Category Archives: Sports

Learn to row at the port next Saturday


Learn to row (do what you see those folks in skinny boats doing at the Port of West Sacramento). The local River City Rowing Club is hosting a free “learn to row day” and health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat, June 1, at the boathouse on the port. Experience rowing on the water, and learn to use a rowing machine the correct way. No experience necessary.

Bring a water bottle, socks, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Wear clothing that isn’t too loose fitting, so it doesn’t get caught in the moving seat in the boat. Open to those age 13+; kids under 18 will need a parent present to sign a waiver. For information, visit

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RC tennis team: conference champs


From River City High School

For the 17th time in the past 18 seasons, the River City High School Tennis Team has won a league championship.  Last week’s 5 to 4 win at Cosumnes Oaks clinched the 2013 Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) title for the Raiders, bringing the total number of league championships in RC’s tennis history to 19.

The visiting Raiders started off slowly, dropping both boys singles matches at Cosumnes Oaks, but Cindy Oseguera (6-4,6-3 at #1) and Lily He (6-4,6-1 at #2) came through in girls singles.  It was a similar story in doubles as RC lost both boys doubles contests while getting wins from the girls pairs of Sarah Yang and Sonia Bola, 4-6,6-2,(10-2) at #1, and Nicole Melido and Julia Quenga, 6-0,6-0 at #2.  With the league title on the line, the mixed doubles duo of Lina Vang and Phillip Dinh brought home the pennant with their 6-3,6-2 triumph.

Also last week, at the SVC Singles and Doubles Tournament, Michael Lee and Lina Vang won the mixed doubles championship to qualify for this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament.  Lee and Vang defeated teams from Cosumnes Oaks (10-2 in the quarterfinals), El Dorado (6-3,6-3 in the semis), and Vista del Lago (6-3,6-3 in the final.)  Teammates Oseguera and Yang will be joining them at the Section tourney as they came in second place in the SVC girls doubles event.  The defending SVC and Section girls doubles champs came up short in the final to a pair from Vista del Lago, 6-2,3-6,(7-10), but are eager to try to repeat their 2012 result in Stockton at the Section tournament.

Other results from the SVC Tournament:  Edward Xu and Ben Gerelkhuu took fourth place in boys doubles while Matthew Tagupa and Muradan Chhay reached the quarterfinals.  In mixed doubles, Amran Khan and Sonia Bola came in third place.  Lily He reached the quarterfinals in girls singles and Nicole Melido won the girls singles consolation championship by defeating the top players from both Galt and El Dorado.  In the boys singles consolation event, Phillip Dinh downed teammate Akshay Prabhakar in the final.

Next up for the Raiders, in addition to the Section singles and doubles tournament, are the Section Division III team championships.  RC will play either Marysville or Highlands in the Round of 16 and a win will allow the Raiders to host a quarterfinal match on Monday, May 6th at 4pm against the winner of the Argonaut vs. Colfax match.

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RCHS player signs ‘letter of intent’

River City High senior Antonio Perea is front and center as he signs his “letter of intent” to accept a scholarship and play football at Dordt College in Iowa. He’s flanked by parents Teresa and Tony Perea. Behind him are (left to right) RCHS assistant football coaches Jimenez and Baker and head coach Steve DaPrato.

River City High senior Antonio Perea is front and center as he signs his “letter of intent” to accept a scholarship and play football at Dordt College in Iowa. He’s flanked by parents Teresa and Tony Perea. Behind him are (left to right) RCHS assistant football coaches Jimenez and Baker and head coach Steve DaPrato.


River City High senior Antonio Perea has accepted a football scholarship at Dordt College in Iowa. Perea made 46 tackles for RCHS last season and assisted on 79, with five forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and an interception. At 5’ 9”, 170 pounds, he has plaid defensive back and linebacker and was an All-Metro honorable mention this season.

Currently, he plans to study criminal justice at the college.

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Gold gets the best of Oakland

The Gold’s Oscar Sandoval tries to get a shot past Oakland’s goalie. (Photo by Eric Harding,

The Gold’s Oscar Sandoval tries to get a shot past Oakland’s goalie.
(Photo by Eric Harding,


The Sacramento Gold semi-pro soccer team hosted the Oakland CD Aguiluchos at River City High School’s playing field on Saturday, April 6.

The Gold took the 3-0 win in West Sacramento.

