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Youth wrestlers meet Olympian

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST Henry Cejudo with poses with Jared Horstman and Kaden West. Courtesy photo

Two El Dorado Hills youth wrestlers had an experience they won’t soon forget. Jared Horstman and Kaden West met 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo at the National Wrestling Coaches Association VIP luncheon in Fresno this past weekend. The luncheon was a fundraiser to keep wrestling programs in California in Division I colleges and […]

No Comment / November 23, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Big shoes to fill for Oak Ridge girls basketball

DAKOTA MCLARNAN, shown here in action during last season's monumental State Championship game, is one of Oak Ridge's stronger returning players this season. Mother Lode News file photo by Megan Jeremica

Oak Ridge High School’s varsity girls basketball team begins pre-season play next week, taking to the court for the first time after winning last year’s state championship upset over the longtime dominant Long Beach Polytechnic. With several strong players returning this year, the team has the means to go far — perhaps even another trip […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Ski season here in full force

By Jeffrey Weidel Mother Lode News correspondent By most accounts, the ski season was a dramatic success a year ago for Lake Tahoe and other California resorts. According to statistics compiled by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC), skier visits numbered 7.5 million in the golden state, an increase from the 6.7 million in […]

No Comment / November 18, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

MMA fights at Red Hawk bring fans in droves

GLADIATOR CHALLENGE Super Heavyweight Champion Rick Vardell retains his belt against Dan Quinn with a TKO in 1:43 in the second round. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

By Shelly Thorene Mother Lode News SHINGLE SPRINGS – Last Saturday’s Gladiator Challenge Mixed Martial Arts fights at the Redhawk Casino in Shingle Springs were a fine mix of fighters — some with raw talent, some with years of experience and some young fighters out for blood. The three title fights measured up to their billing but […]

No Comment / November 18, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Sign the dotted line

Oak-Ridge-signing

OAK RIDGE WRESTLER Vince Waldhauser smiles at parents, teachers and coaches gathered to watch he and softball’s Kasey Stanchek, left, volleyball player Katie Vaughn, gymnast Natasha Sundby and softball player Jenessa Jeppesen sign letters of intent Monday to continue their sports careers in college next fall.

No Comment / November 18, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge grad college ironman champ

LAUREN LOOPER completes the final stretch of the more than 70-mile race. Courtesy photo

Lauren Looper, a 20-year-old attending the United States Military Academy, and daughter of Linda and Bill Looper of El Dorado Hills, took the national women’s title at the Ironman Collegiate National Championship held in Austin, Texas, Oct. 6. The championship event was a half ironman requiring athletes to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and […]

No Comment / November 18, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge volleyball wraps it up

BIG BLOCK — Arden Zuber, left, and Katie Vaughn block an attack against Vista del Lago early in the season. Vaughn played her final game as a Trojan last Tuesday with the team ending the season with a loss. Mother Lode News photo by Krysten Kellum

Loss was Vaughn’s final Oak Ridge match SACRAMENTO — Reaching the postseason semifinals in any sport is always a solid accomplishment. Stopping there when you’re accustomed to advancing further isn’t. Amidst disappointment, hurt and some tears Tuesday, the Oak Ridge High volleyball team’s season ended to host St. Francis with a 14-25, 24-26, 16-25 loss. […]

No Comment / November 16, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »