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Grizzly football wraps up season with big win over Spartans

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Connor Barla had never played football when he came out this fall for the Golden Sierra team. As the season went on Barla improved with every outing and Friday, Barla, who had caught four touchdown passes in the last four games, reeled in four from quarterback Mike Aplanalp to lead the Grizzlies […]

Trojans get physical to defeat Jesuit

CARMICHAEL — Preston Dean shot the gap for a sack of Jesuit quarterback Thomas Sperbeck with 4:47 left Saturday, sealing Oak Ridge High’s hard-fought 14-3 Delta River League victory over the host Marauders. Dean’s key play was one of many turned in by the Trojan defense. Interceptions by Matt Howard, Brandon Herd, Jake Rosada and […]

D’backs drop key game to Vista’s Eagles

FOLSOM — In a game featuring the state’s second-leading rusher in Union Mine’s Sean Tow and the prolific pass-catch combo of Vista del Lago’s Anthony Young and Logan Smith, it was no secret that both teams fielded dangerous offense threats. Ironically, it was a defensive stand that turned the outcome of Friday’s game as the […]

Sheldon breaks late tie to upend Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Though the Delta River League schedule has been a challenge for Ponderosa High’s football team, the Bruins showed everyone in the homecoming crowd Friday what they’re capable of doing. From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, the hometown team from Shingle Springs gave Sheldon everything it could handle. But when the […]

Football roundup: Oct. 28, 2011

El Dorado 54, Galt 12 — Christian Wisniewski passed for six touchdowns as the host Cougars won their first Sierra Valley Conference game Friday night. Gabe Derilo caught four of Wisniewski’s scoring strikes while Zack Brown was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes and also returned a punt for a touchdown. Union Mine 21, […]

Poseley, Reddish pace Golden Sierra harriers to league title

SACRAMENTO — Golden Sierra sophomore Giana Poseley led the Grizzly girls cross country team to its second Sierra Delta League title with her first-place finish Wednesday afternoon at Renfree Field’s three-mile course. All six varsity girls finished in the top 10 to make the all league team. “Our three seniors did extremely well,” Golden Sierra […]

County Sports League concludes fall season

The first week in October brought a flurry of activity and excitement for many middle and elementary school athletes in El Dorado County. The girls volleyball and flag football tournaments, along with a big cross country meet, involved more than 1,100 students competing for their schools. The girls volleyball tournaments were hosted by the Union […]

Roundup: Oct. 28, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Sheldon 28-26, 25-13, 25-10 – Kills: Lianna Sybeldon 15; Hailey Bellmer, 8; Lindsey Bowles, 7. Aces: Bowles, 2; Ali Lindsey, 2. Blocks: Sybeldon, 2. Assists: Mettler, 20; Kylie Christensen, 8. Digs: Lindsey, 11; Bowles, 8; Bellmer, 6; Sybeldon, 6. Serve receive: Bellmer, 11; Lindsey, 6, Bowles, 6. Golden Sierra def. Rio Vista […]

Roundup: Oct. 27, 2011

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Pleasant Grove 25-14, 25-10, 27-17 — Kills: Mysha Davies, 9; Amelia Crye 8; Arden Zuber, 7. Aces: Maddie McGeorge, 3; Crye, 3; Davies, 3; Rachel McVicar 2. Assists: DeGeorge, 21. Digs: Maddie Chambliss, 11; Davies 10. Serve receive: Chambliss 15; Crye, 8. Golden Sierra def. San Juan 25-11, 25-20, 25-11 Union […]

El Dorado boys cross country team wins league title

FOLSOM — El Dorado cross country runner Joe Soik waited four long years to win the Sierra Valley Conference championship. Wednesday his wait was over and his emotions spilled over after he finished the tough Willow Hills course in Folsom in 16 minutes, 40 seconds, 50 meters ahead of his closest competitor. “Four years and […]

Grizzlies’ 2-1 soccer win secures playoff slot

GARDEN VALLEY — Soccer coach Johnn deGraef had a cooler of ice water dumped on him in the aftermath of Golden Sierra’s 2-1 victory over Highlands and it never felt better. The soaking came after deGraef endured more than nine minutes of agony waiting for the final whistle — it finally came after Jason Rice’s […]

