Outside with Charlie: Choice options

It is a busy time of year. Schools are either already out or will be soon. Summer is about three weeks away, and the list of things to do around here is extensive. The trails are seeing more use, the lakes are welcoming and in the high country, some patches of snow can still be […]

Elite U17 girls take State Cup

The El Dorado Hills Elite U17 Girls club team posted an incredible win over the American River Freedom May 17 to win their division in the State Cup Championship for the NorCal Premier Soccer League. The final score was 1-0. The Elite began their season in June 2014 and have competed steadily throughout Northern California in tournaments […]

El Dorado doubles up Post 119 Juniors

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Defense was the difference between El Dorado High School and host El Dorado Post 119 Jr. Legion which kicked off the summer baseball schedules with Monday’s intra-county matchup. The squad with the least errors … the Cougars … prevailed 6-3 with the game ending on Eli Franks’ retreating catch deep down the left field […]

DeCaires defends home turf

For the second consecutive year at the local track, Greg DeCaires picked up the Civil War Series win, again earning a spot in the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic after leading all 30-laps of Saturday night’s feature event at the Placerville Speedway — becoming the series’ sixth winner in six events thus far. Leading the […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 31, 2015

Thirteen area senior athletes are on rosters for the 18th annual Volleyball and 44th annual Baseball Optimist All Star matches/games scheduled this week. In Wednesday’s Division II volleyball match at Capital Christian, Ponderosa’s Haward Gomes and Taylor Charron are on the North team along with Union Mine’s Daniel Joseph and Derek McCulloch. The South is […]

State berths were within reach

ELK GROVE — Four inches. That was the difference for El Dorado high jumper Samantha Klinkenborg to clinching a berth in the CIF State Track and Field championships. Taking part in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ finals at Elk Grove High on Thursday, Klinkenborg, only a sophomore, cleared the bar at 5 feet, 1 inch, for fourth […]

Local trio vault to state finals

ELK GROVE — Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut and Ponderosa’s Robert Holloway joined Union Mine’s Leah Bertuccelli in leaping to top finishes at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ finals at Elk Grove High. Competing Thursday in the pole vault, Laut won the section crown as he cleared the bar at 15 feet, 9 inches on his sixth attempt, defeating Lodi’s Michael […]

Schedule: June 1-6, 2015

Monday, June 1 Baseball ED @ ED Jr. Legion, Ponderosa, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 Baseball ED @ Liberty Ranch, Galt Com. Park, (2), 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 Volleyball Optimist All Stars D-II: 5 p.m. @ Cap Christian HS D-I: following D-II match Friday, June 5 Track and Field CIF State Qualifying Buchanan High, […]

Bruin boys fall to top seed

MORAGA — Ponderosa’s history-setting 2015 season ended Thursday night as it went down in four sets to host Campolindo 16-25, 16-25, 25-23, 16-25. The Bruins’ CIF NorCal semifinals loss to the top seed came two nights after they ousted Saratoga in five edge-of-your-seat sets in Shingle Springs. In Campolindo, Ponderosa faced a powerhouse on its own floor. […]

Bruins sign for college

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High had its signing ceremony for athletes last week who will play sports at the college level. Signing their Letter Of Intent forms were: Angelica Huettl (Soccer, Dominican University), Haward Gomes (Volleyball, Bristol College), Elle Estes (Soccer, Cal State Bakersfield), Alyssa Herrman, Soccer, CSU Stanislaus), Terra Jerpbak (Softball, Yale), Jake Hilliker (Baseball, […]

Sports Scene: May 28, 2015

E-WASTE COLLECTION The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste […]

Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

EL DORADO HILLS — New chapters in Austin Laut’s life will begin in upcoming months. Today, the Oak Ridge High senior, who has accumulated a 4.1 grade point average, will receive his diploma. During the summer, Laut will work as a lifeguard at the CSD pool. Toward the end of August, Laut will move to the East Coast to attend Yale in New […]

Quartet enjoyed final game

SACRAMENTO — Five El Dorado County high school softball players ended their diamond prep careers at the 38th annual Optimist High School Softball All-Star games on the Capital Christian High diamonds Wednesday night. Oak Ridge utility player Sky Divinagracia and outfielder Kelsey Sather joined Ponderosa pitcher Terra Jerpbak and catcher Erin Anderson on the South squad for the large […]

Bruin boys make history; win NorCal thriller

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Playing on the home court the final time in his prep career, Haward Gomes’ impressive hitting display carried host Ponderosa to a comeback 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 victory over Saratoga Tuesday night. The win made area history. The Bruins, the Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up, became the first-ever county boys team to make […]

Soaring high with Leah Bertuccelli

Leah Bertuccelli has goals she’d like to accomplish before leaving the prep stage to embark on a college pole vaulting career at the University of Washington. At the top of her list, the Union Mine senior hopes to clear the super elite high school girls class mark of 13-feet, a height she knows prerequisites the bigger […]

Mefford dual winner at CIF meet

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge swimmer Bryce Mefford and the Trojans shined at the first-ever California Interscholastic Federation State Swimming and Diving Championships at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex on the Clovis West High’s campus Saturday. Mefford was a double winner in the 100 backstroke at 48.13 seconds and 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 37.08 seconds. He won the […]

Waldron gets save at Raley Field

SACRAMENTO — Former Golden Sierra Grizzly Tyler Waldron pitched in several games over the weekend for the Memphis Redbirds in their series at Raley Field against the Sacramento River Cats. Memphis is the Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals MLB organization. The Cardinals obtained Waldron from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league […]

Outside with Charlie: Openings

Memorial Day, which in not a national shopping day, brings with it solemn reminders of all the men and women in our military who died defending our nation. I do hope you took time to be quiet for a minute in recognition of what Memorial Day is actually about. It also marks the unofficial opening […]

Roundup: May 24, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts May 22 Ace of the month/ overall low net: Cathy Attabit, net 69 Overall low gross: Patty Mitchell, 82 Low net 1st flight: Jerri Arens, 74; Charlotte Henderson, 77 2nd flight: Marge Dodrill, 70; Adrienne Ligon, 74

Ponderosa team riders finish second in state

LOS OLIVOS — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team took second place at the California State Championship held at Los Olivos Dirt Park last weekend. Almost 800 racers representing 111 teams endured the hilly and dusty course under ever-changing partly cloudy skies. The three year-old Bruins team earned its second consecutive second place finish at the State […]

Bruin boys swept by Rio

SACRAMENTO — Playing in the game it coveted but not the way it desired, Ponderosa’s section title aspirations were swept aside by Rio Americano, which defeated the Bruins 22-25, 23-25, 23-25 for the Division II championship last Thursday night at Capital Christian High School. Ponderosa was right there with the Raiders but self-admittedly, let nerves get […]

Cougar girls win section title

School record for 4×100 sprint TURLOCK — On the strength of yet another 4×100 school record and multiple PRs (personal records) by others Thursday, El Dorado’s Lady Cougars captured the Division IV/V section title after two days of competition at CSU Stanislaus. El Dorado amassed 75 points in the multi-league field, 28 more than second-place Modesto Christian […]

Robert Holloway wins D-II/III championship

FAIR OAKS — Behind a strategic but minimum number of jumps, Ponderosa senior pole vaulter Robert Holloway won the boys Division II/III section title Friday afternoon at Bella Vista High School. Holloway faced tough competition, especially when the field narrowed to the final three. There, he battled Bronco Phillip Gwin and Pioneer’s Keenan Calhoun head-to-head before clearing 15 feet to […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 24, 2015

Ponderosa baseball alumni Jerrod Bravo is swinging a hot bat for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball teams as the ex-Bruin ended the regular season on an 8-of-11 tear with three doubles in a sweep of Long Beach State. Bravo, a JC transfer, helped the Titans to the Big West title, the program’s 28th league championship. His 3-for-4 […]

No. 1 Oak Ridge exits playoffs

SACRAMENTO — For half an inning, the Oak Ridge High baseball team was in the driver’s seat of Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North losers’ bracket against Elk Grove at Union Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus. As Trojan teammate Logan Denholm stood on first base after hitting a high-flying base hit into right […]

Schedule: May 25-31, 2015

Tuesday, May 26 Volleyball PHS @ NorCals, tbd Wednesday, May 27 Softball Optimist All Stars @ Capital Christian HS Small Schools, 5:30 p.m. Large Schools, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 Track and Field Masters Meet @ Elk Grove HS Field Finals, 2 p.m. Track Trials, 4 p.m. Friday, May 29 Track and Field Masters Meet […]

Mefford dual state champ

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge sophomore won both the 200-yard freestle and 100 backstroke races at the CIF State Swimming Championships at the Clovis West Aquatic Complex over the weekend. Complete coverage including results for other area swimmers will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Troy shines at Divisionals

ELK GROVE — Brandon Jetter was very determined to earn a Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ berth. This season, the Oak Ridge senior has shined in the 110 hurdles and 100 meters, plus part of the Trojans’ 4×100 relay team. But at the Sierra Foothill League trials almost two weeks ago, Jetter suffered a back injury. Still, he still competed in […]

Eight punch Master’s Meet tickets

TURLOCK — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Track And Field Championships opened Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus for El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra. While the bulk of finals were yesterday, a handful of area field athletes had their fate determined in their attempts to qualify for next week’s Master’s Meet at Elk Grove High. […]

Laut captures D-1 pole vault title

ELK GROVE — Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut leaped to first place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional I Track and Field finals at Elk Grove High on Wednesday. The Trojans’ senior, who currently leads all California high school boys pole vaulters at 16 feet, 2 inches, posted a 15-5 mark to capture the D-I title. His top finish […]

Cougar Award Winners

Natalie Hebron Award Sabrina Tate Bruce Lung Award Joel Kaderka All Metro Matt Smith Sabrina Tate A. Dale Lacky Scholarship Dane Neves CIF Scholar Athlete Nominees Joel Kaderka Dane Neves Rebecca McCaughey Sabrina Tate SVC Scholarship Kaela Marcus Army Junior Athlete of the Year Kelsey Liddell Britton Stark College bound Athletes Matt Smith, Sacramento State […]

Roundup: May 21, 2015

Boys lacrosse North Coast Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 13, College Park 6 Oak Ridge 8, De La Salle 10 Track and field  Division II/III finals Bella Vista High  Girls PV: 4-Rylee Johnson, PHS, 9-2; 7-Taylor Trageser, 9-2. LJ: 6-Emily Herman, PHS, 16-7.5. SP: 11-Ashlynn Cichella, PHS, 32-2. Boys HJ: 8-Jack Hartung, PHS, 5-8. D-IV/V finals […]

Bruin spikers reach section final

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stepping up efforts across the board, Ponderosa swept its Division II section semifinal playoff match against visiting Placer Tuesday, winning 25-19,25-17, 25-22. The victory sent the Bruins into last night’s section final against the Rio Americano Raiders, the first time since 1987 a Ponderosa volleyball team has made it. Win or lose, the […]

Oak Ridge suffers first postseason loss

SACRAMENTO — An opportunity to score runs came and went fast for Oak Ridge in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I game against Granite Bay at Union Stadium on Tuesday night. The Trojans, the No. 1 seed who swept the No. 7 seed Grizzlies all three times in Sierra Foothill League action, stranded six runners, four in […]

Golden Sierra conducting physical examinations for 2015-16 school year

GARDEN VALLEY — If you’re a current Golden Sierra High junior, sophomore or freshmen, or current eighth grader who will be a freshman for the 2015-16 school year, and planning to take part in the school’s athletic program for the 2015-16 school year, Thursday is your day. Sports physical exams at only $10 — cash […]

Softball: Bruins eliminated in Division III playoffs

SACRAMENTO — Three hits rarely win high school softball playoff games. In Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Ponderosa found that out against Cordova. The Lady Lancers needed only one inning for their run production to post a 3-1 win over Ponderosa (23-5) in the elimination game. The Bruins, the […]

47th Hangtown Classic: Tomac dominates 450 Class; Martin defends 250 title

450 Class (Moto Finish) Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1) Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2) Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (3-7) Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (8-3) Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (4-6) Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-8) Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (7-9) Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (5-12) Fredrik Noren, Sweden, […]

Trojans, Grizzly boys take first place

Sewell, Belluomini 3-time league champs Three El Dorado County high school track and field teams completed for their league championships last week with advancement to the postseason at stake. Two boy’s teams won titles while one school had two triple-event winners. In Division I action, Oak Ridge trekked to Del Oro with its varsity boys […]

Outside with Charlie: Placerville stage?

The 2015 version of the Amgen Tour of California has come and gone. The good news is that the start, in Lake Tahoe this year, came off without a weather-related hitch. The two stages that the pro women’s team pedaled in Tahoe were spectacular. One can only hope the Amgen will return to Tahoe in the near […]

Mefford breaks section records

LODI — Eight El Dorado County high school swimmers shined at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section finals at Tokay High’s pool. Leading the parade is Oak Ridge’s Bryce Mefford. The sophomore won the 100 backstroke at 48.07 seconds and the 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 37.31 seconds, both new section times according to the section’s Website. “He definitely […]

Trojans advance to semis after ‘Vintage’ win

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge faced off against Vintage Saturday afternoon at Sacramento City College, crushing the Crushers 7-2 in Division I playoff action courtesy of pitching from Connor Davis and a crucial four-run sixth inning. Davis gave up a solo home run in the first inning and another run in the third but his “keep the […]

Roundup: May 16, 2015

Baseball Section playoffs Oak Ridge 9, Davis 0 — Ryan Sullivan (seven strikeouts) and Nolan Boggini combined on a two-hitter anbd the Trojan offense erupted for 15 hits in last Thursday’s playoff opener at SCC. Logan Denholm (double) and Patrick Smith (two doubles) each had three hits and 3 RBIs while Beau Philip, Chris Roppolo and Jake […]

Bruins oust Vista

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Showing no visible effects of a long layoff, Ponderosa defeated visiting Vista del Lago 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18 Thursday in boy’s Division II second round section playoff action. The Bruins advanced to tomorrow’s semifinal against Placer. Ponderosa rolled through the Eagles in the opening set with smooth play from setter Taylor Charron […]

Murphy scores first career win

The fifth championship points race of the 50th Anniversary  racing season brought three repeat winners to victory lane at Placerville Speedway Saturday night and one local competitor to his first career victory. Placerville’s own Russell Murphy drove to victory in the Pure Stock division Saturday night for the first time in his racing career. Murphy […]

Ponderosa gets split

SACRAMENTO — Plays they couldn’t make and hits they didn’t get plagued the Ponderosa girls who lost Saturday’s Division III quarterfinal playoff game against East Union 7-1 at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The No. 2 Lady Lancers sprayed around a dozen hits including one that left the yard. Three of East Union’s first four hits […]