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Stormin’ Norman series represented

Read all the Stormin’ Norman stories by clicking here In the fall of 2001, Norm Stoldt of Somerset came to the Mountain Democrat with a journal he had written about his adventures section-hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. At one time an avid runner who still enjoys race-walking, physical problems had forced Stoldt to find […]

Gladiator Challenge ‘High Octane’ warms the crowd on a cold, rainy day

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Diehard fans turned out in full force Saturday afternoon in spite of the cold and rain for Gladiator Challenge’s “High Octane,” Mixed Martial Arts fights at the Shingle Springs Rancheria. Enduring near freezing tremperatures and rain, the fans proved to be as hardy as the fighters they came to cheer. The first […]

Trojan, Bruin tennis teams break serve in a new league

Both the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High boys tennis teams embark on new challenges this spring playing in a new league and a higher division. One thing that won’t change: as members of the Delta River League, the Trojans and Bruins will still play each other twice during the regular season. Despite its string of […]

Under the Scoreboard: March 21, 2011

El Dorado High’s Sarah Mackey and Daniel Smith, along with Oak Ridge duo Carly Bettencourt and Dakota McLarnan, were all selected to participate in the the upcoming 34th annual Optimist All Star basketball game April 2 at Center High School. Mackey averaged a double-double, 14.1 points, 12 rebounds, both team highs, in her final season […]

Vail Resorts announces Tahoe season pass program

LAKE TAHOE — Vail Resorts, Inc. announced its 2011/12 ski and snowboard season pass program that includes its Lake Tahoe resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort (skiheavenly.com) and Northstar-at-Tahoe (northstarattahoe.com), and features the return of the Epic Pass and the Epic 7-Day, as well as the addition of the Epic Local and Tahoe Value passes. “We’ve created […]

El Dorado swimmers even league record with win over Union Mine

The El Dorado swim teams opened the Sierra Valley Conference March 9 with a loss to powerful Vista del Lago, but evened their season record a week later at cross-town rival Union Mine, as both the girls and boys teams out-swam the Diamondbacks. Vista’s boys just got by the Cougar boys, winning 87-83. The Cougars […]

Schedule: March 21-26, 2011

Monday, March 21 Baseball UM @ ED, 4 p.m. Golf PHS, OR @ DRL Tourney, Serrano CC, 1 p.m. UM @ Aiello Invite, Discovery Bay CC, 9 a.m. Soccer Highlands @ GS, 6:30 Softball Nevada Union @ GS, 4 p.m. Boys tennis Sheldon @ PHS, Millennium SC, 3:45 OR @ Jesuit, Rio Del Oro RC, […]

Oak Ridge swimmers notch first win of the season over Sheldon

ELK GROVE —  The Oak Ridge swim team swam to victory in its first Delta River League meet at Sheldon March 16. Both the boys and girls teams won by a landslide — the varsity boys won 140-46, and the varsity girls easily outdid the Huskies 134-40. “For our first meet I was very impressed by […]

Allison Prior wins gold at U.S. Open Taekwondo championships

The 2011 USA Taekwondo United States Open was held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, Feb. 17-21. This year was the 20th anniversary of the event and featured a field of more than 1,000 athletes, including numerous world and Olympic medalists. There were 55 nations represented, including 29 national teams, and the United States […]

Roundup: March 18, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Franklin 25-01, 25-15, 28-26 — Bruin stat leaders: Griffin O’Camb, 11 kills, 11 serve receives, two aces; Duncan Alexander, eight kills, eight serve receives, three aces; Nick Jokerst, seven serve receives, seven digs, four kills; Brock Dyer, four kills, two blocks, Joel Engelmann, 25 assists; Riley Moore, eight serve receives. Oak Ridge […]

Korean swim team training in South Lake pool

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Part of the Korean national swim team is training for the 2012 Olympics in South Lake Tahoe — and not just at the pool. The group of five sprinters and one butterfly competitor led by coach Sung K. Baek is also hitting the slopes with hopes that the high-altitude exercise will […]

Ponderosa swimmers split with Pleasant Grove

CAMERON PARK — The Ponderosa swim teams held their first Delta River League meet of the season at the Cameron Park Community Service District pool where they’ve been training while their home pool at the school is being refurbished. The Bruin boys won five events but were edged by Pleasant Grove by a single point, […]

Bruin, Trojan golfers face the unknown

The boys golf teams from Ponderosa and Oak Ridge will not only face new teams this season, they must adjust to a new type of schedule. Instead of the nine-hole home and away dual matches and two 18-hole tournaments they’ve played in the past, every team in the Delta River League competes in four 18-hole […]

The Outdoorsman: Sturgeon prowling

From Martinez upriver past Rio Vista, Sacramento and all the way to Verona, the hornbacks are searching for food. They don’t care about muddy river waters. Their keen sense of smell leads them to the prize. Ghost shrimp, pile worms and whole sardines all work to entice the sturgeon to feed. Numerous 65-pounders have been […]

Cougars stun West Campus in 5

The El Dorado boys volleyball team flirted with the prospects of an early evening before deciding to keep playing Wednesday, rallying from a two-game deficit to overtake visiting West Campus in five sets 23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-10 in Sierra Valley Conference action. The victory improved the Cougars’ conference record to 2-1. The Cougars were […]

Coach Squarejaw: Basketball’s biggest dance

The sweet basketball music that is “March Madness” began Tuesday. Sixty-eight college men teams are vying for our nation’s basketball title. There are plenty of contenders, some outside chances and the underdogs — the less known little guys who are trying to take down the big dogs. What the heck I am talking about? Many […]

Rain cancels Speedway’s Civil War opener

Handy Racing Promotions has again had to cancel another event at Placerville Speedway. Saturday night’s Civil War Series opener is the latest victim of Mother Nature. Due to already heavily saturated grounds and additional heavy rains in the forecast for later this week, track management decided to cancel. The make-up race will take place on […]

Roundup: March 17, 2011

Soccer Union Mine 3, Argonaut 2 — The Lady Diamondbacks overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit with two second-half goals to win Tuesday’s nonleague match. Offensively for Union Mine, Ashley Reese scores twice and Aierra Wright tallied the other goal. Defensively, D’back keeper Ashlynn Parker had 12 saves; Molly Armanino and Alena Salsberg each made nine […]

Cougars’ soccer match interrupted

Alayna Paterson’s fortunate bounce over El Dorado keeper Paris Coyne 24 minutes into the first half stood as the only score for visiting River City against the Cougars in the driving rain and wind Tuesday night. Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference match was stopped with seven minutes left when a section of turf in front of River […]

Union Mine swimmers swamped by River City

WEST SACRAMENTO – The Union Mine swim teams were defeated by River City in the Diamondbacks’ first Sierra Valley Conference meet of the season March 9. The varsity girls lost 76-95 to the Raiders; the boys were defeated 60-112. “Our team competed reasonably well overall,” Union Mine coach Steve Skidmore said. “This is definitely a […]

Grizzly soccer unloads on Spartans

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s soccer team took on visiting San Juan Monday in search of its first win of the season on a cold, dreary and rainy evening. Despite the elements, the Grizzlies wasted little time taking command. Five minutes in Kaleigh Brothers ran onto a through pass from Erin Anderson and crushed […]

Heinz-sight: My kind of town

I’m guilty of previously describing Bakersfield in this column space as a sprawling truck stop. But after expanding my perimeter on a recent visit, I think my original portrayal is an insult to sprawling truck stops. There’s only one reason to pull off the highway in Bakersfield and that’s to take in the CIF Wrestling […]

Jimmy Scarr wins wrestling TOC

LOOMIS — Jimmy Scarr, an eighth-grade wrestler at Camerado Middle School, won the 100-pound weight division in the 43rd annual Northern California Junior High Tournament of Champions. The tournament, co-hosted by Golden Sierra and Del Oro high schools and the Georgetown Wrestling Club, includes the top junior high wrestlers in Northern California from Bakersfield to […]

Roundup: March 16, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Ponderosa 1 Singles (OR first): Tanner Schmutte def. by Kevin Valentine 6-7 (6-8). 6-6 (retired); Andrew Hall def. Christian Bower 6-2, 6-3; Jimmy Giovannini def. Jake Wiesner 6-0, 6-0; Alex Charn def. Forrest Bacchi 6-1, 6-1; Jacob Zetlin def. Jeff Picard 6-0, 6-0; Nick Atkinson def. Brendon Sauer 6-0, 6-1. Doubles […]

Historic Granlibakken provides unique winter experience

Although its hill is extremely modest and barely garners a mention among Lake Tahoe’s many famed ski resorts, for several decades Granlibakken was known as the only winter playground in the entire Tahoe basin. Never heard of Granlibakken? That’s not surprising. Drive too swiftly along scenic Highway 89 on Tahoe’s scenic west shore and it’s […]

Ryan Adams signs with Concordia

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge football player Ryan Adams’ future is looking bright. He’s got the grades. He’s got the skills. And thanks to his ability as a powerful running back, he’ll enjoy one of the best college educations available in the United States. In an informal get-together at his parents’ El Dorado Hills […]

Under the Scoreboard: March 14, 2011

Wow! This softball season promises to be a battle royale in the Delta River League. Cal-Hi sports’ top 20 teams in California lists four from the Sacramento area and three from the Delta River League. Elk Grove is No. 1 in the state — luckily the Thundering Herd is in another league. But joining the […]

Sports schedule: March 14, 2011

Monday, March 14 Baseball *Liberty Ranch @ ED, 4 p.m. *UM @ Galt, 4:15 Girls soccer *San Juan @ GS, 5 p.m. Boys tennis *OR @ PHS, Millennium RC, 3:45 Boys volleyball *Vista @ ED, 6 p.m. *UM @ West Campus, 6 p.m. *GS @ Capital Christian, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 Baseball *River City […]

Grizzlies maul Encina

GARDEN VALLEY — Batting around twice, host Golden Sierra, aided by walks, hit batters and errors, ripped hapless Encina Prep 19-4 in four and a half innings Friday afternoon in Sierra Delta League baseball action. The Grizzlies tallied 11 times in the bottom of the first, two in the second and scored their final six […]

Weekend roundup

Baseball Oak Ridge 5, Rosemont 1 — Zach Mahon pitched five innings Friday, allowing two hits, one run and striking out eighth as the visiting Trojans improved to 2-0 on the season. Cole Hanson threw the final two innings and fanned four. Mahon, Lance Berringer and Mason Watkins all had two hits for Oak Ridge. […]

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 […]

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