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Union Mine Athletic Information Night

Union Mine will host an Athletic Information Night for incoming 2012-13 freshman Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the West Gym. All current eighth grade students attending Herbert Green, Mountain Creek and Pleasant Valley Middle Schools are encouraged to attend along with their parents. The Athletic Handbook process as well as the athletic programs at […]

Outside with Charlie: An inside look at snow control on Highway 50

From the early snow in Autumn to the closing day at Tahoe ski resorts, you’ve been heading up Highway 50 for fun on the slopes and in the back-country. Through rain, wind and all kinds of snow storms over Echo Summit, you and yours have made it to Sierra-at-Tahoe, or into the Lake Tahoe Basin, […]

Taylor Phillips wins award

Former Union Mine Lady Diamondback Taylor Phillips was one of four elite Guilford College student-athletes to receive the 2012 Nereus C. English ’26 Athletic Leadership Award. Named for one of the North Carolina campus’ most loyal alumni, the annual prize is the college’s highest honor for athletic ability and leadership. Phillips completed her fourth and […]

Championship racing season kicks off tomorrow

Following last week’s late dose of winter that washed out the Civil War Series opener, Placerville Speedway is geared up to officially open the 2012 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Championship racing season Saturday night at the local bullring with three divisions in competition. The fire-breathing winged 360 sprint cars headline the program at the […]

Broncos edge Trojans 3-2

WEST SACRAMENTO — Twice the Oak Ridge High baseball team had late chances to score Wednesday night against Bella Vista in the SureWest Easter Invitational championship game at Raley Field but each time the Trojans were denied. In the end, the Broncos won by a 3-2 score to avenge a similar setback to Troy in the 2009 title […]

Back-to-back events to close out season at Kirkwood

KIRKWOOD — Kirkwood enters the final quarter of winter 2011/2012 season with world class events lined up back-to-back weekends through April 22nd. The resort kicked off the stretch of events with the Northface Masters of Snowboarding this past weekend. Following up this week is the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships, next weekend the Twisted Sisters slopestyle […]

Roundup: April 5, 2012

Baseball El Dorado 15, North Monterey County 3 — The Cougars improved to 12-0-1 with Wednesday’s win over the Condors. El Dorado is 3-0 on its spring break trip along the coast and wrapped up with yesterday’s game against Christopher High at Gavilan College. El Dorado 5, St. Francis 4 — Tim Hinrichs pitched a […]

Bruin teams weather the elements in inaugural Ruptier Invitational

SHINGLE SPRINGS — No wind nor rain stopped runners from running, jumpers from jumping, throwers from throwing or vaults from vaulting as Ponderosa’s Track and Field team hosted its first annual Ron Ruptier Memorial Invitational Saturday at Simon Bruin Stadium. Sunshine opened the invite but eventually gave way to an encroaching storm system. The dire […]

Roundup: April 3, 2012

Baseball SureWest Invitational Oak Ridge 9, Lincoln 1 — In its first game Monday of the Invitational, Oak Ridge banged out nine hits. The Trojans (7-2) led 4-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Fighting Zebras scored their only run in the top of the seventh inning. Cody Morris was 2-for-4 with […]

El Dorado Hills wrestlers place well at tourneys

El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club grapplers represented well at recent tournaments. At Folk Style State at Seland Arena in Fresno, March 17-18 Third-grader Justin Lamson made it to the finals and placed 2nd. Second-grader Ty Freehill placed 3rd First-grader Scotty Moore place 4th Fourth-grader Kaden West Placed 6th Sixth-grader Ryan Redhair 4-2 (won 4, lost […]

First and goal: Arena benefits

On March 28, 1988, a female friend who was also one of my co-workers at a restaurant and I ventured to the new Arco Arena in Sacramento to see the rock band Kiss — post makeup era at that time — and opening act Anthrax in concert. My friend and I were so excited going […]

Oak Ridge swimmers meet their match

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge swim teams met their match last Tuesday with the boys falling to Jesuit 113-73 and the girls losing to St. Francis by a 103-83 margin. As it currently stands, the Trojans are ranked second in the Delta River League dual meets for both boys and girls while the […]

D’back swim drops two to Cosumnes Oaks

EL DORADO — Host Union Mine fell to Cosumnes Oak last Wednesday in a Sierra Valley Conference swim meet. The Lady Diamondbacks lost 89-81 while the boys were defeated 105-65. Swimming season-best times in her races, Union Mine freshman Caffrey Lynch took first in the 200 freestyle (2:14.67) and 100 backstroke (1:09.55). “She swam very […]

Schedule: April 2-8, 2012

Monday, April 2 Baseball Surewest-Woodcreek Classic OR @ Casa Roble, 10 a,m, OR vs Lincoln, Casa Roble, 1 p.m. UM vs Rosemont, Bella Vista, 11 a.m. UM @ Bella Vista, 5 p.m. PHS @ Bella Vista, 8 a.m. Nonleague ED @ Marina High, N. Monterey County HS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 Baseball Surewest-Woodcreek Classic […]

Trojan softball surprises Pleasant Grove

EL DORADO HILLS – Paying little heed to the Delta River League standings, host Oak Ridge defeated front-running Pleasant Grove 4-1 behind solid pitching and two home runs. “This win was huge,” said Trojan head coach Sam Kloczko. “I have been telling them all along that we are better than our record (now 4-8 overall, […]

El Dorado swim team dominates

Winning every race to be won, El Dorado’s swim team out-swam visiting Galt Wednesday – the girls prevailing 134- 35 and the boys outscoring the Warriors 120-35 in the Sierra Valley Conference meet. “We dominated every race,” said Cougar Coach Marc Hughes.  “We owned the pool!” For the girls, double event winners were Marissa Garcia in […]

Grizzly soccer ties Rio Vista 1-1

GARDEN VALLEY — Host Golden Sierra and Rio Vista played to a 1-1 deadlock Thursday afternoon to open the second round of Sierra Delta League soccer action. The tie moved the Grizzlies’ league record at 5-0-2. Golden Sierra won the first match between the teams 1-0. The Griz controlled the first half and attacked behind the […]

Errors costly for Golden Sierra girls

GARDEN VALLEY — The only reason to meet for as long as the Golden Sierra did after its game Thursday was to discuss ways to prevent the kind of day the team just had in the field. Errors proved costly as visiting Rio Vista took advantage of five Grizzly miscues in the top of the […]

Roundup: Justin Dillon one-hits Vista for key victory

Baseball Oak Ridge 6, Granite Bay 4 — Thursday’s battle between two highly ranked teams went the Trojans’ way as Alex Fitchett threw five solid innings and Jason Ross picks up the save. Oak Ridge scored two runs in the first and third and single runs in the sixth and seventh. In the seventh, Bobby […]

Park Prospects take SuperSeries event

The Park Prospects, Cameron Park’s 12u travelball team, won the championship at the recent SuperSeries Long Ball Trot tournament in Davis where the team went 3-1, shutting down the P-Town Cutters 7-1 in the title game. General Manager  Shawn Zienin, Manager Andy Turner, Head Coach Kevin Kujawa and Assistant Coach Brian Ditlevsen have developed this […]

Remembering coach Ron Ruptier

Editors note: Karen Norwood is in her first year as head coach of the Ponderosa High Track and Field team, her ninth year overall coaching in the program. A 1995 graduate of the school, Norwood, formerly known as Karen Wylie during her prep days, competed all four years for then coach Ron Ruptier and later […]

Roundup: March 28, 2012

Golf El Dorado 238, River City 286, Wild Horse Golf Club in Davis, par 36. ED scores: Auston Wells, 46; Tyler Powell, 47; Shane Hopkins, 47; Cohl Hatala, 48; Chase Norton, 49; Gary Shoffner, 76. Played in constant rain and wind. Golden Sierra 277, Highlands 298, Cherry Island, par 37, GR scores: Bowman, 50; Smith, […]

