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D’backs can’t close the deal in league finale

Union Mine has company at the top FOLSOM — The one thing the Union Mine High girls volleyball team didn’t want to happen on the last day of the regular season was for history to repeat itself. What happened Wednesday in the D’backs’ final Sierra Valley Conference match? History repeated itself. For the second straight […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Roundup: County Sports League cross country results

Girls Grade 3: Large school: 1-Golden Valley, 40; 2-William Brooks, 73; 3-Sierra Ridge, 78. Small school: Jackson, 8; Pioneer, 18; 3-Holy Trinity, 27 Top 20 individuals: Ally Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Megan Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Lucy Murray, GH, 5:09; Shae Steiner, GV, 5:11; Dario Sciutto, SV, 5:12; Izabella Rodreguez, GV, 5;17; Courtney Baker, S, 5:17; Ella […]

Lady Trojans win Senior Night match

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge secured second place in the Delta River League volleyball standings with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Folsom Tuesday evening. The Trojans wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 19-11, 8-2 in league. Oak Ridge is expecting to be the No. 2 seed in the […]

Trojan tennis advances

FOLSOM — Much like the wind that swept through Folsom’s Broadstone Racquet Club Tuesday, Oak Ridge High’s girls tennis team breezed past Napa 7-2 to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team playoffs. The Lady Trojans won four-of-six singles and all three doubles matches from the Monticello Empire League’s second seed. Oak Ridge, the Delta […]

Endangered species?

Last month’s California Development Academy ultimatum to restrict its soccer players to exclusive club participation had ripple effects that reached El Dorado County. Several of our prep varsity squads lost key members who opted to abide by CDA’s decision. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Players dropped just as league play started and without their top […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Slightham, Han come up short in Masters golf tournament

STOCKTON — El Dorado golfer, Jessica Slightham, and Oak Ridge’s Victoria Han, the only county girls to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park Monday, shot two solid scores on the tough links-style course but they weren’t low enough to move on to the NCGA/CIF State Tournament as individuals. […]

D’backs pin Halloween sweep on El Dorado

EL DORADO — If ever there was a night to scare or be scared, Monday’s All Hallow’s Eve was it. Host Union Mine experienced both — overcoming upstart El Dorado in the first two sets before finding its groove for the 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 sweep. The Sierra Valley Conference volleyball victory ensured the undefeated Lady Diamondbacks […]

Oak Ridge varsity boys win Delta River League cross country title

Ponderosa’s Riley Ruppenthal is DRL champion FOLSOM — Saturday’s Delta River League cross country championship meet was full of side stories. The 2010 defending champion Oak Ridge varsity boys were on a mission after coming in second to Pleasant Grove in an earlier DRL meet. “We lost the first league meet and wanted to come […]

Trojan tennis takes second; Trylovich qualifies for sections

Oak Ridge hosts Napa in team playoff match ELK GROVE — St. Francis High’s fall tennis run to an undefeated first-place finish in the Delta River League carried over to last week’s Singles/Doubles Tournament as the Troubadours enjoyed most of the success. Both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa participated at the two-day event at Laguna Creek […]

Cougars light up the scoreboard in big win over Galt

El Dorado High faced Galt Friday evening and at the end of the night, Bennett Complex roared its approval after witnessing the Cougars demolish the Warriors 54-12 for their first Sierra Valley Conference victory. El Dorado finally found its rhythm behind a solid team effort. The offensive line allowed quarterback Christian Wisniewski time to throw and […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Oak Ridge volleyball falls to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — The Delta River League’s top two varsity volleyball teams battled Thursday and although host Oak Ridge gave St. Francis a solid jab, the Lady Trojans couldn’t knock the Troubadours down. Troy dropped the match 1-3 in a loss Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter called “disappointing.” “We were not the same team […]

Schedule: Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2011

Monday, Oct. 31 Golf Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tourney, The Reserve at Spanos Park, 1 p.m. Volleyball *ED @ UM, 6 p.m. *Folsom @ OR, 5:30 PHS @ St. Francis, 6:30 Happy Halloween from the Mountain Democrat Sports Dept! Tuesday, Nov. 1 Tennis SJS playoffs Napa @ OR, Broadstone RC, 2 p.m. Volleyball  Highlands @ GS, […]

