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Food bank blitz a success

MIKE SPROULL with the Food Bank of El Dorado County, left, and two Hands4Hope volunteers pose with some of the food collected during Hands4Hope's Food Bank Blitz. Courtesy photo.

Local community outreach organization, Hands 4 Hope – Youth Making A Difference, held its annual Spring Food Bank Blitz on Saturday, April 2. More than 200 volunteers from Sacramento and El Dorado counties worked shifts at grocery stores from Placerville to Orangevale, handing out flyers that explained how shoppers could help the hungry in our […]

Comments Off / April 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge senior earns lacrosse scholarship

ON THE LINE — Oak Ridge lacrosse player Case Donahue signs his letter of intent. Photo courtesy of Chris Donahue.

Oak Ridge senior Case Donahue signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse for NCAA Division II Dominican University in San Rafael April 13. Donahue, the first player from Oak Ridge to earn a lacrosse scholarship, also received an academic scholarship from the university. When the lacrosse club program began about six years ago, organizers […]

Comments Off / April 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

Trojans stun Pleasant Grove with near no-hitter from Ales

ON HIS GAME — Trojan pitcher Austin Ales, seen here in an earlier game, struck out six, issued zero walks and allowed just two hits in seven strong innings against Pleasant Grove Monday. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins.

By Justin Heinzer Starting pitcher Austin Ales threw a two-hit gem for Oak Ridge, humbling the previously undefeated Eagles 6-0 in Monday’s Delta River League varsity baseball matchup. Ales breezed through the first six innings, facing the minimum number of Eagle batters without yielding a single hit (a double-play in the second erased a runner […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge track competes in Arcadia Invitational

RUNNERS UNITE —€” Antonio Arce, a former Palmdale High School cross country and track athlete coached by Rob Fairley and a former Notre Dame runner, left, hooks up with Oak Ridge senior Benji Xie, the captain of the track and cross country teams who set the school record for the 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational with a time of 9:13.61, and coach Rob Fairley. Courtesy photo

LOS ANGELES — Thirteen Oak Ridge track and field athletes competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles April 8-9 against top competitors from around the nation. Benji Xie, Will Findlay and Shannon Trumbull turned in outstanding performances. Xie broke the school record in the 3,200-meter seeded race Saturday night, blazing eight laps in […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge loses big to Jesuit

By Tyler Schmidt Coming off  a two-game winning streak, the Oak Ridge baseball team hoped to keep the good times rolling against Jesuit Thursday. Instead, the game turned into one-sided Delta River League loss with Jesuit rapping out 14 hits en route to a 14-3 victory over the Trojans. Despite the cold, gusting winds and […]

Comments Off / April 08, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Ocean Fest teaches kids about conservation

Walk the Talk members Danielle Jolette, Emily Kopania, and Sumega Mandadi pose with the WaTa group logo during a club meeting. WaTa, founded by Emily, is hosting an event called Ocean Fest, where elementary school students will learn about ocean conservation through fun and games. Courtesy photo

By Devin McDonald Local elementary school students will soon get the rare opportunity to learn about ocean conservation—from other students. As part of Emily Kopania’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, students from Oak Ridge High School’s own ocean conservation club Walk the Talk, or WaTa, will host the first Ocean Fest on April 30. At […]

Comments Off / April 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Beat the tax blues with easy exercises

For many people April is an emotionally taxing month, as we feel mounting pressure to get our IRS returns completed and submitted on time. It may not be a coincidence that April is also the National Stress Awareness Month, during which light is shed on dangers of unmanaged stress, as well as successful coping strategies. […]

Comments Off / April 06, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »