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Oak Ridge opens with road win

ROCKLIN — In a season-opening matchup between past Sac-Joaquin Section champions, Oak Ridge defeated host Whitney 44-19 to kick off the preseason football schedule Friday. The Trojans, winners of four D-II titles who have played in back-to-back D-I title games, put points on the board in each quarter while the Wildcats, the 2008 D-IV champs, […]

Sanders, interceptions help Ponderosa turn tide

LINCOLN — Two was a good number for the Ponderosa High football team in its nonconference season opener at Lincoln Friday. In the second quarter, the Bruins’ defense picked off two Fighting Zebras’ passes that led to two touchdowns. Those scores were by junior running back Jimmy Sanders, who finished with four in the game that […]

Tribute to Donnie Tilford

Tomorrow combines inflated winnings with heavy emotion at Placerville Speedway as the second-to-last championship event of the season pays homage to the late Donnie Tilford, one the most decorated and beloved in the history of Placerville Speedway, with the inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford Big Trophy Night. The first Tribute to Donnie Tilford offers inflated […]

Heinz-sight: It’s here …

… The start of high school football tonight. That realignment we’ve mentioned the past year in our sports pages? It’s here too but right around the corner. After the nonleague preseason is completed this fall, two of our local schools — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa — battle vastly different opponents once league rolls around. Exciting. The […]

Gridiron season kicks off tonight

All five El Dorado County high school football teams kick off the 2014 season tonight. Four will be on the road. Oak Ridge plays at Whitney; Ponderosa starts at Lincoln; El Dorado makes the trek to play at South Tahoe; Union Mine travels west to Sacramento to play at Foothill; and Golden Sierra, the lone […]

2014 Ponderosa football roster

2-Ken-Yon Daisley, Jr. 3-Nael Bseiso, Sr. 4-Brandon Reese, Jr. 5-Colby Chiverton, Sr. 6-Chace Lerch, Sr. 7-Jimmy Sanders, Jr. 8-Pre Deitchman, Jr. 9-Luc Deitchman, Sr. 10-Zach Lopes, Sr. 11-Sage Dahl, Jr. 12-David Dyas, Jr. 13-Josh Bist, Sr. 14-Sean Bennett, Jr. 15-Zack Steiner, Jr. 16-Quinton Bardwell, Sr. 17-Josh Israel, Sr. 19-Tommy Larner, Jr. 20-Cole Donovan, Jr. 22-Ryan […]

Bruins happy to be back in D-II

2014 Ponderosa Football Schedule Aug. 29: @ Lincoln-Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Vista del Lago, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 12: Bye Sept 19: @ Woodcreek, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 26: @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Bella Vista, 7 p.m. Oct. 10: Whitney, 7 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Del Campo 7 p.m. Oct. 24: @ Oakmont, 7 p.m Oct. 31: Roseville, […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

If you are a bike rider, mountain or road, you know this is a fantastic time to ride as temperatures have backed off a bit. Perhaps one of your favorite rides is anywhere in Apple Hill, or you’ve always wanted to ride Apple Hill. This is the time to do it. The apples have ripened […]

Lady Bruins ready for fall season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High girls golf coach Steven King and his seven players are looking forward to competing in the Capital Valley Conference this fall. “We’re in a new league this year with teams that we have never seen or played before,” King said. This season, the Bruins has four players returning to the greens. […]

Grizzly roster

Alex Murray, Sr. Dakota Haddock, Sr. Jerramy Lopez, Jr. John Oules, Sr. Wyatt Alexander, Sr. Zach Martinez, Jr. 3-Austin Spencer, Sr. 5-Talon Albert, Sr. 6-Issac Duling, Sr. 8-Reily Prine, Jr. 10-Jeff Gale, Jr. 16-Nathan Anderson, Jr. 24-Brenden Nutt, Jr. 25-Jordan Corvello, Jr. 28-Skyler Watson, Jr. 32-Christian Klahn, Sr. 35-Dominic Chamberlain, Sr. 46-Mason McKinney, Jr. 48-Nick White, […]

Fox inducted into SJS Hall of Fame

SACRAMENTO — Richard Fox made history among El Dorado County high school coaches Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena. The former Ponderosa High wrestling head coach from 1978 to 2001 was one of 32 coaches — past and present — players, games officials and media who were inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. […]

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.

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