Outside with Charlie: Round Top routes

Carson Pass is a magnet for anyone wanting a taste of the mountains. There’s two sides of Carson Pass. On the north side of Highway 88 is the trailhead for Meiss Meadow, which can take you to much more than Meiss Meadow. On the south side of Highway 88, the trailhead leads out to several […]

Imperial Chryslers last two standing

Behind the wheel of his 2001 Mercury Marquis, Ron Cannon was confident he could place in the Open Division of Sunday’s 42nd edition of the annual Placerville Police Officer’s Association Hangtown Destruction Derby at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The sergeant for the Placerville Police Department was one of six drivers who competed in […]

Cougars take pride in summer workouts

Editor’s note: This is the third of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer. Today’s edition continues with El Dorado. From the time he became the El Dorado High football head coach three years ago, Joe Volek has spent many hours overhauling a […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 17, 2015

Cameron Park resident and Ponderosa baseball alumni Jerrod Bravo recently returned from Gwangju, South Korea where he and his Cal State Fullerton teammates represented the United States in the World University Games at KIA Champions Field. The Titans ended up 2-3, dropping the bronze medal game to Korea. In its opener, Fullerton defeated the Czech […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 16, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD (916)933-6624 Pee Wee Soccer (ages 3-6) Children are exposed to the fundamentals of soccer by learning how to kick, trap, pass and how to be a goalie. This 4-week camp meets on Thursdays Sept. 10-Oct. 1 at the Promontory Community Park Girls Softball Field, El Dorado Hills. Parents can choose from […]

Gregg’s Kid’s Night win extra special

Winning on Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night is always noteworthy for any driver at Placerville Speedway. Though Placerville’s Andy Gregg has won on this important night earlier in his career, his victory Saturday was even more memorable as a new father himself. “Winning on this night is always special, but tonight this is really special for me as […]

Transplant company hopes to pin down local kids

EL DORADO HILLS — Inside the Urban Sprawl Academy on a warm, summer night, close to 200 youngsters and high school students displayed their wrestling talents for one of the country’s elite organizations. Wresting Prep, a nationally renowned organization that recently moved from San Jose to El Dorado Hills, contributes to the growth of individual wrestling abilities of each grappler. Carolyn Wester […]

Schedule: Aug. 17-22, 2015

Saturday, Aug. 22 Football *Vista del Lago @ OR, 9 a.m. *Rosemont, Franklin-EG and Florin @ PHS, 7 p.m. *ED, UM @ Placer, 9 a.m. *GS @ Bret Harte, 10 a.m. Speedway Points Race No. 15 *Scrimmages  

Youths try hand in local triathlon

EL DORADO HILLS — Young athletes swam, biked and ran in the Iron Hills Youth Triathlon last Saturday, impressing everyone with their skills.   Youth Triathlon c 9 year old Grant Griffin completes the last segment of the Youth Triathlon in El Dorado Hills. Youth Triathlon b 8 year old Naya Winn makes it over […]

Taz swim doles out scholarships

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian swim program held its annual Awards Night recently at Bertlesen Park. In addition to honoring swimmers for efforts and abilities, the team announced the The Mick and Sandy Malaney Taz Scholarship award winners: Zack Closson, Patty Lacerna, Morgan Jones, Zack Scade, Aroma Bargava, and Baili Ebinger. […]

Roundup: Aug. 13, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts August 11 Ace of the month: Patty Mitchell, net 69 1st flight low gross: Patty Mitchell, 78 Low net: Jerri Arens, 72; Rosemary Authier, 73 2nd flight low gross: Mary Jo Walter, 94 Low net: Judy Goggins, 72; Helen Glenn, 72 3rd flight low gross: Liz Kane, […]

Unrestricted combo passes available

DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. — Woodward Tahoe and Sugar Bowl Resort have partnered on a 2015-16 season pass that offers unrestricted access to both Sugar Bowl Resort and the Woodward Tahoe facility for the entire winter season, plus unlimited access to the Woodward Tahoe facility for the remainder of this summer and fall. Woodward Tahoe is […]

Kid’s Night opens family-fun weekend

Grab the bikes and bring the tikes. It’s time for the Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night at Placerville Speedway tomorrow night. This event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County and is the biggest night for the littlest of race fans as it marks the first of two big days of family […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 14, 2015

Cameron Park CSD 530-677-2231 Pooch Plunge & Laps at the Lake Come out Saturday to compete in 5K event. Sign up starts at 8 a.m. at Cameron Park Lake. Enjoy this Cameron Park Lake 5K run starting at 8 a.m. or walk at 9 a.m. with your furry friend, and afterwards let them cool off in our Pooch […]

On tap

Saturday Speedway “Kid’s Night,” Points Races Gates 5 p.m., qualifying 6:30. Sunday Speedway 42nd Hangtown Destruction Derby, 1 p.m.

Bruin varsity has productive summer

Editor’s note: This is the second of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition, the team previews and schedules will run in upcoming weeks. Today’s edition continues with Ponderosa. SHINGLE SPRINGS […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 11, 2015

Fall baseball Hangtown Little League in Placerville is offering an instructional season of Fall Ball to further develop and improve our player’s skills in order to get them ready for the next division in the upcoming spring season. Ages that are currently offered for Fall Ball are: Minors (AAA): 8-10 years old Majors: 11-12 years […]

Outside with Charlie: Thunder Mountain

Now is a good time to hike as the weather has cooled, making for a much better experience on the trails. Consider heading over to Highway 88 and hiking Thunder Mountain. If you’ve been to Silver Lake, you’ve seen a rather incredible wall of lava at the east side of the lake. It’s spectacular. The top […]

Roundup: Sierra 12Us come up short at Bronco World Series

Sierra Valley Storm 12U 12, Brownsville 9 — The Storm put together two six-run innings and withstood a last-inning six-run outburst to win Sunday’s first game at the Bronco World Series. Sierra Valley outhit Brownsville 14-10. George Rios had two hits and three RBIs for the Storm while Cameron Walty also drove home three teammates. […]

Update: Stelzmiller makes Stage II cut

RANCHO MIRAGE — Overcoming immense pressure to conclude last week’s Stage I of the Ladies’ LPGA Qualifying School at Mission Hills Country Club, Placerville’s Chelsea Stelzmiller carded just under the wire to qualify for October’s second stage in Florida. At stake is a much-sought-after LPGA tour card — the incentive that attracted over 280 golfers, including […]

Roundup: Aug. 10, 2015

Baseball Bronco World Series Sierra Valley Storm 12U 10, Mexico 6 — In the first game of the Bronco World Series in Los Alamitos Friday, the Storm stormed back to win their first game. There were three lead changes in the contest until the sixth inning when Dylan Charles slammed a two-run home run as part […]

Macedo grabs Forni Classic victory

After a torrid battle up front, Carson Macedo was in the right place at the right time Saturday as he capitalized on a Sean Becker mistake to take command of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and race his way to the lucrative win — becoming the Civil War Series’ eighth different winner in 2015. […]

First and goal: Tough turf

All five El Dorado County high school football teams — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra — play on artificial turf at their respective campuses. In addition to the Trojans, all of the Sierra Foothill League schools have the turf as well. In the Capital Valley Conference, Ponderosa joins six of the seven schools […]

Area ball player to play in NTIS

EL DORADO HILLS — Marina Village sixth grader Brent Jones, 11, is only one of 14 Northern California baseball players selected to play in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in North Carolina Aug. 26-30. Northern California will represent one of 16 national regions at the series. Brent stood out while playing at the NTIS […]

Barden ‘twirls’ to national title

Sophia Barden of El Dorado Hills, is the National Baton Solo, 2-Baton, and Strut Champion. The United States Twirling Association’s National Baton Twirling Championships were held last month at Ford Park Arena in Beaumont, Texas. Nearly 600 of the nation’s best baton twirlers competed at the 57th annual event. Earlkier this week, Barden recently left […]

Football: Trojans focused on off-season workouts

Editor’s note: This is the first of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each has done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition, the team previews and schedules will run in upcoming weeks. Today’s edition leads off with Oak […]

Speedway: Big prize set for Mark Forni Classic

Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway the who’s who of winged 360 sprint car racing in California will gather for their shot at the lucrative $10K that is up for grabs to the winner of the 10th annual Mark Forni Classic. A race that pays homage to the late Mark Forni, who was a staple […]

On tap

Monday High school fall athletics All five El Dorado County high schools — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra — begin practices in football, volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf, girls tennis, water polo (boys and girls) and cross-country (boys and girls). Previews of varsity teams are scheduled to run in upcoming weeks […]

Football: Book commits to Fighting Irish

EL DORADO HILLS — Prior to the start of the upcoming Oak Ridge High football season, quarterback Ian Book wanted to resolve his future in terms of his college education and continuing his career on the gridiron. By this time next year, Book will be part of one of the country’s prestigious college football programs. Earlier […]

Swimming: Strong finish for Sharks

ROSEVILLE — Out of 35 teams from the greater Sacramento area that competed in the Meet of Champions at the Roseville Aquatics Complex last weekend, the Sierra Sharks made a big splash. The Sharks took second place with 344.50 points among small teams. The Broadstone Barracudas, out of Folsom, captured first place with 429.50 points. Two more […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 4, 2015

