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Trojans best Grizzlies in five-set battle

GARDEN VALLEY — It was a battle royale between the Golden Sierra and Oak Ridge volleyball teams Tuesday in Garden Valley. At the end of of the night the Trojans left the Rod Hedlund gym winners with a hard-fought 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 18-25, 15-13 victory. The tiebreaker was a tight contest with eight ties and […]

Union Mine volleyball out digs Nevada Union

EL DORADO — The dominant, balanced Union Mine volleyball team dipped into its arsenal to dispatch visiting Nevada Union in three sets Tuesday, sweeping the Miners 25-16, 25-11, 25-23. The Lady Diamondbacks were focused throughout the match and capitalized on the numerous free balls the Miners gifted them. Union Mine’s defense ran down returns and […]

Lady Cougars overcome Woodland in 4

Relying on a late-match push Tuesday, the El Dorado High girls volleyball team denied visiting Woodland its first victory with a four-game 25-20, 23-25, 28-26, 25-14 preseason win. The tipping point was game three which went to overtime. After trailing 25-26, the Lady Cougars prevailed and coasted in the fourth set to end it. El Dorado […]

Cougar football looks for improvement in 2011

2011 El Dorado Varsity Football Roster 2: Dylan Powell, Sr. 165; 3: Wade Bennett, Sr., 140; 4: Bodie Tillman, Sr. 150; 7: Travis Vincent, Sr., 160; 8: Caleb Melton, Jr., 195; 10: Christian Wisniewski, Jr., 175; 11: Clayton Van Duyn, Jr. 175; 12: Ryan Yoldi, Sr., 105; 13: Chris Tate, Sr., 160; 14: Zack Brown, […]

Union Mine football is reloaded and ready

2011 Union Mine High School football roster   1: Scott McIntyre, Jr., 160; 2: Kona Teixiera, Sr., 180; 3: Levi Pivoda, Sr., 165; 4: Sam Armanino, Jr., 150; 6: Smith Purdum, Jr., 195; 7: Jeremy Hernandez, Sr., 225; 8: Graham Bennett, ©, Sr., 175; 10: Hunter Henderson, So., 185; 12: Mike Prather, Sr., 163; 14: […]

Tahoe Rim Trail work days scheduled

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association needs volunteers on two major projects: Rim to Reno and Daggett Summit. No experience is necessary. Those wanting to volunteer should register so there are enough crew leaders, tools, safety gear, etc. Volunteers should bring their own lunch and water, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots […]

Roundup: Sept 13, 2011

Soccer Golden Sierra 1, Encina 3 — The Grizzlies dropped their Sierra Delta League opener Monday to the host Bulldogs. Junior Matt Smith scored Golden Sierra’s one goal. El Dorado 1, Galt 2 — Cougar Chase Jamrowski tallied the only score for El Dorado in its road match Monday to open the Sierra Valley Conference […]

Bruin girls cross country team wins Lagoon Valley Classic

VACAVILLE — Cross country teams from Ponderosa and Union Mine competed Sept. 3 in the Lagoon Valley Classic in Vacaville. With just five runners able to attend, the Bruin varsity girls cross country team finished first in the large school division. Christine Redar set the pace for the Bruins, who all placed in the top […]

Ponderosa volleyball wins Chris Craft’s silver bracket

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge and Union Mine volleyball teams battled at Oak Ridge in Saturday’s 23rd annual Chris Craft Tournament, held in honor of Craft, a Trojan volleyball player who lost her life shortly after graduation. In Folsom, Vista del Lago hosted three pools of four teams including Ponderosa and Golden Sierra. The top […]

El Camino claims Chris Craft championship

EL DORADO HILLS — The best of the best fought for 12 hours Saturday in the 23rd annual Chris Craft Volleyball Tournament at Oak Ridge and Vista del Lago high schools. The event, held in honor of Craft, a Trojan volleyball player who was killed shortly after graduation, draws top teams from all over Northern […]

Under the Scoreboard: Sept. 11, 2011

After years battling a potentially life-threatening illness that derailed her promising running career, Oak Ridge alumna Priscilla Moreno, who graduated in 2000, has landed a coaching position with Harvard’s running program. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Ashley Silveira runs cross country and track for Ponderosa. * * * Former Oak Ridge golfer Jake Johnson, who […]

Roundup: Sept 11, 2011

Soccer Ponderosa 3, Rio Americano 0 — PHS goals: Dashnaw; Swartz; DeVetter Union Mine 0, Christian Brothers 4 El Dorado 1, Christian Brothers 1 El Dorado 1, Atwater 2  Volleyball El Dorado def. by Folsom 15-25, 25-27, 15-25    

Schedule: Sept. 12-17, 2011

Monday, Sept. 12 Boys soccer *UM @ Cosumnes Oaks, 6:30 *ED @ Galt, 6:30 *GS @ Encina, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 Girls golf UM @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 *Liberty Ranch @ ED, Cold Springs CC, 3:30 Volleyball OR @ GS, 6:15 Nevada Union @ UM, 6 p.m. Woodland @ ED, 6 p.m. Girls […]

Gold Pan stays put as Bruins blast Cougars

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The tradition continues. Long-standing rivals, Ponderosa and El Dorado, returned to the gridiron Friday for the annual Gold Pan game with the host Bruins determined to maintain possession of the trophy and the Cougars equally focused on ending Ponderosa’s 10-year domination and returning the coveted prize to their Placerville campus. El Dorado […]

Trojans uncork all out attack on hapless Lancers

EL DORADO HILLS — Riding the momentum of 11- and 14-point wins in its first two games, the Oak Ridge High football team hosted former Sierra Valley Conference rival Cordova Friday in nonleague action. Scoring early and often, the Trojans rolled to a 59-0 win over the once mighty Lancers. The victory improves Troy to 3-0 […]

Bear River’s fast start buries Grizzlies

LAKE OF THE PINES — Sometimes there are nights things just don’t go your way. The Golden Sierra football team and head coach, John Hilton, had one of those nights Friday. Host Bear River scored quickly, finding the end zone on its first four possessions, to run away with the nonleague matchup of longtime rivals […]

D’backs can’t catch Colfax in 28-21 setback

Tow racks up 253 rushing yards COLFAX — Union Mine’s bid for a game-tying score late in the fourth quarter was fumbled away Friday as the Diamondbacks fell to host Colfax 28-21 in preseason football action. Trailing by a touchdown with two minutes left, Union Mine sat at its own 40-yard line facing a fourth-and-10 after […]

Football Roundup: Sept. 9, 2011

Ponderosa 52, El Dorado — Bruin Chris Hobbs ran for four touchdowns to lead Ponderosa over the Cougars in the annual Gold Pan Game. The Bruins have won the last 11 matchups in the decades-long traditional intra-county showdown. The game, along with the Oak Ridge-Cordova contest, was delayed because of rain and lightning. Oak Ridge […]

D’back volleyball knocks off Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — The Union Mine volleyball team handed Golden Sierra yet another loss Wednesday. Both teams were playing back-to-back contests and looking to bounce back from losses the previous night, but Grizzly fatigue translated to a 3-1 victory for the Diamondbacks. Katie Christner’s kill and Tiffany Grey’s ace had the Griz up 2-0 early in […]

Second half push carries Oak Ridge water polo past Cougars

EL DORADO — There were no boys, just girls, at Thursday afternoon’s intra-county, nonleague water polo match between host El Dorado High and Oak Ridge. Annie Harriman and Amanda Jones each scored five goals for the Lady Trojans and, coupled with strong second half play, Oak Ridge upended the Cougars 13-6 at the Western Slope […]

Roundup: Sept. 8, 2011

Boys water polo Oak Ridge 10, Del Oro 6 — Trojan goals: Bullock, 2; B. Bare, 2; Dong, 2; Verner; Willms; Lee; Cole. Soccer Oak Ridge def. by Bella Vista 4-0 Volleyball El Dorado def. by Bella Vista 12-25, 23-25, 14-25 El Dorado def. by Whitney 29-31, 25-22, 13-25, 20-25 Tennis Oak Ridge 0, Davis […]

Annual Gold Pan game highlights tonight’s gridiron matchups

Another round of prep football action features tonight’s 47th annual Gold Pan game in Shingle Springs pitting El Dorado against Ponderosa. It’s also been voted the KCRA 3 High School Playbook Game of the Week. In other action, Golden Sierra, Union Mine and Oak Ridge all look to remain undefeated: The Grizzlies play at Bear […]

The Outdoorsman: Kokanee still biting

Boat traffic is slowing down after the Labor Day holiday and the skiers and boarders are slowly disappearing from the waterways, so anglers are finding less rock-and-roll from passing water recreationists. That means fishing has improved with several lakes providing fair to intermittent kokanee action. Lake Berryessa east of Napa continues to provide limits of kokes. […]

