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Reno High varsity teams sweep Cougar Twilight Invitational

El Dorado senior distance runner, Joe Soik, waited until nearly the end of Friday’s eighth annual Twilight Invitational to compete. Cheering his teammates and helping where needed, Soik had hours to fill before the 3,200 meter race. All that pent energy paid off as Soik nearly lapped the field enroute to breaking the meet record […]

Kaeding races to King of the West victory

It couldn’t have been a better night for San Jose’s Tim Kaeding at the Placerville Speedway Saturday evening. Not only did he win the dash and lead all 30-laps in the main event, but he also claimed the King of the West Series point lead after three rounds of competition. “It feels great to get back […]

Bruins score early, hold on late

EL DORADO HILLS — After years of futility against its arch-rival, the visiting Ponderosa softball team defeated the host Oak Ridge Lady Trojans 6-4 in the “Pink Zone” for just their fifth win against the Trojans in the last eight years. “It feels great, knowing that they’ve dominated us for so long, to come in here […]

Roundup: April 29, 2012

Baseball Oak Ridge 7, Roseville 6 — The Trojans’ five-run fifth inning erased a four-run deficit in Saturday’s victory over the Tigers. Alec de Watteville doubled and tripled, Zack Mahon tripled and drove in two runs, and Mason Watkins, Logan Marston and Cody Uharriet each doubled. El Dorado 3, Galt 2 — The Cougars did […]

Oak Ridge golf falls to second in the standings; Ponderosa sits third

The Oak Ridge and Jesuit boys golf teams were both 9-1 in the Delta River League standings heading into last week’s dual match at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course but when the day was over the Marauders were first all alone with a 184-197 victory. “Bottom line we got spanked,” first year coach Stan Iverson said. […]

Roundup: April 27, 2012

Golf El Dorado 231, River City 277 — Cold Springs CC, ED scores: Medalist Shane Hopkins, 40; Tyler Powell, 41; Cohl Hatala, 48; Tanner Gould, 49; Chase Norton, 53; Gary Shoffner, 58. Union Mine 233, Vista del Lago 219 — Cameron Park CC, par 36. UM scores: Jordan Jones, 41; Nathan Fuller, 46; Will Van […]

D’back soccer spoils El Dorado’s Senior Night

The scoreless drought between the Union Mine and El Dorado soccer squads this season came to an end Thursday thanks to Lea Howton and Taylor Bruno whose second-half goals lifted the visiting Diamondbacks over the Cougars 2-0 in Sierra Valley Conference play. Previously, the teams had battled through three scoreless halves. Open in the middle, […]

Roundup: April 26, 2012

Baseball El Dorado 1, Vista del Lago 3 — In Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game in Folsom, the Cougars led 1-0 and outhit the Eagles by an 8-3 margin and appeared to be headed toward another conference win. But Vista scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to shock El Dorado (11-2, […]

Snowmaking was a lifesaver

It became an increasingly depressing sight, a constant reminder that the 2011-12 ski season lacked one crucial ingredient – natural snow. It’s one thing for Lake Tahoe ski resorts to receive late-arriving snowfall – it happens. But this year the snow came ridiculously late. “We had spring in winter and winter in spring,” laments Diamond Peak […]

Valentine is Super Singles champ

FOLSOM — Ponderosa’s Kevin Valentine won the Delta River League Super Singles title Tuesday, defeating Oak Ridge’s Jimmy Giovannini in straight sets at the Broadstone Racquet Club. Both Valentine and Giovannini qualified for the individual section’s tournament. During league, Valentine went undefeated thanks to an aerobic weight training class that improved his quickness, speed and […]

Andy Gregg returns with KWS series race

For drivers and teams that compete with the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Series presented by Goodyear, returning to the Placerville Speedway Saturday is something many are excited about. There happens to be extra-special meaning for some however, including Placerville’s very own Andy Gregg, a full-time traveler with the Cancen Oil King of […]

