Cougars bring home the banners

Look for Division I, II and V results in Wednesday’s Democrat EL DORADO — El Dorado cemented its top standing in the Sierra Valley Conference with a sweep of all four divisions at last week’s rainy league championships at Union Mine. The Cougars had healthy winning margins for each over second-place Cordova. The D’backs took third except […]

Schedule: May 17-23, 2015

Monday, May 18 Softball Section playoffs D-III: PHS vs. Cordova, Sac. Softball Complex, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 Baseball Section playoffs D-I: OR vs. Granite Bay, Sac. City College, 7 p.m. Boys volleyball Section playoffs D-II: Placer @ PHS, 7 p.m. Softball Section playoffs D-III: Sac. Softball Complex, TBD Track and Field D IV/V: ED, […]

Lady D’backs shutout in playoff opener

STOCKTON — The third time was not the charm for Union Mine had hoped for in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff softball opener against Sierra at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. After losing back-to-back postseason openers the past two years, the No. 4 Lady Diamondbacks (17-6) had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning but […]

Cougars upset by Tigers

LODI — After two innings, El Dorado and Los Banos were knotted 2-2 in Thursday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener at Zupo Field. El Dorado, the No. 1 seed, and Los Banos, No. 8, seemed destined for a who-scores-the-final-run battle. Not to be as the Tigers netted a shocking 6-3 win over […]

Roundup: May 13, 2015

Softball Division VI playoffs Golden Sierra 0, Mariposa 17 — In a battle between Grizzlies Tuesday at Arnaiz Stadium, top-seeded Mariposa scored 11 runs in the first inning to cruise to the 5-inning mercy rule-shortened game. Golden Sierra finishes with an overall record of 9-8. Golf Masters Tournament The Reserve, Spanos Park Individual: Joe Fowler, […]

Third points race

Racing continues tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway with four divisions converging at the quarter-mile bullring for the third championship points race of the season. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks.The visiting Midget Lites will also be in action. In the Sprint Car division, […]

Mother Lode captures state title

SAN DIEGO — The Mother Lode Rugby Club JV squad won the California State Championship in San Diego last Saturday with a 10-6 victory over the Coastal Dragons from San Diego. The win capped an undefeated season which included wins over local powerhouses Jesuit and Granite Bay en route to a Northern California Championship, an […]

Cann, Hodges win VCGP classes

VIRGINIA CITY — The 44th Virginia City Grand Prix held the last weekend of April attracted over 750 riders, including many from El Dorado County. The 22-mile endurance race saw riders running for the most laps and racing against the clock. The Pro-Am riders raced on Saturday and the Novice riders on Sunday. Georgetown Divide, […]

Junior Tennis Clinic

The Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Tennis Clinic June 15-19 at El Dorado High School. The popular coed clinic for those aged 12-18 (7-12 grades in the fall), will be the club’s 29th. Hangtown Clinic Director Martha Downing and staff will oversee the week-long tennis clinic designed for beginners/low intermediates/high intermediates/advanced […]

On tap

Today/tomorrow 47th Hangtown Motocross Classic Prairie City State Recreation Park (Amateurs Friday/Pro races Saturday) Prep playoffs Baseball: OR, ED Softball: PHS, UM, OR Swimming: ED, PHS, UM, OR, GS Visit for updated brackets, locations and times.            

