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Bruins sign for college

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High had its signing ceremony for athletes last week who will play sports at the college level. Signing their Letter Of Intent forms were: Angelica Huettl (Soccer, Dominican University), Haward Gomes (Volleyball, Bristol College), Elle Estes (Soccer, Cal State Bakersfield), Alyssa Herrman, Soccer, CSU Stanislaus), Terra Jerpbak (Softball, Yale), Jake Hilliker (Baseball, […]

Sports Scene: May 28, 2015

E-WASTE COLLECTION The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste […]

Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

EL DORADO HILLS — New chapters in Austin Laut’s life will begin in upcoming months. Today, the Oak Ridge High senior, who has accumulated a 4.1 grade point average, will receive his diploma. During the summer, Laut will work as a lifeguard at the CSD pool. Toward the end of August, Laut will move to the East Coast to attend Yale in New […]

Quartet enjoyed final game

SACRAMENTO — Five El Dorado County high school softball players ended their diamond prep careers at the 38th annual Optimist High School Softball All-Star games on the Capital Christian High diamonds Wednesday night. Oak Ridge utility player Sky Divinagracia and outfielder Kelsey Sather joined Ponderosa pitcher Terra Jerpbak and catcher Erin Anderson on the South squad for the large […]

Bruin boys make history; win NorCal thriller

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Playing on the home court the final time in his prep career, Haward Gomes’ impressive hitting display carried host Ponderosa to a comeback 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 victory over Saratoga Tuesday night. The win made area history. The Bruins, the Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up, became the first-ever county boys team to make […]

Soaring high with Leah Bertuccelli

Leah Bertuccelli has goals she’d like to accomplish before leaving the prep stage to embark on a college pole vaulting career at the University of Washington. At the top of her list, the Union Mine senior hopes to clear the super elite high school girls class mark of 13-feet, a height she knows prerequisites the bigger […]

Mefford dual winner at CIF meet

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge swimmer Bryce Mefford and the Trojans shined at the first-ever California Interscholastic Federation State Swimming and Diving Championships at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex on the Clovis West High’s campus Saturday. Mefford was a double winner in the 100 backstroke at 48.13 seconds and 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 37.08 seconds. He won the […]

Waldron gets save at Raley Field

SACRAMENTO — Former Golden Sierra Grizzly Tyler Waldron pitched in several games over the weekend for the Memphis Redbirds in their series at Raley Field against the Sacramento River Cats. Memphis is the Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals MLB organization. The Cardinals obtained Waldron from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league […]

Outside with Charlie: Openings

Memorial Day, which in not a national shopping day, brings with it solemn reminders of all the men and women in our military who died defending our nation. I do hope you took time to be quiet for a minute in recognition of what Memorial Day is actually about. It also marks the unofficial opening […]

Roundup: May 24, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts May 22 Ace of the month/ overall low net: Cathy Attabit, net 69 Overall low gross: Patty Mitchell, 82 Low net 1st flight: Jerri Arens, 74; Charlotte Henderson, 77 2nd flight: Marge Dodrill, 70; Adrienne Ligon, 74

Ponderosa team riders finish second in state

LOS OLIVOS — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team took second place at the California State Championship held at Los Olivos Dirt Park last weekend. Almost 800 racers representing 111 teams endured the hilly and dusty course under ever-changing partly cloudy skies. The three year-old Bruins team earned its second consecutive second place finish at the State […]

Bruin boys swept by Rio

SACRAMENTO — Playing in the game it coveted but not the way it desired, Ponderosa’s section title aspirations were swept aside by Rio Americano, which defeated the Bruins 22-25, 23-25, 23-25 for the Division II championship last Thursday night at Capital Christian High School. Ponderosa was right there with the Raiders but self-admittedly, let nerves get […]

Cougar girls win section title

School record for 4×100 sprint TURLOCK — On the strength of yet another 4×100 school record and multiple PRs (personal records) by others Thursday, El Dorado’s Lady Cougars captured the Division IV/V section title after two days of competition at CSU Stanislaus. El Dorado amassed 75 points in the multi-league field, 28 more than second-place Modesto Christian […]

Robert Holloway wins D-II/III championship

FAIR OAKS — Behind a strategic but minimum number of jumps, Ponderosa senior pole vaulter Robert Holloway won the boys Division II/III section title Friday afternoon at Bella Vista High School. Holloway faced tough competition, especially when the field narrowed to the final three. There, he battled Bronco Phillip Gwin and Pioneer’s Keenan Calhoun head-to-head before clearing 15 feet to […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 24, 2015

Ponderosa baseball alumni Jerrod Bravo is swinging a hot bat for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball teams as the ex-Bruin ended the regular season on an 8-of-11 tear with three doubles in a sweep of Long Beach State. Bravo, a JC transfer, helped the Titans to the Big West title, the program’s 28th league championship. His 3-for-4 […]

