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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: […]

Trojan football earns another 48 minutes with win over Burbank

SACRAMENTO — Kyle Belcher’s interception with 1:22 left ended host Burbank’s attempt at a game-winning drive Friday as 13th-seed Oak Ridge shocked the fourth-seed Titans 30-28 to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. With time running out, Burbank quarterback Reymond Morris had just completed a 25-yard pass over the middle to move possession to the […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Oak Ridge boys cross country team goes ‘bananas’

FOLSOM — The heavily favored Davis High cross country team set up camp right next to Oak Ridge Saturday morning as both programs prepared for a day of racing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet at Willow Hills in Folsom. And when the Division I boys race was over, the Blue Devils had a ringside seat […]

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

El Dorado’s cross country teams run ‘like madmen’

FOLSOM — After years of being an also-ran, the El Dorado cross country team is emerging as one of the top squads in the area. Friday the Cougar boys earned their second straight berth in the CIF State Cross Country Division III championships, finishing second in the Sac-Joaquin Section meet at Folsom’s Willow Hills course […]

Under the Scoreboard: Nov. 13, 2011

Oak Ridge softball coach Marc Bentovoja is stepping away after 10 seasons guiding the Lady Trojans. During that time, Oak Ridge won four consecutive Division II section titles to tie a section record with Lincoln (D-III) and Bear River (D-IV). Overall, Troy has won eight championships to lead all Sac-Joaquin Section schools. Along the way, […]

Schedule: Nov. 15-19

Tuesday, Nov. 15 Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals Volleyball D-I: No. 3 St. Mary’s @ No. 2 Oak Ridge, 7 p.m. D-IV: No. 11 Bret Harte @ No. 7 Union Mine, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 Sac-Joaquin Section finals Volleyball D-I: UC Davis, 6 p.m. D-IV: UC Davis, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals D-I: […]

Roundup: Nov. 13, 2011

Water polo Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Boys semifinal Oak Ridge 4, Jesuit 17 — The Trojans finish the season with a 25-9 record. Note: The Marauders went on to defeat Davis 6-4 Saturday at Woodcreek High for the section title.  

Union Mine girls take out Grizzlies in three

GARDEN VALLEY — It was an intra-county matchup Thursday between two solid volleyball programs as seventh-seed Union Mine traveled up the hill to battle second-seed Golden Sierra in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV quarterfinal playoff match. One way or another, one group of seniors wouldn’t advance. With the Diamondbacks’ 25-18, 25-11, 25-23 victory, the prep volleyball […]

Oak Ridge sends Monterey Trail home

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity volleyball squad saddled up and got down to business at Thursday night’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 quarterfinals, beating the Monterey Trail Mustangs 3-1. After the hard-fought match, Trojan coach Becky Potter let out a sigh of relief. “I knew it was going to be tough,” she said. […]

Jack O’Camb signs off after 35 years

SHINGLE SPRINGS — For decades air waves have been graced with the smooth Shakespearean eloquence of Vin Scully, the outrageous, exciteable tones of John Madden, the cool, calm delivery of the irreplaceable Harry Kalas and the speedy wit hammered out by Chick Hearn. Each one will be forever remembered for their own distinct and unforgettable […]

El Dorado outgunned by Vista del Lago

FOLSOM — If there were do-overs in playoff volleyball the El Dorado volleyball team would get in line for another chance at Vista del Lago. Instead, the Cougars’ 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff run is over after they lost a poorly played 25-20, 25-9, 25-10 match in Folsom Thursday night. “I wanted to win […]

Bruin volleyball makes second-round exit

LOOMIS — Despite a valiant comeback in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal playoff match, Ponderosa High’s volleyball season ended at the hands of host Del Oro, which won in four, 18-25, 19-25, 25-23, 26-28. The Lady Bruins, after dropping the first two sets, had little choice but to stretch the match to the limit […]

Gold Nugget Soccer Club shines bright

Sunday, Nov. 6, was the day months of work came together for a very successful “Soccer Sunday.” The El Dorado Youth Soccer League began planning in June for the all-star event that featured the top 470 players selected from the 4,600 soccer athletes in El Dorado County. Players from recreational programs representing four different clubs […]

Three Cougars sign college deals

Three El Dorado High athletes have committed to play sports at the next level after signing on the dotted line at Wednesday’s national signing day get-together at the Forum. With pen in hand, Justin Dillon, Jesslyn Jana and Shana Jastrab put their names to letter of intent forms. Dillon will play baseball at Sacramento State; Jana […]

National signing day inks Trojan trio

EL DORADO HILLS — Three Oak Ridge High athletes recently signed their letters of intent forms to play college sports. The national signing day on-campus ceremony featured Elizabeth Shaefer who will play lacrosse for the University of Southern California; Alex Fitchett who is going to Sacramento State for baseball; and Bryce Scott, who will take […]

Trojans’ quarterback carousel finds clarity

Oak Ridge opens playoffs at Burbank tonight EL DORADO HILLS — Sophomore Jacob Sipes’ emergence last week in a break-out varsity performance against Folsom gave Oak Ridge coaches reason to smile but cost Dylan Collie a job — and that was a good thing. Back at his customary role as a wide receiver after a four-game stint at quarterback […]

The Outdoorsman: Upland game bird time

Tomorrow is the big day for upland bird chasers as several seasons open: pheasant, wild turkey and the doves’ second season, which is never as productive as the earlier one in September. Ringneck trompers should find quick limits of two roosters if they can find land on which to hunt. Good bird dogs are the key […]

Roundup: Nov. 10, 2011

Water polo Sac-Joaquin Section D-I Playoffs Boys’ quarterfinals Oak Ridge 12, Turlock 9 — The Trojans advance to face Jesuit in Friday’s semifinal at Tokay High.

Ponderosa ‘dances’ past Inderkum

SACRAMENTO — No doubt the Ponderosa volleyball team enjoyed its 25-20, 25-13, 18-25, 25-18 victory over Inderkum Tuesday, but the best may have been the end when the teams met for a little line dancing and socializing. The Tigers know how to throw a party. Inderkum’s Leona Lafalle explained the unusual ending to the Sac-Joaquin […]

Lady Trojans KO Tokay

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls volleyball team tamed the Tokay Tigers Tuesday night in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 first-round playoff opener. The Lady Trojans won at home in three sets, 25-18, 25-9 and 25-11. “We just want to focus on getting through to Davis,” said sophomore Maddie DeGeorge, who had […]

Golden Sierra volleyball blasts Marysville

GARDEN VALLEY — For the second time in a week, Golden Sierra volleyball faced a former Golden Empire League opponent and for the second straight time came away victorious. Tuesday night’s opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs pitted the second-seed Grizzlies against No. 15 Marysville and like their prior matches, Golden Sierra never […]

El Dorado girls sweep Benicia

BENICIA — The El Dorado High Lady Cougars volleyball team swept past host Benicia 25-11, 25-18, 25-20 Tuesday for a successful start to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The victory advanced 10th-seed El Dorado to Thursday’s match at No. 2 Vista del Lago. “I’m incredibly proud of the girls. I wish there was another […]

Lady D’backs advance to playoffs’ second round

EL DORADO — Behind a runaway first set and closer, yet still no-doubt second and third sets, host Union Mine opened Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball playoffs with a 25-9, 25-17, 25-15 sweep of Colfax. The Lady Diamondbacks came out firing on all cylinders. The general feeling at the Snake Pit afterward was that Union Mine had little […]

Lake Tahoe ski resorts hoping for encore

PROJECTED OPENINGS Alpine Meadows: Dec. 10 Website: skialpine.com Boreal Mountain Resort: Season began Nov. 4 Website: borealski.com Diamond Peak: Dec. 15 Website: diamondpeak.com Donner Ski Ranch: TBA Website: donnerskiranch.com Heavenly: Nov. 18 Website: skiheavenly.com Homewood: TBA Website: skihomewood.com Kirkwood: Dec. 5 Web site: kirkwood.com Mt. Rose: Nov. 23 Website: skirose.com Northstar-at-Tahoe: Nov. 18 Website: skinorthstar.com Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBA Website: sierraattahoe.com Soda Springs: TBA Website: skisodasprings.com Squaw Valley: Nov. […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Occupy Snake Pit crew gets the job done

Tucker, Berridge, Swarbrick and Howton fuel Union Mine’s fortunes on the volleyball court EL DORADO — One blocks, one digs, one sets and one kills. This year’s version of Union Mine volleyball consists of four special seniors whose combined talents, dedication and efforts have again made the Sierra Valley Conference champion Lady Diamondbacks one of the […]

Outside with Charlie: Times are changing

Daylight savings time is over so outdoor enthusiasts have to end their excursions earlier. Daylight starts to wane around 4:30 p.m. so it’s best to return to the trail heads or lodges before headlamps or flashlights are needed. On the other hand, it’s daylight an hour earlier. It starts getting light around 7 a.m. but […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Trojan tennis goes out fighting

DAVIS — Oak Ridge needed its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal tennis match at Davis Monday and got it but the host Blue Devils still squeaked out the 5-4 win. The Lady Trojans won three of the five matches that extended to three sets. In all five, Oak Ridge rallied after dropping […]

13 teams, six individuals qualify for Friday’s section cross country meet

The Sac-Joaquin Section sub-section meet, held Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp, hosted cross country teams vying for berths in Friday’s section meet, the final qualifier for the Nov. 25 CIF State Meet on Fresno’s Woodward Park course. Just 10 boys varsity teams and 10 girls varsity teams in each of five divisions qualified along […]

D’backs’ comeback leaves them short of playoffs

WEST SACRAMENTO — Jeremy Hernandez knew his Union Mine High football team needed a big play in the final seconds of Friday’s last Sierra Valley Conference game at River City. The senior came up big. With the Diamondbacks leading 24-20 and 29 ticks left, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end watched the Raiders recover an onside kick. As River […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 9 Replies

Roundup: Nov. 6, 2011

Water polo Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Oak Ridge boys 22, Lincoln 7 — The Trojans advance to play the Turlock-Modesto winner Wednesday at Tokay High School. Oak Ridge girls 7, Vintage 10 El Dorado girls 2, Dixon 10 — ED goals: Ellen Tiedemann; Maddie Zuber  

Schedule: Nov. 7-12, 2011

Monday, Nov. 7 Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Tennis, second round D-1: OR @ Davis, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 SJS playoffs Volleyball, single elimination First round — all games 7 p.m. D-I: No. 15 Tokay @ No. 2 Oak Ridge D-II: No. 12 Ponderosa @ No. 5 Inderkum D-III: No. 10 El Dorado @ No. 7 […]

Just perfect

Rolling Hills Middle School volleyball team records two perfect seasons Confidence. Teamwork. Determination. You could say the Rolling Hills Middle School girls volleyball team has it all … and then some. This year the eighth-grade team won the Foothill Athletic League championship match against rival Camerado Springs in mid-October. But the fact that the team […]

Ponderosa falls to Jesuit 21-0

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Friday marked the last game of the season for most prep football teams. Ponderosa’s game against Jesuit was one of those as Bruin players donned the green and gray one final time to pursue victory. With its outstanding effort last week, Ponderosa hoped to finish the season on a positive note and […]

Trojans’ near stunner in Folsom ends in heartbreak

Oak Ridge to take on Burbank in first round FOLSOM — Host Folsom turned to its potent offense for two touchdowns in the final six minutes Friday, erasing a 10-point deficit, to overcome upset-minded Oak Ridge 35-31 to close the Delta River League regular season. Trojan coach Eric Cavaliere’s pre-game prediction that “the team that […]

Cougars can’t stop Vista

Despite host El Dorado scoring first and last in Friday’s final Sierra Valley Conference football game, it was all Vista del Lago in between as the Eagles spoiled the Cougars’ Senior Night with a 47-10 win. The cold, bitter weather didn’t deny Vista’s quest to repeat as league champions. With Liberty Ranch beating Galt soundly, […]

Football roundup: Nov. 4, 201

Union Mine 24, River City 20 — Diamondback Jeremy Hernandez’ sack and fumble recovery with less than 30 seconds left in the game preserved the Union Mine victory. The Raiders had recovered an onside kick and were driving until Hernandez’ game-saving play. River City led 12-10 at the end of the first half but Sean […]

El Dorado freshman football team promises bright future

Thursday’s 28-0 loss to Vista del Lago shouldn’t dampen the spirts of the El Dorado freshman football team. The Cougars, coached by Joe Volek, were looking at becoming the first league championship team from El Dorado in 20 years. Although it didn’t happen, the team finished with the best record in many years. It looks […]

Jill Mitchell wins U.S. Open Racquetball championship

Her name is famiiar to anyone involved with tennis and racquetball on the Western Slope, the greater Sacramento area and Placer County, but not everyone knows how talented Jill Mitchell really is. Linda Moore of Nebraska, the top racquetball professional in the nation for many years, found out fast. Competing in the open division of […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Roundup: Nov. 4, 2011

Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI soccer playoffs Golden Sierra 0, Gustine 1 — The Grizzlies’ first playoff appearance in seven years ended abruptly after a defensive battle on the road with Gustine.

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