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Cougars outlast Cosumnes Oaks

Friday night’s Sierra Valley Conference game between El Dorado and visiting Cosumnes Oaks came down to defense and rebounding. With less than two minutes left in the game and the score tied at 53, Cougar Daniel Smith stole the ball and took it to the hoop. The shot missed but David Cochran was there for […]

Roundup: Jan. 10

Wrestling Doc Buchanan Tournament, Clovis: Oak Ridge took five wrestlers and placed 16th in the tournament. “This tournament is now considered the toughest in the state with the exception of the state championship,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “Many weight classes had all top wrestlers in the state there, basically a preview of the […]

Raising Kane

The hits continue. A season so full of promise ended too soon for Ponderosa’s Ali Ryan and Golden Sierra’s Kaylee Schrader. Thursday in the Lady Bruins’ final preseason game against Franklin, Ryan, a three-year varsity player, had scored nine points in the first four minutes when tragedy struck. On her third fast break of the […]

Bruin girls clobber Franklin

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Olivia Nelson led the Lady Bruins with 20 points, Ashley Beck put up 10, Ali Ryan had nine and Nikki Johnson scored seven as Ponderosa dominated Franklin 58-44 to end the preseason with a 14-3 record. “We had a great preseason; we exceeded our expectations,” Bruin coach Noel O’Donnell said. But Thursday’s […]

Oak Ridge boys remain undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming off a win in the Trojan Toss Up Tournament, the Oak Ridge boys basketball team was 14-0 and brimming with confidence for Thursday’s game with 5-9 Yuba City. The Trojans fell behind early, but feeding off the high energy at home with a loud crowd in attendance, they rallied late […]

Lady Cougars get off to a good start

If the El Dorado girls basketball team’s first Sierra Valley Conference game is a sign of things to come, coach Pat Winter’s team will dominate the competition. Wednesday night the Lady Cougars, who moved into the SVC from the Pioneer Valley League this year, rolled over visiting Vista del Lago 56-36. “For these first six games […]

Ponderosa wrestlers crush Jesuit

SHINGLE SPRINGS — There are some things everyone can count on every year. The seasons change, the Oakland As will trade a player who is really good, the Raiders’ coach will be fired and in Shingle Springs, Ponderosa will field a very strong wrestling team. The Bruins followed a tremendous fifth-place performance at the Sierra Nevada […]

Folsom clips Oak Ridge grapplers

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge wrestling team didn’t know what to expect heading into Wednesday’s dual meet with Folsom. The Delta River League competition is uncharted territory for both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa this year, but the Trojans were well aware that the Bulldogs were coming in on the heels of four consecutive […]

The Outdoorsman: Sports shows coming

The big sports shows are just around the corner. The first one to arrive is the International Sportsmen’s Exposition Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-23, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Everything in the sports world that any outdoor lover would want to see will be on display along with “how to” demonstrations such as how to […]

Union Mine pins El Dorado

EL DORADO — The league wrestling season kicked off this week, starting with Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference dual meet between Union Mine and visiting El Dorado. Over the first four weight classes the Diamondbacks and Cougars traded pins back and forth and the team scores stood even at 12 apiece — but the give and […]

Roundup: Jan. 5, 2011

Boys basketball Sierra Valley Conference El Dorado 55, Vista del Lago 52 — New head coach Ken Macklin and the Cougars won their first league game of the season, coming back from a dismal eight points in the first quarter to take a one point 25-24 lead at the break. From there the Cougars outpointed […]

A great time was had by all

A day after winning the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament, the El Dorado girls varsity basketball team traveled to Palo Alto and Maples Pavillion to watch Stanford end the University of Connecticut’s 90-game win streak last Thursday. It was a night to remember for both the Lady Cardinal, who defeated the Huskies 71-59, and the Lady […]

Outside with Charlie

Bring on the rain and snow Rivers and lakes are replenished, the snowpack is excellent and a good runoff this spring means we will enjoy lots of kayaking, boating and other water recreation this summer. In the meantime, skiers, snowboarders and snowshoe enthusiasts have a lot to grin about. If you aren’t part of that crowd […]

Roundup: Jan. 4, 2011

Girls basketball Ponderosa 39, Colfax 43 — The host Falcons held Ali Ryan to a season-low 12 points Tuesday to deal the Lady Bruins their third loss. Ponderosa had a 14-5 advantage after the opening quarter but Colfax turned the tables in the second to lead 23-20 at the break. The Bruins went back up […]

Snowboarder’s death brings heightened safety awareness

Each ski season tragedy occurs on the slopes nationwide and awakens people to the inherent dangers that can occur in this winter sport. The latest reminder that skiing and snowboarding can result in tragic consequences occurred last week when emergency search crews discovered the body of snowboarder Shawnte Marie Willis at Alpine Meadows ski resort. […]

