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New coach inherits winning tradition

2014 Golden Sierra Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: Foresthill, 7 p.m. Sept. 5: @ Argonaut, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12: Lindhurst, 7 p.m. Sept 19: @ Colfax, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26: San Juan, 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Bye Oct. 10: @ Vacaville Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Bradshaw Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 24: Highlands, 7 p.m. Oct. 31: Rio Vista, 7 p.m. Nov. […]

Ping-pong challenge

MEMBERS OF THE Oak Ridge High football team took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge — but with the use of ping-pong balls instead. Led by teammate Kyle Brown, No. 8, the Trojans dumped ping-pong balls onto their heads in taking a drought-friendly ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. According to Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavliere, […]

Point races brings five different drivers to victory

The pit area of Placerville Speedway was packed full Saturday night, as five different divisions formed the race card for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season. When the final checkered flag waved on the field of more that 80 cars, five different faces celebrated their success in victory lane. Bobby […]

2014 Oak Ridge football roster

2-Dalton Santos, Sr. 3-Brock Martin, Jr. 4-Stephen Douglas, Sr. 5-Ryan Sullivan, Sr. 6-Camden Cicchetti, Sr. 7-Scott Douglas, Sr. 8-Kyle Brown, So. 9-Tanner Emmanuel, Sr. 10-Kevin Kassis, Jr. 11-Ian Book, Jr. 12-Adam Walter, Sr. 14-Brian Parker, Sr. 15-Quintin Graves Mercado, Jr. 16-Collin Poerio, Jr. 17-Max Augood, Jr. 18-Wyatt Maeva, Jr. 20-Luke Goins, Jr. 21-Wyatt Nelson, Sr. […]

Schedule: Aug. 25-30, 2014

Monday, Aug. 25 Soccer PHS @ Folsom, Kemp Park, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball *ED @ PHS, 6 p.m. Girls golf *PHS @ Folsom, Empire Ranch CC, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 Soccer *GS @ Forest Lake Christian, 4 p.m. Volleyball *UM @ Roseville, 4 p.m. Girls tennis *Rio Americano @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. Girls golf […]

First and goal: Friday night football

Five more days — counting Monday. That’s when all five El Dorado County high school football teams will kickoff the 2014 season. On Friday, four of the five will open on the road, with Golden Sierra entertaining Foresthill. Oak Ridge plays at Whitney of Rocklin, Ponderosa travels to Lincoln of Lincoln, Union Mine treks to Sacramento […]

Trojans ready for tougher league

2014 Oak Ridge Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: @ Whitney, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Vacaville, 7:15 p.m. Sept 12: Burbank, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 19: Reed (Sparks, Nev.), 7 p.m. Sept. 26: Woodcreek, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3: @ Rocklin, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10: Granite Bay, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Del Oro, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24: Nevada Union, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 31: @ […]

College boxing route for local pair

EL DORADO HILLS — The track record of El Dorado County student-athletes going to four-year colleges to continue their careers is impressive. Most, if not all of the major sports are covered: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, cross country, tennis and swimming. But has an area athlete ever gone for boxing? Ever? […]

Nor-Cal Dirt modifieds headlines five-division program

On Saturday night, Placerville Speedway will pack the pit area of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for a giant five-division racing program for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season. While four divisions make return visits, the evening will welcome the excitement of Dirt modified back to the quarter-mile track, with […]

Take the challenge at Crazy Eights Trail races

The third annual Crazy Eights Trail Run Series concludes Sunday at Lake Camanche, South Shore Recreation Area, Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground. The Crazy Eight’s trail runs was created for anyone of any ability to participate. That’s not to say there won’t be challenging terrain. The past two trail runs offered runners a choice of either […]

Fox to enter section’s Hall of Fame

Long-time Ponderosa High wrestling coach Richard Fox is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. Fox, who retired over a year ago from his teaching career at the campus, will be honored Sunday at an induction banquet and ceremony at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The dinner will start at […]

‘When The Game Stands Tall’

Trojans assistant coach anxious for release EL DORADO HILLS — Kevin Lopina is going to see himself portrayed on the movie screen. The Oak Ridge High assistant football coach, who works with tight ends and linebackers, is one of many people who is being portrayed in the movie “When The Game Stands Tall” that is being released […]

Smashing good times

Ron Cannon was determined to win the final heat of the Open Division of Sunday’s 41st edition of the annual Placerville Police Officer’s Association Hangtown Destruction Derby at the Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. But his 1965 Chrysler New Yorker had a burning desire to stop the Placerville resident. Cannon was one of 11 drivers […]

City harriers trade concrete for foothills

Should the Warren High boys cross-country team reach national prominence this fall, El Dorado County trails, hills, roads — and citizens — get an assist. For 11 years and counting, the Los Angeles area squad, led by head coach Ramon Miranda, has made it a point to conduct its summer training here in the foothills, […]

