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Speedway: July Fourth Spectacular to provide exciting races

On Saturday night, the 50th anniversary of the July Fourth Spectacular at Placerville Speedway is going to be a night of continued great tradition and celebration with the thrill of local championship auto racing and the spectacle of a giant pyrotechnic display. The grandstands at Placerville Speedway is the place to be to enjoy El Dorado County’s […]

Baseball: Thrilling finish for El Dorado Hills, Ponderosa

FOLSOM — It was a battle to the last out between the Ponderosa and El Dorado Hills 9/10-year-old All-Star baseball squads faced off in the double-elimination game of the District 54 Tournament at Hazel McFarland Park on Wednesday night. After a grueling six innings, El Dorado Hills defeated Ponderosa 14-11. The win sends El Dorado Hills into today’s […]

Swimming: Sharks drop contest

FOLSOM — The Sierra Sharks swam hard in the pool in last Saturday’s road meet against the Broadstone Barracudas, but came out short with a 480-309 loss. The Sharks, 2-3 in dual meets this season, lost to the Barracudas in the boys division, 245-144. The Lady Sharks were bitten by a 227-162 margin. Setting a […]

On Tap: Locals squads prepare for tourney

The first-ever El Dorado High School Fourth of July Tournament, which will feature local and out-of-area baseball teams, starts today, Friday, through Sunday at the Cougars’ field. El Dorado and El Dorado Post 119 join Fairfield, Chico Kennedy of Sacramento and Reed of Sparks, Nev. in round-robin today and Saturday. El Dorado High joins Kennedy and Chico […]

Bruins squad capture Silver crown

WOODLAND — The Bruins 16U summer baseball travel team, consisting of mostly Ponderosa High student-athletes posted a 3-1 record at the All-World Tournament held at the Woodland Sports Complex that included winning the Silver Division Championship last weekend. In the first game on Saturday, the Bruins beat D-1 Tigers 8-3, led by top hitters Riley […]

Sports Scene: June 25, 2015

El Dorado Hills CSD 916-933-6624 Rockball Basketball Clinic (grades 1-8) This newly offered clinic provides the framework for new and experienced players to learn or build on existing skills and help elevate their game to the next level. Fun drills will teach basics as well as advanced skills sets are taught in small groups to […]

Taz torpedo Loomis, stay undefeated

EL DORADO HILLS — The Loomis Basin Dolphins were no match for the Tasmanian Devils swim team Saturday at the El Dorado Hills Community District Swimming Pool. After their 614-175 victory, the Taz are 4-0 on the regular season, positioned on top of the Suburban Swim League standings. Throughout the week, Taz coaches instructed athletes […]

Dolphin swim nets Blue Marlins

EL DORADO — Winning 49 of 84 events last Saturday, nearly all the relays, the host Dry Diggins Dolphins cruised past the Cordova Blue Marlins by an overall score of 1650.5-1237.5 at the Aquatic Center pool. The Dolphin girls out pointed their counterparts 866.5-623.5, winning 19 individual races and nine relays. The boys prevailed 784-614 […]

Racing back on track tomorrow

With the break for the El Dorado County Fair now in the history books, Placerville Speedway roars back into action tomorrow night with a big night of racing. Not only is it a battle for the season titles, it’s a ‘duel’ night of competition as the event is also the second leg of the high […]

Roundup: June 25, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High School 6, Fairfield TC 5 — The Cougars made three runs in the third inning and another three in the sixth hold up to take Tuesday’s first game at Laurel Creek Park in Fairfield. The host team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning, forcing El Dorado High […]

Deputies make drug arrest

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Placerville after reportedly finding the suspect in possession of heroin. At about 10:42 a.m. on June 17, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Forty Niner Trail for a report of a person allegedly using narcotics. On-scene, they contacted Joseph Richard, 20. They also allegedly found […]

Local educator grading AP exams

NEW YORK — Terry Patten Armbrust of Placerville was recently selected for the fourth year to participate in the College Board’s annual AP reading in psychology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the 2015 […]

Fire fears prompt Cal Fire to suspend residential burn permits

CAMINO — As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, Cal Fire has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties. This suspension takes effect 8 a.m. on Monday, June 22, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris […]

Heinz-sight: Dubs did it

Candlestick Park, third base line, day game. My answer to the question ‘do you know where you were the last time the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship?’ Fast-forward 40 years, the answer becomes less exciting: home, living room couch, next to the pooch. Forty years between titles is a long wait. For some […]

