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El Dorado nips RCHS boys varsity

RCHS junior Vincent Chelini in action for the varsity team. Vincent is seen here with the near dunk (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

Last Wednesdsay, Feb. 15, marked the last home game of the season for the River City High School boys basketball teams, and also marked Senior Night for the 3 outgoing seniors — Mark Gidenko, Chanh Saeturn and Nico Rocha.
The River City freshman team dominated their game against El Dorado, winning by 30 points. The JV game was a thriller, with River City winning in double overtime.
Although the varsity game was close, River City fell to El Dorado by 3 points.

The high scorers for the night were as follows:  JV: Richard Dasilva jad a game high of 20 points. Varsity: Jose Chacon had 24 points and Malik Dumetz scored 12. Final Scores: Freshman – 79-49 (W), JV – 81-77 (W), Varsity 66-63 (L).

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River City sophomore Richard Dasilva in action for the junior varsity boys. Dasilva had a game high of 20 points in River City’s double overtime win. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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News nuggets from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s city council this morning (Feb. 22) plans a special ‘thank you’ breakfast for Congressman Mike Thompson.
City officials credit Thompson with helping support local levee improvement efforts and improvements at the Port of West Sacramento.
He has represented the region since 1998, but the city will become part of fellow Democrat Doris Matsui’s 5th District next January.

The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency announced it will recommend “Design Alternative 2” as the final plan to improve Southport’s river levees. The plan will go to WSAFCA’s board of directors on March 8.

The newest major edition to the Ikea shopping center will be a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. The 12,800-square foot will hold a grand opening on March 1 at 10 a.m..

[adrotate group=”9″]  West Sacramento’s city council was scheduled to hold special meetings yesterday morning and this morning (Feb. 21-22) at city hall, largely to discuss “a broad range of city matters, procedures, policies and functions” with help from a facilitator.

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Upstart Raiders upset El Camino

With just two seconds left and the game tied on El Camino's home court, River City High School's Katie King stepped to the line for three free throws. She focused, and sank two of them to seal a win in playoff game two. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 24, 2012 —

After winning their first game of the playoffs Tuesday against Rocklin, River City traveled to El Camino last night.

El Camino boasted a 10-0 league record during regular season, 24-5 overall.

In Thursday’s match, El Camino scored a few quick baskets, as did River City. El Camino would eventually take the lead and by the end of the first quarter, El Camino was ahead 16-13.  At halftime, they were still up, 27-21 .

River City came out halftime pressing and getting a few steals, surging a comeback. By the end of the third quarter,  the game was tied 33-33.

The game would see more lead changes. With just 47.3 seconds left in the game, it was all tied again 48-48. River City kept El Camino from scoring on their next possession and after a time out, River City ran some time off the clock holding the ball. With just two  seconds left in the game, the Raiders’ Katie King was fouled while taking a three-point shot.

Katie went to the line and missed the first shot. Then she made the next two, putting River City ahead 50-48.

[adrotate group=”9″] With less than a second, El Camino threw the ball  inbounds and took a quick shot — and missed.

River City was still ahead at the buzzer, winning in dramatic fashion. Final score: 50-48.

Katie King finished the game with 26 points.

River City now travels to McNair in Stockton on Tuesday, February 28. McNair finished their regular season at 8-2 in their division and 26-3 overall. The game will be played at University of the Pacific, at a time to be announced later.

Jordan Ligons: 16 points to lead the Raiders in scoring against Rocklin on Tuesday (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Here’s a quick recap of the first playoff game, against Rocklin at home on Tuesday:

River City pretty much dominated the game and won 57-38. The high scorers for RCHS against Rocklin were Jordan Ligons with 16, Marrissa Tyler with 15 and Katie King with 14.

Junior Katie King (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

 

RCHS Junior Marrissa Tyler, in play against Rocklin (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

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Free food every Friday on Anna St.

Volunteers pass out fresh produce on a sunny December day Photo courtesy of Lori Aldrete/First 5 Yolo & Yolo County Children’s Alliance

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

The Yolo County Children’s Alliance and First 5 Yolo remind you that fresh fruits and vegetables are given away at 10 a.m. every Friday at the Alyce Norman Elementary School site of the Alliance’s offices.

The program receives $15,000 per year from First 5 Yolo (chartered with using tobacco tax money to serve children up to age five) as well as donations from Kaiser Permanente and others.

“The produce distribution has been a great success,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the Alliance, in a press statement. “Families are coming on a regular basis and are benefiting from healthy food.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Volunteers help pass out the goodies in this two-year old program.

To donate or to help as a volunteer, call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 1-866-607-4030, or visit the Alliance’s offices at 1200 Anna Street, Room 21, West Sacramento, or at 600 A Street, Suite Y, in Davis.

To become eligible to pick up food, residents must demonstrate eligibility, have kids 18 or younger at home, and prove they live in West Sacramento.

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Lady Raiders are conference co-champs

RIGHT River City junior Marrissa Tyler drives to the basket for the varsity squad. Marrssa scored eight points in the win against Vista del Lago (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

  (UPDATE: The RCHS basketball team won its first playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and is moving on to round two).

On Friday, the River City High School girls basketball teams played their last game of the regular season at home.

The RCHS freshman lost to Sacramento High; while the JV and varsity teams faced — and beat — Vista del Lago.

RCHS freshman Vanessa Mendoza in action for the JV team. Vanessa scored 8 points in the win against Vista del Lago (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

With the win, the Raider varsity tied El Dorado and became co-champions of the Sierra Valley Conference. River City Varsity finished the regular season 11-1 in conference and 25-2 overall. The team earned a playoff spot, with the first playoff game scheduled for last night at home against Rocklin (results were too late to report in this edition).

RCHS athletic director Char Ghio reports it is the school’s first ever playoff game in girls basketball.

The final scores for Friday’s games were as follows: Raider Freshmen:  27-12 (L) ; JV: 54-28 (W); Varsity: 55-23 (W).

Varsity high scorers for the Raiders were Katie King with 13 points, Amarita Singh with 8, and Marrissa Tyler with 8.

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School board items include discussion of whether to re-approve charter school

This sign may soon mark the ‘home of the Raiders’ if plans proceed to construct it in front of River City High School in Southport (schematic is from Thursday’s staff report to the Washington Unified School District board of trustees)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

The local school board will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at city hall to discuss a variety of issues, including the “roller coaster ride” in the district’s budget resulting from a troubled state budget. The Washington Unified School District is planning another round of reductions.

Also on the agenda will be:

— Consideration of whether to extend the charter of the West Sacramento Early College Prep  charter school. A state association of charter schools has suggested that the local academy be shut down for underperformance.

Board President Teresa Blackmer told the News-Ledger earlier this month she had not made her own mind up on whether to vote to renew the school’s charter.

— Results of the district’s public opinion poll. WUSD had hired a consultant to talk to West Sacramento voters and find out how receptive the public might be to a November school bond or parcel tax measure, aimed at helping to “complete” River City High School and possibly advance some other district-wide projects.

— Review of a proposed “marquee” sign for River City High School, marking the campus at the entrance from Jefferson boulevard to Raider Lane. The district is also working on design of a second sign within the parking lot shared by RCHS administration and the neighboring city recreation center, steering visitors to each facility.

EDITOR’S NOTE: an earlier version of this article misstated the last name of board president Teresa Blackmer, transposing it with that of fellow board member David Westin. The News-Ledger regrets the error.

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Japanese plant breaks ground in Southport

Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa (left) accepts a gift from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. (News-Ledger photo)

 

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A groundbreaking in Southport on Thursday, Feb. 9, took on a notably Japanese flair.

Company officials from Nippon Shokken – a firm that produces Japanese seasonings and food products – joined local officials in a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of a new, 70,000-square foot factory at 2970 Ramco Street in the Southport Business Park.

Local dignitaries gathered in a tent at the spot. The festivities included an exchange of gifts between Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and company chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa, amid bows and smiles. Ozawa presented the mayor with several gifts, including a set of porcelain figures, and Cabaldon responded with presentation of a painting of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Nippon Shokken reps joined local officials including Mayor Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (center and center-right, respectively) in shoveling sand to launch the construction project. (News-Ledger photo)

The mayor’s remarks – translated into Japanese for guests – included a compliment to the company and its products.

“I had the opportunity to be in Japan in December, and had the chance not only to try many of the Nippon Shokken products,” said Cabaldon, “but also to speak with local leaders and those in the country. I was not surprised to learn in Japan the deep honor and respect the leaders of Nippon Shokken hold with the people in Japan.”

One of three gifts presented to the Mayor of West Sacramento by Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa. The gifts may later go on display at city hall, said a City of West Sacramento official. (News-Ledger photo)

Cabaldon also put in an endorsement for the flavor of the company’s products.

Through a translator, Chairman Ozawa said that one of the reasons his company chose the Southport site was a “bounty of quality water, which is essential for production of seasonings, and to have the utmost land of well-built infrastructure.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   The new factory will help the company expand its U.S. presence. It expects to open in March, 2013, with a hundred employees and a production capacity of 2,400 tons per year – expanding to 300 workers by 2015.

“One of my favorite actions of Nippon Shokken was to identify two of our West Sacramento high school students who speak Japanese fluently,” said Cabaldon. The company then hired these two –  and plan to train them in Japan to return and serve in management positions at the new West Sacramento plant.

Artist’s rendering of future Nippon Shokken plant in West Sacramento

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