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Deer Creek Hills site for Mountain Bike Demo Day

Ride some hot new mountain bikes, check out some sweet, local trails and wash it all down with an ice-cold, local brew at the Deer Creek Hills Mountain Bike Demo Day, scheduled for tomorrow at the Deer Creek Hills Preserve near Rancho Murieta, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day of fun is co-sponsored by […]

Bruins push above .500

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa improved to 3-2 in Capital Valley Conference play with Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Oakmont. The Lady Bruins won 4-of-6 singles matches and No. 1 and 2 doubles in defeating the Viking girls. “Our team is playing really well and each player is getting better week by week,” Ponderosa coach Don […]

Union Mine avoids fifth set

EL DORADO — Play with fire, get burned. Ask Union Mine whose easing up Tuesday made its match with Casa Roble closer than expected. As it turned out, the Lady Diamondbacks were just singed in their 25-9, 23-25, 25-13, 31-29 non-league victory at the Snake Pit. On cue, the 1-14 Rams closed in on Union […]

Holy Trinity hosts XC meet

EL DORADO HILLS — Holy Trinity School (HTS) hosted one of the first cross country meets of the season for the El Dorado County cross country league last Wednesday — bringing together a record-breaking number of students  in the spirit of friendly competition. In all, eleven elementary schools from El Dorado County participated: Blue Oak, […]

Fast start carries El Dorado boys

EL DORADO — Opening Metro Conference action with two losses, the El Dorado High boys water polo team found the win column after its 18-8 victory over Rosemont at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center on Wednesday. Behind the scoring of Jarrod Tart, the Cougars jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first period. Tart scored […]

Lady Cougars showing improvement

EL DORADO — Although it won its Metro Conference contest by forfeit, the El Dorado High girls water polo team focused on areas of improvement in its scrimmage against Rosemont at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center on Wednesday. The Lady Cougars (2-1 in conference), who posted an official 5-0 victory when the Lady Wolverines fielded only five players — six […]

League openers tonight

Three of the four El Dorado County high school football teams begin league action tonight. Ponderosa host Antelope; Oak Ridge travels to Woodcreek and Golden Sierra treks to San Juan. The nonleague game is Union Mine playing at Lincoln. Antelope at Ponderosa A new chapter begins tonight in Capital Valley Conference action for Ponderosa coach Jason […]

Roundup: Sept. 21, 2015

Cross country Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational Varsity Union Mine girls — 15-Allison Babbage, 21:06; 22-Michaela Yack, 21:35; 32-Becky Glaister, 22:24; 56-Breanna Winter, 22:59; 77-Isabella Ancona, 24:05; 86-Katherine Morgan, 24:31; 129-Caitlyn Keane, 27:15. Union Mine boys — 38-Brett Burink, 18:26; 97-Dan Warden, 23:32. Golden Sierra boys  — 109-Thomas Christner, 20:13; 170-Tristan Rollins, 21:43; 180-Chris Lopez-Pugh, 22:08; 185-Allan Nicholson, 22:28; 201-Josiah Wells 23:40; 222-Casey Mitchell, 26:29. Golf Oak Ridge […]

Outside with Charlie: Aspiring aspens

Autumn is just around the next bend. August 23 was the Autumnal Equinox, one of two days in the year when daylight and night time hours are equal. After that, daylight hours steadily decrease and there is a general cooling down as well. This is also the time of year when colorful aspens blanket areas […]

Cougars get by Placer

Turns out Serena Franz thrives on pressure. Performing in front of a college program on hand to watch her, Franz put on a show Monday to lead host El Dorado past Placer 25-15, 17-25, 25-17, 25-11. Franz’ play stood out and so did her teammates for a good all-around night for the Lady Cougars. “That was […]

Ponderosa boys blank Del Campo

Bruins undefeated in conference SHINGLE SPRINGS — Three Ponderosa High boys soccer players led the way in Monday afternoon’s 3-0 Capital Valley Conference win over Del Campo at Bob Bist Soccer Field. Keeping the flow of the offense near the Cougars’ net throughout most of the first half, the Bruins (3-0-1 in the CVC, 5-1-3) had six […]

Oak Ridge drops shootout

SPARKS, Nev. — Shaking off a fourth-quarter deficit, host Reed High rallied past Oak Ridge 54-42 Friday night on the strength of Michael Penn’s five rushing touchdowns. The Raiders’ win came despite a stellar performance by Trojan quarterback Ian Book and his receivers. The two teams met last year with Reed also posting a 12-point […]

Organ win cash, DeCaires the title

When the checkered flag waved at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, two celebrations broke out simultaneously on the front stretch of the speedway. Napa driver Kurt Organ, climbed from his sprint car in jubilant fashion where he was greeted by Placerville race supporter Ron Thompson and awarded the cash bonus for the 12th Annual Tribute to Al […]

Schedule: Sept. 21-26, 2015

Monday, Sept. 21 Soccer Del Campo @ PHS, 3:30 p.m. GS @ Rio Vista, 4 p.m. Volleyball Placer @ ED, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 Golf OR @ Folsom, Empire Ranch, 3:50 p.m. Roseville @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:15 p.m. Galt @ ED, Cold Springs CC, 3:30 p.m. UM @ Rosemont, Cordova GC, 3:30 p.m. Tennis […]

Bruins fall to Woodcreek

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High football coach Jason Tenner took stock of the Bruins’ locker room at halftime of Friday’s KCRA Game of the Week against undefeated Woodcreek and didn’t like what he saw. Though the local faithful filled Simon-Bruin Stadium to capacity, the Bruins did little but deflate the festive atmosphere. “I saw defeat looking at […]

D’backs edged by Redskins

SAN ANDREAS — Union Mine came up short to Calaveras, losing a 28-21 non-league football road game Friday. The visiting Diamondbacks (2-2) scored in the second, third and fourth quarters. Union Mine quarterback Brody Pearman scored the first one on a 13-yard run. The host Redskins, who crossed the plane in the first and second […]

Fast start ensures El Dorado victory

Behind a devastating rushing attack led by Steven Fox’s career-high 299 yards and an equally impressive aerial display, El Dorado, on the strength of a school-record 624 yards, whipped visiting Mesa Verde 71-33 Friday. Just one minute in, the Cougars found the end zone on Carter Meyers’ 51-yard scoring run and by the end of […]

Grizzlies ground out win

GARDEN VALLEY — One was a solid number in the second and third quarters for Golden Sierra, which posted a 31-28 win over Colfax in Friday’s non-league football game. Ending the second quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Anderson to tight end Nick White with one second left before halftime to lead 17-14, […]

Roundup: Sept 16, 2015

Golf Union Mine 266, El Dorado 308 — 9 holes at Cold Springs CC, par 36. UM scores: Medalist Jayklynn Burns, 48; Cassie Gutenberger, 52; Anna Salvestrin, 54; Claire Gregory, 56; Cordaelia Farrell, 56; Candace Wallace, 70. ED scores: Hannah Morgan, 56; Abbie Morgan, 61; Lauren Lewis, 61; Natalie Van Leeuwen, 63; Lindsey Kopping, 67; […]

Celebrate National Gymnastics Day

DIAMOND SPRINGS — To celebrate National Gymnastics Day tomorrow, All Star Gymnastics and Cheer, located in Diamond Springs, will host a variety of activities at its facility from 9-10:30 a.m. Gymnasts, families, friends and enthusiasts are invited to gymnastic clubs to participate in a range of activities including cartwheel-a-thons, open houses, fitness activities and fun […]

Speedway: Al Hinds Tribute closes race season

Race car show, barbecue, high winnings for 121h annual event  Race fans gear up for one of the biggest nights of open-wheel racing in the foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage to a legacy in local racing — tomorrow’s 12th annual Tribute to Al Hinds as an exciting season officially comes to an end. In […]

Water polo: Trojans fall in league opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In the first half Tuesday, the Oak Ridge High girls water polo team battled Granite Bay for every possession on offense. But the Lady Trojans’ first home league match of the Sierra Foothill league season was spoiled by the Grizzlies, who posted an 11-3 victory at the El Dorado Hills’ CSD […]

Football: Cougars back home

Three of the five county high school football teams play at home tonight. El Dorado hosts Mesa Verde; Ponderosa entertains Woodcreek and Golden Sierra tackles Colfax. Oak Ridge goes to Nevada to play Reed of Sparks and Union Mine travels to Calaveras. Mesa Verde at El Dorado The Cougars (2-1) get in front of their home fans […]

