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Speedway opening is delayed

Heavy equipment operators continued to work Thursday with Handy Racing Promotions and members of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to prepare Placerville Speedway for Saturday’s season opener. But it was determined that extensive repair of the facility’s underground drainage structure is required due to severe damage from the recent storms. While the needed engineering will […]

Wild one goes against Golden Sierra

GARDEN VALLEY — Adam “AK 47″ Kester’s two-run double was the decisive blow in a five-run seventh inning Thursday as visiting San Juan dealt mistake-prone Golden Sierra its first Sierra Delta League loss by the score of 17-10. Before Kester shot his hit down the right-field line, the Grizzlies clung to hopes of a comeback. […]

Bruin, Trojan soccer teams tie in 1st league match

EL DORADO HILLS — With the wind swirling on a bright and sunny afternoon in El Dorado Hills the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa girls soccer teams renewed their rivalry Wednesday and ended up playing to a 1-1 draw. Ponderosa was coming off a big 5-0 shutout over Pleasant Grove in its Delta River League opener […]

D’back tennis off to a good start

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s 6-3 victory over El Dorado Monday improved the Diamondbacks to 5-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference. This is the first year the D’backs have competed as a coed team. After close losses to Center and Argonaut in the preseason, Union Mine has found the league competition to its liking. Playing […]

D’back baseball edges Galt in extra innings

EL DORADO — Sean O’Leary said it all. “We play best in tight spots.” It doesn’t get much tighter than down two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning — but the Union Mine baseball team pulled off a crowd-pleasing comeback to win its second Sierra Valley Conference game with a […]

The Outdoorsman: High fives … a salmon season

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus in April — at least for ocean salmon seekers. The season opens April 2 from Horse Mountain south to the Mexican border. A second season will open in May from Horse Mountain north. Two kings per day is the limit with a minimum of 24 inches in length. […]

Cougars win two from Liberty Ranch

Joey Smith did a trio of things for El Dorado in it’s second-game victory over Liberty Ranch Wednesday evening. At the plate he rapped out three hits including a three-run home run and on the mound the Cougar senior threw three innings of relief as El Dorado defeated the Hawks to complete its Sierra Valley […]

Two Cameron Park Tigers place at girls wrestling championship

Jaclyn and Abyah Fields, members of the Cameron Park Tigers Wrestling Club, competed in the 13th annual California USGWA Girls Wrestling State Championships March 27 at Mt. Pleasant High School in  San Jose. Abyah, a fifth-grader at Green Valley Elementary, won the championship in the elementary 105-pound division after pinning Cheryl Jimenez of San Jose […]

Weather doesn’t dampen Diamondbacks’ Distance Extravaganza

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s track and field team hosted its second Diamondback Distance Extravaganza last Friday despite the rain and even snow that blanketed the Western Slope. “It was a perfect opportunity to race for the distance specialists as rain has hampered the team for the past two weeks,” Union Mine coach Jay Aliff […]

Roundup: March 30, 2011

Coed tennis Union Mine 6, El Dorado 3 Singles (UM first): Machaela Melrose def. by Savannah Barnhill 6-4, 1-6, 3-6; Taylor McClain def. Ian Gollihar 6-0, 6-0; Dylan Jocoy def. by B. Allen 1-6, 1-6; Jake Schecter def. Chris Bodle 6-2, 6-0. Doubles (UM first): Ellie Klumb-Ali Learner def. Daria Vanderlinden-Kadra Rademacher 6-2, 6-2; Darby […]

Oak Ridge baseball falls to Granite Bay

EL DORADO HILLS — The sun was finally out, the field was dry enough to play on and the fans were ready to watch some baseball. The only sour note Tuesday was the outcome as the Oak Ridge baseball team fell behind Granite Bay early and couldn’t make up the deficit, eventually losing to the […]

Trojan softball blanks Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — Defeating Oak Ridge High softball is one thing, pinning the loss on its ace Kasey Stanchek is quite another as visiting Ponderosa found out Tuesday. Taking advantage of two first-inning runs without benefit of a hit and behind Stanchek on the mound, the Trojans dealt Ponderosa its first loss — winning […]

