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Stelzmiller aims to enhance professional profile

Chelsea Stelzmiller is back. Today at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Stelzmiller is among 288 aspiring professionals aiming to raise their status and obtain a much-coveted LPGA (Ladies’ Professional Golfing Association) tour card — the gateway to bigger earnings. The home-grown product of Cold Springs Golf and Country Club is a rookie pro but just […]

Make that five wins for Jinkerson at speedway

For the second week in a row, Sean Becker captured the checkered flag at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, which netted him a $2,000 victory. Becker hopes his good fortune will carry into next weekend when the win will pay $10,000 for the Mark Forni Classic. The veteran driver was joined in victory lane by Randy McDaniel, who […]

EDHS Athletic Clearance reminder

El Dorado High students who are interested in playing a fall sport must turn in a completed Athletic Packet prior to tryouts on or before Monday, Aug. 10. Athletic Packets are available in the El Dorado High School front office and can be turned in for processing beginning Monday, Aug. 3 between 8 a.m. and […]

Taz second behind Park Terrace

ROCKLIN — Despite edging its rival in the Park Terrace Penguins by 13 points in a Suburban Swim League dual meet last month, the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian squads came up short in the league championships held at Sierra College last Saturday. Combined team scores the Taz took second place with 1,268 points behind the […]

Local players in national tournament

ROSEVILLE — This week’s 55-team 2015 ASA/USA 12u National Championship softball tournament that began Monday has several local players participating. Considered one of the five biggest fast-pitch softball tournaments in the nation, the National Championship brings together the best 12u softball players from the United States. The seven-day affair began with opening ceremonies at Woodcreek High […]

Storm warnings to continue

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sierra Valley Storm 12U all-star baseball team is down in Southern California for a third consecutive year to play in the West Zone Championship in Whitter, with a shot to advance to the PONY Bronco Division World Series. The Storm is hoping to weather the storm through competition from teams […]

Bonus winnings fuel tomorrow’s race

With August upon us, it’s not only the temperatures that are going to be hot this weekend as Placerville Speedway roars back into action this Saturday night with a big night of racing. The 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series returns to action in the battle for the season titles. It’s also a duel night […]

Le brothers tee off on world course

EL DORADO HILLS — Brothers Justin and Nicholas Le are in North Carolina this week for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and career-wise, they’re just getting started. Proud father Kevin Le chalked up their success to hard work. “We think about Tiger Woods,” he said. “If he could do it, so can Justin and […]

Sports scene: July 30, 2015

Fall Ball Signups Hangtown Little League — formerly known Gold Rush Little League — is offering an instructional season of fall ball to further develop and improve player’s skills in order to get them ready for the next division next spring. Fall ball is also meant for both boys and girls ages 8-13 who have […]

On tap

Saturday Swimming Sac Valley Meet of Champions Taz, Sharks, Dolphins @ Roseville Aquatics Complex, 9 a.m. Speedway Championship Points Racing Sunday Swimming Sac Valley Meet of Champions Taz, Sharks, Dolphins @ Roseville Aquatics Complex, 9 a.m. Editor’s note: The Democrat’s swim coverage earlier this week for the Sharks incorrectly identified their SSL Meet as the […]

Outside with Charlie: Going wild

Our area is either bordered by or very close to several national forests. The El Dorado, Tahoe, Stanislaus and Humbolt-Toiyabe are all within easy reach and there’s more to do and see out there than is possible to see in one lifetime. Taking off for a day hike in the forest is relatively easy. Most […]

Youth camp taught Cougar football

For a third consecutive year, the El Dorado Jr. Cougars Youth Football Camp was held at Harvey West Stadium last week. During the five-day camp, members of El Dorado High football head coach Joe Volek’s coaching staff from his two teams — varsity and junior varsity — and Cougar varsity players worked with their counterparts. According […]

Gill completes elite East Coast event

EL DORADO HILLS — Jim Gill lined up with other elite athletes from around the world last weekend for a great cause: the iconic Ironman Lake Placid — part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Team for Cures. The El Dorado Hills resident completed the Ironman with an official time of 12 hours, 6 minutes. […]

Sharks finish mid-pack at SSL Championships

ROCKLIN — The Sierra Sharks battled the entire Suburban Swim League at last weekend’s season-ending league championships at Sierra College, placing fifth with a combined score of 703. Team-wise, Sierra finished above those it defeated in the regular season: College Greens, Loomis Basin and Folsom — and below the programs the Sharks didn’t: El Dorado Hills, […]

Becker pays tribute after sprint win

Earlier in the week, Roseville’s Sean Becker planed on racing go karts Saturday night as he hadn’t secured a seat in a sprint car for the upcoming weekend. After a call from Woodland car owner Dan Monhoff, Becker’s last minute plan change paid off as the driver known as “The Shark” ended up in victory lane […]