Ponderosa’s run ends in 2nd half

MANTECA — Ponderosa’s attempt for its third straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer playoff win looked promising as the halfway point of the second half of Wednesday’s semifinal match against No. 3 Manteca drew near. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, the host Buffaloes stampeded the Bruins’ goal to play for the section title — scoring three […]

Lady Bruins win playoff opener

Jerpbak tosses one-hitter SACRAMENTO — Ponderosa turned to its baserunning strength to defeat Laguna Creek 6-0 in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff opener at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Scoreless until the bottom of the second inning, Bruin McKenna Rickles walked, stole second and went to third on an overthrow — later scoring on Kaela Hangebrauck’s […]

Griz bumped by Vista

GARDEN VALLEY — The energy and effort was there, just not the size and talent for Golden Sierra which dropped its Division II section playoff opener in four sets to visiting Vista del Lago Tuesday. To the point, the Eagles were the better team despite a third-game setback to a Grizzly squad fighting to stay […]

Roundup: May 11, 2015

Baseball Division VI playoffs Golden Sierra 4, Delta 6 — In Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener in Clarksburg, the Grizzlies led 2-1 until the bottom of the third inning when Delta scored the tying and go-ahead runs. Golden Sierra (9-12) scored its last two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The Grizzlies stranded five […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen fever

The Amgen Tour of California has launched. The first Amgen was in February 2006, making this the 10th annual episode of this multi-stage pro cycling race. This year a three day women’s race started in Tahoe and finished in Sacramento on May 10th, the day the men’s race launched on its way to Southern California. […]

Smith sets baseball sights long-term

MVP Numbers Games 27 Average .598 Runs 39 Hits 55 RBIs 57 Doubles 15 Home runs 14 College career awaits the SVC MVP Matt Smith’s plate is full … today, tomorrow and beyond. The El Dorado High senior has final exams, section baseball playoffs, graduation, the Optimist All Star game and summer ball just to […]

Hangtown Schedule

47th Hangtown Motocross Classic Prairie City State Recreation Park May 14-16 Ticket Information Thursday/Friday Children 5 years & under: Free Children 6-11 years: $10 12 years and older: $20. Saturday Children 5 years & under: Free Children 6-11 years: $20 12 years and older: $40. Schedule Thursday and Friday 7:00 a.m. — *Hangtown Amateur Days […]

Local teams ready for postseason

Two of the three El Dorado County high school baseball teams enter as top seeds in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that begin tomorrow. Oak Ridge, winners of an outright Sierra Foothill League title, is the Division I No. 1 seed with a 23-4 record. The Trojans join Vintage of Napa, Elk Grove and Jesuit in receiving […]

Next stop: Playoffs

Oak Ridge and Union Mine softball teams begin their Sac-Joaquin Section playoff runs tomorrow. Playing its first game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Oak Ridge (13-14) enters as the Division I’s No. 10 seed and play No. 7 River City (17-6) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the playoffs, taking […]

Trojans signed to LOIs

EL DORADO HILLS — Seven Trojan athletes, covering all the seasons, signed their Letter of Intent forms at a signing ceremony last month on the campus. Competing at the college level will be: Carolyn Almeida, golf, Lewis and Clark; Shelby Peters, basketball, US Merchant Marine Academy; Grace Derksen, basketball, Cal Lutheran; Madison Topping, lacrosse, Whittier […]

Jimmy Trulli, Tim Mack score 1st wins

The fourth Championship Points Race brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in the Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night. Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Sprint Car Division, celebrating the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned […]

Hangtown Classic returns this week

No race is like it in California. The 47th Annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic, the Crown Jewell of the Series, is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16, 2015, with the pros racing on Saturday. It‘s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the […]

Connor Rains signs pro contract

Former Ponderosa High football player Connor Rains has signed a professional free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, one of nine undrafted players the team agreed to terms with. A two-year starting offensive lineman for Wyoming after arriving as part of the Cowboys’ 2012 recruiting class, Rains is one of three […]

Under the scoreboard: May 10, 2015

Former Golden Sierra All Metro MVP pitcher Tyler Waldron will be at Raley Field in West Sacramento May 21-24 when his team, the Memphis Redbirds, are in town to face the Sacramento River Cats in a 4-game series. Memphis is the Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. *** Four Oak Ridge Lady Trojan […]

Roundup: May 10, 2015

Girls soccer Division VI playoffs Golden Sierra 1, Millennium 3 — The Grizzlies and Falcons were tied 1-1 at halftime in Thursday’s first round playoff game in Tracy. But Millennium scored two goals in the second half for the win. Golden Sierra finished its season at 10-11-2. Tennis Section playoffs Division IV Union Mine 2, Forest […]

Schedule: May 10-16, 2015

Monday, May 11 Baseball Section playoffs D-VI: GS @ Delta, 4 p.m. Boys golf Section playoffs OR, Joe Fowler @ Masters, The Reserve, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 Boys volleyball Section playoffs D-II: Vista del Lago @ GS, 7 p.m. Softball Section playoffs D-III: Laguna Creek vs. PHS, Sac. Softball Complex, 6 p.m. Track […]

Ponderosa girls advance to final four

FOLSOM — Abbie Jones scored the winning goal for Ponderosa, which defeated Vista del Lago, 2-1, in overtime in last Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer quarterfinal game. This was the second consecutive road victory for the No. 10 Lady Bruins (10-6-5), who beat Cordova in the first round last Tuesday. Ponderosa advances to the semifinals Wednesday, […]

Diamond teams ready for playoffs

One El Dorado County high school baseball and two softball teams get the postseason underway the first part of the week, all on the road. Today, Golden Sierra (9-11) baseball enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs as the Sierra Delta League’s No. 3 seed and the division’s No. 9 seed. In an outbracket game, […]

Cougar spikers sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado and Union Mine’s intra-county Sierra Valley Conference matchup Wednesday ended the regular reason with the Cougars sweeping 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 – the scores made close by the D’backs’ late push in each set. The Cougars rode the talents of senior Elijah Magat whose dominate hitting keyed El Dorado’s offense. Aside […]

Century routes info box

The Motherlode Century Bike Ride Saturday, May 9, 2015 Estimated travel times Hwy. 49, Lotus to Cool, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Hwy. 193, Cool to Greenwood Rd., 7-10 a.m. Greenwood Rd., from Hwy. 193 to Marshall Rd., 7:45-10:30 a.m. Garden Valley Rd. and Hwy. 193, Garden Valley to Rock Creek Rd., 8:15-11 a.m. Rock Creek Rd. from […]

Cougars dual meet champs

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s varsity teams completed their undefeated Dual Meet Sierra Valley Conference season after twin wins at Union Mine to emerge undisputed league champions. The Lady Cougars won their head-to-head with the Diamondbacks 110-26 while the El Dorado boys prevailed against their counterparts 105-31. The Cougars varsity boys are undefeated in dual […]

Roundup: Matt Smith’s home run cements SVC title

Golf Division I North Tournament 18 holes at Catta Verdara, par 71 Team: 1-Granite Bay, 361; 2-Oak Ridge 371; 3-Folsom, 374; 4-Jesuit, 378; 5-Davis, 381; 6-Vacaville, 388; 7-Pleasant Grove, 424; 8-Napa. 439 OR scores: Quinn Carlsen, 69; Dylan VanderVeer, 73; Tyler Gunderson, 74; Connor Gaymon, 75; Adam Agustin 80; Austin Long, 81. Oak Ridge advances […]

Speedway: DeCaires new sprint division leader entering Saturday’s race

Tomorrow the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th anniversary Championship Series. Four divisions are expected to pack the evening roster at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Saturday’s event will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf […]

Athletic Physical Nights next week

El Dorado, Union Mine and Ponderosa hold their Sports Physical Night, valid for the 2015-16 school year, next Tuesday at Marshal Primary Care Center, 1095 Marshall Way in Placerville. Cost is $10. Students with last names G-P are at 5:30 p.m.; Q-Z at 6 and A-F at 6:30. Arrivals after 6:30 cannot be accommodated. Make […]

On tap

Today Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser for long-time Ponderosa football coach Chic Bist, who is fighting pancreatic cancer. At Ponderosa High’s cafeteria in the time slots of 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Spaghetti — both meat and vegetarian — plus salad, garlic bread and dessert. Raffle items and/also T-shirts and bracelets will also be available to purchase. The […]

Lady Grizzlies roar into playoffs

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Within 24 hours, the Golden Sierra and San Juan softball teams combined to score 48 runs in their two Sierra Delta League contests — one third by the Grizzlies Wednesday in their 16-7 win over the host Spartans to determine third place and the league’s last playoff slot. That formula has worked for […]

Lady Trojans drop league finale

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge had eight hits but Del Oro posted a 10-3 Sierra Foothill League softball win Tuesday on the Trojans’ Senior Day. The Lady Trojans (6-6 in the SFL, 13-14) came into the game already clinched one of the league’s five playoff berths. The Golden Eagles (9-3 in the SFL, 16-9) scored their first run […]

Girls soccer: Bruins dethrone Lancers

RANCHO CORDOVA — Two Ponderosa girls soccer players led the way in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III first-round 7-1 playoff win at Cordova. The victory sent the No. 10 seed Lady Bruins (9-6-5) to yesterday’s second round at Vista del Lago. Abbie Jones and Jadah Suarez scored two goals each for the Bruins. Suarez scored her first […]

Union Mine bows out to lower seed

EL DORADO — Natomas High’s brute strength and sheer physicality won out in the end in the Nighthawks’ Division IV section playoff matchup with host Union Mine Tuesday. Though it looked promising early for the No. 6 seed Lady Diamondbacks, they lost their lead and eventually the 2-1 game to the No. 11 Nighthawks. Needed […]

D’backs win last game

EL DORADO — Behind the complete-game pitching of Andrew Vaughn, Union Mine ended it season on a high note with Tuesday’s 6-2 win over visiting Cordova. The D’backs finished 8-13 overall and 5-10 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Prior to the game, Union Mine honored seniors Nate Brown and Colton Lamson. Both seniors started. Brown […]

Sports Scene: May 5, 2015

REMEMBERING BERTE REYNOLDS A memorial golf tournament in homor of the late Berte Reynolds will be held May 9 at the Camino Heights Golf Course, with all proceeds to benefit the El Dorado High School girls basketball team. The tournament fee is $60 per person or $300 per five-person team. To register for the tournament […]

Outside with Charlie: Wildflowers?

Every year there is a guessing game that happens in late spring. It’s called “When will the wildflowers bloom in the Sierra?” Most of the time the answer spans a period of time from mid-June to July, depending on the snows of winter. A recent tid bit from Tahoe seemed to indicate that the start […]

Three from area win Lacky awards

Book, Neves, Spencer LODI — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced $33,800 in scholarships were awarded to 48 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Among the athletes awarded $600 were Oak Ridge’s Nolan Book, El Dorado’s Dane Neves and […]

Roundup: Laut, Jetter set records; Bruins boys swim/dive league champs

Track and Field Sacramento Meet of Champions American River College Boys — 100: 6-Brandon Jetter, OR, 10.88; 2-Chibuikem Ohanele, OR, 10.98. 200: 17-Ohanele, OR, 23.53. 400: 7-Bret McNamee, OR, 50.12. 330h: 15-Griffin Prather, OR, 41.69. 800: 11-Shane Marshall, PHS, 2:00.28. 4x100L 11-OR (Prather, Ohanele, Christian Wootton, Jetter), 43.67. 4×400: 3-PHS (Mitchell Massera, Patrick Hickey, Jordan […]

Cougars’ Neves SVC champ

FOLSOM — El Dorado’s Dane Neves won last week’s Super Singles title at the Sierra Valley Conference championships at Broadstone Racquet Club. Neves’ 7-5, 6-0 victory over a Cordova opponent qualified the Cougar senior to the section individual tournament, beginning today, at the Oak Park Tennis Courts in Stockton. Joining Neves are teammates Daphne Green […]