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Outside with Charlie: Now’s the time

Early winter has settled in and the trees in the orchards are beautiful in a wonderful winter landscape. The traffic in Apple Hills is now mostly local and actually moves through the area with ease as there’s simply not many cars and trucks roaming the back roads. It is a perfect time to take your bike, […]

Oak Ridge’s aggressive tone not enough

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first of only two home Sierra Foothill League matches, Oak Ridge wrestled tenaciously in most of its bouts but it was Folsom which came out with a 53-21 victory. Trojan grapplers Patrick Irwin (220-pounds), Josh Ploke (113s), Mikey Mello (120s), Jack Santina (126s) and Brandon Claiborne (145s) walked off […]

Trojans fall to top-ranked Folsom

FOLSOM — Though a four-minute span in the fourth quarter helped the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team, it wasn’t enough against Folsom, which posted a 55-46 Sierra Foothill League win in the opener for both teams inside the Bulldogs’ gym Tuesday. The Trojans went on a 12-5 run in the final four minutes of […]

Northstar’s halfpipe opens today

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Northstar California Resort will open this winter’s first halfpipe to skiers and riders today. Located on Pipeline trail and accessible via Vista Express, the halfpipe is a popular and highly-anticipated feature among Northstar’s terrain park users. Its addition allows for a contiguous, uninterrupted terrain park descent from the top of Pinball Park, which […]

Diamondbacks open league victoriously

EL DORADO — Wrestling on the home mat for the first time this season, host Union Mine toppled Galt 50-28 Wednesday in both squad’s Sierra Valley Conference dual meet opener. The Diamondbacks trailed 18-12 before jumping to a comfortable lead after the Warriors forfeited four of the next five matches. Union Mine also recorded two […]

Titans shoot down Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Impressive long-range perimeter shooting by visiting Antelope Tuesday night pushed the Titans past Ponderosa 71-59 to open the Capital Valley Conference schedule. Antelope sank 10 three-pointers — nine by the Johnson sisters — to sink the Bruins who battled the whole way. Nia Johnson hit the Titans’ first three in the first […]

Flurry of titles closed out 2014

Editor’s note: The following concludes a look back at 2014 with a month-by-month breakdown of events that occurred from July to December. July — Former Olympians John Carlos and Tommie Smith were guest speakers at the “Return to the Summit” ceremony to commemorate Echo Summit as a California Historic Landmark. The El Dorado Hills 10-11 All-Stars clinched […]

Roundup: Jan. 6, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings Week 16 of 32 1. Team Effort 40-24 2. Sometimers 37-27 3. Knotty Girls 34-30 4. Alley Oops! 33-31 5. Fun Gals 33-31 6. Bowlin Baggs 31-33 7. Hillbilliettes 25.5-38.5 8. Pin Pals 21.5-42.5 High games: 213 — Jeanne Valentine; 212 — Terese […]

2014 Top Honors

Most Valuable Player Cross Country Kaitlynn Staggers, El Dorado Dalton Douglas-Hiley, El Dorado Ryan Sewell, Golden Sierra Football Nick Bonniksen, El Dorado Softball Calista Almer, Union Mine Savannah Stephens, Golden Sierra Volleyball Kara Campbell, Union Mine Elijah Magat, El Dorado Brian Cann, Golden Sierra Wrestling Patrick Lewis, Golden Sierra Co-Most Valuable Player Volleyball Kelly Krigger, […]

Holiday snow meant positive cash flow for Tahoe

There’s no doubt Lake Tahoe depends heavily on the ski season to help fill its hotels, restaurants and casinos in hopes that a trail of cash that gets left behind and is spread around throughout the region’s business community. And there was no more important time for that than during the recent holiday season. Thanks to […]

CVC Fall All League

Cross Country Jaxon Clausen, Ponderosa Football Josh Bist, Ponderosa Colby Chiverton, Ponderosa Joe DelValle, Ponderosa Golf Jasmine Monas, Ponderosa Soccer Andrew Doe, Ponderosa Nicholas Davis, Ponderosa Danie Brennan, Ponderosa Christopher Rudfelt, Ponderosa Volleyball Alex Boyle, Ponderosa Boys Water Polo Heath Faulkner, Ponderosa Talon Green, Ponderosa Connor Overstreet, Ponderosa Reilley Waterman, Ponderosa Girls Water Polo Hannah […]

Roundup: Jan. 4, 2015

Boys basketball Kendell Arnett Tournament El Dorado 49, Oakmont 45 — The Cougars outscored the Vikings 11-7 in the fourth quarter to take fifth place. El Dorado 71, Colfax 53 — The Cougars outscored the Eagles 41-24 in the second half. Matt Smith scored 23 points to lead El Dorado; Ian Spencer added 14; Cam […]

El Dorado’s season was special

Editor’s note: Due to sheer difficulty, size, odds and committment, El Dorado football’s first-ever 10-0 regular season stands out as the year’s top local sports story. Included are other top feats that made 2014 memorable. Wednesday’s issue will feature the July-December month-by-month recap.  El Dorado football Cougar varsity football coach Joe Volek felt his squad […]

D’backs’ rally falls short

EL DORADO — Four games in five days ended Friday for the Union Mine High boys basketball squad, which lost a 68-59 nonconference contest to McClatchy at the Snake Pit. Trailing 52-41 as they entered the fourth quarter, the Diamondbacks (9-5) saw the Lions (7-5) go on an 8-3 run for a 60-44 lead thanks to two, […]

Grizzlies 0-for-2 in 2015

GARDEN VALLEY — Host Golden Sierra dropped both ends of its two-day Mountain Challenge committment last weekend — edged 41-37 on Friday by Western Sierra followed by Saturday’s loss to Hamilton which doubled up the Grizzlies 60-30. Golden Sierra played both without starting point guard Sam Holder who recently moved to Idaho. “Not having our […]

Schedule: Jan. 5-10, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 6 Boys basketball ED @ Casa Roble, 7 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Lincoln @ UM, 7 p.m. Antelope @ PHS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 Boys basketball San Juan @ GS, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Girls basketball San Juan @ GS, 6 p.m. OR @ Folsom, […]

Part I: Some of 2014’s biggest sports stories

Editor’s note: Each December the Democrat sports staff sifts through 12 months of coverage in an attempt to determine the year’s biggest stories by our local athletes and teams. Never easy, this task regrettably can’t acknowledge everyone. Our 2014 format selected one top sports story and nine others ranked in no particular order. Additionally, a […]

Roundup: Dec. 31, 2014

Boys basketball Kendell Arnett Tournament — Placer High  El Dorado 71, Colfax 53 — The Cougars outscored the Eagles 41-24 in the second half. Matt Smith scored 23 points to lead El Dorado; Ian Spencer added 14; Cam Battersby had 10; Dylan Heibel, nine; Isaac Bugbee, six; Christian Robson, five; and Ryan Campbell and Brian […]

First and goal: Needle in haystack

Yesterday, on New Year’s Day, the El Dorado High girls basketball team played Brookside Christian on the first day of the Running with the Pack Tournament at Cosumnes Oak High in Elk Grove. Yes, your eyes are just fine — the Lady Cougars played on New Year’s Day. El Dorado was scheduled to start the […]

Year in Review: Recap: Jan – June 2014

Editor’s note: The 2014 sports year in El Dorado County was diverse in its range of feats and accomplishments. The following is a brief look back at the first half of 2014 in a month-by-month breakdown of people, places and events. January — The new year opened with the uncertainty of whether the South 1 […]

Oak Ridge captures own tourney crown

EL DORADO HILLS — If the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team needed motivation in the title game against Monterey Trail of its own Trojan Toss Up, its performance at a previous tournament in toppling a top-ranked team ignited the fuel. Tuesday against the Mustangs, Oak Ridge (10-4) played its game and took the top trophy after […]

Cougars girls take second at Vitell

El Dorado’s bid to beat two good teams 90 minutes apart Tuesday to close the Jan Vitell Tournament fell short as Colfax took the first-place trophy with its 43-32 victory over the Lady Cougars. The Falcons held a five-point lead after three quarters and outscored El Dorado in the fourth. Earlier, the Cougars defeated Vista […]

Heavenly Resort opens Stagecoach Express, DMZ Carpet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Cooler temps have allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to utilize the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system in order to expand terrain and open Stagecoach Express last Saturday, offering a second access point to the mountain, as well as top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the Nevada side. “These cooler temps have come […]

Roundup: Dec. 30, 2014

Boys basketball Kendall Arnett Tournament Union Mine 66, Oakmont 52 — In Monday’s tournament opener at Placer High, the Diamondbacks (10-3) advanced when they broke free from a 15-14 first quarter lead by holding the Vikings’ offense to five points. That gave Union Mine a 32-19 halftime lead. The D’backs outscored the Vikings, 34-33, in […]

Outside with Charlie: Options aplenty

At last. All the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are open. Downhill and cross country resorts are spinning the lifts and grooming the trails, and skiers of all types are having a great time. Hope Valley Cross Country was the last to open. Located at Pickett’s Junction, the intersection of Highway 89 and […]

Cougars reach title game

El Dorado wins in battle between Cougars Sabrina Tate scored all 12 of her points in the second half Monday, joining two other Cougars in double figures, as host El Dorado pulled away from Center for a 59-46 second-round victory at the Jan Vitell Tournament. Tate played the entire second half, scoring six points in both […]

Oak Ridge advances to Toss Up finals

EL DORADO HILLS — Though its double-digit lead shrunk toward the end of the third quarter, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team stayed the course for a 63-52 win over Vista del Lago Monday in the winner’s bracket game of the annual Trojan Toss Up. Yesterday, the Trojans (9-4) played for the tournament title against […]

Lady Diamondbacks hold off Bears

Breanna Heinrichs’ free throw broke a tie with under 10 seconds to play Monday as Union Mine escaped with a 48-47 win over Summerville in second-round action at the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High School. The Bears, all the way from Tuolumne County, tied the score on a defensive breakdown by the Diamondbacks […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 28, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Youth Dodgeball (ages 7-12) Catch Dodgeball fever by playing this fast-paced and fun indoor game. Participants have fun while working on their hand-eye coordination, agility and learning the value of teamwork. Teams are formed each night for this 4 week session from March 6-27. Camp runs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. for […]

Northstar update

TRUCKEE — Recent snowfall and cold temperatures allowed Northstar California Resort to open additional trails and lifts last Friday for skiers and riders. Martis Camp Express, which offers access to the resort’s popular Lookout Mountain, opened with access to Upper Martis and Washoe trails. Additionally, the Lookout Link lift opened. Overnight temperatures as cold as […]

Schedule: Dec. 29-Jan. 3 2015

Monday, Dec. 29 Boys basketball OR @ Trojan Toss Up Tourney -OR vs Vista del Lago, 6:30 p.m. Placer Tourney -ED vs El Camino, 3:30 -UM vs Oakmont, 6:30 MaxPreps Holiday Classic -PHS vs Edison, 8:30 Girls basketball Jan Vitell Tourney -UM vs Summerville, 4:30 p.m. -ED vs Center, 7:30 p.m. SoCal Holiday Classic, San […]

Roundup: Dec. 26, 2014

Girls basketball Southern California Holiday Classic Oak Ridge 70, Torrey Pines 53 Oak Ridge 60, Mater Dei Catholic 51 — The Lady Trojans won on the strength of a 12-3 overtime. Boys basketball St. Hope’s Classic Ponderosa 48, Foothill 58 Ponderosa 74, Tancho Cucamongo 83 Ponderosa 55, Silverado 57

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 29, 2014

Union Mine’s Nate Brown scored a touchdown in Friday’s Sacramento Bee Small School Football Classic at Capital Christian High School. Playing for the South, Brown scored on a 45-yard pass play, diving into the end zone for the six points in a 19-17 loss. ***  Oak Ridge boys soccer coach Joe Champion, who guided the […]

