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HEART OF THE CITY: Southport Elementary wins a couple of WUSD scholastic sports titles

BY DON SCHATZEL (special to the News-Ledger)

BY DON SCHATZEL (special to the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 12, 2013 —

Summer has started, graduations are done and it’s time for congratulations to all the graduates. Best of luck in the future!  Parents: you, too, can take a bow. You made it so far!

Southport takes a double:
Southport Elementary School won both the Washington Unified School District Boys Flag Football Championship and the Girls Volleyball Championship last week.

I didn’t get a chance to go to the football playoffs but I did make it to the terrific volleyball championships at Riverbank School. I’d like to give a special note of thanks to Carmelita Goldsby, vice principal at Southport Elementary, who attended the games and supported her school.

The final four started with Westmore Oaks squaring off against pre-tournament favorite Bridgeway Island.

Bridgeway Island won the first game 25-17 and things seemed to be going true to form. But Westmore gutted it out and  roared back to win game 2, 25-20. The match was on.

Bridgeway fought for their lives and eventually won a great match in game three, 16-14. At one point, the volleyball was such a high quality there was a combined 11-hit  back-and-forth rally to decide one point.

Jasmine Anderson, Liliana Flores,Evelyn Bredkhin and Ashley Potts and former United States Youth Volleyball League standout Mallory Cypress were all sited for great play for Westmore  Oaks.

Xavionna Bryant-Davis, Sofie Russ, Avi Torres were great playmakers for Bridgeway Island taking them to familiar championship game territory..

In the other semifinal, Southport sought to avenge their earlier season loss to a tough Elkhorn  squad and came out blasting.

Southport won 2 games in a row to take the match 26-24 and 25-11 to setup the Championship vs. Brideway Island  the next night.

Itzel Geronimo, Diana Rocha, Jessica Urbina were great players for Elkhorn.

Michelle Trussel, Ashley davis, Mikala Drewry led the Southport charge

Southport took their momentum into the two-night championship schedule,  defeating Bridgeway Island 25-12 and 25-18 to win the championship in 2013.

A couple of weeks ago I happened to be in the cities of  Lincoln and Rocklin and, as usual, surrounded by West Sac softball players at championship tourneys.

First it was Ally Snyder, Hannah Wilover, Bella Munoz Alaina Castillio, Amarissa Medina, Elizabeth Cafaro, Jordan Criswell,Kylie Myers.

Then the following week at the Sac Softball complex it was Meghan Mckeever, Anjelica Blackmer, Melissa Corona, Crystal Diaz, all playing for  a variety of teams — the Pride, Hittterz, Attack and Bandits Fury. It is especially nice to see them in the championship awards presentations. I bet  not a weekend goes by that some West Sac softball player is being recognized for a softball championship somewhere in this area, in California or in the country.Great players!

Another softball note: on the two teams this year in the NCAA Womens Softball Champion ship played by Tennessee and Oklahoma 12 players were from California.
I also watched agame in the Sac Joaquin High School Softball Championships, and there were our own Alaina Guerra and Meghan Mckeever playing for Christian Brothers.

Congratulations to Walt James of the Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento for being named the District 5180 Rotarian of the Year. Out of 40 clubs and about 1,600 Rotarians Walt was accorded this great honor.

Also, congratulations to Beverly Sandeen of the Centennial Club for being recognized by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon for her contributions to the community.

Have a great summer!

 

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Placer High ousts River City tennis

From River City
High School

After playoff wins over Marysville, Colfax, and Escalon, the 2013 tennis season ended for the River City High School Tennis Team with a 7 to 2 defeat against Placer in the final of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team championships on May 17.  The Raiders received wins from Lily He, 6-1,3-6,7-5 at #2 girls singles, and the #2 girls doubles team of Lilly Tong and Nicole Melido, 7-5,6-0.

“We came out a little flat, with not enough energy for such an important match,” said RCHS Coach Dave Brooks.  “I don’t think we were overwhelmed by the occasion, playing in the Section final, but I think we were just a little too low on fuel after the big wins over Colfax in the quarterfinals and Escalon in the semis.  We battled back in some matches, but Placer was too strong today.  It was a great season for RC Tennis, and this was the furthest we’ve gone in the playoffs since 2004.”

The Raiders finished the year 11 and 1 in the Sierra Valley Conference to secure the team’s 17th league championship in the past 18 seasons, and 23-2 overall.

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Learn to row at the port next Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

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 www.rivercityrowing.org.

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RC tennis team: conference champs

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —

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.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 24, 2013 —

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, www.ebharding.com)

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

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

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.

[adrotate group=”7″]  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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