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Jenn Hoffman can do it all

Jenn Hoffman epitomizes what Oak Ridge girls basketball is all about. Hard working, dedicated, giving. Day in, day out; year in, year out. Hoffman, the Trojans’ senior guard listed at 5-foot-5 on the roster, brings a big game to the court and is, according to head coach Steve White, the complete package. “Our program has […]

First Mud Run

Get Muddy for a Great Cause at El Dorado County’s First Mud Run Mud Aide Fun Run to Benefit the Infant Parent Center The Infant Parent Center is hosting Mud Aide, the first mud run offered in El Dorado County on Saturday, March 1 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Mud Aide is a […]

Sochi gold for Reno’s Wise

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — World champion David Wise, who grew up in nearby Reno, Nev., added Olympic gold to his trophy collection with victory in the men’s ski halfpipe competition  Tuesday. Wise hd difficukty on his second run but his 92.00-point first run held up and he headed a podium made up entirely of world champions. […]

Oak Ridge goes 10-0

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge’s 16-1 run to open the second half, led by nine consecutive points from Ali Bettencourt, decided Tuesday’s intra-county matchup with host Ponderosa. The burst opened a big lead and carried the Lady Trojans to the 76-40 victory. The win closed the Delta River League schedule, giving Troy a perfect 10-0 […]

South 1 season on verge of completion

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 Division ski and snowboarders completed the slalom portion to the alpine race season with Monday’s side-by-side doubleheader on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Snowboarding had dual winners in El Dorado’s Taylor Caldwell and Ponderosa’s Davis Alexander while the ski wins were spread out among Bruin Alec Lambres and Golden Sierra’s Alexander Murray […]

First and goal: Who’s No. 2?

If members of the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team had their say in the seeding of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, they would, without question, pick to be No. 1. But the Lady Trojans could wind up being the second seed. That could be the case for the Oak Ridge. The section is […]

Second quarter does in D’backs

EL DORADO — The Union Mine girls basketball team had a promising start on the court Monday night, but a second quarter collapse derailed early efforts and spelled a season-ending loss to Vista del Lago, 54-38. It was Senior Night for Union Mine with Stephanie Preacher and Trisha Tolbert playing their last games as a […]

Roundup: Feb. 18, 2014

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 76, Rio Vista 47 — The Grizzlies locked down the Sierra Delta League’s final playoff spot with Monday’s road win. Five players scored in double figures led by Jason Yurgelevic’s game-high 20 points that came on his league-record six three-pointers. Sam Holter added 15 points; Nick White, designated Golden Sierra’s Player […]

Cougars’ title quest comes close

Double overtime loss A share of the Sierra Valley Conference title was on the line for the El Dorado High boys basketball team which hosted first-place River City Monday. The tense battle went to double overtime and in the end, the Raiders walked off the court with a thrilling 76-71 win on the Cougars’ Senior Night […]

Roundup: Feb. 17, 2014

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 47, San Juan 60 — The Grizzlies dropped Friday’s Sierra Delta League road game. Peter Biersteker led Golden Sierra with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assist; Jason Yurgelevic added 14 and Nick White (16 boards) and Micah Wever each had six points. Oak Ridge 43, Sheldon 60 — Justin Priest led […]

Wrestling: Three Grizzlies advance

SACRAMENTO — Golden Sierra qualified all three of its wrestlers it sent to Saturday’s Golden Empire/Sierra Delta League Tournament at Capital Christian. Senior Patrick Lewis took first place after pining all three of his opponents to become a four-time league champion. He now sits five pins away from the school career pin record. Jordan Miyara […]

Trojan shooting sinks Sheldon

EL DORADO HILLS — Another impressive perimeter shooting display featuring 10 three-pointers carried Oak Ridge past Sheldon 66-43 Friday. The Trojans’ Delta River League win came on Senior Night as the program honored Ali Bettencourt, Jenn Hoffman, Michelle Barkley and Celeste Vitolas. “It’s a special group — fun to be around, fun to coach and […]

