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Delta Saints Baseball Gets Back on Track – April 13, 2016

Tim Rapp, Saints Insider

River News-HeraldLast week the Saints rebounded nicely after a rough spring break tournament up in Marysville and a loss to Rio Vista at Raley Field on Saturday. The team played all those games with just nine players, but they finally got the reinforcements they had been waiting for.  Junior, Matt Hansen and sophomore, Nick Barnett were finally eligible to play after sitting out due to CIF transfer rules.  Both contributed immediately when the Saints opened up league play against the Foresthill Wildfires.  Hansen started on the mound and threw only five innings due to the 10 run mercy rule.  Besides a few control issues, he threw great, only giving up two hits and three runs and striking out two.

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Lady Rams Soccer Notches Another Big Win – April 13, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast Friday, Rio Vista’s Lady Rams went up against San Juan’s Lady Spartans in a great soccer game that showed one team’s potential for a good soccer season at Rio Vista High School.
The game started off with Lady Rams’ Carlin Cline ramming the ball through the Lady Spartans’ midfield line and almost made it to their last defender but was stopped and the ball was reset at the center of field.
Possession of the ball went back and forth until Lady Rams’ Yasmin Garcia made a bold defensive move being a mobile, fast fortress letting the Lady Spartans know that she was a force to deal with. Garcia managed to take control of the ball and make a beautiful pass to Lady Rams’ Susanne Johnson, who nearly scored a goal.
The Lady Spartans had two good defenders pressuring Rio’s defense and took Rio to their last defender into a corner kick. Rio was tense but San Juan didn’t convert the corner kick into a goal and the ball was reset.

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Rams Take Down Saints in Raley Field Showcase – April 6, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldIt was a beautiful day for baseball at Raley Field on Saturday afternoon when the Rio Vista Rams and the Delta Saints added another chapter to their longtime rivalry. The Sacramento River Cats were gracious enough to host the two teams and give the high schoolers a taste of what it’s like playing at a higher level.
Heading into the match up, both teams have struggled to get into a rhythm so far this season with a majority of both rosters filled with a lot of new faces and underclassmen. But on a big stage at Raley Field in this old school rivalry, it was clear that both ball clubs were going to bring their A-game.

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The Lady Rams Pick Up First Win of the Season – April 6, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe Lady Rams went up against the Wildfires of Foresthill in a soccer game at Rio Vista High School last Friday and this game showed one team’s determination and the potential to jump leaps and cross bounds for a great soccer season.
In the early moments of the game, the Lady Rams’ forward and midfielder Janet Tejeda aggressively attacked the offense of the Wildfires and pushed them to their last defender, taking the shot and almost scoring in the process. The ball slipped past the fingers of the goalie, yet it wasn’t enough to score a goal.

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Delta Saints Baseball Off to 2-1 Start – March 16, 2016

Tim Rapp, Saints Insider

River News-HeraldThe Saints are fielding a very young and inexperienced squad this year.  There are only three returning starters from last year’s team.
Senior team captain TJ Rapp, who batted .378 and was second in RBI’s last year, returns for his fourth and final year as a starting catcher and pitcher, followed by his brother, Jacob Rapp, a junior and third year varsity player who batted .413 and led the team in RBI’s.  Lastly, Cal Rooney, a sophomore, returns after a stellar freshman year in which he led the team in batting with a .422 avg., 35 hits, and 13 extra base hits.  Several of the other players were on the team last year, while others are new to the team, including three freshman and two sophomores.  Delta took second place in the CVCL and made it to the Division 6 playoffs off the fantastic pitching of Davis Uslan and hitting of Nick Mosher, Adam Kinsella, and Bryce Silva-Shipp.  Each of those players graduated last year leaving this team looking for a new identity.

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Lady Rams Softball Preview – March 9, 2016

Celeste McGahey, Lady Ram & RVHS Journalism Student

River News-HeraldThis softball season is going to be different than past years. Luckily we have 7 returners from last year to help mentor the new players. We lost 5 seniors last year; three of them were new comers and the last 2 were returning players. This coming Saturday is our first scrimmage against Jim Elliot, they are good competition for our first game and to see how the girls work together as a team.  “We won’t have any gaps in the field, there will always be a stronger player in every position,” says returning Junior Daryn Katsuki. This year 24 girls signed up but unfortunately we cannot keep all of them so our coach Alison Stiles has decided to have tryouts. Freshmen, Katlyn Langlois says, “I’m very nervous about tryouts because I have never done a real tryout before, I just hope I make the team.” As a returning player and seeing how many girls signed up this year I hope after tryouts we will have a great team that gets along in the dugout and on the field.

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Lady Rams Suffer Early Playoff Exit – March 2, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldThe Rio Vista Lady Rams’ season came to an end last Tuesday night at the hands of the Ripon Christian Lady Knights.
Heading into the playoffs, Rio Vista had plans bigger than simply getting a taste of the postseason – they wanted a shot at the title. Unfortunately for them, they simply couldn’t get their offense rolling.
The crowd was bigger and louder than any previous home game that I had experienced this season; it was great to see the town, students and faculty out showing their colors. The Rio Vista High School gym was festively decorated, music playing loudly, and the Lady Rams clearly had home court advantage.

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Lady Panthers Fall Short in Championship Game – March 2, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldIt was the championship game for girls basketball between the Riverview Panthers (seeded as #2) and Valley Warriors (seeded as #1) at the Riverview Middle school gym. Both teams clashed and became stars from their final showdown to remember for the ages.
In the 1st quarter, both teams kept each other well at the neutral for the first 2 minutes. Both teams seemed evenly matched with the Lady Warriors holding a tight defense and the Lady Panthers piercing a strong offense. What happens when the most powerful sword and the most powerful defense clash? A stalemate. And this stalemate would’ve kept staying this way if it wasn’t for the Lady Panthers’ Kaylee Kitchens, who had a breakthrough performance.

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Strange MLB Offseason Headlines – March 2, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldSpring is about to be sprung and the smell of fresh cut grass, freshly popped cans of chew and pine tar means that baseball season is upon us. The offseason brought us a lot of headlines, and the upcoming season is expected to be another great one with the anticipation of what could be the end of the Chicago Cubs cursed 108 year World Series title drought. But that’s not really going to happen, is it? That would be as weird as these strange offseason stories.

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Lady Rams Get Destroyed – February 17, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRio Vista went up against one of their most challenging opponents of the basketball season, Bradshaw Christian. They were a force to be reckoned with, yet the varsity Lady Rams gave it their all and never gave up.
The first quarter started off on a shaky beginning that gave Bradshaw a lead by a huge margin. Bradshaw was fast and tactical and their approaches were calculative and their execution was on point. The pressure they gave to Rio was overwhelming. It was a rocky turnout at the end of the quarter with Bradshaw 24 and Rio 9. Rio was playing Bradshaw’s game and it would take a serious run from Rio to claw back into this one.

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Lady Rams Control 2nd Place – February 10, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldThe Lady Rams hosted the Encina Bulldogs last week in what started off tight, but eventually turned into another easy win for Rio.
Encina got off to fast start defensively, but simply couldn’t finish on the other end. Rio came out of the gate sloppy, turning the ball over in just about every way imaginably, but got lucky that the Bulldogs botched several fast break layups.
Scoreless until the 5:45 mark in the opening quarter, Rio led just 2-0 until Encina’s Briyonna Dominique finished a powerful and-one layup with 4:58 to go in the first. She wasn’t able to convert on the free-throw, but the Bulldogs were able to revive their offense from a completely dormant state. With a much bigger and stronger team than the Rams, they muscled their way to a 10-7 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

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Riverview and Clarksburg Square Off – February 10, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRiverview Middle School went up against Clarksburg Middle School in a boys’ basketball game at Riverview gym last week. These two teams faced off in a long-end rivalry that they will share if they continue the sport through high school.
The first quarter started off great for both teams. Clarksburg played great defense and kept up good pressure on Riverview’s offense. This caused missed RV shots. CMS was good at keeping the RV players off of the three-point line. However, RV mixed it up on their approaches and were adaptive enough to manage a quick four-point lead on CMS at 6-2.  The Panthers tried to make more passes in the neutral game and had no problem with playing patiently, looking for an opportunity to capitalize on a mistake. Likewise, CMS used smart screens to deal with the pressure and did a great job at anticipating RV’s defense. While both teams were doing fine, it seemed like Riverview simply executed more efficiently. The first quarter ended 8-4 in the Panther’s favor.

