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Grizzly duo enjoy prolific careers

GARDEN VALLEY — Over the years, Golden Sierra High has produced its share of outstanding athletes. However, it’s a unique occurrence when a male and female athlete in the same sport share terrific seasons in the same events. Grizzly seniors Connor Barla and Emily Reddish have become common-place headliners for the track and field program. […]

Sheldon streaks past Bruins to the section banner

SACRAMENTO — The best Ponderosa managed in Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section title game against a hot Sheldon team was to slow the defending champs down. Stopping them wasn’t in the cards. Riding a tidal wave of offense in their stay at the Sacramento Softball Complex, the Huskies did continue their momentum but at a lesser scale […]

Cougars drop series to Sonora

LODI — It took just 75 minutes Tuesday for the El Dorado High baseball team to tie its Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV best-of-three series against Sonora in an 11-1 win that included the clutch pitching and hitting of senior Justin Dillon. But the Wildcats turned the tables in the third and final game, ending the […]

Ponderosa girls play for section title

SACRAMENTO — Gianna Bilotta’s three-run home run was the great start and Taylor Doane’s solo shot was needed insurance but what became the winning run in Ponderosa’s victory over West Tuesday was a Taylor Eilders ball up the middle that went through the pitcher’s wickets. Combined, they added up to the Bruins’ 5-3 Sac-Joaquin Section […]

Ben Thomas signs with Quincy University

Senior Ben Thomas, instrumental in El Dorado’s basketball run the last two years under coack Ken Macklin, has signed a Letter of Intent to play next season for Quincy University in Illinois. Thomas will join his brother Jake who plays for the football program.

Ex-Trojans factor into another state title

Austin Ales, a former Oak Ridge High baseball player donning the uniform for Cosumnes River College, played a critical role Sunday afternoon in helping the Hawks win the California Community College Athletic Association championship at Bakersfield College. In the  8-6 victory over Rio Hondo College of Whittier in extra innings, Ales pitched a scoreless 12th inning […]

Grades, guns and a good time

Academics and athletics have long intertwined for student-athletes and another way — probably unbeknownst to many — is the connection that exists linking classroom results with hunting. Each year one student from El Dorado County, aged 12-16, is rewarded with a pheasant hunting trip to the R&R Hunting Resort, a Cabela’s certified desination, in Seneca, […]

Heinz-sight: Built to last

My next door neighbor has a habit, rather history, of going one direction on a project, stopping, starting over and then a year later redoing everything differently. He works circles around me. One thing he’s constructed very well, as an assistant coach for Ponderosa’s JV softball team, is the current varsity squad that’s embroiled in […]

Corey Pereira qualifies for state golf championship tourney

CHICO — Just one day after winning an NCGA Junior Tournament in Fresno by three strokes, Ponderosa golfer Corey Pereira traveled to Butte Creek Country Club in Chico for the NCGA/CIF Northern California championship Monday. It was Pereira’s second trip in as many years. The junior’s dedication to his game and his tournament experience paid […]

Big inning lifts Lady Bruins over St. Mary’s

Doane’s walk-off hit tames Tokay SACRAMENTO — Skye Jerpbak drove in four runs, two in an eight-run sixth inning, as Ponderosa remained alive in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I  playoffs after its 10-4 win over St. Mary’s Monday night at the Sacramento Softball Complex. With their backs to the wall, the Lady Bruins could ill […]

Forsberg drives to second victory

74 year-old Micheli wins Late Model feature; Tilford continues Pure Stock reign Defending three time Placerville Speedway track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn lived up to his Mr. Excitement likeness Saturday night during the fifth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light championship points race of the Fast and Furious Championship racing series at the El […]

Trio of gold at Division I meet

Two Bruins, Trojan take 1st ELK GROVE — Ponderosa had two top qualifiers and Oak Ridge one from last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field Championships at Elk Grove High. On the track, Bruin Brittany Anselmo crossed first in the 800 meter race; Trojan Sean McHone led the pack in winning the 1,600; […]

Cougar boys take 1st at Divisionals

MODESTO — El Dorado’s 61 total points captured the boys track and field team crown at Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Finals at Modesto Junior College. Four county athletes claimed top spots as a total of 30 athletes from El Dorado, Golden Sierra and Union Mine advanced to next week’s Masters Meet. Cougar Joe Soik […]

Schedule: May 21-26, 2012

Monday, May 21 Golf NorCal Tournament Corey Pereira @ Butte Creek CC, 10 a.m. Softball  Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Sacramento Softball Complex D-1: PHS vs. Tokay, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 Baseball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Tony Zupo Field ED vs. Sonora, 4 p.m. 2nd game if necessary, 7 p.m. Softball Sac Joaquin Section Playoffs Sacramento Softball […]

Bruin softball splits opening round

SACRAMENTO — Three errors factored into Ponderosa High’s 4-0 victory Saturday over Vacaville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The top seed Bruins scored twice off three Bulldog errors in the second inning. Giana Bilotta reached first on a miscue and an out later scored when Taylor Doane […]

