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Best prep stories of 2015

Oak Ridge's Austin Laut contemplates his next vault at last year's state championships.

Editor’s note: Oak Ridge enjoyed another strong year that saw two athletes win two state titles, another a program-first Individual Section tennis title, as well as other fine team and individual performances. Austin Laut Start to finish, Oak Ridge pole vaulter Austin Laut leaped past the competition last spring. His quest started last March at […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Oak Ridge grinds out Toss Up title

Cole Compton, pictured at the Toss Up opener, scored the go-ahead basket in the Trojans' semifinal win. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

Matt Battaglia named tournament MVP The biggest accomplishment of its young season reminded Oak Ridge boys basketball of what it lacks. “We’re not a team that’s going to run the other guys off the court,” Trojan senior guard Matt Battaglia said. “To get a win, we need to grunt and grind.” Don’t sell Oak Ridge […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Trojan football eliminated by Elk Grove

Oak Ridge quarterback Ian Book makes a throw to the flat in Friday's Division I semifinal game at Elk Grove. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

ELK GROVE — One field goal for the lead, plus a trip into the red zone and a three-point difference were the story lines for Oak Ridge in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinal game against Elk Grove at the Thundering Herd’s field Friday. The Trojans, the No. 3 seed, battled the No. 2 […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

It’s Trojans-Thundering Herd Friday

Oak Ridge's Gage Webb cuts upfield behind Kevin Kassis' block in Friday's D-I quarterfinal win over Cosumnes Oaks. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

A combination of superb offensive and defensive play led No. 3 host Oak Ridge past No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks 30-7 Friday in second round Division I action, setting the Trojans up to battle No. 2 Elk Grove Oak Ridge this weekend for a shot to reach the section finals. After its defense held Cosumnes Oaks […]

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

Trojans have triumphant gridiron return

Two weeks of Oak Ridge living one virtue gave way to a night where it perfected another. The Trojans sat idle after losing to Folsom, patiently stewing over their lone home defeat last week while nearly everyone else throughout the area finished the regular season. The waiting gave way to a 35-14 win Friday over […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Folsom gridders too much for Oak Ridge

Kevin Kassis turns upfield looking for running space against Folsom in Friday's battle for the league title. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

Much of their team’s action against Folsom was every bit the manicured nail-biter Oak Ridge fans could have hoped for Friday. But an early six-point lead for the upset-minded hosts dissolved in a flurry of no-nonsense scoring drives from the defending Division I state champion Bulldogs. Two short scoring runs and a touchdown pass from […]

Comments Off / November 02, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Trojans pick up overtime victory

Oak Ridge quarterback Ian Book rolls out and looks upfield for an open receiver in Friday's overtime win over Woodcreek. Photo by Alisson Harris

ROSEVILLE — How much edge-of-your-seat suspense can one football program endure? If you’re Oak Ridge, the answer is a lot. Hours after their JV team won on a thrilling last-second play, the Trojan varsity outlasted host Woodcreek 35-28 in overtime to open the Sierra Foothill League schedule. What 48 regulation minutes couldn’t decide, the back […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

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