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Ponderosa starts new year with new gym

NEW GYMNASIUM — assistant principal Darrin Slojkowski shows the written plans for the newly completed gym renovation at Ponderosa High School. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

SHINGLE SPRINGS — It’s got curb appeal, grandiosity and loads of amenities. It’s also centrally located — smack in the middle of the school’s campus. Yes, Ponderosa High’s newly reconfigured gym is the jewel of the Delta River League. Thanks to Measure Q (passed by voters in 2008), improvements were implemented in two phases — the […]

No Comment / December 29, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Sports,Sports | Read More »

Gymnast Natasha Sundby signs to Arizona State

NATASHA SUNDBY signs the dotted line during a ceremony in November at Oak Ridge. The senior will attend Arizona State next year on a gymnastics scholarship. Mother Lode News photo by Krysten Kellum

Six days of training a week, 12 competitions a year and risking career-hindering injury every day on the mat is all part of being a gymnast. And for Oak Ridge High School senior Natasha Sundby, it’s paying off in a big way. In November Sundby, 17, signed a letter of intent to attend Arizona State […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge wins sixth straight Toss-Up


By Scott Warden Mother Lode News correspondent After a thrilling victory over El Camino the night before the Oak Ridge Lady Trojan basketball team rolled into the finals of  the Trojan Toss-Up looking for a sixth straight title and seventh overall. “This was been a strong tournament with tough competition this year,” Oak Ridge coach […]

No Comment / December 25, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Close one for Lady Trojans

TROJAN post Lauren Sende looks to score in Tuesday’s Toss Up opener. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

Challenged wire-to-wire by El Camino Wednesday in the second round of the Trojan Toss Up, host Oak Ridge held on for a 60-54 victory to advance to the tournament final against either Kennedy or Christian Brothers. Returning to the championship game of their own tournament is nothing new to the Lady Trojans — being in […]

No Comment / December 23, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

Lady Trojans win Toss-Up opener

Riding the early hot hand of Dakota McLarnan and benefiting from Vista del Lago’s inability to put the ball in the basket for four quarters, host Oak Ridge opened the annual Trojan Toss Up with a 68-39 victory over the Eagles. If Oak Ridge wanted a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring win to kick off its own tournament, […]

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

Ex Marine still pounds ground after sight loss

SACRAMENTO — When runners Richard Hunter and Amjed Aboukhadijeh crossed the finish line of the California International Marathon in 3 hours, 20.18 minutes, no one was more surprised than Hunter, a visually impaired veteran from Sacramento. “I was worried about the race; I had a severe hamstring injury,” Hunter said. “I underwent aggressive physical therapy […]

No Comment / December 20, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge athletes crazy about egg nog

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CHUGGA-LUGGA-EGG NOG! — Five Oak Ridge High School track athletes and one graduate participated in what some might consider the area’s least appetizing athletic event — the annual Egg Nog Mile. Runners completed four laps around the track, chugging 12 ounces of egg nog before each time around. Runners were required to keep it all […]

No Comment / December 20, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »