Golden Sierra’s unsung hero

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra has a long tradition of producing good volleyball teams. The Grizzlies have won five Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championships, played in the section championship match eight times, won two NorCal titles and played in the CIF State championship game twice. The team boasted a record 13-year unbeaten streak in the […]

Gridiron preview

Get your Black Friday shopping done early, get the jackets and blankets and make the trip to San Andreas to catch Union Mine High take on Calaveras in a semifinal Sac-Joaquin Division IV game to decide which team will play the winner of the Escalon-Colfax contest for the section title. The Diamondbacks are the last […]

Kirkwood opens for Thanksgiving Day

Kirkwood — After weeks of faithful preseason “pray for snow” rituals and festivities, the snow gods have delivered. With upward of 6 feet of fresh snow over the weekend, Kirkwood Mountain Resort opened for the season Wednesday. Chairs 5 (Solitude) and 6 (Cornice Express) will be first to turn; Chairs 1 (Snowkirk) and 11 (The […]

The Outdoorsman: Nov. 24, 2010

PowerBait is key Anglers are scoring consistently on trout by tossing PowerBait at the north shore of Lake Camanche. It’s much the same story at the South Shore Pond where they are finding rainbows up to 2 pounds. Trollers at Camanche are also doing well pulling lures like Rapalas or small Bikinis near the surface. […]

D’backs, Grizzlies bumped from NorCals

SAN FRANCISCO — The Union Mine High volleyball team lost its CIF NorCal Division III opener to host St. Ignatius Tuesday in four games by the scores 16-25, 11-25, 25-19, 23-25. The Lady Diamondbacks finish with an overall record of 27-3-1. The loss marked the final match for seniors Logan Savidge, Kaity Kime and Cierra […]

Heinz-sight: Nov. 23, 2010

A life cut short My family was absolutely stunned to hear the sudden news that our former foreign exchange student passed away earlier this month. Gusztav Matolcsy from Kaposvar, Hungary, was just 23. “Guszti” was visiting his brother Andras in Barcelona, Spain on a well-planned trip when he fell ill, was hospitalized and never made […]

El Dorado Hills wrestlers meet gold medalist

Two El Dorado Hills youth wrestlers had an experience they won’t soon forget. Jared Horstman and Kaden West met 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo at the National Wrestling Coaches Association VIP luncheon in Fresno this past weekend. The luncheon was a fundraiser to keep wrestling programs in California in Division I colleges and […]

Ski resorts anticipate another big season

By most accounts, the ski season was a dramatic success a year ago for Lake Tahoe and other California resorts. According to statistics compiled by the California Travel & Tourism Commission , skier visits numbered 7.5 million in the golden state, an increase from the 6.7 million in 2008-09. So what’s behind the major uptick […]

Ski resort guide

Here’s thumbnail description of all the ski resorts in the area — a helpful guide with pertinent information on locations, Websites and lift ticket prices as the 2010 season gets underway: ALPINE MEADOWS: Challenging mountain, a favorite of locals, which speaks volumes about the terrain. Location: Highway 89, six miles west of Tahoe City Elevation: […]

Sports schedule: Nov. 22, 2010

Tuesday, Nov. 23 Boys basketball PHS @ Vista, TBA Volleyball CIF NorCal playoffs Division III UM @ St. Ignatius, 7 p.m. Division IV GS @ Marin Catholic, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25 Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, Nov. 26 Football Sac-Joaquin Section seminfinals Division IV UM @ Calaveras, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 Cross Country CIF State […]

D’backs dominate Marysville

EL DORADO — Even through driving rain, blowing wind and dropping temperatures with every passing moment Friday, neither the elements or visiting Marysville High were no match for the Union Mine High football team. The Diamondbacks had one focus — defeat the Indians and move on to the next round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division […]

Golden Sierra gets bounced

LE GRAND — Before they were joined by family and friends in the aftermath of Friday’s semifinals, Golden Sierra High players said their goodbyes to each other, the coaches and the season after the Grizzlies were bounced 56-7 by host Le Grand. Robert Perez and Zachary Moreno each scored three touchdowns as the top-seeded Bulldogs […]

Union Mine volleyball upended

DAVIS — Down two games to one and trailing in the fourth game to Vista del Lago, the Union Mine High volleyball team’s hopes of winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title were quickly fading away Thursday night. But with determination, spirit and desire, the Lady Diamondbacks, who at one point were down 16-10, mounted […]

Martha Downing’s team wins in Turkey

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — United States teams claimed six of the nine championship Cups at the 30th ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships hosted by Club Ali Bey Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey. The event is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup team competitions, with the top American tennis players representing their […]

Ripon ends Grizzlies’ run

DAVIS — The Golden Sierra High volleyball team was the No. 2 seed, Ripon was No. 1. But while Golden Sierra may have lost its bid for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship Thursday at UC Davis, it wasn’t an easy 3-0 victory for Ripon. “Golden Sierra is a very good team” Ripon coach Larry Keethe said. “They really improved […]

