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One last column Don Schatzel, chronicler of West Sac youth sports

BY DON SCHATZEL:  Don has been writing a periodic column on youth sports and activities in West Sacramento for the News-Ledger. He hangs up his pen this week.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don has been writing a periodic column on youth sports and activities in West Sacramento for the News-Ledger. He hangs up his pen this week.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 25, 2013 —

Time flies!

We all know that intellectually. But when your time zips by, and you wake up one day and you are 60 (yes, 60) and the AARP info starts coming and you get a copy of the Senior Resource Services Guide from Assemblyman Roger Dickinson in the mail. . .

Now, Roger is a good guy. But what are you telling me, Roger?

I remember the first Super Bowl, and a time when the United States Men’s Soccer team struggled to make the World Cup Finals. Now they have qualified seven times in a row.

I used to be a member of the noon-meeting Rotary Club and am a proud past president of that chapter. Eighteen years ago, my older daughter Jordan would be asleep and I would put her in a kid carry-all and take her to the Rotary meetings to make sure I would not miss one.

That was 18 years ago, and now she is a college student. My younger daughter, Emily, and her friends  are now  freshmen at River City. Remember when they were 8-year old soccer and softball players?

My family and I  are simply no longer involved in youth sports as we once were. I no longer coach the Hooligans Soccer team.  Dale Calles does his usual great job in coaching them, and my family is just not around youth sports as much as we have been.

I have always thought there were great things happening  in our community and school district and a lot of them were pretty much a secret. There were stories that needed telling and I tried to do that in this periodic column in the News-Ledger.

I now enjoy listening to the folks in surrounding cities and communities who are losing the economic battle to West Sacramento, and they still bring up our gang issues and our schools in a critical way. Nice try, folks. No room to criticize anymore.

Oh, by the way, have you seen our riverfront development lately?  That really isn’t a Delta breeze that’s blowing — it is region’s power and influence shifting to West Sacramento!

But, not being around youth sports as much as before, it is nearly impossible for me to get any information and write about it. So I guess this is the end.

I want to thank Editor Steve Marschke for giving me the opportunity to write about youth sports in town. I am not a “writer” (obviously) but attempting to highlight the great people in  our community and their tremendous accomplishment is worth writing about.

These people can be very proud. I was very proud of them, even though (ironically) we occasionally found ourselves on opposite sides of the field. But no matter who won, I couldn’t lose.  If our youth sports team won, well we won. If our team lost to a West Sac team, and all went well, then, we eventually all became teammates at River City High School as the kids got older. It’s a win either way for my family.

I also very much appreciated those of you who would catch me at the store and tell me you have read the articles and enjoyed them. I found that very gratifying and hope these columns gave some helpful information that made living in West Sacramento a little more fun.

Thanks for everything and a special thanks for reading this last article.

Time for me to go take care of my horse!

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New pro soccer team schedules tryouts

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Sacramento Republic FC will hold player tryouts on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 19-20 at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex on the frontage road near Davis. Players 18 and up will receive “full evaluation” from Republic FC coaching staff. Lunch and a T-shirt provided. $200 registration fee for each tryout. Pre-register online; visit  www.SacRepublicFC.com.

The new United Soccer Leagues (USL) professional team will play at Raley Field beginning next year.

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West Sac softball: Nor Cal champs!

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONS ALL: West Sacramento age 9-10 softball players Laura Garcia, Hailey Luna, Chloe Kitchens, Isabella Mendez, Coach Javier Cano, Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Mari Cano, Coach Troy Hensley, Jessica Baum, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Coach Adam Medina, Amaya Patenga, Lilly Aversalo and Reyna Sandoval
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Photo by Robert Baum

BY DON SCHATZEL, NEWS-LEDGER COLUMNIST

The Girls of Summer!

“Congratulations” doesn’t say enough to the West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League team from West  Sac, all 100% of them, and they are the 2013, state of California, Northern California champions!

The team was brilliantly coached by Adam Medina, Javier Cano and Troy Hensley.

The players are Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Laura Garcia, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens,Reyna Sandoval,Mari Cano, Lilly Adversalo, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Amaya Pantega,Isabella Mendez, Hailey Luna.

BY DON SCHATZEL

BY DON SCHATZEL

Their journey started in North Natomas in the Disrtict 6 Tournament. Rio Linda and North Natomas both know the championship road goes through West Sac, and the West Sacramento girls demonstrated that once again by winning the District 6 Championship.

Then it was on to the sectionals in Marysville. The good news was that the games were at 8 p.m., and not in the heat of the  night. The bad was that by the time everyone got home, and coaches were no doubt replaying every pitch of the game in their minds, sleep came between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. You can’t be a zombie at work because you coached a softball game, so the stress on coaches is pretty high – but winning cures all!

West  Sac had to defeat Olivehurst Linda twice once in the semifinals and once in the finals to win the section banner. In hindsight O.L. did West Sac a favor with great pitching, defense and hitting, providing the competition we needed to prepare our budding hampions for the state tournament in Martinez.

West Sac teams have been in Martinez before. The home team there has won four state titles in the last few years, and when Martinez is not winning, it seems like Gilroy is. Both were in this year’s tournament.

West Sac brought a perfect blend of speed, hitting,  defense and pitching, defeating Gilroy 12-0 in pool play and then facing Martinez in the semi finals.

Three West Sac pitchers struck out 10 Martinez hitters. Pitchers Vanessa Hensley, Hailey Luna and Claudia Medina mixed in a fastball with a great changeup to help lead in a 7-2 win.

Hayley Luna had three triples and Vanessa Hensley also had a triple.

Martinez was baffled:

“Do we  play in for the bunt and risk them hitting over our heads, or do we play back and let Claudia Medina and Laura Garci?”

Then came the championship game versus our old friends from Gilroy.

Claudia Medina singled in the first inning. then Vanessa Hensley singled, Reyna Sandoval singled and Hayley Luna continued her hitting rampage with a double. Chloe Kitchens singled and West Sac was ahead 3-0.

Hayley Luna added a two-run homer and struck out nine Gilroy hitters. Mari Cano added a booming triple! Gilroy managed only 2 hits. It was great fun watching them play and represent our community with such style,  excellence and sportsmanship.

West Sac won 15-1 after five innings.  The victory was called early, due to the “mercy rule” invoked by the huge lead. West Sacramento’s All Stars and were crowned as state champions.

Southern California has  a champion team too, but at this age level the two champs don’t play each other.

The “Girls of Summer”: what a great accomplishment.

 

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Brothers take different paths to UCD

salazar brothersFROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s Chris Salazar graduated this spring from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering — with honors. The 22-year old earned a full academic ride in the school’s master’s program in structural engineering.

His path to UCD took him from River City High School, through Sacramento City College.

Brother Guillermo, 18, has taken a different path to the same school. The three time Little League all-star and graduate of Rio Americano wasn’t initially accepted to UC Davis as a college freshman. But his pitching and hitting caught the attention of the university’s baseball coaches — and that, along with his academic record, earned him a spot among the Division I Aggies.

Guillermo Salazar will be an undergrad at UC Davis this year as his brother, Chris, enters the same school’s master’s degree program. This year’s UCD baseball team press guide will feature Guillermo Salazar and a listing of his hometown — West Sacramento.

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Youth sports: West Sac achievements in softball, water polo & more

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist. This 'Heart of the City' column appeared in the News-Ledger on July 10.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist. This ‘Heart of the City’ column appeared in the News-Ledger on July 10.

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

It’s the June parade of Champions! The march of the championships continues – time to celebrate  West Sac excellence in sports at all ages and games!

Too bad June has to end, but here’s hoping July brings more championships.

West Sac Water Polo is going to the Junior Olympics. The 18-U (age 18-and-under) boys, after a two day tournament, have qualified to represent this city in Orange County in a nationwide Junior Olympic tournament. Members of  the team (now fundraising for the trip) are Austin “Junior” Stewart, Christopher Irish, Hunter Hartman, Jeret Tiller, Lucas Talbott, Adam Rogers, goalie Stetson Tate.

The U-16 (under 16) boys water polo team competed in the Clovis Tournament in an Olympic-size pool over 12 games. The U-16 team is Bret Bachmeier, Johnathan Keilman, Julian Wright, Brennan Whipple, Quinn Reidel, Ryan Delarosa, Tyler “Eggnog”  Packham, and goalie Cameron Guiliano-Puzi.

All players play at the River City High School pool and many are members of the West Sacramento Dolphins swim club. To help with the team’s Junior Olympics travel expenses, call “Coach Moe” at 530-848-7273

In softball, every weekend more trophies and awards to West Sacramento.

Heck, if you are going to Reno to play might as well win: the West Sac Attack 10-U (age 10 and under team) did just that by winning the “Reno Fastpitch Freaks Tournament.” They did so with a tournament record of 5-0-1, and by beating teams such as  Reno Fastpitch, Sac Hitterz, and Lassen SWAT.

The players are; Claudia Medina, Mari Cano,Hailey Luna, Laure Garcia, Isabella Mendez, Vanessa Hensley, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens, Reyna Sandoval, Amaya Pentega,and Lilly Adversalo!

All girls batted over .500. Reno never knew what hit them.
West Sac Attack U-14 also won their Sacramento tournament, and last weekend won their tournament in Manteca and followed up with another big tournament win in Elk Grove.

The Cordova Fury was led by our own Hannah Willover, who hit the first pitch for a home run. Ally Snyder pitched and Celina Vallejos played shortstop. The team won their NSA tournament in Galt.

Then the Fury won the DF Tournament, going 5-1. Ally pitched again, Hannah went 8-15 and in the championship game, they defeated the Nor Cal Elite of Fairfield with West Sacramento’s own Breanna Viktor pitching for the Elite.

The U-10 Sac Hitterz won their tournament at the Sac Sports Complex with West Sacramento’s Macy McCann and catcher Cammy McGinnist on the “Hitterz.” Macy drove in the winning run in the championship game!

West Sac’s Kayla Lynch plays for the Foothill Gold U-12 team on their way to Tennessee in a National level Tournament, and they  made it to the championship game, playing up a division,  in last weeks  DF U-14 Tournament.

Watch out, here comes the next generation of high school softball standouts!  Good luck to the U-10 West Sac Girls Little League softball  District 6 Champions, and now it’s on to the sectionals!

Congratulations to the West Sac Relay For Life walkathon. The team-oriented fundraiser joined the fight against cancer, generating $30,000!

We’re into July and our famous 100 degree heat, but continued great success is on the way.

 

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Go to River Cats game & support local foster children

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013

Attend the River Cats game on July 13 and support local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs, which help represent children in foster care situations. For tickets, go to www.rivercats.com/fundraisers, selected CASA YOLO, and use the offer code: “Child.” Tickets are $10-22, and may be printed on your computer.

For more information on Yolo CASA, visit www.yolocasa.org.

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Water polo team heads to Junior Olympics

West Sacramento Water Polo Club, 2013

West Sacramento Water Polo Club, 2013

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 —

The West Sac Water Polo Clubhas qualified for the 2013 Junior Olympics.

It’s a first for Ryan “Coach Moe” Mosley and the West Sac Water Polo Club.  After a grueling two days of exceptional water polo last month, the winning 18-and-under boys’ team locked in their ticket to Orange County to compete against teams from all across the United States.

In another club “first,” its 16-and-under boys team this year will have a chance to experience the increased levels of competition found at the Central Valley Junior Olympics Qualifier.

The two teams played a total of 12 games, spread over two days at three separate Olympic-quality high school aquatic facilities in the city of Clovis. The games were intense and exhausting, including the nail-biting overtime shoot-outs.

The 18-and under squad included  RCHS students Austin “Junior” Stewart, Christopher Irish, Hunter Hartman, Jeret Tiller, Lucas Talbott, Adam Rodgers, and goalie Stetson Tate.

The younger squad featured RCHS students as well as members of the West Sacramento Dolphins swim team, including Bret Bachmeier, Johnathan Keilman, Julian Wright, Brennen Whipple, Quinn Riedel, Ryan Dela Rosa, Tyler “Eggnog” Packham, and goalie Cameron Guiliano-Puzi.
The team is raising money for the trip to Orange County for the 2013 Junior Olympics, July 26-30.

The team trains at the Rec Center pool in Southport.

For information, visit www.westsacwaterpolo.com.

  Heather Wright and the West Sacramento Water Polo Club provided the information and photo for this report.

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