Wrestling: Bruins tie Trojans for second place

Ponderosa qualifies 13, Oak Ridge 12 SHINGLE SPRINGS — A successful outing for both Oak Ridge and host Ponderosa at Saturday’s Delta River League championships. At stake was advancement to next week’s Divisionals. Of the 26 varsity Bruins and Trojans who took to the mat, all but one moves on. Oak Ridge had three champions […]

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Wrestling: Cougars, D’backs place at conference tournament

WEST SACRAMENTO — Four El Dorado High wrestlers, plus two Union Mine grapplers, left River City High’s gym as champions Saturday at the Sierra Valley Conference league championships. Marcus Douglas (132-pounds), Jeremiah Romero (152), Alex LeBaron (182) and Zachary Brazell (heavyweights) all won their respective weight classes. The Diamondbacks’ Hunter Cannon (170) led, then fell behind before he rallied […]

Schedule: Feb. 17-22, 2014

Monday, Feb. 17 Alpine Racing ED, PHS, OR, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Boys basketball *River City @ ED, 7:30 p.m. UM @ Vista, 7:30 p.m. GS @ Vista, 7:30 Girls basketball *Vista @ UM, 7:30 p.m. GS @ Rio Vista, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Girls basketball *OR @ PHS, 7 p.m. ED @ River […]

El Dorado clips D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado kept the Sierra Valley Conference title in sight Friday with a narrow 44-40 win over Union Mine at the Snake Pit. The Cougars (8-3, 13-12) host River City (9-2) tonight, and a win ties the Raiders for the conference title. After D’back Austin Russell (13 points) hit a basket to […]

Bruins break through

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa picked up its first Delta River League victory Thursday night at home, dropping Folsom 57-50. The Lady Bruin offense blitzed its way to a 19-point first quarter and 32-point first half while holding Folsom to 15. “Our goal the second time through our schedule had been to improve and the past […]

Cougars pull away from Lady D’backs

Though playoffs aren’t a possibility, El Dorado’s Hannah Dixon, Gina Somara and Katryna Holifield were still happy with Thursday’s 66-45 Senior Night victory over rival Union Mine. The senior trio, who started and ended the night on the court, combined to score a third of the Cougars’ points. D’back Kinsey Del Rio posted game-high scoring […]

South 1 return to Sierra a success

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Good weather, great conditions and familiar terrain was some of the backdrop as South 1 Division alpine racers were back in action Wednesday at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The other? Enough snow from a recent storm that made for a safe course on Lower Main as the division reached its midpoint with the season’s first slalom […]

Bruins drop home finale

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Sheldon Wednesday night, falling 56-44 in Delta River League action. The game was Ponderosa’s last regular season home game and before tipoff the program honored Richie Munoz, Marcus Forbes, Shelby Lee, Josh Boiler, Dillon Gugin, Mitch Milicevich and Chris Snyder who received ovations from an […]

Winter passes 300 wins

El Dorado High girls basketball head coach Pat Winter picked up his 300th career win on the road toward the end of last week. Tuesday against Sierra Valley Conference foe Liberty Ranch at LA Brown Gym, Winter watched his Lady Cougars extend his victory count with a 55-39 win. After Liberty Ranch jumped out to a 3-2 […]

Roundup: Feb. 12, 2014

Boys basketball El Dorado 60, Liberty Ranch 58 — The Cougars took over sole possession of second place in the Sierra Valley Conference with Tuesday’s clutch road win. Both teams came in 6-3 in league. El Dorado, which shot 56 percent from the floor, enjoyed a 32-23 halftime lead before holding on in the second […]

Lady Trojans repeat as DRL champs

EL DORADO HILLS — Ali Bettencourt buried four, first-half three-pointers — three early in the game — and Saraya Smith scored all 10 of her points in the second quarter as host Oak Ridge clinched the Delta River League title with Tuesday’s ‘Pink Zone’ 68-50 victory over St. Francis. Just two teams, Sheldon (tonight) and […]

