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Cougar water polo off to a strong start

The El Dorado High water polo season started with victories by both the boys and girls teams. In their season opener Tuesday against visiting Casa Roble, the boys won 12-5 and the girls followed with an equally impressive 12-6 win. “I was really proud of both teams today,” Cougar head coach Marc Hughes said. “We […]

Ponderosa football still stuck at the start line

GRASS VALLEY —  It played out like a well-written Hollywood script — for the home team. First drive goes six plays for a score. After a three-and-out on defense, a punt return gives the offense a short field. Offense scores again to go up by two touchdowns. On the ensuing kickoff, the kicking team recovers […]

Jorden Marinelli takes his game to international stage

RESCUE — If Jorden Marinelli had to write about his summer vacation, he would sprinkle in words like Western Hemisphere, unique opportunity and international. In late July, Marinelli took the concept of travel ball to an extreme level when he played in the Latin American Baseball Classic in the Dominican Republic — not your typical […]

Oak Ridge upends Thunder behind late touchdowns

EL DORADO HILLS — Preston Dean’s two touchdown runs in the last half of the fourth quarter broke a tie to give host Oak Ridge High a 21-7 defensive-oriented preseason win over Rocklin Friday night. Dean went up the middle from 9 yards out with 7:03 left to put the Trojans in the lead before […]

Grizzly harriers open season at Renfree Challenge

SACRAMENTO — The Golden Sierra cross country team toed the line Thursday afternoon for the start of the cross country season at the Renfree Challenge Invitational in Sacramento. The Grizzly girls opened the season right where they left off last year, winning the team title over Sierra Delta League rivals Bradshaw Christian, second, and Highlands, […]

Fusano’s U. S. Open bid ends

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Christina Fusano’s final professional tennis tournament, an appearance in the prestigious U.S. Open, ended late Friday as Fusano and mixed doubles partner David Martin lost to Daniela Hantuchova-Mark Knowles 2-6, 5-7 at the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, N.Y. After dropping the first set, Fusano and Martin held a 5-2 advantage in […]

Prep football preseason games open in Week 1

Union Mine High opens its season tonight, while three other local teams ready for battle in their second week of action. The Diamondbacks begin on the road at El Camino, Ponderosa takes Highway 49 to Grass Valley for a game against Nevada Union, and two teams play at home. Oak Ridge hosts Rocklin and Golden […]

Final point races will ignite Placerville Speedway

Tonight is the final Red Hawk Casino Championship point race of the season at Placerville Speedway, featuring a four-division program sure to bring fans to the edge of their seats. The night concludes with the crowning of the 2011 division champions and the Rookie of the Year. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and […]

Roundup: Sept. 1, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Rio Americano 0 Singles (Oak Ridge first): Tory Trylovich def. Jessica Crockett 6-2, 6-2; Julia Dunnigan def. Lexi Goldwyn 6-2, 6-3; Julia Lund def. Taylor Goggeshall 6-1, 6-2; Lauren Roppolo def. Cleary Chizma 6-2, 6-1; Rachel Librach def. Olivia Caneen 6-4, 1-6, 10-4; Teja Chalamcherla def. Paige Bagragano 6-1, 6-1. Doubles […]

The Outdoorsman: Dove opener

The dove season is open and predicted to be the best in years up and down the valley, in the foothills and the Delta — and even some higher elevations. The limit of 10 was easy for many hunting with shotguns. Dove hatches this year were exceptional … with a third hatch still possible. The […]

Oak Ridge volleyball outlasts Del Oro

By Kristi Speir EL DORADO HILLS — It’s been four long years since the Oak Ridge High volleyball team won a match against Del Oro. But with determination and strong leadership in Tuesday’s preseason match, the Trojans got it done decisively — sweeping the Golden Eagles in three straight games, 26-24, 25-23, 25-23. Oak Ridge is now […]

Bruin volleyball sweeps Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s volleyball team hosted Ponderosa Monday in the traditional Foundation Game meeting between the programs. After a loss to Granite Bay Friday, the Grizzlies hoped for a better outing but despite improved play, the outcome was the same as Ponderosa left with a 3-0 victory. Bruin Lianna Sybeldon opened the […]

USA PRIDE takes second

The USA PRIDE 16 and under softball team from El Dorado Hills took second place at the National Softball Association’s “August Meltdown” tournament. The PRIDE was undefeated in the seeding and playoff rounds, outscoring the competition 27-8 over four games, before running into a strong team from Stockton in the finals. “I am very proud […]

Local talent competes in national tourneys

The United States Volleyball Association’s Junior National Championships were held in July — the boys traveled to Minneapolis, Minn. for their tournament and the girls were in Atlanta, Ga. Several teams from California qualified for the tournament including five boys teams and three girls teams. The 32nd annual girls tournament included three divisions — Open, […]

Tahoe Fund partners with Heavenly and Northstar resorts

LAKE TAHOE — The nonprofit Tahoe Fund partnership with Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, called the “Ski Conservation Fund,” will raise an estimated $75,000 annually for the nonprofit fund to support environmental improvement projects within the Lake Tahoe Basin. Founded last year, the Tahoe Fund raises private money to supplement the dwindling public funding […]

Roundup: Aug. 30, 2011

Boys soccer Ponderosa 3, Cordova 1 — Bruin scorers: Matt Culver scored twice, once on a corner header, and Bruin captain Connor Swartz added a goal in the preseason game. El Dorado 4, Amador 0 Girls volleyball Ponderosa def. Golden Sierra 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 Cold Springs Ladies Golf Par points Ace of the Month: Cathy […]

Outside with Charlie: Horsetail Falls

The summer season in the Sierra is far from over. The weather is perfect for a jaunt on plenty of easily accessible areas for day hikes, including Horsetail Falls, an astonishing spot. The popular falls, which feed Pyramid Creek, are on Highway 50 a bit past Strawberry at Twin Bridges. Pyramid Creek runs under Highway 50 […]

Cycle the coast for a great cause

The Audi Best Buddies Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10. This biking event is a fundraiser to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This ride takes participants down the Pacific Coast Highway with several riding options: 100 miles, 65 miles, 35 miles or 15 miles. There is also a 5K run or walk. […]

D’back volleyball sets sights on section title

EL DORADO — They’re baaaaaaaack! Union Mine High volleyball fans accustomed to seeing scrappy, hustling, defensive-oriented Lady Diamondback teams throughout the years won’t be disappointed with the 2011 version. According to head coach Mike Yates, the squad will be grittier once one of several auditioning players fills the void left by savvy all-league, do-everything setter […]

Magaruh brings local team to victory lane; Forsberg locks sprint title

Curtiss and Micheli earn wins For many years Placerville resident Mark Wells has dabbled in the sport of sprint car racing locally. Operating on a limited budget, Wells has made sporadic appearances at Placerville Speedway with a “go out and have fun” attitude. This past Saturday night, Wells had more fun at the speedway and […]

Oak Ridge defeats rival Vista 33-22 to start season

Special teams’ play factors into outcome EL DORADO HILLS — Friday night’s Oak Ridge High-Vista del Lago football game to kick off the season featured just about all that could go right — and wrong — on a football field: Two tantalizing kickoff returns for touchdowns; several long passes going for scores; defenses that came […]

Golden Sierra opens victoriously

GARDEN VALLEY —  The Golden Sierra football squad opened the 2011 campaign Friday under new head coach John Hilton against old nemesis Capital Christian. Utilizing a methodical and effective offense combined with an aggressive and crushing defense, the Grizzlies dominated the visiting Cougars from start to finish and walked away with a convincing 27-7 victory […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 29, 2011

Former Cal-Berkeley NCAA doubles champion and tennis pro Christina Fusano, featured in the Aug. 22 edition of the Mountain Democrat, teamed with mixed doubles partner David Martin (Huntington Beach) to defeat Elk Grove’s Yasmin Schnack and Sacramento’s Eric Roberson 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 to win the U.S. Open National Playoffs Saturday at the Connecticut Tennis Center […]

Sports schedule: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2011

Monday, Aug. 29 Boys soccer Del Campo @ ED, 6:30 PHS @ Cordova, 6 p.m. Girls volleyball: Foundation games PHS @ GS, 7 p.m. Bella Vista @ UM, 7 p.m. OR @ Vista, 7 p.m. ED @ Pioneer, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 Girls golf UM @ Lady Miner Fall Classic, Alta Sierra CC, noon […]

Mustangs’ bruising ground game leaves its mark on El Dorado

El Dorado High’s defense faced a barrage of running backs — eight overall — in Friday night’s nonleague football opener. Though Foothill’s passing game wasn’t a threat, the strength, quickness and athleticism of its ground attack was and when the night ended, the host Cougars felt the effects physically and on the scoreboard to the tune […]

Thundering Herd runs to victory over Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The good news was that in its first offensive drive Friday night, the Ponderosa High football team reached into Elk Grove’s red zone. Starting from their own 20-yard line, the Bruins faced a fourth down and 5 yards to go at the Thundering Herd’s 17-yard line. With 6:04 left in the first quarter […]

Roundup: Aug. 28 2011

Volleyball El Dorado def. Amador 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 Union Mine def. by El Camino 25-21, 24-26, 12-25, 15-25 Golden Sierra def. by Granite Bay 11-25, 16-25, 16-25 

Speedway championships on the line Saturday night

The season is winding down and the action is heating up at Placerville Speedway. Saturday night three divisions will compete in the penultimate Red Hawk Casino championship race of the season. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will form the race card on an evening sure to be exciting as one […]

Patriot Golf Day benefits Folds of Honor Foundation

VACAVILLE — The Northern California PGA Foundation is pleased to announce Patriot Golf Day, which is being held Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5. This is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving […]

Routsong brothers reunite at Embry Riddle

SHINGLE SPRINGS — When Jesse Routsong returned to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz, this week for his second year of college and his second wrestling season, he had more than new clothes and school supplies with him. His brother Jeff is going as a new recruit. Like most brothers after high school, Jesse and […]

Four football teams open Friday in ‘zero week’ action

Prep football opens a week earlier this season in “zero week.” Four of El Dorado County’s five high school teams are in action — all at home. The featured game pits the Vista del Lago Eagles against Oak Ridge; Ponderosa hosts the Thundering Herd of Elk Grove; El Dorado entertains Foothill and Golden Sierra welcomes […]

The Outdoorsman: Be flexible at Donner

No action? Then switch to another dock at Donner Lake. That’s the story there. If you’re not successful at one dock, move to one at the west end of the lake. When you find the right dock you will probably go home with a limit of trout. It’s strange but true. Why trout frequent the water under […]

BMXer Trevor Anderson moves up the ladder

Freestyle BMX rider Trevor Anderson is involved with his favorite sport in more ways than one. He enjoys it, works and sells it, advocates it and now, he’ll be teaching it. Anderson, 21, left recently for two weeks of training at Woodward West Action Sports Camp, 45 miles south of Bakersfield in Tehachapi. Anderson was […]

Boreal Mountain Resort introduces Woodward Tahoe

DONNER SUMMIT — Boreal Mountain Resort, a leader in creating exciting snow features and innovative terrain parks for beginner through elite athletes, is expanding its niche in the world of youth action sports with the opening of Woodward Tahoe, a youth action sports freeride and freeski instructional center and camp program. Woodward, long recognized as […]

Outside with Charlie: Lover’s Leap

No one knows when rock climbing started — most likely when people and rocks were introduced. Rock climbing is a very specialized sport that has grown in popularity the last few years. It’s no longer limited to wild-eyed men and women yelling things like “On belay!” You don’t even have to be outside. Climbing gyms […]

Tahoe resorts unveil new Triple Threat college pass

Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and Homewood mountain resorts have teamed to offer the Triple Threat season pass exclusively to college students during the 2011-2012 winter season. Students can choose the $199 *Limited Triple Threat, valid Monday through Friday, or the $329 **Unlimited Triple Threat pass, which is valid daily. Early purchase prices are available through Dec. […]

Christina Fusano’s tennis career veers in new direction

Here’s some good trivia: which professional player from El Dorado County has played women’s tennis great Serena Williams several times? Tough one? Here’s a clue. She prepped at Ponderosa High and faced Williams not that long ago at Sunrise Mall. You don’t have to ask Christina Fusano this question because she’s the answer. Playing the […]

Tahoe Milers present Kirkwood Adventure Trail Run

For a chance to win a Kirkwood season pass, come to Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Labor Day weekend and “Run At A Higher Level.” Beautiful Kirkwood Mountain Resort is the setting for the 31st annual Kirkwood 5K/10K Adventure Trail Run on Saturday, Sept. 3, starting with a one mile and a half mile fun run […]

Sports schedule: Aug. 23-26, 2011

Tuesday, Aug. 23 Girls golf Roseville @ Oak Ridge, Serrano CC, 3:30 Boys soccer Golden Sierra @ Amador, 4 p.m. Girls tennis Oak Ridge @ Del Oro, 3:30 Girls volleyball Ponderosa @ Roseville, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 Girls golf Granite Bay @ Oak Ridge, Serrano CC, 3:30 Girls volleyball Golden Sierra @ Bear River […]

Kirkwood Mountain Resort hosts two weekends of fat tire fun

Since 2009, bicycle event promotions company Team Bigfoot has brought high alpine mountain bike events to Tahoe’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort. This year the Arcata company scheduled back-to-back weekends of mountain bike events that offer a full array of racing and free activities. A highlight is the free women’s mountain bike skills clinic Friday, Aug. 26, […]

Freedom ’98 takes second at Suntan Classic

SACRAMENTO —  The American River Futbol Club’s under 14 girls’ soccer team, Freedom ’98, placed second at the Suntan Classic Tournament hosted by the Sacramento United Soccer Club at Cherry Island. The tough Freedom team beat out its competition all the way to the finals, starting with a 4-0 victory over East Diablo’s Impact Xplosion. […]

Speedway hosts ‘Reibes Auto Parts Night’ Saturday

The 2011 racing season is winding down to its final weeks at Placerville Speedway. Saturday night the Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing series presented by Handy Racing Promotions Inc. will feature the Winged 360 cubic inch Sprint Cars along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will […]

The Outdoorsman: Loon has good action

Loon Lake above Ice House and Union Valley in the lakes basin is triggering good action for trollers all over the lake. The rainbows range from 10 to 13 inches and will take nightcrawlers behind flashers, and will also slap at small lures behind flashers. Occasionally, a brown trout will be caught. If you are looking […]

Roundup: Correction

Cold Springs Golf and Country Club Ladies Golf 2011 18-hole Club Championship Finals: Aug. 9 Open division Low gross: Jerri Arens, 281 Low net: Gloria Gaetano, 223; Charlotte Henderson, 227 Senior division: Low gross: Roberta Galvez, 271 Low net: Rosemary Authier, 205; Ann Morris, 209

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