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Hangtown Saber Club men’s team wins championship

DIAMOND SPRINGS — The Hangtown Saber Club fencers came home from the Pacific Coast Championships — the sectional championships for California, Nevada and Hawaii — with two bronzes medals, two finalists and one stirring championship victory. Held at the Marin Center, the men’s team event was the highlight for the Hangtown fencers. Curtis Andrus, Kyle […]

Roundup: June 8, 2011

Baseball Post 119 Senior Legion El Dorado 16, West Sacramento 2 — Tyler Evanoff’s lead-off home run jump-started a 3-for-5 evening that included four RBIs for the Ex-Ponderosa Bruin Tuesday as host El Dorado improved to 4-0 on the summer. The offensive explosion supported starter Danny Muzzi who went four innings and allowed one run. […]

Outside with Charlie: Happy trails Roger

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at Placerville’s Federated Church June 4 to honor Roger Chappell, who passed into eternal wilderness May 13. Those who knew him will appreciate “eternal wilderness.” Born in Placerville, Chappell graduated from El Dorado High. Except for his time at college and his first teaching job in Cupertino, he spent his […]

Senior Legion anticipates another strong summer

The El Dorado Post 119 Senior Legion baseball team is back in action after its record-breaking summer of a year ago that saw the Placerville squad win the Area 1 tournament and reach the state finals. Though only seven players are returning, the team has a solid group of college-experienced players and recently graduated talent, […]

Dolphins beat Auburn in rain-soaked season opener

EL DORADO — The Dry Diggins Dolphins recreation swim team opened the 2011 Valley Foothill Competitive Aquatic League season with a convincing win over the visiting Auburn Robalos Saturday at the Western Slope Aquatic Center. In what has been a regular occurence this spring, the meet was cut short halfway through because of a thunder-storm that […]

Porter’s pitching gem keeps Cal baseball alive at Houston Regional

HOUSTON — Former Oak Ridge Trojan and current Cal Berkeley freshman Kyle Porter posted career highs in innings and strikeouts Sunday night to pitch the Bears to an 8-0 victory over Baylor in the NCAA Houston Regional playoffs at Reckling Park. Earlier Sunday, Cal eliminated eighth-ranked host Rice 6-3 to set up a rematch with […]

Wild Winged Wednesday coming to Placerville Speedway

Special weeknight event brings the best of the west in 360 Sprint Car drivers with Civil War Series There is no doubt that the stint of recent rainouts at Placerville Speedway, including this past weekend, has been frustrating for the operators, the teams and fans — not to mention the many area businesses that rely […]

Kirkwood offers Cat Skiing through June

KIRKWOOD — With record-breaking snow through May and cooler temperatures, Kirkwood announced the launch of resort-based Cat Skiing available through the month of June. The Cat Skiing is open to intermediate and advanced skiers and must be booked in groups of 12. The Cat Skiing is a fully guided day of skiing with access to […]

Schedule: June 6-12, 2011

Tuesday, June 7 Baseball Post 119 Sr. Legion West Sacramento @ ED, 7 p.m. Post 119 Jr. Legion ED @ Whitney, 5:30 Wednesday, June 8 Baseball Post 119 Sr. Legion Del Oro @ ED, (doubleheader), 4 p.m. Softball Optimist All Stars @ Capital Christian, 6 p.m. Speedway Civil War Series, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 […]

Roundup: June 5, 2011

Baseball Senior Legion El Dorado Post 119 8, Fairfield 2 – Four El Dorado pitchers combined to hold the host Expos to two runs in last Thursday’s win at Laurel Creek Park. Troy Booher started and went the first three innings, Dom Campodonico threw the next three, Roger Gadow pitched the seventh and eighth and […]

Rough day Friday for county tracksters

CLOVIS — Five El Dorado County track and field athletes who qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis came away from Friday’s trials disappointed. Competing against the top athletes in the state, Oak Ridge high jumpers Matt Redden, Will Findlay and Jessica Emde, along with […]

