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All volunteer group patrols the backcountry

Cross country skiing has always been part of the fabric of winter recreation in El Dorado County. The most famous cross country skier from our area was Jon Torsteinson-Rue, a Norwegian who grew up in the Telemark region of Norway. He emigrated to America and changed his name to John A. Thompson. We know him […]

Under the Scoreboard: Feb. 20, 2011

With PGA pro Phil Mickelson following the University of San Diego team around Pelican Hills Golf Club’s Ocean North course, Union Mine graduate who is now a senior at USD, Ken McCready, won individual medalist honors with a 7-under par 203 over three days. McCready shot 65-70-71 to hold off a UCLA player. UCLA finished […]

Sports schedule: Feb. 21-26

Monday, Feb. 21 Happy Presidents’ Day! Tuesday, Feb. 22 Girls basketball Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs (single elimination) Division I No. 14 Lodi @ No. 3 Oak Ridge, ORHS, 7 p.m. Division III: No. 15 Whitney @ No. 2 El Dorado, EDHS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 Boys basketball Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs (single elimination) Division I No. […]

D’backs, Cougars send 7 to Masters

EL DORADO — A very tough and talented Oakdale wrestling team dominated the Division IV meet at Union Mine this weekend, but Union Mine bested every other team, finishing second against stiff competition. The Diamondbacks landed four wrestlers in the finals and three came away with titles. “This was a great event for all of […]

D-1 wrestlers show strength in numbers

ELK GROVE — It was a near 100-percent success rate for Ponderosa and Oak Ridge wrestlers this weekend at the two-day Divisional Sac-Joaquin Division 1 North meet hosted by Franklin High. At stake was advancement to the Masters Meet starting Friday at the Stockton Arena. Of the 24 Bruins and Trojans competing, 22 move on, including all […]

Lady Trojans spoil Bruins’ Senior Night

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa girls’ basketball team celebrated Senior Night at home against intra-county rival Oak Ridge Friday night for the final Delta River League game of the season. In a packed gym in front of an enthusiastic Bruin crowd, Ponderosa honored its two seniors, Nikki Johnson and Bethany Farmer, and then took the […]

Oak Ridge boys hold off Bruins 64-60

EL DORADO HILLS — Hitting on four of six free throws in the final 49 seconds and withstanding Ponderosa’s fourth-quarter three-point barrage, the Oak Ridge boys basketball team stayed just beyond the Bruins’ grasp and held on for a 64-60 victory to close the Delta River League regular season Friday. The Trojans held a 15-point third-quarter lead at […]

Lady D’backs celebrate Senior Night

EL DORADO — Posters hung on the walls of the Snake Pit honored seniors Camille Waldon, Ashlynn Parker and Taylor DeSilva for Thursday’s Senior Night girls basketball game between Union Mine and visiting Cosumnes Oaks. After the festivities, the seniors set the tone early as Waldon took a pass from Kimee Mueller and dished to […]

El Dorado seals perfect season

El Dorado High boys basketball programs have gone for 26 seasons without winning a league title. That all changed this year. The Cougars took on all challengers and stormed through 11 games in the Sierra Valley Conference without a loss and clinched the SVC championship with two wins last week. Wednesday El Dorado had one […]

Countdown for county wrestlers

Friday and Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section divisional wrestling tournaments are the final qualifying meets for next week’s big Masters tournament in Stockton as the athletes look to qualify for the CIF State Meet. El Dorado County has two top-ranked wrestlers including Cody Tow, who just moved up from No. 2 in the state to No. 1 […]

D’backs’ late rally clips Vista

EL DORADO – Riding the solid all-around performance from Graham Bennett, the Union Mine boys basketball team outlasted Vista del Lago 65-61 in a highly competitive Senior Night battle Wednesday. With the Diamondbacks’ postseason aspirations hinging on the successful defense of their last Sierra Valley Conference home game, the Snake Pit was ready to send […]

The Outdoorsman: Variety at Folsom Lake

More anglers are showing up at Folsom Lake these days because fishing has improved with the numerous warmer days. If you want 2- to 3-pound rainbow trout do some trolling up the north fork. Trailing rapalas or spoons seems to have best results and nightcrawlers are also enticing the ‘bows to bite. Often while trolling you […]

Roundup: Feb. 16, 2011

Girls basketball El Dorado 57, River City 45 — The Lady Cougars wrapped up their Sierra Valley Conference schedule with Tuesday’s win on the Raiders’ court. El Dorado’s perfect 12-0 run gave the program its third straight undefeated league season and 42nd consecutive league victory. Leading the way offensively was Samantha Reeder with 26 points; […]

Golden Sierra gets Sr. Night victory

GARDEN VALLEY — Playing for the final time on their home floor, Golden Sierra High seniors Emily Matthews and Gwen Brown combined for 15 points and 18 rebounds Tuesday as the Grizzlies, behind an active defense, overcame a slow start to upend visiting Rio Vista 39-17 in Sierra Delta League girls basketball action. The victory was the […]

Outside with Charlie: Be safe

Going into the forest any time of year requires planning and common sense. Heading out in the winter requires more planning, more common sense and a good deal of knowledge about winter in the woods. Downhill skiers know that ski resorts take safety quite seriously. Ski area boundaries are well defined and qualified members of […]

Bruins, El Dorado win ski titles

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Despite a push by El Dorado in the final race of the season, Ponderosa’s boys skiers claimed their fourth consecutive South 1 Division ski title at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Bruins won Monday’s race on Lower Main by the score of 104-103 over the Cougars to total 629 team points for a 17-point winning margin […]

Jonah Harm selected to All Star meet

Placerville’s  Jonah Harm, 10, a member of AquaSol, was selected from Sierra Nevada Swimming to participate in the two-day All Star short course meet Jan. 22-23 in Selma. There were three teams competing at the meet representing Central California, Sierra Nevada and San Diego Imperial.  There were 48 swimmers on each team, 16 swimmers, eight […]

Cougar boys snowboard champs by a mere point over Union Mine

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — El Dorado High’s Lars Bolster knew the score and he knew he had to do something about it. Throwing caution to the wind — which was aplenty for Monday’s final regular season South 1 Division race — the senior Cougar snowboarder went for it in his second slalom run on Sierra-at-Tahoe Lower Main […]

Delta River League tourney advances 23 from area

ELK GROVE — The Ponderosa and Oak Ridge wrestling teams started the postseason and the road to the state meet Saturday at Pleasant Grove in the Delta River League championships. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to this weekend’s Divsional meet at Franklin High. Ponderosa’s entire team of 14 will move on […]

Weekend roundup

Boys basketball Ponderosa 48, Jesuit 65 — Bruin seniors who played in their last game at home Friday include Zacc Williams, Dom Campodomico, Ryan Miles, Taylor Bybee, Travis Fisher, Chris Brown and Griffin Fontana. Against the Marauders, Fisher scored 11 points; Williams, 10; Brown, eight; and Bybee, seven. Girls basketball Golden Sierra 43, San Juan […]

Sports schedule: Feb. 14-19

Monday, Feb. 14 Alpine racing ED, GS, PHS, UM @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, slalom, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 Girls basketball *Rio Vista @ GS, 7 p.m. UM @ Vista, 7:30 ED @ River City, 7:30 Wednesday, Feb. 16 Boys basketball *Rio Vista @ GS, 7 p.m. *River City @ ED, 7:30 *Vista @ UM, 7:30 Thursday, […]

Three Griz wrestlers qualify to move on

SACRAMENTO — At the end of a long day of competition at Capital Christian Saturday, two Golden Sierra wrestlers were champions and one placed second in the Golden Empire/Sierra Delta League championships. The SDL was allowed two wrestlers per weight class while the GEL sends four in each bracket to the small school subsection meet […]

Sierra Valley Conference wrestling decides champions

FOLSOM — Six Diamondbacks and one Cougar won titles at Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference wrestling championships at Vista del Lago. The tournament is the first step in wrestling’s postseason. In all, 17 area grapplers who placed in the top four from Union Mine and El Dorado plus an alternate move on to this weekend’s Division […]

