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Forsberg secures fourth championship

Tilford becomes third brother of family to claim Pure Stock championship It’s almost as if Auburn’s Andy Forsberg works best under pressure, as Saturday night he had more pressure than ever before in his quest for his fourth Placerville Track Championship. In the end, Forsberg did what everyone has been booing him for in recent […]

Roundup: Aug. 31, 2012

Volleyball El Dorado def. by Monterey Trail 25-23, 19-25, 16-25, 25-17, 12-15 Soccer El Dorado 0, Del Campo 2 El Dorado JV 1, Del Campo 1 Golf Oak Ridge 256, Roseville 235 — Sierra View par 37. OR low scores: Han, 43; Almeida, 43.

Roundup: Aug. 30, 2012

Soccer El Dorado 1, Amador 1 Oak Ridge 0, McClatchy 2 Golden Sierra 0, Rio Linda 4 Volleyball Oak Ridge def. by Del Oro 25-14, 19-25, 23-25, 25-7, 15-17 El Dorado def. by Folsom 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-18, 6-15  Golf Union Mine 294, Galt 360 — Dry Creek GC. UM scores: Trisha Tolbert, 53; Megan […]

Thunder storms through tournaments

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Thunder U12 girls soccer team defeated the Petaluma Bulldogs in convincing fashion by a score of 4-0 on August 19th to capture the 2nd Annual El Dorado Hills Soccerfest Tournament. The Thunder played tenacious defense over the course of the two-day tournament allowing just two goals in […]

Winners want to repeat, winless want W’s

Local county teams went 2-2 to open Zero Week of the 2012 prep football season. Ponderosa, which had a bye, opens tonight by hosting Valley in the lone home date. In other nonleague action, Oak Ridge travels to Rocklin, El Dorado plays at Tokay, Union Mine is at Bear River and in a Saturday matinée, […]

Allard vs. Forsberg one final time in heated title war

Cameron Park driver is a mere eight points from dethroning three-time defending champion Ding ding ding … in corner one we have Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, a three-time defending Placerville Speedway track champion. The winningest driver in recent history, Forsberg  isn’t daunted by jeering fans or criticism for consistently winning and dishes it right back at […]

Griz booters fall short to Colfax

GARDEN VALLEY — Wednesday’s Colfax-Golden Sierra nonleague soccer match had scoring, defense, yellow cards and physicality — everything except the final 12 minutes. That’s when a serious injury to Patrick Lewis — thought to be a hyperextended knee — and the real potential for reprisals, prompted Grizzly head coach Johnn deGraef to call the game […]

Outside with Charlie: Go camping

Summer ends in a little over three weeks. September 22 is the Equinox. Daylight and night will be equal in terms of time, hence the title “Equinox.” Autumn begins, and the days get shorter, the nights longer, in small but steady increments. What to do with the remaining bits of summer? Enjoy it with camping […]

Harms, Berringer return on West Coast swing

Senior Cora Harms and junior Kayla Berringer of the nationally-ranked University of North Carolina volleyball team will be with the Tar Heels when they play at the Labor Day Tournament this weekend at UC Davis. See Harms and Berringer in action Friday at 5 p.m. at the Rec. Hall and at noon and 5 p.m. Saturday. […]

1-2 finish for Oracle Team USA

SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle Team USA’s toughest opponents were themselves during the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regattas sailed on San Francisco Bay, this past week. Oracle skippers Jimmy Spithill and Russell Coutts faced each other in the match race final on Sunday, after beating all other competing boats in single-elimination rounds. Coutts, 50, beat […]

Pickett fundraisers set

Several fundraisers are upcoming for Zach Pickett, the Ponderosa senior severely injured in a fluke diving mishap, starting with next Thursday’s Spaghetti Feed at Holy Trinity. Since the accident, the Pickett family has incurred untold expenses from travel, parking, rehab, home remodel, wheelchair van and additional debilitating expenses yet to come. The community support to […]

Lady D’backs sweep Antelope

EL DORADO — In its first unofficial match of the 2012-2013 season Monday, the defending state champion Union Mine Lady Diamondback volleyball squad swept the visiting Antelope Titans in three sets, 25-12, 25-8, 25-20. “I was very pleased with the girls’ performance tonight. We did a great job of team passing, blocking, and communication,” new […]

Ponderosa girls overtake Grizzlies in 4

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Monday’s intra-county Foundation volleyball game between host Ponderosa and Golden Sierra cut both ways: some positive moments; some not so much. The annual match designed to raise CIF scholarship funds doesn’t count in the standings — negating the Bruins’ 15-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 victory; sparing a Grizzly setback after a solid opening […]

Union Mine spikers chart new course

EL DORADO — A new era is underway for Union Mine High volleyball, beginning with new head coach Marti Howton. Howton takes over for Mike Yates who guided the Lady Diamondbacks to a CIF State Division IV championship as well as the Nor Cal, Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV and Sierra Valley Conference titles. They finished the […]

