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Taz overcomes Rain, Dolphins and Gators

TAZ swimmer David Handen, 8, confers with coach Matt Candau before the 7-8 Boys 25-yard Freestyle. David finished fourth in the event with a personal best time of 22.01. Courtesy photo

By Mike McIntee The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils defeated the visiting College Greens Gators to raise their record to 2-0. The Taz entered the day having beaten the Loomis Basin Dolphins. The June  opening day meet was marked by a steady rainfall. “Nobody can remember a meet in which it rained,” said Taz Vice […]

No Comment / June 13, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Life is anything but drag for racing family

FAMILY IN DRAG — Team Clevenger€ is an El Dorado Hills family that includes three generations of drag racers. Josh and Makinna Clevenger, back and front, are 16 and 18 respectively, and have been racing since they were 8 and 10 years old. Their father, Curtis Clevenger, back right, has been racing with his father, Ron, not pictured, since the late 1970s. Melanie Clevenger, left, is team mom and marketing director. The team hopes to land a sponsor for Makinna, who at 17 was the youngest person to ever qualify as for an "Advanced E.T." license. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Makinna Clevenger wants you to believe she’s a normal teenager. She just graduated from Oak Ridge High School, where she was a good student, played rugby and was a popular cheerleader. But unlike the other cheerleaders, this 18-year-old spends her free time rocketing down a race track at 200 miles per hour. So much for normalcy. […]

No Comment / June 10, 2011 | Posted in News,Sports | Read More »

South dominates North in Optimist softball

OLIVIA LUCATUORTO doubled in two at bats in the South's 14-6 win over the North in Wednesday's Optimist softball game. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Prep softball took a final bow Wednesday in the 34th Optimist All Star North-South game at Capital Christian High School, won by the South 14-6. Oak Ridge’s Kasey Stanchek and Jenessa Jeppesen, Ponderosa’s Olivia Lucatuorto and Golden Sierra’s Sarah Rasmussen each donned school colors one final time to partake in the annual event […]

No Comment / June 09, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Sports,Sports | Read More »

Porter’s pitching gem keeps Cal baseball alive at Houston Regional

HOUSTON — Former Oak Ridge Trojan and current Cal Berkeley freshman Kyle Porter posted career highs in innings and strikeouts Sunday night to pitch the Bears to an 8-0 victory over Baylor in the NCAA Houston Regional playoffs at Reckling Park. Earlier Sunday, Cal eliminated eighth-ranked host Rice 6-3 to set up a rematch with […]

No Comment / June 07, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Rough day Friday for county tracksters

CLOVIS — Five El Dorado County track and field athletes who qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis came away from Friday’s trials disappointed. Competing against the top athletes in the state, Oak Ridge high jumpers Matt Redden, Will Findlay and Jessica Emde, along with […]

No Comment / June 06, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Jeff McKenzie has a hand (actually, an arm) in state title

PITCHER PERFECT — Former Trojan Jeff McKenzie pitches at the California Community College Athletic Association state championship game.  He was voted the tournament MVP after winning the title game. Courtesy photo

Jeff McKenzie came close to winning a state championship last summer with the El Dorado Post 119 Senior Legion team but the bid fell short. Now he knows how it feels to win a state title. He and his teammates at Stockton’s Delta College won the recent California Community College Athletic Association state baseball title with […]

No Comment / June 03, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge swimmers do well

LODI — The Sac-Joaquin Section Swim and Dive Championships were held at Tokay High in Lodi last month. Competitors included all swimmers from every division who had met or surpassed the section standard times throughout the season. The more qualified swimmers each team entered, the better chance the teams had to place high in the […]

No Comment / June 03, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »