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RC softball falls to El Camino

River City senior Marissa Rivera takes a cut at the ball during varsity play against El Camino (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

 

 

Raider sophomore Francine Harrell at the plate in the j.v. game (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

On March 22, the River City High School Girls Softball team faced El Camino.

While the RCHS varsity lost by a final score of  11-1, the schools junior varsity won 10-3.  The varsity also lost to Colfax on Friday, taking its record to three wins, nine losses.

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Two more wins for RC tennis

River City’s Michael Lee launches a serve in his #2 singles match Thursday against Union Mine. He won 6-2, 7-5. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

From River City High School

Led by girls’ singles players Jai London and Cindy Oseguera, the River City High School tennis team earned a pair of Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) wins last week.  With London at the  #1 spot and Oseguera in the #2 position earning straight-set wins against both Cosumnes Oaks and Union Mine, RC improved to 3 and 0 in the SVC this season, and 7 and 1 overall in 2012.

In defeating CO 6-3 and UM 8-1, RC also dominated the doubles play, particularly down the lineup in the #2 girls and #2 boys contests.  Avneet Singh and Lina Vang won twice on the girls side, as did teammates Amran Khan and Matthew Tagupa on the boys half.  Oddly, all four of the matches by these two pairs had identical 6-2,6-2 scores.

At #1 girls doubles, Sarah Yang partnered with Christine Maltez for an easy 6-1,6-0 win against Cosumnes Oaks and then teamed up with Mary Neverov for a 6-1,6-3 victory against Union Mine.  Neverov also earned a win in mixed doubles versus Cosumnes Oaks as she combined with Phillip Dinh to cruise 6-1,6-1.

Against UM, the Raiders also received some solid play from boys singles players Terry Vang and Michael Lee.  Vang came from 0-6 down to take the next two sets 6-4,6-4 at #1, while Lee won 6-2,7-5 at #2.  In #1 boys doubles, Edward Xu and Zoi Saetern earned a hard-fought 6-4,6-4 victory.
The Raiders host El Dorado today, West Campus on Thursday, Lincoln on April 3 and Marysville on April 4. All these are home matches beginning at 4 p.m. except the April 3 match, which starts at 3:30.

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River City HS girls soccer

Sophomore Annie Wampler in action for the River City varsity squad (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

[adrotate group=”9″] NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

On March 20, River City High School girls soccer faced Cosumnes Oaks in a league game.

The RCHS junior varsity team lost by a final score of of 5-0; while the RC varsity lost 2-0.

Two days later, the varsity soccer squad from RCHS faced Union Mine, losing 4-0, while the j.v. dropped their game 1-0.

The team plays at home next against Galt on April 10.

RCHS freshman Melissa Whitsell in action for the Raider junior varsity (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

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Sac Gold wins on RCHS field

Jason Jones (at left) coming down the field to score his first of four goals in the match (Photos by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

 

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The semi-pro Sacramento Gold soccer team beat the Eureka Tsunami 5-1 on Saturday, earning a spot in the North west Conference finals.

The Gold will play the Bay Area Ambassadors at 7 p.m. Sat., March 31, at the River City High stadium. Tickets are $5 (children under six free). Children in soccer uniforms also enter free.

Abrahm Prado (left) rushes the net, but the Eureka goaltender is able to grab the ball preventing a goal for the Gold. Manolo Pina (white jersey in background) looks on. (Photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

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Track meet at River City High

Raider senior Brianna Luna, who placed second in the 800, setting a school record time of 2:24.84. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

RCHS senior Orlando Drake.running in the boys varsity 4 X 100 meter relay. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

 

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

Last Wednesday, River City High’s track team took the field to host a track meet at the school. Visiting were El Dorado and Vista Del Lago.

Jacob Stout, in the shot put event for the RCHS boys (Photo by De'ONNA JACK)

 

 

Adrian Osegueda in the 1600 meter boys 4-person relay for the Raiders (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

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Firefighters beat cops in overtime

Firefighter team members with some of their kids. Firefighters are (back row) Tim Blewett, Andy Moore, Ed Redmon, in dark uniform Terry Dries, Andy Bevins, James Irvine, Ricky Granados. Front row: Joe Lugo, Mark Hull. (Names of the kids are not available)

[adrotate group=”9″]    NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Helped by a made free-throw with 3.4 seconds left on the clock, the West Sacramento Firefighters beat the West Sacramento Police Department on the basketball court 53-52 in overtime on March 9. The contest was “back and forth,” with police hitting several shots from beyond the arc.

The “Safety Slam Jam” match between the two departments took place in River City High School’s gym, as a fundraiser for the school’s athletic programs. The event is planned to return next year.

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RCHS doesn’t look far for its new head football coach

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Steve DaPrato has been living near River City High School most of his life, a West Sacramento native “born and bred.” But this year, he takes the reins of the school’s football program for the first time.

River City has posted a couple of winning seasons in a row before tapping DaPrato as new head coach to fill a vacancy. The News-Ledger talked to him by phone, and caught up to him as he worked with a group of students learning to run the hurdles on the school track as an assistant track coach to Coach Williams.

STEVE DAPRATO: impressed with RC football team but wants to make some changes (News-Ledger photo)

“I’m very impressed with the kids and the attitude on campus,” DaPrato said of the Raider football program.

As a young athlete, DaPrato’s own football career at Christian Brothers High School was pretty short.

“I played football my freshman year, got a serious injury, and never played again,” he said. “I was a track athlete at Sac State – not a star, I was just one of the guys on the team.”

DaPrato was a student teacher at James Marshall High School in West Sac, and then went to coach at Elk Grove High – now well-known for its “Thundering Herd” football team.

“We won the first section title in the school’s history in 1984,” said DaPrato.

Following that were some years with Modesto Junior College, where his teams won four bowl championships.

His 1995 team at Modesto was ranked fifth in its division nation-wide, scoring an average of 48.5 points and rushing for 525 yards per game, reports RC Assistant Coach Chris Baker.

[adrotate group=”7″]   More recently, DaPrato spent 10 years at Chabot College in the Bay Area, where he served variously as football coach, track coach and athletic director, before retiring recently.

He told Coach Baker why he came out of retirement to try his skills at River City:

“Obviously, the need and situation prompted me to talk to Coach Baker,” quoted Baker. “(Baker) is a friend, colleague, and relative by marriage. I just felt that River City needs to move to a college-type offense to give everyone a chance to shine.”

DaPrato wants to split the RC players into more distinct squads for offense and defense, to better learn their positions.

“What most high schools do and what River City was doing, is that you have an ‘offense day’ and a ‘defense day’,” he told the News-Ledger. The players alternate learning each role.

“At the college level, you can’t do that. The best way to teach the players is to have them make a choice, and play offense or defense, and teach them that. You script your practice for offense and for defense. Although some of the best athletes will do both.”

He said he will coach all quarterbacks, from incoming eighth graders to the varsity QB.

“In the past, we’ve been a smash-mouth, wedge blocking team, and that’s got its place, especially within the five-yard line,” said DaPrato. “But we’re going to have an extremely varied offense.”
The biggest thorn in the side of RC football?

“The biggest problem I’ve seen is the academic performance,” answered the coach. “You can’t lose 30 percent of your team (to academic ineligibility) every year and be good. That’s the only part of the culture that needs to be changed here. Yet, I’ve met with the counselors and they’re as good as I’ve seen at the college level. It’s the students and their parents.”

How good can the football program at RCHS get?

“I think the sky’s the limit,” answered DaPrato. “Everybody has to get on board. There are plenty of athletes in the area. Right now, it’s a one-high-school town.”

He said he has been inspired by the play of the school’s girls basketball team, drove deep to the playoffs this year..

“If the football team can play as hard as those girls, we’ll be very good,” said DaPrato. “That’s really what you want all the kids to do – play hard.”

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