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Cougars’ lead slips away in loss to Vista

In a game each team lived and died by the three-point shot, El Dorado High ended up on the wrong side of the shootout to visiting Vista del Lago 73-68 to open the Sierra Valley Conference schedule Tuesday. The Cougars dug themselves a deep hole in the first quarter as Patrick Lowman scored nine of […]

Heinz sight: A toast …

Any time the words “state” and “champion” can be used in the same sentence when addressing our county prep athletes/teams means its been a good year. Union Mine’s volleyball win in the CIF State Division Volleyball Championship match in early December (see 2011’s No. 1 story) was a great ending and a hard one to […]

D’back basketball pounds Galt 73-43

EL DORADO — Graham Bennett scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out five assists while Tommy Callonea bucketed a team-high 19 points to lead host Union Mine to the one-sided 73-43 victory over Galt Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks jumped all over the Warriors in their Sierra Valley Conference opener, leading by 36 points […]

Year in review: 2011’s top five sports stories

No 1: Union Mine girls volleyball wins state title The narrative on the 2011 Lady Diamondbacks was taking shape as it hit the home stretch: talented, scrappy and defensive-minded, but unable to distance itself from Sierra Valley Conference rival Vista del Lago and facing an uncertain postseason road ahead. Then the switch flipped. It what […]

Roundup: Jan. 3, 2012

Girls basketball  West Coast Jamboree Oak Ridge 57, Eastside College Prep 27 — The Lady Trojans (10-4) bounced back from their first loss in the West Coast Jamboree to win their final three games, including Friday’s contest against the Panthers. Ponderosa 47, Arroyo 64 — Playing its final game of the West Coast Jamboree Friday […]

Homewood expansion gets OK from governing board

It took five years and a final marathon, nine-hour meeting to get the project approved but all the hard work by expansion advocates seemed worthwhile when the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board recently approved the first phase of the Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan. The plan certainly won’t happen overnight. The master […]

Oak Ridge falls short in Toss Up title game

EL DORADO HILLS — After rallying off two impressive victories to reach the Trojan Toss Up championship game, host Oak Ridge faltered in its third comeback bid and lost to the Bella Vista Broncos by a score of 65-55 in Friday’s championship game. “We were trying to force the issue too much tonight, and their […]

Year in review: 2011’s top sports stories Nos. 6-10

It’s always tough this time of year to look back and determine the top sports stories of the year because our El Dorado County athletes compete at such a high level month in and month out. After review and review, the task is never easy to narrow the choices down to a top 10. In […]

El Dorado boys hoops take third at Trojan Toss Up

EL DORADO HILLS — A victory is a victory and the El Dorado boys basketball team will take it — especially prior to the start of the upcoming Sierra Valley Conference season which opens next week. In the third place game Friday night of the Trojan Toss Up at Oak Ridge High, El Dorado beat […]

Roundup update: Bruins overcome Viewpoint in championship game

MaxPreps Holiday Classic Ponderosa 65, Viewpoint 52 – The Bruins rallied behind a 24-11 fourth quarter Friday to win the championship. Ponderosa won 4-of-5 at the tournament and ended in fine fashion by shooting 60 percent from the field. Curtis Opsahl scored 18 points on 8-of-10 floor and was named MVP, Chris Snyder bucketed 20 […]

Roundup: Dec. 30, 2011

Basketball Boys  MaxPreps Holiday Classic Ponderosa 69, Cathedral City 51 —  The Bruins (7-7) broke away from a 15-15 tie in the first quarter Thursday to advance into Friday’s bracket championship game. Against Cathedral City, Ponderosa took a 17-15 lead to start the second quarter when junior guard Trevor Hammitt hit a basket. The Bruins […]

Lynbrook edges El Dorado for Vitell title

A well-played finale to the annual Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament Thursday night did not end the hosts’ way as San Jose’s Lynbrook High remained undefeated on the season after edging El Dorado 49-45. If the Lady Cougars could go back and change one thing it’d be a few more three-pointers. Overall, El Dorado made just […]

