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Cougar wrestling drops close one

El Dorado High’s wrestling team came into Wednesday’s home match looking to turn its team improvements from the year into a Sierra Valley Conference victory against River City. Despite determination and desire, the Cougars almost pulled out a Senior and Hall of Fame Night win, but in the end they came up short by the […]

The Outdoorsman: Sanddabs by the hundreds

One boat, 18 passengers, nearly 800 sanddabs for the half day trip out of Santa Cruz, almost 50 “dabs” per person — that’s how good the dab fishing is right now. It’s not a long boat ride either … about 9 miles. The ocean depth is about 250 feet, but the dabs were feeding at […]

Roundup: Feb. 4, 2011

Boys basketball El Dorado 66, Cosumnes Oaks 51 — Sparked by a 26-15 first quarter, the Cougars won Wednesday’s road game to improve to 8-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Joe Visman led all scorers with 22 points, Daniel Smith bucketed 15, and Nick Jemmott had 13. Union Mine 55, Liberty Ranch 42 — The Diamondbacks […]

Trojan wrestlers take 3rd in league

EL DORADO HILLS — Winning the final five matches Wednesday, including closing back-to-back pins by Hugh Ellerman and Vince Waldhauser, Oak Ridge High wrestling rallied for a 38-28 victory over visiting Sheldon. The Senior Night win gave the Trojans third place over the Huskies with a 3-2 Delta River League record. Before the match, the […]

Roundup: Feb. 2, 2011

Girls basketball Ponderosa 63, Sheldon 42 — Olivia Nelson bucketed a season-high 23 points Tuesday as the visiting Bruins overcame a slow start to zoom past the host Huskies. The victory squared Ponderosa’s Delta River League record at 3-3. Sheldon jumped out to a 17-10 lead after a quarter of play before the Bruins mounted […]

D’back grapplers win first title

EL DORADO — For the entire Sierra Valley Conference season, the Union Mine wrestling team dominated its competition. Undefeated in the SVC, the Diamondbacks took the mat Tuesday with a chance to bring home the first league title in school history. The showdown for the championship was against another undefeated team, Vista Del Lago, a […]

St. Francis downs Troy

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High girls basketball team came into Tuesday’s game against Delta River League nemesis St. Francis on a four-game winning streak and though the Lady Trojans played hard in the nail-biter of a game, it wasn’t enough as the Troubadours won 63-55 to sweep the season series. Oak Ridge took […]

El Dorado girls squash Wolfpack

Led by Emily Boyd’s double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and and a solid effort off the bench from Liz Danke who added 11 points, host El Dorado doubled up on Cosumnes Oaks 66-33 Tuesday night to improve to 8-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference standings. Boyd scored 11 first-half points as the Cougars led by […]

South 1 completes fourth race

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Tightened standings, team lead changes and individual streaks that both continued and ended were themes coming out of Monday’s fourth South 1 Division ski and snowboard race at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Under good weather and snow conditions, racers competed in the third and final giant slalom — boarders on Lower Powderhorn and skiers on Clipper. Team […]

Book review: Tahoe author’s critical look at the ski industry

To some people, Jerry Goodman has lived quite the enviable life. He’s resided in Lake Tahoe for much of his adulthood, owns a home on 1½ acres, and literally walks to his favorite ski resort any time he gets the urge to challenge the mountain at Heavenly. Goodman is one of many people profiled in […]

Trojan biker unseats national champ

GRANITE BAY — Second-year Trojan mountain bike racer Maren Cosens beat the current XTerra national champion during Saturday’s first race series of the all-new Sierra Nevada High School Racing League. Cosens was one of three competitors from the Trojans High School Mountain Bike Team to place first in the race, and the only Trojan Category […]

Under the Scoreboard: Jan. 31, 2011

Wear pink and join the Oak Ridge girls basketball team Tuesday, Feb. 1, for Breast Cancer Awareness Night and Elementary School Night at the Lady Trojans’ game with visiting St. Francis. Tip off for the freshman game is 4 p.m. followed by the junior varsity game at 530 and the varsity game at 7. The […]

