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Collie gets a shot with the Niners

Oak Ridge alum Austin Collie craddles the football during a San Francisco 49ers training session. Collie previously played for the Indianapolis Colts. Photo courtesy of the 49ers

Austin Collie is fighting for his professional football life, vying for a spot on a San Francisco 49ers team that many believe will return to the Super Bowl next January. The former Oak Ridge standout is now 27. He gained a reputation for hard work, dependability and intelligence with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, a […]

Comments Off / August 12, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Collies brand the magic

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El Dorado Hills’ first family of football, the Collies, will host a series of football camps and receiver competitions this summer. Zac and Austin Collie tore up the gridiron at Oak Ridge in the early 2000s, shattering school and state records along the way. The youngest son, Dylan, is coming off a stellar senior season […]

2 Comments / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Austin Collie chills with prize winner

COLLIE IN THE COMMUNITY —€” Oak Ridge star reciever Ausin Collie, right, who now plays with the Indianapolis Colts, took time to chat at Rockin' Frog Yogurt with, left to right, Victor and David Rudd, both 12, and Kyle Smith, 14, who won the "meet and greet" at Marina Village Middle School. Collie talked about life in the NFL and swapped injury stories with the starstruck middle schoolers. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Fourteen-year-old Kyle Smith and friends David and Victor Rudd, both 12, shared frozen yogurt and football stories with Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie last week. Smith won the honor in a drawing at Marina Middle School’s Family Jam fundraiser. The teen, his friends and his parents Jodi and Parveen Lal met the NFL star at Rockin’ Frog Frozen Yogurt Thursday. Collie […]

Comments Off / July 01, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Another Collie chooses to play for BYU

ALL IN THE FAMILY — Dylan Collie said he shopped around before deciding, "BYU is where I belong." The Oak Ridge junior made a verbal commitment to the school. Villge Life photo by Mike Roberts

Oak Ridge junior Dylan Collie made a verbal commitment to attend Brigham Young University in 2012 last week, continuing a family tradition of Cougar receivers that began with his father, Scott, and continued through his brothers, Zac, then Austin. Austin was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and became a favorite target of future hall-of-fame quarterback […]

Comments Off / May 27, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Shingle Springs couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

Bernhart “Bernie” Ritscher was on leave, a Navy man in the midst of World War II in 1944, when the Seattle-born boy decided to take a look around Sacramento. He soon spotted the Navy Club, run by mothers of men in the service and decided to drop in. “The place was full of good-looking chicks,” […]

No Comment / August 02, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Scout’s Eagle project goes straight to the dogs

Eagle Scout Ricky Rauchfuss, 15, of Shingle Springs uses a treat to lead Shyla, a border collie up a teeter totter, one of several agility course items he and other scouts from Diamond Springs Troop 95 built for his Eagle Scout project at Animal Services' facility.  Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Crash, Bailey, Leyla and Cookie must be pretty great dogs, since their pal Ricky Rauchfuss decided to earn his Eagle Scout wings by planning and building an obstacle course at the El Dorado County Animal Services facility for the canines there. “I decided to build this for the shelter so that the dogs there will be […]

Comments Off / February 02, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Trojan girls bow out with semifinals loss

Kassidy Lyons, right, meets her Saratoga opponent during lineup introductions at Broadstone Racquet Club Friday. Photo by Jerry Heinzer

Last Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal volleyball playoff match entering the fifth set was up for grabs but Pitman’s match-ending 12-3 run for the 21-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-19, 6-15 victory ended Oak Ridge’s season. Pitman (28-6), the No. 4 seed, took the lead in the final set when an Oak Ridge serve hit the […]

Comments Off / November 23, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »



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