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Next stop: Playoffs

Oak Ridge and Union Mine softball teams begin their Sac-Joaquin Section playoff runs tomorrow. Playing its first game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Oak Ridge (13-14) enters as the Division I’s No. 10 seed and play No. 7 River City (17-6) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the playoffs, taking […]

Trojans signed to LOIs

EL DORADO HILLS — Seven Trojan athletes, covering all the seasons, signed their Letter of Intent forms at a signing ceremony last month on the campus. Competing at the college level will be: Carolyn Almeida, golf, Lewis and Clark; Shelby Peters, basketball, US Merchant Marine Academy; Grace Derksen, basketball, Cal Lutheran; Madison Topping, lacrosse, Whittier […]

Jimmy Trulli, Tim Mack score 1st wins

The fourth Championship Points Race brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in the Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night. Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Sprint Car Division, celebrating the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned […]

Hangtown Classic returns this week

No race is like it in California. The 47th Annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic, the Crown Jewell of the Series, is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16, 2015, with the pros racing on Saturday. It‘s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the […]

Connor Rains signs pro contract

Former Ponderosa High football player Connor Rains has signed a professional free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, one of nine undrafted players the team agreed to terms with. A two-year starting offensive lineman for Wyoming after arriving as part of the Cowboys’ 2012 recruiting class, Rains is one of three […]

Under the scoreboard: May 10, 2015

Former Golden Sierra All Metro MVP pitcher Tyler Waldron will be at Raley Field in West Sacramento May 21-24 when his team, the Memphis Redbirds, are in town to face the Sacramento River Cats in a 4-game series. Memphis is the Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. *** Four Oak Ridge Lady Trojan […]

Roundup: May 10, 2015

Girls soccer Division VI playoffs Golden Sierra 1, Millennium 3 — The Grizzlies and Falcons were tied 1-1 at halftime in Thursday’s first round playoff game in Tracy. But Millennium scored two goals in the second half for the win. Golden Sierra finished its season at 10-11-2. Tennis Section playoffs Division IV Union Mine 2, Forest […]

Schedule: May 10-16, 2015

Monday, May 11 Baseball Section playoffs D-VI: GS @ Delta, 4 p.m. Boys golf Section playoffs OR, Joe Fowler @ Masters, The Reserve, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 Boys volleyball Section playoffs D-II: Vista del Lago @ GS, 7 p.m. Softball Section playoffs D-III: Laguna Creek vs. PHS, Sac. Softball Complex, 6 p.m. Track […]

Ponderosa girls advance to final four

FOLSOM — Abbie Jones scored the winning goal for Ponderosa, which defeated Vista del Lago, 2-1, in overtime in last Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer quarterfinal game. This was the second consecutive road victory for the No. 10 Lady Bruins (10-6-5), who beat Cordova in the first round last Tuesday. Ponderosa advances to the semifinals Wednesday, […]

Diamond teams ready for playoffs

One El Dorado County high school baseball and two softball teams get the postseason underway the first part of the week, all on the road. Today, Golden Sierra (9-11) baseball enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs as the Sierra Delta League’s No. 3 seed and the division’s No. 9 seed. In an outbracket game, […]

Cougar spikers sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — El Dorado and Union Mine’s intra-county Sierra Valley Conference matchup Wednesday ended the regular reason with the Cougars sweeping 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 – the scores made close by the D’backs’ late push in each set. The Cougars rode the talents of senior Elijah Magat whose dominate hitting keyed El Dorado’s offense. Aside […]

Century routes info box

The Motherlode Century Bike Ride Saturday, May 9, 2015 Estimated travel times Hwy. 49, Lotus to Cool, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Hwy. 193, Cool to Greenwood Rd., 7-10 a.m. Greenwood Rd., from Hwy. 193 to Marshall Rd., 7:45-10:30 a.m. Garden Valley Rd. and Hwy. 193, Garden Valley to Rock Creek Rd., 8:15-11 a.m. Rock Creek Rd. from […]

Cougars dual meet champs

EL DORADO — El Dorado’s varsity teams completed their undefeated Dual Meet Sierra Valley Conference season after twin wins at Union Mine to emerge undisputed league champions. The Lady Cougars won their head-to-head with the Diamondbacks 110-26 while the El Dorado boys prevailed against their counterparts 105-31. The Cougars varsity boys are undefeated in dual […]

Roundup: Matt Smith’s home run cements SVC title

Golf Division I North Tournament 18 holes at Catta Verdara, par 71 Team: 1-Granite Bay, 361; 2-Oak Ridge 371; 3-Folsom, 374; 4-Jesuit, 378; 5-Davis, 381; 6-Vacaville, 388; 7-Pleasant Grove, 424; 8-Napa. 439 OR scores: Quinn Carlsen, 69; Dylan VanderVeer, 73; Tyler Gunderson, 74; Connor Gaymon, 75; Adam Agustin 80; Austin Long, 81. Oak Ridge advances […]