Outside with Charlie: Grab your tents

School bells all over El Dorado County have already rung. Football, soccer, band, homework, clubs of all kinds start taking up a lot of time. Which means for the outdoor types around here is simple. The pressure on the campgrounds, trails, and day use areas is much less now. The best bet is — if you […]

2014 El Dorado football roster

1-Carter Meyers, Jr. 2-Conor Villines, Sr. 3-Colby Harrington, Sr. 4-Cody Miller, Sr. 5-Nik Bonniksen, Sr. 7-Jason Schostag 8-Zach Culp, Sr. 9-Andrew Benson, Sr. 10-Derick Bahn, Jr. 11-Austin McDaniel, Jr. 12-Zach Butts, Jr. 15-Matt Angi, Jr. 16-Louis Merlo, Sr. 17-Fernando Esparza, Soph. 20-Will Mathews, Jr. 21-Anthony Delgadillo, Jr. 23-Issac Bugbee, Sr. 25-Andrew Shinsato, Jr. 26-Talen Van Cleave, […]

Cougars’ hopes high for second consecutive winning season

2014 El Dorado Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: @ South Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Lincoln-Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12: Rio Americano, 7:30 p.m. Sept 19: @ Mesa Verde (San Juan High), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26: Bye Oct. 3: @ Foothill, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10: @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17: Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24: @ Cordova, 7:30 […]

Meet the Bruins

FOOTBALL TIME — Members of the Ponderosa High varsity football team are introduced at the annual Meet the Bruins event at Burke’s Junction in Cameron Park on Saturday morning. DSC_3360 DSC_3369 DSC_3379ee DSC_3394 DSC_3399 MTB 2 DSC_3408

Sanders muscles to his fourth victory on Kids Night

A jubilant crowd packed the grandstands Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the Mountain Democrat Kids Night, as they cheered on Justin Sanders, who celebrated a hard earned fourth victory in the Sprint Car feature event. Sanders was joined by Ryan McDaniel, who won his fifth Limited Late Model feature. Matt […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 17, 2014

Union Mine senior pole vaulter Leah Bertuccelli, a two-time Sac-Joaquin Section Masters qualifier, cleared a personal best 12-2 at the recent Street Vault in Auburn, besting the 9-0 school record she tied earlier this year. Since then, Bertuccelli, ranked top-10 in the state, has added 3-2 to her PR height. This summer, Bertuccelli placed 14th […]

Schedule: Aug. 18-23, 2014

Thursday, Aug. 21 Girls Golf *UM @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 Football *Colfax @ OR, 9 a.m. *UM @ Amador, 9 a.m. *Placer @ ED, 9:30 a.m. *Golden Sierra @ Bret Harte, 11 a.m. *Rosemont, River Valley and Winters @ PHS, 7 p.m. Volleyball *OR @ Bella Vista, 8:30 a.m. […]

Cross Country: Cougars use summer to spring into fall

Less than 24 hours before the start of fall classes, the El Dorado High cross-country team celebrated its summer of workouts. At its height, the Cougars attracted 40 or more kids from a pool 60-65 that attended at one time or another — their best summer turnout — to execute a workout plan devised by […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 17, 2014

Volunteer youth flag football coaches needed  Cameron Park Community Service District is looking for volunteer coaches for the fall NFL Flag Football Season, beginning in September. Coaches will be responsible for teaching proper techniques and skills to players in a fun and safe environment. There will be one to two practices a week at the […]

Roundup: Aug. 14, 2014

Golf Oak Ridge golfer Dylan VanderVeer captured the First Tee Junior Tournament late last month at the El Macero Golf Course. shooting a 1-under on the par 72 course to win by three strokes. VanderVeer eagled two holes, bogied one and shot par on the 16 others. Other Trojans who competed were Austin Long (6th), […]

Annual crash-fest back in grand fashion

Both stock, open classes On Sunday, Placerville Speedway hosts the sounds of smashing sheet metal, the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events, the Placerville Police Officers Association’s annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, celebrates its 41st consecutive year with an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that’s fun for the entire […]

First and goal: ‘Time flying by’

Less than three months ago, the Class of 2014 graduated from Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra high schools. Here’s a rhetorical question for the recent graduates, in particular those who were involved in athletics and/or extra-curricular activities: Do you think time has flown by too fast? If your answer is yes, then […]

Bruin teammates go their separate ways

The number three (3) seems to be significant for Taylor Doane and Rachel Timberman. The former Ponderosa High softball players ended their three-year varsity careers three months ago at the Sacramento Softball Complex in a first-round loss to Roseville in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Next week, Doane and Timberman, both of whom graduated … […]

Kid’s Night kicks off big weekend

Kids are free this Saturday night at Placerville Speedway Grab the bikes and bring the tikes for tomorrow’s “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Speedway, benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. This big night for the littlest of race fans marks the first of two days of family fun at the racetrack, […]

