOM — Coverage of the local teams that competed last Saturdat at the Section Meet at Willow Hills will be in Wednesday’s Democrat. Spo_Boys-D-1-Race

Trojans rally for section title

ELK GROVE — With four minutes left in regulation time of Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer title game at Cosumnes Oaks High, Oak Ridge and Davis appeared headed toward overtime tied 1-1. Up stepped Trojan Connor Hountalas. The day prior, Hountalas, one of Oak Ridge’s goalies, had talked to Oak Ridge coach Joe […]

Under the Scoreboard: Nov. 16, 2014

Six Oak Ridge athletes and one from El Dorado High signed national Letters of Intent last Wednesday with national programs at a signing ceremony held on the campus. For the Trojans, Logan Denholm signed with UC Davis and Ryan Sullivan with Fresno State in baseball; for swimming and dive, Samantha Newman inked with Pepperdine and […]

Grizzlies self destruct

GARDEN VALLEY — Engaged in a competitive first-round Sac-Joaquin Division VI section playoff battle with Ripon Christian Friday, Golden Sierra’s attempt to overtake the visiting Knights collapsed under the weight of second-half turnovers and penalties — resulting in a 34-13 loss. A questionable call late in the third quarter cost the Grizzlies a chance to retake […]

Schedule: Nov. 17-22, 2014

Monday, Nov. 17 Golf State Tournament Lexi Perry @ Red Hill CC, Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday, Nov. 18 Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Pleasant Grove, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 Tennis NorCal Tournament D-I: OR @ Natomas RC Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: Finals @ Rec Hall, Davis, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 Tennis NorCal Tournament […]

Cougars’ perfect season ends in first round

To get its perfect 10-0 record, the El Dorado High football team has had to rally in the second half in three of its Sierra Valley Conference wins. That situation presented itself again Friday at Harvey E. West Stadium in hosting Benicia in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The Cougars […]

Oak Ridge girls advance

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge swept Davis 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 in Division I quarterfinal playoff action Thursday night. The win advanced the third-seeded Lady Trojans to tomorrow’s match at No. 2 Pleasant Grove. Against the No. 5 Blue Devils, Oak Ridge stumbled slightly out of the gate, called time to regroup and then […]

Sports scene: Nov. 16, 2014

Coach needed Today is the final date to apply for the position of Oak Ridge High softball head coach. If interested, contact the Athletic Office at 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills.

Roundup: Nov. 16, 2014

Volleyball Section playoffs El Dorado def. by Vanden 9-25, 14-25, 21-25 — Kills: MacKenzie Niemann, 7; Abby Bennett, 5; Kylie Haverson, 5; Makayla Hoyt, 5; Faith Wilson, 4. Aces: Sabrina Tate, 2, Blocks: Rachael Stevenson, 2. Assists: Tate, 12; Riley Weinhold, 12. Serve receive: Joy Martin, 23; Haverson, 15; Hannah Cornwell, 6; Wilson, 4. Union […]

Volleyball: Oak Ridge spikers sweep Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls volleyball program hosted Kennedy Tuesday night, cruising through the Cougars 25-20, 25-19, 25-11 in CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I playoff action. It was a smooth first-round win for the Trojans, who compensated for a slow start in set No. 1 to dispatch their counterparts with ease the rest […]

Soccer: Trojans stun Jesuit

CARMICHAEL — Andrew Greer and his Oak Ridge teammates shocked California’s No. 1 ranked team Wednesday with a 5-4 penalty kicks win over powerhouse Jesuit in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer semifinal game. The victory advanced the Trojans (14-4-1, No. 5 seed) to tomorrow’s D-I title game against Davis at 4 p.m. at Cosumnes Oaks. Wednesday’s […]

Tennis: Crowning moment worth the wait

FOLSOM — On a day Oak Ridge High unveiled its new sports logo, the old one in use still packed a punch as the Lady Trojans, behind steely determination, captured the Sac-Joaquin Division I section title Wednesday afternoon at Broadstone Racquet Club — defeating Rocklin 7-2 in an all-Sierra Foothill League final. The banner was the second in program […]

Football: Playoffs open tonight

Tonight, the El Dorado and Golden Sierra football teams host first-round playoff games. El Dorado, the No. 8 seed in Division III, entertains No. 9 Benicia. Golden Sierra, the No. 4 D-VI, welcomes No. 5 Ripon Christian. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. Benicia at El Dorado The Cougars (10-0), Sierra Valley […]

Tennis: Lady Trojans defeat Rams

FOLSOM — Before playing for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls tennis team title Wednesday, Oak Ridge posted a 6-3 win over St. Mary’s in the semifinals Tuesday at the Broadstone Racquet Club. The Lady Trojans swept the Lady Rams in the doubles matches, 3-0, that proved to be the difference. Doubles winners were Jessica […]

Water polo: Bruin boys fall in quarterfinals

ROCKLIN — Dixon broke from a halftime tie with five, third-period goals to oust Ponderosa from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys water polo playoffs Tuesday at Whitney High. The Bruins (21-10), the Capital Valley Conference’s No. 2 seed, tied the game at 5-5 with 6:15 left in the third period when Cameron Mosbacher fired a […]

Volleyball: Golden Sierra survives 1st round

Scoreboard El Dorado def. by Vanden 3-0 Union Mine def. by Bear River 3-0 GARDEN VALLEY — The volleyball gods weren’t exactly smiling at Golden Sierra during its 25-17, 26-24, 20-25, 16-25, 15-7 first-round Division V playoff victory over visiting Capital Christian Tuesday — it was more of a wink, nod and shove to the […]

Outside with Charlie: Gear tune-up

Just enough snow fell a little over a week ago to fire up the race for bragging rights for first ski resort opening. The snow wasn’t nearly enough but freezing temperatures in the higher reaches of the Sierra triggered another race as the snow guns began laying down man-made snow. Mt. Rose and Boreal hit the winners […]

Tennis: Oak Ridge girls halfway there

FOLSOM — Because the NFL’s Oakland Raiders are currently 0-9, was Oak Ridge senior Teja Chalamcherla’s Raider cap subliminal messaging in that 0-9 translated in team tennis terms is the worst possible outcome? Maybe. Were the rearranged court-assignments by Trojan coach Ralph Clark — you now need a map to figure it out — meant to throw Franklin off […]

Anika Lehr makes most of contest win

When Anika Lehr discusses her recent trip to pleasant hunt in South Dakota, there’s much more to it than just the four-night, three-day stay at the R & R Pleasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, a Cabela’s certified hunting destination. That’s because she just didn’t zip there and back and cram it into the time frame […]

Cross country: Section race next for area runners

ANGELS CAMP — Six county varsity teams competing at last Saturday’s varsity CIF Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet at Frogtown qualified for this weekend’s section race at Willow Hills in Folsom. To make the cut, teams had to finish in the top 10. The other avenue, individually, was also a top-10 finish. There was one champion as […]

Golf: Trojans fall short; Perry advances

SALINAS — The Oak Ridge girls team took seventh place at Monday’s NorCal Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch — 24 strokes shy of a state finals berth — to end a strong postseason run. Despite the disappointment, Trojan sophomore Lexi Perry played her best round of the season in carding a 78 […]

Re-branding Launch Event

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High Athletics Department is hosting a Re-Branding Launch Event Wednesday in the Trojan Arena (gymnasium). The ‘Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself Launch Event’ features the unveiling of the new athletics logo. Other happenings Wednesday is the Larger than Life Oak Ridge Athlete Banners Showcase, the video premier of […]

Next stop: Playoffs

Two El Dorado County high school football teams will extend their seasons via the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that begin this Friday. El Dorado, the outright Sierra Valley Conference champions after their perfect 10-0 regular season record, grabbed the No. 8 seed in Division III and will host Benicia. Golden Sierra grabbed the No. 4 spot […]

Roundup: Nov. 9, 2014

Tennis Individual Section Tournament Division I Johnson Ranch Singles Championship: Madeline Almeida, OR def. by Jacquie Tan, F, 3-6, 2-6 Semifinals: Almeida, OR def. Jacques, B, 6-1, 6-1. Quarterfinals: Almeida, OR, def. Barajas, L, 6-0, 6-2 First round: Almeida, OR, def. Hill, N, 6-0, 6-2 OR-Oak Ridge, F-Franklin, B-Beyer, L-Lodi, N-Napa   Water polo Section […]

Water polo: Bruins shut out Cougars

ROSEVILLE — For the last four months, the Ponderosa and El Dorado boys water polo squads have greeted each other between practices at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Last Thursday at Woodcreek High, the teams battled in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff opener, won by Ponderosa 14-0. The Bruins, seeded 2nd, face Dixon tomorrow at Whitney […]

Schedule: Nov. 10-15, 2014

Monday, Nov. 10 Golf NorCal Tournament OR @ Crazy Horse Ranch, Salinas Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Franklin-EG vs OR, Broadstone RC, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 Tennis Section playoffs D-I Semifinals, 2 p.m. Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: Kennedy @ OR, 7 p.m. D-III: ED @ Vanden, 7 p.m. D-IV: UM @ Bear River, 7 p.m. […]

El Dorado rally caps 10-0 season

An outright Sierra Valley Conference title, first-ever 10-0 record in school history and hosting a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff opener were the rewards for the El Dorado High football team after last Friday’s 31-9 Gold Nugget victory over intra-county rival Union Mine before a standing room-only crowd at Harvey E. West Stadium. The Cougars, who trailed the Diamondbacks 7-3 […]

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