Wednesday, October 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Trojans, D’backs at Stanford run

PALO ALTO — The Oak Ridge and Union Mine varsity boys and girls cross country teams competed at last weekend’s prestigious 41st Stanford Invitational at the university golf course. Teams from throughout California and non-California teams were in attendance that featured many of the top high school and collegiate cross country athletes in the nation. […]

Outside with Charlie: Autumn is here

With help from a good storm front that passed through, coupled with the massive effort by fire crews, the King Fire has been damped down. While it isn’t out, it isn’t the monster that it was over the last two weeks. We even had the first snow of the season last Friday night. Impressive. There […]

Cougars split with McClatchy

SACRAMENTO — El Dorado experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum in its key Metro Conference matches at McClatchy Monday — the boys squeezing out an exhilarating 13-12 victory but the girls dropping a 7-5 heartbreaker. “The boys were so pumped,” said Cougars’ coach David Pimentel in an email to the Democrat. “We were up […]

Better late than never for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Roseville’s last-minute attempt for a clear off its line caromed off Chris Rudfelt back into the goal — giving host Ponderosa a dramatic 3-2 win Monday afternoon. Andrew Doe’s side throw-in to the box and ensuing melee for the tie-breaker improved the Bruins to 3-1-1 in the Capital Valley Conference. Rudfelt’s winner was his first […]

Golden Sierra picks up first victory

GARDEN VALLEY — A three-minute span was all Golden Sierra needed Monday for the Sierra Delta River League soccer win against Vacaville Christian — the Grizzlies’ first of the season. Scoring twice toward the end of the second half to break open a 1-all tie, the Griz posted a 3-1 win. In the 73rd minute, Riley […]

Oak Ridge sticks it to T’Wolves

EL DORADO HILLS — Forget trick plays. Oak Ridge’s first Sierra Foothill League victory swung on a trick-question play, an instance that defied logic in its 38-20 victory over Woodcreek Friday night. The host Trojans nursed a 10-7 lead and faced a fourth-and-9 at the Timberwolves’ 31. Instead of letting quarterback Ian Book determine the […]

Grizzlies crush San Juan

GARDEN VALLEY — It was thunder in the sky and thunder on the field Friday as Golden Sierra steamrolled visiting San Juan 64-6 in Sierra Delta League action. Coming off a tough loss to Colfax, the Grizzlies surged forward with a chip on the shoulder en route to a 28-0 rout in the first quarter. […]

D’backs overwhelm Lincoln

EL DORADO — Union Mine football appeared in midseason form against Lincoln Friday in a nonconference game. With a strong running game, precise passing and a stout defense, the host Diamondbacks rolled to an impressive 60-32 victory over the Fighting Zebras. Union Mine (3-1) was paced during the game by running back Austin Rigsby, who scored four […]

Water polo: Bruins edge Cougars twice

EL DORADO — Ponderosa and El Dorado hooked up Saturday for two closely contested matches at the Aquatic Center on the Union Mine campus. The Bruins won both — the girls powered their way to the 9-8 victory while the boys held off their Cougar counterparts 7-6. The intra-county matchups were a part of a […]

Schedule: Sept 29 – Oct. 4, 2014

Monday, Sept. 29 Golf PHS @ CVC Tourney UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Mather GC, 11:30 a.m. Soccer Roseville @ PHS, 3:15 p.m. Vacaville Christian @ GS, 4 p.m. Rosemont @ ED, 7 p.m. UM vs Liberty Ranch, Walker Park, 7 p.m. Water polo ED @ McClatchy, 4/5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 Golf OR vs […]

Suspect sought in SLT burglary

On Sept. 21 at approximately 2:19 a.m., Mi Pueblo Market (3885 Pioneer Trail) in South Lake Tahoe was the victim of a commercial burglary. The unidentified suspect used a crowbar to force his way into the business. Once inside of the business, the suspect stole coins, phone cards and cash. The total amount of loss […]

Outside with Charlie: King’s toll

The King Fire has brought a screeching halt to quite a few outdoor recreation plans, including postponing several youth and high school athletic contests. The fire is massive, complex, and continues to be dangerous. While there are still outdoor recreation possibilities, you’ll have to check not only where the fire is actively burning, but the […]

Hangtown’s Smith a national champ

Will represent USA DIAMOND SPRINGS — Chaz Smith of Hangtown Saber Club in Diamond Springs regained the US National Championship Veteran-50 last month in Columbus, OH and was named by USA Fencing to the 2014 Veterans World Championship Team representing the US in Hungary this October. “Local girl makes good,” commented Hangtown Saber Head Coach […]

Linthicum a 3-time Length of Tahoe finisher

LAKE TAHOE — Conventional thinking for some feel the world’s natural wonders are there for specific reasons: A tall mountain should be climbed; a wilderness trail is for hiking; and a large body of water, like Lake Tahoe, is to swim. Tom Linthicum bought into the latter. The Fair Play resident is believed to be the only […]

Lady Diamondbacks win at Frogtown

ANGELS CAMP — Union Mine’s varsity girls cross country team continued its strong early season results with a win Saturday at the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. It was an opportunity for the D’backs to see both the course and many of the schools they’ll compete against later in the […]

Sports Scene: Sept. 21, 2014

Golf fundraiser Serrano Country Club, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Foundation, is hosting an inaugural golf tournament today. All proceeds will be donated to the AFF, which offers assistance to active-duty military personnel, National Guard, reserve components and military families. Sponsorship hole opportunities are available for $250, $500 and $1,000. Registration is at 10 […]

Oak Ridge loses to Reed

EL DORADO HILLS — Offensively Friday, Oak Ridge was challenged to find any rhythm while on the defensive side of the ball it was faced with containing the punishing rushing attack of visiting Reed High from Sparks, Nev. “We went into this game knowing that Reed is a top Nevada team who looks to dominate at the […]

Golden Sierra suffers first loss

COLFAX — Behind a potent ground game and several back-breaking special team plays, host Colfax doubled up Golden Sierra 42-21 Friday evening — handing the Grizzlies their first loss of the season. The Falcons’ 84-yard game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown by Tim Rawlins (18 rushes, 141 yards, five touchdowns) set a negative tone although Golden Sierra […]

Union Mine gets victory in home opener

EL DORADO — To hear Austin Rigsby explain it, the injured elbow that forced him to miss a good chunk of his first varsity season wasn’t such a bad thing. “I sat out most of the season because of this,” said the Union Mine tailback, pointing to the bulky brace on his left elbow after […]

Lady Trojans tame Woodcreek netters

Bruins edged by Del Campo FOLSOM — In a Sierra Foothill League girls tennis match Thursday at Broadstone Racquet Club, Oak Ridge remained undefeated with an 8-1 win over Woodcreek. The Lady Trojans (4-0 in the SFL, 6-0) were led by the doubles squads which won all three matches. Two of the three were settled […]

Schedule: Sept. 22-27, 2014

Monday, Sept. 22 Golf OR @ SFL Meet, tbd Soccer Rio Vista @ GS, 4 p.m. PHS @ Del Campo, 7 p.m. Water polo ED @ Rio Linda, 4/5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 Golf OR @ Folsom, Empire Ranch GC, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Galt PHS @ Roseville, Sierra View CC, 3:15 p.m. UM vs […]

El Dorado stays perfect after 42-0 win

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Three El Dorado High football players helped set the tone in the first half of Friday’s nonconference game against Mesa Verde, a 42-0 win at San Juan High’s McArthur Field. On their second possession in the first quarter, the Cougars (4-0) scored their first touchdown when running back Tyler Clanin (11 carries for 106 […]

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 […]