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Things I won’t miss about the Kings

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 16, 2013 —

As I write this, the less-than-beloved Maloof family have apparently sold the Sacramento Kings to a group of wealthy Seattle, Washington investors headed by some hedge fund guy named Chris Hansen. The selling price appears to be about $525 million, which should go a long way in helping the Maloofs pay off about $200 million in debts they have racked up over the years while owning the Kings, not to mention the $6 or $7 million they say they are going to lose on this year’s operation of the team. Other possible buyers are also trying to match or top that offer, but one way or another, it looks like the Kings will finally be leaving Sacramento in the not too distant future.

Looking back on the history of the Kings, it seems like they were always having serious money problems and demanding that the taxpayers of the City of Sacramento foot most of the bill. I remember Jim Thomas (the guy who owned the Kings before he sold them to the Maloof brothers) at one point wanting a $60 million loan from the city and their help in passing a $145 million bond measure so he could build himself a new arena, and if the city didn’t fork over, he was going to move the team. And the Maloofs, of course, have been threatening to move the Kings out of Sacramento and to greener (as in dollars) pastures for ages.

To tell you the truth, as exciting as the Kings once were back in the days of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, and “White Chocolate” himself, Jason Williams, I’m not really all that sad to see them go. The Maloofs (or any new owners willing to keep the Kings in town) would only continue to demand more millions from the already cash-strapped City of Sacramento to make possible that seemingly universal demand of all professional basketball teams – a shiny new arena with all the bells and whistles paid for by someone other than themselves.

There was a time when I considered myself to be a pretty loyal Sacramento Kings fan, even though decent seats cost $50 or more and that was just the tip of the iceberg. It also cost a small fortune for parking, bad food at the concession stands, and a few souvenirs for the kids. In fact, by the time my family and I had finished watching a Kings’ game and were stuck in all that traffic trying to get back to West Sacramento, I had easily spent over $250, which is not exactly a cheap family night out on the town.

Anyway, although I somehow managed to live through the days of Billy Owens and Olden Polynice and God only knows how many other not-ready-for-prime-time Kings players, the straw that actually broke my back had to do with a little argument I had with my wife at the last Kings game I ever attended, and it went a little something like this:

“Are you hungry?” asked my wife, noting that it was close to 7 pm and neither one of us had eaten very much for dinner before we left for the game.

“Not really,” I said, “but I am a little thirsty. And since we are in these fancy seats tonight (a friend had generously let us use his season tickets) instead of up in the nose bleed section like usual, I think I’ll ask that waitress to get us something to drink the next time she strolls by.”

“Good idea,” said my wife, digging through her purse and handing me $5. “Get me a bottle of water, okay?”

“Are you kidding?” I asked. “A bottle of water can’t possibly cost $5.”

“I bet it does.” And sure enough (including a little tip for the waitress), it did.

So, a little after halftime, long after my wife and I had finished our $5 bottles of water, we found ourselves thirsty again.

“I’ll go and get us Cokes or something,” I said, “although God only knows how much that will cost.”

“But I just want water,” insisted my wife.

“No way am I paying another $10 for two small bottles of water!”

“Would you stop being so cheap, Daryl. You didn’t even have to pay for the seats tonight.”

“I don’t care, it’s the principle of the thing. Here, give me your empty water bottle and I’ll go fill it up at a water fountain.”

“There are no water fountains in here, Daryl. They want you to buy beer and cokes and bottled water when you get thirsty. They wouldn’t make any money if everyone was hanging out at drinking fountains.”

[adrotate group=”9″]  “Okay,” I said, determined not to be ripped off any more than necessary by the Maloofs, “then I’ll just take our empty bottles, find a men’s lavatory, and fill them up with water from one of the sinks.”

“What?” demanded my wife, her face suddenly full of horror.

“Now I know for sure they’ve got bathrooms with sinks to wash your hands in this place, even if they don’t have water fountains. I’ll even let the faucet run for a good long time so the water is nice and cold.”

“Daryl, there is no way in the world I’m going to drink Arco Arena men’s restroom water!”

“But why not? I’m going to be getting it out of a sink, not a toilet.”

With that, my wife was up and out of her seat and on her way to purchase her own ridiculously over-priced container of non-bathroom water.

“Okay, okay,” I shouted after her, “then how about this? You can fill up the empty bottles with water from a sink in the women’s bathroom?”

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‘3 on 3’ basketball tournament coming

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  Donte Greene’s “3-on-3 Jamboree” comes to the West Sacramento Recreation Center on Sat., Aug. 3. There are competitive divisions from age 14 and up, both men and women. Reserve your spot for $50; team registration is $125.

