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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 […]

Folsom wins state title

CARSON — A steady barrage was interrupted by two feverish bursts Saturday in the Division II CIF State Football Championship game. That’s not a rain reference. It was awful weather and awful field conditions at the Home Depot Center on the California State University Dominguez Hills campus, but anyone associated with the Folsom High football […]

AquaSol survives Arctic Freeze

WOODLAND — Nine members of the AquaSol swim team participated in the Woodland Arctic Challenge, which hosted 400 swimmers representing 30 teams from Sierra Nevada and Pacific Swimming. AquaSol swimmers posted 12 best times and one new time standard at the meet. Hannah Covington, 13, had outstanding swims, with her first Junior Olympic cut in […]

Richard Hunter breaks down barriers

2010 CIM was a milestone for the visually impaired SACRAMENTO — When Richard Hunter of Folsom and Amjed Aboukhadijeh of El Dorado Hills crossed the finish line of the California International Marathon in 3 hours, 20.18 minutes, no one was more surprised than Hunter, a visually impaired runner. “I was worried about the race; I […]

Raising Kane: A look back

It’s that time when the sports department reviews the past year for the top 10 stories of 2010. I’ve been the Mountain Democrat sports editor for a decade, starting Dec. 7, 2000. The date is meaningful to me for more than one reason. I was two weeks old Dec. 7, 1941, and had just come […]

Sierra Delta League all league teams

Sierra Delta League All League teams Football MVP: Brady Dragmire, Bradshaw Christian MVP OFFENSE: James Aarhus, Vacaville Christian CO-MVP DEFENSE: Tyler Randall, Vacaville Christian; Jordan Winje, Golden Sierra MVP LINEMAN: Ian Fowler, Bradshaw Christian COACH OF THE YEAR: Drew Rickert , Bradshaw Christian First team offense: Quarterback: Daniel Lewis, Bradshaw Christian; Kurtis Stamm, Highlands Running back: […]

Roundup: Dec. 22, 2010

Boys basketball Ft. Bragg Tournament El Dorado 63, St. Elizabeth 51 — The Cougars won their opener Monday behind Daniel Smith’s 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Joe Visman added 18 points, Nick Jemmott bucketed eight and Kenny Headd, six. El Dorado trailed 29-27 after two quarters but outscored the Mustangs 18-8 in the […]

El Dorado sweeps at Hoop Festival

GARDEN VALLEY — Daniel Smith’s 33-point outburst Saturday afternoon capped a weekend sweep by El Dorado at the Gold Country Hoop Festival at Golden Sierra High School. Smith’s game-high output and another 16 points from Nick Jemmott led the Cougars over Forest Lake Christian 82-51. Earlier, El Dorado overwhelmed host Golden Sierra 79-21. The Cougars […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 20, 2010

Congratulations to neighboring Folsom High which won the CIF State Division II Bowl championship Saturday evening with a 48-20 victory over Serra of Gardenia. The Bulldogs led 14-o early, 21-20 at halftime and capitalized on blown coverage and second-half turnovers by the Cavaliers to add four touchdowns in the final two quarters. Folsom was the […]

Sports schedule: Dec. 20-26, 2010

Monday, Dec. 20 Boys basketball ED @ Fort Bragg Tourney Girls basketball PHS @ Bear River, TBA Tuesday, Dec. 21 Girls basketball Trojan Toss Up OR vs. Vista del Lago, 7 p.m. Nonleague Placer @ UM, 7 p.m. Boys basketball UM @ Lincoln Tourney ED @ Fort Bragg Tourney Wrestling ED @ American River Classic, […]

Griz boys win Festival finale

GARDEN VALLEY — Stuck in a tight game through three quarters against Foresthill Saturday night, host Golden Sierra High utilized some late pressure to pull away for a 47-35 boys basketball victory to close the Gold Country Hoop Festival. The Grizzlies outscored the Wildfires 16-8 to pick up their first win of the season. Golden […]

Lady Cougars cruise in Challenge

After downing Capital Christian 49-32 in the Saturday’s early game of the El Dorado Challenge, the Lady Cougars faced 5-0 Argonaut in the final, a physical, well-disciplined Division IV team that was 30-0 last season before losing in the section championship game. “I was nervous coming in because I knew they were really good last […]

Weekend roundup: Dec. 18-19, 2010

Boys basketball Mesa Verde Tournament Oak Ridge 57, Bella Vista 51 — Balanced scoring carried the Trojans (10-0) to their third tournament championship Saturday as Oak Ridge outlasted the Broncos. Troy outscored Bella Vista 20-13 in the first quarter which was the difference as the game turned into a defensive battle. Tyler Simms led Oak […]

Prospector Soccer

Three Prospector Soccer Club’s competitive teams won trophies at the CYSA-North District Championship games Dec. 11. A total of 530 Northern California teams participated in the playoff games Dec. 4-5 and 128 teams advanced to the 64 championship matches. Prospector Soccer Club, a division of the El Dorado Youth Soccer League had three teams in […]

More tournament basketball

Another December weekend means more tournament basketball as area prep teams disperse for three days of action that began last night. Two tournaments that begin today are local. Up in Garden Valley, Golden Sierra hosts the four-team Gold Country Hoop Festival featuring the Grizzlies, El Dorado, Foresthill and Forest Lake Christian. Last year this tournament […]

Roundup: Dec. 17, 2010

Boys basketball Mesa Verde Tournament Oak Ridge 67, El Camino 60 — The Trojans improved to 8-0 with Thursday’s tournament-opening victory. Oak Ridge trailed at halftime but outscored the Eagles 18-10 in the third quarter to seize a six-point lead. Troy’s second round opponent tonight is Del Campo who Oak Ridge defeated last weekend for […]

Outside with Charlie: Light up

My bicycles have front and rear lights on them. They can be set to  just be on or between two different flashing modes, front and rear. I always have them flashing when I ride whether I’m on the road or the trails, even in broad daylight. It’s just a good habit, like always putting my […]

The Outdoorsman: Year of the ‘D’

Charter boat captains and private boaters are still smiling and reiterating, “This is the year of the ‘D,’” referring to the prized and tasty Dungeness crab. “Best crab in years” and “best I’ve ever seen,” are the remarks from crabbers up and down the coast. From Eureka south all the way to Monterey, one hears the same […]

Sapphires net District Cup

WEST SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado Hills Sapphire soccer team saved the best for last in winning the Metro District Championship in its final match of the 2010 season. El Dorado Hills prevailed over a very determined rival, the Elk Grove Renegades, in a thrilling match that required 26 penalty kicks to resolve. The Sapphires […]

Blue Devils win District Cup

SACRAMENTO — Saturday the El Dorado Hills Blue Devils won the District Cup Soccer Championship in their division, defeating the Under 14 Folsom Soccer Club boys team 2-1 at Bryte Park in Sacramento. Luke Johnson and Cameron Madsen scored the Devils’ goals. The team played five games in the playoffs and outscored opponents 19-3. The […]

Union Mine crushes Argonaut

EL DORADO — With an up tempo pace and players trapping and pressing all over the court, the Union Mine High basketball team established early in its game Tuesday with Argonaut that in order to go a full game with the Diamondbacks, teams need to be in shape and well conditioned. It became evident very […]

Roundup: Dec. 15, 2010

Girls basketball Golden Sierra 28, Mesa Verde 26 — In the how-did-they-win-this-one category, the Grizzly girls shot 16 percent from the field, made just five of 26 free throws and committed 25 turnovers, yet, behind a 15-10 fourth quarter, rallied for the two-point preseason win Tuesday on the Mavericks’ court. Golden Sierra went scoreless in […]

Grizzlies no match for West Campus

GARDEN VALLEY — An aggressive, bigger, quicker and more athletic West Campus High boys basketball team cruised past host Golden Sierra 74-28 in preseason play Tuesday on a rainy night in Garden Valley. The Grizzlies trailed by 25 points after the first quarter and were never in it. West Campus had numerous steals, solid post […]

Bruins’ 12th man Andy Beal

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s new varsity boys head basketball coach Andy Beal has a passion for the sport that runs deep. Given the choice between a knock-down, drag-out intra-county battle with Oak Ridge at the Bruins’ gymnasium or anything else, his pick is simple. “That’s my most favorite place to be — the atmosphere […]

Vince Waldhauser, Trojans’ unsung hero

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High senior Vince Waldhauser doesn’t seek the limelight but he certainly deserves credit and recognition for what he has accomplished since he started wrestling at age 4 and a half. Upbeat and personable off the mat, Waldhauser is all business when he’s competing. He captured the attention of onlookers […]

Roundup: Dec. 14, 2010

Girls basketball Ponderosa 55, Dixon 26 — The Lady Bruins completed their weekend sweep to win the River City Tournament with Saturday’s victory over the Rams. Ali Ryan scored a game-high 21 points for Ponderosa while Olivia Nelson bucketed 11 and had nine steals. Ashley Beck and Brooke Sinner split 14 points. Ryan and Nelson […]

Tahoe resorts celebrate holidays

LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe is the place to be for the upcoming holidays thanks to record-setting November snowstorms that dropped more than 10 feet of snow, transforming the region into a winter wonderland in a little less than a week. Starting the season with a healthy snowpack is a boon for travelers who will […]

Bill Sullivan nominated for national award

ROSEVILLE — Handy Racing Promotions is pleased to announce that Bill Sullivan, communications director for the Civil War Series and the Placerville Speedway announcer, has been nominated as Media Member of the Year in the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll. His nomination was unveiled earlier this week. Sullivan is nominated with Allan Holland, who runs […]

Oak Ridge girls win Shoot Out

EL DORADO HILLS — It wasn’t a breeze for Oak Ridge High but when it counted the Lady Trojans were on point in the championship game of the Trojan Shoot-Out Saturday night. An extremely tall and athletic Pleasant Grove team hung with the hosts for the better part of three quarters before a relentless offensive output by Troy equated to an 80-66 victory for […]

Grizzlies bounce back

GARDEN VALLEY — After a tough 60-63 overtime loss to Victory Christian in the morning game, the Golden Sierra girls basketball team bounced back Saturday night to defeat Lutheran 52-45 and take second in the second annual Darren Tillotson Memorial Tournament. “We talked about calming it down, running our patterns and a list of stuff […]

El Dorado takes Shoot-Out consolation title

Mackey’s double-double lands her on all-tourney team EL DORADO HILLS — Jessica Heinrichs’ back-to-back lay-ins stopped a third quarter scoring drought by El Dorado Saturday — kick-starting the Lady Cougars over Rocklin 56-37 in a turnover-plagued Trojan Shoot-Out Tournament consolation championship matinee at Oak Ridge High. El Dorado, the only Division III team in the tournament, took a 35-19 lead […]

Sports schedule: Dec. 13-18

Tuesday, Dec. 14 Boys basketball West Campus @ GS, 7 p.m. Argonaut @ UM, 7:30 Girls basketball GS @ Mesa Verde, 7 p.m. UM @ Amador, 7:30 Thursday, Dec. 16 Boys basketball Mesa Verde Tournament OR vs El Camino, 6:30 UM: TBA Girls basketball UM @ Placer Tournament Friday, Dec. 17 Boys basketball Gold Country […]

Bruins dominate Ponderosa Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — As the calendar nears the Christmas holidays, it can only mean one thing: wrestling is in full swing. For the squad from Ponderosa High, it’s also an opportunity to compete in front of the hometown fans in the annual Ponderosa Duals which took place Friday. With 12 teams competing in the team […]

Roundup: Dec. 11, 2010

Girls basketball Darren Tillotsen Memorial Tournament Golden Sierra 46, Delta 26: Kaylee Schrader led the Grizzlies with 15 points, Emily Mathews bucketed nine, Gwen Brown put up eight and in her first start, Madisen Penley contributed six to the Griz victory. Emily Reddish had four and Rachel Parkhurst added two. The Grizzlies play take on […]

Roundup: Dec. 11-12, 2010

Boys basketball Folsom Tournament Oak Ridge 59, Del Campo 48 — The Trojans extended from a one-point halftime lead to defeat the Cougars Saturday for their second preseason tournament championship. Oak Ridge held a slim 29-28 lead after the first two quarters before outscoring Del Campo 16-10 in the third and 14-10 in the fourth. […]

Lady Cougars mash Miners

EL DORADO HILLS — Led by Sarah Mackey’s game-high eight blocks, sound team defense and a 10-0 run to open the second half, El Dorado pulled away from Nevada Union Friday to crush the Miners 63-34 in second round action at the Trojan Shoot-Out Tournament at Oak Ridge High. The Lady Cougars, who didn’t shoot particularly well from […]

Oak Ridge girls toss Turlock

EL DORADO HILLS – If it works, run with it. That is exactly the strategy that the Oak Ridge girls basketball team employed in round two of the Trojan Shoot-Out on Friday evening. The Trojans rolled over the Turlock Bulldogs of 76-37 in very similar fashion to how they played against Nevada Union Thursday, especially […]

Roundup: Dec 10, 2010

Boys basketball Central Valley Tournament Ponderosa 45, West Valley 41 Folsom Tournament Oak Ridge 80, Inderkum 53 Nonleague Golden Sierra 36, Amador 74

Trojan girls win 1st round of Shoot-Out

EL DORADO HILLS – If one was to watch the Oak Ridge girls’ basketball team play any other team, save a few elite programs, all of the games could easily blur into one. Head coach Steve White has a formula for success that he uses in every game and it is a pretty difficult one […]

El Dorado girls overpowered by Turlock

EL DORADO HILLS — The Turlock Bulldogs were just too much for El Dorado’s girls basketball team to handle Thursday in the opening round of the Trojan Shoot Out at Oak Ridge. The Division I Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-13 lead after one quarter of play and despite a gritty challenge from the Cougars […]

Lady D’backs squeak by Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — After a foul-filled, contentious, back-and-forth final quarter, Union Mine’s Taylor DeSilva and Hannah Moylan each sank a free throw in the last 50 seconds of Wednesday’s girls basketball game at Golden Sierra to ice a 44-42 victory over the Grizzlies. The game was just one day after the Lady Diamondbacks lost 58-35 […]

Jr. Rattlers Football and Cheer win titles

RANCHO CORDOVA — The Union Mine Jr. Rattler Football and Cheer program capped a successful season with five championships. Despite cold, dark, wet weather on Nov. 6, the Union Mine Jr. Rattlers Youth Football and Cheer program had a perfect day as all four Jr. Rattler teams competed and were crowned Division III champions in […]

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