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River Cats get a new manager


From the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team:

Seven-year Major League veteran Steve Scarsone will be the fifth manager in River Cats history, the Oakland Athletics announced today. Rick Rodriguez—who was the A’s bullpen coach for the last two seasons after spending 10 seasons in Sacramento—will return as pitching coach in 2013, while Greg Sparks will return for his second season as the club’s hitting coach.

The River Cats are a Triple-A minor league baseball team playing at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

Steve Scarsone takes over as skipper of the River Cats in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Scarsone has managed teams in  Single-A Kane County in 2009, Single-A Advanced Stockton in 2010, and Double-A Midland for the past two seasons. He previously managed Single-A South Bend (2001) and Single-A Advanced Lancaster (2002) in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

“The Oakland Athletics are pleased to promote Steve to Sacramento after exhibiting outstanding leadership and development skills at the minor league level,” said Keith Lieppman, director of player development for the A’s, in a press release.  “He not only has shown good leadership qualities as a manager but also is a proven teacher and instructor. We believe he will carry on in the fine tradition of the outstanding young managers that have led the River Cats throughout their history.”

In college, Scarsone played at Santa Ana Junior College before being drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1986 January amateur draft by Philadelphia. He made his Major League debut May 15, 1992, and went on to enjoy a seven-year big league career with the Phillies, Orioles, Giants, Cardinals and Royals. During those seven seasons, he combined to hit .239 with 20 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 103 runs scored in 350 career games.

Scarsone also played parts of 11 seasons in the minors, including three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. He enjoyed one of his best seasons in 1998 for the Vancouver Canadians—the franchise that moved to Sacramento following the 1999 season—when he led the team in hits (110), home runs (20) and RBIs (55).

[adrotate group=”7″]  Rodriguez—the longest tenured pitching coach in River Cats history—returns to Sacramento for the first time since 2010. Rodriguez played four seasons in the major leagues, including two with Oakland and one with San Francisco. He finished his career with eight saves in 31 career appearances. In 11 minor league seasons, he tallied a 52-41 record with a 3.89 ERA spanning 946.2 innings pitched.

The Athletics also announced that Brad LaRosa will return for his sixth season as the River Cats head athletic trainer, and Jared Elliott will join the staff as the strength and conditioning coach after spending the 2012 season with the Midland RockHounds, Oakland’s Double-A affiliate.

Scott Emerson—the River Cats pitching coach since 2011—has been named the A’s minor league roving pitching instructor

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Raiders beat hapless Galt High

River City's football team takes to the home field on Oct. 26 against the visiting Galt Warriors (photo by Eric Harding,


The Raiders’ Elijah Thomas (QB) lets loose with a pass, defended by Jacob Stout (#55) (photo by Eric Harding,


[adrotate group=”9″] Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Oct. 31 News-Ledger. It is shared here with a couple of additional photos.

The River City High School football team easily handled Galt on Friday, posting a 48-6 win.

The win brought the Raiders’ record to 4-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Raiders’ junior varsity squad used Galt to post its first win of the season, a 21-14 victory.

Galt is 0-9 this year, including a forfeit for lack of players.

This Friday, Nov. 2, the River City team travels to Cosumnes Oaks.

The Raiders' Evan Cunningham struggles against a tackler (photo by Eric Harding,


River City receiver Malik Dumentz stiff-arms a Galt defender in Friday’s Raider win (photo by Eric Harding,


The Raiders’ David Vincent looks for an opening in the Galt Warrior defense (photo by Eric Harding,


Senior Andrew Dutra for the RCHS offense (photo by Eric Harding,

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New bowling league for seniors


There’s a new bowling league for those age 55+ at Capitol Bowl, 900 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

Bowlers of all skill levels are welcome; scores are handicapped. Cost is about $10 per week, and play is at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Teams of four can be all male, all female, or mixed.

For more information call either 530-753-5369 or 530-668-9559.

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Photos from Raiders’ win:

A Liberty Ranch defender tries to bring down Raider receiver Malik Dumentz by his jersey. Click to enlarge. (photo by Eric Harding,


The River City High School Raiders last Friday continued their creep back into the win column after a slow start under a new coach and new system.

