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Free bus ride to San Francisco for Giants’ victory parade

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 30, 2014 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since publishing this article earlier this afternoon, we contacted the River Cats and learned that this bus trip is filled up.  A team rep said that season ticket holders were contacted first with this limited offer. The few remaining bus seats, he said, were filled up quickly with other fans.  If you’re interested in going by train, read on.

The Sacramento River Cats will take up to 130 people on two buses from Raley Field to the San Francisco civic center on Friday, in order to celebrate the San Francisco Giants’ victory parade.

The Giants won the World Series this year with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the decisive final game of the series. The River Cats, beginning this season, are the Giants’ “farm club” in minor league baseball.

The buses will depart Raley Field at 7 a.m. and will return in the afternoon.

If you’re interested in the free bus ride, RSVP to (916) 371-HITS (4487).

To travel separately, the River Cats suggests considering the Capitol Corridor train (http://capitolcorridor.org/tickets/). Look for #531, leaving Sacramento at 8:20 a.m., or #533, departing at 9:20 a.m. Take Amtrak to Richmond and transfer to BART and the Embarcadero Station (www.bart.gov).

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Rowing regatta takes over Port

One of the Marin Rowing Association high school girls’ eights, as seen from the Daniel C. Palamidessi Bridge. (News-Ledger photo)

One of the Marin Rowing Association high school girls’ eights, as seen from the Daniel C. Palamidessi Bridge.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER OF WEST SACRAMENTO — OCT 15, 2014 —

Over the weekend, West Sacramento’s riverfront may have been taken over by ‘Sactoberfest’ revelers, celebrating German beer and associated pleasures.

But on Sunday, it was a few hundred rowers that provided a different invasion at the Port of West Sacramento. The occasion was the annual ‘Head of the Port’ regatta hosted by the local River City Rowing Club (RCRC).

Singles and multi-person crews churned down a three mile race course (taking around 20 minutes, give or take) sometimes facing into a brisk north breeze and choppy waters.

Highlights for the local club and for the UC Davis rowing teams included a victory for RCRC’s girls varsity eight over rival Marin Rowing Association and a win by the UCD men’s four over visitors including California Maritime Academy, Sonoma State, Sacramento State and Norcal Crew.

A River City Rowing Club crew (foreground) chases competitors toward the finish line in front of Stone Lock and Jefferson Boulevard, in last weekend's 'Head of the Port' competition in West Sacramento.  Click to enlarge. (News-Ledger photo)

A River City Rowing Club crew (foreground) chases competitors toward the finish line in front of Stone Lock and Jefferson Boulevard, in last weekend’s ‘Head of the Port’ competition in West Sacramento.  (News-Ledger photo)

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$10,000 for River City High booster club

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

A representative from Hanlees Auto Group in Davis visited River City High School two weeks ago to hand the school’s athletic booster club a check for $10,000. The money came from Hanlees and the Toyota corporation.

Accepting the check was December Brinsfield-Briscoe, president of the boosters.

The News-Ledger later asked her if the club had ever received a donation that large before.

“Not that I’m aware of,” she responded. “It was quite interesting the way that it came about. (Current) athletic director Jamie King contacted us to let us know Hanlees was interesting in doing a sponsorship for our club. The Toyota corporation contributed half the donation, and Hanlees contributed the other half.”

The money will be used by the booster club to support student-athletes at the school.

“The athletic boosters provide funding and scholarships to eligible athletes,” she said. “And basically, when the athletic department needs anything — training, equipment, courses, football helmets, catcher’s gear, we help.”

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Spectators invited to watch the rowing Sunday at the Port

Head of the PortFROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s River City Rowing Club will host some racing on its home waters at the port this Sunday, Oct. 12. The action will last from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event includes college crews from UC Davis (also headquartered at WestSacramento’s port), UC Berkeley, Sacramento State and St. Mary’s College. It also includes high school and adult (“masters”) teams.

Instead of the shorter, side-by-side rowing races common in springtime, this event will feature three-mile “head races,” with boats started individually and chasing each other down the course while battling the clock. Each entry is timed individually and winners are determined by their elapsed time.

Best public viewing is from the levee on the south side of the channel. Look for RCRC’s free parking or go to the city’s barge canal access point at 2100 Jefferson Boulevard in Southport and walk to the course. Binoculars and lawn chairs are recommended.

There will be a food truck on site from North Border Taco.

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River Cats step away from A’s — and toward the SF Giants?

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STORY UPDATE, SEPT. 18: The Giants and River Cats are expected to announce tomorrow morning that they have a deal. Beginning next season, the River Cats will no longer be the minor league affiliate of the Oakland A’s. They’ll instead be the top farm team for the more popular San Francisco Giants. Your comments are welcome; if you comment, we may share it in the News-Ledger.

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SEPT. 16:

The River Cats have filed paperwork with Major League Baseball to end their affiliation with the Oakland A’s.

