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Barla aims for CIF finals

There’s no question Connor Barla’s participation at this weekend’s CIF State Track and Field Championships will cause him to miss his high school graduation at Golden Sierra. But with family, friends and the school behind him, Barla is excited to compete. At Buchanan High in Clovis, Barla will soar with the best of the best […]

Pereira wins Future Collegians Championship

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Competing in and around tropical storm Beryl this past Memorial Day weekend, Ponderosa senior-to-be Corey Pereira won the Future Collegians World Tour boys 16-19 Tournament on the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The victory came while Pereira awaits to play in next Wednesday’s CIF State Golf Championships […]

Championship points racing returns tomorrow

After a week off for the Memorial Day Holiday, Placerville Speedway roars back into action Saturday night with the sixth championship point race of the Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Season. The event will feature four divisions of racing including winged 260 sprint cars, the Bay Cities Racing Association midgets, the Nor Cal Dwarf […]

Juniors open victoriously

EL DORADO — It wasn’t pretty for the host El Dorado Post 119 Junior Legion baseball team in its summer opener Wednesday but the 8-6 victory over Auburn made up for it. Jitters hit both teams defensively but more so Post 84 which gave away four first-inning runs. El Dorado jumped out to a 7-1 […]

Local trio enjoys final softball game

Ponderosa catcher Skye Jerpbak and left fielder Natalie Kessing joined Oak Ridge’s Jade Matsumsoto and Bruin coach Dwayne Brekke as part of the South squad in the 35th annual High School Softball All-Star Game. In the nine-inning game, the North erased a 5-2 South lead to post a 10-5 win. Jerpbak started behind the plate […]

Optimist softball tonight

Three local senior girls and one coach are on the South roster for tonight’s annual Optimist All-Star Softball game at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento. Representing Division I Sac-Joaquin Section finalist Ponderosa is catcher Skye Jerpbak and outfielder Natalie Kessing, the Delta River League’s Most Valuable Player. Kessing will attend San Diego State while […]

Dillon delivered for Cougars

Justin Dillon arrived at a crossroads midway through his athletic career at El Dorado after an injury relegated him to the sidelines. Up to that point, the Cougar had spread his talent playing football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. With time to access his future, Dillon cut two sports […]

Maier makes NCAA history on 10k run

Deborah Maier, a 2008 Ponderosa High School graduate, is making her marks for the Cal Bears. Maier, a junior who competes in indoor track, waited until the Payton Jordan Invitational last month to make her outdoor debut. Competing in the 10,000 meters, Maier turned in a record-setting time of 32 minutes, 12.47 seconds, earning the junior […]

Outside with Charlie: Outdoor adventure awaits

The Memorial Day weekend was a mix of snow, hail, rain, wind and sunshine. The unofficial start of summer wasn’t at all summery. It rarely is. Take heart though. The opportunities to get outside and have fun grow by the day. Just look east to the Crystal Basin and the melting snow fields. The American […]

Blue Diamond girls take league

The Blue Diamonds of the Foothill Girls Softball League 8U had reason to smile after winning their league championship. Team members are: Alexis Mackie, Annalisa Yanagihara, Bailey McGovern, Emma Nelson, Isabel Ortega, Kylie Kirtlan, Madeline Carson, Natalie Machon, Natalie Mancinelli, Olivia Medina, Samantha Boeck and Kennedy Sather. The team is coached by Lesa Boeck, Travis […]

Under the Scoreboard: May 28, 2012

Lauren Clifford, a champion swimmer and 2008 valedictorian at El Dorado High is now finishing her junior year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill, where she is studying Kinesiology. Clifford swims for the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big 10 Division I conference and has qualified to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer in […]

American Quarter Midget Racing events for kids

The American Quarter Midget Association, a family-oriented sport that involves racing in special prepared cars, offers racing for any child ages 5 to 16. The cars, rules and safety procedures are designed specifically for kids. This sport is definitely the “best kept secret” you’ll ever come across. We are located inside the Prairie City State Vehicular […]

Six county athletes advance to state finals

ELK GROVE — Cool temperatures and nagging winds affected performances throughout the day, but six qualifying finishes were achieved by El Dorado county athletes at Friday’s CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Elk Grove High, serving as the regional qualifier for next weekend’s CIF-State Championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Ponderosa girls’ team led the […]

River Cats name area athletes to All-City teams

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats’ Triple-A baseball team, an affiliate of the Oakland A’s, named 36 local athletes to its 2011-12 Fall, Winter, Spring All-City teams. The athletes were honored in a ceremony prior to a River Cats’ game May 13. Those who chose to attend received a ticket to the game  and an […]

TRTA National Trails Day this Saturday

STATELINE, NEV. — Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for American Hiking Society’s 20th annual National Trails Day event Saturday. Come celebrate the start of our trail season by volunteering to build trail or by joining us for a guided hike around the new Van Sickle Bi-State Park. The event begins at Van Sickle CA/NV […]

Schedule: May 28 – June 3, 2012

Monday, May 28 Baseball Senior Legion ED @ Fairfield, scrimmage, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 Baseball Junior Legion Auburn @ ED Post 119, UMHS, 5:30 Softball Annual Optimist All Star game Natalie Kessing, Skye Jerpbak, Jade Matsumoto @ Capital Christian, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31 Baseball Senior Legion ED @ Lodi, Zupo Field, 7 p.m. […]

Sports scene

Class and signup information: Placerville Recreation and Parks Department: 549 Main St., Placerville. 530-642-5232; cityofplacerville.org Cameron Park Community Services District: 2502 Country Club Drive. 530-677-2231; cameronpark.org El Dorado Hills Community Services District: 1021 Harvard Way. 916-933-6624 Basketball league  Cameron Park CSD is offering a High School Spring League. Get your friends together and sign up as team. Games […]

Mother Lode Rugby comes close

SACRAMENTO — It wasn’t for lack of trying, rather a lack of tries that hampered the Mother Lode Rugby U19 girls side that fell short to Fullerton 15-8 at last weekend’s State Cup match at Jesuit High School. Mother Lode, composed of girls from Oak Ridge, Ponderosa and El Dorado, struck first on a 3-point kick […]

Heinz-sight: Ponderosa softball girls made us proud

When the Sacramento Softball Complex is your home away from home for a 5-to-6 day stretch there’s time to ponder thoughts stuck in Watt Avenue traffic or stopped at one of that street’s unusually long red lights. Watching the Ponderosa softball team battle it’s way through the playoffs to second place in the section, the […]

Grizzly duo enjoy prolific careers

GARDEN VALLEY — Over the years, Golden Sierra High has produced its share of outstanding athletes. However, it’s a unique occurrence when a male and female athlete in the same sport share terrific seasons in the same events. Grizzly seniors Connor Barla and Emily Reddish have become common-place headliners for the track and field program. […]

Sheldon streaks past Bruins to the section banner

SACRAMENTO — The best Ponderosa managed in Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section title game against a hot Sheldon team was to slow the defending champs down. Stopping them wasn’t in the cards. Riding a tidal wave of offense in their stay at the Sacramento Softball Complex, the Huskies did continue their momentum but at a lesser scale […]

Cougars drop series to Sonora

LODI — It took just 75 minutes Tuesday for the El Dorado High baseball team to tie its Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV best-of-three series against Sonora in an 11-1 win that included the clutch pitching and hitting of senior Justin Dillon. But the Wildcats turned the tables in the third and final game, ending the […]

Ponderosa girls play for section title

SACRAMENTO — Gianna Bilotta’s three-run home run was the great start and Taylor Doane’s solo shot was needed insurance but what became the winning run in Ponderosa’s victory over West Tuesday was a Taylor Eilders ball up the middle that went through the pitcher’s wickets. Combined, they added up to the Bruins’ 5-3 Sac-Joaquin Section […]

Ben Thomas signs with Quincy University

Senior Ben Thomas, instrumental in El Dorado’s basketball run the last two years under coack Ken Macklin, has signed a Letter of Intent to play next season for Quincy University in Illinois. Thomas will join his brother Jake who plays for the football program.

