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Update: UM players hospitalized

Union Mine’s twin Friday night football victories took a back seat when unknown symptoms sent junior varsity players Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz to Roseville area hospitals for emergency care. Brown, younger brother to ex-D’back Nate Brown, underwent successful brain surgery for a blood clot causing bleeding to his brain. Nate is providing updates on […]

El Dorado continues regular season roll

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A second half comeback and big-time performances from quarterback Aaron Golmitz and receiver Chris Volek lifted El Dorado past host South Lake Tahoe 35-32 Friday — the Cougars’ fourth straight win over the Vikings and 14th consecutive regular season victory dating back to 2013. Ahead 18-7 as the third quarter opened, South […]

Grizzlies contain Wildfires

FORESTHILL — For a second consecutive season, Golden Sierra dominated Foresthill in the season opener for both teams Friday. The Grizzlies posted a 62-0 win over the Wildfires. Golden Sierra (1-0) led 54-0 at halftime. The Grizzlies scored their final touchdown in the fourth quarter plus the 2-point conversion. Leading the way for the Grizzlies […]

D’backs take season opener

EL DORADO — A standout effort in his team’s season-opening victory Friday night had Union Mine senior linebacker Cruz Rodriguez learning a thing or two about his team. “When we play unselfishly and as a group, we’re going to be tough to stop,” he said after the Diamondbacks defeated visiting Foothill by a decisive 52-27 […]

Ponderosa prevails in back-and-forth battle

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Tommy Larner’s 32-yard touchdown interception return to pad Ponderosa’s lead offset a final-play score by Lincoln as the host Bruins defeated the Zebras 42-34 Friday. In the early going, Lincoln jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead before Ponderosa answered on a Jimmy Sanders 62-yard dash to pay dirt — the start of a […]

Trojans win wild one

EL DORADO HILLS — Big plays and numbers fueled Oak Ridge to a 57-55 non-league football home win over Whitney in Friday’s opener for both teams. After Trojan running back Michael Pittman scored his third of a game-high five touchdowns on a 2-yard off-tackle play with 33.5 seconds left in the second quarter for a […]

Trojans win wild one over Wildcats

EL DORADO HILLS — Big plays and numbers fueled Oak Ridge to a 57-55 non-league football home win over Whitney in Friday’s opener for both teams. After Trojan running back Michael Pittman scored his third of a game-high five touchdowns on a 2-yard off-tackle play with 33.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Oak Ridge, […]

Schedule: Aug. 31 – Sept. 5

Monday, Aug. 31 Volleyball *PHS @ GS, 7 p.m. *Vista @ ED, 7 p.m. *OR @ St. Francis, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 Golf Vista del Lago vs OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 p.m. Soccer Whitney @ OR, 4 p.m. Pleasant Grove @ ED, 7 p.m. PHS @ Colfax, 4 p.m. Tennis Rio Americano vs OR, […]

Local blogger has his say

Ryan Guderyon was just an infant when the 2000 Subway Series between the New York Mets/New York Yankees played out. Still, he knows all about it. Though before his time, he recalls the 1969 Miracle Mets, the ’74 series loss to Oakland and the infamous ’86 win over Boston when a late, sixth-game miscue sparked the […]

Trojan football looks to improve

Team: Oak Ridge Mascot: Trojans Head Coach: Eric Cavaliere, 9th year Assistant Coaches: Mark Watson, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks; Darren Jonutz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers; Chris Williams, Offensive Line; Kevin Placek, Defensive Line; Ron Martin, Running Backs; Ben Sweet, Defensive Backs; Bill Bunce, Wide Receivers; Kevin Lopina, Quarterbacks. League: Sierra Foothill League (Del Oro, Folsom, Granite Bay, Nevada Union, Rocklin and Woodcreek). 2014 record: 5-5, 3-4 SFL, fifth place. Key losses: Lineman Nolan […]

Squads kick off season tonight

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams open their season at home tonight. Oak Ridge will host Whitney, Ponderosa entertains Lincoln and Union Mine welcomes Foothill of Sacramento. El Dorado plays its first of three consecutive road games, starting at South Lake Tahoe. Golden Sierra stays in the foothills but travels […]

OR 2015 roster

Oak Ridge 2-Gage Webb, Sr. 3-Nick Hulsing, Sr. 4-Cameron Allie, Soph. 5-Brock Martin, Sr. 6-Tommy Dunnigan, Sr. 7-Quinten Graves-Mercado, Sr. 8-Kyle Brown, Jr. 9-Cameron Stone, Jr. 10-Kevin Kassis, Sr. 11-Ian Book, Sr. 12-Parker Barry, Soph. 13-Jordan White, Jr. 14-Jake Topping, Jr. 15-Chase Siegel, Jr. 16-Luke Goins, Sr. 17-Austin Eastman, Jr. 18-Jakob Flores, Jr. 19-Justin Poerio, […]

Heinz-sight: Primal instinct

“Orienteering” is a word that’s never graced the Mountain Democrat sports pages in the 15 years I’ve been here. Pretty sure “rappeling” hasn’t either. Now that they have, both are associated with Primal Quest Lake Tahoe 2015, the multi-sport expedition that began last week on the South Shore at Lake Tahoe and wraps up today […]

Bruins bank on being better, doing better

Team: Ponderosa Mascot: Bruins Head Coach: Jason Tenner, 9th year. Assistant Coaches: Brad Lawson, Defensive Line; Dwayne Brekke, Wide Receivers; Riki King, Offensive/Defensive Line; Jeff Lewallen, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks; Kesean Caston, Defensive Backs; Drake Ussery, Running Backs; Justin Michaelis, Defensive Backs/Video; David Henderson, Linebackers/Video; Tenner, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers, Offensive Line. League: Capital Valley Conference (Antelope, […]

Outside with Charlie: Horse Canyon

The Horse Canyon trailhead is just east of the Silver Lake Campground and Silver Lake, on the south side of Highway 88. The trail starts off gently enough, taking you past a couple of small meadows. They’re also great places to simply relax if you aren’t intending to go any higher. Continuing past the meadows, […]

Marcus ready for new adventures

In 1997, Kaela Marcus was introduced to the swimming pool as young infant. “My parents wanted me to learn how to swim,” said the El Dorado High swimmer who graduated last spring. “It was just a backyard swimming pool … good size … seven feet at the deepest.” The Marcus family moved to El Dorado […]

PHS 2015 Schedule

2015 Schedule Aug. 28 — Lincoln @ Ponderosa Sept. 4 — Ponderosa @ Vista del Lago Sept. 18 — Woodcreek @ Ponderosa Sept. 25 — Antelope @ Ponderosa Oct. 2 – Ponderosa @ Bella Vista Oct. 9 — Ponderosa @ Whitney Oct. 16 — Del Campo @ Ponderosa Oct. 23 — Oakmont @ Ponderosa Oct. […]

PHS FB roster

Ponderosa 1-Scott Martin, Jr. 2-Dante Bailey, Jr. 3-Tanner Smith, Jr. 4-Matt Davinroy, Sr. 5-Adalberto Sanatana, Jr. 6-Justin Corbari, Jr. 7-Jimmy Sanders, Sr. 8-Nicola Aubert, Sr. 9-Daniel Arocan, Jr. 11-Sage Dahl, Sr. 12-Davey Dyas, Sr. 14-Jason Blackburn, Jr. 15-Zack Steiner, Sr. 16-Julian Hassan, Jr. 17-Austin Thayne, Jr. 18-Preston Thayne, Jr. 19-Tommy Larner, Sr. 20-Justin Miller, Jr. […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 23, 2015

Cameron Park’s Corey Pereira, a junior-to-be at the University of Washington and a Ponderosa High alumni, competed last week at the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Pereira made the cut to compete in the round of 64 where he took it to the end but was […]

DeCaires continues roll with 6th win

It’s said that many things just get better with age. Saturday night, a Placerville Speedway such theories proved accurate as Elk Grove’s Greg DeCaires celebrated his 48th birthday with an aggressive charge to his sixth feature victory of the year in the 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series. This win was DeCaires’ sixth of the season […]

