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Roundup: Dec. 18, 2011

Basketball Mesa Verde tournament El Dorado 73, Roseville 78 — The Cougars finished sixth after Saturday’s loss to the Tigers. Roseville outscored El Dorado 20-10 in the first quarter and after even middle quarters, held on despite the Cougars’ 24-19 advantage in the fourth. Daniel Vance turned in a big afternoon for El Dorado with […]

Big third quarter carries El Dorado in Challenge opener

El Dorado High’s 16-0 run broke a third quarter tie Friday as the host Cougars took control on their way to a 43-33 victory over Rosemont to open the El Dorado Challenge. A sluggish first-half left the Cougars in front 16-14 despite a 1-of-12 effort from the free throw line. The Wolverines opened the third with a bucket […]

Gunn denies Bruins’ comeback attempt

The heart, effort and desire was there in Ponderosa’s comeback Friday at the El Dorado Challenge against Palo Alto’s Gunn High — just not the points. The Lady Bruins almost made it all the way back from a 20-4 first-quarter deficit — twice pulling to within six, the second time late in the third quarter — […]

Union Mine girls blast Amador

EL DORADO — After seven away games, the Union Mine girls basketball team returned to the home court Friday and demolished visiting Amador 65-13. “It was nice to be home and great to have a win at home,” Diamondback head coach Chris Del Rio said. The win moved Union Mine’s record to 6-3 in preseason […]

Roundup: Thomas torches Stevenson

Basketball Mesa Verde tournament El Dorado 70, Stevenson 38 — Ben Thomas drained 5-of-7 shots Saturday from beyond the three-point line to score a game-high 21 points as the Cougars bounced back from Friday’s disappointing double-overtime loss. Nick Jemmott and Joe Visman both scored 15 points — Visman on 4-of-7 three-pointers. El Dorado led 43-22 at […]

Trojans too much for Mustangs

EL DORADO HILLS — Two minutes into the first quarter of its nonleague game Friday against Rodriguez, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team stole the ball almost at will. Disrupting the Mustangs’ offense with smothering half-court pressure that led to eight turnovers in the first quarter alone, defense played a major role in the […]

The Force is with the younglings at Sierra-at-Tahoe

Star Wars and Burton come to Sierra-at-Tahoe resort with a new snowboard learning experience SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Force is strong at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort which announced a new partnership with Burton Snowboards and Lucasfilm. The 2,000 acre resort just outside of South Lake Tahoe will be home to the Burton Star Wars Experience, […]

Roundup: Dec. 16, 2011

Basketball Mesa Verde tournament El Dorado 82, Bella Vista 88 (2 OT) — Despite placing four players in double figures and making 57 percent of their shots, the Cougars lost a double-overtime heartbreaker Thursday to the Broncos to open tournament play. Bella Vista outscored El Dorado 10-4 in the second overtime to secure the win. […]

Heinz-sight: It’s me?

It’s me. Wednesday’s announcement that yours truly is the next Sports editor at the Mountain Democrat is probably the reason gas prices are down at the pumps. The power of the position is that far-reaching. All kidding aside, in becoming just the fifth Sports editor in the Democrat’s 160-plus year history, filling Liz Kane’s shoes is […]

Wolfpack pin down Cougar hopes of dual meet victory

Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference dual wrestling meet against Cosumnes Oaks was a series of momentum changes for host El Dorado. With the Cougars having to forfeit the first three weight classes to the Wolfpack, El Dorado’s wrestlers found themselves looking at an 18-0 deficit before the first actual grappling match. The 18-point hole proved too […]

Grizzly girls topple Mesa’s Mavericks 50-43

GARDEN VALLEY — The host Golden Sierra girls basketball team improved to 4-1 on the home court after defeating Mesa Verde 50-43 Wednesday at Rod Hedlung Gymnasium in Garden Valley. The Grizzlies outscored the Mavericks 19-4 in the second quarter and withstood Mesa’s second-half comeback. Daysa Thompson led Golden Sierra with 13 points, including three three-pointers […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort opens 2011-12 season on Saturday

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort will open for the 2011-12 season on Saturday, Dec. 17, with very limited terrain. Due to low snow, Sierra will open Easy Rider Express chairlift accessing half of Broadway trail. This is a green run and will have a jib and rail park with small to medium features. […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Union Mine basketball overcomes Argonaut

EL DORADO — In a thrilling heavyweight fight to the finish, the Union Mine boys basketball team outlasted the Argonaut Mustangs 68-64 Tuesday at the Snake Pit. After four quarters of trading punches, the Diamondbacks held off a Mustang team that surged at the end. Union Mine took a seven-point lead to the fourth quarter but […]

Heavenly opens top-to-bottom skiing today

The West Coast’s largest snow making system allows Heavenly to open more terrain South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. — Behind the power of the West Coast’s largest snow making system, Heavenly Mountain Resort opened Stagecoach Express today, giving skiers and snowboarders top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the resort’s Nevada side. “It snows every night at Heavenly,” […]

Kirkwood to open its daily operations this Saturday

KIRKWOOD — Kirkwood Mountain Resort has announced it will open for daily operations starting Saturday, Dec. 17. The resort will offer skiing and riding on chair No. 5, Solitude; chair No. 11, The Reut; and chair No. 1, Snowkirk, accessing terrain for the beginner through advanced skier and rider. Tickets are $49 for an adult with […]

Roundup: Dec. 14, 2011

Basketball Union Mine 71, Cordova 49 — The Lady Diamondbacks improved to 5-3 on the season after their second victory over the Lancers in four days. Visiting Union Mine outscored Cordova 23-7 in the second quarter to cruise to the win. Madi Aliff and Marissa Indgjer each tallied 14 points to lead the D’backs while […]

Grizzlies can’t catch Placer after slow start

GARDEN VALLEY — Despite a spirited fourth-quarter run Tuesday, host Golden Sierra couldn’t dig itself out of an early hole in falling to Placer 63-45 in boys nonleague basketball action at Rod Hedlung gym. The Hillmen led 21-2 after the opening quarter before turning over most of the remaining minutes to their bench. Placer was […]

Raising Kane: Goodbye — thanks for the memories

Dec. 8, 2000 was my official starting day as the sports editor of the Mountain Democrat. Dec. 13, 2011 is my final day. It’s been a blast. Not only have I met some great athletes and coaches, I’ve watched many of our teams reach the pinacle — state championships. It’s pretty amazing to realize that […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 6 Replies

Oak Ridge grad places first in CIM

Oak Ridge graduate Amjed Aboukhadijeh, 19, took first in his age class (males ages 1-19)  in the 29th annual California International Marathon Dec. 4. Thousands of local and international athletes hit the road in the 35-degree plus weather, including Aboukhadijeh, who ran a 5:59 minutes per mile pace and finished in two 2 hours, 36.23 […]

Diamondback girls present state title trophy to Union Mine

EL DORADO — The 2011 state champion Union Mine girls volleyball team presented its CIF Division IV Championship Volleyball trophy to the school in a ceremony at the Diamondback campus Monday morning. Coach Mike Yates handed the trophy to Union Mine Principle Tony DeVille following a parade featuring the school’s marching band, led by Drum […]

Roundup: Dec. 13. 2011

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes weekly standings: 1-Pin Pals; 2-We Do Wine; 3-Hillbiliettes; 4-Knotty Girls; 5-Bowling Angels; 6-Bowling Bags High scores: Jeanene Santerelli, Dani Yandow, 201; Jeanne Valentine, 196; Connie Harding, 192 Note: Heavy snow collapsed the roof of Knotty Pine Lanes last winter but the “new” bowling lanes in Pollock Pines are in full swing […]

Blue Devils U14 soccer wins third straight District Cup championship

ELK GROVE — The El Dorado Hills Blue Devils won the District VI Cup Soccer Championship for the U14 boys select division last Friday after their 3-1 victory over the Elk Grove Soccer Club at Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove. The Blue Devils’ win was their third consecutive District Cup title. Against Elk Grove, Sam Miller, Sebastian Gardey […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Bruin wrestlers take second in Ponderosa Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — After mowing down opponents all day, the Ponderosa varsity wrestling team was upended in the final match of team play, losing to Will C. Wood by two points, 28-30. “Wood is a very experienced team and we’re young and still a work in progress … and we’re also missing some kids who […]

Roundup: Dec. 11, 2011

Basketball Boys Folsom Vista tournament El Dorado 73, Vista del Lago 69 — Ben Thomas scored a season-high 21 points and dished out four assists as the Cougars avoided a tournament sweep with Saturday’s win over their Sierra Valley Conference rivals. El Dorado made up its four-point, first-half deficit in the third quarter and outscored […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 11, 2011

Ponderosa graduate Paul Buchanan picked a good time to win his first wrestling tournament of the junor college season. Buchanan, who wrestles for Sacramento City College at 285 pounds, was seeded third in the Nor Cal Regional Championships but won the tournament with a technical fall and three decisions. The Panthers finished second to Fresno […]

Grizzly girls pull off Tillotson tourney sweep

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra High girls basketball team capped a three-game sweep over two days by defeating Victory Christian Saturday night 60-46 behind Kaylee Schrader’s 28 points to win the Darren Tillotson Tournament. The Grizzlies hosted the third annual round-robin format, which featured varsity and junior varsity brackets. Prior to its win to […]

Schedule: Dec. 12-17, 2011

Tuesday, Dec. 13 Boys basketball Argonaut @ UM, 7:30 Placer @ GS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ Cordova, 7:30 Wednesday, Dec. 14 Girls basketball Mesa Verde @ GS, 7 p.m. Wrestling Cosumnes Oaks @ ED, 7 p.m. UM @ Vista, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Boys basketball PHS @ Rocklin Tournament ED @ Mesa […]

Lady Trojans take third place at Shoot Out

EL DORADO HILLS — After a tough two-point loss to Lincoln-of-Stockton Friday night in the second-round of the Trojan Toss Up Tournament, the Oak Ridge girls basketball team entered Saturday’s third place game with a mission. “We definitely drew motivation from Friday’s loss. We knew we could have beat (Lincoln-of-Stockton), and we came into today with something to prove,” […]

Roundup: Dec. 10, 2011

Basketball Girls Trojan Shoot Out Oak Ridge 37, Lincoln-Stockton 39 – The Trojans lost their close, second-round game Friday and play Saturday afternoon (today) at 2:30 for third/fourth place El Dorado 28, Del Oro 36 – The Golden Eagles outscored the Cougars 24-9 in the first and fourth quarters, including 14-4 in the fourth, to […]

Bruin water polo celebrates season

The Ponderosa High 2011 water polo season celebrated the end of the season Nov. 19 with a fundraising party that raised almost $2,000 for next year’s team. The season finale brought families together to support the opportunities water polo has provided their athletes. The Bruin girls team ended the season with a 10-11 record and […]

Roundup: Dec. 9, 2011

Tournament basketball Boys Folsom Vista Classic El Dorado 69, Inkerkum 74 — Despite a second-half comeback Thursday, the Cougars couldn’t erase a 14-point halftime deficit in Thursday’s tournament opener. Joe Visman scored 27 points to lead El Dorado while Nick Jemmott had 13 and Justin Morrison, 12. Mark Mackes tourney Oak Ridge 56, Burbank 59 — […]

Union Mine wrestlers edge El Dorado

With takedowns, reversals, escapes and pins, wrestling was in full swing Wednesday night as host El Dorado took on Union Mine in the first Sierra Valley Conference dual meet of the season. Both the Cougars and Diamondbacks wrestled with energy and intensity over the entire evening looking to get off to a strong start. With […]

Oak Ridge upends El Dorado at Trojan Shoot Out opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In what both Oak Ridge and El Dorado High coaches Steve White and Pat Winter described as a “work-out-the-kinks” game, the host Lady Trojans came out on top 61-48 over the Cougars in the first round of the annual Trojan Shoot Out Thursday. “I liked the effort our girls put out on the […]

Trojan basketball clobbers Vista 65-29

EL DORADO HILLS — The visiting Vista del Lago Eagles landed with a thud on the Oak Ridge basketball court Tuesday night as the Trojan varsity team easily triumphed, 65-29, in its home opener. Strong double-team defense kept Vista del Lago’s shooters from getting good looks at the basket. Troy also took advantage of sloppy passing on […]

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows host Learn to Ski Weekends

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer beginner lift tickets, lessons and rental packages OLYMPIC VALLEY — This weekend, beginner skiers and riders can take their first turns on the snow at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows for just $30. The cost includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and lessons during the 12th Annual Learn […]

12 teams to compete in Ponderosa Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The 24th annual Ponderosa Duals wrestling tournament starts at 9 a.m. Friday at Ponderosa. The tournament, previously called the Dave Walker, will host 12 teams this year: Ponderosa 1, Granite Bay, Merced, Cosumnes Oaks, Roseville, Del Campo, Vista del Lago, Lincoln (of Lincoln), Will C. Wood, Rosemont, Damonte Ranch from Reno, and […]

Kirkwood offers Preview Weekend III

Kirkwood builds on momentum and pushes to open more lifts and terrain KIRKWOOD — With two successful preview weekends under their belt, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is pushing to open more lifts, more terrain and have more fun than any other resort in the Tahoe Basin. This past weekend, Preview Weekend II consisted some of the best […]

El Dorado’s Jesslyn Jana signs with Arizona Christian

PHOENIZ, Ariz. — The Arizona Christian University women’s soccer program, coached by Carl Cecil, has signed center midfielder Jesslyn Jana from El Dorado. Jana will begin her collegiate soccer career as a freshman at Arizona Christian in Phoenix in the fall of 2012. She will play her senior season at El Dorado and she also […]

Arizona Christian signs Ponderosa soccer athletes

PHOENIX, Ariz. —  The Arizona Christian University women’s soccer program, coached by Carl Cecil, has signed defenders Breana Duhamel and Aubrey Wimmer from Ponderosa. Duhamel and Wimmer begin their collegiate soccer careers as freshmen at Arizona Christian in Phoenix in the fall of 2012. Both players will play as seniors for Ponderosa’s soccer team this […]

Union Mine boys move to 5-0 with victory over Bret Harte

EL DORADO — Scott McIntyre scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in Union Mine’s 15-0 fourth quarter run Tuesday as the host Diamondbacks pulled away for a 72-55 nonleague victory over Bret Harte. After the Bullfrogs scored the first four points of the fourth to get within 51-48, Union Mine (5-0) took off behind […]

Roundup: Dec. 7, 2011

Girls basketball Union Mine 40, Capital Christian 63 — The Lady Diamondbacks never overcame a slow start in Tuesday’s nonleague road loss. The Cougars jumped out to a 42-15 advantage after two quarters. Madi Aliff led Union Mine with 10 points while Trisha Tolbert added seven. Golden Sierra 51, Foresthill 61 — The host Grizzlies […]

12 Buffalo Chips county cross country runners qualify for Jr. Olympics

Several El Dorado County young runners who compete for the Buffalo Chips youth running team qualified for the Junior Olympics National Cross Country Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Whispering Pines Golf Course. “More than 3,000 athletes ages 7-18 will race in two-year age increments at distances ranging from 2,000 to […]

Roundup: Dec. 6, 2011

Tourament basketball Boys Argonaut Tournament Union Mine 43, Red Bluff 29 — Thomas Callonea, 13 points; Alec Vaughn, 11. Union Mine 48, Capital Christian 44 — Vaughn, 14 points; Callonea, 12. Union Mine 66, Argonaut 52 — Callonea, 23 points; Vaughn, 12; Graham Bennett, 10. Jack Scott Tournament Oak Ridge 53, Roseville 43 — Bryce […]

Hillgals gang up on Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Preseason basketball games are meant to sharpen skills and prepare for the upcoming league seasons that begin in January. The Ponderosa girls basketball team learned it has a lot left to work on after with three tournament losses last weekend and a 51-65 defeat Monday to visiting Placer. Rebounding, defense and sinking […]

Ponderosa’s Gold Country Classic featured three Bruin champions

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High hosted its first Gold Country Classic individual wrestling tournament Saturday with three Bruins placing first in their respective weight brackets. Christian Canepa, 132 pounds, Sean Melton (138) and Nick Troquato (170) were each undefeated at the end of the day. After a first-round bye, Canepa registered a 15-0 win before […]

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