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New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera to race at Placerville

It’s been nearly two decades since Johnny Herrera raced at Placerville Speedway with the World of Outlaws. Saturday night the nationally known driver from Albuquerque, N.M., will make a rare appearance during the fifth Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light championship season. Associate sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Riebe’s Auto Parts, Pepsi Cola and […]

Ward pitches Union Mine past Cougars

The baseball squads from El Dorado and Union Mine stepped onto the diamond for one last day in the sun Tuesday. Behind Taylor Ward’s pitching and home runs from Walker Neville and Chris Beck, the Diamondbacks won the Sierra Valley Conference intra-county game 6-2. The year that began with such promise for the Cougars turned […]

Ponderosa boys oust Pacers to advance

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa volleyball team overcame a slow start to win its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener Tuesday over Grant 17-25, 30-28, 25-16, 25-19. The victory advanced the Bruins to Thursday’s second round at Rocklin. The Pacers came out swinging in the first set of the out-bracket match while Ponderosa was out-of-sync and […]

Eight-run inning by Oak Ridge buries Lady Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pitcher Kasey Stanchek got the outs, catcher Jackie Schmaeling hit one out and the Oak Ridge defense turned three outs on one play as the Trojans defeated host Ponderosa 11-3 in the teams’ final Delta River League softball matchup. The score was tied 2-2 at one point before Oak Ridge broke out with eight runs in […]

Playoff-bound Trojans drop final game to Eagles

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge clinched a playoff berth despite falling to visiting Pleasant Grove 7-6 in Tuesday’s tightly contested Delta River League varsity baseball game. In the top of the seventh inning the score was tied 6-6, but the Eagles sent the eventual winning run home on a pair of errors by […]

Union Mine boys volleyball eliminates Pioneer

EL DORADO — It took barely an hour for the Union Mine volleyball team to polish off Pioneer in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. Pioneer’s bus ride from Woodland took twice as long. With second-round opponent Whitney scouting, the Diamondbacks got great play from both the starters and the bench in […]

Sarah Rasmussen’s hard work, dedication pay off

GARDEN VALLEY — The same week Golden Sierra senior Sarah Rasmussen, 17, signed her letter of intent to play softball for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., her Grizzly team had just clinched the Sierra Delta League championship — all in all quite a week for the four-year varsity pitcher and infielder. With mom […]

D’back tennis shows well at individual sections

STOCKTON — Union Mine’s Taylor McClain came oh so close to a perfect senior season — within match point — at last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III individual tournament at Stockton’s Oak Park Tennis Courts before Bret Harte’s Joel Ashley rallied from the brink of defeat to pull out a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over the […]

Roundup: May 10, 2001

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section D-I quarterfinals Oak Ridge 6, Modesto 3 Singles (OR first): Tanner Schmutte def. Origel 6-4, 6-3; Andrew Hall def. by Cook 6-7, 1-6; Jimmy Giovannini def. McCaig 6-1, 6-0; Alex Charn def. Duggal 6-2, 6-2; Nic Atkinson def. Pallios 6-3, 6-2; Jacob Zetlin def. Hamman 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Doubles (OR first): Tom […]

Senior Night perfect for D’back Tori McLaury

EL DORADO — After four years on the Union Mine varsity softball team, the Diamondbacks’ lone senior, Tori McLaury, had a Senior Night game to remember. McLaury started in the circle against Galt, a team that has been the D’backs’ nemisis ever since she can remember. But the Warriors, who did lose earlier in the […]

River City erases Union Mine’s playoff chance

EL DORADO —  River City scored one run in the top of the first and five more in the fifth, then held off a Union Mine rally in the bottom of the frame to eventually go home with a 7-3 win that spoiled the Diamondback baseball team’s Senior Night Monday. Union Mine scored three runs […]

Tough Jesuit pitching shuts down Bruin bats

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A stellar start with effective relief pitching was the ticket for the Jesuit Marauders’ baseball team which climbed the hill Monday to take on Ponderosa in the second-to-last Delta River League outing for both teams. Crazy weather gave way to a good afternoon for baseball which for the Bruins, was an opportunity to […]

Elite Taekwondo USA students earn 9 medals

SAN DIEGO — Elite Taekwondo USA took nine competitors to the 2011 USA Taekwondo National Qualifier held in San Diego in March for the first of three qualifiers on the road to the national competition and Junior Olympics as well as team USA tryouts. The athletes competed in sparring, poomsae and sports poomsae over the two-day […]

Union Mine boys volleyball sweeps El Dorado

After winning their last three matches in three-game sweeps, the El Dorado boys volleyball team had hopes of closing out the season on Senior Night with a win over Union Mine. The pre-game festivities honored seniors Colten Hansen, Dominic Tassinari, Brent Huston and Cory McGill. On the other side of the court, Diamondback seniors Jeff […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 9. 2011

Union Mine graduate Chelsey Stelzmiller, now a UC Davis Aggie, made the Big Sky All League golf team. * * * Jordan Weir, who played golf for Oak Ridge and is now playing for Sac State, shot a 3-under-par 68 in the America Sky Conference men’s golf championship in Scottsdale, giving the Hornets a four-shot […]

‘Colfax Comet’ takes first season victory

Racing resumed Saturday at Placerville Speedway with four divisions on the card. Heavy clouds moved in late in the day so from the start of qualifying, it took a combined effort from track officials and the competitors to put on a fast-paced program that ended moments before rain began to fall. “I have to credit […]

Oak Ridge varsity track beats Folsom, Sheldon in double dual

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge track and field team hosted Folsom and Sheldon last week for the last Delta River League dual meet of the regular season. The varsity girls defeated Sheldon 88-55 and pounded Folsom 110-14. The varsity boys topped Sheldon 103-28 and Folsom 87-34. The frosh/soph boys team also won against […]

Schedule: May 9-14, 2011

Monday, May 9 Baseball *Jesuit @ PHS, 4 p.m. Vista @ ED, 4 p.m. *River City @ UM, 4:15 OR @ Pleasant Grove, 4 p.m. Golf OR, PHS @ Division I tourney, Paradise Valley GC, Fairfield, 11 a.m. UM @ Division IV tourney, Brookside CC, Stockton, 10 a.m. Softball *Galt @ UM, 4:15 ED @ […]

Swim roundup: Sierra Valley Conference championships

FOLSOM — Vista del Lago’s boys and girls swim teams swept first place in the Sierra Valley Conference championships. While entire teams don’t advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section championships starting Thursday, the SVC meet was the last time individual swimmers could qualify by meeting or surpassing section standards. The top 16 swimmers in the SVC […]

Former Bruin Brittany Franklin signs to play pro softball in Europe

Switzerland’s Therwil Flyers professional softball team recently signed two new import players — former Ponderosa High pitcher Brittany Jo Franklin and Danielle Weir, an infielder/catcher from Boston College. The Flyers reinforced the team hoping to reclaim the Swiss title they won two years ago. “People who say there is nowhere for softball players after college […]

Golden Sierra girls track finishes regular season undefeated

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra girls track team wrapped up the Sierra Delta League season Wednesday with an overwhelming 256-135 victory over second-place Highlands. The varsity boys finished third with 97 points behind Highlands (175) and San Juan (100), and the frosh/soph boys took second to Encina by a mere 13 points, 92-79. Grizzly […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen is coming

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California starts in South Lake Tahoe Sunday, May 15. This is a big one for cycling fans. Some of the best road bike teams and cyclists from around the world will pedal for eight days and cover about 800 miles from north to south through great flat areas interrupted by […]

Roundup: May 7, 2011

Baseball Golden Sierra 8, Vacaville Christian 18 El Dorado 0, River City 3 Softball Oak Ridge 0, St, Francis 3 Boys lacrosse Oak Ridge 11, St. Mary’s 5 — Oak Ridge goals: Josh Wellman, 2; Patrick Kunkel, 2; Tyler Leone; Alex Sacco; Cayd Rich: Austin Dean; Jason Pope; Daniel Portela.

Sheldon pounds Ponderosa … and then some

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Flexing its offensive muscle to the tune of 10 extra-base hits, visiting Sheldon crushed Ponderosa 20-4 Friday in a Delta River League softball matchup called after five innings due to the mercy rule. The Bruins came in needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive but that took a turn for the […]

Grizzly softball ices undefeated season

GARDEN VALLEY — There was music, an announcer, balloons and the aroma of a postgame barbecue wafting in the air — all the trappings for the Golden Sierra softball team’s last regular season game with Vacaville Christian Thursday. The Grizzlies had a great time; Vacaville not so much. The Falcons, the final victims of Golden […]

Ponderosa volleyball falls short on Senior Night

SHINGLE SPRINGS —  Ponderosa’s boys volleyball team knew it faced a formidable opponent for Senior Night Thursday as it took on undefeated Jesuit. “Tonight we want to play to the best of our ability in the final game of the regular season,” Bruin coach Amy Stocket said before the match. “Over the course of the […]

Trojan baseball rips Jesuit

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge baseball team came into Thursday’s game against Jesuit with a chip on its shoulder after facing the Marauders two days earlier and blowing a large lead to suffer a rough 9-8 loss. On their home turf, the Trojans had something to prove and prove it they did, defeating Jesuit 11-1. The game was […]

Roundup: May 6, 2011

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-18, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23 — OR stat leaders: Kills: Jack Hoisington, 24; Jonathan Tuttle, 11, Michael Montenjano, 10. Aces: Connor Dunham, 2. Digs: Hoisington, 17; Montanjeno, 14. Assists: Dunham, 47. Blocks: Tim Spykerman, 4; Tuttle, 4. Baseball Ponderosa 4, Folsom 8 — Blake Yaeger (home run), Tyler Evanoff (double) and […]

Oak Ridge golfers edge Ponderosa for division berth

SACRAMENTO — The Oak Ridge boys golf team pulled out an amazing finish to the regular season, capturing what seemed like for much of the year, an improbable berth in Monday’s Division I tournament. After struggling all season, the Trojans took over second place following a great outing in the third Delta River League tournament […]

The Outdoorsman: Folsom bass are active

They may not be big, but there are plenty of  bass all over Folsom Lake foraging in water-covered brush as well as shallows. They’ll strike almost anything that passes by. It’s spawning time so they are looking for beds to begin their annual ritual of dropping eggs. What will they strike? Almost anything — crank […]

Placerville Speedway hosts four divisions Saturday

The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track racing season continues at Handy Racing Promotions’ Placerville Speedway Saturday with an exciting four-division program. Winged 360 Sprint Cars return along with the Late Model stock cars, Pure Stocks and the Bay Cities Racing Association’s Midget Lites. The 2011 season is presented by Red Hawk Casino along with […]

Roundup: May 5, 2011

Softball Golden Sierra 13, Highlands 0 — Jordan Perry and Hollie Johnson combined on a five-inning no-hitter Wednesday as the host Grizzlies improved to 11-0 in the Sierra Delta League. Haley Leard was 3-for-4 for Golden Sierra; Emily Matthews doubled and tripled and drove in three runs; Perry went 2-for-3 with two RBIs; and Sarah […]

Stanchek shines in final Trojan home game

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind Oak Ridge ace Kasey Stanchek’s complete-game shutout, the host Trojans prevailed 3-0 over Pleasant Grove in Wednesday’s Delta River League softball showdown. Coming in, Oak Ridge faced a virtual must-win against arguably the best pitching in the league in Pleasant Grove’s right-hander Ally Carda. “I told the girls to be […]

Lady Bruins shock St. Francis; secure playoff spot

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Brittany Gisin’s return shot into the upper right corner minutes in was buttressed by a monstrous game-long defensive effort by the entire Ponderosa soccer squad Wednesday as the host Lady Bruins upset Delta River League-leading St. Francis 1-0. The victory in the last regular season home game guaranteed Ponderosa (4-3-3) a spot in […]