Bruins hire new baseball coach

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ben Peterson was named the new Ponderosa High baseball head coach. In addition to his diamond duties, Peterson will also be teaching mathematics on campus. He takes over the baseball program for Robert Taylor, who coached the Bruins’ team for the last two seasons. Peterson’s coaching experience includes assisting with recruiting for William […]

On tap

Today  Mutton Bustin El Dorado County Fair Grandstands, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 Baseball South Lake Tahoe @ EDHS, noon, (2) Father’s Day Summer Slam ED Post 119 vs. Grass Valley Miners, Chico High, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21 Baseball Father’s Day Summer Slam ED Post 119 vs. Reno Rebels, Chico High, 4:30 p.m. Wheelbarrow […]

Roundup: June 18, 2015

Baseball Tournament of Champions Juniors El Dorado Hills 6, Woodcreek 10 Ponderosa 17, Cosumnes River 23 Majors El Dorado Hills ‘A’ 3, Folsom National ‘B’ 6 Ponderosa ‘B’ 1, Folsom National ‘A’ 6  

Cougars blitz Bear River

El Dorado High School put together 19 hits Wednesday, capping the game with an eight-run inning, to overwhelm visiting Bear River 17-1 in a summer matchup under the lights. The Grass Valley squad ran into an offensive juggernaut, especially at the end. Just two of the Cougar hits went for extra bases, the rest singles. […]

Sharks fall to Park Terrace

CAMERON PARK — After winning its first dual meet two weeks ago, the Sierra Sharks couldn’t stay the course in last Saturday’s home meet against Park Terrace — falling to the Penguins 484.5-304.5 at the Cameron Park Community Center Pool. The Sharks, 1-2 in dual meets this season, had many high-point winners. Avery Pellicano (7-8) set […]

Mallory Velte wins Body Bar title

Former two-time California State Wrestling Champion Mallory Velte qualified last month for the UWW Junior World Championships after taking the gold medal at the Body Bar UWW Junior Nationals in Irving, Texas. Pitted in a best-of-three, winner-takes-the-title showdown with McKendree University’s Alexis Porter, the defending champion and 2014 Junior World Team member, the two took […]

Field trip for gold

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Community resources for foster children

Some community resources for foster children are listed below: Big Brothers Big Sisters — 530-626-1222 Boy’s and Girls’s Club — 530-295-8019 CASA El Dorado — 530-622-9882 Childhelp USA National — 1-800-4-ACHILD Child Protective Services — 530-642-7100 El Dorado County Deptartment of Human Services — 530-642-7300 El Dorado County Mental Health — 530-621-6200 Family Connections El […]

How to stay cool as temperatures soar

With summer just around the corner, El Dorado County health officials offer tips on how to stay cool, hydrated and healthy in hot weather. “Anyone can be at risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion. It’s important to take precautions to stay safe and healthy when temperatures rise,” said Kristine Oase Guth, program manager for […]

Lady Trojans honored

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High’s year-end awards ceremony recognized three Lady Tojans basketball players. The Senior Athlete of the Year is Isamar Conde; Junior Athlete of the Year is Briana Dulgar; and the Career Athlete is Grace Derksen. The trio played together and helped Oak Ridge reach the NorCal finals

Point racing resumes tomorrow

Tomorrow night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series returning with three divisions  expected to pack the evening roster as the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues one of it’s most lucrative and competitive seasons. Saturday’s event will feature the 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited […]

Season ends with Optimist matches

SACRAMENTO — Ben Kopania and Elijah Magat shined on the court in Wednesday’s 18th annual Optimist High School Boys’ volleyball All-Star matches inside Capital Christian High’s gym. One of the South’s Division I players, Oak Ridge’s Kopania was named the team’s Outstanding Player. On the court most of the match, the former Trojan outside hitter played a […]

Sports Scene: June 4, 2015

Soccer camp The Oak Ridge Boys Soccer Summer Camp is Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16th at the Oak Ridge Stadium. Open to 8th, 9th and 10th graders (based upon 2015/16 enrollment). Camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost $150 per camper (includes Oak Ridge Soccer t-shirt). To register, visit oakridgesoccer.com.

