Friday, November 21, 2014
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Hi 5 taekwondo athlete brings home bronze

The USA Taekwondo National Poomsae team, featuring former Ponderosa High’s Saejin Yi, recently competed at the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. There were 46 countries competed in 36 divisions, with each athlete pursuing a gold medal in their respective division. After four days of competition, the USA team brought home 20 medals (4 […]

Schedule: Nov. 24-28, 2014

Thursday, Nov. 27 Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, Nov. 28 Cross Country State Championships ED, GS boys @ Woodward Park, Fresno Boys basketball UM @ Amador, 6 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ Amador, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 Boys basketball Pioneer @ ED, 7 p.m.

Lady Trojans fight for it but fall short

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge’s quest to advance past the first round of Friday’s NorCal Tournament ended in disappointment when No. 5 seeded Miramonte used a doubles sweep to eliminate the No. 4 Lady Trojans 4-3 at the Natomas Racquet Club. Ahead 3-2 on the strength of three singles wins, Oak Ridge needed one of its […]

Heinz-sight: Makings of

Each year, in every sport, just one team ends its season victoriously. Not so for the others. Though the Oak Ridge girls tennis team knew that full well heading into last weekend’s Northern California Girl’s Tennis Championships at the Natomas Racquet Club, it’s still a cold dose of reality when it hits home it won’t be […]

Heinz-sight: A Trojan fall

Defeating a nationally and state-ranked team like the Oak Ridge boy’s soccer team did last week won’t mean nearly as much unless the next step is winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. Done. To go the distance to reintroduce/rebrand yourself like Oak Ridge did recently, the message/event is enhanced if your sport’s teams do well. […]

Oak Ridge showcases new logo

El DORADO HILLS — Last Wednesday’s Re-Branding Launch Event at Oak Ridge High was a rousing success — evidenced by the standing-room-only crowd that packed the Trojan Arena on a weeknight. Those attending were entertained with singing, music, dancing, fashion and more from the 370 student performers and witnessed the unveiling of the school’s new […]

Grizzly boys win sections; Cougars 2nd

FOLSOM — Two El Dorado County teams finished strong at last Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet at the Willow Hills course and will advance to the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Golden Sierra boys squad raced to first place to claim the section’s Division V blue banner for a second consecutive year, […]

Trojans rally for section title

ELK GROVE — With four minutes left in regulation time of Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer title game at Cosumnes Oaks High, Oak Ridge and Davis appeared headed toward overtime tied 1-1. Up stepped Trojan Connor Hountalas. The day prior, Hountalas, one of Oak Ridge’s goalies, had talked to Oak Ridge coach Joe […]

Under the Scoreboard: Nov. 16, 2014

Six Oak Ridge athletes and one from El Dorado High signed national Letters of Intent last Wednesday with national programs at a signing ceremony held on the campus. For the Trojans, Logan Denholm signed with UC Davis and Ryan Sullivan with Fresno State in baseball; for swimming and dive, Samantha Newman inked with Pepperdine and […]

Grizzlies self destruct

GARDEN VALLEY — Engaged in a competitive first-round Sac-Joaquin Division VI section playoff battle with Ripon Christian Friday, Golden Sierra’s attempt to overtake the visiting Knights collapsed under the weight of second-half turnovers and penalties — resulting in a 34-13 loss. A questionable call late in the third quarter cost the Grizzlies a chance to retake […]

Schedule: Nov. 17-22, 2014

Monday, Nov. 17 Golf State Tournament Lexi Perry @ Red Hill CC, Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday, Nov. 18 Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Pleasant Grove, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 Tennis NorCal Tournament D-I: OR @ Natomas RC Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: Finals @ Rec Hall, Davis, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 Tennis NorCal Tournament […]

Oak Ridge girls advance

EL DORADO HILLS — Host Oak Ridge swept Davis 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 in Division I quarterfinal playoff action Thursday night. The win advanced the third-seeded Lady Trojans to tomorrow’s match at No. 2 Pleasant Grove. Against the No. 5 Blue Devils, Oak Ridge stumbled slightly out of the gate, called time to regroup and then […]

Sports scene: Nov. 16, 2014

Coach needed Today is the final date to apply for the position of Oak Ridge High softball head coach. If interested, contact the Athletic Office at 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills.

