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Derek Trofimczuk counts his blessings

Working hard and dedicating oneself to a goal most often reaps rewards. Throw in a little luck, talent and being in the right place at the right time — could that be almost too much to ask? Not for Cameron Park’s Derek Trofimczuk. It’s the best of times right now for him and he’s mature […]

Donene Vukovich wins Eppie’s Ironwoman title

SACRAMENTO — The 2011 Ironwoman championship in last weekend’s 38th Eppie’s Great Race came down to the final 400 meters, something the winner wasn’t aware of. Donene Vukovich’s primary goal wasn’t necessarily first place in the annual triathlon but she still relied on a true and tested strategy that has served her well during a lengthy running career — catch […]

Outside with Charlie: Hiking tips

Summer has finally graced us with its presence. If autumn rolls in on time, we will have lost about a month of warm weather and a few trips to the mountains. Now that temperatures are steadily warm the snow is melting rapidly and the rivers remain high, fast and cold. Trails into Desolation Wilderness are […]

Roundup: July 25, 2011

Cold Springs Country Club Ladies Golf Pro Points & Putts July 12 Ace of the Month: Jeanette Woolley, net 66 1st flight low gross: Jerri Arens, 88 Low net: Karen McCaughern, 72; Roberta Galvez, 73 2nd flight low gross: Helen Glenn, 98 Low net: Janet Peterson, 73; Rosemary Authier, 75 3rd flight low gross: Carol […]

Homewood Mountain Resort plans expansion

  LAKE TAHOE — Considering the crowd that has congregated on a busy Monday last winter at Homewood Mountain Resort, Shayne Kline felt lucky to have secured a small table where he and his young son could eat lunch. Powder days tend to draw a crowd, even on a Monday. And there was certainly some […]

National race promises gold to Hangtown businesses

The upcoming Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Bullring Nationals presented by K&N Filters is creating quite a buzz in El Dorado County. Placerville Speedway is bringing national-level racing to our community July 29-30 for the first time in more than 20 years. The event will be a boost to the local business community that […]

Seniors, juniors tee off at Serrano

EL DORADO HILLS — The sun came back just in time for golf. One recent Wednesday, 54 First Tee junior golfers joined Serrano’s senior golfers for a day on the beautiful El Dorado Hills course. The Serrano First Tee Senior/Junior Invitational gave young golfers a chance to play a course often out of their reach. Senior […]

Swim roundup: Sierra Sharks vs College Greens, July 16

Boys 6 & under: 25 free: 3-Connor Russell, 26.37.  7-8: 100 MR: 1-Miles Tresser, Nathan Stoddard, Bryce Bacon, Logan Lardie, 1:25.75; 2-Preston Vukovich, Jacob Gemignani, Ben Parisek, Aiden Pellicano, 1:49.59; 3-Garrett Hubbard, Collin Eldridge, Cole Gerstle, Avery Hosier, 1:57.78.  25 free: 1-Tresser, 16.46; 2-Bacon, 18.36. 50 free: 1-Lardie, 38.32; 2-Parisek, 45.11; 3-Hubbard, 45.36. 25 back: […]

Schedule: July 29-31, 2011

Friday, July 29 Speedway ASCS Bullring Nationals, 6:30   Saturday, July 30 Recreation swimming Sharks, Taz Devils @ Suburban Swim League Championships, Sierra College Speedway ASCS Bullring Nationals, 7:30 Sunday, July 31, 2011 Recreation swimming Sharks, Taz Devils @ Suburban Swim League Championships, Sierra College

Post 119 Juniors’ season ends in loss to Fair Oaks

After slipping through the back door into a tournament they were hosting and staying alive in the losers’ bracket with a win Thursday, the Post 119 Junior American Legion team ran out of second chances Friday afternoon at John Escobar Memorial Field at El Dorado High. After falling behind to Fair Oaks 3-0 early, Post […]