Grizzly football wraps up season with big win over Spartans

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Connor Barla had never played football when he came out this fall for the Golden Sierra team. As the season went on Barla improved with every outing and Friday, Barla, who had caught four touchdown passes in the last four games, reeled in four from quarterback Mike Aplanalp to lead the Grizzlies […]

Trojans get physical to defeat Jesuit

CARMICHAEL — Preston Dean shot the gap for a sack of Jesuit quarterback Thomas Sperbeck with 4:47 left Saturday, sealing Oak Ridge High’s hard-fought 14-3 Delta River League victory over the host Marauders. Dean’s key play was one of many turned in by the Trojan defense. Interceptions by Matt Howard, Brandon Herd, Jake Rosada and […]

D’backs drop key game to Vista’s Eagles

FOLSOM — In a game featuring the state’s second-leading rusher in Union Mine’s Sean Tow and the prolific pass-catch combo of Vista del Lago’s Anthony Young and Logan Smith, it was no secret that both teams fielded dangerous offense threats. Ironically, it was a defensive stand that turned the outcome of Friday’s game as the […]

Sheldon breaks late tie to upend Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Though the Delta River League schedule has been a challenge for Ponderosa High’s football team, the Bruins showed everyone in the homecoming crowd Friday what they’re capable of doing. From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, the hometown team from Shingle Springs gave Sheldon everything it could handle. But when the […]

Football roundup: Oct. 28, 2011

El Dorado 54, Galt 12 — Christian Wisniewski passed for six touchdowns as the host Cougars won their first Sierra Valley Conference game Friday night. Gabe Derilo caught four of Wisniewski’s scoring strikes while Zack Brown was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes and also returned a punt for a touchdown. Union Mine 21, […]

Poseley, Reddish pace Golden Sierra harriers to league title

SACRAMENTO — Golden Sierra sophomore Giana Poseley led the Grizzly girls cross country team to its second Sierra Delta League title with her first-place finish Wednesday afternoon at Renfree Field’s three-mile course. All six varsity girls finished in the top 10 to make the all league team. “Our three seniors did extremely well,” Golden Sierra […]

County Sports League concludes fall season

The first week in October brought a flurry of activity and excitement for many middle and elementary school athletes in El Dorado County. The girls volleyball and flag football tournaments, along with a big cross country meet, involved more than 1,100 students competing for their schools. The girls volleyball tournaments were hosted by the Union […]

Roundup: Oct. 28, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Sheldon 28-26, 25-13, 25-10 – Kills: Lianna Sybeldon 15; Hailey Bellmer, 8; Lindsey Bowles, 7. Aces: Bowles, 2; Ali Lindsey, 2. Blocks: Sybeldon, 2. Assists: Mettler, 20; Kylie Christensen, 8. Digs: Lindsey, 11; Bowles, 8; Bellmer, 6; Sybeldon, 6. Serve receive: Bellmer, 11; Lindsey, 6, Bowles, 6. Golden Sierra def. Rio Vista […]

Roundup: Oct. 27, 2011

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Pleasant Grove 25-14, 25-10, 27-17 — Kills: Mysha Davies, 9; Amelia Crye 8; Arden Zuber, 7. Aces: Maddie McGeorge, 3; Crye, 3; Davies, 3; Rachel McVicar 2. Assists: DeGeorge, 21. Digs: Maddie Chambliss, 11; Davies 10. Serve receive: Chambliss 15; Crye, 8. Golden Sierra def. San Juan 25-11, 25-20, 25-11 Union […]

El Dorado boys cross country team wins league title

FOLSOM — El Dorado cross country runner Joe Soik waited four long years to win the Sierra Valley Conference championship. Wednesday his wait was over and his emotions spilled over after he finished the tough Willow Hills course in Folsom in 16 minutes, 40 seconds, 50 meters ahead of his closest competitor. “Four years and […]

