Category Archives: Sports

‘Dolphins’ seek new & returning swimmers

Registration is coming up for the West Sacramento Dolphins, a youth swim team. Returning Dolphins may now register at

New swimmers can register online beginning Feb. 12. In-person registration will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 19 at Round Table Pizza in the Southport Town Center (new swimmers: bring copies of birth certificates). For information, email


Raider girls beat El Dorado, take record to 19-1

The Raider girls basketball team met league rival El Dorado last night at the RCHS gym. Entering the game, both were undefeated in league play.
The Raiders earned a 41-32 victory, going to 5-0 in league play and taking their record to 19-1 overall. More in Wednesday’s News-Ledger.

Union Mine gets best of Raiders

RCHS sophomore Jake Pridmore with the steal, Jake also had two 3-point plays late in the game to help his j.v. team to a win (Photos by De’Onna Jack)


RCHS frosh action against Union Mine (by De'Onna Jack)


On Friday, the River City High School Boys Basketball faced the Union Mine Diamondbacks.

The River City freshman and JV teams won, while varsity dropped to Union Mine. The Raider Freshman won 50-37.

In the JV Game, RC was losing late in the game and with some 3 point plays, a steal and some good pressing defense, River City went ahead and held on to a 55-50 win. The RCHS JV high scorer was Richard Dasilva  with 20 points.

The Raider varsity team lost by a final of 63-47. RCHS varsity high scorers were Jose Chacon with 23 points and Malik Dumetz with 10. The boys will be home again Tuesday, January 24, against Vista del Lago.

The varsity is 7-11 overall.

Sophomore Malik Dumetz in action for the RCHS varsity (photo by De'Onna Jack)

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RCHS: help ‘pack the house’ Friday

Jasmine Madronio for the Raider JV team, in play against Liberty Ranch, Jasmine scored 20 points. (Photo by De’Onna Jack)


Dipika Dutt in action for the River City freshmen against Liberty Ranch (Photo by De’Onna Jack)


On Jan. 11, River City High School girls basketball faced the Liberty Ranch Hawks.

The RCHS freshman team fell to the Hawks by a score of 31-28, while the JV and Varsity teams were both victorious.

The Raider Junior varsity beat the Hawks 51-29, and the RCHS varsity won 62-29. The Raiders’ varsity record improved to 18-1 overall and they remain at the top of their conference.

The Raiders host El Dorado High on Friday night at RCHS. Each team is 4-0 in league play, and the River City athletic department has called on the West Sacramento community to help fill the gym with fans to cheer on the Raiders at the match. Varsity game time is 7:30 p.m., and there will be a special ticket price of $2.

RCHS sophomore Tori Torres in action for the varsity team, Tori had 9 points in the game against Liberty Ranch. Teammate Jordan Ligons also had 9 points, and Katie King scored 20 during the evening (Photos by De’Onna Jack)

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Wins keep Raiders on top of SVC

RCHS Senior Jordan Ligons with the layup against Cosumnes Oaks. Jordan was the leading varsity scorer with 16 points, followed by Katie King who had 13 points. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

On Jan. 6, the Raider girls basketball squad played host to Galt Warriors.

The freshman team again had the night off. The JV and varsity teams both dominated Galt and won by convincing margins.

The River City junior varsity squad won, 71-17. Leading scorers for the Raider JVs were Makaila Robinson with 13 and Jershaun Hollie with 12

The prior week, the Raider varsity prevailed 70-25. Leading scorers for RCHS varsity were Katie King with 14 and Isabella Gomez with 11.

On Wednesday, January 4, the RCHS  faced theCosumnes Oaks Wolfpack.

River City’s freshman team did not play; however, JV and varsity teams played and were both victorious.

RCHS Sophomore Jasmine Madronio of the J.V. team, taking the shot against Cosumnes Oaks (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

Final Scores: JV Game 48-19 (W) Varsity Game 65-39 (W) With the varsity team win on Jan. 6, they  improved their overall record to 15-1, and were the leader in both the SVC division and section.


Senior Isabella Gomez in action for the RCHS varsity against Galt (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)



Girls’ volleyball standouts

Varsity award winners: Jaliyah Dramera, Brianna Mondia, Kendra Thomas and Desiree Carbullido


River City High School’s volleyball celebrated its team awards in November after the end of their season. Honorees were:

Varsity and Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) Awards
Most Inspirational Player – Junior, Jaliyah Dramera
Most Valuable Player and SVC All League – Sophomore, Brianna Mondia

SVC Honorable Mention – Junior, Kendra Thomas
SVC Honorable Mention – Junior, Desiree J. Carbullido
Most Improved Player – Junior, Arielle Pascua (not pictured)

JV Awards:
Most Valuable Player – Freshman, Julie Staffler
Most Inspirational Player – Freshman, Ashlend Rodriguez
Coach’s Award – Sophomore, Gaocheng Yang (not pictured)

Freshman Awards:
Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Player – Freshman, Jenna Martinez
Most Valuable Player – Freshman, Caroline Murzin

Head coach is Tammy Bacon.

Junior varsity award winners: Julie Staffler and Ashlend Rodriguez


Jenna Martinez and Caroline Murzin, RCHS frosh volleyball honorees (photos courtesy of RCHS volleyball)











‘Heart of the City’: youth sports roundup


DON SCHATZEL: 'Heart of the City' columnist for the News-Ledger

By Don Schatzel

Champions all!

I hope your holiday season was  a happy and joyous one.

Youth sports in our community continue to be an enormous success and a source of community pride.

The Washington Unified School District girls Volleyball and boys flag football seasons came to an exciting  conclusion. Flag football was played at River City High School, under the lights in the football stadium. Final score: Southport 20, Riverbank 14.

Don’t look away this is a lightning-fast game, and if you blink, you risk missing a great play or touchdown.

Quarterback Khari Reiching threw three touchdown passes and Oscar Kee caught the winning TD pass with 16 seconds left in the game. Southport finished with a record of 6-1. Cody Martin and Daniel Thweatt were recognized   by  Coach Matt Ainsworth for outstanding play on defense.

  Girls volleyball  had a great season concluding in an almost-packed house at the River City gym. Bridgeway Island defeated Westmore Oaks in two games, 25-18   and 25-12.

Real volleyball, with classic bump, set and spike moves are on their way. Finally, we’ll have some Northern California High School teams beat the So Cal teams in the state finals and it starts here with youth programs like this.

Taylor Jacke and Jordan Criswell had great games and Michaela Faaif had an unstoppable jump serve. Bridgeway only miscued on five serves during the entire two games. That was definitely the winning difference in the games.

Girls basketball has started for WUSD as their successful after-school sports program continues.
On the soccer “pitch”:

West Sacramento Soccer  conducts and participates in  District Cup tournaments at the end of each season,  followed by District Cup championship games.

This soccer district is enormous, stretching from Rocklin to Placerville to Elk Grove and Woodland, and involves teams in all age groups willing to participate in the District Cup and test their skills and abilities against their age groups top teams. It’s not  a journey for the timid or weak at heart!

The District Cup starts out with a three-game tournament played in one weekend. Then the winner of that tournament plays the winner of a similar tournament being held at the same time in the Cup Final a week later. This year the Cup finals were played in West Sacramento at Bryte Park and on a synthetic turf field Bartholomew Sports Complex in El Grove.

Congratulations to the Under 19 girls team coached by Sam Montoya. The local soccer squad defeated Clarksburg in Elk Grove, 2-1, to win the District cup.

An ecstatic Coach Sam Montoya was quoted: “We started the year practicing five days a week and it ended in a District Championship., It was all worth it and that’s what it takes to win.”

Xandrea Montoya hit a free kick at a severe left angle ten yards out late in the second half to win the game. Goalie Jessica Trussel was outstanding, only giving up the one goal.

The Under 12 girls team Arsenal made it all the way to the District Cup Championship Game in Elk Grove  with an undefeated season, but fell 1-0 to North Natomas.

Vanessa Hensley and  Julie Lara played outstanding games. Arsenal had a great season representing the Under 12’s and were undefeated  in the season and Cup until the finals.

The under-14 Hooligans, coached by Dale Calles, dropped a heart-breaker in the third game of their tournament to North Natomas, losing 1-0. They did so completely dominating the game in every aspect  and having tied North Sacramento 2-2  and defeated Roseville 2-0  in previous torunament games.

Games were played at Kokomo Park in Natomas. Julianna Calles, Cara Talbott and Steffanie Jimenez played great games for West Sacramento in their first Under 14 age group District Cup.

Thanks to all the West Sacramento Soccer volunteers and the City of West Sacramento for conducting the tournament at Bryte Park.

“Tis’ the season” also for a sport of a different kind.

Led by President Jason Williams, in its “Trots for Tots,” The West Sacramento Trail Riders – all 20 strong including horses – delivered over $300 of toys to the West Sacramento Fire Department for kids in the community. All riders converged at Davis Road  and the Clarksburg Trail and rode as a group with decorated-for-the-season horses up the trail to the  fire station. WSTRA has a pony club and lots of room for youth members if interested. Look for the group on Facebook.

Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento conducted their annual holiday lunch and gift giving. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Collings Teen Center. Rotarians Charlie Moore, Tony Schwall, Armando Omega, Walt James, Catherine Van Diest, Tom Engle, Ron Morazzini and Carol Thomas  all participated by serving food and helping Santa distribute gifts to the teen center center participants.

Youth sports and community involvement: the Heart of the City!

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