Ethos girls take Betti Memorial

CONCORD — The Ethos FC U15 Girls soccer team participated in the Diablo FC Jenna Betti Memorial Tournament in Concord August 15-16 and returned home as champions. The Ethos Saints gave up only a single goal throughout the two-day tournament to go unbeaten and untied. This is the team’s second consecutive tournament final, having finished […]

Grizzly summer workouts were fruitful

Editor’s note: This is the final of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. In addition, the team previews and schedules will run in upcoming issues. Today’s edition ends with Golden Sierra. GARDEN […]

Schedule: Aug. 24-29, 2015

Monday, Aug. 24 Boys soccer ED @ Argonaut, 5:30 p.m. Water polo *PHS boys @ OR, CSD, 4:45 p.m. *PHS girls @ OR, CSD, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 Girls golf *Roseville @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 p.m. *UM @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3 p.m. Girls tennis *St. Francis @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. […]

Info box scrimmages

Saturday, Aug. 22 Football scrimmages Vista del Lago @ Oak Ridge, 9 a.m. Rosemont, Franklin-Elk Grove and Florin @ Ponderosa, 7 p.m. El Dorado, Union Mine and River Valley @ Placer, 9 a.m. Golden Sierra and Galt @ Bret Harte, 10 a.m.

Local law officers hold their own

LOOMIS — Officers from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Probation Office, were invited to participate last weekend in the Detective Michael Davis Jr., Memorial Flag Football Tournament, hosted by the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. This has been an annual event for the past five years. However, with the senseless killing this […]

Big money up for grabs

Saturday is a big night at Placerville Speedway. The 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series is less than one month from its conclusion and tomorrow night is the final Placerville Posse Challenge event of the year with big money up for grabs. Four divisions will be on hand for this event with inflated winnings in the weekly […]

First and goal: Road games

In 313 words, random thoughts. • One week from today, Week 0 of the high school football season begins. Set the timers on your cell phones and/or watches right now. • In Week 1 and 2, only one of the five El Dorado County high school football teams plays a home game. On Friday, Sept. […]

D’backs focused on fundamentals

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams and what each have done over the summer and spring months to prepare for the upcoming season. Today’s edition continues with Union Mine. EL DORADO — Seven months ago, two things happened to the Union Mine […]

The unknown awaits Primal Quest entrants

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Thrill seekers, endurance athletes, and medical providers are gearing up for this year’s Primal Quest Lake Tahoe. This non-stop, unsupported race attracts adventurers from Truckee to as far as New Zealand. The multi-sport expedition begins on the South Shore at Lake Tahoe August 19 or 20 and spans more than 450 miles […]

Outside with Charlie: Round Top routes

Carson Pass is a magnet for anyone wanting a taste of the mountains. There’s two sides of Carson Pass. On the north side of Highway 88 is the trailhead for Meiss Meadow, which can take you to much more than Meiss Meadow. On the south side of Highway 88, the trailhead leads out to several […]

Imperial Chryslers last two standing

Behind the wheel of his 2001 Mercury Marquis, Ron Cannon was confident he could place in the Open Division of Sunday’s 42nd edition of the annual Placerville Police Officer’s Association Hangtown Destruction Derby at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The sergeant for the Placerville Police Department was one of six drivers who competed in […]

Cougars take pride in summer workouts

Editor’s note: This is the third of a five-part series on the five El Dorado County high school football teams on what each have done over the summer. Today’s edition continues with El Dorado. From the time he became the El Dorado High football head coach three years ago, Joe Volek has spent many hours overhauling a […]

Under the Scoreboard: Aug. 17, 2015

Cameron Park resident and Ponderosa baseball alumni Jerrod Bravo recently returned from Gwangju, South Korea where he and his Cal State Fullerton teammates represented the United States in the World University Games at KIA Champions Field. The Titans ended up 2-3, dropping the bronze medal game to Korea. In its opener, Fullerton defeated the Czech […]

