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Track meet at River City High

Raider senior Brianna Luna, who placed second in the 800, setting a school record time of 2:24.84. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

RCHS senior Orlando Drake.running in the boys varsity 4 X 100 meter relay. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

 

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

Last Wednesday, River City High’s track team took the field to host a track meet at the school. Visiting were El Dorado and Vista Del Lago.

Jacob Stout, in the shot put event for the RCHS boys (Photo by De'ONNA JACK)

 

 

Adrian Osegueda in the 1600 meter boys 4-person relay for the Raiders (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

(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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What do you want from your library?

GUEST COMMENTARY from the March 7, 2012 News-Ledger:

By Patty Wong
Yolo County Librarian

When I came to Yolo County Library as the County Librarian, I got to know people from grass-roots community groups that have supported the Library for over one hundred years.   Each branch of the Yolo County Library has local residents who contribute their time and energy to support their local library.  All of us at the Yolo County Library want to ensure this on-going community involvement in public libraries.  To reach this goal, we’ve begun our first-ever strategic planning process.

I’d like to invite all residents to participate in a survey that will help shape the future of Yolo County Public Libraries.  The survey is part of a strategic planning process that includes research, public comment, interviews and discussion sessions with community leaders and library staff.  Some of the questions I’d like folks to think about are:  What makes Yolo County a unique community?  Why is Yolo County a great place to live, work and raise a family?  Through your comments, we’ll learn about our community’s needs and vision for the future.  We’ll use this information to build a stronger public library.

In many ways the public library is an integral part of the quality of life in Yolo County.  It serves the information needs of all residents, including recreational reading, research, online computer access, ready for kindergarten and adult literacy programs, volunteer opportunities and much more.  Small business owners use the public library to work and read up on new management publications.  Parents bring their children to the library for free events, homework help and a constant source of new books to read.  Programs for older adults help answer their questions about financial issues and health care.

  In recent years, we’ve implemented new conveniences such as downloadable e-books and held classes for community members to learn how to use this new technology.  A new mobile website allows residents to check their library account on their smart device to see if their requested book, movie or CD is waiting for them.

Our communities have changed too, and library services are needed more than ever in our rural areas such as Knights Landing and Yolo.  These small libraries help close the digital divide in rural areas where information is harder to access because of distance, scarcity of community gathering places and the lack of high speed cable.  These libraries also provide access to resources for rural residents to live happy and productive lives in a complex and ever-changing world.

I invite you to participate in the Yolo County Library planning process by completing the survey or by contacting Elizabeth Gray, Assistant County Librarian (530) 666-8084 or elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org, with your input.

The survey will be available soon online at www.yolocountylibrary.org and will be available in hard copy format in all Yolo County branch libraries.  Those who complete the survey may choose to be entered in a raffle to win a book or tote bag.

The Yolo County Library needs your help in shaping the future direction of our public libraries. Please join us in the endeavor.

Dinner to support breast cancer fight

Join “Eat for the Cure” on April 1 and have dinner to help fight cancer.

Moxie Salon at 1029 Jefferson is sponsoring a steak/chicken/hot dog event to benefit “Team Wonder Boobies” and its efforts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Race for the Cure. $20/filet mignon, $15/chicken, or $5 for the kids dinner, 4-8 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 905 Drever Street.

For tickets, call Dawn at Moxie Salon, 371-4906, or Colleen Hart, 505-6082.

From the News-Ledger

Firefighters beat cops in overtime

Firefighter team members with some of their kids. Firefighters are (back row) Tim Blewett, Andy Moore, Ed Redmon, in dark uniform Terry Dries, Andy Bevins, James Irvine, Ricky Granados. Front row: Joe Lugo, Mark Hull. (Names of the kids are not available)

   NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Helped by a made free-throw with 3.4 seconds left on the clock, the West Sacramento Firefighters beat the West Sacramento Police Department on the basketball court 53-52 in overtime on March 9. The contest was “back and forth,” with police hitting several shots from beyond the arc.

The “Safety Slam Jam” match between the two departments took place in River City High School’s gym, as a fundraiser for the school’s athletic programs. The event is planned to return next year.

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Support Cub Scouts, save some cash

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

West Sacramento Cub Scout Pack 49 would like to sell you a discount card to help support their camping plans this summer.

The $10 cards feature such deals as “buy one, get one free” and other offers from West Sacramento sponsors such as Round Table Pizza, Eagle Café, Taco Bell, Subway, Carl’s Jr., Golden Tans, Sport Clips, Big Kahuna, Kozmo’z Salon, Vince’s Italian Restaurant, The Eatery, and more. Contact your favorite Cub Scout or email WestSacPack49@gmail.com.

Felony suspect caught after chase

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 27, 2012 —

Just after going to press with tomorrow’s News-Ledger, we learned that there’s an update to one of this week’s news stories.

Last Wednesday, West Sacramento police asked for help from the public catching a man who was seen in a stolen F-150 pickup truck, and then led them on a brief chase including a stint going the wrong way on a freeway, a car accident and a foot chase (you can see that story here.)

Last night, they think they caught him. The story involves another stolen white Ford F150 pickup, another brief car chase and another foot chase.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today that things started last night on West Capitol Avenue.

“Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., one of our officers located a stolen F-150 white pickup. He attempted a vehicle stop. There was a brief chase.”

When the chase reached Enterprise and Industrial boulevards, the officer used a “pursuit intervention technique” or “PIT” when speeds were deemed slow enough.

“At low speeds, a patrol vehicle attempts to tap the rear end of the (suspect) vehicle and cause it to spin out,” explained Steele. “The vehicle spun out. The driver fled on foot, but was captured after a brief foot chase.”

In custody is 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr. of the Napa/Solano area, said Steele.  He is charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and with felony evasion. He also has a felony warrant out of Napa.

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RCHS doesn’t look far for its new head football coach

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Steve DaPrato has been living near River City High School most of his life, a West Sacramento native “born and bred.” But this year, he takes the reins of the school’s football program for the first time.

River City has posted a couple of winning seasons in a row before tapping DaPrato as new head coach to fill a vacancy. The News-Ledger talked to him by phone, and caught up to him as he worked with a group of students learning to run the hurdles on the school track as an assistant track coach to Coach Williams.

STEVE DAPRATO: impressed with RC football team but wants to make some changes (News-Ledger photo)

“I’m very impressed with the kids and the attitude on campus,” DaPrato said of the Raider football program.

As a young athlete, DaPrato’s own football career at Christian Brothers High School was pretty short.

“I played football my freshman year, got a serious injury, and never played again,” he said. “I was a track athlete at Sac State – not a star, I was just one of the guys on the team.”

DaPrato was a student teacher at James Marshall High School in West Sac, and then went to coach at Elk Grove High – now well-known for its “Thundering Herd” football team.

“We won the first section title in the school’s history in 1984,” said DaPrato.

Following that were some years with Modesto Junior College, where his teams won four bowl championships.

His 1995 team at Modesto was ranked fifth in its division nation-wide, scoring an average of 48.5 points and rushing for 525 yards per game, reports RC Assistant Coach Chris Baker.

  More recently, DaPrato spent 10 years at Chabot College in the Bay Area, where he served variously as football coach, track coach and athletic director, before retiring recently.

He told Coach Baker why he came out of retirement to try his skills at River City:

“Obviously, the need and situation prompted me to talk to Coach Baker,” quoted Baker. “(Baker) is a friend, colleague, and relative by marriage. I just felt that River City needs to move to a college-type offense to give everyone a chance to shine.”

DaPrato wants to split the RC players into more distinct squads for offense and defense, to better learn their positions.

“What most high schools do and what River City was doing, is that you have an ‘offense day’ and a ‘defense day’,” he told the News-Ledger. The players alternate learning each role.

“At the college level, you can’t do that. The best way to teach the players is to have them make a choice, and play offense or defense, and teach them that. You script your practice for offense and for defense. Although some of the best athletes will do both.”

He said he will coach all quarterbacks, from incoming eighth graders to the varsity QB.

“In the past, we’ve been a smash-mouth, wedge blocking team, and that’s got its place, especially within the five-yard line,” said DaPrato. “But we’re going to have an extremely varied offense.”
The biggest thorn in the side of RC football?

“The biggest problem I’ve seen is the academic performance,” answered the coach. “You can’t lose 30 percent of your team (to academic ineligibility) every year and be good. That’s the only part of the culture that needs to be changed here. Yet, I’ve met with the counselors and they’re as good as I’ve seen at the college level. It’s the students and their parents.”

How good can the football program at RCHS get?

“I think the sky’s the limit,” answered DaPrato. “Everybody has to get on board. There are plenty of athletes in the area. Right now, it’s a one-high-school town.”

He said he has been inspired by the play of the school’s girls basketball team, drove deep to the playoffs this year..

“If the football team can play as hard as those girls, we’ll be very good,” said DaPrato. “That’s really what you want all the kids to do – play hard.”

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