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), […]

Outside with Charlie: Blue Lakes ride

There are some bike rides around here that are always on the list of rides that really must be done. These rides, whether done just once, or at least once each season, bring with them a very real sense of wonder and accomplishment. Some are close in and pretty easy. Both ends of the El […]

Roundup: Trojans advance to Masters

Golf Division 1 North Tournament @ Silverado (18 holes, par 72) 1-Granite Bay, 415; 2-Oak Ridge, 423; 3-Rocklin, 449; 4-St. Francis, 468; 5-Pleasant Grove, 491; 6-Vacaville, 514; 6-Davis, 527; 7-Wood, 588. OR scores: Lexi Perry, 83; Courtney Clark, 84; Emma Sand 84; Natalie Kinney, 85; Caleigh Clark 87; Meha Sodhi, 90. Division II Tournament @ […]

Rosemont denies D’backs’ playoff bid

EL DORADO — Fighting for the Sierra Valley Conference’s fourth and final playoff seed Monday night, host Union Mine and Rosemont battled for 80 minutes but the Diamondbacks fell 1-0 on Senior Night. Union Mine (1-5-3 in the SVC, 6-5-4) and the Wolverines (3-4-2) traded shots on goal most of the first half. In the […]

Cougar varsity teams swept by McClatchy

EL DORADO — Although not in the running for one of the Metro Conference’s playoff berths, the El Dorado High boys water polo team played like a squad geared toward postseason in Monday’s home finale against River City at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Trailing 8-1 at halftime, the Cougars fought back in the second half […]

El Dorado girls in the driver’s seat

Maintaining its perfect Sierra Valley Conference record, host El Dorado made quick work of Cordova Monday, defeating the Lancers 25-13, 25-11, 25-11. Prior to the first serve, the Lady Cougars honored seniors Kylie Haverson, Makayla Hoyt, Serena Franz, Samantha Chavez and Rachel Stevenson. El Dorado (24-6, 8-0) has remaining matches at Galt tonight and a big […]

Football: D’backs fall to Hawks

GALT — It was a rough evening for Union Mine High’s varsity football program, falling 35-21 to Liberty Ranch in a grueling Sierra Valley Conference showdown held at Galt High. Forced to matchup against a bigger, stronger and deeper squad in Liberty Ranch, Union Mine’s players were worn out after four quarters, many of whom […]

Football: El Dorado reignites playoff hopes

After a night doing the yeoman’s work in the trenches, the emotions arrived at the surface for Raul Cortes. There was no trouble finding the significance of El Dorado’s 36-14 victory over Cordova Friday night — it was the realization that it was Cortes’ final home game in a Cougar uniform. “I’m sad, really,” he […]

Football: Ponderosa Bruins rise to the occasion

SHINGLE SPRINGS — On an evening where Ponderosa held Homecoming, honored former athletes in a Hall of Fame ceremony and acknowledged its seniors, the Bruins rode the excitement to a 40-35 Capital Valley Conference victory over Oakmont to snap a six-game losing skid. Leading 27-21 at the half, Ponderosa extended to 40-21 going to the […]

Roundup: Oct. 25, 2015

Tennis Oak Ridge 5, Del Oro 4 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Isaac 6-2, 6-3; Lily Wainwright def. by Stough 6-2, 1-6, 1-6; Kassidy Lyons def. Jensen 6-0, 6-2; Margaret Asperheim def. by Conkle 6-7, 4-6; Julia VanBoening def. by Jorgensen 5-7, 3-6; Kapri Lyons def. by Watson 4-6, 3-6. Doubles (OR first): Kelly […]

Football: Golden Sierra weather the storm

NORTH HIGHLANDS — Time was on Golden Sierra’s side in Friday’s exciting 43-34 Sierra Delta League football win over host Highlands at the Highlands Bowl. Clinging to a 36-34 lead with 10:47 left, the Grizzlies (3-1 in the SDL, 5-3) fumbled the ball away. Thankfully, Golden Sierra held and worked the clock down to 1:53 remaining […]

