Category Archives: Sports

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,


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.

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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


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/


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 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.

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Raider football enters win column


By Jordan Pearce
RCHS Journalism Class

On September 21, River City High School’s JV and varsity football teams traveled to Union Mine, home of the “Rattlers.” Going into this game with already three previous losses in a row made this victory all the sweeter.

The first quarter had a nice start, even though it ended with a score of 0-0. The harder we fought them, the harder they fought back.

[adrotate group=”7″] By the second quarter the score was 9-0 with the Rattlers ahead. The Raiders appeared confused by the Rattlers’ game plan. Now, it was time for half time and either the coaches or the players made the conscious decision that they were not going to walk away without some feeling of satisfaction from this game.

Half-time ended and the game entered into the third quarter; everyone knew the plan:  play hard and work as a team. Finally, an RCHS score!

Seeing the score board made the crowd go wild that the Raiders now had six points, they were still down, but at least they made a score.

The big moment came, the fourth quarter, either bet big or go home. Both sides of the stands were on edge, waiting to see who would win.

Finally, the Raiders with a final score of 13 and the Rattlers with a score of 9 made the home team walk out with their heads down. As for Raiders, they ran with their heads high, hugging and high-fiving, they got their win. This was the game to remember.

It was the first win of the season for River City, which is now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in league play.

The RCHS jayvees lost their game to Union Mine, 34-14.

(EDITOR’S UPDATE, SEPT 29: The varsity Raiders followed up their Union Mine victory with a 47-8 win over El Dorado last night.)

RCHS stats for the offense against Union Mine on Sept 21:
David Vincent 12 carries for 60 yards, 2 TD
Tucker McAmoil 10 carries for 22 yards
Kevin Burkes 5 carries for 15 yards
Elijah Thomas 6 carries for 10 yards, 7 attempts, 3 completions, 34 yards
Juan Lezcano 1 carry for 6 yards
Malik Dumetz 2 catches for 11 yards
Vince Chelini 1 catch for 23 yards, 5 punts 218 yards, 43.6 average
Stats for the Defense:
Defensive Tackle Maurice Rodriguez 3 solo tackles, 8 assists
Linebacker Andrew Dutra 21points
Safety Artis Jackson 19 points
Defensive End Dominic Lawrence 12 points
Defensive End Junior Chean 11 points

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