The varsity football team beat Liberty Ranch 20-17 in a home game for RCHS, bringing their record to 3-1 in league play and 3-5 overall.

The junior varsity Raiders are still looking for a way into the win column, with an 0-6 record overall.

The football squad has tonight off, and will take on Galt in West Sacramento on Oct. 26.

RCHS quarterback Tucker McAmoil hands off to Jamal Williams (photo by Eric Harding,

RAIDER DEFENSE: Junior Chean (left) and Artis Jackson take on a Liberty Ranch ball carrier in last week's RCHS victory (photo by Eric Harding,

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How are your dodgeball skills?


The 2012 Dodgeball Showdown returns to the West Sacramento Recreation Center from 4-9 p.m. on Nov. 3. Register by Oct. 21; $40 per team. For more information, go to or call 617-4770.

“Play like a kid again,” urges the parks department.

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RCHS soccer pursues playoffs

By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Program & RCHS Soccer Player

The River City varsity boys soccer team is currently in the middle of their league play. They have finished their first half of the season with a 4-0-2 record. The losses came from Consumes Oaks and Vista Del Lago.

Their goal this year is to make it to the playoffs. Coaches Kamal Singh and Jessie Melgoza constantly tell the athletes that however much effort they put into the season is how much they will get out of it. The top three teams in the division will make it into the playoffs.

On Oct. 2, River City took on Liberty Ranch. This wasn’t just any game, it was a “must win” to stay in the playoff hunt. Although Liberty hasn’t won a game yet this season they put up a fight against the River City varsity, scoring a goal in the first half at the 19-minute mark.

[adrotate group=”7″] That goal woke up the RCHS boys, and it was nonstop attacking and pushing forward on the Liberty Ranch goal. The half ended with River City down 1-0.

Coaches Kamal and Jessie were furious with their team’s play in the first half. The coaches believed there was no good reason to be trailing to this opponent. The coaches tried a new tactic and pushed up one midfielder to the forward position which turned the formation into a 4-3-3.

In the 21st minute, Jesus Melgoza gained a foul at the edge of the box. Grabielle Munez slammed it into the net while the wall was still being prepared. The game was now 1-1.

Not too long after, Manuel Moreno took on three players in the box and hit a sneaker in between the defender and the goalie for a score, making putting RCHS up 2-1. After that goal, the coaches put back the extra forward to play defense to more safely preserve the lead. The game ended with that 2-1 lead.

On Thursday, RCHS made their record 5-0-2 against a solid El Dorado squad at home.

In the 25th minute, Tim Virgen with the assist to Manuel Moreno put the ball in the back of the net giving River City a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The coaches at halftime told the athletes that 1-0 is not enough of a lead.

Then, in the 28th minute, a corner kick taken by Jorden Wusstig put the ball in the middle of the box and Adrian Castillo gave it a great finish to give RC that cushion.

RC ended won the game 2-0, which made them another game closer to their playoff goal.

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West Sac hosts rowing races Sunday

Action at a prior "Head of the Port" regatta in West Sacramento. Here, crews race past the Agrium plant at the Port of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding,


The River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento is hosting 19 rowing clubs from throughout California for a series of 5- kilometer rowing races on Sunday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the River City Rowing Club in the Port of West Sacramento.

The competitive races are held in the Deep Water Channel in West Sacramento. Boat crews assemble, launch and return to the host club, the River City Rowing Club adjacent to the Port of West Sacramento.

The event includes college teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Sacramento State; high school teams; open-competitive class and masters’ teams. There are 180 entries racing the clock in 40 different heats.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Rowers will be on site setting up at 6:00 a.m. and launching from docks at approximately 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

To view the race:  Best viewing is from the levee on the south side of the Deep Water Ship Channel.  Spectators are encouraged to park at the West Sacramento Lowe’s store and walk to the levee.  Binoculars and lawn chairs may help you enjoy the action.

As a long-distance (about three miles) “head race” over a curved course, competitors start one after another in intervals and fight both the clock and each other. The winner in each division is the racer with the fastest time, but rowers are also trying hard to pass boats that started ahead of them while avoiding being caught from behind.

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Race Course Map:

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