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RCHS tennis off to winning start

NEWS-LEDGER — March 6, 2013 —

From River City
High School

The River City High School Tennis Team defeated both Amador and Bear River 7 to 2 and then opened Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) action with a 9-0 shutout of Union Mine to start the 2013 season a perfect 3 and 0.

At Amador, Lily He and Edward Xu won their #2 singles matches and the visitors swept all five doubles contests.  In the girls’ pairs, Sarah Yang and Sonia Bola took the top spot 8-2 while Nicole Melido teamed with Julia Quenga for an 8-0 win at #2.  On the boys side, Matthew Tagupa and Akshay Prabhakar earned an 8-3 victory at #1 and Ben Gerelkhuu and Muradan Chhay overcame a slow start to win 8-5.  Lina Vang and Amran Khan cruised to an 8-0 shutout in mixed doubles.

Up in Lake of the Pines against Bear River, Cindy Oseguera led the way with a 10-2 win in the top girls singles position and Lily He won 10-4 at #2.  Gerelkhuu provided a 10-4 victory at #2 boys.  Tagupa teamed up with Bola to take mixed doubles 10-2 and Sarah Yang partnered with Lina Vang to dominate #1 girls doubles 10-1.  In boys doubles, Xu and Prabhakar won 10-3 while Khan and Phillip Dinh cruised 10-1.

The season’s home opener was also the first SVC match of the young season and the host Raiders came out well-prepared.  Michael Lee took care of the top boys singles match 6-4,6-3 and Xu won at #2 6-1,7-5.  These were the two closest matches of the day as He won 6-2,6-2 at #1 girls singles and Bola rolled 6-0,6-1 at #2.  In doubles, RC lost  total of just seven games in ten sets.  Khan and Tagupa won 6-1,6-1 at #1 boys and Dinh and Prabhkar scored a perfect 6-0,6-0 “double bagel” at #2.  On the girls side, Oseguera and Sarah Yang (#1) and Melido and Lina Vang (#2) each posted 6-2,6-0 wins.  Chhay and Ger Yang breezed through mixed 6-1,6-0.

Next up for RC will be nonleague matches tomorrow (March 7th) at Lincoln, Friday the 8th at home against Bret Harte, Monday the 11th at home vs. Delhi, and then back to SVC play in a home match against Galt on Tuesday the 12th.  Matches begin at 4:00 p.m.

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New ‘patisserie’ aims to provide pastry treats — and job training for local teens

The wares, in a glass display case just inside the doors of the Collings West Sacramento Teen Center (News-Ledger photo)

The wares, in a glass display case just inside the doors of the Collings West Sacramento Teen Center
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 20, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

You can now pick up a lemon tart, éclair or canalé – all made under the supervision of a trained pastry chef – at an unlikely place: the Collings West Sacramento Teen Center.

The new pastry shop, or patisserie, is open for your morning treats from 7-11 a.m. on weekdays at 1541 Merkley Avenue, and it is intended to become a place where West Sacramento teens can learn job skills.

Recent high school grad Lane Byers works with pastry (Courtesy of Jennifer Enright)

Recent high school grad Lane Byers works with pastry
(Courtesy of Jennifer Enright)

The shop is headed up by Gary Campbell. He’s a self-described “local boy” who has trained for bakery skills at the Cordon Bleu in Portland and worked for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas before layoffs at the hotel nudged him back to West Sacramento. He’s also a longtime assistant coach for the River City High School football team.

“The teen center is a nonprofit – we fight for the same dollars as other nonprofits,” explained Campbell, 53. But with support from sponsors like Agrium, the chemical company with a plant in West Sacramento, the center was able to start the new pastry shop venture.

Putting a kitchen in the teen center wasn’t a new idea.

“We offered a late lunch program for the kids anyway,” said Campbell. “The vision was to bring some type of culinary training for the students. We started the process over the last three years, getting the kitchen the way it is now. Most of the equipment is donated. The goal is to have a functioning retail bakery with practical experience (the students) can take with them.”

Right now, Campbell is working with several students from the nearby Heritage Peak Charter School, which offers academics up to the high school level. Lane Byers, a 20-year old recent graduate of Heritage Peak, has become Campbell’s “right hand man.”

“Lane’s been great,” Campbell said. “He started in the beginning, had no cooking experience, and he’s been coming on really fast. He started with the basic stuff, scaling and measuring. He’s at the point where he can make pretty much any of the elements we use here. Lane’s now working on his ‘piping’ and filling of items.”

Campbell hopes to expand and formalize the training at the pastry shop.

“Ultimately, our goal is to break even,” he said. “We’d like to, at some point, make it a more formal (internship) program, so we can offer a stipend and tools they can take with them when they graduate – a knife roll and chef’s coat.”

Gary Campbell with administrative assistant Jennifer Enright (News-Ledger photo)

Gary Campbell with administrative assistant Jennifer Enright
(News-Ledger photo)

Those are the “tools of the trade” a baker is expected to own, said Campbell – the white coat along with a set of good-quality knives in a roll-up fabric knife holder.

Students need to get up a tad early to work at the bake shop.

“We’re starting at 5 o’clock – from 5 to 7 is our morning bake,” he said. “With baking, there are a lot of elements that go into each item. For cream puffs and éclairs, you have to make the shells first. For quiches, you make the shells separately. There are a lot of things we don’t do on a daily basis – they have to learn to manage their time and prep work, not just for that day, but for the week.”

The pastry shop just opened its doors with a “soft opening,” using word of mouth and flyers at nearby businesses. Later, the shop may expand into some lunchtime offerings.

“It’s been kind of hit-and-miss,” in the first few days, reports Campbell.

What’s his personal favorite out of the pastry case?

“I like the macaroons, and probably the canalés are my favorites,” answered Campbell. “Those are a basic custard, but with flour added so they hold their shape. They have some of the flavor of a crème brulée.”

That endorsement is seconded by a News-Ledger reporter – who also gave high marks to the shop’s lemon tarts – a favorite of teen center administrative assistant Jennifer Enright.

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RCHS honors kids host e-waste day


Support the River City High School honor society while getting rid of your old TVs, monitors, laptops, cell phones, ink jet cartridges (all free to drop off).

Or drop off your old CUPs, telephones, printers, copiers, DVD players, fax machines, VCRs, stereos, video games and small appliances for a $5 recycling fee. Microwaves: $15-30 to recycle. Batteries: $3/pound.

Bring documents to shred for $8 per banker box. Proceeds will raise funds for Advanced Placement tests for RCHS students. The event will be held Sat., Feb. 16, from 9-4 at the school.

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RCHS student volunteers help younger kids with their reading

Above, front: Lana Harman of the library with RCHS Interact Club members Lily He and Marwand Kochai, and (back row) Sara Malakzay and Jessica Ngo.


River City High School’s community service club, called the ‘Interact Club,’ is now working with the local library branch on a program to help kids read.

  In the ‘Reading Buddies’ program, two Interact Club members will spend time listening to first- and second-graders practice their reading skills. Each reading session will last 15 minutes.

The program starts Feb. 15, from 4-5 p.m. at the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library in West Sacramento.

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