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D’backs forfeit two games

Tuesday, the Mountain Democrat learned that Union Mine has forfeited two of its four varsity football wins this season because of an ineligible player. Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille stated in an e-mail to the Democrat, “We had to forfeit two games (against Foothill and Calaveras). We played a student-athlete who transferred to our school […]

Trojans slip past T’Wolves

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High boys soccer head coach Joe Champion admitted he was nervous about the second half of his Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League home game against Woodcreek. That’s because until the last two minutes of the game, the Trojans led by just a goal. To the rescue came forward Julian Garcia […]

D’backs drop rematch to Hawks

EL DORADO — In its first five Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer games, Union Mine has scored only two goals — one of them against Liberty Ranch which paid a visit Wednesday. Despite falling to the Hawks 3-1 in their first meeting last month, the Diamondbacks had an opportunity to score in the rematch. But the […]

Week 7: Bruins control destiny

All five El Dorado County football teams have big conference/league games tonight. Ponderosa plays at Del Campo; Oak Ridge travels to Del Oro; El Dorado plays host to Rosemont; Union Mine entertains Galt; and Golden Sierra makes the trek to Bradshaw Christian. Ponderosa at Del Campo The winner of the Ponderosa (2-1 in the Capital […]

Painted Pickleball courts debut

CAMERON PARK — The Cameron Park CSD held a Pickleball Open House last Friday on the newly painted courts at Cameron Park Lake. The Cameron Park CSD will be offering additional programs with pickleball. Photo-1

Roundup: Oct. 14, 2014

Volleyball Union Mine def. Rosemont 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 — Kills: Kara Campbell 23, Karly Dales 3, Kylie Russell 2. Aces: Savannah Scott 6, Campbell 5, Russell, Taylor Coate, Shyanne Winje, Jordyn Trulli, Dales. Blocked shots: Gabrielle Fredericks 2, Kaitlin Lishman. Digs: Campbell 13, Winje 9, Russell 8, Scott 6, Coate 5. Assists: Coate 32.  El […]

Strong D’back, Trojans’ showing

Yack 1st in Division III/IV race FRESNO — The Union Mine and Oak Ridge cross country teams competed at last weekend’s 36th Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park. In the Division III/IV girls race, Union Mine took 2nd as a team with 70 points. Leading the way in first place was Michaela Yack with a time […]

El Dorado 2nd at first Cougar Coed

EL DORADO — Last Saturday’s final round of the inaugural four-team Cougar Coed Tournament was bittersweet for host El Dorado. Prior to facing Frankin to end the day, the Cougar varsity teams watched Benicia depart the Aquatics Center with the championship trophy — awarded on a tiebreaker. El Dorado proceeded to whip the Wildcats — the […]

Troy defeats mixed Broncos’ squad

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind Will Kirk’s team-high four goals, Oak Ridge picked up a key 14-5 victory over visiting Bella Vista Monday at the CSD pool in El Dorado Hills. For the record, the Trojans faced two opponents. Due to a scheduling mishap, the Bronco varsity didn’t enter the water until the third quarter. Oak […]

Outside with Charlie: Blue Lake ride

As the aspens in the high country dance into their autumn colors, cyclists take note as it’s a wonderful time to pedal your two-wheeled steed on the roads and trails in the Sierra. The choices are many. One of the best places this time of year is the road leading to Blue Lakes. The Blue […]

Griz shut out at home

GARDEN VALLEY — With limited chances to put the ball into the back of the net Monday, host Golden Sierra suffered a 5-0 Sierra Delta League loss to visiting Encina. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Two goals came from Sabastian Santos, who scored his first in the 11th minute. “In the second half we […]

D’backs falter in fourth

SACRAMENTO — All coaches preach that winning takes four full quarters of football and mistakes at the wrong time usually cost the game. Friday at Rosemont High after taking what seemed like control of the game with just under nine minutes to go, visiting Union Mine watched as the Wolverines rallied from a dozen points down […]

