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Bruins’ comeback against Rocklin runs out of time

ROCKLIN — With only 1:36 left in the fourth quarter Friday, Ponderosa quarterback Jacob Bist led the Bruins back onto the field against host Rocklin. Backed up to its own 16-yard line, the all-out effort and determination by Ponderosa linemen Hunter Gold, Erik McKinnon, Galen Fine and Steven Trivette kept Bist (16-of-29, 140 yards, three […]

Union Mine cross country team does Hawaii

A great time was had by the Union Mine cross country team and coach Jay Aliff when the group traveled to Honolulu, Ha., for the Iolani Invitational Sept. 17. Besides running, the athletes spent a morning at Pearl Harbor. A number of the athletes had relatives who served in World War II and Durand and […]

Long night for El Dorado in West Sac visit

WEST SACRAMENTO — Scoring early, often and at will, host River City rolled over El Dorado 65-12 Friday in Sierra Valley Conference football action. The Cougars couldn’t match the Raiders’ potent offense and defensively, couldn’t stop it. River City scored on all six first-half possessions and overall, eight straight before taking a knee late in […]

Northside, Georgetown split volleyball showdown

GEORGETOWN — Middle school volleyball season is in full swing and two long-time rivals faced off last week when the Georgetown Cubs took on the Northside Bears in the annual Georgetown Divide showdown. The annual game has featured several local players who went on to play college volleyball including Cayti Crowton (Sac State), Mariko Kowashima […]

Football roundup: Sept. 23, 2011

Golden Sierra 17, Vacaville Christian 6 — Jim Hansen ran for 147 yards and quarterback Mike Aplanalp gained 86 on the ground and threw for 67 yards to lead the Grizzlies in their first Sierra Delta League game of the season. The Griz are now 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the SDL. Cosumnes Oaks was undefeated […]

Cold Springs Country Club celebrates golden anniversary

It’s hard to believe 50 years have passed since a group of 40 or so far-sighted area residents barn-stormed the idea of building a golf course in Placerville. The hopeful golfers discussed the risks of financing, locating a suitable site and finding perspective members willing to buy into a dream for $350 before the course […]

Tribute to Al Hinds highlights big Civil War Series finale

Race fans are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open-wheel racing in the foothills, the eighth annual Tribute to Al Hinds at Placerville Speedway tonight. The program will feature the fire-breathing Civil War Sprint Cars in their highest paying regular race of the season with a $3,000 purse sponsored by Thompson’s Auto […]

Cougars battle Hawks to 0-0 tie

El Dorado’s defense shut down the Liberty Ranch offense in Wednesday night’s Sierra Valley Conference soccer game but the Hawks returned the favor in what turned into a 0-0 stalemate between evenly matched sides. The game was crucial for both in order to keep pace in the league standings. “We knew we had to win […]

Grizzly girls squeak past Vacaville Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra defeated Vacaville Christian at home Thursday night in four sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-2, 25-21, to remain undefeated in the Sierra Delta League volleyball standings at 3-0. Despite the victory, the Grizzlies had to deal with the Falcons and the 500-pound gorilla on their backs —-  unforced errors. “We’re playing scared,” […]

Roundup: Sept. 23, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Roseville 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22 – PHS kills: Lianna Sybeldon, 17; Hailey Bellmer, 10; Lindsey Bowles, 10. Aces: Bowles, 4; Layne Davidson, 2. Blocks: Sybeldon, 3; Sarah Walker, 2. Assists: Alex Mettler, 37. Digs: Sybeldon, 11; Bowles, 9; Bellmer, 8; Ali Lindsey, 8; Mettler, 6; Davidson, 5. Serve receive: Bowles, 20; Lindsey, 17; […]

Falcon volleyball flies by Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — The final two plays in the Oak Ridge-Christian Brothers nonleague volleyball match Thursday told the story. The Trojans watched a clutch save fall and a collision while going for the next serve was typical of Oak Ridge’s mistake-prone, erratic evening that ended in a 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 20-25 loss to the visiting […]

