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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 […]

Sierra opening offers options

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Sierra-at-Tahoe will open for the 2015-16 winter season today with early season conditions and limited terrain. Sierra will run three lifts and two surface lifts. Season passes and additional products from 2014-15 will be valid through Dec. 20. “The last time we opened this early was 11 years ago,” said general […]

On tap

Today Football Section playoffs D-I: Cosumnes Oaks @ OR, 7 p.m. Tennis NorCal Tournament Saratoga vs OR, Broadstone RC, 11:30 Tomorrow Tennis NorCal Tournament Semis, finals, Broadstone RC, 1 and 3 p.m.

Oak Ridge girls open NorCals today

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge makes its third consecutive NorCal appearance beginning today but first as hosts of the CIF Tournament. Ten teams, mainly from the Bay Area, converge at Broadstone Racquet Club for first-round action that starts with two play-in matches that begin at 10 a.m. Seeded 6th, the Lady Trojans face No. 3 Saratoga […]

Playoffs: Oak Ridge hosts Wolfpack

EL DORADO HILLS — The lone surviving El Dorado County high school football team remaining hosts a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff game tonight at 7. Oak Ridge, the No. 3 seed with a 9-2 record, will host No. 6 seed Cosumnes Oaks, which has an 8-3 mark. In their playoff openers last Friday, the […]

Lady Trojans’ postseason exit too soon

EL DORADO HILLS — Coming out of a timeout in the fifth and final set of Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal volleyball playoff match, tied at 3-all, host Oak Ridge and Pitman resumed their back-and-fourth slugfest. Tied at two wins each, the host Lady Trojans and Pride knew whoever had the momentum had the upper hand toward […]

State meet results

PEBBLE BEACH — Some eagles and birdies are helpful to place near the top echelon of golfers competing at the CIF High School Girls State Championships, even par will do. Short of that and the chances to place high diminish — as was the case for Oak Ridge’s Lexi Perry and Courtney Clark after 18 […]

Douglas-Hiley, Cougar boys take third

FOLSOM — Despite solid efforts across the board by El Dorado runners at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section race at the Willow Hills Course, the Cougars came out with just half what they had hoped for. For the seventh straight year, El Dorado sends athletes to next week’s State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno […]

Outside with Charlie: Use common sense

What a difference a few days can make. Snow has continued to fall, coating the mountains and raising spirits. Most of the alpine ski resorts opened early. They continue to make snow to add to the base that’s already on the ground. The continued cold weather helps and after last year, building up that base […]

Roundup: Grizzlies, Bruins bounced from postseason

Volleyball Section playoffs Golden Sierra def. by Le Grand 3-2 Ponderosa def. by Rocklin 3-0 DSC_5779 ec w Morgan Schaefer gets the volleyball across the net. Democrat photo by Jackie Penn DSC_5774 ec w Captain, Elise Wilson earns a point from mid court. Democrat photo by Jackie Penn DSC_5767 ec w Left to right: Autumn […]

Different year, same result for Griz

RIPON — Scoring an even six touchdowns, three per half Friday, host Ripon Christian bounced Golden Sierra from the playoffs for the second straight year, this time by a 42-7 score. The Grizzlies’ ground game of Brenden Nutt, Chris Mejia, Reily Prine and Jeff Gale met stiff resistance from the Knights’ defensive front. Forced into […]

Season over for Lady Cougars

Though it fought to prolong its season, El Dorado was eliminated for the second straight year by Vanden which defeated the host Cougars 18-25, 24-26, 24-26 in second round Division III playoff action last Thursday. “Too many missed serves, miss-hits and our setting was a little off for our hitting – when on our hitting was […]

OR girls denied repeat

FOLSOM — Rocklin defeated Oak Ridge 5-4 last Thursday to dethron the Division I champs. Coverage of the match will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Trojans’ gridiron return triumphant