Cameron Park CSD 530-677-2231 Trampoline and tumbling This class teaches youngsters ages 6-14 the basic tumbling skills on the spring floor and trampolines Strength, flexibility coordination and agility are some of the benefits that students will learn from the activities. Tumbling goes hand-in-hand with many sports such as martial arts, dance, cheerleading and more. Classes […]

Ponderosa summer camp nothing but duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A 12-team field representing four states filled out the annual California Gold Wrestling Camp host by Ponderosa High School recently. According to Bruin head coach Tyson Escobar, the camp has morphed from a skills-learning agenda to full-on duals which is preferred by everyone. Aside from a weigh-in, warm-up and technique session to […]

Outside with Charlie: Crunch time

Next Monday, students who attend one of the four El Dorado Union High School District campuses — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado and Union Mine — return to the classroom. Students enrolled at Golden Sierra High are back Wednesday, Aug. 19. That’s a sign that the ending of summer is just around the corner. What that […]

Stormin Normin takes up distance biking

Editor’s note: Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin Normin, has shared his many thru-hiking adventures with Democrat readers over the years. Also a dedicated race-walker, he recently completed his 300th competitive race/walk. Currently, he’s on two wheels tackling (in stages) the 4,000 mile coast-to-coast Trans-America Trail. Here is Part I in his own words. Last spring, I […]

Local squad advances to World Series

WHITTER — The Sierra Valley Storm 12U all-star baseball team is headed to the World Series. Playing in the West Zone Championship on Sunday, the Storm, based out of El Dorado Hills, weathered a tough first game loss to Ingelwood in the double-elimination tournament to post a 5-1 in the second game. The come-from-behind win gives […]

Roundup: Aug. 3, 2015

Baseball West Zone Championship Sierra Valley Storm 12U 6, Hawaii 3 Sierra Valley Storm 12U 11, Ingelwood PONY 5 Sierra Valley Storm 12U 13, Orem, Utah 2 Note: As of press time Sunday, the Storm was scheduled to play Ingelwood again for the championship. The winner advances to the Bronco Division World Series that begins […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 3, 2015

Former Oak Ridge Trojan and third-team college All-American Jeff McKenzie is now playing professional baseball in Europe, pitching for the Division I Rouen Huskies after two seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. As a sophomore at Delta College in Stockton, McKenzie pitched the team to a win in the state championship game and was named […]

Stelzmiller aims to enhance professional profile

Chelsea Stelzmiller is back. Today at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Stelzmiller is among 288 aspiring professionals aiming to raise their status and obtain a much-coveted LPGA (Ladies’ Professional Golfing Association) tour card — the gateway to bigger earnings. The home-grown product of Cold Springs Golf and Country Club is a rookie pro but just […]

Make that five wins for Jinkerson at speedway

For the second week in a row, Sean Becker captured the checkered flag at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, which netted him a $2,000 victory. Becker hopes his good fortune will carry into next weekend when the win will pay $10,000 for the Mark Forni Classic. The veteran driver was joined in victory lane by Randy McDaniel, who […]

EDHS Athletic Clearance reminder

El Dorado High students who are interested in playing a fall sport must turn in a completed Athletic Packet prior to tryouts on or before Monday, Aug. 10. Athletic Packets are available in the El Dorado High School front office and can be turned in for processing beginning Monday, Aug. 3 between 8 a.m. and […]

Taz second behind Park Terrace

ROCKLIN — Despite edging its rival in the Park Terrace Penguins by 13 points in a Suburban Swim League dual meet last month, the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian squads came up short in the league championships held at Sierra College last Saturday. Combined team scores the Taz took second place with 1,268 points behind the […]

Local players in national tournament

ROSEVILLE — This week’s 55-team 2015 ASA/USA 12u National Championship softball tournament that began Monday has several local players participating. Considered one of the five biggest fast-pitch softball tournaments in the nation, the National Championship brings together the best 12u softball players from the United States. The seven-day affair began with opening ceremonies at Woodcreek High […]

Storm warnings to continue

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sierra Valley Storm 12U all-star baseball team is down in Southern California for a third consecutive year to play in the West Zone Championship in Whitter, with a shot to advance to the PONY Bronco Division World Series. The Storm is hoping to weather the storm through competition from teams […]

Bonus winnings fuel tomorrow’s race

With August upon us, it’s not only the temperatures that are going to be hot this weekend as Placerville Speedway roars back into action this Saturday night with a big night of racing. The 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series returns to action in the battle for the season titles. It’s also a duel night […]

Le brothers tee off on world course

EL DORADO HILLS — Brothers Justin and Nicholas Le are in North Carolina this week for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and career-wise, they’re just getting started. Proud father Kevin Le chalked up their success to hard work. “We think about Tiger Woods,” he said. “If he could do it, so can Justin and […]