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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: […]

Mills churns out two 2nd-best section times

LODI — Qualifying for CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections in swimming is hard work; finishing in either the top eight for finals or top 16 for consolations is an honor. Swimmers from 27 leagues (over 175 schools) competed in prelims last Thursday and Friday at Tokay High with the top 16 from each event returning Saturday. El […]

Trojans open Thursday

Due to Monday’s 6-2 outbracket win by Franklin over Vintage, Oak Ridge’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball opener against Davis is tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Sacramento City College. In other baseball openers, El Dorado takes on Manteca at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Zupo Field in Lodi and Golden Sierra faces Mariposa at Galt Community […]

El Dorado track and field sweeps divisions

ELK GROVE — Competing in the Sierra Valley Conference meet at Cosumnes Oaks last week, El Dorado’s Track and Field teams showed their mettle in sweeping both varsity and frosh/soph divisions for the second year in a row. In all, the Cougars advanced 25 varsity athletes to this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional IV-V meet at […]

Pereira advances to NorCals

STOCKTON — Ponderosa golfer Corey Pereira shot an impressive two-under par 70 at Monday’s Masters Golf Tournament at The Reserve in Spanos Park, the day’s third lowest score. Pereira’s efforts earned him a slot at next Week’s CIF Northern California Golf Championships at the Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. It’s Pereira’s second trip to […]

D’back softball no-hit in playoff opener

EL DORADO — Central Catholic freshman pitcher Gio Rodoni was a tough customer for the Union Mine softball team and that meant the end of the line for the Lady Diamondbacks who fell 7-0 to the Raiders in Monday’s Sac Joaquin Section Division IV outbracket playoff game. Rodoni’s dominant no-hit effort overshadowed several outfield blunders […]

Benson muscles to long-awaited Placerville Speedway victory

Davis dethrones Micheli in Late Models; Tilford makes it four in a row in Pure Stocks Since 1996, Calistoga’s Mike Benson has had his share of top finishes at Placerville Speedway. However, the competitive driver from the Napa Valley had never won an event at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Saturday night, Benson got the […]

Delta River League crowns local Track/Field champs

Qualifiers advance to Divisionals SHINGLE SPRINGS — Thursday’s Delta River League Track and Field finals was where host Ponderosa and Oak Ridge crown 13 individuals and one relay team league champions. All but six titles came on the track. The top five finishers in each category qualified for this week’s Divisional Time Trials and Finals […]

Roundup: May 13, 2012

Softball Golden Sierra 0, Elliot Christian 11 — The Grizzlies closed the regular season with Friday’s home nonleague loss, getting one-hit in the five inning setback. Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Oak Ridge def. by Granite Bay 3-0  Track and Field Sierra Valley Conference Finals *Girls — 100: 3-Sara Slightam, ED, 12.89. 200: 3-Grace Abela, ED, 27.05. […]

Griz overcome Vikes

What they’re saying … “Everybody came together as a team.” — Arlis Meyer “We nailed our passing.” — Jim Hansen “We got strong at the net.” — Zach Marshall SACRAMENTO — The Golden Sierra boys volleyball team dropped the first game Thursday before winning its next three to upend host Valley 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 27-17 in […]

Schedule: May 14-19, 2012

Monday, May 14 Golf Masters Tournament, The Reserve, Stockton Softball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs D-IV: Central Catholic @ UM, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs D-VI: GS @ Forest Lake Christian, 4 p.m. Track and Field Divisionals D-IV/V: Trials, Modesto JC Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs D-1: Rocklin @ PHS, 7 p.m. D-II: GS […]

Bruin spikers win opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High boys volleyball co-coach Amy Stockett feels that teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs who are more consistent in most phases of the sport will win their matches. The host Bruins were consistent in setting and killing the ball down the middle Thursday night against first-round opponent Davis, coached […]

Records fall at Sierra Delta meet

RIO LINDA — As temperatures rose records fell at the Sierra Delta League Track and Field finals  Wednesday at Rio Linda with Golden Sierra capturing seven girls league records and the boys one. The Grizzly girls scored 198 points and won 14 of the 16 events to secure their fourth league title in as many […]

Roundup: May 11, 2012

Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Union Mine def. by Whitney 18-25, 20-25, 19-25  Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 2, Vintage 3 — OR goals: Mandi McBroom; Hannah Miller  

Trojans 10-run Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — In its final tune-up game before the playoffs, the Oak Ridge Trojan baseball team wasted no time dismantling the Ponderosa Bruins in a six-inning, mercy-rule 10-0 win. The game was close early. Oak Ridge starter Alex Fitchett shut out the Bruins while Ponderosa’s Jacob Bist settled down after allowing a first-inning […]

Bruin softball Delta River League champs

SACRAMENTO — Two passed balls, a defensive gem and the right arm of Paris Hallums led to the first-ever Delta League River Division I title for the Ponderosa High softball team after its tense 1-0 victory Wednesday over host St. Francis. Missy Silveira scored the lone run that was the difference, Hallums tossed a three-hitter […]

Trojan volleyball grounds Laguna Creek

EL DORADO HILLS — Consistent play at the net Tuesday and setting up the offense by Storm Van Soldt and Sam Greenleaf paved the way to victory for the Oak Ridge High boys volleyball team in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I out-bracket playoff match against visiting Laguna Creek. Oak Ridge (4-4, 18-11) won the match in […]

Roundup: May 10, 2012

Baseball Oak Ridge 20, Ponderosa 6 — Alec de Watteville and Mason Watkins had five hits each, part of the Trojans’ 19-hit attack in Tuesday’s big win in Shingle Springs. de Watteville doubled, tripled and drove in five runs while Watkins doubled and drove in four. Logan Marston (double, three RBIs), Cody Uharriet (double, two […]

Oak Ridge softball crushes Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — After a season chock full of trials and tribulations, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans softball squad finally put together a complete game Tuesday, walloping the Folsom Bulldogs 10-0 in five innings. “We’ve come close to pulling out some good wins this season and we weren’t able to get that clutch hit, […]

D’backs win on Senior Day

EL DORADO — For Amy Pedretti and Katie Helmholz, Tuesday marked the final home game of their careers as the two Union Mine seniors took to the diamond to take on Galt. The afternoon was a tough one for the Lady Diamondbacks as the visiting Warriors battled but in the end the strong pitching and […]

Dillon dominates; Cougars lock up league title

“Dominant.” Coach Rusty McDonald could not have thought of a better word to describe Justin Dillon’s pitching in El Dorado’s 6-0 victory over River City, sealing the Sierra Valley Conference title. And dominant he was. Pitching his final game at home, the senior right hander fanned 16, walked only one, and gave up just two […]

Griz spikers advance

GARDEN VALLEY — The long and short of it at the end of Tuesday’s volleyball match in Garden Valley was Del Campo’s serve attempt fell short, its next hit sailed long and host Golden Sierra had the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II first-round 25-19, 27-25, 25-22 sweep. While the Grizzlies’ win was their first postseason victory […]

Heinz-sight: Time to reflect

Toward the end of this month we say goodbye to the class of 2012. While they’ll soon depart and move on, the memories are lasting. Who’ll soon forget Union Mine winning the Division IV State Volleyball Championship against La Jolla Country Day in a classic David-Goliath matchup with the Lady Diamondbacks showing gritty resolve to […]

44th Hangtown Motocross Classic May 17-19

No race is like it in California, the 44th annual Hangtown Motocross Classic, presented by Coors Light, is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park in Rancho Cordova starting May 17. The first two days, Thursday and Friday, will see the amateurs compete while Saturday, May 19, the pro race will take place. It‘s not […]

Division golf advances Oak Ridge, Pereira, Peil

CAMERON PARK — Ponderosa’s Corey Pereira carded a 70 at Monday’s Division I North Tournament at the Cameron Park Country Club to lead all golfers vying to advance to the Masters next Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton. Pereira’s two-under finish on the par 72, 18-hole course qualified the Bruin. Teammate Brad […]

Individual section tennis produces two wins

Last week’s individual section’s tournament meant the end of the line for three area qualifiers who combined to go 2-3. At the Division I level, Ponderosa senior Kevin Valentine won his first-round match 6-0, 6-2 at the Brenda Athletic Clubs in Turlock but lost in the quarterfinals to Turlock’s Scott Gray, seeded No. 3, 4-6, […]

Trojan baseball nine crushes Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — Alex Fitchett and Lance Berringer combined to hit for the cycle and drive in seven runs Monday as host Oak Ridge romped past Ponderosa 15-1 in a Delta River League mercy-rule shortened four and a half inning baseball game, the first of a season-ending three-game series between the intra-county rivals. The […]

Roundup: May 8, 2012

Tennis Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Quarterfinal Oak Ridge 0, Davis 9 Singles (OR first): Jimmy Giovannini def. by Hull, 0-6, 3-6; Nic Atkinson def. by Dumit, 3-6, 0-6; Jacob Zetlin def. by Hasley, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7; Carlie Conarro def. by Klavins, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6; Simon Chan def. by Richardson, 2-6, 4-6; Matt Fergerson def. by […]

Anderson NBA’s Most Improved

Oak Ridge High’s Ryan Anderson, a member of the Orlando Magic, was named by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters as the league’s Most Improved Player after averaging 16.1 points and 7-7 rebounds per game this past regular season. Now in his fourth season, Anderson has developed into one the game’s top three-point shooters in […]

Wiesz takes Speedway win in third points race; stock classes repeat

In his first visit of the 2012 season, former two-time Placerville Speedway track champion Colby Wiesz of Colfax drove to victory lane on his family-owned Wiez Motorsports No. 21. The Colfax Comet celebrated his first Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light Championship win with a former  colleague and two repeat winners in the stock car […]

Five titles at Gold Rush Invite

SAN ANDREAS — Five individual titles were crowned at the end of the day by athletes from Golden Sierra and Union Mine High at Friday’s 2012 Gold Rush Elite Track and Field Invitational hosted by Calaveras High. In the varsity girls competition, the Grizzlies tallied 83 points and third place for the best show of […]

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