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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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Strong start for River City soccer

RCHS Senior Graviel Muniz dribbles past Galt defenders while helping the Raiders to a 3-0 start and first place in league play (Photo by Michael Briscoe, RCHS Journalism)


By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class

River City High School varsity soccer had their biggest game so far in the season against the undefeated Galt soccer team Friday. River City went into this game undefeated in league with a 2-0 record.

A win would put River City in first place in the league. Both teams understood the importance of this game and what was at stake.  And it was back-and-forth once the ref blew the whistle to start the game.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Galt immediately put the ball in the back of the net but it was called offsides. That was a wakeup call for the Raiders.

Ten minutes into the game, River City got the crowd fired up with a goal from Mario Zambrano with the assist from Manuel Moreno.

The game went on with two yellow cards given to Galt which caused one of the coaches from Galt to be red carded off the field for his fiery complaints. The half ended with River City in the lead and Galt down a goal and a coach.

RCHS Coaches Kamal Singh and Jesse Melgoza let the players know that a 1-0 lead is very hard to keep in an intense game like this. There was still another 40 minutes to play and that this game was far from over, anything could happen.

The whistle for the second half blew and the intensity picked up enormously right from the start. At 33 minutes, Galt got a free kick at the edge of the goal box. The shot hit the defensive wall and a Galt player elbowed one of River City’s players which resulted in their player getting a red card.

A few minutes later, River City goalkeeper Christian Terrones got kicked in the face in a 50/50 ball in the box. The Galt player responsible got a red card, too, and was escorted off the field.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, River City put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Juan Ortiz which gave River City at a comfortable 2-0 lead. River City finished victorious and are now 3-0-0 and in first place in league.

The River City junior varsity also won, 2-1.

In other RCHS sports, the Raiders’ girls varsity volleyball team reports a 3-0 win over Laguna Creek on Thursday. The RC jayvees and freshmen also won their matches, both with a score of 2-0.

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Hard-fought loss for Raiders 9/14

The Raiders’ Kevin Burkes brings down the ball in Friday’s hard-fought game against Sacramento High (photo by ERIC HARDING,



By Jordan Pearce
River City High School Journalism Class

On Sept. 14, the River City High School Raiders took on the Sacramento High School Dragons at RCHS.

It was the fourth game of the season and the RCHS team was on edge from its three previous loses.

By the end of the first quarter, things didn’t look good for River City. The Dragons in the lead , 14-0.

The second quarter started with a 54-yard penalty against RC for illegal procedure.

The team came back hard, though. The effort featured two interceptions by Malik Dumetz. By halftime, it was 19-17, Raiders in front.

The third quarter saw another lead change, ending at 23-19, Sacramento.

Sac High held on to the lead, finishing ahead 36-31.

[adrotate group=”7″] Stats for RCHS defense:

Andrew Dutra, middle linebacker had 9 unassisted tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 1 knocked down pass.

Antonio Perea, outside linebacker had 10 unassisted tackles and 1 unassisted tackle.

Alex Morales, cornerback had 6 unassisted tackles and 2 assisted tackles.

Artis Jackson, safety had 4 unassisted tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 1 knocked down pass.

Maurice Rodriguez, tackle had 3 unassisted tackles and 3 assisted tackles.

Mike Morales, outside linebacker, returned an interception for a 64 yard touchdown.

The Raiders with the ball in junior varsity action (photo by ERIC HARDING,


Stats for offense:

David Vincent had 19 carries for 445 yards.

Kevin Burkes had 7 carries for 65 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 catches for 41 yards.

Tucker McAmoil had 12 carries for 65 yards.

Elijah Thomas had 10 carries for 26 yards, 20 attempts, 8 completions, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions for a total of 154 yards.

Malik Dumetz had 3 catches and 1 touchdown reception.

Juan Azcano had 1 catch for 16 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 52 yards.

Vince Chelini had 1 catch for 12 yards and 4 punts of 170 yard.

In the Sept. 14 junior varsity game, Sac prevailed 20-6.

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Readers’ views on roadwork:

  Two views on the roadwork in the Westmore Oaks neighborhood of West Sacramento (the News-Ledger’s article on the project can be seen here.)

‘Thanks for roadwork’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 5)

We live in the Westmore Oaks area of West Sacramento. Many of our sidewalks and gutters are being replaced for the city to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (see News-Ledger Aug. 29). We so appreciate this large undertaking as many of the areas sidewalks and gutter crossings have become hazards for those relying upon wheelchairs or support walkers to negotiate while they are out-and-about.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The raised portions of sidewalks caused by encroaching tree roots also have become a dangerous obstacle for those of us walking, jogging or taking our pets out for their much-needed exercise. Plus many of the gutters have low-lying portions where water accumulates leaving stagnant water, a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes.

We would like to personally thank and applaud Bill Panos, the head of the PWD of our city, as well as his entire staff, for this project’s scheduling and guidance. We also extend our appreciation to the contractors and workmen for this important undertaking. We found them to be professional, accommodating, and most courteous during the entire process.

West Sacramento

‘Bad timing’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 12, 2012)

While our neighborhood roadways, sidewalks and curbs could definitely use a face lift, the city should have started the project on the streets closest to Westmore Oaks long before school started.

The first few weeks of school have been utter chaos with the mix of cars, kids walking to school, construction equipment, ditches in the roadways, cones everywhere and piles of asphalt just dumped in the road. The safety of the kids walking to school was compromised as they had to walk in the street to avoid all of the ditches and closed off sidewalks and it only put their lives in danger.

I saw several near misses with regards to cars almost hitting kids. In my opinion (and many WMO parents agree with me), it was irresponsible for the city to plan this construction with school in session. They could have easily started the project at the beginning of summer break and it would have been completed well enough in advance prior to the start of school.

It’s a shame that the City of West Sacramento put our children’s lives in danger because of their lack of proper planning.

West Sacramento

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