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Five qualify for state track championships

SACRAMENTO — After a season of competition, and three weeks of grueling postseason meets, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s state meet qualifiers have been determined. The Masters Meet qualifying was Thursday and the finals were Friday at Hughes Stadium as the entire section came together to vie for one of three berths in each event in the […]

River Cats name All City teams

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats hosted their Third Annual All-City High School Sports Awards Sunday, May 22. The River Cats named All-City boys and girls teams in each sport and the male Art Savage Award and the female “V” Award. Oak Ridge has had two “V” Award winners, distance runner Alex Kosinski and girls […]

Muse-Fisher wins again; Trojan baseball to play for championship

SACRAMENTO — When your coach refers to you as a “big-game pitcher” and the shoes fit, wear them. Oak Ridge High’s Chris Muse-Fisher stepped into that role Thursday, scattering four hits — just two after the second inning — to pitch the Trojans past Pleasant Grove 7-2 at American River College. The Sac-Joaquin Section North Division I playoff victory […]

Sara Hickenbottom still a Bruin with Bethany

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High senior middle blocker Sara Hickenbottom will continue her volleyball career for Bethany University in Scott’s Valley near Santa Cruz. Hickenbottom put her signature to her letter of intent at a recent signing ceremony in the school’s gymnasium attended by her new coach, Reed Duffus, family, friends and teammates. Bethany’s mascot […]

Kirkwood opens two lifts Memorial Day weekend

KIRKWOOD — After a record-breaking season of snow, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open for skiing and riding this Memorial Day weekend. With an unprecedented 65 feet of snowfall throughout the 2010/2011 winter season and cooler than normal spring temperatures, conditions are amazing. The resort will be open on Saturday and Sunday for fantastic spring […]

The Outdoorsman: Fish are active

Lakes, streams, rivers, ocean … fish are on the bite. Even anglers at the higher altitude lakes are enjoying good action. Stampede Reservoir near Truckee is producing limits of 13- to 15-inch kokanee with a couple reaching close to 16. Some anglers are hooking Mackinaws and browns but they’re catching more kokanee. Lake Davis near […]

Roundup: May 25, 2011

Boys golf NCGA/NorCal Tournament, Butte Creek CC, Chico — Ponderosa sophomore Corey Pereira shot 77 to tie for 38th place in the individual scoring and Oak Ridge freshman Charlie Cameron posted a 78 to tie for 43rd in the CIF State qualifying tournament Monday. The three teams that qualified included De LaSalle with a 369; […]

Oak Ridge offense hits a wall in 8-0 setback to Marauders

SACRAMENTO — After a pair of convincing postseason victories, the Oak Ridge baseball team had an abysmal offensive outing Tuesday night, falling to Delta River League rival Jesuit 8-0 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs’ semifinal game. The Trojans arrived at American River College with just one win standing between them and the championship game. Starting pitchers Chris Muse-Fisher […]

Kasey Stanchek moves on to the Pac-10

EL DORADO HILLS — Noticably absent from this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section girls’ softball playoffs are Oak Ridge High and four-year senior starting pitcher Kasey Stanchek. For three straight seasons, Stanchek toed the rubber at the Sacramento Softball Complex and pitched the Trojans to back-to-back-to-back section titles —  outright or sometimes in comebacks. Oak Ridge, with eight […]

Trojan mountain bikers win silver at championship

The Trojans High School Mountain Bike Team pedaled over most of the competition at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s California State Championships May 15, earning second place in Division II. Thirty-nine teams representing the NorCal and SoCal regions raced to the finish line in Los Olivos “and we came in second,” said proud coach Mark Ferry. […]

Sierra Delta League

2011 All League Teams Softball Most Valuable Player: Sarah Rasmussen, Golden Sierra Co-coaches of the Year: Elaine Rasmussen, Golden Sierra; Alyson Stiles, Rio Vista First team: Emily Matthews, Jordan Perry, Shannon Manchester, Hollie Johnson, Maci Ruiz, Golden Sierra; Stephanie Douglas, Rukeisha Winn, Highlands; Macy Chase, Ashley Nunez, Bradshaw Christian; Taylor Kennedy, Cindy Van Bogart, San Juan; Marissa […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen recap

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California is over. Despite a burst of winter that spoiled the scheduled start, the Tour was a big plus for California. The original field of 150 riders from 19 different pro teams was down to 122 by the end of the race. With the cancellation of Stage 1 at South […]

Acro gymnasts shine in Gold Rush

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Approximately 141 acrobatic gymnasts representing eight gymnatistic centers, including host All Star Gymnastics and Cheer in Diamond Springs, competed in the Gold Rush Classic in April. The meet was a qualifying event for pairs and groups in Levels 4 through Junior Elite competed for points toward the state meet, which was held […]

Hirst wins electrifying sprint car feature at Placerville Speedway

Curtiss muscles to first Pure Stock wins; Friend returns to victory lane in Late Models The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Season at Placerville Speedway Saturday night hosted three divisions on the quarter-mile clay oval for a night of action that could very well be one of the most exciting trio of point races […]

Twenty-eight county Division IV-V tracksters qualify for Masters

MODESTO — After Tuesday’s wet and cold conditions for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V track and field trials, Thursday was a great day for the athletes in the finals as they fought for team standings and to qualify for the Masters meet May 26-27. The top six athletes in each event advance to the Masters; […]

Three county athletes earn gold at Division I track meet

ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge girls and boys varsity track and field teams had very successful evenings in their first Division I meet, qualifying 10 girls and seven boys for Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, the final event before the CIF State Meet June 3-4. Both Trojan teams finished third. Fairfield won the varsity […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 23, 2011

Like father, like son — When he was Union Mine’s star quarterback, we all called him Davey, but now we’ll be calling him coach Dave Johnson — Encina’s new head football coach, not to be confused with Union Mine head coach and proud dad Dave Johnson. Johnson, the younger, takes over Encina’s program after three […]

Ales dominates as Trojans thump top-ranked Elk Grove

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge right-fielder Luke Eicher provided the defense, and starting pitcher Austin Ales provided the pitching Saturday at American River College in a convincing 8-1 victory over top-ranked Elk Grove in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball playoffs. Ales went seven strong innings, striking out six and allowing zero […]

Golden Sierra softball bows out

STOCKTON — The positive for Golden Sierra in its second round Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff game at Stockton’s Arnaiz Softball Complex is that Grizzly pitchers Sarah Rasmussen and Jordan Perry didn’t allow any earned runs. The negative was that unearned runs were the difference in the ballgame. But because you need to score to win, the main reason […]

Sports schedule: May 23-29

Monday, May 23 Boys golf Charlie Cameron, OR; Corey Pereira, PHS @ NCGA/CIF NorCal tournament, Butte Creek CC, Chico, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24 Baseball Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 playoffs OR vs. Jesuit, American River College, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 Baseball Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 playoffs Loser’s bracket, American River College, 7 p.m. Track & field […]

Oak Ridge baseball advances in win over Davis

SACRAMENTO — The Oak Ridge baseball team took advantage of multiple Davis fielding errors to prevail 6-3 in Friday’s bizarre opening-round game in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Trojan starting pitcher Chris Muse-Fisher, just weeks removed from his first career no-hitter, had everything in his arsenal on full display. “My fast ball and […]

Placerville Speedway hopes to beat Mother Nature

Race fans and drivers both hope to defeat Mother Nature and bring the quarter-mile clay oval at Placerville Speedway to life with three divisions of racing Saturday. The fire-breathing 360 Sprint Cars will lead the program along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks in the sixth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires- Coors […]

The Outdoorsman: Shad are showing

They aren’t yet here in big numbers but the shad are showing in various areas around Sacramento in the American and Sacramento rivers. Large populations will arrive soon, especially in late May through June. As the water warms in the American and flows drop, shad fishing will take off. The striper bite is also on […]

Pros converge at Prairie City for 43rd Hangtown Motocross

RANCHO CORDOVA — Saturday’s 43rd Hangtown Motocross Classic opens the 12-race Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. The picturesque yet demanding race track at Prairie City SVRA is hosting a return visit from the world’s top motocross riders. The race is considered the largest of the season will be nationally televised on SPEED. Gates open […]

Golden Sierra softball wins playoff opener 13-3

LODI — If ever the time was right for the Golden Sierra softball team to showcase its offense, the Grizzlies picked it Wednesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff-opener at the Lodi Softball Complex. With their 3-4-5 hitters combining to drive in nine runs, the Grizzlies 10-runned Gustine 13-3. The Griz sprayed hits from […]

Optimist All Star volleyball matches are Friday

The annual Optimist All Star volleyball matches are Friday at Capital Christian High School starting at 5 p.m. Five senior girls and five senior boys from El Dorado County are on the South teams’ rosters. Three from Ponderosa include Samantha Rains, Maddie Macauley and Sarah Higgenbottom. They will be joined by Union Mine’s Logan Savidge […]

Roundup: May 19, 2010

Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section D-VI playoffs Golden Sierra 2, Mariposa County 3 — The Grizzlies lost an overtime lead in last Tuesday’s Grizzly-Grizzly overtime duel and saw their season end in the first round of the playoffs. Golden Sierra tied the score 1-all with a second-half goal and went ahead with a score in the first […]

Trojan, D’back volleyball fall in semis

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge High’s bid to win a Sac-Joaquin Division I volleyball title in coach Tom Van Der Wende’s final year on the sideline fell short as Jesuit took its third match of the season from the Trojans, ousting the El Dorado Hills squad 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 in Tuesday’s section semifinals. Playing on the Marauders’ […]

Weather cooperates for Amgen’s Stage 2

SACRAMENTO — Enthusiastic crowds welcomed riders to the finish of Stage 2 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento Monday after beginning in Nevada City. For the second year in a row, the small Gold Rush town hosted the first official day of racing after dangerous weather and road conditions required a last-minute […]

