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Thundering Herd runs to victory over Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The good news was that in its first offensive drive Friday night, the Ponderosa High football team reached into Elk Grove’s red zone. Starting from their own 20-yard line, the Bruins faced a fourth down and 5 yards to go at the Thundering Herd’s 17-yard line. With 6:04 left in the first quarter […]

Roundup: Aug. 28 2011

Volleyball El Dorado def. Amador 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 Union Mine def. by El Camino 25-21, 24-26, 12-25, 15-25 Golden Sierra def. by Granite Bay 11-25, 16-25, 16-25 

Speedway championships on the line Saturday night

The season is winding down and the action is heating up at Placerville Speedway. Saturday night three divisions will compete in the penultimate Red Hawk Casino championship race of the season. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will form the race card on an evening sure to be exciting as one […]

Patriot Golf Day benefits Folds of Honor Foundation

VACAVILLE — The Northern California PGA Foundation is pleased to announce Patriot Golf Day, which is being held Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5. This is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving […]

Routsong brothers reunite at Embry Riddle

SHINGLE SPRINGS — When Jesse Routsong returned to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz, this week for his second year of college and his second wrestling season, he had more than new clothes and school supplies with him. His brother Jeff is going as a new recruit. Like most brothers after high school, Jesse and […]

Four football teams open Friday in ‘zero week’ action

Prep football opens a week earlier this season in “zero week.” Four of El Dorado County’s five high school teams are in action — all at home. The featured game pits the Vista del Lago Eagles against Oak Ridge; Ponderosa hosts the Thundering Herd of Elk Grove; El Dorado entertains Foothill and Golden Sierra welcomes […]

The Outdoorsman: Be flexible at Donner

No action? Then switch to another dock at Donner Lake. That’s the story there. If you’re not successful at one dock, move to one at the west end of the lake. When you find the right dock you will probably go home with a limit of trout. It’s strange but true. Why trout frequent the water under […]

BMXer Trevor Anderson moves up the ladder

Freestyle BMX rider Trevor Anderson is involved with his favorite sport in more ways than one. He enjoys it, works and sells it, advocates it and now, he’ll be teaching it. Anderson, 21, left recently for two weeks of training at Woodward West Action Sports Camp, 45 miles south of Bakersfield in Tehachapi. Anderson was […]

Boreal Mountain Resort introduces Woodward Tahoe

DONNER SUMMIT — Boreal Mountain Resort, a leader in creating exciting snow features and innovative terrain parks for beginner through elite athletes, is expanding its niche in the world of youth action sports with the opening of Woodward Tahoe, a youth action sports freeride and freeski instructional center and camp program. Woodward, long recognized as […]

Outside with Charlie: Lover’s Leap

No one knows when rock climbing started — most likely when people and rocks were introduced. Rock climbing is a very specialized sport that has grown in popularity the last few years. It’s no longer limited to wild-eyed men and women yelling things like “On belay!” You don’t even have to be outside. Climbing gyms […]

Tahoe resorts unveil new Triple Threat college pass

Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and Homewood mountain resorts have teamed to offer the Triple Threat season pass exclusively to college students during the 2011-2012 winter season. Students can choose the $199 *Limited Triple Threat, valid Monday through Friday, or the $329 **Unlimited Triple Threat pass, which is valid daily. Early purchase prices are available through Dec. […]

Christina Fusano’s tennis career veers in new direction

Here’s some good trivia: which professional player from El Dorado County has played women’s tennis great Serena Williams several times? Tough one? Here’s a clue. She prepped at Ponderosa High and faced Williams not that long ago at Sunrise Mall. You don’t have to ask Christina Fusano this question because she’s the answer. Playing the […]

Tahoe Milers present Kirkwood Adventure Trail Run

For a chance to win a Kirkwood season pass, come to Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Labor Day weekend and “Run At A Higher Level.” Beautiful Kirkwood Mountain Resort is the setting for the 31st annual Kirkwood 5K/10K Adventure Trail Run on Saturday, Sept. 3, starting with a one mile and a half mile fun run […]

Sports schedule: Aug. 23-26, 2011

Tuesday, Aug. 23 Girls golf Roseville @ Oak Ridge, Serrano CC, 3:30 Boys soccer Golden Sierra @ Amador, 4 p.m. Girls tennis Oak Ridge @ Del Oro, 3:30 Girls volleyball Ponderosa @ Roseville, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 Girls golf Granite Bay @ Oak Ridge, Serrano CC, 3:30 Girls volleyball Golden Sierra @ Bear River […]

Kirkwood Mountain Resort hosts two weekends of fat tire fun

Since 2009, bicycle event promotions company Team Bigfoot has brought high alpine mountain bike events to Tahoe’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort. This year the Arcata company scheduled back-to-back weekends of mountain bike events that offer a full array of racing and free activities. A highlight is the free women’s mountain bike skills clinic Friday, Aug. 26, […]