Relaxing alternative to Lake Tahoe

PORTOLA, Plumas Co. — For all its inherent beauty, mystical waters and gorgeous mountain vistas, highly touted Lake Tahoe can be one congested vacation spot in the summer months. If avoiding crowds and experiencing a big dose of serenity is the goal, head north of Tahoe for the 45-minute drive to the Graeagle region, where the great outdoors abounds […]

Sports scene

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 […]

On tap

Kickoff Party The Ponderosa High football program holds its Comunity Kickoff party Saturday at Applebee’s and Burke’s Junction in Cameron Park from 8 a.m. to noon. A Flapjack Fundraiser is from 8-10 a.m. at Applebees before the switch to Burke’s Junction for player, coach, band, cheerleader and student introductions from 10-noon. Additional activities include food […]

Ex-Trojan Aboukhadijeh hits the ground running

Entrepreneurial spirit LOS ANGELES — Oak Ridge and recent UCLA graduate Amjed Aboukhadijeh, like his brother Feross, is making it big right out of college. While Feross made an immediate impact in the tech world, selling his startup PeerCDN to internet giant Yahoo, Amjed and his partners recently turned down an offer of acquisition from […]

Dropping pins at Knotty Pines Lanes

POLLOCK PINES — Bowling is considered by some people as a leisure sport. The game seems simple. Roll a bowling ball toward 10 pins located at the end of the lane, hoping to knock all down for a strike while avoiding the gutter. A bowler gets two chances to level the pins. Most times, 10 games […]

Meet the Trojans holds its 7th get together

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge footba;; program held its Meet the Trojans party last weekend at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Players from all levels, coach and cheerleaders drew a big crowd to the 7th annual event.

Sports Scene: Aug. 10, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 mail@edhcsd.org Adult 5×5 Basketball Teams play 7 games followed by play-offs for the top four teams. Games are played at the CSD Gym on Sunday evenings from Aug. 24 to Oct. 19 and again from Nov. 2 to Jan. 11 with a team fee of $425 for each season. Deadline […]

Heinz-sight: Fond memories

Ah, the innocence of a good ol’ game of kickball. Fond grade-school memories … that and dodgeball. Back in the day, kickball was fairly popular at recesses and lunchtime. Is it still or has texting, socializing and the like replaced it? I recall I couldn’t wait to get to school — downing breakfast, grabbing my […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 10, 2014

Four area baseball players — Jonathan Wong (Union Mine, Occidental Collge), Matt Poulin (Ponderosa, Sonoma State), Troy Zeier (Ponderosa, Sac City), John Creason (Union Mine) — were on the summer roster for the Sacramento Legends semi-pro baseball team which reached the American Amateur Baseball Congress Stan Musial World Series in Farmingdale, N.Y. The team finished with […]

DeCaires wins his second Forni Classic

The 2014 Civil War Sprint Car Series has been highly competitive as Saturday night Greg DeCaires became the seventh winner in seven events this season — picking up his second career Mark Forni classic victory and the $5,000 that came with it. With Andy Forsberg and DeCaires leading the field to green, it was Auburn’s […]

Getting kicks from kickball

CAMERON PARK — Kickball is a sport played mainly on elementary school playgrounds throughout the region. Similar to baseball and softball, such as nine players are needed on defense, kickball utilizes a rubber ball with the objective to boot the ball in play, run the bases and hope to touch home plate. Jayme Bermudez had the honors […]

Tomorrow’s racing honors Mark Forni

Past Forni Classic winners 2013- Andy Gregg 2012- Andy Forsberg 2011- Andy Forsberg 2010- Mason Moore 2009- Sean Becker 2008- Sean Becker 2007- Greg DeCaires 2006- Kyle Hirst This Saturday will be the richest night of the season at Placerville Speedway as the evening will pay tribute to the late Mark Forni. At the end […]

Meet the Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — On Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., the 2014 Oak Ridge High football team will be the center of attention at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Amphitheater. In addition to meeting players on this year’s varsity roster, plus the junior varsity and freshman grid squads, the Oak Ridge High dance […]

Outside with Charlie: Trail dos, don’ts

Taking your trusty mountain bike out on the trails is always a good thing to do. You’re out in the forest, or perhaps an urban/wild land setting, and it’s pedal time. Whether you are on a hard tail or a fully sprung unit doesn’t matter. It’s just good being out there. The recent thunderstorms gracing […]

Kid’s clinic has British ambience

CAMERON PARK — Learning how to play futbol, British style, made its way to Christa McAuliffe Park recently. Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, conducted a week-long soccer clinic at the park through Cameron Park Community Services District. Almost a dozen kids, ages 4-8, competed in morning sessions. The kids learned the basics of soccer that included ball control and foot skills. […]

Forni Classic hosts huge fundraiser

As an added addition to Saturday’s big race, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training participant and local race fan Carla Tilford will hold their second annual benefit raffle. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a non-profit, voluntary health organization whose mission is to cure leukemia and its related cancers — lymphoma, multiple myeloma […]

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