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Help RCHS baseball go to Raley Field

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

The River City High baseball team is selling River Cats game ticket vouchers to earn a chance to play one of their own games at Raley Field this year.

Vouchers are $17.50 and can be exchanged for tickets to “Gold Rush” section seats at the field’s “will call” section for any available River Cats game. Contact baseball team parents or coach Jeff Cox, jcox@wusd.k12.ca.us or 916 752-6320.

The RCHS game scheduled for Raley Field will be held on April 21, with junior varsity playing Linden High School at 4 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. Admission to that game is free.

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Raley Field will host high school & college games

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 27, 2012 —

This press release has just been released from Raley Field:

Raley Field — home to the Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A Sacramento River Cats — will play host to 48 high school baseball games and one college game this spring, as part of a partnership between the River Cats, Sports Authority and Northern California high schools.

With more than 40 high schools participating in this unique partnership, this year’s high school baseball schedule at Raley Field is the busiest in the program’s history. The program serves as a fundraising tool for the schools, while at the same time offering local student-athletes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the region’s largest and most recognizable ballpark. High schools are given the opportunity to sell River Cats tickets to their friends and family, with proceeds of the sales going directly to the schools’ baseball programs.

For this first time in 2012, Raley Field will play host to a Division II college baseball game as well, with Chico State and Sonoma State set to square off on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Participating high schools cover a geographic area stretching from El Dorado to Mount Shasta to Santa Rosa, and all points in between. Local Sacramento powerhouses will participate as well, highlighted by 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up Jesuit, which will face Davis at Raley Field on Friday, March 16.

The 2012 Raley Field High School Baseball Series presented by Sports Authority will culminate with the inaugural High School Showcase Games on Sunday, June 3, beginning at 1 p.m. This doubleheader will feature players from all 43 participating high schools, and will give the area’s top players a chance to shine in front of college coaches and professional scouts alike.

The complete schedule for this season’s high school baseball schedule at Raley Field can be found online at rivercats.com.

El Dorado nips RCHS boys varsity

RCHS junior Vincent Chelini in action for the varsity team. Vincent is seen here with the near dunk (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

Last Wednesdsay, Feb. 15, marked the last home game of the season for the River City High School boys basketball teams, and also marked Senior Night for the 3 outgoing seniors — Mark Gidenko, Chanh Saeturn and Nico Rocha.
The River City freshman team dominated their game against El Dorado, winning by 30 points. The JV game was a thriller, with River City winning in double overtime.
Although the varsity game was close, River City fell to El Dorado by 3 points.

The high scorers for the night were as follows:  JV: Richard Dasilva jad a game high of 20 points. Varsity: Jose Chacon had 24 points and Malik Dumetz scored 12. Final Scores: Freshman – 79-49 (W), JV – 81-77 (W), Varsity 66-63 (L).

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River City sophomore Richard Dasilva in action for the junior varsity boys. Dasilva had a game high of 20 points in River City’s double overtime win. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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Upstart Raiders upset El Camino

With just two seconds left and the game tied on El Camino's home court, River City High School's Katie King stepped to the line for three free throws. She focused, and sank two of them to seal a win in playoff game two. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 24, 2012 —

After winning their first game of the playoffs Tuesday against Rocklin, River City traveled to El Camino last night.

El Camino boasted a 10-0 league record during regular season, 24-5 overall.

In Thursday’s match, El Camino scored a few quick baskets, as did River City. El Camino would eventually take the lead and by the end of the first quarter, El Camino was ahead 16-13.  At halftime, they were still up, 27-21 .

River City came out halftime pressing and getting a few steals, surging a comeback. By the end of the third quarter,  the game was tied 33-33.

The game would see more lead changes. With just 47.3 seconds left in the game, it was all tied again 48-48. River City kept El Camino from scoring on their next possession and after a time out, River City ran some time off the clock holding the ball. With just two  seconds left in the game, the Raiders’ Katie King was fouled while taking a three-point shot.

Katie went to the line and missed the first shot. Then she made the next two, putting River City ahead 50-48.

[adrotate group=”9″] With less than a second, El Camino threw the ball  inbounds and took a quick shot — and missed.

River City was still ahead at the buzzer, winning in dramatic fashion. Final score: 50-48.

Katie King finished the game with 26 points.

River City now travels to McNair in Stockton on Tuesday, February 28. McNair finished their regular season at 8-2 in their division and 26-3 overall. The game will be played at University of the Pacific, at a time to be announced later.

Jordan Ligons: 16 points to lead the Raiders in scoring against Rocklin on Tuesday (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Here’s a quick recap of the first playoff game, against Rocklin at home on Tuesday:

River City pretty much dominated the game and won 57-38. The high scorers for RCHS against Rocklin were Jordan Ligons with 16, Marrissa Tyler with 15 and Katie King with 14.

Junior Katie King (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

 

RCHS Junior Marrissa Tyler, in play against Rocklin (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

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Lady Raiders are conference co-champs

RIGHT River City junior Marrissa Tyler drives to the basket for the varsity squad. Marrssa scored eight points in the win against Vista del Lago (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

  (UPDATE: The RCHS basketball team won its first playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and is moving on to round two).

On Friday, the River City High School girls basketball teams played their last game of the regular season at home.

The RCHS freshman lost to Sacramento High; while the JV and varsity teams faced — and beat — Vista del Lago.

RCHS freshman Vanessa Mendoza in action for the JV team. Vanessa scored 8 points in the win against Vista del Lago (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

With the win, the Raider varsity tied El Dorado and became co-champions of the Sierra Valley Conference. River City Varsity finished the regular season 11-1 in conference and 25-2 overall. The team earned a playoff spot, with the first playoff game scheduled for last night at home against Rocklin (results were too late to report in this edition).

RCHS athletic director Char Ghio reports it is the school’s first ever playoff game in girls basketball.

The final scores for Friday’s games were as follows: Raider Freshmen:  27-12 (L) ; JV: 54-28 (W); Varsity: 55-23 (W).

Varsity high scorers for the Raiders were Katie King with 13 points, Amarita Singh with 8, and Marrissa Tyler with 8.

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‘Heart of the City’: West Sacramento’s vibrant youth sports scene

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —

Wow! Youth basketball season!

The Washington Unified School District girls basketball program wound down with great playoffs and a championship series.

BY DON SCHATZEL for the News-Ledger

The playoffs began at Riverbank School that used to be Golden State Middle School that used to be James Marshall High School (small history lesson. . .) I mention this because the schools gym is high school-dimension,  complete with Rotary- sponsored scoreboard.

The four teams that qualified for the playoffs were regular season winner Stonegate Elementary and prospective championship opponent Bridgeway Island, whose only loss was to Stonegate. Upstart Elkhorn and always-in-the-playoffs Southport joined the post-season party!

What was expected was not to be.

Elkhorn pulled off the upset of the season in the first round, beating Bridgeway Island 30-21. Elkhorn became West Sac’s own version of a Cinderella team. Joanna Lira led Elkhorn with 8 points and Elkhorn held Bridgeway’s powerful offense to just 8 first-half points. Michaela Faaifo had 8 points and Melissa Bustamante had 4 for Bridgeway.

This was Elkhorn’s first trip to the championship game.

Stonegate and Southport squared off to determine Elkhorn’s championship opponent. Stonegate ran off to an 8-point halftime lead, 19-11, then pulled away for a 36-14 victory and a chance to play Elkhorn for the local title. Gabby Mistler had 8 points and Niki Singh  7 points for powerhouse Stonegate. Anniyah Furlow 4 points for Southport.

The consolation and championship games were played at Westmore Oaks Elementary School, formerly River City High School, and its gym, too, has high school dimensions.

In the Southport vs. Bridgeway Island match for third place,

[adrotate group=”10″] Bridgeway rebounded from its disappointing opening round loss with a 26-11 win. Jordan Criswell had 9 points and Michaels Faaifo  7 points. Mikaela Drewry led the Southport scoring.

The long-awaited championship between Elkhorn and Stonegate was a tough physical game, with Stonegate winning 32-9 for their first championship. Elkhorn battled the entire game, but Stonegate brought a  deep a bench and kept the pressure on the entire game.

The unstoppable Alina Castillo scored 17 points and Nikki Singh had 8, both for Stonegate. Joanna Lira earned 5 for Elkhorn. Congratulations to all four teams for making the playoffs and playing great basketball.

Our Lady of Grace School is  in mid-basketball season. The J.V. team, made up of 5th and 6th graders, beat St. Elizabeths of Elk Grove 14-2 to stay in first place. Krystal Robles,  Lauren Bykowski and Julianna Calles had great games for the OLG win.

QUICK QUESTION!!
What youth sports league started in 1974 has 25,000 teams worldwide, 360,000 participants,ages 4-18, four world series tournaments, and is an international program not just in the U.S?

GIVE UP? It’s little league girls’ softball – not boys baseball!
West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League is registering players. As are the West Sacramento Dolphins, West Sacramento Little League and Washington Little League, with separate registration for summer programs. They have web sites so they are easy to find!

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Raiders are on a roll: 10-0 in league

Junior Katie King with the 3 point shot. Katie was the high scorer with for RCHS with 25 points (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

 

Sophomore Mikaila Robinson in action for JV. Mikaila was the high scorer for her team with 18 points. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —

UPDATE FEB 16: RCHS athletic director Char Ghio announced today the school will host its first-ever girls basketball playoff game at RCHS on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  The opponent and ticket prices have not yet been determined — watch here for further information.

On February 7, 2012, the River City High School girls basketball team faced the Union Mine Diamondbacks.

Both the River City J.V. and varsity squads won their respective games in convincing fashion; while the freshman team played in Woodland. River City’s varsity girls came into the game with a 9-0 record in league play and a 23-1 record overall. By beating Union Mine, they improved to 10-0 in league play and 24-1 overall. Final score was 61-32, River City.

The junior varsity Raiders won 39-20.

High scorers:  JV Raiders –  Sophomore Mikaila Robinson with 18 points. Varsity Raiders –  Junior Katie King with 25 points and Senior Jordan Ligons with 17 points.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The RCHS girls will be home again on Friday, February 17, for their final, regular season home game. They’ll also be celebrating “senior night.”

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