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Golden Sierra gets Sr. Night victory

GARDEN VALLEY — Playing for the final time on their home floor, Golden Sierra High seniors Emily Matthews and Gwen Brown combined for 15 points and 18 rebounds Tuesday as the Grizzlies, behind an active defense, overcame a slow start to upend visiting Rio Vista 39-17 in Sierra Delta League girls basketball action. The victory was the […]

Outside with Charlie: Be safe

Going into the forest any time of year requires planning and common sense. Heading out in the winter requires more planning, more common sense and a good deal of knowledge about winter in the woods. Downhill skiers know that ski resorts take safety quite seriously. Ski area boundaries are well defined and qualified members of […]

Bruins, El Dorado win ski titles

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Despite a push by El Dorado in the final race of the season, Ponderosa’s boys skiers claimed their fourth consecutive South 1 Division ski title at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Bruins won Monday’s race on Lower Main by the score of 104-103 over the Cougars to total 629 team points for a 17-point winning margin […]

Jonah Harm selected to All Star meet

Placerville’s  Jonah Harm, 10, a member of AquaSol, was selected from Sierra Nevada Swimming to participate in the two-day All Star short course meet Jan. 22-23 in Selma. There were three teams competing at the meet representing Central California, Sierra Nevada and San Diego Imperial.  There were 48 swimmers on each team, 16 swimmers, eight […]

Cougar boys snowboard champs by a mere point over Union Mine

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — El Dorado High’s Lars Bolster knew the score and he knew he had to do something about it. Throwing caution to the wind — which was aplenty for Monday’s final regular season South 1 Division race — the senior Cougar snowboarder went for it in his second slalom run on Sierra-at-Tahoe Lower Main […]

Delta River League tourney advances 23 from area

ELK GROVE — The Ponderosa and Oak Ridge wrestling teams started the postseason and the road to the state meet Saturday at Pleasant Grove in the Delta River League championships. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to this weekend’s Divsional meet at Franklin High. Ponderosa’s entire team of 14 will move on […]

Weekend roundup

Boys basketball Ponderosa 48, Jesuit 65 — Bruin seniors who played in their last game at home Friday include Zacc Williams, Dom Campodomico, Ryan Miles, Taylor Bybee, Travis Fisher, Chris Brown and Griffin Fontana. Against the Marauders, Fisher scored 11 points; Williams, 10; Brown, eight; and Bybee, seven. Girls basketball Golden Sierra 43, San Juan […]

Sports schedule: Feb. 14-19

Monday, Feb. 14 Alpine racing ED, GS, PHS, UM @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, slalom, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 Girls basketball *Rio Vista @ GS, 7 p.m. UM @ Vista, 7:30 ED @ River City, 7:30 Wednesday, Feb. 16 Boys basketball *Rio Vista @ GS, 7 p.m. *River City @ ED, 7:30 *Vista @ UM, 7:30 Thursday, […]

Three Griz wrestlers qualify to move on

SACRAMENTO — At the end of a long day of competition at Capital Christian Saturday, two Golden Sierra wrestlers were champions and one placed second in the Golden Empire/Sierra Delta League championships. The SDL was allowed two wrestlers per weight class while the GEL sends four in each bracket to the small school subsection meet […]

Sierra Valley Conference wrestling decides champions

FOLSOM — Six Diamondbacks and one Cougar won titles at Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference wrestling championships at Vista del Lago. The tournament is the first step in wrestling’s postseason. In all, 17 area grapplers who placed in the top four from Union Mine and El Dorado plus an alternate move on to this weekend’s Division […]

Lady Cougars clinch 3rd consecutive championship

Before Friday night’s Sierra Valley Conference game between the El Dorado girls basketball team and visiting Union Mine, the Lady Cougars honored seniors Sarah Mackey and Jenni McCaughey. As part of the Senior Night festivities, El Dorado coach Pat Winter also presented flowers to the three Union Mine seniors — Taylor DeSilva, Ashlynn  Parker and […]