El Dorado swim teams sweep Liberty Ranch

Twice rescheduled due to heavy rains, the Liberty Ranch swim team might wish it had never made the trip to El Dorado for Monday’s makeup meet. The Cougars swamped the Hawks — the boys team won 112-43 and the girls came out on top 118-50. The girls won every race but one, prompting coach Marc […]

Sarah Mackey: Cougars’ quiet leader

After years of practice, games and training, El Dorado High’s Sarah Mackey has a list of accomplishments and goals-reached to look back on — and a lot to look forward to. The 6-foot senior post for the girls basketball team “didn’t pay attention to her stats” — but she has one distinction among all the […]

D’backs roll up Griz in 3

GARDEN VALLEY — Last week Union Mine’s volleyball team suffered a disappointing loss after taking the first two games. Monday night in Garden Valley, the Diamondbacks didn’t lose that same advantage, sweeping Golden Sierra 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 for a key Sierra Valley Conference victory. “That was really difficult to take (loss to Vista), but the […]

Trojan tracksters compete in Stanford Invitational

PALO ALTO — The Oak Ridge High track and field athletes turned in many fine performances at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday, despite the rain that fell for about half of the meet forcing both the athletes and spectators to endure cool, wet conditions. Many top college and high school track and field athletes […]

Coach Squarejaw: Final four set

I’m jazzed. March Madness continues and who would have thought there wouldn’t be a No. 1 from the regionals in the final four? The strongest contenders are all gone … Kentucky knocked out overall No. 1 Ohio State and regional No. 2 seed University of North Carolina to punch its ticket to the final four […]

Roundup: March 29, 2011

Baseball El Dorado 4, River City 0 — The Cougars moved to 2-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference with Monday’s road victory. Roger Gadow pitched the first six innings with seven strikeouts and Justin Dillon (two strikeouts) threw the seventh. El Dorado scored two in the top of the first on Gadow’s RBI groundout and […]

Ride with the legends

Cycling enthusiasts can kick off the Amgen Tour of California in style during the Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride scheduled for Saturday, May 14. Participating cyclists will have the opportunity to ride the majority of the Stage 1 route of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Considered the largest cycling event in North America, […]

Graham McClone to attend U.S. Water Polo National Selection Camp

Ponderosa’s sophomore water polo player Graham McClone has been selected for the second time to participate in the United States Water Polo Association’s National Selection Camp May 27-30 in Newport Beach. The selection camp is part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) for USAWP and is the first step in the pipeline for the Olympic […]

Mini Modified Madness to light up Placerville Speedway

They made a cameo appearance at Placerville Speedway late last season and when the checkered flag waved the fans were already asking for more. The Dirt Modifieds have been added to the 2011 Placerville Speedway schedule for a very special twin-track series that will name its very own champion when it concludes. Known as “Mini […]

Under the Scoreboard: March 28, 2011

El Dorado County was well represented on this year’s All-Metro Wrestling Team with three first-team selections, four second-team picks and four grapplers on the honorable mention list. Seniors Vince Waldhauser (Oak Ridge), Cody Tow (Union Mine) and Allen Emmons (Ponderosa) capped four-year prep careers with All-Metro first-team status. Waldhauser (160 pounds), the 2011 Masters and […]

Schedule: March 28-April 2, 2011

Monday, March 28 Baseball OR @ Del Oro, 4 p.m. ED @ River City, 4 p.m. PHS @ Rocklin, 4 p.m. Boys golf OR, PHS @ Thunder Invitational, Sunset Whitney CC Girls soccer Pleasant Grove @ PHS, 4 p.m. Vacaville Christian @ GS, 5 p.m. OR @ Sheldon, 4 p.m. Softball Laguna Creek @ ED, […]

Local grads compete in NCAA meet

Two El Dorado County graduates competed in the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships March 23-26 at the University of Tennessee hosted by Beloit College and The College of Wooster. Ponderosa alumnus Austin Vierra, who swam and coached for the Sierra Sharks and the Bruins and is now a junior at Whitworth College […]

Roundup: March 26, 2011

Girls lacrosse Oak Ridge def. Bishop O’Dowd 9-8 Oak Ridge def. Bella Vista 14-2 Volleyball Ponderosa def. Roseville 25-18, 23-25, 27-25, 25-20 — PHS stat leaders: Griffin O’Camb, 20 kills, so digs, 14 serve receives; three aces; Nick Jokerst, 20 kills, 18 serve receives, two aces; Joel Engelmann, 47 assists, five digs; Riley Moore, 18 […]

El Dorado United’s Eclipse ’96 wins Spring Showcase

The El Dorado United Soccer Academy’s Under 15 girls soccer team, Eclipse ’96, won the championship at the Northern California Spring Showcase in Hayward, March 5-6. The championship moved the team up six positions to 14th place in the Northern California rankings. The tournament was hosted by the Juventus Sports Club. It was the second consecutive […]

Tod Pickett joins AquaSol staff

As the AquaSol USA Swimming team’s enrollment has grown, the board has been looking for an additional coach so the year-round competitive swim team can continue to provide high-quality swim instruction and training. “We are fortunate to have found Tod Pickett, who started Monday, March 21,” President Bob Mertz said. “Tod joins our first-rate coaching […]

Oak Ridge runners set personal bests at LeFebvre Relays

AUBURN — The Oak Ridge track and field  teams had some good performances at the 73rd annual Le Febvre Relays at Placer High School Saturday. The meet started off under cloudy skies and cool temperatures but after two hours the weather took a turn for the worse around 11:30 a.m. as steady rain, wind and cooler […]

Sierra Valley Conference All Conference teams

Girls Basketball Co Most Valuable Players: Sarah Mackey, El Dorado; Jordan Ligons, River City Coach of the Year: Pat Winter, El Dorado First team: Samantha Reeder, El Dorado; Emily Boyd, El Dorado; Courtney Macklin, El Dorado; Kanisha McDowell, Cosumnes Oaks; Natalie Oelsner, Galt; Amanda Eckroth, Galt; Brooke Fletcher, Galt; Selina Moore, Liberty Ranch; Katelin King, […]

Trojan boys rip Capital Christian

EL DORADO HILLS — It wasn’t “easy” playing for or coaching Oak Ridge High in its volleyball match Tuesday with visiting Capital Christian — it was too easy. No matter who occupied the court, the Trojans scored at will and with additional points via Cougar errors, the hosts rolled to the 25-7, 25-12, 25-13 non-conference […]

Del Oro volleyball too much for Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Facing a menacing and physically imposing opponent in Del Oro that stared across and nearly looked over the net, host Ponderosa gave the Golden Eagles a fight Tuesday before losing the match in four games, 16-25, 25-23, 14-21, 18-25. The Bruins presented little challenge to Del Oro in the opening set as […]

Roundup: March 24, 2011

Boys golf 18-hole Delta River League tournament at Serrano CC: 1-Jesuit, 405; 2-Oak Ridge, 410; 3-Ponderosa, 413. After a poor showing at the Father Barry tournament won by Jesuit, the Trojans and Bruins came back to challenge the Marauders Monday at the first of four DRL tournaments. Individual scores: Corey Pereira, P, 74; Charlie Cameron, […]

The Outdoorsman: Storms slow fishing

Rain and wind keeps anglers away according to Debbie at Lake Amador. More trout are there since another 3,000 were dropped into the lake this week. The fish are also at Lake Pardee but very few anglers are even though another big load of trout was released there recently. It’s much the same story from other […]

Five AquaSol swimmers make finals in Junior Olympic Meet

FAIRFIELD — Eighteen members of the AquaSol year-round swim team participated in the Junior Olympic Short Course meet, which hosted more than 554 swimmers representing 25 teams from Sierra Nevada Swimming. Time standards of “BB” or better were needed to swim in this meet. AquaSol had 57 best times and achieved 19 new time standards. There […]

Gold Country Karate Tournament coming to Placerville

New Man’s Karate of Placerville is hosting the Gold Country Karate Tournament for the entire community on April 2 at Charles Brown Elementary School. This is the first time in more than 20 years that Placerville has had a karate tournament open to all local martial art schools and to the public. As a traditional […]

Youth on Golden Sierra’s side of the net

GARDEN VALLEY — With just two returning to the fold, Golden Sierra coed tennis is essentially a new team this spring under Kim Bernatchy, who returns to coaching after a long hiatus. With youth and inexperience comes its share of knocks. To date, the Grizzlies are winless but that hasn’t been a deterrent. “We’re a […]

D’back volleyball can’t ground Eagles

EL DORADO — After taking the opening two sets of Monday’s boys volleyball match, Union Mine was in excellent position to earn a victory against visiting Vista Del Lago. But the third win to seal the match eluded the Diamondbacks and with methodical determination, the Eagles came to life. All Union Mine needed was to […]

Handy tips for buying new skis

Attention all you budget-conscious types. Let’s face facts – change is required. It’s time to ditch those archaic skis and get hooked up with a new pair of shaped skis. Yes, it is hard pulling the trigger, especially when your bank account isn’t overflowing with excess cash and the old skis still provide adequate transportation. […]

Coach Squarejaw: March Madness

It’s time for take two of March Madness — David vs Goliath. The second week of the annual men’s college basketball tournament starts Thursday. Six of the top eight seeded teams are still in the field. I call these teams the Goliaths because they hail from the biggest sport universities from the most notable conferences. […]

Roundup: March 22, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 2, Jesuit 5 Singles (OR first): Brandon Sutter def. by Eswaran, 4-6, 4-6; Tanner Schmutte def. Orlando, 6-0, 6-3; Andrew Hall vs Flam, 1-6, 4-4 (suspended); Jimmy Giovannini vs Lin, 1-6, 3-3 (suspended); Alex Charn def. by Moore, 2-6, 3-6; Jacob Zetlin def. by Fretz, 3-6, 2-6. Doubles (OR first): Nic Atkinson-Jonathan […]

Delta River League All League teams

Delta River League 2010-2011 All League teams Wrestling 103: Daniel Gorans, Ponderosa; 112: Lyle Susa, Sheldon; 119: Connor Pollock, Folsom; 125: Tim Ditrich, Ponderosa; 130: Sean Melton, Ponderosa; 135: Walker Ditrich, Ponderosa; 140: Laith Alnassiri, Sheldon; 145: Keaton Subjeck, Oak Ridge; 152: Isaias Diaz, Folsom; 160: Vince Waldhauser, Oak Ridge; 171: Allen Emmons, Ponderosa; 189: Roger Baines, Sheldon; 215: Tevenn Lewis, Folsom; 285: Jordan Alleva, Folsom […]

Union Mine hosts freshman athletic information night

EL DORADO — Union Mine High School is hosting an Athletic Information Night for all incoming freshmen who will be attending Union Mine in the 2010-2011 school year Tuesday, April 5, in the West Gym. All current eighth-grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek and Pleasant Valley middle schools are encouraged to attend the night along […]

Stormin’ Norman series represented

Read all the Stormin’ Norman stories by clicking here In the fall of 2001, Norm Stoldt of Somerset came to the Mountain Democrat with a journal he had written about his adventures section-hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. At one time an avid runner who still enjoys race-walking, physical problems had forced Stoldt to find […]

Gladiator Challenge ‘High Octane’ warms the crowd on a cold, rainy day

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Diehard fans turned out in full force Saturday afternoon in spite of the cold and rain for Gladiator Challenge’s “High Octane,” Mixed Martial Arts fights at the Shingle Springs Rancheria. Enduring near freezing tremperatures and rain, the fans proved to be as hardy as the fighters they came to cheer. The first […]

Trojan, Bruin tennis teams break serve in a new league

Both the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High boys tennis teams embark on new challenges this spring playing in a new league and a higher division. One thing that won’t change: as members of the Delta River League, the Trojans and Bruins will still play each other twice during the regular season. Despite its string of […]

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