Schedule: Jan. 3-8, 2011

Monday, Jan. 3 Girls basketball PHS @ Colfax, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 Boys basketball PHS @ Cordova, 7 p.m. *UM @ Galt, 7:30 *ED @ Vista, 7:30 *GS @ Vacaville Christian Girls basketball PHS @ Monterey Trail, 7 p.m. Wrestling *ED @ UM, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 Girls basketball *Galt @ UM, 7:30 […]

Roundup: Dec. 31, 2010

Boys basketball Desert Heat Classic Ponderosa 37, Capistrano Valley 55 — The Cougars dropped the Bruins to 0-3 at the year-end tournament. Ponderosa 45, Perris 46 —  The Bruins lost a close one to end the tournament. Zacc Williams had 10 points to lead Ponderosa; Taylor Bybee and Travis Fisher each scored seven; Dom Campodonico […]

Trojans edge Folsom for Toss Up title

EL DORADO HILLS — Matt Howard came off the bench to score a career high 16 points Thursday and Bryce Scott added 15 as host Oak Ridge High held off neighboring Folsom 57-50 to win the annual Trojan Toss Up title. Oak Ridge threatened to pull away in the third, establishing a 12-point lead, but […]

Little League issues moratorium on composite bats issue

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League Major division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately. “Today’s decision of the Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee is based on scientific research data from the University of […]

The Outdoorsman: Lakes filling

With all the rain and recent snow the runoff into our valley and foothill lakes is most gratifying. Certainly with more moisture anticipated in the weeks ahead we hope to have most lake levels near the brim when late spring arrives. Sandy at Amador Marina near Ione told me, “The lake is spilling at a […]

Roundup: Dec. 30, 2010

Girls basketball Nike Tournament of Champions Oak Ridge 51, Cleveland 52 — The Lady Trojans outscored the Eagles in every quarter but the fourth Wednesday to suffer their second loss at the Phoenix tournament. Cleveland, from Seattle, outscored Oak Ridge 15-7 in the final quarter. Carly Bettencourt led Troy with 13 points; Haley Anderson had […]

El Dorado wins fifth Jan Vitell title

Revenge was sweet for the El Dorado girls basketball team Wednesday night. Facing Ponderosa for the second time this season in the championship of the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament at El Dorado, the Lady Cougars had a point to prove. The Lady Bruins beat El Dorado for the first time in four years in preseason […]

Lady D’backs take fourth in Jan Vitell Memorial tourney

Playing short-handed the Union Mine girls basketball team struggled against the speedy Lynbrook Vikings Wednesday, falling 57-37 to take fourth in El Dorado’s Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament. The Lady Diamondbacks’ Camille Waldon put up a three-pointer two minutes into the game for Union Mine’s only lead on the night. The Vikings easily handled the D’backs’ […]

Oak Ridge tames Lions

EL DORADO HILLS — Breaking from a one-point advantage with a 9-0 run in the final three minutes Wednesday, host Oak Ridge High put away upset-minded McClatchy 53-43 on the middle night of the annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament. After the Lions had pulled to within 44-43 on a pair of free throws, Bryce Scott […]

Looking back at the top stories of 2010

It is always fun to scan our editions to find the top sports stories of the year — more often than not it presents a dilemma because our El Dorado County athletes compete at such a high level. In this issue we present Nos. 6 through 10, starting with the El Dorado High ski and […]

Lady Bruins roll over Lynbrook

The Ponderosa girls basketball team entered Tuesday’s second-round game of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado with a lot of confidence after crushing Center 72-25 the previous night. Lynbrook defeated Liberty Ranch 56-31 Monday to set up the winners’ bracket meeting. Ponderosa won the tip-off but got off to a shaky start as Ali […]

El Dorado crushes Union Mine

On the opening night of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High, the El Dorado and Union Mine girls basketball teams both earned victories to set up a meeting between the two Tuesday night. Determined to give the Lady Cougars a fight, the Diamondbacks started the game with the same aggressive press that had […]

Trojan boys stomp Herd at Toss Up

EL DORADO HILLS — Tyler Simms sank five three-pointers on his way to a game-high 22 points Tuesday and Bryce Scott added 16 to pace host Oak Ridge High past Elk Grove 64-35 to open the Toss Up Tournament. The victory advanced the third-ranked Trojans, playing their first official home game, to tonight’s 8 p.m. […]

Gymnast Natasha Sundby signs with Arizona State

EL DORADO HILLS — Six days of training a week, 12 competitions a year and risking career-hindering injury every day on the mat is all part of being a gymnast. And for Oak Ridge High senior Natasha Sundby, it’s paying off in a big way. In November Sundby, 17, signed a letter of intent to […]

Union Mine upends Amador

The Union Mine girls basketball team trailed Amador 24-19 at halftime of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado, but the Lady Diamondbacks turned things around and completely took control of the game in the second half to post a first-round 45-33 victory. To negate the size advantage the Buffaloes had on Union Mine in […]

