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El Dorado soccer shuts out D’backs

EL DORADO — Both the Union Mine and El Dorado soccer squads approached Monday’s intra-county match as an opportunity to get their seasons moving in the right direction. The teams played to a 0-0 draw Sept. 10 in the Del Campo Jamboree at Cherry Island and were both hoping to improve on that outcome. “We […]

Cougars drop match with Vista Eagles

With preseason matches in the books and the Sierra Valley Conference volleyball schedule underway, teams are jockeying for early positioning as they meet for the first time. Both El Dorado and visiting Vista del Lago were undefeated coming into Monday night’s match, but the Cougars were gunned down by the Eagles in a three-game sweep, […]

Roundup: Sept. 27, 2011

Tennis Oak Ridge 9, Sheldon 0 Singles (OR first): Rachel Librach def. Nguyen 6-2, 6-0; Teja Chalamcherla def. Ho 6-3, 6-2; Hannah Crookham def. Tan 6-1, 6-1; Gabby Zeagler def. Vo 6-2, 6-2; Miranda Miller def. Ngo 6-0, 6-0; Haesoo Kim def. Siggard 6-1, 6-2. Doubles (OR first): Megan Eaves-Emily Beasy def. Nguyenn-Wand 6-4, 7-6; […]

Union Mine volleyball romps past Raiders

EL DORADO — Volleyball matches don’t get much easier than Monday night’s Sierra Valley Conference contest between host Union Mine and River City. It took just about an hour for the Lady Diamondbacks to hand the visitors a lopsided 25-9, 25-9, 25-9 defeat in the second match of the league schedule. D’back coach Mike Yates […]

Bandits are senior champs

The Bandits are the 2011 champions of the Placerville Prospectors Senior Softball Club. After taking first place in the regular season the team swept the playoffs to win the title. Managed by Steve “Doc” Drogin, the Bandits only lost six games in the 30-game season. The club’s oldest active player is Harley Weldin, who pitched two […]

REEL ROCK Film Tour premiers at High Altitude Fitness

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — High Altitude Fitness will premier the Reel Rock Film Tour Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., at its facility located at 880 Northwood Blvd. in Incline Village. Tickets are $10 — climb that day, watch the show and save the ticket to use as a free day pass to come back any […]

Oak Ridge, Ponderosa harriers compete at Stanford Invite

PALO ALTO — Saturday’s annual trip to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto was a success for both the Oak Ridge and Ponderosa cross country teams. The weather was perfect for the event held on Stanford’s golf course. Competing against top Division I level programs from throughout the state, the Trojan varsity girls finished second […]

Ellen Tiedemann earns All American honor

USA Water Polo named El Dorado High water polo player Ellen Tiedemann an Academic All-American with Outstanding Achiever status. Over the summer, Tiedemann competed for American River Water Polo Club at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics in Irvine. Along with carrying a 4.10 grade-point average, the El Dorado junior swims and plays water polo […]

Kaeding wins tribute race as Forsberg takes title

The 2011 Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series came to a conclusion Saturday night in grand fashion with the eighth Annual Tribute to Al Hinds at the Placerville Speedway. When the checkered flag flew, one popular California driver added a special victory to his resume while another scored the richest championship title in the […]

Grizzly football returns to the win column

GARDEN VALLEY — After two straight road losses, Golden Sierra High’s football team returned to the Griz Dome Friday and with the home crowd at its back, did what it has done best on the home turf — win. Behind a resurgent ground game, the Grizzlies held on for a 17-6 Sierra Delta League victory […]

Bennett’s last-second interception secures Union Mine victory

Tow runs for 273 yards, scores twice ELK GROVE — Graham Bennett wanted to redeem himself. After a shaky first half saw Bennett throw two consecutive interceptions in Union Mine’s Sierra Valley Conference opener against host Cosumnes Oaks Friday, the senior quarterback, in a twist of irony, made amends by taking back what he’d given away. […]

Schedule: Sept. 26, 2011

Monday, Sept. 26 Golf OR @ Susan G. Komen tourney, Catta Vedera CC Soccer *ED @ UM, 6:30 *Sheldon @ OR, 4 p.m. *PHS @ Pleasant Grove, 4 p.m. *San Juan @ GS, 4 p.m. Volleyball *River City @ UM, 6 p.m. *Vista del Lago @ ED, 6 p.m. Tennis *Sheldon @ OR, Broadstone RC, […]

Roundup: Sept 25, 2011

Girls volleyball Woodcreek Invitational Oak Ridge 9, Ponderosa 8 — PHS goals: Heidi Hill, 4; Ellie Miller, 2; Adrianne Dreese; Clare Kessler. Assists: Hannah Milanowski; Hannah Hill. Steals: Hannah Hill, 4. Saves: Leight Thomas, 5. Ponderosa 6, Ygnacio Valley 5 — PHS goals: Hannah Hill, 4; Dreese, Heidi Hill. Assists: Miller, Milamowski. Steals: Hannah Hill, […]

Bruins’ comeback against Rocklin runs out of time

ROCKLIN — With only 1:36 left in the fourth quarter Friday, Ponderosa quarterback Jacob Bist led the Bruins back onto the field against host Rocklin. Backed up to its own 16-yard line, the all-out effort and determination by Ponderosa linemen Hunter Gold, Erik McKinnon, Galen Fine and Steven Trivette kept Bist (16-of-29, 140 yards, three […]

Union Mine cross country team does Hawaii

A great time was had by the Union Mine cross country team and coach Jay Aliff when the group traveled to Honolulu, Ha., for the Iolani Invitational Sept. 17. Besides running, the athletes spent a morning at Pearl Harbor. A number of the athletes had relatives who served in World War II and Durand and […]

Long night for El Dorado in West Sac visit

WEST SACRAMENTO — Scoring early, often and at will, host River City rolled over El Dorado 65-12 Friday in Sierra Valley Conference football action. The Cougars couldn’t match the Raiders’ potent offense and defensively, couldn’t stop it. River City scored on all six first-half possessions and overall, eight straight before taking a knee late in […]

Northside, Georgetown split volleyball showdown

GEORGETOWN — Middle school volleyball season is in full swing and two long-time rivals faced off last week when the Georgetown Cubs took on the Northside Bears in the annual Georgetown Divide showdown. The annual game has featured several local players who went on to play college volleyball including Cayti Crowton (Sac State), Mariko Kowashima […]

Football roundup: Sept. 23, 2011

Golden Sierra 17, Vacaville Christian 6 — Jim Hansen ran for 147 yards and quarterback Mike Aplanalp gained 86 on the ground and threw for 67 yards to lead the Grizzlies in their first Sierra Delta League game of the season. The Griz are now 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the SDL. Cosumnes Oaks was undefeated […]

Cold Springs Country Club celebrates golden anniversary

It’s hard to believe 50 years have passed since a group of 40 or so far-sighted area residents barn-stormed the idea of building a golf course in Placerville. The hopeful golfers discussed the risks of financing, locating a suitable site and finding perspective members willing to buy into a dream for $350 before the course […]

Tribute to Al Hinds highlights big Civil War Series finale

Race fans are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open-wheel racing in the foothills, the eighth annual Tribute to Al Hinds at Placerville Speedway tonight. The program will feature the fire-breathing Civil War Sprint Cars in their highest paying regular race of the season with a $3,000 purse sponsored by Thompson’s Auto […]

Cougars battle Hawks to 0-0 tie

El Dorado’s defense shut down the Liberty Ranch offense in Wednesday night’s Sierra Valley Conference soccer game but the Hawks returned the favor in what turned into a 0-0 stalemate between evenly matched sides. The game was crucial for both in order to keep pace in the league standings. “We knew we had to win […]

Grizzly girls squeak past Vacaville Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra defeated Vacaville Christian at home Thursday night in four sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-2, 25-21, to remain undefeated in the Sierra Delta League volleyball standings at 3-0. Despite the victory, the Grizzlies had to deal with the Falcons and the 500-pound gorilla on their backs —-  unforced errors. “We’re playing scared,” […]

Roundup: Sept. 23, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Roseville 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22 – PHS kills: Lianna Sybeldon, 17; Hailey Bellmer, 10; Lindsey Bowles, 10. Aces: Bowles, 4; Layne Davidson, 2. Blocks: Sybeldon, 3; Sarah Walker, 2. Assists: Alex Mettler, 37. Digs: Sybeldon, 11; Bowles, 9; Bellmer, 8; Ali Lindsey, 8; Mettler, 6; Davidson, 5. Serve receive: Bowles, 20; Lindsey, 17; […]

Falcon volleyball flies by Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — The final two plays in the Oak Ridge-Christian Brothers nonleague volleyball match Thursday told the story. The Trojans watched a clutch save fall and a collision while going for the next serve was typical of Oak Ridge’s mistake-prone, erratic evening that ended in a 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 20-25 loss to the visiting […]

Trojan tennis players bring the heat to Folsom

FOLSOM — Triple-digit temperatures scorched the courts at Broadstone Racquet Club Wednesday afternoon when the Oak Ridge High girls tennis team took on Folsom. As it turned out, the sun wasn’t the only thing that made Folsom’s players sweat. Oak Ridge won the match 9-0. “Folsom has a greatly improved team under new coach Rich […]

Union Mine soccer loses to Galt

EL DORADO — A quick counterattack that led to a perfect pass from Carl Hughes to Spencer Yaple and forced a foul to earn a penalty kick was one Union Mine highlight — the other seven belonged to visiting Galt, which logged the 7-1 Sierra Valley Conference soccer victory. Wednesday’s match was rough for the Diamondbacks. […]

Gridiron action features three league openers

League play starts tonight for three El Dorado County football teams. Golden Sierra entertains Vacaville Christian to open the Sierra Delta League schedule while El Dorado travels to River City and Union Mine is at Cosumnes Oaks for Sierra Valley Conference games. Ponderosa’s final nonleague game is at Rocklin and Oak Ridge has a bye. […]

Trojan, Bruin tennis open league

The girls tennis season is in full swing for both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa, which started Delta River League play this week. The Trojans, coached by Ralph Clark, came on late to end their preseason with a 9-0 win over Granite Bay and have their sights on St. Francis in what could be a race […]

Roundup: Sept. 22, 2011

Volleyball Ponderosa def. Placer 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 Oak Ridge def. by Rocklin 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25  Water polo Ponderosa varsity girls 11, Franklin 1 — PHS goals: Ellie Miller, 3; Heidi Hill, 2; Hannah Mianowski; Hannah Hill; Samantha Schrader; Kelly Donovan; Clare Kessler; Natalie Lawrence. Assists: Hannah Hill, 2; Heidi Hill; Donovan; Adrianne Dreese. Oak […]

The Outdoorsman: Rockfish and lings are easy

Both charter boats and private boats are finding rockfish an easy take these days as well as a good batch of lings and some halibut. The “rockies” come in yellow, blue, copper and red colors. Most are normal size with a couple of halibut above 30 pounds. The lings were running about 8 to 10 […]

Golden Sierra volleyball outlasts Pride

GARDEN VALLEY — As a member of last season’s JV squad, Golden Sierra’s Jamie Hinton saw one of the longest league win streaks in Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball history come to an end when Bradshaw Christian upended the Grizzly varsity team. Tuesday, a year later, Hinton couldn’t stomach a repeat as action between the two programs stretched […]

Union Mine girls golf wins

SACRAMENTO — Union Mine golfer Hannah Moylan shot an 82 Monday in the first Sierra Valley Conference 18-hole tournament of the season at Teal Bend, a par-72 golf course in Sacramento. Moylan fired the low score of the day to earn medalist honors and lead the Diamondbacks to first place with a total of 498. […]

Roundup: Sept. 20, 2011

Volleyball El Dorado def. River City 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 Soccer El Dorado 2, Cosumnes Oaks 2 El Dorado JV 1, Cosumnes Oaks 4 Union Mine 0, Liberty Ranch 4 

D’back volleyball tames Granite Bay

EL DORADO — In its last preseason match before the league season begins, the Union Mine volleyball team subdued Granite Bay Monday — slithering past the Grizzlies 25-21, 25-19, 25-21. Though Granite Bay was solid and had an identical win-loss record of 9-2 with the Diamondbacks, both teams lagged in intensity at times as free […]

Outside with Charlie: Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is a great outdoor recreation area year-round — summer hiking is as good as winter skiing. Skiers at Squaw Valley are familiar with the Shirley Lake Express run. It is one of the best hikes — instead of skiing down to Shirley Lake, you hike up to it. The resort is located between […]

Grizzly soccer falls to Vacaville Christian

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s second-half burst of energy wasn’t enough Monday as visiting Vacaville Christian went home with the 3-1 Sierra Delta League soccer victory. Grizzly Nate Swatski’s follow shot trimmed a 2-0 deficit to give Golden Sierra hope but Falcon Brock Gustafson’s second goal late in the match iced the outcome for the […]

Roundup: Sept. 19, 2011

Cross country North Tahoe Kiwanis Invite Varsity boys: Ponderosa, 1st Individual: Riley Ruppenthal, 21:13; Spencer Jones, 21:32; Nick Hunt, 22:50; Nicholas Prete, 22:59; Josh Bolier, 23:03; Charles Hedin, 23:05; T.J. Holloway, 23:19; Alex Johnson, 23:28; Marcus Nunley, 23:55; Jacob Legge, 23:57; Lee Skinner, 23:58; Blake Tinney, 24:30; Ethan Dodd, 24:50; Salmaan Noorani, 25:27; David Timm, 25:38; Sergio […]

Roundup: Sept. 18, 2011

Girls water polo Sierra Shootout Oak Ridge 5, Ponderosa 4 — PHS goals: Heidi Hill, 2; Hannah Hill; Hannah Milanowski. Saves: Leigh Thomas, 14. Ponderosa 7, Edison 3 — PHS goals: Ellie Miller, 5; Adrianne Dreese, Hannah Hill. Assists: Dreese, 3; Hannah Hill, Heidi. Steals: Heidi, 6; Hannah Hill, 4. Ponderosa 9, Nevada Union 5 […]

Schedule: Sept. 19-23, 2011

Monday, Sept. 19 Golf *ED, UM @ SVC tourney, Teal Bend, 12:30 Soccer *Vacaville Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. *ED @ Cosumnes Oaks, 6:30 *UM @ Liberty Ranch, 5:30 Girls tennis *PHS @ Sheldon, 3:45 *OR @ St. Francis, Natomas RC, 3:45 Volleyball *ED @ River City, 6 p.m. Grant @ UM, 6 p.m. Water […]

Cougar harriers dominate Sierra Valley Conference meet

Varsity boys: 1-El Dorado, 28; 2-Vista del Lago, 53; 3-Cosumnes Oaks, 59; 4-Liberty Ranch, 109; 5-Union Mine, 150; 6-Galt, 175; 7-River City, 182 Individual: 1-Joe Soik, ED, 17:13; 3-Nathan Rossi, ED, 17:40; 6-Ian Janoska, ED, 18:17; 8-Sean Gregg, ED, 18:33; 10-Spencer Wright, 18:48; 11-Ryan Gray, ED, 18:49; 12-Matt Johnson, ED, 18:51; 16-Tyler Cordero, ED, 19:10; 19-Matt Poindexter, […]

Davis water polo sweeps Ponderosa

EL DORADO — The Ponderosa water polo teams hosted their first Division I match Wednesday against the very strong and very deep Davis Blue Devils. The Bruin boys were defeated 12-22 and the varsity girls lost 7-20. Ponderosa’s Graham McClone won the ball in the opening sprint of the boys game and scored, but Davis […]

Cougars drop the hammer on Golden Sierra

A symbolic blue-painted hammer, pre-game pep rally and a big night from running back Travis Allec all factored into El Dorado High’s first victory of the year Friday night. In an intra-county game marred by fumbles and penalties, the host Cougars managed to find enough rhythm to come away 28-6 winners over under-manned Golden Sierra. “We […]

Del Oro’s might proves too much for Trojans

LOOMIS — For the first three quarters of Friday night’s big Oak Ridge-Del Oro preseason showdown, it looked like the team who had the football last would emerge the winner. After opening the fourth quarter with a scoring drive to close within a touchdown, the undefeated Trojans looked poised to rally. Instead, it was the […]

Ponderosa’s fourth-quarter finish stuns D’backs

Boardway, Hobbs, Bruin defense come up big EL DORADO — Ben Boardway’s 89-yard touchdown dash broke a fourth quarter tie and Ponderosa added another late touchdown to upend host Union Mine 21-7 in local preseason football action. Friday’s intra-county matchup was a defensive-oriented, penalty-laden affair with both teams punting a combined 14 times. With 7:29 […]

Football roundup: Sept. 16, 2011

Ponderosa 21, Union Mine 7 — Ben Boardway scored an 89-yard touchdown with 7:29 let in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie in the defensive showdown in El Dorado. Bruin quarterback Jacob Bist scored from a yard out with nine seconds left in the game for the final touchdown. The win evens Ponderosa’s […]

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