‘Heart of the City’: local youth leagues

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —


It’s that time of year again, when everyone goes full speed for what seems like a short time, and then looks up and says, “Wow where did summer go?”


School may be out, but it’s a time of lots of soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball around West Sacramento.

Congratulations to Hannah Willover, the Our Lady of Grace School student recipient of the “Father Leo McAllister Scholarship” to St.Francis High School next year. Hannah received the scholarship for her exceptional community service, academics and athletics. There is only one scholarship of its kind awarded in the region every 4 years. Her books, tuition and uniforms are all paid for four years.

And to top it off Hannah as well as Celina Vallejos of West Sacramento just played for the Rancho Cordova Fury and won the All World ASA Softball tournament!

   West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League District 6 dominance continues as the Tournament of Champions ends at Inderkum High School in  Natomas. The major division Lava Girls and the Fury finished in two of the top three spots. The Lava Girls came in third behind a great pitching performance by Gabby Ridenour, before dropping a tough one to the North Natomas Southern Miss Eagles. (North Natomas names all their teams after major universities and colleges).

The Fury won the tournament, beating the Southern Miss Eagles 8-2.

Amaryssa Medina struck out 14 in the championship game and smashed a base-clearing double to put the game away.

In recent years the West Sac “Chicas” were the 2010 tournament champs and the West Sac Angels were runner-up. Last season, the Angels came in third behind both Rio Linda teams, and this year West Sac teams finished first and third.

  The Fury also represented District 6 Little League softball and West Sacramento in the Little League International-sponsored “Urban Initiative Tournament” in Stockton, winning 4 of 5 games before dropping the championship game 2-0 to Tahoe Tellec.

This is the second year in a row the West Sac team made it to the championship game.

Amaryssa Medina pitched a 1 hitter in the loss and bombed 2 homeruns in the tournament.
Congratulations to coaches John Blackmer, Jose Medina and Mike Lara of the  Fury, and Vic Lopez and Mark Gonzales of the Lava Girls for a great Tournament of Champions!

West Sacramento will be hosting the 9-12 and 9- 11 age group District 6 All Star Tournaments this year and the 9-11 age group Northern California Divisional Tournament.

The Junior Division “Chicas” and “Raptorz” completed great seasons, playing Morada, North Stockton, Rio Linda, Airport, Oak Park and  Parkway teams. The junior division all stars will now move on to the Regional Tournament in Chico. Best of luck to the Juniors and their coach Robb Dodd!!

Washington Unified School District after-school soccer league competition was won by Bridgeway Lakes Elementary, defeating Elkhorn  4-1.

Jaelyn Crimm hit the three-goal hat trick and Taylor Martin chimed in with a goal of her own. Bridgeway Lakes finished with an undefeated season!

Southport defeated Riverbank in the third place game 3-0.

Breanna Staffler scored and Emily Schatzel added 2 more for the Southport win.

Special note; Dale Calles coach of the West Sacramento soccer “Hooligans” has 19 players that have played in the school league and are now on the Hooligans teams.

United States Youth Volleyball League wrapped up at River City High school with a final match against Folsom, in Folsom.

The 13-15 age “Hooligans” finished the season with only two losses including one to the other West Sac team the “Blue Spiking Jays.” Hannah McCann, Taylor Lozano, Ryan  Neidlinger, Elise Quick and Emily Schatzel of the Hooligans completed their stellar season.

The Blue Spiking Jays of the same division also had a great season. Jacky Lamar, Mallory Cypress, Sydney Russo lead the Jays and both teams defeated Elk Grove, Natomas and Folsom.

Boys and girls  boxing is starting at Riverbank Elementary School and at the Recreation Center. West Sacramento has a long and proud boxing history with world champions and championship contenders. Call Parks and Rec 617-4620 for additonal information.

O.C. Jones & Sons Engineering, the City of West Sacramento, Centennial Rotary Club,  District 6 Baseball and softball, and the West Sacramento Little League are combining resources to help make improvements to Memorial Park. Volunteers and funding coming from the KNBR Radio, Centennial Rotary Club, O.C. Jones & Sons, and the TLC grant program received by D6 baseball and softball  to help improve Bay Area fields.

Thanks,  O.C. Jones & Sons and TLC Program.

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Time to start school again so I can relax?”


Summer in West Sacramento is way to much fun!

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