Davis nine knocks Trojans out

SACRAMENTO — In a tantilizing rematch of last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball playoff opener between Oak Ridge and Davis at Sacramento City College’s Union Stadium, the Blue Devils took revenge with their 5-2 win. Ben Eckels struck out 11 Trojan batters en route to bouncing Oak Ridge out of the playoffs, joining Jesuit […]

Grizzly softball girls bounced from first round

LODI — With its offense back in Garden Valley and its defense giving away extra outs, Golden Sierra fell to Waterford 7-0 in first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI action at the Lodi Softball Complex Thursday Night. Wildcats’ hurler Kylie Ragsdale held the Grizzlies to five hits and struck out 12 to offset Golden Sierra’s Hollie […]

County Sports League Track and Field Championships

Optimist Club of El Dorado Hills Country Sports League Track and Field Championships Union Mine, May 9, 11  Girls — 65 hurdles: Girls A, 1-HGR-Elizabeth Vaccaro, 11.42, Girls B, 1-PV-Breanne Gloia, 11.44, Girls C-1-GHI-Julia Lathrop, 11:47; Mile: Girls B-1-MAR-Danny Destefano, 8:39.83, Girls C-NOR-Madisyn Schmitz, 6:17.56; 400: Girls A, 1-HGR-Allison Babbage, 1:07.75, Girls B, 1-MAR-Madelyn Davis, 1:19.56, Girls […]

Fast and Furious at Speedway

The contingent for the 2012 Placerville Speedway winged sprint car championship is beginning to take stellar form. This Saturday night a trio of decorated champions, an up-and-coming lady racer and a local favorite will take to the track as the top five point-runners for the fifth segment of the Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing […]

Outside with Charlie: Spring highs and lows

With sunny and mostly mild spring temperatures, the spread of outdoor recreation opportunities just continues to grow. While everything is in bloom here in the lower elevations, the higher reaches are still working towards budding out. Along Highway 50, the American River is flowing fast as river kayakers are taking full advantage of the spring […]

Griz spikers’ playoff run ends

ROCKLIN — Golden Sierra and its faithful volleyball fans came to Tuesday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section  boys Division II semifinal match against the Whitney Wildcats as the underdog. With a birth in the finals on the line and riding an eight-match winning streak, the Grizzlies were hoping the streak would continue. In the end, Whitney had the […]

Cougars advance after tense 10-inning win

LODI — Zack Culp took one for the team — at the right time and the right setting. El Dorado’s do-or-die 10-inning marathon Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener ended in less-than spectacular fashion Wednesday night when a Manteca pitch plucked Culp for a hit-by-pitch, walk-off 2-1 victory at Zupo Field in Lodi. Matt […]

Optimist All Stars very recognizable

Tonight’s Optimist All Star boys and girls volleyball matches at Capital Christian High School will have a distinct El Dorado County flavor with local players and coaches on both South rosters. The boys match, now in its 15th year, starts at 5 p.m. On the South roster is Griffin O’Camb, Duncan Alexander and Riley Moore from […]

Jessica Davis racks up rugby accomplishments

Jessica Davis, a 2010 Ponderosa High School graduate who attends American International College in Springfield, Mass., has racked up multiple achievements in rugby on and off the field. She’ the highest scoring player in the Northeast USA Division II Collegiate Conference with 120 points. In the recent championship game against St. Michael’s of Vermont, Davis […]

Rocklin sweep ends Ponderosa’s volleyball season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Though it met many of its goals for the 2012 season, Ponderosa’s ultimate one — winning a section boys volleyball title — was denied by visiting Rocklin which swept the Bruins out of the Sac-Joaquin Division I postseason after an 18-25, 22-25, 19-25 semifinal victory Tuesday. Despite a small slip-up in the […]

Roundup: May 16, 2012

Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division II Semifinals Golden Sierra def. by Whitney, 16-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25 Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division VI Golden Sierra def. by Forest Lake Christian 2-0 Baseball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Division VI Golden Sierra 4, Mariposa 9  Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro points & putts May 1 Ace of the Month: […]

Mills churns out two 2nd-best section times

LODI — Qualifying for CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections in swimming is hard work; finishing in either the top eight for finals or top 16 for consolations is an honor. Swimmers from 27 leagues (over 175 schools) competed in prelims last Thursday and Friday at Tokay High with the top 16 from each event returning Saturday. El […]

Trojans open Thursday

Due to Monday’s 6-2 outbracket win by Franklin over Vintage, Oak Ridge’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball opener against Davis is tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Sacramento City College. In other baseball openers, El Dorado takes on Manteca at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Zupo Field in Lodi and Golden Sierra faces Mariposa at Galt Community […]

El Dorado track and field sweeps divisions

ELK GROVE — Competing in the Sierra Valley Conference meet at Cosumnes Oaks last week, El Dorado’s Track and Field teams showed their mettle in sweeping both varsity and frosh/soph divisions for the second year in a row. In all, the Cougars advanced 25 varsity athletes to this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional IV-V meet at […]

