Category Archives: Sports

RCHS loses opener to Christian Brothers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

River City High School’s 2014 football season opened on Friday, with a non-conference game in West Sacramento against visiting Christian Brothers.

Christian Brothers put 28 points on the board in the first quarter while cruising to a 56-7 win in the varsity match-up.

River City won the J.V. matchup 36-0.

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Cyclocross — a bike sport involving mud and obstacles — comes to West Sac riverfronton Sept 6

  West Sacramento’s Jack Hargrove, 13, trains for next month’s cyclocross event near the ziggurat.  Cyclocross bikes are related to road racing bikes but with bigger tires and other adaptations. Competitors must often carry their bikes over obstacles and impassable terrain on a cyclocross course.  (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba.)

West Sacramento’s Jack Hargrove, 13, trains for next month’s cyclocross event near the ziggurat. Cyclocross bikes are related to road racing bikes but with bigger tires and other adaptations. Competitors must often carry their bikes over obstacles and impassable terrain on a cyclocross course. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba.)

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

FOOD TRUCKS, BEER FOR SALE AND LIVE MUSIC ALSO AT THE SITE NEAR THE ‘ZIGGURAT’ BUILDING —

The sport of “cyclocross” is coming to the West Sacramento riverfront on Sept 6.

West Sacramento’s Matthew Hargrove joined with the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in announcing that bicycle racers of all levels are invited to sign up for the action, which begins at 10:15 a.m. at 651 Second Street, along the Riverwalk Park.

Cyclocross “is a form of bicycle racing where competitors race laps around a course featuring grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand and obstacles.” Winners are determined by elapsed time.

The inaugural West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix will take place on a closed course between the I Street and Tower bridges. Over 250 competitors are expected, and will give out cash and prizes for winners. There will be beginner’s races and “professional/expert” races.

Admission is free to spectators. There will be a pair of local bands, “Pets” and “Sneeze Attack!,” performing throughout the day, as well as food and drinks for sale from Bike Dog Brewery, DogTown and California Love Truck.

Sponsors include Cedaron.

To register, visit https://timeyourrace.com/GCX/RegMain.asp.

For more information, contact Hargrove at (916) 248-9533 or matthewhargrove@msn.com, or Meaghan Pierelli at 371-7042 or Meaghan@mail.westsacramentochamber.com.

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West Sac parks commission member packs some muscle, takes a medal

FRANCISCO CASTILLO (left) with his trainer Devon Lindner. Castillo is a Southport resident and a member of West Sacramento's parks commission who recently took up bodybuilding and won a competition medal for it. (courtesy photo)

FRANCISCO CASTILLO (left) with his trainer Devon Lindner. Castillo is a Southport resident and a member of West Sacramento’s parks commission who recently took up bodybuilding and won a competition medal for it. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 16, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Francisco Castillo, a Southport resident and a citizen member of West Sacramento’s Parks & Community Services Commission, has a new hobby. It’s working out pretty well so far.

Over the weekend, Castillo put his biceps, etc., on display at the San Jose National Physique Competition. He took third place in his class in the bodybuilding competition.

Before he started training as a body builder a year ago, Castillo hadn’t been seriously involved in any sport.

“This was something I’ve always been interested in,” he told the News-Ledger. “I wanted to set a goal of being in a competition.”

Castillo has been training at a Sacramento gym – at first on his own, but with professional trainer Devon Lindner for the past six months.

Castillo stands about 5’ 11” tall and weighs 185 pounds. Apparently, not a lot of that is body fat.

His day job is as deputy communications director for Students First, an educational reform group.   Does he intend to compete in bodybuilding again?

“Actually, I have another competition coming up on August 2nd in Sacramento,” said Castillo. “I’m booked to compete and I hope to bring home another medal to West Sacramento.”

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Soccer comes back to Raley Field

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Soccer returns to Raley Field on July 9, when defending Mexican Premier League champion Club Leon takes on second-place Club America. Visit www.raleyfield.com or the ballpark ticket office for information.

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RCHS soccer player Jaylen Crim leads ‘all league’ honors for school’s spring athletes

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 4, 2014 —

Sierra Valley Conference – the athletic conference in which River City High School is a member – has released its roster of “all league” honorees for the spring season.

RCHS players named “all league” for girls soccer were Jaylen Crim, Keionna Claypoole, Annie Wampler and Erin Delany. Crim was named “Co-Most Valuable Player” in the conference.

The Raiders’ Jeret Tiller earned “all league” honors in swimming.

In softball, River City’s all-leaguers this year were Brittany Baroni, Jade Chapan and Amaryssa Medina.

And from the RCHS baseball diamond, the honorees were Alex Dodd and Jesus Garcia.

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RCHS Raiders take to the big ballpark

RUBEN SALAS pitched four innings for the River City High squad, contributing to the shut-out victory.  (Photo by Selena Cazares/River City High School Journalism Program)

RUBEN SALAS pitched four innings for the River City High squad, contributing to the shut-out victory. (Photo by Selena Cazares/River City High School Journalism Program)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 9, 2014 —

By Austin Miller
River City High School Journalism Class

“It felt amazing. The atmosphere was unbelievable.” said team captain, senior shortstop Alex Dodd. He and his River City High School baseball team had just finished playing a game under the lights of Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats.

Last Thursday, River City played a night game against West Campus High School at Raley Field. Fundraising by both teams gave them the opportunity to play a night game on the professional field, and the experience the field brought to the players was unlike any other.

“So many people cheering you on,” continued Alex, “It gave me chills knowing that all of those people were there to watch River City.”

Kevin Burkes, senior outfielder, also added that “seeing our fans and community all there to show their Raider pride was my favorite part of the game, and also being able to experience the feeling of playing on a big league field.”

The feeling of playing on a professional field, with a crowd of people cheering you on, is unreal. It makes the game that much more exciting and that much more intense. Thursday’s game gave our team a glimpse of the pro-ball atmosphere, and in that one-of-a-kind atmosphere, River City came to play.

For the entirety of the game, the River City pitching staff was in control, allowing their defense to make the routine plays as well as creating some strike-outs of their own. All three pitchers put together a shutout for the team.

Ruben “Chito” Salas started 4 innings for River City.  Jake Pridmore made a relief appearance pitching a 3 and two-thirds innings. Lorenzo Pineda closed the game, getting a final out.

With RBI’s from Austin Miller, Eric Beall, and Isac Tacdol, River City came out on top, 3-0. Isac himself also had 3 stolen bases that game, but noted that his favorite part of the game was “winning to get our seniors a ‘hoorah’ in a big game like this one for their last year.” Smart offensive play along with timely hitting allowed River City to earn that win for its seniors.

A special moment for the seniors, however, occurred during the 7th inning. After getting the second out of the inning, Jake Pridmore was met on the mound by the rest of the senior players on the team. As Lorenzo came in from the bullpen to close the game, the seniors walked off the field together to a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It was pretty emotional knowing that all of us seniors will be gone after this year. This is it! It hit me when we went to go take Pridmore off the mound, who pitched a great game by the way,” said Alex.

The game itself was special to the coaching staff as well. Head Coach Alec Smith explained that “It felt amazing [bringing the players to Raley Field]. I am so happy our young men got the chance to experience playing on one of the best fields in all of the state of California, under the lights, with music and a great atmosphere.”

Coach Alec also noted that he hopes the team takes away “the fun part of it [the game].” I want my young men to learn to compete and have fun while executing at a high level.” What this game proves is that River City Baseball can do just that. If the team can continue to play the kind of ball it did tonight, then there are high hopes for the rest of the season.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Raley Field — home of the River Cats minor league baseball team — opens its field up to play for regional high school teams as part of an annual program.

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Fun run fights child abuse in Yolo County

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The Yolo County Children’s Alliance and the Child Abuse Prevention Council invite you to the YCCA Family Fun Run – a fundraiser to fight child abuse in Yolo County.

The run on Sunday, April 27, starts in the UC Davis arboretum, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at 1st and A streets in Davis. The run starts at 9 a.m., through the scenic arboretum. $25 for adults, $10 for youth 18 and under. T-shirt and snacks included. Visit www.yolokids.org/events or register on-site. Questions: 572-0560 or jbeckner@yolocounty.org.

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