Sports schedule: Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2011

Monday, Jan. 31 Alpine racing PHS, ED, GS, UM @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, giant slalom, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 Girls basketball St. Francis @ OR, 7 p.m. Sheldon @ PHS, 7 p.m. Cosumnes Oaks @ ED, 7:30 GS @ Encina, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 Wrestling *Vista @ UM, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 […]

Heliskiing offered on more than 100,000 acres in the Lake Tahoe area

LAKE TAHOE — Pacific Crest Heli-Guides in partnership with HeliTahoe has officially added heliskiing to the world-class skiing and snowboarding options available to guests visiting Lake Tahoe. Capitalizing on the deepest early season snowpack in more than a half century, a lucky group of eight pioneering souls joined two of the company’s founding guides on […]

Weekend roundup

Girls basketball El Dorado 44, Vista del Lago 35 — Samantha Reeder scored 14 points and Jessica Heinrichs added nine as the Lady Cougars improved to 7-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference with Friday’s road win. Ponderosa 42, Pleasant Grove 56 — After three solid quarters of play that produced a 37-37 tie, the host […]

Cougar boys stay perfect in SVC

For the El Dorado High basketball squad, the first half of the Sierra Valley Conference season has been both challenging and rewarding. Many games were close, thrilling battles all the way down to the final minute. In each of those, the Cougars showed resiliency and resolve in finding a way to win to sport a […]

Union Mine shoots down Warriors

EL DORADO — Tommy Callonea’s team-high 21 points, solid bench play and 12-0f-14 free throw shooting down the stretch all helped offset a game-high 24 points by Galt’s Josh Dela Cruz as host Union Mine atoned for an earlier loss to the Warriors with a 66-55 victory Friday night. Diamondbacks Jordan James, Joe Dyer, Tyler […]

Oak Ridge girls defeat Sheldon

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High girls basketball team faced Sierra Valley Conference league opponent  Sheldon Friday at home in what was for the most part a one-sided affair that led to a 70-59 Trojan victory. Oak Ridge took the lead early with constant running and hustle down the floor on each possession, grabbed the […]

Griz wrestlers seek title

GARDEN VALLEY — For the wrestling squad from Golden Sierra High, the 2011 season as been a trial of dedication and perseverance. With only two juniors and two seniors on the team, the Grizzlies have continued to work toward improving every practice and using the techniques and skills they learn each time they take the […]

Bruin wrestling wins Delta River League

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Wednesday’s dual meet between host Ponderosa High and Folsom to decide the Delta River League title came down to the final few matches with Eric Greybill’s pin in the second round of his 112-pound bout putting the victory in the Bruins’ corner as Ponderosa went on to a 36-21 win. The title […]

The Outdoorsman: Rivers producing steelhead

The flows are down, the clarity is much improved and the steelhead are available. The American River and Feather are both in fishing condition. It’s not perfect but a big plus from what the conditions were a week or so ago. Also, more anglers are showing in both locales with 2 and 3 pound steelies […]

Tiny Tumblers class instills motor skills

They run. They turn somersaults (actually, “forward roll” is the appropriate gymnastics term). Some even stand on their heads. Tiny Tumblers, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest class for preschoolers, teaches toddlers the basics of gymnastics through obstacle courses, music and rhythm games. Under the enthusiastic direction of instructor Hollie Stroncak kids develop […]

Pride pounds Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — Though Golden Sierra never gave up and kept spirits high, the host Grizzlies couldn’t match Bradshaw Christian in Wednesday’s 55-25 Sierra Delta League setback. Bradshaw demonstrated right from the toss why it’s undefeated in league. Demonstrating effective ball handling skills — whether foot movement to set up the drive to the basket, […]

Roundup: Jan. 27, 2011

Girls basketball Union Mine 51, Cosumnes Oaks 38 — The Lady Diamondbacks outscored the host Wolfpack in the first three quarter to post Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference victory. Tiffany Nesterenko led Union Mine with 10 points; Hannah Moylan added nine; Madi Aliff bucketed seven points; Haley Caruthers had five; Ashlynn Parker, Taylor DeSilva and Kelsey Del […]

D’backs misfire in loss to Wolfpack

EL DORADO — When the basketball team from Union Mine High took to the court Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks were looking to improve on their record against Cosumnes Oaks and move up in the Sierra Valley Conference standings. At the start of the contest the visiting Wolfpack ran out to a 7-2 advantage before Union […]

Oak Ridge streak ends at 19

EL DORADO HILLS — An undefeated Oak Ridge Highboys basketball team faced off with Sierra Valley Conference opponent Pleasant Grove Wednesday in a back-and-forth battle and despite Bryce Scott’s game-high 32 points, the Eagles came away with the hard fought win 65-60. “Pleasant Grove is a very good team,” Trojan coach Bob Christensen said post-game. […]

Roundup: Jan. 26, 2011

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 51, Pleasant Grove 43 — The Lady Trojans held off another strong challenger in the Delta River League. The score was tied at 26 at halftime but Oak Ridge outscored Pleasant Grove 16-8 in the third quarter to take the lead for good. Haley Anderson had a game-high 12 points, Carly […]

Ponderosa rolls over Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa girls basketball team shrugged off Friday’s loss to Oak Ridge in a big way Tuesday, dominating visiting Folsom 66-44. With the victory the Lady Bruins (16-5 overall, 2-2 in league) evened their Delta River League record. Folsom didn’t have chance against the Bruins Tuesday. Ponderosa set the tempo and took […]

Expedition: Kirkwood expands into new hub

KIRKWOOD — Kirkwood Mountain Resort is hosting the grand opening of Expedition: Kirkwood Outfitters on Saturday, Jan. 29. Expedition: Kirkwood is North America’s first and California’s premiere resort-based high alpine adventure program offering guests a range of specialty clinics, private guiding and intro to backcountry courses. The flagship product for Expedition: Kirkwood is a Powder Cat […]

Outside with Charlie: Cross country skiing

We live in an area with easy access to the wonderful Sierra and four seasons of recreational opportunities. Right now the snow in the high country is attracting skiers, Alpine and Nordic, in record numbers. Nordic skiers, otherwise known as cross country skiers, have miles of territory to explore. The entire cross country experience is […]

Third Alpine race is in the books

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — The South 1 Division Alpine racing season hit its midpoint with Monday’s first slalom race on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Again skiers and snowboarders enjoyed good conditions for the side-by-side racing and the outcome featured several new winners. Ponderosa High snared several victories. The Bruin boys defending champion ski team picked up its […]

Waldhauser is Wrestler of the Week

Oak Ridge wrestler Vince Waldhauser was just named Wrestler of the Week by The California Wrestler. Waldhauser, who took second at the Walsh Ironman Tournament in Ohio in December and took first at the Doc Buchanan Tournament in Clovis in January, won the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament’s 160-pound bracket in Sacramento this past weekend. Waldhauser […]

Two Tumble Time gymnasts go to state

CAMERON PARK — Tumble Time Gymnastics and Dance in Cameron Park, recently completed its second season of competitive artistic women’s gymnastics. It was an exciting program as Tumble Time transitioned into the competitive side of artistic gymnastics after being a recreation-only gymnastics program for over 10 years. Last year’s team had four girls, three competing […]

Roundup: Jan. 23, 2011

Boys basketball El Dorado 70, River City 68 — The Cougars rallied to outscore the host Raiders 27-17 in the fourth quarter Friday and remain undefeated in the Sierra Valley Conference at 6-0. Joe Visman scored a game-high 27 points while Nick Jemmott and Daniel Smith each had 13 as El Dorado improved to 20-2 […]

