Friday, November 21, 2014
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Cross Country Section Meet

FOLSOM — Coverage of the local teams that competed last Saturdat at the Section Meet at Willow Hills will be in Wednesday’s Democrat. Spo_Boys-D-1-Race

Cougars’ perfect season ends in first round

To get its perfect 10-0 record, the El Dorado High football team has had to rally in the second half in three of its Sierra Valley Conference wins. That situation presented itself again Friday at Harvey E. West Stadium in hosting Benicia in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The Cougars […]

Roundup: Nov. 16, 2014

Volleyball Section playoffs El Dorado def. by Vanden 9-25, 14-25, 21-25 — Kills: MacKenzie Niemann, 7; Abby Bennett, 5; Kylie Haverson, 5; Makayla Hoyt, 5; Faith Wilson, 4. Aces: Sabrina Tate, 2, Blocks: Rachael Stevenson, 2. Assists: Tate, 12; Riley Weinhold, 12. Serve receive: Joy Martin, 23; Haverson, 15; Hannah Cornwell, 6; Wilson, 4. Union […]

Water polo: Bruin boys fall in quarterfinals

ROCKLIN — Dixon broke from a halftime tie with five, third-period goals to oust Ponderosa from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys water polo playoffs Tuesday at Whitney High. The Bruins (21-10), the Capital Valley Conference’s No. 2 seed, tied the game at 5-5 with 6:15 left in the third period when Cameron Mosbacher fired a […]

Golf: Trojans fall short; Perry advances

SALINAS — The Oak Ridge girls team took seventh place at Monday’s NorCal Tournament at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch — 24 strokes shy of a state finals berth — to end a strong postseason run. Despite the disappointment, Trojan sophomore Lexi Perry played her best round of the season in carding a 78 […]

Re-branding Launch Event

EL DORADO HILLS — The Oak Ridge High Athletics Department is hosting a Re-Branding Launch Event Wednesday in the Trojan Arena (gymnasium). The ‘Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself Launch Event’ features the unveiling of the new athletics logo. Other happenings Wednesday is the Larger than Life Oak Ridge Athlete Banners Showcase, the video premier of […]

Roundup: Nov. 9, 2014

Tennis Individual Section Tournament Division I Johnson Ranch Singles Championship: Madeline Almeida, OR def. by Jacquie Tan, F, 3-6, 2-6 Semifinals: Almeida, OR def. Jacques, B, 6-1, 6-1. Quarterfinals: Almeida, OR, def. Barajas, L, 6-0, 6-2 First round: Almeida, OR, def. Hill, N, 6-0, 6-2 OR-Oak Ridge, F-Franklin, B-Beyer, L-Lodi, N-Napa   Water polo Section […]

Roadwork planned on Latrobe Road

The Transportation Division of El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will implement lane closures along Latrobe Road near Ryan Ranch Road that will result in one-lane traffic controlled by flaggers. The lane closures will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays between Nov. 6 […]

Roundup: Nov. 4, 2014

BOWLING KNOTTY PINE LANES MT. WOMEN TEAM STANDINGS 1 TEAM EFFORT WON 27 2 BOWLIN BAGGS WON 18 3 KNOTTY GIRLS WON 16 4 HILLIBILLIETTES WON 16 5 ALLEY OOPS WON 16 6 SOMTIMERS WON 15 7 PIN PALS WON 10 8 FUN GALS WON 9 HIGH SCORES SCRATCH SERIES:  577-JEANNE VALENTINE; 527-DORIS PLUMG; 527-MARTHA […]

Cross Country: Lady Trojans win league title

ROCKLIN — The Oak Ridge varsity girls’ cross-country team put in a stellar performance Friday to win the Sierra Foothill League finals and earn the league banner. The Lady Trojans scored 45 points to beat Woodcreek by eight points, and the majority set significant personal bests for the 3.1-miles race on a rainy evening at Johnson-Springview Park. Freshmen Elena and […]

Oak Ridge bitten by Folsom Bulldogs

FOLSOM — If the Oak Ridge High football team was going to secure an at-large Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth Friday, it had to find a way to slow down or stop Folsom in Friday’s Sierra Foothill League contest. But the host Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions en route to a 42-7 victory over […]

Roundup: Oct. 31, 2014

Tennis Sierra Foothill League Singles/Doubles Tournament Super Singles: Madeline Almeida, OR, def. Mehta, GB, 6-0 6-0; def. Panadero, R, 6-2, 6-4; def. Isaac, DO, 3-6, -6, 6-0. Teja Chalamcherla, OR, def. Yates, R, 6-2, 6-0; def. Arendain, WC, 7-5, 6-1; def. by Isaac, DO, 2-6, 2-6. Champion: Almeida, OR. Singles: Kassidy Lyons, OR, def. Hopping, […]

Treats turn into nightmare for Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — A treat for the Ponderosa High football team in Halloween’s Capital Valley Conference home game against Roseville came at the start of the second half. But the Tigers pulled out a 39-7 win. Trailing 19-0 at halftime, the Bruins’ kickoff return team received the treat when defensive back Zack Steiner recovered a fumble […]

Why isn’t Stanton endorsed by the Cal Fire Union?

EDITOR: Great question. In response to the online letter submitted to the Mountain Democrat by Retired Asst. Fire Chief George Goolsby, who is CPCSD Board Candidate Barbara Rogers’ husband, I offer the following. Why isn’t the Cal Fire Union endorsing my re-election to the CPCSD Board? I asked the Cal Fire Union No. 2881 Representative […]

Rules apply to all

EDITOR: City Council candidate Kirk Smith placed one of his campaign signs on private property without the owner of the property’s permission. When the owner removed the sign, Mr. Smith placed another one on the property. The owner informed Mr. Smith in writing to remove the sign. Mr. Smith, instead of removing the sign, attached […]

Jordan and Brown for EDUHSD board

EDITOR: I’d like to follow up on a letter written by my former colleague, John List — a highly-respected, retired industrial technology teacher from the El Dorado Union High School District. John emphasized the importance of vocational and technical courses in today’s schools. I wholeheartedly agree. This emphasis was one of the reasons our teachers’ […]

Yes on Measure K

EDITOR: A plea for  a yes vote on Measure K: Ballot Measure K can only be voted on by the people of Placerville. A  group of people in Placerville had to go to court to stop the Cedar Ravine Roundabout because the City Council was committed to the project. If a yes on K will […]

Vote for McClintock

EDITOR: This November, we should send someone to Congress with a record of promoting our district’s interests and protecting our freedoms. Congressman Tom McClintock is that candidate. McClintock voted for a budget that balances and ensures today’s college graduates retire into a prosperous, debt-free America. He voted to create jobs in our district with the […]

Supervisor election

EDITOR: As a fourth-generation resident of Coloma, as well as a former president of the El Dorado County Board of Realtors, I’ve had many opportunities over the past few decades to watch candidates, and issues, come and go. I believe that the upcoming Board of Supervisors election is the most critical in my experience. I […]

GDPUD ‘cost-cutting’

EDITOR: Don’t vote to re-elect Bonnie McLane and Kathy Otermat. Their claim to have “saved” more than $500,000 in management costs is ludicrous. The salaries of all the managers combined totaled only a little over $600,000 so saving more than $500,000 in management costs is not likely. Furthermore, the GDPUD financial statements (available at gd-pud.org) […]

Follow the money at election time

EDITOR: Following the money trail can lead you to a decision on how to vote Nov. 4. The No on M-N-O campaign has as its stated goal to “save local control.” But there is very little “local” in the largest financial contributors against these measures. Financial records show that developers (Parker Development through affiliates Serrano […]

Deceptive campaigning by McNeil and Stanton

EDITOR: I realize that politics can be rough and tumble and even dirty at times. I feel insulted that people would take advantage of the fire department’s good name by implying that they have their endorsement. When candidates put up deceptive campaign signs to mislead the public, this is taking politics too far. Cal Fire […]

Football: Ponderosa gets needed victory

ROSEVILLE — Some nights all cylinders are firing. Others it’s just a struggle to score. But big plays, defensive lapses and a myriad of penalties took a bit of the shine off for Ponderosa in Friday night’s 41-12 Capital Valley Conference win over Oakmont. “We played well in stretches tonight, but we were not very crisp […]