Jeff McKenzie has a hand – rather an arm – in a state title

EL DORADO HILLS — Jeff McKenzie came close to winning a state championship last summer with the El Dorado Post 119 Senior Legion team but the bid fell short. Now he knows how it feels to win a state title. He and his teammates at Stockton’s Delta College won the recent California Community College Athletic Association […]

Sierra Valley Conference: 2011 All League Teams

Boys Volleyball Most Valuable Player: Kyle Tucker, Union Mine Coach of the Year: Mike Yates, Union Mine First team: Union Mine: Corey Verner, Haydn Hadl, Macklin McSorley; Golden Sierra: Jim Hanson; El Dorado: Cory McGill; Vista del Lago: Griffin Galvin, Tristan Lamy, Dustin Lamy, Sam Mills, Connor Tevenan; West Campus: Collin Cohen, Jeremy Gray; Capital […]

June 4 Speedway races cancelled; Wild Winged Wednesday is next

Once again Mother Nature is taking its toll on the auto racing community in El Dorado County. Due to the forecast of rain moving into the area over the next 48 hours, Saturday’s championship point race at Placerville Speedway has been officially cancelled by the management of Handy Racing Promotions. Racing will return to Placerville […]

The Outdoorsman: Kokanee lakes producing

The New Melones Reservoir near Angels Camp is one of the hot spots for kokanee. Limits are common there along with a good rainbow and brown trout bite. The kokes are feeding from 30 to 40 feet where the schools have congregated. Attach an Apex lure, a glitterbug or spinners behind a dodger and you […]

Area qualifiers head for state track and field meet

Four Oak Ridge track and field qualifiers and one from Ponderosa will compete Friday in the CIF State Track and Field Championship trials at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School in Clovis. The top three from each event, and those who met state at-large marks moved on from last Friday’s Masters Meet. The Trojans […]

‘Mini-Modified Madness’ invades Speedway Saturday

After one exciting appearance late last season on the quarter-mile clay oval, the thrill of Dirt Modifieds returns to Placerville Speedway Saturday for the fifth Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light championship event. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Arnolds for Awards, Pepsi Cola, Reibes Auto Parts, The Paint Spot, Dunn Consulting, ADCO […]

Golden Sierra names top athletes

GARDEN VALLEY — Jason Piparo was named Male Athlete of the Year at Golden Sierra and Gwen Brown was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Both athletes played in three sports. Piparo played four years of football, three on the varsity team as a two-way starter. He was sixth in tackles in his sophomore […]

Delta River League: All League Teams

Baseball Player of the Year: Tyler Evanoff, Ponderosa Coach of the Year: Joe Potulny, Jesuit First team: Oak Ridge: Chris Muse-Fisher, Austin Ales, Cole Hansen, Jake Wehr, Zach Mahon; Ponderosa: Hunter Gallant, Jerrod Bravo; Jesuit: Zach Green, Logan James, Louis Mejia, Brian Celsi, Joe Williams; Pleasant Grove: Zach Stilwell, Josh Adams, Garrett Heisinger Boys Golf Most […]

Optimist All Star softball game rescheduled

Due to forecasted rain that hit the Sacramento region, yesterday’s 34th Annual Optimist All Star Softball game at Capital Christian High, scheduled for 6 p.m., was postponed until next Wednesday. Four local players: Kasey Stanchek and Jenessa Jeppesen from Oak Ridge, Olivia Lucatuorto from Ponderosa, and Golden Sierra’s Sarah Rasmussen were selected to play for the […]

Tasmanian Devils name new coach for 2011 season

EL DORADO HILLS — Brett Jones, the president of the board of directors of the Tasmanian Devils swim team in El Dorado Hills, announced that Jason Brown has taken over head coaching duties for the recreation swim team, a member of the Suburban Swim League. Jones believes that Brown is the ideal coach to take the […]

Ty Freehill free wheels to national Arenacross championship

EL DORADO HILLS — While the rest of us settled on brunch, flowers, candy or a card to honor mom this past Mother’s Day, Ty Freehill had bigger things in mind. The 7-year old motocross racer added to his already impressive list of accomplishments by winning the Las Vegas Amateur AMA National Arenacross Championship at […]

