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‘Heart of the City’: local youth leagues

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL

It’s that time of year again, when everyone goes full speed for what seems like a short time, and then looks up and says, “Wow where did summer go?”

DON SCHATZEL

School may be out, but it’s a time of lots of soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball around West Sacramento.

Congratulations to Hannah Willover, the Our Lady of Grace School student recipient of the “Father Leo McAllister Scholarship” to St.Francis High School next year. Hannah received the scholarship for her exceptional community service, academics and athletics. There is only one scholarship of its kind awarded in the region every 4 years. Her books, tuition and uniforms are all paid for four years.

And to top it off Hannah as well as Celina Vallejos of West Sacramento just played for the Rancho Cordova Fury and won the All World ASA Softball tournament!

[adrotate group=”9″]    West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League District 6 dominance continues as the Tournament of Champions ends at Inderkum High School in  Natomas. The major division Lava Girls and the Fury finished in two of the top three spots. The Lava Girls came in third behind a great pitching performance by Gabby Ridenour, before dropping a tough one to the North Natomas Southern Miss Eagles. (North Natomas names all their teams after major universities and colleges).

The Fury won the tournament, beating the Southern Miss Eagles 8-2.

Amaryssa Medina struck out 14 in the championship game and smashed a base-clearing double to put the game away.

In recent years the West Sac “Chicas” were the 2010 tournament champs and the West Sac Angels were runner-up. Last season, the Angels came in third behind both Rio Linda teams, and this year West Sac teams finished first and third.

[adrotate group=”10″]   The Fury also represented District 6 Little League softball and West Sacramento in the Little League International-sponsored “Urban Initiative Tournament” in Stockton, winning 4 of 5 games before dropping the championship game 2-0 to Tahoe Tellec.

This is the second year in a row the West Sac team made it to the championship game.

Amaryssa Medina pitched a 1 hitter in the loss and bombed 2 homeruns in the tournament.
Congratulations to coaches John Blackmer, Jose Medina and Mike Lara of the  Fury, and Vic Lopez and Mark Gonzales of the Lava Girls for a great Tournament of Champions!

West Sacramento will be hosting the 9-12 and 9- 11 age group District 6 All Star Tournaments this year and the 9-11 age group Northern California Divisional Tournament.

The Junior Division “Chicas” and “Raptorz” completed great seasons, playing Morada, North Stockton, Rio Linda, Airport, Oak Park and  Parkway teams. The junior division all stars will now move on to the Regional Tournament in Chico. Best of luck to the Juniors and their coach Robb Dodd!!

Washington Unified School District after-school soccer league competition was won by Bridgeway Lakes Elementary, defeating Elkhorn  4-1.

Jaelyn Crimm hit the three-goal hat trick and Taylor Martin chimed in with a goal of her own. Bridgeway Lakes finished with an undefeated season!

Southport defeated Riverbank in the third place game 3-0.

Breanna Staffler scored and Emily Schatzel added 2 more for the Southport win.

Special note; Dale Calles coach of the West Sacramento soccer “Hooligans” has 19 players that have played in the school league and are now on the Hooligans teams.

United States Youth Volleyball League wrapped up at River City High school with a final match against Folsom, in Folsom.

The 13-15 age “Hooligans” finished the season with only two losses including one to the other West Sac team the “Blue Spiking Jays.” Hannah McCann, Taylor Lozano, Ryan  Neidlinger, Elise Quick and Emily Schatzel of the Hooligans completed their stellar season.

The Blue Spiking Jays of the same division also had a great season. Jacky Lamar, Mallory Cypress, Sydney Russo lead the Jays and both teams defeated Elk Grove, Natomas and Folsom.

Boys and girls  boxing is starting at Riverbank Elementary School and at the Recreation Center. West Sacramento has a long and proud boxing history with world champions and championship contenders. Call Parks and Rec 617-4620 for additonal information.

O.C. Jones & Sons Engineering, the City of West Sacramento, Centennial Rotary Club,  District 6 Baseball and softball, and the West Sacramento Little League are combining resources to help make improvements to Memorial Park. Volunteers and funding coming from the KNBR Radio, Centennial Rotary Club, O.C. Jones & Sons, and the TLC grant program received by D6 baseball and softball  to help improve Bay Area fields.

Thanks,  O.C. Jones & Sons and TLC Program.

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Time to start school again so I can relax?”

Nahhh!

Summer in West Sacramento is way to much fun!

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Get rid of household chemicals, etc.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County landfill will take in your household hazardous wastes on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The program is open to Yolo County residents (include West Sacramento residents), who may bring such waste items as batteries; fluorescent bulbs or tubes; used motor oil and filters; cleaning supplies; lighter fluid; antifreeze; aerosols; garden pesticides and herbicides; latex or oil based paints; solvents; poisons; electrical switches/relays; pilot light sensors; mercury thermostats, old medicines but not controlled substances and containerized syringes.

[adrotate group=”7″] These items, when suitable, are then available to other members of the public, free, for re-use.

For more information, call (530) 666-8856 or visit www.yolocounty.org.

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Free oil filter exchange in West Sac

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Yolo County residents can exchange their old used motor oil filter for a comparable new one, free, on Saturday, June 23.

Bring your old filter to any AutoZone or O’Reilly Auto Parts store in West Sacramento or Woodland on June 23 (there’s an AutoZone in West Sac at 1400 West Capitol Avenue/corner of Jefferson Blvd.). Limit, two per customer.

For more info, call the Yolo County Environmental Services Division, (916) 617-4590.

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Tonight’s band: the ‘Fortunate Few’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE —

The Thursday night farmers market in West Sacramento returns at 4:30 p.m. today.

[adrotate group=”7″] Scheduled entertainment will be a live performance of the ‘Fortunate Few,’ described as “honky-tonk blues-a-billy” or “country, rockabilly and a touch of punk.”

The free performance begins at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of sponsor Swabbie’s On the River restaurant.

The market is held at 1271 West Capitol Avenue.

Swabbie’s is sponsoring live music at the market and at the city’s River Walk concert series. For all of the restaurant’s events, including these, see the link here.

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Car crashes into West Sac home

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Park Boulevard house had an unwelcome intruder on Friday night – a Toyota Rav4, to be specific.

Just after 11 p.m., West Sacramento police responded to the home on the 1800-block of Park for the report of a traffic collision.

“A vehicle had struck a parked car and then a residence,” said Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “It struck the laundry room, breaking through the exterior wall and hitting a washer and dryer. It apparently caused a gas leak.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Two people were in the house, he added, but neither was hurt.

The driver of the Toyota, 21-year old Mahlon Pick of West Sacramento, was arrested for suspected DUI and for driving with a suspended license. He and a female passenger mentioned they felt some pain after the collisions, but neither asked to be taken to the hospital.

“Witnesses reported the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed prior to the collision,” Steele told the News-Ledger. “The suspect was traveling southbound on Park, crossed to one side of the roadway and almost hit a tree, then counter-steered to the other side and collided with the rear of the vehicle and struck the house.”

[adrotate group=”10″]    The vehicle that was struck, a Honda belonging to the same victims, suffered major damage like the house, said Steele.

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Ramirez gone from ‘Cats & A’s

MANNY RAMIREZ: superstar slugger played with River Cats while attempting to return to majors (courtesy of Oakland A's)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

The Oakland A’s organization granted outfielder Manny Ramirez his release the organization last week.

Ramirez, a former star player, with  returned from his suspension from major league baseball to play 17 games with the triple-A River Cats minor league team based in West Sacramento. After a slow start, he brought his batting average to .302 with three doubles, 14 RBI, 17 stikeouts, five walks and no home runs.

But the A’s did not open a spot in their major league outfield for him.

Ramirez is now a free agent who says he hopes to play in the major leagues again if there’s an opportunity.

Meanwhile, the A’s came off a couple of high-scoring losses to the Tacoma Rainiers over the weekend. On Saturday at Raley Field, the Rainiers prevailed 11-5, led by a 3-for-4 night at the plate by Chris Carter that included Carter’s 11th home run of the season.

[adrotate group=”7″]   On Saturday, The Rainers won 12-10 in a season-record four hour, seven minute game.

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Railroad buys port land for new loop

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

Sierra Northern Railroad has purchased 18.82 acres of land from the Port of West Sacramento to support a new rail track loop and the planned SacPort BioFuels facility.

Purchase price was about $1.5 million, port director Mike Luken told the News-Ledger.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The port and Sierra Northern will jointly develop the new rail loop, with help from a $960,000 grant from the Federal Rail Administration to the port.

“The new loop track is a huge advance for the Port,” said Mike McGowan, a port commission chairman and county supervisor, in a press release. “We’ll be able to unload rail cars more quickly and efficiently, and reduce rail impacts in West Sacramento.”

The proposed SacPort BioFuels facility aims to show how locally generated, non-recyclable waste can be converted into locally made, locally used renewable fuels, said a port press release.

It will employ about 60 people at build-out.

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