Friday, January 23, 2015
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Roundup: Jan. 23, 2015

Boys basketball El Dorado 61, Galt 47 — The Cougars returned home and returned to the win column with Thursday’s Sierra Valley Conference victory. Matt Smith scored 25 points and blocked three shots to lead El Dorado; Isaac Bugbee had 10 points; Brian Lane scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds; Cam Battersby scored six; […]

Golden Sierra in 1st place tie

GARDEN VALLEY — Without breaking much of a sweat, host Golden Sierra remained undefeated in the Sierra Delta League after its quick 32-18 win over Rio Vista Thursday. There was just one bout, won by the Rams. All Grizzly points came from forfeits as Matt Wallis (160 pounds), James Azbill (170), Jordan Miyara (180), John […]

USFS King Fire proposal

EDITOR: We, the public, lost 63,000 acres of our land in the King Fire. The U.S. Forest Service, as the stewards of that land, are proposing to treat less than 14,000 acres in their proposed restoration effort. That leaves us with 50,000 acres that will soon be covered with brush and fallen burned snags, creating […]

Amazing community

EDITOR: What an amazing giving community we live in. Our fifth annual Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program has been our most successful yet. This year we helped 129 needy youth, 18 years and younger. Every individual received a jacket or a hoodie, pajamas and underwear. In addition we had enough brand new books donated to […]

Roundup: Jan. 20, 2015

Bowling Knotty Lanes, Pollock Pines Brunch Bunch Bowling League Team Standings 1. Way Knotty 43-25 2. Team 1 42-26 3. Assorted Nuts 37.5-30.5 4. Pine Nuts 35-33 5. Who Cares 35-33 6. It’s About Time 28-40 7. The Sliders 26.5-41.5 8. Time To Spare 25-43 High games: 199 — Leslie Fouche-Munoz; 181 — Phyl Warrick; […]

Rattlers Association Cup state champs

The Cameron Park-based Prospector Rattlers U-12 team, behind four shutout wins and one loss, captured the Cal North Association State Championship after its recent victory over the Visalia Galaxy Strikers. Avenging a preliminary round loss to the defending champion Strikers, the Rattlers rebounded with a 2-0 win behind stellar defense. The Rattlers scored both goals […]

Keep Union Mine open

EDITOR: It was suggested in a recent letter to the editor that the building of Union Mine High School was a mistake and should be closed. I disagree with this suggestion. If UMHS were closed, I believe our county would lose one of its best schools. One of the reasons given to justify closing UMHS […]

Cafe Todami

EDITOR: Tucked away in the whispering pines at Pleasant Valley Road and Hanks Exchange Road in Placerville, my daughter and I recently found an undiscovered jewel. While the signage is not state-of-the-art, but rather hand-painted, that rustic, welcoming ambiance continues as you walk through the doors of Cafe Todami. Two Korean sisters had a vision […]

Roundup: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Boys basketball Oak Ridge 75, Rocklin 59 — Three Oak Ridge players scored in double figures in Saturday’s Sierra Foothill League road win. Conor Jeffery was the Trojans’ leading scorer with 22 points, Connor Schumutte 18 and Cole Compton 15. Tyus Millhollin followed in scoring with eight, Kisilewicz five, Jarod Casey-Holland four and Connor Davis three. […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 28, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Youth Dodgeball (ages 7-12) Catch Dodgeball fever by playing this fast-paced and fun indoor game. Participants have fun while working on their hand-eye coordination, agility and learning the value of teamwork. Teams are formed each night for this 4 week session from March 6-27. Camp runs from 6:30-7:15 p.m. for […]

Roundup: Dec. 26, 2014

Girls basketball Southern California Holiday Classic Oak Ridge 70, Torrey Pines 53 Oak Ridge 60, Mater Dei Catholic 51 — The Lady Trojans won on the strength of a 12-3 overtime. Boys basketball St. Hope’s Classic Ponderosa 48, Foothill 58 Ponderosa 74, Tancho Cucamongo 83 Ponderosa 55, Silverado 57

