Friday, January 30, 2015

The weekly Daley: I’m not a scientist, but…

“I’m not a scientist,” but I know that climate change is not affected by human activities. “I’ll leave that to the scientists,” to figure out whether or not humans are responsible for any amount of climate change — or that there even is climate change. “I’m not a scientist,” so I won’t comment on the […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Want to create ageless joy?

I believe most people can create ageless joy in their lives. If you are truly seeking joy instead of despair, you will find or create sunshine instead of darkness. • When you believe joy is awaiting you, your life predictions become positive. You are not worried about an upcoming date or an interview for a […]

Salmon on Cosumnes?

It was interesting reading about a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service salmon expert’s talk to the local trout club. The primary focus of the presentation by Donnie Ratcliff was bringing salmon to the Cosumnes River. It would be nice if we could catch salmon or steelhead in the Cosumnes River in El Dorado County or […]

EID insurance bill shrinks

Insurance premiums for the El Dorado Irrigation District this year will be nearly $64,000 less than they were last year. Effective Jan. 1 EID got a 9 percent cut in its rates. The insurance coverage includes property/inland marine/crime, general liability, public officials and management liability, automobile and excess liability insurance. General Manager Jim Abercrombie was […]

Under the Scoreboard: Jan. 25, 2015

Former Golden Sierra High ace right-handed pitcher Tyler Waldron, a former All Metro Player of the Year as a senior for the Grizzlies, was selected in the minor league Rule 5 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Waldron played collegiate ball for Pacific and Oregon State. Until he was picked up by St. Louis, Waldron […]

Bist leads Bruins over Tigers

SHINGLE SPRINGS — As the last five seconds of the second quarter ticked off the clock in Friday’s Capital Valley Conference boys basketball game against Roseville, Ponderosa’s Josh Bist looked for a teammate inside the paint. But with all his teammates manned up, Bist drove toward the basket for a quick shot. As the buzzer […]

Union Mine accelerates to win

EL DORADO — Three Union Mine High boys basketball players scored in double digits in Thursday’s 81-46 Sierra Valley Conference win over Rosemont. The Diamondbacks (2-2 in the SVC, 11-9) led from tip-off to the final buzzer. Union Mine was led by Andrew Vaughn’s game-high 25 points that included 12 points in the first quarter for […]

Dirty Five-Thirty Duals a grinder

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Four of Northern California’s toughest high school wrestling programs gathered at Ponderosa High to compete in the first-ever, round-robin Dirty Five-Thirty Duals Saturday afternoon. The Bruins hosted Elk Grove, Oakdale and De La Salle, all of whom are ranked in the top 20 among California high school wrestling teams. Ponderosa defeated Oakdale, 42-19, […]

Oak Ridge crashes its way to victory

EL DORADO HILLS — On a night shots were there but weren’t consistently falling, the Oak Ridge girls more than overcompensated with a strong rebounding effort to power past visiting Granite Bay 53-29 in Sierra Foothill League action Friday evening. The Trojans’ rebounding success, especially offensive, made for more opportunities to score after initial shot attempts rimmed […]

Trojans hold off Granite Bay

EL DORADO HILLS  — Tyus Millhollin’s game-high 22 points, including 11 in a key third-quarter push, lifted host Oak Ridge past Granite Bay 56-49 to close the first round of Sierra Foothill League play Friday night. Millhollin scored all but six of his points in the second half. The Trojans (3-3) held off the Grizzlies (2-4) […]

South 1 sets up opener

To get their season under way after a two-week delay, South 1 Division skiers and snowboarders will compete in a Giant Slalom/Slalom doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Alpine Meadows. The races will be held on the ‘Kangaroo’ course and can be walked to from the base lodge. and are available to […]

Schedule: Jan. 26-31, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 27 Alpine Racing ED, PHS, UM, OR, GS @ Alpine Meadows, 9 a.m. Boys basketball UM @ ED, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball ED @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Folsom @ OR, 7 p.m. Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 7 p.m. Wrestling GS @ Bradshaw Christian, 6 p.m. OR @ Nevada Union, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. […]

The weekly Daley: State of the Union

Folks on the left generally liked President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Those on the right generally didn’t. Big name commentators on each side were about evenly split as could be expected. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good speech, articulate and well delivered. If it had been done for a […]

Something to think about: Stand up or stand down?

