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River Cats step away from A’s — and toward the SF Giants?

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE —

STORY UPDATE, SEPT. 18: The Giants and River Cats are expected to announce tomorrow morning that they have a deal. Beginning next season, the River Cats will no longer be the minor league affiliate of the Oakland A’s. They’ll instead be the top farm team for the more popular San Francisco Giants. Your comments are welcome; if you comment, we may share it in the News-Ledger.

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SEPT. 16:

The River Cats have filed paperwork with Major League Baseball to end their affiliation with the Oakland A’s.

The River Cats have served as the A’s Triple-A team since they were bought by the late Art Savage and began play at Raley Field in West Sacramento in 2000.

As a Triple-A club, the team has been the top tier of the A’s minor league program. It has led the Pacific Coast league in attendance numbers and won Triple-A championships in 2007 and 2008. In the just-ended 2014 season, the River Cats posted a winning season but failed to make the playoffs.

Various media reports say they may be a strong contender to become the new minor league team of the San Francisco Giants. Other teams may also be in the mix.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the A’s will have five options on where to move their own AAA team, with the new stadium at Nashville, Tennessee, a “heavy favorite.” The Nashville Sounds were formerly affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.

A River Cats spokesman told the Sacramento Bee that a decision regarding a new affiliate could occur quickly – even by today or tomorrow – and that the team will keep its name even when affiliation changes.

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Cyclocross: a new West Sac tradition?

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6 (News-Ledger photo)

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday exceeded its organizers’ expectations. They hope to bring the riverfront race back in future years – perhaps even turning it into a fixture on the international cycling calendar.

Organizer Matthew Hargrove downplays his own abilities – he placed 38th in the “single speed bike” category on Saturday – but is bullish on the temporary River Walk Park racecourse site. The designers “cut a diamond out of the park.” he said, fashioning a convoluted, roped-off course up and down the grass on the riverfront.

“We think we have the raw material in that park to put this event on the national or international circuit,” said Hargrove.

Spectators on the “grand staircase” near the ziggurat building had a great view of most of the action, with Old Sacramento as a backdrop.

Each race lap was 1.7 miles.

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.  (Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

The winner in the men’s “elite” division, 27-year old Anthony Clark of Massachusetts, managed to complete 11 laps in just under 56 minutes.

Elite women’s winner Rachel Lloyd of Fairfax finished eight laps in 43:31, followed closely by one of the event’s founders, 35-year old Emily Kachorek of Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek -- who helped develop the event -- sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.   (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek — who helped develop the event — sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Other people key in creating the new event were Kachorek’s husband, Pete Knudsen, and Marty Woy of The Bicycle Business, reported Hargrove. West Sacramento’s Bryan Miller put in a lot of work in designing its graphics. The Chamber of Commerce also pitched in.

Hargrove said his group had a strategy in creating a West Sacramento cyclocross race at this time of year and at this location.   The event came four days ahead of today’s “Cross Vegas” competition in Las Vegas.

“Part of the reason for doing this race is really to take advantage of our proximity to Las Vegas and to use this perfect site,” he told the News-Ledger. “’Cross Vegas’ is a grass course almost exactly like we have, and it’s also a hot dry climate. We hoped to get a some of the pros coming into Cross Vegas, with its humungous prize purse, to come here first and do a tune-up.”

That worked pretty well on Saturday, he hoped.

“It was two and a half-times bigger than expected. This year, we hit where we hoped we’d be in year three. This was an awesome event.”

Hargrove reports that seven women in the elite field in West Sacramento had the credential of “world tour points” from the cyclocross governing association, as did four of the 25 riders in the men’s elite division.

Meanwhile, anybody who wanted to was able to take a lap around the course at the beginning of the day before the racing started. At one point, said Hargrove, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was pedaling around the course next to some ranked cyclists and a child.

“You had professional athletes out there riding the course slowly, memorizing the course and figuring out their ‘line,” he explained.

Saturday’s racing included a novice division, masters and youth racing, and a one-lap kids’ race.

Hargrove said that, besides being an amateur cyclocross enthusiast, he had another motive for helping to launch the local “Grand Prix”:

“My real motive was to make West Sacramento look awesome on the national cyclocross scene,” he said.

Check out a competitor’s-eye video of the event, taken by West Sacramento’s Greg Price, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBbRdJrQmo

Race results are at: http://www.timeyourrace.com/GCX/2014Results.htm

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River Cats: winning season comes to end without playoff berth

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

From the River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats’ (79-65) season came to an end on Monday afternoon as they fell to the Reno Aces (81-63) by a score of 2-1 in ten innings at Raley Field, failing to make the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. Reno advances to their second playoff berth in the last three years and will play the Las Vegas 51s in a five-game series in the Pacific Conference Championship starting Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The River Cats had an opportunity in tenth inning to do some damage with runners on first and second with one out, but an inning-ending double play by Daric Barton ended the threat and the game.

Sacramento right-handed starter Arnold Leon (10-7, 4.97 ERA) pitched admirably in the regular-season finale, giving up just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three in a no-decision. Seth Frankoff and Phil Humber each pitched a shutout inning with a strikeout.McBryde took the loss.

Peterson ended the game 2-for-4 with a run and Barton finished 1-for-3 with two walks for the River Cats.

The River Cats finished 2014 with their twelfth-consecutive winning season and 14th winning season in franchise history. Sacramento also led the Pacific Coast league in average attendance (8,578) and total attendance (617,627) for the second-straight season.

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RCHS loses opener to Christian Brothers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

River City High School’s 2014 football season opened on Friday, with a non-conference game in West Sacramento against visiting Christian Brothers.

Christian Brothers put 28 points on the board in the first quarter while cruising to a 56-7 win in the varsity match-up.

River City won the J.V. matchup 36-0.

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