Category Archives: Sports

Alumni football game on Friday


River City High School’s football alumni will take on visiting alumni from Elk Grove High in a game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at RCHS.

  To signup for RCHS, visit or contact Bryan, (916) 873-5737, or Uriah, 544-4236.

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RCHS volleyball presents annual awards


The River City High School Volleyball awards banquet was held last Wednesday, reports Coach Tammy Bacon.


LEFT to RIGHT: varsity volleyball MVP Michaela Faaifo, most inspirational player Arielle Pascua and most improved player Amanda McGuffey (courtesy photos)

Among the honorees for the 2012 squad:

Freshman awards went to Most Valuable Player, Amanda Tyson, and MVP & Most Inspirational Player , Jordan Criswell.

For the junior varsity, Most Valuable Player was  Taylor Jacky, Most Improved Playerwas Gabriella Mistler and the Coach’s Award went to Jenna Martinez.

For varsity:

Most Valuable Player: Michaela Faaifo

Most Inspirational Player: Arielle Pascua

Most Improved Player:  Amanda McGuffey

Tia McLeod, varsity All League honoree

Varsity leadership awards went to team captains Desiree Carbullido, Jaliyah Dramera and Kendra Thomas, and to team manager Arielle Pascua.

Varsity All League honorable mentions were Desiree Carbullido, Julie Staffler and Michaela Faaifo.

Tia McLeod was Varsity All League player.

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‘HEART OF THE CITY’: update on West Sacramento youth soccer& softball



West Sacramento: great athletes, great families, great community!

BY DON SCHATZEL (special to the News-Ledger)

Washington Unified School District youth soccer champions have been crowned and both boys and girls champs are from the same school. Elkhorn Village has swept.

The boys defeated Riverbank 3-2 and the girls upended previously undefeated Southport 2-1. Ashely Davis scored for Southport. Jessica Urbina, Mia Hendricks, and Yajaira Machuca were all standout players for Elkhorn, which finished the season with a 7-1 record.

Congratulations to the West Sac Soccer league teams competing in the upcoming District 6 Commissioners Cup. The defending champion U-19 (under age 19) team is coached by Sam Montoya. The U-16 (under 16) Hooligans, one of the two Hooligans teams participating at the Metro level this year, and U-12 Arsenal, last years finalist, will be there.

Teams from Carmichael, Elk Grove, Placerville, Nevada City, Rocklin, Roseville all compete.   The best of the best!!

Good luck to all!!

  Where have all the West Sac girls softball All Stars gone??

They’ve gone to “All World” tournaments in Elk Grove, Antelope, Carmichael, North Highlands, and to out-of-state tournaments. They are all playing on other teams — the Falcons, Adrenaline, Rapid, Sac Hitterz, West Sac Attack, All American.

Great players: Alexis Bennie, Morghan Smith, Alaina Guerra, Hannah McCann, Emily Schatzel, Jaz Hendrickson, Amarissa Medina, Anjelica Blackmer, Kylee Hall, Ally Snyder, Jordan Criswell.  Whenever I go out to a field there they are, and the fun part is when they play against each other so it looks like an older version of West Sac Girls Softball Little League at Alyce Norman Bryte playfields.

I guess this is good I can remember when they were 8 or 9 years old!!  There are a lot of teams in the Sacramento region  that would not be as good as they are without West Sac girls!

Congratulations, we are very proud of you!

A special thanks to Centennial Rotary for “kicking in” (pun intended) sponsoring the two Hooligans soccer teams this year by buying 16 soccer balls for games and practice. Without business support our community sports leagues would really struggle. I for one and many people I know will shop at businesses in town just because they sponsor youth sports. So thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays to all. Have a great and safe holiday season!

   (Editor’s note: we’ve also learned that the Michelin Soccer Progam and Radial Tire Center West Sacramento (operated by Kirby Pedroia) have donated $1,552 in funds and equipment to the West Sacramento Soccer Club. The tire shop is at 3111 West Capitol.)

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River Cats get a new manager


From the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team:

Seven-year Major League veteran Steve Scarsone will be the fifth manager in River Cats history, the Oakland Athletics announced today. Rick Rodriguez—who was the A’s bullpen coach for the last two seasons after spending 10 seasons in Sacramento—will return as pitching coach in 2013, while Greg Sparks will return for his second season as the club’s hitting coach.

