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RCHS football: changes for 2012


By Larry Langford, RCHS Football
Media Liaison

River City High School starts the 2012 football season with a new head coach, a new staff and a new system on Friday, Aug. 24.

The team plays Christian Brothers High School at Raider Stadium on the RCHS campus. Veteran high school and collegiate coach Steve DaPrato takes the helm for a River City program that has impressed onlookers at both the Sac State Full-Contact Camp in June and at the team’s annual intersquad scrimmage held last Saturday.

STEVE DAPRATO: new head coach for Raiders in 2012 (News-Ledger file photo)

DaPrato, a West Sacramento native, has instituted a “college” system, and has expanded the coaching staff. His objective is to succeed immediately. the new Raider offense will be “multiple,” with the ability to throw long, throw short and run from a variety of sets and formations.

Said DaPrato:

“It is a system that allows everyone to shine. We can do it all. Whatever the defense gives us will be exploited and we hope to do it in an explosive and entertaining way.”

DaPrato may have the tools to do just that.

Senior Tucker McAmoil returns at quarterback, with sophomore Elijiah Thomas, running backs Jamal Williams and David Vincent also impressing the staff, as well as multi-position player Evan Cunningham.

The receiving core includes big-play wide-out Malik Dumetz and tight ends Vincent Chelini and Kevin Burkes. The offensive line will be anchored by Max Harrison, Justin Newman, Jacob Stout and Eric Beall.

The Raiders will take a similar approach on defense. They will present multiple formations, combined with zone, man and combination pass coverages in an attempt to confuse opposing offenses. They will rarely be in the same defensive formation on consecutive downs, and will bring considerable pressure with an expanded blitz and stunt package. Defensive coordinator Chris Baker summed it up this way:

[adrotate group=”9″]   “We are not a read-and-react defense,” said Baker. “We bring it, and we bring it from a variety of formations. The expectation is ‘three and outs’ and forced turnovers.”

Seniors Andrew Dutra and Anthony Perea will anchor the linebacking core. Tackle Maurice Rodriguez and end Junior Chean are the core of a deep defensive line. Safety Artis Jackson is the leader of the secondary.

The Raiders are headed to Roseville High School this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a full-contact “jamboree” scrimmage. The public is invited.

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Yolo’s free-admission fair opens tonight


The Yolo County Fair in Woodland opened its free-admission gates for some events as early as Sunday. But the fair opens officially today, with indoor exhibits open to visitors at 6 p.m.

You can get unlimited rides from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight on the “Midway of Fun” for a special price of $25, and there will be goat races, judging of baking entries, music and other events on tap as well. “Lifeshine” will play rock and roll on the east stage at 6 p.m., and Eddie Loebs & Blue Steel play on the West Stage at 8:30 p.m.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will emcee the “Yolo County Fair Idol” talent contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the west stage.

[adrotate group=”7″] The popular auto destruction derby starts crashing inside the arena at 7 p.m. on Friday.

There will also be livestock exhibits, crafts and other things to either do or see.

Doors close for the 2012 edition of the Yolo County Fair at midnight on Sunday.

For the full schedule of events, visit

The fairgrounds are located at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Parking is $5/day. Admission is free, but some events such as carnival rides require paid tickets.

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‘Mountain Lions’ move to Raley Field


West Sacramento will get another “minor league” sports team:

[adrotate group=”10″]   The Mountain Lions of the United Football League announced Friday they will begin playing their home games at Raley Field, current home of the River Cats baseball team.

The field will be reconfigured for American football when the Mountain Lions play in West Sacramento on Sept. 28, Oct. 10, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7.

The team previously played at Sacramento State.

In other news for Raley Field, the ballpark announced yesterday that it will host a soccer game from Mexico’s First Division League on Sept. 8.

Club Atletico Monarcas Morelia will face the San Luis FC in an 8 p.m. game, with tickets going on sale Thursday at Raley Field at at It will be an exhibition match sanctioned by U.S. Soccer.

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Blood drive today at city hall


You’re invited to drop off a little of the red stuff during a City of West Sacramento blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at city hall.

A Sacramento BloodSource mobile coach will be in the parking lot at 1110 West Capitol Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for appointments (call Kryss Rankin, 617-4500). Walk-ins taken when space is available.