Lady Cougars clinch 3rd consecutive championship

Before Friday night’s Sierra Valley Conference game between the El Dorado girls basketball team and visiting Union Mine, the Lady Cougars honored seniors Sarah Mackey and Jenni McCaughey. As part of the Senior Night festivities, El Dorado coach Pat Winter also presented flowers to the three Union Mine seniors — Taylor DeSilva, Ashlynn  Parker and […]

Oak Ridge boys fall short in overtime

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge boys basketball team entered Friday’s game against Folsom on a high note after having knocked off Pleasant Grove Wednesday and breaking a four-game losing streak, but the high was erased with an 58-50 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. The Trojans played the first half without their leading scorer Bryce […]

El Dorado boys put away D’backs

EL DORADO – Daniel Smith, Joe Visman and David Cochran teamed to score 49 points Friday and El Dorado, on the strength of a 25-10 fourth quarter, upended host Union Mine 66-46 at the Snake Pit. The Cougar trio did most of their damage in the first and third quarters — scoring 36 of El Dorado’s […]

The Outdoorsman: American River steelies

The steelhead are here in big numbers in the American River. Trollers are doing well in the main river primarily around Sailer Bar and the Nimbus crowd is also doing well tossing spinners and crawlers. Many of the steelies range from 4 to 10 pounds with a 2-pound limit. It appears this is just the start […]

Roundup: Feb. 10, 2011

Girls basketball El Dorado 55, Liberty Ranch 38 — The Lady Cougars outscored the Hawks 35-19 in the middle two periods to guarantee a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title. El Dorado is 10-0 in league with two to play. Ponderosa 61, Folsom 45 — The Lady Bruins completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs to […]

Cougars boys clinch 1st title since mid-80s

It’s official! No team can catch El Dorado now. Wednesday’s game pitting Liberty Ranch at El Dorado turned into a yawner after one quarter and ended with the Cougars easily winning their 24th game of the year 83-49. But it was the event of this century for the Cougar boys basketball team as it wrapped […]

Ponderosa falls to Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Cold shooting, nonexistent offensive rhythm and turnovers cost host Ponderosa High a chance to win its first Delta River League game Wednesday night in Shingle Springs. Folsom steadily built its lead in the second half to come out 57-42 winners. An optimistic Bruin squad took to the court hoping to even the […]

Oak Ridge girls celebrate Senior Night

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge girls basketball team moved into second place in the Delta River League standings all alone with a 53-44 victory over visiting Pleasant Grove Tuesday. Flowers and tributes opened the evening’s festivities as seniors Dakota McLarnan, Stefanie Walberg, Alexa Pickett, Carly Bettencourt, Natalie Stone and Hayley Padua-Dean celebrated their […]

Raiders upend Lady Diamondbacks

EL DORADO — After one half of Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game with visiting River City, the Union Mine girls basketball team trailed by 10 points. The team fell behind 40-22 in the third quarter but with a little over two minutes to go, the Lady Diamondbacks used tremendous determination to go on 12-2 run […]

Heinz-sight: Fiestas and siestas

Brrrrr! Lately, the Democrat, especially sports, has been filled with scenic pictures of snow-covered hills, columns on the local winter snowparks and weekly coverage of the prep alpine ski and snowboard races. So with that in mind, here’s something to warm up to … The buffet line at the Barcelo Los Cabos Deluxe Hotel in […]

MaxPreps All State Volleyball Team includes three local girls

You may have missed it. There was no fanfare, no announcement, no press conference — just a quiet posting on the MaxPreps Website of the 2010 California All-State High School Volleyball Teams. The recognition, based on the individuals’ performances and contributions to their teams, is the highest award high school athletes can attain in their […]

Roundup: Feb. 7, 2011

Buddy Werner Youth Ski Results Second race: Feb. 6, 2011 Sierra-At-Tahoe Boys: 1-Zachary Fitzpatrick, 24.91; 2-Blake Xavier, 26.14; 3-Martin Padilla, 26.6; 4-Hunter Lay, 27.15; 5-Shaun Gilmore, 27.41; 6-Joel Kaderka, 28.83; 7-Brady Ruppenthal, 29.05; 8-Michael Xavier, 29.1,9; 9-Tyler Atkinson, 30.36; 10-Bryce Templeton, 30.47; 11-Justin Malone, 30.72; 12-Jeremy Yao, 31.49; 13-Patrick Irwin, 32.09; 14-Jake Christiansen, 32.22; 15-James […]

Five down, one to go

Standings still tight after fifth Alpine event SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — No jacket required describes weather conditions Monday as the South 1 Division teams competed in the year’s next-to-last regular season race at Sierra Ski Ranch. The slalom event saw the Ponderosa boys skiers with Reid Lambres, Nolan Leupp, Andrew Olson and Alex Matzat in the top […]

Oak Ridge skid continues

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sheldon boys baskeball team showed why it’s No. 1 and undefeated in the Delta River League Friday night, cruising to a 70-56 victory over Oak Ridge. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Trojans, whose unbeaten streak came to an end with a five-point loss to Pleasant […]

AquaSol shines at Speedo Sectionals

LONG BEACH — AquaSol swimmers Kevin Mertz, Mikaela Fuller and Haley Owens qualified for the Speedo Gold Sectional Championships held in Long Beach at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool Dec.17-21. This short course meet hosted approximately 2,000 men and women representing 104 teams from Pacific Swimming, Central California, San Diego-Imperial, Southern California and sub regions, and […]

Three Trojans sign

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Trojans from the Oak Ridge football program inked their names to a college Letter of Intent to play at the next level at a signing ceremony last Wednesday at the school’s multi-purpose room. Quarterback Will Tostenson will take his talents to Azusa Pacific; shifty power running back Jordan Matanane will […]

Under the Scoreboard: Feb. 6, 2011

Two area football players signed last week out of the Sacramento City College program. Wide receiver Matt Porrazzo (Ponderosa) will join his brother Nick Porrazzo at Dixie State in Utah and offensive lineman Anthony Thrift (Union Mine) moves on to Mary in North Dakota.

Sports schedule: Feb. 7-12, 2011

Monday, Feb. 7 Alpine racing PHS, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, slalom, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 Girls basketball River City @ UM, 7:30 *Pleasant Grove @ OR, 7 p.m. PHS @ Folsom, 7 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 Wednesday, Feb. 9 Boys basketball *Folsom @ PHS, 7 p.m. Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7:30 […]

Roundup: Feb. 5, 2011

Wrestling Section Team Duals Lincoln of Stockton HS Top two teams in each league/conference in the Sac-Joaquin Section compete in the single elimination team dual. Ponderosa, winner of the Delta River League, defeated Lodi 62-7 in the first round in Division I, but lost to Vacaville 44-7 in the semifinal round. Eric Greybill (112 pounds) […]

El Dorado boys pummel Galt

The El Dorado boys basketball team continued its march through the Sierra Valley Conference with an 82-63 pummeling of the Galt Warriors Friday night at L.A. Brown Gym. The victory boosted the team’s league record to 9-0. With three games left, the Cougars are guaranteed a share of the league title. El Dorado established dominance early, scoring […]

Ponderosa boys continue to struggle

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa boys basketball team’s season struggles continued Friday with another Delta River League loss at home. After an excellent opening four minutes, the game changed dramatically in favor of visiting Pleasant Grove, who handed the Bruins a tough 71-49 loss and dropped Ponderosa to 0-7 in the league standings. Ryan Miles […]

Super Bowl has local connections

In 2010 the big news for El Dorado County concerning the Super Bowl was Oak Ridge graduate Austin Collie, one of Indianapolis Colt quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite receivers. This year the Green Bay Packers’ sideline will include James Campen, the offensive line coach and former player. This is his seventh season with the Packers, 12th […]

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