Category Archives: Sports

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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‘Heart of the City’: youth & sports

DON SCHATZEL, News-Ledger Columnist

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 2, 2011 –

By Don Schatzel

The pieces seem to be coming together at River City High School!

I don’t often comment on sports at River City because they are covered so well by the News-Ledger but I had an opportunity to attend football homecoming event this year and I was very impressed. Athletic Director Char Ghio needs to be recognized for her great work, and she seems to be everywhere at River City Sports!

The home stands were full – so full that some River City fans had to sit on the visitors’ side. We actually had a marching band with uniforms and they really marched and played music you could understand. The River City choir proudly sang the national anthem. The P.A. announcer could be heard and understood! The homecoming floats and honor court were terrific in their classic cars and trucks, plus there seemed to be as many people walking around from the community, catching up on the past weeks activities, as there were sitting in the stands! The booster club is doing  a great job on the snack bar.

I have attended RCHS soccer and volleyball games, and there is Char again.
Friday night River City football games are the social place to be in West Sac and a great place for the whole family to have some fun.

It is easy to see the impact of the Jr. Raiders youth football program on the River City High team, and as of this writing, the Raiders have concluded their great season for 2011.

Hey, sponsors!

If your business is in a position to sponsor a youth league in town – football, swimming,  soccer, baseball, softball – they sure need the help. Again, there are a lot of people attending River City football games, West Sac girls softball and youth soccer games each and every weekend. Sponsorships help keep the registration fees down and reduce the need for families to do fundraisers.

  I have never been supportive of having kids walk door to door selling candy, popcorn, etc. to pay for their program. Everyone I know involved with a sport league goes out of their way to shop at a sponsor’s place of business just because of the sponsorship.  I would guess each sponsor gets a double or triple return of their sponsor investment each season.

Each league has a website for you to contact it through, and they need the help!

It is already  time to be thinking about the Dolphins swim program and Little League softball and baseball leagues. Volunteer board members are planning registration dates, and now would be a good time to look up their info and be ready to register.

Soccer and fall ball baseball and softball continue as long as the  California  weather we enjoy doesn’t change.
Have you had a chance to go by Bryte Park on a Saturday?  The day-glo (often called “highlighter yellow” by our opponents) uniforms you see are on the West Sac soccer players! Hundreds of them, all day at Bryte! If we ever have a game in the fog, we will  always be able to spot our own players. That sounds odd, but having had the experience of playing soccer in Stockton in the fog, by sound instead of sight because the fog was so thick we could not see the other end of the field  the day-glo uniforms would have been helpful.

However, our opponents can say what they want about our uniforms as long as we beat them.

Congratulations to the under 12 girls team coached by Mike Lara, Adam Medina and Troy Hensley for winning their recent  Land Park Tournament.

Vanessa Hensley and Macie McCann: future River City stars? Maybe in a few years  — and we will be watching!

Fall Ball Little League Softball is wrapping up another successful season in District 6. Katie Saleeba, Charlotte Moore, and Alicia  Lopez have had great season for the juniors and Mikala and Sydney Gonzales, Shelby Haith, and Candace O’Neal for the Majors.

Also, another shout-out to Washington Unified after-school volleyball program. A couple of years ago, it was a struggle for the girls to get the ball over the net now it is not unusual to see 7-8 returns per rally and a real attempt – often successful – at the classic bump, set, spike approach!

On a personal note, I always enjoy watching the games and seeing all the great athletes that are playing volleyball for their school and then seeing the same athletes on the soccer and softball field.

Alicia Lopez, Jazlyn Hendrickson Unique Martinez, Ashlyn Dodd, Hannah Mccann, Gabrielle Mistler, Carlie Blevins, Jesse Olsen, Jasmine Anderson, Jordan Criswell, Kylee Hall: great athletes that represent their school and the community all year long in the many sports in West Sacramento!

The “Heart of the City” goes on beating all year long.

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One Jr. Raider squad makes playoffs

#70 Justin Hamel, #75 Jason Swearingin and #10 Flores of the RC Junior Raiders’ Jr Pee Wee team making the tackle.(photo by DE’ONNA JACK)


The Jr Pee Wee Raiders traveled to Pleasant Grove on Saturday to face the Rio Linda Jr Knights in the Sacramento Youth Football League’s 2011 Playoffs.

The last time these two teams met in the regular season, Rio Linda outscored River City by a score of 20-6, but in the playoffs, the game was a little different.  River City held Rio Linda to just 6 points in the first half, with the score at half being 6-0, Rio Linda; however, in the 3 rd quarter Amari Duncan scored on a long touchdown run for River City and tied the game up.

J.Bracy in action for the Jr Pee Wee against Davis on 10/22/11

The game remained tied 6-6 going into the 4th quarter and with just about 4 ½  minutes left to play, Rio Linda scored to go up 13-6.  River City got the ball back and was able to get in the red zone with under a minute left; however, with no time outs left, they simply ran out of time. Final score 13-6.

Wolfpack gets the better of Raiders

ABOVE: Joey Beall, varsity quarterback for River City gets play instructions from Interim Head Coach Chris Baker (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)


River City High School’s football team played host to the visiting Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack on Friday, Oct. 28.

The Cosumnes Oaks JV team outscored River City, holding them to just 12 points.

Scoring for River City were #13, Jamal Williams with a 55-yard TD run and #56, Robert Aiello with a two-yard TD. Final score 39-12.

The Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack varsity team broke open a close game with three second-half touchdowns, for a 25-7 win over the River City Raiders.

Jamal Williams on his 55 yard TD run for the Raider junior varsity squad (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

River City took a brief 7-6 lead in the third quarter on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Joey Beall to Mark Dutra.

However, the Wolfpack responded with a TD on their next possession and never looked back. Turnovers and penalties consistently slowed the Raider offense and provided Cosumnes Oaks with good field position.

The Raiders will conclude their season with a home game this Friday, against Union Mine and the state’s leading rusher, Sean Tow. — from DE’ONNA JACK

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