Visit www.westsacfun.org or call 617-4770.

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Jordan Ligons achieves her goal

JORDAN LIGONS (second from left) with her parents and Coach Jamie King (right) Photo by SAM URREA

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By Sam Urrea
River City High School Journalism Program

JORDAN HAD COVERED THIS TYPE OF EVENT BEFORE, AS A STUDENT REPORTER. BUT THIS TIME, SHE WAS THE ONE IN THE NEWS.

River City High School senior Jordan Ligons held a celebratory gathering earlier this month to sign her letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Point Loma University in San Diego. Joining her for the signing were some of her teachers, teammates and parents.

Jordan, 18, drew interest from numerous college and universities after being a key player on the RCHS girls basketball team for the past four years, as well as being a high-achieving student.

[adrotate group=”7″]   As a four-year starter at the point guard position, she helped win 71 varsity games, and three out of her four years, her team qualified for the CIF Playoffs. She also obtained accolades such as All League Selections for her sophomore and junior years, when she was named most valuable player.

On the academic side, Jordan’s accumulative G.P.A is 3.86. She has been editor in chief of the school newspaper for three years and won numerous speech competitions.

After rejecting the likes of San Francisco State, UC Merced and Menlo College, Jordan could not hide her excitement after finally making a decision and choosing Point Loma as her next destination in life.

“I am so relieved!,” said Jordan at her “letter of intent” signing ceremony. “I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. All the hard work I have put in has finally paid off. I am happy that all the important people of my life are here with me to celebrate.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Such congratulatory festivities are not new to Jordan. Last year, a similar event took place for then-River City Baseball star Kasey Chapan, an occasion which she covered as a reporter for her hournalism class. Now, it was her turn to be the center of attention, which was something she cherished with intensity.

“Last year I covered the same type of event for Kasey Chapan, who had just committed himself to Sacramento State, so this year for me to be the one being recognized is simply great!” said Jordan.

Teachers, parents and friends alike were not at all surprised by Jordan achievements. Girls’ basketball coach Jamie King was a proud man after seeing his star player live up to expectations.

Said King: “Ever since day one, she has been a winner. She is a natural leader and loves to take control of things. For someone playing point guard, you need just that. I am not at all surprised by what she has accomplished.”

Her father, Jerold Ligons, who was also an assistant coach on the team, reckoned she has matured into a formidable young woman. “Each year she grew as a human being and athlete. Her hard work paid off with this scholarship.”

Now that her immediate future is finally resolved, doing well in college is crucial for Jordan. Her scholarship will cover over half of her financial costs for the first year, but every year after that it must be earned based and her academic and athletic performance.

Her teammate, Amarita Singh, says the pressure will not affect Jordan, however.  “She works hard for everything she gets. She’s a self-motivated person. I am sure she will do great in college.”

With only a few months left before her departure, Jordan expects to continue her remarkable performances on and off the court.

  The author is a student journalist at River City High School.

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RC player signs ‘letter of intent’

JORDAN LIGONS gives the thumbs-up after signing a letter of intent to play with a Southern California university next year (all photos are courtesy of Memories for Generations by De'Onna Jack)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 9, 2012 —

Jordan Ligons, a standout guard on the River City High School basketball team and an honor student to boot, shows her feelings after signing a letter of intent to attend Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego next fall. She signed at a ceremony at RCHS on Thursday.

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Jordan (front, left of center) with her 2011-12 teammates -- they won the first-ever RCHS league title this year. Jordan also has a 3.86 grade point average and was editor of the school newspaper. She’s also an excellent role model, reports Coach Jaime King. She will receive a scholarship.

 

Jordan Ligons (second from left) flanked by her West Sacramento parents and with Coach Jaimie King (right)

 

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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EDITORIAL: crime drama lessons & more

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL, published April 25, 2012

Friday’s (April 20) crime drama caught the region’s attention. Apparently, a lone gunman shot at West Sacramento citizens and police, rammed a patrol car, caused at least one other car crash. He carjacked several vehicles, beat up a birdwatcher, and eventually was cornered in a Sacramento apartment, where he refused to surrender.

Finally, the suspect was shot and killed by deputies.

Amid all that action, there were certainly a lot of chances for other people to get killed or badly hurt, but none were. It sure could have been a lot worse.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Meanwhile, it will be interesting to watch the actions of law enforcement be dissected and analyzed – the length of time they kept I-80 closed for public safety, the final decision to shoot, and so forth. There will be lessons to learn for next time.
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When the River City High School football team had a breakout season a couple of years ago, winning nearly every regular-season game and making it to the playoffs for the first time in what seemed like forever, West Sacramento got excited.

The community paid attention to the winning season, and the city council even presented the team with a proclamation.

This year, the school’s girls’ basketball team had its own breakout season, going 27-4 overall after a near-perfect regular season. They earned their first trip to the playoffs ever.

They deserve a city council plaque, don’t you think?
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[adrotate group=”10″]   No more capital “I” in internet.

As one more tiny sign of a new era, the News-Ledger is going to try to make a slight change in the spelling of the word “internet” – no longer capitalizing the word like just about everybody did when the darn thing was invented.

And if it seems odd to you that the word ever was capitalized in regular use, just consider that this is a common thing with big new technologies. When that exciting and groundbreaking technology called “Radio” was invented, it also originally came with a capital “R.” Only after people got used to the idea did the “R” shrink.

So spelling the word as “internet” is pretty much an admission it’s been around a while and we’re used to it.

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‘HEART OF THE CITY’: West Sac’s youth

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL —

Congratulations to  Stonegate Elementary, the local 2012 boys scholastic basketball champions!

Stonegate was crowned the Washington Unified School District 2012 boys basketball champs after a 47-38 win over Westmore Oaks. As usual, the road wasn’t easy!

Stonegate had an overall record of 6-1. Starting players for Stonegate were Richard Horn, Franklin Stowers,  Kalvin Chavez, Daylen Carter and Adal Rasaphangthong. Alex Yang was the coach.

For Westmore Oaks, Nate Barrett had 15 points, Brian Saeteang 12 points, Savion Washington 10 rebounds and 3 points.

For Westmore Oaks, the road was tough just to get to the championship game. Against Southport, Westmore trailed for three quarters but pulled it out in the fourth quarter for a 33-31 win. Westmore standouts included. Nate Barrett 9 points Jesse Zalasky 15 rebounds. Coaches were Ron Ruaro and  Willow Daykin

Congratulations on another great season.

Something new has been added!

[adrotate group=”9″]   Well, not brand-new, but United States Youth Volleyball League is up and spiking, thanks to Tammy and Steve Bacon, the River City volleyball coaches.

They run a great program while recognizing that their girls and their league coaches have not had as much volleyball experience as they’ve had in other sports. Each girl gets her own volleyball and a T shirt uniform. Heck, even us coaches get a shirt!

They have a preseason coaches clinic, and once a week for an hour practice is another coached clinic, with each practice scripted as to what basic skills will be taught that day. Then, Tammy and Steve walk around and help the coaches and players learn the basics. After an hour of practice it is not unusual for the players to comment, “Wow that was fast – we’re done already?”

The league has four age groups and game days against Folsom and Elk Grove are on the way/  You can see the teams at River City High School on Saturday mornings, over by the tennis courts, spiking and  serving away.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Heck, when a challenger for the state championship , Union Mine High School, is in your high school’s league, why not start a youth program and catch up? Way to go Tammy and Steve!

Noting, quoting and emoting:

Congratulations to  District  6 Little League for submitting a proposal to O.C. Jones Company TLC program and receiving  a grant chosen from hundreds of proposals. The grant will help the City and West Sacramento Little League make improvements at Memorial Park, home of West Sacramento Little League.

Congrats to Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento and member Tony Schwall for coordinating and  sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange student from West Sacramento to Chile and hosting a student from Japan. Now, Uvaldo Perez of West Sacramento will be sponsored to go to Austria! Wow, Austria for a year! Cool.

Finally hats off to the  River City  Girls J.V. and  varsity soccer teams. We are all familiar with the extreme cold and rain this past month but these girls are out there in it, practicing every day and play.

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Firefighters beat cops in overtime

Firefighter team members with some of their kids. Firefighters are (back row) Tim Blewett, Andy Moore, Ed Redmon, in dark uniform Terry Dries, Andy Bevins, James Irvine, Ricky Granados. Front row: Joe Lugo, Mark Hull. (Names of the kids are not available)

[adrotate group=”9″]    NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Helped by a made free-throw with 3.4 seconds left on the clock, the West Sacramento Firefighters beat the West Sacramento Police Department on the basketball court 53-52 in overtime on March 9. The contest was “back and forth,” with police hitting several shots from beyond the arc.

The “Safety Slam Jam” match between the two departments took place in River City High School’s gym, as a fundraiser for the school’s athletic programs. The event is planned to return next year.

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