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RCHS tennis team starts off strong
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 19, 2014 —
From River City
After dropping the season opener to visiting Cosumnes Oaks 6 to 3, the River City High School tennis team reeled off four straight wins last week. A 9 to 1 win over Amador started the streak as boys singles players Alan Tern and Joseph Johnston led the way with 6-0,6-0 and 6-0,6-2 wins, respectively. The mixed doubles pair of Phillip Dinh and Jessie Olsen also impressed with their 10-1 win.
A 7 to 2 road victory over Liberty Ranch came next as the Raiders dominated the doubles matches. Matthew Tagupa and Muradan Chhay teamed for a 6-0,6-0 win at #1 boys doubles and Alex Vigil paired with Dinh to take #2 boys 6-0,6-1. In girls doubles, Lily He and Beatrice Bui came back from a second set loss to win at #1 6-2,3-6,(10-3) and Jessica Ngo and Jasmine Benafghoul cruised to a 6-2,6-1 win at #2. Akshay Prabhakar and Olsen won easily in mixed, 6-1,6-0.
The Bear River Bruins left West Sacramento after losing to the Raiders 7 to 2. Lily He played her best tennis of the young season in a 6-0,6-0 win at #1 girls singles, Julia Quenga took the #2 match 6-0,6-4, and RC swept all five doubles matches again.
The week ended with an 8 to 1 win over visiting Lindhurst as Tern, He, and Quenga took care of their opponents in singles and the girls doubles pairs of Nicole Melido and Bui (6-1,6-2 at #1) and Carlie Blevins and Benafghoul (6-1,6-0 at #2) breezed past the Blazer duos.
River City’s next home match is Thursday, March 20th at 4pm against El Dorado.
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Raider girls win their home tourney
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —
River City High School’s girls soccer team won its “Raider Cup Classic” tournament held Feb. 28 and March 1.
The rainy-weekend victory came over 11 visiting varsity teams from Summerville to Nevada Union.
The Raiders faced Armijo High in the finals on Saturday. It was a game of “continuous action,” reports RCHS coach Kamal Singh, with River City prevailing 2-0.
The Raider varsity was anchored on the offense by Jaylem Crim and Keionna Claypoole; in the midfield by Andrea Salcedo, Taylor Martin and Crystal Carroll; and on defense by Annie Wampler, Valeria Salcedo, Marinna Vigil, Melissa Whitesell, Dianerick Ramirez and goalkeeper Erin Delany.
The Raiders defense yielded zero goals during the whole tournament, helping to win its preliminary tournament matches 5-0, 7-0 and 1-0.
The team lost sophomore starting center Hildelice Medina to a season-ending knee injury in the second game.
“You learn to make adjustments,” said Coach Kamal Singh later. “Soccer is a team sport, and I told the girls they had to step up to fill the void of not having Hildelice. (Winning) this tournament was no accident. These girls have been training hard and wanted to win this tournament and make River City Girls Soccer history.”
The team is off to a 7-0 start to its season.
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Best season yet for RCHS water polo
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — NOV 20, 2013 —
By Nadia Benafghoul, Sarina Phoung, and Tommy Rickard
RCHS Journalism Class
Although the River City High School water polo program began from scratch only five years ago, it is now at its strongest with both boys’ and girls’ varsity teams making it into the San-Joaquin sections and being named Metro League Champions 2013-14.
In 2009, water polo was introduced to River City. There were hardly any players who participated and the few who did were often recruited from other sports.
This year’s varsity boys’ team had eleven players and the varsity girls’ team had thirteen. The sport has evolved over the years with great players coming and going as the years proceed.
Both boys’ and girls’ teams are coached by Ryan Mosley, known by the players as “Coach Moe.”
Sophomore Gabi Fabri describes him as “an inspiring motivator” who’s “structured and disciplined.”
The program has evolved from one team into three, and has also become year round. The teams attended local summer and winter tournaments. They qualified for Junior Olympics this past summer and traveled to southern California to play teams from all over the country.
The girls’ team had a remarkable undefeated season this year. They made it to the first round of sections, but weren’t able to move on after their loss of 8-11 against Christian Brothers High School.
The boys’ varsity team won their first round of sections against Oakmont High School with a score of 14-5, but they lost their second match against El Camino High School with a close score of 11-9.
Coach Mosley described the season as “surreal.”
“Five years ago we were losing to teams by 15 points, now we are league champs. I know how much hard work the players have put in.”
Seniors who have been on the team since the beginning are feeling bittersweet as they climb out of the pool for last time.
Captain of the boys’ varsity team, Adam Rodgers, said, “I’ve played water polo all four years of high school, and it’s depressing knowing it’s my last year. But it’s just the bridge between stepping up and playing at another level.”
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One last column Don Schatzel, chronicler of West Sac youth sports
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 25, 2013 —
We all know that intellectually. But when your time zips by, and you wake up one day and you are 60 (yes, 60) and the AARP info starts coming and you get a copy of the Senior Resource Services Guide from Assemblyman Roger Dickinson in the mail. . .
Now, Roger is a good guy. But what are you telling me, Roger?
I remember the first Super Bowl, and a time when the United States Men’s Soccer team struggled to make the World Cup Finals. Now they have qualified seven times in a row.
I used to be a member of the noon-meeting Rotary Club and am a proud past president of that chapter. Eighteen years ago, my older daughter Jordan would be asleep and I would put her in a kid carry-all and take her to the Rotary meetings to make sure I would not miss one.
That was 18 years ago, and now she is a college student. My younger daughter, Emily, and her friends are now freshmen at River City. Remember when they were 8-year old soccer and softball players?
My family and I are simply no longer involved in youth sports as we once were. I no longer coach the Hooligans Soccer team. Dale Calles does his usual great job in coaching them, and my family is just not around youth sports as much as we have been.
I have always thought there were great things happening in our community and school district and a lot of them were pretty much a secret. There were stories that needed telling and I tried to do that in this periodic column in the News-Ledger.
I now enjoy listening to the folks in surrounding cities and communities who are losing the economic battle to West Sacramento, and they still bring up our gang issues and our schools in a critical way. Nice try, folks. No room to criticize anymore.
Oh, by the way, have you seen our riverfront development lately? That really isn’t a Delta breeze that’s blowing — it is region’s power and influence shifting to West Sacramento!
But, not being around youth sports as much as before, it is nearly impossible for me to get any information and write about it. So I guess this is the end.
I want to thank Editor Steve Marschke for giving me the opportunity to write about youth sports in town. I am not a “writer” (obviously) but attempting to highlight the great people in our community and their tremendous accomplishment is worth writing about.
These people can be very proud. I was very proud of them, even though (ironically) we occasionally found ourselves on opposite sides of the field. But no matter who won, I couldn’t lose. If our youth sports team won, well we won. If our team lost to a West Sac team, and all went well, then, we eventually all became teammates at River City High School as the kids got older. It’s a win either way for my family.
I also very much appreciated those of you who would catch me at the store and tell me you have read the articles and enjoyed them. I found that very gratifying and hope these columns gave some helpful information that made living in West Sacramento a little more fun.
Thanks for everything and a special thanks for reading this last article.
Time for me to go take care of my horse!
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