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Tip beats buzzer and D’backs

EL DORADO — Just 35 precious seconds remained when Union Mine’s Scott McIntyre took Tommy Callonea’s pass and drove with purpose to the rim. Though the junior guard was unable to convert, he drew a Vista del Lago foul and after several bounces of the ball, calmly swished both free throws to knot the score […]

Grizzly basketball splits with Rio Vista

GARDEN VALLEY — Matt Smith’s last-second, 35-foot attempt at a game-tying three-pointer rimmed out as Golden Sierra fell to visiting Rio Vista 55-51 in a tense Sierra Delta League battle and nightcap to Friday’s girls/boys varsity doubleheader. Earlier, the Grizzly girls utilized a strong second half, the rebounding of Desiree Benedict, 11 points from Kaylee […]

Heinz-sight: Feeling gypped?

Was KCRA’s “High School Playbook Game of the Week” Wednesday featuring the Union Mine girls basketball team and host El Dorado lacking? Did fans get what they voted for? To be fair, KCRA’s coverage was likely spread throughout the evening but the 11 p.m. broadcast, the one we all tune in for, was very weak. […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Ponderosa wrestlers record intra-county win over Oak Ridge

SHINGLE SPRINGS — If the Ponderosa High wrestling team wanted to stay undefeated in Delta River League action Wednesday night going into its dual meet against rival Oak Ridge, it needed solid performances from most of its grapplers. The Bruins (3-0) accomplished that and then some at their gym after winning 10 of the 13 weight […]

Taz swimmers: Get ready to hit the pool

Online registration for swimmers ready to make a splash as an El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devil begins Jan. 23 at edhtaz.org. A warning for those procrastinators … “It fills up pretty quick,” said EDH Taz Vice-president Jack Peterson. Returning swimmers have a “pretty much guaranteed” spot, said EDH Taz President Brett Jones. New swimmers are accepted on a first-come, […]

Roundup: Jan. 19

Girls basketball Golden Sierra 38, San Juan 56  — Senior guard Kaylee Schrader had 14 points for Golden Sierra in Wednesday’s Sierra Delta League game against San Juan in Garden Valley. Following Schrader in scoring for the Griz (1-3 in league, 7-8) were junior guards Sierra Cokinos and Sierra Monroe with eight points each, senior forward […]

Lady Cougars overtake D’backs in fourth quarter

Jessica Heinrichs and Samantha Reeder combined for 12 fourth-quarter points, including El Dorado’s final six in the last 1:32, helping the host Cougars overcome a late deficit to upend upset-minded Union Mine 42-34 Wednesday night. Heinrichs’ free throw broke a 30-30 tie with 3:26 left. Reeder added a clutch three-pointer and El Dorado held the […]

Grizzlies pin their way to a win

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra wrestlers knew they had an uphill climb in Tuesday’s Sierra Delta League dual meet with visiting Bradshaw Christian and only one way to get there — pin the Pride to the mat. Bradshaw Christian received 30 forfeit points the Grizzlies had to make up and Golden Sierra came through with […]

El Dorado basketball holds off Union Mine 57-52

D’back Tommy Callonea buckets game-high 23 points EL DORADO — The El Dorado boys basketball team hung on against a late charge from Union Mine Tuesday to win by five, 57-52, in a game much closer than the score indicates. The Diamondbacks pulled within two points with 48 seconds left but Nick Jemmot’s layup made […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Roundup: Jan. 18, 2012

Boys basketball Golden Sierra 37, San Juan 65 — The Grizzlies fell to 0-4 in the Sierra Delta League with Tuesday’s home loss. Peter Biersteker led Golden Sierra with eight points, Matt Smith had seven, and Jason Boyle and Connor Barla each had six points.

Foothill Throwers clinic attracts world-class athletes

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Would $20 get you in the door to witness an Olympic event? Maybe a qualifier but not the real deal like that which takes place in London, England, site of the upcoming 2012 Summer games. Even if it did, how close would you be? Twenty bucks at last Saturday’s full-day Shot Put and Discus Clinic […]

Connor Rains lands at the University of Wyoming

Since Connor Rains put in a ton of effort this past football season earning multiple All-State honors in helping the American River College football team go undefeated, a recent Saturday 5:30 a.m. flight out of Sacramento seemed unfair. Rains didn’t mind. The ticket for that departure opened up the next chapter to his career, one […]

Hangtown saber fencers medal at North American Cup

Chaz Smith knocks off two-time world champion for the gold DIAMOND SPRINGS — In a stunning upset, Chaz Smith of the Hangtown Saber Club won USA Fencing’s Veteran event at the North American Cup (NAC) in Kansas City Dec. 11, defeating a two-time Veteran World champion to take the gold. Hangtown’s head coach, Ted Smith, […]

Roundup: Jan. 17, 2012

Girls basketball Nonleague Oak Ridge 55, Nevada Union 52 — In Monday’s contest in Grass Valley, the Trojans outscored the Miners in the second quarter, 17-6, which proved to be the difference in the final score. Oak Ridge (13-5) led 32-26 at halftime, but Nevada Union (7-10) outscored Oak Ridge in the second half, 26-23. […]

Second-ranked Pleasant Grove too strong for Lady Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Despite 17 points from Olivia Nelson and 13 by Ashley Beck, host Ponderosa fell to 2nd-ranked Pleasant Grove 68-49 in Delta River League basketball action Friday night. The Lady Bruins sank six three-pointers, three by Nelson, but the Eagles made 10 — five in a decisive third quarter when they pulled away. […]

Elite Wrestling Club continues its success

The El Dorado Hills Elite Wrestling Club spread itself out last weekend with wrestlers competing at three different tournaments with success. Most of the team was at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln on Saturday and three club wrestlers, highlighted by Kaden West’s first-pace finish, participated at El Dorado Hills Invitational at Oak Ridge High. On Sunday, 14 club […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Schedule: Jan 16-21, 2012

Monday, Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Holiday Tuesday, Jan. 17 Boys basketball ED @ UM, 7:30 San Juan @ GS, 7 p.m. Wrestling Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Girls basketball UM @ ED, 7:30 San Juan @ GS, 7 p.m. Wrestling OR @ PHS, 6 p.m. ED @ Galt, 7 p.m. […]

Roundup: Jan. 15, 2012

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 52, Del Oro 32 — The Lady Trojans outscored the Golden Eagles 30-10 in the second half for the difference in Saturday’s Common Good Classic at Antelope High. Jenn Hoffman buried seven three-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points for Oak Ridge while Jenna Klein added 13. El Dorado […]

D’backs, Trojans shine at Oak Ridge Invitational

Union Mine’s Sean Tow, Mitchell Woods; Oak Ridge’s Keaton Subjeck win titles EL DORADO HILLS — Sean Tow feels he’s in good shape. But the Union Mine High wrestler feels his best days are yet to come. “Right now I’m almost there,” Tow said. “My back was hurting at the beginning of the year, so I […]

Roundup: Jan. 14, 2012

Boys basketball Folsom 52, Folsom 37 – Bryce Scott scored 23 points and handed out six assists in Friday’s Delta River League victory over the host Bulldogs. Scott Sanchez added 11 points, Matt Howard scored seven points and had five assists and Bryan Bare tallied six points. Ponderosa 28, Pleasant Grove 78 – The host […]

Cougars get physical en route to grounding Hawks

Leading 34-30 in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference game against Liberty Ranch, the El Dorado High boys basketball team wanted to get physical. Inside the L.A. Brown Gym, that’s exactly what the Cougars did over the final 16 minutes. Using its height and strength near the basket in the third and fourth quarters to increase its lead to […]

AquaSol swimmers perform well at Husky Invitational

SEATTLE, Wash. — Six members of Placerville’s USA swim team traveled to the 63rd Husky Invitational Swim Meet in early December that played host to 425 swimmers representing 40 USA and collegiate teams from all over the country. The group saw 90 percent personal best times at a meet that was as high a caliber […]

Second alpine race postponed

South 1 Division coordinator Sally Zutter informed the Mountain Democrat that today’s race has been cancelled and the season pushed back by two weeks. An updated schedule with Feb. 20 and 27 added is available on south1race.org “Obviously, at this point, Jan. 23 is in jeopardy too. But I saw four forecasts this morning that […]

Griz wrestlers split double dual; Carey medals at Mark Fuller

MARYSVILLE — In Thursday’s night double dual meet at Marysville High, the Golden Sierra wrestling squad split its matches with Lindhurst and the host Indians for a successful showing by the Grizzly grapplers. Against the Blazers, Austin Mason, Drake Jaramillo, Zander Mishler, Logan Kirby, Jim Hansen, and Patrick Lewis each pinned their opponents. Tommy Carey […]

Lady Trojans thump Folsom’s Bulldogs 67-39

EL DORADO HILLS — After Tuesday’s tough loss against Pleasant Grove to open the Delta River League season, the host Oak Ridge Lady Trojans controlled neighboring Folsom throughout Thursday’s matchup — throttling the Bulldogs 67-39. Oak Ridge blew the game open in the third quarter. Behind suffocating defense and great communication on offense, the Trojans […]

Loss tempers Cougar wrestling team’s big night

Referee Tom Stewart said it best. “This feels like a Ponderosa-Vacaville dual,” he said, describing the intensity of Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference dual meet between El Dorado and visiting Vista del Lago. The Cougars hoped to go out winners in their final home dual of the season that featured another induction into the Hall of […]

Outside with Charlie: Bike basics 101

Did you or your child get a new bike for Christmas? How about the helmet that needs to go with it? If it’s one for your child, especially the first one, there’s some things that you can do to help your little one enjoy the bike riding experience for a long time. Safety is the […]

Roundup: Jan. 12, 2012

Girls basketball  El Dorado 52, Galt 19 — In Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game at Galt, the Lady Cougars won their 44th consecutive conference game without breaking much of a sweat against the Lady Warriors. El Dorado jumped out to a 14-0 in the first quarter, and led 24-8 at halftime. The Cougars (2-0 in […]

Oak Ridge falls short In overtime

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge Trojans got the Delta River League schedule off to an ominous start, falling in overtime Wednesday to visiting Pleasant Grove 73-66. “We played hard, but ultimately, they came out the winner,” Troyan coach Steve Scott said. Bryce Scott knocked down two free throws with seconds left to send […]

Ryan Anderson returns to his Northern California roots

SACRAMENTO — Ryan Anderson considers Power Balance Pavilion his second home. The Orlando Magic forward, a 2006 Oak Ridge High School graduate, has reasons to make the arena formerly known as Arco Arena his second home. During his junior year, Anderson led the Trojan boys basketball team to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II, NorCal D-II and […]

Marauders race past Bruins in league opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High boys basketball coach Andy Beal wanted to establish an early tone in Wednesday’s Delta River League opener against Jesuit but the Marauders beat him to it. Considered one of the top large schools in the Sac-Joaquin Section — and state according to Beal, Jesuit used a combination of shooting behind the arc […]

Grizzly wrestling wins a pair

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s Sierra Delta League home wrestling dual against San Juan started at 6 p.m. Wednesday. By 6:09 it was over. At around 6:10, Grizzly Patrick Lewis, who wrestled first, had to tell his grandparents and great-grandmother they’d missed his match — seconds later, Lewis’ mom told them she had videotaped it. […]

County Sports League basketball tournament results

County Sports League Boys Basketball Tournament December 2011 Seventh grade Opening round Markham 29, Northside 12 — M: Emmett Wackford, 8 points; Gavin Wetmore, 6. N: Corey Mitchell, 4 points. Georgetown 33, Sierra Ridge 23 — G: Riely Larson, 10 points; Jake McKay, 8. SR: Bill Bumbaca, 14 points. Herbert Green 31, Pleasant Valley 28 — […]

Roundup: Jan 11, 2012

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 42, Pleasant Grove 56 — Despite 16 points from Jenna Klein and 11 by Jenn Hoffman, the Lady  Trojans fell to the host Eagles in Tuesday’s Delta River League opener. Oak Ridge held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter before Pleasant Grove outscored Oak Ridge 32-15 in the middle quarters. […]