No. 1 Oak Ridge exits playoffs

SACRAMENTO — For half an inning, the Oak Ridge High baseball team was in the driver’s seat of Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North losers’ bracket against Elk Grove at Union Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus. As Trojan teammate Logan Denholm stood on first base after hitting a high-flying base hit into right […]

Schedule: May 25-31, 2015

Tuesday, May 26 Volleyball PHS @ NorCals, tbd Wednesday, May 27 Softball Optimist All Stars @ Capital Christian HS Small Schools, 5:30 p.m. Large Schools, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 Track and Field Masters Meet @ Elk Grove HS Field Finals, 2 p.m. Track Trials, 4 p.m. Friday, May 29 Track and Field Masters Meet […]

Mefford dual state champ

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge sophomore won both the 200-yard freestle and 100 backstroke races at the CIF State Swimming Championships at the Clovis West Aquatic Complex over the weekend. Complete coverage including results for other area swimmers will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Troy shines at Divisionals

ELK GROVE — Brandon Jetter was very determined to earn a Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ berth. This season, the Oak Ridge senior has shined in the 110 hurdles and 100 meters, plus part of the Trojans’ 4×100 relay team. But at the Sierra Foothill League trials almost two weeks ago, Jetter suffered a back injury. Still, he still competed in […]

Eight punch Master’s Meet tickets

TURLOCK — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Track And Field Championships opened Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus for El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra. While the bulk of finals were yesterday, a handful of area field athletes had their fate determined in their attempts to qualify for next week’s Master’s Meet at Elk Grove High. […]

Laut captures D-1 pole vault title

ELK GROVE — Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut leaped to first place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional I Track and Field finals at Elk Grove High on Wednesday. The Trojans’ senior, who currently leads all California high school boys pole vaulters at 16 feet, 2 inches, posted a 15-5 mark to capture the D-I title. His top finish […]

Cougar Award Winners

Natalie Hebron Award Sabrina Tate Bruce Lung Award Joel Kaderka All Metro Matt Smith Sabrina Tate A. Dale Lacky Scholarship Dane Neves CIF Scholar Athlete Nominees Joel Kaderka Dane Neves Rebecca McCaughey Sabrina Tate SVC Scholarship Kaela Marcus Army Junior Athlete of the Year Kelsey Liddell Britton Stark College bound Athletes Matt Smith, Sacramento State […]

Roundup: May 21, 2015

Boys lacrosse North Coast Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 13, College Park 6 Oak Ridge 8, De La Salle 10 Track and field  Division II/III finals Bella Vista High  Girls PV: 4-Rylee Johnson, PHS, 9-2; 7-Taylor Trageser, 9-2. LJ: 6-Emily Herman, PHS, 16-7.5. SP: 11-Ashlynn Cichella, PHS, 32-2. Boys HJ: 8-Jack Hartung, PHS, 5-8. D-IV/V finals […]

Bruin spikers reach section final

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stepping up efforts across the board, Ponderosa swept its Division II section semifinal playoff match against visiting Placer Tuesday, winning 25-19,25-17, 25-22. The victory sent the Bruins into last night’s section final against the Rio Americano Raiders, the first time since 1987 a Ponderosa volleyball team has made it. Win or lose, the […]

Oak Ridge suffers first postseason loss

SACRAMENTO — An opportunity to score runs came and went fast for Oak Ridge in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I game against Granite Bay at Union Stadium on Tuesday night. The Trojans, the No. 1 seed who swept the No. 7 seed Grizzlies all three times in Sierra Foothill League action, stranded six runners, four in […]

Golden Sierra conducting physical examinations for 2015-16 school year

GARDEN VALLEY — If you’re a current Golden Sierra High junior, sophomore or freshmen, or current eighth grader who will be a freshman for the 2015-16 school year, and planning to take part in the school’s athletic program for the 2015-16 school year, Thursday is your day. Sports physical exams at only $10 — cash […]

Softball: Bruins eliminated in Division III playoffs

SACRAMENTO — Three hits rarely win high school softball playoff games. In Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Ponderosa found that out against Cordova. The Lady Lancers needed only one inning for their run production to post a 3-1 win over Ponderosa (23-5) in the elimination game. The Bruins, the […]

47th Hangtown Classic: Tomac dominates 450 Class; Martin defends 250 title

450 Class (Moto Finish) Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1) Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2) Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (3-7) Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (8-3) Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (4-6) Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-8) Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (7-9) Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (5-12) Fredrik Noren, Sweden, […]

Trojans, Grizzly boys take first place

Sewell, Belluomini 3-time league champs Three El Dorado County high school track and field teams completed for their league championships last week with advancement to the postseason at stake. Two boy’s teams won titles while one school had two triple-event winners. In Division I action, Oak Ridge trekked to Del Oro with its varsity boys […]

Outside with Charlie: Placerville stage?

The 2015 version of the Amgen Tour of California has come and gone. The good news is that the start, in Lake Tahoe this year, came off without a weather-related hitch. The two stages that the pro women’s team pedaled in Tahoe were spectacular. One can only hope the Amgen will return to Tahoe in the near […]

Mefford breaks section records

LODI — Eight El Dorado County high school swimmers shined at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section finals at Tokay High’s pool. Leading the parade is Oak Ridge’s Bryce Mefford. The sophomore won the 100 backstroke at 48.07 seconds and the 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 37.31 seconds, both new section times according to the section’s Website. “He definitely […]

Trojans advance to semis after ‘Vintage’ win

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge faced off against Vintage Saturday afternoon at Sacramento City College, crushing the Crushers 7-2 in Division I playoff action courtesy of pitching from Connor Davis and a crucial four-run sixth inning. Davis gave up a solo home run in the first inning and another run in the third but his “keep the […]

Roundup: May 16, 2015

Baseball Section playoffs Oak Ridge 9, Davis 0 — Ryan Sullivan (seven strikeouts) and Nolan Boggini combined on a two-hitter anbd the Trojan offense erupted for 15 hits in last Thursday’s playoff opener at SCC. Logan Denholm (double) and Patrick Smith (two doubles) each had three hits and 3 RBIs while Beau Philip, Chris Roppolo and Jake […]

Bruins oust Vista

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Showing no visible effects of a long layoff, Ponderosa defeated visiting Vista del Lago 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18 Thursday in boy’s Division II second round section playoff action. The Bruins advanced to tomorrow’s semifinal against Placer. Ponderosa rolled through the Eagles in the opening set with smooth play from setter Taylor Charron […]

Murphy scores first career win

The fifth championship points race of the 50th Anniversary  racing season brought three repeat winners to victory lane at Placerville Speedway Saturday night and one local competitor to his first career victory. Placerville’s own Russell Murphy drove to victory in the Pure Stock division Saturday night for the first time in his racing career. Murphy […]

Ponderosa gets split

SACRAMENTO — Plays they couldn’t make and hits they didn’t get plagued the Ponderosa girls who lost Saturday’s Division III quarterfinal playoff game against East Union 7-1 at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The No. 2 Lady Lancers sprayed around a dozen hits including one that left the yard. Three of East Union’s first four hits […]

Cougars bring home the banners

Look for Division I, II and V results in Wednesday’s Democrat EL DORADO — El Dorado cemented its top standing in the Sierra Valley Conference with a sweep of all four divisions at last week’s rainy league championships at Union Mine. The Cougars had healthy winning margins for each over second-place Cordova. The D’backs took third except […]

Schedule: May 17-23, 2015

Monday, May 18 Softball Section playoffs D-III: PHS vs. Cordova, Sac. Softball Complex, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 Baseball Section playoffs D-I: OR vs. Granite Bay, Sac. City College, 7 p.m. Boys volleyball Section playoffs D-II: Placer @ PHS, 7 p.m. Softball Section playoffs D-III: Sac. Softball Complex, TBD Track and Field D IV/V: ED, […]

Lady D’backs shutout in playoff opener

STOCKTON — The third time was not the charm for Union Mine had hoped for in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff softball opener against Sierra at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. After losing back-to-back postseason openers the past two years, the No. 4 Lady Diamondbacks (17-6) had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning but […]

Cougars upset by Tigers

LODI — After two innings, El Dorado and Los Banos were knotted 2-2 in Thursday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener at Zupo Field. El Dorado, the No. 1 seed, and Los Banos, No. 8, seemed destined for a who-scores-the-final-run battle. Not to be as the Tigers netted a shocking 6-3 win over […]

Roundup: May 13, 2015

Softball Division VI playoffs Golden Sierra 0, Mariposa 17 — In a battle between Grizzlies Tuesday at Arnaiz Stadium, top-seeded Mariposa scored 11 runs in the first inning to cruise to the 5-inning mercy rule-shortened game. Golden Sierra finishes with an overall record of 9-8. Golf Masters Tournament The Reserve, Spanos Park Individual: Joe Fowler, […]

Third points race

Racing continues tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway with four divisions converging at the quarter-mile bullring for the third championship points race of the season. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks.The visiting Midget Lites will also be in action. In the Sprint Car division, […]

Mother Lode captures state title

SAN DIEGO — The Mother Lode Rugby Club JV squad won the California State Championship in San Diego last Saturday with a 10-6 victory over the Coastal Dragons from San Diego. The win capped an undefeated season which included wins over local powerhouses Jesuit and Granite Bay en route to a Northern California Championship, an […]

Cann, Hodges win VCGP classes

VIRGINIA CITY — The 44th Virginia City Grand Prix held the last weekend of April attracted over 750 riders, including many from El Dorado County. The 22-mile endurance race saw riders running for the most laps and racing against the clock. The Pro-Am riders raced on Saturday and the Novice riders on Sunday. Georgetown Divide, […]

Junior Tennis Clinic

The Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Tennis Clinic June 15-19 at El Dorado High School. The popular coed clinic for those aged 12-18 (7-12 grades in the fall), will be the club’s 29th. Hangtown Clinic Director Martha Downing and staff will oversee the week-long tennis clinic designed for beginners/low intermediates/high intermediates/advanced […]

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