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Bruins repeat as NorCal champs

BOGGS MOUNTAIN — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team rode to victory at the last race of the season for the NorCal high school race series held at Boggs Mountain State Forest last month. The victory captured the championship for the Bruins’ team for the second consecutive year. Thirty three Division II teams competed in the NorCal race series […]

Roundup: May 3, 2015

Baseball Oak Ridge 6, Folsom 4 — The Sierra Foothill League champion Trojans finish with a 6-4 league record. Chris Roppolo had three hits; Beau Philip (2 RBIs), Jake Hathaway and Tyson Solis were all 2-for-4 with a double; and Logan Denholm added two hits. On the mound, Ryan Sullivan and Trenton Denholm (0 hits, 5 strikeouts) split […]

DeCaires gets win; Tilford 20th to 1st

After a week off for Mother Nature, racing returned to Placerville Speedway Saturday Night, welcoming two. three-time winners of the season to victory lane and one driver who remains undefeated at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter mile bullring. In the winged Sprint Car division, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove his […]

Del Rio boots D’backs into playoffs

EL DORADO — At stake between host Union Mine and El Dorado in their Sierra Valley Conference/intracounty girls soccer finale was a playoff berth. Kinsey Del Rio’s two early goals stood as the host Diamondbacks posted the 2-1 win over the Cougars, who had one of their best seasons in many years. Union Mine’s victory earned […]

Trojans tighten 2nd place hold

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s boys volleyball program hosted Folsom Thursday evening, making quick work of the Bulldogs, 25-8, 25-10 and 25-14 in Sierra Foothill League action. Connor Petersen led Troy’s offense with a game-high seven kills, while teammate Nicholas White had six kills and senior Ben Kopania finished with five. Austin Frese […]

Grizzlies throttle Highlands

GARDEN VALLEY — Capitalizing on Highlands’ very shaky defensive play Friday, host Golden Sierra rolled the Scots 18-0 for the Sierra Delta League Senior Day win. Prior to the first pitch, Beau Burgess, Roger Borba, Dakota Haddock, Dalton Wilson and Ethan Dunn were introduced. All five started for the Grizzlies. “Obviously they were feeling the […]

Twice is nice for El Dorado race teams

SACRAMENTO — Halfway through Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference swim finals at Rosemont High, El Dorado was winning the girls division while Cordova looked like it was going to claim victory for the boys. But the Cougar boys squad rallied. Trailing Cordova by nearly 100 points (217-122) at one time, they fought back to join the Lady Cougars in winning […]

Schedule: May 3-9, 2015

Monday, May 4 Baseball PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 4 p.m. GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4 p.m. Boys golf Section Tourneys D-II: PHS @ Sierra View CC, noon D-IV: UM, ED @ Pheasant Run GC, Chowchilla, 10 a.m. Boys volleyball ED @ Lincoln, 6 p.m. UM @ Capital Christian, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 Baseball ED […]

Cougars control own destiny

Behind its offensive muscle and pitching prowess, El Dorado grabbed Thursday’s first-place Sierra Valley Conference Senior Day matchup from visiting Galt by a final score of 19-0. The Cougars can win the title outright should they win tomorrow’s game at Liberty Ranch, the second-to-last regular season agme for seniors Matt Smith, Nick Bonniksen, Zach Culp, […]

Roundup: April 29, 2015

Baseball El Dorado 4, Rosemont 1 — Logan Quick pitched a complete-game five-hitter Tuesday as the Cougars picked up a key, late-season Sierra Valley Conference win on the Wolverines’ field. Matt Smith (double) and Zach Culp each had two hits for El Dorado (10-3 in the SVC, 20-5) while Owen MacKendrick and Adam Washabaugh both doubled. […]

Helm in Australia’s Ironman

Former Dry Diggins swim coach Daniel Helm, a 1982 El Dorado High graduate, arrived Monday in Australia to compete in Sunday’s 2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike ride/26.2 mile run Australia Ironman, 20 years after competing in his first one and 10 years after leaving the sport. Helm’s first Ironman in the land down under occurred in 1995 […]

El Dorado wins big

The El Dorado varsity boys and girls teams, plus the Cougars’ frosh-soph boys team all sprinted past Galt in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference home meet.. In the boys division, El Dorado posted a 135-1 win over the Warriors. The Lady Cougars raced past the Lady Warriors, 133-3. And the El Dorado frosh-soph boys posted a […]

Racing resumes with 4 divisions

Tomorrow night is a night marks the return of the championship points season at Placerville Speedway with four divisions ready to go after a week off due to weather conditions last Saturday. On the race card is the Winged Sprint Car Division, the Late Models, the Pure Stocks and the visiting Midget Lites. After one event, […]

D’backs, Cougars finish 1-2

WOODLAND — By a mere 10 strokes covering 18 holes, Union Mine won Monday’s season-ending Sierra Valley Conference Tournament over El Dorado at the Yolo Fliers Country Club and with it the league banner. The D’backs tallied 461 to the Cougars’ team score of 471. El Dorado went into last week undefeated in SVC-round play but […]

Griz boys champs, girls 2nd

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra varsity Track and Field teams closed out the Sierra Delta League schedule Wednesday after hosting the fourth and final league meet. Though short-handed, the Grizzly boys, as expected topped the field to claim the SDL title while the girls, also without key athletes, took second and finished second in […]

Lacrosse: Late rally not enough for Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — A second half rally was close but no victory host Oak Ridge in a boys Senior Night 14-9 loss to Granite Bay. After it was held to one goal in the third period, Oak Ridge, which trailed 7-6 at halftime, scored most of its goals in the fourth period off face-offs […]

Trojans drop 2nd straight

EL DORADO HILLS — After winning its first 15 Sierra Foothill League baseball games this season, Oak Ridge lost its second consecutive to Folsom with Wednesday’s 7-5 setback at home. The Trojans cut a deficit to 6-5 in the fifth inning when Jake Hathaway singled in Tyson Solis and Beau Philip (2-for-4) and Logan Denholm […]

Golden Sierra gets another title

GARDEN VALLEY —  Golden Sierra’s Senior Night sweep of Bradshaw Christian Wednesday guaranteed itself the Sierra Delta League title. The set scores in favor of the Grizzlies were 25-19, 25-20, 25-18. Golden Sierra (12-3, 9-1) has two left on the road but can’t be caught. The championship is the team’s second straight — first under […]

Nick Bonniksen: Have arm, will travel

Make no mistake, El Dorado two-sport athlete Nick Bonniksen is a baseball player at heart who played football — not vice versa — though he’s equally talented at both. He’s not a scholarship pitcher to the Menlo College baseball program hoping for a shot on the gridiron — despite drawing the attention of UC Davis […]

Roundup: Trojan, Bruin linkers take 2nd place at tourneys

Baseball Oak Ridge 5, Folsom 6 — The Trojans rallied from a 5-1 deficit in Monday’s Sierra Foothill League road game, but fell short. In the fifth inning, Oak Ridge (15-1 in the SFL, 22-3) tied the game at 5-5 on Tyson Solis’ bases-loaded double that cleared the bases. But the Bulldogs scored the winning […]

Trojan boys win Bronco Invite

FAIR OAKS — Oak Ridge track and field teams competed at the 18-team Bella Vista Bronco Invitational last Saturday under beautiful weather and mild temperatures. The varsity boys’ team won the invitational with 76 points. The Lady Trojans placed sixth with 36 points. The Trojan frosh/soph boys finished in ninth place with 19 points. Many Oak […]

Outside with Charlie: Camp openings

A little rain, some snow, and April does what it usually does, which is just about anything when it comes to weather. It was wonderful to have all that rain and snow over the weekend. What the snow in the high country does, even with the warm temperatures this week, is make it a continuing […]

Lady D’backs win conference title

RANCHO CORDOVA — Early hits and errors, plus a stellar performance on the mound led to the Union Mine High softball team winning an outright Sierra Valley Conference title with a 5-0 victory over Cordova on Monday. The Lady Diamondbacks (14-1 in the SVC, 17-5) and the Lady Lancers (13-2 and 19-3) were tied for first place going in. […]

Defense betrays Lady Cougars

For more than a moment Monday at El Dorado’s last home game of the season, the thought hung out there of a possible upset over visiting Liberty Ranch. Afterall, the Cougars had pushed ahead and sat six outs away from giving Joshlyn Wright and Ty Henderson a Senior Day victory. Not to be. It what […]

Jerpbak pitches Ponderosa past Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls softball program hosted intra-county rival Ponderosa Friday afternoon for a non-conference matchup that helped benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. With both squads donning pink to support the cause, the Lady Bruins came away with a 3-0 victory and another momentum boost as the end of regular season […]

Trojans lose home finales

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first year in the Sierra Foothill League, the Oak Ridge High boys swim team has made a big splash. Entering Friday’s league home finale against Granite Bay at the Community Service District pool, the Trojans and the Grizzlies have swam to a 5-0 record each. But someone’s league winning […]

Nick Bonniksen no-hits Union Mine

EL DORADO — See ball, hit ball is one of the ways to keep it simple in baseball, another is to avoid a well-rested Nick Bonniksen. Toeing the rubber for the first time in nine days, Bonniksen, El Dorado’s ace, sparkled with seven, no-hit innings to pitch the Cougars past host Union Mine 4-0 in […]

Schedule: April 26-May 2, 2015

Monday, April 27 Baseball Del Campo @ PHS, 4 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 4 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 4 p.m. Girls soccer PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. GS @ Highlands, 5:30 p.m. Golf OR @ SFL Tourney No. 2, Auburn Valley, noon PHS @ CVC Tournament, Woodcreek GC, 3:15 p.m. ED, UM @ SVC […]

Races called

Saturday’s racing action at Speedway was cancelled because of too much rain and standing water. Look for the track action to resume this weekend.

El Dorado girls blank Warriors

One of the three shots on goal that Kaycee Richards had led the El Dorado High girls soccer team to Thursday’s 2-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over Galt at Harvey E. West Stadium to keep their playoff hopes alive. The game was 0-0 until the 72nd minute when Richards, whose previous shots on goal were in […]

Roundup: April 22, 2015

Golf El Dorado 223, Galt 312 — 9 holes at Cold Springs, par 36.ED scores: Co-Medalist Auston Wells, 4; Co-Medalist Christian Grier, 41; Gabe Fierro, 43; Anthony Smylie, 46; Cody Pugh, 52; Aaron Morris, 55. Union Mine 229, Rosemont 329 — 9 holes at Cameron Park CC, par 36 — UM scores: Medalist Tyler Peterson, […]

Bruins’ defense blows lead

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The first rule on defense in softball is to catch the ball. The second rule is don’t screw up the first. By all accounts, Ponderosa pulled the latter in the field Tuesday and dropped its key Capital Valley Conference matchup with visiting Del Campo 7-5. Defensively, the Bruins had trouble in back-to-back […]

Outside with Charlie: Ready to launch

If you have a boat with a motor, and you want to float it in Lake Tahoe, your choices for launching have dwindled. So far, Sand Harbor, National Avenue in Tahoe Vista, Coon Street in Kings Beach and El Dorado Beach in South Shore won’t open this season. The boat ramp at Ski Beach in […]

Four divisions for 2nd Posse Challenge

Four divisions will converge tomorrow at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for inflated winnings in the second segment of the competitive Placerville Posse Challenge. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for two of the […]

El Dorado teams poised for banners

Under perfect weather conditions via limited sunshine, host El Dorado swept all divisions against Cordova at Wednesday’s meet. The varsity girls prevailed 92-44 while on the boy’s side, the Lancers made a run of it but fell to the Cougars 75-61.Both El Dorado teams remain undefeated in Sierra Valley Conference competition — the boys perfect since […]

Ponderosa boys destroy Cougars

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In Tuesday’s Capital Valley Conference boys volleyball match, Ponderosa swept Del Campo; the final scores were 25-4, 25-9, 25-13. The Bruins, who remain in second place in the CVC at 9-1 and 11-2 overall, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first game in which half of their points came from Cougar side […]

Trojans take bite out of Bulldogs

Laut ties own record EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge vauler Austin Laut tied his own state-leading height at Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill league meet against Folsom, one of many highlights in the Trojans sweep of the Bulldogs. Laut’s 16-2 leads California prep levels. The old school mark was from Brian Hanson at 15-6 in 2010. […]

Ownership change revives Sorensen’s

Editor’s note: This is part II of a look at the history of Sorensen’s Resort. Johan Hultin had quite a vision for Sorensen’s and Hope Valley. Depending on how you look at it, things either turned out not so well for Hultin, or turned out very well for Sorensen’s Resort and Hope Valley in general. […]

Motherlode Century Spring Classic

The fourth annual Motherlode Century Bike Ride, held in the scenic foothills of the Gold Country, is Saturday May 9. Rolling through ranch, forest, farms and vineyards, the Motherlode Century guides you through Northern California’s most beautiful landscapes — offering five route options from 34 leisurely to 97 challenging miles. It’s mission is to provide […]

Laut state’s best in pole vault

GRASS VALLEY — The Oak Ridge varsity boys, varsity girls, and Frosh/Soph boys were victorious over host Nevada Union last week. Valuable points were earned by athletes in running and field events. Several obtained personal records in their events. Competing in the shot put and discus, Jack Root  placed first in both events. His 51-0 […]

Roundup: April 21, 2015

Lacrosse Oak Ridge girls 17, Casa Roble 0 — Trojan goals: Allison Harris, 3; Bailey Eastman, 2; Madi Hallare, 2; Brooke Hull, 2; Alia Crook, 2; Courtney Watts; Sara Cody; Mady Olds; Bri Gross; Sidney Salmon; Aly De Caro. Assists: Skylar Shuette, 3; Sam Donaghey, 2; Emma Reed; De Caro; Crook. Saves: Laurel Maunder, 2. […]

Trojans inch closer to outright title

Lucke one-hitter EL DORADO HILLS — In 12 Sierra Foothill League baseball games this season, Oak Ridge has averaged nearly eight runs per game. In Monday’s league home game against Nevada Union, the Trojans nearly doubled that with a 15-0 mercy rule shortened victory over Nevada Union. The win gives Oak Ridge (13-0 in the SFL) […]

Sports scene: April 20, 2015

Charity Golf Tournament The Knights of Columbus, for a 17th consecutive year, is hosting the annual Mother Teresa Maternity Home Golf Tournament June 1 at the Cold Springs Golf & Country Club. Registration begins at 11:30 with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Tournament fee is $160 per person/$640 per foursome (includes gold cart, range ball […]

Roundup: Oak Ridge baseball running away with SFL title

Baseball Union Mine 6, Cordova 1 — Colton Peters pitched a complete game four-hitter for the SVC win. Andrew Vaughn and Jonathan Lowder each had two hits for the D’backs. Oak Ridge 13, Del Oro 6 — The Trojans completed the sweep of the Eagles to move to 12-0 in the SFL as Logan Denholm […]

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