Ski Tahoe resorts open

LAKE TAHOE — Destination travelers headed to Lake Tahoe to start their winter season will be greeted by open runs at multiple Ski Lake Tahoe resorts, the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country and several feet of new snow from a potentially historic storm system on the horizon. The majority of Ski Lake Tahoe […]

Gridiron preview

With Oak Ridge High’s elimination, the two El Dorado County teams left playoff contention are Union Mine and Golden Sierra. The second-seed Diamondbacks are at home tonight hosting third-seeded Marysville in Division IV second-round action while the fifth-ranked Grizzlies are back on the road at No. 1 seed Le Grand in a D-V battle. Rain […]

Gladiator Challenge MMA thrills the fans

SHINGLE SPRINGS – Saturday’s Gladiator Challenge Mixed Martial Arts fights at the Redhawk Casino in Shingle Springs included a fine mix of fighters — some with raw talent, some with years of experience and some young fighters out for blood. The three title fights measured up to their billing but the fight that brought the fans to […]

The Outdoorsman: Nov. 18, 2010

Choices Three roosters per day is the legal limit for pheasant hunters now that we’ve passed opening weekend, Nov. 13-14. Success was good to excellent for those who had land on which to hunt. The early rains helped settle the birds and helped the dogs readily pick up the scent. “It was a good crop this […]

Lauren Looper wins national championship

Lauren Looper, a 20-year-old attending the United States Military Academy, and daughter of Linda and Bill Looper of El Dorado Hills, took the national women’s title at the Ironman Collegiate National Championship held in Austin, Texas, Oct. 6. The championship event was a half ironman requiring athletes to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and […]

Grizzlies eliminate Escalon in four

Win avenges last year’s loss GARDEN VALLEY — With a trip to the Sac Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball finals on the line, the second-seeded Golden Sierra High Grizzlies hosted No. 3 Escalon Tuesday night in Rod Hedlund gym. With vengeance in mind after losing to the Cougars in last year’s second round, Golden Sierra […]

Lady D’backs crush Christian Brothers

EL DORADO — A berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship game was on the line Tuesday when the Union Mine High volleyball team took the floor against visiting Christian Brothers. The Lady Diamondbacks quickly erased any doubt about which team was moving on and which team was done for the season. The D’backs […]

Ponderosa bows out of the playoffs

STOCKTON — The Ponderosa High volleyball team’s hopes for a Thursday date at UC Davis to play for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship ended Tuesday night in Stockton. Facing second-ranked St. Mary’s in the semifinal round, the Bruins struggled against the defense-minded Rams and added to their woes with unforced errors, miscommunication, and at […]

Lady Trojans exit playoffs

Loss was Vaughn’s final Oak Ridge match SACRAMENTO — Reaching the postseason semifinals in any sport is always a solid accomplishment. Stopping there when you’re accustomed to advancing further isn’t. Amidst disappointment, hurt and some tears Tuesday, the Oak Ridge High volleyball team’s season ended to host St. Francis with a 14-25, 24-26, 16-25 loss. […]

Volleyball playoff scores: Nov. 16, 2010

The Union Mine High girls volleyball team crushed visiting Christian Brothers in the semifinals of the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, earning a berth in Thursday’s championship game with a 25-8, 25-17, 25-13 sweep of the Falcons. Golden Sierra also advanced to play Thursday in the Division IV championship after downing Escalon in four sets […]

El Dorado boys team is state-bound

FOLSOM — It’s a first for El Dorado High cross country coaches Peanut and Tena Harms. The El Dorado boys varsity team qualified for the CIF State Meet in Fresno Nov. 27. Running at Willow Hills Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III meet, the boys team finished second behind Sonora and won a tie-breaker […]

D’backs’ savvy setter is very Savidge

Senior led Union Mine to new heights EL DORADO — Listed at 5-foot, 3-inches tall on the Union Mine High roster but Logan Savidge is really 5-3 and a half and makes sure everyone knows about that half inch. After all, in her chosen sport of volleyball every little bit helps. Regardless of her stature, she’s […]

Outside with Charlie: Nov. 16, 2010

Shorter days The first snows of this autumn-winter season have decorated the slopes in the Crystal Basin and Tahoe areas, hopefully the start of a very good snow season. The trails in the high country have taken on a new dimension. There isn’t a great deal of snow but there’s enough to cover the ground. […]

Ponderosa girls qualify for state meet

Three Bruin boys advance FOLSOM — In an early Division II cross country race at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet in Folsom Saturday, the Ponderosa High boys team came within five points of qualifying as a team, but later in the day the Bruin girls made up for the disappointment somewhat as they took the […]

Trojan cross country teams advance

FOLSOM — After two years of frustration, Oak Ridge High cross country runner Benji Xie will run in the CIF State Cross Country meet Nov. 27 in Fresno. The star-crossed Xie, who was the No. 2 runner on the Trojan team behind Amjed Aboukhadijeh, collapsed on the Willow Hills course in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet the past […]

D’backs advance past Sonora

Tow brothers combine for four touchdowns EL DORADO — With a stellar regular season complete and a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title sealed up, Union Mine High began its postseason quest toward a Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section championship Friday against visiting Sonora. As the two opened play in front of a capacity crowd, […]

Lights go out on Oak Ridge

Resilient comeback is not enough STOCKTON — In what became one of the craziest games of the year, the Oak Ridge High Trojans and host Lincoln of Stockton Trojans endured a power outage, two days of play, a major comeback and a last minute game-winning drive. Lincoln of Stockton came out victorious in the see-saw […]

Sports schedule: Nov. 15, 2010

Tuesday, No. 16 Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal playoffs Division I OR @ St. Francis, 7 p.m. PHS @ St. Mary’s (Stockton), 7 p.m. Division III Christian Brothers @ UM, 7 p.m. Division IV Escalon @ GS, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 Basketball Point Loma (Rhett Beal) @ St. Mary’s (Brad Waldow), Moraga, 7 p.m. Volleyball […]

Small fencing club medals on big stage

DIAMOND SPRINGS  — The competitive season for fencers kicked into gear in early October and athletes from Hangtown Saber Club have been racking up medals, performing at a high level at both regional and national competitions. Nationally, the first North American Cup of the USA Fencing Association’s 2010-11 calendar held in Cincinnati Oct 15-18, saw […]

Grizzlies put Mariposa on ice

MARIPOSA — It was cold, it was a long way from home and it was worth it. Golden Sierra High’s trek across four county lines for its first postseason football game in three years was a success Friday as the Grizzlies held off host Mariposa 27-14 to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs. Adam Sewell’s […]

Ponderosa wins in four

EL DORADO HILLS — Lianna Sybeldon got her wish. After her emphatic kill on a perfect set from Madison Macauley finally ended Thursday’s quarterfinal match that eliminated Golden Valley, Sybeldon shared that she hoped the Ponderosa High volleyball team would have the chance to play St. Mary’s. The matches are set and Sybeldon and the […]

D’backs corral Mustangs

OAKDALE — The Union Mine High volleyball team put away host Oakdale in three games Thursday, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal match by scores of 25-16, 25-15, 26-15. Health-wise, the fifth-seeded Lady Diamondbacks weren’t 100 percent but are feeling better after sweeping the fourth-seed Mustangs to earn the right to host Christian Brothers […]

Grizzly volleyball reaches semifinals

Sweep sets up Tuesday’s Escalon match GARDEN VALLEY — The sign of a good team is its ability to persevere and perform under pressure. The Golden Sierra High volleyball team did just that Thursday, fighting off five opening-game set points on its way to a 31-29, 25-20, 25-17 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV quarterfinal win over visiting […]

Announcement: Union Mine dominates East Union

EL DORADO — For Union Mine High’s volleyball team, Tuesday night marked the beginning of a team goal the Diamondbacks set at the beginning of the season. After cruising through the Sierra Valley Conference undefeated the D’backs hit an unexpected bump — a loss to Vista del Lago that cost the outright conference title. Instead […]

Volleyball teams advance

In the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball playoffs Ponderosa (Division I) defeated Golden Valley in four games, 25-21. 25-19.22-25 and 25-22 (see “Ponderosa wins in four”); Oak Ridge (Division I) defeated Lincoln of Stockton 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 18-25, 15-9; Union Mine (Division III) beat Oakdale 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 (see “D’backs corral Mustangs”); and Golden […]

Roundup: Nov. 12, 2010

Water polo Boys Oak Ridge 5, Jesuit 15 — The Trojans’ playoff run came to at end with Thursday’s loss to the Marauders in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals at Tokay High School. Oak Ridge finished with an overall record of 24-22.

Gridiron preview: Nov. 12, 2010

The brackets are set for the prep football playoffs as the season starts its 11th week or “second season.” Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs include Union Mine, Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra. The Diamondbacks have the only home game, hosting Sonora in Division IV action; the Trojans travel to face Lincoln of Stockton in a D-1 […]

AquaSol gives end of season awards

The AquaSol year around swim team held its end of the season banquet with many deserving awards distributed by coaches Steve Skidmore, Janine Joy and Abby Goode. The team’s season was highlighted by winning the Sierra Nevada Team Spirit Award twice for both the short and long course Junior Olympics in 2010. From 2001 to […]

Ponderosa water polo season wraps up

The Ponderosa Bruin water polo teams wrapped up their respective fall seasons. This was the first year in their five year history that they did not fulfill a position in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals for both the boys and girls varsity teams. Despite this upset, the teams performed well at the Division I level. With […]