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Wolfpack gets the better of Raiders

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ABOVE: Joey Beall, varsity quarterback for River City gets play instructions from Interim Head Coach Chris Baker (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)


River City High School’s football team played host to the visiting Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack on Friday, Oct. 28.

The Cosumnes Oaks JV team outscored River City, holding them to just 12 points.

Scoring for River City were #13, Jamal Williams with a 55-yard TD run and #56, Robert Aiello with a two-yard TD. Final score 39-12.

The Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack varsity team broke open a close game with three second-half touchdowns, for a 25-7 win over the River City Raiders.

Jamal Williams on his 55 yard TD run for the Raider junior varsity squad (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

River City took a brief 7-6 lead in the third quarter on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Joey Beall to Mark Dutra.

However, the Wolfpack responded with a TD on their next possession and never looked back. Turnovers and penalties consistently slowed the Raider offense and provided Cosumnes Oaks with good field position.

The Raiders will conclude their season with a home game this Friday, against Union Mine and the state’s leading rusher, Sean Tow. — from DE’ONNA JACK

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Coach Bustamante suspended after allegation

NEWS-LEDGER – Oct. 18, 2011 online –

By Steve Marschke

News-Ledger, Editor

River City High’s head football coach is on paid administrative leave while school officials investigate a complaint that he “inappropriately touched” a female student. Coach Arturo (“Art”) Bustamante is a social studies teacher at the school, as well as second-year head coach for football.

The school reported the complaint to the West Sacramento Police Department, Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. told the News-Ledger on Monday.

“The allegation came out on the 11th,” he said. “They said, ‘we have an allegation of a teacher and a student, and it’s a ‘touching’ allegation.’ As far as we’re concerned, we took an incident report and it’s been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office. We didn’t do anything further.”

[adrotate group=”9″]  Police didn’t feel they had enough information to warrant an arrest, and it’s now up to the D.A.’s office to decide if further action is needed.

Dayton Gilleland, superintendent of the Washington Unified School District, said the district is also investigating.

Coach Art Bustamante (2010 News-Ledger file photo)

“There is an ongoing investigation underway,” said Gilleland. “We have (placed Bustamante) on paid administrative leave pending this investigation. There’s no disciplinary action that’s been taken.”

Bustamante did not immediately respond to a phone call to his home or to an email from the News-Ledger.

The “touching” complaint came from a female student at the school who is a minor, said Sockman.

Bustamante is the former junior varsity football coach at the school. He took over head coach duties last year. The squad reversed its recent fortunes, winning narly every game it played and making it to the playoffs. This year, the team is 4-3.

Athletic Director Char Ghio declined to answer several emailed questions, including the question of who is now coaching the team. — referring questions to the district office.  But Superintendent Gilleland said it was his understanding that Assistant Coach Baker is holding the reins.

Raiders take Liberty Ranch into OT

Raider Tucker McAmoil drops back for a pass in Friday’s varsity game (Photos by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER – OCT 12, 2011 –

River City High’s football squad traveled to Galt last Friday evening to take on high-scoring Liberty Ranch in the Hawks’ homecoming game.
Liberty Ranch’s JV team dominated River City, winning by a final score of 47-6, with Iszir Price scoring the only River City touchdown. The score came on a pass from quarterback Corey Lane for a 60 yard touchdown play.
[adrotate group=”7″]      The RCHS varsity team  ended up on the short end of a heartbreaking, 29-28 overtime loss.
The first half was an offensive back-and-forth affair, with Liberty holding a slim 21-19 lead. The Raiders tied the score in the 3rd quarter with a safety coming on a punt return.
The Hawks missed two field goals, the last one being a 31 yard attempt with 28 seconds remaining, and that sent the game into overtime.

Iszir Price of the RCHS jayvees makes the catch and heads for a touchdown on a 60-yard play last Friday (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

River City scored first on a ten yard pass and extra point to take a 28-21 lead. Liberty then scored on a reverse and decided to go for a two point conversion. A sweep around left end was good, ending the game at 29-28.
Halfback Uriah Clark had a inspirational game for the Raiders. He rushed for 184 yards on 20 carries, often dragging Hawk defenders along the way. Raider quarterback Tucker McAmoil was 6-11 for 109 yards and three TD’s. Defensive tackle Tevita Mafi, linebacker William Leggat and defensive end Junior Chean led the way for the Raider defense.