The River Cats have served as the A’s Triple-A team since they were bought by the late Art Savage and began play at Raley Field in West Sacramento in 2000.

As a Triple-A club, the team has been the top tier of the A’s minor league program. It has led the Pacific Coast league in attendance numbers and won Triple-A championships in 2007 and 2008. In the just-ended 2014 season, the River Cats posted a winning season but failed to make the playoffs.

Various media reports say they may be a strong contender to become the new minor league team of the San Francisco Giants. Other teams may also be in the mix.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the A’s will have five options on where to move their own AAA team, with the new stadium at Nashville, Tennessee, a “heavy favorite.” The Nashville Sounds were formerly affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.

A River Cats spokesman told the Sacramento Bee that a decision regarding a new affiliate could occur quickly – even by today or tomorrow – and that the team will keep its name even when affiliation changes.

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Cyclocross: a new West Sac tradition?

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6 (News-Ledger photo)

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday exceeded its organizers’ expectations. They hope to bring the riverfront race back in future years – perhaps even turning it into a fixture on the international cycling calendar.

Organizer Matthew Hargrove downplays his own abilities – he placed 38th in the “single speed bike” category on Saturday – but is bullish on the temporary River Walk Park racecourse site. The designers “cut a diamond out of the park.” he said, fashioning a convoluted, roped-off course up and down the grass on the riverfront.

“We think we have the raw material in that park to put this event on the national or international circuit,” said Hargrove.

Spectators on the “grand staircase” near the ziggurat building had a great view of most of the action, with Old Sacramento as a backdrop.

Each race lap was 1.7 miles.

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.  (Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

The winner in the men’s “elite” division, 27-year old Anthony Clark of Massachusetts, managed to complete 11 laps in just under 56 minutes.

Elite women’s winner Rachel Lloyd of Fairfax finished eight laps in 43:31, followed closely by one of the event’s founders, 35-year old Emily Kachorek of Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek -- who helped develop the event -- sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.   (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek — who helped develop the event — sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Other people key in creating the new event were Kachorek’s husband, Pete Knudsen, and Marty Woy of The Bicycle Business, reported Hargrove. West Sacramento’s Bryan Miller put in a lot of work in designing its graphics. The Chamber of Commerce also pitched in.

Hargrove said his group had a strategy in creating a West Sacramento cyclocross race at this time of year and at this location.   The event came four days ahead of today’s “Cross Vegas” competition in Las Vegas.

“Part of the reason for doing this race is really to take advantage of our proximity to Las Vegas and to use this perfect site,” he told the News-Ledger. “’Cross Vegas’ is a grass course almost exactly like we have, and it’s also a hot dry climate. We hoped to get a some of the pros coming into Cross Vegas, with its humungous prize purse, to come here first and do a tune-up.”

That worked pretty well on Saturday, he hoped.

“It was two and a half-times bigger than expected. This year, we hit where we hoped we’d be in year three. This was an awesome event.”

Hargrove reports that seven women in the elite field in West Sacramento had the credential of “world tour points” from the cyclocross governing association, as did four of the 25 riders in the men’s elite division.

Meanwhile, anybody who wanted to was able to take a lap around the course at the beginning of the day before the racing started. At one point, said Hargrove, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was pedaling around the course next to some ranked cyclists and a child.

“You had professional athletes out there riding the course slowly, memorizing the course and figuring out their ‘line,” he explained.

Saturday’s racing included a novice division, masters and youth racing, and a one-lap kids’ race.

Hargrove said that, besides being an amateur cyclocross enthusiast, he had another motive for helping to launch the local “Grand Prix”:

“My real motive was to make West Sacramento look awesome on the national cyclocross scene,” he said.

Check out a competitor’s-eye video of the event, taken by West Sacramento’s Greg Price, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBbRdJrQmo

Race results are at: http://www.timeyourrace.com/GCX/2014Results.htm

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River Cats: winning season comes to end without playoff berth

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

From the River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats’ (79-65) season came to an end on Monday afternoon as they fell to the Reno Aces (81-63) by a score of 2-1 in ten innings at Raley Field, failing to make the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. Reno advances to their second playoff berth in the last three years and will play the Las Vegas 51s in a five-game series in the Pacific Conference Championship starting Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The River Cats had an opportunity in tenth inning to do some damage with runners on first and second with one out, but an inning-ending double play by Daric Barton ended the threat and the game.

Sacramento right-handed starter Arnold Leon (10-7, 4.97 ERA) pitched admirably in the regular-season finale, giving up just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three in a no-decision. Seth Frankoff and Phil Humber each pitched a shutout inning with a strikeout.McBryde took the loss.

Peterson ended the game 2-for-4 with a run and Barton finished 1-for-3 with two walks for the River Cats.

The River Cats finished 2014 with their twelfth-consecutive winning season and 14th winning season in franchise history. Sacramento also led the Pacific Coast league in average attendance (8,578) and total attendance (617,627) for the second-straight season.

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