Jemmott’s 33 points, Visman’s 29 lead Cougars to first league victory

Nick Jemmott scored a career-high 33 points and Joe Visman tied his season-high with 29 as host El Dorado broke a two-game Sierra Valley Conference skid with its 85-52 victory over Galt. Basketball is meant to be played inside and that’s where Jemmott and Visman were Tuesday as both attacked the basket against the smaller […]

Foothill Throwers to hold Shot Put and Discus Clinic

The Foothill Throwers track group will hold its second annual Shot Put and Discus Clinic Saturday, Jan. 14. The clinic will be held at Ponderosa High School starting at 8 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. with a lunch break at noon and photo opportunities to follow. Several world-class throwers will be on hand to […]

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

Heinz-sight: Back in Sac

It wasn’t that long ago Ryan Anderson displayed his talents inside the Cordova, Galt, Christian Brothers, El Dorado, Union Mine, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge High gymnasiums as part of his yearly Sierra Valley Conference routine. Now, the third-year member of the Orlando Magic makes the rounds at places like Madison Square Garden, the Boston Garden, […]

Lake Tahoe ski resorts survive without real snow

When skiers and snowboarders were amazingly making their final turns last season on Fourth of July Weekend, Squaw’s scenic upper mountain had enough snow that five lifts and the cable car were still operating. Fast forward to the first week of 2012 and boulders are prevalent, many trees are fully emerged, and there is only […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Roundup: Jan. 10, 2012

Girls basketball Ponderosa 47, Colfax 39 — Trailing 20-14 at halftime, Ponderosa rallied in the third quarter of Friday’s nonleague contest against Colfax at the Bruins’ gym. The Lady Bruins (5-12), who have won two of their last three games, had three defensive stops with two minutes left in the third quarter. “We gained momentum and […]

Elite EDH club wrestlers slam Roseville teams in duals

Behind 25 pins in 32 matches by 22 advanced wrestlers including a third and fourth grader, the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club crushed Buljan Middle School 159-20 last Wednesday. While the youngest wrestlers won over half their matches, the aforementioned 22 advanced grapplers enjoyed falls in all their wins except two. For more information on […]

Hawks upset D’backs in conference opener

EL DORADO — A rally toward the end of the fourth quarter fell short Friday for the Union Mine High boys basketball team as an upstart Liberty Ranch squad posted the 70-61 Sierra Valley Conference victory at the Diamondbacks’ gym. Behind 54-42 entering the fourth quarter, Union Mine (1-1, 10-5) started its comeback in the […]

Announcement: South 1 Division pushes back race opener

Mother Nature has spoken. She says that the South 1 Division ski and snowboard race season won’t take place today at Sierra-at-Tahoe. South1race.org announced the cancellation on its Website — the reason is lack of snow. The mild winter has forced the season to shift a week with the opener now scheduled for Jan. 16. […]

Schedule: Jan. 9-14, 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Boys basketball Galt @ ED, 7:30 GS @ Highlands, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ St. Francis, 7 p.m. OR @ Pleasant Grove, 7:30 Wednesday, Jan. 11 Boys basketball Jesuit @ PHS, 7 p.m. Pleasnat Grove @ OR, 7 p.m. Girls basketball ED @ Galt, 7:30 GS @ Highlands, 7 p.m. Wrestling […]

Subjeck third, Troquato seventh at Doc Buchanan Invitational

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge High 160-pounder Keaton Subjeck defeated Healdsburg’s Matthew Tsarnas 3-0 to win third place Saturday at the 93-team field of the Doc Buchanan Invitational at Clovis High School. Ponderosa’s Nick Troquato (170) went 4-2 to take seventh. After a semifinals setback, Subjeck decisioned Poway’s Stevie Cervantes 5-2 to advance. The Trojan junior had […]

Kirkwood introduces Satisfaction Guaranteed program through the weekend

KIRKWOOD – Given the late start to the winter season and much skepticism around snow conditions in the Tahoe region, Kirkwood Mountain Resort announced the bold move of introducing a Satisfaction Guarantee on the resort’s skiing and riding experience. With the purchase of any regularly priced lift ticket, Kirkwood Mountain Resort guarantees that guests will […]

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