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Gold medal in transplant games

DAVID ANDERSON (center, with his bronze- and silver-medal winning competitors) is alive due to heart transplant, and took the gold medal in table tennis in USA Transplant Games

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

David Anderson of West Sacramento won a gold medal in men’s table tennis at the biannual “Transplant Games of America,” held this year in July in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Anderson’s life was saved by a transplanted heart that came from a 21-year old Monterey man killed in a car crash in 2007.

Two years later, Anderson and his wife met the young donor’s parents to thank them for their son’s gift of life. It was “one of the most emotionally charged experiences of their lives,” the reported in a joint written comment.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The Transplant Games are meant to bring together organ recipients and families of deceased donors, raising awareness for organ donation and celebrating the lives that are helped.

Olympic-style events include swimming, track, basketball, volleyball, golf and basketball.

Anderson will compete in next year’s World Transplant Games in Durbin, South Africa.

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River Cats settle for division title

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

FROM THE RIVER CATS

The Sacramento River Cats forced the Reno Aces to the fifth game of the playoff series. But after leading Sacramento led 3-0 in the fifth inning they allowed Reno to score six unanswered runs and lost 7-4 at Aces Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The loss wrapped up a winning River Cats season.

The Cats wasted no time putting runs on the board on Sunday, plating two in the top of the first with RBIs from Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor. Sacramento tacked on a third run in the fifth on a Grant Green RBI-single, scoring Josh Horton.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Cats starter Sonny Gray, who retired 10 in a row after allowing two hits in the first, gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three. After a scoreless sixth, Reno put four runs on the board in the seventh, taking a 7-3 lead. Sacramento put a small rally together in the eighth when Green led off the frame with a triple, followed by a run-scoring double from Ka’aihue. Later in the inning, with Ka’aihue on third, Aces second baseman Taylor Harbin made a diving catch on a blooper from Daric Barton to end the threat.

After holding the Aces scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Cats came to the plate in the ninth, needing three runs to knot the game at seven. Reno reliever Sam Demel retired Sacramento in order, to close out his team’s 7-4 victory.

Gray allowed three earned on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings for the no-decision. Merkin Valdez suffered the loss, giving up four earned in 0.1 innings pitched. Green, Ka’aihue and Horton all had two hits, while Ka’aihue was the only Cat to drive in more than one run.

The River Cats finish their 2012 campaign with a PCL-leading 86-58 (.597) regular season record. They will try to extend their record-long stretch of PCL Division titles to seven in 2013. Tickets for the River Cats’ 2013 season are on sale now by calling (916) 371-HITS.

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RCHS: so close to being 2-0

The Raiders take the field (photo by Karina Bueno, RCHS Journalism program)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT. 5, 2012 —

By Larry Langford
RCHS Football Media Liaison

When River City upgraded their football schedule last year, they were very much aware of the challenges ahead. Despite a spirited effort last Friday evening at Raider Stadium, River City dropped another nail-biter to a quality opponent, losing 17-14 to the Yuba City Honkers. It was a difficult loss for the Raiders,who lost their opener to Christian Brothers by the same margin.

Yuba City led 14-0 at the half. River City would have been down 21-0 except for a determined goal-line stand by the defense to end the second quarter. The defense struck again early in the third quarter. Defensive end Junior Chean forced a fumble and returned it 8 yards for a touchdown, narrowing the score to 14-7. Yuba City stretched the lead to 17-7 with a field goal before the Raider offense put together its best drive of the evening. Jamal Williams provided some strong running to move the ball into scoring position.

[adrotate group=”7″] Wide receiver Malik Dumetz got loose in the end zone for a 7yd touchdown pass from Elijiah Thomas. Vincent Chelini’s extra point drew the Raiders to within 17-14 with over four minutes remaining in the game. However, the Raider defense was unable to force a punt, and the Honkers ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

Once again, the Raiders were their own worst enemies. Turnovers and penalties continue to halt promising drives and keep River City out of the end zone. Head Coach Steve DaPrato was frustated with the mistakes:

“Except for a fumble here and a penalty there, we could be 2-0. We have got to fix this! We hadn’t shown a propensity for these types of errors previously.”

The Raider defense was led by Safety Artis Jackson, Junior Chean, Outside Linebacker Antonio Perea, Middle Linebacker Andrew Dutra and Tackle Maurice Rodriguez.

This Friday, River City will try to get into the “win” column during an “away” game against Argonaut High.

RCHS coaches & players on the sidelines in Friday's game against Yuba City (photo by Karina Bueno, RCHS Journalism program)

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CB nips Raiders in football opener

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —

Christian Brothers nipped River City High School’s varsity football team 23-20 in the Raider season opener on the home field on Friday.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The River City junior varsity team lost its match, 27-12.

This Friday, the Raiders host Yuba City at home. Varsity game time is 7:30 p.m.

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