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Golden Sierra football is off to a solid start

2011 Golden Sierra Varsity Football Team 2: Cisco Lesher, Sr., 160; 7: Theo Wells, Sr., 190; 10, Mike Aplanalp, Sr., 155, 11: Hayden Nutt, Jr., 165; 20: Adam Sewell, Jr., 140; 22: Jim Hansen, Sr., 210; 23: Alex Knight, Sr., 145; 28: Christian Rosas, Sr., 140; 32: Alex Salyers, Sr., 155; 35: Shawn Alexander, Sr., […]

Bruins declaw Golden Eagles

SHINGLE SPRINGS  — Coming off a successful 6-1 record showing in the High Sierra Tournament last weekend, with its only loss against powerful St. Francis, Ponderosa’s girls volleyball team easily dispatched visiting Del Oro Tuesday, 25-11, 25-20, 25-20. Ponderosa dominated the Eagles in game one. Bruins Alex Mettler and Hailey Bellmer controlled the game with […]

Roundup: Sept. 7, 2011

Girls prep golf Union Mine 275, Liberty Ranch 308 at Forest Lake GC. UM scores: Hannah Moylan 49; Trisha Tolbert, 50; Megan Sturgeon, 51; Kelsey Del Rio, 57; Marilyn Dunne, 58. Union Mine 261, Galt 240 at Forest Lake GC. UM scores: Moylan, 44; Tolbert, 52; Ke Del Rio, 52; Kalina Maricich, 54; Kinsey Del […]

Lady Trojans send Miners underground

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s girls volleyball team celebrated coach Becky Potter’s birthday with a 3-0 win against the Nevada Union Miners Tuesday night. With cake and balloons waiting for her after the match, Potter couldn’t contain her happiness, saying, “Thank you to my girls for the best birthday present ever.” The hard-fought […]

Cougar vs. Cougar battle goes El Dorado’s way

On a very warm Tuesday evening, the El Dorado soccer team stepped onto the pitch to take on a tough Del Campo squad. The Cougars from the foothills proved equal to the task of surviving the weather and their opponent, sending a shot across the bow in the first eight minutes when Jesus Cisneros scored […]

Golden Sierra blows golden opportunity

GARDEN VALLEY — In a matchup of potential Division IV postseaon contenders, the previously undefeated Colfax volleyball team swung into Garden Valley to take on Golden Sierra Tuesday and found paydirt, leaving Rod Hedlund gym with a 3-2 victory. It looked like a quick night for the Grizzlies after they dropped the opening game 25-15. […]

Grizzly soccer shuts out Union Mine 1-0

GARDEN VALLEY — Cory Danielson-McKeague’s cutback shot inside the far post midway into the first half stood up Tuesday as host Golden Sierra defeated Union Mine 1-0 in preseason intra-county soccer action. The Diamondbacks upped their pressure in the offensive zone for the final 40 minutes but the Grizzlies’ bend-don’t-break defensive effort, in front of […]

Delta River League girls golf opens in some limbo

Delta River League Division I girls golf competition is underway with a few changes from last season. In 2010 the standings were based on total strokes per team compiled over four 18-hole tournaments — quite a difference for the two new teams, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa. The format in their previous Sierra Valley Conference, awarded […]

Denied so far, Ponderosa football ready to reverse course

2011 Ponderosa Bruins 1: Connor Swartz, Sr., 145: 2: Wyatt Kelly, Jr., 148; 3: Ben Boardway, Sr., 175; 5: Kaden Mosbacher, Sr., 195; 6: Darren Brundage, Jr., 185; 7: Chris Hobbs, Sr., 152; 8: Andrew Olson, Jr., 175; 10: Kevin Gallagher, Sr., 160; 11: Jacob Bist, Jr., 175; 12: Curtis Catron, Jr., 215; 14: Westen […]

After good start, Oak Ridge focuses on a strong finish

2011 Oak Ridge Trojans 2: Shay Mueller, Sr., 175; 3: Preston Dean, Sr., 205; 4: Bradford Buenzli, Jr., 180; 5: Jake Rosada, Sr., 205; 6: Jason Samuels, Jr., 175; 7: Blake Martin, Jr., 185; 9: Dylan Collie, Sr., 175; 10: Bobby Gatta, Sr., 185; 11: Taylor Clarke, Sr., 175; 12: Tyler Starr, Sr., 165; 13: […]

