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RCHS soccer ends with a win

RCHS team captain and senior Graviel Muniz (right) dribbles past a Liberty Ranch defender on his way to scoring a goal in his last game as a River City Raider.


By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class & Soccer Team Member

After a well fought season and a solid fourth-place league finish, the final game came and went for River City boys soccer.

October 25th was the last game for RCHS seniors Manuel Moreno, Graviel Muniz, Alejandro Castro, Carlos Santilian, and Javier Gomez.

Before the game, a ceremony for the seniors was held. During this ceremony they were escorted by their family members and each had a picture taken. Then the players joined the rest of the team to warm up.

  Once the whistle blew to start the game, RCHS players pressured Liberty Ranch with determination to put on a show for the fans and let the seniors go out with a win. It was nonstop shooting on the Liberty Ranch keeper.

In the 32nd minute, Graviel Muniz had a fantastic volley that put the ball in the back of the net to put RCHS up 1-0. The half ended 1-0 and the players were pumped to slam in a couple more goals.

The second half began and Mario Zambrano had a clean strike on goal that rattled the post and fortunately landed in front of senior captain Manuel Moreno, who kept his composure to make it 2-0.

RCHS continuously possessed the ball and wore the Liberty Ranch team wore out as they tried to chase down the Raiders. In the 59th minute, Mario Zambrano with another clean strike. He had the odds on his side and slipped it right by the post to make the score 3-0.

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Raiders beat hapless Galt High

River City's football team takes to the home field on Oct. 26 against the visiting Galt Warriors (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The Raiders’ Elijah Thomas (QB) lets loose with a pass, defended by Jacob Stout (#55) (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Oct. 31 News-Ledger. It is shared here with a couple of additional photos.

The River City High School football team easily handled Galt on Friday, posting a 48-6 win.

The win brought the Raiders’ record to 4-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Raiders’ junior varsity squad used Galt to post its first win of the season, a 21-14 victory.

Galt is 0-9 this year, including a forfeit for lack of players.

This Friday, Nov. 2, the River City team travels to Cosumnes Oaks.

The Raiders' Evan Cunningham struggles against a tackler (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


River City receiver Malik Dumentz stiff-arms a Galt defender in Friday’s Raider win (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The Raiders’ David Vincent looks for an opening in the Galt Warrior defense (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


Senior Andrew Dutra for the RCHS offense (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

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Letter from Austria: West Sac kid reports back from Europe


  Editor’s note: Fabi Perez of West Sacramento is in Austria as a Rotary Youth exchange student. He’s sponsored by West Sacramento Centennial Rotary Club Centennial and Pocket Greenhaven Rotary Club. Here’s a report he has sent of the first month of his visit:

By Fabi Perez

So far I have had an amazing time. I arrived on August 8 at around 3 p.m. in Munich, Germany. My flight was smooth from San Francisco to London at about 9 hours. From London I flew to Munich in about 1.5 hours. I can now say that I have been to three European countries in a single day. That thought makes me ecstatic, to say the least.

When I arrived in Munich, my host dad, Christian, was there to greet me. Funny story: I forgot to tell them which airline I was taking, so my host brother, Jakob, was waiting in the other terminal. After that mix-up, we drove to Riedau, Austria, which was about a two- hour drive. On the way there we were exchanging many questions, and getting familiar with one another.

It was an entertaining drive because we drove on the Autobahn (somewhere I had always wanted to go). Once I arrived to my host family my host mother, Elisabeth, greeted me with a tremendous Austrian hug – ha ha. She was extremely excited to meet me and it was a glorious moment. Soon after I put my luggage in my room, my host dad started up his grill and we had a barbeque (here it’s called Grillen. We had Kotelett, Spiess, and Wurst for dinner. It was incredibly good.

I managed to adjust to the time after one day which was good. The next day, I woke up and went on a bike ride with my host parents to get to know the neighborhood. On the way I met one of my host mother’s sisters, Elcha. There I was introduced and we chit-chatted, and we also had Schaumrolle made by her. They are tasty, crispy rolls filled with a sweet cream. Riedau is a small town and it’s quaint. It’s exactly how I like things. The days don’t go too fast; they go at the pace that I like. It’s a wonderful sensation.

Later that day, I met my Host Mother’s other sister, Kirsten. There, I had the pleasure of tasting Austrian pizza. It was tasty. My host parents and their family also asked me if I eat chili and said yes. They told me they had some incredibly spicy chili and then asked me if I wanted to try it. Naturally I did, and they were surprised that I put a lot on it because for them it’s incredibly spicy and for me it was like strong pepper. They were surprised.

THE AUTHOR (center) with host parents Christian and Elisabeth Aigner

The next day I managed to organize some of my belongings because I was going to go to language camp in two days for two weeks. After, I did that I went shopping at the local grocery store, Uni-Markt, with my host mother and younger host brother, Niklas. The store was small, but it was packed with a lot of local merchandise. After that I helped my host mother sort all of the merchandise.

I was lucky that I brought my hand-held video game system because my younger host brother likes to play games. We played some Mario Kart for about an hour which was fun, because my other two host brothers also joined in. The next day my host mother asked me if I wanted to go a wedding. I said I wanted to go, and so we went. The wedding was in Willibald.

It was a wonderful wedding because it was the first European church I had been to. The architecture in it was amazing because it was built in the Gothic period. Later in the day, my host parents and I went to Schärding to meet my host counselor, Klaus. He’s the manager at a sports clothing store. He’s a very nice man, and we discussed with my host parents all the Rotary information.

  After these few days of getting to know my host family I was ready to head off for two weeks to language camp. Before be we left to Altmünster, my host father made Weiner Schnitzel. I saw the process to make it and it was fun to learn. After we had the Weiner Schnitzel we headed off to camp. The drive was two hours long and I took a small snooze 30 minutes before we arrived.

At the camp exchange students trickled in, I was one of the first ones to arrive. There were people from all over the globe. I met students from different parts of the United States:  Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, and Taiwan. We were a big group of exchange students – 70 altogether. We outnumbered the group that was already there by 50.

I also met two exchange students from California. One of them is Carley Barrett from Benicia the other one is Mark Heisinger from Lake Tahoe. We got along pretty well. Throughout the two weeks I shared a room with three other boys: Juan from Ecuador, Giovanni and Juarez from Brazil.

I also managed to befriend all the other exchange students with great success. The next day we started German lessons. There were six classes: four beginner, one intermediate, and one advanced. I was in the beginner class. Class started off slow because our teachers had to assess at what level we all were so during the first few days kids were floating in and out of class. I was able to switch out to intermediate, but I decided to stay in my class because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself.

In the end my class was the Beginner+/Intermediate class, which was a good thing.

Also, the lake in Altmünster was gorgeous. I swam in it a few times, hiked the area most of the times and also explored Gmunden, the next town over. Later in the week the group of students went on a hike to see Altmünster from the top of a hill. In short it was one of the most beautiful vistas I have seen.

The exchange students also went to the Rotary Club of Gmunden to meet the president and club. The club put on a special presentation of a special military unit for ceremonies, the club president had a Napoleonic-era cannon to be shot into the lake. It was an awesome sight.

  On August 19th we were taken to the oldest salt mines in the world in Halstatt. I was one of the most excited students there because I’m an avid fan of geological terrain. It was an amazing experience to be in those mines and it was at a cool temperature. I was disappointed because there was no place where I could go and extract minerals, but I still managed to buy some Rose Salt at the gift shop, though.

Once we were done in the mines we hike town to the town in Halstatt which is a nice tourist town. There I played giant chess with one of my friends Joel. I found out that China loves Halstatt so much that they made an exact replica of it in China. On the last Saturday at camp we were treated to a special concert by an amazing choir in a church. I think I can say that I will never hear something that angelic again. Before the concert the students were told that we had to organize a talent show and I participated which was nerve wracking, and all the students got to see the cool talents all the others have which was nice.

After leaving language camp and saying goodbye to the others it was time to head back home. Once, home I managed to finally get fully acquainted with my host family. By this time one of my host brother’s, Jakob, had left a few days prior to start his exchange in Mexia, Texas. The past few days have been fun, I have already biked to many places on my own so I can memorize the area. It’s a wonderful place where I’m at because it’s one big back road. That’s what I love. I have also, driven with my host parents everywhere they have gone and I have recently gone to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Then on the first of September my town had its annual Trachtenball which enabled me to wear my first Leder Hosen. They are quite comfortable. All in all I am content in Austria. It’s completely different and I love it. I have pictures posted on my blog for viewing at:


I’m extremely grateful of having had this opportunity granted to me. This has been one of my goals since I was little to be living in a different country and I wasn’t thinking of even doing this after high school, but I’m glad that I did. Thank you all for reading.

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Photos from Raiders’ win:

A Liberty Ranch defender tries to bring down Raider receiver Malik Dumentz by his jersey. Click to enlarge. (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The River City High School Raiders last Friday continued their creep back into the win column after a slow start under a new coach and new system.

The varsity football team beat Liberty Ranch 20-17 in a home game for RCHS, bringing their record to 3-1 in league play and 3-5 overall.

The junior varsity Raiders are still looking for a way into the win column, with an 0-6 record overall.

The football squad has tonight off, and will take on Galt in West Sacramento on Oct. 26.

