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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 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 »

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 »