Schedule: Oct. 26-31, 2015

Monday, Oct. 26 Golf Tournaments D-I: OR @ Silverado Resort, Napa D-II: PHS @ Teal Bend, Sacramento D-IV: ED, UM @ Sierra View CC, Roseville Soccer *Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 3:30 p.m. *Rosemont @ UM, 7 p.m. Galt @ ED, 7 p.m. GS @ San Juan, 3:30 p.m. Tennis OR @ SFL Singles Tourney, Folsom, tbd Volleyball […]

Football: Trojans claim 38-7 win

GRASS VALLEY — Behind efficient first-half passing and an effective second-half ground game, Oak Ridge spoiled Nevada Union’s Senior Night 38-7 Friday in Sierra Foothill League action. The Trojans’ victory sets up this week’s huge showdown with Folsom for the league title. Troy’s Ian Book completed 12-of-18 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns — all to Kevin Kassis. Book also […]

Bruin tennis edges Roseville

ROSEVILLE — Ponderosa edged Roseville 5-4 Tuesday at the Sierra Country Club, rallying from a 3-4 deficit to get the Capital Valley Conference win. With the No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles yet to finish, the Bruins trailed by a set in both. Ponderosa’s Ania Lobsinger, behind well-placed volleys and attacking the net, wore […]

Golf: Union Mine wins another banner

WOODLAND — Make space on the gymnasium wall. Union Mine capped a near flawless fall season with Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference-winning tournament victory at the Yolo Fliers Club. Their league run that included two league tournaments meant the Lady Diamondbacks, the SVC defending champions, were awarded 19.5 of a possible 20 points. The title is […]

Tennis: Trojan girls in position to win title

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge celebrated its Senior Day Tuesday and played its final regular season home match, defeating Granite Bay 7-2. The Lady Trojans swept doubles play and won 4-of-6 singles to avenge an earlier loss to the Grizzlies. The victory, coupled with Rocklin’s loss to Del Oro, created a 3-way tie atop the Sierra […]

Roundup: Oct 23, 2015

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-20, 25-11, 25-14 Ponderosa def. Del Campo 25-12, 25-18, 25-20 Ponderosa def. Capital Christian 25-14, 26-24, 25-11 Union Mine def. Cordova 25-12, 31-29, 26-24 El Dorado JV def. Liberty Ranch 25-15, 25-21 — Serving by Kendall Curtis and Sierra Allen. Back row defense from Julia Somera. Water polo Oak Ridge […]

Football: Bruins honor past

Two of the five El Dorado County high school football teams play their final home games of the season tonight. Ponderosa entertains Oakmont and El Dorado welcomes Cordova. Road games have Oak Ridge traveling to Nevada Union; Union Mine making the trek to Galt to play Liberty Ranch and Golden Sierra playing at Highlands. Oakmont […]

Soccer: Griz boys ‘Cann’ do

GARDEN VALLEY — A fast start propelled Golden Sierra to a 3-1 win over Vacaville Christian in Wednesday’s Sierra Delta League action. The Grizzlies (2-8 in the SDL, 4-10) had big plays from Will Cann. In the fifth minute, Cann, Riley Larson and Alonso Santos held possession in front of the Falcons’ box when Cann […]

Volleyball: Lady Cougars remain undefeated

El Dorado continued its winning ways against Liberty Ranch in Wednesday’s match at L.A. Brown Gym. Though their streak of 18 consecutive Sierra Valley Conference sets ended, the Cougars (7-0 in the SVC, 23-6) dominated the final three for the 22-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 win. Communication breakdown after taking an early 19-14 lead in the […]

Soccer: Ponderosa posts 3-0 shutout

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s 3-0 victory over Roseville Wednesday entrenched its hold on second place in the Capital Valley Conference. The Bruins tallied once midway through the first half and added two late goals to compete the scoring. Ponderosa withstood an aggressive Tigers’ attack to start while applying offensive pressure on the other end. “Our […]

Roundup: Oct. 20, 2015

Golf League Tournaments Capital Valley Conference 18 holes at Cameron Park CC, par 72 1-Ponderosa, 501; 2-Roseville, 515; 3-Whitney, 517; 4-Cosumnes Oaks, 525; 5-Antelope, 546; 6-Oakmont, 569; 7-Bella Vista, 615; Del Campo DQ. Bruins: Jasmine Monas, 91; Cora Nuttall, 96; Kaylee Wilson, 97; Catherine Dodds, 108; Gianna Barber, 109; Eden Hall, 119. Ponderosa finished in […]

Union Mine staves off upset bid

Union Mine in 5 sets EL DORADO — Union Mine flirted with disaster Monday night — coming close to dropping its second straight Sierra Valley Conference match — before fending off a Liberty Ranch challenge to win in five, 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12. After falling to El Dorado last week in a battle for […]

Area squads compete at Bronco Invitational

FOLSOM — El Dorado and Ponderosa boys cross-country squads led the way Saturday at the annual Bella Vista Bronco Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus. Taking third place in the varsity boys small schools division was El Dorado’s Dalton Douglas-Hiley, with a time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds. Two Cougars also placed […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill

Apple Hill, in full fall frenzy, is the seasonal exposition of all things apple that puts El Dorado County on the map. The season opens around Labor Day and sometime around the end of November it morphs into Christmas Tree cutting time. What the Apple Hill growers bring to El Dorado County are jobs, international […]

D’backs improve playoff hopes

EL DORADO — Multiple shots on goal toward the end of Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer game helped Union Mine against Cordova that ended in a 2-2 tie. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Diamondbacks (1-4-2 SVC, 6-4-3), battling for the conference’s No. 4 playoff spot with Rosemont, tied the game in the 60th minute. […]

Cross country: Bronco Invite

Make sure to purchase Wednesday’s issue, as the Sports section will have results of the five El Dorado County high school cross-country teams competing at the Bella Vista Bronco Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus on Saturday.

Roundup: Oct. 19, 2015

Golf Ponderosa 247, Roseville 242 — 9 holes at Cameron Park Country Club, par 36. PHS scorers: Medalist Jasmine Monas 44, Gianna Barber 49, Eden Hall 49, Cora Nuttall 50, Kaylee Wilson 55, Catherine Dodds 57. Tennis Oak Ridge 6, Rocklin 3 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Attota 6-0, 6-3; Lily Wainwright def. Panedero […]

Football: Trojans put ‘Book’ mark on victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Reality keeps getting better for the Oak Ridge football team. For a 24-21 victory over its program’s longtime nemesis against Del Oro on Friday, the Trojans have Ian Book’s imagination to thank. Standing to punt on a 4th-and-1 from his own 25-yard-line early in the fourth quarter, the senior quarterback/punter swore he […]

Football: Bruins suffer another loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — For Ponderosa, Friday started in a positive direction but ended in a 48-13 Capital Valley Conference loss to Del Campo. The Bruins marched down the field and took a 7-0 lead on the strength of a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Scott Martin to Donald Hood. Then Ponderosa (0-4 in the CVC, 1-6) played right […]

Football: Cougars’ late rally falls short

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado High’s football team fell to Rosemont, 34-27 in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference contest. Coming off a tough loss to Liberty Ranch the week before, El Dorado (0-2 in the SVC, 4-3) found some positives in its loss. Cougar quarterback Aaron Golmitz threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. The Cougars ran for 276 yards but made mental errors […]

Schedule: Oct. 19-24, 2015

Monday, Oct. 19 Golf OR @ SFL Tourney, Auburn Valley GC, 10 a.m. PHS @ CVC Tourney, Cameron Park CC, noon UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Yolo Fliers Club, Woodland, 10 a.m. Soccer Cordova @ UM, 7 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 3:30 p.m. GS @ Bradshaw Christain, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, Walker Park, […]

Football: Golden Sierra falls to Pride

GARDEN VALLEY — No second half comeback for Golden Sierra, as Bradshaw Christian saw to that. With first place on the line in the Sierra Delta League, the visiting Pride utilized an effective ground game and stingy defense to turn back the Grizzlies 34-6. The loss was Golden Sierra’s first in league (2-1 SDL, 4-3) […]

Football: Diamondbacks too much for Warriors

GALT — For the second time this season, Union Mine scored more than 60 points, but this time in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference football contest with a 70-34 victory over Galt on the Erv Hatzenbuhler Field of Warrior Stadium. The Diamondbacks (2-0 in SVC, 5-2), who defeated Lincoln 61-55 in a non-league game last month, recorded […]

Roundup: Oct. 14, 2015

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Woodcreek 1 Singles (OR first): Lily Wainwright def. by Calistro 3-6, 5-7; Masha Cunningham def. Peterson 6-2, 6-1; Margaret Asperheim def. Michaud 6-0, 6-0; Kelly McMillen def. Fernandez 6-1, 6-1; Cheljea Jang def. Mundo 6-1, 6-3; Grace Hsueh def. Muhley 7-5, 6-1. Doubles (OR first): Julia VanBoening-Chelwei Jang def. Sukhostavskiy-Alvi 6-3, […]

Grapplers gain valuable knowledge

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills Wrestlers had two days of training they’ll never forget with the recent visit to the EDH Wrestling Club by USA Wrestling World Champion Coach Valentin Kalika and Cadet World Champion Aaron Pico who shared their experiences traveling/competing all over the world. Some in attendance came from six hours […]

Heinz-sight: Likenesses

Each volleyball season, Mike Yates and I reflect at least once on that terrific 2011 Union Mine girl’s volleyball team he coached to a state championship. Yates, the current Ponderosa coach, has perfect memory of the journey, recalling specifics like it happened yesterday. Usually we chat in an empty gym, after the players and fans […]

Griz ready for tonight’s challenge

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football have league home games tonight. Entering Week 7, Golden Sierra host Bradshaw Christian; Oak Ridge entertains Del Oro and Ponderosa welcomes Del Campo. In Sierra Valley Conference road games, El Dorado plays at Rosemont and Union Mine goes to Galt. Bradshaw Christian at Golden Sierra The […]

Rivalry no problem for El Dorado girls

In a highly-anticipated intra-county and Sierra Valley Conference clash at the L.A. Brown Gym, El Dorado and Union Mine entered Wednesday’s Pink Volleyfest showdown undefeated in conference. On the court, the Cougars took charge in the first two sets and though the Diamondbacks displayed plenty of energy in the third, El Dorado swept its rivals 25-17, […]

Ponderosa sweeps Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Once Ponderosa switched from hospitable hosts to adversaries in Tuesday’s Capital Valley Conference match against Bella Vista, the Bruins were fine. Until then, a campus tour, free meal and help with the Broncos’ homework seemed possible. Swept in the first meeting, Ponderosa returned the favor on its court with a 25-22, 25-23, […]

It’s El Dorado versus Union Mine tonight

What: Volleyball Who: Cougars-D’backs Where: El Dorado High When: 6 p.m. Tonight’s huge intra-county volleyball match pits intra-county rivals Union Mine and El Dorado on the Cougars’ court with first place in the Sierra Valley Conference at stake. Both teams come in undefeated in league and both are defending SVC champions led by senior captains […]

Outside with Charlie: Iconic bike ride

Mountain bikes come in quite a few different styles for the professional, or at least, very serious riders. Most people like to ride them when the choice is to head off the pavement and into the woods. These sturdy bikes, with front shocks and rear suspensions allow to ride over most bumps with some degree […]