Gold for Anderson; bronze for Mancuso

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — South Lake Tahoe snowboarder Jamie Anderson made snowboard history by winning the gold medal for slopestyle at the Sochi Olympic games in Russia. Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso took the bronze medal at Monday’s Super Combined race. Mancuso’s Olympic medal was her fourth. She becomes the most decorated women’s Olympic alpine racer […]

Roundup: Feb. 11, 2014

Bowling  Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Week 20 Team standings 1. Alley Oops 10-6 2. Bowling Baggs 10-6 3. Hillbilliettes 9-7 4. Sometimers 8-8 5. Knotty Girls 8-8 6. Pin Pals 8-8 7. Team Effort 7-9 8. Fun Gals 4-12 High games: 206 — Connie Harding; 201 — Jeanene Santerelli; 191 […]

South 1 racers back at Sierra

Thanks to an influx of new snow due to recent storm systems, the South 1 Division’s oft-interrupted alpine race season resumes competition today with two Slalom runs on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Lack of snow needed to set a safe course at Sierra pushed South 1 to Heavenly Resort for two, same-day races late last […]

Gish accepts Red Bull ride

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Cameron Gish, a former Red Bull Rookies Cup competitor and 2013 AFM three-class champion, has been offered a ride on the RoadRace Factory Red Bull team in this year’s AMA Pro Road Racing Series when the season kicks off on March 13 in Daytona, Florida. Cameron, a Ponderosa graduate and Shingle Springs […]

Outside with Charlie: Avalanche awareness

Winter has returned with a roar thanks to a freight train of storms that graced us over the last week. If you’ve been here very long, you know that predicting what winter brings is risky. The storms came in with lots of moisture and higher snow levels. The Pineapple Express has rolled over us before […]

Grizzlies post dual Senior Night wins

GARDEN VALLEY — It was Senior Night in the Grizzly den Monday as Golden Sierra honored its upperclassmen with two monumental wins as the girls beat Highlands 55-29 and the boys  slipped by the Scots 67-64. The girls pulled away in the second half of Monday’s opener thanks to on-point passing and stellar rebounding that […]

Bruins’ double OT heartbreak

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Outscoring host Ponderosa 8-2 in the second overtime Friday, Pleasant Grove outlasted the Bruins 60-54 in Delta River League play. Ponderosa had chances: tied and Josh Bist at the free throw line with 11 seconds left in regulation; then up three with a minute left in the first overtime. “I love my […]

Roundup: Feb. 9, 2014

Girls basketball Ponderosa 54, Pleasant Grove 68 — The Lady Bruins fell back 22-7 after the first quarter in Friday’s Delta River League road loss to the Eagles. Danielle Craft scored 31 points, hitting five, three-pointers and made 10-of-12 free throws while Madison Clayton added eight points and Alex Boyle, five.

No. 4 Trojan girls blitz No. 6 Del Oro

EL DORADO HILLS — Buoyed by a lead-grabbing 11-0 run to end the first quarter and a defensive effort yielding five points in the middle two, host Oak Ridge easily defeated Del Oro in a mid-afternoon girls nonleague game Saturday. The victory was the Trojans second straight in less than 24 hours and came on […]

Oak Ridge falls to Folsom in OT

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Oak Ridge High basketball players scored in double digits in Friday’s Delta River League home game against Folsom but the Bulldogs escaped with a 73-64 overtime victory. Trojan guard Tyus Millhollin scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter including two, three-pointers. Forward Connor Sende scored five of his […]

El Dorado boys crush Galt’s Warriors

El Dorado High’s varsity boys basketball program pulled off a commanding Sierra Valley Conference win over Galt Friday night at home, overpowering the Warriors 68-13 in a game that saw every Cougar on the roster score. There were many positives throughout. Stifling defense held Galt to a single point in the first quarter, while the […]

