Friday, August 22, 2014
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College boxing route for local pair

EL DORADO HILLS — The track record of El Dorado County student-athletes going to four-year colleges to continue their careers is impressive. Most, if not all of the major sports are covered: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, cross country, tennis and swimming. But has an area athlete ever gone for boxing? Ever? […]

Nor-Cal Dirt modifieds headlines five-division program

On Saturday night, Placerville Speedway will pack the pit area of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for a giant five-division racing program for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season. While four divisions make return visits, the evening will welcome the excitement of Dirt modified back to the quarter-mile track, with […]

Fox to enter section’s Hall of Fame

Long-time Ponderosa High wrestling coach Richard Fox is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. Fox, who retired over a year ago from his teaching career at the campus, will be honored Sunday at an induction banquet and ceremony at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The dinner will start at […]

‘When The Game Stands Tall’

Trojans assistant coach anxious for release EL DORADO HILLS — Kevin Lopina is going to see himself portrayed on the movie screen. The Oak Ridge High assistant football coach, who works with tight ends and linebackers, is one of many people who is being portrayed in the movie “When The Game Stands Tall” that is being released […]

Smashing good times

Ron Cannon was determined to win the final heat of the Open Division of Sunday’s 41st edition of the annual Placerville Police Officer’s Association Hangtown Destruction Derby at the Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. But his 1965 Chrysler New Yorker had a burning desire to stop the Placerville resident. Cannon was one of 11 drivers […]

City harriers trade concrete for foothills

Should the Warren High boys cross-country team reach national prominence this fall, El Dorado County trails, hills, roads — and citizens — get an assist. For 11 years and counting, the Los Angeles area squad, led by head coach Ramon Miranda, has made it a point to conduct its summer training here in the foothills, […]

Outside with Charlie: Grab your tents

School bells all over El Dorado County have already rung. Football, soccer, band, homework, clubs of all kinds start taking up a lot of time. Which means for the outdoor types around here is simple. The pressure on the campgrounds, trails, and day use areas is much less now. The best bet is — if you […]

Cougars’ hopes high for second consecutive winning season

2014 El Dorado Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: @ South Tahoe, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5: Lincoln-Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12: Rio Americano, 7:30 p.m. Sept 19: @ Mesa Verde (San Juan High), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26: Bye Oct. 3: @ Foothill, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10: @ Liberty Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17: Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24: @ Cordova, 7:30 […]

Meet the Bruins

FOOTBALL TIME — Members of the Ponderosa High varsity football team are introduced at the annual Meet the Bruins event at Burke’s Junction in Cameron Park on Saturday morning. DSC_3360 DSC_3369 DSC_3379ee DSC_3394 DSC_3399 MTB 2 DSC_3408

Sanders muscles to his fourth victory on Kids Night

A jubilant crowd packed the grandstands Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the Mountain Democrat Kids Night, as they cheered on Justin Sanders, who celebrated a hard earned fourth victory in the Sprint Car feature event. Sanders was joined by Ryan McDaniel, who won his fifth Limited Late Model feature. Matt […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 17, 2014

Union Mine senior pole vaulter Leah Bertuccelli, a two-time Sac-Joaquin Section Masters qualifier, cleared a personal best 12-2 at the recent Street Vault in Auburn, besting the 9-0 school record she tied earlier this year. Since then, Bertuccelli, ranked top-10 in the state, has added 3-2 to her PR height. This summer, Bertuccelli placed 14th […]

Schedule: Aug. 18-23, 2014

Thursday, Aug. 21 Girls Golf *UM @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 Football *Colfax @ OR, 9 a.m. *UM @ Amador, 9 a.m. *Placer @ ED, 9:30 a.m. *Golden Sierra @ Bret Harte, 11 a.m. *Rosemont, River Valley and Winters @ PHS, 7 p.m. Volleyball *OR @ Bella Vista, 8:30 a.m. […]

Cross Country: Cougars use summer to spring into fall

Less than 24 hours before the start of fall classes, the El Dorado High cross-country team celebrated its summer of workouts. At its height, the Cougars attracted 40 or more kids from a pool 60-65 that attended at one time or another — their best summer turnout — to execute a workout plan devised by […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 17, 2014

Volunteer youth flag football coaches needed  Cameron Park Community Service District is looking for volunteer coaches for the fall NFL Flag Football Season, beginning in September. Coaches will be responsible for teaching proper techniques and skills to players in a fun and safe environment. There will be one to two practices a week at the […]

The weekly Daley: The Islamic Caliphate

We’re getting all involved in Iraq again. We’re trying to save countless minority ethnic groups and minority religious groups from annihilation, and that’s a good thing. The ISIS or ISIL or Islamic State (currently its name for itself) wants to set up an Islamic state in part of Syria and Iraq and have Sharia law […]

Drought still on

On Aug. 7 the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center downgraded the odds of having an El Nino fall and winter from 80 percent to 65 percent. The unit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is pushing El Nino possibilities back from this month through winter to late fall and early winter. The next […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Cocktail hour for the like-minded

Cocktail hours are pretty popular these days. Bars and restaurants offer drinks for a lower price during the cocktail hours only. If I owned a saloon, I would invite like-minded people for a specific hour. Most people would rather drink with people they like, and I would avoid verbal and physical fights for the most […]

Sports scene

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament Sept. 22. All proceeds will be donated to the AFF, which offers assistance to active-duty military personnel, National Guard, reserve components and military families. Sponsorship hole opportunities are available for $250, $500 and $1,000. Registration on event […]

On tap

Kickoff Party The Ponderosa High football program holds its Comunity Kickoff party Saturday at Applebee’s and Burke’s Junction in Cameron Park from 8 a.m. to noon. A Flapjack Fundraiser is from 8-10 a.m. at Applebees before the switch to Burke’s Junction for player, coach, band, cheerleader and student introductions from 10-noon. Additional activities include food […]

Ex-Trojan Aboukhadijeh hits the ground running

Entrepreneurial spirit LOS ANGELES — Oak Ridge and recent UCLA graduate Amjed Aboukhadijeh, like his brother Feross, is making it big right out of college. While Feross made an immediate impact in the tech world, selling his startup PeerCDN to internet giant Yahoo, Amjed and his partners recently turned down an offer of acquisition from […]

Dropping pins at Knotty Pines Lanes

POLLOCK PINES — Bowling is considered by some people as a leisure sport. The game seems simple. Roll a bowling ball toward 10 pins located at the end of the lane, hoping to knock all down for a strike while avoiding the gutter. A bowler gets two chances to level the pins. Most times, 10 games […]

Meet the Trojans holds its 7th get together

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge footba;; program held its Meet the Trojans party last weekend at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Players from all levels, coach and cheerleaders drew a big crowd to the 7th annual event.

Heinz-sight: Fond memories

Ah, the innocence of a good ol’ game of kickball. Fond grade-school memories … that and dodgeball. Back in the day, kickball was fairly popular at recesses and lunchtime. Is it still or has texting, socializing and the like replaced it? I recall I couldn’t wait to get to school — downing breakfast, grabbing my […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 10, 2014

Four area baseball players — Jonathan Wong (Union Mine, Occidental Collge), Matt Poulin (Ponderosa, Sonoma State), Troy Zeier (Ponderosa, Sac City), John Creason (Union Mine) — were on the summer roster for the Sacramento Legends semi-pro baseball team which reached the American Amateur Baseball Congress Stan Musial World Series in Farmingdale, N.Y. The team finished with […]

DeCaires wins his second Forni Classic

The 2014 Civil War Sprint Car Series has been highly competitive as Saturday night Greg DeCaires became the seventh winner in seven events this season — picking up his second career Mark Forni classic victory and the $5,000 that came with it. With Andy Forsberg and DeCaires leading the field to green, it was Auburn’s […]

Getting kicks from kickball

CAMERON PARK — Kickball is a sport played mainly on elementary school playgrounds throughout the region. Similar to baseball and softball, such as nine players are needed on defense, kickball utilizes a rubber ball with the objective to boot the ball in play, run the bases and hope to touch home plate. Jayme Bermudez had the honors […]

Disaster preparedness presentation on Aug. 19

Are you prepared for the next disaster? From extreme weather to wildland fire, El Dorado County faces numerous potential risks. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center. County Animal Services and Public Health Preparedness and Response staff will conduct a presentation to help community members prepare themselves, their […]

Future Cougar gridders build skills

Two football greats, including a former El Dorado High football player who donned the San Francisco 49ers’ uniform and the other the father of El Dorado High football coach Joe Volek, were a part of the recent annual five-day summer El Dorado Jr. Cougars Youth Football Camp at the Cougars’ football field. Members of Volek’s coaching […]