Freedom ’98 takes second at Suntan Classic

SACRAMENTO —  The American River Futbol Club’s under 14 girls’ soccer team, Freedom ’98, placed second at the Suntan Classic Tournament hosted by the Sacramento United Soccer Club at Cherry Island. The tough Freedom team beat out its competition all the way to the finals, starting with a 4-0 victory over East Diablo’s Impact Xplosion. […]

Speedway hosts ‘Reibes Auto Parts Night’ Saturday

The 2011 racing season is winding down to its final weeks at Placerville Speedway. Saturday night the Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing series presented by Handy Racing Promotions Inc. will feature the Winged 360 cubic inch Sprint Cars along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will […]

The Outdoorsman: Loon has good action

Loon Lake above Ice House and Union Valley in the lakes basin is triggering good action for trollers all over the lake. The rainbows range from 10 to 13 inches and will take nightcrawlers behind flashers, and will also slap at small lures behind flashers. Occasionally, a brown trout will be caught. If you are looking […]

Roundup: Correction

Cold Springs Golf and Country Club Ladies Golf 2011 18-hole Club Championship Finals: Aug. 9 Open division Low gross: Jerri Arens, 281 Low net: Gloria Gaetano, 223; Charlotte Henderson, 227 Senior division: Low gross: Roberta Galvez, 271 Low net: Rosemary Authier, 205; Ann Morris, 209

East meets West as AquaSol swimmers train together

Placerville mom Chandra Schreck was late this year filling out paperwork to participate in the 4 H International Exchange Program that would bring a Japanese student to her home for a month this summer. The program, in conjunction with Japan’s Labo progam, pairs students with families in both countries. The exchanges are on an alternating […]

Three awarded Tyler Flynn ‘Forever 44′ scholarships

Every year, three Tyler Flynn “Forever 44″ Memorial Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes from Ponderosa, Union Mine and El Dorado high schools. College-bound seniors who have had exemplary athletic careers and whose personal standards and accomplishments are a positive model for others, are selected to receive the scholarships. Along with doing well academically, the candidates […]

Come race in beautiful Indian Valley

The first Mountain Circle Marathon/Half Marathon/10K is Saturday, Aug. 20, in the scenic Indian and Genessee valleys in Plumas County. All revenue will benefit foster children served by Mountain Circle Family Services. This is a fun community event with a beautiful course, prizes, awards and unique roadside water and treat stations on out-and-back courses that […]

Zip Tahoe offers zip lines and canopy tours at Kirkwood

KIRKWOOD — Thrill seekers are experiencing a new adrenalin rush this year thanks to Zip Tahoe’s state of the art zip line tour at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Zip Tahoe includes eight different lines and multiple suspension bridges. “The tour is a breath of fresh air for visitors to the Tahoe area looking for new excitement” […]

Hangtown Destruction Derby roars to new high

Some said it was the best destruction derby Placerville had ever seen. The 38th annual Placerville Police Officers Association’s Hangtown Destruction Derby absolutely destroyed the belief that Sunday was a day of relaxation. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds produced a cacophony of noise — complete with roaring engines, smashing fenders and screaming fans. This year’s […]

Forsberg outwits Trulli for Kids’ Night Sprint win

Auburn’s Andy Forsberg continued to dominate Placerville Speedway Saturday in the eighth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship season series. Before packed stands for Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night, Forsberg earned his third Sprint Car victory in the 25-lap feature to increase his point lead en route to a potential third title. Forsberg nearly had a […]

The mentor and his prize pupil

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Ever want to test your boxing skills in the ring, float like a butterfly, sting like a bee? You can with proper guidance. Drop into Orr’s Martial Arts and Family Fitness at its new location on the corner of Enterprise and Merchandise in Diamond Springs, and meet Michael Pettaway. He will teach you to hook, jab, counterpunch […]

Roundup: Aug. 14, 2011

Cold Springs Country Club Ladies Golf 2011 Major tournament results Three day 18-hole Club Championship: Aug. 9 Open division Low gross: Jerri Arens, 281 Low net: Gloria Gaetano, 223; Charlotte Henderson, 227 Senior division: Low gross: Roberta Galvez, 271 Low net: Rosemary Authier, 205; Ann Morris, 209 President’s Cup: May 12 Match play 1st flight: […]

InAlliance Run/Walk is Oct. 8

Runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts will take to the trails on Saturday, Oct. 8, when local nonprofit InAlliance hosts the third annual Gold Rush Fun Run & Walk fundraiser on the El Dorado Trail beginning in Placerville. Participants will weave their way through the Sierra Nevada Foothills in 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile […]

Oak Ridge alumni win TRI for FUN Triathlon

Saturday, Aug. 6, three Oak Ridge High alumni combined their endurance specialties to form a triathlon relay team for the 28th annual TRI for FUN Triathlon at Rancho Seco Park. Connor Benander, who attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cody Kaiser, an elite, nationally ranked cyclist, and Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who is currently competing on UCLA’s […]

Speedway hosts Mt. Democrat Kids’ Night

Grab the bikes and bring the tykes. Saturday is “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Placerville Speedway. This event is the biggest night for the littlest race fans annually and marks the first of two big days of family fun at the speedway. The evening will feature the return of Red Hawk Casino Championship point racing […]

Mr. Smith goes to Waynesburg

Joey Smith will major in athletic training in college starting this fall, but he may want to consider a minor in marketing. After all, the recent El Dorado High graduate negotiated his own deal to play baseball for Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. Wanting to continue his career after high school, Smith promoted the one thing he could sell — himself. Partnering with a […]

Hunting contest winner announced

Something special happens when two far-sighted people band together with the generous owner of a renowned hunting club. For Brock Boyd, 12, and his dad Steve, 47, of Placerville, that something special is an all-inclusive, three-day, four-night trip of a lifetime to R&R Hunting Resort, a Cabela’s certified destination, in Seneca, S.D. Brock’s whole family […]

Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers backcountry camp

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev, — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is hosting a Backcountry Camp on the Tahoe Rim Trail Sept. 3-5. Volunteers have shown their appreciation for this public recreation trail through 25 years of backcountry camps. The camp will be held near the Mt. Rose Trailhead of the TRT, at the top of […]

The Outdoorsman: The bite is on

Our area rivers and lakes are producing … there is no sign of the usual late summer dog days just yet. The summer salmon run is on from the mouth of the American River at Discovery Park, south to Rio Vista and all the way beyond Antioch and Pittsburg. Fishing folks are everywhere. The boat […]

Spencer and Corinna make a stylish splash at Nationals

Three things all synchronized swimmers need are grace, stamina and gelatin (yes, you read that right). Just ask Oak Ridge students Spencer Gates, 15, and Corinna Jacobs, 16. The Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team members and coach Kristin Walton came home from the USA Synchronized Swimming Age Group Nationals 2011 this summer in Federal Way, Wash., with an impressive […]

Trojans greet their fans

EL DORADO HILLS — The second annual “Meet the Trojans” celebration Saturday featured the Junior Trojans Football and Cheer, the Oak Ridge High cheerleaders and the star of the show — the Oak Ridge football team. Fans, parents and students gathered at Town Center in El Dorado Hills as the team kicked off the high […]

Destruction Derby crashes into Placerville Speedway Sunday

Placerville Speedway will host the sounds of smashing sheet metal and the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events returns for its 38th consecutive year Sunday. It’s time for the classic annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, an afternoon of car-crushing mayhem that is fun for the entire […]

Local entrepreneur creates The CÖR Bench

Entrepreneurship 101: See need, develop need, market need. Greg Reffner knows the steps well. As the corporate executive officer and owner of CÖR Systems, the Union Mine High graduate and former Diamondback skier and soccer player, created and developed the CÖR Bench, a hybrid exercise system that forces core musculature activation and increases range of motion. […]

Outside with Charlie: Wildflowers abound

Here we are — the middle of August and the weather is gorgeous. It’s been relatively mild all over, so being outside is wonderful. The Carson Pass area is arguably one of the premier hiking destinations around here. By itself, it’s stunning and even more coupled with the drive to get there. It’s worth the […]

Fred Belt cycles through Central America

Editor’s note: After undergoing five-way bypass surgery in 1998, Placerville’s Fred Belt gave up running marathons and took up cycling. His new passion has taken him all over the world — across the United States from coast to coast in 27 days, the length of the California coast, Tibet, Mongolia, Alaska and now Central America. […]

Ensign wins inaugural USAC sprint race at Speedway

Placerville Speedway hosted a unique night of racing last Saturday night with three divisions of wingless open wheel race cars in competition. The event brought the United States Auto Racing Club Western Classic Sprint Car Series to the quarter-mile track for the first time in history in an event that paid tribute to the late […]

Taz Devils splash to second place at ‘Champs’

The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils recreation swim team raced to a second place finish at the Suburban Swim League Championships July 30-31. Despite posting very fast times, the Taz couldn’t overcome their rivals, the two-time defending champion Park Terrace Penguins, who out-pointed the Taz over the three-day competition 1,355–1,048.50. The Sierra Sharks from Cameron […]

Samantha Klinkenborg takes eighth in nation

WICHITA, KAN. — Samantha Klinkenborg, 12, of Placerville, bravely competed in 105-degree, humid, hot weather at Cessna Stadium in Kansas and was rewarded with a trip to the medal stand after her event in the 45th USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships July 26-27 at Wichita State University. Samantha finished eighth in the […]

Carson Valley’s Divine 9 is a golfer’s dream

CARSON CITY, NEV. — Carson City and Carson Valley golf courses in Nevada are vibrant green, fairways are lush and putts roll smoothly at the Divine 9 layouts. The golf season is in full swing. The nine courses that represent the best in golf between Lake Tahoe and Reno provide a variety of challenges and […]

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