Roundup: Oct 25, 2014

  Tennis Ponderosa 1, Cosumnes Oaks 8 Singles (PHS first): Ashley Tank def. by Paran, 1-6, 1-6; Jaclyn Fields def. by Pullen, 1-6,0-6; Laura Parkyn def. by Anderson, 0-6, 1-6; Natany Ackerly def. by Kum, 0-6, 1-6; Grace Guimont def. Macedo, 6-1, 7-5; Katie Johnson def. by Wong, 1-6, 2-6. Doubles (PHS first): Regan Blomquist-Kat […]

Football: Oak Ridge knocks off Nevada Union

EL DORADO HILLS — Needing a win to aide its playoff chances, and supported intensely by a loud homecoming crowd on Senior Night, Oak Ridge High’s varsity football program delivered a 24-21 Sierra Foothill League victory over Nevada Union in a game that kept the outcome from becoming apparent until the final Miner possession. Leading 17-7 […]

Water polo: Cougars host key matches today

EL DORADO — The El Dorado boys and girls water polo teams hold key matches today against McClatchy at the Aquatics Center on the Union Mine campus. With a win today the Lady Cougars can capture the Metro Conference title outright with one more victory. The boys have a chance to guarantee a tie for […]

Roundup: Oct. 21, 2014

Volleyball Union Mine def. Liberty Ranch 10-25, 25-10, 21-25, 25-13, 16-14. Kills: Kylie Russell, 17; Kara Campbell, 13; Gabrielle Fredericks, 7; Jordyn Trulli, 6. Aces: Fredericks, 4. Blocks: Fredericks, 5; Kaitlin Lishman, 2; Trulli, 2; Digs: Campbell, 33; Russell, 14. Assists: Taylor Coate, 36; Breanna Gioia, 4. Serve receive: Campbell, 27; Russell, 18; Savannah Scott, […]

Vote Hus for EDH Fire Board

EDITOR: How much should El Dorado Hills taxpayers be paying for fire protection? This is a question that many municipalities are facing. Unfortunately, many communities such as Stockton are finding that they can’t afford the services they have created due to over commitment to wages and benefits made by boards and city councils in previous […]

Oak Ridge drops third straight; playoffs in peril

LOOMIS — Hoping to reverse its two-game skid to Sierra Foothill League foes Friday at Del Oro to keep postseason ambitions alive, Oak Ridge instead fell victim to the Golden Eagles’ big plays and reverse field scores in a 35-14 loss. The Trojans had wanted their second Placer County trip in three weeks to be fruitful but Del […]

Bruins’ 4th quarter lead slips way

FAIR OAKS — A strong start set the tone Friday for Ponderosa in its Capital Valley Conference football game against Del Campo. But the host Cougars, who trailed 21-6 in the first quarter, rallied in the fourth quarter for a 42-35 victory. Ponderosa (2-2 in the CVC, 4-3) led 35-28 entering the final quarter, and appeared […]

Roundup: Oct. 15, 2014

Tennis Oak Ridge 7, Woodcreek 2 Singles (OR first): Teja Chalamcherla def. Calistro, 6-3, 6-4; Lily Wainwright def. Arendain, 6-2, 6-1; Hannah Crookham def. Reinecke, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; Kelly McMillen def. Bair, 6-2, 6-4; Julia VanBoening def. by Fox, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6; Mansi Gupta def. Fernandez, 6-4, 6-1. Doubles (OR first): Cheljea Jang-Chelwei Jang def. […]

D’backs forfeit two games

Tuesday, the Mountain Democrat learned that Union Mine has forfeited two of its four varsity football wins this season because of an ineligible player. Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille stated in an e-mail to the Democrat, “We had to forfeit two games (against Foothill and Calaveras). We played a student-athlete who transferred to our school […]

Round and round … and round

There is no end to a circle. There might not be any end to the discussion of a roundabout for the Cedar Ravine/Main Street/Realignment Project, as Placerville City Council reviewed an ordinance to eliminate a roundabout as an alternative for the project’s intersection at the Oct. 14 meeting. The council already eliminated a roundabout as […]

