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Speedway cancels Saturday ‘Play Night’

Handy Racing Promotions regretfully was forced to cancel Saturday night’s “Play Night” at Placerville Speedway. Although sunny weather was forecast, the run-off from the recent heavy rains caused a natural spring to erupt out of the hillside near the fourth turn of the speedway, eroding the track conditions on the surface and much deeper. Crews […]

Lady Trojans bow out

BERKELEY — Oak Ridge High’s bid to return to the NorCal basketball finals ended Thursday as host and top seed Berkeley eliminated the Trojans 75-49 in second-round action. The Yellowjackets’ 25th win against one defeat advanced them to the semifinals against Lincoln-Stockton. Oak Ridge, which beat Berkeley in last season’s state title run, finished with a […]

Ponderosa boy skiers are state’s 2nd best

NORTHSTAR — Led by Reid Lambres, Nolan Leupp and Alex Matzat, Ponderosa’s boys ski team brought back the second-place banner from last week’s CNISSF State Championships at Northstar. Both Lambres and Leupp made the boys all state team. Lambres turned in a fifth-place finish in Wednesday’s giant slalom and was seventh in Thursday’s slalom after battling […]

Bruins halt late-match skid

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Self-acknowledgement of one’s own inaction is a dignified trait in today’s society. When the host Ponderosa boys volleyball team collectively walked over and stood in the corner of the gym following Thurday night’s volleyball match, who could blame them? After cruising through the first two sets against Grant, the Bruins did an […]

Roundup: March 11, 2011

NorCal Championships Oak Ridge 56, Lowell 31 — Read game coverage at mtdemocrat.com El Dorado 44, St. Ignatius 65 — Read game coverage at mtdemocrat.com Softball Union Mine 3, Placer 10 — Audrey Osborne and Tori McLaury combined in the circle for the loss. Sarah Phillis was 2-for-4, 2 doubles; Osborne was 2-for-3; and Andrea Barnes, […]

Ales, Muse-Fisher no hit Del Campo

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge’s first game of the 2011 baseball season kicked off with an epic pitchers’ duel between the host Trojans and Del Campo Wednesday, won by Oak Ridge in 10 innings. Oak Ridge starting pitcher Austin Ales was unhittable from the start. Inning after inning, he kept Del Campo at bay in […]

The Outdoorsman: Pardee and New Melones

It’s Lake Pardee for trout and New Melones for spotted bass for those looking for a good spot to fish right now. Another 8,000 pounds of trout were dropped into Lake Pardee before last weekend which made shore anglers smile. Most everyone took home easy limits according to Dan at the marina … some weighing as much […]

CNISSF update: Bruin skiers tied for 2nd after first day

NORTHSTAR — The Ponderosa boys ski team is tied for second place after the first day of CNISSF State Championships at Northstar. The Bruins are even after the giant slalom race behind Reid Lambres and Nolan Leupp who both finished in the top 10. On the girls side, Molly Armanino finished third. Listed below are […]

D’backs fall to Folsom

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s baseball team can’t seem to catch a break or put a win in the books. A day after losing to Christian Brothers, the Diamondbacks dropped their fourth preseason game Wednesday to visiting Folsom 10-6. Union Mine shut out the Bulldogs for five of the seven innings — but couldn’t stop […]

Roseville’s seven-run second inning does in Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS —Ponderosa’s baseball team struggled to keep pace with hot-hitting Roseville as the host Bruins fell 11-2 in Wednesday’s preseason varsity game. The Tigers’ offense broke the game open in the second, sending 11 batters to the plate in a hitting barrage that produced seven runs. Roseville starting pitcher Dalton Blaser managed to evade […]

Cougars’ magic season ends

SAN FRANCISCO — The El Dorado girls basketball team went farther than any other Cougar team has ever gone but the road stopped at St. Ignatius in San Francisco. After a great day in the “City” the girls took the court Tuesday in the first round of the Northern California Division III Regional Tournament. The […]

Lady Trojans bounce Lowell in NorCal competition

SAN FRANCISCO — The Oak Ridge girls basketball team eliminated host Lowell by 56-31 in Tuesday’s Northern California Regional Tournament opener at Kezar Pavilion. Seniors Natalie Stone and Dakota McLarnan each sank four three-pointers to lead the offense while Jenna Klein keyed the Trojans’ trapping-pressing defense that caused Lowell (28-5) fits. “They (Lowell) had a hard time with […]

Union Mine soccer wins conference opener

EL DORADO — With just enough players to field a team Tuesday night because of injuries, illness or other committments, the Union Mine girls soccer team showed tremendous grit, energy and poise over 80 minutes of play. The reward was a 2-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over visting Liberty Ranch to open the schedule. “Our […]

Slip-up hands Union Mine boys CNISSF state snowboard title

NORTHSTAR — Never foul the shooter with a two-point lead and seconds left, intentionally put the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, scratch on the 8-ball or slip (inspect) the course when it’s not permitted at the CNISSF State Championships. Colfax High found out the hard way that rules are […]

Lady Trojans edge D’backs in pitching duel

EL DORADO HILLS — Hits were at a premium in Tuesday’s non conference intra-county varsity softball game between visiting Union Mine and Oak Ridge but the Lady Trojans outlasted the Diamondbacks to claim a 3-1 victory over their former league opponent. Oak Ridge starting pitcher Kasey Stanchek surrendered just one hit and one earned run […]

Grizzly softball buries Rams

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s softball team made life miserable for visiting Rio Vista Tuesday. After the long road trip from the Delta to Garden Valley, the Rams were knocked around 21-2 in the 10-run shortened game. Every Grizzly had an at-bat, and nearly everyone scored. “That was the first time I’ve ever run the […]

Putting pain aside, Franco wins Gatorade Free Flow competition

OGDEN, UTAH — Despite being under a doctor’s care before, during and after, Camino’s Robby Franco still became the 2011 Slopestyle Freeski champion with his recent win at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour event at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah. Franco’s victory is a stepping stone from amateur status to professional. He is automatically pre-qualified […]

County Sports League

2011 Wrestling Tournament February 12 Pleasant Valley Middle School Elementary (fifth grade and under) 42 pounds: 1-Stephan Juarez, GO; 2-Jarin Walker, GO; 3-Kai Koehn, GH; 4-Juillan Sanchez, Mar. 49: 1-Brennen Howard, Geo; 2-Lucas Haus, GO; 3-Jace Koehn, GH; 4-Clayton Davis, GO. 55: 1-Jackson Klahn, Geo; 2-Jeffrey Watkins, Geo; 3-Bradley Morris, GT; 4-Dutch Jensen, CMP. 59-Trevor […]

Outside with Charlie: Winter alternative

Winter is nearly over. The vernal equinox, spring, arrives March 20 about 4:21 p.m. Day and night are approximately 12 hours long and the sun is at the midpoint of the sky. The north pole tilts toward the sun. From many years of watching spring arrive in Pollock Pines, I plan to keep my winter […]

El Dorado Hills youth wrestler 4th at state tourney

Justin Lamson of El Dorado Hills, who is a second-grader at Jackson Elementary and a member of the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club, took fourth in the California Elementary State Wrestling Championships in Selma this month. Justin wrestled in the 76-pound bracket and recorded four wins and two losses. Also competing was Jared Horstman, a […]

Day 1 CNISSF championship results: giant slalom

Listed below are local results from today’s CNISSF state finals snowboard race at Northstar. Giant Slalom Girls 7-*Sage Hoffe, ED; 11-Brooke Beals, ED; 19-Katie Harris, ED; 28-Monica Zutter, PHS; 32-Ashley Ritters, PHS; 39-Stacy Hayhurst, UM; 47-Maggie Nuttall, PHS; 50-Kassi Hoelscher, UM; 63-Breanne Morley, UM. Boys 3-Ian Diem, UM; 6-Carter Price, UM; 7-Cody Horan, ED; 9-David Michaels, UM; 13-Dylan Staples, […]

Roundup: March 7, 2011

Softball Lindhurst Varsity Tournament Union Mine 14, Florin 0 — Diamondback Tori McLaury allowed no hits and struck out 10 over five innings. Sarah Phillis was 2-for-4, RBI; McLaury was 2-for-2, 2 RBIs; Jessica Dager was 2-for-3, 4 RBIs; Amy Pedretti had one hit and an RBI; and Audrey Osborne and Holly Harnage each singled. […]

Girls basketball playoff brackets announced

The CIF State Northern California Regional Tournament begins Tuesday, March 8. The Oak Ridge Lady Trojans will meet Lowell at Kezar Pavillion, 755 Stanyan St. in San Francisco, at 6 p.m. The El Dorado Lady Cougars are also on the road at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th St., San Francisco. That game tips off […]

Revenge denied; Waldhauser is 2nd

BAKERSFIELD — Vince Waldhauser’s bid to be the first in Oak Ridge wrestling history to bring a gold medal home to the El Dorado Hills campus and his attempt to defeat the nation and state’s No. 1 ranked 160-pounder at the 2011 CIF Wrestling State Championships fell short Saturday on the center mat at Bakersfield’s […]

Subjeck takes eighth

BAKERSFIELD — Capping an impressive end to his sophomore season, Oak Ridge High’s Keaton Subjeck was declared the state’s eighth best 145-pounder after his two-day showing at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. The medal earned Subjeck the distinction as the eighth Trojan wrestler in school history to place at the state level. […]

Tow sets record with silver

BAKERSFIELD — Although Union Mine’s Cody Tow didn’t win the 130-pound state title Saturday night under the center-stage spotlight at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, he accomplished what no other El Dorado County wrestler has ever done. Tow’s second-place medal after a 6-3 loss to defending champion Nick Pena of Selma, puts the Diamondback in an exclusive […]

Rabobank’s victims included local talent

BAKERSFIELD — Reaching the season-ending CIF State Wrestling Championships is tough, staying alive in the two-day meet is really tough and leaving as one of eight state medalists in one’s weight bracket is beyond tough. Each year, hundreds of California’s top prep wrestlers leave Rabobank Arena empty-handed and disappointed. In reality, even qualifying for the meet is an accomplishment few […]

Timely storms make this season one to remember

In the advertising world, identifying the appropriate product and developing a marketing scheme behind it is standard procedure. In some respects, ski resorts are just like any other business. They are selling products and services to their customer base and promoting them through advertising to further enhance sales. However, the guessing game for the ski […]

CNISSF Championship qualifiers

Northstar-at-Tahoe March 7-10 Boys skiing Reid Lambres, Ponderosa Nolan Leupp, Ponderosa Alex Matzat, Ponderosa Andrew Olson, Ponderosa Michael Duhain, Ponderosa Emmett Jones, El Dorado Tommy Malone, El Dorado Akio Joy, El Dorado Ney-J Grant, El Dorado Alex Barho, El Dorado Sam Armanino, Union Mine Collin Price, Union Mine Steven Haugaard, Union Mine Shane Wise, Union […]

Sports schedule: March 7, 2011

Monday, March 7 Alpine racing CNISSF Championships, snowboarding, Northstar Girls soccer *Rio Vista @ GS, 5 p.m. El Camino @ PHS, 6 p.m. Softball PHS @ UM, 3:30 ED @ San Juan, 3:30 Boys volleyball OR @ Vista, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 Alpine racing CNISSF Championships, snowboarding, Northstar Girl basketball Northern California Regional Tournament […]

Tow, Waldhauser both finish 2nd in state meet

BAKERSFIELD — Union Mine’s Cody Tow joined an elite group of four-time state medalists Saturday night. Tow capped off his stellar high school wrestling career at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield with a second-place finish in the 130-pound championship finale, losing 6-3 to a returning state champion. Tow took the early lead with a takedown but […]

State wrestling update: Tow, Waldhauser in finals; Subjeck 8th best in 145s

BAKERSFIELD – Keaton Subjeck became the seventh wrestler to earn a state medal at the CIF Wrestling Championships in Oak Ridge school history when the Trojan 145-pound sophomore placed eighth this afternoon at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. After a tough 3-2 consolation loss that denied Subjeck a higher medal, he took on North Clovis’ Devin […]

