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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 […]

Bruin sweep

EL DORADO — In its quest to remain undefeated in Capital Valley Conference action, the Ponderosa High boys water polo team wasted little time in beating up Roseville, 15-5, Tuesday at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. The Bruins (6-0 in the CVC, 10-5) jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to goals from Reilley Waterman, Connor Overstreet […]

D’back booters shut out

EL DORADO — Throughout Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference soccer match, Union Mine created chances to score but it was visiting Cordova pulling out a 3-0 victory. In the first half, the Diamondbacks had shots on goal from Ernesto Aguilar, Bryce Yaple and Martin Garcia who sent a corner kick over the goal. Union Mine coach Christina Savage […]

Key matchups end in Lady Cougars’ win, boy’s loss

EL DORADO — The El Dorado girls water polo team stayed undefeated in Metro Conference action Wednesday after a tight 11-10 victory over River City at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Three different Lady Cougars scored in the first quarter: Maddy Salerno, Bean Salerno off a Megan Moore pass and Anika Morkowski. “In my experience in water […]

Grid season hits the halfway mark

Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are at the halfway mark of the season tonight. Oak Ridge travels to Rocklin; Ponderosa hosts Bella Vista; El Dorado hits the road for Foothill; and Union Mine plays at home against Mira Loma. Golden Sierra has a bye. Oak Ridge (1-0, 4-1) at Rocklin, (0-0, […]

El Dorado boys blanked 6-0

Fleet-footed, quick to the ball and explosive, Rosemont pinned a 6-0 Sierra Valley Conference defeat on host El Dorado Monday night. With speed to spare and a touch of flare, the Wolverines’ Andrew Brown scored a hat trick on the Cougars and was involved in two other Rosemont goals. Despite the conference-opening setback, El Dorado played hard […]

Trojans, D’backs at Stanford run

PALO ALTO — The Oak Ridge and Union Mine varsity boys and girls cross country teams competed at last weekend’s prestigious 41st Stanford Invitational at the university golf course. Teams from throughout California and non-California teams were in attendance that featured many of the top high school and collegiate cross country athletes in the nation. […]

Outside with Charlie: Autumn is here

With help from a good storm front that passed through, coupled with the massive effort by fire crews, the King Fire has been damped down. While it isn’t out, it isn’t the monster that it was over the last two weeks. We even had the first snow of the season last Friday night. Impressive. There […]

Cougars split with McClatchy

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum in its key Metro Conference matches at McClatchy Monday — the boys squeezing out an exhilarating 13-12 victory but the girls dropping a 7-5 heartbreaker. “The boys were so pumped,” said Cougars’ coach David Pimentel in an email to the Democrat. “We were up […]

Roundup: Sept. 30, 2014

Volleyball CIVT Tournament El Dorado def. Bear Creek 25-10, 25-16 El Dorado def. Cloverdale 25-12, 25-20 El Dorado def. San Domenico 25-8, 25-4 El Dorado def. by West Valley 23-25, 21-25 Total stats: Kills: Kylie Haverson, 28; Abby Bennett, 18; MacKenzie Niemann, 6; Rachel Rus, 6; Faith Wilson, 4; Rachel Stevenson, 3. Blocks: Niemann, 7; […]

Better late than never for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Roseville’s last-minute attempt for a clear off its line caromed off Chris Rudfelt back into the goal — giving host Ponderosa a dramatic 3-2 win Monday afternoon. Andrew Doe’s side throw-in to the box and ensuing melee for the tie-breaker improved the Bruins to 3-1-1 in the Capital Valley Conference. Rudfelt’s winner was his first […]

Golden Sierra picks up first victory

GARDEN VALLEY — A three-minute span was all Golden Sierra needed Monday for the Sierra Delta River League soccer win against Vacaville Christian — the Grizzlies’ first of the season. Scoring twice toward the end of the second half to break open a 1-all tie, the Griz posted a 3-1 win. In the 73rd minute, Riley […]

Oak Ridge sticks it to T’Wolves

EL DORADO HILLS — Forget trick plays. Oak Ridge’s first Sierra Foothill League victory swung on a trick-question play, an instance that defied logic in its 38-20 victory over Woodcreek Friday night. The host Trojans nursed a 10-7 lead and faced a fourth-and-9 at the Timberwolves’ 31. Instead of letting quarterback Ian Book determine the […]

Roundup: Sept. 26, 2014

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-21, 25-4, 25-9 Golden Sierra def. San Juan 25-8, 25-9, 25-15 Ponderosa def. Del Campo 25-10, 25-16, 25-17 Union Mine def. by Casa Roble 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25. Kills: Kylie Russell, 13; Gabrielle Fredericks, 7. Aces: Savannah Scott, 5; Fredericks, 2; Jordyn Trulli, 2; Karly Dales, 2. Blocks: Fredericks, 5. […]

Grizzlies crush San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — It was thunder in the sky and thunder on the field Friday as Golden Sierra steamrolled visiting San Juan 64-6 in Sierra Delta League action. Coming off a tough loss to Colfax, the Grizzlies surged forward with a chip on the shoulder en route to a 28-0 rout in the first quarter. […]

Tennis: Bruin tennis defeated by Roseville

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The rain let up, the sun came out and Ponderosa played it’s Capital Valley Conference match with visiting Roseville Thursday. Unfortunately for the Lady Bruins, the Tigers prevailed 8-1. The visitors won five of six singles matches and swept doubles play. Ponderosa’s Grace Guimont, at No. 6 singles, used a strong forehand […]

D’backs overwhelm Lincoln

EL DORADO — Union Mine football appeared in midseason form against Lincoln Friday in a nonconference game. With a strong running game, precise passing and a stout defense, the host Diamondbacks rolled to an impressive 60-32 victory over the Fighting Zebras. Union Mine (3-1) was paced during the game by running back Austin Rigsby, who scored four […]

Tennis: Lady Trojans pound former section champs

FOLSOM — Madeline Almeida is a sophomore who plays with experience for the Oak Ridge girls tennis team. In Thursday’s Sierra Foothill League contest against Granite Bay at the Broadstone Racquet Club, Almeida, who plays tennis year-round, posted a straight set victory that helped Oak Ridge to an 8-1 victory. The win was huge. Though the Trojans […]

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