Bertuccelli’s aim is to win

Leah Bertuccelli School: Union Mine Class: Senior PR: 12-6 State rank: T-8th  CLOVIS — Like everyone at this weekend’s CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High, Union Mine pole vaulter Leah Bertuccelli hopes she’ll do her absolute best on prep’s biggest stage. For the Diamondback, however many jumps she does will be her last at […]

Laut goes in the favorite

Austin Laut School: Oak Ridge Class: Senior PR: 16-3.25 State rank: 1st  CLOVIS — Austin Laut has worked hard toward keeping his eye on the prize for the last five months. Today, the Oak Ridge pole vaulter strongly feels that the hard work and efforts will pay off with a California Interscholastic Federation state track […]

Holloway eyes top 5 finish

Robert Holloway School: Ponderosa Class: Senior PR: 15-3 State rank: T-19th CLOVIS — Robert Holloway wants a top-5 pole vault finish this weekend at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High, a goal he feels is realistic. Holloway’s personal best is 15-3, a mark he set earlier this year at the Sacramento Meet […]

Roundup: June 4, 2015

Baseball El Dorado High 8, Liberty Ranch 7 — The Cougars pushed a run across in the eighth inning to win Tuesday’s road game in Galt. Tied at 7-7, Jack Grigsby drew a walk and was moved up 90 feet on Chris Pederson’s sacrifice bunt. After a wild pitch advanced Grigsby to third, an error […]

Markham’s Mud Run a muddy good success

Tired of the traditional fundraisers such as selling cookie dough, Sees candy, wrapping paper, etc., Edwin Markham Middle School hosted its 1st Annual Markham Mud Run in late April. The goal was not just to raise money for the students of Markham but to also help change the image of their middle school. “For years I have […]

Sports Scene: May 28, 2015

E-WASTE COLLECTION The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste […]

Consistency leaps high for Austin Laut

EL DORADO HILLS — New chapters in Austin Laut’s life will begin in upcoming months. Today, the Oak Ridge High senior, who has accumulated a 4.1 grade point average, will receive his diploma. During the summer, Laut will work as a lifeguard at the CSD pool. Toward the end of August, Laut will move to the East Coast to attend Yale in New […]

Eight punch Master’s Meet tickets

TURLOCK — The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Track And Field Championships opened Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus for El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra. While the bulk of finals were yesterday, a handful of area field athletes had their fate determined in their attempts to qualify for next week’s Master’s Meet at Elk Grove High. […]

Laut captures D-1 pole vault title

ELK GROVE — Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut leaped to first place at the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional I Track and Field finals at Elk Grove High on Wednesday. The Trojans’ senior, who currently leads all California high school boys pole vaulters at 16 feet, 2 inches, posted a 15-5 mark to capture the D-I title. His top finish […]

Cougar Award Winners

Natalie Hebron Award Sabrina Tate Bruce Lung Award Joel Kaderka All Metro Matt Smith Sabrina Tate A. Dale Lacky Scholarship Dane Neves CIF Scholar Athlete Nominees Joel Kaderka Dane Neves Rebecca McCaughey Sabrina Tate SVC Scholarship Kaela Marcus Army Junior Athlete of the Year Kelsey Liddell Britton Stark College bound Athletes Matt Smith, Sacramento State […]

Roundup: May 21, 2015

Boys lacrosse North Coast Section Playoffs Oak Ridge 13, College Park 6 Oak Ridge 8, De La Salle 10 Track and field  Division II/III finals Bella Vista High  Girls PV: 4-Rylee Johnson, PHS, 9-2; 7-Taylor Trageser, 9-2. LJ: 6-Emily Herman, PHS, 16-7.5. SP: 11-Ashlynn Cichella, PHS, 32-2. Boys HJ: 8-Jack Hartung, PHS, 5-8. D-IV/V finals […]

Bruin spikers reach section final

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Stepping up efforts across the board, Ponderosa swept its Division II section semifinal playoff match against visiting Placer Tuesday, winning 25-19,25-17, 25-22. The victory sent the Bruins into last night’s section final against the Rio Americano Raiders, the first time since 1987 a Ponderosa volleyball team has made it. Win or lose, the […]

Oak Ridge suffers first postseason loss

SACRAMENTO — An opportunity to score runs came and went fast for Oak Ridge in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I game against Granite Bay at Union Stadium on Tuesday night. The Trojans, the No. 1 seed who swept the No. 7 seed Grizzlies all three times in Sierra Foothill League action, stranded six runners, four in […]

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