Grizzlies drop two to Encina

GARDEN VALLEY — Despite their best efforts Friday, Golden Sierra’s basketball teams had tough losses to Encina — the girls falling 41-30 and the boys 88-41 in Sierra Delta League action. Turnovers and missed free throws hurt the Lady Grizzlies, and Encina was to quick on defense with steals. Play was aggressive with many technical fouls, all […]

Schedule: Feb. 10-15, 2014

Monday, Feb, 10 Alpine Racing PHS, ED, OR, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Boys basketball *Highlands @ GS, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball *Highlands @ GS, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 Boys basketball PHS @ Sheldon, 7 p.m. UM @ River City, 7:30 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball St. Francis @ OR, 7 […]

Oak Ridge can still catch Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s Kevan Cryan knows Pleasant Grove’s Rossin Erbe very well on the mat as the two have competed against each other almost a half-dozen times over the years. At Wednesday’s Senior Night and Delta River League dual meet finale inside the Trojans’ gym, Cryan posted a close 13-8 decision […]

South 1 clean up day

South 1 Division racers, coaches and volunteers will conduct the first of two scheduled clean up days this Sunday at Sly Park Lake. In addition to cleaning up the exposed lake bottom, student athletes will be educated about water conservation and the serious nature of a clean water supply. South 1 is hoping to raise funds […]

Cougars fall to Cosumnes Oaks

El Dorado High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Cosumnes Oaks Tuesday evening, suffering a 75-53 loss in Sierra Valley Conference action. While the Cougars enjoyed spurts of momentum, they struggled to compete with a Wolfpack squad that featured a bigger and faster roster. “Those guys (Cosumnes Oaks) are a good team,” Cougar head coach Conrad […]

Drossos’ trey keys Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — Yumi Drossos was one of two Oak Ridge High girls basketball players who scored in double figures in Tuesday’s 52-47 Delta River League home win over Pleasant Grove. Pleasant Grove led 36-35 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter when Drossos (13 points) eyed the basket and fired a three-pointer […]

Roundup: Feb. 5, 2014

Wrestling Ponderosa 42, Jesuit 19 — 106-TJ Holloway by pin; 114-Austin Ward by forfeit; 120-Brenden Gehlen by pin; 126-Pre Deitchman def. 2-1; 132-Chad Reese def. 10-3; 138-Forfeit; 145-Robert Holloway by pin; 152-Elon Tubbs by 9-4 decision; 160-Luc Deitchman by 8-2 decision; 170-Trae Providence by 7-2 decision; 182-Joshua Ferry by pin; 195-Joe DelValle def. 9-0; 220-Kyle […]

D’backs struggle to score

EL DORADO — Liberty Ranch’s two-man attack of DeAndre Stallings and Chris Childs combined for 31 points Tuesday as the Hawks cruised past host Union Mine 62-27 in Sierra Valley Conference hoops action at the Snake Pit. Stallings-Childs were near unstoppable as the visitors raced to a 14-5 first-quarter advantage, led 36-13 at the half […]

Patrick Lewis wins last home match

GARDEN VALLEY — Patrick Lewis and his mom Angie had Senior Night all to themselves. While the spotlight was nice, the Golden Sierra wrestler would have preferred to share the mat as lack of numbers hurt the Grizzlies’ cause in their 54-18 Sierra Delta League loss to Bradshaw Christian Tuesday. Of the 14 weight classes, […]

Outside with Charlie: Framework

Bicycle builders generally use quite a bit of sophisticated tools, some very old, to make their bicycles. The builders use jigs for the frames. They bend and shape the materials, if they are a metal of some kind, perhaps titanium, steel, or aluminum. For other materials, the jig provides a template for other, non-metal materials. […]

Ali Bettencourt comes into her own

EL DORADO HILLS — From the time she started playing in elementary school to AAU travel ball to high school, Ali Bettencourt has continued to hone her basketball skills. The three-year shooting guard for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team is proficient at running the floor, finding open teammates, shooting both at the arc and […]

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