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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 […]

Oak Ridge wrestling takes third at John Zehnder Duals

ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge High varsity wrestling team improved to 8-3 after its third place finish last weekend in the John Zehnder Duals at Elk Grove High School. The Trojans went 3-2 in winning their first three matches before dropping the final two against the host school and Oakdale. Oak Ridge opened with […]

Aboukhadijeh wins Eggnog Mile

SACRAMENTO — For the fifth straight year, high school and college cross country runners with a taste for adventure met Saturday to participate in the Sacramento Eggnog Mile. Former Oak Ridge Trojan Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who currently runs for UCLA, took first place with a time of 5:44, winning by a margin of just over 20 […]

2011 Sierra Delta League All League

Girls volleyball Most Valuable Player: Katie Christner, Golden Sierra Co-coaches of the Year: Justin Cox, Golden Sierra; Melisssa Bowers, Bradshaw Christian First team: Golden Sierra: Caitlin Hess; Tiffany Grey. Bradshaw Christian: Janai Johnson; Rachael Byerly. Vacaville Christian: Brittany Simmers; Lauren Johnson; Lauren Grabowski. San Juan: Brandie Abercrombie. Encina: Victoria Lose. Rio Vista: Katja Zaugg. Highlands: […]

Challenge split elludes Ponderosa girls

Thanks to overall poor free throw shooting especially late when it counted the most, Ponderosa fell to Rosemont 49-40 Saturday at the El Dorado Challenge. The Lady Bruins dropped to 2-8 on the season after back-to-back losses over the weekend. Ponderosa trimmed a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to eight after Ashley Beck turned three straight Wolverine […]

D’back varsity basketball sweeps Golden Sierra

EL DORADO — Madi Aliff bucketed 15 points Saturday and Marissa Indgjer tallied 12 as host Union Mine picked up another big win with Saturday’s 51-29 victory over Golden Sierra in intra-county preseason girls basketball action at the Snake Pit. Less than 24 hours after the Lady Diamondbacks had pummeled Amador (see B-3 story) by […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 19, 2011

Still basking in the afterglow of winning the CIF Division IV state volleyball championship earlier this month, the Union Mine Lady Diamondbacks landed four members on the All Metro team including Player of the Year Mikayla Tucker and Coach of the Year Mike Yates. Union Mine rode Tucker’s hot hand all the way to a […]

Schedule: Dec. 20-25, 2011

Tuesday, Dec, 20 Boys basketball South Lake Tahoe @ ED, 7 p.m. PHS @ Amador, tba UM @ Foothill, 7:30 GS @ Lincoln tourney, tba Girls basketball Tokay @ PHS, 6 p.m. ED @ Pioneer, 5 p.m. UM @ Placer, tba Wrestling PHS @ Lou Bronzan Invite, Brentwood, 9 a.m. GS @ Rio Americano Wednesday, […]

Gunn outguns Cougars

Palo Alto’s Gunn High made the most of its long trip to the foothills for the El Dorado Challenge, winning its second straight game Saturday after blanketing the host team 52-12. The Titans went 2-0 at the mini-tournament after defeating Ponderosa in Friday’s opener. The Cougars did hold the Titans to 18 first-half points but […]

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 […]

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