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New partnership to use fire to fight catastrophic fire

SACRAMENTO — Federal and state agency officials recently gathered with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a memorandum of understanding that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California. Wildland fuels are continuing to build up and wildfires are […]

Sailing returns to Folsom Lake

FOLSOM — Anyone interested in sailing is invited to attend a meeting of the Folsom Lake Yacht Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Round Table Pizza, 2793 E. Bidwell Street) in Folsom. “FLYC is a club filled with sailing enthusiasts,” said FLYC Commodore Suna Kneisley. “We hold races for boats ranging from single-handed […]

Outside with Charlie: Winter Weather

One of the constants with the weather reports around here is that they aren’t always as accurate as we’d like. The main reason is that the science behind the predictions amount to very educated guesses. Sunday brought an all day snowfall to Pollock Pines. It wasn’t exactly the forecast. We enjoyed every single flake that fell, and continue to hope […]

Trojan War Wrestling Tournament

EL DORADO HILLS — With league action winding down and the postseason looming, Oak Ridge High’s varsity program hosted its annual Trojan Wars invitational tournament Saturday, with 15 schools participating in the daylong event. Troy seized the day on its home turf, finishing first with 261.5 total points. Oak Ridge finished with nearly 100 points more […]

South 1 completes final Giant Slalom of year

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — South 1 skiers and boarders were greeted by a bluebird day on the mountain Monday, as teams competed in their third and final Giant Slalom of the season. Ponderosa High’s Lady Bruin forces were stellar, seizing first in both team competitions while Oak Ridge High’s mens ski team denied the Bruins of taking three team […]

Roundup: Jan 30, 2016

Wrestling Oak Ridge 55, Rocklin 11 108-Max McCarver by pin; 115-Mike Remer won 1-0; 122-Jared Horstman by tech fall; 126-Mikey Mello won 12-4; 140-Ricky Mello won 13-7; 147-Daelin Wofford won 5-2; 162-Bobby Mello by pin; 172-AJ Bicocca by pin; 197-Preston Cobabe by forfeit; 222-John Moestopo by forfeit; HWT: Brysen Klinefelter by forfeit. Girls basketball Oak Ridge 61, Nevada Union 19 — The Lady Trojans improved […]

Grizzlies drop double bill to San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — For the Golden Sierra boys to pocket their first Sierra Delta League win, it had to defeat not one but two San Juan teams Friday. The Spartans’ even-steven approach — running two, five-man units every couple of minutes — worked as San Juan held off the Grizzlies 56-50. In the earlier game, the […]

Lady Bruins suffer worst loss

Team misses Clayton in lopsided defeat SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High’s varsity girls experienced a tough loss Friday night at home, falling 80-39 to an undefeated Antelope squad in Capital Valley Conference action. The Bruins started strong early in the first, controlling pace and establishing a 6-0 lead, but Antelope’s outside shooting equalized almost immediately, and […]

Schedule: Feb, 1-6, 2016

Monday, Feb. 1 Alpine Racing PHS, OR, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Boy basketball Bella Vista @ PHS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ Bella Vista, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 Boys basketball *Cordova @ UM, 7 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Liberty Ranch @ ED, 7 p.m. OR @ Rocklin, […]

El Dorado Hills Fire contracts for outside review

It took a couple meetings to come to agreement, but the El Dorado Hills Fire Board of Directors approved a contract for a three-part comprehensive review of the district. The contested issue was the selection of a contractor to prepare the district’s community risk assessment, standards of cover and a facilities master plan. On Sept. 15, 2015, […]

South 1 season hits its midpoint

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Four repeat individual winners and 3-of-4 repeat team victories highlighted Monday’s first slalom race by the South 1 Division under great weather conditions at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Oak Ridge skiers Parker Doshier and Allena Thompson duplicated last week’s efforts, as did El Dorado snowboarder Colton Bliss and Ponderosa’s Cora Nuttall. Team-wise, the Trojan boys, with […]

Backcountry basics 101

You’ve got new snowshoes or cross country gear so you’re off to the backcountry. How hard could it be? The ads make it look so easy to get out there but staying safe and getting back are a different matter. It is important to know that in the backcountry you are on your own — […]

Outside with Charlie: Maintenance

Winter conditions bring rain, snow, and wind. All of it is good. Along with all of that your gear tends to get gunked up pretty quickly. Whatever it is you are using while enjoying the winter outdoors, maintenance time goes up. No more simply riding your bike on the trails for a couple of hours […]

Grizzly Joe Webb heads to Nationals

GREENWOOD — Joe Webb, currently a junior at Golden Sierra High School, is heading to the Boy’s USA Volleyball Junior National Championship tournament for a second year in a row. Recently, Webb’s team took first place honors at the Far Western National Qualifier tournament in San Mateo. This June, the team travels to Anaheim to compete in the Southern […]

Schedule: Jan. 25-30, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25 Alpine Racing PHS, OR, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Tuesday, Jan. 26 Boys basketball El Dorado @ Union Mine, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ ED, 7 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 7:30 PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. Wrestling Nevada Union @ OR, 7 p.m. Bradshaw Christian @ GS, 6 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Roundup: Jan. 24, 2016

Girls basketball Union Mine 50, Rosemont 38 — The Lady D’Backs improved to a 3-2 SVC record with their road victory Thursday night. Maleah Denault had a team-high 11 points while Breanna Heinrich’s finished with 10. Kaitlin Lishman had 9 points while Katie Vick had 7 and Riley Rupley scored 6. Katie Parker, Isabella Ancona and Bethany Hammer each contributed 2 points. Oak […]

South 1 proceeds with caution

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Oak Ridge’s Allena Thompson was the lone repeat winner as the South 1 Division managed to get in its second race of the season Monday on Lower Main at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Greeted by a foot of fresh powder, it was all-hands-on-deck for both skiers and snowboarders who spent most of the morning slipping the […]

Jennings wins Tim Brown title, Brazell third

SACRAMENTO — Three local teams competed at last weekend’s two-day Tim Brown Memorial Tournament at the Memorial Auditorium, producing one champion in Ponderosa’a Kyle Jennings. The Bruins and Oak Ridge fielded near full teams while El Dorado sent a handful of wrestlers. Overall, Ponderosa placed three in addition to Jennings; Oak Ridge had three make […]

Outside with Charlie: XC spots

As of now all of the cross country areas around Tahoe are open. Last winter, some didn’t open at all so this is a very good start. There are 14 cross country resorts to choose from. Most have rental gear and almost all have lessons. Hope Valley Cross Country operates on the south side of […]

D’back Invite features wall-to-wall wrestling

EL DORADO — Two hundred and fifteen wrestlers K-8 converged Saturday for the annual D’back Invitational at Union Mine High. Competitors, filling out 36 brackets, came from each local school in addition to the Elk Grove and Rocklin areas. The D’back program ran the score tables and officiated the matches.

Roundup: Jan. 17, 2016

Girls basketball Ponderosa 48, Del Campo 32 — The Lady Bruins outscored the host Cougars in each quarter Friday to improve to 3-1 in the CVC. Saraya Smith scored a game-high 18 points; Madison Clayton added 9; Juliana Blaine and Danielle Craft both had 7; Sylar Winter, 5 points; and Lauren Gunter, 2. El Dorado […]

Loya clutch for Lady Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — A packed house, a budding rivalry, and a high-octane barnburner that gripped an entire student body cheering section. That’s what Lady Grizzly basketball fans got Friday night on home court as Golden Sierra High’s varsity girls basketball program knocked off Vacaville Christian 53-52 in Sierra Delta League action. Freshman sensation Rachel Loya […]

Golden Sierra drops close one at home

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High’s boys varsity basketball program came close to clinching its first conference victory Friday night at home, losing 45-51 to Vacaville Christian in Sierra Delta League action. Trading blows with the Falcons through three deadlocked quarters of play, the Grizzlies, driven by head coach Al Toney’s resolve to fight to the […]

D’backs fall 65-23

EL DORADO  — Union Mine High’s varsity girls endured a tough one Thursday evening at home, falling 65-23 to Cordova in Sierra Valley Conference action. Katie Vick was the first to put points on the board for the D’backs on an assist from Maleah Denault and behind defense, Union Mine kept things close at 6-10 […]

Bruin boys take care of Del Campo

Ponderosa squares CVC record at 2-2 SHINGLE SPRINGS — Kenny Macklin led four Bruins in double figures as Ponderosa scored a 66-55 Capital Valley Conference victory in front of a Loud Crowd Black-Out Friday. Macklin pumped in 19 points on a variety of shots including an early three-pointer followed by a 3-point play to get […]

Schedule: Jan. 18-23, 2016

Monday, Jan. 18 Alpine Racing PHS, ED, UM, GS, OR @ Sierra-at-Tahoe Tuesday, Jan. 19 Boys basketball Del Oro @ OR, 7 p.m. Galt @ UM, 7 p.m. Cordova @ ED, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ Galt, 7 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 7 p.m. ED @ Cordova, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 Boys basketball […]

South 1 winter season gets underway

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — On time, on schedule and on location, Monday’s South 1 Division opener went off without a hitch as local ski and snowboarders completed the season’s first Giant Slalom race at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Unlike last season when Mother Nature forced a delay and then shift to Northstar, conditions, under a mix of sunshine and clouds, […]

Sports Scene: Jan. 14, 2016

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Join the Cameron Park CSD for another season of the NFL sponsored Flag Football League. This league for grades 2-8 allows players the opportunity to learn and develop skills necessary to be succeed in football. For more information please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231, via email at [email protected], […]

South 1 results

Girls ski 1-Allena Thompson, OR, 1:12.08; 2-Fiona Zeier, PHS, 1:14.49; 3-Ally Roemer, ED, 1:18.52; 4-Emily O’Donnell, ED, 1:18.98; 5-Stephanie Pinski, PHS, 1:21.51; 6-Julia Purviance, OR, 1:23.41; 7-Lilly Millard, ED, 1:24.12; 8-Jordan Hardt, PHS, 1:24.18; 9-Brooke Schuld, ED, 1:25.59; 10-Kat Porter, PHS, 1:25.75; 11-Michelle Dennin, OR, 1:26.06; 12-Alex Harrity, OR, 1:27.69; 13-Maia Haugaard, UM, 1:28.38; 14-Abbi […]

Outside with Charlie: Sno-Parks

The snow continues to fall, making the high country a magnet for all kinds of snow sports and play. The draw to head to the snow is especially intense this year. If you’ve headed to the snow fields to downhill or cross country ski you may have found a crowded parking lot but you did […]

Roundup: Jan. 12, 2016

Bowling Knotty Pines Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Week 15 Team Standings 1. Sometimers 37-23 2. Fun Gals 35-25 3. Hillbilliettes 34-26 4. Pin Pals 23-27 5. Knotty Girls 31-29 6. Bowlin Baggs 31-29 7. Alley Oops! 31-29 High games Week 15: 188 — Cheryl Haas; 181 — Boonie Flint; 178 — Jeanene […]

Roundup: Jan. 10, 2016

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 56, Nevada Union 55 — The Trojans outscored the host Miners 9-8 in overtime Friday. Matt Battaglia scored 22 points — two to tie the score at the buzzer to end regulation — while Cole Compton added 11. Oak Ridge improved to 1-1 in the SFL. Ponderosa 63, Bella Vista 65 […]

Trojan boys whip Rocklin

EL DORADO HILLS — Playing less than 24 hours after an exciting overtime victory in Grass Valley, Oak Ridge returned home to defeat Rocklin 71-47 in an early evening Sierra Foothill League matchup Saturday. Matt Battaglia, behind a fast start and strong finish, scored a game-high 25 points while Cole Compton recorded 17 points, 8 […]

Oak Ridge girls roll Thunder

EL DORADO HILLS — Can Oak Ridge win without starting post Kassidy De Lapp? That question was answered Saturday afternoon. The Lady Trojans defeated Rocklin 55-24 with De Lapp spending a good chunk of the Sierra Foothill League matchup on the bench in foul trouble — the other part of the game not needed due […]

Bruins buck Broncos

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Danielle Craft scored 17 of her team-high 20 points in the second half Friday as Ponderosa edged visiting Bella Vista 62-59 for a must-win Capital Valley Conference victory. The Lady Bruins overcame 42 points by twin sisters Rebeccah and Rachael DiRegolo to prevail. Ponderosa scored the last five points — the final […]

Lady Cougars’ loss leaves sour taste

It was a frustrating way to end preseason action for El Dorado High’s varsity girls basketball program, falling 60-58 to El Camino via a turnover and layup in the final seconds of play Saturday night at home. Despite leading most of the night, El Dorado couldn’t contain the Eagles’ outside shooting, and succumbed to key mental mistakes […]

Schedule: Jan. 11-16, 2016

Monday, Jan. 11 Alpine Racing OR, PHS, ED, UM, GS @ Sierra-at-Tahoe, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 Boys basketball Liberty Ranch @ UM, 7 p.m. OR @ Woodcreek, 7 p.m. ED @ Rosemont, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Rosemont @ ED, 7 p.m. Whitney @ PHS, 7 p.m. UM @ Liberty Ranch, 7 p.m. Wrestling Del […]

Outside with Charlie: The New Year

It’s time for the annual role-out of New Year’s Resolutions. This is the year that you become a world class weight lifter, conquer any snow mountain, telemark down any backcountry cliff, ride around Tahoe without breaking a sweat, or run the Western States 100 barefoot, backwards, with a 40-pound pack, and win it, with a […]

2015 Month-to-Month Recap

Editor’s note: Below are some highlights, broken down monthy, that stood out during the year. Not included is all league awards, team awards or the year’s top stories that ran in the previous two issues.  January — Basketball teams and wrestling squads got back to business as teams returned from their winter breaks. The exception […]

Griz can’t catch Falcons

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra’s fourth quarter rally ran out of time Monday as visiting Colfax held on for the 45-41 nonleague victory. The Grizzlies pulled to within 42-41 on Riley Larson’s pull-up three-pointer with 55 seconds left. Applying pressure, the Griz forced a turnover but gave it right back with one of their own […]

Solid team results highlight 2015

Editor’s note: More accomplishments from the year in sports in El Dorado County. Numerically, too tough a call as each stands tall. The 2015 month-to-month recap will run in Wednesday’s Democrat. Oak Ridge Football After missing the playoffs last year, the 2015 Oak Ridge squad was determined to make plenty of noise on the gridiron. […]

Griz win Mountain Challenge

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra accepted, met and executed its two-game Mountain Challenge Saturday, defeating both Hamilton and then Rio Vista for the championship. After a winless appearance last year, the Grizzlies upended the Bears 49-37 in the morning and edged the Rams 46-43 in the afternoon. In between, the four participating teams held a […]

Schedule: Jan. 4-9, 2016

Monday, Jan. 4 Boys basketball ED @ El Camino, 7 p.m. Colfax @ GS, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball GS @ Marysville, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 Boys basketball Casa Roble @ ED, 7 p.m. Folsom @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ Bear River, 7 p.m. Girls basketball PHS @ Antelope, 7 p.m. Vista del Lago […]

Cougar girls take 2nd at Vitell

El Dorado’s combination of second-half foul trouble and inability to put points on the board allowed Colfax an opening it took to capture the Jan Vitell Tournament title by a 45-35 score Wednesday night. The Cougars led most of the way but lost the lead for good early in the fourth quarter when Falcon guard Courtney […]

D’backs rally for win

An elevated second-half offensive effort led by Riley Rupley and energized play piloted by Breanna Heinrichs and Dakota Shinn Wednesday allowed Union Mine to overcome Summerville 42-36 for seventh place at the annual Jan Vitell Tournament. Rupley scored 8 of her team-high 13 points in the third quarter, including three straight buckets, to jumpstart the D’backs […]

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