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Wise breaks receiving record for River City High School football

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 31, 2015 —

By Laura Asatryan
River City High School Journalism Class

River City senior Aaron Wise broke the varsity football single season reception record this season with 46 receptions. The record was previously set by Malik Dumetz in 2013.

Before Malik, the record had been set by Malcom Floyd, who is now a receiver for the San Diego Chargers.

AARON WISE Now the record-holding RCHS football receiver, he hopes for a spot at the US Air Force Academy  (photo by Laura Valdez/RCHS Journalism)

AARON WISE
Now the record-holding RCHS football receiver, he hopes for a spot at the US Air Force Academy
(photo by Laura Valdez/RCHS Journalism)

“It feels amazing because I never actually thought I’d break a record,” said Wise. “I just wanted to play and have fun and work harder to try to get better.

Now that the football season is over, Aaron is setting goals for his future. He is hoping to be accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy which, through a difficult application process, requires a nomination from a member of Congress.

“It’s a really big deal…the Academy is basically like a university but sponsored by the military. It’s really hard to get into that school and that’s why they interview you,” said Wise.

U.S. representative for California’s 6th congressional district Doris Matsui has nominated Wise for the Academy and after being interviewed by a representative, he felt optimistic about his chances at being accepted.

“The interview was great and straight to the point. During the interview it was like a college asking me standard questions. I felt comfortable knowing all I had to do was answer the questions honestly,” says Aaron.

Aaron is now waiting for a response via email about being accepted into the academy. If his hard work on the football field was able to pay off by breaking a record, Aaron is hopeful of achieving his next goal.

River City Varsity Wide Receiver Coach Mark Uy said, “I’ve never seen anyone work harder than Aaron. He worked himself to be a great football player. Great in the classroom and great on the field.”

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RCHS grad adjusts to life as college student and college basketball player

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School
Journalism Class

Everyone knows that if you want to get anywhere in life, you can’t do it alone. However, one can’t reach their goals in life without hard work and ambition that comes from one’s self and this is true for current Junior at Point Loma Nazarene University and River City High School Graduate, Jordan Ligons of the class of 2012.

“I really want to leave a stamp, make an impact even, everywhere that I’ve been,” said Ligons.

JORDAN LIGONS   (River City High School Journalism Staff photo/2012)

JORDAN LIGONS
(River City High School Journalism Staff photo/2012)

Ligons is point guard for her San Diego school women’s basketball team, “The Sea Lions.” Just being a basketball player is a daunting task, however Jordan took her college experience to a whole other level.

In addition to playing basketball, Ligons is majoring in journalism and is the editor of the arts and entertainment page of Point Loma’s paper, “The Point,” as well as being the first student liaison on the board of directors for the San Diego Press Club.

Aland Hoermann, who has taught Journalism at River City for six years, named Ligons his editor-in-chief for “OuRCity News” during his first year on the job. She held the position from her sophomore year until she graduated.

“She comes from a very supportive family, she just had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and she was a natural leader,” said Hoermann. “She was always very positive, she was never condescending to other students… How she was in journalism is how she was on the basketball court.”

Having made her mark on RCHS’s journalism program, Ligons has made an impression on her current journalism advisor at Point Loma. Some of her work at Point Loma can be found at lomabeat.com.

College journalism director Dean Nelson says, “We feel fortunate to have Jordan with us. Her talent, enthusiasm, passion, fierce independence, curiosity and professional drive are very contagious. We’ll all be reading her byline someday.”

The road to Jordan’s ‘office’: the gym at Point Loma is backed up by the Pacific.   (photo by Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

The road to Jordan’s ‘office’: the gym at Point Loma is backed up by the Pacific.
(photo by Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

Although her freshman year at college was a struggle because of the new environment and the larger work load, Ligon’s is adjusting.

Ligons says, “By setting those goals it allowed myself to put everything in perspective–I am at this beautiful school, gaining an education and playing the sport I love. It made me realize this is only the beginning of an amazing experience called college!”

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RCHS athletes sign ‘letters of intent’

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley (Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley
(Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

Two student-athletes from River City high School signed their ‘letters of intent’ to commit to a particular college and its sports program in a ceremony on campus on Friday.
Ashlend Rodiguez will attend the University of West Alabama to play softball next fall.  Aliyah Brantley will go to Menlo College to play basketball.
Both students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at River City, and each has played for the school varsity-level team since her freshman year.

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RCHS girls tennis undefeated at 12-0

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 4, 2014 —

FROM RIVER CITY HIGH SCHOOL

With an 8 to 1 win at Rio Linda last week, the River City High School girls tennis team finished its first season in the Tri County Conference (TCC) at a perfect 12 and 0.  It’s the first league championship for an all-girls RC team and the twentieth overall for the school’s tennis program.

“We’ve had lots of success with our coed teams over the past two decades, and the boys won a pair of championships in ’83 and ’84, but it’s great to win this one and set a new standard for the girls teams in the future,” said RC Coach Dave Brooks.

Against the host Knights, the Raiders were led by #1 singles player Julia Quenga’s 6-0,6-0 win.  Teammates Jasmine Benafghoul (#4), Carlie Blevins (#5), and Kay Rybikov (#6) also had “double-bagel” 6-0,6-0 wins in their singles matches.  At #2, Beatrice Bui earned a hard-fought 6-3,6-3 victory, and Jessica Ngo cruised to a 6-0,6-1 win at #3.

RC also received doubles wins from the #1 team of Alona Plugovaya and Anahi Escobar, 6-2,6-4 and the #3 duo of Mallory Snarr and Kari Tran, 6-1,6-0.  For Tran, it was her first-ever varsity triumph.

Later in the week, the TCC Tournament was held at the Yuba City Racquet Club and the top two RC doubles teams both advanced to this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament in Roseville.  Seeded #1, Bui and Quenga defeated pairs from Woodland and Pioneer to advance to the final where their teammates, the second-seeded Benafghoul and Jessie Olsen, awaited them after downing teams from Rio Linda and Pioneer.  In the championship match, Bui and Quenga prevailed 3-6,6-1,6-2.

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Free bus ride to San Francisco for Giants’ victory parade

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 30, 2014 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since publishing this article earlier this afternoon, we contacted the River Cats and learned that this bus trip is filled up.  A team rep said that season ticket holders were contacted first with this limited offer. The few remaining bus seats, he said, were filled up quickly with other fans.  If you’re interested in going by train, read on.

The Sacramento River Cats will take up to 130 people on two buses from Raley Field to the San Francisco civic center on Friday, in order to celebrate the San Francisco Giants’ victory parade.

The Giants won the World Series this year with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the decisive final game of the series. The River Cats, beginning this season, are the Giants’ “farm club” in minor league baseball.

The buses will depart Raley Field at 7 a.m. and will return in the afternoon.

If you’re interested in the free bus ride, RSVP to (916) 371-HITS (4487).

To travel separately, the River Cats suggests considering the Capitol Corridor train (http://capitolcorridor.org/tickets/). Look for #531, leaving Sacramento at 8:20 a.m., or #533, departing at 9:20 a.m. Take Amtrak to Richmond and transfer to BART and the Embarcadero Station (www.bart.gov).

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Rowing regatta takes over Port

One of the Marin Rowing Association high school girls’ eights, as seen from the Daniel C. Palamidessi Bridge. (News-Ledger photo)

One of the Marin Rowing Association high school girls’ eights, as seen from the Daniel C. Palamidessi Bridge.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER OF WEST SACRAMENTO — OCT 15, 2014 —

Over the weekend, West Sacramento’s riverfront may have been taken over by ‘Sactoberfest’ revelers, celebrating German beer and associated pleasures.

But on Sunday, it was a few hundred rowers that provided a different invasion at the Port of West Sacramento. The occasion was the annual ‘Head of the Port’ regatta hosted by the local River City Rowing Club (RCRC).

Singles and multi-person crews churned down a three mile race course (taking around 20 minutes, give or take) sometimes facing into a brisk north breeze and choppy waters.

Highlights for the local club and for the UC Davis rowing teams included a victory for RCRC’s girls varsity eight over rival Marin Rowing Association and a win by the UCD men’s four over visitors including California Maritime Academy, Sonoma State, Sacramento State and Norcal Crew.

A River City Rowing Club crew (foreground) chases competitors toward the finish line in front of Stone Lock and Jefferson Boulevard, in last weekend's 'Head of the Port' competition in West Sacramento.  Click to enlarge. (News-Ledger photo)

A River City Rowing Club crew (foreground) chases competitors toward the finish line in front of Stone Lock and Jefferson Boulevard, in last weekend’s ‘Head of the Port’ competition in West Sacramento.  (News-Ledger photo)

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$10,000 for River City High booster club

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

A representative from Hanlees Auto Group in Davis visited River City High School two weeks ago to hand the school’s athletic booster club a check for $10,000. The money came from Hanlees and the Toyota corporation.

Accepting the check was December Brinsfield-Briscoe, president of the boosters.

The News-Ledger later asked her if the club had ever received a donation that large before.

“Not that I’m aware of,” she responded. “It was quite interesting the way that it came about. (Current) athletic director Jamie King contacted us to let us know Hanlees was interesting in doing a sponsorship for our club. The Toyota corporation contributed half the donation, and Hanlees contributed the other half.”

The money will be used by the booster club to support student-athletes at the school.

“The athletic boosters provide funding and scholarships to eligible athletes,” she said. “And basically, when the athletic department needs anything — training, equipment, courses, football helmets, catcher’s gear, we help.”

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