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Boxing champ runs for council

OLEG MASKAEV (2007 by D. Warnbolt/Wikipedia for public domain)


The first challenger has “pulled papers” to enter the West Sacramento Council race — and it’s a face that’s new to local politics, if not new to the public eye.

Oleg Maskaev, a former WBC heavyweight boxing champion who lives in Southport, West Sacramento, has taken the first step toward entering the race against that includes incumbents Oscar Villegas and Bill Kristoff.

Maskaev was born in the former Soviet Union and has lived in the U.S. since 1999, becoming a citizen in 2004, reports the online site Wikipedia.

Deadline for Maskaev or other candidates to file their paperwork for the race is this Friday, although that deadline will be extended if either of the incumbents fails to file.

His campaign manager, David Joyce, identified himself online as affiliated with the “Tea Party” faction of the Republican party.

No other challengers have picked up candidacy paperwork for either the mayor’s race (against incumbent Christopher Cabaldon) or the council race, reported the city clerk yesterday.

[adrotate group=”7″]UPDATE AUG 13, 2012: The deadline closed Friday for candidates to file their paperwork to enter either the West Sacramento city council or mayoral campaign.

  Maskaev did complete his campaign candidate paperwork, reported the West Sacramento City Clerk. But no other challengers emerged to face city council incumbents Bill Kristoff or Oscar Villegas, or to face mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

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Three ‘cooling centers’ in West Sac


Need a place to chill out during this heat wave? Do you know somebody — perhaps an elderly person — who has trouble staying cool at his or her home when it gets hot out?

There are three West Sacramento “cooling stations” available, reports city spokesperson Art Schroeder.

Two are city-run facilities: the community center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue and the Recreation center next to River City High School in Southport. The county’s Arthur F. Turner Branch of the library at 1212 Merkley Avenue is a third location.

Details from spokesperson Schroeder:

[adrotate group=”9″] “On the north side of town the Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave., will be a cooling center during business hours (M-F 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sundays).

“The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., will be a cooling center during its business hours, but specifically 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

“On the south side of town the Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., will be a cooling center during its business hours (M-F 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat./Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

“Stay hydrated! Water is available at all sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle’s not a bad idea. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight. The cooling centers are air-conditioned, so dressing in layers would be helpful as well. Comfortable seating is available.”

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Spare the air: free bus on Tuesday


With tomorrow’s temperature expected to reach about 112 degrees, contributing to bad air quality, a regional “Spare the Air” day has been declared. Among other things, this means some local bus service will be offered free. Here’s the full text of a press release from YoloBus in Yolo County:

“Tuesday, August 14, 2012 has been designated by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District as a “Spare the Air” day.   Rides on YOLOBUS and Unitrans fixed route services will be provided at no charge to riders because of this “Spare the Air Day” designation. Also, riders of YOLOBUS paratransit services will not be charged a fare on those days.

“This summer, when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is expected to exceed “127” for ozone levels, the Air District sends out an announcement at least the day before.

“Additionally, because the temperature forecast is significant for Tuesday, both YOLOBUS and Unitrans are advising passengers to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and  staying indoors as long as possible (until their buses arrive), particularly in the afternoon.

[adrotate group=”10”]  “How can a rider find out if their bus is on time without being out there in the heat of the day?  YOLOBUS riders can get real time information on where their bus is simply by going to the web site and clicking on “automatic vehicle location system”, or going to

“This free-ride incentive program on YOLOBUS is funded by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District.  Likewise, Unitrans, which serves the City of Davis, surrounding area, and U.C. Davis campus, will offer free rides on Spare the Air days as well.  This free-ride offer does not apply to Sacramento Regional Transit buses or light rail and free transfers to that system will not be issued.

“Five-day forecasts for ozone are available at and Spare the Air days are determined a day in advance which helps people plan to use alternative transportation, including bus, carpooling, walking and bicycling. Residents can also receive personal notification through Air Alert, a free service available by signing up at  On declared “Spare the Air” days anyone can ride YOLOBUS for free.

“Bus schedules are available by contacting YOLOBUS at 530-666-2877 or, as well as UNITRANS at 530-752-2877 or”

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger 2012