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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.

Copyright News-Ledger 2011


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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Raiders take Liberty Ranch into OT

Raider Tucker McAmoil drops back for a pass in Friday’s varsity game (Photos by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER – OCT 12, 2011 –

River City High’s football squad traveled to Galt last Friday evening to take on high-scoring Liberty Ranch in the Hawks’ homecoming game.
Liberty Ranch’s JV team dominated River City, winning by a final score of 47-6, with Iszir Price scoring the only River City touchdown. The score came on a pass from quarterback Corey Lane for a 60 yard touchdown play.
      The RCHS varsity team  ended up on the short end of a heartbreaking, 29-28 overtime loss.
The first half was an offensive back-and-forth affair, with Liberty holding a slim 21-19 lead. The Raiders tied the score in the 3rd quarter with a safety coming on a punt return.
The Hawks missed two field goals, the last one being a 31 yard attempt with 28 seconds remaining, and that sent the game into overtime.

Iszir Price of the RCHS jayvees makes the catch and heads for a touchdown on a 60-yard play last Friday (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

River City scored first on a ten yard pass and extra point to take a 28-21 lead. Liberty then scored on a reverse and decided to go for a two point conversion. A sweep around left end was good, ending the game at 29-28.
Halfback Uriah Clark had a inspirational game for the Raiders. He rushed for 184 yards on 20 carries, often dragging Hawk defenders along the way. Raider quarterback Tucker McAmoil was 6-11 for 109 yards and three TD’s. Defensive tackle Tevita Mafi, linebacker William Leggat and defensive end Junior Chean led the way for the Raider defense.

An obviously disappointed Head Coach Art Bustamante had this to say after the game:
“This is a tough one to swallow. But I’m so impressed with how our team competed. We played with toughness and passion. It just didn’t go our way.”
The Raiders have a bye next week and will face Galt Warriors in Galt on October 21.
— Information from DE’ONNA JACK

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Pumpkin Run returns!

Runners start in the November, 2010, Pumpkin Run on damp pavement at the Recreation Center/RCHS complex in Southport. At rear left, holding an air horn aloft, is West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who signaled the start of the event and then joined in the run. The mayor’s 5K time was 31 minutes and 20 seconds, despite his delayed start. (News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING,

The West Sacramento Aquatics Foundation will bring back its “Pumpkin Run” fundraiser this year on Sat., Oct. 29.  There will be 5k and 10k runs/walks, and a 1 mile fun run for kids, with a course through Dave’s Pumpkin Patch and along the river trail. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the pumpkin patch, 3010 Burrows Ave.

Other info:

map available @
Pre-registration : thru 10/22
Mail: 417 Mace Blvd. Suite J
P. M. B. 173 Davis, Ca 95618
In Person:
@ Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
Late Registration : @ Number Pick-Up
2 pm – 5 pm Oct. 28 @ Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
Or Race Day @ 6:45 am

RC soccer fights to a tie

Emmanuel Magellanas (right) of the RCHS junior varsity soccer team in action against Liberty Ranch on Sept. 28. Liberty Ranch beat the local j.v.’s 1-0, while the two varsity squads tied at 1-1. Adrian Toscano scored the RCHS goal. The Raiders play next on Oct. 10 against Union Mine. (Photo & info from DE’ONNA JACK)

From the Oct. 5, 2011 News-Ledger

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HOMECOMING: A report from River City High School

PRINCE/PRINCESS: Juan Lazcano, Angelica Carter

By Sam Urrea, Staff Writer
RCHS School Newspaper,
“Ou[RC}ity News”
(Featured in the Oct. 5, 2011, News-Ledger)

It is the start of the school year. Students struggle to find activities that they can begin looking forward to. Football season is just starting, yet some students continue to dwell on the realization that summer has just departed. That is, however, until homecoming time comes along. This year was no different at River City High School.

  This year’s homecoming excitement started out with the traditional celebration of spirit week. Students showed their passion and togetherness for the school as well as their respective grade by following the school curriculum of dressing up as something different each day of the week prior to the dance the subsequent Saturday.

Students from every class were nominated and voted on throughout the week to decide who the school would choose as their homecoming count, countess, duke, duchess, prince, princess and lastly king and queen.

KING & QUEEN: Andrew Rodriguez & Elysia Sevilla

The big announcements were made during the halftime show of the River City vs. El Dorado football game, an encounter dominated by the home team, from start to finish, which ended with the score of 65-12. The passion shown by the players on the field was reflected on the happiness of the attending students, parents and staff.

River City local Kyra Dixon believes she knows exactly why the homecoming game brings out that spirit and passion shared throughout the event more than any other football occasion in the school calendar.

“The game is just so fun. You get to see who won the royalty nominations and hang out with your friends in a happy environment. I also see a lot of people I usually don’t see anywhere else, so you can tell it is an event not many people want to miss out on,” she explained.

Student Jimmy Landis confessed he is not a regular attendant of school-related affairs and pinpointed family tradition as the reason for attending the game.

“I never really attend any school events that happen outside of school. But the homecoming game is tradition for my family because my dad went to River City, so we usually come every year,” he said.

He also believes that seeing the school so united in promoting these events attracts him to the occasion as well. He continued, “This game seems more exciting for everyone, which is probably why so many more people come to it. I have to say it is nice to see.”

The royalty nominations were won by McHenry Choo and Daisy Maya as count and countess, Eric Beall and Sarah Risher as duke and duchess, Juan Lazcano and Angelica Carter as prince and princess, while Andrew Rodriguez and Elysia Sevilla attained the most coveted accolade of all, king and queen.

Judging by the crowd’s reaction, it appeared as if these were everyone’s favored choices, even to some neutrals, which only added more to the excitement and passion being shown by the students. The dance the following night was described as “a success.” Given that the festivities were filled with jovial participation and unforgettable memories, calling this year’s homecoming celebrations at River City High “a success” could be perceived as an understatement.

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