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Police K9 competition open to public

A police dog goes after West Sacramento police officer Nick Barreiro, who is wearing  protective clothing. (News-Ledger 2011 file photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

A police dog goes after West Sacramento police officer Nick Barreiro, who is wearing protective clothing. (News-Ledger 2011 file photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 14, 2013

You and your family are invited to watch the “LAWDOGS Police K9 Competition’ Saturday (June 15) at River City High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Police dog teams from several agencies will compete in categories of search, agility, obedience and protection. The “protection” competition starts after 12:00 p.m. and the SWAT/K9 demo will be about 11:30 a.m.  There will be other information and activities on site.

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My commencement advice? Go forth, grads — but first, lose those saggy pants

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 —

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to give one of those high school graduation commencement speeches. You know, where you put on a cap and gown and stand up in front of a whole graduating class and tell them what you think they need to know about life and how they should go about having a good one. But the last time I did any public speaking my daughter told me my nose twitched the whole time from being nervous, so I probably wouldn’t make much of a commencement speaker. Anyway, it’s still fun to think about what I would like to tell a gymnasium full of graduating high school seniors who weren’t allowed to leave until I was through, and I think it would go something like this:

Let me begin my remarks this evening with some long ago words from Socrates: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners and contempt for authority. They show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents and chatter before company. They gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Socrates’ buddy, Plato, went ever further, writing “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders and disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”

And some guy named Hesiod, who lived about four centuries before Socrates and Plato were even born, threw up his hands in disgust and said, “I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words.”

So, it would seem that for as long as there has been recorded history, old people (even wise ones) have been convinced that young people were going to screw up the world as they knew it. Yet, for better or worse, the human race is still here, so young people must be doing something right.

Okay, this is the place in my speech when I am supposed to tell you to live up to your potential, follow your bliss, and make a difference in the world. But since I assume all of you will be trying to do those things, I will skip all of that and just pass along the following specific advice:

Be kind, especially to yourself. Life is a tough go and it’s really true that in the end, only kindness matters.

Be generous, with both your time and your money. You were really blessed to be born in such a free and wealthy country and you need to give back whenever possible.

Don’t suffer fools gladly, even if they are related to you. The fools of this world are full of negative energy and eager to weigh you down and make you heavy. You need to get them out of your life as soon as possible.

For all of you guys out there who have spent much of the past four years strolling through hallways and referring to the girls you passed as bitches, whores, and worse, you might want to start knocking that off, since those young girls that you so easily disrespect are soon going to be your wives and the mothers of your children. Not to mention that you might have daughters yourself someday.

[adrotate group=”9″]   For those of you who habitually use cuss words as adjectives, know that your future employers are going to demand that you have a much better grasp of the English language. Oh, and the last I looked, there is no good-paying job on earth (unless you are really good at rapping) that will allow you to show up at the office with your pants falling off your butt.

Remember that before anything really magical can happen in your life, you have to imagine it first.

Try not to spend too much time watching the news, especially Fox News. We don’t need more Dittoheads in this world.

Make time to go down roads that go nowhere, or at least go walkabout on some of the ones that have been less traveled.

To all of you who aren’t too interested in politics, you need to be. If you don’t vote, know that those who always do are old and set in their ways and often could care less about the things that are going to shape your lives, like climate change, the cost of entitlement programs, and the global economy. Plus our elected politicians always seem to love to start new wars, and you are going to be the ones who are sent off to distant places to fight and die in them, assuming of course your generation is brave enough to insist that we stop having an all-volunteer army to do our dirty work for us.

Never stop being curious. It may kill cats, but it’s what keeps human beings truly alive and well.

For those of you who are in love with credit cards, you need to know that compound interest can be your best friend, or your very worst enemy.

Remember that life is never fair or just and that it belongs to those who are willing to risk.

And most important of all, put your computer games, iPhones, and other electronic gadgets down every now and then and look into the faces of others!

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  Daryl can be reached at:
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Placer High ousts River City tennis

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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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Short plays on stage, courtesy of River City High drama club

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Actors from the River City High School Drama Club are hosting a festival of one-act plays this weekend in the Black Box theater at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. May 24 & 25. Tickets are $4.

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Basketball: cops versus firefighters

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

West Sacramento firefighters will take on the city’s police department in a charity basketball game on Saturday, May 11. The game starts at 6 p.m. at River City High School. Tickets ($3/adults, $2/children) are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic programs.

The school is located at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

 

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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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RCHS player signs ‘letter of intent’

River City High senior Antonio Perea is front and center as he signs his “letter of intent” to accept a scholarship and play football at Dordt College in Iowa. He’s flanked by parents Teresa and Tony Perea. Behind him are (left to right) RCHS assistant football coaches Jimenez and Baker and head coach Steve DaPrato.

River City High senior Antonio Perea is front and center as he signs his “letter of intent” to accept a scholarship and play football at Dordt College in Iowa. He’s flanked by parents Teresa and Tony Perea. Behind him are (left to right) RCHS assistant football coaches Jimenez and Baker and head coach Steve DaPrato.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 24, 2013 —

River City High senior Antonio Perea has accepted a football scholarship at Dordt College in Iowa. Perea made 46 tackles for RCHS last season and assisted on 79, with five forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and an interception. At 5’ 9”, 170 pounds, he has plaid defensive back and linebacker and was an All-Metro honorable mention this season.

Currently, he plans to study criminal justice at the college.

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