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Best season yet for RCHS water polo

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — NOV 20, 2013 —

By Nadia Benafghoul, Sarina Phoung, and Tommy Rickard
RCHS Journalism Class

Although the River City High School water polo program began from scratch only five years ago, it is now at its strongest with both boys’ and girls’ varsity teams making it into the San-Joaquin sections and being named Metro League Champions 2013-14.

Senior Jose Sandoval looks to score against McClatchy High School.  Photo by Lily Matamoros, River City High School journalism class

Senior Jose Sandoval looks to score against McClatchy High School.
Photo by Lily Matamoros, River City High School journalism class

In 2009, water polo was introduced to River City. There were hardly any players who participated and the few who did were often recruited from other sports.

This year’s varsity boys’ team had eleven players and the varsity girls’ team had thirteen. The sport has evolved over the years with great players coming and going as the years proceed.

Both boys’ and girls’ teams are coached by Ryan Mosley, known by the players as “Coach Moe.”

Sophomore Gabi Fabri describes him as “an inspiring motivator” who’s “structured and disciplined.”

The program has evolved from one team into three, and has also become year round. The teams attended local summer and winter tournaments. They qualified for Junior Olympics this past summer and traveled to southern California to play teams from all over the country.

The girls’ team had a remarkable undefeated season this year.  They made it to the first round of sections, but weren’t able to move on after their loss of 8-11 against Christian Brothers High School.

The boys’ varsity team won their first round of sections against Oakmont High School with a score of 14-5, but they lost their second match against El Camino High School with a close score of 11-9.

Coach Mosley described the season as “surreal.”

“Five years ago we were losing to teams by 15 points, now we are league champs. I know how much hard work the players have put in.”

Varsity and junior varsity boys water polo team members: Usama Chaudhary, Quinn Riedel, Julian Wright, Johnathan Keilman, Bret Bachmeier, Lucas Talbott, Jose Sandoval, Cameron Guiliano-Puzi, Jaret Tiller, Daniel Marquez, Coach "Moe" Mosley, Christopher Irish, Adam Rodgers, Stetson Tate, Brennan Whipple, Hunter Hartman, Ryan Dela Rosa, Jacob Cypress, Jorge Moreno.    Both squads -- as well as the girls varsity -- finished first in league play. Thta’s a “first” for RCHS water polo, reports Heather Wright. Photo by Connie Bachmeier

Varsity and junior varsity boys water polo team members: Usama Chaudhary, Quinn Riedel, Julian Wright, Johnathan Keilman, Bret Bachmeier, Lucas Talbott, Jose Sandoval, Cameron Guiliano-Puzi, Jaret Tiller, Daniel Marquez, Coach “Moe” Mosley, Christopher Irish, Adam Rodgers, Stetson Tate, Brennan Whipple, Hunter Hartman, Ryan Dela Rosa, Jacob Cypress, Jorge Moreno.
Both squads — as well as the girls varsity — finished first in league play. Thta’s a “first” for RCHS water polo, reports Heather Wright.
Photo by Connie Bachmeier

Seniors who have been on the team since the beginning are feeling bittersweet as they climb out of the pool for last time.

Captain of the boys’ varsity team, Adam Rodgers, said, “I’ve played water polo all four years of high school, and it’s depressing knowing it’s my last year. But it’s just the bridge between stepping up and playing at another level.”

 

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Hoping it sticks: teens at RCHS get a lesson on safe driving

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

By Sarina Phoung and Tommy Rickard
River City High School Journalism Class

National Teen Driver Safety Week kicked off at River City High School last week with a visit from the Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) program, which is an educational program that travels to schools across the nation informing students about safe driving and the consequences of being a distracted driver.

River City’s driver education teacher, Shannon Woods, and her students worked with staff from ITD to host an event to raise awareness about distracted driving.

Leeana Clegg lost her teenage son in a “100 percent preventable” road accident. Last week, she shared her story with River City High School students. Photo by Nadia Benafghoul, River City High School Student

Leeana Clegg lost her teenage son in a “100 percent preventable” road accident. Last week, she shared her story with River City High School students.
Photo by Nadia Benafghoul, River City High School Student

Students who attended the event learned that over 4,000 teens die and half a million injured every year in car accidents. Many of these accidents are caused when the driver is distracted. A cell phone, a passenger, loud music – anything that takes your focus off the road – can be detrimental to your well-being.

In order to enlighten underage drivers on how to avoid possible dangers, ITD encouraged students to be aware of the rules and regulations of the Graduated Driver Licensing program (GDL), which is a three-stage licensing system for future drivers who are under the age of 18. The logic behind the GDL is to allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before they get full driving privileges.

In California, new drivers under the age of 18 have certain restrictions under the GDL that include being allowed no passengers in their car for the first 12 months.

According to ITD, each passenger in a car increases the risk of an accident by 100 percent. They feel that if more teens knew the dangers of distracted driving, fatalities could possibly decrease.

The RCHS event included  a short film and five stations that involved students interacting with possible threats while driving.

The short film at the beginning of the event detailed the life of 8th grader Hunter Clegg, whose life was cut short after a car accident that led to his death.

The collision occurred when Hunter and friends were distracting their seventeen year old driver, who only had his GDL and was illegally driving with passengers.

One of the speakers who made an appearance at the event was Hunter Clegg’s mother, Leeana Clegg. She spoke about her son’s death and told students, “His death was 100 percent preventable.”

“Simple decisions you make inside a car can change your life forever,” said Clegg.

 

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Safety workshop for parents, teen drivers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

River City High School will kick off its annual National Teen Safe Driving Week observance with a teen driver safety fair and parent/teen workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the campus. The parent/teen workshop will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the career center; parents and teens are invited.

Groups participating in the fair include Impact Teen Drivers, the Safety Center and CHP, with advice about keeping a teen safe on the road, and information about the “graduated driver’s license.”

 

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West Sac regatta draws a thousand rowers

head of port shipFROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

ABOVE: Crews head past a freighter and head for the dock after Sunday’s round of three-mile rowing races at the Port of West Sacramento. Bill Naddy of the local River City Rowing Club reports the annual regatta drew over a thousand athletes this year — including high school teams, college crews and masters rowers.

“This event is now the fourth-largest fall regatta on the West Coast,” said Naddy.

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River City High School’s bands need some donated musical instruments

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The River City High School music program is firing up for another year, and band members would welcome any donated instruments.

If you have an unused musical instrument, consider donating it to the program. Contact Tony Marvelli, director of bands, at amarvelli@wusd.k12.ca.us or 375-7800 ext. 2210. Visit www.rivercityregiment.com or drop by the school at 1 Raider Lane.

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Air Force JROTC starts up at River City High School

NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — AUG 28, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A military officer prep program has returned to West Sacramento’s main high school after an absence of many years.

This time, it’s the Air Force which is on the River City High School campus for its “JROTC,” or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Principal Katie Nemer says the program is being held in three class-loads. And it’s popular.

KATIE NEMER Principal at RCHS in West Sacramento (WUSD website photo)

KATIE NEMER
Principal at RCHS in West Sacramento
(WUSD website photo)

“We have about 110 signed up,” said Nemer. “We actually have a waiting list of about 45 kids. It’s a year-long class – it teaches military history, avionics, national security – everything you could think of to prepare for a career in the military.”

“But,” added Nemer, “the purpose is not necessarily for them to join the military, it’s to learn what they need to know to become good members of the community.”

The coursework is led by Air Force Colonel Russell Warner and an enlisted Air Force enlisted man. In an email, Warner echoed Nemer’s comment, saying the JROTC program’s mission  is to “develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”

For some students in the new program, JROTC may be a path towards officer status in the Air Force. But for how many?

“It’s too early to tell that,” Nemer told the News-Ledger. “Many think they will go into the military. But that’s not our purpose. The purpose is to provide what they need to become excellent citizens.”

The year-long coursework is heavy on physical conditioning. Participating freshmen get physical education credit; higher-level students get “elective” credit for the JROTC class.

Principal Nemer said nobody has protested the involvement of a military program on campus.

“It’s just the opposite,” she commented. “I can’t tell you how many people have been saying, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you!’”

 

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Andrew Singh enters the Air Force

West Sac's Andrew Singh has graduated basic training in San Antonio, Texas (courtesy of Department of Defense)

West Sac’s Andrew Singh has graduated basic training in San Antonio, Texas (courtesy of Department of Defense)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 7, 2013 —

Air Force Airman Andrew R. Singh has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, fitness and warfare skills.

Airman Singh is the son of Laura and Ravindra Singh, and a 2012 graduate of River City High School.

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