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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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A new generation takes the field, joins Little League tradition

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor


Well, spring is already here, or at least it sure feels like it. The sun has been out for weeks, birds are chirping, and I’ve already had my first mosquito bite. Actually, the way I have always known that spring has finally arrived in Northern California is that major league baseball players have reported to their spring training camps in warm places like Arizona and Florida, and our own West Sacramento Little League is beginning to hum with activity. Teams are being picked, fundraisers have begun, Picture Day has been scheduled, and best of all, Opening Day will be here before we know it (March 16th this year), complete with the only Annual Little League Parade in the whole Sacramento area.

When I was growing up in West Sacramento back in the 1950s and 1960s, there was simply nothing more important than the start of the Little League baseball season. It seemed like the whole town was full of men and boys who loved the sport of baseball and many of the former had worked tirelessly to create one of the best Little Leagues in the greater Sacramento region. Men like James Cameron, Jack Dunlap, Clyde Burt, Carl Youngblood, Joe Bottino, Herb Hoskins, John Kimbrough, Leroy McReynolds, Red McKinnon, Bob Lukins, Bob Domasky, Bill Havey, and many, many others whose names I no longer recall had used determination and lots of hard work to bring Little League baseball to West Sacramento, and by 1959 they had built baseball diamonds at Memorial Park considered so good that they were used to host that year’s Little League Western Regionals.

Back in those early years of Little League baseball in West Sacramento, it seemed like every mom and pop business in town was a proud sponsor of one of the teams, and you can still walk into places like Havey’s Barbershop and Crest Jewelers and see framed photos of long ago WSLL teams.

  Anyway, back when I was nine years old and convinced that I would someday be the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees or the Milwaukee Braves (I wasn’t quite sure yet if I wanted to play in the American or National leagues) I knew that the first real step to baseball fame and glory started with getting chosen to play on one of the teams in the West Sacramento Little League. So off I eagerly went to my first tryout where I did pretty good in the field, but not so good with a bat in my hands. But the manager of the major league Braves, Bill Havey, decided to take a chance on me and selected me to be on his team.

West Sacramento Little League’s “Braves,” around 1960. The author is standing, third kid from the right

West Sacramento Little League’s “Braves,” around 1960. The author is standing, third kid from the right

I can still remember my excitement when I was given my first West Sacramento Little League uniform to wear. It had “Braves” written boldly across the front of the jersey exactly as the real Milwaukee Braves logo looked and best of all I had been assigned uniform #10, which for some reason long forgotten I had actually prayed would be given to me. Since only numbers 1 through 15 were handed out back in those days, no one wanted to get #11 or #13 or some other really uncool number, so I was beyond thrilled knowing that I would be wearing #10 throughout my Little League career.

Nowadays, you can start playing Little League at a much younger age than when I was a Brave. Back then there were only two divisions, the majors and minors. The minor league teams had wonderful names taken from some of the old Pacific Coast League teams like the Solons, Stars, Padres, Oaks, Angels and Rainiers, and 9 and 10 year olds mostly played on those teams. Then when you got to be 11 or 12 years old, you usually went up to the majors and played on teams like the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs and Braves. But now young boys and girls can start playing pee-wee baseball as early as the age of four or five, which finally brings me to my little story:

The other day my son-in-law showed up at my house as excited as I had seen him in some time.

“What’s Dallas so happy about?” I asked my daughter.

“Oh, he was out playing baseball with Will (my five-year old grandson) this morning and I guess Will hit a couple of home runs or something,” answered my daughter matter-of-factly, having never been much of a baseball fan herself.

“You should have seen him,” said Dallas with genuine pride and excitement. “For some reason he turned around all on his own and started hitting left-handed instead of right-handed and bingo, he was just crushing the ball!”

“But Will is right-handed,” my daughter reminded her husband. “Maybe you shouldn’t be trying to teach him to hit a ball left-handed? Maybe it will confuse him or screw something up? His little brain is still not completely formed yet you know.”

“Are you kidding?” said Dallas. “Do you know how much better your chances are of making the big leagues if you can throw right-handed and bat left-handed? Who knows, maybe I can even make him into a switch-hitter down the road? Wow, a switch-hitting shortstop. Now that really could be his ticket to the Big Show! I can hardly wait for Little League to start this year!

“Dallas,” pleaded my daughter, “don’t forget, he’s only five years old. He’s not exactly ready for the major leagues yet.”

“You can never get them started too young when it comes to baseball, right Daryl?” asked Dallas.

“Not in West Sacramento!” I answered.

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