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Strong start for River City soccer

RCHS Senior Graviel Muniz dribbles past Galt defenders while helping the Raiders to a 3-0 start and first place in league play (Photo by Michael Briscoe, RCHS Journalism)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class

River City High School varsity soccer had their biggest game so far in the season against the undefeated Galt soccer team Friday. River City went into this game undefeated in league with a 2-0 record.

A win would put River City in first place in the league. Both teams understood the importance of this game and what was at stake.  And it was back-and-forth once the ref blew the whistle to start the game.

  Galt immediately put the ball in the back of the net but it was called offsides. That was a wakeup call for the Raiders.

Ten minutes into the game, River City got the crowd fired up with a goal from Mario Zambrano with the assist from Manuel Moreno.

The game went on with two yellow cards given to Galt which caused one of the coaches from Galt to be red carded off the field for his fiery complaints. The half ended with River City in the lead and Galt down a goal and a coach.

RCHS Coaches Kamal Singh and Jesse Melgoza let the players know that a 1-0 lead is very hard to keep in an intense game like this. There was still another 40 minutes to play and that this game was far from over, anything could happen.

The whistle for the second half blew and the intensity picked up enormously right from the start. At 33 minutes, Galt got a free kick at the edge of the goal box. The shot hit the defensive wall and a Galt player elbowed one of River City’s players which resulted in their player getting a red card.

A few minutes later, River City goalkeeper Christian Terrones got kicked in the face in a 50/50 ball in the box. The Galt player responsible got a red card, too, and was escorted off the field.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, River City put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Juan Ortiz which gave River City at a comfortable 2-0 lead. River City finished victorious and are now 3-0-0 and in first place in league.

The River City junior varsity also won, 2-1.

In other RCHS sports, the Raiders’ girls varsity volleyball team reports a 3-0 win over Laguna Creek on Thursday. The RC jayvees and freshmen also won their matches, both with a score of 2-0.

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Hard-fought loss for Raiders 9/14

The Raiders’ Kevin Burkes brings down the ball in Friday’s hard-fought game against Sacramento High (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

 

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

By Jordan Pearce
River City High School Journalism Class

On Sept. 14, the River City High School Raiders took on the Sacramento High School Dragons at RCHS.

It was the fourth game of the season and the RCHS team was on edge from its three previous loses.

By the end of the first quarter, things didn’t look good for River City. The Dragons in the lead , 14-0.

The second quarter started with a 54-yard penalty against RC for illegal procedure.

The team came back hard, though. The effort featured two interceptions by Malik Dumetz. By halftime, it was 19-17, Raiders in front.

The third quarter saw another lead change, ending at 23-19, Sacramento.

Sac High held on to the lead, finishing ahead 36-31.

Stats for RCHS defense:

Andrew Dutra, middle linebacker had 9 unassisted tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 1 knocked down pass.

Antonio Perea, outside linebacker had 10 unassisted tackles and 1 unassisted tackle.

Alex Morales, cornerback had 6 unassisted tackles and 2 assisted tackles.

Artis Jackson, safety had 4 unassisted tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 1 knocked down pass.

Maurice Rodriguez, tackle had 3 unassisted tackles and 3 assisted tackles.

Mike Morales, outside linebacker, returned an interception for a 64 yard touchdown.

The Raiders with the ball in junior varsity action (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

 

Stats for offense:

David Vincent had 19 carries for 445 yards.

Kevin Burkes had 7 carries for 65 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 catches for 41 yards.

Tucker McAmoil had 12 carries for 65 yards.

Elijah Thomas had 10 carries for 26 yards, 20 attempts, 8 completions, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions for a total of 154 yards.

Malik Dumetz had 3 catches and 1 touchdown reception.

Juan Azcano had 1 catch for 16 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 52 yards.

Vince Chelini had 1 catch for 12 yards and 4 punts of 170 yard.

In the Sept. 14 junior varsity game, Sac prevailed 20-6.

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Readers’ views on roadwork:

  Two views on the roadwork in the Westmore Oaks neighborhood of West Sacramento (the News-Ledger’s article on the project can be seen here.)

‘Thanks for roadwork’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 5)

We live in the Westmore Oaks area of West Sacramento. Many of our sidewalks and gutters are being replaced for the city to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (see News-Ledger Aug. 29). We so appreciate this large undertaking as many of the areas sidewalks and gutter crossings have become hazards for those relying upon wheelchairs or support walkers to negotiate while they are out-and-about.

  The raised portions of sidewalks caused by encroaching tree roots also have become a dangerous obstacle for those of us walking, jogging or taking our pets out for their much-needed exercise. Plus many of the gutters have low-lying portions where water accumulates leaving stagnant water, a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes.

We would like to personally thank and applaud Bill Panos, the head of the PWD of our city, as well as his entire staff, for this project’s scheduling and guidance. We also extend our appreciation to the contractors and workmen for this important undertaking. We found them to be professional, accommodating, and most courteous during the entire process.

SHARON &  JOHN CURTIS
West Sacramento

‘Bad timing’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 12, 2012)

While our neighborhood roadways, sidewalks and curbs could definitely use a face lift, the city should have started the project on the streets closest to Westmore Oaks long before school started.

