1 75 76 77 78 79 122

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 […]

Allard fends off Trulli for 360 sprint car victory

Cameron Park’s Stephen Allard took over the Placerville Speedway 360 Sprint Car points lead after winning a highly entertaining 25-lap feature Saturday night. Allard took the lead when incoming points leader Andy Forsberg dropped out with engine problems on lap 17. Shingle Springs driver Justin Johnson led the 17-car field to green but saw his […]

Championship points series resumes tomorrow

The Fast and Furious Championship Racing Season presented by Red Hawk Casino and Hoosier Racing Tires is into its final weeks at Placerville Speedway. After a break for a special event, the championship battle returns tomorrow night with four divisions of racing at the quarter-mile clay oval. Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Late Models, Pure Stocks […]

Heinz-sight: What degree?

If memory serves me, I recall one of the things Mikayla Tucker had on her to-do list was play some beach volleyball. It’s probably safe to assume she followed the Misty May Treanor-Kerri Walsh Jennings trek all the way to the 2012 Olympic gold medal. There’s no doubt May-Walsh’s victory over fellow Americans Jennifer Kessey and […]

Northstar at Tahoe’s resort golf won’t break the bank

This ski resort takes on an entirely different persona in the summer months. Life moves very slowly at Northstar California, arguably the top destination ski resort in Lake Tahoe. Of course, there are no skiers or snowboarders hustling toward the lifts this time of year. Northstar’s famed Village is one laid-back summer spot, especially in […]

Freedom wins silver

FOLSOM — American River Futbol Club’s (ARFC) Freedom ‘02 girls did outstanding at Folsom’s Summer Challenge Soccer in mid July, finishing 2-1-1 for second place. The girls battled hard in all four of their games, demonstrating a number of newly acquired skills that included passing and possession. Offensively, the team scored 11 goals and only […]

Sunday’s derby promises to be destructive

Buckle up as this Sunday Placerville Speedway hosts the sounds of smashing sheet metal, the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events, the classic annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, returns for an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that is fun for the entire family. Now in its […]

Freedom ’98 soccer explodes for Gold

SACRAMENTO — American River Futbol Club’s Freedom ’98 girls’ soccer team placed first in their own ARFC Independence Cup early last month at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex. While the defense of goalkeepers Alexa Gisin and Shannon Fuchs along with defensive backs Riley West, Taryn Perez, Megan and Alexa Gisin led the way, the offense […]

Cougars’ camp drills players for fall season

Editor’s note: The Democrat Sports Department has recently learned that girls head volleyball coach Tyler Krieger will not return for his second season due to job logistics. Sharon Hardy will replace him for the upcoming season and coach daughter Kylee’s senior season. Hardy previously coached another daughter, Lindsay (Ingles), and “The Fab Five” in their […]

Roundup: August 7, 2012

Golf Hole-In-One Apple Mountain Golf Resort El Dorado Hills’ resident George Simko aced the second hole from 132 yards out using a Wilson Staff PW club. Witnesses were Steve Thomson and Lou Rain.

BOCA U17s place 1st

PLEASANTON — The CASA (Capital Athletic Soccer Academy) BOCA U17 girls’ soccer team, CASA BOCA Jrs ’95, comprised of players from El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties, placed first for the second consecutive year at the elite Pleasanton Rage College Showcase. The tournament, hosted by the Rage Soccer Club, featured teams from Utah, Washington, Oregon, […]

Cougar makes National Team

Austin Danker’s road to ready himself for the upcoming 2012 fall prep gridiron season took a detour to the state of Texas where the soon-to-be sophomore at El Dorado High attended the recent week-long USA Football International Development Program. Held at the University of Texas (in Austin) for top ninth and 10th grade players to […]

Come Meet the Trojans

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills Town Center Amphitheater is the location for this year’s annual Meet the Trojans event, presented by Oak Ridge football. Saturday’s 2012 Oak Ridge High School Football Community Kick-Off bash runs from 4-6 p.m. The affair will have music, cheerleaders, Junior Trojans and Cheer teams, Rufhaus $5 hotdogs/Trojan gear […]

Outside with Charlie: Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls is a spectacular sight any time of year, cascading down a jumble of granite that feeds Pyramid Creek. Located just off US Highway 50 at Twin Bridges, the trail head and parking lot are easy to get to. The trail head has toilets and water, and a pretty good map of the Loop […]

Roundup: August 5, 2012

Golf Hole-In-One Cold Springs Country Club Briana Lerza, a Cold Springs’ member, used a 6-iron on the 17th hole from 105 yards out to ace the shot. Joe Lerza served as a witness.