Four county wrestlers advance in CIF Wrestling action

BAKERSFIELD – For Vince Waldhauser, the first day at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Friday was about quality instead of quantity. The Oak Ridge 160-pound senior spent a minimum amount of mat time in recording four pins — three earned in the first period — to reach tomorrow’s semifinals unscathed. […]

Roundup: March 4, 2001

Coed tennis Union Mine 6, El Dorado 3 Singles (UM first): Taylor McClain def. Colton Kingsbury 6-1, 60; Machaela Melrose def. by Savannah Barnhill, 2-6, 2-6; Jake Schecter def. Patrick Nicodemus 6-0, 6-1; Dylan Jocoy def. by Brynn Allen, 4-6, 1-6. Doubles (UM first): Ben Gwerder-William Gardner def. Chris Bodle-Kasey Cady 6-1, 6-0; Ellie Klumb-Ali […]

State wrestling championships update: Day 1

BAKERSFIELD – Vince Waldhauser’s quest to win a state title this weekend at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield is on track. The Trojan 160-pound senior sits unscathed after three matches Fridayafter pinning Paul Aherne from Archbishop Riordan 36 seconds into the first period. So far, Waldhauser has three falls: two in […]

State wrestling finals underway

BAKERSFIELD — Two things to watch at this weekend’s CIF State Wrestling Championships beginning Friday at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena are Oak Ridge High’s Vince Waldhauser’s attempt to unseat defending champion Bryce Hammond for the state title and Union Mine’s Cody Tow’s pursuit of his fourth state medal. Waldhauser (160 pounds) wants nothing more than a […]

Alpine racers head to Northstar

LAKE TAHOE — Area qualifiers travel to Northstar-at-Tahoe this weekend to prepare for next week’s California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Championships. There’s reason for optimism as a talented field of local skiers and snowboarders vie for top spots in the year’s final races as well as placement on the all-state teams. Historically, El […]

The Outdoorsman: Bass hit and miss

Before the heavy rains there was a pretty good bass bite at Lake Amador near Ione. Now the bass are in hiding. Over the past weekend one or two showed up so maybe the action will start again. Meanwhile, trouting is superb — especially for shore anglers. Most are stringing 2- to 4-pounders. The best […]

Trojans’ section title hopes hits the wall

STOCKTON — There’s still an outside chance the Oak Ridge girls basketball team could defend its 2010 CIF State Division I championship but the road got a lot tougher after Wednesday’s 45-58 loss to fired up Lincoln of Stockton. Under the new format started in 2010, the third- and fourth-place teams advance out of the […]

Lady Cougars battle but Vanden prevails

ELK GROVE — Vanden’s inside-outside combination of Erimma Amarikwa and Lindsay Littlejohn combined for 39 points Wednesday as the bigger, taller Vikings denied El Dorado’s Arco bid with a 56-36 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal victory at Cosumnes River College. The Cougars held a 17-10 advantage in the middle of the second quarter before Vanden’s […]

Roundup: Mar. 2, 2011

Softball Union Mine 19, Amador 0 – The Lady Diamondbacks received the combined one-hit pitching from Audrey Osborne and Tori McLaury and an offense that slugged four home runs to crush the Buffaloes in nonleague action Tuesday. Osborne started and went three no-hit innings and McLaury pitched the last two and surrendered one hit. Kaitlyn […]

Outside with Charlie: Finding one’s way

Electronic gadgets are everywhere. It’s almost impossible to go through a day without using one. They’ve evolved from large, heavy, expensive things to lightweight, small, expensive things. The gadgets do all manner of things — run your car, keep hearts beating on a regular basis, assist with hearing, turn lights on and off and tell […]

Have clubs, travel plans are made

EL DORADO — This past fall season may be the end of one era in the history of Union Mine girls golf, but Diamondback golfers Cassidy Stelzmiller and Tasha Kubek are ready for a new challenge — helping their new teams become as successful as the team they are leaving. Both girls are taking their […]

Roundup: Mar. 1, 2011

Baseball El Dorado 12, Dixon 1 — The host Cougars rapped out a dozen hits Monday to easily win behind the five-inning mercy rule. Starter Justin Dillon and reliever Roger Gadow, who pitched the fifth, teamed for a two-hitter. Gadow swung the big bat going 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs; Joey Smith […]

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