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Injuries to key players failed to derail Cougars’ title run

One of the underlying stories to the El Dorado girls history-making fourth consecutive league basketball title this past season was the health of two key players: point guard Samantha Reeder and forward Emily Boyd. With them, the Lady Cougars had the talent to contend. Without, El Dorado’s season wouldn’t have been the same. Those worries […]

D’back softball poised to have good year

EL DORADO — Union Mine softball rapped out 11 hits Monday and ran the bases at will to easily beat visiting Amador 13-0 in a nonleague mercy rule-shortened four and a half inning game. The Lady Diamondbacks sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning to score nine runs after the team had […]

Bats quiet in D’back loss to Cordova

EL DORADO — Cordova left-hander Ryan Braithwaite spoiled Union Mine’s season-opener with a five-hitter Monday as the Lancers posted a 10-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Cordova scored single runs in the first four innings and exploded for six runs in the sixth to put the game away. A quick onset of dusk once the sun […]

Waldow, St. Mary’s win NCAA Tournament bid

LAS VEGAS — Former Ponderosa Bruin Brad Waldow scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting Monday, helping St. Mary’s outlast Gonzaga 78-74 in overtime to win the West Coast Conference basketball tournament at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The victory gives the Gaels an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, also known as March Madness, that […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Squaw and Alpine Meadows introduce the Springback Super 4-Pack

OLYMPIC VALLEY/TAHOE CITY — To celebrate the recent arrival of nearly five feet of new snow last week and with spring just around the corner, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows present the Springback Super 4-Pack, offering four unrestricted days of skiing and riding for the remainder of the 2011-12 winter season at either resort for […]

Keaton Subjeck state’s fifth-best 160-pounder

BAKERSFIELD — They’re all about paying it forward in the Oak Ridge wrestling program. And judging by the payouts on the medal podium, it’s a system that commands respect. Trojan junior Keaton Subjeck added his name (again) to the list of Oak Ridge wrestlers to place in the Top 8 at the California Interscholastic Federation State […]

El Dorado swim optimistic about upcoming season

With spring right around the corner, the El Dorado High swim team is busy preparing for another successful and exciting season. “I am really optimistic about our chances this year,” Cougar coach Marc Hughes said. The girls team is led by sophomore standouts Haley Owens and Kyle Covington who, along with junior Ellen Tiedemann, will […]

Under the Scoreboard: March 5, 2012

Former Union Mine head basketball coach Terry Battenberg, the winningest coach in program history, guided the Capital Christian boys basketball team to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V section title at Power Balance Pavilion Friday where the Cougars (25-5) defeated Central Catholic 64-50. Capital was led in scoring by 6-foot, 6-inch senior Matt Donlan, who bucketed […]

County wrestlers fall victim to Rabobank’s ruthlessness

BAKERSFIELD — Each year at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, Rabobank Arena awards its top eight per weight class a state medal while the rest leave empty-handed. While getting there is a big accomplishment, placing makes it all worth the effort. Last weekend, eight El Dorado County wrestlers took the challenge in facing […]

Schedule: March 5-10, 2012

Monday, March 5 Alpine racing CNISSF Championships ED, PHS, UM, OR, GS @ Northstar Baseball Cordova @ UM, 3:30 Golf OR, PHS @ DRL Tourney, Empire Ranch GC, 1 p.m. Soccer OR @ McClatchy, 3:30 GS @ Rio Vista, 3:30 Softball Amador @ UM, 3:45 PHS @ Vista del Lago, 3:30 Tennis PHS @ OR, […]

Lady Trojans fall to Kennedy in double OT finals thriller

SACRAMENTO — Jenn Hoffman’s additional practice time working on three-pointers and scoring in the paint did help the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team take Kennedy deep into the second overtime Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion but it was the Cougars’ late execution that gave the South Sacramento team the 62-58 victory for the CIF […]

CNISSF Ski/Snowboard championships start Monday

NORTHSTAR — California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state championship racing opens up Monday at Northstar for South 1 Division qualifiers from Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine, Oak Ridge and Golden Sierra. In all, 69 local skiers and boarders qualified. The schedule starts with the Giant Slalom ski race on Monday; the ski Slalom Tuesday; […]

Heinz-sight: Mano-a-mano

Aptly describes what’s in store this weekend for eight El Dorado County wrestlers down south in Bakersfield at the 2012 CIF State Wrestling Championships. The octet — Oak Ridge’s Keaton Subjeck (8th last year at 145s) and Zach Claiborne, Union Mine’s Mitch Woods and Sean Tow; and Ponderosa’s Jeff Camilli, Jorden Marinelli, Nick Troquato and […]

State title is a subject Keaton Subjeck dreams about

EL DORADO HILLS — While his school friends are making fun plans for this weekend, Oak Ridge wrestler Keaton Subjeck is in Bakersfield for two days of battling some of the toughest grapplers in the state. Today and tomorrow at Rabobank Arena, Subjeck and California’s top wrestlers are fighting for a spot on center mat […]

Ponderosa soccer shuts down D’backs

EL DORADO — It wasn’t the conventional crossing pass, side throw-in, center pass or through ball that decided the outcome of Thursday’s intra-county nonleague matchup between host Union Mine and Ponderosa. It was a deflection. Lady Bruin Jennifer Waldo was the beneficiary in taking the ricochet eight minutes into the second half over Diamondback keeper […]

A state medal suits D’back Mitch Woods just fine

EL DORADO — Mitch Woods’ plan today and tomorrow at the CIF Wrestling Championships at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena isn’t to stress about what lies ahead at the state’s biggest tournament. In fact, he sits at the spectrum’s other end … quite relaxed. This weekend marks the end to Woods’ four-year varsity stint with Union Mine […]

Roundup: March 1, 2012

Soccer Union Mine 7, Golden Sierra 0 — State volleyball champion Ashley Reese scored four goals to pace the Diamondbacks past the host Grizzlies Tuesday. Taylor Bruno, Nicole Leu and Sierra Wright also added goals. Becca Elliot and Lea Howton were Union Mine’s goalkeepers. Oak Ridge 1, Vista del Lago 3    Ladies golf Cold Springs […]

Trojan spikers knock off D’backs in opener

EL DORADO — New Oak Ridge High boys volleyball coach Melanie De Mure and Union Mine High coach Mike Yates were pleased with their respective team’s performances Wednesday in an intra-county nonleague match at the Snake Pit. Oak Ridge won in four sets, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22 in a battle for every point. “One of the […]

Lady Bruin soccer blanks El Dorado

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Aubrey Wimmer scored twice, Amanda Malello, Elena Hanson and Jennifer Waldo added goals, and goalkeeper Alannah John register the shutout in host Ponderosa’s 5-0 soccer win over El Dorado. The conditions the girls endured in Tuesday’s intra-county nonleague matchup were if-it-rains-it’s-going-to-snow as temperatures dipped late in the afternoon. Most fans brought blankets […]

Oak Ridge girls advance to section finals

STOCKTON — Lauren Sende didn’t let a head cold get in the way of a stellar performance for her Oak Ridge High girls basketball team. The 6-foot-2 Westmont College-bound senior forward recorded a double-double of 20 points and 22 rebounds — including 11 boards in the fourth quarter — and scored the go-ahead basket with 5:30 […]

Visman and Jemmott’s departure leaves void to fill

El Dorado High’s all-too-soon exit from the boys playoff picture last week ended the prep careers of Joe Visman and Nick Jemmott, the team’s top two scorers this past season. The duo combined for nearly 33 points a game. Visman led in scoring with a 17.6 average while Jemmott put up 15.3 points each time […]

Trojan track shines in Elk Grove

ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge High boys and girls track and field teams kicked off their seasons Saturday at the Capital Classic Relays. Despite the cool windy conditions, many Trojan athletes registered excellent performances against the 18 other schools that competed at the meet. Oak Ridge had several medal winners. The next meet for Troy […]

South 1 Division All League ski and snowboard teams

Girls ski 1-Anna Greenwood, El Dorado 2-Gabbi Aveni, Union Mine 3-Kristen Vardanega, El Dorado 4-Petra Van De Hey, Amador 5-Caitlin Phillips, El Dorado 6-Laura Wisdom, Ponderosa 7-Britanny Nompleggi, Ponderosa 8-Emily Vivian, Oak Ridge 9-Madison Crovitz, El Dorado 10-Amanda Pinski, Ponderosa Boy ski 1-Reid Lambres, Ponderosa 2-Alex Matzat, Ponderosa 3-Alec Lambres, Ponderosa 4-Andrew Olson, Ponderosa 5-Zach […]

Ponderosa grad almost nails first Hammers race

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Ben Varozza’s professional life as owner of Varozza 4 x 4 Outfitters has always carried over to his personal life but he recently kicked it up a notch by competing in the King of Hammer’s inaugural Smittybilt Every Man Challenge off-road race in Johnson Valley. With driving partner Jacob Pacheco of San Martin, […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf wins Classic

FAIR OAKS — The Cedar Springs Waldorf School’s girls basketball team heated up at the right time to win  first place at the recent Microwave Classic Tournament in Fair Oaks. The players are: Kendall Curtis, Alexandra Nisson, Makayla Hoyt, Hannah Gunasekara, Jacqueline Nisson, Kristin Niebauer, Violet Maguire and Orlaith Richardson. MVP honors went to Alexandra […]

Wrestling coach Mike Sundby honored at EDH Wrestling Tournament

EL DORADO HILLS — Mike Sundby was honored for over 10 years of excellent community service and coaching, first at Marina Village and then with the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club. Since 2000, Sundby has given starts to the careers of many Oak Ridge High and Ponderosa wrestlers including the following Trojan graduates who went on to […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Under the Scoreboard: Feb. 26, 2012

Oak Ridge almumni Sara Haley, a junior at Louisiana State University, earned a bronze medal in the 200 yard butterfly at the SEC Swimming and Diving competition held Feb 15-18 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Clocking in with a time 1:56:67 is a new LSU team record. She also placed 11th in the 100 butterfly […]

All-Star Gymnasts complete successful season

The All-Star competitive gymnastics team completed their fall season with State Championship Meets in Redwood City and Livermore. The team started the season by hosting a Mock Meet at All Star in early August before competing in six meets during the following four months. They then travelled from Concord and Pleasanton to West Sacramento, Auburn […]

Lake Tahoe ski resorts offer numerous lift ticket deals

Perhaps this year more than any recent one, the lack of snow has left Lake Tahoe ski resorts anxious to get more skiers and snowboarders interested in a trip to the slopes. While the overall attendance numbers are down this year, it’s not from a lack of persuasion. Practically every resort is currently offering a […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Golden Sierra wrestling trio mixed it up on mat

GARDEN VALLEY — One of the fastest growing CIF high school sports today is girl’s wrestling and three athletes from Golden Sierra High: senior Emmalee D’Angelo and sophomores Sydney Parker and Amanda Noone were a part of that trend this past season. The trio’s primary focus was competing at various girls tournaments and they did […]

Schedule: Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2012

Monday, Feb. 27 Golf PHS @ Jessup Tourney, Cold Springs GC Softball West Campus @ ED, 3:30 Tennis Folsom @ PHS, Millennium SportsClub, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 Baseball ED @ Dixon, 3:30 Girls basketball CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals No. 6 OR vs. No. 2 Armijo, Spanos Center, 4 p.m. Golf OR @ Roseville, Sierra […]

Eight area wrestlers make the Bakersfield cut

STOCKTON — Then there were eight. Thursday, 31 El Dorado County wrestlers from Golden Sierra High, Oak Ridge, Ponderosa and Union Mine competed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament at the Stockton Arena. Friday, eight  advanced to next weekend’s CIF State Championships by placing in the top seven in their respective weight classes, the cutoff to reach […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Oak Ridge’s season ends in 74-59 loss to Bethel

VALLEJO — Bethel High’s Daseion Cole and Rodney Cook combined for 43 points Friday as the host Jaguars knocked Oak Ridge out of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I basketball playoffs with a 74-59 quarterfinal victory. The duo had 21 in the first half. The victory advances Bethel (23-6) to the semifinals at Power Point Pavilion […]

No local champs at weekend’s Masters Tournament

STOCKTON — Four county wrestlers fought their way into the championship match at Stockton Arena but came up short in close decisions at Friday’s conclusion to the two-day Masters Tournament. Oak Ridge’s Keaton Subjeck (160 pounds), Union Mine’s Mitchell Woods (170) and Sean Tow (145), and Ponderosa’s Sean Melton (126) were all denied the top […]

Oak Ridge baseball to host inaugural “Meet the Team Dinner”

Next Friday Oak Ridge High will introduce its 2012 Trojan baseball team to the El Dorado Hills community. This inaugural Meet the Trojans Tri Tip BBQ Dinner will be held at the El Dorado Hills CSD, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills starting at 6 p.m. This fun and exciting event will celebrate the […]

Outside with Charlie: Star Wars at Sierra

Right up the hill sits an El Dorado County jewel in Sierra-at-Tahoe, the closest place to ski if you live around here. It’s been around for quite a while. Convenient, reasonable, this is the place where many county residents learned to ski and still the place county snow enthusiasts head to with their little ones […]

Roundup: Feb. 22, 2012

Knotty Pines Lanes — Pollock Pines, CA Mountain Women Bowling Lwague Week 11 Team Standings (2nd half) W-L 1. Bowlin Baggs 24.5-19.5 2. Pin Pals 24-20 3. We Do Wine 23-21 4. Knotty Girls 21-23 5. Bowling Angels 20-24 6. Hillbilliettes 19.5-24.5 High games 210 – Rosemary Young 209 – Connie Harding 201 – Cheryl […]

Trojans’ westward trip leads to upset of West

TRACY — Scott Sanchez had a sinking, yet good feeling halfway through the fourth quarter of his Oak Ridge High boys basketball team’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener Wednesday at West. With 5:34 left in the game and West leading 44-42 after forward Robert Mason completed a 3-point play, Trojan guard Sean O’Donnell hit a […]

Union Mine drops from playoff picture with overtime loss

SAN ANDREAS — Host Calaveras High made six-of-seven free throws to outscore Union Mine 11-7 in overtime, bouncing the Diamondbacks 68-64 in Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys basketball first-round playoff action Wednesday night. The Redskins opened overtime with the first five points but Union Mine hung in as Graham Bennett made all five of his […]

Nighthawks extinguish light on El Dorado’s season

El Dorado’s quest for a deep playoff run came to an abrupt end Wednesday as a determined Natomas team hit crucial shots and free throws done the stretch to send the Cougars home with a tough 81-77 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff defeat. The Nighthawks took the early advantage as turnovers hit both sides. Trailing […]

Cougar boys host basketball playoff game tonight

The El Dorado boys basketball team opens the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs tonight with a home game against Natomas. The Cougars are the eighth seed while the Nighthawks are the ninth seed. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Elsewhere, No. 13 Oak Ridge is at No. 4 West in a D-I matchup and No. 12 […]

Late rally lifts Weston Ranch over El Dorado

The El Dorado girls basketball team’s season is over. The Sierra Valley Conference co-champion Cougars lost just one game during the league season but run and gun Weston Ranch did what few teams were able to do this year — take the Cougars from Placerville out of their game with a physical, fast-paced style that […]

Lady Trojans blast Grant

EL DORADO HILLS — After a very successful season in which they went 20-7 overall and 7-3 in Delta River League play, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans came into Tuesday’s playoff opener against visiting Grant with a sense of urgency and walloped the Pacers from start to finish in a 76-36 rout.  “It’s playoff time, […]

Banner year for Bruins’ alpine race team

Slalom team scores Sierra-at-Tahoe Feb. 20, 2012 Slalom Girls snowboard 1. El Dorado, 86 2.  Ponderosa, 68 3. Union Mine 46 4. Oak Ridge, 28 5. Amador, 13 6. Capital Christian, 5 Boys 1. El Dorado, 207 1. Ponderosa, 207 2. Oak Ridge, 194 3. Union Mine, 154 4. Amador, 143 Girls ski 1. El […]

Bryce Scott grew up on Oak Ridge basketball

EL DORADO HILLS — Bryce Scott has always been proud of being an Oak Ridge High Trojan. When he was in fifth grade during the 2004-05 school year, Scott was one of the ball boys for the squad coached by his father Steve that won the Sierra Valley Conference, Sac-Joaquin Section Division II, NorCal and the […]

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