Lady Trojans notch win

EL DORADO HILLS — In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball playoff opener that lasted only 57 minutes, Oak Ridge dominated Armijo from start to finish. The ending result was the Lady Trojans, winners of the Sierra Foothill League title for a second consecutive year, sweeping the Lady Indians by the final scores of 25-12, […]

It’s back to the ‘ship for Trojans

Overtime win over Napa EL DORADO HILLS — For a second consecutive year, Julian Garcia delivered at the right time for the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team. In the second overtime period of Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game against undefeated Napa, the Trojan forward fired in the game’s only goal for a thrilling […]

Oak Ridge girls go after section title

FOLSOM — When Oak Ridge picked up the first five wins of Wednesday’s Division I semifinal match against visiting Franklin, that was it; the fact that the Wildcats’ No. 1 player was a no-show, that was disappointing. But all in all, it was a good day for the Trojan girls at Broadstone Raquet Club as […]

Cougars advance to 2nd round

Brushing aside the long delay to the start of their Division III playoff opener Tuesday night, the El Dorado girls easily swept visiting Central Valley 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 to advance. A broke-down bus soon became the least of the Hawks’ troubles — replaced by Makayla Hoyt and Kylie Haverson who peppered the court to split […]

Sports Scene: Nov. 10, 2015

Toy Run The 3rd annual Foster Family Toy Run is Sunday Nov. 15 beginning at Sierra Child & Family Services, 4250 Fowler Lane, Diamond Springs. Registration 8-10 a.m., kick stands up at 10:15. $15 donation plus toy/$25 without toy/$10 for passenger. Run ends and party begins at The Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Vaalley Road, […]

Elizabeth Cameron can do it all

Elizabeth Cameron knows a thing or two about winning it all. Within the past year, she and fellow Oak Ridge volleyball teammates Megan Priest, Hailey Maniglia and Olivia Reid helped their NCVC team win the Junior National 17s title in New Orleans, La. after going 11-0 from a field of 48 teams. Now, the four Trojans […]

Almeida makes history

ROSEVILLE — Oak Ridge’s Madeline Almeida won the Individual Sac-Joaquin Section Singles tennis title last Friday at Johnson Ranch in Roseville. Second last year at the same tournament, Almeida avenged against Franklin’s Jacqui Tan, the defending section champ, with a three-set 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory. “We typically go back-and-forth,” Almeida said of her playing history […]

XC results

Division I girls Oak Ridge results 17-Haley Dean, 20:05; 19-Maddy Denner, 20:06; 21-Arial Hendrickson, 20:21; 26-Mikhayla Polivka, 20:31; 35-Gloria Dabiri, 21:10; 47-Sarah Dolley, 21:28; 63-Peyton Wright, 22:06. D-I boys Oak Ridge results 80-Nolan Vanhonsebrouck, 18:43; 88-Kyle Kauffman, 18:57; 106-Blake Fabian, 19:24. D-II boys Ponderosa results 25-Shane Marshall, 17:01; 66-Nathan Kohl, 17:48; 79-Adam Schumann, 18:04; 93-Carson […]

Top finishes for harriers

ANGELS CAMP — Most of the county varsity cross-country teams raced to top finishes at last Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Leading the way were the El Dorado High boys in second place with 66 points in Division III. The Cougars were paced by Dalton Douglas-Hiley, fifth place, and Charlie Plamondon, Diego Bartolome […]

Tennis: Almeida section champ

ROSEVILLE — Oak Ridge’s Madeline Almeida won the Individual Sac-Joaquin Section tennis title Friday at Johnson Ranch after a three-set win over the No. 1 seed from Franklin High. Extended coverage will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Gold Nugget rush for Union Mine

D’backs defeat El Dorado 34-14 EL DORADO — A convincing outcome had Austin Rigsby quickly concluding what went right for his Union Mine side against El Dorado in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference and Gold Nugget matchup. “We beat them physically, and they couldn’t respond,” Rigby said  after the Diamondbacks’ 34-14 Senior Night/Homecoming triumph. The answers […]