An obviously disappointed Head Coach Art Bustamante had this to say after the game:
“This is a tough one to swallow. But I’m so impressed with how our team competed. We played with toughness and passion. It just didn’t go our way.”
The Raiders have a bye next week and will face Galt Warriors in Galt on October 21.
— Information from DE’ONNA JACK

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RC soccer fights to a tie

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Emmanuel Magellanas (right) of the RCHS junior varsity soccer team in action against Liberty Ranch on Sept. 28. Liberty Ranch beat the local j.v.’s 1-0, while the two varsity squads tied at 1-1. Adrian Toscano scored the RCHS goal. The Raiders play next on Oct. 10 against Union Mine. (Photo & info from DE’ONNA JACK)

From the Oct. 5, 2011 News-Ledger

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HOMECOMING: A report from River City High School

PRINCE/PRINCESS: Juan Lazcano, Angelica Carter

By Sam Urrea, Staff Writer
RCHS School Newspaper,
“Ou[RC}ity News”
(Featured in the Oct. 5, 2011, News-Ledger)

It is the start of the school year. Students struggle to find activities that they can begin looking forward to. Football season is just starting, yet some students continue to dwell on the realization that summer has just departed. That is, however, until homecoming time comes along. This year was no different at River City High School.

[adrotate group=”7″]  This year’s homecoming excitement started out with the traditional celebration of spirit week. Students showed their passion and togetherness for the school as well as their respective grade by following the school curriculum of dressing up as something different each day of the week prior to the dance the subsequent Saturday.

Students from every class were nominated and voted on throughout the week to decide who the school would choose as their homecoming count, countess, duke, duchess, prince, princess and lastly king and queen.

KING & QUEEN: Andrew Rodriguez & Elysia Sevilla

The big announcements were made during the halftime show of the River City vs. El Dorado football game, an encounter dominated by the home team, from start to finish, which ended with the score of 65-12. The passion shown by the players on the field was reflected on the happiness of the attending students, parents and staff.

River City local Kyra Dixon believes she knows exactly why the homecoming game brings out that spirit and passion shared throughout the event more than any other football occasion in the school calendar.

“The game is just so fun. You get to see who won the royalty nominations and hang out with your friends in a happy environment. I also see a lot of people I usually don’t see anywhere else, so you can tell it is an event not many people want to miss out on,” she explained.

Student Jimmy Landis confessed he is not a regular attendant of school-related affairs and pinpointed family tradition as the reason for attending the game.

“I never really attend any school events that happen outside of school. But the homecoming game is tradition for my family because my dad went to River City, so we usually come every year,” he said.

He also believes that seeing the school so united in promoting these events attracts him to the occasion as well. He continued, “This game seems more exciting for everyone, which is probably why so many more people come to it. I have to say it is nice to see.”

The royalty nominations were won by McHenry Choo and Daisy Maya as count and countess, Eric Beall and Sarah Risher as duke and duchess, Juan Lazcano and Angelica Carter as prince and princess, while Andrew Rodriguez and Elysia Sevilla attained the most coveted accolade of all, king and queen.

Judging by the crowd’s reaction, it appeared as if these were everyone’s favored choices, even to some neutrals, which only added more to the excitement and passion being shown by the students. The dance the following night was described as “a success.” Given that the festivities were filled with jovial participation and unforgettable memories, calling this year’s homecoming celebrations at River City High “a success” could be perceived as an understatement.

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Mixed results for RCHS volleyball

ABOVE: River City High freshman Julie Staffler plays for the J.V.s (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

[adrotate group=”7″]  River City High School’s volleyball squad took on El Dorado on Sept. 19.

The Raider frosh won their match 2-1, while the RCHS varsity and junior varsity each dropped their matches to El Dorado (3-0 and 2-0, respectively).

All three Raider squads dropped their matches to Union Mine on Monday, but they will regroup to host Vista del Lago at home on Oct. 3.

Freshman team player Vanessa Mendoza goes to the net (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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Rowers hold party, boat dedication

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SUNSET CRUISE: Above, visitors to a fundraising party at the River City Rowing Club on Saturday take a training ‘barge’ out for a spin at the Port of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)


The traditional champagne-bottle christening of a new racing shell named in honor of one of the club’s founders, a Cambridge University grad and former world class sculler. The late Mr. Martin made part of his career with the California Energy Commission, and was a driving force in pushing for higher energy efficiency standards. Christening the boat at left are his daughter, Judy, his wife, Maria, and club member Peter Brostrom. Playing at the party was ‘Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ The band includes County Supervisor Mike McGowan and former mayor Cindy Tuttle.

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