Oak Ridge harriers compete at SFL meet

FOLSOM — Five members of the Oak Ridge High boys and girls cross-country teams finished in the top 20 in Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League’s first race of the season at the Willow Hills Reservoir on the Folsom High campus. Taking sixth place for the Trojan boys was Drew Spencer, only a sophomore, finished with a […]

Volleyball: Bruins sweep Antelope

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa defeated Antelope in work-like fashion Tuesday, upending the visiting Titans 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 to open the Capital Valley Conference season. Fresh off their Silver Bracket title at last weekend’s Chris Craft Tournament, the Lady Bruins weren’t challenged in their first league match. “We had control most of the time tonight, worked […]

Traversing the Trans-America trail

Editor’s note: Thru-hiker, race-walker and now distance-biker Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin Normin, tackled the Eugene, Oregon, to Missoula, Montana stage of Trans-America Bicycle Trail last spring. Below in part II, Stoldt offers up descriptive details of life on the trail. I found Oregon and both Idaho and Montana to be very cyclist friendly. The larger […]

Outside with Charlie: Alternatives

The Butte Fire wreaking havoc on our neighbors in Amador and Calaveras Counties is devastating. Hopefully the fire will be more contained as the week progresses, and everyone will stay safe. The smoke that’s generated has made things in El Dorado County very hazy and varies in intensity throughout the day — from a slight […]

Napear thrilled about arena, season

EL DORADO HILLS — Christmas will be here in three months but one present El Dorado County resident Grant Napear and Sacramento Kings fans can enjoy for many years is currently being built in downtown Sacramento. Over the summer, Napear, an El Dorado Hills resident who calls all of the Kings’ TV games, had a […]

Primal Quest race is a big success

Eleven Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race teams returned to their luxuries at home: showers, fresh sheets and endless supplies of hot and cold food — well-deserved after trekking unsupported nine days through the beautiful and epic landscape of El Dorado County including the Tahoe Basin, El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests and the historic city […]

Roundup: Sept. 13, 2015

Golf El Dorado 294, Cordova 357 — 9 holes at Cold Springs, par 36. ED scores: Natalie Van Leeuwen, 52; Lauren Lewis, 56; Hannah Morgan, 59; Lindsey Kopping, 60; Abbie Morgan, 67; Haley Warneke, 72. Oak Ridge 202, Rocklin 221 — 9 holes at Whitney Oaks, par 35. Trojan low score: Courtney Clark, 39. Cold […]

El Dorado bounces back against Rio

FAIR OAKS — Firing on all cylinders Friday night at Del Campo High, El Dorado dismantled Rio Americano High 50-13 in non-conference preseason action. Looking to right the ship after losing 59-20 to Lincoln, El Dorado came out with discipline, intensity and a rate of play that paralyzed/punished the Raiders. Cougar quarterback Aaron Golmitz was near-perfect, distributing an […]

Gold for Trojans, Silver for Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Jenna Miller’s kill on Elizabeth Cameron’s set ended the day-long Chris Craft Tournament Saturday with host Oak Ridge as champs of the Gold Bracket after its tense 25-18, 17-25, 15-12 win over Vista del Lago. The Trojans made the finals with a competitive 26-24, 25-16 victory over Granite Bay, setting the […]

Big plays lead Oak Ridge

SACRAMENTO — Four touchdowns in the second quarter led Oak Ridge to a 56-28 win over host Burbank in Friday’s non-league football game. Trailing 14-7 late in the first quarter, Luke Goins’ 37-yard kickoff return sparked the Trojans (3-0). Oak Ridge tied the game at 14-all with 10:31 left in the half when quarterback Ian Book (12-of-17, 161 […]

Grizzlies give one away

OLIVEHURST — A 22-yard loss on the last play against Lindhurst said it all bout Golden Sierra’s performance Friday night — namely not a lot went right. Seven turnovers, led by Blazer Izayah Mitchiner’s three interceptions, saddled the Grizzlies with a 25-15 loss. “What do you do? Seven turnovers makes it hard to win a game,” Golden […]

