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Ponderosa unveils a gem of a gym

SHINGLE SPRINGS — It’s got curb appeal, grandiosity and loads of amenities. It’s also centrally located — smack in the middle of the school’s campus. Yes, Ponderosa High’s newly reconfigured gym is the jewel of the Delta River League. Thanks to Measure Q, the bond measure passed by voters in 2008, the funding was also available. […]

Lady Cougars unblemished in SVC

For the girls basketball team from El Dorado High, last Friday was another typical night on the court in its Sierra Valley Conference season. Keyed over the course of the contest by the overall play of Samantha Reeder who accounted for 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, the Cougars raced out to […]

Schedule: Jan. 17-22, 2011

Monday, Jan. 17 Alpine racing ED, PHS, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 9 a.m. Boys basketball Common Good Classic OR vs. Rio Americano, Antelope HS, 4:30 Girls basketball Common Good Classic OR vs. Bella Vista, Antelope HS, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 Boys basketball *UM @ ED, 7:30 *GS @ San Juan, 7 p.m. Wrestling *ED […]

Roundup: Jan. 16, 2011

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 57, Folsom 34 — The Trojans held the host Bulldogs to single-digit scoring after the first quarter Friday to improve to 2-0 in Delta Rive League play. Oak Ridge led just 16-14 after the first eight minutes but extended to a seven-point halftime lead and doubled that after three quarters. Bryce […]

Union Mine rally downs River City

EL DORADO — The Union Mine boys basketball team came back late in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference game with River City to pick up its second league victory 60-54. The Diamondbacks were down by 17 points early in the second half, cut the deficit to 10 heading into the fourth quarter and took their first […]

Lady Trojans break skid

EL DORADO HILLS — Carly Bettencourt scored a game-high 20 points and Dakota McLarnan added 15 Friday as Oak Ridge High stopped a five-game losing streak by upending visiting Folsom 74-30. The victory gave the Trojans their first win of 2011 and squared their Delta River League record at 1-1 as they prepare to take […]

El Dorado Hills youth wrestlers compete

The El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club wrestlers competed in two tournaments this past weekend — Saturday at the 11th annual El Dorado Hills Invitational and Sunday at the Mother Lode Wrestling Association Tournament of Champions qualifier at Angels Camp. Wrestlers who participated in Saturday’s tournament included Daelin and Devin Wofford, Anthony and Joey Whiting, Justin […]

Bruins can’t answer Huskies

SHINGLE SPRINGS — With a timely steal at mid-court, Ponderosa’s Ryan Miles, who finished a strong night on the hardwood with eight points, raced the length of the court and softly put in a shot off the glass to give the host Bruins an early lead in their Delta River League encounter with Sheldon Wednesday […]

The Outdoorsman: Port for stripers

Water clarity is good right now and the striped bass are there at the Port of Sacramento. The bass aren’t big but if you hit the right day they seem to be plentiful and are ranging from 5 to 10 pounds. Large minnows work and so do deep diving plugs. You may hook as many […]

Lady Cougars bury Galt

Sam Reeder bucketed two free throws, Jenni MaCaughey nailed a three and Sarah Mackey scored off an inbound play to get the El Dorado girls basketball team off to a 7-0 start Wednesday night against Galt. From there the Lady Cougars never looked back as they handed Galt its first league loss, 66-33. “Pat told us to go out […]

Troy’s epic comeback downs Jesuit

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge boys basketball team trailed Jesuit for nearly the entire game in Wednesday’s first Delta River League. But with the home crowd rocking the gym the Trojans came from behind in the second half for what became an epic battle as Troy forced the contest into overtime and finished […]

Roundup: Basketball, Jan. 12

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 82, Jesuit 66 — Oak Ridge trailed by 12 at the half and 10 heading into the fourth. The Trojans tied it and won their first Delta River League game in overtime. Bryce Scott, scoreless in the first half, put up 21 in the second half and overtime. Tyler Simms had […]

Grizzly girls fall short

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s bid to overtake visiting Highlands in the fourth quarter fell short Wednesday as the Scots held on for a 34-27 Sierra Delta League victory at Rod Hedlund gym. The Grizzlies’ girls basketball team trailed 30-16 entering the final eight minutes and reeled off eight straight points while holding Highlands scoreless […]

Cougars take Galt down

Tuesday night was a step forward for the El Dorado wrestling team after a tough Sierra Valley Conference opening dual meet at Union Mine last week. “Tonight everyone gave a strong effort and did what we asked them to do,” El Dorado coach Dave Pimentel said after the Cougars defeated Galt 45-26. “Our team had some […]