Hirst gets weekend USAC Sprints sweep

Loomis’ Kyle Hirst swept both USAC Western Classic Sprints races this weekend, winning Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway and following it up with a dominating performance in the 30-lap feature Saturday night at Placerville Speedway. The win for Hirst came during the “Totally Wingless” program at the track’s quarter-mile dirt oval. “It’s a great […]

Sharks place middle of pack at Champs Meet

ROCKLIN — The Sierra Sharks took fourth place at the recent 8-team Suburban Swim League Champs Meet held at Sierra College. During the regular season, the Sharks’ 5-2 record was good for third place. Conversely, Granite Bay’s 2-5 record didn’t prevent the Gators from finishing above Sierra at the Champs Meet. Park Terrace came in […]

Heinz-sight: Back to school

You could be the best athlete your school has ever seen but that won’t matter if you can’t hold your own in the classroom. With school starting next week (Aug. 9) for most county high schools, fall sports programs — football, boys soccer, girls volleyball, water polo, cross country, girls golf, cheer — swings into […]

One-on-one instruction at hoop skills camp

For the last 15 years, Jennifer Winter has held the Girls Basketball Offensive Shooting and Skills Camp that focuses on shooting, dribbling, fast break skills and other offensive concepts to girls in fifth through eighth grades. Winter, an assistant coach for the El Dorado High School varsity girls basketball team who played in the program toward the end of […]

Weekend getaway: Carson City’s small-town charm

Where to Eat -Adele’s Restaurant: Creative dishes and great ambiance adelesrestaurantandlounge.com -The Basil: Flavorful Thai entrees presented with a flair thebasilrestaurant.com -High Sierra Brewing Company: Tasty deep-dish pizza, multiple micro-brewed beers highsierrabrewco.com -Red’s Old 395 Grill: Great choice in BBQ ribs, hand-cut steaks reds395.com Where to Stay -Holiday Inn Express: Quiet hotel on edge of […]

Topless racing tomorrow at Speedway

The Placerville Speedway goes totally topless … racing that is … for the annual “Totally Wingless Mania” at the foothill red clay bullring Saturday when the Wingless Sprint Cars of the United States Auto Club Western Classic Series come to town,  joined by the mighty Midgets of the Bay Cities Racing Association together with the […]

Taz take second at Champs meet

Sierra Sharks come in fourth place ROCKLIN — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team claimed second place last weekend at the Suburban Swim League Championships Meet at Sierra College, falling to archrival Park Terrace by a mere 53 points. The Penguins’ 1,108-point tally won it. The Taz scored 1,055 while the third-place Granite […]

Pride ends up, runner-up

RENO, Nev. — The USA Pride 16U girls fastpitch softball team placed second at the Triple Crown World Series National Championship in Reno. With close to 85 teams, the TCWS was very intense with the Pride playing 11 games over five days. USA Pride had an overall record of 7-2 to reach the championship game. […]

Outside with Charlie: Eye popping hike

The Highway 88 corridor is not only supremely beautiful, it’s also easily reached from El Dorado County. All along its path are places to fish, hike, ride and paddle your canoe or kayak. The views from the ridgetops are world-class eye poppers. Choosing a hike along here is relatively easy. For anyone looking for a short […]

Becker in high octane Placerville win

Van Roekel scores victory; Streeter dominates The 2012 Fast and Furious Championship racing season presented by Red Hawk Casino and Hoosier Racing Tires resumed last Saturday night at Placerville Speedway for the 11th event of the year. Former Civil War Series Champion Sean Becker of Roseville drove to his first Placerville win since joining his […]

Dolphins repeat as champs

ROCKLIN — The Dry Diggins Dolphins won the Valley Foothill Competitive Athletic League Championship Meet last Saturday at Sierra College to become the first group in the team’s 45-year history to win back-to-back titles. The Dolphins, with 2,037 total points, won convincingly. Second place Auburn tallied 1,308, Orangevale scored 1,125.5, Cordova netted 965.5, and Arden […]

Toe-Up Cup splashy

COLOMA — Eight kayakers from El Dorado County and the United States maneuvered their kayaks over a two-mile stretch that started at the south fork of the American River Resort Wednesday afternoon in the sixth annual Toe-Up Cup. The racers traveled westbound down the river into turns called the Meat Grinder, Troublemaker rapids, African Queen and Miya. The […]

2nd annual Bullring Nationals belongs to Moore

Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV Placerville Speedway — Placerville, California 2nd Annual Bullring Nationals July 25, 2012 Car Count: 35 Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright; 2. 18t-Greg DeCaires; 3. 21-Colby Wiesz; 4. 3c-Cody Lamar; 5. 14r-Stephen Allard; 6. 41w-Joshua Williams; 7. 69c-Chad Compton. Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Clayton Snow; 2. […]

Quinn tops field to win American Century Golf Championship

STATELINE, Nev. — After a cloudy Thursday morning start to festivities, clear skies and perfect temperatures set the stage for the remainder of the 23rd Annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship last weekend at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Eighty-two of some of the best athletes and entertainers in the world came together for fun […]

