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 […]

Bruin boys take care of Del Campo

Ponderosa squares CVC record at 2-2 SHINGLE SPRINGS — Kenny Macklin led four Bruins in double figures as Ponderosa scored a 66-55 Capital Valley Conference victory in front of a Loud Crowd Black-Out Friday. Macklin pumped in 19 points on a variety of shots including an early three-pointer followed by a 3-point play to get […]

Schedule: Jan. 18-23, 2016

Monday, Jan. 18 Alpine Racing PHS, ED, UM, GS, OR @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Tuesday, Jan. 19 Boys basketball Del Oro @ OR, 7 p.m. Galt @ UM, 7 p.m. Cordova @ ED, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ Galt, 7 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 7 p.m. ED @ Cordova, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 Boys basketball […]

Sybeldon named All-American

University of Washington’s Lianna Sybeldon, a Ponderosa graduate, wrapped up her college career by being named First-Team All-American, the first Husky selected since 1997. A middle blocker, Sybeldon led UW in kills and blocks, finishing third all-time in blocks at the school. Behind Sybeldon, the Huskies shared the Pac 12 title and reached the Elite […]

Roundup: Jan 13, 2016

Girls basketball Ponderosa 66, Whitney 46 — The host Lady Bruins jumped out to a 43-16 halftime lead and coasted to Tuesday’s CVC victory. Danielle Craft scored a game-high 25 points; Saraya Smith added 19; Cassidy Pensa chipped in 7; and Madison Clayton had 6. El Dorado 62, Rosemont 55 — The Cougars opened the […]

On tap

Tomorrow The Foothill Throwers track group holds its 5th annual Shot Put and Discus Clinic, featuring 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Brown-­Trafton, at Ponderosa High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited to 50 participants and is on a first come basis. Contact Dave Mosbacher at (530) 417-­4211 or via email at […]

Del Oro powers by Troy

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge’s late-match bid to overcome Del Oro stalled in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League dual meet when the visiting defending section champs clamped down in the middle weights to emerge 42-24 victors. The Trojans were within 31-24 with three matches left. In need of points, Oak Ridge managed just escapes and […]

Union Mine takes Hawks to buzzer

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity basketball program came within one shot of delivering the first loss of the year to Liberty Ranch Tuesday night at home, falling 57-54 to the Hawks in Sierra Valley Conference action. Tied 28-28 at halftime, the Diamondbacks met their opponent blow-for-blow through all four quarters of regulation, suffering […]

Ponderosa’s CVC streak remains intact

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Winning 12-of-14 matches, host Ponderosa defeated Del Campo 54-6 Wednesday to improve to 4-0 in the Capital Valley Conference. Except for Matt Monroe’s pin and a technical decision by Zach Miller, the visitors competed well in the lightweights, extending the Bruins to the full three periods or in one case, overtime. “We […]

D’backs punish Liberty Ranch

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity wrestling program made quick work of Liberty Ranch Wednesday night at home, defeating the Hawks 64-18 in league dual action. With three forfeits to overcome in the 106, 113 and 120-pound divisions, the Diamondbacks got to work quickly in their individual matches, earning six first-period pins, seven pins […]

South 1 winter season gets underway

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — On time, on schedule and on location, Monday’s South 1 Division opener went off without a hitch as local ski and snowboarders completed the season’s first Giant Slalom race at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Unlike last season when Mother Nature forced a delay and then shift to Northstar, conditions, under a mix of sunshine and clouds, […]

Sports Scene: Jan. 14, 2016

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Join the Cameron Park CSD for another season of the NFL sponsored Flag Football League. This league for grades 2-8 allows players the opportunity to learn and develop skills necessary to be succeed in football. For more information please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231, via email at [email protected], […]

South 1 results

Girls ski 1-Allena Thompson, OR, 1:12.08; 2-Fiona Zeier, PHS, 1:14.49; 3-Ally Roemer, ED, 1:18.52; 4-Emily O’Donnell, ED, 1:18.98; 5-Stephanie Pinski, PHS, 1:21.51; 6-Julia Purviance, OR, 1:23.41; 7-Lilly Millard, ED, 1:24.12; 8-Jordan Hardt, PHS, 1:24.18; 9-Brooke Schuld, ED, 1:25.59; 10-Kat Porter, PHS, 1:25.75; 11-Michelle Dennin, OR, 1:26.06; 12-Alex Harrity, OR, 1:27.69; 13-Maia Haugaard, UM, 1:28.38; 14-Abbi […]

Outside with Charlie: Sno-Parks

The snow continues to fall, making the high country a magnet for all kinds of snow sports and play. The draw to head to the snow is especially intense this year. If you’ve headed to the snow fields to downhill or cross country ski you may have found a crowded parking lot but you did […]

Roundup: Jan. 12, 2016

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 15 Team Standings 1. Sometimers 37-23 2. Fun Gals 35-25 3. Hillbilliettes 34-26 4. Pin Pals 23-27 5. Knotty Girls 31-29 6. Bowlin Baggs 31-29 7. Alley Oops! 31-29 High games Week 15: 188 — Cheryl Haas; 181 — Boonie Flint; 178 — Jeanene […]

Roundup: Jan. 10, 2016

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 56, Nevada Union 55 — The Trojans outscored the host Miners 9-8 in overtime Friday. Matt Battaglia scored 22 points — two to tie the score at the buzzer to end regulation — while Cole Compton added 11. Oak Ridge improved to 1-1 in the SFL. Ponderosa 63, Bella Vista 65 […]

Trojan boys whip Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing less than 24 hours after an exciting overtime victory in Grass Valley, Oak Ridge returned home to defeat Rocklin 71-47 in an early evening Sierra Foothill League matchup Saturday. Matt Battaglia, behind a fast start and strong finish, scored a game-high 25 points while Cole Compton recorded 17 points, 8 […]

Oak Ridge girls roll Thunder

EL DORADO HILLS — Can Oak Ridge win without starting post Kassidy De Lapp? That question was answered Saturday afternoon. The Lady Trojans defeated Rocklin 55-24 with De Lapp spending a good chunk of the Sierra Foothill League matchup on the bench in foul trouble — the other part of the game not needed due […]

Bruins buck Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Danielle Craft scored 17 of her team-high 20 points in the second half Friday as Ponderosa edged visiting Bella Vista 62-59 for a must-win Capital Valley Conference victory. The Lady Bruins overcame 42 points by twin sisters Rebeccah and Rachael DiRegolo to prevail. Ponderosa scored the last five points — the final […]

Lady Cougars’ loss leaves sour taste

It was a frustrating way to end preseason action for El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball program, falling 60-58 to El Camino via a turnover and layup in the final seconds of play Saturday night at home. Despite leading most of the night, El Dorado couldn’t contain the Eagles’ outside shooting, and succumbed to key mental mistakes […]

Schedule: Jan. 11-16, 2016

Monday, Jan. 11 Alpine Racing OR, PHS, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 Boys basketball Liberty Ranch @ UM, 7 p.m. OR @ Woodcreek, 7 p.m. ED @ Rosemont, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Rosemont @ ED, 7 p.m. Whitney @ PHS, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7 p.m. Wrestling Del […]

Roundup: Jan. 6, 2015

Boys basketball Ponderosa 60, Antelope 46 — The Bruins won their Capital Valley Conference opener Wednesday, separating from the visiting Titans with a 15-8 second quarter. With six three-pointers, Adam Orr’s 18 points led Ponderosa which also received 17 from Kenny Macklin to go with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Also in double […]

Beecher’s pin sets tone for El Dorado

El Dorado opened up its 2016 dual meet schedule with a home dual against Cordova Wednesday night, coming away with a commanding 50-24 victory over the Lancers. Cougar head coach David Pimentel and his crew in blue knew the value of pins, having to overcome three forfeits in the 160, 182 and 220-pound weight divisions. It […]

Oak Ridge girls survive early test

EL DORADO HILLS — A solid fourth-quarter effort on the heels of a strong finish to the third propelled host Oak Ridge past Folsom 50-43 in a tense Sierra Foothill League opener Wednesday night. For two and a half quarters, the Lady Bulldogs were more than the Trojans could handle, enjoying a nine-point halftime lead that […]

Conquer Winter Day tomorrow

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Sierra-at-Tahoe will host Subaru Conquer Winter Day tomorrow. This free event highlights an athlete signing with Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Olympian, Maddie Bowman. “This is a unique opportunity for guests and inspired young adults to meet a professional athlete who represents the heart and soul of this mountain,” says John Rice, […]

El Dorado falls to CBS

El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball had its hands full Wednesday night at home, falling 75-34 to a talented and deep Christian Brothers squad in preseason action. The Falcons were off and running early, relying on a fast-paced offensive surge that left El Dorado trailing 27-7 after the first quarter, and 40-15 heading into halftime. […]

Young golfer continues to impress

CAMERON PARK — Ten year-old Julian Monas, a fifth grader at Blue Oak Elementary School, had an excellent 2015 on the golf course with more to come this year. The Cameron Park resident and younger brother of Ponderosa High golfer Jasmine Monas compliled an incredible 18 tour wins. Julian’s victories made him the Sacramento Winter […]

Throwers clinic next week

The Foothill Throwers track group will be holding the 5th annual  Shot Put and Discus Clinic on January 16 at Ponderosa High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic features 3-time Olympian, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, current American Record Holder and 2016 Olympic hopeful in the women’s discus, Stephanie Brown-­Trafton, leading up the […]

Cougars get by Casa

Backed by a 17-point performance by junior power forward Bill Bumbaca, the El Dorado High varsity basketball program muscled its way to a 45-35 victory over Casa Roble Tuesday night at home. In a grueling grind that gave no indication of a solid outcome until midway through the fourth quarter, El Dorado traded buckets with […]

Aliff chosen Model Coach

Union Mine Athletic Director and cross country coach Jay Aliff is one of six recipients of the 2015-16 Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coach Award. The award honors coaches who are positive roll models on campus and in the community. Each model coach receives a plaque and lifetime Sac-Joaquin Section pass at an awards breakfast in April […]

Outside with Charlie: The New Year

It’s time for the annual role-out of New Year’s Resolutions. This is the year that you become a world class weight lifter, conquer any snow mountain, telemark down any backcountry cliff, ride around Tahoe without breaking a sweat, or run the Western States 100 barefoot, backwards, with a 40-pound pack, and win it, with a […]

2015 Month-to-Month Recap

Editor’s note: Below are some highlights, broken down monthy, that stood out during the year. Not included is all league awards, team awards or the year’s top stories that ran in the previous two issues.  January — Basketball teams and wrestling squads got back to business as teams returned from their winter breaks. The exception […]

Griz can’t catch Falcons

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s fourth quarter rally ran out of time Monday as visiting Colfax held on for the 45-41 nonleague victory. The Grizzlies pulled to within 42-41 on Riley Larson’s pull-up three-pointer with 55 seconds left. Applying pressure, the Griz forced a turnover but gave it right back with one of their own […]

Solid team results highlight 2015

Editor’s note: More accomplishments from the year in sports in El Dorado County. Numerically, too tough a call as each stands tall. The 2015 month-to-month recap will run in Wednesday’s Democrat. Oak Ridge Football After missing the playoffs last year, the 2015 Oak Ridge squad was determined to make plenty of noise on the gridiron. […]

Griz win Mountain Challenge

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra accepted, met and executed its two-game Mountain Challenge Saturday, defeating both Hamilton and then Rio Vista for the championship. After a winless appearance last year, the Grizzlies upended the Bears 49-37 in the morning and edged the Rams 46-43 in the afternoon. In between, the four participating teams held a […]

Schedule: Jan. 4-9, 2016

Monday, Jan. 4 Boys basketball ED @ El Camino, 7 p.m. Colfax @ GS, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball GS @ Marysville, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Boys basketball Casa Roble @ ED, 7 p.m. Folsom @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ Bear River, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Vista del Lago […]