Union Mine wrestling rips River City

EL DORADO — The Union Mine varsity wrestling team needed just an hour to send River City packing Tuesday, defeating the Raiders 57-18 in a Sierra Valley Conference dual meet. “Our one goal this year is to win the league title,” D’back coach Tim Brown said. “We’ve always been a tough good team but we bumped […]

Roundup: South 1 ski/snowboard results

Sierra-at-Tahoe Jan. 10, 2011 Skiing Varsity boys: 1-El Dorado, 102; 2-Ponderosa, 98; 3-Union Mine, 73; 4-Golden Sierra, 21. Individual: 1-Sam Armanino, UM, 38.46-39.23-1:17.69; 2-Reid Lambes, PHS, 38.02-40.35-1:18.37; 3-Emmett Jones, ED, 38.97-41.33-1:20.30; 4-Akio Joy, ED, 40.32-41.70-1:22.02; 5-Nolan Leupp, PHS, 37.89-45.03-1:22.92; 6-Alex Matzat, PHS, 40.64-42.83-1:23.47; 7-Tommy Malone, ED, 40.96-43.38-1:24.34; 8-Alex Barho, ED, 41.78-43.20-1:24.98; 9-Ney-J Grant, ED, 42.73-42.26-1:24.99; […]

Roundup: Buddy Werner ski results

January 9 Fastest time of two courses: Boys team 4: No. 1 Bib: Zachary Fitzpatrick, 21.4; Blake Xavier, 21.92; Martin Padilla, 22.42; Hunter Lay, 24.19; Joel Kaderka, 25.28; Michael Xavier, 25.55; Tyler Atkinson, 26.08; Shaun Gilmour, 26.15; Brady Ruppenthal, 26.76; Charles Straight, 28.72. Girls team 4: No. 1 Bib: Amanda Pinski, 26.73; Fiona Zeier, 27.83. Boys […]

Best of 2010: Honorable mention

In reviewing our past issues to find the top 10 sports stories of the year, there are always too many — because our athletes and programs in El Dorado County perform to such a high level. Ten years ago the sports department initiated an Honorable Mention category to recognize as many achievements as possible. The […]

Core fitness: Overuse

In an outpatient physical therapy clinic, therapists see a variety of orthopedic and sports injuries. In working with our local high schools for the last 23 years I have seen a disturbing increase in sports injuries among younger athletes. An article from the National Institute of Health reported that in the United States, emergency departments […]

Sierra Valley Conference 2010 All League

Football Most Valuable Player: Sean Tow, Union Mine Offensive Player of the Year: Caleb Gottschalk, Vista del Lago Defensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Dunn, River City Coaches of the Year: Dave Johnson, Union Mine; Arturo Bustamante, River City Offense Quarterbacks: Anthony Mull, Vista; Jake Tibbetts, Liberty Ranch; Ryan Cox, Galt. Running backs: Cody Tow, […]

County Sports League Boys Basketball Tournament

County Sports League 2010-2011 Boys Basketball Tournament Summary Union Mine High Dec. 10-11, 2010 Seventh grade Opening round Gold Trail – 48 Mt. Creek – 20 Top scorers: GT: Andrew Eells, 14; Dylan Kammerer, 13. MC: Peter Hall, 10; Max Fitzpatrick, 4 Georgetown - 36 Golden Hills – 25 Top scorers: Geo: Nate Anderson, 23; Jordan […]

Heinz-sight: Twas the season of giving

Covering the boys year-end Toss Up Tournament at Oak Ridge was an opportunity to gain perspective. First, the Trojans’ undefeated record isn’t a fluke. Oak Ridge is athletic, talented and equipped at the right positions to make its move in what should be a competitive Division I Delta River League schedule. Preparing for the DRL […]

South 1 racing started Monday

The South 1 Division ski and snowboard season opens today with the first of three giant slalom races at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The six-week season, ending on Valentine’s Day, consists of three giant slalom and three slalom races. The division includes seven teams: El Dorado, Ponderosa, Union Mine, Golden Sierra, Amador, Argonaut and Capital Christian. While the […]

Professional bull riders return to ARCO

SACRAMENTO — Led by defending champion J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C. and Brendon Clark of Hollister, the nationally televised Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series returns to ARCO Arena Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15. Mauney, who electrified a standing-room-only crowd of more than 10,000 when he won in 2010, is one of […]

Sports schedule: Jan. 10-15, 2011

Monday, Jan. 10 Ski/snowboard alpine racing ED, PHS, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 Boys basketball *Highlands @ GS, 7 p.m. *ED @ Galt, 7:30 Girls basketball *OR @ St. Francis, 7 p.m. *PHS @ Sheldon, 7:30 Wrestling River City @ UM, 6 p.m. Galt @ ED, 6 p.m. GS @ San […]