Oak Ridge boys fall short in overtime

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge boys basketball team entered Friday’s game against Folsom on a high note after having knocked off Pleasant Grove Wednesday and breaking a four-game losing streak, but the high was erased with an 58-50 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. The Trojans played the first half without their leading scorer Bryce […]

El Dorado boys put away D’backs

EL DORADO – Daniel Smith, Joe Visman and David Cochran teamed to score 49 points Friday and El Dorado, on the strength of a 25-10 fourth quarter, upended host Union Mine 66-46 at the Snake Pit. The Cougar trio did most of their damage in the first and third quarters — scoring 36 of El Dorado’s […]

The Outdoorsman: American River steelies

The steelhead are here in big numbers in the American River. Trollers are doing well in the main river primarily around Sailer Bar and the Nimbus crowd is also doing well tossing spinners and crawlers. Many of the steelies range from 4 to 10 pounds with a 2-pound limit. It appears this is just the start […]

Roundup: Feb. 10, 2011

Girls basketball El Dorado 55, Liberty Ranch 38 — The Lady Cougars outscored the Hawks 35-19 in the middle two periods to guarantee a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title. El Dorado is 10-0 in league with two to play. Ponderosa 61, Folsom 45 — The Lady Bruins completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs to […]

Cougars boys clinch 1st title since mid-80s

It’s official! No team can catch El Dorado now. Wednesday’s game pitting Liberty Ranch at El Dorado turned into a yawner after one quarter and ended with the Cougars easily winning their 24th game of the year 83-49. But it was the event of this century for the Cougar boys basketball team as it wrapped […]

Ponderosa falls to Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Cold shooting, nonexistent offensive rhythm and turnovers cost host Ponderosa High a chance to win its first Delta River League game Wednesday night in Shingle Springs. Folsom steadily built its lead in the second half to come out 57-42 winners. An optimistic Bruin squad took to the court hoping to even the […]

Oak Ridge girls celebrate Senior Night

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge girls basketball team moved into second place in the Delta River League standings all alone with a 53-44 victory over visiting Pleasant Grove Tuesday. Flowers and tributes opened the evening’s festivities as seniors Dakota McLarnan, Stefanie Walberg, Alexa Pickett, Carly Bettencourt, Natalie Stone and Hayley Padua-Dean celebrated their […]

Raiders upend Lady Diamondbacks

EL DORADO — After one half of Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game with visiting River City, the Union Mine girls basketball team trailed by 10 points. The team fell behind 40-22 in the third quarter but with a little over two minutes to go, the Lady Diamondbacks used tremendous determination to go on 12-2 run […]

Heinz-sight: Fiestas and siestas

Brrrrr! Lately, the Democrat, especially sports, has been filled with scenic pictures of snow-covered hills, columns on the local winter snowparks and weekly coverage of the prep alpine ski and snowboard races. So with that in mind, here’s something to warm up to … The buffet line at the Barcelo Los Cabos Deluxe Hotel in […]

MaxPreps All State Volleyball Team includes three local girls

You may have missed it. There was no fanfare, no announcement, no press conference — just a quiet posting on the MaxPreps Website of the 2010 California All-State High School Volleyball Teams. The recognition, based on the individuals’ performances and contributions to their teams, is the highest award high school athletes can attain in their […]

Roundup: Feb. 7, 2011

Buddy Werner Youth Ski Results Second race: Feb. 6, 2011 Sierra-At-Tahoe Boys: 1-Zachary Fitzpatrick, 24.91; 2-Blake Xavier, 26.14; 3-Martin Padilla, 26.6; 4-Hunter Lay, 27.15; 5-Shaun Gilmore, 27.41; 6-Joel Kaderka, 28.83; 7-Brady Ruppenthal, 29.05; 8-Michael Xavier, 29.1,9; 9-Tyler Atkinson, 30.36; 10-Bryce Templeton, 30.47; 11-Justin Malone, 30.72; 12-Jeremy Yao, 31.49; 13-Patrick Irwin, 32.09; 14-Jake Christiansen, 32.22; 15-James […]