Sports Scene: Aug. 16, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD (916)933-6624 Pee Wee Soccer (ages 3-6) Children are exposed to the fundamentals of soccer by learning how to kick, trap, pass and how to be a goalie. This 4-week camp meets on Thursdays Sept. 10-Oct. 1 at the Promontory Community Park Girls Softball Field, El Dorado Hills. Parents can choose from […]

Gregg’s Kid’s Night win extra special

Winning on Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night is always noteworthy for any driver at Placerville Speedway. Though Placerville’s Andy Gregg has won on this important night earlier in his career, his victory Saturday was even more memorable as a new father himself. “Winning on this night is always special, but tonight this is really special for me as […]

Transplant company hopes to pin down local kids

EL DORADO HILLS — Inside the Urban Sprawl Academy on a warm, summer night, close to 200 youngsters and high school students displayed their wrestling talents for one of the country’s elite organizations. Wresting Prep, a nationally renowned organization that recently moved from San Jose to El Dorado Hills, contributes to the growth of individual wrestling abilities of each grappler. Carolyn Wester […]

Schedule: Aug. 17-22, 2015

Saturday, Aug. 22 Football *Vista del Lago @ OR, 9 a.m. *Rosemont, Franklin-EG and Florin @ PHS, 7 p.m. *ED, UM @ Placer, 9 a.m. *GS @ Bret Harte, 10 a.m. Speedway Points Race No. 15 *Scrimmages  

Sports Scene: Aug. 11, 2015

Fall baseball Hangtown Little League in Placerville is offering an instructional season of Fall Ball to further develop and improve our player’s skills in order to get them ready for the next division in the upcoming spring season. Ages that are currently offered for Fall Ball are: Minors (AAA): 8-10 years old Majors: 11-12 years […]

Outside with Charlie: Thunder Mountain

Now is a good time to hike as the weather has cooled, making for a much better experience on the trails. Consider heading over to Highway 88 and hiking Thunder Mountain. If you’ve been to Silver Lake, you’ve seen a rather incredible wall of lava at the east side of the lake. It’s spectacular. The top […]

Roundup: Sierra 12Us come up short at Bronco World Series

Sierra Valley Storm 12U 12, Brownsville 9 — The Storm put together two six-run innings and withstood a last-inning six-run outburst to win Sunday’s first game at the Bronco World Series. Sierra Valley outhit Brownsville 14-10. George Rios had two hits and three RBIs for the Storm while Cameron Walty also drove home three teammates. […]

Update: Stelzmiller makes Stage II cut

RANCHO MIRAGE — Overcoming immense pressure to conclude last week’s Stage I of the Ladies’ LPGA Qualifying School at Mission Hills Country Club, Placerville’s Chelsea Stelzmiller carded just under the wire to qualify for October’s second stage in Florida. At stake is a much-sought-after LPGA tour card — the incentive that attracted over 280 golfers, including […]

Roundup: Aug. 10, 2015

Baseball Bronco World Series Sierra Valley Storm 12U 10, Mexico 6 — In the first game of the Bronco World Series in Los Alamitos Friday, the Storm stormed back to win their first game. There were three lead changes in the contest until the sixth inning when Dylan Charles slammed a two-run home run as part […]

Macedo grabs Forni Classic victory

After a torrid battle up front, Carson Macedo was in the right place at the right time Saturday as he capitalized on a Sean Becker mistake to take command of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and race his way to the lucrative win — becoming the Civil War Series’ eighth different winner in 2015. […]

First and goal: Tough turf

All five El Dorado County high school football teams — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra — play on artificial turf at their respective campuses. In addition to the Trojans, all of the Sierra Foothill League schools have the turf as well. In the Capital Valley Conference, Ponderosa joins six of the seven schools […]

Area ball player to play in NTIS

EL DORADO HILLS — Marina Village sixth grader Brent Jones, 11, is only one of 14 Northern California baseball players selected to play in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in North Carolina Aug. 26-30. Northern California will represent one of 16 national regions at the series. Brent stood out while playing at the NTIS […]

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