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Golden Sierra conducting physical examinations for 2015-16 school year

GARDEN VALLEY — If you’re a current Golden Sierra High junior, sophomore or freshmen, or current eighth grader who will be a freshman for the 2015-16 school year, and planning to take part in the school’s athletic program for the 2015-16 school year, Thursday is your day. Sports physical exams at only $10 — cash […]

Softball: Bruins eliminated in Division III playoffs

SACRAMENTO — Three hits rarely win high school softball playoff games. In Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Ponderosa found that out against Cordova. The Lady Lancers needed only one inning for their run production to post a 3-1 win over Ponderosa (23-5) in the elimination game. The Bruins, the […]

Trojans, Grizzly boys take first place

Sewell, Belluomini 3-time league champs Three El Dorado County high school track and field teams completed for their league championships last week with advancement to the postseason at stake. Two boy’s teams won titles while one school had two triple-event winners. In Division I action, Oak Ridge trekked to Del Oro with its varsity boys […]

Outside with Charlie: Placerville stage?

The 2015 version of the Amgen Tour of California has come and gone. The good news is that the start, in Lake Tahoe this year, came off without a weather-related hitch. The two stages that the pro women’s team pedaled in Tahoe were spectacular. One can only hope the Amgen will return to Tahoe in the near […]

Mefford breaks section records

LODI — Eight El Dorado County high school swimmers shined at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section finals at Tokay High’s pool. Leading the parade is Oak Ridge’s Bryce Mefford. The sophomore won the 100 backstroke at 48.07 seconds and the 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 37.31 seconds, both new section times according to the section’s Website. “He definitely […]

Trojans advance to semis after ‘Vintage’ win

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge faced off against Vintage Saturday afternoon at Sacramento City College, crushing the Crushers 7-2 in Division I playoff action courtesy of pitching from Connor Davis and a crucial four-run sixth inning. Davis gave up a solo home run in the first inning and another run in the third but his “keep the […]

Bruins oust Vista

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Showing no visible effects of a long layoff, Ponderosa defeated visiting Vista del Lago 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18 Thursday in boy’s Division II second round section playoff action. The Bruins advanced to tomorrow’s semifinal against Placer. Ponderosa rolled through the Eagles in the opening set with smooth play from setter Taylor Charron […]

Murphy scores first career win

The fifth championship points race of the 50th Anniversary  racing season brought three repeat winners to victory lane at Placerville Speedway Saturday night and one local competitor to his first career victory. Placerville’s own Russell Murphy drove to victory in the Pure Stock division Saturday night for the first time in his racing career. Murphy […]

Cougars bring home the banners

Look for Division I, II and V results in Wednesday’s Democrat EL DORADO — El Dorado cemented its top standing in the Sierra Valley Conference with a sweep of all four divisions at last week’s rainy league championships at Union Mine. The Cougars had healthy winning margins for each over second-place Cordova. The D’backs took third except […]

Schedule: May 17-23, 2015

Monday, May 18 Softball Section playoffs D-III: PHS vs. Cordova, Sac. Softball Complex, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 Baseball Section playoffs D-I: OR vs. Granite Bay, Sac. City College, 7 p.m. Boys volleyball Section playoffs D-II: Placer @ PHS, 7 p.m. Softball Section playoffs D-III: Sac. Softball Complex, TBD Track and Field D IV/V: ED, […]

Cougars upset by Tigers

LODI — After two innings, El Dorado and Los Banos were knotted 2-2 in Thursday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoff opener at Zupo Field. El Dorado, the No. 1 seed, and Los Banos, No. 8, seemed destined for a who-scores-the-final-run battle. Not to be as the Tigers netted a shocking 6-3 win over […]

Third points race

Racing continues tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway with four divisions converging at the quarter-mile bullring for the third championship points race of the season. Saturday’s race card includes the Winged Sprint Car division along with the Late Models and the Pure Stocks.The visiting Midget Lites will also be in action. In the Sprint Car division, […]

Junior Tennis Clinic

The Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club is hosting its annual Junior Tennis Clinic June 15-19 at El Dorado High School. The popular coed clinic for those aged 12-18 (7-12 grades in the fall), will be the club’s 29th. Hangtown Clinic Director Martha Downing and staff will oversee the week-long tennis clinic designed for beginners/low intermediates/high intermediates/advanced […]

On tap

Today/tomorrow 47th Hangtown Motocross Classic Prairie City State Recreation Park (Amateurs Friday/Pro races Saturday) Prep playoffs Baseball: OR, ED Softball: PHS, UM, OR Swimming: ED, PHS, UM, OR, GS Visit cifsjs.org for updated brackets, locations and times.            

Ponderosa’s run ends in 2nd half

MANTECA — Ponderosa’s attempt for its third straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer playoff win looked promising as the halfway point of the second half of Wednesday’s semifinal match against No. 3 Manteca drew near. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, the host Buffaloes stampeded the Bruins’ goal to play for the section title — scoring three […]

Lady Bruins win playoff opener

Jerpbak tosses one-hitter SACRAMENTO — Ponderosa turned to its baserunning strength to defeat Laguna Creek 6-0 in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoff opener at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Scoreless until the bottom of the second inning, Bruin McKenna Rickles walked, stole second and went to third on an overthrow — later scoring on Kaela Hangebrauck’s […]

Griz bumped by Vista

GARDEN VALLEY — The energy and effort was there, just not the size and talent for Golden Sierra which dropped its Division II section playoff opener in four sets to visiting Vista del Lago Tuesday. To the point, the Eagles were the better team despite a third-game setback to a Grizzly squad fighting to stay […]

Outside with Charlie: Amgen fever

The Amgen Tour of California has launched. The first Amgen was in February 2006, making this the 10th annual episode of this multi-stage pro cycling race. This year a three day women’s race started in Tahoe and finished in Sacramento on May 10th, the day the men’s race launched on its way to Southern California. […]

Smith sets baseball sights long-term

MVP Numbers Games 27 Average .598 Runs 39 Hits 55 RBIs 57 Doubles 15 Home runs 14 College career awaits the SVC MVP Matt Smith’s plate is full … today, tomorrow and beyond. The El Dorado High senior has final exams, section baseball playoffs, graduation, the Optimist All Star game and summer ball just to […]

Local teams ready for postseason

Two of the three El Dorado County high school baseball teams enter as top seeds in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that begin tomorrow. Oak Ridge, winners of an outright Sierra Foothill League title, is the Division I No. 1 seed with a 23-4 record. The Trojans join Vintage of Napa, Elk Grove and Jesuit in receiving […]

Next stop: Playoffs

Oak Ridge and Union Mine softball teams begin their Sac-Joaquin Section playoff runs tomorrow. Playing its first game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Oak Ridge (13-14) enters as the Division I’s No. 10 seed and play No. 7 River City (17-6) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the playoffs, taking […]

Jimmy Trulli, Tim Mack score 1st wins

The fourth Championship Points Race brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in the Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night. Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Sprint Car Division, celebrating the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned […]

Under the scoreboard: May 10, 2015

Former Golden Sierra All Metro MVP pitcher Tyler Waldron will be at Raley Field in West Sacramento May 21-24 when his team, the Memphis Redbirds, are in town to face the Sacramento River Cats in a 4-game series. Memphis is the Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. *** Four Oak Ridge Lady Trojan […]

Schedule: May 10-16, 2015

Monday, May 11 Baseball Section playoffs D-VI: GS @ Delta, 4 p.m. Boys golf Section playoffs OR, Joe Fowler @ Masters, The Reserve, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 Boys volleyball Section playoffs D-II: Vista del Lago @ GS, 7 p.m. Softball Section playoffs D-III: Laguna Creek vs. PHS, Sac. Softball Complex, 6 p.m. Track […]

Ponderosa girls advance to final four

FOLSOM — Abbie Jones scored the winning goal for Ponderosa, which defeated Vista del Lago, 2-1, in overtime in last Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls soccer quarterfinal game. This was the second consecutive road victory for the No. 10 Lady Bruins (10-6-5), who beat Cordova in the first round last Tuesday. Ponderosa advances to the semifinals Wednesday, […]

Diamond teams ready for playoffs

One El Dorado County high school baseball and two softball teams get the postseason underway the first part of the week, all on the road. Today, Golden Sierra (9-11) baseball enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs as the Sierra Delta League’s No. 3 seed and the division’s No. 9 seed. In an outbracket game, […]

Electronic assessments help support student success

Students throughout El Dorado County have begun the new computerized assessments known as Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exams. The assessments are new, computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts and mathematics standards. These assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. Educators — from K-12 […]

Outside with Charlie: Wildflowers?

Every year there is a guessing game that happens in late spring. It’s called “When will the wildflowers bloom in the Sierra?” Most of the time the answer spans a period of time from mid-June to July, depending on the snows of winter. A recent tid bit from Tahoe seemed to indicate that the start […]

Three from area win Lacky awards

Book, Neves, Spencer LODI — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced $33,800 in scholarships were awarded to 48 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Among the athletes awarded $600 were Oak Ridge’s Nolan Book, El Dorado’s Dane Neves and […]

Cougars’ Neves SVC champ

FOLSOM — El Dorado’s Dane Neves won last week’s Super Singles title at the Sierra Valley Conference championships at Broadstone Racquet Club. Neves’ 7-5, 6-0 victory over a Cordova opponent qualified the Cougar senior to the section individual tournament, beginning today, at the Oak Park Tennis Courts in Stockton. Joining Neves are teammates Daphne Green […]

Bruins repeat as NorCal champs

BOGGS MOUNTAIN — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team rode to victory at the last race of the season for the NorCal high school race series held at Boggs Mountain State Forest last month. The victory captured the championship for the Bruins’ team for the second consecutive year. Thirty three Division II teams competed in the NorCal race series […]

Roundup: May 3, 2015

Baseball Oak Ridge 6, Folsom 4 — The Sierra Foothill League champion Trojans finish with a 6-4 league record. Chris Roppolo had three hits; Beau Philip (2 RBIs), Jake Hathaway and Tyson Solis were all 2-for-4 with a double; and Logan Denholm added two hits. On the mound, Ryan Sullivan and Trenton Denholm (0 hits, 5 strikeouts) split […]

DeCaires gets win; Tilford 20th to 1st

After a week off for Mother Nature, racing returned to Placerville Speedway Saturday Night, welcoming two. three-time winners of the season to victory lane and one driver who remains undefeated at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter mile bullring. In the winged Sprint Car division, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove his […]

Del Rio boots D’backs into playoffs

EL DORADO — At stake between host Union Mine and El Dorado in their Sierra Valley Conference/intracounty girls soccer finale was a playoff berth. Kinsey Del Rio’s two early goals stood as the host Diamondbacks posted the 2-1 win over the Cougars, who had one of their best seasons in many years. Union Mine’s victory earned […]

Twice is nice for El Dorado race teams

SACRAMENTO — Halfway through Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference swim finals at Rosemont High, El Dorado was winning the girls division while Cordova looked like it was going to claim victory for the boys. But the Cougar boys squad rallied. Trailing Cordova by nearly 100 points (217-122) at one time, they fought back to join the Lady Cougars in winning […]

Schedule: May 3-9, 2015

Monday, May 4 Baseball PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 4 p.m. GS @ Vacaville Christian, 4 p.m. Boys golf Section Tourneys D-II: PHS @ Sierra View CC, noon D-IV: UM, ED @ Pheasant Run GC, Chowchilla, 10 a.m. Boys volleyball ED @ Lincoln, 6 p.m. UM @ Capital Christian, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 Baseball ED […]

Cougars control own destiny

Behind its offensive muscle and pitching prowess, El Dorado grabbed Thursday’s first-place Sierra Valley Conference Senior Day matchup from visiting Galt by a final score of 19-0. The Cougars can win the title outright should they win tomorrow’s game at Liberty Ranch, the second-to-last regular season agme for seniors Matt Smith, Nick Bonniksen, Zach Culp, […]

El Dorado wins big

The El Dorado varsity boys and girls teams, plus the Cougars’ frosh-soph boys team all sprinted past Galt in Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference home meet.. In the boys division, El Dorado posted a 135-1 win over the Warriors. The Lady Cougars raced past the Lady Warriors, 133-3. And the El Dorado frosh-soph boys posted a […]

Racing resumes with 4 divisions

Tomorrow night is a night marks the return of the championship points season at Placerville Speedway with four divisions ready to go after a week off due to weather conditions last Saturday. On the race card is the Winged Sprint Car Division, the Late Models, the Pure Stocks and the visiting Midget Lites. After one event, […]

D’backs, Cougars finish 1-2

WOODLAND — By a mere 10 strokes covering 18 holes, Union Mine won Monday’s season-ending Sierra Valley Conference Tournament over El Dorado at the Yolo Fliers Country Club and with it the league banner. The D’backs tallied 461 to the Cougars’ team score of 471. El Dorado went into last week undefeated in SVC-round play but […]

Griz boys champs, girls 2nd

GARDEN VALLEY — The Golden Sierra varsity Track and Field teams closed out the Sierra Delta League schedule Wednesday after hosting the fourth and final league meet. Though short-handed, the Grizzly boys, as expected topped the field to claim the SDL title while the girls, also without key athletes, took second and finished second in […]

Golden Sierra gets another title

GARDEN VALLEY —  Golden Sierra’s Senior Night sweep of Bradshaw Christian Wednesday guaranteed itself the Sierra Delta League title. The set scores in favor of the Grizzlies were 25-19, 25-20, 25-18. Golden Sierra (12-3, 9-1) has two left on the road but can’t be caught. The championship is the team’s second straight — first under […]

Jerpbak pitches Ponderosa past Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls softball program hosted intra-county rival Ponderosa Friday afternoon for a non-conference matchup that helped benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. With both squads donning pink to support the cause, the Lady Bruins came away with a 3-0 victory and another momentum boost as the end of regular season […]

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