Nesterenko’s 18 points leads Union Mine past Hawks

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Freshmen Tiffany Nesterenko was on fire for the Union Mine girls basketball team Friday night. She put up a team-high 18 points to help Union Mine defeat Liberty Ranch, upsetting the favored Hawks 57-35. The teams got off to a fast and furious start with the Lady Diamondbacks grabbing a 16-9 advantage […]

Cougars outlast Cosumnes Oaks

Friday night’s Sierra Valley Conference game between El Dorado and visiting Cosumnes Oaks came down to defense and rebounding. With less than two minutes left in the game and the score tied at 53, Cougar Daniel Smith stole the ball and took it to the hoop. The shot missed but David Cochran was there for […]

Roundup: Jan. 10

Wrestling Doc Buchanan Tournament, Clovis: Oak Ridge took five wrestlers and placed 16th in the tournament. “This tournament is now considered the toughest in the state with the exception of the state championship,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “Many weight classes had all top wrestlers in the state there, basically a preview of the […]

Raising Kane

The hits continue. A season so full of promise ended too soon for Ponderosa’s Ali Ryan and Golden Sierra’s Kaylee Schrader. Thursday in the Lady Bruins’ final preseason game against Franklin, Ryan, a three-year varsity player, had scored nine points in the first four minutes when tragedy struck. On her third fast break of the […]

Bruin girls clobber Franklin

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Olivia Nelson led the Lady Bruins with 20 points, Ashley Beck put up 10, Ali Ryan had nine and Nikki Johnson scored seven as Ponderosa dominated Franklin 58-44 to end the preseason with a 14-3 record. “We had a great preseason; we exceeded our expectations,” Bruin coach Noel O’Donnell said. But Thursday’s […]

Oak Ridge boys remain undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming off a win in the Trojan Toss Up Tournament, the Oak Ridge boys basketball team was 14-0 and brimming with confidence for Thursday’s game with 5-9 Yuba City. The Trojans fell behind early, but feeding off the high energy at home with a loud crowd in attendance, they rallied late […]

Lady Cougars get off to a good start

If the El Dorado girls basketball team’s first Sierra Valley Conference game is a sign of things to come, coach Pat Winter’s team will dominate the competition. Wednesday night the Lady Cougars, who moved into the SVC from the Pioneer Valley League this year, rolled over visiting Vista del Lago 56-36. “For these first six games […]

Ponderosa wrestlers crush Jesuit

SHINGLE SPRINGS — There are some things everyone can count on every year. The seasons change, the Oakland As will trade a player who is really good, the Raiders’ coach will be fired and in Shingle Springs, Ponderosa will field a very strong wrestling team. The Bruins followed a tremendous fifth-place performance at the Sierra Nevada […]

Folsom clips Oak Ridge grapplers

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge wrestling team didn’t know what to expect heading into Wednesday’s dual meet with Folsom. The Delta River League competition is uncharted territory for both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa this year, but the Trojans were well aware that the Bulldogs were coming in on the heels of four consecutive […]

The Outdoorsman: Sports shows coming

The big sports shows are just around the corner. The first one to arrive is the International Sportsmen’s Exposition Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-23, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Everything in the sports world that any outdoor lover would want to see will be on display along with “how to” demonstrations such as how to […]

Union Mine pins El Dorado

EL DORADO — The league wrestling season kicked off this week, starting with Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference dual meet between Union Mine and visiting El Dorado. Over the first four weight classes the Diamondbacks and Cougars traded pins back and forth and the team scores stood even at 12 apiece — but the give and […]

Roundup: Jan. 5, 2011

Boys basketball Sierra Valley Conference El Dorado 55, Vista del Lago 52 — New head coach Ken Macklin and the Cougars won their first league game of the season, coming back from a dismal eight points in the first quarter to take a one point 25-24 lead at the break. From there the Cougars outpointed […]

A great time was had by all

A day after winning the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament, the El Dorado girls varsity basketball team traveled to Palo Alto and Maples Pavillion to watch Stanford end the University of Connecticut’s 90-game win streak last Thursday. It was a night to remember for both the Lady Cardinal, who defeated the Huskies 71-59, and the Lady […]

Outside with Charlie

Bring on the rain and snow Rivers and lakes are replenished, the snowpack is excellent and a good runoff this spring means we will enjoy lots of kayaking, boating and other water recreation this summer. In the meantime, skiers, snowboarders and snowshoe enthusiasts have a lot to grin about. If you aren’t part of that crowd […]

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 […]

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