Top teams of 2013

By From page A8 | January 01, 2014

Jenn Hoffman

JENN HOFFMAN, with ball, and Oak Ridge couldn;t get through Berkeley in the NorCal finals. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Oak Ridge girls basketball

In March, Oak Ridge took the long road to face Berkeley in the CIF NorCal Division I title game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The Lady Trojans, who qualified for the NorCal playoffs despite losing in the section semifinals, knocked off Heritage of Brentwood, Wilcox of Santa Clara and Amador Valley of Pleasanton — all on the road — to get within one game of playing for the state title. Oak Ridge concluded its season with a 28-5 record, including a 10-0 mark to win the Delta River League crown, its first at the D-I level.

Playoff football teams

Oak Ridge, Golden Sierra and El Dorado each qualified for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The icing on the cake was that both Oak Ridge (12-2) and Golden Sierra (7-6) played for section titles.
Trojans — At Sacramento State in December, Oak Ridge played Delta River League foe Folsom, which posted a 49-17 victory for the section title. Oak Ridge won its first five games of the season and four-of-five in league. In the playoffs, Oak Ridge defeated Napa, Granite Bay and Pleasant Grove in the semifinals. This was the second consecutive year that the Trojans played for the D-I title.
Grizzlies — Playing at Lodi’s Grape Bowl in late November, Golden Sierra battled Le Grand for the section’s D-V title, the second consecutive year the schools battled in the playoffs. The Grizzlies started the season with an 0-4 record but stayed the course and won five of their six Sierra Delta League games for a second place finish. Golden Sierra beat Delhi and Mariposa before losing to Le Grand, 20-13,  a close game decided in the fourth quarter. Cougars — El Dorado (6-4) ended a 26-year playoff drought to earn a D-III berth. Entering as the No. 16 seed, the Cougars made plenty of noise before falling 42-26 to No.1 American Canyon in a game they led in the third quarter. Injuries to key players hurt El Dorado but coach Joe Volek and staff held the team together to win its final three Sierra Valley Conference games and reach the postseason.

Ponderosa ski

Led by state champion Reid Lambres, the Ponderosa boys ski team brought back the second-place banner from the CNISSF State Championships at Northstar last March. The Bruins were third in combined ski/snowboarding. In the South I Division regular season, Ponderosa’s boys and girls team swept all six races. In snowboarding, the Bruin boys and Cougar girls won title. Ponderosa won combined ski points; El Dorado combined snowboard.


In November, Golden Sierra, which won the Sierra Delta League crown, and El Dorado, which raced to a Sierra Valley Conference title, placed in the top three to qualify for the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno.

Ponderosa wrestling

Last February, the Bruin grapplers won a share of the Delta River League title. Then Ponderosa won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional I-A blue banner. Jeff Camilli, Jimmy Scarr, Trae Providence and Nick Troquato led the squad. Camilli and Troquato also won medals at the CIF State Meet in Bakersfield.

Ponderosa soccer

Last May in Elk Grove, the Ponderosa High girls soccer team played Bella Vista for the section’s D-II title but came up short. The Lady Bruin booters finished their season with a 13-4-2 record, winning five of their final seven Delta River League games to earn a playoff berth.

Oak Ridge tennis teams

In November, the Lady Trojans, who won the Delta River League title, played Del Oro for the D-I title and made its second NorCal appearance. The Lady Trojans, coached by Ralph Clark, went undefeated in the DRL. Last May, the Oak Ridge boys squad, second in league, advanced to the D-I semifinals.

Oak Ridge baseball

Playing rival Ponderosa in the Delta River League finale in Shingle Springs last May, the Trojans posted an 8-4 win over the Bruins to win the outright league title. Oak Ridge finished its season with a 12-3 mark in league and 19-9 overall.

Union Mine softball

Last May, the Lady Diamondbacks ruled the softball diamond by winning an outright Sierra Valley Conference title. Union Mine, led by conference MVP Sarah Phillis, finished 10-2 in the SVC, 16-8 overall.

Golden Sierra softball

The Grizzlies’ 11-1 record was good enough to win the Sierra Delta League

Cougar track

Both El Dorado boys and girls teams captured Sierra Valley Conference titles. The Cougar boys also claimed the Division IV team title for the second straight year.

Golden Sierra girls track

The Lady Grizzlies ran to an outright Sierra Delta League title last May.

El Dorado water polo

In November, the Cougar boy and girls squads qualified for the D-III playoffs.

Oak Ridge golf

The boys golf team reached NorCals last May.

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