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Outside with Charlie: Last call

If paddling on Lake Tahoe with your canoe or kayaks has been in your plans this year, it’s time to do it. Going now is important. The available places to launch gets limited as state and federal beaches in the Tahoe Basin start shutting down. By the third week of October, most of them close. […]

Cougars blanked by Cordova

Cordova’s aggressive offensive posture paid off for the Lancers which picked up Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference victory at El Dorado by the score of 6-0. Putting forth individual skill with physical play, Cordova led 4-0 at the break before adding two more in the second half. The Cougars started fine and behind Fernando Esparza, Adrian […]

Local duo hits the international stage

Fourteen year-old Jarrett Darrah and Emma Fitzgerald, 11, left for Puerto Rico Monday to complete at the upcoming Pan American Acrobatic Championships, the result of many years of hard work, practice and commitment by the acrobatic gymnastics duo. Recently named to the USA Team, their excursion will be the pair’s first international competition with another stop scheduled […]

El Dorado varsity silences Panthers

EL DORADO — In recent Metro Conference games, the El Dorado girls water polo team has wanted to be aggressive on offense early and often. Exactly that happened for the Lady Cougars in Monday’s match against Florin as they overwhelmed the Panthers 24-7 at the Aquatic Center. Tied early 2-2, El Dorado (3-3 in conference) took off […]

Schedule: Oct. 5-10, 2015

Monday, Oct. 5 Golf UM @ Freedom High Invit., Shadow Lakes CC, 7:30 a.m. Soccer PHS @ Antelope, 3:30 p.m. Cordova @ ED, 7 p.m. Galt @ UM, 7 p.m. GS @ Highlands, 3:30 p.m. Tennis OR @ McClatchy, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball ED @ Liberty Ranch, 6 p.m. UM @ Cordova, 6 p.m. Water polo […]

Ponderosa teams swept in pool

EL DORADO — Travis Elmont’s skip-shot inside the left post 43 seconds into sudden death overtime ended a marathon back-and-forth with Ponderosa Friday as the Wildcats saddled the Bruins with a heartbreaking 12-11 setback at the Aquatic Center. After two, 3-minute overtime periods left the teams still deadlocked, action moved to the first-one-that-scores-wins third 3-minute OT […]

Yerington powers past Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — With chill in the air, Golden Sierra took to the gridiron Friday against Yerington, a top-ranked opponent from Nevada. In typical fashion, the Grizzlies played hard the entire game but went down in defeat to the Lions 45-7 in nonleague action. Toward the end of the third quarter, Golden Sierra put together an […]

Trojans lead start-to-finish

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge gave Trojan fans the Homecoming victory they hoped for Friday, dropping Rocklin 38-22 in Sierra Foothill League action. Troy established the ground game early and demonstrated a stout and sturdy defensive presence. Quarterback Ian Book put Oak Ridge (2-0 in the SFL, 5-1) on the board midway through the first quarter […]

Big plays ignite Cougars’ Homecoming

After limping off a field where he played every down and contributed in every thinkable way, Carter Meyers paused to consider one question. How sore are you? “I’ll find out (Saturday),” the El Dorado senior running back/linebacker said with a laugh after compiling 151 all-purpose yards and making seven tackles. “I’m used to being out […]

Bruins falter against Broncos

FAIR OAKS — Four, first-half Ponderosa touchdowns was a good, first-half  momentum-booster in Friday’s Capital Valley Conference football game at Bella Vista … but not the five turnovers that came afterwards for the Bruins, who fell to the Broncos 42-34. The game was tied at 28-28 at halftime when the Bruins’ (1-4, 0-2) second fumble of […]

Golf tourney honors fallen firefighter

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. for fallen U.S. Forest Service firefighter Michael “Mikey” Hallenbeck at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. According to U.S. Forest Service firefighter Casey Hoffman, the golf tournament “Barefoot for Birdies,” will help benefit the Hallenbeck family and the Wildland Firefighter […]

