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Roundup: Feb 4, 2016

Girls basketball Ponderosa 69, Whitney 49 — The Lady Bruins held their opponent to just five points in the fourth quarter en route to victory on the road. Danielle Craft finished with a game-high 23 points while Saraya Smith and Juliana Blaine each had 15. Cassidy Pensa finished with nine points while Lauren Joy had six and […]

Bruins clinch CVC

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Bring on Benicia. Pondoerosa’s varsity squad secured its Capital Valley Conference championship Tuesday night at home, defeating Bella Vista 49-16 in front of a packed-out Senior Night crowd. Bruin seniors Kyle Jennings and Elan Tubbs both earned pins in their matches while they — along with fellow senior Zach Stewart, were honored […]

UM, ED Sierra Valley Conference champs

EL DORADO — For the second consecutive year, the Sierra Valley Conference will have co-champion banners created for varsity wrestling. This year, however, it will only be two teams instead of three — Union Mine and El Dorado High. The D’Backs defeated their intra-county conference rivals Wednesday night at home, winning 37-33 on Senior Night. […]

D’backs fall to Cordova

EL DORADO — Union Mine compiled a brief symphony Tuesday, only to let it become a pile of sour notes. The Diamondbacks will remember a 50-40 loss to Cordova for the wrong reasons. A night to honor the team’s eight seniors for their final home game saw UM hold a one-point lead at the end of […]

Troy downs Woodcreek

EL DORADO HILLS — Already accepted to Chico State and the University of Nevada, Oak Ridge senior wrestler Nick Diaz-Kokaisl still waits to hear from his his top college choice. “If I got in to Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), that would be nice,” the Trojans’ 180-pounder said after his team’s 55-8 home victory over Woodcreek […]

Outside with Charlie: Winter Weather

One of the constants with the weather reports around here is that they aren’t always as accurate as we’d like. The main reason is that the science behind the predictions amount to very educated guesses. Sunday brought an all day snowfall to Pollock Pines. It wasn’t exactly the forecast. We enjoyed every single flake that fell, and continue to hope […]

Bruins breeze by Bella Vista

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys extended their undefeated home court record one more night, defeating Bella Vista 81-72 in Bruin country Monday evening. Down 20-18 after the first quarter, Ponderosa returned to form in the second quarter with major contributions from Kenny Macklin, Brennan Wheeler and Adam Orr to lead 43-37 at half. Macklin […]

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

EL DORADO HILLS — With league action winding down and the postseason looming, Oak Ridge High’s varsity program hosted its annual Trojan Wars invitational tournament Saturday, with 15 schools participating in the daylong event. Troy seized the day on its home turf, finishing first with 261.5 total points. Oak Ridge finished with nearly 100 points more […]

South 1 completes final Giant Slalom of year

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 skiers and boarders were greeted by a bluebird day on the mountain Monday, as teams competed in their third and final Giant Slalom of the season. Ponderosa High’s Lady Bruin forces were stellar, seizing first in both team competitions while Oak Ridge High’s mens ski team denied the Bruins of taking three team […]

Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

Wrestling Oak Ridge 55, Rocklin 11 108-Max McCarver by pin; 115-Mike Remer won 1-0; 122-Jared Horstman by tech fall; 126-Mikey Mello won 12-4; 140-Ricky Mello won 13-7; 147-Daelin Wofford won 5-2; 162-Bobby Mello by pin; 172-AJ Bicocca by pin; 197-Preston Cobabe by forfeit; 222-John Moestopo by forfeit; HWT: Brysen Klinefelter by forfeit. Girls basketball Oak Ridge 61, Nevada Union 19 — The Lady Trojans improved […]

Grizzlies drop double bill to San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — For the Golden Sierra boys to pocket their first Sierra Delta League win, it had to defeat not one but two San Juan teams Friday. The Spartans’ even-steven approach — running two, five-man units every couple of minutes — worked as San Juan held off the Grizzlies 56-50. In the earlier game, the […]

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

Team misses Clayton in lopsided defeat SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity girls experienced a tough loss Friday night at home, falling 80-39 to an undefeated Antelope squad in Capital Valley Conference action. The Bruins started strong early in the first, controlling pace and establishing a 6-0 lead, but Antelope’s outside shooting equalized almost immediately, and […]

Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

Monday, Feb. 1 Alpine Racing PHS, OR, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Boy basketball Bella Vista @ PHS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ Bella Vista, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 Boys basketball *Cordova @ UM, 7 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7 p.m. OR @ Rocklin, […]

Union Mine rallies past El Dorado

EL DORADO — Sonny Garcia’s emotions were the best indicator of his Union Mine basketball team’s fortunes Wednesday night. The Diamondbacks’ junior guard wore a look of frustration during the second quarter of his club’s entertaining 69-56 home win over El Dorado. He buried a free throw before glaring toward the Cougar students, busy savoring […]

Roundup: Jan. 27, 2016

Wrestling El Dorado 42, Galt 24 106-Haley Beecher pinned; 113-Kylie Beecher pinned; 120-Austin Olguin won 12-6; 126-Gabe Argimon pinned; 132-Declan Russell by pin; 138-Willy Gadow won 10-2; 145-Kai Schaefer by pin; 152-Rory Patterson won 11-8; 160-Ben Grigsby by pin; 170-Oskar Shepherd won 8-1; 182-Double forfeit; 195-Branson Kirby won by tech 17-2; 220-ED forfeit; 285-Zach Brazell by […]

Ponderosa boys beat up on Wolfpack

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Bruin boys extended their win streak to four Wednesday night at home, dropping Cosumnes Oaks 78-53 in Capital Valley Conference action. Brennan Wheeler finished with a game-high 22 points while Kenny Macklin dropped 18 on the night, as Ponderosa cruised through four quarters of large-margin leads. Up 22-10 after the first […]

Cougars upend Lady D’backs

El Dorado High’s girls program moved atop the Sierra Valley Conference standings Tuesday evening, defeating intra-county rival Union Mine 49-39 at home. Molly Hargon finished with a game-high 15 points for the Cougars while Sam Klinkenborg had 12 in the victory. “We played with a lot of aggression tonight,” Klinkenborg said. “Any time we play Union Mine […]

D’back give-and-take leads to win

EL DORADO — Union Mine’s claim to victory in Wednesday’s home dual with Rosemont had to make up for lost ground as three forfeits loomed in the background. In winning 9-of-11 matches that took place, the D’backs succeeded, coming out on top 43-24 at the Snake Pit. Union Mine improved to 3-1 in the Sierra […]

Grizzlies celebrate Senior Night

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra held its Senior Night Tuesday against league-leading Bradshaw Christian — a success unmatched by the wrestling that followed. Grizzly coach Tony Arena honored Joseph Herrera, Jordan Miyara and Holly Mason for their leadership, committment and sacrifice. In the dual that followed, the Pride prevailed 63-12. Golden Sierra’s only points came […]

Sports scene: Jan. 28, 2016

Play Ball The final registration date for the upcoming Little League spring baseball season is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the upper division evaluations located at Charles Brown School at 6520 Oak Dell Road in El Dorado. Upper division players (ages 10-14) are required to attend the evaluations in preparation for the […]

South 1 season hits its midpoint

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Four repeat individual winners and 3-of-4 repeat team victories highlighted Monday’s first slalom race by the South 1 Division under great weather conditions at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Oak Ridge skiers Parker Doshier and Allena Thompson duplicated last week’s efforts, as did El Dorado snowboarder Colton Bliss and Ponderosa’s Cora Nuttall. Team-wise, the Trojan boys, with […]

Backcountry basics 101

You’ve got new snowshoes or cross country gear so you’re off to the backcountry. How hard could it be? The ads make it look so easy to get out there but staying safe and getting back are a different matter. It is important to know that in the backcountry you are on your own — […]

Outside with Charlie: Maintenance

Winter conditions bring rain, snow, and wind. All of it is good. Along with all of that your gear tends to get gunked up pretty quickly. Whatever it is you are using while enjoying the winter outdoors, maintenance time goes up. No more simply riding your bike on the trails for a couple of hours […]

Grizzly Joe Webb heads to Nationals

GREENWOOD — Joe Webb, currently a junior at Golden Sierra High School, is heading to the Boy’s USA Volleyball Junior National Championship tournament for a second year in a row. Recently, Webb’s team took first place honors at the Far Western National Qualifier tournament in San Mateo. This June, the team travels to Anaheim to compete in the Southern […]

PHS girls top Tigers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Saraya Smith scored 18 of her 23 points in the second half — 13 in a pivotal third quarter — as Ponderosa defeated visiting Roseville 59-46 for its fifth straight Capital Valley Conference win. With all but two of her team’s points in the third, Smith single-handily kept Ponderosa within range after an injury to Madison […]

Bruin tourney gets down and dirty

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity program hosted its “Dirty 530″ tournament over the weekend, with five teams competing including squads from De la Salle and Chico High. The Bruins split 1-1 after a 41-24 loss to De la Salle and a 32-26 victory over Chico, but for head coach Tyson Escobar and his team, it wasn’t about the […]

OR wrestling bounces back

EL DORADO HILLS — In a tuneup before its weekend tournament at Morro Bay, host Oak Ridge bounced back in the Sierra Foothill League win column with a 48-15 victory over Granite Bay Thursday in an early afternoon dual meet. The Trojans forfeited once (220 pounds) and lost 11-6 (140), 4-0 (147) and 5-3 (184) […]

Cougars crush Galt

El Dorado High’s varsity girls hit double-digits in all four quarters of Sierra Valley Conference play Thursday night, downing Galt 66-26. After a rocky start, the Lady Cougars overwhelmed their guests, dropping 16 points in the first quarter to lead 38-15 at half. Sarah Holm finished with a game-high 20 points while Molly Hargon and Sam Klinkenborg […]

Schedule: Jan. 25-30, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25 Alpine Racing PHS, OR, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Tuesday, Jan. 26 Boys basketball El Dorado @ Union Mine, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ ED, 7 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 7:30 PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. Wrestling Nevada Union @ OR, 7 p.m. Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Roundup: Jan. 24, 2016

Girls basketball Union Mine 50, Rosemont 38 — The Lady D’Backs improved to a 3-2 SVC record with their road victory Thursday night. Maleah Denault had a team-high 11 points while Breanna Heinrich’s finished with 10. Kaitlin Lishman had 9 points while Katie Vick had 7 and Riley Rupley scored 6. Katie Parker, Isabella Ancona and Bethany Hammer each contributed 2 points. Oak […]

Foothill Throwers clinic has good turnout

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stephanie Brown Trafton, 2008 Women’s Discus Olympic Gold Medalist/3-time Olympian/2016 Olympic Contender, and an array of coaches held center court at last weekend’s Foothill Throwers Winter Shot-put and Discus Clinic at Ponderosa High. Despite suspect weather, the turnout was very good according to event organizer Dave Mosbacher.

Trojans get it done against Del Oro

EL DORADO HILLS — The play wasn’t pretty nor textbook but in the end it was effective for the Oak Ridge girls who defeated Del Oro 54-31 at home Wednesday evening. The win improved the Lady Trojans to 5-0 in the Sierra Foothill League, 18-1 overall. Oak Ridge missed shots, free throws and turned the […]

On tap

Tomorrow Dirty 530 Duals @ PHS Round 1, 11 a.m. PHS vs Granite Bay Chico vs Del Oro DLS vs Elk Grove Round 2, 12:30 PHS vs Del Oro Elk Grove vs Chico Granite Bay vs DLS Round 3, 2 p.m. PHS vs Chico Elk Grove vs Granite Bay Del Oro vs DLS

El Dorado dominates Liberty Ranch

El Dorado High’s varsity wrestling program cruised to another commanding victory Wednesday night at home, dismantling Liberty Ranch 60-9 on Senior Night in league duals action. Five Cougar grapplers walked away with pins, three of which came in the first round. Haley Beecher garnered her second first-round pin of the year in the 106-pound division, […]

Oak Ridge beat by a dozen

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys program suffered through a tough loss at home Tuesday, falling 64-52 go a Del Oro squad that outplayed the Trojans in all aspects of the game. Troy trailed the Golden Eagles through all four quarters, failing to jump ahead despite keeping within striking distance. “We flat-out […]

Christner’s solid college career

Kaitlyn Christner’s college volleyball career ended late last year but not before she and her Cal State University San Bernardino teammates put up quite a fight. Against West Washington University in a NCAA-D-II Regional Final, CSUSB battled into overtime of an epic 5-setter that actually saw Christner’s squad have match point at 14-13 before WWU scored […]

Diamondback boys score first conference victory

EL DORADO — It took a team-wide effort, all 32 minutes and end-to-end play for Union Mine to get its first Sierra Valley Conference win Tuesday — a 69-59 victory over the Galt Warriors at the Snake Pit. Fourteen Diamondbacks, led by Andrew Vaughn’s team-high 15 points, cracked the scoring column as Union Mine coach […]

South 1 proceeds with caution

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Oak Ridge’s Allena Thompson was the lone repeat winner as the South 1 Division managed to get in its second race of the season Monday on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Greeted by a foot of fresh powder, it was all-hands-on-deck for both skiers and snowboarders who spent most of the morning slipping the […]

Jennings wins Tim Brown title, Brazell third

SACRAMENTO — Three local teams competed at last weekend’s two-day Tim Brown Memorial Tournament at the Memorial Auditorium, producing one champion in Ponderosa’a Kyle Jennings. The Bruins and Oak Ridge fielded near full teams while El Dorado sent a handful of wrestlers. Overall, Ponderosa placed three in addition to Jennings; Oak Ridge had three make […]

Outside with Charlie: XC spots

As of now all of the cross country areas around Tahoe are open. Last winter, some didn’t open at all so this is a very good start. There are 14 cross country resorts to choose from. Most have rental gear and almost all have lessons. Hope Valley Cross Country operates on the south side of […]

D’back Invite features wall-to-wall wrestling

EL DORADO — Two hundred and fifteen wrestlers K-8 converged Saturday for the annual D’back Invitational at Union Mine High. Competitors, filling out 36 brackets, came from each local school in addition to the Elk Grove and Rocklin areas. The D’back program ran the score tables and officiated the matches.

Roundup: Jan. 17, 2016

Girls basketball Ponderosa 48, Del Campo 32 — The Lady Bruins outscored the host Cougars in each quarter Friday to improve to 3-1 in the CVC. Saraya Smith scored a game-high 18 points; Madison Clayton added 9; Juliana Blaine and Danielle Craft both had 7; Sylar Winter, 5 points; and Lauren Gunter, 2. El Dorado […]

Loya clutch for Lady Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — A packed house, a budding rivalry, and a high-octane barnburner that gripped an entire student body cheering section. That’s what Lady Grizzly basketball fans got Friday night on home court as Golden Sierra High’s varsity girls basketball program knocked off Vacaville Christian 53-52 in Sierra Delta League action. Freshman sensation Rachel Loya […]

Golden Sierra drops close one at home

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s boys varsity basketball program came close to clinching its first conference victory Friday night at home, losing 45-51 to Vacaville Christian in Sierra Delta League action. Trading blows with the Falcons through three deadlocked quarters of play, the Grizzlies, driven by head coach Al Toney’s resolve to fight to the […]

D’backs fall 65-23

EL DORADO  — Union Mine High’s varsity girls endured a tough one Thursday evening at home, falling 65-23 to Cordova in Sierra Valley Conference action. Katie Vick was the first to put points on the board for the D’backs on an assist from Maleah Denault and behind defense, Union Mine kept things close at 6-10 […]

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