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One last column Don Schatzel, chronicler of West Sac youth sports

BY DON SCHATZEL:  Don has been writing a periodic column on youth sports and activities in West Sacramento for the News-Ledger. He hangs up his pen this week.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don has been writing a periodic column on youth sports and activities in West Sacramento for the News-Ledger. He hangs up his pen this week.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 25, 2013 —

Time flies!

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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West Sac softball: Nor Cal champs!

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONS ALL: West Sacramento age 9-10 softball players Laura Garcia, Hailey Luna, Chloe Kitchens, Isabella Mendez, Coach Javier Cano, Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Mari Cano, Coach Troy Hensley, Jessica Baum, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Coach Adam Medina, Amaya Patenga, Lilly Aversalo and Reyna Sandoval
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BY DON SCHATZEL, NEWS-LEDGER COLUMNIST

The Girls of Summer!

“Congratulations” doesn’t say enough to the West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League team from West  Sac, all 100% of them, and they are the 2013, state of California, Northern California champions!

The team was brilliantly coached by Adam Medina, Javier Cano and Troy Hensley.

The players are Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Laura Garcia, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens,Reyna Sandoval,Mari Cano, Lilly Adversalo, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Amaya Pantega,Isabella Mendez, Hailey Luna.

BY DON SCHATZEL

BY DON SCHATZEL

Their journey started in North Natomas in the Disrtict 6 Tournament. Rio Linda and North Natomas both know the championship road goes through West Sac, and the West Sacramento girls demonstrated that once again by winning the District 6 Championship.

Then it was on to the sectionals in Marysville. The good news was that the games were at 8 p.m., and not in the heat of the  night. The bad was that by the time everyone got home, and coaches were no doubt replaying every pitch of the game in their minds, sleep came between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. You can’t be a zombie at work because you coached a softball game, so the stress on coaches is pretty high – but winning cures all!

West  Sac had to defeat Olivehurst Linda twice once in the semifinals and once in the finals to win the section banner. In hindsight O.L. did West Sac a favor with great pitching, defense and hitting, providing the competition we needed to prepare our budding hampions for the state tournament in Martinez.

West Sac teams have been in Martinez before. The home team there has won four state titles in the last few years, and when Martinez is not winning, it seems like Gilroy is. Both were in this year’s tournament.

West Sac brought a perfect blend of speed, hitting,  defense and pitching, defeating Gilroy 12-0 in pool play and then facing Martinez in the semi finals.

Three West Sac pitchers struck out 10 Martinez hitters. Pitchers Vanessa Hensley, Hailey Luna and Claudia Medina mixed in a fastball with a great changeup to help lead in a 7-2 win.

Hayley Luna had three triples and Vanessa Hensley also had a triple.

Martinez was baffled:

“Do we  play in for the bunt and risk them hitting over our heads, or do we play back and let Claudia Medina and Laura Garci?”

Then came the championship game versus our old friends from Gilroy.

Claudia Medina singled in the first inning. then Vanessa Hensley singled, Reyna Sandoval singled and Hayley Luna continued her hitting rampage with a double. Chloe Kitchens singled and West Sac was ahead 3-0.

Hayley Luna added a two-run homer and struck out nine Gilroy hitters. Mari Cano added a booming triple! Gilroy managed only 2 hits. It was great fun watching them play and represent our community with such style,  excellence and sportsmanship.

West Sac won 15-1 after five innings.  The victory was called early, due to the “mercy rule” invoked by the huge lead. West Sacramento’s All Stars and were crowned as state champions.

Southern California has  a champion team too, but at this age level the two champs don’t play each other.

The “Girls of Summer”: what a great accomplishment.

 

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Youth sports: West Sac achievements in softball, water polo & more

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist. This 'Heart of the City' column appeared in the News-Ledger on July 10.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist. This ‘Heart of the City’ column appeared in the News-Ledger on July 10.

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

It’s the June parade of Champions! The march of the championships continues – time to celebrate  West Sac excellence in sports at all ages and games!

Too bad June has to end, but here’s hoping July brings more championships.

West Sac Water Polo is going to the Junior Olympics. The 18-U (age 18-and-under) boys, after a two day tournament, have qualified to represent this city in Orange County in a nationwide Junior Olympic tournament. Members of  the team (now fundraising for the trip) are Austin “Junior” Stewart, Christopher Irish, Hunter Hartman, Jeret Tiller, Lucas Talbott, Adam Rogers, goalie Stetson Tate.

The U-16 (under 16) boys water polo team competed in the Clovis Tournament in an Olympic-size pool over 12 games. The U-16 team is Bret Bachmeier, Johnathan Keilman, Julian Wright, Brennan Whipple, Quinn Reidel, Ryan Delarosa, Tyler “Eggnog”  Packham, and goalie Cameron Guiliano-Puzi.

