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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 »

Trojans knock off defending section champs

Host Oak Ridge stole momentum in the third quarter Friday, breaking from a halftime tie to defeat Delta River League foe Sheldon, 51-44, at the Trojans’ gym. Troy forward Jordan Roberts (game-high 15 points) started the third by scoring a basket off a Husky turnover. At the free throw line, Trojan forward Jared Casey missed […]

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

Lady Trojans’ rally falls short

Lady Trojan Shelby Peters drives to the hole during the Oak Ridge vs. Nevada Union game on Saturday. Peters scored five points in the game. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

In their second meeting Saturday, the Oak Ridge High and Nevada Union High girls basketball teams battled to the end. The Trojans, who were behind 31-22 at halftime, rallied in the second half before losing a tough 60-50 contest to the Miners at the Trojans’ gym. Oak Ridge won the first contest, 57-44, at the […]

Comments Off / January 19, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Troy pins down War Challenge

David Myong faces Trojan James Portilla, right, in the 170-pound weight class at the Trojans' War Wrestling Challenge. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Portilla places first For a second consecutive year, host Oak Ridge won the Trojans’ War Wrestling Challenge team title. The Trojans finished with 197.5 points. Orland was second with 173 and Granite Bay third at 142. “We’re focused on getting better each week,” Oak Ridge head coach Casey Rhyan said. Six Trojan grapplers competed for […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge grapplers win opener

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High wrestling coach Casey Rhyan didn’t expect Jesuit to forfeit weight classes in their Delta River League opener inside the Trojan gym Wednesday. Two of the first three matches were awarded to Troy which went on to post a 46-18 win over the Marauders. Oak Ridge (1-0) won its […]

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

Oak Ridge wins consolation title

Trojan Connor Davis goes up for the shot. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Davis All-Tourney Oak Ridge basketball coach Bobby Edwards preaches to his players that a strong second-half start usually dictates the final outcome. Playing for the consolation title of the annual Trojan Toss-Up against Rio Americano Saturday, the Trojans (7-6) did just that — expanding a 25-23 halftime lead to a 61-51 victory. “Even though we were up […]

Comments Off / January 05, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge grounds Cardinals for Toss-Up title

Bettencourt named MVP; Hoffman, Derksen all-tourney A fast start on offense and perimeter defense gave the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team a jump-start toward its 59-36 win over Cardinal Newman to grab the 20th annual Trojan Toss-Up title inside the Lady Trojans’ renovated gym last Monday. Trojan guard Ali Bettencourt, named tournament MVP, scored five of her game-high 18 points within the […]

Comments Off / December 27, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Read More »