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Lynbrook edges El Dorado for Vitell title

A well-played finale to the annual Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament Thursday night did not end the hosts’ way as San Jose’s Lynbrook High remained undefeated on the season after edging El Dorado 49-45. If the Lady Cougars could go back and change one thing it’d be a few more three-pointers. Overall, El Dorado made just […]

Battle ends in loss for Cougars at Trojan Toss Up

El DORADO HILLS — Two weeks ago, the El Dorado High boys basketball team and Bella Vista met in the first round of the Mesa Verde Tournament in Citrus Heights. Round two of their meeting took place Thursday night in the winner’s bracket of the second round of the Trojan Toss Up at Oak Ridge High. […]

Union Mine takes fourth at Vitell

Unable to keep Pleasant Valley off the offensive boards, Union Mine’s girls basketball team fell to the Vikings 60-32 in Thursday’s third/fourth place game of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High. Pleasant Valley, which came within four points from an appearance in the championship game, took it out on the Diamondbacks with a […]

Trojans roll in semifinal win

EL DORADO HILLS — After a close call against Shasta Wednesday, the Oak Ridge Trojans came into Thursday’s game against Rio Americano with a new mindset. “We came into tonight knowing what we had to change and improve on to win,” senior center Scott Sanchez said after Oak Ridge clobbered the Raiders 61-46 to advance […]

Jan Vitell results

Championship El Dorado 45, Lynbrook 49 – The Lady Cougars fell just short of the title win as the Vikings held on despite seeing their lead trimmed to a point late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s championship game. Courtney Macklin and Emily Boyd were both named to the all tournament team for the […]

Heinz-sight: Fantasy Football

Never watched Fantasy Island when it aired on TV, never spent time at Disneyland’s Fantasyland and certainly didn’t realize soon enough that my own dreams of one day becoming a professional athlete were pure fantasy. But Fantasy Football? That’s real. Despite having kids that play, I never paid much attention until recently as a casual […]

Round up: Dec. 29, 2011

Basketball Boys Desert Heat Classic Ponderosa 56, Lakeside 52 — Playing its second Desert Heat Classic Tournament game Wednesday evening in Cathedral City, Ponderosa relied on a basket and two free throws to pull away from Lakeside in the fourth quarter, 17-10, to secure the victory. The Bruins were behind 42-39 after three quarters. Justin […]

El Dorado’s trapping press rattles Lady D’backs

Behind relentless pressure defense the full 32 minutes, host El Dorado took Union Mine out of its game to register a 50-29 victory Wednesday in the semifinals of the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament. The Cougars face Lynbrook winner tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m while the Lady Diamondbacks play Pleasant Valley for third/fourth place at 6:30 p.m. […]

Oak Ridge gets past Shasta in Toss Up opener

EL DORADO HILLS — As the rest of the Oak Ridge students enjoyed their winter break, the boys basketball team had work to take care of. “We came out here with a mission, and we accomplished the first part of that mission,” coach Steve Scott said as his Trojans upended the Shasta Wolves 72-66 in […]

Rebounds aid Cougars’ win over Lions

EL DORADO HILLS — Bigger was better for the El Dorado High boys basketball team Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the Trojan Toss Up at Oak Ridge High. Playing an athletic McClatchy in the first round, the Cougars’ height inside — 10 of El Dorado’s 13 players on the roster are 6-foot or […]

Roundup: Dec. 28, 2011

Basketball Boys Desert Heat Classic Ponderosa 59, El Camino-Oceanside 31 — At the Desert Heat Classic Tuesday in Cathedral City, the Bruins jumped out to a 15-2 lead to ground the Falcons en route to a 35-18 halftime lead. Three Ponderosa players scored in double figures: junior forward Curtis Opsahl had 14 points, junior guard Trevor Hammitt […]

Union Mine girls hold on from the line to defeat Center 52-43

Sinking eight of its 12 free throws in the final 1:25 including all four in the last 20 seconds, Union Mine held off Center 52-43 in Tuesday’s Jan Vitell Tournament opener at El Dorado High School. The win sets up tonight’s semifinals matchup with the host Cougars at 6:30 p.m. Madi Aliff scored a game-high […]

Lady Cougars rip Amador to open Vitell Tournament

Host El Dorado High easily won its opener of the annual Jan Vitell Tournament Tuesday, blasting Amador 62-10 behind early pressure the Buffalos couldn’t handle. Courtney Macklin attacked around the basket to scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the opening minutes and the Lady Cougars never looked back — leading 24-0 after the first […]

Jeffrey Winchester conquers the Pacific Crest Trail

While celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, Jeffrey Winchester, 46, of Pollock Pines, will likely look back on the trip of a lifetime. He spent four months thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and he beat the odds, completing his trek at the northern terminus Sept. 30. A record […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 3 Replies

Outside with Charlie: Hike to Eagle Lake

Winter has arrived. The snow hasn’t, at least not yet. It’s certainly been cold enough in the higher regions of the county, which is good. The ground is cold, and when the snow starts, it will stick. Downhill skiers have been reporting decent conditions on man-made snow at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly and most of the other […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe offering big value at $49 a day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort plans to fire up two more lifts and two more carpets accessing a total of seven trails, the Wild Mountain Children’s Center, and a tow-accessed snow play area. With Easy Rider Express already turning, accessing Sierra Resort’s legendary beginner terrain, Easy Street, and a nationally ranked freestyle terrain park, […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 26

Union Mine High running back Sean Tow has received recognition for his on-field accomplishments in the Sacramento region. Tow rushed 223 times for 2,217 yards that placed him on the 2011 All Metro Football first-team offense. The junior scored 24 touchdowns in nine games for Union Mine, which finished tied for second place in the Sierra […]

Schedule: Dec. 26-30, 2011

Tuesday, Dec. 27 Boys basketball PHS @ Desert Heat Classic, Cathedral City UM @ Sabrato Tourney, Morgan Hills GS @ Galt, 6:30 Girls basketball Jan Vitell Tourney @ EDHS Union Mine vs. Center, 8 p.m. El Dorado vs. Amador, 6:30 South Tahoe vs. Amador, 6:30 Bella Vista vs. Pleasant Valley, 3:30 OR, PHS @ West […]

Missing the Action: Ali Ryan’s dejá vu injury ordeal

CAMERON PARK — At a time players went full-tilt gearing up for the season, all Ali Ryan hoped for was a doctor’s clearance to jog. As shots are perfected and new one’s added to the repertoire, Ryan, from a stand-still position, just wanted to reclaim her touch on the basic ones. With 2011-12 girls basketball […]

Oak Ridge girls take Toss Up title after win over Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — Lauren Sende scored 16 points, pulled in 13 rebounds and blocked two shots last Friday to help lift Oak Ridge past Kennedy 61-49 for the Lady Trojan Toss Up title. Sende scored 10 quick points in a competitive opening quarter before Troy’s 1-2-2 zone took over against the smaller Cougars who struggled […]

Heavenly opens California side for skiing and snowboarding

The West Coast’s largest snow making system gives skiers and riders options and convenience SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Heavenly Mountain Resort has done it again, opening more skiing and snowboarding terrain on the strength of the West Coast’s largest snow making system, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. “We’ve enjoyed a continuous machine-made […]

Round up: Lady Bruins hit 12 threes

Basketball Girls Ponderosa 74, Natomas 47 — The Lady Bruins were on fire behind the arc, hitting 12 three-pointers en route to beating the Nighthawks Thursday night in nonleague action in Sacramento. Four Bruins scored in double figures: Ashley Beck and Jensen Lewis had 18 points each, while Morgan Martinenko had 14 points and Olivia Nelson […]

Golden Sierra girls send Saints marching

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra waited patiently for visiting Cristo Rey to arrive and once the Saints walked through the door the Grizzly girls showed no mercy in a 54-15 nonleague rout. Though the Cristo Rey team was smaller and less skilled than Golden Sierra, the Gizzlies kept focus and played tough from start to […]

HZ: Sing it with me

Back by popular demand or … more likely … forced upon you, here’s some more slightly altered Christmas classics you’re sure to hum this holiday season. A one and a two and … Jingle Bell Rock Diamondbacks, Diamondbacks, Diamondbacks rock Diamondbacks swing and Diamondbacks block. Hitting and digging all the way to L.A. winning at […]

Oak Ridge outlasts EL Camino in overtime

EL DORADO HILLS — After a smooth dispatch of Del Campo in the opening round of the Trojan Toss Up Tournament, the Oak Ridge girls basketball squad faced a worthy opponent in the El Camino Eagles in the second round Thursday evening. Oak Ridge survived to pull out a thrilling 61-54 overtime victory to advance […]

Lady Cougars tame Whitney Wildcats

It’s an age-old dilemma — schedule an easy preseason and pump up your record or go head-to-head with some of the best teams for experience? El Dorado girls basketball coach Pat Winter always takes the second option and now, heading into the Cougars’ own Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament next week, the Lady Cougars are playing […]

Lady Trojans gain control of Toss Up opener with Del Campo

EL DORADO HILLS — If you control the basketball you can most likely put it in the hoop. That’s where the Cougars of Del Campo and host Oak Ridge parted ways in Wednesday’s opening round of the Trojan Toss Up Tournament Wednesday night. In handling the ball better than its guests, Oak Ridge emerged a […]

Treys propel Union Mine to victory over Scots

EL DORADO — Deyanira Ventura eyed the basket from behind the arc and knew she had to pull the trigger. For Union Mine High girls basketball coach Chris Del Rio and the rest of the Lady Diamondbacks, they’re glad she did. Hosting Highlands Wednesday in a nonleague game with the game knotted at 18-all, Ventura […]

Fast start leads to Cougars’ victory over Vikings

El Dorado High boys basketball coach Ken Macklin wanted his Cougars to pay attention to the smallest of details Tuesday night in their non-league game against South Tahoe inside the Cougars’ gym. Doing so, in the form of aggressively boxing out and creating turnovers, led to 28 first-quarter points as El Dorado coasted to a 72-39 win […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

CASA Boca Jrs 95 take first at Davis Legacy’s Winter College Showcase

DAVIS — Sacramento’s Boca Jrs 95 girls’ soccer team placed first in the Davis Legacy Winter College Showcase last weekend. The team, comprised of girls from the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties has climbed in the rankings this season to their top 10 position in Northern California. The girls are currently 10th out of […]

Roundup: Smith hits game-winner at the buzzer!

Basketball Boys Ponderosa 61, Argonaut 60 — Jordan Smith’s corner three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Bruins past the host Mustangs in nonleague action Tuesday night. After Matt Hlavaty’s free throw put Argonaut up 60-58, Ponderosa turned to Smith who nailed the clutch shot to improve the Bruins to 4-6 on the season. High-point man […]

First and goal to go: Exciting changes

For the last five-plus months, you’ve seen my byline in different sections of the Mountain Democrat; from the news section to Foothill Life to sports covering one of the five El Dorado County high school football teams during the fall season. Now you’re going to be seeing my byline quite often in sports starting today. […]

Sequoia Williams runs the California International Marathon

Editor’s note: Union Mine senior Sequoia Williams, a member of the Lady Diamondback cross country team and a budding journalist, chronicled her recent participation in the 2011 California International Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 4. Joined by our favorite section thru-hiker, “Stormin Norman,” aka Norm Stoldt of Sommerset, Norm’s daughter, Liz, and Joy Vierra, the quartet […]

Junk items the latest craze at some ski resorts

What’s currently one the best ways for ski resorts to keep snowboarders coming back frequently to visit their terrain parks? Providing an array of what some might consider junk. Junk in this case includes cement mixers, propane tanks, discarded gondola chairs, satellite dishes, tractor tires, wrecking balls, and assorted other seemingly throw-away items that many […]

Oak Ridge wrestling takes third at John Zehnder Duals

ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge High varsity wrestling team improved to 8-3 after its third place finish last weekend in the John Zehnder Duals at Elk Grove High School. The Trojans went 3-2 in winning their first three matches before dropping the final two against the host school and Oakdale. Oak Ridge opened with […]