Grizzlies’ 2-1 soccer win secures playoff slot

GARDEN VALLEY — Soccer coach Johnn deGraef had a cooler of ice water dumped on him in the aftermath of Golden Sierra’s 2-1 victory over Highlands and it never felt better. The soaking came after deGraef endured more than nine minutes of agony waiting for the final whistle — it finally came after Jason Rice’s […]

Oak Ridge soccer falls short to Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge soccer team’s Senior Night match was spoiled by visiting Folsom Wednesday. The Trojans fell to the Bulldogs 3-1. “We played really well tonight but just didn’t have enough to beat them,” Trojan coach Henry Reis said. Pre-game festivities for the seniors who took the pitch for the last […]

Late season games test area teams’ resolve

The must-win, should-win, can-win scenarios surrounding tonight’s gridiron matchups go out the window as the 2011 regular season winds down for the five county teams. Plain and simple, the reasons vary but all five need a victory. The featured game pits Union Mine against Vista del Lago in a key Sierra Valley Conference battle for […]

The Outdoorsman: Ducks, geese flying high

The birds’ high-flying will change tomorrow when the state and federal refuges open to waterfowl hunters. The weather has not cooperated for the first week of the season. It’s been “bluebird” skies with no wind and no storms. Tomorrow will be different for shot-gunners in the Central Valley who will have their first opportunity to […]

Bruin volleyball gets feisty Senior Night victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — For Ponderosa High’s Lianna Sybeldon, Alex Mettler, Hailey Bellmer, Ali Lindsey, Layne Davidson and Pamina Chong, Tuesday’s Senior Night went according to plan: a nice send-off in front of friends and family and an easy 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 Delta River League win over Folsom in their final regular season home match. Bruin […]

Cameron Park skateboard park to host skate competition

The skateboarding community in El Dorado County is collaborating with A Bridge to Skate charity organization for a competition in memory of Arthur Smith at the Cameron Park Skate Park Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The contest is in memory of Arthur Smith, who passed away in 2009, but will forever […]

Cougars celebrate Senior Night with a win

It was tears, flowers and cupcakes for the El Dorado volleyball team Monday. The Cougars, who are third in the Sierra Valley Conference standings with a 7-3 record, capped Senior Night with an easy three-game sweep of visiting Cosumnes Oaks, 25-16, 25-10, 25-18. Coach Tyler Krieger conducted the Senior Night honors as Rachel Selenis, Noelle […]

Cougars’ Slightham advances

LOCKEFORD SPRINGS — El Dorado golfer Jessica Slightham recovered from a 45 on her first nine in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament to shoot 40 on the second nine for a score of 85 and a berth in next Monday’s Masters tournament at the Reserve at Spanos Park. Slightham, teammate Megan Heller and the […]

Outside with Charlie: Great time of year

El Dorado County is a paradise for outdoor lovers. The variety of terrain is one of the best features. We look forward to the changes autumn brings. Hiking is particularly nice and the mild temperatures add to the enjoyment. I’ts a great time to revisit places you saw earlier. The Carson Pass area is a good […]

Union Mine volleyball strikes down Hawks

EL DORADO — The Union Mine volleyball team remains undefeated in the Sierra Valley Conference after Monday night’s 25-8, 25-13, 25-21 victory over visiting Liberty Ranch. “We have been working on developing different players abilities,” Diamondback coach Mike Yates said. With the postseason looming, Yates uses each match as a learning situation for all the […]

Jesuit soccer swamps Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Monday’s Delta River League match between Oak Ridge and visiting Jesuit was over the moment it started. The Marauders, the No. 1 team in California, beat the Trojans 10-1. “We just played a much better team today; the scoreboard shows that,” Troy’s coach Henry Reis said. Jesuit’s offensive onslaught started in […]

