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 […]

Griz battle back, fall short

GARDEN VALLEY — Tuesday night’s game was a tough struggle through three quarters for the Golden Sierra boys basketball team. After 24 minutes of play the Grizzlies trailed Victory Christian 37-18 with not much hope for a victory. But the Griz rallied in the final period, holding Victory Christian to just seven points and scoring 20 […]

The Outdoorsman: An eager bite

The sturgeon and stripers are eager to feed if you are fishing with ghost shrimp for bait in the Pittsburg and Antioch area — or even farther up the Sacramento River as far as Sherman Island. Shore anglers in the Freeport area are also finding stripers ready to feed. Most linesides are small in the […]

All Star gymnasts complete season

The All Star competitive gymnastics team completed its fall season at a regional meet in Auburn. All seven gymnasts competed in six meets during the season, which started in late August. The team traveled to Concord, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville and Auburn to compete in the four standard elements of beam, bars, floor and […]

Delta River All League Teams

Football Co Most Valuable Players: Dano Graves, QB, Folsom; Tyler Trosin, WR/DB, Folsom Offensive Player of the Year: Mark Jenkins, RB, Pleasant Grove Co Defensive Players of the Year: Kyle Castro, DB, Pleasant Grove; Marcus Paige-Allen, DL, Sheldon All Purpose Player of the Year: Jordan Richards, RB/DB, Folsom Lineman of the Year: Arik Armstead, OL,DL, […]

Sierra Delta League All League Volleyball

2010 Sierra Delta League All League Volleyball Team C0-coaches of the Year Melissa Mulqueen, Vacaville Christian Melissa Bowers, Bradshaw Christian Co-Most Valuable Players Katie Christner, Golden Sierra Patty Orozco, Bradshaw Christian Caitlin Hess, Golden Sierra Jessica Condit, Golden Sierra Brittany Tillotson, Golden Sierra Eliza Zirzow, Vacaville Christian Katelyn Rowland, Vacaville Christian Miranda Rodriguez, Vacaville Christian […]

Week filled with tournaments

‘Tis the season for tournaments as basketball and wrestling teams gear up for the beginning of the league schedules in 2011. In El Dorado County this week the Oak Ridge girls basketball team hosts the Trojan Shoot Out, the Golden Sierra girls host the Darrell Tillotson Memorial Tournament, and the Ponderosa wrestling team is holding […]


Wrestling Newark Rotary Memorial Tournament Champion: Ponderosa Ponderosa def. Mission San Jose, 64-9; Fremont-Sunnyvale, 76-0; Marin Catholic, 82-0;  St. Francis, 38-25; Cupertino, 60-19. All tournament team: 119: Erik Greybill, 5-0; 125: Alex Greybill, 5-0; 130/135: Tim Ditrich, 4-0; 130/135: Christian Canepa, 4-0; 135: TJ Spangler, 4-0; 140: Walker Ditrich, 5-0; 215: Jordan Marinelli, 5-0; 285: […]

Foothill Throwers to sponsor clinic

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Dave Mosbacher and the Foothill Throwers are holding a clinic Saturday, Dec. 11, for shot putters and discus throwers at the Ponderosa High track facility. The clinic is limited to 50 boys and girls from El Dorado County, ages 12-18, who are interested in throwing. Five collegiate level throwing coaches will be […]

Early snow a boon to the ski business

Although now firmly entrenched in December and gearing up for what should be a strong holiday season, folks in the ski industry or a related business can’t help but take a glance back at what was a monumental end to November. Snow began dropping heavily on Nov. 19 and was being measured in feet, not […]

Sports schedule: Dec. 7-12, 2010

Tuesday, Dec. 7 Boys basketball Victory Christian @ GS, 7 p.m. Florin @ ED, 7 p.m. UM @ Bret Harte, 7 p.m. OR @ Vista del Lago, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Capital Christian @ UM, 7 p.m. PHS @ Placer, 7:30 Wednesday, Dec. 8 Girls basketball UM @ GS, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 Boys […]

Weekend roundup

Tournament basketball Girls Christian Brothers Holiday Classic Ponderosa 54, Christian Brothers 27 — The Lady Bruins shot out to a 25-4 first quarter lead and easily doubled up the host Falcons Saturday to win the tournament title. Ponderosa led by 22 at the break, eased up in the third and revved back up in the […]

Thunder wins HalloweenFest

The Prospector Thunder Under 12 girls soccer team from Cameron Park enjoyed its most successful tournament of the 2010 season with a first-place finish in the HalloweenFest Tournament Oct. 30-31 in Placerville. The Thunder dominated the Sierra Gold Sapphires 4-0 on a rain-soaked morning in the first game of the tournament. Although playing well in […]

