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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 cameronpark.org  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 […]

Roundup: July 20, 2014

Baseball Arizona Tournament El Dorado Hills 17, Hawaii 7 — The 50/70 team opened last Thursday with a 10-run victory. Golf AJGA Junior Tournament Serrano Scores: Boy — T13: Quinn Carlsen, 74-76-71–221; T30: Charlie Cameron, 73-71-82–226; 34: Tyler Gunderson, 74-77-76–227; T36: Dylan VanderVeer, 77-76-76–229; T41: Cooper Hunt, 75-82-75–232; T41: Kevin Huff, 79-72-81–232; T51: Austin Long, […]

Schedule: July 21-26

Tuesday, July 22 Baseball Hard 90 @ EDHS, 7 p.m. Friday, July 25 Baseball EDHS @ Lodi, (2), 4 p.m. Rec Swimming Taz, Sharks @ SSL Champs, Sierra College Saturday, July 26 Baseball Pro Players @ EDHS, (2), 4 p.m. Speedway Points Race No. 12, 7 p.m. Rec Swimming Taz, Sharks @ SSl Champs, Sierra College […]

Season over for Post 119

AUBURN — Throughout the summer season, El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion baseball coach Brett Robinson has stressed the words “have a plan” to his players when they’re at the plate. In its semifinal game against Grass Valley in the District 7 American Legion Junior Championships at James Field Friday, Post 119′s plans on extending its season were doused […]

Sports Scene: July 17, 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.

Outside with Charlie: Still time

It’s time to take a hike or ride a bike. Really, it is … before school starts in early August. Once school is back in session, trips are relegated to the weekends. If there’s football, soccer, cheerleading, school work or band, all bets are off. Take advantage of what’s left of the summer break to enjoy […]

Hansen walk-off gives Rush title

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Rush baseball team has won one tournament championship and is looking for another. Competing in the Intermediate 50/70 division of the Nor Cal Divisional Tournament last week in Chowchilla, the Rush posted a 4-1 record that included winning the title game, 7-6, on a walk-off home run by Nate Hansen. Prior to […]

Roundup: July 18, 2014

Baseball  El Dorado 13, Pro Players 2 — Matt Smith hit a grand slam in the bottom of the second inning in the nightcap of Tuesday’s doubleheader. His blast was one of 11 hits for El Dorado (22-4). Smith went 2-for-4 and 4 RBIs, Alex Pereira went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Zach Culp and Louis […]

Last visit for KWS Series

Red clay high-banks of Placerville Speedway host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for the final time this season on Saturday. The always challenging unique confines of Placerville Speedway welcomes the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars tomorrow for round 12 of the series. Kyle Hirst holds a commanding 102-point advantage but come in […]

Johnson out as D’back football coach

EL DORADO — Union Mine is looking for a new varsity football coach less than a month before the season starts. Dave Johnson, who has taught physical education and ran the Diamondbacks’ grid program since Union Mine’s inception at the start of the 1999-2000 school year, is no longer running the program, according to Union Mine […]

El Dorado bats stay hot in 10-run win

In recent weeks, hitting has been contagious for the El Dorado High summer baseball team. Against Pro Players in the first game of a doubleheader at Escobar Field Tuesday. El Dorado banged out 18 hits, including eight in one inning, en route to a 17-7 victory. The game was called after five innings because of the […]

Post 119 splits; District play next

EL DORADO — If Logan McMahon’s fifth-inning solo home run to extend El Dorado Post 119′s lead was insurance, his two-run double in the sixth was icing. McMahon, a senior-to-be at Ponderosa, finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs — the last two part of El Dorado’s six-run, sixth-inning that cemented a first-game 11-3 victory over Chico […]

Fourth Tahoe Trail 100 race

TRUCKEE — Endurance mountain bikers will compete in the Tahoe Trail 100-Kilometer Race at Northstar California Resort Saturday — all vying to qualify for the legendary challenge of the Leadville Trail 100-mile mountain bike race next month in Colorado. Start time for the Tahoe Trail 100 race is  7 a.m. at the Northstar Castle Peak parking area […]

Sports Scene

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 of summer training. The state-ranked team consists of coach Ramon Miranda and 17 runners in need of space to pitch tents for the dates Aug. 17-20. If you have […]

Sharks fall to Broadstone

CAMERON PARK — Hoping to win its second straight interrupted only by the July 4 holiday weekend, the Sierra Sharks instead fell to visiting Broadstone last Saturday at the Community Center pool. The Folsom-based Barracudas outpointed the Sharks on both the boys and girl’s side — prevailing by an overall final score of 447-342. Sierra […]

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