EL DORADO HILLS — Two weeks of Oak Ridge living one virtue gave way to a night where it perfected another. The Trojans sat idle after losing to Folsom, patiently stewing over that loss but the waiting gave way to a 35-14 win Friday over viciting Monterey Trail to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I […]

Union Mine loses tough one

MANTECA — Despite outscoring host Sierra by a 2-to-1 points margin in the second half, Union Mine couldn’t overcome an early deficit and lost 24-21 to open the Division IV section playoffs. Several fourth-down stops stalled the D’backs’ comeback that started with Josh Middleton’s third-quarter interception — setting up Brody Pearman’s 21-yard strike to Trevor […]

Cougar boys reach state

FOLSOM — The El Dorado varisty boys race team had a third-place finish at Saturday’s Section Finals at the Willow Hills course to qualify for the Nov. 28 state meet at Woodward Park in Fresno. Complete story for all five county schools to run in Wednesday’s Democrat.

Trojans advance to final 4

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High volleyball head coach Patrick Sanders had plenty of reasons to smile after his Lady Trojans swept Rodriguez in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal match. Sanders’ Trojans dominated the contest in three sets; the final scores were 25-13, 25-8, 25-9. The win sends No. 1 seed Oak Ridge […]

Late goal sinks Oak Ridge’s title hopes

ELK GROVE — In a battle of the No. 1 and No. 2 California high school boys soccer teams for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title at Cosumnes Oaks High on Saturday, Oak Ridge and Jesuit lived up to the hype. The Trojans, also ranked No. 1 in D-I, were denied an opportunity to win back-to-back section […]

Trojans regroup for NorCals

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge’s comeback in an attempt to defend as Division I section champions fell short last Thursday as Rocklin edged the Lady Trojans 5-4 in a repeat of last year’s title match. Play stretched under the lights at Broadstone Racquet Club as Oak Ridge fought off the chill to get within 4-3. The […]

El Dorado exits early from playoffs

OAKDALE — Aaron Golmitz and Chris Volek posted big numbers for the El Dorado High football team against Oakdale in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener at The Corral but the No. 2 Mustangs prevailed 63-33. Golmitz completed 25-of-32 passes for 256 yards. Volek grabbed 16 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns. “I […]

Schedule: Nov. 16-21, 2015

Monday, Nov. 16 Golf CIF State Finals OR’s Lexi Perry, Courtney Clark @ Poppy Hills GC Tuesday, Nov. 17 Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: Pitman @ OR, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 Football Section playoffs D-I: Cosumnes Oaks @ OR, 7 p.m. Tennis NorCal Tournament OR @ Broadstone RC, tba Saturday, Nov. 21 Tennis NorCal Tournament […]

Outside with Charlie: Opening dates for local ski resorts

While it may be hard to remember, that white coating on the mountains is that cold slippery stuff known as snow. We didn’t have much of it last year, and certainly not at this time of the year. We had a couple of storms recently that graced the mountains with a very welcome coating of […]

Scoreboard: Nov. 11, 2015

Volleyball Section playoffs No. 9 Ponderosa def. No. 8 Benicia 20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 No. 12 Golden Sierra def. No. 5 Ripon Christian 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 No. 10 Union Mine def. by No. 7 Calaveras 21-25, 20-25, 15-25 — The D’backs finish the season with a 15-13 record.

Perry, Clark make state finals

SALINAS — Oak Ridge’s seventh place finish at Monday’s CIF NorCal Girls Championship Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch ended the team season for the Lady Trojans with two exceptions. Based on their individual scores to finish in the top 12, Lexi Perry and Courtney Clark advanced to next week’s state finals. Perry […]

Roundup: Nov. 12, 2015

Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro putts & putts Nov. 10 Ace of the month: Gloria Gaetano, net 69 1st flight low gross: Heidi Caldwell, 84 Low net: Linda Keller, 72; Ellen Page, 73 2nd flight low gross: Gloria Gaetano, 94 Low net: Karen McCaughern, 72; Adrienne Ligon, 75

Playoffs tonight

It’s win-or-else as four El Dorado County high school football teams open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs tonight. Oak Ridge will host Monterey Trail for the only county home game. El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra travel — the Cougars at Oakdale; D’backs at Sierra of Manteca; the Grizzlies at Ripon Christian. Monterey Trail at […]

Lady Trojans notch win

EL DORADO HILLS — In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball playoff opener that lasted only 57 minutes, Oak Ridge dominated Armijo from start to finish. The ending result was the Lady Trojans, winners of the Sierra Foothill League title for a second consecutive year, sweeping the Lady Indians by the final scores of 25-12, […]

It’s back to the ‘ship for Trojans

Overtime win over Napa EL DORADO HILLS — For a second consecutive year, Julian Garcia delivered at the right time for the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team. In the second overtime period of Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game against undefeated Napa, the Trojan forward fired in the game’s only goal for a thrilling […]

Oak Ridge girls go after section title

FOLSOM — When Oak Ridge picked up the first five wins of Wednesday’s Division I semifinal match against visiting Franklin, that was it; the fact that the Wildcats’ No. 1 player was a no-show, that was disappointing. But all in all, it was a good day for the Trojan girls at Broadstone Raquet Club as […]

Cougars advance to 2nd round

Brushing aside the long delay to the start of their Division III playoff opener Tuesday night, the El Dorado girls easily swept visiting Central Valley 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 to advance. A broke-down bus soon became the least of the Hawks’ troubles — replaced by Makayla Hoyt and Kylie Haverson who peppered the court to split […]

Sports Scene: Nov. 10, 2015

Toy Run The 3rd annual Foster Family Toy Run is Sunday Nov. 15 beginning at Sierra Child & Family Services, 4250 Fowler Lane, Diamond Springs. Registration 8-10 a.m., kick stands up at 10:15. $15 donation plus toy/$25 without toy/$10 for passenger. Run ends and party begins at The Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Vaalley Road, […]

Elizabeth Cameron can do it all

Elizabeth Cameron knows a thing or two about winning it all. Within the past year, she and fellow Oak Ridge volleyball teammates Megan Priest, Hailey Maniglia and Olivia Reid helped their NCVC team win the Junior National 17s title in New Orleans, La. after going 11-0 from a field of 48 teams. Now, the four Trojans […]

Almeida makes history

ROSEVILLE — Oak Ridge’s Madeline Almeida won the Individual Sac-Joaquin Section Singles tennis title last Friday at Johnson Ranch in Roseville. Second last year at the same tournament, Almeida avenged against Franklin’s Jacqui Tan, the defending section champ, with a three-set 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory. “We typically go back-and-forth,” Almeida said of her playing history […]

XC results

Division I girls Oak Ridge results 17-Haley Dean, 20:05; 19-Maddy Denner, 20:06; 21-Arial Hendrickson, 20:21; 26-Mikhayla Polivka, 20:31; 35-Gloria Dabiri, 21:10; 47-Sarah Dolley, 21:28; 63-Peyton Wright, 22:06. D-I boys Oak Ridge results 80-Nolan Vanhonsebrouck, 18:43; 88-Kyle Kauffman, 18:57; 106-Blake Fabian, 19:24. D-II boys Ponderosa results 25-Shane Marshall, 17:01; 66-Nathan Kohl, 17:48; 79-Adam Schumann, 18:04; 93-Carson […]

Top finishes for harriers

ANGELS CAMP — Most of the county varsity cross-country teams raced to top finishes at last Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Leading the way were the El Dorado High boys in second place with 66 points in Division III. The Cougars were paced by Dalton Douglas-Hiley, fifth place, and Charlie Plamondon, Diego Bartolome […]

Tennis: Almeida section champ

ROSEVILLE — Oak Ridge’s Madeline Almeida won the Individual Sac-Joaquin Section tennis title Friday at Johnson Ranch after a three-set win over the No. 1 seed from Franklin High. Extended coverage will be in Wednesday’s Democrat.

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