Ponderosa hosts 1st annual Ron Ruptier Memorial Tournament

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Dedicated to the memory of its beloved coach Ron Ruptier, the Ponderosa High Track and Field program will host its first annual Ron Ruptier Memorial Invitational tomorrow at the school. Ruptier, the long-time Track and Field and Cross Country coach, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s last year but his spirit and words […]

Lady Bruins upend Huskies 1-0

SHINGLE SPRINGS – After a three week dry-spell, the Ponderosa girls’ soccer team finally notched a victory on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Sheldon Huskies, 1-0. The Bruins last win came on March 6 against Del Campo and since then, Ponderosa has lost twice with four draws. The Bruins’ victory was their first in the Delta […]

Grizzly boys volleyball defeat Cougars in five sets

GARDEN VALLEY — Both coaches had similar thoughts about Wednesday’s Sierra Valley League volleyball match between visiting El Dorado and Golden Sierra. “It was a great match. I’m so proud of my boys,” said the Grizzlies’ Glenn Linka and Cougar coach Alan Magat. After Golden Sierra pulled out a five-set victory with Jim Hansen’s powerful […]

Outside with Charlie: Cross country skiing

The ski resorts are absolutely thrilled with the new snow that’s fallen. In conversations with Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Steven Hemphill, PR Director, the news is simple: continued good conditions, and a season that has gained some additional time. Back-country skiers are finally finding enough snow to make it worth their time. For those of us who stick […]

Lady D’backs, Cougars play to draw

EL DORADO — Tuesday night’s soccer match was an opportunity for host Union Mine to secure some solid ground in the Sierra Valley Conference standings toward a possible playoff berth. With the first half of the league schedule nearly complete, the Lady Diamondbacks are in contention for a post season berth. “Our team started the year with […]

Rain stops Tuesday’s Oak Ridge-Ponderosa softball matchup

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Steady rain forced play to be called Tuesday between host Ponderosa and Oak Ridge in their first Delta River League meeting. Despite wet conditions and rainfall, the game did start and several pitches in Trojan leadoff Renee Bardini singled to left field off Bruin starter Shasta Stinson. After several pitches to Jackie […]

Sierra announces new Keepin’ it Real season pass

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – With another amazing season on the horizon, Sierra Resort has announced a limited time only season pass offer for the 2012-13 season with prices so low it makes the decision to buy a no-brainer. Established in 1946 Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort was built to give snow enthusiasts an incredible on-mountain experience. Sixty-six years […]

Speedway calendar has something for everyone

23-event season packed with tradition, diversity and new community events In a matter of days it will be time for dirt track racing in the Sierra foothills as the famed Placerville Speedway prepares for its 47th consecutive season, beginning this Saturday night. A total of 23 events will complete the full season schedule for 2012. The […]

Pitcher’s duel favors the Cougars over Cosumnes Oaks

Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference baseball game between El Dorado and visiting Cosumnes Oaks turned into an underclassman’s pitching duel, pitting Cougar freshman Nicholas Bonniksen against Wolfpack sophomore Alex Kropp. Kropp held the Cougars scoreless through five innings but for the second time in as many outings Bonniksen delivered a gem, striking out six and surrendering just […]

Roundup: March 27, 2012

Tennis Oak Ridge 6, Pleasant Grove 3 Singles (OR first): Jimmy Giovanni def. Doty, 7-5, 6-1; Nic Atkinson def. Kankis, 6-2, 6-2; Jacob Zetlin def. Roberts, 6-2, 6-1; Simmon Chan def. McBroom, 6-3, 6-2; Charlie Conarro def. Velasco, 6-0, 6-0; Matt Fergerson def. Wagner, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Doubles (OR firts): Matthew Lai-Scotty Lee def. by […]

D’backs upend Griz in 4

EL DORADO — Something had to give in Monday’s intra-county volleyball match as neither Golden Sierra nor host Union Mine were pleased with their play. In the end, the home court carried the day as the Diamondbacks emerged with the four-set 25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-12 Sierra Valley Conference victory. “We didn’t play very well tonight, […]

Gold Trail Park officially opens

The New Gold Trail Park’s opening ceremony took place Friday under blue skies as visitors, teachers and students gathered to celebrate at the renovated baseball diamond behind the school. As band director Glen Cain led the Blazer Concert Band through a series of rally songs, students sat along the outfield grass to listen to a […]

Schedule: March 26-31, 2012

Monday, March 26 Baseball Cosumnes Oaks @ ED, 4:15 p.m. GS @ Bradshaw Christian, 4 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, Galt Park, 4:15 Golf OR, PHS @ Thunder Invite, Whitney Oaks, 1 p.m. Soccer Pleasant Grove @ OR, 4 p.m. GS @ Vacaville Christian, 3:30 PHS @ Folsom, Kemp Park, 6 p.m. Softball Vista del […]

Sun shines on Union Mine’s 5-team Distance Extravaganza

EL DORADO — After two years of nasty weather it was sunshine for the Union Mine track team’s Distance Extravaganza Friday. The meet included five schools — Sheldon, Del Campo, Consumnes River, Sacramento Country Day and Union Mine competing in distance events to tune up for the season. “It’s a small meet but it’s good […]

Golden Sierra track sets five league records

After last week’s rain out, Golden Sierra track coach Mike Brown was determined to get the season underway with the first Sierra Delta League Center meet as volunteers spent much of Tuesday  preparing for Wednesday. “The track is in much better condition this year, and thanks to Ken (Reddish) for coming with his shopvac to vacuum […]

Falcons fly by Grizzly girls

GARDEN VALLEY — Off to an undefeated start in Sierra Delta League action at 3-0, the Golden Sierra High softball team hosted Christian Brothers Friday in a nonleague game. The visiting Falcons beat the Grizzlies, 10-0 in a game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Four Lady Grizzly players […]

Comeback effort falls short for Oak Ridge lacrosse

EL DORADO HILLS — Determination and a tight defense couldn’t get the host varsity Oak Ridge lacrosse team in front of the Miramonte Matadors Saturday afternoon. The boys lost on their home field 5-8 but coach Brad Speno didn’t see the game as a total loss. “I thought we showed some good energy and good […]

Trojan softball falls to Sheldon

EL DORADO HILLS — After two 8-5 wins against Galena and El Camino, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans softball team fell flat against Sheldon, one of the best teams in the area, 12-4 in Delta River League softball action Friday afternoon. “We made some defensive mistakes, and once we got to two outs, weren’t able […]

Roundup: Trojan baseball edges top-ranked Elk Grove 3-1

Baseball Oak Ridge 3, Elk Grove 1 — Sophomore Austin Root held the top-ranked Thundering Herd to three hits and one run in six and two-thirds innings to pick up his second win of the season Thursday. The Trojans scored three runs in the top of the first inning as Alec deWatteville doubled and scored […]

Bruin boys win five-set thriller

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa’s Griffin O’Camb had personally never been on the winning side against Oak Ridge and as a fourth-year varsity player, time was running out. Trailing the Trojans two games to none in Thursday’s intra-county matchup, the senior captain and his Bruin teammates were left with just one option … rally … and […]

Roundup: March 22, 2012

Baseball El Dorado 7, Liberty Ranch 5 — In Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference game in Galt, the Cougars (2-0, 5-0-1) scored four times in the top of the first inning to account for half of their runs. El Dorado poked 10 hits and used five Hawks (1-2, 4-3) errors to its advantage. Timothy Hinrichs, Zack Brown […]

Big inning lifts Lady D’backs over Cougars

EL DORADO — The Union Mine softball team trailed El Dorado 5-3 at the start of the sixth inning Wednesday. It was crunch time and the Lady Diamondbacks needed a big comeback to pull out a win. After lead-off batter, Halie Scott, was hit by a pitch, Christina Auger blasted a triple that drove in […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Coach Squarejaw: More Madness

This past weekend destroyed Coach Squarejaw’s bracket. Who could have predicted that underdog history was going to be made as three teams seeded 13th or higher won their games? The most notable was 15th seed Lehigh University defeating the famed No. 2 seed, Duke, in the south region. Has our viewers ever heard of Lehigh? […]

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