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Jake McKinley makes career-changing decision

SACRAMENTO — Jake McKinley is still in baseball and at age 26, he couldn’t be happier. Ideally, the former Union Mine right-handed pitcher is between the white lines but if not that, in an administrative or coaching capacity. Meet the new Director of Baseball Operations for the Sacramento State Hornets’ baseball program. While his duties […]

Outside with Charlie: Gear inspection time

Spring break is over, the days are longer, the storms aren’t quite as cold and it rains more than it snows. Spring has sprung, mostly. Spring is very different from one end of El Dorado County to the other. Flowers and trees are in full bloom on the western edge; fewer flowers are blooming and […]

B & Bs dot Amgen Tour of California route; offer special rates

SACRAMENTO — North America’s most spectacular professional cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California, will roll through California May 15-22, with world-class cycling teams racing nearly 800 miles from Lake Tahoe through the Central Valley, down the Big Sur coastline, and finishing in Southern California. Along the route, several members of the California Association of […]

Gold Trail’s ‘Field of Dreams’ takes shape

Passion, hard work and vision are key ingredients to any successful venture. Bob Ackley has all three as he undertakes the ambitious task of transforming the baseball diamond at Gold Trail School into a “Field of Dreams.” His vision calls for an upscale Little League park with dugouts, bleachers, fencing, lights, manual scoreboard ala Fenway […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 25

Golden Sierra’s Sarah Scroggins was named to the Sierra Delta League All League basketball team for the 2010-2011 season and teammates Emily Reddish and Gwen Brown received honorable mention. Six Grizzly girls were named to the SDL Academic All League list for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher —  Emily Matthews, Leah Parkhurst, Rachel Parkhurst, […]

Schedule: April 25-30, 2011

Monday, April 25 Baseball Galt @ ED, 4 p.m. Soccer OR @ PHS, 4 p.m. Softball Mesa Verde @ ED, 4 p.m. UM @ River City, 4:15 Boys tennis PHS, OR @ DRL Singles Tourney, Millennium SC Volleyball Highlands @ ED, 6 p.m. UM @ Capital Christian, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 Baseball Cosumnes Oaks […]

Tayler Creeks is District 3 Rodeo Queen

GEORGETOWN — Golden Sierra sophomore Tayler Creeks won the title of Rodeo Queen for the California High School Rodeo Association District 3 on April 10. Tayler’s reign will span the 2011-2012 school year. To become the first rodeo queen ever from Golden Sierra took a lot of preparation and was quite a process. Tayler was […]

Speedway’s third point race offers bang for the buck

Racing continues at Handy Racing Promotions’ Placerville Speedway Saturday night with an exciting four-division program. Winged 360 Sprint Cars return to the quarter-mile clay oval along with fire-breathing Late Model stock cars, Pure Stocks and the colorful Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars. The season at Placerville Speedway is presented by Red Hawk Casino along with Hoosier Racing […]

Roundup: April 21, 2011

Baseball Oak Ridge 3, Pioneer 2 — Luke Eicher scored from third base with two outs on a bases-loaded error in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday to give the Trojans the walk-off win over the Patriots. With the victory, Oak Ridge wrapped up the Surewest-Woodcreek Invitational Tournament with a 4-1 record. The winning […]

The Outdoorsman: Ocean salmon are biting

From Shelter Cove south to Monterey, the salmon are king. When the boats can get out, it’s usually limits for everyone aboard. The fish range from 6 to 12 pounds with an occasional lunker. One fish out of Shelter Cove weighed in at 31 pounds. Meanwhile, the first big brown trout of the season was caught […]

Area baseball teams have mixed results over busy Spring Break

EL DORADO HILLS — Graham Bennett held Inderkum hitless Tuesday and Union Mine scored a baker’s dozen in the top of the third inning en route to toppling Inderkum 13-0 via the mercy rule in the third day of the Surewest-Woodcreek Invitational baseball tournament at Oak Ridge. Inderkum left two runners on in each of the first two innings […]

Excessive snowfall heightens the dangers of avalanches

El Dorado County is fortunate to have many opportunities for downhill and cross country skiing. From late fall through late spring, snow falls on the eastern side of the county. Sometimes it snows just a bit and other times, the snowpack measures 50 feet or more. This is one of those years. Snow started falling […]

Union Mine, El Dorado, Galt track teams clash

EL DORADO — Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference double dual meet at Union Mine High pitted the Diamondbacks and visiting Galt and El Dorado all competing against each other. A brief hail and rainstorm that made an appearance early on didn’t stop the athletes. Despite a remarkable performance from D’back sophomore Samantha Prichard, who took first in […]

Golden Sierra girls’ track team crushes Highlands in league meet

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra track and field team turned in many new records and season-best performances at the third Center Meet on the Grizzlies’ track last Thursday. The Grizzly varsity girls ran to an easy victory, scoring 252 team points over second-place Highlands with 126, while the varsity boys finished second to the […]

Trojans split Monday games; Union Mine falls

EL DORADO HILLS — Luke Eicher’s two-run single capped a five-run third and a two-run single from Alec De Watteville came during a four-run fourth as host Oak Ridge defeated Yuba City 10-6 Monday afternoon in Surewest-Woodcreek Invitational Tournament play. The offense, including three RBIs from catcher Cody Morris, supported the pitching of Austin Ales […]

Oak Ridge track outruns Ponderosa, falls short to Jesuit, St. Francis

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A sea of athletes gathered Wednesday at Ponderosa for a double-dual Delta River League track and field meet with four schools competing. Oak Ridge’s boys teams went up against Ponderosa and Jesuit; the girls teams competed against St. Francis and Ponderosa. The Bruins’ only opponent was Oak Ridge. It was enough to […]

Local track teams have great day at Del Oro Invitational

LOOMIS — It was a great day for a track meet last Friday as Del Oro hosted its 43rd Annual Track & Field Invitational with athletes from Golden Sierra and Union Mine competing. Diamondback Michelle Gonzales raced to gold in the girls frosh/soph 1,500-meter race and teammate Samantha Prichard’s discus throw won that event in the […]

Maranda Smith enjoys her final hurrah

CLEVELAND, OHIO — Union Mine graduate Maranda Smith finished her remarkable college gymnastics career Sunday in the NCAA Gymnastics Championships’ Individual Event finals at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Her team, the University of Florida, was eliminated after taking fourth in the NCAA Super Six Meet, but Smith and two teammates qualified for the individual […]

Case Donahue is 1st county lacrosse player to earn scholarship

Oak Ridge senior Case Donahue officially signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse for NCAA Division II Dominican University in San Rafael last week. Donahue, the first player from Oak Ridge to earn a lacrosse scholarship, also received an academic scholarship from the university. When the lacrosse club program began about six years ago, organizers […]

Shark attack: Antelope’s Sean Becker wins second point race

The 2011 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Season resumed at Placerville Speedway Saturday with the second Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Tires Championship race. Three divisions formed the evening’s race card with familiar faces returning to victory lane. The night paid tribute to a long-time speedway supporter with “Doug Veerkamp General Engineering Night.” In the Winged […]

Mother Lode girls rugby team sets sights on nationals

The Mother Lode girls rugby team. a division of the Mother Lode Rugby Club, is hoping to compete in the National Championship in Utah May 20-22. The girls locked up the No. 1 seed in the Northern California Regional playoffs with a recent win over Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland. They will play Utah’s No. 1 […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 18

Golden Sierra sports fans update: Tyler Waldron, a Grizzly graduate in 2007 who led the baseball team to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section title, is pitching in the Single A minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ West Virginia Power team. He started April 10 and got the win, going five innings, allowing no runs or walks and striking […]

Schedule: April 18-24

Monday, April 18 Baseball Surewest-Woodcreek Spring Tourney Casa Roble vs. OR @ OR, 11 a.m. UM vs. Yuba City @ OR, 2 p.m. OR vs. Yuba City @ OR, 4 p.m. PHS @ Roseville, 2 p.m. Atascadero Tourney ED vs. Templeton, 2 p.m. ED vs. Lynbrrok, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 Baseball Surewest Tourney, TBA […]

Roundup: Apri 17, 2011

Baseball Surewest-Woodcreek Varsity Invitational Oak Ridge 9, Union Mine 2 — The host Trojans went up 8-0 after three innings and coasted to Saturday’s tournament win behind the starting pitching of Jake Wehr. Offensively for Oak Ridge, Luke Eicher hit a home run and drove in four runs; Lance Berrenger went 2-for-3, 2 RBIs; Matt […]

Golden Sierra baseball sweeps doubleheader

GARDEN VALLEY — Fans might have found it hard to believe the same two teams played the second game of Friday’s doubleheader between the Golden Sierra baseball team and visiting Highlands. After crushing the Scots 19-4 in the first game, the Grizzlies barely survived to win the second game 9-8. “That was quite a game and […]

Roundup: April 16, 2011

Softball Ponderosa 7, Antelope 3 — The Lady Bruins opened the Stephanie Le Doux Tournament Friday with a victory over the Titans. Katie Pieplow went 3-for-3 for Ponderosa; Olivia Lucatuorto was 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Raven Ikeda, 1B, 3B; Courtney Jenkins, 2-for-2; Giana Bilotta, 2 RBIs. Ponderosa 0, Del Oro 2 – The Bruins managed […]

Trojans go ‘Pink’ to give Folsom the blues

EL DORADO HILLS — Kasey Stanchek allowed just one hit while striking out a dozen Friday and Jenessa Jeppesen’s second-inning lead-off home run to straightaway center field stood up as the game-winner as host Oak Ridge downed neighboring Folsom 9-0 in Delta River League softball action. Both teams donned various combinations of the color pink on […]

Union Mine nine upends El Dorado

Just two days after El Dorado’s baseball team defeated Union Mine on the Diamondbacks’ home field behind a one-hitter from Justin Dillon, the D’backs turned the tables and took down the Cougars 9-6 at L.A. Brown Field. The intra-county battles between these teams mean more than bragging rights this year with both now competing in […]

Diamondback soccer rallies for dramatic victory

EL DORADO — The Sierra Valley Conference season has been rocky for the Union Mine girls soccer team, one filled with close losses and would-be wins that turned into draws. Thursday the Diamondbacks knew they would be hard-pressed to earn a victory over visting Galt, a team that was second in the standings coming in […]

Roundup: April 15, 2011

Baseball Oak Ridge 15, Sheldon 9 – Behind a 19-hit attack, the Trojans improved to 5-2 with Thursday’s Delta River League win. Cole Hanson was 4-for-5, 3B, 2B, 4 RBIs; Zach Mahon, 4-for-6, 3 RBIs; Luke Eicher, 3B, 2B, 3 RBIs; Austin Ales, 2-for-5; and Jake Wehr, 2-for-4. The game was marred by 13 errors. […]

Bruin baseball takes down 1st-place Franklin

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Blake Yaeger’s three-run triple was the big blow in an eight-run sixth inning, Nick Perata added a two-run double and Troy Booher pitched a complete game as host Ponderosa dealt first-place Pleasant Grove a 10-3 setback in Delta River League baseball action Thursday afternoon. The Bruins avoided a sweep by the Eagles with the […]

Roundup: April 14, 2011

Softball Golden Sierra 2, Vista del Lago 5 — The host Eagles broke a 2-2 tie with three sixth-inning runs and overcame four errors in the field to win Wednesday’s nonleague game. Offensively for the Grizzlies, Jordan Perry went 2-for-4 and Savannah Stephens doubled. On the mound, Sarah Rasmussen went the distance. Ponderosa 4, Sheldon 5 […]

Union Mine grand slams Liberty Ranch

EL DORADO — A day after Union Mine was shut down by El Dorado, the Diamondback baseball team returned to the diamond Wednesday hoping its bats would do a little more talking against Liberty Ranch. Once the hometown team went to the plate in the bottom half of the first inning it was evident that […]

Second Speedway point race honors Doug Veerkamp Engineering

The Winged 360 Sprint Cars return to Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Saturday night along with fire-breathing late model stock cars and the always exciting Pure Stock division. The racing season at Placerville Speedway is presented by Red Hawk Casino in conjunction with Hoosier Racing Tires West. Association sponsors for the championship […]

The Outdoorsman: Ocean salmon aplenty

It was a good opening weekend for ocean salmon season — especially in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas. It was a blowout on the north coast so the boats didn’t get out. The only deterrent was the number of shakers — salmon who measured below the 24-inch minimum. The Monterey boats did better than […]

Trojan softball loses pitcher’s duel to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge offense failed to advance a runner past second base in falling 4-0 to St. Francis in Wednesday’s Delta River League softball game. St. Francis starting pitcher Stephanie Heyward had an afternoon to remember, throwing a complete game one-hit beauty to go with a huge three-run triple in the […]

Oak Ridge soccer ties Huskies

EL DORADO HILLS — Ashley Pearl can use all the technical jargon she wants to describe stopping several point-blank Sheldon shots in the second half that saved Oak Ridge’s hide but that still doesn’t explain how the Trojan goalie single-handedly helped her team avoid a loss. On the other side, the Huskies boarded the bus […]

Swim roundup: April 11-15, 2011

Sierra Valley Conference Varsity girls: El Dorado 105, Cosumnes Oaks 65 Varsity boys: El Dorado 100, Cosumnes Oaks 70 ELK GROVE — The El Dorado swim teams made the trip to Elk Grove for Tuesday’s makeup meet with Cosumnes Oaks worthhile, coming home with victories in both the boys and girls divisions. “It was a […]

Grizzly girls track strikes gold in Amador Relays

AMADOR — Coach Mike Brown’s Golden Sierra girls track team won the team title and the lion’s share of the gold from the 2011 Amador Relays track meet at Amador High School. Under sunny skies and cool temperatures, the Grizzly girls raced to victories in the 4-by-100, 4-by-400, 4-by-800, sprint medley and distance medley relays. […]

Cougars’ Justin Dillon pitches one-hit shutout over D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s Justin Dillon had one of those near-perfect days on the mound Tuesday — a day when a pitcher takes control of a game and dominates the opposition. It’s even sweeter when the offense provides run support against a hometown rival. Cougar coach Rusty McDonald started Dillon Tuesday against Union Mine […]

Cameron Price wins national boardercross event

Cameron Price, 18, of Diamond Springs, placed first in the nation in the 18-22 men’s jams division at the 2011 USASA National Snowboard boardercross competition at Copper Mountain, Colo., last week. A 2010 Union Mine graduate, Price bested a field of 26 other riders, including current Diamondback Ian Diem, who placed third. Price navigated through […]

Roundup: April 13, 2011

Boys golf Sierra Valley Conference 18-hole tournament at Castle Oaks GC: 1-Vista del Lago, 401; 2-Union Mine, 410; 3-El Dorado, 438; 4-Cosumnes Oaks, 452; 5-Liberty Ranch, 455; 6-River City, 554; 7-Galt, DQ. ED scores: Tanner Lichty, 79; Shane Hopkins, 85; Andrew Montez, 86; Tyler Powell, 89; Cohl Hatala, 99; Zane Hatala, 101. UM scores: Kyle […]

Roundup: April 12, 2011

Boys golf Delta River League 18-hole tournament at Cameron Park CC: 1-Jesuit, 379; 2-Ponderosa, 405; 3-Folsom, 407; 4-Pleasant Grove, 428; 5-Oak Ridge, 429; 6-Sheldon, 507.PHS individual scores: 1 (four-way tie)-Corey Pereira, 74; Derek Trofimczuk, 74; Jeremy Ashburn, 77; Brad Peil, 83; Mike Green, 97; Logan Shivers, 112. OR scores: Reid Edlund, 80; Tyson Tavalero, 85; Cory Dela Cruz, […]

Oak Ridge track competes in Arcadia Invitational

LOS ANGELES — Thirteen Oak Ridge track and field athletes competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles April 8-9 against top competitors from around the nation. Benji Xie, Will Findlay and Shannon Trumbull turned in outstanding performances. Xie broke the school record in the 3,200-meter seeded race Saturday night, blazing eight laps in […]

Grizzlies challenge first-place Bradshaw Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — A true measure of a team’s success is whether it shows improvement during the course of the season. Though victory eluded host Golden Sierra Monday evening, the Grizzlies challenged first-place Bradshaw Christian after a one-sided loss to the Pride in the teams’ first match. Erin Anderson’s second-half goal gave Golden Sierra the lead before […]

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