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Pros converge at Prairie City for 43rd Hangtown Motocross

RANCHO CORDOVA — Saturday’s 43rd Hangtown Motocross Classic opens the 12-race Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. The picturesque yet demanding race track at Prairie City SVRA is hosting a return visit from the world’s top motocross riders. The race is considered the largest of the season will be nationally televised on SPEED. Gates open […]

Golden Sierra softball wins playoff opener 13-3

LODI — If ever the time was right for the Golden Sierra softball team to showcase its offense, the Grizzlies picked it Wednesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff-opener at the Lodi Softball Complex. With their 3-4-5 hitters combining to drive in nine runs, the Grizzlies 10-runned Gustine 13-3. The Griz sprayed hits from […]

Optimist All Star volleyball matches are Friday

The annual Optimist All Star volleyball matches are Friday at Capital Christian High School starting at 5 p.m. Five senior girls and five senior boys from El Dorado County are on the South teams’ rosters. Three from Ponderosa include Samantha Rains, Maddie Macauley and Sarah Higgenbottom. They will be joined by Union Mine’s Logan Savidge […]

Roundup: May 19, 2010

Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section D-VI playoffs Golden Sierra 2, Mariposa County 3 — The Grizzlies lost an overtime lead in last Tuesday’s Grizzly-Grizzly overtime duel and saw their season end in the first round of the playoffs. Golden Sierra tied the score 1-all with a second-half goal and went ahead with a score in the first […]

Trojan, D’back volleyball fall in semis

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge High’s bid to win a Sac-Joaquin Division I volleyball title in coach Tom Van Der Wende’s final year on the sideline fell short as Jesuit took its third match of the season from the Trojans, ousting the El Dorado Hills squad 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 in Tuesday’s section semifinals. Playing on the Marauders’ […]

Weather cooperates for Amgen’s Stage 2

SACRAMENTO — Enthusiastic crowds welcomed riders to the finish of Stage 2 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento Monday after beginning in Nevada City. For the second year in a row, the small Gold Rush town hosted the first official day of racing after dangerous weather and road conditions required a last-minute […]

Pereira, Cameron qualify for NorCal golf championship

STOCKTON — Oak Ridge freshman Charlie Cameron and Ponderosa sophomore Corey Pereira both shot 73 at The Reserve at Spanos Park Monday, earning individual berths in next week’s NCGA/Northern California championship at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. On a course that plays hard no matter the weather, the two came in 1-over-par behind Turlock’s […]

Heinz-sight: What to expect

“Send her, send her, send her” rang out from the visitors’ dugout in a recent softball game at Ponderosa High as the offense poured it on in an 11-run inning to thoroughly demoralize the Lady Bruins. Whether the highly-ranked program ran up the score is open to debate but the team did drill smash after […]

Golden Sierra girls win 10 Sierra Delta League track titles

MARYSVILLE — There was plenty of  track and field action at Yuba College last week as the Sierra Delta and Golden Empire leagues competed for their respective league championships. The dual championship meet was Golden Sierra coach Mike Brown’s idea as a way of sharing costs and resources, and bringing the athletes together to promote […]

Six Trojans, two Bruins win gold at Delta River League track meet

FOLSOM — El Dorado County will be well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I track and field meet Wednesday and Friday at Elk Grove High. Oak Ridge qualified 10 varsity girls and 14 boys, including six Delta River League gold medalists, and Ponderosa advances nine girls and 10 boys with two champions. The top […]

Amgen Tour of California started Monday at Nevada City

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — One hundred and 50 fit young men in distinctive Lycra cycling gear; 19 world-class teams; 800 miles of professional bicycle racing over eight days; two very stiff climbs — one worthy of the Tour de France; approximately 100+ miles riding each day; one intense time trial; a women’s time trial featuring […]

Schedule: May 16-21, 2011

Monday, May 16 Golf SJS Masters Tournament, The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. shotgun Tuesday, May, 17 Girls soccer SJS D-VI playoffs GS @ Mariposa, 3:30 Track & field ED, UM, @ D-IV trials, GS @ D-V trials, Modesto JC, 3 p.m. Volleyball SJS D-1 semifinals OR @ Jesuit, 7 p.m. D-II UM […]

El Dorado track finishes atop the Sierra Valley Conference

EL DORADO — Athletes from all track and field teams in the Sierra Valley Conference competed at Union Mine High Tuesday and Thursday hoping to finish in the top three in their respective events to advance to this week’s Division IV championships at Modesto Junior College. El Dorado’s teams were also focused on bringing home […]

Amgen update: Stage 1 cancelled due to weather, unsafe roads

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Due to extreme weather conditions and potentially unsafe roads, Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California was cancelled just before the riders, who were lined up at the start, were about to begin the race. “We were monitoring weather conditions up until the predicted 1:15 p.m. start time, and we […]

Roundup: May 15, 2011

Baseball Golden Sierra 15, Faith Christian 13 — Golden Sierra’s last game of the season was a wild one. The Grizzlies finished with a 10-8 record, 5-5 in the Sierra Delta League, missing the playoffs by one game. Jason Piparo started on the mound and gave up three runs on four hits. Kerry Pittman threw […]