Trojan tennis players bring the heat to Folsom

FOLSOM — Triple-digit temperatures scorched the courts at Broadstone Racquet Club Wednesday afternoon when the Oak Ridge High girls tennis team took on Folsom. As it turned out, the sun wasn’t the only thing that made Folsom’s players sweat. Oak Ridge won the match 9-0. “Folsom has a greatly improved team under new coach Rich […]

Union Mine soccer loses to Galt

EL DORADO — A quick counterattack that led to a perfect pass from Carl Hughes to Spencer Yaple and forced a foul to earn a penalty kick was one Union Mine highlight — the other seven belonged to visiting Galt, which logged the 7-1 Sierra Valley Conference soccer victory. Wednesday’s match was rough for the Diamondbacks. […]

Gridiron action features three league openers

League play starts tonight for three El Dorado County football teams. Golden Sierra entertains Vacaville Christian to open the Sierra Delta League schedule while El Dorado travels to River City and Union Mine is at Cosumnes Oaks for Sierra Valley Conference games. Ponderosa’s final nonleague game is at Rocklin and Oak Ridge has a bye. […]

Trojan, Bruin tennis open league

The girls tennis season is in full swing for both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa, which started Delta River League play this week. The Trojans, coached by Ralph Clark, came on late to end their preseason with a 9-0 win over Granite Bay and have their sights on St. Francis in what could be a race […]

Roundup: Sept. 22, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Placer 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 Oak Ridge def. by Rocklin 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25  Water polo Ponderosa varsity girls 11, Franklin 1 — PHS goals: Ellie Miller, 3; Heidi Hill, 2; Hannah Mianowski; Hannah Hill; Samantha Schrader; Kelly Donovan; Clare Kessler; Natalie Lawrence. Assists: Hannah Hill, 2; Heidi Hill; Donovan; Adrianne Dreese. Oak […]

The Outdoorsman: Rockfish and lings are easy

Both charter boats and private boats are finding rockfish an easy take these days as well as a good batch of lings and some halibut. The “rockies” come in yellow, blue, copper and red colors. Most are normal size with a couple of halibut above 30 pounds. The lings were running about 8 to 10 […]

Golden Sierra volleyball outlasts Pride

GARDEN VALLEY — As a member of last season’s JV squad, Golden Sierra’s Jamie Hinton saw one of the longest league win streaks in Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball history come to an end when Bradshaw Christian upended the Grizzly varsity team. Tuesday, a year later, Hinton couldn’t stomach a repeat as action between the two programs stretched […]

Union Mine girls golf wins

SACRAMENTO — Union Mine golfer Hannah Moylan shot an 82 Monday in the first Sierra Valley Conference 18-hole tournament of the season at Teal Bend, a par-72 golf course in Sacramento. Moylan fired the low score of the day to earn medalist honors and lead the Diamondbacks to first place with a total of 498. […]

Roundup: Sept. 20, 2011

Volleyball El Dorado def. River City 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 Soccer El Dorado 2, Cosumnes Oaks 2 El Dorado JV 1, Cosumnes Oaks 4 Union Mine 0, Liberty Ranch 4 

D’back volleyball tames Granite Bay

EL DORADO — In its last preseason match before the league season begins, the Union Mine volleyball team subdued Granite Bay Monday — slithering past the Grizzlies 25-21, 25-19, 25-21. Though Granite Bay was solid and had an identical win-loss record of 9-2 with the Diamondbacks, both teams lagged in intensity at times as free […]

Outside with Charlie: Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is a great outdoor recreation area year-round — summer hiking is as good as winter skiing. Skiers at Squaw Valley are familiar with the Shirley Lake Express run. It is one of the best hikes — instead of skiing down to Shirley Lake, you hike up to it. The resort is located between […]

Grizzly soccer falls to Vacaville Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s second-half burst of energy wasn’t enough Monday as visiting Vacaville Christian went home with the 3-1 Sierra Delta League soccer victory. Grizzly Nate Swatski’s follow shot trimmed a 2-0 deficit to give Golden Sierra hope but Falcon Brock Gustafson’s second goal late in the match iced the outcome for the […]

Roundup: Sept. 19, 2011

Cross country North Tahoe Kiwanis Invite Varsity boys: Ponderosa, 1st Individual: Riley Ruppenthal, 21:13; Spencer Jones, 21:32; Nick Hunt, 22:50; Nicholas Prete, 22:59; Josh Bolier, 23:03; Charles Hedin, 23:05; T.J. Holloway, 23:19; Alex Johnson, 23:28; Marcus Nunley, 23:55; Jacob Legge, 23:57; Lee Skinner, 23:58; Blake Tinney, 24:30; Ethan Dodd, 24:50; Salmaan Noorani, 25:27; David Timm, 25:38; Sergio […]

Roundup: Sept. 18, 2011

Girls water polo Sierra Shootout Oak Ridge 5, Ponderosa 4 — PHS goals: Heidi Hill, 2; Hannah Hill; Hannah Milanowski. Saves: Leigh Thomas, 14. Ponderosa 7, Edison 3 — PHS goals: Ellie Miller, 5; Adrianne Dreese, Hannah Hill. Assists: Dreese, 3; Hannah Hill, Heidi. Steals: Heidi, 6; Hannah Hill, 4. Ponderosa 9, Nevada Union 5 […]

Schedule: Sept. 19-23, 2011

Monday, Sept. 19 Golf *ED, UM @ SVC tourney, Teal Bend, 12:30 Soccer *Vacaville Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. *ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 6:30 *UM @ Liberty Ranch, 5:30 Girls tennis *PHS @ Sheldon, 3:45 *OR @ St. Francis, Natomas RC, 3:45 Volleyball *ED @ River City, 6 p.m. Grant @ UM, 6 p.m. Water […]

Cougar harriers dominate Sierra Valley Conference meet

Varsity boys: 1-El Dorado, 28; 2-Vista del Lago, 53; 3-Cosumnes Oaks, 59; 4-Liberty Ranch, 109; 5-Union Mine, 150; 6-Galt, 175; 7-River City, 182 Individual: 1-Joe Soik, ED, 17:13; 3-Nathan Rossi, ED, 17:40; 6-Ian Janoska, ED, 18:17; 8-Sean Gregg, ED, 18:33; 10-Spencer Wright, 18:48; 11-Ryan Gray, ED, 18:49; 12-Matt Johnson, ED, 18:51; 16-Tyler Cordero, ED, 19:10; 19-Matt Poindexter, […]

Davis water polo sweeps Ponderosa

EL DORADO — The Ponderosa water polo teams hosted their first Division I match Wednesday against the very strong and very deep Davis Blue Devils. The Bruin boys were defeated 12-22 and the varsity girls lost 7-20. Ponderosa’s Graham McClone won the ball in the opening sprint of the boys game and scored, but Davis […]

Cougars drop the hammer on Golden Sierra

A symbolic blue-painted hammer, pre-game pep rally and a big night from running back Travis Allec all factored into El Dorado High’s first victory of the year Friday night. In an intra-county game marred by fumbles and penalties, the host Cougars managed to find enough rhythm to come away 28-6 winners over under-manned Golden Sierra. “We […]

Del Oro’s might proves too much for Trojans

LOOMIS — For the first three quarters of Friday night’s big Oak Ridge-Del Oro preseason showdown, it looked like the team who had the football last would emerge the winner. After opening the fourth quarter with a scoring drive to close within a touchdown, the undefeated Trojans looked poised to rally. Instead, it was the […]

Ponderosa’s fourth-quarter finish stuns D’backs

Boardway, Hobbs, Bruin defense come up big EL DORADO — Ben Boardway’s 89-yard touchdown dash broke a fourth quarter tie and Ponderosa added another late touchdown to upend host Union Mine 21-7 in local preseason football action. Friday’s intra-county matchup was a defensive-oriented, penalty-laden affair with both teams punting a combined 14 times. With 7:29 […]

Football roundup: Sept. 16, 2011

Ponderosa 21, Union Mine 7 — Ben Boardway scored an 89-yard touchdown with 7:29 let in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie in the defensive showdown in El Dorado. Bruin quarterback Jacob Bist scored from a yard out with nine seconds left in the game for the final touchdown. The win evens Ponderosa’s […]

Trojan golfers take third, Bruins are fourth in tough league tourney

FOLSOM — The Division I Delta River League’s first 18-hole tournament of the season was Wednesday at Empire Ranch, a par 71 golf course in Folsom. St. Francis, one of the dominant girls golf teams in the entire Sac-Joaquin Section, was dethroned by Pleasant Grove, which finished first with a 390. The Troubadours took second, […]

Roundup: Sept. 16, 2011

Girls golf Union Mine def. El Dorado 268-304 at Cold Springs CC. UM scores: Hannah Moylan, 51; Trisha Tolbert, 51; Megan Sturgeon, 54; Marilyn Dunne, 54; Kalina Maricich, 58. ED scores: Jessica Slightham, 43; Shana Jastra, 62; Kaitlyn Strohlendorf, 63; Megan Heller, 65; Kayla Stein, 71. Volleyball Ponderosa def. Rocklin 17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 29-27, 15-8 […]

Oak Ridge cross country competes well at Hornet Jamboree

SACRAMENTO — The Oak Ridge cross country teams enjoyed success at last weekend’s Sacramento State Hornet Jamboree at Granite Regional Park. The invitational drew many of the area’s top cross country teams. The frosh/soph and junior varsity course was 2.2 miles; the varsity course was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Both the Trojan boys and girls […]

Jesuit too much for Trojan water polo

EL DORADO HILLS — A fourth-quarter rally pulled the Oak Ridge High boys water polo team closer to visiting Jesuit Wednesday afternoon but the Trojans’ efforts fell short in a 9-12 setback. “We just played the top team in our league and came out 12-9, very respectable,” Oak Ridge coach Don McCormick said. “The guys […]

El Dorado soccer stifled by Vista del Lago

El Dorado High’s soccer team faced a big challenge the minute the squad stepped on the pitch Wednesday, taking on the defending Sierra Valley Conference champion Vista del Lago team from Folsom. After a tough loss to Galt to start the conference season, the Cougars were hoping to regain momentum againt the Eagles. But Vista […]

St. Francis water polo sinks Lady Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — Passing problems and a tough Troubadour defense plagued Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls water polo team Wednesday afternoon against visiting St. Francis at the CSD pool. The combination spelled d-e-f-e-a-t as the Lady Trojans lost the match 19-6. “They took away our offense,” Oak Ridge coach Tim McCormick said. “Then they countered […]

Two county matchups highlight tonight’s football action

Three intriguing games are in store tonight on the prep gridiron schedule, including two intracounty matchups: Ponderosa at Union Mine and Golden Sierra at El Dorado. Oak Ridge travels to Del Oro for the annual battle with the Golden Eagles, who are coached by Casey Taylor, a former Oak Ridge player and and later, assistant […]

Roundup: Sept. 15, 2011

Water polo Ponderosa girls 7, Davis 20 — PHS goals: Hannah Hill, 3; Ellie Miller, 2; Heidi Hill; Adrianne Dreese. Assists: Heidi, 2; Miller; Hannah. Saves: Leigh Thomas, 5. Ponderosa boys 12, Davis 22 — PHS goals: Graham McClone, 8; Ty Pensa, 2; Joshua Seligsohn, Connor Grubaugh. Assists: Conner Jensen, 3; Grubaugh, 2; Bradley Bresnahan, […]

The Outdoorsman: Striped bass record

The new record for a striped bass was not achieved in California — that record is still 66 pounds. But Greg Myerson of Connecticut landed an 81.88-pounder Aug. 4 for a new world record. The previous record was a 78.5-pound bass caught in the ocean out of Atlantic City, N.J. The record is not officially […]

Grizzly soccer picks up first league victory

GARDEN VALLEY — Riding the strength of a first-half hat trick Wednesday afternoon, host Golden Sierra squared its Sierra Delta League record with a 4-1 soccer victory over Bradshaw Christian. Though Back to School Night festivities waited, the Grizzlies’ first priority was to atone for a recent loss to Encina Prep. The visiting Pride, outscored […]

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 […]

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