Sierra U12 Gold Cougars win at HalloweenFest

The Sierra Gold Cougars won the orange division of the 2010 Sierra Gold Halloweenfest. The tournament included Under 10, U 11, U 12 and U 14 girls and boys teams. The U 12 boy had two divisions of eight teams. The games were all played at Lotus-Henningsen Park with heavy rains on Saturday and sunny weather on […]

El Dorado takes 3rd at Gold Dust

Joe Visman scored a game-high 32 points Saturday to lead an aggressive attacking offense as host El Dorado High outlasted Colfax 74-66 to take third place on the final night of the annual Gold Dust Tournament. First place went to Amador Valley, which defeated Davis in the championship game. Visman tallied 15 in the first half as the […]

Bruins fall in consolation final

Holding a three-point lead after three quarters of play, Whitney High slowly pulled away in the fourth to defeat Ponderosa 59-51 to win the Gold Dust Tournament consolation trophy Saturday at El Dorado High School. Less than 24 hours after the offense shot down Nevada Union for a second-round victory on their home court, the Bruins […]

Under the Scoreboard: Harms, Berringer lead UNC

BERKELEY – Two El Dorado County volleyball stars were in action Friday night at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley as the University of North Carolina volleyball team defeated Ole Miss 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division I volleyball playoffs. El Dorado High graduate Cora Harms, the Tar Heels’ sophomore setter, led her team […]

Cougars upended by Amador Valley

Behind six threes and four players in double figures, the Amador Valley basketball team atoned for last year’s loss to El Dorado in the Gold Dust Tournament with a 64-49 victory Friday night in the second round of action at El Dorado. The Cougars had the early lead for all of four minutes in the […]

Ponderosa defeats Nevada Union in Gold Dust 2nd round

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Riding the hot hands of Taylor Bybee and Zacc Williams, host Ponderosa High overcame a slow start Friday to overtake Nevada Union in the second half for a 71-65 victory in second round action at the Gold Dust Tournament. The Bruins’ first victory of the season squared their tournament record at 1-1 and set up […]

El Dorado outlasts Whitney

After dominating Whitney in the first half of the Gold Dust Tournament’s opening game at El Dorado High Thursday night, the El Dorado Cougars let the Wildcats back into the game in the second half and with two minutes left, clung to a precious one-point lead. David Cochran came down with a big rebound on […]

Roundup: Dec. 3, 2010

Tournament basketball Girls Ponderosa 59, River City 26 — The Lady Bruins held leads of 18-2 after one quarter and 34-8 at halftime to easily dispatch the Raiders in Thursday’s opener of the Christian Brothers Holiday Classic. Ali Ryan bucketed 22 to pace Ponderosa followed closely by Olivia Nelson’s 17 points. Nicole Johnson was the […]

Bruins drop Gold Dust opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Playing in a brand spanking new gymnasium under a fairly new head coach couldn’t overcome an age-old reality of basketball: if the shots don’t fall, chances are you’re not going to win. Such was the case Thursday at Ponderosa High when the Bruins suffered through cold shooting and lost their Gold Dust […]

Outside with Charlie: Dec. 3, 2010

Snow has landed. November proved to be a very nice month for snow — nothing to quite a lot in a very short time. All the resorts are open and the skiers report pretty nice conditions for this early in the season. We don’t always get to ski at Thanksgiving time. The resorts are going […]

Ponderosa wrestlers host double dual

Ponderosa prepares for new season SHINGLE SPRINGS — “Tonight I was pleasantly surprised with how in shape our team is at this point of the season,” Ponderosa High wrestling coach Tyson Escobar said after the squad’s excellent night of wrestling against Cosumnes Oaks and Vista Del Lago in a double dual at Ponderosa Wednesday. Escobar […]

The Outdoorsman: Dec. 1, 2010

Hatchery numbers up First, the Feather River Hatchery — there are almost triple the number of salmon there compared to last year. The recent count of salmon arriving at the hatchery is slightly more than 14,500. Last year’s count was just over 5,300. It’s a good sign. The number of salmon at the American River Hatchery […]

Gold Dust tournament starts Thursday

The annual Gold Dust boys basketball tournament starts Thursday. The tournament, which was originally hosted by El Dorado High, is now played in two venues the first two nights and wraps up at El Dorado Saturday. The Ponderosa boys will host Colfax in their brand new gymnasium Thursday at 7 p.m. Davis and Nevada Union […]

Three cheers for three Lady Cougars

The United Kingdom has given us Hitchcock, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, the Beatles, Susan Boyle, the London Bridge, fish and chips, the Industrial Revolution and the Revolutionary War. We’re giving the UK Jessica Britton, Amanda Smart and Rikki Lytle. The El Dorado High trio of cheerleaders will embark Dec. 26 on a trip of […]

Lady Bruins sweep El Dorado

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa High girls basketball played its first preseason game at home Tuesday against rival El Dorado. The Cougars’ domination over Ponderosa the past four years was a definite thorn in the Bruins’ paws coming in, but the bad memories were swept away as all three Ponderosa teams won. The Bruin varsity […]

SVC All League Volleyball

Sierra Valley Conference All League Volleyball Team Coach of the Year Mike Yates, Union Mine Patrick Sanders, Vista del Lago Most Valuable Player Mikayla Tucker, Union Mine First Team Logan Savage, Union Mine Kaity Kime, Union Mine Lea Howton, Union Mine Lara Bangs, El Dorado Kylee Hardy, El Dorado Brittanie McKenzie, Vista del Lago Francesca […]

Oak Ridge gets Foundation games sweep

EL DORADO HILLS — What do you say to your team trailing by 60 points as the Rocklin High girls basketball coach had to during a third-quarter timeout: “not to worry, after all, Oak Ridge’s Lady Trojans are the defending Division I state champions?” Or, this might soften the blow: “girls, it’s the Foundation game […]

Roundup: Nov. 30, 2010

Girls basketball Ponderosa 49, Christian Brothers 57 — Despite a game-high 25 points from Ali Ryan and 13 from Nicole Johnson, the Lady Bruins couldn’t overcome a slow start and lost Monday’s Foundation game to the host Falcons. Christian Brothers led bv 11 after the first quarter and by 14 at halftime.

Cougar boys clamp down on Calaveras

Behind Dan Smith’s 25 points the El Dorado High boys basketball team took care of visiting Calaveras Monday 64-58 in its annual Foundation game. The scrappy Redskins, a team known for its ability to shoot three-pointers, had several chances to challenge the Cougars but couldn’t pull any closer than six through most of the game, […]

Cougar harriers gain valuable experience

FRESNO — The fastest runners in California, including representatives from El Dorado, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge high schools converged on Fresno for some very fast racing at the CIF State Cross Country Championships over Thanksgiving weekend. Featuring many of the top Individuals and top teams in the United States, the 2010 version of the State […]

El Dorado County runners shine at state meet

FRESNO — Cold weather and rain greeted the cross country runners in Fresno Saturday for the CIF State Meet. The boys and girls varsity teams from Oak Ridge High, along with the girls team from Ponderosa and three individual qualifiers from the boys team who qualified at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet competed in the […]

Cougar boys win hoop opener

Behind composure, poise and second-half defense, the boys basketball squad from El Dorado High withstood  solid shooting by visiting Amador to overcome an early second-quarter 10-point deficit Saturday. The Cougars shone in the fourth quarter as Daniel Smith, Joe Visman, David Cochran, Travis Riedel andNick Jemmott, rebounded and hustled all over the court as El […]

El Dorado wraps up successful water polo season

The El Dorado High boys and girls water polo teams wrapped up successful 2010 campaigns with a combined 23 wins, one historic playoff berth and numerous all league awards including Coach of the Year. Both teams finished second in the Metro Conference behind McClatchy. The girls were 14-6, 6-2 in league, to earn their first […]

Sports schedule: Nov. 29, 2010

Monday, Nov. 29 Basketball/Foundation games Rocklin @ Oak Ridge: Girls, 6 p.m.; Boys, 8 p.m. Calaveras @ ED: Boys, 7 p.m. PHS @ Christian Brothers: Girls, 6 p.m.; Boys, 8 p.m. GS @ Foresthill: Girls, 5:30; Boys, 7:30 Tuesday, Nov. 30 Boys basketball Mesa Verde @ GS, 7 p.m. ED @ Antelope, 7 p.m. UM […]

Under the Scoreboard: Nov. 29, 2010

Under the Scoreboard; Nov. 29, 2010 Our El Dorado County graduates continue to make us proud … Cal Poly’s defensive lineman Gavin Cooper was just named on the Great West Conference all league team. The junior, who graduated from Union Mine High, was on the Diamondback team that played for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II […]

Union Mine football eliminated

D’backs drop semifinal  game to Calaveras SAN ANDREAS — Two late fourth-quarter interceptions by host Calaveras High stopped the Union Mine football team’s comeback bid in its tracks Friday as the Redskins held on to the 28-21 victory to end the Diamondbacks’ season a win away from playing for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title. Overall, […]