Trojans blitz Greenwave

EL DORADO HILLS — Two 15-2 runs in the first and third quarters set the tone for the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team, which beat Churchill County 80-25 to open play in the annual Trojan Toss Up. The Trojans (8-4) dominated on the boards in the first quarter as they out-rebounded the Greenwave, 12-4. That […]

Team effort carries Cougars at Vitell

Behind solid pressure defense and balanced scoring, host El Dorado opened the Jan Vitell Tournament with 59-38 victory over Summerville. Saturday’s score wasn’t that close. Despite an ever-changing lineup, the Lady Cougars’ lead grew to 32 points early in the fourth in a game El Dorado led start to finish. “I was happy with the […]

Union Mine falls to Colfax 50-40

Colfax center Kylee Bauer scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Falcons upended Union Mine 50-40 in the first-round of the annual Jan Vitell Tournament. Up to then, the Diamondbacks’ problem had been the Colfax perimeter game. In the fourth, Falcon guards drove, drew defenders and dished to the […]

Roundup: Dec. 24, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Classic Ponderosa 48, Foothill-Palo Cedro 58 — The Bruins (3-5) trailed 45-42 going to the fourth quarter but were held to six points in Tuesday’s loss. Matthew Bejsovec scored 19 points followed by Josh Bist with 10. Kenny Macklin and Jordan Brennan had six points each, Marty Padilla four and Brennan Wheeler […]

Free throws decide game for Lady Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Two Ponderosa High girls basketball players made 5-of-6 free throws toward the end of the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Trojan Toss Up consolation game against Inderkum, which hung on for a 55-50 win. Trialing 51-45 with 1:06 left in the game, the Bruins’ Danielle Craft made 4-of-4 from the line while […]

Oak Ridge graduate named UAV coach

LANCASTER — University of Antelope Valley Director of Athletics Jeff Bussell has announced the hiring of Brad Rogers as the first ever head men’s basketball coach for UAV. Rogers comes to the Pioneers after spending the last three years working as an assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Christian University. “Brad’s success in […]

First and goal: Football fantasy comes true

El Dorado County high school football players, coaches and fans will have a chance to make the short, westbound trek on Highway 50 to watch the best Northern and Southern California prep grid teams compete for the next three years. Toward the end of last week, Roger Blake, executive director for the California Interscholastic Federation […]

Former Cougars return for alumni game

A team comprised of players from the classes 2008 to 20013 defeated the El Dorado High boys varsity team 84-76 in an alumni game exhibition last Monday in the Cougars’ gym. The El Dorado alumni starters were Jared Gavard (Class of 2008), Justin Gavard (2010), Garrett Keith (2010), Ben Thomas (2011) and Justin Morrison (2012). […]

Trojans come on to take Toss Up title

Peters MVP; McCoy, Derksen All Tourney EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s burst of fourth-quarter offense gave it the lead, cushion and eventual 51-41 win over Pleasant Grove in Tuesday’s championship game of the 20th Annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament. Former league and playoff adversaries, the two finalists were embroiled in a one-point affair after three […]

One more time for county grid players

A combined four El Dorado County high school seniors will don their helmets and shoulder pads for their final prep game of their lives starting tonight. The second annual Sacramento Bee Small School Classic will take place at Capital Christian High tonight with kickoff slated at 6 p.m. Representing the North team will be Golden Sierra […]

Sports scene: Dec. 23, 2014

Cameron Park CSD Adult basketball winter season Come join the Cameron Park Community Services District for another great adult basketball season. The new season begins on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Now CSD is looking for teams. Games are played every Tuesday evening with each team playing 8 games and concluding with playoffs; winners receive championship shirts. […]

Outside with Charlie: Cold hard facts

Last Sunday, autumn switched to winter as they quietly passed each other on the Solstice. Each day will get almost imperceptibly longer, all the way to the Vernal Equinox, when spring will take over. In the mean time, there is a lot to pay attention to if you are headed into the great outdoors. This […]

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