Roundup: Oct. 14, 2014

Volleyball Union Mine def. Rosemont 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 — Kills: Kara Campbell 23, Karly Dales 3, Kylie Russell 2. Aces: Savannah Scott 6, Campbell 5, Russell, Taylor Coate, Shyanne Winje, Jordyn Trulli, Dales. Blocked shots: Gabrielle Fredericks 2, Kaitlin Lishman. Digs: Campbell 13, Winje 9, Russell 8, Scott 6, Coate 5. Assists: Coate 32.  El […]

D’backs falter in fourth

SACRAMENTO — All coaches preach that winning takes four full quarters of football and mistakes at the wrong time usually cost the game. Friday at Rosemont High after taking what seemed like control of the game with just under nine minutes to go, visiting Union Mine watched as the Wolverines rallied from a dozen points down […]

Cougars blank Union Mine 2-0

El Dorado and Union Mines squared off at the Cougars’ home pitch Friday, each in search of their first Sierra Valley Conference victory. For the Diamondbacks and Cougars, their respective soccer campaigns have been a struggle to find the back of the net. The Cougars scored early in the match as Alex Jimenez took a penalty kick and buried the […]

Folsom opens Johnny Cash Trail

On a perfect day for bicycling or walking, the City of Folsom opened the first phase of the Johnny Cash Trail and Overcrossing on Saturday, Oct. 4. A large crowd came to enjoy the festivities and be first to travel the trail that runs from Folsom Lake Crossing to Prison Road alongside Lake Natoma. The […]

Roundup: Oct. 7, 2014

Golf SVC Tournament at Mather GC: Union Mine 536; Liberty Ranch 597; El Dorado 612; Galt 631; Cordova 666; Rosemont 760. Low scores: 2-Larissa Garcia, UM, 92; 4-JayKlynn Burns, UM, 100; 6-Cassie Gutenberger, UM, 106; 7-Theresa Zachry, ED, 107; 9-Avory Linger, ED, 113; 10-Bailee Tolbert, UM, 114. Volleyball Union Mine def. Cordova 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, […]

Sports Scene: Oct. 7, 2014

Info Packets All El Dorado High wrestlers unable to attend last week’s meeting where info packets were passed out can pick one up in the school office on the front counter. One of the pages needs to be filled out, and returned to Coach Pimentel this week. EDH Club Signups The El Dorado Hills Wrestling […]

Oak Ridge names new LAX coach

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High School Athletics is pleased to announce Nathan Hendel as the new head coach of the Lady Trojan Lacrosse Program. Hendel most recently served as the assistant varsity coach for the Oak Ridge girl’s program during the 2013 season. A native of the East Bay, Hendel moved to Sacramento […]

Bruin boys win physical game

Action yields yellow, red cards SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa High boys soccer coach Greg Spangler made a confession after his Bruins posted a 3-1 Capital Valley Conference win over Antelope. “We started a little slow,” Spangler said. “We’re kind of notorious for starting slowly lately. But the team gets stronger as the match goes on.” The […]

Football: Diamondbacks too much for Matadors

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity football squad steamrolled Mira Loma 58-0 in a non-conference game Friday. For Diamondbacks interim head coach Davy Johnson and his players, the win was a good mark for the season record, but also an opportunity to rotate all players onto the field after the first quarter. “We didn’t keep […]

Roundup: Oct. 6, 2014

Golf Ponderosa 248, Bella Vista 288 — 9 holes, Mather GC, par 36. PHS low scores: Jasmine Monas 41, Julia Martin 46. Oak Ridge 224, Rocklin 240 — 9 holes, Whitney Oaks CC, par 36. OR low scores: Carolyn Almeida, 42. El Dorado 316, Cordova 323 — 9 holes at Cold Springs GC, par 36. ED low scores: […]

El Dorado boys blanked 6-0

Fleet-footed, quick to the ball and explosive, Rosemont pinned a 6-0 Sierra Valley Conference defeat on host El Dorado Monday night. With speed to spare and a touch of flare, the Wolverines’ Andrew Brown scored a hat trick on the Cougars and was involved in two other Rosemont goals. Despite the conference-opening setback, El Dorado played hard […]