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Cougars celebrate Senior Night with a win

It was tears, flowers and cupcakes for the El Dorado volleyball team Monday. The Cougars, who are third in the Sierra Valley Conference standings with a 7-3 record, capped Senior Night with an easy three-game sweep of visiting Cosumnes Oaks, 25-16, 25-10, 25-18. Coach Tyler Krieger conducted the Senior Night honors as Rachel Selenis, Noelle […]

Cougars’ Slightham advances

LOCKEFORD SPRINGS — El Dorado golfer Jessica Slightham recovered from a 45 on her first nine in Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament to shoot 40 on the second nine for a score of 85 and a berth in next Monday’s Masters tournament at the Reserve at Spanos Park. Slightham, teammate Megan Heller and the […]

Outside with Charlie: Great time of year

El Dorado County is a paradise for outdoor lovers. The variety of terrain is one of the best features. We look forward to the changes autumn brings. Hiking is particularly nice and the mild temperatures add to the enjoyment. I’ts a great time to revisit places you saw earlier. The Carson Pass area is a good […]

Union Mine volleyball strikes down Hawks

EL DORADO — The Union Mine volleyball team remains undefeated in the Sierra Valley Conference after Monday night’s 25-8, 25-13, 25-21 victory over visiting Liberty Ranch. “We have been working on developing different players abilities,” Diamondback coach Mike Yates said. With the postseason looming, Yates uses each match as a learning situation for all the […]

Jesuit soccer swamps Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Monday’s Delta River League match between Oak Ridge and visiting Jesuit was over the moment it started. The Marauders, the No. 1 team in California, beat the Trojans 10-1. “We just played a much better team today; the scoreboard shows that,” Troy’s coach Henry Reis said. Jesuit’s offensive onslaught started in […]

Roundup: Oct. 25, 2011

Water polo El Dorado boys 5, McClatchy 7 — ED goals: Evan Phifer, 4; Jordan Prall El Dorado girls 2, McClatchy 9 — ED goals: Liz Danke; Maddie Zuber Note: Above losses were El Dorado’s first in the Metro League after 5-0 starts. Soccer Ponderosa 2, Sheldon 3 — PHS goals: Jared Saint, TJ Spangler […]

Jr. Grizzlies sent two teams to playoffs

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra Jr. Grizzlies Football program finished the regular season at home against the Woodland Jr. Patriots. The Jr. Pee Wees and the Midget teams advanced to Saturday’s playoffs. All four age groups had a successful and learning season, thanks to devoted coaches, staff members and parents. The Grizzly Youth Football […]

Boardway shines in Bruins’ loss to Folsom

Ponderosa rallies, but Folsom hangs on  FOLSOM — Ponderosa High football coach Jason Tenner feels strongly that his Bruins can compete with any Delta River League school, including a state champion. “We’ve been trying to tell our kids all year long that we can play with anybody if we just play,” Tenner said. “When we […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 2 Replies

Trojans send three to Division I girls golf playoffs

The Oak Ridge girls golf team finished the season in third place after last Wednesday’s third Delta River League tournament at Rancho Murieta Country Club. Ponderosa was fourth. The Trojans’ Victoria Han, who fired an 86 in the tournament, was the only El Dorado County golfer named to the DRL all league team, based on […]

Roundup: Oct. 23, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Ponderosa 1 Singles (OR first): Julia Dunnigan def. Savannah Broddrick, 6-2, 6-3; Julia Lund def. Amanda Templeton, 6-0, 6-0; Alexa Hill def. Susan Parkyn, 6-3, 6-3; Gabby Zeagler def. Sydney Morrow, 6-0, 6-1; Miranda Miller def. Kaitlyn Friesen, 6-1, 6-0; Megan Schoener def. Tiffany Prather, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles (OR first): Tia […]

Schedule: Oct. 24, 2011

Monday, Oct. 24 Golf OR @ Sac-Joaquin Section Division I tourney, Rancho Solano GC, Fairfield, 11 a.m. UM, ED @ SJS Division IV tourney, Lockeford Springs GC, 9 a.m. Soccer Jesuit @ OR, 4 p.m. Rio Vista @ GS, 4 p.m. UM @ Vista del Lago, 5 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 3:30 Tennis OR, PHS […]

