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Grizzlies return plenty of experience

Team: Golden Sierra Mascot: Grizzlies Head Coach: Jeremy Nordby, 2nd season Assistant Coaches: Scott London, Assistant Defensive Coordinator; John Piparo, Assistant Defensive Coordinator; Jesse Hamilton, Offensive/Defensive Line; Gayne Johnson, Offensive Line/Defensive Line-Linebackers; Nordby, Running Backs/Offensive Coordinator. League: Sierra Delta League (Bradshaw Christian, Encina, Highlands, Rio Vista, San Juan and Vacaville Christian) 2014 record: 8-3, 5-1 SDL, second place Key losses: […]

Outside with Charlie: Three hikes

Labor Day has come and gone and all schools are back in session. The days are a bit shorter now so there’s less time if you want a simple hike — out of town, in the high country, preferably with a lake involved to relax by. We have just what you’re looking for in our […]

Duo shines at World Games

CAMERON PARK — Amber Kaslar enjoys playing various sports from basketball to track and field, softball, swimming, soccer and golf. Over the summer, Kaslar, a 2007 Union Mine High graduate, competed on the golf links in the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles. Kaslar and her partner, Heidi Matlack, captured the bronze medal. “Very exciting,” Kaslar […]

GS FB Schedule

Aug. 28 — Golden Sierra @ Foresthill (won 62-0) Sept. 11 — Golden Sierra @ Lindhurst, 7 p.m. Sept. 18 — Colfax  @ Golden Sierra, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 25 — Golden Sierra @ San Juan, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 — Yerington, Nev. @ Golden Sierra, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 — Vacaville Christian @ Golden Sierra, 7 […]

GS FB Roster

2-Danny Sewell, Jr. 3-Chris Mejia, Jr. 5-Talon Albert, Sr. 8-Reily Prine, Sr. 10-Jeff Gale, Sr. 16-Nathan Anderson, Sr. 22-Kevin Friel, Jr. 24-Brenden Nutt, Sr. 28-Skyler Watson, Sr. 38-Zach Martinez, Sr. 46-Garrett Gwinnup, Jr. 48-Nick White, Sr. 52-Kyler Prust, Jr. 56-Mason McKinney, Sr. 57-Nick Peaker, Jr. 63-John Koll, Sr. 65-Ruben Maravilla, Jr. 70-Will Echeveria, Jr. 72-Jerramy […]

Roundup: Sept. 6, 2015

Boys soccer Union Mine 5, Argonaut 1 Golden Sierra 0, Western Sierra 4 Girls golf Ponderosa 257, Antelope 297 — 9 holes at Cameron Park CC, par 36: PHS scores — Medalist Jasmine Monas 40, Gianna Barber 52, Kaylee Wilson 52, Eden Hall 55, Cora Nuttall 58, Catherine Dodds 48. Girls tennis Oak Ridge 6, […]

Volleyball: Oak Ridge sweeps Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — On Thursday, the Oak Ridge High and Ponderosa High volleyball teams squared in an intra county and non-league match. The host Lady Trojans, led by new head coach Patrick Sanders, and Lady Bruins, guided by second-year coach Mike Yates, battled for every point in the first two games of their contest. But […]

Speedway: Trio take wins in 2nd tribute to Donnie Tilford

The stands were packed at Placerville Speedway Saturday night as the penultimate race of the season paid tribute to legendary local driver Donnie Tilford. While heavy winnings were the theme, no cash value could be put on the win on this very special night for Folsom’s Jon Tilford. The veteran driver and former champion, won the $500 Pure Stock feature event […]

Soccer: Trojans shutout Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — It felt like fall had arrived Friday night, lending a cool crisp air as the environment enveloping the intra county and preseason rivalry match between the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa boys soccer teams. This year belonged to Oak Ridge, which posted a 5-0 win over the visiting Bruins. “It was a great night […]

Football: Bruins grounded by Eagles

FOLSOM — The season started in a positive fashion for Ponderosa football as it gathered a victory over Lincoln in the season opener. Then the Bruins looked to continue their winning ways with their first road game of the season against Vista del Lago on Friday. But the Eagles produced a 35-28 win. The contest […]

Football: D’backs lose tough one to Bruins

EL DORADO — The scene at Union Mine High had completely changed just one week removed from devastation. In its home and season opener against Foothill seven days earlier, tragedy struck Union Mine as two members of the Diamondbacks’ junior varsity team had to be hospitalized after their game. Despite high emotions, the D’back faithful was […]

Football: Oak Ridge silences Bulldogs

VACAVILLE — Ian Book scored four touchdowns in various ways for the Oak Ridge High football team, which improved to a 2-0 record with a decisive 43-14 non-league win over the Vacaville Bulldogs on Friday. The Trojans’ quarterback, who has made a verbal commitment to play at Norte Dame after he graduates next spring, threw […]

Football: Cougars’ streak comes to an end

LINCOLN — For a second consecutive game, the El Dorado High football team found itself in familiar territory regarding the score. But this time, three touchdowns in the second half was a plus for the Cougars, but not enough as host Lincoln posted a 59-20 win. The loss ended El Dorado’s 14-game regular season winning streak that started […]

Schedule: Sept. 8-12, 2015

Monday, Sept. 7 Happy Labor Day  Tuesday, Sept. 8 Golf OR vs Rocklin, Whitney GC, 3:30 p.m. PHS vs. Bella Vista, Mather GC, 3:15 p.m. Soccer ED @ Colfax, 4 p.m. Tennis Antelope @ PHS, 4 p.m. OR @ Nevada Union, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball GS @ ED, 6 p.m. Water polo PHS boys @ OR, […]

Second Tilford tribute tomorrow

Added winnings on the line  Tomorrow brings both inflated winnings and memories of a racing legend together as the season’s second-to-last championship event pays homage to one of the most decorated stock car wheelmen in the history of Placerville Speedway with the second annual Tribute to Donnie Tilford and Big Trophy Night. The second edition […]

Roundup: Denner wins race

Soccer Grizzly Cup Classic Union Mine 3, Colfax 0 Union Mine 7, Golden Sierra 1 Golden Sierra 3, Forest Lake Christian 1 Inderkum Tourney Ponderosa 1, Armijo 1 Nonleague Ponderosa 1, Lincoln 0 Ponderosa 4, Colfax 2 Oak Ridge 2, Whitney 1 Oak Ridge 2, McClatchy 2 Volleyball Ponderosa def. by Rocklin 18-25, 11-25, 18-25 […]

Diamondback girls win home opener

EL DORADO — Union Mine had a successful start to its season Wednesday, defeating visiting Placer 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. The Lady Diamondbacks pulled out the second set, scoring the final seven points with their backs to the wall. Union Mine relied on its captain Kylie Russell and the senior came through with key hits and on serve. […]

Cougars reload, look for another winning year

Aug. 28 — El Dorado @ South Tahoe Sept. 4 — El Dorado @ Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 — El Dorado vs. Rio Americano (Del Campo), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 — Mesa Verde @ El Dorado, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 — Foothill @ El Dorado, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 — Liberty Ranch @ El […]

ED FB Schedule

Aug. 28 — El Dorado @ South Tahoe Sept. 4 — El Dorado @ Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 — El Dorado vs. Rio Americano (Del Campo), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 — Mesa Verde @ El Dorado, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 — Foothill @ El Dorado, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 — Liberty Ranch @ El Dorado Oct. 16 — El Dorado @ Rosemont […]

ED FB roster

1-Carter Meyers, Sr. 2-Steven Fox, Soph. 4-Isaiah Kessler, Jr. 5-Andrew Gemmill, Jr. 6-Austin McDaniel, Sr. 7-Jason Schostag, Sr. 8-CJ Turner, Soph. 9-Connor Russell, Sr. 10-Daniel Berardo, Jr. 12-Zack Butts, Sr. 15-Aaron Golmitz, Jr. 16-Grant Carver, Jr. 17-Fernando Esparza, Jr. 20-Salvador Villasenor, Sr. 26-Cole Williams, Jr. 27-Chris Volek, Jr. 28-Matt Angi, Sr. 31-Hunter Smallman, Jr. 43-Byron […]

Four teams in action

Just one of the four El Dorado County high school teams in action tonight has a home game. Union Mine will entertain Bear River and will be tested as the Bruins return most of its starters who won the Division V Section Division V title last fall. Elsewhere, Oak Ridge is at Vacaville, Ponderosa makes […]

Playoff changes for water polo

LODI — Last November, the Ponderosa and El Dorado boys water polo teams met in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs in which Ponderosa posted a 14-0 victory. After the match, Bruin head coach Shane O’Rourke and Cougar mentor Zach Davis felt that the match was clearly a mismatch, as the Bruins dominated from the […]

Ponderosa girls sweep Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — Ponderosa and host Golden Sierra met up for Monday’s annual Foundation Game with the Lady Bruins taking the win in three sets 25-7, 25-11, 25-17. The intra-county exhibition, a lead-in into the regular season, benefits the A. Dale Lacky scholarship fund. Outcomes do not count for or against a team in the standings. […]

Timing is now for Union Mine varsity

Team: Union Mine Mascot: Diamondbacks Head Coach: Davy Johnson Assistant Coaches: Matt Cathey, Mike Springer, Bryan Middleton, Andrew Middleton, Michael Scott. League: Sierra Valley Conference (El Dorado, Cordova, Galt, Liberty Ranch, Rosemont) Division: IV 2014 record: 5-5, 3-2 SVC, third place Key losses: Nate Brown Key returners: Austin Rigsby, Brody Pearman, Key games: Home and season […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

The dog days of summer are here. Less than a month left, which means changes are on the way. If you are a cyclist — it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride — and you’ve planned to ride in Apple Hill, now is the time to do it. Once the apple season starts, […]

UM Football Schedule

Aug. 28 — Foothill @ Union Mine Sept. 4 — Bear River @ Union Mine Sept. 11 — Union Mine @ Casa Roble Sept. 18 — Union Mine @ Calaveras Sept. 25 — Union Mine @ Lincoln Oct. 9 — Rosemont @ Union Mine Oct. 16 — Union Mine @ Galt Oct. 23 — Union […]

UM Football roster

1-Andrew Vaughn, Sr. 2-Justin Beckham, Jr. 3-Hank Hasemeier, Sr. 4-Austin Rigsby, Sr. 5-Zach Cherrington, Sr. 6-Bradley Brittain, Sr. 7-Christian Beck, Sr. 9-Brody Pearman, Sr. 10-Nate Eschleman, Jr. 11-Cruz Rodriguez, Sr. 12-Mason McLaury, Sr. 13-Kameron White, Jr. 15-Max Fitzpatrick, Sr. 21-Hayden Dunne, Jr. 27-Matt Springer, Jr. 28-Nick Evans, Jr. 32-Joe Ferrand, Jr. 33-Cameron Cathey, Jr. 34-Trevor […]

Lady Cougars return with athleticism

El Dorado High volleyball coach Shelley Bishop had plenty of reasons to smile Monday in the Lady Cougars’ Sac-Joaquin Section’s Foundation home match against Vista del Lago. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the contest inside L.A. Brown Gym, the Cougars lost the next two sets but rallied to win the rubber game; final scores were 25-22, […]

Update: UM players hospitalized

Union Mine’s twin Friday night football victories took a back seat when unknown symptoms sent junior varsity players Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz to Roseville area hospitals for emergency care. Brown, younger brother to ex-D’back Nate Brown, underwent successful brain surgery for a blood clot causing bleeding to his brain. Nate is providing updates on […]

El Dorado continues regular season roll

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A second half comeback and big-time performances from quarterback Aaron Golmitz and receiver Chris Volek lifted El Dorado past host South Lake Tahoe 35-32 Friday — the Cougars’ fourth straight win over the Vikings and 14th consecutive regular season victory dating back to 2013. Ahead 18-7 as the third quarter opened, South […]

Grizzlies contain Wildfires

FORESTHILL — For a second consecutive season, Golden Sierra dominated Foresthill in the season opener for both teams Friday. The Grizzlies posted a 62-0 win over the Wildfires. Golden Sierra (1-0) led 54-0 at halftime. The Grizzlies scored their final touchdown in the fourth quarter plus the 2-point conversion. Leading the way for the Grizzlies […]

D’backs take season opener

EL DORADO — A standout effort in his team’s season-opening victory Friday night had Union Mine senior linebacker Cruz Rodriguez learning a thing or two about his team. “When we play unselfishly and as a group, we’re going to be tough to stop,” he said after the Diamondbacks defeated visiting Foothill by a decisive 52-27 […]

Ponderosa prevails in back-and-forth battle

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Tommy Larner’s 32-yard touchdown interception return to pad Ponderosa’s lead offset a final-play score by Lincoln as the host Bruins defeated the Zebras 42-34 Friday. In the early going, Lincoln jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead before Ponderosa answered on a Jimmy Sanders 62-yard dash to pay dirt — the start of a […]

Trojans win wild one

EL DORADO HILLS — Big plays and numbers fueled Oak Ridge to a 57-55 non-league football home win over Whitney in Friday’s opener for both teams. After Trojan running back Michael Pittman scored his third of a game-high five touchdowns on a 2-yard off-tackle play with 33.5 seconds left in the second quarter for a […]

Trojans win wild one over Wildcats

EL DORADO HILLS — Big plays and numbers fueled Oak Ridge to a 57-55 non-league football home win over Whitney in Friday’s opener for both teams. After Trojan running back Michael Pittman scored his third of a game-high five touchdowns on a 2-yard off-tackle play with 33.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Oak Ridge, […]

Schedule: Aug. 31 – Sept. 5

Monday, Aug. 31 Volleyball *PHS @ GS, 7 p.m. *Vista @ ED, 7 p.m. *OR @ St. Francis, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 Golf Vista del Lago vs OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 p.m. Soccer Whitney @ OR, 4 p.m. Pleasant Grove @ ED, 7 p.m. PHS @ Colfax, 4 p.m. Tennis Rio Americano vs OR, […]

OR 2015 Schedule

Oct. 28 — Whitney @ Oak Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 — Oak Ridge @ Vacaville, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 — Oak Ridge @ Burbank, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 — Oak Ridge @ Reed/Sparks, Nev. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 — Oak Ridge @ Woodcreek, 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 2 — Rocklin @ Oak Ridge, 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 9 — Oak […]

Local blogger has his say

Ryan Guderyon was just an infant when the 2000 Subway Series between the New York Mets/New York Yankees played out. Still, he knows all about it. Though before his time, he recalls the 1969 Miracle Mets, the ’74 series loss to Oakland and the infamous ’86 win over Boston when a late, sixth-game miscue sparked the […]

Trojan football looks to improve

Team: Oak Ridge Mascot: Trojans Head Coach: Eric Cavaliere, 9th year Assistant Coaches: Mark Watson, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks; Darren Jonutz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers; Chris Williams, Offensive Line; Kevin Placek, Defensive Line; Ron Martin, Running Backs; Ben Sweet, Defensive Backs; Bill Bunce, Wide Receivers; Kevin Lopina, Quarterbacks. League: Sierra Foothill League (Del Oro, Folsom, Granite Bay, Nevada Union, Rocklin and Woodcreek). 2014 record: 5-5, 3-4 SFL, fifth place. Key losses: Lineman Nolan […]

Squads kick off season tonight

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams open their season at home tonight. Oak Ridge will host Whitney, Ponderosa entertains Lincoln and Union Mine welcomes Foothill of Sacramento. El Dorado plays its first of three consecutive road games, starting at South Lake Tahoe. Golden Sierra stays in the foothills but travels […]

OR 2015 roster

Oak Ridge 2-Gage Webb, Sr. 3-Nick Hulsing, Sr. 4-Cameron Allie, Soph. 5-Brock Martin, Sr. 6-Tommy Dunnigan, Sr. 7-Quinten Graves-Mercado, Sr. 8-Kyle Brown, Jr. 9-Cameron Stone, Jr. 10-Kevin Kassis, Sr. 11-Ian Book, Sr. 12-Parker Barry, Soph. 13-Jordan White, Jr. 14-Jake Topping, Jr. 15-Chase Siegel, Jr. 16-Luke Goins, Sr. 17-Austin Eastman, Jr. 18-Jakob Flores, Jr. 19-Justin Poerio, […]

Heinz-sight: Primal instinct

“Orienteering” is a word that’s never graced the Mountain Democrat sports pages in the 15 years I’ve been here. Pretty sure “rappeling” hasn’t either. Now that they have, both are associated with Primal Quest Lake Tahoe 2015, the multi-sport expedition that began last week on the South Shore at Lake Tahoe and wraps up today […]

Bruins bank on being better, doing better

Team: Ponderosa Mascot: Bruins Head Coach: Jason Tenner, 9th year. Assistant Coaches: Brad Lawson, Defensive Line; Dwayne Brekke, Wide Receivers; Riki King, Offensive/Defensive Line; Jeff Lewallen, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks; Kesean Caston, Defensive Backs; Drake Ussery, Running Backs; Justin Michaelis, Defensive Backs/Video; David Henderson, Linebackers/Video; Tenner, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers, Offensive Line. League: Capital Valley Conference (Antelope, […]

Outside with Charlie: Horse Canyon

The Horse Canyon trailhead is just east of the Silver Lake Campground and Silver Lake, on the south side of Highway 88. The trail starts off gently enough, taking you past a couple of small meadows. They’re also great places to simply relax if you aren’t intending to go any higher. Continuing past the meadows, […]

Marcus ready for new adventures

In 1997, Kaela Marcus was introduced to the swimming pool as young infant. “My parents wanted me to learn how to swim,” said the El Dorado High swimmer who graduated last spring. “It was just a backyard swimming pool … good size … seven feet at the deepest.” The Marcus family moved to El Dorado […]

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