Roundup: Dec. 24, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Classic Ponderosa 48, Foothill-Palo Cedro 58 — The Bruins (3-5) trailed 45-42 going to the fourth quarter but were held to six points in Tuesday’s loss. Matthew Bejsovec scored 19 points followed by Josh Bist with 10. Kenny Macklin and Jordan Brennan had six points each, Marty Padilla four and Brennan Wheeler […]

Oak Ridge graduate named UAV coach

LANCASTER — University of Antelope Valley Director of Athletics Jeff Bussell has announced the hiring of Brad Rogers as the first ever head men’s basketball coach for UAV. Rogers comes to the Pioneers after spending the last three years working as an assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Christian University. “Brad’s success in […]

Former Cougars return for alumni game

A team comprised of players from the classes 2008 to 20013 defeated the El Dorado High boys varsity team 84-76 in an alumni game exhibition last Monday in the Cougars’ gym. The El Dorado alumni starters were Jared Gavard (Class of 2008), Justin Gavard (2010), Garrett Keith (2010), Ben Thomas (2011) and Justin Morrison (2012). […]

Roundup: Dec. 21, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope’s Classic Oak Ridge 68, Lawndale 60 Ponderosa 64, Kennedy 74 — After a 49-49 tie after three quarters, the Cougars outscored the Bruins 25-15 in the fourth. Leading Ponderosa was Marty Padilla with 15 points; Brennan Wheeler had 14 and pulled down eight rebounds; Jordan Brennan added nine points; and Josh […]

Law enforcement

EDITOR: In light of all the current bad publicity toward law enforcement in general, I thought it might be nice for those folks who agree that the majority of law enforcement personnel are doing a good job to send them a Christmas card. Placerville CHP Office: P.O. Box 1417 Placerville, CA 95667 Placerville Police Department: […]

How times have changed

EDITOR: I was fortunate to have been raised during the ’50s and early ’60s, in what I now call “the age of innocence.” My, how times have changed. As an elementary schooler, I proudly wore an “I Like Ike” campaign button. I had no idea of it all; it was just that I liked the […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe open for business

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following last week’s storm that left more than 15 inches of fresh snow in the Sierra, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort opened last Friday for the 2014-15 winter season. As early season conditions still exist, the resort will operate limited terrain accessed by the Grandview Express and Easy Rider Express. “We are excited to […]

Military support group decorates tree as tribute

The Military Family Support Group decorated the Veerkamp Tree at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument as a tribute to local veterans, military service members and their families. The gorgeous silver fir tree is covered with patriotic ornaments, which have the names of local active duty service members and their current area of service — […]

County resident is nation’s fastest

EL DORADO HILLS — El Dorado Hills fourth-grader William McCoy won the 2014 All-American National Cross Country Championship in his age division Saturday. He ran a 3K, or 1.86 miles, in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Remarkably, his parents Allen and Rochelle McCoy didn’t know they had a super runner until recently. “We knew he was […]

Roundup: Dec. 9, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings 1. Team Effort 36-16 2. Sometimers 29-23 3. Bowlin Baggs 27-25 4. Knotty Girls 26-26 5. Alley Oops! 26-26 6. Fun Gals 23-29 7. Hillbilliettes 22.5-29.5 8. Pin Pals 17.5-34.5 High games: 189 — Cheryl Haas; 179 — Connie Harding and Nancy Bumbaca; […]

Roundup: Dec. 5, 2014

Boys basketball Jack Scott Tournament Oak Ridge 65, Del Campo 37 — The Trojans outscored the Cougars 19-3 in the second quarter to pull away. Ten Oak Ridge players scored led by Matt Battaglia and Cole Compton with 14 points apiece. Oak Ridge 62, Kennedy 71 Girls basketball Clovest West Tournament Oak Ridge 58, Immanuel […]

