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Public jogging hours at RCHS track

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The rubber track at River City High School is now open for public use during certain hours, for those who have an account with the city recreation department.

Char Ghio, the school’s athletic director, told the News-Ledger that the policy is new.

“It’s open Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30,” said Ghio. “The schedule is going to change with my sports program schedule.”

The track measures a quarter mile around, she said.

How do you sign up to use it?

A representative at the city recreation department said you can do so by opening an account at the Recreation Center facility next to RCHS on Raider Lane. Getting a “rec card” costs $5, she said.

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Free kids’ play date at Raley Field

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Raley Field has announced the first of three “Mommy & Me” play dates at Raley Field stadium.

This free event is open to kids six and under and their parents, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 14, weather permitting. Kids can run the bases, play catch, play in a bounce house or run an obstacle course. Free parking, drinks and snacks for the first 1,500 kids. Other food will be available for purchase.

Register at raleyfield.com or rivercats. com, or register at the event beginning at 9 a.m.

Future “Mommy and Me” events are scheduled for May 23 & July 18. In case of bad weather, check www.raleyfield.com for updates.

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West Sac news nuggets: Part II

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

“Mayors for Meals” day is coming up on March 21 and other days in March, says the Elderly Nutrition Program of Yolo County.
Mayors and city council members from throughout Yolo County will volunteer to deliver meals to homebound seniors (in the “Meals on Wheels” service) and will help staff community kitchens and dining rooms run by the Elderly Nutrition Program.
A “Meals on Wheels” operation helps bring hot lunches to West Sacramento shut-ins.

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The West Sacramento Elks Lodge is giving away about 600 Webster dictionaries to third graders in the Washington Unified School District. The program is in its fifth year, attempting to help kids become good readers.

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  The West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency – like other such agencies in California – is being shut down by state law. This “winding down” will be managed by local “successor agencies,” whose oversight boards have room for citizen volunteers.
The successor agencies will help dispose of redevelopment assets and take other needed actions to close the local redevelopment agency. For information about serving on the oversight board, call (530) 666-8195 or visit www.yolocounty.org (go to “government,” then “board of supervisors,” and then “advisory bodies”).

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West Sacramento’s school board members last month talked about recent poll results and expressed an interest in pursuing a new bond measure or parcel tax for the November local ballot. If they succeed, they hope to use funds for projects such as school repairs or a new career/technical education center.
More on that topic in next week’s News-Ledger.

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RCHS students to compete in speech

Jacob Andrus, RCHS Speech Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, RCHS sophomore

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

For the first time in school history, RCHS will be represented at the California State High School Speech Association Championships.  Jacob Andrus, Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, a sophomore, will be competing against the top  56 teams in California in the Duo Interpretation event.

Their performance of “Doubt: A Parable,” was one of only four interpretations to qualify from the entire greater Sacramento area.  Jacob was instrumental in starting a team at RCHS after moving to West Sacramento two years ago.

The RCHS Speech and Debate Team is in its second year and is coached by Jared Andrus at the school. The state tournament will be held from April 27-29 at San Francisco’s Lowell High School.

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McNair hands RCHS playoff loss

RCHS sophomore Carmen Garcia in action for River City. Carmen was the high scorer in the game with 11 points (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

ONLINE UPDATE: The Raiders lost their match on March 7 against Pleasant Valley in a 49-47 finish.  That has ended the RCHS season. But the team’s regular-season record plus wins in the first two games of the playoffs marked the best girls’ basketball season in the history of River City High School.

The River City High School girls not only made it into the playoffs this season, but won their first two games.

Then, on February 28, the Raider squad traveled to Stockton to face McNair in the third round of CIF basketball playoffs.

River City kept the game close through 2 quarters of play, down by just six at the half. But in the third quarter of play, McNair went on a big run. By the end of the 3rd quarter, they were ahead by nine, and McNair would eventually go on to win by a final of 58-43.

Carmen Garcia was the high scorer for River City, with 11 points.

Although the team lost the game and will miss a chance to play at the Power Balance Pavilion next week, their season continues as they compete in tournament play. They will meet Nor Cal in Chico at 7 p.m. tonight (March 7).

River City boasted a 25-2 record over the regular season and by the end of their playoff run their record shows 27-3. Out of 234 California Division 2 Teams, River City is ranked fourth, behind St. Mary’s, Monache and Casa Grande.

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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New RCHS football coach: DaPrato

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 9, 2012 —

River City High High announced it has just hired Steve DaPrato of West Sacramento as new head football coach. DaPrato has coached at the high school and collegiate level, including Chabot College.

He will fill the post left vacant by former coach Arturo Bustamante, who is facing legal trouble following accusations of molestation by several female students.

DaPrato has filled the coaching position “effective immediately,” reports Principal Katie Nemer and her staff.

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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 27, a Yolo County jury convicted three members of the Norteno street gang of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

According to the D.A.:

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran (20, of Sacramento), Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr. (20, of Sacramento) and Joseph Vincent Sisneros (21, of Sacramento) saw the victim eating his Taco Bell dinner in his car.  The man was in a nearly empty lot on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport, just after 10 p.m..

The three gang members took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys, then continued beating the victim, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for the men to stop.

  Four Lowe’s employees who walked into the lot after their shifts ended interrupted the attack.  The four —  all of whom testified at the trial — saw the three defendants taking turns punching the victim while shouting “Norte!” and laughing.

One of the suspects, Salvador Vasquez pretended to hold a gun under his shirt and repeatedly threatened to shoot the Lowe’s employee who was calling 911.  The employee escaped by running to nearby Lake Washington Boulevard, but the second employee was caught by Duran and Sisneros.  The second employee held up his hands in surrender, but the two defendants brutally attacked him, kicking him in the eye and breaking his nose.

The trial took two weeks and included testimony from a Sacramento Police Gang Detective who told a jury the Norteno street gang thrives on a reputation for violence and that the assault furthered those interests.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig thanked the Sacramento Police Department for offering their assistance, and thanked the citizens who were brave enough to intervene in the assault and to come forward to testify at the trial.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 13.

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