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DeCaires charges to his third win

It was exactly one year ago that Elk Grove driver Greg DeCaires experienced a win streak at Placerville Speedway shortly after teaming with Placerville car owner Dale Miller. It was déjà vu for the veteran driver Saturday as DeCaires drove to his second straight and third overall victory just one week before the highly anticipated […]

Heinz-sight: Symbolic

History is full of protest movements, domestic and international. Here at home, our very founding dates back to the Boston Tea Party whose 1773 protest escalated into the American Revolution. Since, there’s been the anti-war protests, 1965′s March on Washington and Occupy Wall Street to name a few. Overseas saw the Hungaria and Prague uprisings, […]

‘Fists of Freedom’ documents iconic moment

Ex-Olympians John Carlos and Tommie Smith, members of the 1968 U.S. Men’s Track and Field team, were on hand at Regal Placerville Stadium 8 Thursday for the showing of “Fists of Freedom,” a 1999 documentary about how their lives were before, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. More than 100 people attended the […]

El Dorado sweeps past Lodi

Continuing its summer dominance at home, El Dorado scored nine, first-inning runs and cruised past Lodi 10-0 victory in Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader. Zach Terry got the start and was immediately in control, striking out a batter in a scoreless first. In the bottom half, Adam Washabaugh singled to load the bases before the […]

Schedule: June 30 – July 6, 2014

Monday, June 30 Baseball Little League All Stars Seniors @ Mahany Park -Gold Rush vs Woodcreek, 6:30 Juniors @ Stonehouse Park, 5 p.m. Majors @ Feist Park, 5 p.m. 10/11s @ Mitchell Field, 5, 7:30 p.m. 9/10s @ Richard Field, 5, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 Baseball Little league All Stars Seniors @ Mahany Park […]

Roundup: June 27, 2014

Baseball Little League All Stars Juniors Snowline 6, Roseville West 5 El Doradl Hills 5, Woodcreek 10 Ponderosa 4, Folsom American 10 Gold Rush 1, Woodcreek 8 Majors El Dorado Hills 11, Maidu 1 Snowline 2, Folsom National 19 10/11s Gold Rush 4, Folsom American 5 Ponderosa 2, Folsom National 12 Snowline 2, Maidu 29 […]

Baseball: ED 7, Del Oro 6

El Dorado High baseball held off visiting Del Oro Thursday night to post the one-run win. After the Golden Eagles, who trailed 7-3, pulled within a run in the fifth inning, relievers Louis Merlo and Nick Bonniksen pitched scoreless innings with Bonniksen’s save nailing down the final three outs. It wasn’t El Dorado’s best base-running […]

Lehr wins academic contest

Union Mine senior-to-be Anika Lehr is this year’s winner of the annual academic contest that awards the winner a trip to the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, South Dakota. Lehr is a varsity soccer player for the Lady Diamondbacks. Ankia Lehr

Heinz-sight: Will it or won’t it?

Every four years when the FIFA Men/Women’s World Cup rolls around — right now the men — the soccer interest here in the United States increases ten-fold. Is it a passing fad? It’s a fact the Cup is the most viewed and followed sporting event in the world, bigger than the Olympic games. Here’s another important […]

Little League All Star tournaments

Tomorrow marks the start of the summer District 54 Little League All Star season for all levels except Juniors which got underway June 24, and Seniors who begin Monday. The locations are as follows: 9/10s at Richards Field in Roseville; 10/11s at Jeff Mitchell Field in El Dorado Hills; Majors at Feist Park in Granite […]

Outside with Charlie: Hike prep the key

Summer arrived right on time and the crowds that are beginning to flow to the mountains are ample proof that it’s summer vacation time. The campgrounds are open, excluding Wrights Lake. The campground hosts have been busy making everything ready in the developed areas up in the Crystal Basin, Lake Tahoe, and over on Highway […]

Tight battles for ninth points race

Four divisions are on the menu at Speedway tomorrow night as the championship point battles have tightened in all three of the weekly divisions. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks return to action on the quarter-mile in the battle for the 2014 track championship presented by the New Jackson Rancheria Casino […]

Devils unblemished at 4-0

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team defeated the visiting Broadstone Barracudas 479-310 last Saturday to become the Suburban Swim League’s only undefeated team. Six year-old Katie Tadayeski (6 and under) established a new team record for the 25 yard backstroke. Her time of 20.62 replaces the previous 22.10 record set by […]

Seven-run first inning sinks Post 119

EL DORADO — Though the hit differential was close, the score wasn’t in Wednesday’s El Dorado Post 119-Del Oro Junior Legion baseball matchup that saw the Loomis team prevail 11-1 at Union Mine High. Del Oro did its damage early, as the game was called because of the mercy rule. El Dorado finished with eight hits, […]

Sports scene: June 25, 2014

Golf Fundraiser The Bob West Drive for Marshall (Medical Center) Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 27. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. Shotgun Start will be at noon. Tournament fee of $176 includes golf fee, cart, lunch on golf course, dinner afterwards, prizes and range balls. Golf shirts provided by sponsor Union Bank. […]

Sharks finish strong

Kendall Kott and Justin Lehr were big winners for the Sierra Sharks swim team at Park Terrace on Saturday. For the girls, Kott (11-12) won five events, including three individual events and a member of two relay teams. Lehr also won five events in three individual and two relay teams. Analeis Vos (9-10) won three […]

Roundup: June 24, 2014

Baseball El Dorado 10, Reed 1 — Nick Bonniksen pitched five innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts Monday as the Cougars’ summer team wrapped up a 4-1 weekend in Nevada. Offensively, Alex Pereira went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Kent Schardt was 2-for-3 with a double. After Bonniksen, Ian Philbrick and Owen MacKendrick each […]

SVC Spring All League

Softball Most Valuable Player Calista Almer, Union Mine Jessica Dager, Union Mine Beth Hammer, Union Mine Shyanne Winje, Union Mine Madi Heape, Union Mine Trinity Jackson, El Dorado Boys volleyball Most Valuable Player Elijah Magat, El Dorado Coach of the Year Alan Magat, El Dorado Tait Miller, El Dorado Caleb Wetmore, El Dorado Nathan Camello, […]

Dolphins relay team sets new mark

RANCHO CORDOVA — Many victories came Saturday for the Dry Diggins Dolphins swim team against Cordova. The Dolphins won their second consecutive meet of the season, 1,765-1,144. In addition, the Dolphin 9-10 boys 100 freestyle relay team of Trevor Parsons, Daniel Owen, Jayson Benedetto and Mark Barsotti set a new team record while taking took […]

Protest duo at documentary showing

A two-day celebration honoring the 1968 U.S. Olympic Men’s Track and Field Trials at Echo Summit, begins Thursday in Placerville. Scheduled at 1 p.m. at the Placerville Regal Theatre, 337 Placerville Drive, are Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race, respectively, at the ’68 Olympics in Mexico […]

Youths make fundamental contact

EL DORADO HILLS — The strongest high school football programs in the nation like Santa Ana’s  Mater Dei High and Concord’s De La Salle, have pedigrees of excellence established at a young age. For a school to develop that stature, it takes a strong sense of community that includes more than just  high schoolers putting on […]

Marlins draft former Trojan

Former Oak Ridge High and Cal pitcher Kyle Porter was selected by the Florida Marlins in last week’s Major League Baseball Draft in the 31st round. This past season for the Bears, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Porter went 6-5 with a 3.01 ERA. During his years at Cal, he picked up a combined 15 wins with a […]

DeCaires charges to second season victory

Placerville Speedway filled the grandstands and pit area for a great night of racing in the eighth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Season on Saturday night. Greg DeCaires brought car owner Dale Miller to victory lane in the winged Sprint Car division. In the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, Scott Hall won in dramatic […]

El Dorado splits twin bill

RENO, Nev. — Playing two of five games in three days in Nevada, the El Dorado Summer Legion baseball team split a doubleheader with McQueen on Saturday. In the first game, El Dorado posted an 11-0 victory in a game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule. At the plate, El […]

Schedule: June 23-28, 2014

Monday, June 23 Baseball ED @ Truckee, 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25 Baseball Del Oro @ ED Post 119, UMHS, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 Baseball Del Oro @ ED, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 Baseball Lodi @ ED (2), 4 p.m. ED Post 119 @ Del Oro (2), 10 a.m. Speedway Championship Points Race, […]

Oak Ridge honors its athletes

RANCHO CORDOVA — The Oak Ridge High sports programs honored its outstanding career and 2013-14 class athletes in a ceremony recently at the Spaghetti Factory. Named Outstanding Career Athlete for the girls was Jenn Hoffman (basketball), the Trojans’ energetic, efficient, sharp-shooting point guard who helped the Lady Trojans maintain their high standard of excellence by […]

Roundup: June 20, 2014

  Cold Springs Ladies golfPro points & puttsJune 10 Ace of the Month: Marge Dodrill, net 67Overall low gross: Jerri Arens, 86Overall low net: Marge Dodrill1st flight low net: Cathie Dyer, 58; Mary Jo Walter, 70; Karen Beckman, 702nd flight low net: Helen Glenn, 67; Kathy Goldman, 67; Karen McCaughern, 683rd flight low net: Jo-Ann […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 23, 2014

Former El Dorado County high school baseball and softball players shined at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, along with Sacramento City College, this past spring. Five ex-Oak Ridge baseball players who were on the Hawks’ squad were freshman catcher Logan Martson, sophomore infielder Mason Watkins, freshman pitcher Zachary Mahon, sophomore catcher Cody Morris and freshman […]

Elite Taekwondo USA warms up for nationals

CAMERON PARK — Elite Taekwondo USA of Cameron Park participated in the 2014 Tiger Claw Taekwondo Championship held in San Jose recently. The team, trained by Master John Jonghun Yi, competed against some of Northern California’s strongest competitors. The first event of the day was Youth Sports Poomsae. Quinci Whitson was first up competing against […]