The River Cats are a Triple-A minor league baseball team playing at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

Steve Scarsone takes over as skipper of the River Cats in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Scarsone has managed teams in  Single-A Kane County in 2009, Single-A Advanced Stockton in 2010, and Double-A Midland for the past two seasons. He previously managed Single-A South Bend (2001) and Single-A Advanced Lancaster (2002) in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

“The Oakland Athletics are pleased to promote Steve to Sacramento after exhibiting outstanding leadership and development skills at the minor league level,” said Keith Lieppman, director of player development for the A’s, in a press release.  “He not only has shown good leadership qualities as a manager but also is a proven teacher and instructor. We believe he will carry on in the fine tradition of the outstanding young managers that have led the River Cats throughout their history.”

In college, Scarsone played at Santa Ana Junior College before being drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1986 January amateur draft by Philadelphia. He made his Major League debut May 15, 1992, and went on to enjoy a seven-year big league career with the Phillies, Orioles, Giants, Cardinals and Royals. During those seven seasons, he combined to hit .239 with 20 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 103 runs scored in 350 career games.

Scarsone also played parts of 11 seasons in the minors, including three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. He enjoyed one of his best seasons in 1998 for the Vancouver Canadians—the franchise that moved to Sacramento following the 1999 season—when he led the team in hits (110), home runs (20) and RBIs (55).

 Rodriguez—the longest tenured pitching coach in River Cats history—returns to Sacramento for the first time since 2010. Rodriguez played four seasons in the major leagues, including two with Oakland and one with San Francisco. He finished his career with eight saves in 31 career appearances. In 11 minor league seasons, he tallied a 52-41 record with a 3.89 ERA spanning 946.2 innings pitched.

The Athletics also announced that Brad LaRosa will return for his sixth season as the River Cats head athletic trainer, and Jared Elliott will join the staff as the strength and conditioning coach after spending the 2012 season with the Midland RockHounds, Oakland’s Double-A affiliate.

Scott Emerson—the River Cats pitching coach since 2011—has been named the A’s minor league roving pitching instructor

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Raiders beat hapless Galt High

River City's football team takes to the home field on Oct. 26 against the visiting Galt Warriors (photo by Eric Harding,


The Raiders’ Elijah Thomas (QB) lets loose with a pass, defended by Jacob Stout (#55) (photo by Eric Harding,


Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Oct. 31 News-Ledger. It is shared here with a couple of additional photos.

The River City High School football team easily handled Galt on Friday, posting a 48-6 win.

The win brought the Raiders’ record to 4-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Raiders’ junior varsity squad used Galt to post its first win of the season, a 21-14 victory.

Galt is 0-9 this year, including a forfeit for lack of players.

This Friday, Nov. 2, the River City team travels to Cosumnes Oaks.

The Raiders' Evan Cunningham struggles against a tackler (photo by Eric Harding,


River City receiver Malik Dumentz stiff-arms a Galt defender in Friday’s Raider win (photo by Eric Harding,


The Raiders’ David Vincent looks for an opening in the Galt Warrior defense (photo by Eric Harding,


Senior Andrew Dutra for the RCHS offense (photo by Eric Harding,

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New bowling league for seniors


There’s a new bowling league for those age 55+ at Capitol Bowl, 900 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

Bowlers of all skill levels are welcome; scores are handicapped. Cost is about $10 per week, and play is at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Teams of four can be all male, all female, or mixed.

For more information call either 530-753-5369 or 530-668-9559.

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Photos from Raiders’ win:

A Liberty Ranch defender tries to bring down Raider receiver Malik Dumentz by his jersey. Click to enlarge. (photo by Eric Harding,


The River City High School Raiders last Friday continued their creep back into the win column after a slow start under a new coach and new system.

The varsity football team beat Liberty Ranch 20-17 in a home game for RCHS, bringing their record to 3-1 in league play and 3-5 overall.

The junior varsity Raiders are still looking for a way into the win column, with an 0-6 record overall.

The football squad has tonight off, and will take on Galt in West Sacramento on Oct. 26.

RCHS quarterback Tucker McAmoil hands off to Jamal Williams (photo by Eric Harding,

RAIDER DEFENSE: Junior Chean (left) and Artis Jackson take on a Liberty Ranch ball carrier in last week's RCHS victory (photo by Eric Harding,

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