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Outside with Charlie: More options

This is the second column about what to do for recreation at the end of winter if you’ve run out of lift ticket money and enthusiasm. Bike riding is one option. The El Dorado Trail is in our back yard but isn’t the only place to ride — and riding isn’t the only thing to […]

Lady Diamondbacks shut out by Eagles

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s softball team dropped to 3-3 in the Sierra Valley Conference standings after Monday’s 11-0 loss to visiting Vista del Lago. The Lady Diamondbacks left nine runners stranded, once with bases loaded, against the opportunistic Eagles. Vista pitcher Morgan Theis scattered seven hits, walked none and struck out seven to keep […]

Trojans blank Pleasant Grove with near no-hitter from Ales

EL DORADO HILLS — Starting pitcher Austin Ales threw a two-hit gem for Oak Ridge, humbling the previously undefeated Eagles 6-0 in Monday’s Delta River League varsity baseball matchup. Ales breezed through the first six innings, facing the minimum number of Eagle batters without yielding a single hit (a double-play in the second erased a […]

Woollardi brings down the roof

POLLOCK PINES — Tom Woollardi of Sierra Springs is one bowler hoping Knotty Pine Lanes in Pollock Pines  reopens soon. Shortly before the roof literally caved in on the popular gathering spot, Woollardi, 64, rolled the first 300 game of his life — 12 strikes in a row. Woollardi and his wife Rebecca were bowling […]

Hangtown Saber Club fencers qualify for national championships

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Three members of the Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs qualified for USA Fencing’s National Championships based on their placement in the divisional qualifying event held April 3 in Rancho Cordova. The national championships will be held July 1-10 in Reno and will draw thousands of fencers from across the United States […]

Bruin track combines to win Lancer Invitational

RANCHO CORDOVA — The Ponderosa track teams combined scores in three divisions to win the overall title of the Lancer Invitational at Cordova High School Saturday.  The varsity boys were second to Sheldon in a field of 22 schools with 50 points; the girls team totaled 85 points and also finished second in an 18-team […]

Swim roundup: April 4-8

Delta River League Varsity girls: Oak Ridge 63, St. Francis 107 Varsity boys: Oak Ridge 93, Jesuit 93 EL DORADO HILLS — “What a great day for a meet,” Oak Ridge coach Patrick Foster said. “It was the first year in five years that Jesuit and St. Francis traveled for a league meet. The teams put […]

Sills takes Wingless Sprint Car feature victory

Racing’s doubleheader that opened the Placerville Speedway season this weekend had a big share of the action Saturday on the quarter-mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The “Totally Wingless” event featured the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series, the Midgets and Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association and the Nor […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 10, 2011

After winning WAC Track Athlete of the Week honors last week, Ponderosa graduate Samantha Diaz, who now runs for the University of Nevada, Reno, had another great meet at Sacramento State’s Mondo Mid Major Invitational this weekend. Diaz ran the 800-meters placing second at 2:08.07. Diaz’s time is an individual best, the fourth-best time in […]

Schedule: April 11-16, 2011

Monday, April 11 Baseball Pleasant Grove @ OR, 4 p.m. PHS @ Jesuit, 4 p.m. UM @ Vista, 4:15 Golf PHS, OR @ DRL Tournament, Cameron Park CC, noon UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Castle Oaks GC, noon GS @ San Juan, 3 p.m. Soccer Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 6:30 Folsom @ OR, 4 p.m. […]

Friday’s Speedway opener cold but dry

Drivers and fans braved the unusually cool temperatures Friday evening for the long-awaited Placerville Speedway Red Hawk Casino championship opener presented by Hoosier Tires, Riebes Auto Parts, the Mountain Democrat and Pepsi Cola. The evening featured three divisions on the track that underwent significant repairs by Handy Racing Promotions to fix drain damage from heavy […]

Roundup: April 9, 2011

Baseball El Dorado 12, Argonaut 1 — Chris Swineford doubled twice and drove in five runs as the Cougars crushed the visiting Buffaloe in a Saturday matinee cut short due to the mercy rule. Nic Rowen added two hits including a double and Justin Dillon went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. On the mound, CJ Campini, […]

Bruin girls show Bulldogs no mercy

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa cruised to its first league win Friday, beating the Folsom Bulldogs 12-2 in a Delta River League varsity softball matchup. The Bruins’ offense erupted in the second inning on the strength of a six-run two-out outburst. Shortstop Olivia Lucatuorto broke the seal off the pivotal inning with a line-drive single into […]

Grizzly softball freezes Spartans

GARDEN VALLEY — Not only is the Golden Sierra softball team undefeated and leading the Sierra Delta League standings, the Grizzly girls are tough. Thursday’s April storm that looked like a winter wonderland in Garden Valley didn’t stop the Grizzlies from taking the field to peg visiting San Juan with its second loss of the […]

All Star Gymnastics to host Gold Rush Classic Acro-Gymnastics meet

DIAMOND SPRINGS — All Star Gymnastics and Cheer is hosting the second annual Gold Rush Classic April 16-17. Acrobatic gymnastic athletes of all levels from all over California will compete hoping to qualify for the state championships in May. The event is open to the public. Opening ceremonies and competition begin at 9:30 a.m. on […]