Sharks win first meet of season

There were 21 Sierra Sharks swimmers who had qualifying times for next month’s Meet of Champions at the team’s first dual meet of the season against College Greens, who the Sharks took a bite out of with a 474-313 win June 14. Boys with qualifying times for the MOC were Avery Pellicano (ages 7-8), Kai Curry (9-10), […]

Attendance up at annual tennis clinic

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Whether learning brand new skills or polishing off older ones, the Hangtown Junior Tennis Clinic, sponsored by the Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club, held its 28th annual clinic last week at the Ponderosa High tennis courts. Area tennis pro Martha Downing, assisted by fellow club members, took the lead in instructing two skill […]

Roundup: June 18, 2014

Youth baseball Juniors  Tournament of Champions Gold Rush Juniors 11, Folsom American Blue Jay 18 — Playing in the District 54 title game of the Tournament of Champions at Woodcreek High of Roseville on Wednesday, the Gold Rush and Folsom Blue Jays battled until the sixth inning, when the Jays took the lead for the win. Members […]

Aquatic center site for record try

The Placerville Aquatic Center will be one of many public swimming pools across the United States that will serve as an official host location in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for kids and adults to learn how to swim today — Friday. The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming […]

Taz dominate Penguins

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team prepared all week for a close competition against their archrivals the Park Terrace Penguins which took place on Saturday. Both teams entered the contest with commanding records of 2-0, buit the Taz dominated with a final score of 503-286. Though not the tight […]

Championship series returns

After a week off for the El Dorado County Fair, weekly points racing resumes Saturday night, with the Jackson Rancheria Championship Season at Placerville Speedway. Four divisions will be on the menu in an action-packed event that will wave the green flag on the final half of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ […]

El Dorado’s scoring opportunities come and go

A come-from-behind rally fell short for the El Dorado Summer baseball team, falling to Hard 90 by a 9-6 score at El Dorado High on Wednesday night. Entering the bottom of the seventh inning behind what would be the final score, El Dorado loaded the bases. Leadoff batter Louis Merlo walked, followed by Kent Schardt […]

New heights for brothers

Brothers Brandon and Forrest Hierholzer continued their pole vaulting careers post El Dorado High at the college level. This past season, each helped lead their respective programs — Brandon at Long Beach State, Forrest at American River College — to league titles. Brandon, a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, earned All-Big West […]

Roundup: June 16, 2014

Baseball Fairfield Father’s Day Tournament El Dorado 1, Napa 4 — El Dorado finished 3-2 in the tournament, good for top 4 after Sunday’s setback in the semifinals. Zach Terry pitched a complete game, surrendering two runs in the first inning and another two in the sixth. El Dorado scored in the fifth when Zach Culp […]

Outside with Charlie: Hit the trails

Break out your mountain bikes. It’s time to hit the trails. We have some of the very best places to ride mountain bikes right here in El Dorado County. Early in the season, the trails are still pretty well-packed down. There isn’t a lot of loose dirt or sand, which means the skidding and sliding […]

Veerkamp becomes new all-time champion

Championship Race 1st-Brian Veerkamp 2nd-Jesse Spencer 3rd-Grant Krale Women’s Race 1st-Makenzie Snyder 2nd-Kara Reed 3rd-Mila Olson Old Timers 1st-Mark Schwartzmeyer 2nd-Dean Marks 3rd-Donald Narden 4th-Davey “Doc” Wiser 5th-Steve Mee High School Challenge 1st-Union Mine (P.J. Repetto/Tyler Parker) Teen Boys 1st-Dan Carey 2nd-Levi Schnetz 3rd-Dallas Biel Teen Girls 1st-Alexandra Nisson 2nd-Jacqueline Nisson 3rd-Emily Costa Youth Boys […]

Dolphins too much for Tiger Sharks

Brionna Schafter was one of the big winners for the Dry Diggin Dolphins swim team, which posted its second consecutive victory with a 1,570-1338 win over the Orangevale Tiger Sharks on Saturday. Schafer, who swam for the Union Mine High girls swim team, competed in the girls 15-18 age division, where she took first place […]

70th running of the Wheelbarrows

The 70th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races were held Saturday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Coverage and top finishers will be in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat. DSC_1469ew

Sports scene: June 15, 2014

Quarterback school West Coast Youth Football will be holding a quarterback school that will teach the fundamentals to youth football players interested in playing the position at Oak Ridge High on Friday, June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. Seven Division scholarship quarterbacks have attended this […]

Roundup: June 16, 2014

Baseball Fairfield Father’s Day Tournament El Dorado 2, Vacaville 1 — A hurried throw to first base on an inning-ending strikeout, kicked into short right field and allowed Adam Washabaugh to score all the way from second base in Saturday’s bottom-of-the-seventh inning walk-off win. Washabaugh had singled to open and was bunted up by Kent Schardt. […]

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