Category Archives: Sports

RCHS athletes named ‘all league’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — DEC 18, 2013 —

Several West Sacramento teens have been named to the “All League Teams” in the Sierra Valley Conference for fall play.

From the River City High School soccer team, Adrian Garcia and Jesus Serrano were chosen.

In football, all-league players from RCHS are Eric Beal, David Vincent, Bo Alvarez, Alex Morales, John Gray, Kevin Burkes and Malik Dumentz.

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Best season yet for RCHS water polo

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — NOV 20, 2013 —

By Nadia Benafghoul, Sarina Phoung, and Tommy Rickard
RCHS Journalism Class

Although the River City High School water polo program began from scratch only five years ago, it is now at its strongest with both boys’ and girls’ varsity teams making it into the San-Joaquin sections and being named Metro League Champions 2013-14.

Senior Jose Sandoval looks to score against McClatchy High School.  Photo by Lily Matamoros, River City High School journalism class

Senior Jose Sandoval looks to score against McClatchy High School.
Photo by Lily Matamoros, River City High School journalism class

In 2009, water polo was introduced to River City. There were hardly any players who participated and the few who did were often recruited from other sports.

This year’s varsity boys’ team had eleven players and the varsity girls’ team had thirteen. The sport has evolved over the years with great players coming and going as the years proceed.

Both boys’ and girls’ teams are coached by Ryan Mosley, known by the players as “Coach Moe.”

Sophomore Gabi Fabri describes him as “an inspiring motivator” who’s “structured and disciplined.”

The program has evolved from one team into three, and has also become year round. The teams attended local summer and winter tournaments. They qualified for Junior Olympics this past summer and traveled to southern California to play teams from all over the country.

The girls’ team had a remarkable undefeated season this year.  They made it to the first round of sections, but weren’t able to move on after their loss of 8-11 against Christian Brothers High School.

The boys’ varsity team won their first round of sections against Oakmont High School with a score of 14-5, but they lost their second match against El Camino High School with a close score of 11-9.

Coach Mosley described the season as “surreal.”

“Five years ago we were losing to teams by 15 points, now we are league champs. I know how much hard work the players have put in.”

Varsity and junior varsity boys water polo team members: Usama Chaudhary, Quinn Riedel, Julian Wright, Johnathan Keilman, Bret Bachmeier, Lucas Talbott, Jose Sandoval, Cameron Guiliano-Puzi, Jaret Tiller, Daniel Marquez, Coach "Moe" Mosley, Christopher Irish, Adam Rodgers, Stetson Tate, Brennan Whipple, Hunter Hartman, Ryan Dela Rosa, Jacob Cypress, Jorge Moreno.    Both squads -- as well as the girls varsity -- finished first in league play. Thta’s a “first” for RCHS water polo, reports Heather Wright. Photo by Connie Bachmeier

Varsity and junior varsity boys water polo team members: Usama Chaudhary, Quinn Riedel, Julian Wright, Johnathan Keilman, Bret Bachmeier, Lucas Talbott, Jose Sandoval, Cameron Guiliano-Puzi, Jaret Tiller, Daniel Marquez, Coach “Moe” Mosley, Christopher Irish, Adam Rodgers, Stetson Tate, Brennan Whipple, Hunter Hartman, Ryan Dela Rosa, Jacob Cypress, Jorge Moreno.
Both squads — as well as the girls varsity — finished first in league play. Thta’s a “first” for RCHS water polo, reports Heather Wright.
Photo by Connie Bachmeier

Seniors who have been on the team since the beginning are feeling bittersweet as they climb out of the pool for last time.

Captain of the boys’ varsity team, Adam Rodgers, said, “I’ve played water polo all four years of high school, and it’s depressing knowing it’s my last year. But it’s just the bridge between stepping up and playing at another level.”

 

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Tryouts for West Sac semipro soccer

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Sacramento Republic FC will hold player tryouts on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 19-20 at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex on the frontage road near Davis. Players 18 and up will receive “full evaluation” from Republic FC coaching staff. Lunch and a T-shirt provided. $200 registration fee for each tryout. Pre-register online; visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.

The new United Soccer Leagues (USL) professional team will play at Raley Field beginning next year.

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One last column Don Schatzel, chronicler of West Sac youth sports

BY DON SCHATZEL:  Don has been writing a periodic column on youth sports and activities in West Sacramento for the News-Ledger. He hangs up his pen this week.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don has been writing a periodic column on youth sports and activities in West Sacramento for the News-Ledger. He hangs up his pen this week.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 25, 2013 —

Time flies!

We all know that intellectually. But when your time zips by, and you wake up one day and you are 60 (yes, 60) and the AARP info starts coming and you get a copy of the Senior Resource Services Guide from Assemblyman Roger Dickinson in the mail. . .

Now, Roger is a good guy. But what are you telling me, Roger?

I remember the first Super Bowl, and a time when the United States Men’s Soccer team struggled to make the World Cup Finals. Now they have qualified seven times in a row.

I used to be a member of the noon-meeting Rotary Club and am a proud past president of that chapter. Eighteen years ago, my older daughter Jordan would be asleep and I would put her in a kid carry-all and take her to the Rotary meetings to make sure I would not miss one.

That was 18 years ago, and now she is a college student. My younger daughter, Emily, and her friends  are now  freshmen at River City. Remember when they were 8-year old soccer and softball players?

My family and I  are simply no longer involved in youth sports as we once were. I no longer coach the Hooligans Soccer team.  Dale Calles does his usual great job in coaching them, and my family is just not around youth sports as much as we have been.

I have always thought there were great things happening  in our community and school district and a lot of them were pretty much a secret. There were stories that needed telling and I tried to do that in this periodic column in the News-Ledger.

I now enjoy listening to the folks in surrounding cities and communities who are losing the economic battle to West Sacramento, and they still bring up our gang issues and our schools in a critical way. Nice try, folks. No room to criticize anymore.

Oh, by the way, have you seen our riverfront development lately?  That really isn’t a Delta breeze that’s blowing — it is region’s power and influence shifting to West Sacramento!

But, not being around youth sports as much as before, it is nearly impossible for me to get any information and write about it. So I guess this is the end.

I want to thank Editor Steve Marschke for giving me the opportunity to write about youth sports in town. I am not a “writer” (obviously) but attempting to highlight the great people in  our community and their tremendous accomplishment is worth writing about.

These people can be very proud. I was very proud of them, even though (ironically) we occasionally found ourselves on opposite sides of the field. But no matter who won, I couldn’t lose.  If our youth sports team won, well we won. If our team lost to a West Sac team, and all went well, then, we eventually all became teammates at River City High School as the kids got older. It’s a win either way for my family.

I also very much appreciated those of you who would catch me at the store and tell me you have read the articles and enjoyed them. I found that very gratifying and hope these columns gave some helpful information that made living in West Sacramento a little more fun.

Thanks for everything and a special thanks for reading this last article.

Time for me to go take care of my horse!

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