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Buzzer-beater denies Cougars Gold Dust championship

Tyler Lawrence’s follow shot at the final horn lifted Amador Valley to a 56-54 victory over host El Dorado for the Gold Dust title late Saturday night. The Cougars had 22.5 seconds to defend and send the game to overtime. El Dorado forced Shaun Hogan into a miss down low but Lawrence, in perfect position […]

Schedule: Dec. 5-10, 2011

Monday, Dec. 5 Girls basketball Placer @ PHS, 7:30 Tuesday, Dec. 6 Boys basketball Bret Harte @ UM, 7:30 Vista del Lago @ OR, 7 p.m. GS @ West Campus, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Foresthill @ GS, 7 p.m. ED @ South Lake Tahoe, 6:30 UM @ Capital Christian, 7 p.m. Wrestling PHS @ Rodriquez, […]

Ponderosa boys finish fourth at Gold Dust

The Ponderosa Bruins boys basketball team fell to the Whitney Wildcats 62-50 Saturday afternoon at El Dorado High in the battle for third place at the Gold Dust Tournament. “We didn’t execute very well today and they knocked down shots when they needed to,” Bruin coach Andy Beal said. The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-11 […]

D’backs deny La Jolla Country Day’s three-peat attempt; win program’s first state title trophy

Set I Union Mine 25, La Jolla Country Day 18 Flow: D’backs prove right from the start they can take La Jolla’s best shot; Madison Berridge’s service run and the play of Andrea Barnes lead Union Mine to a 9-2 start; Mikayla Tucker heats up. Key plays: Barnes’ tip for 8-2; Jacqueline Swarbrick’s back-to-back deflected kill and […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 3 Replies

Local basketball teams split Gold Dust results

Behind balanced scoring with all five starters in double-digits, host El Dorado held off a hot, second-half shooting Whitney team Friday to prevail 69-64 in second-round action at the Gold Dust Tournament. The victory advanced the Cougars to Saturday’s championship game against Amador Valley, a 63-53 winner over Ponderosa. El Dorado also overcame foul trouble […]

Union Mine volleyball plays for state title today

The Union Mine girls take the court today at noon at the University of Concordia in Irvine for a shot at the CIF Division IV state title. The D’backs’ opponent is La Jolla Country Day who’s making its third appearance in the finals. Follow the action on Comcast SportsNet California (local Comcast channel 721) or […]

Run with Santa Saturday

Wear a Santa hat or your favorite holiday costume and kick off the holiday season at Saturday’s 2nd annual Run with Santa (today, Dec. 3). Running Santa The Run with Santa is a 5K fun run/walk. Come by the morning of the event to register. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Price On-site “day of” registration $25. […]

Kirkwood announces Preview Weekend II

  KIRKWOOD – Kirkwood Mountain Resort unveiled plans for Preview Weekend II starting today through Sunday. The resort will be operational, spinning Chair No. 5 throughout the weekend and offering skiing and riding on the race course with good coverage. This weekend will be a great chance for skiers and riders to get their winter legs […]

Cougars crush Rosemont to open Gold Dust

Joe Visman and Nick Jemmott combined for 39 points Thursday as host El Dorado opened the Gold Dust Tournament with a solid 73-46 win over Rosemont. The Cougars led 36-25 at halftime before breaking away in the third, starting with an 11-0 spurt to open the quarter. The Cougars outscored the Wolverines 22-7 to lead […]

Bruins overwhelm Sonoma Valley in Gold Dust opener

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa High varsity boys basketball squad started the season victoriously Thursday, blasting the Sonoma Valley Dragons 67-22 to open the Gold Dust Tournament. “It was great to get an opening win and give our kids confidence. We were trying to work the bugs out tonight against a young Sonoma Valley team,” […]

Heinz-sight: Destiny’s D’backs

Unless some generous Union Mine fan steps up, the Union Mine girls volleyball team has to pretty much foot the bill for Friday’s trip to Irvine in Southern California to play in Saturday’s CIF State Division IV Volleyball Championship match against La Jolla Country Day. Well, it’s just one more challenge. Would the Lady Diamondbacks […]

Schedule: Gold Dust Tournament opens tonight

Schedule: Updated each day Thursday: Games at El Dorado: Amador Valley vs Christian Brothers, 6 p.m.; El Dorado vs Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. Games at Ponderosa: Whitney vs Colfax, 6 p.m.; Ponderosa vs Sonoma Valley, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Games at El Dorado: El Dorado vs winner Whitney/Colfax, 6 p.m.; Ponderosa vs Amador Valley, 7:30 p.m. /Christian Brothers […]

Lady Bruins hold off Cougar comeback in annual meeting

Old rivalries never die. The traditional preseason girls basketball game between El Dorado and visiting Ponderosa is as important to the players as games were when the teams competed in the Sierra Valley Conference. For the second year in a row, the Lady Bruins came out on top Tuesday, edging El Dorado 44-41 and ending […]

Lady Diamondbacks win it all

EL DORADO — They did it. The 2011 Northen California Regional championship volleyball plaque will forever rest in a trophy case on Koki Lane — the result of another riveting performance from the Lady Diamondbacks. Continuing its magical postseason trek, host Union Mine entertained a packed Snake Pit with a rousing 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-12 […]

Richard Hunter takes on first Ironman

Editor’s note: After El Dorado Hills’ Richard Hunter was diagnosed with retinitus pigmentosa, an eye disease that leads to complete loss of sight, he became a runner. He’s been training hard since competing in the Boston Marathon in 2008 and is breaking down barriers for visually impaired athletes through the C Different Foundation. Hunter worked […]

Bruins drop Foundation twinbill

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four of the 156 Sac-Joaquin Section basketball teams participating in Monday’s Foundation Games were in action at Ponderosa High as the Bruins hosted Christian Brothers for a varsity girls/boys doubleheader. The unofficial lead-in to the 2011-12 season  — games that don’t count toward standings, power rankings or contacts — had the Falcons […]

El Dorado cross country team makes progress

FRESNO — The El Dorado boys cross country team improved three places to 18th place in its second appearance in the CIF State Division III Meet at Fresno’s Woodward Park Nov. 26. “We ended up finishing as the second team from our section — just like the section meet when we lost to Placer by […]

Oak Ridge harriers show well at state meet

FRESNO — The Oak Ridge cross country teams ended the season with strong showings in Division I at the CIF State Meet Nov. 26 at Fresno’s Woodward Park. The girls team took 15th with 396 points out of 22 teams while the boys were 18th with 453 points, also in a 22-team field. The weather was […]

Outside with Charlie: Walk off Thanksgiving calories

Thanksgiving is behind us so to speak. It’s not just the actual day — it’s the week of preparation leading up to it and the following days consuming very tasty leftovers. It’s a whole package. In reality it’s the time of year when we collectively toss all food-related sensibility out the window. Eating is a […]

2011 Delta River League All League Teams

Football Co-Most Valuable Players: Mark Jenkins, Pleasant Grove; Tanner Trosin, Folsom Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Cody Demps, Pleasant Grove; J’Juan Muldrow, Folsom Defensive Player of the Year: DJ Dunn, Pleasant Grove All Purpose Player: Nate Iese; Sheldon Lineman of the Year: Arik Armstead, Pleasant Grove Special Teams Player: Marcus White, Pleasant Grove First Team Defense Linemen: Kaden Mosbacher, Ponderosa; Zach Claiborne, Oak Ridge; […]

Heinz-sight: Wow! factor now applies

Union Mine’s head volleyball coach Mike Yates characterized his team during its current playoff run as a talented group of consistent players without that “wow! factor” other teams seem to have. While he’d know, the argument can be made, especially after Saturday’s NorCal semifinals victory over Sacred Heart Prep, that when Sierra Valley Conference MVP […]

Five Bruins sign to join college programs

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Five Ponderosa High athletes — three soccer, one swim, one spiker — recently signed their Letter of Intent forms in the school’s library to play at the college level. From the pitch, Aubrey Wimmer and Bre DuHamel are a package deal as they’re both headed to Arizona Christian University, Connor Swartz takes […]

D’back girls take out Sacred Heart Prep: host NorCal finals tonight

What they’re saying “The comeback in the second game was key, proved that we’re a championship team and was our defining moment. Without it, they (Sacred Heart Prep) probably get the sweep and are half way home by now.” Coach Mike Yates on rallying from 1-8 and 15-20 deficits. “To rally from five points down […]

Schedule: Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2011

Monday, No. 28 Boys basketball Foundation games CBS @ PHS, 8 p.m. Foresthill @ GS, 7 p.m. ED b0ys @ Calavares, 7:30 OR @ Rocklin, 8 p.m. Girls basketball CBS @ PHS, 6 p.m. Foresthill @ GS, 5:30 OR @ Rocklin, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 Boys basketball Highlands @ UM, 7:30 GS @ Mesa […]

Lake Tahoe resorts open with outstanding conditions/party atmosphere

The most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the country lure early season skiers and snowboardersLAKE TAHOE – The majority of the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will open for the 2011-12 winter season this week with impressive early season skiing and snowboarding conditions, unbeatable early season vacation packages, non-stop entertainment and new guest amenities from recent resort capital improvements. […]

Stormin’ Norman masters Yellowstone segment of the Continental Divide Trail

Editor’s note: “Stormin’ Norman,” aka Norm Stolt of Somerset, 70, is on a mission to complete the “Triple Crown” of hiking: the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails. Over the past 10 years Stormin’ has finished the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails, along with the Tahoe Rim Trail.  Last year he planned to hike […]

Heavenly partnership to enhance its ski/snowboard parks

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — In keeping with its new tag line “All In,” Heavenly Mountain Resort  has announced a new partnership with Snow Park Technologies (SPT) that will take its parks to the next level. Skiers and snowboarders who visit Lake Tahoe’s premier winter destination this season will see a renewed dedication to its parks, […]

Cougars’ Joe Soik and Bruins’ Riley Ruppenthal lead by example

Today, three teams and one individual from El Dorado County will lace up to run in the CIF State Cross Country Meet at Fresno’s Woodward Park course. Both the Oak Ridge girls and boys varsity teams and the El Dorado boys varsity squad qualified with amazing efforts at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet Friday, Nov. 11, […]

The Outdoorsman: Macs at Jenkinson Lake

Drop in a load of planters and the Mackinaw are smiling and feasting on the small trout. The little ‘bows are in the 8- to 10-inch range with some up to 12 inches. The lake level is still high at near 80 percent. Lake Amador is still producing limits of trout. Plants of 1,000 pounds […]

Union Mine girls coast to NorCal volleyball win

EL DORADO — Excited for their school’s first-ever home state championship CIF Division III NorCal playoff match, the Pit Crew was poised to witness high-level volleyball at its finest. They’ll have to wait. Tuesday’s first round opener between Sac-Joaquin champion Union Mine and North Section runnerup Yreka was a cakewalk for the Lady Diamondbacks, who cruised to […]

Preparation will enhance enjoyment of ski season

Keys to Preparation Conditioning: Start a training regimen; you will enjoy the sport more if you’re in shape. Check Your Gear: Get skis or board tuned. Also check boots, clothing and other essentials. Stretch: Being flexible is a great way to avoid both soreness and injury, especially annoying minor ones. Know Your Limits: Proceed with […]

Kirkwood’s Preview Weekend starts Friday

Passes from all other resorts honored both weekends KIRKWOOD — Kirkwood Mountain Resort has announced that the 2011/2012 season will officially kick-off on Friday, Nov. 25 with the first of two Preview Weekends. The Resort will offer limited terrain as well as rentals, retail and food and beverage options from Nov. 25-27, and Friday, Dec. 2 […]

Granite Bay ends Trojans’ postseason run

Grizzlies stymie Oak Ridge’s late conversion try GRANITE BAY — Time wasn’t on the side of the Oak Ridge High football team in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal game at Granite Bay. After Trojan quarterback Jason Samuel hit senior wide receiver Dylan Collie on a 40-yard scoring strike with 8:09 […]

Lady D’backs bring back the banner

Union Mine’s road to the section title Nov. 8: def. Colfax 3-0 Nov. 10: def. Golden Sierra 3-0 Nov. 15: def. Bret Harte 3-0 Nov. 22: def. Bear River 3-1    DAVIS — History was made Thursday evening at the UC Davis Rec Hall when the Union Mine girls won the school’s first-ever CIF Sac-Joaquin […]

Under the Scoreboard: Nov. 21, 2011

First, in the interest of putting rumors to rest — there have been a lot of questions about Union Mine High School and whether plans are underway to close it and reopen as a community college. Those rumors are not true. The facility will remain a high school. * * * Chico State’s Lisa Webster […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Schedule: Nov. 21-26 2011

Tuesday, Nov. 22 Volleyball CIF State Playoffs *D-IV: TBD @ Union Mine, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 Happy Thanksgiving! Saturday, Nov. 26 Cross country CIF State Championships, Woodward Park, Fresno Division I varsity girls, 10:40 a.m. D-I varsity boys, 12:20 p.m. D-III varsity boys, 1:25 p.m. Volleyball CIF State Playoffs D-IV: Second round, 7 p.m. *Tuesday’s […]

American Volleyball Coaches Association annouces All-America teams

The American Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced the sixth annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams. The 100 players selected for this year’s honors represent 32 states and 92 high schools. Many have already committed to play collegiate volleyball at some of the top programs in the country. Each of the players on the First-Team […]

Oak Ridge-Granite Bay game rekindles past rivalry

No. 13 Oak Ridge (7-4) at No. 5 Granite Bay (9-2) Oak Ridge and Granite Bay have met four times in the playoffs and each team has won twice. Two of those games were for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title and each won once. But tonight marks the first meeting between the squads since […]

The Outdoorsman: Crab pots fill easily

It appears to be another excellent Dungeness crab year based on how charter boats scored for their clints on opening day. “Pots filled quickly,” one captain said. “In fact, we made two trips per day when the weather held.” Some boats switched to rockfish after the pots were filled with crab for all aboard. It’s […]

Oak Ridge volleyball goes down fighting

EL DORADO HILLS — Championship hopes left the Oak Ridge gym with the third-seeded St. Mary’s volleyball team Tuesday night as the visiting Rams knocked the Trojans out of the playoffs with a three-set 25-22, 25-23, 25-11 sweep in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals. “St. Mary’s is a very strong program,” said Oak Ridge […]

Union Mine volleyball makes section final

EL DORADO — Behind a solid performance from Sierra Valley Conference MVP Mikayla Tucker, host Union Mine rolled over Bret Harte 25-11, 25-7, 25-21 in Tuesday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball semifinal at the Snake Pit. Tucker was unstoppable and ramped up her game defensively as well to cover injuries to Lea Howton, Madison Berridge and Malia […]

Placerville girls softball team makes history

The 14-under Placerville Girls Softball Association fastpitch team made league history recently when it won the NorCal National Division Winterball Championship. “We knew there was something very special about this team from the beginning of the season; I couldn’t be more proud of them,” coach Bob Yates said. The team, appropriately called “Placerville Pride,” entered […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Outside with Charlie: Autumn joy

The joy of living in El Dorado County in autumn is hard to beat. All of us who enjoy the forests, mountains and meadows find that autumn offers quite a few pluses for our outdoor roamings and ramblings. The bright light of summer is softer and more diffused. It’s colder and daylight hours are shorter — […]

Apple Hill Harvest Run profits Camino School

CAMINO — Runners and walkers of all ages gathered for the 32nd Annual Apple Hill Fun Run held Nov. 6. The event, held as a fundraiser for Camino School, featured an 8.5 mile run, a 3.5 mile run/walk and a Kids’ Fun Run of varying distances. The race began and ended at ParaVi Winery. For […]

2012 Sierra Valley Conference All League

Volleyball Most Valuable Player: Mikayla Tucker, Union Mine  Note: Tucker was also named the CIF State Division IV MVP  Coach of the Year: Patrick Sanders, Vista del Lago First team: Union Mine: Madison Berridge; Jacqueline Swarbrick; Lea Howton. El Dorado: Keeley Franz; Lena Gavin; Kylee Hardy. Vista: Caroline Sipiora; Kelsey Sampson; Faith Smith. Cosumnes Oaks: Natalia Ramos. Galt: Samantha DaVeggio. Liberty Ranch: […]

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