Roundup: July 26, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies golf 18ers Club Championship July, 2015 Open division Champion: Patty Mitchell, 84, 79, 83 – 246 2nd low gross: Jerri Arens, 87, 87, 86 – 260 Low net: Cathie Dyer, 75, 70, 74 – 219 Senior division Champion: Karen Beckman, 87, 87, 83 – 257 1st low net: Liz Kane, 71, 68, […]

First and goal: Honor request

From 1990 to 2009, Junior Seau terrorized offensive linemen, running backs and quarterbacks in the National Football League. The former San Diego Charger, Miami Dolphin and New England Patriots’ inside linebacker played 268 games during his career, most with the Chargers (1990-2002), Seau recorded many sacks, tackles and interceptions. He also helped the Chargers’ in 1994 […]

Quintet tackles trio of marathons

As if one marathon wasn’t enough, three in one weekend is just what El Dorado Hills local Hassan Aboukhadijeh and his ultra marathon running friends Carina Kool, Youa Buchanan, Damin Estes and Betty McHugh tried recently. The Bear Lake Marathon Weekend is an event that a very brave few compete in each year — consisting […]

NorCal team wins national title

The Northern California Volleyball Club 17-1 Black team won the national division gold medal at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in New Orleans July 3. Four of the girls on the winning team attend Oak Ridge. Setter Elizabeth Cameron, 17, middle blocker Hailey Maniglia, 17, libero Megan Priest, 17, and outside hitter […]

El Dorado’s summer season comes to an end

Missed opportunities, mental lapses and physical errors was the unfortunate takeaway from El Dorado High’s 7-1 setback to visiting NBO Thursday evening. With Kennedy cancelling the weekend’s double-header, the loss ended El Dorado’s summer season. Overall, it went 23-5. “It was a good summer and the kids played well at times and poor at times. […]

Jr. Cougars huddle

Members of the El Dorado Jr. Cougars football teams huddle in Tuesday’s session of the annual Jr. Cougar Youth Football Camp. A story on the camp is scheduled to run next week. Photo by Jackie Penn

Youth backcountry camp for teens

Summit mountains, build leadership, challenge yourself STATELINE, Nev. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), and the City of South Lake Tahoe (CSLT) are partnering for a three-day program that introduces teens (ages 12-14) to a wildlife survivor’s state of mind. All eligible teens are invited to come unplug […]

Sports Scene: July 24, 2015

Placerville Rec and Parks 530-642-5232 Junior Lifeguard Camp If you want to become a lifeguard, you still have time at the Placerville Aquatic Center, located at 3071 Benham St. The fun team-building program teaches lifeguards to work together to save/protect lives every day. Participants will practices lifeguarding skills that include rescue procedures while in the […]

Sharks headed to SSL Championships

GRANITE BAY — Despite strong performances from their top swimmers, the Sierra Sharks squads lost their Suburban Swim League season finale to host Granite Bay 452-334 at the Gators’ pool last Saturday. Results split between the boys and girls. Sierra prevailed on the boy’s side 206-182 but its girls fell 262-125. Overall, the Sharks finish […]

DeCaires looks to continue momentum

Championship racing continues tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway with four divisions converging at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the 12th championship points race of the season. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all […]

El Dorado douses Folsom Flames

In its first of four home games to close out the season this week, the El Dorado High School summer baseball team made Tuesday’s game against the Folsom Flames one for the scrapbook. Tied entering the final inning, El Dorado, which was behind early in the game, rallied to post a 5-4 win over the Flames. […]

After SSL run, Taz Devils set sights on Champs

FOLSOM — Saturday’s swim meet produced a huge victory for the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils as they defeated the Folsom Sea Otters during the last dual meet of the Suburban Swim League season. The 668-121 final earned the Taz a number of honors, the least of which was first place in the SSL this […]

Outside with Charlie: Pitch a tent

Camping is a wide-ranging term. From your backyard with the kids, to multi-day stays at campgrounds, or several nights under the stars while backpacking, it’s just a pretty big word. It could be that your idea of camping involves a motor home or a travel trailer. Tents of all shapes and sizes are the staple […]

American Century Championship results

American Century Championship 2-15 Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Stateline, Nevada Purse: $600,00 1-Mark Mulder   82   $125,00 2-Eric Gagne   81   $60,000 3-Josh Scobee   79   $35,000 4-Mardy Fish   71   $25,000 5-Rick Rhoden   63   $20,000 6-Jack Wagner   61  $17,323 7-John Elway   59   Amateur 8-Vinny Del […]

Dolphins win 5th consecutive VFCAL title

CARMICHAEL — The 2015 summer season came to a fantastic end for the Dry Diggins Dolphins swim team, which captured the Valley Foothill Competitive Aquatic League at Rusch Park last Saturday. Combined team scores, the Dolphins finished with 1694.5 points. The Orangevale Tiger Sharks were within a bite of the Dolphins but finished second at […]

