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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 »

Xie headed to State Championships

Benji Xie

FOLSOM – After two years of frustration, Oak Ridge High cross country runner Benji Xie will run in the CIF State Cross Country meet Nov. 27 in Fresno. The star-crossed Xie, who was the No. 2 runner on the Trojan team behind Amjed Aboukhadijeh, collapsed on the Willow Hills course in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet the past […]

No Comment / November 14, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge-Lincoln: Two days of agony

RYAN ADAMS, shown here during an Oct. 15 game, scored what would have been a winning touchdown Saturday night. But a last-minute run by Lincoln gave the Lodi team the two point edge they needed to win. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

Trojans ousted after near comeback By Tyler Schmidt Mother Lode News correspondent STOCKTON — In what became one of the craziest games of the year, the Oak Ridge High Trojans and host Lincoln-Stockton Trojans endured a power outage, two days of play, a major comeback and a last minute game-winning drive. Lincoln-Stockton came out victorious […]

No Comment / November 13, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Trojan polo ends season

AMANDA JONES, shown here in a September game against Ponderosa, scored a pair of goals for Oak Ridge during Tuesday's final game. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins.

Oak Ridge High School’s varsity water polo teams both found themselves eliminated from the playoffs this week. The Oak Ridge boys team took on Jesuit Thursday at the Community Services District pool. Despite excellent defensive playing from Shane O’Rourke and Jeffrey Chambliss and aggressive offense from Joshua Verner, Riley McNamara and Garrison Yeandle, the visiting […]

No Comment / November 12, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge volleyball makes semi-finals

TROJAN ALEXA BECKER makes a save during an October game. Oak Ridge will face St. Francis Tuesday in the Section semifinals.

The Oak Ridge varsity girls volleyball team handily defeated Lincoln High Thursday night in five games. Scores were 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 18-25 and 15-9. “Slammin’” Katie Vaughn led across the board with 31 kills (of 67 attempts). Nikki Haggard had 28 assists and Maddie Chambliss led with 25 digs. Oak Ridge’s record now stands at […]

No Comment / November 12, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Pint-sized racer makes big debut

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Daring 9-year-old John R. Duarte of El Dorado Hills felt lucky just to participate in the 2010 AMA California State Hillclimb and Verticross Pro AM series Nov. 6. But he came away with a lot more than a token trophy: The bold, first-time racer climbed onto his 50 cc Honda and placed fifth in the hill […]

No Comment / November 11, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »