Monday, December 22, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Raider press stifles Bruins

EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa battled a tough River City squad for its Trojan Toss-Up opener Saturday and despite coming in with momentum, the Lady Bruins hit an obstacle with the Raiders’ press and couldn’t recover, falling 48-33 in the matchup. “We didn’t play well at all,” Danielle Craft said after the game. “They (River City) […]

Oak Ridge girls deliver when it counts

EL DORADO HILLS — Given a run for its money Saturday by Inderkum during its own Trojan Toss-Up opener, host Oak Ridge assembled a solid final three minutes to pull out a 62-52 victory in front of a supportive home crowd. The win came together in a final collage of productive plays in the last […]

Lady Cougars get win over Amador

Defense led the El Dorado High girls basketball team to a 41-27 nonconference win over Amador at L.A. Brown Gym last Friday. The Lady Cougars (5-3) forced the visiting Buffalos into 10 turnovers in the first half. El Dorado’s backcourt of Sabrina Tate, Sarah Holm, Kylie Haverson and Faith Wilson smothered Amador players at midcourt and […]

SDL Fall All League

Cross Country Most Valuable Player Ryan Sewell, Golden Sierra Coach of the Year Mike Brown, Golden Sierra Diego Bartolome, Golden Sierra Chris Lopez-Pugh, Golden Sierra Nick Blanton, Golden Sierra Hunter Hughes, Golden Sierra Thomas Christner, Golden Sierra Max deBecker, Golden Sierra Tristan Rollins, Golden Sierra Football Most Outstanding Lineman Wyatt Alexander, Golden Sierra First Team […]

Campbell Outstanding Player in Optimist contest

North teams post split SACRAMENTO — Union Mine’s Kara Campbell had a stellar performance in the 31st annual High School Optimist Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game at El Camino High last Thursday. The Lady Diamondback was one of three El Dorado County volleyball players on the North small school squad coached by El Dorado’s Shelley Bishop. Cougar […]

Schedule: Dec. 22-27, 2014

Monday, Dec. 22 Girls basketball PHS, OR @ Trojan Toss Up Boys basketball ED boys Alumni Game, 7 p.m. PHS, OR @ St. Hope’s Classic, Sac High UM @ Mesa Verde Tourney Tuesday, Dec. 23 Girls basketball PHS, OR @ Trojan Toss Up GS @ Lincoln, 7 p.m. UM @ Del Campo, 7 p.m. Boys […]

The weekly Daley: A Christmas letter

One seasontide back in the mid-’60s my father wrote a dark “Family Christmas Letter” as a humorous antidote to the typical “From Our House to Your House Annual Family Christmas Letter.” You know the ones in which you learn that your friends’ “kids are all doing great at Stanford, will be playing for the Yankees […]

Gruber backpedals; time for a Mulligan

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology economic professor appeared before Congress last week and more or less tried to eat his words. Gruber was the guru behind a lot of Obamacare. He was hired to do computer modeling for the health care act. The federal Department of Health and Human Services paid him $400,000. In total […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: An unwelcome visitor arrives

On Nov. 20 my body was attacked by a stroke, leaving the right side of my body weak and miserable. I could not write or walk more than a few paces without fear of falling down. My speech was slurred, and I had double and fuzzy vision; and I felt disoriented and confused. The stroke […]

Hitting the ice

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EDUHSD board members sworn in

Kevin Brown, Tim Carey and Todd White were sworn in as El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees members at the Dec. 9 board meeting. All three were re-elected during General Elections this November. EDUHSD Superintendent Steve Wehr noted, “I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with this team and providing the […]

Roundup: Dec. 12, 2014

Boys basketball Bret Harte Tournament Union Mine 49, Calaveras 60 — The Diamondbacks were outscored 29-8 in the first and third quarters of Saturday’s championship game yet still made a game of it by bouncing back to outscore the Redskins 22-10 in the second. Andrew Vaughn led Union Mine with 18 points; Mike O’Neill scored […]

Lady Diamondbacks split last two games

Jordyn Trulli buzzer-beater SHINGLE SPRINGS — Injuries, illness and fatigue caught up with Union Mine at Saturday’s final day of the Battle in the Foothills round-robin tournament hosted by Ponderosa. Kicking off the morning, the Lady Diamondbacks competed well in the first half but hit the wall in the second and fell 54-39 to Vista del […]

Bruins ‘Craft’ three weekend victories

Ponderosa’s girls met Union Mine Thursday in both squad’s opener of the “Battle in the Foothills” round robin format and the Lady Bruins, behind Danielle Craft’s 32-point effort, subdued the Diamondbacks 54-33. Ponderosa wrangled early control despite executing a “feeling out” stage that limited its offense against Union Mine in the first quarter. The D’backs, making […]

Grizzly girls take Tillotson trophy

GARDEN VALLEY — Carley Kauffman’s free throw with 16 seconds left broke a fourth quarter tie Saturday as host Golden Sierra capped a trio of weekend victories with a tight 33-32 win over Victory Christian in the last game of the annual Darren Tillotson Memorial Tournament. After a Lady Viking travel, the Grizzlies had possession with 30.9 left. […]

Ponderosa boys win two-of-three

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Two games in four hours Saturday led to victories for the Ponderosa High boys basketball team, which included a 57-37 win over Albany of Australia to wrap up the inaugural Battle in the Foothills Tournament. Forcing turnovers led the way for the Bruins (3-2) in the first quarter, as their overseas visitors committed […]

Ponderosa girls defeat Vista, Albany

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Danielle Craft led the Ponderosa High girls basketball team in scoring, and was one of two Bruins who scored in double digits that led to a 73-34 win over Albany, an Australian high school squad, Saturday in the final game of the inaugural Battle in the Foothills round robin tournament. The junior Bruin forward scored six of the eight points […]

Schedule: Dec. 15-20, 2014

Monday, Dec. 15 Boys basketball ED @ Dixon, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Laguna Creek @ UM, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 Girls basketball GS @ Mesa Verde, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 Boys basketball UM @ Argonaut, 7 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ GS, 7 p.m. Wrestling Cos. Oaks @ PHS, 6 p.m. GS @ […]

Outside with Charlie: Resort style cross country

Editor’s note: Our columnist on all things outdoors, Charlie Ferris, provides an in-depth look to the sport of cross country skiing. Below is part I. Look for part II in a future Democrat. In the nearby Sierra, the mere hint of snow brings out the Alpine and Nordic skiers. As soon as enough snow is […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 9, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD Pee Wee Basketball (ages 4-6) Participants are exposed to the basics of basketball which includes dribbling, passing and shooting. This 4-week camp meets Thursdays from March 5-26 at the Brooks Elementary School Gym. Participants can pick from either the 5 or 6 p.m. time slot. The fee of $60 includes a […]

Boreal open; Sierra awaits more snowfall

Editor’s note: On its Website Tuesday, Sierra-at-Tahoe reports 18 inches of snow on the upper portion of the mountain but needs more to open. Boreal just expanded its terrain and has three lifts, nine runs and the 6+ terrain park in operation.  There are no golf balls heading along the shortly trimmed grass that grows […]

Lady Bruins 0-2 against Folsom

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Folsom’s game-ending 12-2 run broke a fourth quarter tie Monday as the visiting Lady Bulldogs defeated host Ponderosa 63-53 for their second win over the Bruins in three days. McKenzie Forbes and Danielle DaCosta each scored 19 points for Folsom to offset Danielle Craft’s game-high 23 — all after the first quarter. The […]

D’backs win consolation title

Getting off to a fast start, Union Mine rolled over South Lake Tahoe 80-55 for the consolation title at Saturday’s Gold Dust Tournament at El Dorado High School. Despite the fifth-place finish, the Diamondbacks won their last two after a rough opener Thursday. “We came out with energy, executed well and didn’t let them back […]

El Dorado finishes 4th at Gold Dust

Unable to duplicate a good first-half effort in Saturday’s third/fourth place game at the annual Gold Dust Tournament, host El Dorado fell to Tamalpais 65-53. The Cougars led 36-30 after two quarters before the Red Tailed Hawks used a 15-8 third to lead 45-44 entering the fourth. Tamalpais never lost its lead over the final […]

Union Mine has it rough against Tamalpais

In its first game of the 41st annual Gold Dust Tournament, the Union Mine High boys basketball team was within striking distance of taking a lead over Tamalpais. But the Diamondbacks fell further behind to lose their opening game, 80-48, Thursday at El Dorado’s L.A. Brown Gym. The D’backs (2-1) trailed 5-2 early in the […]

Team Awards

El Dorado Varsity Football 2014 Big Cat Award Christian Mardis Ruelas Scholar Athletes Connor Russell Britton Stark Isaac Bugbee Andrew Benson Conor Villines Brandon Ollar Eric Abbott Special Teams Fernando Esparza Outstanding Lineman Austin Danker Outstanding Defense Carter Meyers Outstanding Offense Tyler Clanin Coaches Award Zach Culp Sam Osterhout Most Inspirational Cody Miller Talen Van […]

Bruins take 2nd at Ponderosa Duals

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Zachary Velasquez highlighted a list of Ponderosa High wrestlers who posted winning records Friday at the 26th annual Ponderosa Duals Tournament on Friday. The 170-pound senior finished with a perfect 5-0 record that included his 6-5 overtime win in his final match, as the Bruins faced Buchanan for the tourney team title. Velasquez led […]

Cougars win in double overtime

Two overtime periods were needed for the El Dorado High boys basketball team, which pulled out an exciting 83-81 win over South Lake Tahoe Thursday in the first game of the 41st annual Gold Dust Tournament at L.A. Brown Gym. The game was tied 81-81 with 2.4 seconds left in what looked like a third OT session, but Cougars guard […]

Schedule: Dec. 8-13, 2014

Monday, Dec. 8 Boys basketball Cristo Rey @ GS, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Folsom @ PHS, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 Boys basketball Vacaville @ OR, 7 p.m. UM @ San Juan, 7 p.m. ED @ Lincoln, 7 p.m. Girls basketball GS @ Amador, 7:30 p.m. UM @ Forest Lake Christian, 5 p.m. OR @ […]

Cookies with Cal Fire, Santa

The Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit will be hosting a fundraising event for New Morning Youth and Family Services on Saturday, Dec. 6, one the whole family might enjoy showing up for. From 3 to 7 p.m. at the fire station at the “Y” on 5660 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, there will be hot […]

Respectable area finishes

FRESNO — Temperatures in the High 60’s greeted the hoards of runner’s from every corner of California for the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday. The excellent weather and fast course provided an appropriate stage on which some of the best runners in the United States displayed their talents. “Year […]

Under the Scoreboard: Dec. 1, 2014

Ponderosa graduate Lianna Sybeldon, Class of 2012, helped her University of Washington volleyball team knock of No. 1 ranked Stanford in four sets last Wednesday in Pac-12 play. With the win, the fifth-ranked Huskies (28-2, 17-2) dealt the Cardinal (28-1, 18-1) their first loss. Heading into the postseason, Sybeldon is first on the team with […]

Schedule: Dec. 1-6, 2014

Monday, Dec. 1 Girls basketball Foundation Games CBS @ OR, 6 p.m. GS @ Foresthill, 5:30 p.m. PHS @ Vista, 6 p.m. Boys basketball Foundation Games CBS @ OR, 8 p.m. Florin @ ED, 7 p.m. GS @ Foresthill, 7 p.m. PHS @ Vista, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 Girls basketball Marysville @ GS, 7 […]

El Dorado boys win home opener

Spencer, 26 points; Smith, 21 Matt Smith and Ian Spencer combined for 32 second-half points — 11 in a pivotal fourth quarter — as El Dorado opened the 2014-15 season by rallying past visiting Pioneer 72-67 Saturday night. Spencer sank four free throws in the final 19 seconds to keep the Cougars ahead. Spencer led […]

Outside with Charlie: Plan ahead

Autumn can be a bit of a challenge for outdoor types, whatever outdoor venture you participate in. It’s not a difficult challenge, it’s just necessary to adjust what you do a bit. Alpine skiers aren’t immune from it. Snow can fall early or late in the early weeks of autumn. When and where to start […]

Ex-Bruin Curto gets ‘in shape’

First competition nets 3rd place open-class trophy SHINGLE SPRINGS — A twist of fate, stick-to-itiveness, will power and determination has elevated Jen Curto in the world of amateur bodybuilding. The 20 year-old from Shingle Springs, a personal trainer at In-Shape El Dorado, entered her very first competition last month and placed third amongst an experienced […]

County squads ready for big race

Two El Dorado County high school boys cross country teams will conclude their season Saturday at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Golden Sierra High boys squad, which won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys title two weeks ago, is one team along with El Dorado’s boys. The Grizzlies won the […]

Resort openings and tips for skiing attire

Opening days • Boreal Mountain: Nov. 18 • Northstar California: Nov. 21 • Heavenly Montain Resort: Nov. 21 • Mt. Rose: Nov. 21 • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Nov. 22 • Squaw Valley: Today • Sugar Bowl: Today *Both Boreal and Mt. Rose opened briefly earlier this month Although no major snowstorms have descended on Northern California and left […]

Chaz Smith brings home gold medal

DIAMOND SPRINGS — Chaz Smith of Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs helped Team USA claim the 2014 Veteran World Saber Championship in Debrecen, Hungary recently. In addition, county resident Chaz Smith competed in the individual saber event that earned a sixth place finish. Team events in Veterans go to 30 points in five-touch relays. […]

First and goal: ‘Out of line’

In the final minute of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys soccer title game at Cosumnes Oaks High of Elk Grove almost two weeks ago, Oak Ridge and Davis battled for control of the ball. Less than a minute before the Trojans would eventually celebrate a 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils to capture their […]

Hi 5 taekwondo athlete brings home bronze

The USA Taekwondo National Poomsae team, featuring former Ponderosa High’s Saejin Yi, recently competed at the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. There were 46 countries competed in 36 divisions, with each athlete pursuing a gold medal in their respective division. After four days of competition, the USA team brought home 20 medals (4 […]

Schedule: Nov. 24-28, 2014

Thursday, Nov. 27 Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, Nov. 28 Cross Country State Championships ED, GS boys @ Woodward Park, Fresno Boys basketball UM @ Amador, 6 p.m. Girls basketball UM @ Amador, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 Boys basketball Pioneer @ ED, 7 p.m.

Lady Trojans fight for it but fall short

SACRAMENTO — Oak Ridge’s quest to advance past the first round of Friday’s NorCal Tournament ended in disappointment when No. 5 seeded Miramonte used a doubles sweep to eliminate the No. 4 Lady Trojans 4-3 at the Natomas Racquet Club. Ahead 3-2 on the strength of three singles wins, Oak Ridge needed one of its […]

Heinz-sight: Makings of

Each year, in every sport, just one team ends its season victoriously. Not so for the others. Though the Oak Ridge girls tennis team knew that full well heading into last weekend’s Northern California Girl’s Tennis Championships at the Natomas Racquet Club, it’s still a cold dose of reality when it hits home it won’t be […]