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Raider football enters win column

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

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.

[adrotate group=”7″] 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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Strong start for River City soccer

RCHS Senior Graviel Muniz dribbles past Galt defenders while helping the Raiders to a 3-0 start and first place in league play (Photo by Michael Briscoe, RCHS Journalism)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class

River City High School varsity soccer had their biggest game so far in the season against the undefeated Galt soccer team Friday. River City went into this game undefeated in league with a 2-0 record.

A win would put River City in first place in the league. Both teams understood the importance of this game and what was at stake.  And it was back-and-forth once the ref blew the whistle to start the game.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Galt immediately put the ball in the back of the net but it was called offsides. That was a wakeup call for the Raiders.

Ten minutes into the game, River City got the crowd fired up with a goal from Mario Zambrano with the assist from Manuel Moreno.

The game went on with two yellow cards given to Galt which caused one of the coaches from Galt to be red carded off the field for his fiery complaints. The half ended with River City in the lead and Galt down a goal and a coach.

RCHS Coaches Kamal Singh and Jesse Melgoza let the players know that a 1-0 lead is very hard to keep in an intense game like this. There was still another 40 minutes to play and that this game was far from over, anything could happen.

The whistle for the second half blew and the intensity picked up enormously right from the start. At 33 minutes, Galt got a free kick at the edge of the goal box. The shot hit the defensive wall and a Galt player elbowed one of River City’s players which resulted in their player getting a red card.

A few minutes later, River City goalkeeper Christian Terrones got kicked in the face in a 50/50 ball in the box. The Galt player responsible got a red card, too, and was escorted off the field.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, River City put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Juan Ortiz which gave River City at a comfortable 2-0 lead. River City finished victorious and are now 3-0-0 and in first place in league.

The River City junior varsity also won, 2-1.

In other RCHS sports, the Raiders’ girls varsity volleyball team reports a 3-0 win over Laguna Creek on Thursday. The RC jayvees and freshmen also won their matches, both with a score of 2-0.

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Hard-fought loss for Raiders 9/14

The Raiders’ Kevin Burkes brings down the ball in Friday’s hard-fought game against Sacramento High (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

 

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

By Jordan Pearce
River City High School Journalism Class

On Sept. 14, the River City High School Raiders took on the Sacramento High School Dragons at RCHS.

It was the fourth game of the season and the RCHS team was on edge from its three previous loses.

By the end of the first quarter, things didn’t look good for River City. The Dragons in the lead , 14-0.

The second quarter started with a 54-yard penalty against RC for illegal procedure.

The team came back hard, though. The effort featured two interceptions by Malik Dumetz. By halftime, it was 19-17, Raiders in front.

The third quarter saw another lead change, ending at 23-19, Sacramento.

Sac High held on to the lead, finishing ahead 36-31.

[adrotate group=”7″] Stats for RCHS defense:

Andrew Dutra, middle linebacker had 9 unassisted tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 1 knocked down pass.

Antonio Perea, outside linebacker had 10 unassisted tackles and 1 unassisted tackle.

Alex Morales, cornerback had 6 unassisted tackles and 2 assisted tackles.

Artis Jackson, safety had 4 unassisted tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 1 knocked down pass.

Maurice Rodriguez, tackle had 3 unassisted tackles and 3 assisted tackles.

Mike Morales, outside linebacker, returned an interception for a 64 yard touchdown.

The Raiders with the ball in junior varsity action (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

 

Stats for offense:

David Vincent had 19 carries for 445 yards.

Kevin Burkes had 7 carries for 65 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 catches for 41 yards.

Tucker McAmoil had 12 carries for 65 yards.

Elijah Thomas had 10 carries for 26 yards, 20 attempts, 8 completions, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions for a total of 154 yards.

Malik Dumetz had 3 catches and 1 touchdown reception.

Juan Azcano had 1 catch for 16 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 52 yards.

Vince Chelini had 1 catch for 12 yards and 4 punts of 170 yard.

In the Sept. 14 junior varsity game, Sac prevailed 20-6.

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RCHS kid nails the blues

Ammon Burdge with Alison Flory, art education coordinator for YoloArts

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Ammon Burdge of River City High School won this year’s ‘Blues in the Schools’ contest, composing a song called “Sky’s Turning Gray  Skies Blue.” The senior is a member of the school’s jazz band, “The Syncopating Sea-Monkeys.”

  The winning song will be produced and recorded by professional musicians.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Students from Woodland and West Sacramento competed in the songwriting contest, co-sponsored by YoloArts and the Sacramento Blues Society.

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Girls invited to volleyball camp

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

An “all skills” volleyball camp is planned for Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 at River City High School, led by former U.S. National Team Member Addie Hauschild-Willis (now a pro player and an assistant coach at UCD). Girls who are incoming 9th graders to 12th graders at any high school are welcome.

Cost is $100 ($50 for RCHS students, who will also get free access to a camp on the evenings of Aug. 6-8.

Visit www.ahw-volleyball.net.

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Jordan Ligons achieves her goal

JORDAN LIGONS (second from left) with her parents and Coach Jamie King (right) Photo by SAM URREA

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By Sam Urrea
River City High School Journalism Program

JORDAN HAD COVERED THIS TYPE OF EVENT BEFORE, AS A STUDENT REPORTER. BUT THIS TIME, SHE WAS THE ONE IN THE NEWS.

River City High School senior Jordan Ligons held a celebratory gathering earlier this month to sign her letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Point Loma University in San Diego. Joining her for the signing were some of her teachers, teammates and parents.

Jordan, 18, drew interest from numerous college and universities after being a key player on the RCHS girls basketball team for the past four years, as well as being a high-achieving student.

[adrotate group=”7″]   As a four-year starter at the point guard position, she helped win 71 varsity games, and three out of her four years, her team qualified for the CIF Playoffs. She also obtained accolades such as All League Selections for her sophomore and junior years, when she was named most valuable player.

On the academic side, Jordan’s accumulative G.P.A is 3.86. She has been editor in chief of the school newspaper for three years and won numerous speech competitions.

After rejecting the likes of San Francisco State, UC Merced and Menlo College, Jordan could not hide her excitement after finally making a decision and choosing Point Loma as her next destination in life.

“I am so relieved!,” said Jordan at her “letter of intent” signing ceremony. “I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. All the hard work I have put in has finally paid off. I am happy that all the important people of my life are here with me to celebrate.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Such congratulatory festivities are not new to Jordan. Last year, a similar event took place for then-River City Baseball star Kasey Chapan, an occasion which she covered as a reporter for her hournalism class. Now, it was her turn to be the center of attention, which was something she cherished with intensity.

“Last year I covered the same type of event for Kasey Chapan, who had just committed himself to Sacramento State, so this year for me to be the one being recognized is simply great!” said Jordan.

Teachers, parents and friends alike were not at all surprised by Jordan achievements. Girls’ basketball coach Jamie King was a proud man after seeing his star player live up to expectations.

Said King: “Ever since day one, she has been a winner. She is a natural leader and loves to take control of things. For someone playing point guard, you need just that. I am not at all surprised by what she has accomplished.”

Her father, Jerold Ligons, who was also an assistant coach on the team, reckoned she has matured into a formidable young woman. “Each year she grew as a human being and athlete. Her hard work paid off with this scholarship.”

Now that her immediate future is finally resolved, doing well in college is crucial for Jordan. Her scholarship will cover over half of her financial costs for the first year, but every year after that it must be earned based and her academic and athletic performance.

Her teammate, Amarita Singh, says the pressure will not affect Jordan, however.  “She works hard for everything she gets. She’s a self-motivated person. I am sure she will do great in college.”

With only a few months left before her departure, Jordan expects to continue her remarkable performances on and off the court.

  The author is a student journalist at River City High School.

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RC student honored for volunteering

FROM LEFT: Lewis Bair, Executive Director of Computers4Kids, with honoree Carlos Robles and with Meg Stallard, President of Yolo Community Foundation. (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

From the Yolo Community Foundation

Carlos Robles, a senior at River City High School, was awarded one of four Yolo Youth Service Awards (YoYoSA) by the Yolo Community Foundation for his work with Computers 4 Kids.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Robles’ application stood out because of his combination of technical know-how, hard work and ability to work with people,” said Babs Sandeen of West Sacramento, a member of the YoYoSa selection committee, in a press release. “It is amazing what high school students do for nonprofit organizations.”

The award consists of a $1000 scholarship to the student and $500 to the nonprofit with which the student worked.  Computers 4 Kids refurbishes donated computers and teaches students in the 4th to 8th grades how to use them.  It has provided hundreds of elementary students with free computers since it started 6 years ago.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Robles wrote in his application, “It’s great to see a student’s smile when they walk out with their first personal computer ever.  We also get a lot of positive feedback from parents.”

The other awardees were Agustin Villagomez of Winters (RISE,Inc.), Brenna Mockler of Davis (Migrant Education) and Alina Lusebrink of Davis (Acme Theatre Company).

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor, presented each awardee with a certificate of honor from the Supervisors.  Representatives of Mike Thompson, Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada also presented certificates.

Robles is planning to attend UC Davis and study computer science.

Yolo Community Foundation’s mission is to promote charitable giving in Yolo County.  More information is available at www.yolocf.org.

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