Post 119 Jr. Legion rebounds for 9-5 win over Redding

Nik Rowen pitched six innings and Alex Alvarez drove in three runs Thursday as the El Dorado Post 119 Juniors stayed alive at the Area I Tournament with a 9-5 victory over Redding. After an opening round setback 24 hours earlier, El Dorado had its back to the wall taking the field against the visiting […]

Jones, Harriman star in Taz loss

SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swam with determination against their archrivals from Park Terrace, but ultimately could not overcome a strong and deep Penguins team. The Taz fell to the Penguins 532-365, suffering their first defeat of the season. Both clubs entered the Suburban Swim League’s marquee matchup with identical 5-0 records. […]

Placerville Speedway to host two-day Inaugural Bullring Nationals

Placerville Speedway is known for some of the best sprint-car racing in Northern California on any given Saturday night, but it’s been more than two decades since the 46-year-old dirt track has hosted a national competition. That will change in a big way July 29-30, as the quarter-mile clay oval welcomes the Inaugural Bullring Nationals […]

The Outdoorsman: San Joaquin for stripers

That’s where the stripers can be found … on the San Joaquin side of the Delta. There has suddenly been a big concentration of the linesides because of the cooler water. The Mokelumne has been producing many stripers, most weighing around 8 to 10 pounds. Some boats were coming in with their limits within a […]

Roundup: July 21, 2011

Baseball Senior Legion El Dorado Post 119 Seniors 8, Reno Sun Devils 16 — Thirteen walks and two hit batters by El Dorado pitchers sunk Post 119 Wednesday in its final game of the summer season as the host Sun Devils doubled up on the Placerville squad. El Dorado led 5-3 going to the bottom of […]

Six-run 6th dooms El Dorado Juniors in 12-5 setback to TC Legion

Shut-down relief pitching and a big, six-run sixth inning advanced Fairfield’s TC Legion to the second round of the Area I Junior Legion Tournament after its 12-5 win over host El Dorado Post 119 at El Dorado High School Wednesday. TC Legion held a 5-4 advantage before El Dorado’s mis-play on a routine sacrifice bunt […]

Celebrities, fans enjoy golfing fun in the sun

STATELINE, NEV. — People flocked to the Sierras from all over hoping for autographs, pictures and memories as stars from the athletic world and entertainment industry converged at Edgewood Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe for the 22nd annual American Century Championship Golf Tournament. “This is our Masters. This is our U.S. Open,”  said actor […]

Boreal opening July 23 for Summer Shred

DONNER SUMMIT — Boreal Mountain Resort will spin a chairlift July 23 for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy summer snow in celebration of the new Woodward Tahoe coming in the summer of 2012. Boreal will run the Castle Peak Quad chairlift granting access to an abundance of snow left behind after the record-setting snowfall received […]

El Dorado bats go quiet; Seniors ousted from postseason

ARCATA — Hot hitting ran into hotter pitching Sunday as El Dorado Post 119’s quest to repeat as Area I Senior Legion champion fell short in an 8-0 semifinal loss to Chico at Arcata Ball Park in Humboldt County. El Dorado, which won last year’s Area I title in Davis, managed just six hits: Jerrod […]

El Dorado Post 119 Jrs. to play in Area I Tournament

Hosts all along but thought to be on the outside looking in, the El Dorado Post 119 Junior Legion baseball team will play in this week’s Area I Juniors Tournament after all. El Dorado head coach Brett Robinson has announced that his squad will be among eight teams competing for the opportunity to play for a state championship. […]

Dry Diggins Dolphins win it all

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Saturday the Dry Diggins Dolphins came to win and win they did. In Citrus Heights at the Rusch Park pool, the Dolphins outscored every team, winning the Valley Foothill Competitive Aquatic League title for the first time in several years — and in only the team’s second year as a parent-run organization. […]

Forsberg takes home his richest ever victory in sixth annual Forni Classic

Chris Curtiss brings home $1,000 pure stock victory; Brown scores Late Model payday Saturday was a special night at Placerville Speedway as the evening paid tribute to the late friend of the speedway, Mark Forni. At the end of this much-anticipated night of competition, three different drivers took home the largest winnings of the year […]