County golfers qualify for Masters

After a shaky start in the Delta River League season, the Oak Ridge High boys golf team saved its best for last and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park. The players will tee off in a shotgun format at 8:30 a.m. The Trojans will be joined by […]

Saturday’s Speedway program was cancelled

Due to an incoming storm that was tracked as moving much faster than originally estimated, the management of Placerville Speedway announced the cancellation of Satuday’s championship point races. Racing will return to Placerville Speedway Saturday with three divisions of racing: 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. For additional information visit placervillespeedway.com or […]

Oak Ridge boys volleyball team wins playoff opener

GRANITE BAY — The Oak Ridge boys volleyball team upended host Granite Bay Thursday, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23. The victory advanced the Trojans to Tuesday’s showdown at Jesuit with the semifinal clash determining which team goes on to the title game. Troy’s only two Delta River League […]

Bruin seniors leave with thrilling victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s Senior Day had a fitting end and at least one Lady Bruin may want to adjust her “favorite softball memory.” A senior scored the winning run, a senior’s walk-off hit won the game and to make it extra special, a senior went the distance in the circle. Katie Pieplow’s single in […]

The Outdoorsman: Record trout

A brown trout weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces is a new record at Lake Tahoe. What a lunker — it took a Rapala lure near the surface. The guide was Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners and his client who battled the lunker was Marvin Child. Nielsen scored in 2005 with a record 13 pound, 13 ounce brown […]

Roundup: May 12, 2011

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 playoffs Oak Ridge 4, Davis 5 Singles (OR first): Brandon Sutter def. Hull, 7-5, 6-2; Tanner Schmutte def. Dumit, 6-4, 6-0; Andrew Hall def. by Lipman, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Jimmy Giovannini def. Hosley, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2; Alex Charn def. Richardson, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5; Nic Atkinson def. by Klavins, 6-4, 6-4. Doubles […]

New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera to race at Placerville

It’s been nearly two decades since Johnny Herrera raced at Placerville Speedway with the World of Outlaws. Saturday night the nationally known driver from Albuquerque, N.M., will make a rare appearance during the fifth Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light championship season. Associate sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Riebe’s Auto Parts, Pepsi Cola and […]

Ward pitches Union Mine past Cougars

The baseball squads from El Dorado and Union Mine stepped onto the diamond for one last day in the sun Tuesday. Behind Taylor Ward’s pitching and home runs from Walker Neville and Chris Beck, the Diamondbacks won the Sierra Valley Conference intra-county game 6-2. The year that began with such promise for the Cougars turned […]

Ponderosa boys oust Pacers to advance

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa volleyball team overcame a slow start to win its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener Tuesday over Grant 17-25, 30-28, 25-16, 25-19. The victory advanced the Bruins to Thursday’s second round at Rocklin. The Pacers came out swinging in the first set of the out-bracket match while Ponderosa was out-of-sync and […]

Eight-run inning by Oak Ridge buries Lady Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pitcher Kasey Stanchek got the outs, catcher Jackie Schmaeling hit one out and the Oak Ridge defense turned three outs on one play as the Trojans defeated host Ponderosa 11-3 in the teams’ final Delta River League softball matchup. The score was tied 2-2 at one point before Oak Ridge broke out with eight runs in […]

Playoff-bound Trojans drop final game to Eagles

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge clinched a playoff berth despite falling to visiting Pleasant Grove 7-6 in Tuesday’s tightly contested Delta River League varsity baseball game. In the top of the seventh inning the score was tied 6-6, but the Eagles sent the eventual winning run home on a pair of errors by […]

Union Mine boys volleyball eliminates Pioneer

EL DORADO — It took barely an hour for the Union Mine volleyball team to polish off Pioneer in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. Pioneer’s bus ride from Woodland took twice as long. With second-round opponent Whitney scouting, the Diamondbacks got great play from both the starters and the bench in […]

Sarah Rasmussen’s hard work, dedication pay off

GARDEN VALLEY — The same week Golden Sierra senior Sarah Rasmussen, 17, signed her letter of intent to play softball for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., her Grizzly team had just clinched the Sierra Delta League championship — all in all quite a week for the four-year varsity pitcher and infielder. With mom […]

D’back tennis shows well at individual sections

STOCKTON — Union Mine’s Taylor McClain came oh so close to a perfect senior season — within match point — at last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III individual tournament at Stockton’s Oak Park Tennis Courts before Bret Harte’s Joel Ashley rallied from the brink of defeat to pull out a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over the […]

Roundup: May 10, 2001

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section D-I quarterfinals Oak Ridge 6, Modesto 3 Singles (OR first): Tanner Schmutte def. Origel 6-4, 6-3; Andrew Hall def. by Cook 6-7, 1-6; Jimmy Giovannini def. McCaig 6-1, 6-0; Alex Charn def. Duggal 6-2, 6-2; Nic Atkinson def. Pallios 6-3, 6-2; Jacob Zetlin def. Hamman 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Doubles (OR first): Tom […]

Senior Night perfect for D’back Tori McLaury

EL DORADO — After four years on the Union Mine varsity softball team, the Diamondbacks’ lone senior, Tori McLaury, had a Senior Night game to remember. McLaury started in the circle against Galt, a team that has been the D’backs’ nemisis ever since she can remember. But the Warriors, who did lose earlier in the […]

River City erases Union Mine’s playoff chance

EL DORADO —  River City scored one run in the top of the first and five more in the fifth, then held off a Union Mine rally in the bottom of the frame to eventually go home with a 7-3 win that spoiled the Diamondback baseball team’s Senior Night Monday. Union Mine scored three runs […]

Tough Jesuit pitching shuts down Bruin bats

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A stellar start with effective relief pitching was the ticket for the Jesuit Marauders’ baseball team which climbed the hill Monday to take on Ponderosa in the second-to-last Delta River League outing for both teams. Crazy weather gave way to a good afternoon for baseball which for the Bruins, was an opportunity to […]

Elite Taekwondo USA students earn 9 medals

SAN DIEGO — Elite Taekwondo USA took nine competitors to the 2011 USA Taekwondo National Qualifier held in San Diego in March for the first of three qualifiers on the road to the national competition and Junior Olympics as well as team USA tryouts. The athletes competed in sparring, poomsae and sports poomsae over the two-day […]

Union Mine boys volleyball sweeps El Dorado

After winning their last three matches in three-game sweeps, the El Dorado boys volleyball team had hopes of closing out the season on Senior Night with a win over Union Mine. The pre-game festivities honored seniors Colten Hansen, Dominic Tassinari, Brent Huston and Cory McGill. On the other side of the court, Diamondback seniors Jeff […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 9. 2011

Union Mine graduate Chelsey Stelzmiller, now a UC Davis Aggie, made the Big Sky All League golf team. * * * Jordan Weir, who played golf for Oak Ridge and is now playing for Sac State, shot a 3-under-par 68 in the America Sky Conference men’s golf championship in Scottsdale, giving the Hornets a four-shot […]

‘Colfax Comet’ takes first season victory

Racing resumed Saturday at Placerville Speedway with four divisions on the card. Heavy clouds moved in late in the day so from the start of qualifying, it took a combined effort from track officials and the competitors to put on a fast-paced program that ended moments before rain began to fall. “I have to credit […]

Oak Ridge varsity track beats Folsom, Sheldon in double dual

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge track and field team hosted Folsom and Sheldon last week for the last Delta River League dual meet of the regular season. The varsity girls defeated Sheldon 88-55 and pounded Folsom 110-14. The varsity boys topped Sheldon 103-28 and Folsom 87-34. The frosh/soph boys team also won against […]

Schedule: May 9-14, 2011

Monday, May 9 Baseball *Jesuit @ PHS, 4 p.m. Vista @ ED, 4 p.m. *River City @ UM, 4:15 OR @ Pleasant Grove, 4 p.m. Golf OR, PHS @ Division I tourney, Paradise Valley GC, Fairfield, 11 a.m. UM @ Division IV tourney, Brookside CC, Stockton, 10 a.m. Softball *Galt @ UM, 4:15 ED @ […]

Swim roundup: Sierra Valley Conference championships

FOLSOM — Vista del Lago’s boys and girls swim teams swept first place in the Sierra Valley Conference championships. While entire teams don’t advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section championships starting Thursday, the SVC meet was the last time individual swimmers could qualify by meeting or surpassing section standards. The top 16 swimmers in the SVC […]

Former Bruin Brittany Franklin signs to play pro softball in Europe

Switzerland’s Therwil Flyers professional softball team recently signed two new import players — former Ponderosa High pitcher Brittany Jo Franklin and Danielle Weir, an infielder/catcher from Boston College. The Flyers reinforced the team hoping to reclaim the Swiss title they won two years ago. “People who say there is nowhere for softball players after college […]

Golden Sierra girls track finishes regular season undefeated

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra girls track team wrapped up the Sierra Delta League season Wednesday with an overwhelming 256-135 victory over second-place Highlands. The varsity boys finished third with 97 points behind Highlands (175) and San Juan (100), and the frosh/soph boys took second to Encina by a mere 13 points, 92-79. Grizzly […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen is coming

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California starts in South Lake Tahoe Sunday, May 15. This is a big one for cycling fans. Some of the best road bike teams and cyclists from around the world will pedal for eight days and cover about 800 miles from north to south through great flat areas interrupted by […]

Roundup: May 7, 2011

Baseball Golden Sierra 8, Vacaville Christian 18 El Dorado 0, River City 3 Softball Oak Ridge 0, St, Francis 3 Boys lacrosse Oak Ridge 11, St. Mary’s 5 — Oak Ridge goals: Josh Wellman, 2; Patrick Kunkel, 2; Tyler Leone; Alex Sacco; Cayd Rich: Austin Dean; Jason Pope; Daniel Portela.

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