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West Sac softball: Nor Cal champs!

All Stars USE

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONS ALL: West Sacramento age 9-10 softball players Laura Garcia, Hailey Luna, Chloe Kitchens, Isabella Mendez, Coach Javier Cano, Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Mari Cano, Coach Troy Hensley, Jessica Baum, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Coach Adam Medina, Amaya Patenga, Lilly Aversalo and Reyna Sandoval
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BY DON SCHATZEL, NEWS-LEDGER COLUMNIST

The Girls of Summer!

“Congratulations” doesn’t say enough to the West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League team from West  Sac, all 100% of them, and they are the 2013, state of California, Northern California champions!

The team was brilliantly coached by Adam Medina, Javier Cano and Troy Hensley.

The players are Vanessa Hensley, Claudia Medina, Laura Garcia, Jessica Baum, Chloe Kitchens,Reyna Sandoval,Mari Cano, Lilly Adversalo, Julie Chand, Viviana Dazo, Amaya Pantega,Isabella Mendez, Hailey Luna.

BY DON SCHATZEL

BY DON SCHATZEL

Their journey started in North Natomas in the Disrtict 6 Tournament. Rio Linda and North Natomas both know the championship road goes through West Sac, and the West Sacramento girls demonstrated that once again by winning the District 6 Championship.

Then it was on to the sectionals in Marysville. The good news was that the games were at 8 p.m., and not in the heat of the  night. The bad was that by the time everyone got home, and coaches were no doubt replaying every pitch of the game in their minds, sleep came between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. You can’t be a zombie at work because you coached a softball game, so the stress on coaches is pretty high – but winning cures all!

West  Sac had to defeat Olivehurst Linda twice once in the semifinals and once in the finals to win the section banner. In hindsight O.L. did West Sac a favor with great pitching, defense and hitting, providing the competition we needed to prepare our budding hampions for the state tournament in Martinez.

West Sac teams have been in Martinez before. The home team there has won four state titles in the last few years, and when Martinez is not winning, it seems like Gilroy is. Both were in this year’s tournament.

West Sac brought a perfect blend of speed, hitting,  defense and pitching, defeating Gilroy 12-0 in pool play and then facing Martinez in the semi finals.

Three West Sac pitchers struck out 10 Martinez hitters. Pitchers Vanessa Hensley, Hailey Luna and Claudia Medina mixed in a fastball with a great changeup to help lead in a 7-2 win.

Hayley Luna had three triples and Vanessa Hensley also had a triple.

Martinez was baffled:

“Do we  play in for the bunt and risk them hitting over our heads, or do we play back and let Claudia Medina and Laura Garci?”

Then came the championship game versus our old friends from Gilroy.

Claudia Medina singled in the first inning. then Vanessa Hensley singled, Reyna Sandoval singled and Hayley Luna continued her hitting rampage with a double. Chloe Kitchens singled and West Sac was ahead 3-0.

Hayley Luna added a two-run homer and struck out nine Gilroy hitters. Mari Cano added a booming triple! Gilroy managed only 2 hits. It was great fun watching them play and represent our community with such style,  excellence and sportsmanship.

West Sac won 15-1 after five innings.  The victory was called early, due to the “mercy rule” invoked by the huge lead. West Sacramento’s All Stars and were crowned as state champions.

Southern California has  a champion team too, but at this age level the two champs don’t play each other.

The “Girls of Summer”: what a great accomplishment.

 

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‘West Sac Press’ to close its doors

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 24, 2013 —

The West Sacramento Press newspaper will cease publication this month.

The doors will close after about 25 years of weekly operations.

Reached by phone, a Press staffer confirmed the closure but declined further comment. She said the final edition of the Press this Friday would include a statement about the closure.

The Press began as a weekly alternative to the News-Ledger that was initially funded by a group of local businesspeople, and published by Daryl and Betty McCann.

Later, the broadsheet-style paper was purchased by Gibson Publications, a media group from the East Bay.  Gibson last year moved the publication date to Fridays.

 

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Blood drive comes to Nugget parking lot in West Sac on Friday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

You’re asked to give a little blood when the BloodSource van comes to the Nugget Market area (Southport Town Center Plaza) from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, July 26.

Blood donations helps treat burn victims, transplant patients, surgery patients, those injured in accidents, leukemia patients and others. Donating takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a parental consent form) and in good health; they must bring photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. For eligibility questions, call BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420.

For more information, visit www.bloodsource.org.

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Brothers take different paths to UCD

salazar brothersFROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s Chris Salazar graduated this spring from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering — with honors. The 22-year old earned a full academic ride in the school’s master’s program in structural engineering.

His path to UCD took him from River City High School, through Sacramento City College.

Brother Guillermo, 18, has taken a different path to the same school. The three time Little League all-star and graduate of Rio Americano wasn’t initially accepted to UC Davis as a college freshman. But his pitching and hitting caught the attention of the university’s baseball coaches — and that, along with his academic record, earned him a spot among the Division I Aggies.

Guillermo Salazar will be an undergrad at UC Davis this year as his brother, Chris, enters the same school’s master’s degree program. This year’s UCD baseball team press guide will feature Guillermo Salazar and a listing of his hometown — West Sacramento.

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West Sacramento gets new top cop

 Incoming West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald (left) has his new badge pinned on by daughter Kylie (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

Incoming West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald (left) has his new badge pinned on by daughter Kylie (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 17, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s new police chief was sworn into office on Tuesday.

Chief Thomas McDonald replaces outgoing department head Dan Drummond, who retired after nine years.

McDonald was raised as the son of a U.S. Air Force officer, living in different places including Europe. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983, reports West Sacramento Police Department spokesman.

With the L.A.P.D., he served on various assignments as he rose to the rank of captain. His roles included including gang enforcement, training officer, SWAT, tactics instructor, staff researcher, and training coordinator.

In 1999, as a lieutenant, McDonald worked in crowd management during the Democratic National Convention.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, he led ‘Operation Archangel,” working with Homeland Security to protect infrastructure and key resources.

Beginning in October of 2012, Captain McDonald served as commanding officer of L.A.P.D.’s emergency services division, which includes the bomb squad, Hazmat and Bomb K-9 units.

He is the fifth police chief for West Sacramento since the city was founded in 1987.

McDonald has two grown children, son Jordan and daughter Kylie. Daughter Kylie McDonald of Newport Beach, was on hand for last week’s ceremony and pinned the new W.S.P.D. badge onto her father’s uniform.

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A piece of the traffic puzzle: South River Road bridge is in the works

Rendering of the future, planned ‘Pioneer Bluff Bridge’ connecting South River Road and the Gateway area. Design features include ‘gold picket fencing’ and a pair of pedestrian overlooks. (Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

Rendering of the future, planned ‘Pioneer Bluff Bridge’ connecting South River Road and the Gateway area. Design features include ‘gold picket fencing’ and a pair of pedestrian overlooks.
(Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It’s a long-planned piece of Southport infrastructure:

The City of West Sacramento is now soliciting bids for construction of a new bridge to connect the northern cul-de-sac of South River Road to its opposite on the south side of the barge canal.

The new bridge is expected to cost just under $10 million, and to be finished by September of 2014. The costs are entirely picked up by a state grant originally intended the Port of West Sacramento deepen its shipping channel. But that dredging project has been delayed.

The new bridge will cross the barge canal with the Sacramento River nearby on one side and the existing Jefferson Boulevard bridge on the other. It’s meant to help connect Southport to the freeway and to northern West Sacramento, and that connection is also  expected to help spur urban redevelopment of the now-industrial South River Road corridor between the freeway and the planned bridge. (One of the first projects in the door on that corridor could be a brewery and beer garden reported on by the News-Ledger on June 26).

The new bridge will also provide another piece of the “loop road” system intended by the city and its hired master planners two decades ago for Southport. The plan envisioned most of the traffic flowing through Southport to be not on Jefferson Boulevard, but on a traffic loop flowing south from the freeway on South River Road, across lower Southport, and back north on Southport Parkway.

The southern arc of that loop remains to be built, but the News-Ledger asked Mayor Christopher Cabaldon if the new South River Road connection still looks that as important as it did to city planners in the early ‘90s.

“It absolutely is,” answered Cabaldon. “We’re not done with Southport, and the loop is not complete because the (planned) villages on the east side of Jefferson are not done yet. Once the loop is complete, that will be the most important arterial in and out of Southport.”

He added that, when Southport is fully built out, the loop will carry traffic “on a reasonably similar magnitude to Jefferson Boulevard.” Jefferson now does the heavy lifting for traffic in Southport, although residents can also opt to use Lake Washington Boulevard as a way in and out of the south-city.

Design of the planned Pioneer Bluff Bridge was handled for the City by Dokken Engineering.

A simulated view of the new bridge looking westward, from near the Sacramento River.  In the background are Stone Locks and the Jefferson Boulevard crossing.   (Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

A simulated view of the new bridge looking westward, from near the Sacramento River. In the background are Stone Locks and the Jefferson Boulevard crossing.
(Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

The new bridge is planned to be one lane in each direction (expandable to two), with separate six-foot bike lanes, six-foot walkways (separated from traffic by a barrier) and a two-foot center median. It will be decorated with a “gold picket railing” and a half-circle pedestrian overlook at mid-span on each side.

The bridge will measure 615 feet long and 80 feet wide, according to a city staff report.

What it won’t do is move. Or climb very much.

The federal government has decommissioned the West Sacramento barge canal as a navigable waterway. That means the new bridge doesn’t have to be designed tall enough for ships to pass underneath, and it doesn’t have to get out of their way as a drawbridge would. So West Sacramento can build this new bridge low and relatively cheap.

The bridge project includes installation of signal lights at South River Road and 15th Street. It doesn’t include renovation or expansion of South River Road itself – a project that will wait for another day.

 

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Help organize Veterans’ Day parade

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 17, 2013 —

A West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 11, organized by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN). This year’s parade route will be in the city’s Bryte (northwestern) neighborhood. Groups, businesses and local veterans who wish to participate should contact Alicia Cruz, 640-3677. Interested people are invited to an organizational meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on July 24 in the Riverbend Manor community room, 664 Cummins Way.

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