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Firefighters beat cops in overtime

Firefighter team members with some of their kids. Firefighters are (back row) Tim Blewett, Andy Moore, Ed Redmon, in dark uniform Terry Dries, Andy Bevins, James Irvine, Ricky Granados. Front row: Joe Lugo, Mark Hull. (Names of the kids are not available)

[adrotate group=”9″]    NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Helped by a made free-throw with 3.4 seconds left on the clock, the West Sacramento Firefighters beat the West Sacramento Police Department on the basketball court 53-52 in overtime on March 9. The contest was “back and forth,” with police hitting several shots from beyond the arc.

The “Safety Slam Jam” match between the two departments took place in River City High School’s gym, as a fundraiser for the school’s athletic programs. The event is planned to return next year.

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Support Cub Scouts, save some cash

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

West Sacramento Cub Scout Pack 49 would like to sell you a discount card to help support their camping plans this summer.

The $10 cards feature such deals as “buy one, get one free” and other offers from West Sacramento sponsors such as Round Table Pizza, Eagle Café, Taco Bell, Subway, Carl’s Jr., Golden Tans, Sport Clips, Big Kahuna, Kozmo’z Salon, Vince’s Italian Restaurant, The Eatery, and more. Contact your favorite Cub Scout or email WestSacPack49@gmail.com.

Felony suspect caught after chase

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 27, 2012 —

Just after going to press with tomorrow’s News-Ledger, we learned that there’s an update to one of this week’s news stories.

Last Wednesday, West Sacramento police asked for help from the public catching a man who was seen in a stolen F-150 pickup truck, and then led them on a brief chase including a stint going the wrong way on a freeway, a car accident and a foot chase (you can see that story here.)

Last night, they think they caught him. The story involves another stolen white Ford F150 pickup, another brief car chase and another foot chase.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today that things started last night on West Capitol Avenue.

“Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., one of our officers located a stolen F-150 white pickup. He attempted a vehicle stop. There was a brief chase.”

When the chase reached Enterprise and Industrial boulevards, the officer used a “pursuit intervention technique” or “PIT” when speeds were deemed slow enough.

[adrotate group=”9″] “At low speeds, a patrol vehicle attempts to tap the rear end of the (suspect) vehicle and cause it to spin out,” explained Steele. “The vehicle spun out. The driver fled on foot, but was captured after a brief foot chase.”

In custody is 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr. of the Napa/Solano area, said Steele.  He is charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and with felony evasion. He also has a felony warrant out of Napa.

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RCHS doesn’t look far for its new head football coach

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Steve DaPrato has been living near River City High School most of his life, a West Sacramento native “born and bred.” But this year, he takes the reins of the school’s football program for the first time.

River City has posted a couple of winning seasons in a row before tapping DaPrato as new head coach to fill a vacancy. The News-Ledger talked to him by phone, and caught up to him as he worked with a group of students learning to run the hurdles on the school track as an assistant track coach to Coach Williams.

STEVE DAPRATO: impressed with RC football team but wants to make some changes (News-Ledger photo)

“I’m very impressed with the kids and the attitude on campus,” DaPrato said of the Raider football program.

As a young athlete, DaPrato’s own football career at Christian Brothers High School was pretty short.

“I played football my freshman year, got a serious injury, and never played again,” he said. “I was a track athlete at Sac State – not a star, I was just one of the guys on the team.”

DaPrato was a student teacher at James Marshall High School in West Sac, and then went to coach at Elk Grove High – now well-known for its “Thundering Herd” football team.

“We won the first section title in the school’s history in 1984,” said DaPrato.

Following that were some years with Modesto Junior College, where his teams won four bowl championships.

His 1995 team at Modesto was ranked fifth in its division nation-wide, scoring an average of 48.5 points and rushing for 525 yards per game, reports RC Assistant Coach Chris Baker.

[adrotate group=”7″]   More recently, DaPrato spent 10 years at Chabot College in the Bay Area, where he served variously as football coach, track coach and athletic director, before retiring recently.

He told Coach Baker why he came out of retirement to try his skills at River City:

“Obviously, the need and situation prompted me to talk to Coach Baker,” quoted Baker. “(Baker) is a friend, colleague, and relative by marriage. I just felt that River City needs to move to a college-type offense to give everyone a chance to shine.”

DaPrato wants to split the RC players into more distinct squads for offense and defense, to better learn their positions.

“What most high schools do and what River City was doing, is that you have an ‘offense day’ and a ‘defense day’,” he told the News-Ledger. The players alternate learning each role.

“At the college level, you can’t do that. The best way to teach the players is to have them make a choice, and play offense or defense, and teach them that. You script your practice for offense and for defense. Although some of the best athletes will do both.”

He said he will coach all quarterbacks, from incoming eighth graders to the varsity QB.

“In the past, we’ve been a smash-mouth, wedge blocking team, and that’s got its place, especially within the five-yard line,” said DaPrato. “But we’re going to have an extremely varied offense.”
The biggest thorn in the side of RC football?

“The biggest problem I’ve seen is the academic performance,” answered the coach. “You can’t lose 30 percent of your team (to academic ineligibility) every year and be good. That’s the only part of the culture that needs to be changed here. Yet, I’ve met with the counselors and they’re as good as I’ve seen at the college level. It’s the students and their parents.”

How good can the football program at RCHS get?

“I think the sky’s the limit,” answered DaPrato. “Everybody has to get on board. There are plenty of athletes in the area. Right now, it’s a one-high-school town.”

He said he has been inspired by the play of the school’s girls basketball team, drove deep to the playoffs this year..

“If the football team can play as hard as those girls, we’ll be very good,” said DaPrato. “That’s really what you want all the kids to do – play hard.”

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Sting: eight arrested in West Sacramento for buying alcohol for underage decoys

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Police Department joined about 100 agencies statewide in “Operation Shoulder Tap,” a decoy operation meant to catch adults who buy alcohol for minors.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Local police visited 12 locations for the project on Friday, March 16.

“Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol,” explained Sgt. Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D., in a press release. “The minor indicates in some way that he or she is underage, and cannot purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.”

Eight adults were arrested from among the 78 subjects contacted during the decoy operation.

It was the first such statewide sting in California history, reports the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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Horse club pitches in, cleans up

Kevin Baker tries to organize the collected refuse and make some more room in the garbage bin (photo courtesy of Julie Dennis, WSTRA)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

From Don Schatzel
West Sacramento Trail
Riders Association

The West Sacramento Trail Riders Association completed their annual clean-up of the ”Honda Hills” area by the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and South River Road on Feb. 26.

The group is , an organization of community members dedicated to the love of horses and the protection and preservation of rural lands

WSTRA President Jason Williams announced that over 20 club members dedicated more than 100 hours, plus the use of their trucks, trailers and tractors to pick-up over 40 yards of trash, couches, mattresses, wood, bottles, cans, carpet remnants and 82 tires from the publicly-owned area.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “We do this several times a year and we are happy to be able to clean up this area to beautify our community,” said Williams.  “It is hard work but a fun activity for our WSTRA members.”

The Baker boys take a break in the foreground. Rich Littleton works the tractor, Brenda Morazzini handles the rake, and Kevin Baker is in the refuse container. At right are Penny Schatzel and Tammy Zonneveld. Photo courtesy of Julie Dennis, WSTRA

For additional information and pictures about WSTRA search for “WestSacramentoTrail-RidersAssociation” on Facebook.  The group meets on the first Monday each month at Wicked West Pizza at 7 p.m., and new members are welcome.

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Board restores p.m. school buses at RCHS

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s school board voted 3-0 on March 15 to restore plans for afternoon bus service from River City High School next year(with trustees Dave Westin and Mary Leland absent). A previous board vote had slated afternoon service at RCHS to be canceled.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The board left in place its plans to cut bus service to local K-8 schools in Washington Unified School District for most kids next year.

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