Volleyball: Oak Ridge spikers sweep Kennedy

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls volleyball program hosted Kennedy Tuesday night, cruising through the Cougars 25-20, 25-19, 25-11 in CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I playoff action. It was a smooth first-round win for the Trojans, who compensated for a slow start in set No. 1 to dispatch their counterparts with ease the rest […]

Soccer: Trojans stun Jesuit

CARMICHAEL — Andrew Greer and his Oak Ridge teammates shocked California’s No. 1 ranked team Wednesday with a 5-4 penalty kicks win over powerhouse Jesuit in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer semifinal game. The victory advanced the Trojans (14-4-1, No. 5 seed) to tomorrow’s D-I title game against Davis at 4 p.m. at Cosumnes Oaks. Wednesday’s […]

Tennis: Crowning moment worth the wait

FOLSOM — On a day Oak Ridge High unveiled its new sports logo, the old one in use still packed a punch as the Lady Trojans, behind steely determination, captured the Sac-Joaquin Division I section title Wednesday afternoon at Broadstone Racquet Club — defeating Rocklin 7-2 in an all-Sierra Foothill League final. The banner was the second in program […]

Football: Playoffs open tonight

Tonight, the El Dorado and Golden Sierra football teams host first-round playoff games. El Dorado, the No. 8 seed in Division III, entertains No. 9 Benicia. Golden Sierra, the No. 4 D-VI, welcomes No. 5 Ripon Christian. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. Benicia at El Dorado The Cougars (10-0), Sierra Valley […]

Tennis: Lady Trojans defeat Rams

FOLSOM — Before playing for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls tennis team title Wednesday, Oak Ridge posted a 6-3 win over St. Mary’s in the semifinals Tuesday at the Broadstone Racquet Club. The Lady Trojans swept the Lady Rams in the doubles matches, 3-0, that proved to be the difference. Doubles winners were Jessica […]

Volleyball: Golden Sierra survives 1st round

Scoreboard El Dorado def. by Vanden 3-0 Union Mine def. by Bear River 3-0 GARDEN VALLEY — The volleyball gods weren’t exactly smiling at Golden Sierra during its 25-17, 26-24, 20-25, 16-25, 15-7 first-round Division V playoff victory over visiting Capital Christian Tuesday — it was more of a wink, nod and shove to the […]

Outside with Charlie: Gear tune-up

Just enough snow fell a little over a week ago to fire up the race for bragging rights for first ski resort opening. The snow wasn’t nearly enough but freezing temperatures in the higher reaches of the Sierra triggered another race as the snow guns began laying down man-made snow. Mt. Rose and Boreal hit the winners […]

Tennis: Oak Ridge girls halfway there

FOLSOM — Because the NFL’s Oakland Raiders are currently 0-9, was Oak Ridge senior Teja Chalamcherla’s Raider cap subliminal messaging in that 0-9 translated in team tennis terms is the worst possible outcome? Maybe. Were the rearranged court-assignments by Trojan coach Ralph Clark — you now need a map to figure it out — meant to throw Franklin off […]

Anika Lehr makes most of contest win

When Anika Lehr discusses her recent trip to pleasant hunt in South Dakota, there’s much more to it than just the four-night, three-day stay at the R & R Pleasant Hunting Resort in Seneca, a Cabela’s certified hunting destination. That’s because she just didn’t zip there and back and cram it into the time frame […]

Cross country: Section race next for area runners

ANGELS CAMP — Six county varsity teams competing at last Saturday’s varsity CIF Sac-Joaquin Subsection Meet at Frogtown qualified for this weekend’s section race at Willow Hills in Folsom. To make the cut, teams had to finish in the top 10. The other avenue, individually, was also a top-10 finish. There was one champion as […]