Ex-Trojans factor into another state title

Austin Ales, a former Oak Ridge High baseball player donning the uniform for Cosumnes River College, played a critical role Sunday afternoon in helping the Hawks win the California Community College Athletic Association championship at Bakersfield College. In the  8-6 victory over Rio Hondo College of Whittier in extra innings, Ales pitched a scoreless 12th inning […]

Grades, guns and a good time

Academics and athletics have long intertwined for student-athletes and another way — probably unbeknownst to many — is the connection that exists linking classroom results with hunting. Each year one student from El Dorado County, aged 12-16, is rewarded with a pheasant hunting trip to the R&R Hunting Resort, a Cabela’s certified desination, in Seneca, […]

Heinz-sight: Built to last

My next door neighbor has a habit, rather history, of going one direction on a project, stopping, starting over and then a year later redoing everything differently. He works circles around me. One thing he’s constructed very well, as an assistant coach for Ponderosa’s JV softball team, is the current varsity squad that’s embroiled in […]

Corey Pereira qualifies for state golf championship tourney

CHICO — Just one day after winning an NCGA Junior Tournament in Fresno by three strokes, Ponderosa golfer Corey Pereira traveled to Butte Creek Country Club in Chico for the NCGA/CIF Northern California championship Monday. It was Pereira’s second trip in as many years. The junior’s dedication to his game and his tournament experience paid […]

Big inning lifts Lady Bruins over St. Mary’s

Doane’s walk-off hit tames Tokay SACRAMENTO — Skye Jerpbak drove in four runs, two in an eight-run sixth inning, as Ponderosa remained alive in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I  playoffs after its 10-4 win over St. Mary’s Monday night at the Sacramento Softball Complex. With their backs to the wall, the Lady Bruins could ill […]

Forsberg drives to second victory

74 year-old Micheli wins Late Model feature; Tilford continues Pure Stock reign Defending three time Placerville Speedway track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn lived up to his Mr. Excitement likeness Saturday night during the fifth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light championship points race of the Fast and Furious Championship racing series at the El […]

Trio of gold at Division I meet

Two Bruins, Trojan take 1st ELK GROVE — Ponderosa had two top qualifiers and Oak Ridge one from last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field Championships at Elk Grove High. On the track, Bruin Brittany Anselmo crossed first in the 800 meter race; Trojan Sean McHone led the pack in winning the 1,600; […]

Cougar boys take 1st at Divisionals

MODESTO — El Dorado’s 61 total points captured the boys track and field team crown at Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Finals at Modesto Junior College. Four county athletes claimed top spots as a total of 30 athletes from El Dorado, Golden Sierra and Union Mine advanced to next week’s Masters Meet. Cougar Joe Soik […]

Schedule: May 21-26, 2012

Monday, May 21 Golf NorCal Tournament Corey Pereira @ Butte Creek CC, 10 a.m. Softball  Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Sacramento Softball Complex D-1: PHS vs. Tokay, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 Baseball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Tony Zupo Field ED vs. Sonora, 4 p.m. 2nd game if necessary, 7 p.m. Softball Sac Joaquin Section Playoffs Sacramento Softball […]

Bruin softball splits opening round

SACRAMENTO — Three errors factored into Ponderosa High’s 4-0 victory Saturday over Vacaville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The top seed Bruins scored twice off three Bulldog errors in the second inning. Giana Bilotta reached first on a miscue and an out later scored when Taylor Doane […]

