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Occupy Snake Pit crew gets the job done

Tucker, Berridge, Swarbrick and Howton fuel Union Mine’s fortunes on the volleyball court EL DORADO — One blocks, one digs, one sets and one kills. This year’s version of Union Mine volleyball consists of four special seniors whose combined talents, dedication and efforts have again made the Sierra Valley Conference champion Lady Diamondbacks one of the […]

Outside with Charlie: Times are changing

Daylight savings time is over so outdoor enthusiasts have to end their excursions earlier. Daylight starts to wane around 4:30 p.m. so it’s best to return to the trail heads or lodges before headlamps or flashlights are needed. On the other hand, it’s daylight an hour earlier. It starts getting light around 7 a.m. but […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Trojan tennis goes out fighting

DAVIS — Oak Ridge needed its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal tennis match at Davis Monday and got it but the host Blue Devils still squeaked out the 5-4 win. The Lady Trojans won three of the five matches that extended to three sets. In all five, Oak Ridge rallied after dropping […]

13 teams, six individuals qualify for Friday’s section cross country meet

The Sac-Joaquin Section sub-section meet, held Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp, hosted cross country teams vying for berths in Friday’s section meet, the final qualifier for the Nov. 25 CIF State Meet on Fresno’s Woodward Park course. Just 10 boys varsity teams and 10 girls varsity teams in each of five divisions qualified along […]

D’backs’ comeback leaves them short of playoffs

WEST SACRAMENTO — Jeremy Hernandez knew his Union Mine High football team needed a big play in the final seconds of Friday’s last Sierra Valley Conference game at River City. The senior came up big. With the Diamondbacks leading 24-20 and 29 ticks left, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end watched the Raiders recover an onside kick. As River […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 9 Replies

Roundup: Nov. 6, 2011

Water polo Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Oak Ridge boys 22, Lincoln 7 — The Trojans advance to play the Turlock-Modesto winner Wednesday at Tokay High School. Oak Ridge girls 7, Vintage 10 El Dorado girls 2, Dixon 10 — ED goals: Ellen Tiedemann; Maddie Zuber  

Schedule: Nov. 7-12, 2011

Monday, Nov. 7 Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Tennis, second round D-1: OR @ Davis, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 SJS playoffs Volleyball, single elimination First round — all games 7 p.m. D-I: No. 15 Tokay @ No. 2 Oak Ridge D-II: No. 12 Ponderosa @ No. 5 Inderkum D-III: No. 10 El Dorado @ No. 7 […]

Just perfect

Rolling Hills Middle School volleyball team records two perfect seasons Confidence. Teamwork. Determination. You could say the Rolling Hills Middle School girls volleyball team has it all … and then some. This year the eighth-grade team won the Foothill Athletic League championship match against rival Camerado Springs in mid-October. But the fact that the team […]

Ponderosa falls to Jesuit 21-0

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Friday marked the last game of the season for most prep football teams. Ponderosa’s game against Jesuit was one of those as Bruin players donned the green and gray one final time to pursue victory. With its outstanding effort last week, Ponderosa hoped to finish the season on a positive note and […]

Trojans’ near stunner in Folsom ends in heartbreak

Oak Ridge to take on Burbank in first round FOLSOM — Host Folsom turned to its potent offense for two touchdowns in the final six minutes Friday, erasing a 10-point deficit, to overcome upset-minded Oak Ridge 35-31 to close the Delta River League regular season. Trojan coach Eric Cavaliere’s pre-game prediction that “the team that […]

Cougars can’t stop Vista

Despite host El Dorado scoring first and last in Friday’s final Sierra Valley Conference football game, it was all Vista del Lago in between as the Eagles spoiled the Cougars’ Senior Night with a 47-10 win. The cold, bitter weather didn’t deny Vista’s quest to repeat as league champions. With Liberty Ranch beating Galt soundly, […]

Football roundup: Nov. 4, 201

Union Mine 24, River City 20 — Diamondback Jeremy Hernandez’ sack and fumble recovery with less than 30 seconds left in the game preserved the Union Mine victory. The Raiders had recovered an onside kick and were driving until Hernandez’ game-saving play. River City led 12-10 at the end of the first half but Sean […]

El Dorado freshman football team promises bright future

Thursday’s 28-0 loss to Vista del Lago shouldn’t dampen the spirts of the El Dorado freshman football team. The Cougars, coached by Joe Volek, were looking at becoming the first league championship team from El Dorado in 20 years. Although it didn’t happen, the team finished with the best record in many years. It looks […]

Jill Mitchell wins U.S. Open Racquetball championship

Her name is famiiar to anyone involved with tennis and racquetball on the Western Slope, the greater Sacramento area and Placer County, but not everyone knows how talented Jill Mitchell really is. Linda Moore of Nebraska, the top racquetball professional in the nation for many years, found out fast. Competing in the open division of […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Roundup: Nov. 4, 2011

Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI soccer playoffs Golden Sierra 0, Gustine 1 — The Grizzlies’ first playoff appearance in seven years ended abruptly after a defensive battle on the road with Gustine.

Playoff watch begins as regular season ends

Friday is the end of the regular season with playoff implications riding for teams that are in or hoping for a berth. Oak Ridge is in and fighting for home-field advantage, but defending state champion Folsom stands in the way. Union Mine has a must-win game at River City and idle Golden Sierra needs three teams […]

Grizzlies defeat old foe to send seniors out in style

GARDEN VALLEY — It seemed like old times on the Golden Sierra campus Wednesday night as the Grizzlies hosted former Golden Empire League rival Capital Christian. And just like old times, Golden Sierra prevailed 3-1 to send its four seniors out winners. Though it was the seniors’ night, underclassmen also sparkled as sophomore Abigail Wever had […]

D’backs can’t close the deal in league finale

Union Mine has company at the top FOLSOM — The one thing the Union Mine High girls volleyball team didn’t want to happen on the last day of the regular season was for history to repeat itself. What happened Wednesday in the D’backs’ final Sierra Valley Conference match? History repeated itself. For the second straight […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Roundup: County Sports League cross country results

Girls Grade 3: Large school: 1-Golden Valley, 40; 2-William Brooks, 73; 3-Sierra Ridge, 78. Small school: Jackson, 8; Pioneer, 18; 3-Holy Trinity, 27 Top 20 individuals: Ally Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Megan Tomasetti, GV, 5:06; Lucy Murray, GH, 5:09; Shae Steiner, GV, 5:11; Dario Sciutto, SV, 5:12; Izabella Rodreguez, GV, 5;17; Courtney Baker, S, 5:17; Ella […]

Lady Trojans win Senior Night match

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge secured second place in the Delta River League volleyball standings with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Folsom Tuesday evening. The Trojans wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 19-11, 8-2 in league. Oak Ridge is expecting to be the No. 2 seed in the […]

Trojan tennis advances

FOLSOM — Much like the wind that swept through Folsom’s Broadstone Racquet Club Tuesday, Oak Ridge High’s girls tennis team breezed past Napa 7-2 to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team playoffs. The Lady Trojans won four-of-six singles and all three doubles matches from the Monticello Empire League’s second seed. Oak Ridge, the Delta […]

Endangered species?

Last month’s California Development Academy ultimatum to restrict its soccer players to exclusive club participation had ripple effects that reached El Dorado County. Several of our prep varsity squads lost key members who opted to abide by CDA’s decision. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Players dropped just as league play started and without their top […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Slightham, Han come up short in Masters golf tournament

STOCKTON — El Dorado golfer, Jessica Slightham, and Oak Ridge’s Victoria Han, the only county girls to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park Monday, shot two solid scores on the tough links-style course but they weren’t low enough to move on to the NCGA/CIF State Tournament as individuals. […]

D’backs pin Halloween sweep on El Dorado

EL DORADO — If ever there was a night to scare or be scared, Monday’s All Hallow’s Eve was it. Host Union Mine experienced both — overcoming upstart El Dorado in the first two sets before finding its groove for the 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 sweep. The Sierra Valley Conference volleyball victory ensured the undefeated Lady Diamondbacks […]

Oak Ridge varsity boys win Delta River League cross country title

Ponderosa’s Riley Ruppenthal is DRL champion FOLSOM — Saturday’s Delta River League cross country championship meet was full of side stories. The 2010 defending champion Oak Ridge varsity boys were on a mission after coming in second to Pleasant Grove in an earlier DRL meet. “We lost the first league meet and wanted to come […]

Trojan tennis takes second; Trylovich qualifies for sections

Oak Ridge hosts Napa in team playoff match ELK GROVE — St. Francis High’s fall tennis run to an undefeated first-place finish in the Delta River League carried over to last week’s Singles/Doubles Tournament as the Troubadours enjoyed most of the success. Both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa participated at the two-day event at Laguna Creek […]

Cougars light up the scoreboard in big win over Galt

El Dorado High faced Galt Friday evening and at the end of the night, Bennett Complex roared its approval after witnessing the Cougars demolish the Warriors 54-12 for their first Sierra Valley Conference victory. El Dorado finally found its rhythm behind a solid team effort. The offensive line allowed quarterback Christian Wisniewski time to throw and […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Oak Ridge volleyball falls to St. Francis

EL DORADO HILLS — The Delta River League’s top two varsity volleyball teams battled Thursday and although host Oak Ridge gave St. Francis a solid jab, the Lady Trojans couldn’t knock the Troubadours down. Troy dropped the match 1-3 in a loss Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter called “disappointing.” “We were not the same team […]

Schedule: Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2011

Monday, Oct. 31 Golf Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tourney, The Reserve at Spanos Park, 1 p.m. Volleyball *ED @ UM, 6 p.m. *Folsom @ OR, 5:30 PHS @ St. Francis, 6:30 Happy Halloween from the Mountain Democrat Sports Dept! Tuesday, Nov. 1 Tennis SJS playoffs Napa @ OR, Broadstone RC, 2 p.m. Volleyball  Highlands @ GS, […]

Grizzly football wraps up season with big win over Spartans

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Connor Barla had never played football when he came out this fall for the Golden Sierra team. As the season went on Barla improved with every outing and Friday, Barla, who had caught four touchdown passes in the last four games, reeled in four from quarterback Mike Aplanalp to lead the Grizzlies […]

Trojans get physical to defeat Jesuit

CARMICHAEL — Preston Dean shot the gap for a sack of Jesuit quarterback Thomas Sperbeck with 4:47 left Saturday, sealing Oak Ridge High’s hard-fought 14-3 Delta River League victory over the host Marauders. Dean’s key play was one of many turned in by the Trojan defense. Interceptions by Matt Howard, Brandon Herd, Jake Rosada and […]

D’backs drop key game to Vista’s Eagles

FOLSOM — In a game featuring the state’s second-leading rusher in Union Mine’s Sean Tow and the prolific pass-catch combo of Vista del Lago’s Anthony Young and Logan Smith, it was no secret that both teams fielded dangerous offense threats. Ironically, it was a defensive stand that turned the outcome of Friday’s game as the […]

Sheldon breaks late tie to upend Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Though the Delta River League schedule has been a challenge for Ponderosa High’s football team, the Bruins showed everyone in the homecoming crowd Friday what they’re capable of doing. From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, the hometown team from Shingle Springs gave Sheldon everything it could handle. But when the […]

Football roundup: Oct. 28, 2011

El Dorado 54, Galt 12 — Christian Wisniewski passed for six touchdowns as the host Cougars won their first Sierra Valley Conference game Friday night. Gabe Derilo caught four of Wisniewski’s scoring strikes while Zack Brown was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes and also returned a punt for a touchdown. Union Mine 21, […]

Poseley, Reddish pace Golden Sierra harriers to league title

SACRAMENTO — Golden Sierra sophomore Giana Poseley led the Grizzly girls cross country team to its second Sierra Delta League title with her first-place finish Wednesday afternoon at Renfree Field’s three-mile course. All six varsity girls finished in the top 10 to make the all league team. “Our three seniors did extremely well,” Golden Sierra […]

County Sports League concludes fall season

The first week in October brought a flurry of activity and excitement for many middle and elementary school athletes in El Dorado County. The girls volleyball and flag football tournaments, along with a big cross country meet, involved more than 1,100 students competing for their schools. The girls volleyball tournaments were hosted by the Union […]

Roundup: Oct. 28, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Sheldon 28-26, 25-13, 25-10 – Kills: Lianna Sybeldon 15; Hailey Bellmer, 8; Lindsey Bowles, 7. Aces: Bowles, 2; Ali Lindsey, 2. Blocks: Sybeldon, 2. Assists: Mettler, 20; Kylie Christensen, 8. Digs: Lindsey, 11; Bowles, 8; Bellmer, 6; Sybeldon, 6. Serve receive: Bellmer, 11; Lindsey, 6, Bowles, 6. Golden Sierra def. Rio Vista […]

Roundup: Oct. 27, 2011

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Pleasant Grove 25-14, 25-10, 27-17 — Kills: Mysha Davies, 9; Amelia Crye 8; Arden Zuber, 7. Aces: Maddie McGeorge, 3; Crye, 3; Davies, 3; Rachel McVicar 2. Assists: DeGeorge, 21. Digs: Maddie Chambliss, 11; Davies 10. Serve receive: Chambliss 15; Crye, 8. Golden Sierra def. San Juan 25-11, 25-20, 25-11 Union […]

El Dorado boys cross country team wins league title

FOLSOM — El Dorado cross country runner Joe Soik waited four long years to win the Sierra Valley Conference championship. Wednesday his wait was over and his emotions spilled over after he finished the tough Willow Hills course in Folsom in 16 minutes, 40 seconds, 50 meters ahead of his closest competitor. “Four years and […]

Grizzlies’ 2-1 soccer win secures playoff slot

GARDEN VALLEY — Soccer coach Johnn deGraef had a cooler of ice water dumped on him in the aftermath of Golden Sierra’s 2-1 victory over Highlands and it never felt better. The soaking came after deGraef endured more than nine minutes of agony waiting for the final whistle — it finally came after Jason Rice’s […]

Oak Ridge soccer falls short to Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge soccer team’s Senior Night match was spoiled by visiting Folsom Wednesday. The Trojans fell to the Bulldogs 3-1. “We played really well tonight but just didn’t have enough to beat them,” Trojan coach Henry Reis said. Pre-game festivities for the seniors who took the pitch for the last […]

Late season games test area teams’ resolve

The must-win, should-win, can-win scenarios surrounding tonight’s gridiron matchups go out the window as the 2011 regular season winds down for the five county teams. Plain and simple, the reasons vary but all five need a victory. The featured game pits Union Mine against Vista del Lago in a key Sierra Valley Conference battle for […]

The Outdoorsman: Ducks, geese flying high

The birds’ high-flying will change tomorrow when the state and federal refuges open to waterfowl hunters. The weather has not cooperated for the first week of the season. It’s been “bluebird” skies with no wind and no storms. Tomorrow will be different for shot-gunners in the Central Valley who will have their first opportunity to […]

Bruin volleyball gets feisty Senior Night victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — For Ponderosa High’s Lianna Sybeldon, Alex Mettler, Hailey Bellmer, Ali Lindsey, Layne Davidson and Pamina Chong, Tuesday’s Senior Night went according to plan: a nice send-off in front of friends and family and an easy 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 Delta River League win over Folsom in their final regular season home match. Bruin […]

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