MOCs: Taz third, Sharks take fifth

Dry Diggin Dolphin swimmers finish 22nd  WOODLAND — Buoyed by the 120 point-gathering effort of Patrick Sammon, the El Dorado Tasmanian Devil swimmers took third place at last weekend’s three-day, end-of-season Meet of Champions competition at Woodland’s Aquatic Center. Batting Piranhas, Stingrays Tigersharks and AquaMonsters to name a few, the Taz tallied 362 points for their small team […]

Lake Tahoe Marathon returns next month

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon returns to Lake Tahoe Sunday, September 14. Since its inception in 1995, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has evolved into a premier running event that attracts athletes from all over the United States and globe. After 19 years, founder and racer director […]

Roundup: Aug. 5, 2014

Finals Boys 6 and under — 25 free: 9-Cole Pratt, DDD, 19.09; 10-Calahan McColley, EDH, 19.14. 25 back: 8-McColley, EDH, 23.05; 14-Pratt, DDD, 25.51. 9-10 — 100IM: 1-Patrick Sammon, EDH, 1:11.71; 16-Jacob Seabourne, EDH, 1:24.44. 25 free: 1-Sammon, EDH, 12.39; 4-Ethan Mueller, EDH, 13.20. 25 back: 1-Sammon, EDH, 15.95. 50 free: 1-Sammon, EDH, 27.52; 6-Mueller, […]

Devils celebrate SSL season

The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team concluded the 2014 season with their annual Award’s Night Picnic late last month at Bertlesen Park. At the forefront was recognition of its athletes who helped the team go undefeated during the regular season and then capture Suburban Swim League title by a mere seven points over Granite […]

Davy Johnson named D’backs interim head coach

EL DORADO — Davy Johnson began his football coaching career at the same high school from which he graduated in 2003 — Union Mine High. On July 28, Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille appointed Johnson, who was a three-year starting quarterback on the 2000 to 2002 Diamondback teams, as Union Mine’s interim varsity football coach. Johnson […]

Golobic brings home duel victories

After cancellation of the July 26 race due to the Sand Fire, teams and fans returned to Placerville Speedway for the 13th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Point Race of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in grand fashion on Saturday. The five-division program saw more than 100 cars on the quarter-mile clay oval, with […]

El Dorado High athletic handbooks available

El Dorado High students who are interested in playing a fall sport — football, girls volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf, boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls water polo and cheerleading — need to complete an athletic handbook by Monday, Aug. 11. Athletic packets are available at eduhsd.net/. Click the “Athletic Handbook” link, and complete digitally. […]

Nordby new Grizzly coach

GARDEN VALLEY — A story on new Golden Sierra High football coach Jeremy Nordby will appear in the Mountain Democrat this week. Nordby is a former Grizzly who started on both sides of the ball on the 1994 championship team that played Bear River in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game at the University […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 3, 2014

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament Sept. 22. All proceeds will be donated to the AFF, which offers assistance to active-duty military personnel. National Guard, reserve components and military families. Sponsorship hole opportunities are available for $250, $500 and $1,000. Registration on event […]

Bruin assistant coach dies

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Mike Brown, a Ponderosa High special education teacher who was an assistant coach on the Bruins boys basketball team for the last two seasons, passed away July 28. “We have truly lost a great person in coach Mike Brown, but let’s be grateful that we all had the chance to be around […]

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Summer is the best time to prepare for the high school wrestling season that competes in the winter. That’s how Ponderosa High wrestling coach Tyson Escobar sees it. Escobar and most of the Bruin grapplers returning this winter were hosts of the 12th annual California Gold Wrestling Camp inside the Bruins’ gym. “It’s […]

Speedway races cancelled

Saturday’s races at the Placerville Speedway, which is on the site of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, were cancelled because of an emergency fire camp and evacuation center set up for the Sand Fire at the Amador and El Dorado County lines that started Friday, according to the speedway’s Website. At deadline, it was […]

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

Two runs scored in the top of the first inning by the visitors was no problem for the El Dorado High Summer Legion baseball team. Hosting Pro Players Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, El Dorado doubled its runs in its first at-bat, and added more throughout the game to post an 8-4 win. Along with winning […]

Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

Ten-year-old Sophie Yoder from the Sierra Marlins’ swim program has been selected for the Western Zone Select team that will represent the Sierra Nevada region for the upcoming 2014 Western Zone Age Group Championships Aug. 6-9 in Federal Way, Wash. A recent dual gold medal winner at the JO Championships, Sophie, from Shingle Springs and […]