Roundup: April 8, 2011

Boys golf Ponderosa defeated Jesuit 196-204 at Cameron Park CC. PHS scores:  Co-medalists: Corey Pereira, Brad Peil, even-par 36; Derek Trofimczuk, 37; Jeremy Ashburn, 43; Mike Green, 44; Danny Gassman, 47. El Dorado defeated Cosumnes Oaks 217-253 at Cold Springs CC. ED scores: Medalist Tanner Lichty, 39; Tyler Powell, 42; Andrew Montez, 42; Shane Hopkins, […]

Jesuit ends Trojans’ two-game win streak

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming off a two-game winning streak, the Oak Ridge baseball team hoped to keep the good times rolling against Jesuit Thursday. Instead, the game turned into a one-sided Delta River League loss with Jesuit rapping out 14 hits en route to a 14-3 victory over the Trojans. Despite the cold, gusting […]

Gold Country Karate tourney discovers gold

EL DORADO — The Gold Country Karate Tournament Saturday attracted an energetic and determined crew of nearly 50 martial artists from the Placerville area to compete in forms, sparring, grappling, board- and brick-breaking and more. The first open tournament held in many years in this area was judged by Shihan Newman of New Man’s Karate, […]

The Outdoorsman: More stripers showing

Despite murky waters in the Sacramento River from recent storms and the continued run off, more striped bass are moving upriver. There is good striper action along the Benicia shoreline and further upriver at Cache and Lisbon sloughs the bite has been fair. Some schools of linesides were concentrated in the Yuba City area. Pile […]

Oak Ridge soccer unlucky, unfortunate and unable against St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — With the wind at its back, St. Francis tallied a trio of second-half goals to pin a 3-0 defeat on host Oak Ridge in Delta River League soccer action Wednesday afternoon. In need of a league win, the Trojans found little success at the offensive end with few if any shot […]

Cougar soccer schooled by Wolfpack

While it was a 5-1 loss, there was a high spot in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference girls soccer game between El Dorado and visiting Cosumnes Oaks. The Lady Cougars scored their first official goal in the flow of the game in the league season when Taylor McKeand’s shot from the 15-yard line caught the Wolfpack […]

Lady D’backs shut out Raiders

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s softball team used solid fielding, timely hitting and an outstanding pitching performance from Audrey Osborne to shut out visiting River City 5-0 Tuesday in Sierra Valley Conference action. “Our team did fundamental things well today,” Union Mine coach Rob Diggle said. “We got key hits, drove in runs with sacrifice […]

Trojan baseball escapes late-game rally for win over rival Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Trojans withstood a seventh-inning rally to beat Ponderosa 6-4 in Tuesday’s Delta River League baseball matchup. Oak Ridge starting pitcher Chris Muse-Fisher went the distance, striking out seven while allowing four runs on 10 hits. Heading into the bottom of the seventh the Bruins were pegged with a five-run deficit, but […]

Trojan lacrosse can’t catch Granite Bay

EL DORADO HILLS — Despite a late second-half charge by the host Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team Tuesday, Granite Bay held on for the 12-9 Sacramento Valley League victory. Trailing by five, the Lady Trojans broke from a timeout determined to come back with 8:29 left in the second half. Megan Lee pushed her way […]

Folsom ‘Dogs stun Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Monday’s Delta River League girls soccer game between Ponderosa and visiting Folsom started slowly with both teams struggling for the first 20 minutes. The Bruins got going after Michelle Kimball crushed a shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 advantage and at halftime, Ponderosa appeared on the way to […]

Roundup: April 5, 2011

Baseball Oak Ridge 21, Folsom 8 — Back-to-back-to-back errors by the Bulldogs’ shortstop paved the way for an eight-run seventh inning Monday as the Trojans blasted host Folsom in Delta River League action. Each team committed five errors — the difference was Oak Ridge had 20 hits to nearly match its scoring total. Cole Hanson’s […]

Core fitness: Sitting can kill you

There is hardly anything we do anymore in the course of the day that does not involve some form of sitting: driving to and from work, sitting at a desk, sitting at every meal, sitting on the couch, or as I find myself doing right now, working on the computer. We have become a society […]

Speedway opens with back-to-back nights of racing

After weeks of rain outs and cancellations it’s finally time for dirt-track racing as Placerville Speedway opens is 46th season at the EL Dorado County Fairgrounds with two consecutive nights of racing presented by Handy Racing Promotions Inc. For the first time in recent history, the point racing season will open on a Friday night […]

Swim roundup: March 28-April 1

Delta River League Varsity girls: Ponderosa 58, Folsom 36 Varsity boys: Ponderosa 58, Folsom 36 SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa set three school records in a big win over Folsom last week in both the boys and girls varsity divisions. “I felt like our team worked together today to make some special things happen,” Bruin coach […]

Golden Sierra vacuums a week’s worth of rain from the track for its 1st meet

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High hosted the inaugural track meet of the new Sierra Delta League with all schools from the league competing. The Grizzly varsity girls finished first in the team competition, while the varsity boys placed third. The participating schools included Rio Vista, Bradshaw Christian, San Juan, Encina, Vacaville Christian and Highlands. […]

6 teams compete in Cougar Coed Relays

Friday’s Cougar Coed Relays included six teams competing on a bright, cool afternoon just made for racing. The meet started with a memorial lap for Tim Mulholland, a member of El Dorado’s track and cross country teams, who lost his life in a car accident the previous Sunday. Track teams from each school met on […]

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Trojan tracksters have record day

FAIR OAKS — Saturday’s Bronco Invitational at Bella Vista turned into a personal record meet for the Oak Ridge track and field teams. In a field of 28 teams competing, the Trojan varsity girls took first overall with 84 points, the varsity boys tied with Lincoln of Stockton for third place with 38 points and […]

Jumping through hoops didn’t stop Kyle Ferguson

It’s not often a wrestler has to jump through hoops as part of his or her training, but El Dorado’s Kyle Ferguson, the winner of the 130-pound USA Wrestling Frosh/Soph California State Championship, had to do just that to even compete. Ferguson, a Cougar sophomore who took second in the Sierra Valley Conference and second […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 4, 2011

Eight area hoopsters — four from Oak Ridge, four from El Dorado — landed on this year’s All Metro basketball teams. From the Trojans, senior Carly Bettencourt was a second-team pick for the girls while junior Bryce Scott was selected to the boys third team. Oak Ridge seniors Will Findlay and Dakota McLarnan made honorable […]

Sports schedule: April 4-9

Monday, April 4 Baseball Sheldon @ PHS, 4 p.m. UM @ River City, 4:15 OR @ Folsom, 4 p.m. ED @ Vista, 4 p.m. Soccer Folsom @ PHS, 4 p.m. Encina @ GS, 6:30 OR @ Pleasant Grove, 4 p.m. Softball OR @ Pleasant Grove, 4 p.m. ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 4:15 Coed tennis GS […]

Oak Ridge lacrosse outdueled by Granite Bay

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge boys lacrosse team hosted Granite Bay in a league game Friday. Despite the Trojans’ rowdy cheering section, Oak Ridge fell to the Grizzlies 11-5. Granite Bay came out hot and scored three goals in the first eight minutes — the third of the three on a great long-range shot from the […]

Roundup: April 2, 2011

Softball Oak Ridge 2, Sheldon 4 — The host Huskies broke a 2-2 tie with two sixth-inning runs to saddle the Trojans with their first Delta River League loss Friday. Renee Bardini had two of the three Oak Ridge hits including a triple. El Dorado 5, River City 9 — The Lady Cougars held an […]

Trojans struggle to match potent Roseville offense

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge mounted a seventh-inning two-out rally to bring the deficit to four, but ultimately fell 8-4 to Roseville in Friday’s non-conference varsity baseball match-up. Entering the final frame for the Trojans, pinch-hitting outfielder Cody Uharriet stepped up to the plate with two outs and two runners on. Sitting on a […]

Pleasant Grove overpowers Bruin softball

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In a battle of highly ranked softball programs, Pleasant Grove defeated host Ponderosa 9-5 in Delta River League action Friday afternoon. The Eagles relied on pitcher Ally Carda, who was solid through five innings before the Bruins made some late noise. Carda also hurt Ponderosa with her bat, slugging a first-inning two-run […]

EDA ’94 wins Nomads College Coaches Showcase

SAN DIEGO — After a long season and having lost several players to injuries, the El Dorado Academy  ’94 girls soccer team had one last tournament to play March 26-28 in San Diego. The team rallied around senior goalie Sarah Avery in her last event with the team, to play six games and win the […]

Union Mine track wins three of four in double dual meet

EL DORADO — The Union Mine track and field teams hosted Cosumnes Oaks and River City for a Sierra Valley Conference double dual meet Wednesday. The varsity boys team defeated both teams while the girls split, beating River City but falling to Cosumnes Oaks. With a put of 38 feet, 10 inches, Chris Vasquez was […]

Roundup: April 1, 2011

Coed tennis Union Mine 7, Liberty Ranch 2 Singles (UM first): Machaela Melrose def. by Gomes, 3-6, 2-6; Taylor McClain def. Payne, 6-0, 6-1; Ellie Klumb def. by A. Heymore, 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 (default); Matt Wallace def. D. Haymore, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1. Doubles (UM first): Ali learner-Gabby Aveni def. Sanders-Fergoso, 6-2, 6-2; Tim Murphy-William gardner […]

Union Mine softball upends El Dorado

While the El Dorado softball team is a work in progress, Union Mine’s Lady Diamondbacks are flexing their muscle in the newly realigned Sierra Valley Conference. Thursday the Lady Cougars struggled in a 17-3 loss at home against the D’backs. The game was called at the end of five innings. Tori McLaury went all six […]

Bruin baseball drops league opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Everything was fantastic Thursday as the Ponderosa baseball team finally took the field — the sun was shining, the weather was warm with a slight breeze  — and baseball was back. The Bruins, looking to open the Delta River League season with a victory over Pleasant Grove, got off to a good […]

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