Pereira advances to NorCals

STOCKTON — Ponderosa golfer Corey Pereira shot an impressive two-under par 70 at Monday’s Masters Golf Tournament at The Reserve in Spanos Park, the day’s third lowest score. Pereira’s efforts earned him a slot at next Week’s CIF Northern California Golf Championships at the Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. It’s Pereira’s second trip to […]

D’back softball no-hit in playoff opener

EL DORADO — Central Catholic freshman pitcher Gio Rodoni was a tough customer for the Union Mine softball team and that meant the end of the line for the Lady Diamondbacks who fell 7-0 to the Raiders in Monday’s Sac Joaquin Section Division IV outbracket playoff game. Rodoni’s dominant no-hit effort overshadowed several outfield blunders […]

Benson muscles to long-awaited Placerville Speedway victory

Davis dethrones Micheli in Late Models; Tilford makes it four in a row in Pure Stocks Since 1996, Calistoga’s Mike Benson has had his share of top finishes at Placerville Speedway. However, the competitive driver from the Napa Valley had never won an event at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Saturday night, Benson got the […]

Delta River League crowns local Track/Field champs

Qualifiers advance to Divisionals SHINGLE SPRINGS — Thursday’s Delta River League Track and Field finals was where host Ponderosa and Oak Ridge crown 13 individuals and one relay team league champions. All but six titles came on the track. The top five finishers in each category qualified for this week’s Divisional Time Trials and Finals […]

Roundup: May 13, 2012

Softball Golden Sierra 0, Elliot Christian 11 — The Grizzlies closed the regular season with Friday’s home nonleague loss, getting one-hit in the five inning setback. Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Oak Ridge def. by Granite Bay 3-0  Track and Field Sierra Valley Conference Finals *Girls — 100: 3-Sara Slightam, ED, 12.89. 200: 3-Grace Abela, ED, 27.05. […]

Griz overcome Vikes

What they’re saying … “Everybody came together as a team.” — Arlis Meyer “We nailed our passing.” — Jim Hansen “We got strong at the net.” — Zach Marshall SACRAMENTO — The Golden Sierra boys volleyball team dropped the first game Thursday before winning its next three to upend host Valley 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 27-17 in […]

Schedule: May 14-19, 2012

Monday, May 14 Golf Masters Tournament, The Reserve, Stockton Softball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs D-IV: Central Catholic @ UM, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs D-VI: GS @ Forest Lake Christian, 4 p.m. Track and Field Divisionals D-IV/V: Trials, Modesto JC Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs D-1: Rocklin @ PHS, 7 p.m. D-II: GS […]

Bruin spikers win opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High boys volleyball co-coach Amy Stockett feels that teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs who are more consistent in most phases of the sport will win their matches. The host Bruins were consistent in setting and killing the ball down the middle Thursday night against first-round opponent Davis, coached […]

Records fall at Sierra Delta meet

RIO LINDA — As temperatures rose records fell at the Sierra Delta League Track and Field finals  Wednesday at Rio Linda with Golden Sierra capturing seven girls league records and the boys one. The Grizzly girls scored 198 points and won 14 of the 16 events to secure their fourth league title in as many […]

Roundup: May 11, 2012

Volleyball Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Union Mine def. by Whitney 18-25, 20-25, 19-25  Soccer Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 2, Vintage 3 — OR goals: Mandi McBroom; Hannah Miller  

Trojans 10-run Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — In its final tune-up game before the playoffs, the Oak Ridge Trojan baseball team wasted no time dismantling the Ponderosa Bruins in a six-inning, mercy-rule 10-0 win. The game was close early. Oak Ridge starter Alex Fitchett shut out the Bruins while Ponderosa’s Jacob Bist settled down after allowing a first-inning […]

Bruin softball Delta River League champs

SACRAMENTO — Two passed balls, a defensive gem and the right arm of Paris Hallums led to the first-ever Delta League River Division I title for the Ponderosa High softball team after its tense 1-0 victory Wednesday over host St. Francis. Missy Silveira scored the lone run that was the difference, Hallums tossed a three-hitter […]

Trojan volleyball grounds Laguna Creek

EL DORADO HILLS — Consistent play at the net Tuesday and setting up the offense by Storm Van Soldt and Sam Greenleaf paved the way to victory for the Oak Ridge High boys volleyball team in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I out-bracket playoff match against visiting Laguna Creek. Oak Ridge (4-4, 18-11) won the match in […]

Roundup: May 10, 2012

Baseball Oak Ridge 20, Ponderosa 6 — Alec de Watteville and Mason Watkins had five hits each, part of the Trojans’ 19-hit attack in Tuesday’s big win in Shingle Springs. de Watteville doubled, tripled and drove in five runs while Watkins doubled and drove in four. Logan Marston (double, three RBIs), Cody Uharriet (double, two […]

Oak Ridge softball crushes Folsom

EL DORADO HILLS — After a season chock full of trials and tribulations, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans softball squad finally put together a complete game Tuesday, walloping the Folsom Bulldogs 10-0 in five innings. “We’ve come close to pulling out some good wins this season and we weren’t able to get that clutch hit, […]

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