Golden Sierra football is off to a solid start

2011 Golden Sierra Varsity Football Team 2: Cisco Lesher, Sr., 160; 7: Theo Wells, Sr., 190; 10, Mike Aplanalp, Sr., 155, 11: Hayden Nutt, Jr., 165; 20: Adam Sewell, Jr., 140; 22: Jim Hansen, Sr., 210; 23: Alex Knight, Sr., 145; 28: Christian Rosas, Sr., 140; 32: Alex Salyers, Sr., 155; 35: Shawn Alexander, Sr., […]

Bruins declaw Golden Eagles

SHINGLE SPRINGS  — Coming off a successful 6-1 record showing in the High Sierra Tournament last weekend, with its only loss against powerful St. Francis, Ponderosa’s girls volleyball team easily dispatched visiting Del Oro Tuesday, 25-11, 25-20, 25-20. Ponderosa dominated the Eagles in game one. Bruins Alex Mettler and Hailey Bellmer controlled the game with […]

Roundup: Sept. 7, 2011

Girls prep golf Union Mine 275, Liberty Ranch 308 at Forest Lake GC. UM scores: Hannah Moylan 49; Trisha Tolbert, 50; Megan Sturgeon, 51; Kelsey Del Rio, 57; Marilyn Dunne, 58. Union Mine 261, Galt 240 at Forest Lake GC. UM scores: Moylan, 44; Tolbert, 52; Ke Del Rio, 52; Kalina Maricich, 54; Kinsey Del […]

Lady Trojans send Miners underground

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s girls volleyball team celebrated coach Becky Potter’s birthday with a 3-0 win against the Nevada Union Miners Tuesday night. With cake and balloons waiting for her after the match, Potter couldn’t contain her happiness, saying, “Thank you to my girls for the best birthday present ever.” The hard-fought […]

Cougar vs. Cougar battle goes El Dorado’s way

On a very warm Tuesday evening, the El Dorado soccer team stepped onto the pitch to take on a tough Del Campo squad. The Cougars from the foothills proved equal to the task of surviving the weather and their opponent, sending a shot across the bow in the first eight minutes when Jesus Cisneros scored […]

Golden Sierra blows golden opportunity

GARDEN VALLEY — In a matchup of potential Division IV postseaon contenders, the previously undefeated Colfax volleyball team swung into Garden Valley to take on Golden Sierra Tuesday and found paydirt, leaving Rod Hedlund gym with a 3-2 victory. It looked like a quick night for the Grizzlies after they dropped the opening game 25-15. […]

Grizzly soccer shuts out Union Mine 1-0

GARDEN VALLEY — Cory Danielson-McKeague’s cutback shot inside the far post midway into the first half stood up Tuesday as host Golden Sierra defeated Union Mine 1-0 in preseason intra-county soccer action. The Diamondbacks upped their pressure in the offensive zone for the final 40 minutes but the Grizzlies’ bend-don’t-break defensive effort, in front of […]

Delta River League girls golf opens in some limbo

Delta River League Division I girls golf competition is underway with a few changes from last season. In 2010 the standings were based on total strokes per team compiled over four 18-hole tournaments — quite a difference for the two new teams, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa. The format in their previous Sierra Valley Conference, awarded […]

Denied so far, Ponderosa football ready to reverse course

2011 Ponderosa Bruins 1: Connor Swartz, Sr., 145: 2: Wyatt Kelly, Jr., 148; 3: Ben Boardway, Sr., 175; 5: Kaden Mosbacher, Sr., 195; 6: Darren Brundage, Jr., 185; 7: Chris Hobbs, Sr., 152; 8: Andrew Olson, Jr., 175; 10: Kevin Gallagher, Sr., 160; 11: Jacob Bist, Jr., 175; 12: Curtis Catron, Jr., 215; 14: Westen […]

After good start, Oak Ridge focuses on a strong finish

2011 Oak Ridge Trojans 2: Shay Mueller, Sr., 175; 3: Preston Dean, Sr., 205; 4: Bradford Buenzli, Jr., 180; 5: Jake Rosada, Sr., 205; 6: Jason Samuels, Jr., 175; 7: Blake Martin, Jr., 185; 9: Dylan Collie, Sr., 175; 10: Bobby Gatta, Sr., 185; 11: Taylor Clarke, Sr., 175; 12: Tyler Starr, Sr., 165; 13: […]

