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Swim roundup: Sierra Valley Conference championships

FOLSOM — Vista del Lago’s boys and girls swim teams swept first place in the Sierra Valley Conference championships. While entire teams don’t advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section championships starting Thursday, the SVC meet was the last time individual swimmers could qualify by meeting or surpassing section standards. The top 16 swimmers in the SVC […]

Former Bruin Brittany Franklin signs to play pro softball in Europe

Switzerland’s Therwil Flyers professional softball team recently signed two new import players — former Ponderosa High pitcher Brittany Jo Franklin and Danielle Weir, an infielder/catcher from Boston College. The Flyers reinforced the team hoping to reclaim the Swiss title they won two years ago. “People who say there is nowhere for softball players after college […]

Golden Sierra girls track finishes regular season undefeated

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra girls track team wrapped up the Sierra Delta League season Wednesday with an overwhelming 256-135 victory over second-place Highlands. The varsity boys finished third with 97 points behind Highlands (175) and San Juan (100), and the frosh/soph boys took second to Encina by a mere 13 points, 92-79. Grizzly […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen is coming

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California starts in South Lake Tahoe Sunday, May 15. This is a big one for cycling fans. Some of the best road bike teams and cyclists from around the world will pedal for eight days and cover about 800 miles from north to south through great flat areas interrupted by […]

Roundup: May 7, 2011

Baseball Golden Sierra 8, Vacaville Christian 18 El Dorado 0, River City 3 Softball Oak Ridge 0, St, Francis 3 Boys lacrosse Oak Ridge 11, St. Mary’s 5 — Oak Ridge goals: Josh Wellman, 2; Patrick Kunkel, 2; Tyler Leone; Alex Sacco; Cayd Rich: Austin Dean; Jason Pope; Daniel Portela.

Sheldon pounds Ponderosa … and then some

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Flexing its offensive muscle to the tune of 10 extra-base hits, visiting Sheldon crushed Ponderosa 20-4 Friday in a Delta River League softball matchup called after five innings due to the mercy rule. The Bruins came in needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive but that took a turn for the […]

Grizzly softball ices undefeated season

GARDEN VALLEY — There was music, an announcer, balloons and the aroma of a postgame barbecue wafting in the air — all the trappings for the Golden Sierra softball team’s last regular season game with Vacaville Christian Thursday. The Grizzlies had a great time; Vacaville not so much. The Falcons, the final victims of Golden […]

Ponderosa volleyball falls short on Senior Night

SHINGLE SPRINGS —  Ponderosa’s boys volleyball team knew it faced a formidable opponent for Senior Night Thursday as it took on undefeated Jesuit. “Tonight we want to play to the best of our ability in the final game of the regular season,” Bruin coach Amy Stocket said before the match. “Over the course of the […]

Trojan baseball rips Jesuit

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge baseball team came into Thursday’s game against Jesuit with a chip on its shoulder after facing the Marauders two days earlier and blowing a large lead to suffer a rough 9-8 loss. On their home turf, the Trojans had something to prove and prove it they did, defeating Jesuit 11-1. The game was […]

Roundup: May 6, 2011

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-18, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23 — OR stat leaders: Kills: Jack Hoisington, 24; Jonathan Tuttle, 11, Michael Montenjano, 10. Aces: Connor Dunham, 2. Digs: Hoisington, 17; Montanjeno, 14. Assists: Dunham, 47. Blocks: Tim Spykerman, 4; Tuttle, 4. Baseball Ponderosa 4, Folsom 8 — Blake Yaeger (home run), Tyler Evanoff (double) and […]

Oak Ridge golfers edge Ponderosa for division berth

SACRAMENTO — The Oak Ridge boys golf team pulled out an amazing finish to the regular season, capturing what seemed like for much of the year, an improbable berth in Monday’s Division I tournament. After struggling all season, the Trojans took over second place following a great outing in the third Delta River League tournament […]

The Outdoorsman: Folsom bass are active

They may not be big, but there are plenty of  bass all over Folsom Lake foraging in water-covered brush as well as shallows. They’ll strike almost anything that passes by. It’s spawning time so they are looking for beds to begin their annual ritual of dropping eggs. What will they strike? Almost anything — crank […]

Placerville Speedway hosts four divisions Saturday

The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track racing season continues at Handy Racing Promotions’ Placerville Speedway Saturday with an exciting four-division program. Winged 360 Sprint Cars return along with the Late Model stock cars, Pure Stocks and the Bay Cities Racing Association’s Midget Lites. The 2011 season is presented by Red Hawk Casino along with […]

Roundup: May 5, 2011

Softball Golden Sierra 13, Highlands 0 — Jordan Perry and Hollie Johnson combined on a five-inning no-hitter Wednesday as the host Grizzlies improved to 11-0 in the Sierra Delta League. Haley Leard was 3-for-4 for Golden Sierra; Emily Matthews doubled and tripled and drove in three runs; Perry went 2-for-3 with two RBIs; and Sarah […]

Stanchek shines in final Trojan home game

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind Oak Ridge ace Kasey Stanchek’s complete-game shutout, the host Trojans prevailed 3-0 over Pleasant Grove in Wednesday’s Delta River League softball showdown. Coming in, Oak Ridge faced a virtual must-win against arguably the best pitching in the league in Pleasant Grove’s right-hander Ally Carda. “I told the girls to be […]

Lady Bruins shock St. Francis; secure playoff spot

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Brittany Gisin’s return shot into the upper right corner minutes in was buttressed by a monstrous game-long defensive effort by the entire Ponderosa soccer squad Wednesday as the host Lady Bruins upset Delta River League-leading St. Francis 1-0. The victory in the last regular season home game guaranteed Ponderosa (4-3-3) a spot in […]

Swim roundup: Delta River League championships

SACRAMENTO — High school swimmers have two goals through the season — help their teams win their respective league championships and qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet. Unlike most sports, winning a team title does not qualify the entire team for the section meet; instead, swimmers must meet or surpass section standard times through the […]

Oak Ridge boys lacrosse team upends Granite Bay

GRANITE BAY — The Oak Ridge boys lacrosse team spoiled Granite Bay’s Senior Night, defeating the Grizzlies 7-5. “These two teams have an ongoing rivalry that always proves to be very competitive from the first face-off to the very last seconds of the game,” Oak Ridge coach Chris Donahue said. The Trojan varsity squad has […]

Trojan girls lacrosse team ties for second overall

EL DORADO HILLS — In front of a Senior Night crowd, the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team had a “typical barnburner,” according to coach Ed Holton, against St. Francis Tuesday in the last game of the season, won by St. Francis 11-10. The seniors who played for the final time as Trojans include Megan Lee, Heather […]

Roundup: May 4, 2011

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division I Oak Ridge 9, Napa 0 Singles (OR first): Brandon Sutter def. Miller, 6-4, 6-4; Tanner Schmutte def. Day, 6-0, 6-1; Andrew Hall def. Cuddy, 6-3, 6-1; Jimmy Giovannini def. Kroyer, 6-2, 4-6, 11-9; Alex Charn def. Jacklich, 6-2, 6-0; Nic Atkinson def. Brazelton, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles (OR first): Jacob […]

Ponderosa baseball downs Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In a season of disappointing losses — some just because the breaks didn’t go Ponderosa’s way and some because the Bruins couldn’t come up with the big hit it needed, the big play, or the key strikeout — Tuesday’s 8-3 win over Folsom just plain felt good for the Ponderosa baseball team. […]

Cougars’ bats quiet in 6-1 loss to River City

River City starting pitcher Jason Wullenwaber struck out 10 El Dorado hitters, leading the visiting Raiders to a 6-1 victory in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference varsity baseball game. Cougar starting pitcher Nik Rowen battled, allowing just two earned runs through five innings, but he ran into trouble in the sixth thanks to three consecutive hits […]

Griz baseball setback hurts more ways than one

GARDEN VALLEY — Battling San Juan and Vacaville Christian for second place in the Sierra Delta League, host Golden Sierra fell to the Spartans 14-3 Tuesday in a game replayed from the bottom of the second inning on due to the Grizzlies’ successful appeal from an earlier matchup. Originally, San Juan thought it had won the […]

Oak Ridge athletes sign on dotted line

EL DORADO HILLS — Breakfast and forms to sign greeted 11 Oak Ridge athletes bright and early on a Monday morning earlier this month. As family and friends enjoyed the moment the students signed letters of intent to continue competing for the college or university of their choice after months of agonizing, visits and decision […]

El Dorado wins all divisions in Twilight Invite

Records were broken and personal bests were the norm in the seventh annual Twilight Invitational at El Dorado Friday. The meet, which began at Union Mine in 2001, was taken over by El Dorado coaches Peanut and Tena Harms seven years ago and has grown into the “biggest track and field meet in El Dorado […]

Roundup: May 3, 2011

Boys golf Sierra Valley Conference 18-hole tournament at Teal Bend GC. 1-Vista Del Lago, 405; 2-Union Mine, 423; 3-Galt, 451; 4-Cosumnes Oaks, 460; 5-Liberty Ranch, 465; 6-El Dorado, 470. UM scores: Kyle Listar, 79; Nathan Fuller, 79; Jordan Jones, 81; Paxton Fitzpatrick, 87; Mitch Wicks, 97; Joe Lehr, 99. ED scores: Tanner Lichty, 83; Cohl […]

D’backs’ offense buries Liberty Ranch on Senior Night

EL DORADO — Union Mine jumped on visiting Liberty Ranch pitching early and often, recording an extra base hit in all six offensive innings en route to a 12-5 victory in Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference varsity baseball game. Sophomore infielder Sean Tow ended a three-run first inning for the home team with a strikeout, tossing […]

Union Mine coed tennis takes playoff opener

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine not only won its first-ever postseason coed tennis match Monday, the Diamondbacks dominated in a 7-0 victory over visiting Sacramento Country Day. The win advanced the D’backs to Tuesday’s second round at Placer. The CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III coed playoff format shaved No. 2 boys/girls singles from the lineup, […]

Allard steals big Civil War Series victory

The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Season lived up to its name Saturday at Placerville Speedway as the biggest race of the season at the 46-year-old quarter-mile dirt track attracted a standing-room-only crowd. At the end of the first Hoosier Tires Civil War Series event of the season here, Chico’s Stephen Allard had […]

Trojan tennis co-shares banner; D’backs also in playoffs

Sac-Joaquin Section playoff team tennis gets underway this week with two local teams in contention. In Division III coed play, Union Mine takes to the home court today in an outbracket match against Sacramento Country Day while Oak Ridge’s boys tennis hosts Napa tomorrow in a D-I matchup at the Broadstone Racket Club. The Trojans’ […]

Oak Ridge baseball edges Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS  — Chris Muse-Fisher’s game-ending strikeout of the only batter he faced stranded runners at the corners Saturday as host Oak Ridge held on for a 4-3 Delta River League win over Ponderosa. The Bruins’ uprising began after Trojan starter Austin Ales easily retired the first two in the top of the seventh; […]

Schedule: May 2-7, 2011

Monday, May 2 Baseball OR @ PHS, 4 p.m. *Liberty Ranch @ UM, 4:15 Foresthill @ GS, 4 p.m. ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 4 p.m. Boys golf ED, UM @ Sierra Valley Conference 18-hole tourney, Teal Bend GC, 12:30 Girls soccer Sheldon @ PHS, 4 p.m. OR @ St. Francis, 4 p.m. Softball *Cosumnes Oaks […]

Sports Physical Night is Tuesday

Students planning to participate in the athletic programs at El Dorado, Ponderosa or Union Mine high schools for the 2011-12 school year are required to have a current and complete Sports Participation Health Record and updated immunizations, including tetanus and Hepatitis B. This requirement includes a medical physician’s approval for full participation. In light of […]

El Dorado track sweeps double dual meet

In Wednesday’s last Sierra Valley Conference meet of the regular season, a double dual at home against Liberty Ranch and Cosumnes Oaks, both the El Dorado varsity boys and girls teams and the frosh/soph boys team defeated the visitors. Both varsity teams trounced Liberty Ranch, but Cosumnes put up more of a challenge, especially for […]

