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Lake Tahoe ski resorts survive without real snow

When skiers and snowboarders were amazingly making their final turns last season on Fourth of July Weekend, Squaw’s scenic upper mountain had enough snow that five lifts and the cable car were still operating. Fast forward to the first week of 2012 and boulders are prevalent, many trees are fully emerged, and there is only […]

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Roundup: Jan. 10, 2012

Girls basketball Ponderosa 47, Colfax 39 — Trailing 20-14 at halftime, Ponderosa rallied in the third quarter of Friday’s nonleague contest against Colfax at the Bruins’ gym. The Lady Bruins (5-12), who have won two of their last three games, had three defensive stops with two minutes left in the third quarter. “We gained momentum and […]

Elite EDH club wrestlers slam Roseville teams in duals

Behind 25 pins in 32 matches by 22 advanced wrestlers including a third and fourth grader, the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club crushed Buljan Middle School 159-20 last Wednesday. While the youngest wrestlers won over half their matches, the aforementioned 22 advanced grapplers enjoyed falls in all their wins except two. For more information on […]

Hawks upset D’backs in conference opener

EL DORADO — A rally toward the end of the fourth quarter fell short Friday for the Union Mine High boys basketball team as an upstart Liberty Ranch squad posted the 70-61 Sierra Valley Conference victory at the Diamondbacks’ gym. Behind 54-42 entering the fourth quarter, Union Mine (1-1, 10-5) started its comeback in the […]

Announcement: South 1 Division pushes back race opener

Mother Nature has spoken. She says that the South 1 Division ski and snowboard race season won’t take place today at Sierra-at-Tahoe. South1race.org announced the cancellation on its Website — the reason is lack of snow. The mild winter has forced the season to shift a week with the opener now scheduled for Jan. 16. […]

Schedule: Jan. 9-14, 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Boys basketball Galt @ ED, 7:30 GS @ Highlands, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ St. Francis, 7 p.m. OR @ Pleasant Grove, 7:30 Wednesday, Jan. 11 Boys basketball Jesuit @ PHS, 7 p.m. Pleasnat Grove @ OR, 7 p.m. Girls basketball ED @ Galt, 7:30 GS @ Highlands, 7 p.m. Wrestling […]

Subjeck third, Troquato seventh at Doc Buchanan Invitational

CLOVIS — Oak Ridge High 160-pounder Keaton Subjeck defeated Healdsburg’s Matthew Tsarnas 3-0 to win third place Saturday at the 93-team field of the Doc Buchanan Invitational at Clovis High School. Ponderosa’s Nick Troquato (170) went 4-2 to take seventh. After a semifinals setback, Subjeck decisioned Poway’s Stevie Cervantes 5-2 to advance. The Trojan junior had […]

Kirkwood introduces Satisfaction Guaranteed program through the weekend

KIRKWOOD – Given the late start to the winter season and much skepticism around snow conditions in the Tahoe region, Kirkwood Mountain Resort announced the bold move of introducing a Satisfaction Guarantee on the resort’s skiing and riding experience. With the purchase of any regularly priced lift ticket, Kirkwood Mountain Resort guarantees that guests will […]

Young wrestlers have ‘fun’ at D’back Invitational

EL DORADO — Drake Barber is like most 11 year-old boys. The fifth grader at Pleasant Valley Elementary School likes to play sports; in his case tackle football and basketball. But Barber decided to give wrestling a shot. “It was really fun,” Barber said. “I just like playing a lot of sports.” In his first […]

Olympic Development Program identifies El Dorado United soccer players

Starting last spring, hundreds of District VI youth soccer players converged on Cherry Island for tryouts and an eventual chance to make the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. ODP is a national identification and development program for high-level soccer players. The program identifies and develops players throughout the country to represent their state associations, […]

Roundup: Jan. 7, 2012

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 70, Center 69 — The visiting Trojans outscored the Cougars 18-11 in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s nonleague win. Bryce Scott led Oak Ridge with 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor, 7-of-9 free throws and had five steals, Matt Howard had a season-high 25 points making 13-of-15 foul shots, Bryan […]

El Dorado girls get physical but win behind ‘Grace’

Grace Abela is living proof you don’t have to score a lot to impact the outcome of a prep basketball game. Some of what she did in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference opener will show up in the box score but most — like making Cosumnes Oaks’ life a living hell — won’t. Abela’s aggressive, tenacious […]

Lady Trojans eke out a victory

EL DORADO HILLS — After the varsity girls basketball game between host Oak Ridge and Inderkum Thursday night, no one wearing the navy and gold left the court happy. The Lady Trojans prevailed 44-42 but coach Steve White wasn’t smiling. Citing the team’s poor execution, White gave kudos to the No. 14 Inderkum Tigers for […]

Roundup: Jan. 6, 2012

Boys basketball Ponderosa 60, Cordova 75 — The Bruins finished 8-8 on the preseason after Thursday’s home loss to an old Sierra Valley Conference foe. The Lancers outscored Ponderosa 50-31 in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit. Trevor Hammitt led the Bruins with 20 points, Chris Snyder bucketed 18, Curtis Opsahl added 12, […]

Best of 2011: Honorable mention

In reviewing past issues, many sports stories stood out other than the top 10 that recently ran in the Mountain Democrat. To recognize those individual/team achievements and milestones, below is our honorable mention list for the 2011 calendar year. Jeff McKenzie wins junior college state title Former Oak Ridge Trojan Jeff McKenzie, having pitched all […]

Trojan wrestling pulls away from Jesuit

EL DORADO HILLS — Trey Reese’s arm bar pin in his 132-pound match gave Oak Ridge the lead for good Wednesday as Oak Ridge wrestling opened the Delta River League season with a 49-16 dual meet victory over visiting Jesuit. Reese’s win started a stretch of victories in which Trojans won seven of the final […]

Roundup: Jan. 5, 2012

Girls basketball El Dorado 60, Vista del Lago 17 — The Lady Cougars cruised in their Sierra Valley League opener Wednesday, holding the host Eagles to single digits all four quarters. Justine Pereira scored a season-high 15 points for El Dorado, Jessica Heinrichs dropped in a dozen, Samantha Reeder added seven, Emily Boyd, six, and […]

Grizzly grapplers post comeback win

VACAVILLE — It was opening night in the Sierra Delta League as Golden Sierra traveled to Vacaville Christian Wednesday. At the conclusion of the competition, the Grizzlies prevailed 39-36 after Kyle Thomas’ pin gave Golden Sierra the come-from-behind win. The match began at the 120-pound weight class where Patrick Lewis recorded a 10-4 victory. After three […]

Union Mine wrestlers gut Galt

EL DORADO — It took less than an hour for both the Union Mine varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams to roll past visiting Galt Wednesday evening. The dual meet came down to numbers — Galt fielded four varsity wrestlers and five JV grapplers. It’s impossible to win when a team gives up 60 points […]

Bruin grapplers pin Huskies for league victory

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A group of Ponderosa High wrestlers circled their end of the mat Wednesday night to cheer on teammate Trae Providence in his Delta River League match. Competing in the 152-pound weight class, Providence went neck-and-neck with Sheldon’s Vince Gaulman. Each grappler came close to pinning the other by using multiple moves and […]

Roundup: Jan. 4, 2012

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 66, Yuba City 56 — In a nonleague game Tuesday night at Oak Ridge, the Trojans quieted the Honkers in the first quarter with a 14-11 lead, then increased it to 30-23 at halftime en route to victory. Troy guard Matt Howard was the team’s leading scorer with 19 points, followed […]

Grizzlies drop league opener

EL DORADO — Despite some solid individual efforts, host Golden Sierra fell to Vacaville Christian 44-34 to open Sierra Delta League play Tuesday night. The Grizzlies, behind point guard Connor Barla, fought hard in the first quarter to keep pace with the Falcons who led 13-8 heading to the second. Though Golden Sierra’s Shawn Alexander […]

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 […]

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