Five down, one to go

Standings still tight after fifth Alpine event SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — No jacket required describes weather conditions Monday as the South 1 Division teams competed in the year’s next-to-last regular season race at Sierra Ski Ranch. The slalom event saw the Ponderosa boys skiers with Reid Lambres, Nolan Leupp, Andrew Olson and Alex Matzat in the top […]

Oak Ridge skid continues

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sheldon boys baskeball team showed why it’s No. 1 and undefeated in the Delta River League Friday night, cruising to a 70-56 victory over Oak Ridge. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Trojans, whose unbeaten streak came to an end with a five-point loss to Pleasant […]

AquaSol shines at Speedo Sectionals

LONG BEACH — AquaSol swimmers Kevin Mertz, Mikaela Fuller and Haley Owens qualified for the Speedo Gold Sectional Championships held in Long Beach at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool Dec.17-21. This short course meet hosted approximately 2,000 men and women representing 104 teams from Pacific Swimming, Central California, San Diego-Imperial, Southern California and sub regions, and […]

Three Trojans sign

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Trojans from the Oak Ridge football program inked their names to a college Letter of Intent to play at the next level at a signing ceremony last Wednesday at the school’s multi-purpose room. Quarterback Will Tostenson will take his talents to Azusa Pacific; shifty power running back Jordan Matanane will […]

Under the Scoreboard: Feb. 6, 2011

Two area football players signed last week out of the Sacramento City College program. Wide receiver Matt Porrazzo (Ponderosa) will join his brother Nick Porrazzo at Dixie State in Utah and offensive lineman Anthony Thrift (Union Mine) moves on to Mary in North Dakota.

Sports schedule: Feb. 7-12, 2011

Monday, Feb. 7 Alpine racing PHS, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, slalom, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 Girls basketball River City @ UM, 7:30 *Pleasant Grove @ OR, 7 p.m. PHS @ Folsom, 7 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 Wednesday, Feb. 9 Boys basketball *Folsom @ PHS, 7 p.m. Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7:30 […]

Roundup: Feb. 5, 2011

Wrestling Section Team Duals Lincoln of Stockton HS Top two teams in each league/conference in the Sac-Joaquin Section compete in the single elimination team dual. Ponderosa, winner of the Delta River League, defeated Lodi 62-7 in the first round in Division I, but lost to Vacaville 44-7 in the semifinal round. Eric Greybill (112 pounds) […]

El Dorado boys pummel Galt

The El Dorado boys basketball team continued its march through the Sierra Valley Conference with an 82-63 pummeling of the Galt Warriors Friday night at L.A. Brown Gym. The victory boosted the team’s league record to 9-0. With three games left, the Cougars are guaranteed a share of the league title. El Dorado established dominance early, scoring […]

Ponderosa boys continue to struggle

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa boys basketball team’s season struggles continued Friday with another Delta River League loss at home. After an excellent opening four minutes, the game changed dramatically in favor of visiting Pleasant Grove, who handed the Bruins a tough 71-49 loss and dropped Ponderosa to 0-7 in the league standings. Ryan Miles […]

Super Bowl has local connections

In 2010 the big news for El Dorado County concerning the Super Bowl was Oak Ridge graduate Austin Collie, one of Indianapolis Colt quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite receivers. This year the Green Bay Packers’ sideline will include James Campen, the offensive line coach and former player. This is his seventh season with the Packers, 12th […]

Cougar wrestling drops close one

El Dorado High’s wrestling team came into Wednesday’s home match looking to turn its team improvements from the year into a Sierra Valley Conference victory against River City. Despite determination and desire, the Cougars almost pulled out a Senior and Hall of Fame Night win, but in the end they came up short by the […]

The Outdoorsman: Sanddabs by the hundreds

One boat, 18 passengers, nearly 800 sanddabs for the half day trip out of Santa Cruz, almost 50 “dabs” per person — that’s how good the dab fishing is right now. It’s not a long boat ride either … about 9 miles. The ocean depth is about 250 feet, but the dabs were feeding at […]

