D’backs hold off Spartans

EL DORADO — A 10-1 burst out of the locker room to open the third quarter stretched a slim halftime lead Tuesday as Union Mine defeated visiting San Juan 71-59 in boy’s nonleague action. The Diamondbacks led by four after the first half but 14 after three quarters. Andrew Vaughn scored 10 of his 16 […]

Brozek twins looked alike, acted apart

They’re identical, yet different … similar, yet contrastive. Ten year-old sisters Riley and Reese Brozek, for all their genetic resemblance, do diverge at times. Take this past fall. The two El Dorado Hills, Silva Valley fifth-grade identical twins joined the Oak Ridge Junior Trojan football program, one as a cheerleader, the other in helmet and […]

Outside with Charlie: Tree time

We have a little over two weeks of autumn left. Winter will take over on December 22nd. Right now is prime Christmas tree time, all over the county. If you want to take your family out for a great and traditional experience, head to one of the Christmas tree farms in El Dorado County. From […]

Spring makes the jump to Brown University

SACRAMENTO – El Dorado Hills resident and St. Francis High senior Nicole Spring is very aptly named. Spring’s talents in track and field will take her to Ivy League school Brown University next year to compete for the Bears. “It is really exciting,” Spring said. “The coach is really good and I think I can really […]

Schedule: Dec. 7-12, 2015

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Boys basketball San Juan @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln @ ED, 7 p.m. Buckingham @ GS, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Inderkum, 7 p.m. OR @ Vacaville, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ GS, 4:30 p.m. OR @ Amador Valley Tourney Wednesday, Dec. 9 Girls basketball Amador @ GS, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling Antelope […]

Roundup: Dec. 6, 2015

Girls basketball Clovis East Tourney Oak Ridge 53, Clovis East 34 Oak Ridge 73, Orosi 41 Oak Ridge 47, Edison 42 Oak Ridge 49, Clovis West 65 Lady Viking Classic Golden Sierra 38, Mesa Verde 17 Golden Sierra 39, Victory Christian 28 Golden Sierra 18, Calaveras 56 Placer Tourney El Dorado 59, Granite Bay 49 […]

Bruins second at Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four Ponderosa High wrestlers shined Friday at the Ponderosa Duals inside the Bruins’ gym. Bruin senior Kyle Jennings (220 pounds), ranked fifth in the state, led the way for All-Tourney selection with a perfect 5-0 record. “His expectations are pretty high,” said Ponderosa head coach Tyson Escobar. “He wants to be section […]

Vista defeats Cougars 60-45

An early lead shrunk fast for the El Dorado High boys basketball team, which fell to Vista del Lago 60-45 in the consolation title game of the annual Gold Dust Tournament inside L.A. Brown Gym on Saturday. The host Cougars (1-3) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter behind baskets from Kyle Dobbs […]

O’Neill lifts D’backs past Roseville

Mikey O’Neill’s running floater through the lane in overtime put Union Mine ahead for good Friday and three-pointers by Austin Maranville, Bradley Brittain and Jay Cardoza sealed the deal as the D’backs outlasted Roseville 57-49 to advance to the title game. Both teams battled through regulation to a 43-all tie, neither scoring in the final 2:14. Union Mine’s […]

Union Mine takes second at Gold Dust

Union Mine’s attempt to grab the Gold Dust title in just its fourth game of the season fell short Saturday as Central Catholic took the first-place plaque after defeating the Diamondbacks 66-51 at El Dorado’s L.A. Brown Gymnasium. Toward the end, the Raiders pushed their lead to 20 in a start-to-finish effort that rarely dipped. For […]

Outside with Charlie: Work it off

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families, friends, and strangers to share great meals, create enduring memories, and simply enjoy being together. It’s also a time for tossing out any restraint when it comes to that Thanksgiving meal. Those extra helpings, all the way through the long weekend, not only bring satisfied smiles all around, […]

Golden Sierra wrestlers sees first live action

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s first mat action of the season happened Wednesday night in the Rod Hedlund Gym with a home double dual featuring Marysville, Lindhurst and Highlands. Unable to field a full lineup, the Grizzlies outpointed the Indians 24-12 in the contested matches but didn’t (12-27) against the Blazers. Golden Sierra went 6-7 […]

Roundup: Dec. 3, 2015

Boys basketball Ponderosa 67, Nevada Union 86 — Outscored in every quarter, the Bruins lost their first game of the season Wednesday on the road. Brennan Wheeler led Ponderosa with 23 points while Kenny Macklin added 17 points with five assists and two blocks. Austin Mencarini was next with 7 points. Girls basketball Golden Sierra 45, […]

Hangtown’s Chaz Smith helps U.S. repeat

Chaz Smith, of the Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs, powered the U.S. Women’s Saber Team to a successful defense of its title at the Veterans World Fencing Championships in Limoges, France. “It came down to the U.S. versus Germany — a repeat of last year’s championship. And I was once again the one who […]

El Dorado girls drop home opener to Colfax

A late 9-2 fourth-quarter Colfax run squashed El Dorado’s comeback hopes as the visiting Falcons upended the injury-depleted Cougars 53-41 in Tuesday’s nonleague girl’s game. The loss was El Dorado’s first of the season and spoiled the Cougars’ solid start. Colfax surged ahead with two free throws to end the first quarter and never trailed […]

Lady Bruins drop tourney opener

FOLSOM — In the first half of Wednesday’s opener of the Folsom/Vista Tip-Off, the Ponderosa High girls basketball team battled former Delta River League foe St. Francis before the Troubadours took command for a 70-52 win over the Bruins, who dropped into the loser’s bracket of the tournament that concludes today. Now playing in the […]

Ponderosa hoops shoot for big seasons

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa kicked off its 2015-16 season with a boys/girls varsity sweep of visiting Vista del Lago in Monday’s annual Foundation Games. After Mr. Loken provided some unusual sound bites during pregame introductions, the Lady Bruins rolled the Vista girls 56-40 before the boys pulled away from the Eagles 64-52. At the end of […]

Roundup: Dec. 1, 2015

Boys basketball Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games El Dorado 69, Florin 57 Oak Ridge 52, Christian Brothers 58 Girls basketball Foundation Games El Dorado 45, Argonaut 23 Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 10 Team Standings 1. Bowlin Baggs 26-14 2. Hillbilliettes 25-15 3. Sometimers 23-17 4. Pin Pals 23-17 5. […]

Trojans so close

ELK GROVE — Emotions flowed as members of the Oak Ridge High football team walked toward the north end zone after Friday’s 30-18 Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division-I semifinals loss to Elk Grove. Tears streamed and looks of disbelief and shock were apparent as the team huddled for more than 20 minutes. But one thing was more […]

El Dorado boys take 18th

FRESNO — Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Woodward Park closed the season for section qualifiers who took their season to the very end. Locally, the area saw one team and five individuals compete. Racing against the best-of-the-best, the El Dorado boys, led by Dalton Douglas Hilley, finished 18th in Division III. Oak Ridge sent two […]

Grizzly squads sweep Wildfires

GARDEN VALLEY — A three-point play toward the end of the fourth quarter paced the Golden Sierra High boys basketball team to a 54-51 win over Foresthill in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game at Ron Hedlund Gym. With 2:51 left in the game, the Grizzlies, who trailed 46-44, saw the momentum change when Allan Nicholson, one of […]

Cross Country: State Finals results

FRESNO — The 29th Annual California Interscholastic Federation Cross Country State Finals was held Saturday at Fresno’s Woodward Park. Twelve area runners competed in three divisions. Of that number, seven ran for the El Dorado boys in the Division III race. Below are times of the local runners. Division 3 boys 18-El Dorado, 473 57-Dalton […]

Oak Ridge out after semifinals loss

ELK GROVE — One field goal for the lead, plus a trip into the red zone and a three-point difference were the story lines for Oak Ridge in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinal game against Elk Grove at the Thundering Herd’s field Friday. The Trojans, the No. 3 seed, battled the No. 2 Herd but Elk Grove […]

Roundup: Nov. 29, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 9 Team Standings 1. Pin Pals 23-13 2. Sometimers 22-14 3. Bowlin Baggs 22-14 4. Hillbilliettes 22-14 5. Knotty Girls 19-17 6. Alley Oops! 15-21 7. Fun Gals 15-21 High games: 216 — Jeanne Valentine; 187 — Jeanene Santerelli; 181 — Terese Clusiau. Brunch […]

Schedule: Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2015

Monday, Nov. 30 Boys basketball Foundation Games Vista del Lago @ PHS, 8 p.m. Foresthill @ GS, 8 p.m. OR @ Christian Bros., 7:30 p.m. ED @ Florin, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Foundation Games Vista del Lago @ PHS, 6 p.m. Foresthill @ GS, 6 p.m. OR @ Christian Bros., 6 p.m. ED @ Argonaut, […]

Trojans sign LOIs

EL DORADO HILLS — Ten Oak Ridge athletes signed Letter of Intent forms at a recent on-campus signing ceremony to play collegate sports next year. Committing were: Patty Gill, Equestrian, Texas Christian University; Shelby Johnson, Rowing, University of Oklahoma; Delani Carlson, Lacrosse, Montevallo; Megan Priest, Volleyball, University of San Diego; Reagan Jacobs, Softball, University of […]

Fall 2015 All League

Sierra Foothill League Soccer Most Valuable Player Nico Carpignano, Oak Ridge Clayton Smith, Oak Ridge Julian Garcia, Oak Ridge Alec Hester, Oak Ridge Capital Valley Conference Soccer Christopher Rudfelt, Ponderosa Ian Pierce, Ponderosa Andoni Oaks, Ponderosa Ricardo Miranda, Ponderosa Volleyball Alex Boyle, Ponderosa Savanah Schroeder, Ponderosa Golf Jasmine Monas, Ponderosa Cora Nuttall, Ponderosa Football Clayton […]

Playing and winning for Nick Brown

High school and travel ball teammates of Nick Brown went to Reno, Nev. last weekend for a Thanksgiving baseball tournament, playing on behalf of Brown who is recovering from a severe brain injury he suffered playing football for Union Mine this fall. Named PFNB (Play For Nick Brown), the 11 players had the name ‘Brown’ […]

XC times

*El Dorado boys — Division III Personal records this season listed next to names Dalton Douglas-Hiley — 16 minutes, 21 seconds Jordan Reams — 16:12 Grayson Egbert — 16:50 Diego Bartolome — 17:17 Robert McGowan — 17:43 Ben Hicks — 18:01 Charlie Plamondon — 18:18 Oak Ridge girls — Division I Maddy Denner — 19:42 […]

Anticipated snow fall at resorts

Turkey with a side of winter was served thanks to Mother Nature as 1-2 feet of pre-Thanksgiving snow was expected at Tahoe South ski resorts earlier this week. Along with Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort anticipated opening more terrain for Thanksgiving weekend. According to NOAA, snow accumulation was expected through Wednesday night […]

Playoffs: It’s Oak Ridge-Elk Grove tonight

EL DORADO HILLS — Then there were four. Oak Ridge is one of four Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football teams that have the honors of playing the day after Thanksgiving when it plays at Elk Grove tonight. After hosting their first two playoff games, the Trojans (10-2), the No. 3 seed, take on the Thundering […]

Dalton Douglas-Hiley leads the pack

In his freshman year in the El Dorado High cross-country program three years ago, Dalton Douglas-Hiley vividly remembers the practices. One of the runs Douglas-Hiley and his Cougar teammates participated was running through Main Street in Placerville. At times, they were tempted to stop at local coffee shops or restaurants for water, the latest coffee craze […]

Lady Bruins moving forward

Nine Ponderosa High senior female student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to compete in collegiate athletics next school year. Those young women are Kersten Cohen, soccer, William Jessup University; Alex Boyle, volleyball, Chico State; Jacqueline Nisson, swimming, San Jose State; Saraya Smith, basketball, Fresno State; Annie Weiss, softball, Chico State; Danielle Craft, basketball, Weber […]

