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Roundup: Jan. 4, 2011

Girls basketball Ponderosa 39, Colfax 43 — The host Falcons held Ali Ryan to a season-low 12 points Tuesday to deal the Lady Bruins their third loss. Ponderosa had a 14-5 advantage after the opening quarter but Colfax turned the tables in the second to lead 23-20 at the break. The Bruins went back up […]

Snowboarder’s death brings heightened safety awareness

Each ski season tragedy occurs on the slopes nationwide and awakens people to the inherent dangers that can occur in this winter sport. The latest reminder that skiing and snowboarding can result in tragic consequences occurred last week when emergency search crews discovered the body of snowboarder Shawnte Marie Willis at Alpine Meadows ski resort. […]

Schedule: Jan. 3-8, 2011

Monday, Jan. 3 Girls basketball PHS @ Colfax, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 Boys basketball PHS @ Cordova, 7 p.m. *UM @ Galt, 7:30 *ED @ Vista, 7:30 *GS @ Vacaville Christian Girls basketball PHS @ Monterey Trail, 7 p.m. Wrestling *ED @ UM, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 Girls basketball *Galt @ UM, 7:30 […]

Roundup: Dec. 31, 2010

Boys basketball Desert Heat Classic Ponderosa 37, Capistrano Valley 55 — The Cougars dropped the Bruins to 0-3 at the year-end tournament. Ponderosa 45, Perris 46 —  The Bruins lost a close one to end the tournament. Zacc Williams had 10 points to lead Ponderosa; Taylor Bybee and Travis Fisher each scored seven; Dom Campodonico […]

Trojans edge Folsom for Toss Up title

EL DORADO HILLS — Matt Howard came off the bench to score a career high 16 points Thursday and Bryce Scott added 15 as host Oak Ridge High held off neighboring Folsom 57-50 to win the annual Trojan Toss Up title. Oak Ridge threatened to pull away in the third, establishing a 12-point lead, but […]

Little League issues moratorium on composite bats issue

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League Major division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately. “Today’s decision of the Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee is based on scientific research data from the University of […]

The Outdoorsman: Lakes filling

With all the rain and recent snow the runoff into our valley and foothill lakes is most gratifying. Certainly with more moisture anticipated in the weeks ahead we hope to have most lake levels near the brim when late spring arrives. Sandy at Amador Marina near Ione told me, “The lake is spilling at a […]

Roundup: Dec. 30, 2010

Girls basketball Nike Tournament of Champions Oak Ridge 51, Cleveland 52 — The Lady Trojans outscored the Eagles in every quarter but the fourth Wednesday to suffer their second loss at the Phoenix tournament. Cleveland, from Seattle, outscored Oak Ridge 15-7 in the final quarter. Carly Bettencourt led Troy with 13 points; Haley Anderson had […]

El Dorado wins fifth Jan Vitell title

Revenge was sweet for the El Dorado girls basketball team Wednesday night. Facing Ponderosa for the second time this season in the championship of the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament at El Dorado, the Lady Cougars had a point to prove. The Lady Bruins beat El Dorado for the first time in four years in preseason […]

Lady D’backs take fourth in Jan Vitell Memorial tourney

Playing short-handed the Union Mine girls basketball team struggled against the speedy Lynbrook Vikings Wednesday, falling 57-37 to take fourth in El Dorado’s Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament. The Lady Diamondbacks’ Camille Waldon put up a three-pointer two minutes into the game for Union Mine’s only lead on the night. The Vikings easily handled the D’backs’ […]

Oak Ridge tames Lions

EL DORADO HILLS — Breaking from a one-point advantage with a 9-0 run in the final three minutes Wednesday, host Oak Ridge High put away upset-minded McClatchy 53-43 on the middle night of the annual Trojan Toss Up Tournament. After the Lions had pulled to within 44-43 on a pair of free throws, Bryce Scott […]

Looking back at the top stories of 2010

It is always fun to scan our editions to find the top sports stories of the year — more often than not it presents a dilemma because our El Dorado County athletes compete at such a high level. In this issue we present Nos. 6 through 10, starting with the El Dorado High ski and […]

Lady Bruins roll over Lynbrook

The Ponderosa girls basketball team entered Tuesday’s second-round game of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado with a lot of confidence after crushing Center 72-25 the previous night. Lynbrook defeated Liberty Ranch 56-31 Monday to set up the winners’ bracket meeting. Ponderosa won the tip-off but got off to a shaky start as Ali […]

El Dorado crushes Union Mine

On the opening night of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High, the El Dorado and Union Mine girls basketball teams both earned victories to set up a meeting between the two Tuesday night. Determined to give the Lady Cougars a fight, the Diamondbacks started the game with the same aggressive press that had […]

Trojan boys stomp Herd at Toss Up

EL DORADO HILLS — Tyler Simms sank five three-pointers on his way to a game-high 22 points Tuesday and Bryce Scott added 16 to pace host Oak Ridge High past Elk Grove 64-35 to open the Toss Up Tournament. The victory advanced the third-ranked Trojans, playing their first official home game, to tonight’s 8 p.m. […]

Gymnast Natasha Sundby signs with Arizona State

EL DORADO HILLS — Six days of training a week, 12 competitions a year and risking career-hindering injury every day on the mat is all part of being a gymnast. And for Oak Ridge High senior Natasha Sundby, it’s paying off in a big way. In November Sundby, 17, signed a letter of intent to […]

Union Mine upends Amador

The Union Mine girls basketball team trailed Amador 24-19 at halftime of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado, but the Lady Diamondbacks turned things around and completely took control of the game in the second half to post a first-round 45-33 victory. To negate the size advantage the Buffaloes had on Union Mine in […]

Roundup: Dec. 28, 2010

Girls basketball Nike Tournament of Champions Oak Ridge 65, Desert Vista 50 — Dakota McLarnan popped in a game-high 23 points as the Lady Trojans, sparked by a 22-3 second quarter, won Monday’s opener in Phoenix, Ariz. Oak Ridge led 41-16 at the halftime break. Rounding out the scoring, Haley Anderson bucketed nine points; Carly […]

Lady Cougars swamp Vikings in Jan Vitell

The referees called for a “running clock” as the fourth quarter of Monday’s basketball game between host El Dorado and South Tahoe got underway. By then the Lady Cougars led 60-7 and there was absolutely no hope the Vikings could even challenge. Against the ever-changing El Dorado lineup, South Tahoe did manage to score six […]

Lady Bruins win Jan Vitell opener

The Ponderosa girls basketball team dominated Center from the opening whistle in the Lady Bruins’ first round 72-25 victory over the Center Cougars in the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High. Keianna Quinley made Center’s only points in the first quarter from the charity stripe while Ponderosa’s Olivia Nelson and Ashley Beck made shot […]

Ski with Jonny Moseley this week

This might not have made the Christmas wish list, but it’s not too late to add if you plan to be anywhere near Squaw Valley over the next few days. Former Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley will ski throughout the Christmas holidays at Squaw Valley ski resort and the public is welcome to join […]

New snow a big draw for skiers, boarders

Pick your adjective — awesome, incredible, amazing — they were all  working last week and likely will apply this week at local ski resorts. Sierra-at-Tahoe near Echo Summit on Highway 50 recorded more than 70 inches of new snow, courtesy of the storm that blew in last Friday morning and decided to hang out for much […]

Trojans survive ‘Egg Nog Mile’

Several runners on the Oak Ridge track team, plus alumni Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who is home from UCLA, had a great time at the fourth annual Egg Nog Mile the weekend before Christmas at a mystery Sacramento location. Participants are required to drink 12 ounces of eggnog before running each lap adding up to a total […]

Sierra Gold Cougars win District Cup

The Under 12 Sierra Gold Cougars won the A flight at the District Cup finals in December. “They are a great group of boys,” coach Tom White said. “They did a great job this year.” This is the same team that won the Halloweenfest this year, winning all four of its games, 4-1, 5-0, 3-2, […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 27, 2010

Union Mine sophomore running back Sean Tow and Oak Ridge wide receiver Willie Tucker were both named to football’s 2010 All Metro first team. Tow, who is also an accomplished wrestler, ran for 2,261 yards on 242 carries and 25 touchdowns to help lead the Diamondbacks to a 10-2 overall record, and tied for first […]

Lady Trojans win 6th straight Toss Up title

EL DORADO HILLS — After a thrilling victory over El Camino the night before the Oak Ridge Lady Trojan basketball team rolled into the finals of the annual Trojan Toss Up last Thursday looking for its sixth straight title, seventh overall. “This was been a strong tournament with tough competition this year,” Oak Ridge coach […]

Roundup: Dec. 23, 2010

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 55, Del Campo 46 — The Trojans trailed by a point after one quarter but outscored the Cougars 23-8 in the second. Both teams scored 15 points in the third period and Oak Ridge held off a late Del Campo rally to post the nonleague win. Scott Sanchez bucketed 15 and […]

The Outdoorsman: Camanche’s pond productive

Trolling the main lake at Camanche has been productive for trout anglers working the area between the south and north shores. Trout up to 4 pounds were netted recently with most of the successful trollers pulling a variety of lures like Needlefish and Speedy Shiners. But the hot spot at Lake Camanche was the south […]

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 […]

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