Roundup: Oct. 25, 2011

Water polo El Dorado boys 5, McClatchy 7 — ED goals: Evan Phifer, 4; Jordan Prall El Dorado girls 2, McClatchy 9 — ED goals: Liz Danke; Maddie Zuber Note: Above losses were El Dorado’s first in the Metro League after 5-0 starts. Soccer Ponderosa 2, Sheldon 3 — PHS goals: Jared Saint, TJ Spangler […]

Jr. Grizzlies sent two teams to playoffs

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra Jr. Grizzlies Football program finished the regular season at home against the Woodland Jr. Patriots. The Jr. Pee Wees and the Midget teams advanced to Saturday’s playoffs. All four age groups had a successful and learning season, thanks to devoted coaches, staff members and parents. The Grizzly Youth Football […]

Boardway shines in Bruins’ loss to Folsom

Ponderosa rallies, but Folsom hangs on  FOLSOM — Ponderosa High football coach Jason Tenner feels strongly that his Bruins can compete with any Delta River League school, including a state champion. “We’ve been trying to tell our kids all year long that we can play with anybody if we just play,” Tenner said. “When we […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Trojans send three to Division I girls golf playoffs

The Oak Ridge girls golf team finished the season in third place after last Wednesday’s third Delta River League tournament at Rancho Murieta Country Club. Ponderosa was fourth. The Trojans’ Victoria Han, who fired an 86 in the tournament, was the only El Dorado County golfer named to the DRL all league team, based on […]

Roundup: Oct. 23, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Ponderosa 1 Singles (OR first): Julia Dunnigan def. Savannah Broddrick, 6-2, 6-3; Julia Lund def. Amanda Templeton, 6-0, 6-0; Alexa Hill def. Susan Parkyn, 6-3, 6-3; Gabby Zeagler def. Sydney Morrow, 6-0, 6-1; Miranda Miller def. Kaitlyn Friesen, 6-1, 6-0; Megan Schoener def. Tiffany Prather, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles (OR first): Tia […]

Schedule: Oct. 24, 2011

Monday, Oct. 24 Golf OR @ Sac-Joaquin Section Division I tourney, Rancho Solano GC, Fairfield, 11 a.m. UM, ED @ SJS Division IV tourney, Lockeford Springs GC, 9 a.m. Soccer Jesuit @ OR, 4 p.m. Rio Vista @ GS, 4 p.m. UM @ Vista del Lago, 5 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 3:30 Tennis OR, PHS […]

Eagles take flight with third-quarter blitz of Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — For the first half of an important Delta River League match-up Friday, host Oak Ridge went toe-to-toe with Pleasant Grove and stood strong against the top-ranked Eagles — trailing  just 14-7 at the halftime break. As close as the Trojans were after two quarters, the contest completely changed gears in the […]

Tow runs D’backs to Gold Nugget victory over El Dorado

Union Mine back scores five touchdowns EL DORADO — Scoring on all six first-half possessions and its first third quarter touch, Union Mine coasted to a 48-21 Senior Night victory over El Dorado Friday night. The win enabled the Diamondbacks (4-3, 3-1) to keep pace atop the Sierra Valley Conference standings. Liberty Ranch, Union Mine […]

Grizzlies crush Encina 49-0 to remain in playoff hunt

GARDEN VALLEY — Fans who came out on a cool October evening for Senior Night at Golden Sierra High Friday were rewarded with a heartfelt performance as the Grizzlies routed Encina 49-0 in Sierra Delta League football action. Despite an abundance of penalties by both sides early, Golden Sierra quarterback Mike Aplanalp found Connor Barla […]

Football roundup: Oct. 21, 2011

Union Mine 48, El Dorado 21 — The host Diamondbacks scored on all six of their first-half possessions to build a 35-point halftime lead and coast to the Senior Night victory over the Cougars. Sean Tow scored four rushing touchdowns for El Dorado, all in the first two quarters, and added an 85-yard kickoff return for […]

Trojans celebrate hard-earned victory over Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — After Thursday night’s volleyball match, the Lady Trojans and their fans celebrated like they had won the state championship. Close. They just beat intra-county rival Ponderosa in three sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. “We have so much confidence right now,” Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter said. “Players are starting to rise to […]

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