Eagles take flight with third-quarter blitz of Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — For the first half of an important Delta River League match-up Friday, host Oak Ridge went toe-to-toe with Pleasant Grove and stood strong against the top-ranked Eagles — trailing  just 14-7 at the halftime break. As close as the Trojans were after two quarters, the contest completely changed gears in the […]

Tow runs D’backs to Gold Nugget victory over El Dorado

Union Mine back scores five touchdowns EL DORADO — Scoring on all six first-half possessions and its first third quarter touch, Union Mine coasted to a 48-21 Senior Night victory over El Dorado Friday night. The win enabled the Diamondbacks (4-3, 3-1) to keep pace atop the Sierra Valley Conference standings. Liberty Ranch, Union Mine […]

Grizzlies crush Encina 49-0 to remain in playoff hunt

GARDEN VALLEY — Fans who came out on a cool October evening for Senior Night at Golden Sierra High Friday were rewarded with a heartfelt performance as the Grizzlies routed Encina 49-0 in Sierra Delta League football action. Despite an abundance of penalties by both sides early, Golden Sierra quarterback Mike Aplanalp found Connor Barla […]

Football roundup: Oct. 21, 2011

Union Mine 48, El Dorado 21 — The host Diamondbacks scored on all six of their first-half possessions to build a 35-point halftime lead and coast to the Senior Night victory over the Cougars. Sean Tow scored four rushing touchdowns for El Dorado, all in the first two quarters, and added an 85-yard kickoff return for […]

Trojans celebrate hard-earned victory over Ponderosa

EL DORADO HILLS — After Thursday night’s volleyball match, the Lady Trojans and their fans celebrated like they had won the state championship. Close. They just beat intra-county rival Ponderosa in three sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. “We have so much confidence right now,” Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter said. “Players are starting to rise to […]

Grizzly harriers finish one-two in Sierra Delta League meet

VACAVILLE — The Golden Sierra cross country teams traveled to Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville for the second Sierra Delta League cross country meet last Wednesday. The varsity girls all finished in the top 10 to take first ahead of Highlands; the varsity boys finished second to the very strong Scots team. Lagoon Valley Park’s […]

Ponderosa plans exciting Homecoming activities

By Susan Parkyn SHINGLE SPRINGS — For those who remember their first homecoming, the adrenaline pumping, the pressure to win, the memories of the parade, the dance and all the other activities, Ponderosa High is hosting its first ever “Alumni Day.” The Homecoming game, Oct. 28, will feature the Bruins against Sheldon. The junior varsity […]

Grizzly spikers keep on rolling

GARDEN VALLEY — The volleyball season is nearly over and it’s “crunch time” as teams make their final push for the playoffs. Golden Sierra is hitting its stride at the right time with an ongoing six-match win streak that includes three-game road wins over Bradshaw Christian and Vacaville Christian, the Grizzlies’ biggest competition in the […]

Union Mine golfers win 4th title; Cougars’ Slightham is MVP

When the Union Mine girls golf team met for its first practice this fall with just one returning starter, coaches Chad McGowan and Martin Walsack never dreamed of winning a fourth Sierra Valley Conference title But after losing their first match of the season, the Diamondbacks won nine straight and when Tuesday’s second 18-hole tournament […]

El Dorado soccer defeats Union Mine on Senior Night

The first 10 minutes of Wednesday’s soccer match between El Dorado and visiting Union Mine promised a close game. Union Mine looked ready to spoil the Cougars’ Senior Night when Bryce Yaple sent a pass across the mouth of the El Dorado goal that Tomas Lowry redirected past diving Cougar goalie Sean Dunn into the […]

Oak Ridge water polo teams are in the playoffs

EL DORADO HILLS — Wednesday’s big showdown between visiting Ponderosa at Oak Ridge for two water polo matches determined which teams would advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Trojan boys toppled the Bruins 16-8 with a huge fourth quarter after trading leads throughout the first three quarters. “Our counterattack played really well today and […]

Games take on more meaning as gridiron season winds down

With just three games left on most of the regular season football schedules, four El Dorado County teams will be seriously challenged the rest of the way. Although any team can win on a given night, Golden Sierra, which has just two games, should win both, but Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, Union Mine and El Dorado […]