The first few weeks of school have been utter chaos with the mix of cars, kids walking to school, construction equipment, ditches in the roadways, cones everywhere and piles of asphalt just dumped in the road. The safety of the kids walking to school was compromised as they had to walk in the street to avoid all of the ditches and closed off sidewalks and it only put their lives in danger.

I saw several near misses with regards to cars almost hitting kids. In my opinion (and many WMO parents agree with me), it was irresponsible for the city to plan this construction with school in session. They could have easily started the project at the beginning of summer break and it would have been completed well enough in advance prior to the start of school.

It’s a shame that the City of West Sacramento put our children’s lives in danger because of their lack of proper planning.

JENNI YARWOOD
West Sacramento

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Gold medal in transplant games

DAVID ANDERSON (center, with his bronze- and silver-medal winning competitors) is alive due to heart transplant, and took the gold medal in table tennis in USA Transplant Games

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

David Anderson of West Sacramento won a gold medal in men’s table tennis at the biannual “Transplant Games of America,” held this year in July in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Anderson’s life was saved by a transplanted heart that came from a 21-year old Monterey man killed in a car crash in 2007.

Two years later, Anderson and his wife met the young donor’s parents to thank them for their son’s gift of life. It was “one of the most emotionally charged experiences of their lives,” the reported in a joint written comment.

  The Transplant Games are meant to bring together organ recipients and families of deceased donors, raising awareness for organ donation and celebrating the lives that are helped.

Olympic-style events include swimming, track, basketball, volleyball, golf and basketball.

Anderson will compete in next year’s World Transplant Games in Durbin, South Africa.

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River Cats settle for division title

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

FROM THE RIVER CATS

The Sacramento River Cats forced the Reno Aces to the fifth game of the playoff series. But after leading Sacramento led 3-0 in the fifth inning they allowed Reno to score six unanswered runs and lost 7-4 at Aces Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The loss wrapped up a winning River Cats season.

The Cats wasted no time putting runs on the board on Sunday, plating two in the top of the first with RBIs from Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor. Sacramento tacked on a third run in the fifth on a Grant Green RBI-single, scoring Josh Horton.

  Cats starter Sonny Gray, who retired 10 in a row after allowing two hits in the first, gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three. After a scoreless sixth, Reno put four runs on the board in the seventh, taking a 7-3 lead. Sacramento put a small rally together in the eighth when Green led off the frame with a triple, followed by a run-scoring double from Ka’aihue. Later in the inning, with Ka’aihue on third, Aces second baseman Taylor Harbin made a diving catch on a blooper from Daric Barton to end the threat.

After holding the Aces scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Cats came to the plate in the ninth, needing three runs to knot the game at seven. Reno reliever Sam Demel retired Sacramento in order, to close out his team’s 7-4 victory.

Gray allowed three earned on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings for the no-decision. Merkin Valdez suffered the loss, giving up four earned in 0.1 innings pitched. Green, Ka’aihue and Horton all had two hits, while Ka’aihue was the only Cat to drive in more than one run.

The River Cats finish their 2012 campaign with a PCL-leading 86-58 (.597) regular season record. They will try to extend their record-long stretch of PCL Division titles to seven in 2013. Tickets for the River Cats’ 2013 season are on sale now by calling (916) 371-HITS.

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RCHS: so close to being 2-0

The Raiders take the field (photo by Karina Bueno, RCHS Journalism program)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT. 5, 2012 —

By Larry Langford
RCHS Football Media Liaison

When River City upgraded their football schedule last year, they were very much aware of the challenges ahead. Despite a spirited effort last Friday evening at Raider Stadium, River City dropped another nail-biter to a quality opponent, losing 17-14 to the Yuba City Honkers. It was a difficult loss for the Raiders,who lost their opener to Christian Brothers by the same margin.

Yuba City led 14-0 at the half. River City would have been down 21-0 except for a determined goal-line stand by the defense to end the second quarter. The defense struck again early in the third quarter. Defensive end Junior Chean forced a fumble and returned it 8 yards for a touchdown, narrowing the score to 14-7. Yuba City stretched the lead to 17-7 with a field goal before the Raider offense put together its best drive of the evening. Jamal Williams provided some strong running to move the ball into scoring position.

Wide receiver Malik Dumetz got loose in the end zone for a 7yd touchdown pass from Elijiah Thomas. Vincent Chelini’s extra point drew the Raiders to within 17-14 with over four minutes remaining in the game. However, the Raider defense was unable to force a punt, and the Honkers ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

Once again, the Raiders were their own worst enemies. Turnovers and penalties continue to halt promising drives and keep River City out of the end zone. Head Coach Steve DaPrato was frustated with the mistakes:

“Except for a fumble here and a penalty there, we could be 2-0. We have got to fix this! We hadn’t shown a propensity for these types of errors previously.”

The Raider defense was led by Safety Artis Jackson, Junior Chean, Outside Linebacker Antonio Perea, Middle Linebacker Andrew Dutra and Tackle Maurice Rodriguez.

This Friday, River City will try to get into the “win” column during an “away” game against Argonaut High.

RCHS coaches & players on the sidelines in Friday's game against Yuba City (photo by Karina Bueno, RCHS Journalism program)

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CB nips Raiders in football opener

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —

Christian Brothers nipped River City High School’s varsity football team 23-20 in the Raider season opener on the home field on Friday.

  The River City junior varsity team lost its match, 27-12.

This Friday, the Raiders host Yuba City at home. Varsity game time is 7:30 p.m.

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