Category Archives: Sports

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.

[adrotate group=”9″]   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.

[adrotate group=”7″] 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.

[adrotate group=”9″]  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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Letters to the Editor, News-Ledger:

From the WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

‘Well done, Char

It is my understanding that Char Ghio has retired as the Athletic Director at River City High School.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Sierra Valley Conference and me personally to say “thank you” to Char for all she has done for River City and the SVC.

CHAR GHIO, former Athletic Director at River City High School (News-Ledger file photo)

The job of athletic director is a thankless, time consuming (nights, weekends, summer) undertaking.  When athletic events take place, no one thinks of all of the hours of work that have gone into making that happen, unless something goes wrong.  If something does go wrong the AD is immediately on the hook for whatever issues occur.

The joy ADs do get is seeing kids getting to have the high school sports experience. It  makes most of the negatives seem worth it.

Char has been an invaluable member of the conference and I have had several conversations with her late at night, early in the morning, and on weekends concerning different issues of the league, scheduling, discipline, budgets, transportation, etc.  She truly was a committed AD who always wanted the best for her sports programs and student athletes.

River City High School has come a long way in the last couple of years.  They are very competitive in several sports now, and that is not by accident.  It has taken hours of hard work by players, coaches, administrators, and most of all, by a very committed athletic director.

River City High School and community has been very fortunate to have someone of Char’s character and organization to lead them over the years.

You will be missed Char!

DAVE JOHNSON
Sierra Valley Conference Commissioner

 

Reform animal shelter
Did you know the lost, stray and the abandoned animals picked up in West Sacramento go to the Yolo County animal shelter in Woodland? Did you know that West Sacramento is responsible for the highest number of animals being “housed” at the shelter?  Did you know that this shelter has a long record of poor performance (only a 45 percent “live release” rate) and fiscal inefficiency (higher cost per capita than the city of Sacramento)?

In response to these alarming statistics, a group of Yolo county concerned citizens are seeking a new animal shelter model and a commitment from city and county officials for a live release rate of at least 90 percent. There are models out there and it can be done!

How can we, in West Sacramento, make this happen? We have an unprecedented window of opportunity to bring real reform to Animal Services in Yolo County. Yolo County has commissioned animal welfare consultants to examine the Animal Shelter situation.   Their report is nearing completion and will be open for public comment shortly.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Please do a search for Yolo Coalition for Animal Shelter Reform in Facebook or  go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/342644755816399/.. This Facebook page is composed of concerned groups and individuals who would like to see many more animals adopted and less animals killed at the animal shelter.

The main function of the page is to inform, mobilize and create change, and will serve as a bulletin board for upcoming council meetings, reports and updates on what is occurring and what needs to be done!   We can do this; we need your voice to take this effort to the next level!

Now is a critical time because the County is finally seriously looking at this issue—the shelter was identified as one of the top three priorities for improvement. What needs to happen now? Community members across Yolo County must create pressure on our political leaders to create change that results in more animal adoptions and more live releases. Other communities have done this and so can we!

AMY McGUIRE, committee member of Yolo County Pet Animal Welfare Society (YC PAWS)
West Sacramento

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RCHS football: changes for 2012

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 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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‘Mountain Lions’ move to Raley Field

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 8, 2012 —

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 ticketmaster.com. It will be an exhibition match sanctioned by U.S. Soccer.

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Boxing champ runs for council

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

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 8, 2012 —

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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