Defiance — I’m coming to like that word. For me it’s less about getting into someone’s face than it is about standing my ground— especially when someone is trying to take away my freedom and what I hold most dear. The recent terrorism in France may be thousands of miles away from us, but it […]

An outstanding group

El Dorado County opened its new animal shelter in the Diamond Springs industrial park in October. The shelter cost $5.7 million, which includes the $1.86 million purchase price of the building and land at 6435 Capitol Avenue. The construction bid by D.G. Granade Construction was $400,000 under budget. At 21,000 square feet, the building should […]

El Dorado girls take to the mat

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the El Dorado High girls wrestling team. But five Lady Cougars — six counting another who’s out for the season — is an excellent start. Typically, wrestling programs have very few girls willing to endure the physicality, time committment and technical aspects of the sport. Not […]

Outside with Charlie: Avalanche beware

Those heading to the back country during winter on skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles or any other type of gear should first check with the Sierra Avalanche Center Website at When there’s snow on the ground in the high country, avalanches are always lurking around the edges. Experienced back country travelers know that conditions may look […]

Behind the scenes at Sierra

Next time you hit the slopes, carve turns and have an uber wonderful day, keep in mind there’s an entire team of people at the resort, most of whom you might never see, dedicated to making that happen. Ski resorts are multi-faceted, complicated places to operate. There’s somewhat of a moving maze of parts that […]

Sports scene: Jan. 18, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Youth Dodgeball (ages 7-12) Catch Dodgeball fever by playing this fast-paced and fun indoor game. Participants have fun while working on their hand-eye coordination, agility and learning the value of teamwork. Teams are formed each night for this 4 week session from March 6-27. Camp runs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. for […]

Roundup: Jan. 18. 2015

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 50, Del Oro 45 — The Lady Trojans rallied to Friday’s Sierra Foothill League victory with a 20-10 fourth quarter. Isamar Conde led the Trojans with 17 points; Grace Derksen scored 11; Kassidy De Lapp added seven; and Briana Dulgar and Yumi Drossos had six points each. Golden Sierra 30, Vacaville […]

Oak Ridge captures War Challenge

Three Cougars place in top five EL DORADO HILLS — For a third time this season, the Oak Ridge High wrestling team won a tournament championship — and right inside its own gym. Saturday, with 166.5 points, the Trojans captured their annual Trojan War Challenge team crown, first from a field of 23 schools. Four Oak […]

Cougars ground Hawks

Haverson records double-double A furry of rebounds in the first quarter set the tone early for the El Dorado High girls basketball team, which posted a 54-35 Sierra Valley Conference win over Liberty Ranch inside L.A. Brown Gym Friday. The Lady Cougars (2-0 in the SVC, 12-7) grabbed 19 boards in the first quarter. El […]

Second quarter does in D’backs

EL DORADO — In its first Sierra Valley Conference home game of the season Thursday, Union Mine looked to have a strong showing but visiting Cordova came away with an 87-55 win. The Diamondbacks (0-2 in the SVC, 9-9) had seven rebounds, compared to the Lancers’ four, in the first quarter, as Union Mine held an […]

Schedule: Jan. 19-25, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 20 Boys basketball ED @ Cordova, 7:30 p.m. UM @ Galt, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball Cordova @ ED, 7:30 p.m. Oakmont @ PHS, 7 p.m. Galt @ UM, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 Boys basketball Rio Vista @ GS, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Rio Vista @ GS, 6 […]

Ponderosa gets going

Ponderosa sophomore Kendyl Maher banked in a three-pointer from the wing with no time left Friday to lift the JV squad to a dramatic 24-23 victory. Maher’s game-winner left her fingertips as the buzzer sounded.   Bruins’ tale of two halves SHINGLE SPRINGS — Sometimes an earful goes a long way. It did for the […]

Common sense safety tips on the slopes

Ski resorts nationwide are participating in National Safety Month this month with the goal of educating skiers and snowboarders about being safe and practicing common sense on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are vital for everyone to understand when cruising down the mountain. Every resort, […]

Mixed All Star Dual Team takes third place

ELK GROVE — Elite middle school wrestlers came together from all over El Dorado County to form an All-Star Dual Team to compete at the Brandon Matsumoto Team Duals at Kerr Middle School in Elk Grove. The wrestlers placed third as a team out of 10 teams — its only loss to the first place team by […]

SFL Fall All League

Volleyball Coaches of the Year Breanne Wymore, Oak Ridge Christy Bergin, Oak Ridge Tricia Plummer, Granite Bay Dave Muscarella, Rocklin Moct Valuable Players Kelly Krigger, Oak Ridge Maddie Haynes, Rocklin Kimmy Tuttle, Oak Ridge Olivia Reed, Oak Ridge Elizabeth Cameron, Oak Ridge Football Coaches of the Year Kris Richardson, Folsom Troy Taylor, Folsom Offensive Player […]

Bruin wins “Doc” B. title

CLOVIS — Ponderosa senior Zachary Velasquez captured first place in the 160-pound division at the prestigious two-day Doc Buchanan Invitational Wrestling Tournament last weekend at Clovis High School. In the finals, Velasquez edged Folsom’s Lorenzo De La Riva by a 3-1 decision. In the semis, Velasquez defeated Buchanan’s Anthony Montalvo. Team-wise, the Bruins placed 20th with […]

Former Cougar takes over at Union Mine

Team off to good start EL DORADO — Union Mine High boys basketball head coach Brad Visman has his Diamondback players spreading the wealth on the court and off to a winning start. Last night, the D’backs entered their Sierra Valley Conference opener at Liberty Ranch with a 9-7 record after a 6-1 mark to […]

Bruins battle Broncos in loss

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity boys basketball program hosted Bella Vista Friday night, falling to the Broncos 51-45 in Capital Valley Conference action. The Bruins traded buckets with their guests through the majority of the first half, but couldn’t shut down Bella Vista’s offense in the second quarter, trailing 26-19 at halftime. Grinding through […]

No snow cancels opener

Today’s South 1 Division ski and snowboard race opener at Sierra-at-Tahoe has been cancelled according to the division’s Website. The reason given was that there’s not enough snow pack to set a course. That same reason caused the start of last season to be postponed and eventually shifted to Northstar to ensure the regular season […]

Scots get Garden Valley twin bill

GARDEN VALLEY — Siblings Isaiah and Acacia Tenette each claimed game-high scoring honors for their respective teams Friday as Highlands swept Golden Sierra in a varsity boys/girls Sierra Delta League doubleheader in Garden Valley. Isaiah bucketed 23 points to pace the Scots’ 72-42 win to close the night while earlier, Acacia pumped in 18 during […]

Oak Ridge girls bury Miners

EL DORADO HILLS — A rough first quarter start didn’t last long for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team, which routed Nevada Union, 61-22, in a Sierra Foothill League home game Friday. The Lady Trojans and Lady Miners combined for 13 turnovers in the first quarter. But toward the end, Oak Ridge (3-0, 13-3) […]

Defense the key in Trojan win

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing its first Sierra Foothill League home game Friday, the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team played solid defense that led to a 54-37 win over Nevada Union. Hanging onto a 30-21 halftime lead, the Trojans (2-1, 12-5) went on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes of the third […]

