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A reunion to remember

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola -- moments after the three were united for the first time. (Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola — moments after the three were united for the first time.
(Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sailor Joseph Pinola had been at sea for eight months on the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. So he had not yet met his five-month old daughter when he returned to town on April 29.

Still, the 22-year old West Sacramentan said he had just been joking when he told his wife Kathy he wanted a big to-do when he flew in at the Sacramento airport. The couple spoke over the phone as they talked about his return.

“I was playing around,” said Joseph. “I said I wanted a news crew and a whole bunch of people at the airport.”

She and some other family members obliged – without telling him. When her husband came down the escalator from the airport terminal, there was a mob of about 15 festive family members waiting for him.

Plus a KCRA TV news crew, with a camera pointed at Joseph’s face.

Video of the event shows Joseph Pinola in his Navy uniform, looking pretty dumbfounded by the welcome. But also pretty happy.

“I was shocked,” he told the News-Ledger. “I was like a deer in the headlights. I didn’t know what to do.”

Joseph and Kathy met at Golden State Middle School (currently the Riverbank Elementary campus) as students. They graduated from River City High School in 2009. She’s 21, formerly Kathy Onsy. They started dating as young teens in 2005.

When Joseph left port on the Stennis, the couple didn’t even know they were going to have a baby.  The ship has spent time in the Persian Gulf, supporting air missions to Afghanistan. Joseph Pinola’s job has been to help the aircraft taxi and move around on the carrier.

“On April Fool’s Day, she called me and said, ‘I took a pregnancy test, and I’m pregnant,’” recalls Joseph.

“I took like eight pregnancy tests, but I still didn’t believe it,” Kathy added.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Little Kaylee – born at 6 pounds, 4.2 ounces and 21 inches long – is doing great.

“She always has a smile on her face, every single morning,” reports Kathy Pinola.

Joseph’s uncle, Mickey Fausett of West Sacramento, finds it amusing that Pinola is a Navy man.

“I used to take him sailing,” remembers Fausett. “One time, I remember he looked around and said, ‘Boy, there’s a lot of water out here – can we go back in now?’”

The Pinola family is getting ready to go to Washington state – the Stennis is homeported at Bremerton.  There, Joseph Pinola will wait for his next Navy orders. He expects to stay on land and is hoping for a post in California.

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Raiders drop opener; Beall shines in QB competition

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER – AUG 31, 2011 –

Sophomore Kevin Burkes on a 95-yard touchdown run for the RC jayvees (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Well, they knew they faced a challenge.

The River City Raiders opened the 2011 football season on the road against the number-six ranked Whitney Wildcats last Friday in Rocklin.

Whitney took control of the game with a 26 point second quarter, and never looked back, securing a convincing 39-0 victory.

The RCHS junior varsity fell by a score of 19-14 in a spirited back-and-forth affair that included a 95 yard touchdown run by Kevin Burkes.

Both teams are on the road again this Friday evening, taking on the Center High School Cougars of Antelope.

JOEY BEALL of RCHS: Runner-up among stiff regional competition (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

On the brighter side:

River City High quarterback Joey Beall shone brightly in the Aug. 19 “KCRA 3 High School Playbook Quarterback Combine – North, held at Grant High.

Almost 40 quarterbacks participated, competing in multiple events including accuracy and distance throwing.

Beall’s accuracy put him at the top of the leaderboard in round two, and he ended up tied with Roseville’s Zac Cunha. The pair dueled in a ‘sudden death’ elimination until Cunha emerged as winner.

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