D’backs record Senior Night win

EL DORADO — Chloe Hood felt strongly that her Union Mine High girls soccer team could break a 0-0 halftime score Tuesday night against Sierra Valley Conference foe River City at the Diamondbacks’ field. Hood, a senior fullback, and teammate Sierra Wright made sure the Lady D’backs’ Senior Night game was memorable for the nine […]

4-30-12 Kidder Klassic golf tournament at Cameron Park

* * * MIKE: This is big fundraiser – would like to run this on 4-25 and again in the middle of May. Tx. Bob KIDDER KLASSIC TIME: The 20th annual Kidder Klassic golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 21, at noon, at the Cameron Park Country Club. Check-in time begins at 10 a.m. […]

Union Mine swim teams defeat Warriors

EL DORADO — The Union Mine swim team hosted Galt Monday for its last Sierra Valley Conference meet of the season before championships this weekend. The Diamondbacks won easily as the girls scored a 119-40 victory while the boys prevailed 109-51. “Best meet so far,” Union Mine coach Steve Skidmore said. “A good dress rehearsal […]

Bruin spikers sweep Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — The dress up came prior to Tuesday’s Ponderosa-Oak Ridge boys volleyball match where both teams donned an array of costumes during warmups. The dress down occurred once play began as the visiting Bruins swept the Trojans 25-16, 25-23, 25-17. Ponderosa claimed its seventh straight win with the sweep while Oak Ridge’s […]

Roundup: April 25, 2012

Baseball Oak Ridge 9, Sheldon 6 — The Trojans scored six in the second inning and another three in the fifth to win Tuesday’s Delta River League road game. Bobby Gatta went 3-for-4 with two RBIs; Alec de Watteville doubled and tripled to drive in three; and Jason Ross had two RBIs. Ross picked up […]

Fury come up short in Association Cup final

Making history as the first Under-19 Girls Prospector SC team to reach a final in CYSA’s Association Cup late last month, the Prospector Fury, coached by Brad Silverbush, lost on penalties 4-2 on to the Kingsburg Kickers of Fresno County. After conceding a goal on a dubious penalty-kick call by the referee, the Fury scored […]

Lady Bruins, Trojans booters end contest in draw

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In a match fought tooth and nail, the Oak Ridge Trojans and Ponderosa Bruins girls soccer teams played to a gritty 0-0 draw Monday in an intra-county and Delta River League contest at Simon Bruin Stadium. More than once, each team’s offense had opportunities to break the double-donut, but great keeping by […]

Ducks Unlimited: Local chapter to host annual dinner

Placerville Chapter Ducks Unlimited 2012 Annual Dinner May 4, 2012 El Dorado County Fairgrounds Doors: 5:30 Hosted bar Dinner: 7:30 Raffle/Auction to follow Cost: $65 For tickets contact Todd Reynolds at 530-651-3088   The local chapter Placerville Ducks Unlimited is gearing up for its annual dinner at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The Friday, May […]

Roundup: April 24, 2012

Baseball Oak Ridge 14, Sheldon 0 — In Monday’s Delta River League game at the Trojans’ field, Oak Ridge (3-4, 11-7) scored nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to increase its lead from 4-0 en route to an easy victory over Sheldon. Top hitters for Oak Ridge were Zach Mahon, who was […]

Golden Sierra golf continues to grow

This is the second year Scott Gilliland has led the Golden Sierra boys varsity golf team and the former college basketball player is pleased with the growth and the enthusiasm the team has shown. While wins aren’t rolling in, the interest is there. The team has three returning players and is made up of four […]

Dillon’s two home runs power Cougars past Union Mine

EL DORADO — For the baseball squad from Union Mine, the season has been a challenge with a series of close games and difficult defeats. On the other side of the diamond, just about everything has gone right for El Dorado as the Cougars have consistently crushed their opponents with authority. Monday afternoon, none of that […]

Forsberg drives to first win

 Tilford, Micheli repeat in stock cars   Clear skies and warm temperatures brought both a packed grandstand and packed pit area Saturday afternoon at Placerville Speedway for the second Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Tires-Coors Light-Pepsi Cola point race of the 2012 Fast and Furious Championship Racing Season. When the final checkered flag of the night waved […]

Golden Sierra baseball retires No. 15

GARDEN VALLEY — Before friends, family, work colleagues and several former players, former long-time head baseball coach Mark Hendrix had his uniform, No. 15, retired in a ceremony prior to the start of Friday’s Golden Sierra-San Juan game. After Rod Hedlund characterized Hendrix as “one of the greatest coaches at Golden Sierra” and someone who […]

Roundup: April 21, 2012

Baseball El Dorado 5, Union Mine 3 — The Cougars turned four hits into five runs, including four in the top of the first inning, to win Thursday’s intra-county game over the host Diamondbacks. Nick Bonniksen pitched a complete game for El Dorado. Offensively, Chris Swineford had two RBIs and Justin Dillon and Alex Alvarez […]

Bruin nine drops Saturday doubleheader

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa baseball team fell further in the Delta River League standings Saturday, losing both games in a makeup doubleheader with visiting Folsom. After a tough 7-4 loss in the first game, the Bruins suffered through a 20-9 drubbing in the second, called at the end of six on the 10-run rule. […]

Schedule: April 23-28, 2012

Monday, April 23 Baseball ED @ UM, 4:15 Sheldon @ OR, 4 p.m. Jesuit @ PHS, 4 p.m. Soccer OR @ PHS, 4 p.m. GS @ Bradshaw Christian, 4 p.m. Softball Bear River @ UM, 4 p.m. ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 4:15 Swim Galt @ UM, 4 p.m. Tennis OR, PHS @ DRL Singles Tourney, […]

Trojan girls lacrosse pens Broncos

EL DORADO HILLS — After losing rough games to Granite Bay and Marin Catholic, the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team came to a crossroads. “We were really struggling to find our identity throughout the beginning of the season,” Trojan coach Ed Holton said. Taking huge steps toward finding that identity Friday night, Oak Ridge pummeled […]

Dager’s grand slam propels Lady D’backs to win over Cougars

In her second appearance at the plate, Jessica Dager knew the first pitch was going to be inside. The sophomore third baseman for the Union Mine High softball team let an inside pitch go by her Friday afternoon by El Dorado pitcher Joshlyn Wright in the top of the fourth inning of an intra county and Sierra Valley Conference […]

Grizzly track/field girls first at league meet

GARDEN VALLEY — Stellar performances in the sprints and field events highlighted Wednesday’s second Sierra Delta League meet at Golden Sierra as the Grizzly varsity girls clinched a second team win and the varsity boys finished third. In team action, the Lady Grizzlies knocked down wins in 14 of the 16 scheduled events to outscore […]

Cougar swim sinks Liberty Ranch

GALT — The El Dorado High swim team traveled to Liberty Ranch last Wednesday and came home with a double victory as the Cougar girls (128-42) and boys (112-50) defeated the Warriors. The win places the El Dorado girls and boys in second place in the Sierra Valley Conference. This is the fifth straight meet […]

Griz diamond sweep of Spartans

GARDEN VALLEY — Jeffrey Klahn’s too-hot-to-handle, sixth-inning two-run single following by Jason Rice’s RBI double lifted host Golden Sierra to the 10-8 come-from-behind victory, part of the Grizzlies’ baseball/softball sweep Friday of the Spartans. After San Juan pushed ahead with its own three-run sixth, Golden Sierra came to bat in the bottom half trailing 8-7. […]

Ponderosa ‘villians’ knock off Cougar ‘superheroes’

The villians, aka the Ponderosa boys volleyball team, and the superheroes of El Dorado clashed Thursday night in a friendly, non-league match for nothing more than bragging rights. The villians came in wearing masks but were not allowed to wear them during the match. El Dorado’s superheroes were in costume, making it a fun night […]

Lady Bruin softball suffers first league loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s 4-0 Delta River League record wasn’t enough to defeat visiting St. Francis, resulting in the Lady Bruins’ first league loss by a 4-1 score. Ponderosa had  come in on the heels of a solid win against Sheldon the day before but couldn’t carry that momentum into Thursday’s game against the Troubadours […]

El Dorado’s depth leads the way

EL DORADO — Numbers told the story at Wednesday’s double-dual Sierra Valley Conference track and field meet between El Dorado, Galt and host Union Mine. Flooding the Diamondback stadium with 145 athletes from a roster of 155, the Cougars combined depth with talent to turn back both Union Mine 115-21 (girls) and 112-39 (boys) and […]

Speedway points racing returns

Following a late-season drenching by Mother Nature that forced a rain cancellation last week, the quarter mile high banked bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds that is known as Placerville Speedway is locked and loaded for action this coming Saturday for the second event of the 2012 Fast and Furious Dirt Track championship series  […]

Dillon no hits River City

River City lefty Joshua Arguijo ripped the first pitch of Wednesday’s baseball game through an infielder. Two quick outs later, Arguijo was thrown out trying to steal third by El Dorado catcher Chris Swineford to end the top of the first inning. Arguijo would be the last Raider to reach first through the next three […]

Oak Ridge lacrosse too much for Rams

EL DORADO HILLS — A quick start led the Oak Ridge High boys lacrosse team to a 16-6 victory over St. Mary’s of Stockton Wednesday night in a Sacramento Valley League match at Oak Ridge Trojans Stadium. In the first 12 minutes of the first quarter, the Trojans (1-1, 5-4-1) jumped out to a 5-1 […]

Roundup: Bruin volleyball sweeps Jesuit

Baseball Ponderosa 5, Sheldon 4 — The Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for Tuesday’s Delta River League walk-off win. The Ponderosa pitching of Jacob Bist and Troy Zeier combined to hold the Huskies to two hits. Offensively, Matt Poulin went 3-for-4 with a double, Matthew McBride went 2-for-4 and Garrett Crawford […]

Trojans blow lead, game to Pleasant Grove

EL DORADO HILLS — After escaping with a 5-4 win at the start a three-game Delta River League series with the Pleasant Grove Eagles, the host Oak Ridge baseball team fell flat on offense after three explosive innings while the bullpen spoiled five and two-thirds of strong innings from Lance Berringer in a 7-6 setback. […]

Mother Lode Century bicycling event is ready to roll

Cyclists from far and wide are signing up for the Mother Lode Century, being held Sunday May 20, 2012. It promises to be the best bicycle ride Northern California has to offer. Conveniently staged in the foothills of the beautiful and historic Gold Country, the Mother Lode offers three ride options: The Gold Dust (31 […]

AquaSol swim trio did travel

Three area AquaSol swimmers, coached by Steve Skidmore, spent spring break attending the Sierra Nevada Swimming’s (SNS) Altitude Training Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mikaela Fuller, 17, Haley Owens, 15, and Kaela Marcus, 14, participated in workouts at 6,350 feet elevation which included swimming over 14,000 meters a day. Highlights […]

All Star ACRO Gymnastics team set for competitive season

The All Star ACRO Gymnastics team returns all but two members for what promises to be a competitive season of stacking, throwing, technique, balance and form by the five mixed pair, two girls trios and one girls pair that comprise the makeup of the squad. The team has competed in four competitions so far and […]

Roundup: April 17, 2012

Baseball Oak Ridge 5, Pleasant Grove 4 — The Trojans (2-2, 10-5) overcame four errors and an Eagles’ (3-1, 12-4) lead of 3-1 Monday to score three runs in the top of the fourth inning and one in the top of the fifth to Pleasant Grove ace Zack Stillwell. Oak Ridge pitchers Austin Root and […]

Tennis deals with weather delays

The return of good weather this week was good news for area tennis teams. With promising forecasts on the horizon, players returned to the courts after two weeks of rain around a week off for spring break that combined, nearly brought play to a complete stop. It’s back to business now. In the Delta River […]

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