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RCHS tennis at top of conference

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 27, 2013 —

From River City High School

A pair of hard-fought wins against their closest competitors has the River City High School Tennis Team alone at the top of the Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) standings.  The Raiders defeated Vista del Lago 6 to 3 and Cosumnes Oaks 7 to 2 to improve to 6-0 in the SVC and 12-0 overall in 2013.

  Five of the day’s nine matches went the distance against Vista del Lago, and the host Raiders took four of those five contests to give the visitors their first loss this season.  Vista del Lago earned quick wins in both boys singles matches, but RC got two girls doubles victories from Sarah Yang and Sonia Bola at #1 (7-5,6-4) and Nicole Melido and Julia Quenga at #2 (6-1,6-4) to even up the overall match.

In mixed doubles, Lina Vang and Muradan Chhay overcame a first set loss to win 6-7(4),6-2,(10-7).  The squads split the boys doubles matches as RC’s Michael Lee and Matthew Tagupa lost 4-6,7-6(5),(5-10) at #1 while Amran Khan and Akshay Prabhakar won 1-6,6-3,(10-8) at #2.

With RC up 4 to 3 overall, it came down to two marathon girls singles matches and both Cindy Oseguera and Lily He battled for third-set Raider victories.  Oseguera won 6-3,4-6,7-6(4) at #1 and He won 7-5,4-6,6-3 at #2.

Two days later, River City welcomed Cosumnes Oaks to West Sacramento and emerged with another win.  Oseguera and He breezed through their girls singles matches this time, dropping only four games combined.  And while the Raiders’ boys singles players struggled again, the hosts swept all five doubles contests.  In girls doubles, Yang and Bola won 6-1,6-3 at #1 and Melido and Quenga were perfect, 6-0,6-0 at #2.  Vang and Chhay triumphed 6-1,6-3 in mixed.  The day’s closest contests resulted in wins for Lee and Tagupa 5-7,6-2,(10-3) at #1 boys doubles and for Khan and Prabhakar 6-3,5-7,(12-10) at #2.

RC now has a break from SVC competition but has tough matches against Marysville of the Golden Empire League and Placer of the Pioneer Valley League scheduled for this week.  The next SVC match for the Raiders will be at Union Mine on Tuesday, April 2nd.

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Breweries fermenting in West Sac: two mini-breweries to join Rubicon here


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

After going many decades without a local brewery in West Sacramento, 2013 looks like a good year for beer:

Sacramento’s Rubicon Brewery continues to assemble its new production facility near Ikea. It will start producing styles perhaps including its “Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale” sometime this summer, reports majority owner Glynn Phillips.

And at least two more craft brewers plan to start on a smaller scale, artfully combining water, malted grain, hops and yeast in smaller breweries in the city’s Industrial Boulevard area.

On tap for one of those locations is Jackrabbit Brewing Co., courtesy of Ed Esten and partners. Edsten has some experience with microbrews.

“I had a small brewery back in 2000-2001 in Woodland,” he said. “The other (partners) are all avid homebrewers and beer aficionados. We’re hoping and planning to open in mid-summer. We’re all bringing our skills.”

Edsten’s Woodland operation was called Edsten Brewing Company.

The new brewery will be a bit bigger, with “five barrel” capacity (about 155 gallons at a time).

“We intend to focus on Belgian, British and German styles. We plan to be a brewery only, without any beer served on premises.”

Partly for that reason, he asked to keep the exact location confidential for the moment.

Elsewhere in the same neighborhood, though, is the new “Bike Dog” brewery, already with an avid following on Facebook and with plans to have a tasting room as well as on-site brewery.

  Co-owner A.J. Tendick met with the News-Ledger recently at Bike Dog’s space at 2534 Industrial Boulevard, near Stone Blvd. The warehouse-like unit was still largely empty and unfinished. Blue tape marked the planned locations of the cooler (to hold kegs), brewing equipment and other gear.

“By state and local statute, a brewery is allowed to sell their own brew directly, so we plan to have a tasting room up front, with a small production facility in back.” said Tendick, standing next to a “temporary” plywood bar. He’s a homebrewer who has dabbled in helping out some acquaintances in the industry.