Cougars blank Union Mine 2-0

El Dorado and Union Mines squared off at the Cougars’ home pitch Friday, each in search of their first Sierra Valley Conference victory. For the Diamondbacks and Cougars, their respective soccer campaigns have been a struggle to find the back of the net. The Cougars scored early in the match as Alex Jimenez took a penalty kick and buried the […]

Roundup: Oct. 11, 2014

Volleyball NorCal Invitiational (Gold Division, El Dorado second place) El Dorado def. Galileo 25-13, 25-17 El Dorado def. Windsor, 25-18, 22-25, 15-9 El Dorado def. Casa Grande 25-22, 16-25, 15-9 El Dorado def. Windsor 25-20, 25-22 El Dorado def. by San Marin 20-25, 19-25 El Dorado def. by St. Patricks 24-26, 25-23, 13-15 (championship) Nonleague […]

Grizzlies pick up I-80 road win

VACAVILLE — Brenden Nutt and Dominic Chamberlain scored three touchdowns apiece as Golden Sierra outlasted host Vacaville Christian 49-32 in Sierra Delta League action Friday night. Though the Grizzlies started and ended well, in between they left the door open via mistakes to allow the Falcons to stay in the hunt. Golden Sierra led by just one […]

Fast start does it for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The scoring came quickly as Ponderosa achieved perfection with its first four drives Friday against Whitney, resulting in the 28-7 Capital Valley Conference victory. Thanks to the fearless rushing of Ryan Edelmann and sure-handed receiving of Josh Bist, the Bruins scored touchdowns the first four times they had possession. No fundamental was […]

EL Dorado rally overtakes Hawks

GALT — El Dorado High’s varsity football program extended its perfect record Friday night on the road, traveling to/returning from Liberty Ranch with a 40-29 comeback Sierra Valley Conference victory. Cougar conditioning kicked in late as El Dorado reversed a 10-point fourth quarter deficit with 21 unanswered points on three Nick Bonniksen touchdown passes in an […]

Schedule: Oct. 13-18, 2014

Monday, Oct. 13 Soccer Encina @ GS, 3:30 p.m. PHS @ Whitney, 7 p.m. Volleyball UM @ Rosemont, 6:30 p.m. ED @ Galt, 7 p.m. Water polo Bella Vista @ OR boys, CSD, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Golf Nevada Union vs OR, Serrano CC, 3 p.m. Galt vs ED, Cold Springs GC Oakmont vs […]

Trojans fall in 3

EL DORADO HILLS — A quick start in the third set appeared to favor Oak Ridge in Thursday’s Sierra Foothill League volleyball home match against top ranked Granite Bay. The Lady Trojans jumped out 4-0 behind the serving of junior outside hitter Olivia Reid. With kills from Hailey Maniglia and Kimmy Tuttle, Oak Ridge led 7-3 before the […]

Oak Ridge squanders chances

Repeat of 2012 section finals favors Granite Bay EL DORADO HILLS — A seven-point halftime deficit was almost eliminated by the Oak Ridge High football team in Friday’s Sierra Foothill League home game against Granite Bay. Trailing 17-10 at halftime, the Trojans failed to capitalize on several third quarter opportunities and never caught the Grizzlies, […]

Volleyball: Bruin girls upend Wolfpack in 4

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Snapping a two-match Capital Valley Conference skid, Ponderosa returned to the win column with Tuesday’s 25-16, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory over visiting Cosumnes Oaks. The Lady Bruins’ 3-4 conference record to end their first run through league pulled them even with the Wolfpack in the standings — and still hopeful of a […]

On tap

Pickleball Open House Try a game of pickleball today between 9 a.m. and noon, courtesy of Cameron Park CSD, on the newly painted pickleball courts at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road in Cameron Park. Use equipment, get instruction, enjoy some refreshments and try the new game! The Cameron Park CSD will be offering additional […]

Volek: ‘All teams 0-0′

From tonight on, it’s all about conference and league games for the five El Dorado County high school football teams. El Dorado begins Sierra Valley Conference action at Liberty Ranch, Oak Ridge will host Granite Bay in a Sierra Foothill League contest, Ponderosa plays its second consecutive Capital Valley Conference home game against Whitney, Union […]

