Gregg drives to 20th career victory

For the first half of the 50th anniversary Red Hawk Casino championship season, Placerville’s Andy Gregg had his 20th career win on his racing bucket list that he picked up Saturday night in the Placerville Posse Challenge at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. After he suffered his share of shortfalls week […]

Schedule: June 29 – July 5, 2015

Monday, June 29 Baseball Little League All Stars 9/10s @ McFarland Park, Folsom Ponderosa vs. Hangtown-Folsom American winner, 5 p.m. 10/11s @ Mahany Park, Roseville Divide vs. EDH/Folsom American winner, 5 p.m. Juniors @ Mahany Park, Roseville Hangtown/Snowline-Lakeside winner vs. Cosumnes River, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 Baseball Little League All Stars Juniors @ Mahany […]

Helm has strong finish at Australian Ironman

Daniel Helm Editor’s note: Former Dry Diggins Dolphins’ swim coach Daniel Helm, a 1982 El Dorado High graduate, returned to compete in his first Ironman event in 10 years in the country where he entered his very first triathlon. The following, in his words, is a first-hand account of what he experienced. This is part […]

Grizzlies’ Webb SDL volleyball MVP

GARDEN VALLEY — After a hand in helping his team to the league title, Golden Sierra’s Joe Webb was named the Sierra Delta League MVP award for the boys spring volleyball season. A three-sport athlete, the recent varsity volleyball season was Webb’s’ second. He’s also played two season’s of varsity soccer and more recently competed at the […]

Naturals take U18 tourney title

TURLOCK — Behind flawless defense and big bats last weekend, the El Dorado Hills Naturals won the USSSA U18 June Jamboree Baseball Tournament in Turlock. The tournament featured elite 18U teams from San Jose , Roseville/Rocklin and the Central Valley. The Naturals outscored their opponents 22-2 with pitchers R.J. Routon, C.J. Pallari and John Cross […]

Sports Scene: June 25, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Rockball Basketball Clinic (grades 1-8) This newly offered clinic provides the framework for new and experienced players to learn or build on existing skills and help elevate their game to the next level. Fun drills will teach basics as well as advanced skills sets are taught in small groups to […]

Sheer determination carried Miki Sparks to finish

Miki Sparks competed in the Women’s Division of the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races last Sunday at the El Dorado County Fair. From the start, the 28 year-old Placerville resident and other contestants competed with their bags of sand (ore) and wheelbarrows — navigating through hills, fallen trees trestle, railroad ties, log […]

Taz torpedo Loomis, stay undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — The Loomis Basin Dolphins were no match for the Tasmanian Devils swim team Saturday at the El Dorado Hills Community District Swimming Pool. After their 614-175 victory, the Taz are 4-0 on the regular season, positioned on top of the Suburban Swim League standings. Throughout the week, Taz coaches instructed athletes […]

Dolphin swim nets Blue Marlins

EL DORADO — Winning 49 of 84 events last Saturday, nearly all the relays, the host Dry Diggins Dolphins cruised past the Cordova Blue Marlins by an overall score of 1650.5-1237.5 at the Aquatic Center pool. The Dolphin girls out pointed their counterparts 866.5-623.5, winning 19 individual races and nine relays. The boys prevailed 784-614 […]

Racing back on track tomorrow

With the break for the El Dorado County Fair now in the history books, Placerville Speedway roars back into action tomorrow night with a big night of racing. Not only is it a battle for the season titles, it’s a ‘duel’ night of competition as the event is also the second leg of the high […]

Roundup: June 25, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High School 6, Fairfield TC 5 — The Cougars made three runs in the third inning and another three in the sixth hold up to take Tuesday’s first game at Laurel Creek Park in Fairfield. The host team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, forcing El Dorado High […]

Outside with Charlie: Happy trails

Summer is here. As county residents are headed into prime hiking time, it’s time to review what to take when you head out for a day hike in the forest. After you have figured out where you will be hiking, get a map that clearly shows the trail or trails that you’ll be on. It […]

Sharks dart past Sea Otters

FOLSOM — For the second consecutive weekend, the Sierra Sharks recreational swim team notched another Suburban Swim League victory. In Saturday’s meet against the the Folsom Sea Otters, the Sharks took a bite with a 533-232 win. Sierra won 17 of the 20 relay races that led to a 2-2 mark in the SSL. Top […]

Star-studded lineup back at Edgewood

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (Calif./Nev.) – Multi-talented actor and musical artist Justin Timberlake is the latest superstar athlete/entertainer slated to participate in next month’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe. The 26th annual American Century Championship is set for July 17-19. The 54-hole event, televised nationally by […]

Snyder wheels her way to repeat

Makenzie Snyder and Grant Krale each had exactly one thousand reasons to smile Sunday evening after the 71st running of the John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair Grandstands. Synder, a Coloma resident and former Ponderosa High/Chico State volleyball star, defended her title by leading from start-to-finish — toting 45.20 pounds of ore. […]

Fair favorite Mutton Bustin’ delights the crowd

Fair goers converged at the grandstands Friday for the annual Mutton Bustin’ contest featuring the Lil Busters and Busters age divisions. A total of 41 youngsters participated, both girls and boys, to see who could stay up the longest. The first three players for the Busters category were: Charlie Lemos, age 6, Placerville; 2-Dillon Gygax, […]

Del Paso CC hosts 36th US Senior Open

SACRAMENTO — Del Paso Country Club is the site for this week’s 36th US Senior Open, starting today through June 28. The week begins with practice rounds today, tomorrow and Wednesday, offering spectators the opportunity to watch the world’s best senior golfers practice their skills. Upon entering the main gate, spectators are encouraged to review […]

Schedule: June 22-27, 2015

Monday, June 22 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam, Chico ED Post 119 vs. Chico Suns Red, Doryland Field, 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 Baseball EDHS @ Fairfield, 4 p.m. (2) Father’s Day Summer Slam, Chico ED Post 119 vs. Westside Braves, Doryland Field, 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam, Chico ED […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 20, 2015

Jerrod Bravo and Cal State Fullerton’s time at the recent College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. was brief as the Titans dropped their first two games of the double-elimination bracket play. Bravo, a 2011 Ponderosa graduate whose big 2-run single at the Super Regional finals against Louisville helped Fullerton advance, ended […]

El Dorado High splits with Bluejacks

Rory Patterson’s two-out, seventh-inning pop fly fell into no man’s land Saturday, scoring Alex Pereria with the winning run as El Dorado High School rallied to edge visiting South Lake Tahoe 4-3. The victory gave the Cougars a split of their doubleheader. In the first game, the Bluejacks rode two big innings to a 19-8 […]

Heinz-sight: Dubs did it

Candlestick Park, third base line, day game. My answer to the question ‘do you know where you were the last time the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship?’ Fast-forward 40 years, the answer becomes less exciting: home, living room couch, next to the pooch. Forty years between titles is a long wait. For some […]

Bruins hire new baseball coach

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ben Peterson was named the new Ponderosa High baseball head coach. In addition to his diamond duties, Peterson will also be teaching mathematics on campus. He takes over the baseball program for Robert Taylor, who coached the Bruins’ team for the last two seasons. Peterson’s coaching experience includes assisting with recruiting for William […]

On tap

Today  Mutton Bustin El Dorado County Fair Grandstands, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 Baseball South Lake Tahoe @ EDHS, noon, (2) Father’s Day Summer Slam ED Post 119 vs. Grass Valley Miners, Chico High, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam ED Post 119 vs. Reno Rebels, Chico High, 4:30 p.m. Wheelbarrow […]

Roundup: June 18, 2015

Baseball Tournament of Champions Juniors El Dorado Hills 6, Woodcreek 10 Ponderosa 17, Cosumnes River 23 Majors El Dorado Hills ‘A’ 3, Folsom National ‘B’ 6 Ponderosa ‘B’ 1, Folsom National ‘A’ 6  

Cougars blitz Bear River

El Dorado High School put together 19 hits Wednesday, capping the game with an eight-run inning, to overwhelm visiting Bear River 17-1 in a summer matchup under the lights. The Grass Valley squad ran into an offensive juggernaut, especially at the end. Just two of the Cougar hits went for extra bases, the rest singles. […]

Sharks fall to Park Terrace

CAMERON PARK — After winning its first dual meet two weeks ago, the Sierra Sharks couldn’t stay the course in last Saturday’s home meet against Park Terrace — falling to the Penguins 484.5-304.5 at the Cameron Park Community Center Pool. The Sharks, 1-2 in dual meets this season, had many high-point winners. Avery Pellicano (7-8) set […]

Mallory Velte wins Body Bar title

Former two-time California State Wrestling Champion Mallory Velte qualified last month for the UWW Junior World Championships after taking the gold medal at the Body Bar UWW Junior Nationals in Irving, Texas. Pitted in a best-of-three, winner-takes-the-title showdown with McKendree University’s Alexis Porter, the defending champion and 2014 Junior World Team member, the two took […]

Markham student this year’s hunting contest winner.

Paris Hokanson, a student at Markham, won the annual hunting contest that each year rewards one student for academic achievement. Hokanson is the youngest winner ever of the contest and its sixth girl in the seven years its been held. The prize is a four-night, three-day stay at the R & R Pheasant Hunting resort […]

Outside with Charlie: Gentler hikes

The weather is perfect for hiking. Up in the Crystal Basin you’ll find the paved trail at Union Valley is a gentle and very nice place to start. The key here is that it is a gently rolling trail with enough ups and downs to make your legs and lungs work without getting into a […]

Dolphins take it to Tiger Sharks

EL DORADO — The Dry Diggins Dolphins picked up their second straight win of the summer, defeating the Orangevale Tiger Sharks 1720.5-1229.50 last Saturday at the Aquatic Center on the Union Mine High campus. Both boys and girls Dolphin team prevailed: the girls winning 874.5-628.5 while the boys were victorious 846-601. Of the 62 individual […]

D’back sports packet reminder

EL DORADO — If you are interested in playing sports this coming fall at Union Mine High School, you will need to turn in a completed Athletic Packet before you can attend tryouts for fall sports on the first day of school, Monday, Aug.10. Tryouts for football, cross-country, boys soccer, girls golf and girls volleyball […]

Roundup: June 16, 2015

Baseball El Dorado Post 119 3, Auburn 7 — Host Post 84’s 6-run second inning held up to win last Sunday’s first game of a doubleheader. For Post 119, Eric Rodenberg had two hits including a double; James Schurtz tripled; and Alex Vargas hit a double. El Dorado Post 119 4, Auburn 13 — Post […]

Cougars roll past Post 119 Juniors

In an intra-county game Monday night, the El Dorado High School summer team scored early and often to record a 7-2 win over the El Dorado Jr. Legion Post 119 squad on the Cougars’ field. After Post 119 went down in order in the top of the first inning, El Dorado High (8-0) put on a hitting […]

Taz earn another victory

FOLSOM — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team holds a perfect 3-0 regular season record after Saturday’s 425-364 win over the Broadstone Barracudas at the Broadstone Raquet Club in Folsom. “We’ve practiced all week preparing to swim Taz today,” Barracuda coach/instructor Chris Kwon said. “Taz is so deep and such a strong team. […]

Jerrod Bravo goes after World Series title

OMAHA, Neb. — Jerrod Bravo is living the dream playing baseball for Cal State Fullerton at the College World Series, knows it and understands the moment. As a kid growing up in Cameron Park, Bravo recalled watching the Titans on TV, vocalized his desire to become a team member and then went out and made it […]

Roundup: June 14, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High School 11, Kennedy 0 — Hunter Susmill and Daniel Riedling combined for the three-hit shutout as the Cougars won Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader in South Sacramento. Susmill went the first five innings, yielding two hits while striking out four. Riedling pitched the last two and fanned two. The Cougars […]

Daring pass steals it for DeCaires

In the world of motor sports, racing enthusiasts and competitors alike often rate an event’s entertainment value by the number of entrants, focusing on “car count” more so than the quality of competition. Saturday night, a light car count gave race fans who endured the extreme heat one of the most exciting races of the […]

Under the Scoreboard: June 14, 2015

Three former area softball players completed their college softball seasons. Union Mine alumni Sarah Phillis enjoyed her second year at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., shining on defense with a .960 fielding percentage. She also batted .270, scored 31 times and drove in 24 runs. The Mavericks finished the season at 33-23, 28-11 […]

Schedule: June 15-20, 2015

Monday, June 15 Baseball ED Post 119 @ EDHS, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 Baseball Bear River @ EDHS, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 Baseball South Lake Tahoe @ EDHS, noon, (2) Chico Legion Tourney ED Post 119 vs Grass Valley, 4:30 p.m. Rec Swimming Cordova @ Dolphins Loomis Basin @ Taz Sharks @ Folsom […]

El Dorado turns back Folsom

An early lead set the tone for the El Dorado High School summer baseball team, which improved to 5-0 with a 5-2 win over Folsom in Thursday night’s home game. The Cougars led 3-1 after three innings. But visiting Folsom used five hits that included two doubles and three singles in the top of the […]

Foothill Gold 14U softball team playing well

CAMERON PARK — The Foothill Gold 14U fast-pitch softball team out of Cameron Park won an earlier tournament and were also, more recently, the runner-up in the Gold Bracket of a USSSA Tournament. The team is coached by Danny Vaqueiro and Steve Lee. The players, from both Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills are: Brooke […]

On tap

  Saturday, June 13 Speedway Championship Series Points Race Sunday, June 14 Baseball NCAA College World Series Jerrod Bravo/ CSU Fullerton vs Vanderbilt TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb., 5 p.m. ESPN2

Roundup: June10, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts June 9 Ace of the month: Heidi Caldwell, net 67 Overall low gross: Heidi Caldwell, 83 Overall low net: Cathie Dyer, net 69 1st flight net: Ellen Page, 70; Elaine Boggess, 71; Jerri Arens, 72 2nd flight net: Helen Glenn, 73; Cher Williams, 76; Karen McCaughern, 76 […]

Sports scene: June 12, 2015

Soccer camp The Oak Ridge Boys Soccer Summer Camp is Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16th at the Oak Ridge Stadium. Open to 8th, 9th and 10th graders (based upon 2015/16 enrollment). Camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost $150 per camper (includes Oak Ridge Soccer t-shirt). To register, visit

Final pre-fair fix for race fans

The action resumes tomorrow at Placerville Speedway with 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series racing. Three divisions form the evening roster once again at the quarter-mile bullring for the final night of racing prior to the week break to allow for the El Dorado County Fair. Saturday’s event features the 360 Winged Sprint Cars and […]