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Latest in West Sacramento youth sports

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

To those of you that see me out and about, thanks for letting me know you read these articles! I appreciate it.

The latest youth sports news:

Stonegate Elementary is champion of the boys division in Washington Unified School District basketball.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

Riverbank was the host site, with cheerleaders, banners, and dragon mascots from Westmore Oaks.

Southport squared off against  Riverbank in the third place game and Southport was victorious, 44-33.

Southport raced off to a  21-12 lead and never looked back.

Nate Cornell and Kamron Johnston provided highlights for Southport and Shawn Shields had a great game for the hard-working River Otters.

The championship game featured the very tall Stonegate team, with an impenetrable 2-3 zone defense, against  Westmore Oaks. In the end, the Stonegate height was too much and they won the championship 38-28.

Isiah Peraa, Eric Creer, Sahil Gil, Miguel Martinez Brisyn Saludares, Lorenzo Burks were all pointed out as having outstanding games and season for Stonegate.

Elijah Fields lead the Westmore Oaks charge!

Evidently, there are lots of terrific players on their way to River City High School next year.

Youth softball, Baseball, volleyball and swimming are now underway in town, It’s the busiest sports season of the year.

Plans are being made now for next season’s metro soccer program, for those interested. Alberto Terrico is the organizer to call 510-673-7871 to play metro – the ‘best of the best’ soccer!

Softball and soccer at River City are having historically successful seasons, as the wave of young players continues moving into high school. It’s great fun to watch them play and represent West Sac.

The Attack, the Hitterz, Hooligans, Pumas, Saints, Dolphins, Tigers, and Arsenal youth sports teams in West Sacramento all continue their march to high school success.

One of the great opportunities provided to youth sports teams here is access to UC Davis and Sac State sports. The university games have very family-oriented pricing and  great quality of play in any sport. I happened to see what seemed like the entire West Sacramento softball family at the recent Sac State game vs Cal in women’s softball.  Cal is number 5 in the country, and won the game 1-0 on  a home run. Great seats, great facility, actually the highest attendance in Sac State softball history. Both Sac State and UC Davis have great programs and are perfect for teaching young athletes through example.

For the horse fans: West Sacramento Trail Riders Association is hosting their annual  dinner, raffle fundraiser on May 11. You can call me for tickets at 371-1513.

Hey, the sun is out finally, and this is the time of year to go outdoors.

Until next time.

 

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Gold gets the best of Oakland

The Gold’s Oscar Sandoval tries to get a shot past Oakland’s goalie. (Photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

The Gold’s Oscar Sandoval tries to get a shot past Oakland’s goalie.
(Photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

The Sacramento Gold semi-pro soccer team hosted the Oakland CD Aguiluchos at River City High School’s playing field on Saturday, April 6.

The Gold took the 3-0 win in West Sacramento.

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Car goes into river, rescuers respond

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

Fresh on the heels of an accident in which a West Sacramento woman drove her car into the river and drowned while phoning for help on March 13, dispatchers on the 911 system handled a more recent report of a car going into the Sacramento River.

The latest call came in at about 9:50 p.m. on March 30, from near South River Road and Burrows Road in southern West Sacramento.

“The witnesses stated they saw a four-door sedan floating down river with its headlights on,” reported the West Sacramento Fire Department. They also reported seeing what looked like the lit-up screen of a cell phone inside the car.

[adrotate group=”7″]   That led to the strong suspicion that someone was still inside.

Firefighters responded in vehicles and a rescue boat searched for the vehicle, helped by the CHP, sheriff’s department and DART (Drowning and Accident Rescue Team) divers.  After an hour without finding the car, and then switched from “rescue” to “recovery” mode.

At about 2:30 a.m., hindered by strong currents and bad weather, the search was called off.

The car was later found and pulled from the river, empty. It turned out the car had been reported stolen.

 

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Local employers will be at job fair

[adrotate group=”9″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Woodland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a job fair from 3-5 p.m. on Wed., April 17, at the County Fair Fashion Mall, 1264 E Gibson Rd. in Woodland. Employers will include PG&E, Target, and West Sacramento’s Nippon Shokken food plant. The event is open to the public from 3-5 p.m. But from 2-3 p.m., high school students working on their “Work Ready Certificates,” or have earned one, are welcome.

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‘Sacramento’s Got Talent’ coming to West Sac, bringing fight against cancer

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced today that it will be holding “Sacramento’s Got Talent,” a local talent show competition, as a fundraiser for the Sacramento Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The event will be held Saturday, April 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at River City High School in West Sacramento.  The public is invited to attend. Tickets to the show are $5 in advance and $10 at the door, with proceeds going directly to LLS.  Anyone interested in performing should contact Janis Money Bragg at 916.714.8101 or Janis.Money@cbnorcal.com.

PERRY PALAMIDESSI of Coldwell Banker, sponsor of talent show fundraiser to be held in West Sacramento

PERRY PALAMIDESSI of Coldwell Banker, sponsor of talent show fundraiser to be held in West Sacramento

“Sacramento’s Got Talent” is being held as part of the LLS “Man of the Year” fundraising campaign of Perry Palamidessi, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker’s Elk Grove office.  Palamidessi follows in the footsteps of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President Kris Vogt, who raised more than $100,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was named the Sacramento Chapter Man of the Year for 2012.

“Sacramento’s Got Talent is sure to be a night filled with fun and entertainment,” said Palamidessi in a press release.  “There is a tremendous amount of talent here in Sacramento, as well as a tremendous need to support patients and families battling leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.  So, we thought there would be no better way to show off our brightest stars and raise much-needed money for LLS, than with a friendly talent competition.  We invite the public to come to what is sure to be a fantastic show.”

[adrotate group=”9″] Palamidessi will be holding a series of fundraisers to help raise money for his “Man of the Year” campaign.  Each dollar raised is considered a vote for his campaign.  Winners will be announced at the Grand Finale Celebration Gala on May 11.

For more information, visit www.perry4danny.com, call Palamidessi at 916.425.1270 or email perry.palamidessi@cbnorcal.com.

 

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Colorful neighbor: pipevine swallowtail

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

By Mary K. Hanson, Tuleyome Association —

It’s usually in March and April when these butterflies first emerge from their chrysalises and set out to feed on nectar and find suitable mates.  I look for them along the riverbanks and streams I visit in the spring, knowing I’ll find them on the plant for which they’re named.  I love their velvety black wings with their bright blue iridescence that winks in the sunlight as the butterflies do their early morning warm-up flights.

They really are one of the most recognizable butterflies in the region. When viewed from the top they are predominantly black with an iridescent blue sheen on their hind wings (which is brighter on the males than it is on the females) and white spots along the wing margins.  The underside of their wings boasts some bright orange spots surrounded by black and iridescent blue.  Can you name my favorite butterfly?

Only a pipevine will do for the eggs of the pipeline swallowtail butterfly, a native of local riparian areas (Photo by Mary K. Hanson)

Only a pipevine will do for the eggs of the pipeline swallowtail butterfly, a native of local riparian areas (Photo by Mary K. Hanson)

It is the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)!

The Pipevine Swallowtail’s body is fuzzy black with white spots.  Its long curling proboscis is used to feed on nectar from a variety of flowers and thistles, but the butterfly gets its name from the host plant on which it lays its tiny reddish-brown eggs: the California Pipevine, also known as the California Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia californica).   The flowers, which look like fat pitchers or calabash pipes, arrive just before the vines start sprouting their broad vaguely heart-shaped leaves.  Although the flowers look like those of some insectivorous (insect-eating) plants, the Pipevine isn’t an insect-eater.  Later in the season, when the flowers drop off, they are replaced by six-winged ribbed seed pods.

These vines can be found growing naturally in riparian zones (moist areas where forests meet streams and rivers) throughout the northern and central parts of the state, including the Sacramento Valley, Yolo County and Napa County.  Although they are not considered endangered, there are some areas where the vines have been exterminated as weeds or nuisance plants by those who do not recognize them or understand their importance to the local ecology.  And that is very bad news for the Pipevine Swallowtails.  The female butterflies will only lay their eggs on the vines; and when the caterpillars emerge, they feed exclusively on the Pipevine.  No other plant will do.  So, where the Pipevines are destroyed, so are the Pipevine Swallowtails.

[adrotate group=”10″] The caterpillars forage in groups when they’re young and then become more solitary as they age.  They go through stages called “instars” during which the caterpillar sheds its old skin, sort of like a snake, and emerges larger and darker.  The caterpillars, like the adult butterflies, are very recognizable.  They usually appear locally in April and May (but may be seen as late as September) gorging on the leaves, stems and pods of the Pipevine plants.   When newly hatched, the caterpillars are reddish-brown.  As they grow in girth and length, they then darken to a deep rich black with bright red-orange spines down their backs.  This black-and-red coloring mimics many species that are toxic or unpalatable to predators and this helps protects the Pipevine Swallowtails.  The vines and pods that the caterpillars eat contain a substance called aristolochic acid which is passed on to the caterpillars and is also carried in the bodies of the adult butterflies.  As additionally frightening deterrent, when aggravated the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar rears up and disgorges bright orange “horns” from the top of its head which are slimed in toxic goo.

In May or June, the fully grown caterpillars start to hang themselves from the side of trees, fence posts, twigs or branches from silken threads they weave called “suspension loops”, and then form a chrysalis around their torpid bodies.  The chrysalises are usually brown, but can also be golden-brown or green when they’re first made.  When you find them, look closely at these tiny delicate works of art.  They have points and whorls, and an almost stained-glass-window quality to their architecture.  These special cases protect the metamorphosing caterpillars through the end year and into the next spring, when they will emerge again as butterflies.

Resist the urge to touch them.  To ensure that this intricate, complex, and beautiful cycle of life continues, it is essential to leave the eggs, caterpillars and their chrysalises wherever you find them.  Taking photographs is the best way to “take them home with you”.  There is a saying: “When you teach a child not to kill a caterpillar, you do as much good for the child as you do for the caterpillar.”  (Okay I made that up, but you get the point.)  It’s also essential that the habitat where the native Pipevines grow is protected – and that’s where you can make the greatest impact on behalf of these butterflies.  Remember that riparian zones are actually vital ecosystems that contain and support many tiny miracles – like the Pipevine Swallowtails – which need and deserve your respect and protection.  You can help safeguard the riparian zones in and around your community by supporting the efforts of your local conservation and environmental organizations.  Volunteer.  Donate your time and dollars when you can. Together we get things done.

Tuleyome Tales is a monthly publication of Tuleyome, conservation organization with offices in Woodland and Napa, CA. Mary K. Hanson is an amateur naturalist and photographer who is currently serves as Executive Assistant to Tuleyome’s Executive Director.  For more information about Tuleyome, go to www.tuleyome.org.

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West Sac CERT volunteers honored

 ABOVE: ‘Bronze’ emergency response volunteers Carol Davis, Buzz Jones, Joel Miller, Vyckie Lee, Alton Stewart, Sendy Cay and T.S. Elliott (Mike Tagupa is not pictured).


ABOVE: ‘Bronze’ emergency response volunteers Carol Davis, Buzz Jones, Joel Miller, Vyckie Lee, Alton Stewart, Sendy Cay and T.S. Elliott (Mike Tagupa is not pictured).

RIGHT : ‘Gold’ volunteer Randy Frank (at right) has donated more than 500 hours of his time to the Community Emergency Response Team in West Sacramento. Here, he’s congratulated by Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez as Fire Chief  Al Terrell looks on.  (Photos and information courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department

RIGHT : ‘Gold’ volunteer Randy Frank (at right) has donated more than 500 hours of his time to the Community Emergency Response Team in West Sacramento. Here, he’s congratulated by Battalion Chief Rebecca Ramirez as Fire Chief Al Terrell looks on.
(Photos and information courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

As part of the annual awards ceremony for the West Sacramento police and fire departments this month, the WSFD honored a group of citizen volunteers who have trained as ‘CERTs.’

These “Community Emergency Response Team” volunteers are trained to help their families and community in the event of a community, and to support police and fire services.

[adrotate group=”7″] Eight of West Sacramento’s CERTs were recognized at the ceremony for achieving “bronze” status — donating at least 100 hours of community service.

Another, Randy Frank,earned a “gold” award for exceeding 500 volunteer hours.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The fire department’s CERT program is about to begin another round of recruitment and training. See the back page of this week’s News-Ledger for information.

 

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