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, […]

Lady Trojan basketball team regroups

Oak Ridge High School’s varsity girls basketball team begins preseason play this week, taking to the court for the first time after winning last year’s state championship game in an upset over Long Beach Polytechnic, long a dominant team in postseason action. With several strong players returning this year, the team has the means to […]

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 […]