Bruin soccer ties Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Wednesday was Senior Night for the Ponderosa soccer team and with great effort by all the Bruins, the team battled to a 2-2 tie with Folsom in the final home game of the season. Seniors Matt Aguiar, Dakota Brazil-Arrington, Conner Dashnaw, Ben Estasio, Sean Melton, Alex Perata, TJ Spangler and Ryan Sarge […]

Lianna Sybeldon’s parents always knew best

RESCUE — It was love at first sight for Lianna Sybeldon. She did play the field and had her fair share of suitors but all along there was just one choice. Destined for a volleyball career in college, Ponderosa High’s 6-foot-2 senior middle was just a freshman when she had her first brush with the next level. Playing for […]

The Outdoorsman: Waterfowlers anxious

Tomorrow is the big day. The waterfowl season opens in the “balance of the state,” but success may be limited with our “bluebird” weather. There will be an abundance of ducks in refuges and on some ponds but with the high skies they’ll scatter quickly. Wind and storms are needed to entice ducks to work […]

Ponderosa volleyball powers past Pleasant Grove

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa volleyball team made short work of visiting Pleasant Grove Tuesday — after it woke up. The Bruins trailed the Eagles for most of the first game before a late-set push resulted in a 25-22 victory. After that it was easy sailing; Ponderosa won the next two games 25-9, 25-11. The […]

Roundup: Oct. 20, 2011

Girls golf Ponderosa 251, Oak Ridge 253 at Cameron Park CC: PHS scores: Sabrina Piatt, 42; Makenzie Shivers, 50; Holly Martin, 51; Maggie Nuttall, 52; Emily Olander, 56; Sara DiMaggio, 57. OR scores: Beomyun Han, 42; Julia Bulotti, 47; Carolyn Almeida, 51; Shivani Sharma, 52; Ashley Dean, 61, Breanna Baker, 63. Soccer Golden Sierra 1, […]

Roundup: Oct. 18, 2011

Soccer  El Dorado 2, Liberty Ranch 3 El Dorado JV 0, Liberty Ranch 0 Volleyball Union Mine def. Cosumnes Oaks 25-12, 25-12, 25-9  Cold Springs Ladies Golf Pro Points & Putts October 11 Ace of the Month: Lillie Fuentes 1st flight low gross: Karen McCaughren, 95 Low net: Elaine Boggess, 74; Judy Goggins, 78 2nd […]

DeRosa brothers face off in football

Brothers who were teammates on Union Mine’s football team, will play against each other Saturday, Oct. 22, in Portland, Ore. Matt DeRosa, a sophomore, and his Lewis and Clark College team will host brother Dan, a freshman, and his University of Puget Sound team from Tacoma, Wash., for homecoming. Matt became a starter midway through […]

Cameron Gish sets Thunderhill course lap record

Cameron Gish’s final American Federation of Motorcyclists race weekend at Thunderhill Raceway was one to remember for the Shingle Springs’ 16-year old. Gish, in his second-to-last race of 2011, set a course lap record in the 600 Superbike race despite cool conditions. Gish’s time of 1:49.630 eclipsed the former 600 class record by American Motorcyclist […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cougar spikers dismantle Warriors

Two-thirds of the way through the season, the El Dorado volleyball team is 6-2 in the Sierra Valley Conference after Monday night’s three game sweep of visiting Galt. The Cougars dominated the Warriors, who never gained any momentum and after a fairly close first game, faded in the late going to lose 25-17, 25-9, 25-14. […]

Big second half leads Trojans over Bruins

El DORADO HILLS — Monday’s rivalry soccer game between Oak Ridge and visiting Ponderosa was a tale of two halves. After a first half of tough defense and missed opportunities, the Trojans put on an offensive and defensive clinic as they coasted to their first Delta River League win with a 3-0 victory over the […]

Roundup: Bronco Invitational

Cross country Willow Hills, Oct. 15 Large school results: 5k Varsity boys: 7-Ponderosa, 186 Individual: 4-Riley Ruppenthal, 16:51.53; 37-Josh Bolier, 17:56.67; 51-TJ Holloway, 18:19.65; 52-Marcus Nunley, 18:20.26; 53-Nick Prete, 18:21.21; 78-Lee Skinner, 18:52.89; 95-Charles Hedin, 19:22.52. Varsity girls: 4-Ponderosa, 183 Individual: 15-Christine Redor, 20:18.63; 33-Hannah O’Donnell, 21:07.38; 35-Brittany Anselmo, 21:11.49; 41-Brooke Ruppenthal, 21:30.29; 108-Kayla Rush, […]

An Oak Ridge athlete, illustrated

EL DORADO HILLS — It’s not uncommon for high school athletes to make the local paper. They might even see their names in regional publications and blogs. But Oak Ridge High School senior Amanda Jones had a real surprise when her skills on the Lady Trojans’ water polo team earned her a spot in Sports […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Under the Scoreboard: Oct. 17, 2011

El Dorado alumnus, Mckenzie Weinhold, a freshman golfer at Willamette University in Oregon, was selected the Northwest Conference Women’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Linfield Three-Way. Weinhold won medalist honors at the meet with a score of 80 at Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville, Ore. Weinhold won […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Schedule: Oct. 17, 2011

Monday, Oct. 17 Golf OR @ Oak Ridge Community Foundation Tourney, Serrano CC, all day Soccer PHS @ OR, 4 p.m. UM @ Galt, 6:30 ED @ Liberty Ranch, 3:30 Tennis PHS @ OR, Broadstone RC, 3:45 Volleyball Cosumnes Oaks @ UM, 6 p.m. Galt @ ED, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 Golf ED, UM […]

Rio Vista outlasts Golden Sierra

RIO VISTA — The Golden Sierra football team may lack players, but it never lacks heart. The Grizzlies, who dealt with a couple of poundings in past weeks, took on Rio Vista Friday without their 6-foot-3, 210-pound running back, Jim Hansen, and still gave the Rams all they could handle. Griz coach John Hilton, who […]

Trojans prevail in intra-county clash with Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — It’s a game both teams look toward each season. Friday night, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge continued their intra-county football rivalry and for the first half, it was a defensive gem. The Trojans only mustered a seven-point halftime lead but the second half was a different story as Oak Ridge got its offense […]

Diamondbacks rush to victory

EL DORADO — Sean Tow’s career-best 414 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns lifted host Union Mine over Galt 40-14 in Friday’s Sierra Valley Conference matchup. Tow was a one-man wrecking crew in the second quarter as the junior running back had touchdown runs of 38 and 59 yards, followed by an electrifying […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 1 Reply

Balanced attack leads Liberty Ranch over El Dorado

Hawk duo runs for 412 yards, six touchdowns Christian Wisniewski found his passing groove early and often for the El Dorado High football team Friday night but it wasn’t enough. In the first half of the Cougars’ Sierra Valley Conference homecoming game against Liberty Ranch, Wisniewski completed 8-of-18 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Gabe […]

Football roundup: Oct. 14, 2011

Union Mine 40, Galt 14 — Sean Tow rushed for a career-high 414 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Diamondbacks won their homecoming game over the Warriors. Tow had 320 of his yards by halftime, including a 95-yard touchdown run, as Union Mine rolled to a 34-0 lead. D’back quarterback Graham Bennett threw […]

Jr. Trojan to play in All-American Bowl

Oak Ridge Jr. Trojan quarterback Jack Laing, 12, of El Dorado Hills has been named to the third annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl. Jack will join dozens of peers in his age group nationwide in an east meets west clash that is part of a week-long series of events leading up to the nationally-televised, sixth […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged | 5 Replies

Roundup: Kelsey Del Rio makes hole-in-one

Girls golf Union Mine 285, Vista del Lago 331 at Cameron Park CC: UM scores: Medalist Hannah Moylan, 47; Megan Sturgeon, 57; Kalina Maricich, 58; Marilyn Dunne, 61; Kelsey Del Rio, 62 (Hole-in-one); Trisha Tolbert, 63. “Amazingly this is Kelsey’s first year of golf and for all of you including myself who have never had […]

Golden Sierra girls take Pride in victory

SACRAMENTO — All indicators pointed to a long night for the Golden Sierra girls volleyball team Thursday: late start, on the road, against an opponent who not only played them tough two weeks ago in a five-set match but was responsible for ending the Grizzlies unbeaten league streak last year. In the end, none of […]

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