Davis nine knocks Trojans out

SACRAMENTO — In a tantilizing rematch of last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball playoff opener between Oak Ridge and Davis at Sacramento City College’s Union Stadium, the Blue Devils took revenge with their 5-2 win. Ben Eckels struck out 11 Trojan batters en route to bouncing Oak Ridge out of the playoffs, joining Jesuit […]

Grizzly softball girls bounced from first round

LODI — With its offense back in Garden Valley and its defense giving away extra outs, Golden Sierra fell to Waterford 7-0 in first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI action at the Lodi Softball Complex Thursday Night. Wildcats’ hurler Kylie Ragsdale held the Grizzlies to five hits and struck out 12 to offset Golden Sierra’s Hollie […]

County Sports League Track and Field Championships

Optimist Club of El Dorado Hills Country Sports League Track and Field Championships Union Mine, May 9, 11  Girls — 65 hurdles: Girls A, 1-HGR-Elizabeth Vaccaro, 11.42, Girls B, 1-PV-Breanne Gloia, 11.44, Girls C-1-GHI-Julia Lathrop, 11:47; Mile: Girls B-1-MAR-Danny Destefano, 8:39.83, Girls C-NOR-Madisyn Schmitz, 6:17.56; 400: Girls A, 1-HGR-Allison Babbage, 1:07.75, Girls B, 1-MAR-Madelyn Davis, 1:19.56, Girls […]

Fast and Furious at Speedway

The contingent for the 2012 Placerville Speedway winged sprint car championship is beginning to take stellar form. This Saturday night a trio of decorated champions, an up-and-coming lady racer and a local favorite will take to the track as the top five point-runners for the fifth segment of the Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing […]

Outside with Charlie: Spring highs and lows

With sunny and mostly mild spring temperatures, the spread of outdoor recreation opportunities just continues to grow. While everything is in bloom here in the lower elevations, the higher reaches are still working towards budding out. Along Highway 50, the American River is flowing fast as river kayakers are taking full advantage of the spring […]

Griz spikers’ playoff run ends

ROCKLIN — Golden Sierra and its faithful volleyball fans came to Tuesday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section  boys Division II semifinal match against the Whitney Wildcats as the underdog. With a birth in the finals on the line and riding an eight-match winning streak, the Grizzlies were hoping the streak would continue. In the end, Whitney had the […]

Cougars advance after tense 10-inning win

LODI — Zack Culp took one for the team — at the right time and the right setting. El Dorado’s do-or-die 10-inning marathon Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener ended in less-than spectacular fashion Wednesday night when a Manteca pitch plucked Culp for a hit-by-pitch, walk-off 2-1 victory at Zupo Field in Lodi. Matt […]

Optimist All Stars very recognizable

Tonight’s Optimist All Star boys and girls volleyball matches at Capital Christian High School will have a distinct El Dorado County flavor with local players and coaches on both South rosters. The boys match, now in its 15th year, starts at 5 p.m. On the South roster is Griffin O’Camb, Duncan Alexander and Riley Moore from […]

Jessica Davis racks up rugby accomplishments

Jessica Davis, a 2010 Ponderosa High School graduate who attends American International College in Springfield, Mass., has racked up multiple achievements in rugby on and off the field. She’ the highest scoring player in the Northeast USA Division II Collegiate Conference with 120 points. In the recent championship game against St. Michael’s of Vermont, Davis […]

Rocklin sweep ends Ponderosa’s volleyball season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Though it met many of its goals for the 2012 season, Ponderosa’s ultimate one — winning a section boys volleyball title — was denied by visiting Rocklin which swept the Bruins out of the Sac-Joaquin Division I postseason after an 18-25, 22-25, 19-25 semifinal victory Tuesday. Despite a small slip-up in the […]

Roundup: May 16, 2012

Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division II Semifinals Golden Sierra def. by Whitney, 16-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25 Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division VI Golden Sierra def. by Forest Lake Christian 2-0 Baseball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division VI Golden Sierra 4, Mariposa 9  Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts May 1 Ace of the Month: […]

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