Cougars can’t stop Vista

FOLSOM — With touchdowns on its first five possessions and an interception return on El Dorado’s second series, host Vista del Lago overwhelmed the Cougars 41-0 Friday at Prairie City Stadium to close the regular season. The Eagles’ Senior Night was also a must win for Vista. Junior Logan Smith got behind El Dorado’s secondary […]

Sports schedule: Nov. 8, 2010

Monday, Nov. 8 Golf UM @ CIF/NCGA playoffs, Stockton CC Tuesday, Nov. 9 Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs (single elimination) Soccer Division IV UM @ Central Valley, 3 p.m. Tennis Team tennis playoffs Division I Oak Ridge @ St. Mary’s, Stockton, 2 p.m. Volleyball Division I Franklin @ OR, 7 p.m. Beyer @ PHS (OR gym), 5 […]

Oak Ridge soccer season ends

DAVIS — Long a dominating team in Division II competition, the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team’s season ended Thursday with a 6-0 defeat to powerhouse Davis in the first round of the Sac Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. The Trojans, coached by Henry Reis, ended the year with a 3-4-1 record in the Delta […]

Listar’s goal lifts Union Mine soccer

D’backs play Central Valley tomorrow EL DORADO — Kyle Listar’s one-time run-on shot 20 minutes into the first half stood up Thursday night as host Union Mine High opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with a 1-0 victory over Oakdale. The Diamondbacks, seeded third out of the Sierra Valley Conference, and the Mustangs, the Valley Oak […]

Herbert Green dominates football tourney

Beautiful weather greeted the teams at Pleasant Valley School for the three-day flag football tournament to wrap up the County Sports League season. After a first-round bye, Pleasant Valley’s seventh-grade team rolled ov er Sierra Ridge, 34-12, in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Herbert Green, also with a bye in the […]

D’backs share conference volleyball title

Union Mine, Vista SVC co-champs EL DORADO — After the first defeat in months and the first league loss, the Union Mine High volleyball team now must share the Sierra Valley Conference title. Vista del Lago’s four-game win over Union Mine also spoiled Senior Night — but it’s not the end of the world for […]

County Sports League

Girls Cross Country results 3rd grade team scores: Large school: Oak Meadow, 48; Golden Hills, 69; William Brooks, 71; Green Valley, 76. Small school: Lake Forest, 12; Buckeye, 26; Latrobe, 38; Jackson, 44. Individual (top 20): Megan Tomasetti, GV, 5:03; Sydney Banks, OM, 5;06; Ally Tomasetti, GV, 5:09; Lauren Helwig, LF, 5:13; Lizzie Allison, GH, […]

Gridiron preview

Prep football’s regular season ends tonight with the postseason right around the corner. Golden Sierra has its spot in the playoffs and both Union Mine and Oak Ridge are in position to secure a berth. The Diamondbacks battle River City for the Sierra Valley Conference title; Oak Ridge hosts Delta River League-leading Folsom  in a […]

Roundup: Nov. 4, 2010

Volleyball El Dorado def. Dixon 25-21, 25-11, 25-15 Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-15, 25-12, 25-19 Golden Sierra def. Highlands 25-8, 25-12, 25-6

Bruins fall to St. Francis in 4

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Delta River Leagaue season has been a roller coaster ride for the Ponderosa High volleyball team, culminating with a league match against St. Francis Wednesday night. The determined Bruins looked forward to the challenge of facing the league-leading Troubadours and had moments of brilliance throughout the match. Ponderosa was solid in […]

The Outdoorsman: Nov. 5, 2010

Take your pick Bass, crappies, trout or catfish — Lake Amador near Ione is the place where all four species are biting. Weekly trout plants help trouters fishing from shore, boats or float tubes. Most of the trout range from 2 to 3 pounds with a few as high as 6 to 8 pounds. Shore anglers are tossing […]

Hey, it’s Slammin’ Katie Vaughn

Flowing pony tail, beaming smile and killer game By Jerry Heinzer Democrat staff writer EL DORADO HILLS —  At one time the roster included Kaleigh, Kayla and Katie; then there was Kayla and Katie; now it’s just Katie. The Oak Ridge High volleyball team’s run of terrific outside hitters whose names all start with the […]

Union Mine golf reaches NorCals

D’back girls take second at Masters STOCKTON — The Union Mine High girls golf team came in second Monday at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Golf Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park. Cassidy Stelzmiller carded a team-low 78 as the Lady Diamondbacks tallied a team score of 436, eight fewer than third-place Lodi. St. […]

Trojan tennis wins playoff opener

FOLSOM — Taking care of business in its playoff opener Tuesday afternoon, the Oak Ridge High tennis team easily defeated Merced 8-1 at the Broadstone Racquet Club. The Trojans won all six singles matches and two-of-three doubles to advance to the the quarterfinals next Monday. Oak Ridge will face  St. Mary’s of Stockton which defeated […]

Oak Ridge cross county wins league meet, banners

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge High and Ponderosa cross country teams wrapped up the Delta River League championships Saturday at Folsom’s Willow Hills course. The Trojans swept the banners with the varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh/soph boys and frosh/soph girls all winning league titles. The Bruin varsity boys took second while Ponderosa’s varsity girls were […]

Heinz-sight: Nov. 2, 2010

Giants and Ghouls The celebrations in San Francisco after the last out when the Giants clinched the World Series title Monday were wild. Due to the onset of cooler fall temperatures, it’s good to know some revelers warmed themselves by starting bonfires. The City’s been electric with playoff hysteria which has amped up with each […]

D’back volleyball sweeps El Dorado

Cougars celebrate Senior Night Winning easily, closely and in comeback fashion describes Union Mine High’s three-game sweep Monday that spoiled El Dorado’s Senior Night. After a quick 25-7 opening set victory, the Diamondbacks outlasted the Cougars 25-21 in the second and rallied from a deficit to win the third, 25-18. “We came in fired up against […]

Delta River League tennis finals a tough go

FOLSOM — Last week’s Delta River League tennis championships at Broadstone Racquet Club mirrored the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High move to Division I — deeper, tougher and better competition. Where in past season’s the year-ending tournament was kind to Trojan and Bruin netters in the Sierra Valley Conference finals, this year it wasn’t as […]

Union Mine suffers first defeat

Missed opportunities spoil D’backs’ perfect season EL DORADO — When the Union Mine High Diamondbacks and Vista Del Lago Eagles jogged back on the field for the second half Friday, a non-working scoreboard showed neither with points. Ironically, that was also the halftime score. As both team’s defenses took the spotlight, it was the Eagle […]

Grizzlies lock up playoff spot

McKain’s big night includes five touchdowns GARDEN VALLEY — For the group of football players from Golden Sierra High, the season has been a test in perseverance, endurance, heart and desire. The team from Garden Valley has suffered through injuries, a three-game losing streak and players have learned new positions out of necessity — showing […]

‘Stormin’ Norman’ hits the trail: CDT

Editor’s note: Stormin’ Norman’ started this year’s treks on the southern portion of the Continental Divide Trail. “Under most conditions, the best roof for your bedroom is the sky.” Fletcher, 1989 The plan I began my 10th season of long distance hiking on the Continental Divide Trail with a 360-mile spring trek through central New […]

Oak Ridge devastates Jesuit 51-15

EL DORADO HILLS — With an explosive first quarter that included a pair of touchdowns on its first two offensive series and some of the most relentless defensive plays seen this season, the Oak Ridge High football team showed visiting Jesuit it wasn’t about to let a brutal loss to Pleasant Grove ruin the rest […]

Ponderosa’s football struggles continue

SACRAMENTO- Host Sheldon High was focused Friday, knowing it needed one more league win to qualify for playoffs — and running out of time to get it. The Huskies were hungry for victory and it showed as they out-matched Ponderosa in both effort and talent. In front of a booming home crowd on a rainy night, Sheldon […]

Turnovers hurt El Dorado … again

Galt’s defense intercepts five Cougar passes GALT - For the most part, Mother Nature didn’t douse El Dorado High’s Sierra Valley Conference football game Friday down Highway 99  though interceptions did rain over Galt. The Warriors nabbed five Cougar throws, turning three into first-half touchdowns, and easily took away the 42-0 victory at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field. While mistakes hurt […]

Banner day for Cougar cross country teams

A cross country championship banner is a rare sight in the foyer of the El Dorado High gym, but if Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference championship results were any indication, athletic director Joe Volek may have to make more room. Solid pack running combined with an understanding of their place in school history, the young Cougar […]

Bruins cool Huskies

SHINGLE SPRINGS – With some starters out, playing another home game on the road and fighting for better playoff positioning, Ponderosa High volleyball showed its toughness and resiliency Thursday in three tough games against visiting Sheldon. Never wavering, the Bruins came away with a victory in three straight games by the scores of  25-21, 25-16, and 25-18. Ponderosa proved its depth as Emily Summers […]

Roundup: Oct. 29, 2010

Volleyball Golden Sierra def. Rio Vista 25-11, 25-3, 25-11 Oak Ridge def. by St. Francis 12-25, 24-26, 25-27 Ponderosa def. Folsom 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 — Kills: Lianna Sybeldon, 14; Samantha Rains, 8; Sara Hickenbottom, 7; Bayley Blackney, 5. Aces: Rains, 2. Blocks: Hickenbottom, 2; Sybeldon, 2. Assists: Madison Macauley, 28; Emily Summers, 7. Digs: Lindsey […]

Core fitness: Know when to rest

Know when to rest “I work out seven days a week, two to three hours a day and I am not seeing any results. I haven’t lost any weight, I’m more tired and experience more pain. I thought exercise was supposed to help.” I often hear statements like this from my clients in my work […]

InAlliance poker run is huge success

Few places match the beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills in the fall and Saturday, Oct. 9 was no exception as InAlliance hosted the second annual Gold Rush Poker Run & Walk with great success. More than 200 participants gathered on the El Dorado Trail in Placerville to run and walk for people with developmental […]

Gridiron preview

As the prep football regular season winds down, El Dorado County teams hope to finish strong — whether for playoff momentum, positioning or ending on a high note. Union Mine has a Sierra Valley Conference test against Vista del Lago, Golden Sierra must beat San Juan in its Sierra Delta League finale to clinch a […]

Sports schedule: Nov. 1, 2010

Monday, Nov. 1 Girls golf Section Master’s tourney, The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. Volleyball UM @ ED, ** 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 Tennis Division I team tennis playoffs Merced @ Oak Ridge, Broadstone RC, 2 p.m. Volleyball St. Francis @ PHS (OR gym), 5:30 GS @ Highlands, 5:30 Wednesday, Nov. 3 […]

Boreal opens Friday

DONNER SUMMIT — Boreal Mountain Resort is once again getting skiers and boarders on snow in the month of October. Boreal will roll one lift and open one run Friday, Oct. 29. Cementing its commitment to early season skiing and riding, Boreal is the first ski resort in California to open for the season. The […]

Union Mine volleyball romps over Galt

EL DORADO — It was business as usual Wednesday night for the Union Mine High volleyball team as it squared off against visiting Galt. The Lady Diamondbacks, undefeated in the Sierra Valley Conference, were never challenged by the Warrriors, cruising to a 3-0 victory with scores of 25-7, 25-6 and 25-13. The outcome was clear […]

Bruin soccer falls to Jesuit

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa High soccer team ended a long season Wednesday in front of enthusiastic fans who endured the cold to watch the Bruins play Jesuit to wrap up the Delta River League schedule. Despite an early deficit, the nationally-ranked Marauders, who were 26-0 going in, left Shingle Springs with their perfect record […]

Griz spikers spank Spartans on Sr. Night

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High volleyball team took on San Juan in Sierra Delta League play Tuesday night. The contest pitted the first-place Grizzlies against struggling San Juan in their final home game of the regular season. On a night set aside to honor their seniors, the Griz turned in one of their […]

Oak Ridge girls sweep Pleasant Grove

EL DORADO HILLS — What began as a nail-biter ended in a cakewalk Tuesday for the 11th-ranked Oak Ridge High volleyball team, which swept visiting Pleasant Grove 26-24, 25-13, 25-14. After the Lady Trojans’ late push to get the lead in the opening game, the hosts held off the Eagles for the overtime victory before […]

Union Mine golfers are champions

STEVINSON — After falling short of closing the deal in years past, the Union Mine High girls golf team won its first ever Sac-Joaquin Section divisional championship Monday at Stevinson Ranch Golf Course. The Diamondbacks finished at the top of the field, which consisted of eight teams representing the Western Athletic and Valley Oak leagues […]

The Outdoorsman: Stripers and albacore

They just keep coming … more striped bass are showing in the bay and up both the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers. The stretch on the Sacramento from Rio Vista to Discovery Park is producing well. The rains are a plus in keeping the linesides moving up the rivers but muddy waters may deter the […]

Boreal Mountain Resort begins snowmaking

DONNER SUMMIT — Boreal Mountain Resort began its snowmaking operations at 5:30 a.m. Monday, marking another season of early snowmaking efforts. Traditionally, snowmaking season happens in October at Boreal and the current cold weather provided by the low pressure system, combined with Boreal’s upgraded snowmaking system, has allowed the snowmaking crew to begin. Laying down […]

D’back harriers go south

The Union Mine cross country teams competed in heady company last weekend, taking a trip south to run in the Mt. SAC Invitational, one of the world’s largest cross country event. The invitational held true to its billing, staging 104 races over two days with more than 16,000 high school athletes competing. “It was amazing […]

Camino 8th graders win volleyball title

Herbert Green takes 7th grade championship Volleyballs and footballs flew everywhere the past few weeks as the County Sports League held season-ending girls volleyball and flag football tournaments. The girls gathered at El Dorado High for their one-day volleyball tournament hosted by Cougar varsity coaches Ann Pendleton, her staff and players. In the early tournament […]

Outside with Charlie

Charles Ferris Carson Valley hikes Autumn days are made for enjoying the outdoors. Taking in the colors of the aspen along the Highway 88 corridor or traveling along Highway 89 from the Y at South Lake Tahoe to the lakes west shore to see the changing of the colors is a great way to spend […]

Roundup: Oct. 26, 2010

Soccer Ponderosa 3, Sheldon 2 — PHS goals: Jesse Williams; T.J. Spangler; Dalton Pando Oak Ridge 0, Jesuit 12 Volleyball El Dorado def. Cosumnes Oaks 25-14, 25-12, 25-22 Presentation Panther Challenge Oak Ridge def. by Deer Valley 25-16, 20-25, 9-15 — Kills: Katie Vaughn, 13. Aces: Vaughn, 5. Assists: Tara McDermott, 8; Nikki Haggard, 7. […]

Union Mine soccer ends season

EL DORADO — With both feet through the postseason door and its ticket stamped for a first-round opponent next week, Union Mine High’s soccer squad hoped to finish the regular season on a positive note Tuesday — no small task considering its opponent was Sierra Valley Conference league-leader Vista Del Lago. Over the entire 80 […]