Schedule: Jan. 24-29, 2011

Monday, Jan 24 Alpine racing ED, UM, PHS, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 9 a.m. Wrestling Highlands @ GS, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 25 Boys basketball Cosumnes Oaks @ UM, 7:30 Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Folsom @ PHS, 7:30 OR @ Pleasant Grove, 7 p.m. Wrestling ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Tim Brown Memorial Tournament crowns two county champs

SACRAMENTO — Two El Dorado County wrestlers were champions at the close of the 19th annual two-day Tim Brown Memorial Tournament sponsored by Foothill High School this weekend. The tournament, which attracts around 800 of the top wrestlers in Northern California, is generally considered the precursor to February’s post season tournaments as athletes battle for […]

Two Cougar wrestlers take first at Jason White Memorial tourney

OLIVEHURST — Six El Dorado wrestlers competed in the Jason White Memorial Tournament at Lindhurst High School Saturday. Back from an injury, Kyle Ferguson, 130 pounds, earned the Outstanding Wrestler award. Seeded first, Ferguson had bye in the first round and pinned his opponent in the quarterfinals. He was ahead 5-0 before recording his second […]

Oak Ridge survives scare

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Bryce Scott scored 36 points — 26 after halftime including 18 in the fourth quarter — as visiting Oak Ridge overcame 11 Ponderosa three-pointers to post a hard-fought 76-67 intra-county Delta River League victory Friday night. With center Will Findlay in constant foul trouble and the perimeter game off, the Trojans (19-0, […]

Lady Trojans’ second-half rally buries Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — While the Oak Ridge boys basketball team survived a tough challenge in Shingle Springs against Ponderosa Friday night, the Lady Trojans had their work cut out for them in El Dorado Hills as the Lady Bruins came in looking for a win in Delta River League action. And the Bruins proved […]

Lady Cougars’ fourth-quarter surge downs Raiders

Over the course of the first five games of the Sierra Valley Conference league schedule, El Dorado High has faced little resistance in sporting a perfect 5-0 record heading into Friday’ game with River City. For three quarters the Raiders did challenge the Cougars who were unable to build their customary large lead and  held […]

Newman earns 5th degree black belt

Scott Newman of Placerville, owner of New Man’s Karate, returned from training in Post Falls, Idaho, as a 5th degree black belt in Koden Kan Martial Arts. Having studied the system developed in the United States continuously for 26 years, Newman is now the highest ranked black belt and next in line under Michael Foley, […]

The Outdoorsman: Ice fishing

Grab an ice augur and make tracks for your favorite ice-fishing lake. The ice in many Sierra lakes is sufficiently deep to walk on. Caples, Red and Silver lakes off Highway 88 are ready with depths ranging from 6 inches to 2 feet. Boca Lake near Truckee off 80 is ready along with Davis and […]

Roundup: Jan. 20, 2011

Girls basketball Golden Sierra 45, San Juan 49 — The Grizzlies fell in overtime Wednesday as the host Spartans outscored the Garden Valley team 12-8 in the extra period. Golden Sierra lost a five-point lead it held after three quarters of the Sierra Delta league matchup. Sarah Scroggins scored a dozen points to lead the […]

Lady Cougars hold off D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s Lady Cougars, 4-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference, might have expected an easy win Wednesday against cross-county rival Union Mine. Instead, the Lady Diamondbacks, 1-2 in the SVC, were ready for the battle. When it was over the Cougars prevailed with a hard-fought 45-34 victory. “People thought we were going […]

Announcement: Bruin grapplers take Oak Ridge down

Ponderosa flexes its muscle EL DORADO HILLS — With victories in its first 10 bouts, visiting Ponderosa dominated Oak Ridge 62-10 in Wednesday’s intra-county Delta River League wrestling meet. The Bruins tallied the first 53 points to mathematically win before the Trojans added points near the end of the one-sided match. Ponderosa had six pins, […]

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