Schedule: Jan, 12-17, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 13 Boys basketball Rosemont @ ED, 7:30 p.m. Woodcreek @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball Liberty Ranch @ UM, 7:30 p.m. PHS @ Whitney, 7 p.m. ED @ Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling OR @ Del Oro, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 Boys basketball Whitney @ PHS, 7 […]

$3,000 to Military Family Support Group

The El Dorado County Veteran Affairs Commission recently awarded the Military Family Support Group (MFSG) a grant in the amount of $3,000 to be used in support of El Dorado County Veterans and their families. The Veterans’ Fund is administered by the El Dorado Community Foundation and the funds have arrived in time for the […]

Flurry of titles closed out 2014

Editor’s note: The following concludes a look back at 2014 with a month-by-month breakdown of events that occurred from July to December. July — Former Olympians John Carlos and Tommie Smith were guest speakers at the “Return to the Summit” ceremony to commemorate Echo Summit as a California Historic Landmark. The El Dorado Hills 10-11 All-Stars clinched […]

Roundup: Jan. 6, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings Week 16 of 32 1. Team Effort 40-24 2. Sometimers 37-27 3. Knotty Girls 34-30 4. Alley Oops! 33-31 5. Fun Gals 33-31 6. Bowlin Baggs 31-33 7. Hillbilliettes 25.5-38.5 8. Pin Pals 21.5-42.5 High games: 213 — Jeanne Valentine; 212 — Terese […]

2014 Top Honors

Most Valuable Player Cross Country Kaitlynn Staggers, El Dorado Dalton Douglas-Hiley, El Dorado Ryan Sewell, Golden Sierra Football Nick Bonniksen, El Dorado Softball Calista Almer, Union Mine Savannah Stephens, Golden Sierra Volleyball Kara Campbell, Union Mine Elijah Magat, El Dorado Brian Cann, Golden Sierra Wrestling Patrick Lewis, Golden Sierra Co-Most Valuable Player Volleyball Kelly Krigger, […]

Holiday snow meant positive cash flow for Tahoe

There’s no doubt Lake Tahoe depends heavily on the ski season to help fill its hotels, restaurants and casinos in hopes that a trail of cash that gets left behind and is spread around throughout the region’s business community. And there was no more important time for that than during the recent holiday season. Thanks to […]

CVC Fall All League

Cross Country Jaxon Clausen, Ponderosa Football Josh Bist, Ponderosa Colby Chiverton, Ponderosa Joe DelValle, Ponderosa Golf Jasmine Monas, Ponderosa Soccer Andrew Doe, Ponderosa Nicholas Davis, Ponderosa Danie Brennan, Ponderosa Christopher Rudfelt, Ponderosa Volleyball Alex Boyle, Ponderosa Boys Water Polo Heath Faulkner, Ponderosa Talon Green, Ponderosa Connor Overstreet, Ponderosa Reilley Waterman, Ponderosa Girls Water Polo Hannah […]

Roundup: Jan. 4, 2015

Boys basketball Kendell Arnett Tournament El Dorado 49, Oakmont 45 — The Cougars outscored the Vikings 11-7 in the fourth quarter to take fifth place. El Dorado 71, Colfax 53 — The Cougars outscored the Eagles 41-24 in the second half. Matt Smith scored 23 points to lead El Dorado; Ian Spencer added 14; Cam […]

El Dorado’s season was special

Editor’s note: Due to sheer difficulty, size, odds and committment, El Dorado football’s first-ever 10-0 regular season stands out as the year’s top local sports story. Included are other top feats that made 2014 memorable. Wednesday’s issue will feature the July-December month-by-month recap.  El Dorado football Cougar varsity football coach Joe Volek felt his squad […]

D’backs’ rally falls short

EL DORADO — Four games in five days ended Friday for the Union Mine High boys basketball squad, which lost a 68-59 nonconference contest to McClatchy at the Snake Pit. Trailing 52-41 as they entered the fourth quarter, the Diamondbacks (9-5) saw the Lions (7-5) go on an 8-3 run for a 60-44 lead thanks to two, […]