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Eight punch tickets to Rabobank

Claiborne takes second STOCKTON — Competing at the two-day CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Stockton Arena, eight combined Oak Ridge and Ponderosa wrestlers placed in the top seven to advance to the state wrestling championships this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. The Trojans send five and the Bruins three. As a team, Oak Ridge finished fifth with […]

Comments Off / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Providence, Clairborne win titles

Trojan Brandon Claiborne, left, faces Ponderosa's Colin Hustrulid at the 2013 Marty Manges tournament. Claiborne came out on top at this match and subsequent meetings between the two wrestlers. Photo courtesy of James Protilla Sr.

18 Bruin, Trojan grapplers advance to Masters ELK GROVE — Four months ago, Ponderosa High wrestler Trae Providence knew sacrifices had to be met in order to lose 10 pounds to compete in the 160-pound class. “I cut down all of the junk food,” Providence said. “I just had to eat smart and keep running. I completely feel […]

Comments Off / February 23, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Trojans falls to Folsom in OT

Three Oak Ridge players scored in double digits in Friday’s Delta River League home game against Folsom but the Bulldogs escaped with a 73-64 overtime victory. Trojan guard Tyus Millhollin scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter including two, three-pointers. Forward Connor Sende scored five of his 14 in the fourth and guard Matt […]

Comments Off / February 09, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge can still catch Folsom

Oak Ridge High’s Kevan Cryan knows Pleasant Grove’s Rossin Erbe very well on the mat as the two have competed against each other almost a half-dozen times over the years. At Wednesday’s Senior Night and Delta River League dual meet finale inside the Trojans’ gym, Cryan posted a close 13-8 decision over Erbe in the […]

Comments Off / February 06, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Drossos’ trey keys Trojans

Yumi Drossos was one of two Oak Ridge High girls basketball players who scored in double figures in Tuesday’s 52-47 Delta River League home win over Pleasant Grove. Pleasant Grove led 36-35 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter when Drossos (13 points) eyed the basket and fired a three-pointer to give Oak Ridge […]

Comments Off / February 06, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Bruins stun Oak Ridge in Shingle Springs

Oak Ridge's Matt Battaglia moves past Bruin defenders in Friday's game. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Chris Snyder’s recent bout with the flu left the 6-foot-9 center for the Ponderosa High basketball team completely drained. “I didn’t eat anything for three days straight,” Snyder said. “I could barely run.” Snyder felt much better Friday against Delta River League and intra-county rival Oak Ridge and it showed as the […]

Comments Off / February 02, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Claiborne wins Tim Brown title

Brandon Caliborne pins an opponent at the Tim Brown Memorial Invitational, where he earned the title in his weight class. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

NORTH HIGHLANDS – Brandon Claiborne didn’t care much to have the freebie point he was granted prior to facing Henley High’s Connor Noonan in Saturday’s 138-pound title match at the Tim Brown Memorial Invitational so he went out and earned a dozen more. Claiborne’s 13-5 win at the Jackson Sports Academy was the only local championship. […]

Comments Off / January 26, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »