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Roundup: Mar. 3, 2015

Track and Field Clarke Massey Relays Boys: 3-El Dorado, 36.96; 16-Union Mine, 6 3200: 4-Dalton Douglas-Hiley, ED, 10:22; 5-Jackson Harris, ED, 10:34; 11-Keis Verleur, UM, 11:00; 23-Austin Cordero, UM, 12:08; 26-Rees Verleur, UM, 12:38. 4×100: 7-ED, 45.84; 11-UM (Kyle McDonald, Zac Cherrington, Raine Scott, Aaron Haggerty), 47.68. 4×800: 7-ED, 9:06. SMR: 5-ED, 1:44; 10-UM (Haggerty, […]

Trojans steamroll Bear Creek

EL DORADO HILLS — Behind disruptive pressure by its defense and a solid display of outside shooting, host Oak Ridge overwhelmed Bear Creek 62-20 in its girl’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener Tuesday night. The win advanced the Lady Trojans (24-3) to yesterday’s second-round matchup with River City. Against the Bruins, Isamar Conde led […]

Locals ready for Masters

Who: Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado and Union Mine What: Sac-Joaquin Section/Les Schwab Tires Masters Wrestling Tournament Where: Stockton Arena When: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. both days   STOCKTON — There are 30 El Dorado County high school wrestlers with one goal in mind — placing high at this weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section’s Masters Tournament at […]

Roundup: Feb. 26, 2015

Boys basketball Section playoffs Ponderosa 65, Modesto Christian 78 — Despite a team-high 17 points from senior Matthew Bejsovec and 14 by freshman Adam Orr, the 15th-seed Bruins saw their season end at the hands of the No. 2 host Crusaders Wednesday night in a Sac-Joaquin Division II section playoff matchup. Ponderosa trailed by seven at […]

Bruin girls slay mighty Dragons

SACRAMENTO — For more than a decade, Sacramento High’s varsity girls basketball program has been an unstoppable postseason institution — cruising through the opening rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs year after year. Not so on Tuesday, as visiting 11th seed Ponderosa slayed the No. 6 Dragons in an 81-74 upset that rocked the Division II bracket […]

Oak Ridge takes care of the home court

Millhollin nets 21 in win EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge started fast Wednesday night and never let up in its 64-40 Sac-Joaquin Division I Section playoff victory over visiting Bella Vista. Trojan starters, led by point guard Tyus Millhollin’s game-high 21 points, scored all but two of the team’s points. The Oak Ridge backcourt […]

On tap

Today/Tomorrow Wrestling Girls State Championships Visalia Convention Center Boys Masters Stockton Arena Tonight Boys basketball Section playoffs D-I: OR @ Sheldon, 7 p.m. Next week Alpine Racing CNISSF State Championships Mammoth, CA      

SVC Winter All League teams

Boys basketball Coach of the Year Josh Williams, Liberty Ranch Co-Most Valuable Player DeAndre Stallings, Liberty Ranch Co-Most Valuable Player Jordan Roberson, Cordova Matt Smith, El Dorado Ian Spencer, El Dorado Isaac Bugbee, El Dorado Andrew Vaughn, Union Mine Bradley Brittain, Union Mine Girls basketball Coach of the Year Chris Del Rio, Union Mine Most Valuable […]

Sports Scene: Feb. 19, 2015

Gym facility rental  Cameron Park Community Services District’s Community Gym can be used during off peak times with up to 50 percent off the regular fee. Available times include weekdays and Sundays before 4 p.m.,  when available. To make reservations or more information, contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231.  

Roundup: Feb. 20, 2015

Bowling Knotty Pine Lanes, Pollock Pines Mountain Women Bowling League Team standings 1. Pin Pals 13-7 2. Knotty Girls 12.5-7.5 3. Bowling Baggs 12-8 4. Sometimers 10-10 5. Hillbilliettes 9-11 6. Team Effort 8-12 7. Fun Gals 8-12 8. Alley Oops! 7.5-12.5 HIgh game: 203 — Sue Coggins; 183 — Jeanen Santerelli; 180 — Jeanne […]

Oak Ridge boys secure third place

GRANITE BAY — A fast run in the fourth quarter resulted in visiting Oak Ridge posting a 47-44 win over Granite Bay in Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League boys basketball finale to take third place. The win ensured the Trojans’ a first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division I home playoff game against Bella Vista next Wednesday. Leading 32-31 as they […]

Banzai Tour this weekend at Alpine Meadows

Banzai Tour Stops Alpine Meadows: Feb. 21-22 Kirkwood: March 7-8 Sugar Bowl: March 14-15 It’s quite a mixture of skiers and riders of all levels, gathering for a fun and competitive experience on the slopes, where they get to experience a legitimate racing environment. Now in its fifth year, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is billed […]

Lady Trojans race past Grizzlies

GRANITE BAY — Dramatically improved second-half of league defensive play was evident by the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team in Tuesday’s finale against Granite Bay, won easily by the Lady Trojans 55-19. Oak Ridge aggressively forced turnovers from the start to put the finishing touches on its perfect 12-0 run through the Sierra Foothill League, 23-3 […]

Drought workshop proposed for Georgetown Divide PUD

The drought was on everyone’s mind at the Feb. 10 board meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. According to General Manager Wendell Wall, the current water storage in Stumpy Meadows Reservoir is at 10,790 acre-feet or 54 percent of capacity. He said that is the lowest storage level in the lake in the past 49 […]

Caltrans restoring Bridal Veil Falls culvert

Caltrans has begun its project to restore the culvert at Bridal Veil Falls. The culvert was damaged during the King Fire, said Caltrans spokesperson Steve Nelson. The culvert itself goes under the highway, and is big enough to allow workers to go inside and fix it. Depending on the weather, Nelson said, the project should […]

Trojans sign LOIs

EL DORADO HILLS — Nine Oak Ridge atletes signed Letter of Intent forms at a signing ceremony last Wednesday at the multi-purpose room on campus. The nine were: Nolan Book, football, UC Davis; Nolan Boggini, baseball, Williamette; Kyle Lucke, baseball, UC San Diego; Jake Hathaway, baseball, University of San Francisco; Sky Divinagracia, softball, George Fox University; […]

Roundup: Feb. 4, 2015

Girls basketball Oak Ridge 64, Rocklin 24 — The host Lady Trojans outscored the Thunder 35-10 in the middle quarters of Tuesday’s Sierra Foothill League victory. Oak Ridge, which improved to 9-0 in league and 20-3 overall, was led by Isamar Conde with 16 points. Shelby Peters scored 11 points; Hailey McCoy added 10; Grace […]

Men’s D-I lacrosse at Oak Ridge

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Community Foundation is in a collaborative effort with the El Dorado Hills Lacrosse Foundation in a bid to strengthen the El Dorado Hills Lacrosse community now and for future generations. Starting with $15,000 seed money, the intent of the Lacrosse Foundation is to engage the EDH lacrosse community […]

Tenner inducted to Villanova Hall

VILLANOVA, Pa — Ponderosa High varsity football head coach Jason Tenner has arrived back east via a red-eye flight from the West Coast to attend tonight’s 39th annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner at the Connelly Center on the campus of Villanova University. Tenner is one of nine former student-athletes in the 2014 induction class […]

Bruin skiers, boarders lead the way

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE — Ponderosa High was the big winner of Wednesday’s makeup Slalom race at Sierra-at-Tahoe, as the Bruins had 3-of-4 individual winners and won 3-of-4 team categories. Ponderosa snowboarder Tori Castaneda remained perfect with her fourth win in a row as Bruins went 1-2-3. Skiers Alec Lambres and Fiona Zeier both returned to the win […]

El Dorado joins D’backs at top

Senior Night, big crowd, alumni present — Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county clash between host El Dorado and Union Mine to close the regular season had it all. For the host Cougars, sitting in second place, they needed it all and got it by way of a 45-30 victory to pull even with the […]

Ponderosa pins down conference title

FAIR OAKS — Four consecutive wins led the Ponderosa High wrestling team to a 38-25 Capital Valley Conference victory over Bella Vista on Tuesday night to capture the conference crown at 7-0. The Bruins started the meet with the 126-pound class, as Zack Miller won a narrow 9-8 decision. Then Chad Reese (132), Colin Hustrulid (138) and Robert […]

GOP lawmakers introduce legislation to encourage early college savings

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Members Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), Frank Bigelow (R- O’Neals) and Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced legislation recently that would encourage early college savings by making contributions to California’s college savings plan tax deductible. “This is California’s opportunity to help parents saving their own hard-earned dollars to keep more of that […]

Roundup: Feb. 3, 2015

Boys basketball Ponderosa 54, Bella Vista 60 — The host Broncos’ 20-14 second quarter was the difference for the Bruins in Monday’s Capital Valley Conference loss. Matthew Bejsovec led Ponderosa with 16 points; Josh Bist added 15; Marty Padilla scored nine points; Adam Orr had six; and Kenny Macklin, four.

BOS tackles mitigation of oak woodlands and future wildlife tunnels

In a special meeting Jan 26, El Dorado County Supervisors moved forward on the General Plan’s Biological Resources element by adopting a methodology for measuring development impacts on the county’s oak tree resources. As recommended by its consulting firm, Dudek & Associates, the board chose the “oak woodland” option over the “oak canopy” method for […]

Local club has top finishers

EL DORADO HILLS — Over the weekend, members of the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club competed at three tournaments. On Saturday in Rocklin at the Hardwood Palace was the middle school Natomas Tournament of Champions qualifier. First-place trophies went to Jose Sanchez, Kai Schaefer and Kaden West. At the Elementary Championships at Kerr Middle School in Elk Grove, Gavin Luna brought home […]

Cougar boys take down Rosemont

With wins up and down the lineup covering light, middle and upper weights, El Dorado pinned a 45-27 defeat on visiting Rosemont in Sierra Valley Conference mat action Wednesday night. Both teams forfeited two weight divisions. For the Cougars, Joe Carlisle (132 pounds) and Ben Grigsby (138) went unopposed for 12 mid-match points that boosted El […]

Outside with Charlie: Weathernomics

A decent set of storms dropped enough snow in the high country last month to allow the ski resorts, big and small, to open. The holidays were great for skiers and snowboarders, cross country skiers, and snowshoe enthusiasts. Recent storms have mostly headed elsewhere. While there have been a few days of very light snow, […]

Oak Ridge upends T’wolves 49-22

EL DORADO HILLS — Kassidy De Lapp had a double-double for the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team Wednesday, which posted a 49-22 Sierra Foothill League win over Woodcreek. The Lady Trojan freshman center registered a game-high 12 points and 11 rebounds — scoring half of her points in the third quarter that helped Oak Ridge (4-0 […]

D’backs rally for victory

EL DORADO — Two Union Mine girls basketball players scored in double figures — one aided by key fourth-quarter free throws — leading to a 53-48 Sierra Valley Conference win over Liberty Ranch in the opener for both teams at the Snake Pit Tuesday. Lady Diamondback Courtney Bruno scored eight of her 14 points in the final […]

El Dorado wins SVC opener

Two key scoring plays, both involving Ian Spencer and Isaac Bugbee, late in the fourth quarter Tuesday helped turn the tide for host El Dorado in its 61-56 victory over Rosemont to open Sierra Valley Conference play. Both involved good defense by one team but better offense by the other. On the first, the Cougars […]

Outside with Charlie: Now’s the time

Early winter has settled in and the trees in the orchards are beautiful in a wonderful winter landscape. The traffic in Apple Hills is now mostly local and actually moves through the area with ease as there’s simply not many cars and trucks roaming the back roads. It is a perfect time to take your bike, […]