Oak Ridge soccer falls short to Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge soccer team’s Senior Night match was spoiled by visiting Folsom Wednesday. The Trojans fell to the Bulldogs 3-1. “We played really well tonight but just didn’t have enough to beat them,” Trojan coach Henry Reis said. Pre-game festivities for the seniors who took the pitch for the last […]

Late season games test area teams’ resolve

The must-win, should-win, can-win scenarios surrounding tonight’s gridiron matchups go out the window as the 2011 regular season winds down for the five county teams. Plain and simple, the reasons vary but all five need a victory. The featured game pits Union Mine against Vista del Lago in a key Sierra Valley Conference battle for […]

The Outdoorsman: Ducks, geese flying high

The birds’ high-flying will change tomorrow when the state and federal refuges open to waterfowl hunters. The weather has not cooperated for the first week of the season. It’s been “bluebird” skies with no wind and no storms. Tomorrow will be different for shot-gunners in the Central Valley who will have their first opportunity to […]

Bruin volleyball gets feisty Senior Night victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — For Ponderosa High’s Lianna Sybeldon, Alex Mettler, Hailey Bellmer, Ali Lindsey, Layne Davidson and Pamina Chong, Tuesday’s Senior Night went according to plan: a nice send-off in front of friends and family and an easy 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 Delta River League win over Folsom in their final regular season home match. Bruin […]

Cameron Park skateboard park to host skate competition

The skateboarding community in El Dorado County is collaborating with A Bridge to Skate charity organization for a competition in memory of Arthur Smith at the Cameron Park Skate Park Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The contest is in memory of Arthur Smith, who passed away in 2009, but will forever […]

Cougars celebrate Senior Night with a win

It was tears, flowers and cupcakes for the El Dorado volleyball team Monday. The Cougars, who are third in the Sierra Valley Conference standings with a 7-3 record, capped Senior Night with an easy three-game sweep of visiting Cosumnes Oaks, 25-16, 25-10, 25-18. Coach Tyler Krieger conducted the Senior Night honors as Rachel Selenis, Noelle […]

Cougars’ Slightham advances

LOCKEFORD SPRINGS — El Dorado golfer Jessica Slightham recovered from a 45 on her first nine in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament to shoot 40 on the second nine for a score of 85 and a berth in next Monday’s Masters tournament at the Reserve at Spanos Park. Slightham, teammate Megan Heller and the […]

Outside with Charlie: Great time of year

El Dorado County is a paradise for outdoor lovers. The variety of terrain is one of the best features. We look forward to the changes autumn brings. Hiking is particularly nice and the mild temperatures add to the enjoyment. I’ts a great time to revisit places you saw earlier. The Carson Pass area is a good […]

Union Mine volleyball strikes down Hawks

EL DORADO — The Union Mine volleyball team remains undefeated in the Sierra Valley Conference after Monday night’s 25-8, 25-13, 25-21 victory over visiting Liberty Ranch. “We have been working on developing different players abilities,” Diamondback coach Mike Yates said. With the postseason looming, Yates uses each match as a learning situation for all the […]

Jesuit soccer swamps Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Monday’s Delta River League match between Oak Ridge and visiting Jesuit was over the moment it started. The Marauders, the No. 1 team in California, beat the Trojans 10-1. “We just played a much better team today; the scoreboard shows that,” Troy’s coach Henry Reis said. Jesuit’s offensive onslaught started in […]

Roundup: Oct. 25, 2011

Water polo El Dorado boys 5, McClatchy 7 — ED goals: Evan Phifer, 4; Jordan Prall El Dorado girls 2, McClatchy 9 — ED goals: Liz Danke; Maddie Zuber Note: Above losses were El Dorado’s first in the Metro League after 5-0 starts. Soccer Ponderosa 2, Sheldon 3 — PHS goals: Jared Saint, TJ Spangler […]

Jr. Grizzlies sent two teams to playoffs

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra Jr. Grizzlies Football program finished the regular season at home against the Woodland Jr. Patriots. The Jr. Pee Wees and the Midget teams advanced to Saturday’s playoffs. All four age groups had a successful and learning season, thanks to devoted coaches, staff members and parents. The Grizzly Youth Football […]

Boardway shines in Bruins’ loss to Folsom

Ponderosa rallies, but Folsom hangs on  FOLSOM — Ponderosa High football coach Jason Tenner feels strongly that his Bruins can compete with any Delta River League school, including a state champion. “We’ve been trying to tell our kids all year long that we can play with anybody if we just play,” Tenner said. “When we […]

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Trojans send three to Division I girls golf playoffs

The Oak Ridge girls golf team finished the season in third place after last Wednesday’s third Delta River League tournament at Rancho Murieta Country Club. Ponderosa was fourth. The Trojans’ Victoria Han, who fired an 86 in the tournament, was the only El Dorado County golfer named to the DRL all league team, based on […]

Roundup: Oct. 23, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Ponderosa 1 Singles (OR first): Julia Dunnigan def. Savannah Broddrick, 6-2, 6-3; Julia Lund def. Amanda Templeton, 6-0, 6-0; Alexa Hill def. Susan Parkyn, 6-3, 6-3; Gabby Zeagler def. Sydney Morrow, 6-0, 6-1; Miranda Miller def. Kaitlyn Friesen, 6-1, 6-0; Megan Schoener def. Tiffany Prather, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles (OR first): Tia […]

Schedule: Oct. 24, 2011

Monday, Oct. 24 Golf OR @ Sac-Joaquin Section Division I tourney, Rancho Solano GC, Fairfield, 11 a.m. UM, ED @ SJS Division IV tourney, Lockeford Springs GC, 9 a.m. Soccer Jesuit @ OR, 4 p.m. Rio Vista @ GS, 4 p.m. UM @ Vista del Lago, 5 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 3:30 Tennis OR, PHS […]

Eagles take flight with third-quarter blitz of Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — For the first half of an important Delta River League match-up Friday, host Oak Ridge went toe-to-toe with Pleasant Grove and stood strong against the top-ranked Eagles — trailing  just 14-7 at the halftime break. As close as the Trojans were after two quarters, the contest completely changed gears in the […]

Tow runs D’backs to Gold Nugget victory over El Dorado

Union Mine back scores five touchdowns EL DORADO — Scoring on all six first-half possessions and its first third quarter touch, Union Mine coasted to a 48-21 Senior Night victory over El Dorado Friday night. The win enabled the Diamondbacks (4-3, 3-1) to keep pace atop the Sierra Valley Conference standings. Liberty Ranch, Union Mine […]

Grizzlies crush Encina 49-0 to remain in playoff hunt

GARDEN VALLEY — Fans who came out on a cool October evening for Senior Night at Golden Sierra High Friday were rewarded with a heartfelt performance as the Grizzlies routed Encina 49-0 in Sierra Delta League football action. Despite an abundance of penalties by both sides early, Golden Sierra quarterback Mike Aplanalp found Connor Barla […]

Football roundup: Oct. 21, 2011

Union Mine 48, El Dorado 21 — The host Diamondbacks scored on all six of their first-half possessions to build a 35-point halftime lead and coast to the Senior Night victory over the Cougars. Sean Tow scored four rushing touchdowns for El Dorado, all in the first two quarters, and added an 85-yard kickoff return for […]

Trojans celebrate hard-earned victory over Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — After Thursday night’s volleyball match, the Lady Trojans and their fans celebrated like they had won the state championship. Close. They just beat intra-county rival Ponderosa in three sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. “We have so much confidence right now,” Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter said. “Players are starting to rise to […]

Grizzly harriers finish one-two in Sierra Delta League meet

VACAVILLE — The Golden Sierra cross country teams traveled to Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville for the second Sierra Delta League cross country meet last Wednesday. The varsity girls all finished in the top 10 to take first ahead of Highlands; the varsity boys finished second to the very strong Scots team. Lagoon Valley Park’s […]

Ponderosa plans exciting Homecoming activities

By Susan Parkyn SHINGLE SPRINGS — For those who remember their first homecoming, the adrenaline pumping, the pressure to win, the memories of the parade, the dance and all the other activities, Ponderosa High is hosting its first ever “Alumni Day.” The Homecoming game, Oct. 28, will feature the Bruins against Sheldon. The junior varsity […]