Oak Ridge harriers open season at Willow Hills Relays

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge cross country team competed in the Willow Hills Relays in Folsom missing several key runners due to injuries. “It was a great first meet of the year for the Oak Ridge cross country teams,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “We didn’t field any varsity relay teams because of runners […]

Roundup: Cross country

Del Oro XC Opening Night – 4,000 meters Sept. 1 El Dorado results Varsity boys: 3rd place: 6-Joe Soik, 13.21; 10-Nathan Rossi, 13:43; 17-Ian Janoska, 14:00; 19-Sean Gregg, 14:01; 29-Matt Johnson, 14:18; 33-Ryan Gray, 14:31; 35-Spencer Wright, 14:38. Varsity girls: 7th place: 28-Caillan Bower, 18:11; 29-Anne Donegan, 18:12; 42-Justine Pereira, 18:44; 50: Anne Kohn, 19:29; 51-Kaitlyn Staggers, 19:33; […]

AquaSol shows spirit and swims to new records in Junior Olympics

The AquaSol USA year-round swim team competed in the Sierra Nevada Regional Long Course Junior Olympics in July. The meet in Redding hosted 500 swimmers from the Oregon border to Merced, east as far as Winnemucca, Nev., and the Sacramento area. AquaSol sent just 28 swimmers to the meet but scored 398 points to finish […]

Placerville Speedway crowns three 2011 champions

Morgan, Holbrook earn Rookie of the Year titles Saturday night marked the final Red Hawk Casino Championship point race of the season at Placerville Speedway with a four-division program that had its share of excitement, drama and in the end, large victory celebrations. Back in 1976 when Diane Forsberg watched her husband compete at the […]

Bruin soccer blanks El Dorado to retain Gold Boot

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ever since the Ponderosa High and El Dorado boys soccer programs laced up the cleats for the first Gold Boot match many years ago, the intensity between the two rivals has always been at fever pitch. No matter the records or place in the standings, the effort by both to take home […]

Under the Scoreboard: Sept. 5, 2011

Two former Oak Ridge Trojan athletes, section champions and high school sweethearts, Alexandra Clark and Ryan Porter, class of 2007, tied the knot Saturday in an elegant outdoor ceremony/reception at the Monte Verde Inn in Foresthill. Clark, who graduated from Cal Poly, played varsity tennis at Oak Ridge and was on the 2006 section-winning team […]

Schedule: Sept. 5-10, 2011

Monday, Sept. 5 Girls volleyball ED @ Whitney, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 Girls golf *Sheldon @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 *Cosumnes Oaks @ ED, Cold Springs CC, 3:30 *UM @ Liberty Ranch, Forest Lake GC, 3:30 Boys soccer *OR @ Liberty Ranch, 6 p.m. UM @ GS, 5:30 Del Campo @ ED, 6:30 PHS […]

Union Mine ‘D’ keys big comeback victory

SACRAMENTO —  Despite holding the edge offensively early in Friday night’s game, the Union Mine High football team needed a big comeback to knock off El Camino in the Diamondbacks’ season opener.  The visiting D’backs racked up 176 yards in the first half – 83 rushing, 93 passing. The Eagles had just 85 total yards, all […]

Small and mighty Golden Sierra wins with iron man football

GARDEN VALLEY — Nothing’s changed in the Griz Dome. With just 18 players suited up for Friday night’s football game, many of the Golden Sierra team played on both sides of the ball. But thanks to three days a week devoted to conditioning, the Grizzlies are up to the challenge of iron man football and […]

Small AquaSol squad flexes muscle at Western Zone Championships

Ten members of the USA AquaSol swim team qualified to compete in a field of 300 athletes in the Western Zone Swim Championships in Clovis, Aug. 6-9. Rose Christeson, 14, qualified but was unable to compete. But with just nine athletes swimming, the AquaSol team tallied 102 points to finish tied with Napa Valley in […]

Cougar water polo off to a strong start

The El Dorado High water polo season started with victories by both the boys and girls teams. In their season opener Tuesday against visiting Casa Roble, the boys won 12-5 and the girls followed with an equally impressive 12-6 win. “I was really proud of both teams today,” Cougar head coach Marc Hughes said. “We […]

