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Ponderosa picks up first conference victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — After his Ponderosa High boys soccer team posted an 0-4 preseason record, head coach Greg Spangler felt strongly his team would turn its fortunes around when Capital Valley Conference action started toward the end of last week. On Monday, the Bruins, who tied Antelope, 2-2, in the conference opener Sept. 10, scored […]

Wall of Fame

NEW INDUCTEES INTO El Dorado High School’s athletic Wall of Fame, located on the home side of the Cougars’ football stadium, were honored Friday at halftime of the El Dorado-Rio Americano varsity football game. The former players and coaches are, left to right, Marv Bukema, representing Kelley Kalafatich, who played girls basketball; Kyle Kenworthy, football/skiing/swimming, […]

Roundup: Sept. 13, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Folsom 1 Single (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. Sherya B. 6-1, 7-5; Lily Wainright def. Jonne W. 6-1, 6-4; Hannah Crookhm def. Grace C. 6-0, 6-1; Kassidy Lyons def. by Dominiue M, -1, 4-6, 3-6; Kelly McMillen def. Brianna W, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Julia VanBoening def. Crystal N,7-5, 6-1. Doubles (OR […]

Schedule: Sept. 15-20, 2014

Monday, Sept. 15 Golf UM, OR @ Poppy Ridge Classic, 10 a.m. Soccer Bella Vista @ PHS, 3:15 p.m. Volleyball ED @ Davis, 6 p.m. Water polo Laguna Creek vs ED, UMHS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 16 Golf ED @ UM, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. PHS vs Del Campo, Mather GC, 3:15 p.m. OR […]

Offense lifts Oak Ridge to win

EL DORADO HILLS — Andrew Lacowski and Ryan Sullivan were some of offensive weapons that helped the Oak Ridge High football team to a 45-28 non-league win over Burbank on Friday. On the ground, Lacowski, one of the Trojans’ running backs, had 17 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns. In the air, Sullivan, a tight end, hauled […]

Union Mine beats Golden Sierra in five

GARDEN VALLEY — Sparked by the late-match heroics of Kara Campbell and Kylie Russell, Union Mine rallied for the five-set 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11 non-league volleyball victory at Golden Sierra Thursday night. The Diamondbacks trailed after three sets and were behind in the fourth at 14-17 when Kaitlin Lishman tapped down an errant Grizzly […]

11th annual Hinds Tribute crowns speedway champions

The regular championship point racing season came to a climactic conclusion Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, as three season champions were crowned in the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resorts Championship Series. This marked the first year that the annual race paid homage to late track promoter Al Hinds. The Sprint Car winner earned $2,000, the Limited […]

El Dorado uses multiple weapons for victory

El Dorado’s offensive supremacy was on full display Friday for its nonleague football game against Rio Americano. In scoring 10 touchdowns by six different players, the Cougars rolled over the Raiders 72-28 on El Dorado’s field to improve to 3-0 on the season. Tyler Clanin and Carter Meyers each scored three times as El Dorado found the […]

Grizzlies light up Blazers

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High football team improved its record to 3-0 by utilizing the same recipe for success as in the previous contests with a stout defense and unrelenting ground attack against Lindhust, with a 42-0 victory Friday. Before the Grizzlies stormed the gridiron, Golden Sierra head coach Jeremy Nordby remarked about the success […]

El Dorado drops five-setter to Folsom

Despite a lead after three sets and a match-long game effort, host El Dorado fell to Folsom in five Tuesday, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24, 16-25, 11-15. The Cougars fell back 3-0 to open the last set and never led. El Dorado led just once in the fourth set, 2-1, after Abby Bennett’s kill. Unforced errors hampered Cougar […]

Golden Sierra denies Eagles

GARDEN VALLEY — Behind the late play of Rylyn Campbell, Golden Sierra held off visiting El Dorado Adventist School 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 Wednesday in nonleague play. Campbell’s tap broke a 17-17 tie in the final set. Her other gave the Grizzlies a 21-20 advantage before she added a kill off Brittany LaShell’s set to make […]

Tribute to Al Hines also points racing finale

Race fans from El Dorado County and the surrounding communities are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open wheel racing in the sierra foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage tomorrow to a legacy in local racing with the 11th Annual Tribute to Al Hinds. For the first time in the history of this event, […]

Roundup: Sept. 11, 2014

Tennis Ponderosa 7, Antelope 2 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. Poroch, 7-5, 6-3; Lexi Comstock def. Tran, 7-6, 7-6; Jaclyn Fields def. Muntean, 6-4, 6-3; Laura Parkyn def. Adams, 6-4, 6-3; Natanya Akerly def. Lord, 6-0, 6-3; Grace Guimont def. by Grigoryan, 5-7, 5-7. Singles (PHS first): Katie Johnson-Regan Bloomquist def. Hongkham-Nguyen, 6-2, 6-2; […]

First for Babbage, Harris, El Dorado squads

HERALD — Union Mine’s Allison Babbage, El Dorado’s Jackson Harris, plus the Cougars’ boys and girls varsity teams all raced to top finishes Wednesday at the Sierra Valley Conference’s first cross country meet of the season at Rancho Seco Park. Babbage, a junior, finished the 3.1 miles course with a time of 21 minutes, 11 seconds […]

Cougar Wall of Fame events

The second annual Wall of Fame Celebration takes place at halftime of tonight’s game. Entering the class is: Christine Harms (volleyball/cross country/ track and field); Jordan Williams (football/wrestling); John Hanson (cross country/  track and field); Kyle Kenworthy (football/skiing/swimming); Marvin Penner (basketball); Rod Lung MacKenzie (football/wrestling/baseball/track); Kasey Garcia (soccer); Brenda Payton (cross country/track and field); Kelley […]

Lady Trojans sweep Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — In their first and only nonconference volleyball meeting Wednesday, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa provided excitement in front of their respective fans inside the Trojans’ gym. There were several long rallies in the contest, but Oak Ridge (9-0) posted a three-game sweep over Ponderosa (5-6) by the scores of 25-20, 25-17, 25-21. In […]

Week 2 matchups

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are hosting nonconference games tonight, while Ponderosa and Union Mine have byes. Rio Americano (0-2) at El Dorado (2-0) Cougar quarterback Nick Bonniksen controls the offense, and Carter Meyers leads the defense in tonight’s game against the Raiders. El Dorado hosts its second consecutive game. […]

Time to purchase six-pack ski tickets

LAKE TAHOE — Skiers and snowboarders are turning their attention toward the upcoming winter season, as timing is critical in finding the best values on lift tickets and multi-day passes. For those in the know, the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket represents the ultimate deal in terms of variety, flexibility and savings for destination guests […]

Annual hunting contest taking entrants

A contest is underway for El Dorado County students ages 12 to 16 for a 4-night, 3-day pheasant hunt with a parent/guardian at R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, S.D., which is one of only a few Cabela’s certified hunting destinations. The program, which is in its sixth year, has a goal to tie together […]

SCC wrestling to hold alumni scrimmage

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento City College wrestling program will hold its 35th Annual Alumni Wrestling Scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m. at the Campus’ North Gym. Included will be current and past SCC wrestlers from El Dorado County. Admission and parking is free. The tentative lineup for the SCC alumni has Robert Hart (El Dorado) at […]

Roundup: Sept. 9, 2014

Soccer Golden Sierra 2, Colfax 4 — The host Falcons scored two goals each in the first and second halves of Monday’s nonleague contest in Colfax. Golden Sierra (0-4) begins Sierra Delta League action today at Highlands. The Grizzlies’ next home game is Wednesday, Sept. 17 against Encina. Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Brunch Bunch […]

Outside with Charlie: Take a hike

Autumn will make its debut on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:29 p.m. It’s called the Autumnal Equinox. On this day, night and day will be equal in time. After that day, the nights will slowly grow longer and the days slowly shorter. Nights in the mountains will be colder, which will trigger the annual splash […]

Aboukhadijeh picks up first marathon victory

ANCHORAGE, AK — El Dorado Hills native Amjed Aboukhadijeh won the Moose’s Tooth Alaska Marathon during the Big Wild Life Runs in downtown Anchorage, Alaska last month. Over 3,000 runners toed the line to compete in the state’s largest running event as participants had the option to choose between a half-marathon or full marathon. The […]

Lady D’backs shine at Lagoon Valley

Oak Ridge girls place runners in top 20 VACAVILLE — Union Mine and Oak Ridge girls cross-country teams had strong showings at the Lagoon Valley Classic Cross Country Invitational last Saturday. In the Small Schools division, the Lady Diamondbacks took second place as a team with 98 points, behind Placer which was first with 58 points. […]

Ponderosa unlucky in loss to Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — If hard work, effort and numerous scoring chances lead to eventual success on the soccer pitch, it eluded host Ponderosa Monday afternoon in its match with Folsom to close the preseason. The Bulldogs’ bend-don’t-break defense held off the Bruins’ charge, especially in the first half, and the visitors emerged 3-0 winners in […]

Bruins pull out thrilling comeback

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pulling off a gutsy two-point conversion in the final seconds, host Ponderosa edged Vista del Lago 43-42 in the Bruins’ home opener Friday. Down by a score, Ponderosa quarterback Colby Chiverton found Josh Bist on the left side for a 30-yard touchdown with under 15 seconds remaining in the game. From there, head […]

Nutt’in but TDs for Grizzlies

SUTTER CREEK — Behind five Brenden Nutt touchdowns and solid play on both sides of the ball, Golden Sierra improved to 2-0 with Friday’s 41-0 shutout of host Argonaut at Dan Barnett Field. The Grizzlies dominated in the trenches. Offensively, Nutt, Riley Prine and Christian Klahn got the necessary blocking to keep the chains moving […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 7, 2014

Disc Golf Tourney The 36th Gold Pan Open is Sept. 13-14 at Pioneer Park and Somerset Country Club in Somerset. Open to professionals and amateurs. For information call Charlie Callahan at 530-620-0050. Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at […]

Roundup: Sept 6, 2014

Volleyball Union Mine def Dublin 25-13, 23-25, 15-6 Union Mine def. Carson 25-23, 24-26, 17-15  Union Mine def. by Rio Americano 25-20, 12-25, 2-15 Union Mine def. by St. Mary’s 15-25, 18-25 Golden Sierra def. Marysville 21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 Golf Oak Ridge 220, Woodcreek 250 — 9 holes at Serrano CC, par 36. […]

El Dorado takes home opener

A failed third-down had his team punting and El Dorado quarterback Nick Bonniksen venting, exchanging heated words with assistant coach Henry Hamilton Friday night. “Nick is a perfectionist. He’s comfortable expressing himself and expects a lot out of himself,” Hamilton explained. What a difference two quarters make. The final moments of the Cougars’ home-opening 36-19 […]

Union Mine falls 29-6

GRASS VALLEY — Nate Brown was all over the field for the Union Mine High football team, which fell to Bear River 29-6 in a nonconference game Friday. Returning kickoffs and punt returns, the Diamonbacks’ senior tallied 133 yards on special teams play, 68 on the opening kickoff to the Bruins’ 14 yard line. “He did the […]

Seven seniors return for Lady Cougars

El Dorado coach Shelly Bishop confessed after Thursday’s home match against Del Oro that she purposely scheduled the Division I school, plus other D-I and D-II schools to strengthen her Lady Cougars for when Sierra Valley Conference action begins next month. After all, the tougher schedule paid off last fall. In the two-hour matchup, El Dorado […]

Oak Ridge captures Craft

EL DORADO HILLS — Out of its 11 games it played in the 26th annual Christine Craft Tournament, the most important one for Oak Ridge Saturday was the final one against Oakmont. The Lady Trojans’ three-set win was good for the first place trophy in the Gold Playoff Bracket. Oak Ridge won 25-19, 21-25, 15-9. According to Oak […]

Schedule: Sept. 8-13, 2014

Monday, Sept. 8 Soccer Folsom @ PHS, 3 p.m. GS @ Colfax, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 Golf Bella Vista @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. Rocklin @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 p.m. Tennis Nevada Union @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. PHS @ Antelope, 4 p.m. Soccer UM @ Amador, 6:30 p.m. Volleyball Folsom […]

Trojans win on goal-line stand

EL DORADO HILLS — With only 15 seconds remaining on the clock Friday, Oak Ridge and Vacaville lined up for one final play. Though the visiting Bulldogs had just completed a scoring drive to pull within 24-23 and were going for the 2-point conversion, an exhausted Trojan defense rose to occasion and stood Vacaville up at the goal to […]

Yates’ return successful as Bruins sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — Ponderosa made a winner of coach Mike Yates in his return to Union Mine Thursday as his Lady Bruins defeated the host Diamondbacks 25-20, 25-17, 25-15. “It was weird (coming back),” said Yates who guided the 2011 Union Mine team to the state title. “It came back to me … hearing the […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 4, 2014

Disc Golf Tourney The 36th Gold Pan Open is Sept. 13-14 at Pioneer Park and Somerset Country Club in Somerset. Open to professionals and amateurs. For information call Charlie Callahan at 530-620-0050. Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at […]

Roundup: Sept. 4, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Davis 2 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Paw, 6-1, 6-1; Teja Chalamcherla def. by Duan, 2-6, 6-2, 8-10; Lily Wainwright def. Mould, 7-5, 6-2; Hannah Crookham def. Donahue, 6-3, 6-0; Kassidy Lyons def. Ewens, 6-1, 6-2; Kelly McMillen def. Murdoch, 6-3, 6-3. Doubles (OR first): Julia Van Boening-Lan Zhao def. […]

Troy beats old foe

Chris Craft tomorrow EL DORADO HILLS — Although the Oak Ridge High volleyball team played St. Francis in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation match, it felt — just like old times — that the Delta River League title was at stake. The former Delta River League neighbors matched one another point-per-point in their two-hour, four-set match […]

Lady Bruins upend Grizzlies in 3 sets

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa hosted Golden Sierra for the annual Foundation Game Tuesday, two of 156 teams competing in the 13th year of raising scholarship funds for the CIF. The Lady Bruins turned back the Grizzlies 25-11, 25-16, 25-6 in the low-intensity matchup of local squads. Results weren’t counted in the official standings. Ponderosa is coached […]

Late Trojan goals subdue Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High’s boys soccer programs faced off Wednesday night in Bruin country for the first and last intra-county showdown in preseason action. Oak Ridge’s junior varsity and varsity programs each took earned 2-1 victories over the hosts, despite the Bruins holding a one-goal lead for the majority of the […]

Heinz-sight: The Road

Some football away games aren’t close and require some travel time. Take last week’s game at South Lake Tahoe. Not exactly a hop, skip and a jump away. Driving alone, the longer trips afford plenty of time to reflect, think and mull things over — some more thoroughly than others. Well, the following is a […]

Local teams ready for Week 1

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams host their first home games in Week 1 action tonight as El Dorado entertains Lincoln, Oak Ridge welcomes Vacaville and Ponderosa takes on Vista del Lago. Playing on the road, Union Mine is at Bear River while Golden Sierra treks to Jackson to play at […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 2, 2014

Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the forum on the school campus. Start time is 6 p.m. For more information, contact coach Jeff French at 530-748-5650. Volleyball camp Fundamental volleyball classes are available for grades 4 to 8 […]

Pereira wins another title

SACRAMENTO — Former Ponderosa High golfer Corey Pereira fired a 5-under-par 67 to win the California State Fair Men’s Amateur Championship at Haggin Oaks’ Alister MacKenzie Course over the Labor Day weekend. The former Bruin, who plays on the Washington men’s golf team, had a one-shot lead before he pulled out the win with a […]

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