County residents earn state berths

El Dorado County resident Brett Lombardi, a junior at Capital Christian High of Sacramento, won the Sac-Joaquin Section boys varsity Division V title with a first-place time of 17 minutes, 6 seconds at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus earlier this month. Lombardi and the Cougars captured the D-V banner, which is the school’s […]

Outside with Charlie: Open trails

What a wonderful Thanksgiving treat! If you are an Alpine skier, you can hit the slopes over this long Thanksgiving weekend. Sierra-at-Tahoe opened last Friday. Thea Hardy, who handles public relations at Sierra, said that while it’s early season conditions and skiers and riders need to pay attention, the conditions on the open trails are simply […]

Nine Tahoe area resorts open for Thanksgiving

Lake Tahoe opening dates: Alpine Meadows – Open Boreal Mtn.– Open Diamond Peak – Dec. 3 Donnor Ski Ranch – TBA Granlibakken – Dec. 11 Heavenly Mtn. – Open Homewood – Dec. 11 Kirkwood Mtn. – Open Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe – Open Northstar – Open Squaw Valley – Open Sierra-at-Tahoe – Open Soda Springs […]

Markham student enjoys South Dakota trip

Markham seventh-grader Paris Hokanson, the youngest-ever winner of the annual academic hunting contest, cashed in on her trip to the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, South Dakota, the last week of September. “I was so excited when they called me and told me I had won … my brothers (Hunter, twin Stone) were jealous,” […]

Sports Scene

Youth wrestling The El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club is accepting new membership applications. Middle school and elementary school ages. All experience levels welcome. The location is 1230 Glenhaven Court, #300, El Dorado Hills, Business Park 3. Practices are Monday-Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for beginner and intermediate grapplers and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for experienced wrestlers. For […]

Pereira flexes to top California finish

On Mother’s Day five and a half years ago, Gabriela Pereira posed for a picture that led to mixed feelings. “I didn’t realize how much weighed I gained,” said Pereira, who noted she was 30 pounds over her actual weight. “I looked like a brick.” Then 38, Pereira, an El Dorado Hills resident, went proactive […]

Do you want to go skiing on Thanksgiving?

DONNER SUMMIT — Sugar Bowl Resort opened Saturday with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 1,500 vertical feet of terrain. The resort will be closed Monday through Wednesday but re-opens again for the Thanksgiving weekend Thursday through Sunday. Recent cold storms have dropped more than three feet of snow on Sugar Bowl, which has been supplemented by […]

Sports Scene: Nov. 23, 2015

Youth basketball league Come join the Cameron Park Community Services District for another great 2015 winter youth basketball season. This league will help develop and allow players to play basketball in an organized, fun, and safe atmosphere. Players in each division will learn, develop and improve basic and team oriented skills necessary to be successful […]

Schedule: Nov. 23-28, 2015

Thursday, Nov. 26 Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, Nov. 27 Football Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Elk Grove, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 Cross country OR, ED, GS @ State Championships, Woodward Park, Fresno 8 a.m.

NorCal Tournament loss ends Lady Trojans’ season

FOLSOM — Whether snake bit, unlucky or over-matched, Oak Ridge girls tennis will have to wait at least another year for its first-ever NorCal win. Hosting the 10-team tournament last weekend at the Broadstone Racquet Club, their third straight NorCal appearance, the Lady Trojans fell 5-2 to Saratoga in their first match Friday, ending their […]

Oak Ridge silences Wolfpack

EL DORADO HILLS — Home sweet home. The Oak Ridge High football team had only four home games during the regular season. But the Trojans have enjoyed the luxury of playing their first two Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff games at home that comes with earning the No. 3 seed, including Friday’s game against No. 6 […]

Roundup: Nov. 19, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Week 8 Team Standings  1. Knotty Girls 19-13 2. Pin Pals 19-13 3. Sometimers 18-14 4. Bowlin Baggs 18-14 5. Hillbilliettes 18-14 6. Alley Oops! 15-17 7. Fun Gals 15-17 High games: 194 — Bonnie Flint; 191 — Cheryl Haas; 180 — Paula Tillotson. Brunch […]