Aboukhadijeh wins Eggnog Mile

SACRAMENTO — For the fifth straight year, high school and college cross country runners with a taste for adventure met Saturday to participate in the Sacramento Eggnog Mile. Former Oak Ridge Trojan Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who currently runs for UCLA, took first place with a time of 5:44, winning by a margin of just over 20 […]

2011 Sierra Delta League All League

Girls volleyball Most Valuable Player: Katie Christner, Golden Sierra Co-coaches of the Year: Justin Cox, Golden Sierra; Melisssa Bowers, Bradshaw Christian First team: Golden Sierra: Caitlin Hess; Tiffany Grey. Bradshaw Christian: Janai Johnson; Rachael Byerly. Vacaville Christian: Brittany Simmers; Lauren Johnson; Lauren Grabowski. San Juan: Brandie Abercrombie. Encina: Victoria Lose. Rio Vista: Katja Zaugg. Highlands: […]

Challenge split elludes Ponderosa girls

Thanks to overall poor free throw shooting especially late when it counted the most, Ponderosa fell to Rosemont 49-40 Saturday at the El Dorado Challenge. The Lady Bruins dropped to 2-8 on the season after back-to-back losses over the weekend. Ponderosa trimmed a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to eight after Ashley Beck turned three straight Wolverine […]

D’back varsity basketball sweeps Golden Sierra

EL DORADO — Madi Aliff bucketed 15 points Saturday and Marissa Indgjer tallied 12 as host Union Mine picked up another big win with Saturday’s 51-29 victory over Golden Sierra in intra-county preseason girls basketball action at the Snake Pit. Less than 24 hours after the Lady Diamondbacks had pummeled Amador (see B-3 story) by […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 19, 2011

Still basking in the afterglow of winning the CIF Division IV state volleyball championship earlier this month, the Union Mine Lady Diamondbacks landed four members on the All Metro team including Player of the Year Mikayla Tucker and Coach of the Year Mike Yates. Union Mine rode Tucker’s hot hand all the way to a […]

Schedule: Dec. 20-25, 2011

Tuesday, Dec, 20 Boys basketball South Lake Tahoe @ ED, 7 p.m. PHS @ Amador, tba UM @ Foothill, 7:30 GS @ Lincoln tourney, tba Girls basketball Tokay @ PHS, 6 p.m. ED @ Pioneer, 5 p.m. UM @ Placer, tba Wrestling PHS @ Lou Bronzan Invite, Brentwood, 9 a.m. GS @ Rio Americano Wednesday, […]

Gunn outguns Cougars

Palo Alto’s Gunn High made the most of its long trip to the foothills for the El Dorado Challenge, winning its second straight game Saturday after blanketing the host team 52-12. The Titans went 2-0 at the mini-tournament after defeating Ponderosa in Friday’s opener. The Cougars did hold the Titans to 18 first-half points but […]

Roundup: Dec. 18, 2011

Basketball Mesa Verde tournament El Dorado 73, Roseville 78 — The Cougars finished sixth after Saturday’s loss to the Tigers. Roseville outscored El Dorado 20-10 in the first quarter and after even middle quarters, held on despite the Cougars’ 24-19 advantage in the fourth. Daniel Vance turned in a big afternoon for El Dorado with […]

Big third quarter carries El Dorado in Challenge opener

El Dorado High’s 16-0 run broke a third quarter tie Friday as the host Cougars took control on their way to a 43-33 victory over Rosemont to open the El Dorado Challenge. A sluggish first-half left the Cougars in front 16-14 despite a 1-of-12 effort from the free throw line. The Wolverines opened the third with a bucket […]

Gunn denies Bruins’ comeback attempt

The heart, effort and desire was there in Ponderosa’s comeback Friday at the El Dorado Challenge against Palo Alto’s Gunn High — just not the points. The Lady Bruins almost made it all the way back from a 20-4 first-quarter deficit — twice pulling to within six, the second time late in the third quarter — […]

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