Monday, April 27, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

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 […]

Trojans lose home finales

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first year in the Sierra Foothill League, the Oak Ridge High boys swim team has made a big splash. Entering Friday’s league home finale against Granite Bay at the Community Service District pool, the Trojans and the Grizzlies have swam to a 5-0 record each. But someone’s league winning […]

Nick Bonniksen no-hits Union Mine

EL DORADO — See ball, hit ball is one of the ways to keep it simple in baseball, another is to avoid a well-rested Nick Bonniksen. Toeing the rubber for the first time in nine days, Bonniksen, El Dorado’s ace, sparkled with seven, no-hit innings to pitch the Cougars past host Union Mine 4-0 in […]

Schedule: April 26-May 2, 2015

Monday, April 27 Baseball Del Campo @ PHS, 4 p.m. OR @ Folsom, 4 p.m. GS @ Marysville, 4 p.m. Girls soccer PHS @ Cosumnes Oaks, 7 p.m. GS @ Highlands, 5:30 p.m. Golf OR @ SFL Tourney No. 2, Auburn Valley, noon PHS @ CVC Tournament, Woodcreek GC, 3:15 p.m. ED, UM @ SVC Tourney, […]

Races called

Saturday’s racing action at Speedway was cancelled because of too much rain and standing water. Look for the track action to resume this weekend.

El Dorado girls blank Warriors

One of the three shots on goal that Kaycee Richards had led the El Dorado High girls soccer team to Thursday’s 2-0 Sierra Valley Conference win over Galt at Harvey E. West Stadium to keep their playoff hopes alive. The game was 0-0 until the 72nd minute when Richards, whose previous shots on goal were in […]

Ownership change revives Sorensen’s

Editor’s note: This is part II of a look at the history of Sorensen’s Resort. Johan Hultin had quite a vision for Sorensen’s and Hope Valley. Depending on how you look at it, things either turned out not so well for Hultin, or turned out very well for Sorensen’s Resort and Hope Valley in general. […]

Motherlode Century Spring Classic

The fourth annual Motherlode Century Bike Ride, held in the scenic foothills of the Gold Country, is Saturday May 9. Rolling through ranch, forest, farms and vineyards, the Motherlode Century guides you through Northern California’s most beautiful landscapes — offering five route options from 34 leisurely to 97 challenging miles. It’s mission is to provide […]

Laut state’s best in pole vault

GRASS VALLEY — The Oak Ridge varsity boys, varsity girls, and Frosh/Soph boys were victorious over host Nevada Union last week. Valuable points were earned by athletes in running and field events. Several obtained personal records in their events. Competing in the shot put and discus, Jack Root  placed first in both events. His 51-0 […]

Roundup: April 21, 2015

Lacrosse Oak Ridge girls 17, Casa Roble 0 — Trojan goals: Allison Harris, 3; Bailey Eastman, 2; Madi Hallare, 2; Brooke Hull, 2; Alia Crook, 2; Courtney Watts; Sara Cody; Mady Olds; Bri Gross; Sidney Salmon; Aly De Caro. Assists: Skylar Shuette, 3; Sam Donaghey, 2; Emma Reed; De Caro; Crook. Saves: Laurel Maunder, 2. […]

Trojans inch closer to outright title

Lucke one-hitter EL DORADO HILLS — In 12 Sierra Foothill League baseball games this season, Oak Ridge has averaged nearly eight runs per game. In Monday’s league home game against Nevada Union, the Trojans nearly doubled that with a 15-0 mercy rule shortened victory over Nevada Union. The win gives Oak Ridge (13-0 in the SFL) […]

Schedule: April 19-25, 2015

Monday, April 20 Baseball Nevada Union @ OR, 4 p.m. Antelope @ PHS, 4 p.m. Golf ED, UM @ SVC Tourney, Empire Ranch Girls soccer Del Oro @ OR, 4 p.m. *Oakmont @ PHS, 4 p.m. Lacrosse OR girls @ Casa Roble, 6:30 p.m. Softball UM @ ED, 4 p.m. Swimming GS vs Dixon @ Lindhurst, […]

Tiner, McDaniel, Zoller post race victories

Another solid roster of entries packed Placerville Speedway for Saturday’s championship points race. Steven Tiner drove to victory in the Sprint Car division and shared in celebration with Rich Zoller of Cameron Park, a first-time winner in the Pure Stock division. Ryan McDaniel drove to his second Late Model victory while Shawn Jones won the […]

Trojans lose tough one

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge and Jesuit boys lacrosse teams faced off in a Sacramento Valley League double overtime game Friday with the Marauders netting the winning shot for a 10-9 victory over the Trojans. When the fourth quarter ended, the score was tied 9-9. Oak Ridge, which started the quarter in a 7-7 tie with the […]