Nine medal in NorCal Taekwondo championships

DAVIS, Yolo Co. — Elite Taekwondo USA of Cameron Park recently took competitors to the 2011 Northern California State Championships at UC Davis. It was the final qualifier on the road to the national competition and Junior Olympics as well as team USA tryouts. Athletes competed in sparring, poomsae and sports poomsae. All competitors who qualified […]

Sports schedule: July 18-23

Tuesday, July 17 Baseball Senior Legion El Dorado @ Reno Knights (doubleheader) Wednesday, July 20 Baseball Senior Legion El Dorado @ Reno Sun Devils, (doubleheader) Saturday, July 23 Swimming El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils @ Broadstone Barracudas Park Terrace Penguins @ Sierra Sharks, Cameron Park CSD pool Dolphins @ VFCAL Champs meet, Rusch Park, Citrus […]

Senior Legion topples Napa to reach semis

ARCATA – Three players equally divided a dozen hits Friday and for the second straight day El Dorado Post 119 received a complete game from its starting pitcher to defeat Napa 11-4 at Arcata Ball Park in Area I Senior Legion Tournament baseball action. The win advanced El Dorado to today’s semifinal matchup against the […]

El Dorado Post 119 bounces back behind Booher

ARCATA — Troy Booher’s complete game six-hitter Thursday gave the El Dorado Post 119 Senior Legion baseball team a 4-0 victory over Fair Oaks and a split of its first two games at the Area I Tournament at Arcata Ball Park. After yielding 21 hits and committing six errors in Wednesday’s 18-14 loss to North […]

Junior Legion drops two, season over

GRASS VALLEY — The offense was there but the defense wasn’t for the El Dorado Post 119 Juniors in Thursday’s late afternoon 8-6 loss to Roseville at the District 7 Legion Tournament at Nevada Union High School. Five outfield errors led to seven unanswered runs in the first three innings to end El Dorado’s season […]

Roundup: July 14, 2011

Baseball Post 119 Senior Legion Area 1 Tournament El Dorado 4, Fair Oaks 0 — After dropping into the losers’ bracket at the Area tourney with an 18-14 loss to Humboldt Wednesday, El Dorado bounced back with a 4-0 victory Thursday morning. Post 119 Junior Legion District Tournament El Dorado 3, Auburn 6 — El […]

Speedway hosts richest race of the season, the Mark Forni Classic

Saturday is a special night at Placerville Speedway as once again the evening will pay tribute to the late friend of the speedway, Mark Forni. At the end of this much anticipated night of competition, three different drivers in three divisions will take home the largest winnings of the year thanks to a collaboration of […]

El Dorado County fencers place top 8 in the nation

Two and a half years ago, Leanne Comfort of El Dorado Hills, who is now 14, was looking for a sport she might like to try. She definitely made a good choice. Leanne is now the California state champion in Senior Women’s Saber, having won that title at the Pacific Coast Championships at the Marin […]

Dolphins finish dual meet season undefeated

AUBURN — Two summers ago when budget problems forced the City of Placerville Parks and Recreation Department to reluctantly sever its ties with the Dry Diggins Dolphins recreation swim team, parents, alumni and other supporters rolled up their sleeves to find a way to continue the program. And now, in their second season, the newly […]

The Outdoorsman: Better shadding

The story on the American River is lower flows and better shadding for shad enthusiasts. When river flows drop as they have recently, the shad picture brightens. Anglers can work their favorite spots because access is easier and there is less danger from high flows. Much of the good action is around the Sunrise location. […]

Six-Pack lift tickets on sale for 2011-12 season

LAKE TAHOE — Fresh off a record-shattering season that included skiing and snowboarding even on the July 4 weekend, the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts announced the general availability of the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket. Valid at all seven world-class resorts and priced at only $299, this transferrable lift ticket offers the ultimate in variety, […]

Roundup: July 13, 2011

Baseball Big League All Stars District 54 – 3, San Jose 12 – Shaky pitching and defense caught up with District 54 Tuesday in a postseason-ending loss at Fitzgerald Field in Benicia. District 54 fell behind 2-0, took a 3-2 lead before falling back 5-3 while having two runners thrown out at the plate. After […]

Heinz-sight: Feeling your pain

Wow! Woodcreek’s four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday at Jeff Mitchell Field to walk off  the 7-6 winner over host El Dorado Hills for the 9/10 Little League All Star District 54 title was, to say the least, stunning. Not to mention heart-breaking and disappointing. El Dorado Hills was in position […]

Ironwoman champ will race again

SHINGLE SPRINGS —  Nicole Young, 40, from Shingle Springs, is a seasoned and conditioned athlete who typically is a top-three finisher of runs, duathlons, relays and triathlons. She also is a two-time Ironwoman champion of Eppie’s Great Race, a Sacramento run-bike-paddle triathlon in its 38th year. Her horrifying and life-changing story began on a Thursday in […]

Foothill Gold sparkles

After 13 wins and three losses, the Foothill Gold ASA girls fast pitch softball team won the championship at the Colorado Sparkler tournament over the July 4 weekend. Foothill Gold dug itself out of the loser’s bracket after a two-game elimination only to win nine consecutive games, qualifying for the championship game against the undefeated […]

Taz Devils swim past Sierra Sharks

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils and Sierra Sharks of Cameron Park/Shingle Springs waged a spirited contest through much of Saturday’s meet before the Taz pulled away for a 479-417 victory in Suburban Swim League action. The Taz win sets up another epic showdown with the two-time defending champion Park Terrace […]

Roundup: July 11, 2011

Baseball Big League All Stars District 54 – 2, District 45 Hayward 11 — District 54 managed just three hits Sunday night to drop its first game at the Big League Area Tournament at Fitzgerald Field in Benicia. The team’s next game is Tuesday against the winner of Benicia-San Jose.

Woodcreek rally denies El Dorado Hills’ 9/10 All Stars

EL DORADO HILLS  — The stage was set Sunday afternoon at Jeff Mitchell Field in El Dorado Hills. The vibes were good, anticipation high and the moment right as the local 9/10 All Stars took the field for the bottom of the sixth inning, poised to take down Little League giants with just three outs to go for the […]

Snowline Juniors content reaching district finals

FOLSOM — The Snowline Junior Little League All Stars ran into tough pitching in Sunday night’s championship game against Woodcreek and the result was a 15-1 loss at Lembi Field for the District 54 banner. Woodcreek’s big right-hander Dylan Spezia brought the heat, striking out eight, and had more than enough offensive run support in the […]

Under the Scoreboard: July 11, 2011

Cal-Hi Sports has named Ponderosa outfielder Tyler Evanoff to its All State Second Team and Oak Ridge pitcher Chris Muse-Fisher to the All State Third Team. Evanoff will play at Cal Poly and Muse-Fisher will try out for Cal-Berkeley. In softball. Oak Ridge High pitcher Kacey Stanchek was selected to the Cal-Hi All State Third […]

Loss forces must-win for El Dorado Hills All Stars

EL DORADO HILLS — Propelled by a two-out, four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, the 9/10 Woodcreek All Stars bested El Dorado Hills 13-6 in Saturday night’s All-Star matchup for the District 54 title at Jeff Mitchell Field. El Dorado relief pitcher Will Crookham recorded two easy outs to start the fifth […]

Schedule: July 11-17

Monday, July 11 Baseball Little League All Stars Seniors @ Lembi Field Championship, 5 p.m. Juniors @ Lembi Field Championship, (if necessary), 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 Baseball Post 119 Sr, Legion ED @ Area Tournament, Arcada Post 119 Jr, Legion District Tournament, TBD Little League All Stars Seniors @ Lembi Field Championship (if necessary), […]

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