Water polo: Oak Ridge too much for Nevada Union

EL DORADO HILLS — If the Oak Ridge High boys water polo team wanted to score at random in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League match against Nevada Union, it did. The Trojans, leading 6-3 after the first period, broke open the close game in the second period for a resounding 25-7 win over the Miners at the El […]

Roundup: Oct. 9, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 6, Folsom 3 Singles (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. Balaji, 6-1, 6-0; Lily Wainwright def. Wu, 6-0, 6-1; Kassidy Lyons def. Cyphert, 6-2, 6-2; Kelly McMillen def. by Mihaljevi, 5-7, 7-6, 1-6; Julia VanBoening def. Wong, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4; Tara Ghalambor def. by Neves, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6. Doubles (OR first): Jessica William-Lan […]

Bicycling: Local para-cyclist finalist for award

SOMERSET — Jamie Whitmore is one of more than 100 cycling enthusiasts embarking on a ride down the California coastline Saturday in the Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge. A world champion para-cyclist, the Somerset resident will cycle an 86-mile route from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, then help provide the cyclists an inspiring dinner presentation to help […]

Soccer: Warriors contain Cougars’ squad

One day after his El Dorado High boys soccer team had what he feels was one of its best practices of the season, head coach Tony Giles was looking forward to his Cougars battling Galt in a Sierra Valley Conference home game Wednesday. The Cougars had their chances to score throughout both halves, but the […]

Roundup: Oct. 7, 2014

Golf SVC Tournament at Mather GC: Union Mine 536; Liberty Ranch 597; El Dorado 612; Galt 631; Cordova 666; Rosemont 760. Low scores: 2-Larissa Garcia, UM, 92; 4-JayKlynn Burns, UM, 100; 6-Cassie Gutenberger, UM, 106; 7-Theresa Zachry, ED, 107; 9-Avory Linger, ED, 113; 10-Bailee Tolbert, UM, 114. Volleyball Union Mine def. Cordova 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, […]

Outside with Charlie: Scenic wonders

Hope Valley is famous for the its beauty. The area, along Highway 88 in Alpine County, is a scenic wonderland. All four seasons have a multitude of reasons to visit. There are wide open valley vistas, mountain peaks, the West Fork of the Carson River, and a few lakes in this historic corridor. Scattered liberally […]

El Dorado girls dominate Hawks

Behind a solid all-around team performance Monday night, El Dorado swept visiting Liberty Ranch 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 to improve to 2-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference. The Hawks’ last visit to the foothills ended in a five-set win at Union Mine. Not so against the Lady Cougars who controlled all facets leading up to a third […]

Oak Ridge names new LAX coach

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High School Athletics is pleased to announce Nathan Hendel as the new head coach of the Lady Trojan Lacrosse Program. Hendel most recently served as the assistant varsity coach for the Oak Ridge girl’s program during the 2013 season. A native of the East Bay, Hendel moved to Sacramento […]

Griz give it up in 9-1 loss

GARDEN VALLEY — Highland’s hat-trick flurry to open the match and a second-half scoring spree were decisive blows by the Scots who ran away from host Golden Sierra Monday in their 9-1 Sierra Delta League victory. The visitors were skilled, fast and quick to the ball. Highlands spaced the field, ran the sidelines and crossed […]

Bruin boys win physical game

Action yields yellow, red cards SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High boys soccer coach Greg Spangler made a confession after his Bruins posted a 3-1 Capital Valley Conference win over Antelope. “We started a little slow,” Spangler said. “We’re kind of notorious for starting slowly lately. But the team gets stronger as the match goes on.” The […]

Under the Scoreboard: Oct. 6, 2014

Toward the end of summer, former Golden Sierra High softball standout Samantha Bastien accepted a scholarship to play the sport at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. The former Lady Grizzly catcher, who was the Sierra Delta League’s three-time league MVP, and named Defensive Player of the Year three times, is one of two young women […]

