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Heinz-sight: Well done Wellman

Every team needs a Josh Wellman and every Josh Wellman needs … well … an opportunity. Wellman made the most of his last Friday in Oak Ridge’s big victory over Vacaville. The Trojan  junior was slated to be a backup on defense (secondary) and have a part-time role on offense (running back). That changed in […]

Roundup: Sept. 25, 2012

Bowling Mountain Women Bowling League – Week 2 Team : W L 1. Knotty Girls, 7-1 2. Fun Gals, 7-1 3. Bowling Angels, 5-3 4. Hillbilliettes, 4-4 5. Alley Opps!, 4-4 6. Ms. Fits, 2-6 7. Pin Pals, 2-6 8. Bowlin Baggs, 1-7 High scratch games Dani Yandow – 222 Cheryl Haas – 214 Marci […]

Cougar swimmer Owens a Scholar Athlete

Haley Owens, 16, a member of the Aquasol USA swim team, is one of eight swimmers from the Sacramento region named a Scholar Athlete by USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body. The award is given to members of USA Swimming that achieve time standards that are “Grand Prix” level while maintaining a high GPA. Last […]

Melanie Hern reaches her goal

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Melanie Hern kept her focus on the prize, her nose to the grindstone and eye on the ball. Since the age of 6 Hern knew what she wanted, went after it and will now reap the rewards. Currently, the 20 year-old Shingle Springs’ native is in Lakewood, Fla. rehearsing for the upcoming […]

Isaac Sanchez earns ‘The Big Break’

Isaac Sanchez is receiving the big break in his golfing career. A professional golfer for the last 13 years who for the last two has honed his skills at the Cameron Park Country Club, Sanchez, a Folsom resident, will be one of 12 featured golfers appearing on The Golf Channel’s TV reality show “The Big […]

History meets history as Tiner wins 9th Tribute to Al Hinds Civil War finale

Forsberg becomes most decorated series champion with 7th title The grandstands at Placerville Speedway were packed full on Saturday night as the speedway officially closed its 2012 racing season by honoring its late managing promoter with the Thompsons’ Auto Center Tribute to Al Hinds featuring the competitive Civil War Sprint Car Series in its championship […]

Schedule: Sept. 24-29, 2012

Monday, Sept. 24 Volleyball GS @ Vacaville Christian, 5:30 Tuesday, Sept. 25 Golf UM @ Liberty Ranch, Dry Creek GC, 3:30 ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 3:30 Soccer Jesuit @ PHS, 4 p.m. Liberty Ranch @ ED, 6:30 OR @ Folsom, 4 p.m. UM @ Galt, 6:30 GS @ San Juan, 4 p.m. Tennis St. Francis […]

Bruins fall to Placer

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity girls volleyball program fell 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 to Placer Thursday. The match was Ponderosa’s first with a fully-active roster this season as injuries and illness have plagued the Lady Bruins as they prepare for conference action on Wednesday. While the full starting block didn’t have enough to overtake […]

Cougars blanked by Wolfpack

For the final 40 minutes of its Sierra Valley Conference game Thursday, the El Dorado High boys soccer team played aggressive defense but the visiting Cosumnnes Oaks still scored two goals to secure a 4-0 win over the Cougars. El Dorado booters Oscar Esparza, Gabe Hurwitt, Christian Fitzgerald, Sam McCrea, Tyler Rossi, Aaron Line, Richie Armstrong, […]

Bist’s touchdown passes ground Nighthawks

Bruins makes catches on both sides of the ball SACRAMENTO — Jake Bist led an offensive attack in the second half for the Ponderosa High football team Friday resulting in a 60-13 nonleague victory over host Natomas. Overall, Bist completed 15-of-24 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns. The Bruins led 26-13 at the half and extended after […]

Union Mine comes close

EL DORADO  — Behind solid tackling on defense and a punishing ground attack on offense, host Union Mine controlled the first half Friday but not the second, eventually owning a difficult 13-9 setback at the hands of the Raiders. “Our team played hard tonight and gave a good effort but we made some mistakes in […]

Eagles pummel El Dorado

After an exulting JV game in which El Dorado upset previously unbeaten Vista del Lago 16-14, the varsity Cougars fell flat in their matchup against the Eagles, losing 79-14. Vista gained quick momentum, scoring on its first play from scrimmage as Josh Pfeffer took a handoff 44 yards for a touchdown. After El Dorado’s second […]

Trojans overcome Vacaville 24-21

VACAVILLE — Byron Spain’s twisting, reach-back 11-yard grab of a Jason Samuels’ delivery put Oak Ridge ahead with a minute left and the defense held on as a Vacaville’s game-tying field goal attempt fell short — preserving the Trojans’ hard-fought 24-21 nonleague victory Friday night. Nick Gordon’s strip and Josh Welman’s fumble recovery halted a […]

Roundup: Sept. 21, 2012

Volleyball El Dorado def. Galt 25-15, 25-8, 25-4 Oak Ridge def. Christian Brothers 25-19, 13-25, 31-29, 19-25, 15-13 Soccer Union Mine 0, Liberty Ranch 0 — D’back keeper Nick Boring posted 12 saves in Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference match. El Dorado 0, Cosumnes Oaks 4  Water polo Ponderosa 13, Christian Brothers 10 Pnderosa 13, Woodcreek […]

First and goal: Back to D-II

Tonight, the Ponderosa High football team plays at Natomas of Sacramento looking to improve to 4-0. Five months ago, the Ponderosa High softball team won the Delta River League crown, and played league rival Sheldon for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game. The Bruins boys volleyball team also won the league title last spring and […]

Sports scene: Sept. 20, 2012

Flag football sign-ups Cameron Park Recreation is holding sign-ups for the fall flag football leagues. The department is interested in kids who are in second to eighth grades. A skills rating clinic will also be held Saturday, Sept. 29 for those who are signed up at Dave West Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Coaches […]

Two league openers tonight

Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are in action tonight. Two of the four, Union Mine and El Dorado, host Sierra Valley Conference openers; the D’backs welcome River City while the Cougars entertain Vista del Lago. In other games, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa continue their nonleague schedule. The Trojans travel […]

Roundup: Sept. 19, 2012

Golf Ponderosa 256, Oak Ridge 278 — Cameron Park GC, par 36, PHS scores: Makenzie Shivers 41; Sabrina Piatt 51; Emily Olander 53; Ally DeGunther 54; Julia Martin 57; Shannon Earl 58. OR scores: Carolyn Almeida 51; Victoria Han 55. Ponderosa 257, Pleasant Grove 219 — Cameron Park GC, par 36. PHS scores: Olander, 47; Shivers, 49; […]

Juniors matchup pits local teams

Crosstown rivals square-off Saturday in the junior football programs when the Union Mine Jr. Rattlers host the El Dorado Jr. Cougars at Union Mine High. Just like their high school counterparts, the Jr. Rattlers and Cougars share the same division. These local matchups have been exciting over the last couple of years. As feeder programs […]

Cougars sweep River City

Thoma sparkles in 2nd set Marielle Thoma delivered Tuesday night for her El Dorado High volleyball teammates. A sophomore defensive specialist, Thoma served seven of eight points in the second game of the Cougars’ Sierra Valley Conference opener against River City inside Lawrence A. Brown Gym — helping El Dorado (1-0, 2-9) sweep the Raiders in […]

Lady Trojans upset 5th-ranked Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — Following two tough losses to Menlo-Atherton and Vista del Lago, the host Oak Ridge girls volleyball team rebounded in a huge way Tuesday by upsetting area powerhouse Rocklin in four sets, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-17. “We needed this win. It’s really going to give us confidence to go against some bigger […]

Sunday’s Swim-a-thon a success

CAMERON PARK — Friends, family, supporters and yes — Olympic medal winners — came together Sunday afternoon to raise funds for Zachary Pickett, the Ponderosa athlete who suffered a spinal cord injury days before the start of the 2012-13 school year. Granite Bay sisters Alyssa and Haley Anderson, who each won a swim medal at […]

Sports scene: Sept. 18, 2012

Flag football signups Cameron Park Recreation is holding signups for the fall flag football leagues. The department is interested in kids who are in second to eighth grades. A skills rating clinic will also be held Saturday, Sept. 29 for those who are signed up at Dave West Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Coaches […]

Oak Ridge dominates own Invite

FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra High cross country teams competed in the Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invite Saturday at the Willow Hills course on the Folsom High campus. Approximately 963 from 25 high schools competed on the 3.1 mile course. In the varsity girls’ race, Oak Ridge earned first place with 48 points. […]

Bruins program trims girls team

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s water polo teams have yet to play league matches but the season has already been beset by challenges. Prior to school starting, standout varsity 11th-grader, Zach Pickett, was injured in a diving accident and although he’s made excellent progress, won’t likely return this season. The varsity team has rallied around […]

Griz spikers pass ‘Dogs in three sets

GARDEN VALLEY — One minute and 11 seconds was all that remained Monday for the Golden Sierra High volleyball team to win its Sierra Delta League contest against Encina at Rod Hedlund Gym. The Grizzlies swept the Bulldogs, 25-6, 25-11, 25-8 in a match that saw Golden Sierra coach Justin Cox challenge his team to defeat Encina […]

Heinz-sight: Now we know?

Toward the end to last year’s NFL postseason, the San Francisco 49ers were expected to see Green Bay in the NFC title game. It never happened. Instead, New York took care of the Packers, came west to play the Niners and barely escaped with the overtime win thanks to several costly turnovers by the hosts. […]

Bruin depth does in Union Mine

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Jacob Bist passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns and six different Bruins reached the end zone as host Ponderosa rolled over Union Mine 45-7 Friday. After a blocked punt/fumble recovery for a touchdown cut the Bruins’ second quarter lead to 21-7, Bist (19-of-24)  engineered a nine-play drive covering 75 yards with […]

Union Mine booters fail to ding Wolfpack

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys soccer team kicked off Sierra Valley Conference action Thursday evening at home, hosting Cosumnes Oaks but falling 5-0 to its guests to open league play. For the Diamondbacks, the loss was a hard pill to swallow but it also indicated progression for the young, inexperienced program that […]

Schedule: Sept. 17-22, 2012

Monday, Sept. 17 Golf UM, SVC @ SVC Tourney Volleyball Encina @ GS, 5:30 Tuesday, Sept. 18 Golf OR @ PHS, Cameron Park GC, 3 p.m. UM @ Cosumnes Oaks, Bartley Cavanaugh, 3:30 Soccer UM @ River City, 6:30 ED @ Vista del Lago, 3:30 GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4 p.m. Tennis Pleasant Grove @ […]

Turnovers aid El Dorado’s win over Griz

GARDEN VALLEY — After a tough week for both Golden Sierra and El Dorado, each was anxious to step onto the gridiron and improve. That was evident from the opening quarter as each of the combatants played with energy and enthusiasm. The host Grizzlies’ strength was displayed with a punishing rushing attack as they chewed […]

Oak Ridge pulls away from Pacers 42-14

EL DORADO HILLS — After their last game against Washington of Fremont, Oak Ridge football coach Eric Cavaliere was already ahead of the rest of the team. “It’s the most important game on our schedule,” he said after the win against the Huskies, referring to last Friday’s test against area powerhouse Grant. The Trojans passed […]

Sports scene

Take it to the Hoops camp Join Bob Ackley and Mike Orchard for a fun basketball camps for boys in grades 4-8 to learn the fundamentals of the game of basketball, including passing, dribbling and shooting. Participants will take part in drills, individual and team competition to prepare for playing on your next team. Camp […]

Pickett Swim-a-Thon Sunday

Several fundraisers are upcoming for Zach Pickett, the Ponderosa senior severely injured in a fluke diving mishap, starting with Sunday’s Swim-a-Thon at the Cameron Park CSD. 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 […]

Westphal’s pass taekwondo, kukkiwon tests

Bob and Connie Westphal, owners and instructors at Foothill Taekwondo (1319 Broadway, Placerville) and Cameron Park Taekwondo 3181 Cameron Park Drive, No. 103), successfully tested and were awarded the rank of 6th degree Black Belt (International Taekwondo Federation) and 1st degree Dan Black Belt in Kukkiwon. The Westphals, along with other black belts, tested in […]

Intra-county matchups and Grant-Oak Ridge on tap tonight

As nonleague play enters its final stages, two local matchups along with a marquee pairing headline tonight’s gridiron action. Interest should be sky-high for the Union Mine at Ponderosa and El Dorado at Golden Sierra games — a good opportunity to see four of our area programs square off in two locations. Also, perennial state […]

Cougar boys 1st, girls 2nd at league meet

Sierra Valley Conference Cross Country Meet No. 1 Team and individual varsity results Varsity boys: 1-El Dorado, 35; 2-Vista del Lago, 54; 3-Cosumnes Oaks, 55; 4-Liberty Ranch, 132; 5-Union Mine, 137; 6-River City, 162; 7-Galt, 191. Varsity girls: 1-Vista, 23; 2-El Dorado, 39; 3-Cosumnes Oaks, 92; 4-Liberty Ranch, 124; 5-Union Mine, 133; 6-River City, 139; 7-Galt, 189. […]

Outside with Charlie: Echo Lake

Echo Lake is a beautiful spot to visit any time of the year. Located just shy of Echo Summit, the lake is easily accessible right up until it snows. There are actually two lakes here, Upper and Lower Echo Lakes. During the summer season, the Echo Lake Chalet is open. They close after Labor Day […]

Four D’backs make 300 mile club

EL DORADO — Union Mine senior Jonathon Detillion, junior William Winter and sophomores Aaron Jonas and Keis Verleur were recognized at halftime of last Friday’s D’backs’ football game as new members of the Union Mine 300 Mile Club. The four covered that distance between May 26 and September 2 at the urging of new incoming […]

Roundup: Sept. 12, 2012

Golf Union Mine 260, El Dorado 337 — Cold Springs CC, par 36. UM scores: Kinsey Del Rio, 49; Trisha Tolbert, 51; Megan Sturgeon, 51; Larrisa Garcia, 53; Marilyn Dunn, 56; Meleah Denault, 65. ED scores: Kaitlyn Strahlendorf, 63; Theresa Zachry, 67; Megan Lubinski, 69; Sami Jumper, 69; Lindsey Thomas, 69; Ivory Linger, 69. Volleyball […]

Roundup: Sept 11, 2012

Golf Delta River League Tournament Wildhawk GC, 18 holes, par 72 Team scores: 1-St. Francis, 389; Pleasant Grove, 401; Oak Ridge 447; Ponderosa 477. Individual scores — PHS: Makenzie Shivers, 77 (tied for third); Emily Olander, 85; Sabrina Piatt, 99. OR: Beomyun Han, 85; Shaivani Sharma, 85; Carolyn Almeida, 86; Kylie Harrop-St. John, 95; Courtney […]

Trojan second-half rally nets win

 EL DORADO HILLS — After a sluggish first half where both teams struggled to get off shots,  the Oak Ridge Trojan soccer squad came back from a second-half deficit to pull off a late 2-1 win, improving its record to 1-2 on the young season. Defense dictated the whole first half with just four shots […]

Heinz-sight: Are you ready …

… for some high school football? The prep season’s in full swing with preseason games and league play right around the corner. A fall treasure and a part of small-town Americana fabric, a high school football game is a fun way to spend a Friday evening. Consider. Right now the weather couldn’t be better. It’s […]

GS FB roster

Golden Sierra High 2012 Varsity Football Team Mascot: Grizzlies Colors: Black and Gold 3: Bryson Campbell 4: Gracen Christensen 5: Daniel Lesher 6: Anthony Rosas 7: Ethan Bentley 10: Brian Cann 12: Rocky Sacks 20: Adam Sewell 21: Austin Mason 22: Thai Mason 24: Cameron Stephens 25: Samuel Steward 45: Zander Mishler 51: David Studebaker […]

Golden Sierra program strives for character, competitiveness

Team: Golden Sierra High Division: VI League: Sierra Delta League — Bradshaw Christian, Encina, Highlands, Rio Vista, San Juan, Vacaville Christian 2011 record: 5-5; fourth place Head coach: John Hilton Assistant coaches: John Piparo (Defensive Coordinator, running backs, outside linebackers); Mark Brunton (Special Teams Coordinator, quarterback, inside linebackers); Eric Agee (offensive line, defensive line); Chris Whitted (wide […]

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