Roundup: Dec. 28, 2010

Girls basketball Nike Tournament of Champions Oak Ridge 65, Desert Vista 50 — Dakota McLarnan popped in a game-high 23 points as the Lady Trojans, sparked by a 22-3 second quarter, won Monday’s opener in Phoenix, Ariz. Oak Ridge led 41-16 at the halftime break. Rounding out the scoring, Haley Anderson bucketed nine points; Carly […]

Lady Cougars swamp Vikings in Jan Vitell

The referees called for a “running clock” as the fourth quarter of Monday’s basketball game between host El Dorado and South Tahoe got underway. By then the Lady Cougars led 60-7 and there was absolutely no hope the Vikings could even challenge. Against the ever-changing El Dorado lineup, South Tahoe did manage to score six […]

Lady Bruins win Jan Vitell opener

The Ponderosa girls basketball team dominated Center from the opening whistle in the Lady Bruins’ first round 72-25 victory over the Center Cougars in the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High. Keianna Quinley made Center’s only points in the first quarter from the charity stripe while Ponderosa’s Olivia Nelson and Ashley Beck made shot […]

Ski with Jonny Moseley this week

This might not have made the Christmas wish list, but it’s not too late to add if you plan to be anywhere near Squaw Valley over the next few days. Former Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley will ski throughout the Christmas holidays at Squaw Valley ski resort and the public is welcome to join […]

New snow a big draw for skiers, boarders

Pick your adjective — awesome, incredible, amazing — they were all  working last week and likely will apply this week at local ski resorts. Sierra-at-Tahoe near Echo Summit on Highway 50 recorded more than 70 inches of new snow, courtesy of the storm that blew in last Friday morning and decided to hang out for much […]

Trojans survive ‘Egg Nog Mile’

Several runners on the Oak Ridge track team, plus alumni Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who is home from UCLA, had a great time at the fourth annual Egg Nog Mile the weekend before Christmas at a mystery Sacramento location. Participants are required to drink 12 ounces of eggnog before running each lap adding up to a total […]

Sierra Gold Cougars win District Cup

The Under 12 Sierra Gold Cougars won the A flight at the District Cup finals in December. “They are a great group of boys,” coach Tom White said. “They did a great job this year.” This is the same team that won the Halloweenfest this year, winning all four of its games, 4-1, 5-0, 3-2, […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 27, 2010

Union Mine sophomore running back Sean Tow and Oak Ridge wide receiver Willie Tucker were both named to football’s 2010 All Metro first team. Tow, who is also an accomplished wrestler, ran for 2,261 yards on 242 carries and 25 touchdowns to help lead the Diamondbacks to a 10-2 overall record, and tied for first […]

Lady Trojans win 6th straight Toss Up title

EL DORADO HILLS — After a thrilling victory over El Camino the night before the Oak Ridge Lady Trojan basketball team rolled into the finals of the annual Trojan Toss Up last Thursday looking for its sixth straight title, seventh overall. “This was been a strong tournament with tough competition this year,” Oak Ridge coach […]

Roundup: Dec. 23, 2010

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 55, Del Campo 46 — The Trojans trailed by a point after one quarter but outscored the Cougars 23-8 in the second. Both teams scored 15 points in the third period and Oak Ridge held off a late Del Campo rally to post the nonleague win. Scott Sanchez bucketed 15 and […]

The Outdoorsman: Camanche’s pond productive

Trolling the main lake at Camanche has been productive for trout anglers working the area between the south and north shores. Trout up to 4 pounds were netted recently with most of the successful trollers pulling a variety of lures like Needlefish and Speedy Shiners. But the hot spot at Lake Camanche was the south […]

Oak Ridge survives scare

EL DORADO HILLS — Challenged wire-to-wire by El Camino Wednesday in the second round of the Trojan Toss Up, host Oak Ridge held on for a 60-54 victory to advance to the tournament final against Christian Brothers. Returning to the championship game of their own tournament is nothing new to the Lady Trojans — being […]

Schedule: Dec 27-Jan. 2

Monday, Dec. 27 Boys basketball Desert Heat Classic, Palm Springs PHS vs. Palm Desert Girls basketball Jan Vitell Tourney PHS vs. Center, 5 p.m. ED vs. South Tahoe, 6:30 UM vs. Amador, 8 p.m. Nike Tourney, Phoenix OR vs. Desert Vista, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec 28 Boys basketball Trojan Toss Up OR vs. Elk Grove, […]

Roundup: Dec. 22, 2010

Boys basketball Fort Bragg Tournament El Dorado 70, Fort Bragg 58 — After a deadlocked first quarter, the Cougars outscored the tournament hosts 34-16 in the middle quarters Tuesday to improve to 13-2 on the season. Joe Visman led El Dorado with 20 points; Daniel Smith poured in 17; Nick Jemmott bucketed 14; David Cochran […]

Trojan girls win Toss Up opener

EL DORADO HILLS — Riding the early hot hand of Dakota McLarnan and benefiting from Vista del Lago’s inability to put the ball in the basket for four quarters, host Oak Ridge opened the annual Trojan Toss Up with a 68-39 victory over the Eagles. If Oak Ridge wanted a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring win to kick […]

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