Monday, January 26, 2015
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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 […]

Sports scene: Dec. 23, 2014

Cameron Park CSD Adult basketball winter season Come join the Cameron Park Community Services District for another great adult basketball season. The new season begins on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Now CSD is looking for teams. Games are played every Tuesday evening with each team playing 8 games and concluding with playoffs; winners receive championship shirts. […]

Roundup: Dec. 23, 2014

Boys basketball St. Hope Elite Classic Ponderosa 45, Christian Brothers 70 — The Bruins (3-4) led 14-11 after the first quarter, but the Falcons flew to a 28-9 second quarter scoring advantage for a 39-23 halftime lead. Brennan Wheeler had 12 points for Ponderosa, and Matthew Bejsovec followed with 10. Josh Bist finished with six points, […]

Local unemployment up slightly in November

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.7 percent in November 2014, up from a revised 6.6 percent in October 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 7.9 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent for California and 5.5 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment […]

Roundup: Two Trojan titles; two MVPs

Boys basketball Antelope Titan Holiday Classic Oak Ridge 67, West Campus 49 — Tournament MVP Cole Compton led three Trojans in double figures as Oak Ridge won the championship Saturday. Troy outscored West Campus 20-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Matt Battaglia bucketed 16 points while Tyus Millhollin tallied 11 and Connor Schmutte added nine […]

GDPUD: Proposition 218-related workshop next week

New board members were sworn in and new officers elected at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Carl Hoelscher, Lon Uso and Jesse Hanschild swapped seats with outgoing board members Ray Griffiths and Bonnie McLane. Outgoing board member Kathy Otermat wasn’t present. The new board went on to elect Director Norm Krizl as […]

Grizzlies pinned down in league matches

GARDEN VALLEY — In a tri-Sierra Delta League home meet Wednesday, the Golden Sierra High wrestling squad was looking to have a strong showing against Capital Christian and Mesa Verde. But the visiting Cougars and Mavericks pinned the Grizzlies, who lost 18-9 to Capital Christian and 42-12 to Mesa Verde. Despite the losses, Golden Sierra […]

Trojans execute in victory

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High boys basketball coach Bobby Edwards received an early Christmas present Tuesday from his team — quick start that led to a win. Hosting Vacaville in a non-league game, the Trojans used full-court pressure defense that resulted into many Bulldog turnovers. Add in clutch shooting, and Oak Ridge (3-1) raced […]

Part II: Leaving the cross country resorts behind

Editor’s note: Charlie Ferris is the Mountain Democrat’s columnist on outdoor activities throughout the year. Below concludes his two-part feature on the different types of cross country skiing. The first part ran in Wednesday’s issue.  Cross-country skiing, as pointed out Wednesday, doesn’t fit into a simple category — especially true once you leave the cross-country resorts behind. […]

Roundup: Dec. 10, 2014

Boys basketball Union Mine 67, San Juan 65 — The Diamondbacks overcame a nine-point deficit after three quarters to outscore the host Spartans 23-12 in the fourth for Tuesday’s nonleague win. After trailing 19-10 after the first quarter, Union Mine had to fight back the entire way. Andrew Vaughn led the D’backs with a season-high […]

SVC All League Cross Country

Varsity boys *Dalton Douglas-Hiley, El Dorado Jackson Harris, El Dorado Charlie Plamondon, El Dorado Liam Drennan, El Dorado Grant Seely, El Dorado Jay Revolinsky, El Dorado Keis Verleur, Union Mine Garrett Locher, El Dorado Brett Burink, Union Mine Jordan McGuire, Cordova Varsity girls *Kaitlynn Staggers, El Dorado Allison Babbage, Union Mine Dani DeStefano, El Dorado […]

Grizzly Flat man pleads guilty to child porn

A Grizzly Flat man pleaded guilty in a federal court on Dec. 4 to receiving and distributing child pornography. Court documents state that Nicholas Robert Bowen, 63, took a woman to a Davis park where he had her expose herself to boys between the ages of 10 and 12, a press release from U.S. Attorney […]

El Dorado comes back on Titans

SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado girls made Steve Scott a winner in his first game as coach with Tuesday’s 54-33 nonleague victory at Burbank. Samantha Klinkenborg led a trio of Cougars in double figures with 12 points. Kylie Haverson and Faith Wilson each added 11 while Rebecca McCaughey contributed eight points. Rounding out the scoring, […]

Lady Diamondbacks race past Calaveras

EL DORAD) — It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night at Union Mine High as the varsity Lady Diamondbacks hosted Calaveras for its second nonleague game of the year. Following a dismal showing in the first two quarters, Union Mine reversed a two-point deficit at halftime with an 18-point third quarter and another […]

G9 Golden Sierra girls drop home opener

GARDEN VALLEY — An early lead looked promising Tuesday for the Golden Sierra High girls basketball team against Marysville. But the visiting Indians capitalized on turnovers that led to a 54-30 win in the home opener for the Lady Grizzlies (0-1). The Grizzlies’ defense forced Marysville into five turnovers in the first quarter that transitioned into […]

SVC All League Fall 2014

Football Coach of the Year Joe Volek, El Dorado Most Valuable Player Nick Bonniksen MVP Offense Daniel Tveretinov, Rosemont MVP Defense Christian Pridgen-Daniels, Rosemont Outstanding Lineman Vince Spikes, Cordova Carter Meyer, El Dorado Colby Harrington, El Dorado Cody Miller, El Dorado Zach Culp, El Dorado Talen Van Cleave, El Dorado Brandon Ollar, El Dorado Tyler […]

Sports Scene: Dec. 2, 2014

El Dorado Hills CSD Adult 5×5 Basketball Teams play seven games followed by playoffs for the top four teams. Games are played at the El Dorado Hills’ CSD Gym on Sunday evenings from Jan. 25 to March 22 and again April 12 to June 14 with a team fee of $425. Deadline to register for […]

Football: Area teams held their own ground

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: Union Mine, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa are featured today. El Dorado and Golden Sierra ran Monday. One more win. That was all that the Union Mine, Oak Ridge […]

Roundup: Dec. 2, 2014

Boys basketball Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation game Ponderosa 53, Vista del Lago 62 — In Monday’s opener in Folsom, the Bruins trailed 41-36 entering the fourth quarter, but the Eagles grounded their visitors in the final eight minutes. Jordan Brennan was one of two Ponderosa players who scored in double figures with 16 points, followed by Matthew Bejsovec at […]