Friday, September 19, 2014
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D’backs stumble against Bear River

EL DORADO — It wasn’t long after the start of Union Mine’s nonleague match with Bear River Thursday that for the Lady Diamondbacks to win they’d have to do so without their ‘A’ game. Not happening. Saddled with countless unforced errors and no one to blame but itself, Union Mine lost to the visiting Bruins […]

G’town residents briefed on fire

GERORGETOWN — It was standing room only at the Georgetown Elementary School where a special meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, to brief Divide residents about the status of the King Fire. The King Fire started on Sept. 13, at just  about 20 acres and rapidly spread to 70,994 with only 5 percent containment […]

Five candidates vie for three Placerville City Council seats

There are five candidates vying for three Placerville City Council seats in the November elections. Incumbent Patty Borelli has been a Council member since 2006. She was born and raised in Placerville and is a long-time business owner. Currently she is vice-mayor of Placerville and represents the city on the El Dorado Transportation Commission, the […]

Roundup: Sept. 13, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 8, Folsom 1 Single (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. Sherya B. 6-1, 7-5; Lily Wainright def. Jonne W. 6-1, 6-4; Hannah Crookhm def. Grace C. 6-0, 6-1; Kassidy Lyons def. by Dominiue M, -1, 4-6, 3-6; Kelly McMillen def. Brianna W, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Julia VanBoening def. Crystal N,7-5, 6-1. Doubles (OR […]

Schedule: Sept. 15-20, 2014

Monday, Sept. 15 Golf UM, OR @ Poppy Ridge Classic, 10 a.m. Soccer Bella Vista @ PHS, 3:15 p.m. Volleyball ED @ Davis, 6 p.m. Water polo Laguna Creek vs ED, UMHS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 16 Golf ED @ UM, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. PHS vs Del Campo, Mather GC, 3:15 p.m. OR […]

Offense lifts Oak Ridge to win

EL DORADO HILLS — Andrew Lacowski and Ryan Sullivan were some of offensive weapons that helped the Oak Ridge High football team to a 45-28 non-league win over Burbank on Friday. On the ground, Lacowski, one of the Trojans’ running backs, had 17 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns. In the air, Sullivan, a tight end, hauled […]

Union Mine beats Golden Sierra in five

GARDEN VALLEY — Sparked by the late-match heroics of Kara Campbell and Kylie Russell, Union Mine rallied for the five-set 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11 non-league volleyball victory at Golden Sierra Thursday night. The Diamondbacks trailed after three sets and were behind in the fourth at 14-17 when Kaitlin Lishman tapped down an errant Grizzly […]

11th annual Hinds Tribute crowns speedway champions

The regular championship point racing season came to a climactic conclusion Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, as three season champions were crowned in the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resorts Championship Series. This marked the first year that the annual race paid homage to late track promoter Al Hinds. The Sprint Car winner earned $2,000, the Limited […]

El Dorado uses multiple weapons for victory

El Dorado’s offensive supremacy was on full display Friday for its nonleague football game against Rio Americano. In scoring 10 touchdowns by six different players, the Cougars rolled over the Raiders 72-28 on El Dorado’s field to improve to 3-0 on the season. Tyler Clanin and Carter Meyers each scored three times as El Dorado found the […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Sheriff seeks justice for Green Acres dogs

For all of his antics, you’ve got to give Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio credit: If he has his way, the owners and caretakers of Green Acres Dog Boarding will be going to jail for a good long while. After a three-month-long high-profile investigation, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office announced it is recommending that both felony […]

Outside with Charlie: Take a hike

Autumn will make its debut on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:29 p.m. It’s called the Autumnal Equinox. On this day, night and day will be equal in time. After that day, the nights will slowly grow longer and the days slowly shorter. Nights in the mountains will be colder, which will trigger the annual splash […]

Aboukhadijeh picks up first marathon victory

ANCHORAGE, AK — El Dorado Hills native Amjed Aboukhadijeh won the Moose’s Tooth Alaska Marathon during the Big Wild Life Runs in downtown Anchorage, Alaska last month. Over 3,000 runners toed the line to compete in the state’s largest running event as participants had the option to choose between a half-marathon or full marathon. The […]

Lady D’backs shine at Lagoon Valley

Oak Ridge girls place runners in top 20 VACAVILLE — Union Mine and Oak Ridge girls cross-country teams had strong showings at the Lagoon Valley Classic Cross Country Invitational last Saturday. In the Small Schools division, the Lady Diamondbacks took second place as a team with 98 points, behind Placer which was first with 58 points. […]

Ponderosa unlucky in loss to Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — If hard work, effort and numerous scoring chances lead to eventual success on the soccer pitch, it eluded host Ponderosa Monday afternoon in its match with Folsom to close the preseason. The Bulldogs’ bend-don’t-break defense held off the Bruins’ charge, especially in the first half, and the visitors emerged 3-0 winners in […]

Bruins pull out thrilling comeback

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Pulling off a gutsy two-point conversion in the final seconds, host Ponderosa edged Vista del Lago 43-42 in the Bruins’ home opener Friday. Down by a score, Ponderosa quarterback Colby Chiverton found Josh Bist on the left side for a 30-yard touchdown with under 15 seconds remaining in the game. From there, head […]