Union Mine gets 20-point victory

ORANGEVALE — Solid defense, strong offense and outstanding special teams pushed Union Mine to a 20-point halftime lead Friday on its way to a convincing 40-20 win over host Casa Robles. After Austin Rigsby’s 3-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead, the defense, led by Justin Beckham, went to work and created chaos as Jarod Bond […]

Lady D’backs sweep Golden Sierra

EL DORADO — Union Mine defeated Golden Sierra in three straight sets 25-18, 28-26, 25-18 in Thursday’s intra-county volleyball match at the Snake Pit. In the first game, Golden Sierra jumped out to a 10-5 lead behind the play of setter Autumn Nordby and net play from Rylyn Campbell. “We have the energy and the […]

Schedule: Sept. 14-19, 2015

Monday, Sept. 14 Soccer PHS @ Bella Vista, 4 p.m. Volleyball GS @ Capital Christian, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 Golf UM @ ED, Cold Springs CC, 3:30 p.m. OR @ Del Oro, Morgan Creek GC, 4 p.m. Del Campo @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:15 p.m. Soccer ED @ Casa Roble, 7 p.m. Tennis […]

El Dorado girls sweep past Grizzlies

El Dorado improved to 7-1 after taking the first of back-to-back-to-back home nonleague matches this week — Tuesday’s 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 intra-county victory over Golden Sierra. The Cougars threw many weapons the Grizzlies’ way. Hitting came from Kylie Haverson, Serena Franz, Rachel Stevenson and Bella Danker; Makayla Hoyt and Lauren Tigue manned the middle, Greta […]

Roundup: Sept. 9, 2015

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Nevada Union 1 Singles (OR first): Margaret Asperheim lost 2-6, 3-6; Kelly McMillen won 6-2, 6-1; Julia VanBoening won 6-3, 6-4; Cheljea Jang won 6-2, 6-3; Kapri Lyons won 6-1, 6-4; Grace Hsueh won 6-2, 6-4. Doubles (OR first): Darshini Gupta-Brooke Rose won 6-3, 6-4; Sophia Schroeder-Archita Bhattacharya won 6-1, 6-2; […]

Griz drop league opener

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s solid effort that took it deep into Wednesday’s Sierra Delta League tied with visiting Highlands ended with two late Scots’ goals and 4-2 setback for the host Grizzlies. Excessive heat divided the match into four quarters so players could hydrate. After trailing 1-0 at the half and by two early in the third, […]

Golden Sierra back in action tonight

Four El Dorado County high school football teams continue their non-league slate tonight, all on the road. Golden Sierra plays at Lindhurst; Oak Ridge travels to Burbank of Sacramento; El Dorado also plays in the Sacramento area as it takes on Rio Americano. Union Mine ventures to Casa Roble in Orangevale. Golden Sierra at Lindhurst The […]

Oak Ridge dominates Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — A fast start led to Oak Ridge posting a 16-4 win over Ponderosa in Tuesday’s intra county non-league girls water polo match at El Dorado Hills’ CSD pool. In the first period, Oak Ridge (1-1) jumped out to a 6-1 lead on three goals from Amanda Burns, two from Meghan Hayward […]

Early lead gives Trojans win over Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — In their intra county boys water polo meeting at the El Dorado Hills’ CSD swimming pool on Tuesday, Oak Ridge swam past Ponderosa for a 16-7 win. The Trojans (2-0) jumped out to a 5-2 lead after the first period on three goals from Jack Davidson, one of seven seniors on the […]

Cross-country: Cougar harriers edge D’backs in first meet

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Union Mine’s Allison Babbage and El Dorado’s Dalton Douglas-Hiley led in the girls’ and boys’ divisions respectively of the first Sierra Valley Conference cross-country meet at the Shingle Springs Rancheria Activity Area on Wednesday. Returning for her senior year, Babbage took first place on the 3.1 miles course with a time at an even 19 […]

On tap

Saturday Volleyball Chris Craft Tournament Oak Ridge High School Large Gym/Small Gym Pool 1 Granite Bay Lodi Oakmont Red Bluff Pool 2 Oak Ridge Bella Vista Bradshaw Christian Colfax Pool 3 Spanish Springs Vacaville Del Oro Capital Christian Pool 4 Ponderosa Vista del Lago Folsom Deer Valley Pool play begins at 8 a.m.

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