Sac-Joaquin Section Swim and Dive roundup

LODI — The Sac-Joaquin Section Swim and Dive Championships were held at Tokay High in Lodi May 5-7. Competitors included all swimmers from every division who had met or surpassed the section standard times throughout the season. The more qualified swimmers each team entered, the better chance the teams had to place high in the […]

Outside with Charlie: Cronan Ranch

After a vigorous autumn and winter with great storms, lots of rain, and snow piled up in the high country, the sun came out and it is trying to warm up in El Dorado County. What’s considered warm differs from one end of the county to the other. The western side of the county has […]

Roundup: May 31, 2011

Baseball Senior Legion El Dorado Post 119 5, Pro Players 3 — Shane Murphy’s two-out, two-run single highlighted a three-run fifth inning Sunday as host El Dorado opened the 2011 summer season with a come-from-behind victory over the Elk Grove traveling squad. Murphy’s hit made a winner of Reed Omohundrom who pitched scoreless ball for […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 30, 2011

Brandon Hierholzer, a 2009 graduate from El Dorado High, was a pole-vaulter for American River College and at one time this season, he was ranked No. 1 in California after clearing 16 feet, 4.75 inches. At the recent state junior college championships, Hierholzer vaulted 16-2 to finish third. He is now ranked third in the […]

Sports schedule: May 30-June 5, 2011

Tuesday, May 31 Baseball Post 119 Jr. Legion Auburn @ ED, UMHS, 5:30 Wednesday, June 1 Optimist All Star Softball @ Capital Christian, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2 Baseball Post 119 Sr. Legion ED @ Fairfield, 5:30 Post 119 Jr. Legion ED @ Auburn, James Field, 5:30 Friday, June 3 Track & field CIF State […]

Oak Ridge baseball drops section final 5-1 to Jesuit

SACRAMENTO — Jesuit’s Nick Viola bounced back from a dismal regular season start against Oak Ridge to pitch the Marauders to a 5-1 victory over the Trojans at American River College Saturday for the Sac-Joaquin Division I North section title. Viola allowed six hits in six and two-thirds innings before getting last-out relief help from […]

Five qualify for state track championships

SACRAMENTO — After a season of competition, and three weeks of grueling postseason meets, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s state meet qualifiers have been determined. The Masters Meet qualifying was Thursday and the finals were Friday at Hughes Stadium as the entire section came together to vie for one of three berths in each event in the […]

River Cats name All City teams

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats hosted their Third Annual All-City High School Sports Awards Sunday, May 22. The River Cats named All-City boys and girls teams in each sport and the male Art Savage Award and the female “V” Award. Oak Ridge has had two “V” Award winners, distance runner Alex Kosinski and girls […]

Muse-Fisher wins again; Trojan baseball to play for championship

SACRAMENTO — When your coach refers to you as a “big-game pitcher” and the shoes fit, wear them. Oak Ridge High’s Chris Muse-Fisher stepped into that role Thursday, scattering four hits — just two after the second inning — to pitch the Trojans past Pleasant Grove 7-2 at American River College. The Sac-Joaquin Section North Division I playoff victory […]

Sara Hickenbottom still a Bruin with Bethany

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High senior middle blocker Sara Hickenbottom will continue her volleyball career for Bethany University in Scott’s Valley near Santa Cruz. Hickenbottom put her signature to her letter of intent at a recent signing ceremony in the school’s gymnasium attended by her new coach, Reed Duffus, family, friends and teammates. Bethany’s mascot […]

Kirkwood opens two lifts Memorial Day weekend

KIRKWOOD — After a record-breaking season of snow, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open for skiing and riding this Memorial Day weekend. With an unprecedented 65 feet of snowfall throughout the 2010/2011 winter season and cooler than normal spring temperatures, conditions are amazing. The resort will be open on Saturday and Sunday for fantastic spring […]

