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Pool & water slides open today

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The family leisure pool and water slides at the West Sacramento Recreation Center in Southport open for the season today —  Saturday, June 9 — with hours from noon to 4 p.m.

[adrotate group=”7″] Buy an opening day pass for full price, and get a second day pass for half off during those hours on June 9. There will be a raffle at 2 p.m. today, with prizes including Rec Center passes.

For information, click here or call 617-4770.

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Jordan Ligons achieves her goal

JORDAN LIGONS (second from left) with her parents and Coach Jamie King (right) Photo by SAM URREA

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By Sam Urrea
River City High School Journalism Program

JORDAN HAD COVERED THIS TYPE OF EVENT BEFORE, AS A STUDENT REPORTER. BUT THIS TIME, SHE WAS THE ONE IN THE NEWS.

River City High School senior Jordan Ligons held a celebratory gathering earlier this month to sign her letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Point Loma University in San Diego. Joining her for the signing were some of her teachers, teammates and parents.

Jordan, 18, drew interest from numerous college and universities after being a key player on the RCHS girls basketball team for the past four years, as well as being a high-achieving student.

[adrotate group=”7″]   As a four-year starter at the point guard position, she helped win 71 varsity games, and three out of her four years, her team qualified for the CIF Playoffs. She also obtained accolades such as All League Selections for her sophomore and junior years, when she was named most valuable player.

On the academic side, Jordan’s accumulative G.P.A is 3.86. She has been editor in chief of the school newspaper for three years and won numerous speech competitions.

After rejecting the likes of San Francisco State, UC Merced and Menlo College, Jordan could not hide her excitement after finally making a decision and choosing Point Loma as her next destination in life.

“I am so relieved!,” said Jordan at her “letter of intent” signing ceremony. “I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. All the hard work I have put in has finally paid off. I am happy that all the important people of my life are here with me to celebrate.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Such congratulatory festivities are not new to Jordan. Last year, a similar event took place for then-River City Baseball star Kasey Chapan, an occasion which she covered as a reporter for her hournalism class. Now, it was her turn to be the center of attention, which was something she cherished with intensity.

“Last year I covered the same type of event for Kasey Chapan, who had just committed himself to Sacramento State, so this year for me to be the one being recognized is simply great!” said Jordan.

Teachers, parents and friends alike were not at all surprised by Jordan achievements. Girls’ basketball coach Jamie King was a proud man after seeing his star player live up to expectations.

Said King: “Ever since day one, she has been a winner. She is a natural leader and loves to take control of things. For someone playing point guard, you need just that. I am not at all surprised by what she has accomplished.”

Her father, Jerold Ligons, who was also an assistant coach on the team, reckoned she has matured into a formidable young woman. “Each year she grew as a human being and athlete. Her hard work paid off with this scholarship.”

Now that her immediate future is finally resolved, doing well in college is crucial for Jordan. Her scholarship will cover over half of her financial costs for the first year, but every year after that it must be earned based and her academic and athletic performance.

Her teammate, Amarita Singh, says the pressure will not affect Jordan, however.  “She works hard for everything she gets. She’s a self-motivated person. I am sure she will do great in college.”

With only a few months left before her departure, Jordan expects to continue her remarkable performances on and off the court.

  The author is a student journalist at River City High School.

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‘Learn to Row’ day comes to Port

Competitors in a 2010 rowing regatta at the Port of Sacramento, hosted by the local River City Rowing Club (PHOTO BY ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Ever wanted to join those folks you see rowing those long skinny boats on the Port of Sacramento and the barge canal? The local River City Rowing Club is holding a free introduction to the sport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.

You can view a video by clicking here.

Visit www.rivercityrowing.org and click on “Learn to Row” for more information.

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RC Raiders fall in semifinals

River City tennis player Christine Maltez in action on May 7 against Argonaut. In that match, Maltez and partner Sarah Yang won the #1 girls doubles contest. (Photo by ‘Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack’)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

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High School

After getting past Argonaut 6 to 3 in the quarterfinals, the River City High School tennis team was defeated by Escalon 6 to 3 in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs last week.

Against Argonaut in the Elite Eight contest, RC split the four singles matches, getting victories from Jai London, 6-2,6-0 at #1 girls, and Michael Lee 6-1,6-1 at #2 boys.  The host Raiders then took four of the five doubles contests.  On the girls side, Christine Maltez and Sarah Yang won a marathon match at #1, 7-6(4),5-7,6-2, while Avneet Singh and Lina Vang won handily, 6-4,6-2 at #2.  Terry Vang teamed with Zoi Saetern to win #1 boys doubles 6-2,6-1, and Mary Neverov and Phillip Dinh cruised 6-0,6-2 in mixed.

 

The Raiders’ Michael Lee, with a backhand in action against Argonaut on May 7. He won his #2 match that day, 6-1, 6-1. (Photo by ‘Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack’)

In the semifinal loss at Escalon, the Raiders swept the girls doubles and also won in mixed, but the host Cougars were too strong in singles and boys doubles.  Maltez and Neverov won 3-6,7-5,6-2 at #1 girls doubles and Singh and Lina Vang won again at #2, 6-2,6-4.  In mixed doubles, Dinh partnered with Lily He for a 6-3,6-4 victory.

[adrotate group=”9″]       RC finishes the 2012 season with a record of 21 wins and just 2 losses, both to Escalon.  The tennis team was the undefeated Sierra Valley Conference Champion with a perfect 12 and 0 mark.  This was the team’s 16th league championship in the past 17 years, and the 18th tennis title in RC’s history.

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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RCHS girls soccer awards, 2012:

Annie Wampler, at left, named “most valuable player.” With her is Julie Staffler, who won honors as “most improved” for the season.” (Photo is courtesy of Coach Kamal Singh)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

The River City High School girls soccer squad has handed out its team awards for 2012.

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Manny Ramirez to join River Cats

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 15, 2012 —

  This news is just in from the River Cats organization:

Baseball icon Manny Ramirez is set to join the Sacramento River Cats roster for 10 games, with his Raley Field debut scheduled for Friday, May 25, the Oakland Athletics announced today.

MANNY RAMIREZ: Suspended from MLB, but clear to play some games with the River Cats including a home game on May 25

Ramirez is eligible to play 10 minor league games in advance of being activated from his current 50-game suspension. According to the Athletics, Ramirez will play all 10 minor league games with the River Cats, the A’s Triple-A affiliate.

His first game with the Cats is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday’s first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PDT and can be heard locally on KSTE 650 AM or online at rivercats.com.

In conjunction with Ramirez’ appearance in Sacramento, the River Cats are offering a special deal for fans who purchase tickets for the Sunday, May 27 or Monday, May 28 home games at Raley Field. For each ticket purchased in the Senate, Governor’s Club or Raley’s Diamond Club sections, fans will be given one ticket in the same section to the June 20 (12:05 p.m.) or June 27 (7:05 p.m.) home games.

Fans can also purchase a limited-edition Manny Pack, which includes 20 or 40 River Cats ticket vouchers (good for any game this season). In addition to the game vouchers, both Manny Packs come with a Manny Ramirez River Cats t-shirt, while supplies last. For more information or to purchase a Manny Pack, fans can call the River Cats at (916) 376-HITS (4487).

[adrotate group=”10″]   Ramirez is eligible to play in Major League games beginning Wednesday, May 30, when the A’s take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. The former Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays slugger currently sits 14th all-time with 555 home runs and 18th all-time with 1,831 RBIs. He has not appeared in a Major League game since April of 2011, when he appeared in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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RC baseball: playoff game today

Freshman Logan Funkner connects for a sacrifice fly to score a runner and cement the Raiders’ junior varsity win in extra innings. Photo by ‘Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack’

Freshman Josh Holland on the mound for the Raider junior varsity against Galt. (Photo from Memories for Generations by De'Onna Jack)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 9, 2012 —

River City High’s baseball team hosted the Galt Warriors on May 1.

The RCHS varsity was led by Javi Martinez, who kept the Warriors to one run. The game was called in the Raiders’ favor when RCHS built an 11-1 lead, triggering the “10-run rule” that ended the contest early.

The River City junior varsity came from behind to tie their game in the seventh inning, sending the game to extra innings. Logan Funkner hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th to score freshman Jesus Gracia, for a 7-6 home team victory. On Thursday, the team celebrated “Senior Night” with its last home game of the season. The RCHS varsity lost to visiting El Dorado, 3-0.

[adrotate group=”9″]   But the Raiders (listed at 14-12 overall and 11-6 league play) head into the playoffs next week. Today (May 14) at 4 p.m., the team will host a visiting team (not selected at press time) in the first round of the post-season under Coach Jeff Cox. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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