Ponderosa football still stuck at the start line

GRASS VALLEY —  It played out like a well-written Hollywood script — for the home team. First drive goes six plays for a score. After a three-and-out on defense, a punt return gives the offense a short field. Offense scores again to go up by two touchdowns. On the ensuing kickoff, the kicking team recovers […]

Jorden Marinelli takes his game to international stage

RESCUE — If Jorden Marinelli had to write about his summer vacation, he would sprinkle in words like Western Hemisphere, unique opportunity and international. In late July, Marinelli took the concept of travel ball to an extreme level when he played in the Latin American Baseball Classic in the Dominican Republic — not your typical […]

Oak Ridge upends Thunder behind late touchdowns

EL DORADO HILLS — Preston Dean’s two touchdown runs in the last half of the fourth quarter broke a tie to give host Oak Ridge High a 21-7 defensive-oriented preseason win over Rocklin Friday night. Dean went up the middle from 9 yards out with 7:03 left to put the Trojans in the lead before […]

Grizzly harriers open season at Renfree Challenge

SACRAMENTO — The Golden Sierra cross country team toed the line Thursday afternoon for the start of the cross country season at the Renfree Challenge Invitational in Sacramento. The Grizzly girls opened the season right where they left off last year, winning the team title over Sierra Delta League rivals Bradshaw Christian, second, and Highlands, […]

Fusano’s U. S. Open bid ends

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Christina Fusano’s final professional tennis tournament, an appearance in the prestigious U.S. Open, ended late Friday as Fusano and mixed doubles partner David Martin lost to Daniela Hantuchova-Mark Knowles 2-6, 5-7 at the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, N.Y. After dropping the first set, Fusano and Martin held a 5-2 advantage in […]

Prep football preseason games open in Week 1

Union Mine High opens its season tonight, while three other local teams ready for battle in their second week of action. The Diamondbacks begin on the road at El Camino, Ponderosa takes Highway 49 to Grass Valley for a game against Nevada Union, and two teams play at home. Oak Ridge hosts Rocklin and Golden […]

Final point races will ignite Placerville Speedway

Tonight is the final Red Hawk Casino Championship point race of the season at Placerville Speedway, featuring a four-division program sure to bring fans to the edge of their seats. The night concludes with the crowning of the 2011 division champions and the Rookie of the Year. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and […]

Roundup: Sept. 1, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Rio Americano 0 Singles (Oak Ridge first): Tory Trylovich def. Jessica Crockett 6-2, 6-2; Julia Dunnigan def. Lexi Goldwyn 6-2, 6-3; Julia Lund def. Taylor Goggeshall 6-1, 6-2; Lauren Roppolo def. Cleary Chizma 6-2, 6-1; Rachel Librach def. Olivia Caneen 6-4, 1-6, 10-4; Teja Chalamcherla def. Paige Bagragano 6-1, 6-1. Doubles […]

The Outdoorsman: Dove opener

The dove season is open and predicted to be the best in years up and down the valley, in the foothills and the Delta — and even some higher elevations. The limit of 10 was easy for many hunting with shotguns. Dove hatches this year were exceptional … with a third hatch still possible. The […]

Oak Ridge volleyball outlasts Del Oro

By Kristi Speir EL DORADO HILLS — It’s been four long years since the Oak Ridge High volleyball team won a match against Del Oro. But with determination and strong leadership in Tuesday’s preseason match, the Trojans got it done decisively — sweeping the Golden Eagles in three straight games, 26-24, 25-23, 25-23. Oak Ridge is now […]

Bruin volleyball sweeps Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s volleyball team hosted Ponderosa Monday in the traditional Foundation Game meeting between the programs. After a loss to Granite Bay Friday, the Grizzlies hoped for a better outing but despite improved play, the outcome was the same as Ponderosa left with a 3-0 victory. Bruin Lianna Sybeldon opened the […]

USA PRIDE takes second

The USA PRIDE 16 and under softball team from El Dorado Hills took second place at the National Softball Association’s “August Meltdown” tournament. The PRIDE was undefeated in the seeding and playoff rounds, outscoring the competition 27-8 over four games, before running into a strong team from Stockton in the finals. “I am very proud […]

Local talent competes in national tourneys

The United States Volleyball Association’s Junior National Championships were held in July — the boys traveled to Minneapolis, Minn. for their tournament and the girls were in Atlanta, Ga. Several teams from California qualified for the tournament including five boys teams and three girls teams. The 32nd annual girls tournament included three divisions — Open, […]

Tahoe Fund partners with Heavenly and Northstar resorts

LAKE TAHOE — The nonprofit Tahoe Fund partnership with Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, called the “Ski Conservation Fund,” will raise an estimated $75,000 annually for the nonprofit fund to support environmental improvement projects within the Lake Tahoe Basin. Founded last year, the Tahoe Fund raises private money to supplement the dwindling public funding […]

Roundup: Aug. 30, 2011

Boys soccer Ponderosa 3, Cordova 1 — Bruin scorers: Matt Culver scored twice, once on a corner header, and Bruin captain Connor Swartz added a goal in the preseason game. El Dorado 4, Amador 0 Girls volleyball Ponderosa def. Golden Sierra 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 Cold Springs Ladies Golf Par points Ace of the Month: Cathy […]

Outside with Charlie: Horsetail Falls

The summer season in the Sierra is far from over. The weather is perfect for a jaunt on plenty of easily accessible areas for day hikes, including Horsetail Falls, an astonishing spot. The popular falls, which feed Pyramid Creek, are on Highway 50 a bit past Strawberry at Twin Bridges. Pyramid Creek runs under Highway 50 […]

Cycle the coast for a great cause

The Audi Best Buddies Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10. This biking event is a fundraiser to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This ride takes participants down the Pacific Coast Highway with several riding options: 100 miles, 65 miles, 35 miles or 15 miles. There is also a 5K run or walk. […]

D’back volleyball sets sights on section title

EL DORADO — They’re baaaaaaaack! Union Mine High volleyball fans accustomed to seeing scrappy, hustling, defensive-oriented Lady Diamondback teams throughout the years won’t be disappointed with the 2011 version. According to head coach Mike Yates, the squad will be grittier once one of several auditioning players fills the void left by savvy all-league, do-everything setter […]

Magaruh brings local team to victory lane; Forsberg locks sprint title

Curtiss and Micheli earn wins For many years Placerville resident Mark Wells has dabbled in the sport of sprint car racing locally. Operating on a limited budget, Wells has made sporadic appearances at Placerville Speedway with a “go out and have fun” attitude. This past Saturday night, Wells had more fun at the speedway and […]

Oak Ridge defeats rival Vista 33-22 to start season

Special teams’ play factors into outcome EL DORADO HILLS — Friday night’s Oak Ridge High-Vista del Lago football game to kick off the season featured just about all that could go right — and wrong — on a football field: Two tantalizing kickoff returns for touchdowns; several long passes going for scores; defenses that came […]

Golden Sierra opens victoriously

GARDEN VALLEY —  The Golden Sierra football squad opened the 2011 campaign Friday under new head coach John Hilton against old nemesis Capital Christian. Utilizing a methodical and effective offense combined with an aggressive and crushing defense, the Grizzlies dominated the visiting Cougars from start to finish and walked away with a convincing 27-7 victory […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 29, 2011

Former Cal-Berkeley NCAA doubles champion and tennis pro Christina Fusano, featured in the Aug. 22 edition of the Mountain Democrat, teamed with mixed doubles partner David Martin (Huntington Beach) to defeat Elk Grove’s Yasmin Schnack and Sacramento’s Eric Roberson 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 to win the U.S. Open National Playoffs Saturday at the Connecticut Tennis Center […]

Sports schedule: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2011

Monday, Aug. 29 Boys soccer Del Campo @ ED, 6:30 PHS @ Cordova, 6 p.m. Girls volleyball: Foundation games PHS @ GS, 7 p.m. Bella Vista @ UM, 7 p.m. OR @ Vista, 7 p.m. ED @ Pioneer, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 Girls golf UM @ Lady Miner Fall Classic, Alta Sierra CC, noon […]

Mustangs’ bruising ground game leaves its mark on El Dorado

El Dorado High’s defense faced a barrage of running backs — eight overall — in Friday night’s nonleague football opener. Though Foothill’s passing game wasn’t a threat, the strength, quickness and athleticism of its ground attack was and when the night ended, the host Cougars felt the effects physically and on the scoreboard to the tune […]

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