Head Start grant results response

EDITOR: In response to your article, “EDCOE Head Start grant results in simmering controversy,” I would like to point out some inaccuracies in Jeremy Meyers’ statements. The first being, the new grant funds only the Head Start program, not the state preschool program. Our state preschool program is funded by the state of California. Secondly, […]

Voting while enlisted

EDITOR: I am thankful for Mr. Longhofer’s failure to vote all these years. His vote would probably have exactly canceled my vote. I have voted in every election for over 60 years even while an enlisted man in the Air Force. I hope he continues to avoid the voting booth. BYRON MOBUS Cameron Park

Accomplishments highlighted 2014 Cougar, Grizzly seasons

Editor’s note: Democrat staff writer Mike Bush looked back on the recently completed seasons for the five area prep football teams. His analysis is broken into two parts: El Dorado and Golden Sierra today and Oak Ridge, Union Mine and Ponderosa to run on Wednesday. In terms of record and making the playoffs, El Dorado […]

Additional terrain at Heavenly, Northstar resorts

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif./Nev. — Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California Resort will expand terrain for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, giving skiers and riders access to the best snow surface conditions at Lake Tahoe. Combined, the Best of Tahoe resorts will offer Lake Tahoe’s most-open terrain. “If you’re planning on skiing this holiday weekend, Heavenly […]

Hoops up next

The transition to the winter prep sport’s season means that basketball rakes to the court. Monday, local teams compete in the Foundation game. Next weekend, beginning Thursday, El Dorado boys host the annual Gold Dust Tournament (see bracket) that includes Union Mine. To open, El Dorado plays South Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. followed by […]

Winter leaves quite a legacy

Pat Winter abruptly resigned as head coach of the El Dorado High girls basketball program. Citing personal reasons, Winter departs as the all-time winningest coach of any sport on campus. Having coached 16 years, Winter’s teams compiled 302 wins, made the playoffs 14 times and won five league titles, including four in a row from […]

Roundup: Nov. 25, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines  Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings  1. Team Effort 32-12 1. Alley Oops! 26-18 3. Sometimers 22-22 4. Knotty Girls 21-23 5. Bowlin Baggs 21-23 6. Hillbilliettes 21-23 7. Fun Gals 19-25 8. Pin Pals 13-31 High games: 207 — Bonnie Flint; 181 — Jeanene Santerelli; 175 — Connie […]

35th annual Apple Hill Harvest

KID’S FUN RUN — Runner’s ready themselves at the starting line in Camino for the annual run held in early November. Former El Dorado High distance ranner Sean Gregg took first place in his division with a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds in the 3.5 mile course. View results at applehillrun.com. Democrat photo by […]

Roundup: Nov. 24, 2014

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team Standings 1. Team Effort 31-9 2. Alley Hops! 23-17 3. Knotty Girls 20-20 4. Bowlin Baggs 20-20 5. Hillbilliettes 20-20 6. Sometimers 19-21 7. Fun Gals 16-24 8. Pin Pals 10-30 High games: 195 — Jeanene Santerelli; 186 — Connie Harding; 180 — Judy […]

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 […]

Holiday season safety

EDITOR: Holiday celebrations normally contain alcoholic beverages. Do not make destructive decisions like drinking and driving. When I was 16 in April of 1992, a .28 BAC drunken driver hit me head-on. The collision caused a coma, brain injuries and paralysis with multiple broken and dislocated bones. I stayed in two hospitals for seven months […]

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 […]

Foresthill PUD partners with NID on LiDAR mapping project

FORESTHILL — The Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) announced Nov. 4 a partnership agreement with the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) of Grass Valley. In a pact that will benefit each district, both parties will share certain costs on an aerial mapping project that uses LiDAR technology. Accurate mapping of the FPUD’s Sugar Pine reservoir is required […]

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 […]