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Wolfpack defeats D’backs in conference finale

EL DORADO — A Sierra Valley Conference victory Friday night at the Snake Pit would help the Union Mine High boys basketball team better its chances toward hosting a first-round game in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs and also give intra-county and conference foe El Dorado a share of the conference title. It didn’t happen as an […]

El Dorado Hills club wrestlers stay busy

The El Dorado Hills Club Wrestlers competed in two recent tournaments: Saturday’s TOC qualifier in Delhi and Sunday at Amador High School in Sutter Creek with many placing in the top four and listed below. 1st Place: Jackson Redhair, Kaden West, Mikey Mello, Ricky Eymann, Justin Lamson, Scotty Moore and Andrew Adams. 2nd Place: Ty Freehill, […]

New Heavenly snow opens Milky Way Bowl

Eighteen inches of snow since Monday allows resort to open more expert terrain HEAVENLY –  After receiving 12” of new snow on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, Heavenly Mountain Resort will open Milky Way Bowl for the first time this season, giving the resort additional expert and off-piste terrain. Heavenly will have 50 percent […]

Grizzly basketball teams lose league finale

GARDEN VALLEY — Kaylee Schrader and the Golden Sierra High girls basketball team were hoping for better results Thursday at their gym in the Sierra Delta League girls/boys varsity doubleheader finale against Bradshaw Christian High. The Lady Grizzlies’ senior point guard, one of the team captains, played hard from tip-off to the final buzzer in […]

Roundup: Feb. 16, 2011

Boys basketball  El Dorado 66, River City 63 — El Dorado kept its Sierra Valley Conference title hopes alive Wednesday in West Sacramento as it outscored River City, 22-17, in the fourth quarter that led to the conference victory. River City led 31-27 at halftime, but El Dorado (9-3, 16-9) rallied in the final eight minutes to […]

Heinz-sight: The shot heard around Shingle Springs

You couldn’t have scripted it any better. Ali Ryan’s appearance Wednesday in the starting lineup for Ponderosa’s Senior Night after two ACL injuries last year and hitting that three-pointer nine seconds into the game is the stuff you see in Hollywood movies. Ryan can tell you the date — January 6, 2011 against Franklin — […]

Oak Ridge shows depth in big win over Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Flexing its collective muscle, Oak Ridge turned in a complete team effort Wednesday to overwhelm host Ponderosa 68-28 in Delta River League girls basketball action. Eleven Trojans scored, led by Haley Anderson with 12 points. Katie Hoisington’s quick seven points to start the third quarter was the lethal blow as Oak Ridge broke […]

Update: Ex-Cougar Rachel Gray swimming well for Vanguard

Former Dry Diggins Dolphin, AquaSol and El Dorado High alum Rachel Gray is a freshman attending Vanguard University in Southern California. Gray, last year’s MVP and captain of the Cougar swim team, is currently swimming on scholarship for Vanguard and last weekend competed in the PCSC (Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference) championships. Vanguard competed […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vista turns the tables on Union Mine

EL DORADO — Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference girls basketball game between Union Mine and visiting Vista del Lago was important to the Lady Diamondbacks and coaches Chris and Dave Del Rio in two ways. Since taking over the program the Del Rios have worked to turn it around and establish a winning tradition. This was […]

Heinz-sight: Ryan’s return

It’s bittersweet but after tonight Ponderosa High’s Ali Ryan can claim she played all four years for the Lady Bruins varsity basketball team. Well, technically. Ryan’s prep career on the hardwood was cut short not once but twice with torn ACLs — denying the program its biggest asset the past two seasons. Tonight she resumes […]

El Dorado holds off Raiders for share of SVC title

The plan was simple for the El Dorado High girls basketball team in Tuesday’s home encounter with River City: win to guarantee the Sierra Valley Conference title, improve its standing for a home playoff game and avenge its only conference loss. The Lady Cougars pulled through but not before surviving 30 final, nerve-racking seconds in […]

Up the hill to Top of the Hill Football Camp

Those attending Sunday afternoon’s Top of the Hill Camp at El Dorado High School received guidance and instruction from special guests Billy Volek, NFL quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, and Women’s Football League coach Thomas Coleman who both helped young quarterbacks and receivers hone their skills. Volek is the brother of current El Dorado […]

Snow challenged alpine racers pull double-duty

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 Division skiers and snowboarders put in a full day of alpine racing with back-to-back races at Sierra-at-Tahoe Monday, thought to be the first time ever two races have ran on the same day. Due to a lack of snow that delayed the season’s start, the plan to run the last Giant […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Lake Tahoe’s smaller ski resorts offer more family-friendly atmosphere

Today’s larger ski resorts offer high-speed lifts, on-mountain fine dining, slope-side condominiums, and retail space that some strip malls would envy. Many skiers and snowboarders find themselves routinely heading to the more heralded Lake Tahoe resorts, rarely contemplating a visit to more modest locations. The preference seems to be — big names, big amenities. And […]

Tahoe Super 2 is super deal

OLYMPIC VALLEY/TAHOE CITY — In honor of great conditions and anticipation of more snow, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are launching the new Tahoe Super 2 which offers two unrestricted days of skiing and riding at either resort for just $49 per day. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have recently been graced with blue skies, […]

Oak Ridge, Ponderosa wrestling qualify 25 to Divisionals

FOLSOM — For wrestlers at Ponderosa and Oak Ridge, it’s the time of year where all the training and hard work starts to pay off. With the duals and tournaments complete, wrestlers look forward to the postseason and the journey toward the state meet. That quest for the Bruins and Trojans began Saturday as both […]

Diamondbacks crown four conference champions

Nine D’backs, three Cougars advance to D-IV Divisionals ELK GROVE — Union Mine and El Dorado High wrestlers had strong showings leading to fantastic finishes Saturday at the Sierra Valley Conference Championships at Cosumnes Oaks High. Four Diamondback grapplers won their weight classes, guaranteeing a higher seed at next weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division IV Sectionals at Western Ranch […]

Schedule: Feb. 13-18, 2012

Monday, Feb. 13 Alpine racing PHS, ED, UM, OR, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 Girls basketball *Vista del Lago @ UM, 7:30 River City @ ED, 7:30 Wednesday, Feb. 15 Boys basketball UM @ Vista del Lago, 7:30 ED @ River City, 7:30 GS @ Rio Vista, 8 p.m. Girls basketball *OR […]

Grizzly wrestling advances six

CITRUS HEIGHTS — All six Golden Sierra wrestlers that made the trip to Saturday’s Sierra Delta League/Golden Empire League championship tournament at Mesa Verde placed high enough to advance to next weekend’s Divisionals tournament at Hughson. The Grizzlies had two champions in Patrick Lewis and Zander Mishler. Lewis wrestled at 113 pounds and pinned his […]

February 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Roundup: Feb. 11, 2012

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 43, Jesuit 66 — The host Marauders outscored the Trojans 45-25 in the second half of Friday’s Delta River League win. Bryce Scott led Oak Ridge with 16 points while Matt Howard and Josh Simms each scored eight. Golden Sierra 47, San Juan 60 — The host Spartans outscored the Grizzlies 37-18 […]

Exciting finish goes Oak Ridge’s way

EL DORADO HILLS — After a tough loss to highly ranked Sheldon, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans came into Friday’s Senior Night matchup against Delta River League rivals St. Francis with a clear goal. “We really wanted a win for the seniors,” junior Haley Anderson said. So, after three physical, grueling quarters, the Trojans fought […]

El Dorado boys basketball overwhelms Union Mine

Behind a well-balanced offense that included four players scoring in double digits, the El Dorado boys basketball team overcame visiting Union Mine 77-61 Friday night. The standing-room only crowd got its money’s worth as the teams ended the spirited first half with the Cougars holding a slim three-point lead. But in the end the Diamondbacks […]

Sheldon spoils Bruins’ Senior Night

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Scoring inside and out and utilizing its pressing trap, top-ranked Sheldon lived up to its billing with a 92-57 Delta River League victory over host Ponderosa Friday night. The Bruins were within two early in the second quarter before the Huskies reeled off 16 straight points and never looked back. Overall, Sheldon […]

State champs honored

SACRAMENTO — The 2011 state champion Union Mine girls volleyball team and coaches were honored by Senator Ted Gaines during a ceremony in the California State Capitol building Wednesday. The Lady Diamondbacks joined Senator Gaines on the Senate Floor, where they were presented with certificates of recognition for their recent success. They also received a guided tour of the […]

Sierra hosting entertaining events

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — When it comes to competitions and events, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is all about supporting skills, progression and thinking outside the flat-down-flat box. This season Sierra Resort is proud to host events and contests that will cultivate local talent and help others progress. Below are events that are not to be missed. GNU […]

Cougar girls shoot down Union Mine 65-40

EL DORADO — Samantha Reeder had the hot hand for the El Dorado High girls basketball team in Thursday’s intra-county matchup with Union Mine at the Snake Pit. The Cougar senior guard hit 6-of-8 three-point shots from beyond the arc for a game-high 22 points to lift the Cougars over the Diamondbacks 65-40 in Sierra Valley […]

Outside with Charlie: Snow is out there

Heading up into the mountains and snow country is always an adventure in winter. Even when winter isn’t cooperating, the trek to the snow is still a good one. In theory, by the time you read this, there will be a bit more snow added to the little we have. While all of us are […]

Roundup: Feb. 9, 2012

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 48, Sheldon 64 — The visiting Trojans were unsuccessful in their bid to pin a second Delta River League loss on the top-ranked Huskies Wednesday. Oak Ridge had upset Sheldon several weeks ago in El Dorado Hills but Troy’s 19-of-39 showing from the free throw line made the second win impossible. […]

Callonea’s game-winner keeps D’back streak alive

EL DORADO — Tommy Callonea scored 23 points for the Union Mine High boys basketball team Wednesday night in its Sierra Valley Conference game against River City, non bigger than his last two that gave his team the 65-64 win. After the Raiders took a 64-63 lead with 15 seconds left, Callonea hit an inside […]

Lady Cougars celebrate Senior Night with big win

The El Dorado girls basketball team honored its seniors Tuesday and capped the emotional evening with a dominating 52-31 victory over Liberty Ranch. Cougar coach Pat Winter held the Senior Night celebration a week early because the Lady Cougars’ last home game Feb. 14 is a big one with River City, a contest with playoff […]

Bruins sweep Folsom series

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Great rebounding, solid perimeter shooting and good ball movement were all factors in Ponderosa High’s 55-38 Delta River League victory over visiting Folsom Tuesday night. Olivia Nelson and Jensen Lewis each sank four three-pointers to lead the offense while Jackie Curto pulled down 17 rebounds with a big night on the boards. […]

Oak Ridge loss isn’t pretty

EL DORADO HILLS — After establishing themselves as an area power with five league wins, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans had only playoff positioning to worry about. With that in mind Wednesday against visiting Sheldon, the Oak Ridge offense was out of sync and its defense never competitive in a 51-40 Delta River League loss […]

South 1 Division puts third race on ice

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Snow managed to stick around for another prep alpine race as the South 1 Division reached its midway point with Monday’s slalom at Sierra-at-Tahoe. It’s wasn’t the fluffy white stuff but an icy base that skiers and snowboarders dealt with in their third race. Weather-wise, conditions were the best yet but without a […]

Three area soccer standouts sign

Three area soccer standouts, Lee Barclay, Eriberto Corona and Connor Swartz signed their Letter of Intents last Wednesday, the official signing day, to play college soccer. Corona, who prepped at Union Mine, will play for Sacramento State. He began playing at age 7 for Sierra Gold SC before moving on to El Dorado United then […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Heinz-sight: Super Bust?

The stage was set for last Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and New England Patriots — two good teams, two quality quarterbacks, a high-scoring offense versus a rugged defense and two storied programs from geographical areas that produce classic rivals across an array of sports. So what was missing? The fact […]

Golden Sierra pays tribute to its league MVPs

After more than a year of research and collaboration, the All League MVP boards are up in Rod Hedlund Gym, honoring athletes from the beginning of Golden Sierra’s storied sports history to the present day. Starting in 1981 with Craig Thornley, the list runs all the way through 2011 with Jason Rice, Giana Posely and […]

Schedule: Jan. 2-7, 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 3 Boys basketball Yuba City @ OR, 6 p.m. *Galt @ UM, 7:30 *Vista del Lago @ ED, 7:30 *Vacaville Christian @ GS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Monterey Trail @ PHS, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Girls basketball *UM @ Galt, 7:30 *ED @ Vista del Lago, 7:30 Wrestling *Sheldon @ PHS, 6 […]

El Dorado’s Sage Hoffee lives to snowboard

Sage Hoffee’s perfect day is never seeing her house in daylight. Hoffee’s perfect day begins with a pre-dawn departure for Sierra-at-Tahoe; catching the first chair over the summit as the sun rises; a full day on the hill; and watching the sun set before the return trip home. That passion to be in the environment […]

D’backs lose tough one at team championships

Undermanned Golden Sierra happy with showing STOCKTON — The Union Mine High wrestling team fell one win short of advancing from its first-round match with Ceres at Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Team Dual Championships at Lincoln of Stockton High School. The Diamondbacks, entered as the Sierra Valley Conference’s No. 2 seed, fell by a pin […]

Schedule: Feb. 6-11, 2012

Monday, Feb. 6 Alpine racing ED, PHS, OR, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 Girls basketball Folsom @ PHS, 7 p.m. Sheldon @ OR, 7 p.m. *Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7:30 UM @ River City, 7:30 Wednesday, Feb. 8 Boys basketball River City @ UM, 7:30 PHS @ Folsom, 7 p.m. OR […]

Under the Scoreboard: Feb. 6, 2012

Point Loma Nazarene University senior Rhett Beal enjoyed quite a week. The former Ponderosa Bruin sank 22-of-24 free throws in one game, part of a 29-point effort, to lead his Sea Lions’ team past No. 12 Westmont 82-68. Beal’s made free throws tied a Golden State Athletic Conference record and are the most this season […]

Roundup: Feb. 4, 2012

Boys basketball El Dorado 79, Galt 41 — The Cougars took out their frustration of Wednesday’s loss to Cosumnes Oaks by pounding the host Warriors Friday in Sierra Valley Conference basketball action. El Dorado shot 60 percent from the floor including 70 percent from the three-point line. The Cougars outscored Galt 48-19 in the middle quarters. […]

Trojans’ second half play upends Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — After two quarters of evenly matched play in Friday night’s Delta River League boys basketball game, host Oak Ridge took control on both ends of the floor in the second half to stomp the Folsom Bulldogs 55-43. “Our defense really stepped up in the second half and that was vital against […]

Cougars press Galt for win

For three quarters Friday, the El Dorado High girls basketball team used a variety of defenses against visiting Galt that paid off in another Sierra Valley Conference victory. Overall, the Lady Cougars forced 24 turnovers, paving the way toward a 58-28 victory to improve El Dorado to 8-1 record in conference and 15-7 overall. Galt fell […]

Golden Sierra basketball drops pair to Scots

GARDEN VALLEY —  The Golden Sierra High varsity teams took on Highlands Friday in Sierra Delta League action that were polar opposites of one another. In the girls opener, the Grizzlies couldn’t score enough and fell 43-32 while in the boys game Golden Sierra had trouble stopping a high-flying Scots squad that prevailed 69-38. Daysa […]

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