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RCHS soccer pursues playoffs

By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Program & RCHS Soccer Player

The River City varsity boys soccer team is currently in the middle of their league play. They have finished their first half of the season with a 4-0-2 record. The losses came from Consumes Oaks and Vista Del Lago.

Their goal this year is to make it to the playoffs. Coaches Kamal Singh and Jessie Melgoza constantly tell the athletes that however much effort they put into the season is how much they will get out of it. The top three teams in the division will make it into the playoffs.

On Oct. 2, River City took on Liberty Ranch. This wasn’t just any game, it was a “must win” to stay in the playoff hunt. Although Liberty hasn’t won a game yet this season they put up a fight against the River City varsity, scoring a goal in the first half at the 19-minute mark.

[adrotate group=”7″] That goal woke up the RCHS boys, and it was nonstop attacking and pushing forward on the Liberty Ranch goal. The half ended with River City down 1-0.

Coaches Kamal and Jessie were furious with their team’s play in the first half. The coaches believed there was no good reason to be trailing to this opponent. The coaches tried a new tactic and pushed up one midfielder to the forward position which turned the formation into a 4-3-3.

In the 21st minute, Jesus Melgoza gained a foul at the edge of the box. Grabielle Munez slammed it into the net while the wall was still being prepared. The game was now 1-1.

Not too long after, Manuel Moreno took on three players in the box and hit a sneaker in between the defender and the goalie for a score, making putting RCHS up 2-1. After that goal, the coaches put back the extra forward to play defense to more safely preserve the lead. The game ended with that 2-1 lead.

On Thursday, RCHS made their record 5-0-2 against a solid El Dorado squad at home.

In the 25th minute, Tim Virgen with the assist to Manuel Moreno put the ball in the back of the net giving River City a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The coaches at halftime told the athletes that 1-0 is not enough of a lead.

Then, in the 28th minute, a corner kick taken by Jorden Wusstig put the ball in the middle of the box and Adrian Castillo gave it a great finish to give RC that cushion.

RC ended won the game 2-0, which made them another game closer to their playoff goal.

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West Sac hosts rowing races Sunday

Action at a prior "Head of the Port" regatta in West Sacramento. Here, crews race past the Agrium plant at the Port of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 10, 2012 —

The River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento is hosting 19 rowing clubs from throughout California for a series of 5- kilometer rowing races on Sunday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the River City Rowing Club in the Port of West Sacramento.

The competitive races are held in the Deep Water Channel in West Sacramento. Boat crews assemble, launch and return to the host club, the River City Rowing Club adjacent to the Port of West Sacramento.

The event includes college teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Sacramento State; high school teams; open-competitive class and masters’ teams. There are 180 entries racing the clock in 40 different heats.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Rowers will be on site setting up at 6:00 a.m. and launching from docks at approximately 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

To view the race:  Best viewing is from the levee on the south side of the Deep Water Ship Channel.  Spectators are encouraged to park at the West Sacramento Lowe’s store and walk to the levee.  Binoculars and lawn chairs may help you enjoy the action.

As a long-distance (about three miles) “head race” over a curved course, competitors start one after another in intervals and fight both the clock and each other. The winner in each division is the racer with the fastest time, but rowers are also trying hard to pass boats that started ahead of them while avoiding being caught from behind.

Race Directions: http://www.rivercityrowing.org/directions/directions.html

Race Course Map: http://www.rivercityrowing.org/HOP/race_course_map.html

For more information, please go to our website www.rivercityrowing.org

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RC V-ball fights to second place

ABOVE: RCHS volleyball team after a strong second-place finish at a Carmichael tournament on Saturday

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

The River City High School girls volleyball team took second place in the Carmichael Invitational Volleyball Tournament (“Green” division) on Saturday.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The West Sacramento girls played tough all day, with amazing teamwork and consistency, reports its coach.

The Lady Raiders won five straight matches to make it to the final championship round. After dropping the first set in the championship match, the RCHS team rallied back to win the second set.

They lost the final set by a close 12-15 score.

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‘Pumpkin Run’ returns on Oct. 27

After the starting gun in the Pumpkin Run, 2010 (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

The annual Pumpkin Run returns Oct. 27, with a chance to run or walk 5k or 10k on a course that goes through “Dave’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch” and along the river trail. There is also a kids’ 1-mile fun run.

The event is a fundraiser for aquatics programs at the West Sacramento Recreation center.

Pre-register ($30 before Oct. 20) by Oct. 22 at www.eventbrite.com or by mail to 417 Mace Blvd., Suite J, P.M. B. 173, Davis CA 95618 or at the pumpkin patch. After Oct. 20 registration is $35; kids run $20. Late registration or race-day registration is $35 ($25 for kids). Includes refreshments, pumpkin & award eligibility. Race shirts optional, $20. The 5k and 10k runs start at 8 a.m., and the kids’ run begins at 10 a.m. at the pumpkin patch, 3010 Burrows Ave.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Volunteers are needed; high school students may earn community service hours. Contact Ross at AFWS@uipm@att.net.

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