Roundup: Feb. 4, 2011

Boys basketball El Dorado 66, Cosumnes Oaks 51 — Sparked by a 26-15 first quarter, the Cougars won Wednesday’s road game to improve to 8-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Joe Visman led all scorers with 22 points, Daniel Smith bucketed 15, and Nick Jemmott had 13. Union Mine 55, Liberty Ranch 42 — The Diamondbacks […]

Trojan wrestlers take 3rd in league

EL DORADO HILLS — Winning the final five matches Wednesday, including closing back-to-back pins by Hugh Ellerman and Vince Waldhauser, Oak Ridge High wrestling rallied for a 38-28 victory over visiting Sheldon. The Senior Night win gave the Trojans third place over the Huskies with a 3-2 Delta River League record. Before the match, the […]

Roundup: Feb. 2, 2011

Girls basketball Ponderosa 63, Sheldon 42 — Olivia Nelson bucketed a season-high 23 points Tuesday as the visiting Bruins overcame a slow start to zoom past the host Huskies. The victory squared Ponderosa’s Delta River League record at 3-3. Sheldon jumped out to a 17-10 lead after a quarter of play before the Bruins mounted […]

D’back grapplers win first title

EL DORADO — For the entire Sierra Valley Conference season, the Union Mine wrestling team dominated its competition. Undefeated in the SVC, the Diamondbacks took the mat Tuesday with a chance to bring home the first league title in school history. The showdown for the championship was against another undefeated team, Vista Del Lago, a […]

St. Francis downs Troy

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High girls basketball team came into Tuesday’s game against Delta River League nemesis St. Francis on a four-game winning streak and though the Lady Trojans played hard in the nail-biter of a game, it wasn’t enough as the Troubadours won 63-55 to sweep the season series. Oak Ridge took […]

El Dorado girls squash Wolfpack

Led by Emily Boyd’s double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and and a solid effort off the bench from Liz Danke who added 11 points, host El Dorado doubled up on Cosumnes Oaks 66-33 Tuesday night to improve to 8-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference standings. Boyd scored 11 first-half points as the Cougars led by […]

South 1 completes fourth race

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Tightened standings, team lead changes and individual streaks that both continued and ended were themes coming out of Monday’s fourth South 1 Division ski and snowboard race at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Under good weather and snow conditions, racers competed in the third and final giant slalom — boarders on Lower Powderhorn and skiers on Clipper. Team […]

Book review: Tahoe author’s critical look at the ski industry

To some people, Jerry Goodman has lived quite the enviable life. He’s resided in Lake Tahoe for much of his adulthood, owns a home on 1½ acres, and literally walks to his favorite ski resort any time he gets the urge to challenge the mountain at Heavenly. Goodman is one of many people profiled in […]

Trojan biker unseats national champ

GRANITE BAY — Second-year Trojan mountain bike racer Maren Cosens beat the current XTerra national champion during Saturday’s first race series of the all-new Sierra Nevada High School Racing League. Cosens was one of three competitors from the Trojans High School Mountain Bike Team to place first in the race, and the only Trojan Category […]

Under the Scoreboard: Jan. 31, 2011

Wear pink and join the Oak Ridge girls basketball team Tuesday, Feb. 1, for Breast Cancer Awareness Night and Elementary School Night at the Lady Trojans’ game with visiting St. Francis. Tip off for the freshman game is 4 p.m. followed by the junior varsity game at 530 and the varsity game at 7. The […]

Sports schedule: Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2011

Monday, Jan. 31 Alpine racing PHS, ED, GS, UM @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, giant slalom, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 Girls basketball St. Francis @ OR, 7 p.m. Sheldon @ PHS, 7 p.m. Cosumnes Oaks @ ED, 7:30 GS @ Encina, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 Wrestling *Vista @ UM, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 […]

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