The Outdoorsman: Fish are active

Lakes, streams, rivers, ocean … fish are on the bite. Even anglers at the higher altitude lakes are enjoying good action. Stampede Reservoir near Truckee is producing limits of 13- to 15-inch kokanee with a couple reaching close to 16. Some anglers are hooking Mackinaws and browns but they’re catching more kokanee. Lake Davis near […]

Roundup: May 25, 2011

Boys golf NCGA/NorCal Tournament, Butte Creek CC, Chico — Ponderosa sophomore Corey Pereira shot 77 to tie for 38th place in the individual scoring and Oak Ridge freshman Charlie Cameron posted a 78 to tie for 43rd in the CIF State qualifying tournament Monday. The three teams that qualified included De LaSalle with a 369; […]

Oak Ridge offense hits a wall in 8-0 setback to Marauders

SACRAMENTO — After a pair of convincing postseason victories, the Oak Ridge baseball team had an abysmal offensive outing Tuesday night, falling to Delta River League rival Jesuit 8-0 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs’ semifinal game. The Trojans arrived at American River College with just one win standing between them and the championship game. Starting pitchers Chris Muse-Fisher […]

Kasey Stanchek moves on to the Pac-10

EL DORADO HILLS — Noticably absent from this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section girls’ softball playoffs are Oak Ridge High and four-year senior starting pitcher Kasey Stanchek. For three straight seasons, Stanchek toed the rubber at the Sacramento Softball Complex and pitched the Trojans to back-to-back-to-back section titles —  outright or sometimes in comebacks. Oak Ridge, with eight […]

Trojan mountain bikers win silver at championship

The Trojans High School Mountain Bike Team pedaled over most of the competition at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s California State Championships May 15, earning second place in Division II. Thirty-nine teams representing the NorCal and SoCal regions raced to the finish line in Los Olivos “and we came in second,” said proud coach Mark Ferry. […]

Sierra Delta League

2011 All League Teams Softball Most Valuable Player: Sarah Rasmussen, Golden Sierra Co-coaches of the Year: Elaine Rasmussen, Golden Sierra; Alyson Stiles, Rio Vista First team: Emily Matthews, Jordan Perry, Shannon Manchester, Hollie Johnson, Maci Ruiz, Golden Sierra; Stephanie Douglas, Rukeisha Winn, Highlands; Macy Chase, Ashley Nunez, Bradshaw Christian; Taylor Kennedy, Cindy Van Bogart, San Juan; Marissa […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen recap

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California is over. Despite a burst of winter that spoiled the scheduled start, the Tour was a big plus for California. The original field of 150 riders from 19 different pro teams was down to 122 by the end of the race. With the cancellation of Stage 1 at South […]

Acro gymnasts shine in Gold Rush

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Approximately 141 acrobatic gymnasts representing eight gymnatistic centers, including host All Star Gymnastics and Cheer in Diamond Springs, competed in the Gold Rush Classic in April. The meet was a qualifying event for pairs and groups in Levels 4 through Junior Elite competed for points toward the state meet, which was held […]

Hirst wins electrifying sprint car feature at Placerville Speedway

Curtiss muscles to first Pure Stock wins; Friend returns to victory lane in Late Models The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Season at Placerville Speedway Saturday night hosted three divisions on the quarter-mile clay oval for a night of action that could very well be one of the most exciting trio of point races […]

Twenty-eight county Division IV-V tracksters qualify for Masters

MODESTO — After Tuesday’s wet and cold conditions for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V track and field trials, Thursday was a great day for the athletes in the finals as they fought for team standings and to qualify for the Masters meet May 26-27. The top six athletes in each event advance to the Masters; […]

Three county athletes earn gold at Division I track meet

ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge girls and boys varsity track and field teams had very successful evenings in their first Division I meet, qualifying 10 girls and seven boys for Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, the final event before the CIF State Meet June 3-4. Both Trojan teams finished third. Fairfield won the varsity […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 23, 2011

Like father, like son — When he was Union Mine’s star quarterback, we all called him Davey, but now we’ll be calling him coach Dave Johnson — Encina’s new head football coach, not to be confused with Union Mine head coach and proud dad Dave Johnson. Johnson, the younger, takes over Encina’s program after three […]

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