Minus Tow, D’back offense spins its wheels

EL DORADO — With a packed crowd and the final days of summer waning for the first night of high school football, host Union Mine ran on to the gridiron to kick off its season against El Camino. While each team was eager to establish its dominance on the field in order to start the […]

Cougars vanquish Vikings in overtime

Mere hours after defeating South Lake Tahoe 40-34 in overtime Friday night, the El Dorado football team was at the track to run off soreness from its first preaseason game. “The kids are invested in this program,” Cougar coach Joe Volek said “We started preparing in January and when you invest that much time winning […]

Forsberg takes, dishes heat after Speedway win

Three-time champion clings to mere single digit point lead entering final race Auburn’s Andy Forsberg led every lap of Saturday’s feature event at Placerville Speedway to post his fifth victory of the 2012 racing season and maintain his season-long point lead in the 2012 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Tires-Coors Light Championship series. Although the victory makes […]

Grizzlies fall flat in opener

SACRAMENTO — A year after securing coach John Hilton’s first win by beating Capital Christian, Golden Sierra couldn’t duplicate Friday in losing its season opener to the host Cougars 47-3. “Initially, I think we got a little intimidated from (Capital Christian’s) size in the beginning,” Hilton said. “And because of that all our basic mechanics […]

Schedule: Aug. 27-Sept. 2

Monday, Aug. 27 Volleyball Foundation Games GS @ PHS, 7 p.m. Antelope @ UM, 7 p.m. OR @ Rio Americano, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Golf UM @ Galt, Dry Creek GC, 3:30 Vista del Lago @ ED, Cold Springs GC, 3:30 Soccer McClatchy @ OR, 4 p.m. Amador @ ED, 6:30 PHS @ Rocklin, […]

Second half surge aids Troy

FOLSOM — Four touchdowns in the third quarter helped the Oak Ridge High football team to a 42-6 victory over Vista del Lago Friday night at Prairie City Stadium in the Week 0 opener for both teams. Leading 14-6 at halftime, the Trojans scored on their first possession in the third quarter as running back Josh […]

Sparks take second at Breakers Cup

SANTA CRUZ — The Prospector Soccer Club U11 girls’ competitive team, Sparks, played in the Breakers Cup. At their second tournament of the season, the Sparks girls played with amazing team enthusiasm to narrowly missed taking home the championship. Starting off at an early morning game, the Sparks came out ready to play against Walnut […]

Trojans prepare for Eagles’ passing attack in opener

Tonight, four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams start their season with Week 0 with non-league games. The big game is Oak Ridge journeying to Folsom to take Vista del Lago and Eagles head coach Chris Jones, who was the Trojans’ head coach for nine seasons before starting Vista’s program toward […]

Diamondback running back is back for more

Union Mine runner credits O-line for success EL DORADO — Last season, Sean Tow racked up some impressive numbers. The running back for the Union Mine High football team rushed for 2,217 yards on 223 carries, had averages of 9.9 yards per carry and 246 yards per game and scored 20 touchdowns, ending the 2011 prep football […]

Penultimate point’s race is ‘Race for Hunger’

Drivers and fans to raise donations, awareness for Food Bank of El Dorado County It’s all about Hunger at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, as many drivers will be hungry for valuable championship points toward their prospective championship titles at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The penultimate championship point race will benefit the Food […]

Mr. Ponderosa heads to Northwest

Andy Cunningham to swim for Seattle University Toward the end of his show-stopping rendition of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” for the talent portion of last spring’s Mr. Ponderosa contest, Andy Cunningham dove on his fellow students to crowd-surf. It was familiar territory to the Bruin senior. An accomplished swimmer, Cunningham relies on […]

Roundup: Aug. 20

Cold Springs Ladies Golf 18-holers club championship Aug. 14 Open division Low gross: Heidi Caldwell, 282; Mary Jo Walter, 295 Low net: Adrienne Ligon, 227 Senior division 1st flight Low gross: Berta Galvez, 276 Low net: Kathy Goldman, 221; Marianne Chavez, 222 2nd flight Low net: Esther Purdie, 227; Gena Foote, 228

Prospector Galaxy wins Sun Stroke Classic

ELK GROVE — The under 14 Prospector Galaxy soccer team took the championship trophy at the Elk Grove Sun Stroke Classic. Overall the team was 4-0, averaging five goals and surrendering none. The team was greeted in Elk Grove with windy and cool weather for an August weekend, but that didn’t stop it from coming […]

Mountain biking team rides to title

EL DORADO HILLS — Fourteen year-old state champion mountain bike racer Ashley Albor didn’t own the bike she used to win in the sport she’s a relative newcomer to. Albor’s remarkable accomplishment topped a field of 24 riders. Her score, combined with three others, also led to a title for the Spartans High School Mountain […]

Junior lifeguards in training

Each summer, armies of local kids look to cool off and have some fun around water — and the Placerville Aquatics Center has plenty of options for those adventurous young ones. Likewise, for those bright young children who may be dreaming of becoming stronger swimmers or even lifeguards, the Junior Lifeguard program offered by the […]