Sports Schedule: July 20-25

Monday, July 20 Golf Stelzmiller fundraiser Cold Springs G&CC, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 Baseball Folsom @ EDHS, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23 Baseball NBO @ EDHS, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24 Rec swimming Sharks, Taz @ SSL Champs Sierra College Saturday, July 25 Baseball Kennedy @ EDHS, 4 p.m., (2) Speedway Points Race No. […]

Hirst wins third straight KWS race

Chico’s Kyle Hirst has been the hottest driver as of late with the King of the West Sprint Car Series and continued that on Saturday by claiming his fourth overall win of the year at Placerville Speedway. The win for Hirst gave him a season sweep of the two Placerville Speedway KWS events and was […]

Sports scene: July 19, 2015

Golf fundraiser Cold Springs Golf and Country Club is the host for today’s fundraiser and golf tournament to help local standout Chelsea Stelzmiller with the cost to attend next month’s LPGA Qualifying School. Cost is $150 per person/$500 for a 4some. Includes golf, raffle and dinner. Stelzmiller will direct a clinic that starts at 12:30 […]

Back-to-back losses ends summer

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four hits came off the bats of four El Dorado Jr. Legion Post 119 players in Friday’s District 7 Tournament opener against Auburn Post 84 at Ponderosa High’s diamond. But Auburn, which entered the tourney as the No. 2 seed and El Dorado No. 3, had one hit more and posted a 2-0 […]

Local soccer clinic offered for free

Marco Sanchez has loved soccer since he can remember and almost always has a soccer ball handy to show off his juggling skills or practice some moves. Now he wants to share those skills with to his community. Sanchez will head up a free soccer clinic for children age five to 10 years at White […]

Roundup: July 20, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High School 4, South Lake Tahoe 1 — James Pizzuti’s complete-game three-hitter lifted EDHS in Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader sweep at South Shore. Pizzuti, who struck out four, received run support in the third and fifth innings. El Dorado High’s third-inning run came on Kent Schardt’s fielder’s choice that scored […]

Storms’ forecast good

The Sierra Valley Storm PONY baseball program, composed of players from El Dorado Hills and surrounding areas, is faring well this summer with all-star teams competing in the Mustang 9U, Bronco 11U and 12U divisions. The Storm 12s are in their fourth year together and continue to dominate, running through the North Sections and a […]

Fond memories for Williams

LODI — For the last 14 years, John Williams served as the Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner — a position he actively sought in 1999. “I was in the newspaper business and I wanted out,” said Williams, who worked as a sports writer, sports editor, managing editor and production manager for different newspapers for a combined […]

Terra Jerpbak takes talents to Yale

RESCUE — Terra Jerpbak’s graduation in May left a hole in the Ponderosa softball program maybe too big to fill. A four-year starter for the Lady Bruins, Jerpbak’s pitching and her bat will be sorely missed. To cap her senior season, Jerpbak was named an All-Metro First Team as a pitcher and separately, the Capital […]

Taekwondo sisters bring back gold

AUSTIN, Tex. — Three El Dorado Hills sisters, all El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Center students, struck gold on USA Taekwondo’s largest stage this past week in Austin, Texas at the USAT National Championships. Amongst 7,000 competitors overall, Aleena, Sharlene and Catarina Duong were among the contingency of more than 700 competitors from California to make […]

King of the West invades Placerville

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo leads a hot and heavy King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point battle into the always action-packed Placerville Speedway tomorrow night. The Bullring Nationals had been held in 2011 and ’12 as an ASCS-sanctioned event, with the winners being Wayne Johnson and Mason Moore. The event name is being revived […]

First and goal: Boys of summer

For the last two summers, Mike Frank has taken a group of El Dorado Hills pre-teenage boys into All Star battle. Last week that squad, now the El Dorado Hills 10/11 All Stars, played for the District 54 Tournament title against Woodcreek at Roseville’s Mahany Park. Members of the El Dorado Hills’ all star squad were: Cole […]

Outside with Charlie: Taxis & trails

A friend asked about the water taxi at Echo Lakes after reading the last Outside column. It’s operated by the Echo Lake Chalet, and runs on a demand basis throughout the day. The cost is $12, each way, and there has to be a minimum of 3 paying passengers for it to make the run […]

Taz one victory from perfection

GRANITE BAY — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team defeated the Granite Bay Gators, 477-312, last Saturday at the Granite Bay High School pool. Saturday’s victory gives the Devils a 6-0 record — one win from obtaining a perfect record on the regular season. After the Taz in the Suburban Swim League, the Park […]

Sharks put the bite to Loomis Basin

CAMERON PARK — In its second-to-last home meet of the season, the Sierra Sharks recreational swim teams dominated the visiting Loomis Basin Dolphins 548-227 in last Saturday’s meet at the Cameron Park Community pool. Broken down by divisions, the Lady Sharks swam laps around the Lady Dolphins, 275-112. For the boys, Sierra also dominated by a 266-111 […]

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