Oak Ridge harriers open season at Willow Hills Relays

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge cross country team competed in the Willow Hills Relays in Folsom missing several key runners due to injuries. “It was a great first meet of the year for the Oak Ridge cross country teams,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “We didn’t field any varsity relay teams because of runners […]

Roundup: Cross country

Del Oro XC Opening Night – 4,000 meters Sept. 1 El Dorado results Varsity boys: 3rd place: 6-Joe Soik, 13.21; 10-Nathan Rossi, 13:43; 17-Ian Janoska, 14:00; 19-Sean Gregg, 14:01; 29-Matt Johnson, 14:18; 33-Ryan Gray, 14:31; 35-Spencer Wright, 14:38. Varsity girls: 7th place: 28-Caillan Bower, 18:11; 29-Anne Donegan, 18:12; 42-Justine Pereira, 18:44; 50: Anne Kohn, 19:29; 51-Kaitlyn Staggers, 19:33; […]

AquaSol shows spirit and swims to new records in Junior Olympics

The AquaSol USA year-round swim team competed in the Sierra Nevada Regional Long Course Junior Olympics in July. The meet in Redding hosted 500 swimmers from the Oregon border to Merced, east as far as Winnemucca, Nev., and the Sacramento area. AquaSol sent just 28 swimmers to the meet but scored 398 points to finish […]

Placerville Speedway crowns three 2011 champions

Morgan, Holbrook earn Rookie of the Year titles Saturday night marked the final Red Hawk Casino Championship point race of the season at Placerville Speedway with a four-division program that had its share of excitement, drama and in the end, large victory celebrations. Back in 1976 when Diane Forsberg watched her husband compete at the […]

Bruin soccer blanks El Dorado to retain Gold Boot

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ever since the Ponderosa High and El Dorado boys soccer programs laced up the cleats for the first Gold Boot match many years ago, the intensity between the two rivals has always been at fever pitch. No matter the records or place in the standings, the effort by both to take home […]

Under the Scoreboard: Sept. 5, 2011

Two former Oak Ridge Trojan athletes, section champions and high school sweethearts, Alexandra Clark and Ryan Porter, class of 2007, tied the knot Saturday in an elegant outdoor ceremony/reception at the Monte Verde Inn in Foresthill. Clark, who graduated from Cal Poly, played varsity tennis at Oak Ridge and was on the 2006 section-winning team […]

Schedule: Sept. 5-10, 2011

Monday, Sept. 5 Girls volleyball ED @ Whitney, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 Girls golf *Sheldon @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 *Cosumnes Oaks @ ED, Cold Springs CC, 3:30 *UM @ Liberty Ranch, Forest Lake GC, 3:30 Boys soccer *OR @ Liberty Ranch, 6 p.m. UM @ GS, 5:30 Del Campo @ ED, 6:30 PHS […]

Union Mine ‘D’ keys big comeback victory

SACRAMENTO —  Despite holding the edge offensively early in Friday night’s game, the Union Mine High football team needed a big comeback to knock off El Camino in the Diamondbacks’ season opener.  The visiting D’backs racked up 176 yards in the first half – 83 rushing, 93 passing. The Eagles had just 85 total yards, all […]

Small and mighty Golden Sierra wins with iron man football

GARDEN VALLEY — Nothing’s changed in the Griz Dome. With just 18 players suited up for Friday night’s football game, many of the Golden Sierra team played on both sides of the ball. But thanks to three days a week devoted to conditioning, the Grizzlies are up to the challenge of iron man football and […]

Small AquaSol squad flexes muscle at Western Zone Championships

Ten members of the USA AquaSol swim team qualified to compete in a field of 300 athletes in the Western Zone Swim Championships in Clovis, Aug. 6-9. Rose Christeson, 14, qualified but was unable to compete. But with just nine athletes swimming, the AquaSol team tallied 102 points to finish tied with Napa Valley in […]

Cougar water polo off to a strong start

The El Dorado High water polo season started with victories by both the boys and girls teams. In their season opener Tuesday against visiting Casa Roble, the boys won 12-5 and the girls followed with an equally impressive 12-6 win. “I was really proud of both teams today,” Cougar head coach Marc Hughes said. “We […]

Ponderosa football still stuck at the start line

GRASS VALLEY —  It played out like a well-written Hollywood script — for the home team. First drive goes six plays for a score. After a three-and-out on defense, a punt return gives the offense a short field. Offense scores again to go up by two touchdowns. On the ensuing kickoff, the kicking team recovers […]

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