Roundup: April 30, 2011

Softball Golden Sierra 14, Christian Brothers 2 — Grizzly starting pitcher Sarah Rasmussen went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double; Shannon Manchester was 3-for-4; and Jordan Perry 2-for-3 including a triple. Oak Ridge 1, Johansen 3 Union Mine 3, Vista del Lago 4 — Tori McLaury went seven innings, gave up just four […]

Union Mine senior soccer players go out in style

EL DORADO — With a cold, blustery wind blowing Thursday evening, the Union Mine girls soccer team hosted cross-town rival El Dorado for Senior Night. It was the final Sierra Valley Conference game of the season for both teams, the last game the seniors faced each other and a chance to be recognized for their […]

Roundup: April 29, 2011

Baseball Oak Ridge 12, Folsom 1 – Lance Berringer allowed three hits and struck out seven as the Trojans swept the season series from the Bulldogs with Thursday’s five-inning Delta River League game due to the mercy rule. Offensively for Oak Ridge, Drew Reischl went 3-for-4; Zach Mahon and Jake Wehr each had three RBIs; […]

Ponderosa baseball takes two from Sheldon

SHINGLE SPRINGS — After a win against Delta River League rival Sheldon Tuesday, the Ponderosa baseball team faced the Huskies again Thursday at home. Behind a solid outing from Andrew Lee and Dom Campodonico in relief, and timely offense, the Bruins improved to 4-5 in the league standings, 8-12 overall, with a 9-2 victory. Both […]

Coach Tom Van Der Wende coaches last Senior Night match

EL DORADO HILLS — Thursday was Senior Night for the nine Oak Ridge seniors and it marked the final regular season match of coach Tom Van Der Wende’s career. After a rousing send-off for Jon Tuttle, Tim Spykerman, Connor Dunham, Nathan Lambert, Chris Gomm, Connor Blakeman, Luke Whitcomb, Jack Hoisington and Mike Whitcomb, the Trojans took […]

Cougar baseball outscores Cosumnes Oaks 12-9

Chris Swineford’s tw0-run home run broke a fifth-inning tie and host El Dorado tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth to hold off Cosumnes Oaks 12-9 Thursday in Sierra Valley Conference play. The victory broke a three-game skid for the Cougars in league play. At one point, El Dorado held a 5-0 lead but the […]

The Outdoorsman: Inland salmon season

Fish and Game did it — made a decision a few days ago to open a salmon fishing season on inland rivers. The opening date is July 16 and the season will run through December. It’s the first season in four years due to a short run of kings in 2008. Guides and salmon devotees […]

High profile Civil War Series set to rock Speedway

The Civil War Series, undoubtedly one of the most thrilling racing campaigns in the region, will finally put the fans on the edge of their seats at Placerville Speedway tonight when the Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing season resumes with the long awaited visit. When it comes to speed […]

Roundup: April 28, 2011

Boys golf El Dorado 208, Union Mine 211 at Cameron Park CC. ED scores: Medalist, Tanner Lichty, 39; Andrew Montez, 41; Shane Hopkins, 41; Tyler Powell, 42. UM: Kyle Listar, 40; Paxton Fitzpatrick, 40; Nathan Fuller 42; Jordan Jones, 42. El Dorado 224, Liberty Ranch 245 at Cold Springs CC. ED scores: Lichty, 41; Shane […]

Union Mine softball shuts out El Dorado

EL DORADO — With the end of the season nearing and a playoff berth the goal, every game is a must win for Union Mine’s softball team. Three teams will advance from the Sierra Valley Conference and the Lady Diamondbacks currently hold that final spot. Entering Wednesday’s game with El Dorado, the D’back were 4-3 […]

Trojan girls fly past Eagles

EL DORADO HILLS — Marissa Ribeiro’s hat trick sparked an offensive explosion for the Oak Ridge High soccer team Wednesday and the Lady Trojans, behind a season-high number of goals, routed visiting Pleasant Grove 5-zip. Oak Ridge, which improved to 2-2-3 in the Delta River League, carried a 1-0 lead to the second half. Ribeiro scored […]

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