Friday, December 19, 2014
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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 […]

EDCOE Headstart grant results in simmering controversy

You may have  received a postcard  in the mail about the treatment of preschool teachers by the El Dorado County Office of Education. EDCOE’s Head Start program was awarded a five-year grant to fund the program at $4.1 million a year on June 17, but certificated and classified Head Start staff found some changes to […]

Perry top-40 at state finals

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Oak Ridge High’s Lexi Perry shot an 11-over 83 for a top 40 finish at Monday’s CIF State Girl’s Golf Championships at the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. OR Izzy Arnold. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Sports Scene: Nov. 20, 2014

Training classes Gold Country Officials will hold training classes for referees for the 2015 Placerville and Cameron Park youth leagues. There will be two classes, both on Sundays on Dec. 7 and 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Al at 530-622-5841 (home), 530-401-1766 (cell) or e-mail official@cal.net. Breakfast and Santa run On […]

Trojan captain delivers on, off the court

It’s safe to say that before the Oak Ridge girls tennis team takes the court for today’s NorCal opener down at the Natomas Racquet Club, Teja Chalamcherla will have her say. As one of three, senior Lady Trojan captains and clearly the most visible, Chalamcherla doesn’t think twice about assuming the role as team leader. […]

Steve Scott back coaching

Steve Scott has returned to coaching basketball in El Dorado County. The former Oak Ridge boys hoops mentor is the new El Dorado High girls coach. Scott takes over for Pat Winter, who according to El Dorado High athletic director Joe Volek in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat, resigned prior to the start of practices. Scott, […]

Lady Trojans drop semis heartbreaker

ELK GROVE — For two hours and 10 minutes Tuesday, every point was critical between Oak Ridge and Pleasant Grove in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball semifinal match. From the first set to the last, both slugged it out to the end. Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, the host Eagles ended Oak Ridge’s fantastic season […]

Turnaround has El Dorado riding high

Nick Bonniksen describes the vivid memories from his first varsity football season at El Dorado High in unpleasant, but hardly uncertain, terms. “If we fell behind in a game, we’d crumble,” the Cougars’ senior quarterback remembered. “And in practice, you’d see fights literally breaking out. You’d look up and see guys getting mean and nasty […]

Outside with Charlie: Light precautions

Daylight savings time has faded out. A cold storm blew in, ushering it out, and dropped a nice dusting of snow in the high country. Autumn is in full residency now but there’s still plenty of hikes, treks and excursions to be had. What’s changed is how to approach any trip into the forest. The […]

Trojans corral Mustangs

EL DORADO HILLS — A free kick was huge for Oak Ridge in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I home boys soccer playoff game against Monterey Trail Tuesday. In the 62nd minute of the tied contest, Trojan forward Clayton Smith earned the chance to boot the free kick that was the go-ahead goal in a 2-1 victory. “We knew they were going […]

Bruin boys edge Grant

DEL PASO HEIGHTS — If the Ponderosa High boys soccer team was going to win its Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff opener against Grant Tuesday, it needed its players to make big plays. Enter Bruin goalie Patrick Hickey. The junior, the back-up to Max Hall, recorded four saves in the second half, two of which came after […]

Gold Nugget game tonight

Three El Dorado County high school football teams close out the regular season tonight — two that play one another. In Week 10 showdowns, Union Mine is at El Dorado for the annual Gold Nugget game while Ponderosa hosts Cosumnes Oaks. Oak Ridge has a bye and Golden Sierra won its league finale against Encina by […]

Lady Trojans capture 9-0 postseason victory

FOLSOM — Oak Ridge breezed past Napa 9-0 to open the CIF Section Division I playoffs Tuesday at the Broadstone Racquet Club. The Bulldogs, the Monticello Empire League’s second seed, edged Atwater 5-4 in Monday’s first round. Against the Lady Trojans, Napa was held set-less and managed just 12 points — five coming from its […]

Proposed equestrian center continued by planners

At the Oct. 23 meeting, the El Dorado County Planning Commission continued off-calendar a proposal for an equestrian center in Rescue. To be located on the south side of Green Valley Road at the intersection with Deer Valley Road, the proposal includes two parcels totaling 146.42 acres. The applicant, Dennis Graham, is seeking to rezone one of […]

Outside with Charlie: Fall tune-up

Autumn shows up with beautiful changes each year and we have a front row seat for all of it. The tree’s steady and stupendous leaps into color show us a rolling canvas of beauty. The days get just a little shorter every day. The wind blows and the leaves fall, and a little rain on […]

Cougars crush Florin, await playoffs

EL DORADO — Closing out the regular season Metro Conference schedule with Senior Day at the Aquatic Center Wednesday, El Dorado destroyed visiting Florin —the boys winning 22-3 and the girls shutting out the Panthers 23-0. Afterwards, the team held an emotional potluck get-together at the pool and honored seniors Maddy Salerno, Emily Oliver, Kylie Hammond, […]

Football: Grizzlies ready for big game

Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams continue their quest toward league championships and/or playoff berths tonight in Week 8. Golden Sierra welcomes Rio Vista; Oak Ridge makes the short trek to Folsom; Ponderosa entertains Roseville; and Union Mine plays its last home game of the season by taking on Cordova. […]