Football: Diamondbacks too much for Matadors

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity football squad steamrolled Mira Loma 58-0 in a non-conference game Friday. For Diamondbacks interim head coach Davy Johnson and his players, the win was a good mark for the season record, but also an opportunity to rotate all players onto the field after the first quarter. “We didn’t keep […]

Roundup: Oct. 6, 2014

Golf Ponderosa 248, Bella Vista 288 — 9 holes, Mather GC, par 36. PHS low scores: Jasmine Monas 41, Julia Martin 46. Oak Ridge 224, Rocklin 240 — 9 holes, Whitney Oaks CC, par 36. OR low scores: Carolyn Almeida, 42. El Dorado 316, Cordova 323 — 9 holes at Cold Springs GC, par 36. ED low scores: […]

Football: Cougars improve to 5-0 with lopsided win

SACRAMENTO — Fresh off its bye week, the El Dorado High football team dominated from kick-off to the final second in the fourth quarter en route to a 51-0 non-conference victory over Foothill at Negri Field of Foothill Stadium on Friday. El Dorado has started its season at 5-0, and it’s believed to be the first […]

Football: Trojans struck by Thunder

ROCKLIN — It’s hard telling the more impressive at Rocklin High Friday night: its dance squad, the halftime pyrotechnics show or its football team. Safe guess to say Oak Ridge thinks it’s the latter after the Thunder rolled past the Trojans 59-21 in Sierra Foothill League action. Rocklin, which celebrated its homecoming, owned field positioning all evening. Thunder quarterback […]

Schedule: Oct. 6-11, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6 Soccer Antelope @ PHS, 3 p.m. Highlands @ GS, 4 p.m. ED @ Cordova, 7 p.m. UM @ Galt, 7 p.m. Volleyball Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7 p.m. UM @ Cordova, 7 p.m. Water polo ED @ Florin, 4/5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 Golf UM @ ED, Cold Springs GC Whitney @ […]

Football: Bruins stampede Broncos in homecoming game

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa High football team was motivated to change its fortunes Friday at Simon-Bruin Stadium, which led to a 34-0 stomping over Bella Vista in the Bruins’ homecoming game. In the Capital Valley Conference contest, the Bruins wasted little time in taking control of the contest, as the Ponderosa defense suffocated the Broncos the […]

Volleyball: Grizzlies fall out of first place

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s tied for first-place status atop the Sierra Delta League in volleyball is no more after visiting Vacaville Christian dealt the Grizzlies a three-set defeat 22-25, 19-25, 22-25. Golden Sierra (3-1) hits the road this week for matches at Bradshaw Christian and Encina, trailing the Falcons (4-0) by a game in […]

Roundup: Oct. 1, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Del Oro 2 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Isaac, 6-4, 6-1; Teja Chalamcherla def. Dickson, 6-2, 6-2; Lily Wainwright def. Stough, 6-0, 6-4; Hannah Crookham def. Jorgensen, 6-2, 7-6; Kassidy Lyons def. Lewis, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0; Kelly McMillen def. by Cankle, 2-6, 4-6. Doubles (OR first): Jessica Williams-Lan Zhao def. […]

El Dorado flexes its running prowess

RANCHO CORDOVA — Cooler temperatures, faster times and better performances were the case at Wednesday’s second Sierra Valley Conference meet at Hagan Park, attended by El Dorado and Union Mine. With dual victories, the Cougar boys and girls teams established themselves as the teams to beat in the race for the league crown. The El […]

Union Mine girls drop five-setter

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine picked the wrong time — the fifth set — to commit a series of mistakes Wednesday night, costing the Lady D’backs in a 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 12-15 loss to Liberty Ranch at the Snake Pit. Union Mine had momentum after its fourth set victory but three, double-hit infractions […]

Heinz-sight: Royal letdown

The Oakland A’s trade of slugger Yoenis Cespedes for ace Jon Lester in an attempt to push the team over the playoff hump is reminiscent of the dog with the bone that sees his relection (in the water), drops the one he has and loses out on both. Accurate? The trade was gutsy but at the […]

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