RCHS quarterback Tucker McAmoil hands off to Jamal Williams (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

RAIDER DEFENSE: Junior Chean (left) and Artis Jackson take on a Liberty Ranch ball carrier in last week's RCHS victory (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

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RCHS soccer pursues playoffs

By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Program & RCHS Soccer Player

The River City varsity boys soccer team is currently in the middle of their league play. They have finished their first half of the season with a 4-0-2 record. The losses came from Consumes Oaks and Vista Del Lago.

Their goal this year is to make it to the playoffs. Coaches Kamal Singh and Jessie Melgoza constantly tell the athletes that however much effort they put into the season is how much they will get out of it. The top three teams in the division will make it into the playoffs.

On Oct. 2, River City took on Liberty Ranch. This wasn’t just any game, it was a “must win” to stay in the playoff hunt. Although Liberty hasn’t won a game yet this season they put up a fight against the River City varsity, scoring a goal in the first half at the 19-minute mark.

That goal woke up the RCHS boys, and it was nonstop attacking and pushing forward on the Liberty Ranch goal. The half ended with River City down 1-0.

Coaches Kamal and Jessie were furious with their team’s play in the first half. The coaches believed there was no good reason to be trailing to this opponent. The coaches tried a new tactic and pushed up one midfielder to the forward position which turned the formation into a 4-3-3.

In the 21st minute, Jesus Melgoza gained a foul at the edge of the box. Grabielle Munez slammed it into the net while the wall was still being prepared. The game was now 1-1.

Not too long after, Manuel Moreno took on three players in the box and hit a sneaker in between the defender and the goalie for a score, making putting RCHS up 2-1. After that goal, the coaches put back the extra forward to play defense to more safely preserve the lead. The game ended with that 2-1 lead.

On Thursday, RCHS made their record 5-0-2 against a solid El Dorado squad at home.

In the 25th minute, Tim Virgen with the assist to Manuel Moreno put the ball in the back of the net giving River City a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The coaches at halftime told the athletes that 1-0 is not enough of a lead.

Then, in the 28th minute, a corner kick taken by Jorden Wusstig put the ball in the middle of the box and Adrian Castillo gave it a great finish to give RC that cushion.

RC ended won the game 2-0, which made them another game closer to their playoff goal.

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RC V-ball fights to second place

ABOVE: RCHS volleyball team after a strong second-place finish at a Carmichael tournament on Saturday


The River City High School girls volleyball team took second place in the Carmichael Invitational Volleyball Tournament (“Green” division) on Saturday.

 The West Sacramento girls played tough all day, with amazing teamwork and consistency, reports its coach.

The Lady Raiders won five straight matches to make it to the final championship round. After dropping the first set in the championship match, the RCHS team rallied back to win the second set.

They lost the final set by a close 12-15 score.

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Raider football enters win column


By Jordan Pearce
RCHS Journalism Class

On September 21, River City High School’s JV and varsity football teams traveled to Union Mine, home of the “Rattlers.” Going into this game with already three previous losses in a row made this victory all the sweeter.

The first quarter had a nice start, even though it ended with a score of 0-0. The harder we fought them, the harder they fought back.

By the second quarter the score was 9-0 with the Rattlers ahead. The Raiders appeared confused by the Rattlers’ game plan. Now, it was time for half time and either the coaches or the players made the conscious decision that they were not going to walk away without some feeling of satisfaction from this game.

Half-time ended and the game entered into the third quarter; everyone knew the plan:  play hard and work as a team. Finally, an RCHS score!

Seeing the score board made the crowd go wild that the Raiders now had six points, they were still down, but at least they made a score.

The big moment came, the fourth quarter, either bet big or go home. Both sides of the stands were on edge, waiting to see who would win.

Finally, the Raiders with a final score of 13 and the Rattlers with a score of 9 made the home team walk out with their heads down. As for Raiders, they ran with their heads high, hugging and high-fiving, they got their win. This was the game to remember.

It was the first win of the season for River City, which is now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in league play.

The RCHS jayvees lost their game to Union Mine, 34-14.

(EDITOR’S UPDATE, SEPT 29: The varsity Raiders followed up their Union Mine victory with a 47-8 win over El Dorado last night.)

RCHS stats for the offense against Union Mine on Sept 21:
David Vincent 12 carries for 60 yards, 2 TD
Tucker McAmoil 10 carries for 22 yards
Kevin Burkes 5 carries for 15 yards
Elijah Thomas 6 carries for 10 yards, 7 attempts, 3 completions, 34 yards
Juan Lezcano 1 carry for 6 yards
Malik Dumetz 2 catches for 11 yards
Vince Chelini 1 catch for 23 yards, 5 punts 218 yards, 43.6 average
Stats for the Defense:
Defensive Tackle Maurice Rodriguez 3 solo tackles, 8 assists
Linebacker Andrew Dutra 21points
Safety Artis Jackson 19 points
Defensive End Dominic Lawrence 12 points
Defensive End Junior Chean 11 points

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