Ponderosa too much for Roseville

Bruin boys aim for title SHINGLE SPRINGS — In Thursday’s Capital Valley Conference home meet, the Ponderosa High boys swimming team remained undefeated with a 122-58 win over Roseville. The Bruins (6-0 in the CVC) are looking to win the school’s first conference title in the sport since Ponderosa opened its doors in the early […]

Cougars stay in contention

Matt Smith delivered two solo home runs in support of starting pitcher Logan Quick Thursday and Owen MacKendrick nailed down the last two outs as El Dorado downed visiting Liberty Ranch 7-4 in Sierra Valley Conference action. The win, coupled with Galt’s loss to Rosemont, placed the Cougars (7-3) a game behind the Warriors with […]

Roundup: April 15, 2015

Swimming Girls Ponderosa 95, Bella Vista 89 200 MR – P (Ashlie Stoddard, Gabby Costamagna, Jacqueline Nisson, Alexandra Nisson), 2:01.17; 200 free: 1-Natalie Bresnahan, 2:09.78; 200 IM: 1-J.Nisson, 2:23.34; 100 fly: 1-Stoddard, 1:08.41; 100 free: 1-Bresnahan, 56.81; 500 free: 1-J. Nisson, P, 5:40.77; 200 FR: 1-P (Costamagna, Katy Suggs, Barbie Suggs, Bresnahan), 1:51.03; 100 back: 1-Stoddard, P, 1:07.31; 100 breast: 1-Costamagna, 1:15.62; 400 FR: […]

Dwarf cars join tomorrow’s action

The action resumes at Placerville Speedway tomorrow with four divisions at the second event of the 50th Anniversary Championship Season. Saturday’s race will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models together with the Pure Stocks, joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. While the Sprint Cars will make […]

D’backs pull even with Cordova

EL DORADO — Beth Hammer’s four-hit, five stikeout effort led host Union Mine to a 1-0 victory over Cordova Wednesday, tying the Lancers atop the league standings. The Diamondbacks’ victory avenged an earlier loss on Cordova’s field. “Games like this that are a real grind but makes you a stronger team,” Union Mine coach Rob […]

Beam’s laser wins it for El Dorado

Judging by the swarm of family and friends gathered around El Dorado’s Rachael Beam Tuesday, you’d think she just won the World Cup. Better yet, Beam’s first-half goal decided the outcome in the Cougars’ key inter-county clash with Union Mine — one the hosts took by a 1-nil score. Beam’s breakthrough 16 minutes into the […]

Many winners at conference finale

EL DORADO — Strong finishes highlighted Wednesday’s intra county/Sierra Valley Conference dual meet finale between host Union Mine and El Dorado at the Western Slope Aquatic Center. The varsity boys races ended in an 85-all tie. The Cougars are 4-0-1, Union Mine 3-1-1 and Cordova 3-1 — the champion to be decided at the SVC championships. El Dorado’s Dylan […]

Recruiting expert to speak at El Dorado

El Dorado High student-athletes and their parents can get a strong dose of reality about the world of college recruiting from national keynote speaker Jack Renkens at the school’s Forum Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. It’s never too early to start nor can you get too much help for student athletes serious about continuing […]

Outside with Charlie: Hiking season

This is probably the last week for downhill skiing at most of the resorts in Tahoe. Squaw Valley, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Heavenly, and Boreal are listing Sunday as their last day for this season. Bear Valley over on Highway 4 will close too. The storm that blew through early last week helped keep the resorts […]

Bruin bikers extend lead

PETALUMA — The Ponderosa High School mountain bike team rode to victory at the first-ever NorCal high school race held in Petaluma last weekend. The victory extends the Bruins’ team lead in the 33-team race series with one race remaining. Second place is held by the Spartans, a composite team of local riders, with the Reno/Tahoe […]

Trojan duo shine at Arcade Invitational

ARCADIA — Two Oak Ridge track and field athletes competed at the prestigious Arcade Invitational and the rest to the Thunder Invite in Rockland for a successful weekend of competition. Seniors Austin Laut and Brandon Jetter competed in Arcadia against top prep athletes throughout the nation. Also present was Union Mine senior vaulter Leah Bertuccelli. Laut won […]

Lady Cougars edge Grizzlies

GARDEN VALLEY — In an intra-county non-conference girls soccer game Monday, El Dorado edged Golden Sierra 1-0. The game’s only goal came in the 12th minute when Lady Cougar forward Rachael Beam received the pass from midfielder Kaycee Richards and fired the ball straight into the Lady Grizzlies’ net. Beam had four of the El Dorado’s nine […]

Conde shines as Optimist All Star

ANTELOPE — Oak Ridge senior Isamar Conde scored a game-high 16 points at Saturday’s 38th Annual Optimist girl’s All Star basketball game at Center High for the South team which fell 63-58 to the North. Conde bucketed four three-pointers while Trojan teammate Grace Derksen added six points. Oak Ridge’s Shelby Peters was also on the […]