Grizzly spikers keep on rolling

GARDEN VALLEY — The volleyball season is nearly over and it’s “crunch time” as teams make their final push for the playoffs. Golden Sierra is hitting its stride at the right time with an ongoing six-match win streak that includes three-game road wins over Bradshaw Christian and Vacaville Christian, the Grizzlies’ biggest competition in the […]

Union Mine golfers win 4th title; Cougars’ Slightham is MVP

When the Union Mine girls golf team met for its first practice this fall with just one returning starter, coaches Chad McGowan and Martin Walsack never dreamed of winning a fourth Sierra Valley Conference title But after losing their first match of the season, the Diamondbacks won nine straight and when Tuesday’s second 18-hole tournament […]

El Dorado soccer defeats Union Mine on Senior Night

The first 10 minutes of Wednesday’s soccer match between El Dorado and visiting Union Mine promised a close game. Union Mine looked ready to spoil the Cougars’ Senior Night when Bryce Yaple sent a pass across the mouth of the El Dorado goal that Tomas Lowry redirected past diving Cougar goalie Sean Dunn into the […]

Oak Ridge water polo teams are in the playoffs

EL DORADO HILLS — Wednesday’s big showdown between visiting Ponderosa at Oak Ridge for two water polo matches determined which teams would advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Trojan boys toppled the Bruins 16-8 with a huge fourth quarter after trading leads throughout the first three quarters. “Our counterattack played really well today and […]

Games take on more meaning as gridiron season winds down

With just three games left on most of the regular season football schedules, four El Dorado County teams will be seriously challenged the rest of the way. Although any team can win on a given night, Golden Sierra, which has just two games, should win both, but Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, Union Mine and El Dorado […]

Bruin soccer ties Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Wednesday was Senior Night for the Ponderosa soccer team and with great effort by all the Bruins, the team battled to a 2-2 tie with Folsom in the final home game of the season. Seniors Matt Aguiar, Dakota Brazil-Arrington, Conner Dashnaw, Ben Estasio, Sean Melton, Alex Perata, TJ Spangler and Ryan Sarge […]

Lianna Sybeldon’s parents always knew best

RESCUE — It was love at first sight for Lianna Sybeldon. She did play the field and had her fair share of suitors but all along there was just one choice. Destined for a volleyball career in college, Ponderosa High’s 6-foot-2 senior middle was just a freshman when she had her first brush with the next level. Playing for […]

The Outdoorsman: Waterfowlers anxious

Tomorrow is the big day. The waterfowl season opens in the “balance of the state,” but success may be limited with our “bluebird” weather. There will be an abundance of ducks in refuges and on some ponds but with the high skies they’ll scatter quickly. Wind and storms are needed to entice ducks to work […]

Ponderosa volleyball powers past Pleasant Grove

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa volleyball team made short work of visiting Pleasant Grove Tuesday — after it woke up. The Bruins trailed the Eagles for most of the first game before a late-set push resulted in a 25-22 victory. After that it was easy sailing; Ponderosa won the next two games 25-9, 25-11. The […]

Roundup: Oct. 20, 2011

Girls golf Ponderosa 251, Oak Ridge 253 at Cameron Park CC: PHS scores: Sabrina Piatt, 42; Makenzie Shivers, 50; Holly Martin, 51; Maggie Nuttall, 52; Emily Olander, 56; Sara DiMaggio, 57. OR scores: Beomyun Han, 42; Julia Bulotti, 47; Carolyn Almeida, 51; Shivani Sharma, 52; Ashley Dean, 61, Breanna Baker, 63. Soccer Golden Sierra 1, […]

Roundup: Oct. 18, 2011

Soccer  El Dorado 2, Liberty Ranch 3 El Dorado JV 0, Liberty Ranch 0 Volleyball Union Mine def. Cosumnes Oaks 25-12, 25-12, 25-9  Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro Points & Putts October 11 Ace of the Month: Lillie Fuentes 1st flight low gross: Karen McCaughren, 95 Low net: Elaine Boggess, 74; Judy Goggins, 78 2nd […]

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