Pereira, Cameron qualify for NorCal golf championship

STOCKTON — Oak Ridge freshman Charlie Cameron and Ponderosa sophomore Corey Pereira both shot 73 at The Reserve at Spanos Park Monday, earning individual berths in next week’s NCGA/Northern California championship at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. On a course that plays hard no matter the weather, the two came in 1-over-par behind Turlock’s […]

Heinz-sight: What to expect

“Send her, send her, send her” rang out from the visitors’ dugout in a recent softball game at Ponderosa High as the offense poured it on in an 11-run inning to thoroughly demoralize the Lady Bruins. Whether the highly-ranked program ran up the score is open to debate but the team did drill smash after […]

Golden Sierra girls win 10 Sierra Delta League track titles

MARYSVILLE — There was plenty of  track and field action at Yuba College last week as the Sierra Delta and Golden Empire leagues competed for their respective league championships. The dual championship meet was Golden Sierra coach Mike Brown’s idea as a way of sharing costs and resources, and bringing the athletes together to promote […]

Six Trojans, two Bruins win gold at Delta River League track meet

FOLSOM — El Dorado County will be well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I track and field meet Wednesday and Friday at Elk Grove High. Oak Ridge qualified 10 varsity girls and 14 boys, including six Delta River League gold medalists, and Ponderosa advances nine girls and 10 boys with two champions. The top […]

Amgen Tour of California started Monday at Nevada City

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — One hundred and 50 fit young men in distinctive Lycra cycling gear; 19 world-class teams; 800 miles of professional bicycle racing over eight days; two very stiff climbs — one worthy of the Tour de France; approximately 100+ miles riding each day; one intense time trial; a women’s time trial featuring […]

Schedule: May 16-21, 2011

Monday, May 16 Golf SJS Masters Tournament, The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. shotgun Tuesday, May, 17 Girls soccer SJS D-VI playoffs GS @ Mariposa, 3:30 Track & field ED, UM, @ D-IV trials, GS @ D-V trials, Modesto JC, 3 p.m. Volleyball SJS D-1 semifinals OR @ Jesuit, 7 p.m. D-II UM […]

El Dorado track finishes atop the Sierra Valley Conference

EL DORADO — Athletes from all track and field teams in the Sierra Valley Conference competed at Union Mine High Tuesday and Thursday hoping to finish in the top three in their respective events to advance to this week’s Division IV championships at Modesto Junior College. El Dorado’s teams were also focused on bringing home […]

Amgen update: Stage 1 cancelled due to weather, unsafe roads

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Due to extreme weather conditions and potentially unsafe roads, Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California was cancelled just before the riders, who were lined up at the start, were about to begin the race. “We were monitoring weather conditions up until the predicted 1:15 p.m. start time, and we […]

Roundup: May 15, 2011

Baseball Golden Sierra 15, Faith Christian 13 — Golden Sierra’s last game of the season was a wild one. The Grizzlies finished with a 10-8 record, 5-5 in the Sierra Delta League, missing the playoffs by one game. Jason Piparo started on the mound and gave up three runs on four hits. Kerry Pittman threw […]

County golfers qualify for Masters

After a shaky start in the Delta River League season, the Oak Ridge High boys golf team saved its best for last and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park. The players will tee off in a shotgun format at 8:30 a.m. The Trojans will be joined by […]

Saturday’s Speedway program was cancelled

Due to an incoming storm that was tracked as moving much faster than originally estimated, the management of Placerville Speedway announced the cancellation of Satuday’s championship point races. Racing will return to Placerville Speedway Saturday with three divisions of racing: 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. For additional information visit placervillespeedway.com or […]

Oak Ridge boys volleyball team wins playoff opener

GRANITE BAY — The Oak Ridge boys volleyball team upended host Granite Bay Thursday, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23. The victory advanced the Trojans to Tuesday’s showdown at Jesuit with the semifinal clash determining which team goes on to the title game. Troy’s only two Delta River League […]

Bruin seniors leave with thrilling victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s Senior Day had a fitting end and at least one Lady Bruin may want to adjust her “favorite softball memory.” A senior scored the winning run, a senior’s walk-off hit won the game and to make it extra special, a senior went the distance in the circle. Katie Pieplow’s single in […]

The Outdoorsman: Record trout

A brown trout weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces is a new record at Lake Tahoe. What a lunker — it took a Rapala lure near the surface. The guide was Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners and his client who battled the lunker was Marvin Child. Nielsen scored in 2005 with a record 13 pound, 13 ounce brown […]

Roundup: May 12, 2011

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 playoffs Oak Ridge 4, Davis 5 Singles (OR first): Brandon Sutter def. Hull, 7-5, 6-2; Tanner Schmutte def. Dumit, 6-4, 6-0; Andrew Hall def. by Lipman, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Jimmy Giovannini def. Hosley, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2; Alex Charn def. Richardson, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5; Nic Atkinson def. by Klavins, 6-4, 6-4. Doubles […]

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