Speedway: DeCaires new sprint division leader entering Saturday’s race

Tomorrow the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th anniversary Championship Series. Four divisions are expected to pack the evening roster at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Saturday’s event will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf […]

Athletic Physical Nights next week

El Dorado, Union Mine and Ponderosa hold their Sports Physical Night, valid for the 2015-16 school year, next Tuesday at Marshal Primary Care Center, 1095 Marshall Way in Placerville. Cost is $10. Students with last names G-P are at 5:30 p.m.; Q-Z at 6 and A-F at 6:30. Arrivals after 6:30 cannot be accommodated. Make […]

On tap

Today Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser for long-time Ponderosa football coach Chic Bist, who is fighting pancreatic cancer. At Ponderosa High’s cafeteria in the time slots of 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Spaghetti — both meat and vegetarian — plus salad, garlic bread and dessert. Raffle items and/also T-shirts and bracelets will also be available to purchase. The […]

Lady Grizzlies roar into playoffs

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Within 24 hours, the Golden Sierra and San Juan softball teams combined to score 48 runs in their two Sierra Delta League contests — one third by the Grizzlies Wednesday in their 16-7 win over the host Spartans to determine third place and the league’s last playoff slot. That formula has worked for […]

Lady Trojans drop league finale

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge had eight hits but Del Oro posted a 10-3 Sierra Foothill League softball win Tuesday on the Trojans’ Senior Day. The Lady Trojans (6-6 in the SFL, 13-14) came into the game already clinched one of the league’s five playoff berths. The Golden Eagles (9-3 in the SFL, 16-9) scored their first run […]

Girls soccer: Bruins dethrone Lancers

RANCHO CORDOVA — Two Ponderosa girls soccer players led the way in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III first-round 7-1 playoff win at Cordova. The victory sent the No. 10 seed Lady Bruins (9-6-5) to yesterday’s second round at Vista del Lago. Abbie Jones and Jadah Suarez scored two goals each for the Bruins. Suarez scored her first […]

Union Mine bows out to lower seed

EL DORADO — Natomas High’s brute strength and sheer physicality won out in the end in the Nighthawks’ Division IV section playoff matchup with host Union Mine Tuesday. Though it looked promising early for the No. 6 seed Lady Diamondbacks, they lost their lead and eventually the 2-1 game to the No. 11 Nighthawks. Needed […]

D’backs win last game

EL DORADO — Behind the complete-game pitching of Andrew Vaughn, Union Mine ended it season on a high note with Tuesday’s 6-2 win over visiting Cordova. The D’backs finished 8-13 overall and 5-10 in the Sierra Valley Conference. Prior to the game, Union Mine honored seniors Nate Brown and Colton Lamson. Both seniors started. Brown […]

Sports Scene: May 5, 2015

REMEMBERING BERTE REYNOLDS A memorial golf tournament in homor of the late Berte Reynolds will be held May 9 at the Camino Heights Golf Course, with all proceeds to benefit the El Dorado High School girls basketball team. The tournament fee is $60 per person or $300 per five-person team. To register for the tournament […]

Outside with Charlie: Wildflowers?

Every year there is a guessing game that happens in late spring. It’s called “When will the wildflowers bloom in the Sierra?” Most of the time the answer spans a period of time from mid-June to July, depending on the snows of winter. A recent tid bit from Tahoe seemed to indicate that the start […]

Three from area win Lacky awards

Book, Neves, Spencer LODI — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced $33,800 in scholarships were awarded to 48 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Among the athletes awarded $600 were Oak Ridge’s Nolan Book, El Dorado’s Dane Neves and […]

Roundup: Laut, Jetter set records; Bruins boys swim/dive league champs

Track and Field Sacramento Meet of Champions American River College Boys — 100: 6-Brandon Jetter, OR, 10.88; 2-Chibuikem Ohanele, OR, 10.98. 200: 17-Ohanele, OR, 23.53. 400: 7-Bret McNamee, OR, 50.12. 330h: 15-Griffin Prather, OR, 41.69. 800: 11-Shane Marshall, PHS, 2:00.28. 4x100L 11-OR (Prather, Ohanele, Christian Wootton, Jetter), 43.67. 4×400: 3-PHS (Mitchell Massera, Patrick Hickey, Jordan […]

Cougars’ Neves SVC champ

FOLSOM — El Dorado’s Dane Neves won last week’s Super Singles title at the Sierra Valley Conference championships at Broadstone Racquet Club. Neves’ 7-5, 6-0 victory over a Cordova opponent qualified the Cougar senior to the section individual tournament, beginning today, at the Oak Park Tennis Courts in Stockton. Joining Neves are teammates Daphne Green […]

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 […]

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