Battle ends in loss for Cougars at Trojan Toss Up

El DORADO HILLS — Two weeks ago, the El Dorado High boys basketball team and Bella Vista met in the first round of the Mesa Verde Tournament in Citrus Heights. Round two of their meeting took place Thursday night in the winner’s bracket of the second round of the Trojan Toss Up at Oak Ridge High. […]

Union Mine takes fourth at Vitell

Unable to keep Pleasant Valley off the offensive boards, Union Mine’s girls basketball team fell to the Vikings 60-32 in Thursday’s third/fourth place game of the Jan Vitell Tournament at El Dorado High. Pleasant Valley, which came within four points from an appearance in the championship game, took it out on the Diamondbacks with a […]

Trojans roll in semifinal win

EL DORADO HILLS — After a close call against Shasta Wednesday, the Oak Ridge Trojans came into Thursday’s game against Rio Americano with a new mindset. “We came into tonight knowing what we had to change and improve on to win,” senior center Scott Sanchez said after Oak Ridge clobbered the Raiders 61-46 to advance […]

Jan Vitell results

Championship El Dorado 45, Lynbrook 49 – The Lady Cougars fell just short of the title win as the Vikings held on despite seeing their lead trimmed to a point late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s championship game. Courtney Macklin and Emily Boyd were both named to the all tournament team for the […]

Heinz-sight: Fantasy Football

Never watched Fantasy Island when it aired on TV, never spent time at Disneyland’s Fantasyland and certainly didn’t realize soon enough that my own dreams of one day becoming a professional athlete were pure fantasy. But Fantasy Football? That’s real. Despite having kids that play, I never paid much attention until recently as a casual […]

Round up: Dec. 29, 2011

Basketball Boys Desert Heat Classic Ponderosa 56, Lakeside 52 — Playing its second Desert Heat Classic Tournament game Wednesday evening in Cathedral City, Ponderosa relied on a basket and two free throws to pull away from Lakeside in the fourth quarter, 17-10, to secure the victory. The Bruins were behind 42-39 after three quarters. Justin […]

El Dorado’s trapping press rattles Lady D’backs

Behind relentless pressure defense the full 32 minutes, host El Dorado took Union Mine out of its game to register a 50-29 victory Wednesday in the semifinals of the Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament. The Cougars face Lynbrook winner tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m while the Lady Diamondbacks play Pleasant Valley for third/fourth place at 6:30 p.m. […]

Oak Ridge gets past Shasta in Toss Up opener

EL DORADO HILLS — As the rest of the Oak Ridge students enjoyed their winter break, the boys basketball team had work to take care of. “We came out here with a mission, and we accomplished the first part of that mission,” coach Steve Scott said as his Trojans upended the Shasta Wolves 72-66 in […]

Rebounds aid Cougars’ win over Lions

EL DORADO HILLS — Bigger was better for the El Dorado High boys basketball team Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the Trojan Toss Up at Oak Ridge High. Playing an athletic McClatchy in the first round, the Cougars’ height inside — 10 of El Dorado’s 13 players on the roster are 6-foot or […]

Roundup: Dec. 28, 2011

Basketball Boys Desert Heat Classic Ponderosa 59, El Camino-Oceanside 31 — At the Desert Heat Classic Tuesday in Cathedral City, the Bruins jumped out to a 15-2 lead to ground the Falcons en route to a 35-18 halftime lead. Three Ponderosa players scored in double figures: junior forward Curtis Opsahl had 14 points, junior guard Trevor Hammitt […]

Union Mine girls hold on from the line to defeat Center 52-43

Sinking eight of its 12 free throws in the final 1:25 including all four in the last 20 seconds, Union Mine held off Center 52-43 in Tuesday’s Jan Vitell Tournament opener at El Dorado High School. The win sets up tonight’s semifinals matchup with the host Cougars at 6:30 p.m. Madi Aliff scored a game-high […]

Lady Cougars rip Amador to open Vitell Tournament

Host El Dorado High easily won its opener of the annual Jan Vitell Tournament Tuesday, blasting Amador 62-10 behind early pressure the Buffalos couldn’t handle. Courtney Macklin attacked around the basket to scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the opening minutes and the Lady Cougars never looked back — leading 24-0 after the first […]

Jeffrey Winchester conquers the Pacific Crest Trail

While celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, Jeffrey Winchester, 46, of Pollock Pines, will likely look back on the trip of a lifetime. He spent four months thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and he beat the odds, completing his trek at the northern terminus Sept. 30. A record […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 3 Replies

Outside with Charlie: Hike to Eagle Lake

Winter has arrived. The snow hasn’t, at least not yet. It’s certainly been cold enough in the higher regions of the county, which is good. The ground is cold, and when the snow starts, it will stick. Downhill skiers have been reporting decent conditions on man-made snow at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly and most of the other […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe offering big value at $49 a day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort plans to fire up two more lifts and two more carpets accessing a total of seven trails, the Wild Mountain Children’s Center, and a tow-accessed snow play area. With Easy Rider Express already turning, accessing Sierra Resort’s legendary beginner terrain, Easy Street, and a nationally ranked freestyle terrain park, […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 26

Union Mine High running back Sean Tow has received recognition for his on-field accomplishments in the Sacramento region. Tow rushed 223 times for 2,217 yards that placed him on the 2011 All Metro Football first-team offense. The junior scored 24 touchdowns in nine games for Union Mine, which finished tied for second place in the Sierra […]

Schedule: Dec. 26-30, 2011

Tuesday, Dec. 27 Boys basketball PHS @ Desert Heat Classic, Cathedral City UM @ Sabrato Tourney, Morgan Hills GS @ Galt, 6:30 Girls basketball Jan Vitell Tourney @ EDHS Union Mine vs. Center, 8 p.m. El Dorado vs. Amador, 6:30 South Tahoe vs. Amador, 6:30 Bella Vista vs. Pleasant Valley, 3:30 OR, PHS @ West […]

Missing the Action: Ali Ryan’s dejá vu injury ordeal

CAMERON PARK — At a time players went full-tilt gearing up for the season, all Ali Ryan hoped for was a doctor’s clearance to jog. As shots are perfected and new one’s added to the repertoire, Ryan, from a stand-still position, just wanted to reclaim her touch on the basic ones. With 2011-12 girls basketball […]

Oak Ridge girls take Toss Up title after win over Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — Lauren Sende scored 16 points, pulled in 13 rebounds and blocked two shots last Friday to help lift Oak Ridge past Kennedy 61-49 for the Lady Trojan Toss Up title. Sende scored 10 quick points in a competitive opening quarter before Troy’s 1-2-2 zone took over against the smaller Cougars who struggled […]

Heavenly opens California side for skiing and snowboarding

The West Coast’s largest snow making system gives skiers and riders options and convenience SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Heavenly Mountain Resort has done it again, opening more skiing and snowboarding terrain on the strength of the West Coast’s largest snow making system, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. “We’ve enjoyed a continuous machine-made […]

Round up: Lady Bruins hit 12 threes

Basketball Girls Ponderosa 74, Natomas 47 — The Lady Bruins were on fire behind the arc, hitting 12 three-pointers en route to beating the Nighthawks Thursday night in nonleague action in Sacramento. Four Bruins scored in double figures: Ashley Beck and Jensen Lewis had 18 points each, while Morgan Martinenko had 14 points and Olivia Nelson […]

Golden Sierra girls send Saints marching

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra waited patiently for visiting Cristo Rey to arrive and once the Saints walked through the door the Grizzly girls showed no mercy in a 54-15 nonleague rout. Though the Cristo Rey team was smaller and less skilled than Golden Sierra, the Gizzlies kept focus and played tough from start to […]

HZ: Sing it with me

Back by popular demand or … more likely … forced upon you, here’s some more slightly altered Christmas classics you’re sure to hum this holiday season. A one and a two and … Jingle Bell Rock Diamondbacks, Diamondbacks, Diamondbacks rock Diamondbacks swing and Diamondbacks block. Hitting and digging all the way to L.A. winning at […]

Oak Ridge outlasts EL Camino in overtime

EL DORADO HILLS — After a smooth dispatch of Del Campo in the opening round of the Trojan Toss Up Tournament, the Oak Ridge girls basketball squad faced a worthy opponent in the El Camino Eagles in the second round Thursday evening. Oak Ridge survived to pull out a thrilling 61-54 overtime victory to advance […]

Lady Cougars tame Whitney Wildcats

It’s an age-old dilemma — schedule an easy preseason and pump up your record or go head-to-head with some of the best teams for experience? El Dorado girls basketball coach Pat Winter always takes the second option and now, heading into the Cougars’ own Jan Vitell Memorial Tournament next week, the Lady Cougars are playing […]

Lady Trojans gain control of Toss Up opener with Del Campo

EL DORADO HILLS — If you control the basketball you can most likely put it in the hoop. That’s where the Cougars of Del Campo and host Oak Ridge parted ways in Wednesday’s opening round of the Trojan Toss Up Tournament Wednesday night. In handling the ball better than its guests, Oak Ridge emerged a […]

Treys propel Union Mine to victory over Scots

EL DORADO — Deyanira Ventura eyed the basket from behind the arc and knew she had to pull the trigger. For Union Mine High girls basketball coach Chris Del Rio and the rest of the Lady Diamondbacks, they’re glad she did. Hosting Highlands Wednesday in a nonleague game with the game knotted at 18-all, Ventura […]

Fast start leads to Cougars’ victory over Vikings

El Dorado High boys basketball coach Ken Macklin wanted his Cougars to pay attention to the smallest of details Tuesday night in their non-league game against South Tahoe inside the Cougars’ gym. Doing so, in the form of aggressively boxing out and creating turnovers, led to 28 first-quarter points as El Dorado coasted to a 72-39 win […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

CASA Boca Jrs 95 take first at Davis Legacy’s Winter College Showcase

DAVIS — Sacramento’s Boca Jrs 95 girls’ soccer team placed first in the Davis Legacy Winter College Showcase last weekend. The team, comprised of girls from the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties has climbed in the rankings this season to their top 10 position in Northern California. The girls are currently 10th out of […]

Roundup: Smith hits game-winner at the buzzer!

Basketball Boys Ponderosa 61, Argonaut 60 — Jordan Smith’s corner three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Bruins past the host Mustangs in nonleague action Tuesday night. After Matt Hlavaty’s free throw put Argonaut up 60-58, Ponderosa turned to Smith who nailed the clutch shot to improve the Bruins to 4-6 on the season. High-point man […]

First and goal to go: Exciting changes

For the last five-plus months, you’ve seen my byline in different sections of the Mountain Democrat; from the news section to Foothill Life to sports covering one of the five El Dorado County high school football teams during the fall season. Now you’re going to be seeing my byline quite often in sports starting today. […]

Sequoia Williams runs the California International Marathon

Editor’s note: Union Mine senior Sequoia Williams, a member of the Lady Diamondback cross country team and a budding journalist, chronicled her recent participation in the 2011 California International Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 4. Joined by our favorite section thru-hiker, “Stormin Norman,” aka Norm Stoldt of Sommerset, Norm’s daughter, Liz, and Joy Vierra, the quartet […]

Junk items the latest craze at some ski resorts

What’s currently one the best ways for ski resorts to keep snowboarders coming back frequently to visit their terrain parks? Providing an array of what some might consider junk. Junk in this case includes cement mixers, propane tanks, discarded gondola chairs, satellite dishes, tractor tires, wrecking balls, and assorted other seemingly throw-away items that many […]

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