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RCHS girls soccer chases playoffs

River City High School girls varsity soccer team, with Coach Kamal Singh (courtesy photo)

River City High School girls varsity soccer team, with Coach Kamal Singh (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —

The River City High School girls soccer team has posted a record of 10 wins, three losses and one tie so far in the 2013 season. It’s the best performance every by girls soccer at the school, and with seven games left, the team is in the playoff hunt.

  Season highlights include making to the finals for the first time in the Raider Cup Classic tournament on March 2, where they lost the championship game 1-0.

Next home game is on Tuesday, April 2, when the team will host Liberty Ranch. Junior varsity kicks off at 5 p.m., and varsity at 6:30.

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RCHS tennis at top of conference

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 27, 2013 —

From River City High School

A pair of hard-fought wins against their closest competitors has the River City High School Tennis Team alone at the top of the Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) standings.  The Raiders defeated Vista del Lago 6 to 3 and Cosumnes Oaks 7 to 2 to improve to 6-0 in the SVC and 12-0 overall in 2013.

  Five of the day’s nine matches went the distance against Vista del Lago, and the host Raiders took four of those five contests to give the visitors their first loss this season.  Vista del Lago earned quick wins in both boys singles matches, but RC got two girls doubles victories from Sarah Yang and Sonia Bola at #1 (7-5,6-4) and Nicole Melido and Julia Quenga at #2 (6-1,6-4) to even up the overall match.

In mixed doubles, Lina Vang and Muradan Chhay overcame a first set loss to win 6-7(4),6-2,(10-7).  The squads split the boys doubles matches as RC’s Michael Lee and Matthew Tagupa lost 4-6,7-6(5),(5-10) at #1 while Amran Khan and Akshay Prabhakar won 1-6,6-3,(10-8) at #2.

With RC up 4 to 3 overall, it came down to two marathon girls singles matches and both Cindy Oseguera and Lily He battled for third-set Raider victories.  Oseguera won 6-3,4-6,7-6(4) at #1 and He won 7-5,4-6,6-3 at #2.

Two days later, River City welcomed Cosumnes Oaks to West Sacramento and emerged with another win.  Oseguera and He breezed through their girls singles matches this time, dropping only four games combined.  And while the Raiders’ boys singles players struggled again, the hosts swept all five doubles contests.  In girls doubles, Yang and Bola won 6-1,6-3 at #1 and Melido and Quenga were perfect, 6-0,6-0 at #2.  Vang and Chhay triumphed 6-1,6-3 in mixed.  The day’s closest contests resulted in wins for Lee and Tagupa 5-7,6-2,(10-3) at #1 boys doubles and for Khan and Prabhakar 6-3,5-7,(12-10) at #2.

RC now has a break from SVC competition but has tough matches against Marysville of the Golden Empire League and Placer of the Pioneer Valley League scheduled for this week.  The next SVC match for the Raiders will be at Union Mine on Tuesday, April 2nd.

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Typing ‘Rivercats’ may cost you a buck


With baseball season getting underway, we just received this missive from the front office of the Sacramento River Cats here in West Sacramento. No doubt, there’s a degree of “tongue in cheek” going on here. The press release follows:

“You’ve been warned: the moniker ‘River Cats’ is comprised of two words, with a capital ‘R’ and a capital ‘C.’ Effective immediately, all members of the local and national media, River Cats corporate partners, full- or part-time River Cats staff, and season, flex, and mini-plan ticket holders will be fined $1 for spelling ‘River Cats’ incorrectly.

“All money collected will go to the River Cats Foundation, which has contributed more than $1.5 million in cash and $16.2 million in in-kind donations to the greater Sacramento community since 2000.

“The Sacramento River Cats franchise is one of the most well-known teams in professional baseball, in spite of the relative obscurity of river cats themselves (apologies to Dinger). However, even after 11 division championships, four PCL championships, and two Triple-A National Championships, the name is consistently misrepresented at the local and national level.

“For clarification, the following are incorrect iterations of the name ‘River Cats,’ and therefore subject to the $1 fine:

— Rivercats

— RiverCats

— rivercats

— river cats

” Twitter mentions, text messages, and handwritten notes are the lone exceptions to this mandate. Intra- and interoffice email correspondences to and from River Cats staff are subject to the fine, as are television graphics, print media references, and Facebook posts.

“Any questions or complaints regarding this new policy can be directed to the River Cats media relations department.”

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