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These girls own the court

SERVICE — Jayhawks team member, Rebecca Bricker, 11, of El Dorado Hills gets ready to serve the ball during an El Dorado Hills Community Services District Youth Volleyball League game. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Making the cut for the school team or getting selected to an elite club squad aren’t prerequisites to participate in the El Dorado Hills Community Service District girls volleyball league. All you need is the desire to have fun and learn the sport. The new league, which runs on Tuesday nights in the CSD gym, […]

Comments Off / June 24, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

South dominates North in Optimist softball

OLIVIA LUCATUORTO doubled in two at bats in the South's 14-6 win over the North in Wednesday's Optimist softball game. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Prep softball took a final bow Wednesday in the 34th Optimist All Star North-South game at Capital Christian High School, won by the South 14-6. Oak Ridge’s Kasey Stanchek and Jenessa Jeppesen, Ponderosa’s Olivia Lucatuorto and Golden Sierra’s Sarah Rasmussen each donned school colors one final time to partake in the annual event […]

Comments Off / June 09, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Sports,Sports | Read More »

Jeff McKenzie has a hand (actually, an arm) in state title

PITCHER PERFECT — Former Trojan Jeff McKenzie pitches at the California Community College Athletic Association state championship game.  He was voted the tournament MVP after winning the title game. Courtesy photo

Jeff McKenzie came close to winning a state championship last summer with the El Dorado Post 119 Senior Legion team but the bid fell short. Now he knows how it feels to win a state title. He and his teammates at Stockton’s Delta College won the recent California Community College Athletic Association state baseball title with […]

Comments Off / June 03, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Sara Hickenbottom still a Bruin with Bethany

SIGNING, SMILING —€” Sara Hickenbottom, right, signs her letter of intent to play volleyball and attend Bethany University with her future coach Reed Duffus, left, in attendance. Hickenbottom will play in the California Pacific Conference, NAIA. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Ponderosa High senior middle blocker Sara Hickenbottom will continue her volleyball career for Bethany University in Scott’s Valley near Santa Cruz. Hickenbottom put her signature to her letter of intent at a recent signing ceremony in the school’s gymnasium attended by her new coach, Reed Duffus, family, friends and teammates. Bethany’s mascot is also a […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Cameron Park Sports | Read More »

Ty Freehill free wheels to championship

HIGH FLYING Ty Freehill practices at his El Dorado Hills training course. Freehill is a 7-year-old AMA Arena Cross champion. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

While the rest of us settled on brunch, flowers, candy or a card to honor mom this past Mother’s Day, Ty Freehill had bigger things in mind. The 7-year-old motocross racer added to his already impressive list of accomplishments by winning the Las Vegas Amateur AMA National Arenacross Championship at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium. He […]

Comments Off / May 26, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Kasey Stanchek moves on to the Pac-10

OAK RIDGE PITCHER Kasey Stanchek, second from right, always gave credit teammates for the Lady Trojans' success. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Noticably absent from this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section girls’ softball playoffs are Oak Ridge High and four-year senior starting pitcher Kasey Stanchek. For three straight seasons, Stanchek toed the rubber at the Sacramento Softball Complex and pitched the Trojans to back-to-back-to-back section titles —  outright or sometimes in comebacks. Oak Ridge, with eight Division II and III […]

Comments Off / May 25, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Eight-run inning by Oak Ridge buries Lady Bruins

Pitcher Kasey Stanchek got the outs, catcher Jackie Schmaeling hit one out and the Oak Ridge defense turned three outs on one play as the Trojans defeated host Ponderosa 11-3 in the teams’ final Delta River League softball matchup. The score was tied 2-2 at one point before Oak Ridge broke out with eight runs in the fourth inning. […]

Comments Off / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Sports,Sports | Read More »