First and goal: Asking grid questions

Three days. That’s how many days are left before four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams kick off Week 0 of the 2012 season. On Friday, Aug. 24, those four schools will play non-league games, and two of the four will play their season openers at home. Union Mine entertains El Camino […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 19, 2012

Sacramento Orthodontist Vic Vicari, 53, a Ponderosa alumni, won his fifth straight Ironman title at last month’s 40th Eppies’ Great Race. Vicari, in winning for the eighth time, posted a time of 1:44.34. His other victories came in 2002, 2003 and 2005. The 5.82 mile run, 12.5 mile bike and 6.35 mile paddle  triathlon competition […]

Schedule: August 20-25, 2012

Tuesday, Aug. 21 Golf PHS @ UM, Cameron Park CC, scrimmage, 3:30 p.m. Tennis OR @ Rocklin, scrimmage, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball UM @ Roseville, scrimmage, 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 Golf UM @ OR, Serrano CC, scrimmage, 3:30 p.m. Soccer Forest Lake Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. Tennis Rio Americano @ OR, Broadstone, scrimmage, 3:30 […]

Becker leads 14th point race flag to post second season win

McDaniel wins Late Model Feature; Former Champion Holbrook win Pure Stocks Sean Becker of Roseville started on the pole of Saturday’s 25-lap feature event on Mountain Democrat Kids Night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Although a series of caution flags plagued the race from start to finish, the former Civil War […]

Local grid teams excel at summer camps

Note: Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are featured in this story. This year’s Golden Sierra High football team was featured in the Friday, Aug. 17 issue of the Mountain Democrat.  Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams kick off the 2012 season on Friday, all […]

Roundup: Aug. 16, 2012

Golf Hole in one Eddie Torix used a sand wedge to deliver a Nike ball from 102 yards out to ace the 15th hole at Apple Mountain Golf Resort.

Bikes ride center stage for Kids’ Night

Kids are free on Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night at Speedway Grab the bikes, bring the tikes. It’s time for “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Placerville Speedway. This annual event tomorrow (Saturday) is the biggest night for the littlest of race fans and exciting for fans of all ages as the Red Hawk Casino championship battles […]

Grizzly football gets it right

SACRAMENTO — Last week was not the first time that members of the Golden Sierra High football team strapped on their helmets and shoulder pads. Last month, the Grizzlies’ varsity and JV teams participated at the Playmakers Full Contact High School Football Camp at Rosemont High as one of six high schools that participated. There, […]

Fluke mishap injures Ponderosa swimmer

CAMERON PARK — Ponderosa High swimmer Zachary Pickett suffered a serious injury days before the start of the 2012-13 school year, leaving a void on the Shingle Springs’ campus as classes got underway. Lifeguarding at Cameron Park Lake, the junior class president, according to his dad Tod, simply ran into the water and dove in […]

Trojans, Cougars host scrimmages

Two of the five El Dorado County high school football teams will host controlled scrimmages tomorrow. Oak Ridge will host Colfax at 8:30 a.m. El Dorado will kick off its jamboree that also features Ponderosa, Rosemont and Rio Americano. The varsity teams are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. In other action, Union Mine makes […]

MaxPreps turns 10 years old

RANCH CORDOVA — MaxPreps, America’s top online source for high school sports, held its 10-year anniversary with Saturday’s dinner-dance celebration at Rancho Cordova’s Marriott Hotel. Estimates, according to MaxPrep’s office/human resources manager Deb Finneran, placed 140 people at the event, the majority connected to the 50 employees who run the day-to-day operations at its Cameron […]

Outside with Charlie: Two cool lakes

August has arrived, bringing with it a lot of heat. Beating the heat can be done. A trip to the pool, park, river, or lake can take the edge off a hot summer day. Getting into the higher mountains, though, means cooler temperatures. Along Highway 88, a treasure trove of outdoor opportunities, Caples Lake sits […]

Moving, muddy morass of metal and mayhem

With temperatures swelling to triple-digits Sunday afternoon at Placerville Speedway, determined fans were rewarded with the Placerville Police Officers Association’s 39th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby. Local favorite and derby veteran Ron Cannon, representing the host organization, and his No. 30 “CannonBall Express” 1979 Chevy Malibu Wagon was the last car moving to pick up the […]

Meet the Trojans a success

EL DORADO HILLS — Saturday’s annual Meet the Trojans event at Town Center braved hot temperatures to generate enthusiasm for the upcoming prep football season, which kicks off Friday, Aug. 24. Players and teams from all levels of the Oak Ridge and Junior Trojan programs were in attendance. The cheerleaders performed; young fans could get autographs and […]

Evanoff brothers have solid summers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Former Ponderosa baseball alumni Matt and Tyler Evanoff had solid summers performing for their respective college wood bat teams. Evanoff, a left-handed pitcher, fanned 32 batters and sported a 1.52 ERA for the second-place Neptune Beach Pearl. He was named first-team Horizon Air Summer Series All-Series 2012 and also second-team All-Far West […]

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