Public input sought on mental health

The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency invites the public to provide input for the county’s Mental Health Services Act plan for fiscal year 2016-17 and Innovation Project. Comments may be given by e-mail, online survey or at one of several community meetings to be held by Mental […]

Cougar teams dunked twice by McClatchy

EL DORADO — Hoping to gain ground on perennial Metro Conference power McClatchy Monday at the Aquatic Center with two varsity wins, it was the Lions who doled out the hurt with big victory margins — winning the girls match 18-5 and also the boys, 14-6. The Lady Cougars, trailing McClatchy by a game in the standings, opened […]

Outside with Charlie: Fish Festival

Taylor Creek, which flows out of Fallen Leaf Lake up in Tahoe, is a special place throughout the year. Located a tad past the Visitors Center on Highway 89, it takes on a special role this time of year as Kokanee Salmon swim up Taylor Creek to lay eggs, insuring more Kokanee next year. Not surprisingly, […]

Diamondbacks absorb first loss of the season

EL DORADO — Despite a high-energy, second-half push to tie its Sierra Valley Conference opener Monday night, host Union Mine suffered its first loss of the season as Liberty Ranch came out with the 3-2 victory. Stuck in an identity crisis — passivity in the first 40 minutes followed by raised intensity after that — the Diamondbacks […]

Oak Ridge continues its winning ways

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge met one of its season goals with Monday night’s shutout of Sierra Foothill League rival Granite Bay. After 80 minutes under the lights, the Trojans’ 2-0 victory checked that item off their list to remain undefeated in league. Last fall, Oak Ridge lost 2-1 and 3-2 contests to Granite Bay, which won […]

Trojan football outlasts Woodcreek

ROSEVILLE — How much edge-of-your-seat suspense can one football program endure? If you’re Oak Ridge, the answer is a lot. Hours after their JV team won on a thrilling last-second play, the Trojan varsity outlasted host Woodcreek 35-28 in overtime to open the Sierra Foothill League schedule. What 48 regulation minutes couldn’t decide, the back end of […]

Grizzlies blitz San Juan

CITRUS HEIGHTS —Golden Sierra opened Sierra Delta League play Friday at San Juan and wasted no time dismantling the Spartans in every aspect, 40-8. A 27-point first quarter was the difference. The Grizzlies’  suffocating defense, save for a grinding third quarter touchdown and conversion, kept San Juan at bay. “We played a really good game tonight,” […]

Union Mine races past Zebras

D’backs 735 total offensive yards; game tied seven times LINCOLN — In between its offensive explosiveness, Union Mine used defense that led to a wild 61-55 victory over Lincoln in Friday’s non-league football game. The Diamondbacks (3-2) tied the game at 55-55 after quarterback Brody Pearman scored on a 21-yard keeper with 8:30 left in […]

D’backs tie Ponderosa

Ramirez, Miranda score goals EL DORADO — When Union Mine’s Oscar Ramirez came off the bench Friday, good fortunes arrived with him. A substitute to start the second half, Ramirez scored the tying goal  10 minutes in, giving the Diamondbacks a 1-1 tie against visiting Ponderosa which scored early and controlled possession throughout the nonleague […]

Cougars corral Mustangs

In its final nonleague contest before Sierra Valley Conference boys soccer action begins today, host El Dorado High scored early in its 3-0 victory over Argonaut Thursday night. The Cougars (4-5-2) punched in the first goal in the 14th minute when forward Manuel Rios booted the ball into the back of the net. Four minutes later, […]

Early TDs hurt Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa lost its Capital Valley Conference opener to Antelope 55-21 Friday. The Bruins battled hard all evening. Kevin Ackernecht’s 81-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run was the shining moment in an otherwise tough night for Ponderosa (0-1 in the CVC, 1-3). The visiting Titans quickly took advantage of the Bruins’ struggles on offense and defense […]

Schedule: Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2015

Monday, Sept. 28 Golf OR @ SFL No. 1 Tourney, Diamond Oaks GC, noon PHS @ CVC No. 1 Tourney, Northridge GC, 3:15 p.m. ED, UM @ SVC No. 1 Tourney, Lockeford Springs GC, Lodi, 10 a.m. Soccer Granite Bay @ OR, 7 p.m. Liberty Ranch @ UM, 7 p.m. ED @ Rosemont, 7 p.m. […]

Enroll in FLC ‘fast-track’ classes

It’s not too late to enroll at Folsom Lake College this fall. There are open “fast-track” classes that start later in the semester, including offerings in anthropology, business, computer science, geology, psychology, music and more. Visit flc.losrios.edu to see which classes are available and to enroll. Second eight-week-term classes start the week of Oct. 15. Other courses begin throughout the […]

Roundup: Sept. 21, 2015

Cross country Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational Varsity Union Mine girls — 15-Allison Babbage, 21:06; 22-Michaela Yack, 21:35; 32-Becky Glaister, 22:24; 56-Breanna Winter, 22:59; 77-Isabella Ancona, 24:05; 86-Katherine Morgan, 24:31; 129-Caitlyn Keane, 27:15. Union Mine boys — 38-Brett Burink, 18:26; 97-Dan Warden, 23:32. Golden Sierra boys  — 109-Thomas Christner, 20:13; 170-Tristan Rollins, 21:43; 180-Chris Lopez-Pugh, 22:08; 185-Allan Nicholson, 22:28; 201-Josiah Wells 23:40; 222-Casey Mitchell, 26:29. Golf Oak Ridge […]

Outside with Charlie: Aspiring aspens

Autumn is just around the next bend. August 23 was the Autumnal Equinox, one of two days in the year when daylight and night time hours are equal. After that, daylight hours steadily decrease and there is a general cooling down as well. This is also the time of year when colorful aspens blanket areas […]

Cougars get by Placer

Turns out Serena Franz thrives on pressure. Performing in front of a college program on hand to watch her, Franz put on a show Monday to lead host El Dorado past Placer 25-15, 17-25, 25-17, 25-11. Franz’ play stood out and so did her teammates for a good all-around night for the Lady Cougars. “That was […]

Ponderosa boys blank Del Campo

Bruins undefeated in conference SHINGLE SPRINGS — Three Ponderosa High boys soccer players led the way in Monday afternoon’s 3-0 Capital Valley Conference win over Del Campo at Bob Bist Soccer Field. Keeping the flow of the offense near the Cougars’ net throughout most of the first half, the Bruins (3-0-1 in the CVC, 5-1-3) had six […]

Oak Ridge drops shootout

SPARKS, Nev. — Shaking off a fourth-quarter deficit, host Reed High rallied past Oak Ridge 54-42 Friday night on the strength of Michael Penn’s five rushing touchdowns. The Raiders’ win came despite a stellar performance by Trojan quarterback Ian Book and his receivers. The two teams met last year with Reed also posting a 12-point […]

Organ win cash, DeCaires the title

When the checkered flag waved at Placerville Speedway Saturday night, two celebrations broke out simultaneously on the front stretch of the speedway. Napa driver Kurt Organ, climbed from his sprint car in jubilant fashion where he was greeted by Placerville race supporter Ron Thompson and awarded the cash bonus for the 12th Annual Tribute to Al […]

Schedule: Sept. 21-26, 2015

Monday, Sept. 21 Soccer Del Campo @ PHS, 3:30 p.m. GS @ Rio Vista, 4 p.m. Volleyball Placer @ ED, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 Golf OR @ Folsom, Empire Ranch, 3:50 p.m. Roseville @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:15 p.m. Galt @ ED, Cold Springs CC, 3:30 p.m. UM @ Rosemont, Cordova GC, 3:30 p.m. Tennis […]

Bruins fall to Woodcreek

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High football coach Jason Tenner took stock of the Bruins’ locker room at halftime of Friday’s KCRA Game of the Week against undefeated Woodcreek and didn’t like what he saw. Though the local faithful filled Simon-Bruin Stadium to capacity, the Bruins did little but deflate the festive atmosphere. “I saw defeat looking at […]

D’backs edged by Redskins

SAN ANDREAS — Union Mine came up short to Calaveras, losing a 28-21 non-league football road game Friday. The visiting Diamondbacks (2-2) scored in the second, third and fourth quarters. Union Mine quarterback Brody Pearman scored the first one on a 13-yard run. The host Redskins, who crossed the plane in the first and second […]

Fast start ensures El Dorado victory

Behind a devastating rushing attack led by Steven Fox’s career-high 299 yards and an equally impressive aerial display, El Dorado, on the strength of a school-record 624 yards, whipped visiting Mesa Verde 71-33 Friday. Just one minute in, the Cougars found the end zone on Carter Meyers’ 51-yard scoring run and by the end of […]

Grizzlies ground out win

GARDEN VALLEY — One was a solid number in the second and third quarters for Golden Sierra, which posted a 31-28 win over Colfax in Friday’s non-league football game. Ending the second quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Anderson to tight end Nick White with one second left before halftime to lead 17-14, […]

Celebrate National Gymnastics Day

DIAMOND SPRINGS — To celebrate National Gymnastics Day tomorrow, All Star Gymnastics and Cheer, located in Diamond Springs, will host a variety of activities at its facility from 9-10:30 a.m. Gymnasts, families, friends and enthusiasts are invited to gymnastic clubs to participate in a range of activities including cartwheel-a-thons, open houses, fitness activities and fun […]

Speedway: Al Hinds Tribute closes race season

Race car show, barbecue, high winnings for 121h annual event  Race fans gear up for one of the biggest nights of open-wheel racing in the foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage to a legacy in local racing — tomorrow’s 12th annual Tribute to Al Hinds as an exciting season officially comes to an end. In […]

Water polo: Trojans fall in league opener

EL DORADO HILLS — In the first half Tuesday, the Oak Ridge High girls water polo team battled Granite Bay for every possession on offense. But the Lady Trojans’ first home league match of the Sierra Foothill league season was spoiled by the Grizzlies, who posted an 11-3 victory at the El Dorado Hills’ CSD […]

Football: Cougars back home

Three of the five county high school football teams play at home tonight. El Dorado hosts Mesa Verde; Ponderosa entertains Woodcreek and Golden Sierra tackles Colfax. Oak Ridge goes to Nevada to play Reed of Sparks and Union Mine travels to Calaveras. Mesa Verde at El Dorado The Cougars (2-1) get in front of their home fans […]

Oak Ridge harriers compete at SFL meet

FOLSOM — Five members of the Oak Ridge High boys and girls cross-country teams finished in the top 20 in Wednesday’s Sierra Foothill League’s first race of the season at the Willow Hills Reservoir on the Folsom High campus. Taking sixth place for the Trojan boys was Drew Spencer, only a sophomore, finished with a […]

Volleyball: Bruins sweep Antelope

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa defeated Antelope in work-like fashion Tuesday, upending the visiting Titans 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 to open the Capital Valley Conference season. Fresh off their Silver Bracket title at last weekend’s Chris Craft Tournament, the Lady Bruins weren’t challenged in their first league match. “We had control most of the time tonight, worked […]

Traversing the Trans-America trail

Editor’s note: Thru-hiker, race-walker and now distance-biker Norm Stoldt, aka Stormin Normin, tackled the Eugene, Oregon, to Missoula, Montana stage of Trans-America Bicycle Trail last spring. Below in part II, Stoldt offers up descriptive details of life on the trail. I found Oregon and both Idaho and Montana to be very cyclist friendly. The larger […]

Outside with Charlie: Alternatives

The Butte Fire wreaking havoc on our neighbors in Amador and Calaveras Counties is devastating. Hopefully the fire will be more contained as the week progresses, and everyone will stay safe. The smoke that’s generated has made things in El Dorado County very hazy and varies in intensity throughout the day — from a slight […]

Napear thrilled about arena, season

EL DORADO HILLS — Christmas will be here in three months but one present El Dorado County resident Grant Napear and Sacramento Kings fans can enjoy for many years is currently being built in downtown Sacramento. Over the summer, Napear, an El Dorado Hills resident who calls all of the Kings’ TV games, had a […]

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