Swim roundup: Delta River League championships

SACRAMENTO — High school swimmers have two goals through the season — help their teams win their respective league championships and qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet. Unlike most sports, winning a team title does not qualify the entire team for the section meet; instead, swimmers must meet or surpass section standard times through the […]

Oak Ridge boys lacrosse team upends Granite Bay

GRANITE BAY — The Oak Ridge boys lacrosse team spoiled Granite Bay’s Senior Night, defeating the Grizzlies 7-5. “These two teams have an ongoing rivalry that always proves to be very competitive from the first face-off to the very last seconds of the game,” Oak Ridge coach Chris Donahue said. The Trojan varsity squad has […]

Trojan girls lacrosse team ties for second overall

EL DORADO HILLS — In front of a Senior Night crowd, the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team had a “typical barnburner,” according to coach Ed Holton, against St. Francis Tuesday in the last game of the season, won by St. Francis 11-10. The seniors who played for the final time as Trojans include Megan Lee, Heather […]

Roundup: May 4, 2011

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division I Oak Ridge 9, Napa 0 Singles (OR first): Brandon Sutter def. Miller, 6-4, 6-4; Tanner Schmutte def. Day, 6-0, 6-1; Andrew Hall def. Cuddy, 6-3, 6-1; Jimmy Giovannini def. Kroyer, 6-2, 4-6, 11-9; Alex Charn def. Jacklich, 6-2, 6-0; Nic Atkinson def. Brazelton, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles (OR first): Jacob […]

Ponderosa baseball downs Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In a season of disappointing losses — some just because the breaks didn’t go Ponderosa’s way and some because the Bruins couldn’t come up with the big hit it needed, the big play, or the key strikeout — Tuesday’s 8-3 win over Folsom just plain felt good for the Ponderosa baseball team. […]

Cougars’ bats quiet in 6-1 loss to River City

River City starting pitcher Jason Wullenwaber struck out 10 El Dorado hitters, leading the visiting Raiders to a 6-1 victory in Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference varsity baseball game. Cougar starting pitcher Nik Rowen battled, allowing just two earned runs through five innings, but he ran into trouble in the sixth thanks to three consecutive hits […]

Griz baseball setback hurts more ways than one

GARDEN VALLEY — Battling San Juan and Vacaville Christian for second place in the Sierra Delta League, host Golden Sierra fell to the Spartans 14-3 Tuesday in a game replayed from the bottom of the second inning on due to the Grizzlies’ successful appeal from an earlier matchup. Originally, San Juan thought it had won the […]

Oak Ridge athletes sign on dotted line

EL DORADO HILLS — Breakfast and forms to sign greeted 11 Oak Ridge athletes bright and early on a Monday morning earlier this month. As family and friends enjoyed the moment the students signed letters of intent to continue competing for the college or university of their choice after months of agonizing, visits and decision […]

El Dorado wins all divisions in Twilight Invite

Records were broken and personal bests were the norm in the seventh annual Twilight Invitational at El Dorado Friday. The meet, which began at Union Mine in 2001, was taken over by El Dorado coaches Peanut and Tena Harms seven years ago and has grown into the “biggest track and field meet in El Dorado […]

Roundup: May 3, 2011

Boys golf Sierra Valley Conference 18-hole tournament at Teal Bend GC. 1-Vista Del Lago, 405; 2-Union Mine, 423; 3-Galt, 451; 4-Cosumnes Oaks, 460; 5-Liberty Ranch, 465; 6-El Dorado, 470. UM scores: Kyle Listar, 79; Nathan Fuller, 79; Jordan Jones, 81; Paxton Fitzpatrick, 87; Mitch Wicks, 97; Joe Lehr, 99. ED scores: Tanner Lichty, 83; Cohl […]

D’backs’ offense buries Liberty Ranch on Senior Night

EL DORADO — Union Mine jumped on visiting Liberty Ranch pitching early and often, recording an extra base hit in all six offensive innings en route to a 12-5 victory in Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference varsity baseball game. Sophomore infielder Sean Tow ended a three-run first inning for the home team with a strikeout, tossing […]

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