Delta River League All League, Spring 2012

Softball Player of the Year Natalie Kessing, Ponderosa Gianna Bilotta, Ponderosa Sky Jerpbak, Ponderosa Paris Hallums. Ponderosa Lauren Bertoy, Oak Ridge Jackie Schmaeling, Oak Ridge Jade Matsumoto, Oak Ridge Bailey O’Mara, St. Francis Alexis Viramontes, St. Francis Stephanie Heyward, St. Francis MeShalon Moore, Sheldon Amber Glenn, Sheldon Alexis Cooper, Sheldon Amber Murray, Pleasant Grove Lindsey […]

Shark swimmers grab third place

CAMERON PARK — The 10-15 points spread between the host Sierra Sharks and the Folsom Sea Otters finally swung the Sharks’ way at the conclusion of Saturday’s final regular season Suburban Swim League meet at the Cameron Park CSD pool. Now separated by three points entering the freestyle relays, Sierra pulled out the back-and-forth meet […]

60th Jeep Jamboree kicks off tomorrow

Jeepers Jamboree Jeep giveaway this weekend GEORGETOWN — The 60th annual Jeepers Jamboree, the longest running event of this kind making it a historic accomplishment in jeeping history, takes place on the historic Rubicon Springs Trail tomorrow through July 30. Special features for this year’s trip include: Movies on the Grass, Historical hikes and talks, Diamond […]

6th annual Toe-Up Cup today

World class kayakers will be in Coloma today to compete in the 6th annual Toe-Up Cup to raise money for the Lotus-Coloma Chamber of Commerce. The event is at the American River Resort on New River Road. Local merchants and food vendors will be on hand and there’ll also be a beer garden and a raffle. The band Element of Soul will […]

Synchronized team stays in sync

CAMERON PARK — The Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team held a special performance Saturday at the Cameron Park CSD pool, treating spectators to solo, duet, team and trio routines. The show featured girls from all around Sacramento and showcased Ponderosa High’s Maisie Mora. Mora represents a synchronized swim squad ranked 11th nationally. She and her team […]

Taz Devils finish undefeated

LOOMIS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team beat the Loomis Basin Dolphins on Saturday at Del Oro High in the last regular meet of the Suburban Swim League season. The Taz posted 464-325 victory to end league competition with a perfect record of 7-0. The Tasmanian Devils have been vying for a […]

ASCS tour hits Speedway tonight

Placerville Speedway is known for some of the best sprint car racing in Northern California on any given Saturday night and annually the track hosts what has become known as Wild Winged Wednesday. Tonight is sure to be wilder than ever as the nationally known American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) roars in to ignite the […]

El Dorado Seniors end season

RENO, Nev. — The El Dorado Senior American Legion baseball team lost their season finale 4-2 to the Reno Muckdogs Sunday at Wooster High School. Overall, El Dorado went 1-4 at the weekend Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament. Games against Fairfield next Saturday and Sunday were cancelled due to Fairfield’s participation at the Senior […]

Eppies Great Race

The winners of this year’s Tandem Kayak relay division was four Sacramento locals. Current UCLA runner, Amjed Aboukhadijeh of El Dorado Hills completed the 5.82-mile course in 30:05 (5:09 per mile) before handing off to Jason Allen who biked the 12.5 miles in just under 29 minutes. Experienced kayakers Ian and Bob Landry completed their […]

Gina Phillipsen to go on the hunt

Sophomore-to-be Gina Phillipsen is this year’s lucky winner of the third annual Hunting and Academics Contest. She’ll accompany her dad, Paul, to the R&R Hunting Resort in Seneca, South Dakota for three days of pheasant hunting. Gina, sporting a 3.83 GPA, participated in the Key Club, Sign Language Club and CSF at Ponderosa High and […]


Cold Springs Ladies Golf July 10 Pro points & putts Ace of the Month: Judy Goggins, net 69 1st flight low gross: Judy Goggins, 92 Low net: Roberta Galvez, 73; Helen Glenn, 75 2nd flight low gross: Mary Jo Walter, 101 Low net: Elaine Boggess, 74; Cathy Attabit, 77 3rd flight low gross: Lillie Fuentes, […]

El Dorado drops first two at Reno wood bat tourney

RENO, Nev. — The El Dorado Senior Legion baseball team tested its mettle over the weekend by turning in the metal bats for wood at the Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament at Reno High School. In Thursday’s opener, El Dorado fell to the host team 8-7 despite Zack Mahon’s three-run first-inning home run followed […]

Schedule: July 25-29, 2012

Wednesday, July 25 Racing ASCS Nationals, Placerville Speedway, 7 p.m. Friday, July 27 Rec Swimming Sharks, Taz @ SSL Championships, Sierra College Saturday, July 28 Baseball Sr. Legion ED @ Fairfield Rec Swimming Sharks, Taz @ SSL Championships, Sierra College Sunday, July 29 Baseball Sr. Legion ED @ Fairfield Rec Swimming Sharks, Taz @ SSL […]

1 75 76 77 78 79 122