Next stop: Playoffs

Two El Dorado County high school football teams will extend their seasons via the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that begin this Friday. El Dorado, the outright Sierra Valley Conference champions after their perfect 10-0 regular season record, grabbed the No. 8 seed in Division III and will host Benicia. Golden Sierra grabbed the No. 4 spot […]

Water polo: Bruins shut out Cougars

ROSEVILLE — For the last four months, the Ponderosa and El Dorado boys water polo squads have greeted each other between practices at Union Mine’s Aquatic Center. Last Thursday at Woodcreek High, the teams battled in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff opener, won by Ponderosa 14-0. The Bruins, seeded 2nd, face Dixon tomorrow at Whitney […]

Schedule: Nov. 10-15, 2014

Monday, Nov. 10 Golf NorCal Tournament OR @ Crazy Horse Ranch, Salinas Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Franklin-EG vs OR, Broadstone RC, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 Tennis Section playoffs D-I Semifinals, 2 p.m. Volleyball Section playoffs D-I: Kennedy @ OR, 7 p.m. D-III: ED @ Vanden, 7 p.m. D-IV: UM @ Bear River, 7 p.m. […]

El Dorado rally caps 10-0 season

An outright Sierra Valley Conference title, first-ever 10-0 record in school history and hosting a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff opener were the rewards for the El Dorado High football team after last Friday’s 31-9 Gold Nugget victory over intra-county rival Union Mine before a standing room-only crowd at Harvey E. West Stadium. The Cougars, who trailed the Diamondbacks 7-3 […]

Ponderosa falls 45-21

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Despite coming up short of the postseason, Ponderosa held its head high into the offseason Friday night, earning a sense of accomplishment from its 2014 finale against Cosumnes Oaks, the Capital Valley Conference champions. But the decisive final score against the Wolfpack put a damper on the host Bruins. Tears flowed, hugs […]

Soccer: Oak Ridge blanks Pitman

EL DORADO HILLS — Striking twice minutes into the second half Thursday, host Oak Ridge went on to a 3-0 second-round CIF Division I Section playoff victory over Pitman. The win sent the Trojans to tomorrow’s semifinal matchup with Jesuit and atoned for last year’s playoff loss at Pitman by a 2-nil score. “As seniors, we remember […]

Oak Ridge tri-champs

GRANITE BAY — On the heels of last week’s high-energy Senior Night win over Rocklin, Oak Ridge defeated host Granite Bay 25-18, 25-10, 25-19 Monday to close the Sierra Foothill League season. The win over last year’s Division I state champions gave the Lady Trojans a share of the league title with the Grizzlies and […]

Analysis: Russell takes page from Tucker’s playbook

No one rejoiced more after Union Mine’s title-clinching win than Kylie Russell whose handprints were all over Monday’s huge victory. In the aftermath, Russell’s emotions were mixed — elated, speechless, numb, overcome with joy — as she came to grips with what just happened. Going in, she and the D’backs had faced a tall order. […]

Oak Ridge girls take Masters

STOCKTON — The Oak Ridge girls golfers stayed on their roll with the low team score at Monday’s Masters Tournament at The Reserve. The Trojans’ six golfers shot a 420 to best Davis by seven strokes and Granite Bay by 24. All three advance to next week’s NorCal Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse […]

Three area teams all tri-champions

Oak Ridge wins piece of SFL title GRANITE BAY — On the heels of last week’s high-energy Senior Night win over Rocklin, Oak Ridge defeated host Granite Bay 25-18, 25-10, 25-19 Monday to close the Sierra Foothill League season. The win over last year’s Division I state champions gave the Lady Trojans a share of […]

First and goal: Dynasty

In 1979, the rock ‘n’ roll band Kiss came out with its 14th record, “Dynasty,” which included disco and pop songs instead of the hard rock that the make-up wearing quartet recorded on previous records. On Jan. 12, 1981, eight days before Ronald Reagan was officially sworn into the first of two terms as President of the United States, a […]