Grizzlies thump Encina on Senior Night

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra charged through the final week of regular season play with flying colors Friday, downing Encina Prep 56-7 to finish with a 5-1 conference record on Senior Night. Big plays lined the menu as the Grizzlies feasted on a struggling Bulldogs squad. The Griz pushed ahead early with 14 points in the […]

Cross-country: Cougar boys 2nd at Subs

ANGELS CAMP — The El Dorado High varsity boys cross-country team took second at last Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Subsection race in Calaveras County. Complete coverage of all five county schools will be in Wednesday’s Mountain Democrat.

Roundup: Nov. 8, 2015

Soccer Ponderosa 1, Pitman 3 — The No. 5 Bruins saw their season come to a close with Thursday’s Division II playoff loss at No. 4 Pitman. Ponderosa finishes with an overall record of 12-6-4. The Bruins went 9-4-1 in the Capital Valley Conference to take second place.

Schedule: Nov. 9-14, 2015

Monday, Nov. 9 Golf OR @ Nor Cal, Crazy Horse Ranch, Salinas Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Tracy vs. OR, Broadstone RC, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Semifinals, tbd Volleyball Section playoffs First round D-I: Armijo @ OR, 7 p.m. D-II: PHS @ Benicia, 7 p.m. D-III: Central Valley @ ED, 7 pm. […]

On to semis for Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — For the second time in two months, the Oak Ridge and McClatchy boys soccer teams met — this time in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal game. The host Trojans (14-1-3), the No. 1 seed in the section and California, silenced the Lions with a 3-1 win. Their first meeting was a 2-2 […]

Bruin comeback falls short

ELK GROVE — In 14 seconds, Ponderosa turned its Capital Valley Conference football finale against Cosumnes Oaks into a one touchdown game Friday. Despite their gallant efforts, the Bruins were bitten by the Wolf Pack, 42-21. The loss ends a long season for Ponderosa (1-6 in the CVC, 2-8). Trailing 21-0 at halftime, Cosumnes Oaks (5-2 […]

Early snow shows promise for major winter at Tahoe

El Nino delivers on forecasts with 5-7 inches  SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. — Welcome El Nino! The season’s first significant winter storm delivered 5-7 inches snow (and counting) to Tahoe South area resorts and 2-3 inches at lake level this week, sending celebratory signals throughout the area. The pre-season forecasts are proving accurate as Tahoe […]

Gold Nugget game tonight

Two of the four El Dorado County high school football teams square off tonight. El Dorado makes the five-mile trek to Union Mine in their Sierra Valley Conference and Gold Nugget showdown. In other games, Golden Sierra hosts Encina and Ponderosa is at Cosumnes Oaks. Oak Ridge has the Sierra Foothill League bye. El Dorado […]

One down, three left for Lady Trojans

FOLSOM — A one day delay didn’t stop the Oak Ridge High girls tennis team from posting a 9-0 victory over Pleasant Grove in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener at the Broadstone Racquet Club Wednesday. Initially, the match was scheduled for Tuesday but inclement weather pushed back other matches. Oak Ridge (12-2), the Sierra Foothill […]

Almeida takes SFL Singles title

FOLSOM — Positioned after its league championship-clinching victory but before its team playoff opener Wednesday, Oak Ridge partook in last week’s Sierra Foothill League Singles/Doubles Tournament at Folsom High where Madeline Almeida defended her title as Singles champ. In doing so, Almeida won a trio of matches. After a first-round bye, the Trojan junior defeated […]

Oak Ridge notches playoff victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Toward the end of the first half of Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer playoff opener with Edison, Oak Ridge’s Nico Carpignano set the tone. The Trojan forward scored the go-ahead goal that broke a 1-1 tie in an eventual 4-1 win that eliminated the Vikings. In the 37th minute […]

Ponderosa boys advance after 2-1 win

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A hard-nosed effort, a big turnout of local fans and even social media helped push Ponderosa past visiting Del Oro 2-1 in first round Division II section playoff action Tuesday night. The victory sent the No. 5 Bruins to yesterday’s match at No. 4 Pitman, a team Ponderosa is unfamiliar with. “We […]

Outside with Charlie: Shorter days

As of last Sunday, the clocks have returned to normal, meaning everything we do, the great outdoors has to change as well. The fall season means the daylight hours get shorter and night time hours get longer. For those of us who head outside to hike, run, cycle, ski, snowshoe and so on, the change […]

Bruins have solid season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa girls took fourth place in the 8-team Capital Valley Conference, finishing 7-7. The Lady Bruins placed three on the All League team: Ashley Tank, Ania Lobsinger and Laura Parkyn. “This was a really great season for our girls tennis team in our very competitive Division II league,” Ponderosa coach Don […]

Roundup: Nov. 3, 2015

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Granite Bay 25-19, 25-11, 25-19 — Monday’s road victory for the Sierra Foothill League champions gave the Lady Trojans a perfect 12-0 record, 33-2 overall.

Oak Ridge 2nd at Masters

STOCKTON — Rain, wind, cold, more rain over six hours could not deter Oak Ridge which placed second at Monday’s Master’s Tournament at the Reserve in Stockton. The Lady Trojans finished with 422 points, 16 strokes behind Granite Bay. Rocklin was third and Vista Del Lago fourth followed by St. Francis. “I am so proud […]

Grizzlies too much for Bulldogs

GARDEN VALLEY — In recent weeks, the Golden Sierra High volleyball team has worked on parts of its offense that executed in Monday’s Sierra Delta League finale against Encina at Hedlund Gym. The result was quick (35 minutes) as the host Grizzlies (9-3 in the SDL, 15-10) clawed the Bulldogs (0-12) in three games 25-4, 25-11, 25-7. Golden […]

El Dorado girls alone at the top

EL DORADO — There won’t be any sharing of the Sierra Valley Conference girl’s banner this year, El Dorado has it all to itself. Behind solid performances up and down the lineup Monday, the Cougars took care of business at the Snake Pit, defeating Union Mine 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 to cap an undefeated league run. Unlike […]

Union Mine rally sinks Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA — Both Union Mine and host Cordova gave the fans a Halloween eve-thriller Friday. The Lancers’ 22-7 the second quarter lead threatened to turn the Dbacks’ evening into a nightmare before an interception helped lead Union Mine to the come-from-behind 35-28 Sierra Valley Conference win. Afte the pickoff, quarterback Brody Pearman found the […]

Bulldogs still rule the neighborhood

Oak Ridge 2nd in league EL DORADO HILLS — Much of their team’s action against Folsom was every bit the manicured nail-biter Oak Ridge fans could have hoped for Friday. But an early six-point lead for the upset-minded hosts dissolved in a flurry of no-nonsense scoring drives from the defending Division I state champion Bulldogs. […]

Roundup: Nov. 1, 2015

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Rocklin 16-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-15, 17-15 — The Lady Tojans lock up the Sierra Foothill League title with Thursday’s huge road win. Golden Sierra def. by Bradshaw Christian 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 14-25 Water polo Oak Ridge boys 15, Nevada Union 3 — Goals: Jack Davidson, 4; Matthew Fehr, 4; Nicholas Thompson, […]

Ponderosa girls share CVC title

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The pre-Halloween scare dished out by Ponderosa on Thursday, though frightening, was probably good for the soul. With a piece of the Capital Valley Conference title on the line, the accompanying banner looked in doubt until the Lady Bruins rallied from behind for the tense, five-set 25-19, 22-25, 27-29, 25-21, 15-12 victory […]

Meyers’ four TDs leads El Dorado

GALT — As his team went into the locker room of Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference road game against Galt trailing by a touchdown, El Dorado High football head coach Joe Volek was confident his players would overcome their first-half deficit. “We talked about the offensive plays that we thought were going to work,” Volek said. […]

Grizzlies get big road win

RIO VISTA — Golden Sierra’s trek to the Delta region and land of wind turbines was fruitful Friday as the Grizzlies came out 51-34 winners over Rio Vista in a battle for second place in the Sierra Delta League. Key to the outcome was Golden Sierra touchdowns — one to close the first half/one to open the next — that gave the Griz […]

Bruins fall to Tigers

ROSEVILLE — Unable to execute at key moments, turnovers and missed tackles added up for Ponderosa which lost Friday’s Capital Valley Conference game at Roseville 56-21. Five minutes in the Bruins trailed 21-0 but got on the scoreboard on Scott Martin’s 4-yard keeper. Ponderosa was stopped at the 1 on another series, a key moment […]

Schedule: Nov. 2-7, 2015

Monday, Nov. 2 Golf OR @ Masters Meet, The Reverse, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. Volleyball *El Dorado @ Union Mine, 6 p.m. *Encina @ GS, 5:30 p.m. OR @ Granite Bay, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 Soccer Section playoffs D-I: Edison @ OR, 3 p.m. D-II: Del Oro @ PHS, 6:30 p.m. Tennis Section playoffs D-I: […]

Russells take over as new race promoters

Following a recent proposal and selection process, the Board of Directors of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds have announced that Russell Mototorsports Incorporated (RMI Inc.) has been awarded the contract for the management of the popular quarter-mile dirt track, taking over for Handy Racing Promotions. Behind the wheel of RMI Incorporated are two El Dorado […]

Cougar boys take it; girls tie D’backs

FOLSOM — The Sierra Valley Conference completed its season with Wednesday’s championship finals at the Willow Hills course on the edge of Folsom High’s campus. El Dorado’s varsity boys, winners of five straight SVC titles, left no doubt about No. 6 — dominating the race with placers, led by Dalton Douglas-Hiley, in the top six […]

Union Mine defeats El Dorado

With nothing at stake except intra-county pride, Union Mine and host El Dorado squared off in spirited fashion Wednesday to end the Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer season. Leading the whole way, the Diamondbacks spoiled the Cougars’ Senior Night and came away with the 3-1 victory. El Dorado’s push for the equalizer ended with three […]

Streak continues for Lady Trojan spikers

EL DORADO HILLS — First-year Oak Ridge volleyball head coach Patrick Sanders is pleased with his players’ domination on the court and Tuesday’s sweep of Woodcreek is proof as the Lady Trojans attacked the net and served tough to win 25-13, 25-12, 25-20. Oak Ridge (10-0 in the SFL, 26-2), ranked No. 10 in California and […]

Hat trick for Julian Garcia

EL DORADO HILLS — With the Sierra Foothill League title wrapped up, the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team continued to take care of business Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Nevada Union on Senior Day. Leading the Trojans (9-1-2 in the SFL, 12-1-3 overall), who are ranked No. 1 in California and 56th in […]

Oak Ridge-Folsom tonight

Oak Ridge hosts Folsom in what could be deemed the biggest prep football game in the Sacramento region if not the entire Sac-Joaquin Section tonight. Other county games have Ponderosa at Roseville; El Dorado travels to Galt; Union Mine plays at Cordova and Golden Sierra goes to Rio Vista. Folsom at Oak Ridge The Trojans (5-0 […]

Grizzlies drop key match

GARDEN VALLEY — Wasting a golden opportunity to catch first-place Vacaville Christian and situate itself for the Sierra Delta League volleyball title, Golden Sierra instead fell in four sets to the Falcons 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 11-25 Tuesday. Playing on the Grizzlies’ court, Vacaville looked beatable but Golden Sierra failed to capitalize. Considering the stakes, the […]

Ponderosa’s solid effort results in loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s bid to take league-leading Cosumnes Oaks down a notch came close before a late goal enabled the Wolfpack to depart 4-3 winners of Monday night’s Capital Valley Conference match. Under the lights and a full moon, the Wolfpack (12-0-2) felt at home — ringing up a 3-2 halftime advantage. The Bruins (9-4-1), […]