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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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Dixon gets best of RC boys

Michael Briscoe drives to the basket during last week’s tight matchup for the RCHS j.v. squad (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)


On Dec. 20, the River City High School boys basketball teams faced Dixon Rams.

Dixon pretty much controlled the freshman and varsity games, while the JV game was tighter. In the junior varsity match, River City was down, and came back to take the lead with just a few seconds left. Dixon answered at the buzzer to win the game

Final scores for the Dixon victories were:  Freshman 65-36; JV 44-45; varsity 71-60. The Raider varsity is now 5-5 overall.

River City’s boys teams will be back home again on January 13  when they will face Union Mine.

River City girls basketball takes its 11-1 record into the Lincoln Tournament today. The squad plays at home next on Jan. 6, hosting Galt with a varsity game time of 7:30 p.m. at the RCHS gym.

Jose Chacon in action for the River City varsity in play against the Dixon Rams last week (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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Lady Raiders defeat Monterey Trails

Katie King, a junior playing for River City’s varsity team, goes up for the shot, Katie was one of the high scorers with 14 points. Photo by DE’ONNA JACK


On December 13, the River City High School girls basketball team hosted Monterey Trails. Only j.v. and varsity squads played, so the RCHS freshmen had the night off. Both RCHS Teams were victorious. The final score in the junior varsity game was 55-30 in favor of the Raiders, and the RCHS varsity won 61-45. Raider girls basketball will be back home again on January 4, 2012 when the team hosts Woodland.

Makaila Robinson, a sophomore in action for the JV squad Photo by DE’ONNA JACK


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The Oakland A’s are coming to West Sac


For the first time since 2007, the major league Oakland A’s baseball team put West Sacramento on its calendar this season.

The A’s will play the Sacramento River Cats in an exhibition game at Raley Field on March 31. Tickets will go on sale to the public for the game on Feb. 15 at Ticket Master. They will be sold as a five-game package that also includes a voucher to see the River Cats play the Stockton Ports on April 2 and three vouchers for any other 2012 River Cats game.

The River Cats are the minor league, triple-A affiliate of the A’s.

Raley Field has seen a number of major league teams take the field since it opened on the West Sacramento riverfront in 2000. The River Cats have hosted the A’s in exhibition games in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007; the San Diego Padres visited twice in 2001; the Colorado Rockies played the home team in 2004; and the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners played each other in a major league exhibition game in 2003.

The River Cats have won ten division titles in the 12 seasons they have played in West Sacramento.

Former Cats who went on to play for the A’s include outfielders Nick Swisher, Eric Byrnes and C arl0s Gonzalez; infielders Jemile Weeks, Cliff Pennington and Mark Ellis; catcher Kurt Suzuki; pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Barry Zito; and coaches & managers Bob Geren, Rick Rodriguez, Tony DeFrancesco and Todd Steverson.

The River Cats’ official 2012 season begins on Friday, April 13, against the Reno Aces.

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Volleyball finishes tied for fourth

Amanda McGuffey seen in action for the River City High JV team on Oct. 31, 2011, against Cosumnes Oaks

Amanda McGuffey seen in action for the JV Team (photo by DE'ONNA JACK



River City High School’s volleyball team played their Cosumnes Oaks on Oct. 31.    The freshman squad had the night off. The Raider junior varsity lost 2-0, while the Varsity won in 5 by a final of 3-2.

Tiffany Monroy,  seen in action for the River City High School varsity volleyball team on Oct. 31, 2011, against Cosumnes Oaks  (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

Tiffany Monroy, seen in action for the Varsity Team (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

The team played its final game of the season on Nov. 2 at Liberty Ranch. The RCHS frosh won 2-0, while the j.v. and varsity teams each lost their match.

The 2011 team tied for fourth place in league standings.

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Four point loss for RCHS — but headed for playoffs

Uriah Clark, always a leading ball carrier for the Raider varsity squad, with the handoff from Tucker McAmoil (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)


On Friday, River City High School played its final football game of the regular season at home against the Union Mine Diamondbacks.

Aaron Tyson of the River City JV team, playing defense and breaking up a pass (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

Both the junior varsity and varsity games were very close, with Union Mine edging out River City J.V. by two points and edging out the River City varsity by 4.

The Raider junior varsity team was down early in the game by 14 points and fought their way back to tie the game up at the half. However, Union Mine would eventually go on to score a few more touchdowns and win the game by a final score of 36-34.

Scoring for River City were  Bo Alvarez, who had 2 TD’s, one for 17 yards and another for 14 yards.  Aaron Tyson had a 2 yard TD run and a 31 yard TD run, while Jamal Williams ran for a 95 yard TD.  The JV Team ended the season with an overall record of  6-4.

  In the varsity game, River City’s defense did a good job of defending Sean Tow, the state’s leading rusher.  Raider quarterback Tucker McAmoil was 6 for 11, passing for a 158 yards;  Malik Dumetz had five receptions for a total of 95 yards; Andrew Dutra had two receptions for a total of 63 yards (the longest of which was for 45 yards);  Tevita Mafi scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone and Uriah Clark has 8 carries for a 125 yards with 2 TD’s.

But Union Mine prevailed 24-20.

Uriah Clark finished the season with 1,054 yards rushing for the Raiders, and 13 touchdowns.

The varsity team finished the season with an overall record of 5-5.

The Raiders have secured a spot in the playoffs and will travel to Elk Grove on Fridayto face Elk Grove, which went 10-0 in its regular season season.

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