Lady Grizzlies zip past ‘Dogs

GARDEN VALLEY — In a Sierra Delta League volleyball finale that took all of 35 minutes, Golden Sierra dispatched Encina in straight sets, 25-8, 25-7, 25-11, Monday on Senior Night. The Lady Grizzlies (8-4 in the SDL, 15-10) used their passing and outside hitting for a 13-1 lead in the first game as Jazmin Lutey-Willard serving […]

SFL All League Tennis

Sierra Foothill League All League Tennis Most Valuable Player Madeline Almeida, Oak Ridge First Team Teja Chalamcherla, Oak Ridge Lilly Wainwright, Oak Ridge Hannah Crookham, Oak Ridge Navenna Atotta, Rocklin Anna Bothe, Rocklin Talia Panadero, Rocklin Ratheya Rajukumar, Granite Bay Kristen Hilburn, Granite Bay Kristina Calistro, Woodcreek Dani Arendain, Woodcreek Ashley Isaac, Del Oro Shreya […]

Sports scene: Oct. 31, 2014

Coach needed Oak Ridge High is looking for a softball head coach. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Oak Ridge High School – Athletic Office, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, 95762 by Monday, Nov. 17.

Cougars grab share of conference crown

Four touchdowns in the first quarter set the tone for El Dorado High football team, which clinched at least a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title with a 63-13 win over Galt at Harvey West Stadium on Thursday. The first touchdown for the Cougars (4-0 in the SVC, 9-0) came within two minutes of […]

Union Mine shuts down Lancers

EL DORADO — With a driving cold rain pounding the gridiron Halloween night, Union Mine treated itself to a 35-0 victory over visiting Cordova in Sierra Valley Conference action. On the opening kickoff, Austin Rigsby raced 90 yards for the first of his three touchdowns to give the Diamondbacks (3-1 in the SVC, 5-4) a quick 7-0 lead […]

Oak Ridge gets back at Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — Revenge is a dish best served cold and Rocklin tasted just that during Thursday’s Halloween-eve Sierra Football League volleyball match, as Oak Ridge upended the Thunder 26-24, 25-14, 27-25. The victory pulled fourth-ranked Oak Ridge even with No. 2 Rocklin for second place in the SFL, and atoned for an earlier setback on […]

Grizzlies hold off Rams

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s 27 unanswered points spanning the second and third quarters held up Friday, as the host Grizzlies turned back Rio Vista 27-22 to cement second place in the Sierra Delta League. The last 12 minutes of the rainy Holloween-night affair was fitting — Golden Sierra received a scare as the visitors scored two touchdowns […]

Schedule: Nov. 3-8, 2014

Monday, Nov. 3 Golf OR @ Masters, Spanos Park, Stockton Volleyball *UM @ ED, Pink VolleyFest, 7 p.m. *Encina @ GS, 5:30 p.m. OR @ Granite Bay, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 Soccer Section playoffs D-I: Monterey Trail @ OR, 3 p.m. D-II: Grant @ PHS, 6:30 p.m. Tennis Section playoffs D-I: Atwater/Napa winner vs OR, Broadstone, […]

Voting 103 years ago

EDITOR: Grandmother Gertrude Kirk was the first woman to register to vote in El Dorado County here in Placerville more than 100 years ago, after California women got the right to vote with the passage of a state constitutional amendment in October of 1911, nine years before the passage of the 19th Amendment did that […]

Final thoughts

EDITOR: “During an extraordinary military career, Dwight D. Eisenhower had done some things that few, if any, Americans had ever experienced. But he had not done something that was extremely common — he had never voted.” — Miller Center, University of Virginia Now, vote for Tom McClintock or Art Moore, but be sure to vote. […]

Taxpayers pay Penn

EDITOR: Over the past few months I’ve attended many of the forums for the District 4 supervisor race. Howard Penn has consistently emphasized his many business experiences but has always been very vague on any specific details. Recent public filings have brought some of his business experiences to the forefront that you will not hear […]