“One of the other partners and I have been brewing together for about five years, and he was brewing for years beyond that,” he said.

“We’re sort of in this newer wave of breweries. . . that have started calling themselves ‘nanobrewers.’ We’re going to be at the small end of that, with six kegs, or three barrels or about 90 gallons (of capacity),” said Tendick.

He expects Bike Dog to emphasize kegs rather than bottles.

“On a scale this small, we won’t have any trouble selling a few kegs. The craft beer scene is getting pretty good in Sacramento. If the brewer is any good, the best beer is local beer, because it doesn’t always travel well. One of the other things we can do here is sell beer to go in a half-gallon ‘growler.’”

There are four partners, who know each other through their workplace, a regional government agency. Pete Atwood will probably be the primary brewer, although others will help, said Tendick.

“At this kind of scale, we all are assuming we’re going to keep our day jobs for many a year,” he added.

Some of the funding is coming from “crowd sourcing”:

“We’re funded well to get open and to do the bare minimum of a tasting room, but we really would like to make it a much nicer space, and we’d like to do that without waiting for beer sales to pay for it.”

So they’ve created a “Founders Union” to bring in small investments.

“You get some free beer on Fridays, and some schwag, and at higher levels you get your name on one of the seats that will eventually be here.”

What kind of beer will they brew?

“Pete and I are kind of unrepentant ‘hop heads,’” answered Tendick, referring to some purposely aggressive brews now in fashion. “We’re a fan of West Coast IPAs (India Pale Ales) and variations of that. It’s definitely the fastest-growing style and that bodes well for us. Pete’s a big fan of the Belgians, English beer, Irish stouts, that kind of thing.   We’re going to plan to open with two, to keep it simple and get our feet underneath us.”

Tendick said Bike Dog chose West Sacramento partly because some properties are zoned by the city specifically to be friendly to breweries.

Where did the name “Bike Dog” come from?

“One of our partners is kind of an outlier, but the rest of us own dogs and ride bikes – before I had a baby, I rode fanatically. If you look around, a lot of beer names have something to do with bikes or something to do with dogs. We just looked at each other and said ‘let’s put them together! Bike Dog!’”

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‘Earth Day’ happenings in West Sac


The City of West Sacramento will hold its first annual “Earth Day” event from 10-2 on April 20 at the West Sacramento Community Center,1075 West Capitol Avenue. Music, food vendors, raffle prizes, a light bulb exchange and information on green living. Exhibitors are invited, with some restrictions – email provevents@wavecable.com.

Also, a special screening of a film to be chosen for Earth Day will be held at the library at 1 p.m. on April 20. Call the library at 375-6465 for information.

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Typing ‘Rivercats’ may cost you a buck


With baseball season getting underway, we just received this missive from the front office of the Sacramento River Cats here in West Sacramento. No doubt, there’s a degree of “tongue in cheek” going on here. The press release follows:

“You’ve been warned: the moniker ‘River Cats’ is comprised of two words, with a capital ‘R’ and a capital ‘C.’ Effective immediately, all members of the local and national media, River Cats corporate partners, full- or part-time River Cats staff, and season, flex, and mini-plan ticket holders will be fined $1 for spelling ‘River Cats’ incorrectly.

“All money collected will go to the River Cats Foundation, which has contributed more than $1.5 million in cash and $16.2 million in in-kind donations to the greater Sacramento community since 2000.

“The Sacramento River Cats franchise is one of the most well-known teams in professional baseball, in spite of the relative obscurity of river cats themselves (apologies to Dinger). However, even after 11 division championships, four PCL championships, and two Triple-A National Championships, the name is consistently misrepresented at the local and national level.

“For clarification, the following are incorrect iterations of the name ‘River Cats,’ and therefore subject to the $1 fine:

— Rivercats

— RiverCats

— rivercats

— river cats

” Twitter mentions, text messages, and handwritten notes are the lone exceptions to this mandate. Intra- and interoffice email correspondences to and from River Cats staff are subject to the fine, as are television graphics, print media references, and Facebook posts.

“Any questions or complaints regarding this new policy can be directed to the River Cats media relations department.”

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