Nutt’in but TDs for Grizzlies

SUTTER CREEK — Behind five Brenden Nutt touchdowns and solid play on both sides of the ball, Golden Sierra improved to 2-0 with Friday’s 41-0 shutout of host Argonaut at Dan Barnett Field. The Grizzlies dominated in the trenches. Offensively, Nutt, Riley Prine and Christian Klahn got the necessary blocking to keep the chains moving […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 7, 2014

Disc Golf Tourney The 36th Gold Pan Open is Sept. 13-14 at Pioneer Park and Somerset Country Club in Somerset. Open to professionals and amateurs. For information call Charlie Callahan at 530-620-0050. Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at […]

Roundup: Sept 6, 2014

Volleyball Union Mine def Dublin 25-13, 23-25, 15-6 Union Mine def. Carson 25-23, 24-26, 17-15  Union Mine def. by Rio Americano 25-20, 12-25, 2-15 Union Mine def. by St. Mary’s 15-25, 18-25 Golden Sierra def. Marysville 21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 Golf Oak Ridge 220, Woodcreek 250 — 9 holes at Serrano CC, par 36. […]

El Dorado takes home opener

A failed third-down had his team punting and El Dorado quarterback Nick Bonniksen venting, exchanging heated words with assistant coach Henry Hamilton Friday night. “Nick is a perfectionist. He’s comfortable expressing himself and expects a lot out of himself,” Hamilton explained. What a difference two quarters make. The final moments of the Cougars’ home-opening 36-19 […]

Seven seniors return for Lady Cougars

El Dorado coach Shelly Bishop confessed after Thursday’s home match against Del Oro that she purposely scheduled the Division I school, plus other D-I and D-II schools to strengthen her Lady Cougars for when Sierra Valley Conference action begins next month. After all, the tougher schedule paid off last fall. In the two-hour matchup, El Dorado […]

Oak Ridge captures Craft

EL DORADO HILLS — Out of its 11 games it played in the 26th annual Christine Craft Tournament, the most important one for Oak Ridge Saturday was the final one against Oakmont. The Lady Trojans’ three-set win was good for the first place trophy in the Gold Playoff Bracket. Oak Ridge won 25-19, 21-25, 15-9. According to Oak […]

Schedule: Sept. 8-13, 2014

Monday, Sept. 8 Soccer Folsom @ PHS, 3 p.m. GS @ Colfax, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 Golf Bella Vista @ PHS, Cameron Park CC, 3:30 p.m. Rocklin @ OR, Serrano CC, 3:30 p.m. Tennis Nevada Union @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. PHS @ Antelope, 4 p.m. Soccer UM @ Amador, 6:30 p.m. Volleyball Folsom […]

Trojans win on goal-line stand

EL DORADO HILLS — With only 15 seconds remaining on the clock Friday, Oak Ridge and Vacaville lined up for one final play. Though the visiting Bulldogs had just completed a scoring drive to pull within 24-23 and were going for the 2-point conversion, an exhausted Trojan defense rose to occasion and stood Vacaville up at the goal to […]

Yates’ return successful as Bruins sweep D’backs

EL DORADO — Ponderosa made a winner of coach Mike Yates in his return to Union Mine Thursday as his Lady Bruins defeated the host Diamondbacks 25-20, 25-17, 25-15. “It was weird (coming back),” said Yates who guided the 2011 Union Mine team to the state title. “It came back to me … hearing the […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 4, 2014

Disc Golf Tourney The 36th Gold Pan Open is Sept. 13-14 at Pioneer Park and Somerset Country Club in Somerset. Open to professionals and amateurs. For information call Charlie Callahan at 530-620-0050. Ski/Snowboard meeting The El Dorado High ski and snowboard team will host a student and parent information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at […]

Troy beats old foe

Chris Craft tomorrow EL DORADO HILLS — Although the Oak Ridge High volleyball team played St. Francis in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation match, it felt — just like old times — that the Delta River League title was at stake. The former Delta River League neighbors matched one another point-per-point in their two-hour, four-set match […]

Lady Bruins upend Grizzlies in 3 sets

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa hosted Golden Sierra for the annual Foundation Game Tuesday, two of 156 teams competing in the 13th year of raising scholarship funds for the CIF. The Lady Bruins turned back the Grizzlies 25-11, 25-16, 25-6 in the low-intensity matchup of local squads. Results weren’t counted in the official standings. Ponderosa is coached […]

Late Trojan goals subdue Ponderosa

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High’s boys soccer programs faced off Wednesday night in Bruin country for the first and last intra-county showdown in preseason action. Oak Ridge’s junior varsity and varsity programs each took earned 2-1 victories over the hosts, despite the Bruins holding a one-goal lead for the majority of the […]

Heinz-sight: The Road

Some football away games aren’t close and require some travel time. Take last week’s game at South Lake Tahoe. Not exactly a hop, skip and a jump away. Driving alone, the longer trips afford plenty of time to reflect, think and mull things over — some more thoroughly than others. Well, the following is a […]

Local teams ready for Week 1

Three of the five El Dorado County high school football teams host their first home games in Week 1 action tonight as El Dorado entertains Lincoln, Oak Ridge welcomes Vacaville and Ponderosa takes on Vista del Lago. Playing on the road, Union Mine is at Bear River while Golden Sierra treks to Jackson to play at […]

Tribute to Tilford a wild one

During his days beneath the helmet and thereafter, the one thing the late Donnie Tilford truly loved was an exciting race night for both drivers and fans. Saturday night at Placerville Speedway there was undoubtedly a bit of magic in the air as a grandstand packed with fans was treated to thrills, spills and emotion […]

Schedule: Sept 1-7, 2014

Monday, Sept. 1 Soccer McClatchy @ OR, 4 p.m. ED @ Natomas, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 Golf Roseville @ OR, Serrano CC, 3 p.m. Soccer OR @ CBS, 4 p.m. PHS @ Sheldon, 5:45 p.m. Tennis St. Francis @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Foundation Games GS @ PHS, 7 p.m. ED @ Vista, […]

Cougars ‘cramp’ South Tahoe’s style

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Balanced offense, first-half domination and big games from Tyler Clanin, Nick Bonniksen and Carter Meyers lifted visiting El Dorado past South Tahoe 45-28 to open the preseason Friday in a matchup that wasn’t as close as the final score. Bonniksen completed 19-of-28 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three […]

Grizzlies dominate from start to finish

GARDEN VALLEY — For Golden Sierra the season opener against Foresthill got off to a fantastic start that ended in a 62-6 win. Grizzly fullback Christian Klahn electrified the crowd with a 52-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. After Austin Spencer added the extra point to give the Grizzlies a 7-0 lead, […]

Oak Ridge opens with road win

ROCKLIN — In a season-opening matchup between past Sac-Joaquin Section champions, Oak Ridge defeated host Whitney 44-19 to kick off the preseason football schedule Friday. The Trojans, winners of four D-II titles who have played in back-to-back D-I title games, put points on the board in each quarter while the Wildcats, the 2008 D-IV champs, […]

Sanders, interceptions help Ponderosa turn tide

LINCOLN — Two was a good number for the Ponderosa High football team in its nonconference season opener at Lincoln Friday. In the second quarter, the Bruins’ defense picked off two Fighting Zebras’ passes that led to two touchdowns. Those scores were by junior running back Jimmy Sanders, who finished with four in the game that […]

Keep Kaser in prison

Twenty-nine years ago Robert Kaser tried to kill his estranged wife and two step-children. He shot all three with a .45-caliber pistol and succeeded in killing one — 14-year-old Ehren Dixon, who died three days later because a bullet knicked his liver and doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding. His doctor was amazed he lived three […]

The weekly Daley: A little potpourri for a change

I hardly ever delve into local government or political issues in this space, because next week I may have to be strictly impartial in my coverage of said issues. But last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors took an action that I think is just wrong. The four county leaders voted unanimously to contract out the […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Upbeat is always better

Who is in charge of the mornings in your home? If you have an upbeat person in charge in the morning, the rest of the day will probably be enjoyable. Upbeat people start the day with a “good morning” salutation, often accompanied by a hug or a kiss or both. • My upbeat wife, Monika, […]

Outside with Charlie: Apple Hill rides

If you are a bike rider, mountain or road, you know this is a fantastic time to ride as temperatures have backed off a bit. Perhaps one of your favorite rides is anywhere in Apple Hill, or you’ve always wanted to ride Apple Hill. This is the time to do it. The apples have ripened […]

Grizzly roster

Alex Murray, Sr. Dakota Haddock, Sr. Jerramy Lopez, Jr. John Oules, Sr. Wyatt Alexander, Sr. Zach Martinez, Jr. 3-Austin Spencer, Sr. 5-Talon Albert, Sr. 6-Issac Duling, Sr. 8-Reily Prine, Jr. 10-Jeff Gale, Jr. 16-Nathan Anderson, Jr. 24-Brenden Nutt, Jr. 25-Jordan Corvello, Jr. 28-Skyler Watson, Jr. 32-Christian Klahn, Sr. 35-Dominic Chamberlain, Sr. 46-Mason McKinney, Jr. 48-Nick White, […]

Fox inducted into SJS Hall of Fame

SACRAMENTO — Richard Fox made history among El Dorado County high school coaches Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena. The former Ponderosa High wrestling head coach from 1978 to 2001 was one of 32 coaches — past and present — players, games officials and media who were inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. […]

New coach inherits winning tradition

2014 Golden Sierra Varsity Schedule Aug. 29: Foresthill, 7 p.m. Sept. 5: @ Argonaut, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12: Lindhurst, 7 p.m. Sept 19: @ Colfax, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26: San Juan, 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Bye Oct. 10: @ Vacaville Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 17: @ Bradshaw Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 24: Highlands, 7 p.m. Oct. 31: Rio Vista, 7 p.m. Nov. […]