All players play at the River City High School pool and many are members of the West Sacramento Dolphins swim club. To help with the team’s Junior Olympics travel expenses, call “Coach Moe” at 530-848-7273

In softball, every weekend more trophies and awards to West Sacramento.

Heck, if you are going to Reno to play might as well win: the West Sac Attack 10-U (age 10 and under team) did just that by winning the “Reno Fastpitch Freaks Tournament.” They did so with a tournament record of 5-0-1, and by beating teams such as  Reno Fastpitch, Sac Hitterz, and Lassen SWAT.

The players are; Claudia Medina, Mari Cano,Hailey Luna, Laure Garcia, Isabella Mendez, Vanessa Hensley, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens, Reyna Sandoval, Amaya Pentega,and Lilly Adversalo!

All girls batted over .500. Reno never knew what hit them.
West Sac Attack U-14 also won their Sacramento tournament, and last weekend won their tournament in Manteca and followed up with another big tournament win in Elk Grove.

The Cordova Fury was led by our own Hannah Willover, who hit the first pitch for a home run. Ally Snyder pitched and Celina Vallejos played shortstop. The team won their NSA tournament in Galt.

Then the Fury won the DF Tournament, going 5-1. Ally pitched again, Hannah went 8-15 and in the championship game, they defeated the Nor Cal Elite of Fairfield with West Sacramento’s own Breanna Viktor pitching for the Elite.

The U-10 Sac Hitterz won their tournament at the Sac Sports Complex with West Sacramento’s Macy McCann and catcher Cammy McGinnist on the “Hitterz.” Macy drove in the winning run in the championship game!

West Sac’s Kayla Lynch plays for the Foothill Gold U-12 team on their way to Tennessee in a National level Tournament, and they  made it to the championship game, playing up a division,  in last weeks  DF U-14 Tournament.

Watch out, here comes the next generation of high school softball standouts!  Good luck to the U-10 West Sac Girls Little League softball  District 6 Champions, and now it’s on to the sectionals!

Congratulations to the West Sac Relay For Life walkathon. The team-oriented fundraiser joined the fight against cancer, generating $30,000!

We’re into July and our famous 100 degree heat, but continued great success is on the way.

 

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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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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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Latest in West Sacramento youth sports

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

To those of you that see me out and about, thanks for letting me know you read these articles! I appreciate it.

The latest youth sports news:

Stonegate Elementary is champion of the boys division in Washington Unified School District basketball.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

Riverbank was the host site, with cheerleaders, banners, and dragon mascots from Westmore Oaks.

Southport squared off against  Riverbank in the third place game and Southport was victorious, 44-33.

Southport raced off to a  21-12 lead and never looked back.

Nate Cornell and Kamron Johnston provided highlights for Southport and Shawn Shields had a great game for the hard-working River Otters.

The championship game featured the very tall Stonegate team, with an impenetrable 2-3 zone defense, against  Westmore Oaks. In the end, the Stonegate height was too much and they won the championship 38-28.

Isiah Peraa, Eric Creer, Sahil Gil, Miguel Martinez Brisyn Saludares, Lorenzo Burks were all pointed out as having outstanding games and season for Stonegate.

Elijah Fields lead the Westmore Oaks charge!

Evidently, there are lots of terrific players on their way to River City High School next year.

Youth softball, Baseball, volleyball and swimming are now underway in town, It’s the busiest sports season of the year.

Plans are being made now for next season’s metro soccer program, for those interested. Alberto Terrico is the organizer to call 510-673-7871 to play metro – the ‘best of the best’ soccer!

Softball and soccer at River City are having historically successful seasons, as the wave of young players continues moving into high school. It’s great fun to watch them play and represent West Sac.

The Attack, the Hitterz, Hooligans, Pumas, Saints, Dolphins, Tigers, and Arsenal youth sports teams in West Sacramento all continue their march to high school success.

One of the great opportunities provided to youth sports teams here is access to UC Davis and Sac State sports. The university games have very family-oriented pricing and  great quality of play in any sport. I happened to see what seemed like the entire West Sacramento softball family at the recent Sac State game vs Cal in women’s softball.  Cal is number 5 in the country, and won the game 1-0 on  a home run. Great seats, great facility, actually the highest attendance in Sac State softball history. Both Sac State and UC Davis have great programs and are perfect for teaching young athletes through example.

For the horse fans: West Sacramento Trail Riders Association is hosting their annual  dinner, raffle fundraiser on May 11. You can call me for tickets at 371-1513.

Hey, the sun is out finally, and this is the time of year to go outdoors.

Until next time.

 

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