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Playing and winning for Nick Brown

High school and travel ball teammates of Nick Brown went to Reno, Nev. last weekend for a Thanksgiving baseball tournament, playing on behalf of Brown who is recovering from a severe brain injury he suffered playing football for Union Mine this fall. Named PFNB (Play For Nick Brown), the 11 players had the name ‘Brown’ […]

Horoscope, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Saturn and Neptune Opportunity The positions of Saturn and Neptune suggest that some things we thought could be accomplished through straightforward efforts will require a different level of skill than anticipated. This could be more stress than it’s worth. Try and see it as an opportunity to recognize the basics that really matter — togetherness, […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gemini Full Moon The full moon in Gemini goes well with family visits. Everyone is in a chatty, festive mood and preparations for Thanksgiving could be even more fun than the main event. There’s a smoothness and ease that goes along with this air sign lunar influence that’s a natural fit for turning out some […]

Oak Ridge girls open NorCals today

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge makes its third consecutive NorCal appearance beginning today but first as hosts of the CIF Tournament. Ten teams, mainly from the Bay Area, converge at Broadstone Racquet Club for first-round action that starts with two play-in matches that begin at 10 a.m. Seeded 6th, the Lady Trojans face No. 3 Saratoga […]

Playoffs tonight

It’s win-or-else as four El Dorado County high school football teams open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs tonight. Oak Ridge will host Monterey Trail for the only county home game. El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra travel — the Cougars at Oakdale; D’backs at Sierra of Manteca; the Grizzlies at Ripon Christian. Monterey Trail at […]

Lady Trojans notch win

EL DORADO HILLS — In Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball playoff opener that lasted only 57 minutes, Oak Ridge dominated Armijo from start to finish. The ending result was the Lady Trojans, winners of the Sierra Foothill League title for a second consecutive year, sweeping the Lady Indians by the final scores of 25-12, […]

It’s back to the ‘ship for Trojans

Overtime win over Napa EL DORADO HILLS — For a second consecutive year, Julian Garcia delivered at the right time for the Oak Ridge High boys soccer team. In the second overtime period of Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal game against undefeated Napa, the Trojan forward fired in the game’s only goal for a thrilling […]

Oak Ridge girls go after section title

FOLSOM — When Oak Ridge picked up the first five wins of Wednesday’s Division I semifinal match against visiting Franklin, that was it; the fact that the Wildcats’ No. 1 player was a no-show, that was disappointing. But all in all, it was a good day for the Trojan girls at Broadstone Raquet Club as […]

Cougars advance to 2nd round

Brushing aside the long delay to the start of their Division III playoff opener Tuesday night, the El Dorado girls easily swept visiting Central Valley 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 to advance. A broke-down bus soon became the least of the Hawks’ troubles — replaced by Makayla Hoyt and Kylie Haverson who peppered the court to split […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mars in Virgo Take advantage of these last days of Mars in Virgo. This has been a highly productive time of year. Decisiveness and a stick-to-it attitude have kept things clipping along. Are your plans on track? Are your projections coming true? This is something to celebrate and reinforce now while everything is relatively uncomplicated.  […]

Horoscope, Saturday, November 7, 2015

Venus Waves Goodbye to Virgo Goodbye, Venus in Virgo. Tomorrow the love goddess planet moves into the sign of partnership and beauty. While Venus in Libra will be romantic, you might look back with dewy eyes on some of the practicalities that went down in the last few weeks. As much as we fantasize about […]

Horoscope, Friday, November 6, 2015

Mercury and Neptune Trine Unfortunately, many must journey far in life for the feeling of acceptance and love while others are born into emotional bounty. The quest will be highlighted today. Mercury in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces form a water sign trine to bring spiritual connection, soulful creativity and luck to the realm of […]

The readers have spoken

a 10 RC 1 El Dorado County business owners and their employees gathered last Thursday evening for the Mountain Democrat Readers’ Choice Awards at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville. More than 1,000 ballots were received, celebrating everything from pet groomers to tire stores. Publisher Richard Esposito handed out plaques while guests enjoyed food provided by […]

Horoscope, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mercury and All Saints’ Day All Saints’ Day is a public holiday in Mexico that is celebrated in several cultures around the world. It is a time to pray and remember relatives who have passed on to the next life. Today’s passage of Mercury into Scorpio, the sign of the underworld, gives the feeling that […]

Horoscope, Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Horoscopes The Cancer moon first angles dreamy Neptune and then the spooky Scorpio sun to cast a fog of mystery over this Halloween. Many will be genuinely fooled by the identity play of the evening. Indeed, even those who still look like themselves will have fun highlighting and toying with a different side. ARIES […]

Horoscope, Friday, October 30, 2015

Creative Trine The ghosts and goblins are out early this year, and tonight will be nearly as festive as tomorrow night under the friendly, curious Gemini moon. A trine of the spooky Scorpio sun and imaginative Neptune in Pisces bodes well for those trying to come up with last-minute costumes. The night will have many […]

Fire prevention grants available

SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire recently  announced the release of the 2015-16 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund Grant Program. The grants are aimed at reducing the threat of large wildfires in and around communities within the State Responsibility Area of California. “After what has already been an extremely busy fire season, we are eager to continue […]

Beware of vampire appliances

SAN FRANCISCO — This Halloween, Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers that always-on vampire appliances suck energy out of homes or businesses every minute of every day, costing Americans $19 billion a year. PG&E has numerous ways for customers to save energy and money on their monthly bills. Plugged-in electronic devices consume electricity regardless of whether […]

Horoscope, Sunday, October 25, 2015

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction Make a wish while Venus and Jupiter are conjunct in Virgo. Sure, Virgo is a practical placement for these two heavy hitters, but that will only work in your favor. For any kind of magic to happen, you need the practicalities to line up. Mars and Pluto add strength to the […]

Horoscope, Saturday, October 24, 2015

Scorpio Opening Credits The first part of the Scorpio solar transit is like the opening credits of a film, enticing curiosity and setting up an expectation of what’s to come. Film directors often put together the opening credits after the rest of the film has been edited, so as to nail the right foreshadowing of […]

Horoscope, Friday, October 23, 2015

Scorpio Dawning The sun enters Scorpio, circulating deeper psychological truths. This time of year encourages us to live more fully by being honest about our passions and our agendas. As a fixed water sign, our emotional lives might resemble a bottleneck or an unstoppable reservoir dam generating forceful creative energy. For Scorpio, it’s all in […]

Grapplers gain valuable knowledge

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills Wrestlers had two days of training they’ll never forget with the recent visit to the EDH Wrestling Club by USA Wrestling World Champion Coach Valentin Kalika and Cadet World Champion Aaron Pico who shared their experiences traveling/competing all over the world. Some in attendance came from six hours […]

Roundup: Oct. 8, 2015

Cross country Capital Cross Challenge El Dorado girls 2nd place, 49 points Results 3-Jamie Chelberg, 19:41; 4-Dani DeStefano, 19:47; 10-Arianna Pizzuti, 20:11; 18-Kasey Cope, 20:57; 22-Lindsey Constancio, 21:45; 40-Qing-Qiu Swain, 23:37; El Dorado boys 3rd place, 106 points Results 5-Jordan Reams, 16:12; 15-Grayson Egbert, 16:50; 24-Liam Drennan, 17:21; 34-Ben Hicks, 18:02; 35-Robert McGowan, 18:04; 50-Harrison […]

El Dorado, Ponderosa split contests

EL DORADO — In an intra county non-conference girls water polo match-up, El Dorado dominated Ponderosa that led to a 14-6 win at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Designated as the visitors in this contest, the Lady Cougars (4-3) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period and 9-2 at halftime behind the scoring […]

Roundup: Sept. 30, 2015

Tennis Oak Ridge 6, Del Oro 3 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Isaac, 6-0, 6-0; Lily Wainwright won 6-1, 6-0; Kassidy Lyons def. Jorgensen, 6-2, 6-1; Margaret Asperheim def. by Watson 5-7, 6-7; Kapri Lyons def. by Roser, 7-5, 4-6, 4-6; Grace Hsueh def. Tooker, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4. Doubles (OR first): Chejea Jang-Lan Zhao […]

Marshall 5th at CVC meet

ROSEVILLE — Cloudy skies and light rain didn’t stop Ponderosa’s Shane Marshall and Marlee Duane to strong finishes in the Capital Valley Conference No. 1 meet at Maidu Park on Wednesday. Marshall finished fifth in the 3.1 miles race in the varsity boys’ division with a time of 16 minutes, 9 seconds. Finishing in the top […]

Deer Creek Hills site for Mountain Bike Demo Day

Ride some hot new mountain bikes, check out some sweet, local trails and wash it all down with an ice-cold, local brew at the Deer Creek Hills Mountain Bike Demo Day, scheduled for tomorrow at the Deer Creek Hills Preserve near Rancho Murieta, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day of fun is co-sponsored by […]

Bruins push above .500

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa improved to 3-2 in Capital Valley Conference play with Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Oakmont. The Lady Bruins won 4-of-6 singles matches and No. 1 and 2 doubles in defeating the Viking girls. “Our team is playing really well and each player is getting better week by week,” Ponderosa coach Don […]

Holy Trinity hosts XC meet

EL DORADO HILLS — Holy Trinity School (HTS) hosted one of the first cross country meets of the season for the El Dorado County cross country league last Wednesday — bringing together a record-breaking number of students  in the spirit of friendly competition. In all, eleven elementary schools from El Dorado County participated: Blue Oak, […]

Horoscope, Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sagittarius Moon Dispels Myths The dark side of the moon is a myth. Both sides get sunlight, but because we on Earth think it’s all about us, we consider the other side of the moon to be dark. In other words, if we can’t see it from where we stand, we assume no one else […]

Horoscope, Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sagittarius Exploration The gregarious Sagittarius moon and Saturn suggest we cast a net into the wide world and reel in new influences. Travel, Internet exploration and hometown tourism are favored. If entertaining at home, consider that there are many moving parts to accommodate without the stress of trying something new. Stick to the known with […]

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