Drivers make push in points opener

Speedway opened its championship points racing season Saturday night with four divisions, hearty car counts and inflated winnings to kick off the 50th Anniversary Season. In the Sprint Car Division, Colby Wiesz of Colfax took command of the feature event to take home the $2000 win; Ryan McDaniel drove to victory in the Late Model […]

El Dorado nine defeats D’backs 9-1

After losing to Sierra Valley Conference and intra county baseball foe Union Mine last month, El Dorado has been on a tear. The Cougars, winners of eight of their last 10, made it 9-of-11 after defeating the Diamondbacks 9-1 Friday in a rescheduled makeup. The two meet in the rubber match at Union Mine’s field on Thursday, […]

Oak Ridge girls fall to Grizzlies

EL DORADO HILLS — A second half rally fell short Friday for the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team, which fell to Granite Bay by an 18-14 score. Trialing 13-6 at halftime, the Trojans (5-4) and Grizzlies combined for five goals in the first seven minutes of the second half. Oak Ridge cut the Griz lead to 15-10 […]

Schedule: April 12-18, 2015

Monday, April 13 Baseball OR @ Del Oro, 4 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 4 p.m. Softball Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 4 p.m. ED @ Galt, Galt SB Complex, 3:30 p.m. UM @ Rosemont, 4:15 p.m. Girls soccer Rocklin @ OR, 4 p.m. PHS @ Whitney, 7 p.m. ED @ GS, 5 p.m. Volleyball GS @ […]

Union Mine plays Cordova to a draw

EL DORADO — A late stoppage of play favored host Union Mine in Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference girls soccer game, which led to a 1-1 tie against Cordova. The visiting Lancers were pressing on offense when a player went down to injury — the delay allowed the Lady Diamondbacks time to regroup and hold Cordova off the […]

Track and Field: Laut vaults to Stanford win

PALO ALTO — Oak Ridge pole vaulter Austin Laut took first place at last weekend’s prestigious two-day Stanford Invitational meet at the Palo Alto campus. Laut’s vault of 15-5 won it from a field of 88 schools representing the western region. The Trojan is currently tied for the state’s best mark at 16 feet.

Outside with Charlie: Fine-tuned

Snow is predicted to fall on and off this week — just where and how much won’t be known until it’s over. It’s that time of year when your plans can be changed by how the storm door works. What would be nice is a massive blast of snow. Right now though, we’ll take anything. […]

World of Outlaws makes local visit

It has been more than 20 years since the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series last took on the high-banked, quarter-mile Placerville Speedway. The opportunity to bring the series back tonight after all that time came at the hands of one Outlaws competitor, Brad Sweet, but it’s another who brings a very special connection to […]

Special ‘Day’ for Lady Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A hat trick helped the Ponderosa High girls soccer team to a 4-0 Capital Valley Conference win over Antelope at Simon-Bruin Stadium on Monday. The Lady Bruins (3-3-2 in the CVC, 4-5-2) jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead. Two of those goals came from sophomore forward Alexis Day, who finished with three […]

Schedule: April 6-11, 2015

Monday, April 6 Baseball Granite Bay @ OR, 4 p.m. Girls soccer Antelope @ PHS, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 Baseball UM @ ED, 4 p.m. Softball Granite Bay @ OR, 4 p.m. Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 4 p.m. Boys tennis Del Oro @ OR, Broadstone, 3:30 p.m. PHS @ Bella Vista, 3:30 p.m. Boys […]

Travels to resort have produced many stories

The story of Sorensen’s Resort is complex. From the first actual cabin built in 1907, through the years to what it is now. The resort has been an ever evolving story of determination, gumption, blind faith and luck. Travel through Hope Valley long ago was very different from it is today. Travelers, on foot, horse, […]

Speedway: Hirst records career win

Two-time and defending King of the West champion Kyle Hirst fired off a warning shot at the opening round in 2015 that he will certainly be a player once again. He drove to victory at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night. It was Hirst’s 12th career series win and tied him with former driver Kevin […]

Softball: Lady Grizzlies tame Lions

GARDEN VALLEY — Allie Widmann stood tall for the Golden Sierra High softball team in Thursday afternoon’s 20-1 home non-league win against Leroy Green Academy. The 4-foot-11 Lady Grizzly senior shortstop went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. She also walked two times and scored three of Golden Sierra’s runs. One of Widmann’s hits came in the […]

Under the Scoreboard: April 4, 2015

Six Oak Ridge High girls basketball players, led by Isamar Conde’s first-team selection, are a part of the All Metro teams annouced last week. Conde, a senior, finished strong in helping Oak Ridge reach the CIF NorCal title game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Senior guard Grace Derksen was named to the second team […]

Chamber board and Joint Chambers Commission support EID election cycle change

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors adopted a resolution on Feb. 9 proposing to change the district’s election cycle from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, so that the board elections would coincide with statewide general elections. The first election that this proposed change would affect, currently scheduled for Nov. 3, 2015, would instead […]