Oak Ridge’s aggressive tone not enough

EL DORADO HILLS — In its first of only two home Sierra Foothill League matches, Oak Ridge wrestled tenaciously in most of its bouts but it was Folsom which came out with a 53-21 victory. Trojan grapplers Patrick Irwin (220-pounds), Josh Ploke (113s), Mikey Mello (120s), Jack Santina (126s) and Brandon Claiborne (145s) walked off […]

Trojans fall to top-ranked Folsom

FOLSOM — Though a four-minute span in the fourth quarter helped the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team, it wasn’t enough against Folsom, which posted a 55-46 Sierra Foothill League win in the opener for both teams inside the Bulldogs’ gym Tuesday. The Trojans went on a 12-5 run in the final four minutes of […]

Diamondbacks open league victoriously

EL DORADO — Wrestling on the home mat for the first time this season, host Union Mine toppled Galt 50-28 Wednesday in both squad’s Sierra Valley Conference dual meet opener. The Diamondbacks trailed 18-12 before jumping to a comfortable lead after the Warriors forfeited four of the next five matches. Union Mine also recorded two […]

Titans shoot down Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Impressive long-range perimeter shooting by visiting Antelope Tuesday night pushed the Titans past Ponderosa 71-59 to open the Capital Valley Conference schedule. Antelope sank 10 three-pointers — nine by the Johnson sisters — to sink the Bruins who battled the whole way. Nia Johnson hit the Titans’ first three in the first […]

Part I: Some of 2014’s biggest sports stories

Editor’s note: Each December the Democrat sports staff sifts through 12 months of coverage in an attempt to determine the year’s biggest stories by our local athletes and teams. Never easy, this task regrettably can’t acknowledge everyone. Our 2014 format selected one top sports story and nine others ranked in no particular order. Additionally, a […]

First and goal: Needle in haystack

Yesterday, on New Year’s Day, the El Dorado High girls basketball team played Brookside Christian on the first day of the Running with the Pack Tournament at Cosumnes Oak High in Elk Grove. Yes, your eyes are just fine — the Lady Cougars played on New Year’s Day. El Dorado was scheduled to start the […]

MLUSD Superintendent Forum Jan. 7

In response to recent concerns, Mother Lode Union School District will host a two-hour “MLUSD Superintendent Forum” on Jan. 7, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Herbert C. Green Cafeteria for all interested citizens and/or staff to express their concerns and/or share what’s working or positive to two MLUSD trustees and the superintendent. […]

Year in Review: Recap: Jan – June 2014

Editor’s note: The 2014 sports year in El Dorado County was diverse in its range of feats and accomplishments. The following is a brief look back at the first half of 2014 in a month-by-month breakdown of people, places and events. January — The new year opened with the uncertainty of whether the South 1 […]

Oak Ridge captures own tourney crown

EL DORADO HILLS — If the Oak Ridge High boys basketball team needed motivation in the title game against Monterey Trail of its own Trojan Toss Up, its performance at a previous tournament in toppling a top-ranked team ignited the fuel. Tuesday against the Mustangs, Oak Ridge (10-4) played its game and took the top trophy after […]

Cougars girls take second at Vitell

El Dorado’s bid to beat two good teams 90 minutes apart Tuesday to close the Jan Vitell Tournament fell short as Colfax took the first-place trophy with its 43-32 victory over the Lady Cougars. The Falcons held a five-point lead after three quarters and outscored El Dorado in the fourth. Earlier, the Cougars defeated Vista […]

Roundup: Dec. 30, 2014

Boys basketball Kendall Arnett Tournament Union Mine 66, Oakmont 52 — In Monday’s tournament opener at Placer High, the Diamondbacks (10-3) advanced when they broke free from a 15-14 first quarter lead by holding the Vikings’ offense to five points. That gave Union Mine a 32-19 halftime lead. The D’backs outscored the Vikings, 34-33, in […]

Kipuke to represent as student trustee

You want ideas? Omba Kipuke has plenty of ideas for engaging his fellow students of the Los Rios Community College District in the “community” of community college. How about a food drive to stock a pantry with non-perishable items for needy Los Rios students? How about a student-led fundraiser for the district’s vital Student Emergency […]