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Super Bowl Heroes: Where Are They Now? – February 3, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldSuper Bowl 50 is just under a week away and a great buzz is in the air – especially here in the Bay Area. With so many bold predictions being made, the Super Bowl rarely goes exactly as expected and sometimes unexpected heroes arise to help propel their team to the mountain top. They were our favorites then, but where are they now?
Jack Squirek – Los Angeles Raiders – XVIII
Facing the Redskins in 1984, the Los Angeles Raiders found themselves leading 14-3 with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. With the Redskins in possession at their own 12-yard-line, quarterback Joe Theisman tried a quick screen pass that was intercepted by linebacker Jack Squirek and returned for a touchdown. This play ended up being a standout memory of the Super Bowl as the Raiders went on to win 38-9.

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Lady Rams Keep Winning – February 3, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRio Vista went up against San Juan in a Sierra Delta League qualifier for girls’ varsity basketball on a night that could give strong momentum to the victor. This game was one of the important matchups to win in order to make the playoffs this season.
The Lady Rams started off the 1st quarter a bit shaky but kept things close with San Juan. What quickly turned things around for Rio in this quarter was the constant pressure, including smart defense and good execution. Despite this, San Juan picked their moments and made them count when they did score. San Juan carried the momentum point after point from a deficit of 8(R)-5(S) to 12(S)-8(R), which was the final score of the quarter.

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The Not-So-Super Bowl: Biggest Super Bowl Let Downs – January 27, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldIt’s almost Super Bowl week as both the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers have punched their tickets to SB50 in Santa Clara, California. As we lead up to our country’s biggest sporting event, let’s take a look back at some of the not-so-super outcomes from past games. I wouldn’t be surprised if this year wasn’t a dud too. Cam Newton looks unbeatable, while Peyton Manning looks like he is clinging onto his career for dear life.

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Rio Vista Rams Wrestle – January 27, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRio Vista squared off against Golden Sierra in a varsity wrestling match at the back of the gym at Rio Vista High School.
First match was Rio Vista’s Levi Smith against Golden Sierra’s Dylan Gwinnup. This was the 138 weight class. Both contenders kept each other at arm’s-length until Smith managed to push Gwinnup out of the mat circle line. At the reset, Smith went for a headlock which was then countered by a hold from Gwinnup who managed to hold down Smith on the mat. On the next round, Gwinnup got a hold on Smith and converted into a successful full nelson after 2 takedowns. Levi showed a display of stress. In the next round, Gwinnup showed signs of blood from his lips and took a breather to clean himself up. Gwinnup managed to get torso hold Smith and got him down to his legs. Smith attempted to get back on his feet but Gwinnup countered with a headlock into a torso hold.

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Riverview Hoop in Full Swing – January 20, 2016

LuAnn Haley, Contributor

River News-HeraldOn January 8th we played Adventure Christian in Rocklin.  It was a rough start for the girls but we managed to pull together as a team and conquer the win.  Lots of jitters to shake loose but overall a great effort by all the girls.  We won 38-28.  On 1/12 we played our first home game against Valley and were able to successfully run several different offenses productively.  Our help defense and hustle kept the other team from scoring.  We won 17-13. Top scorers for Rio were Olivia Roberts scoring 6 points and Dallas Haley scoring 4 points.

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Rio Vista Rams Host Wrestling Match – January 20, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe Rio Vista Rams squared off against Bradshaw Christian in a historic-first-ever wrestling match in Rio Vista on a Wednesday night at the back of the high school gym.
The first wrestling set of the night was Rio Vista’s Liam Smith going up against Bradshaw Christian’s Phillip Conner. This was the 152 weight class. Both of these contenders started off in neutral pretty well, with Conner distancing himself well by extending his arms and Smith adapting.

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Rio Vista Rams Showcased at Sleep Train Arena – January 13, 2016

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldSaturday afternoon was a big day for the Rio Vista Rams varsity boys’ basketball team. They were featured as part of Sleep Train Arena’s high school basketball showcase in a showdown with the Galt Warriors.
The crowd turnout was Rio Vista-heavy on what was a perfect afternoon for basketball. With the Sacramento Kings hosting the NBA best Golden State Warriors just a few hours later, there was a great buzz in the air.
Coming off of a road back-to-back as well as playing three games in four days, the Rams came out of the gate slow and played a sloppy and lackluster opening quarter. Rio appeared to be stuck on single digits forever as they struggled to get into any offensive flow whatsoever. After a beautiful and one finish on a double clutch layup by Galt’s Gabe Abarca, the Warriors led the Rams 23-10 with 6:59 remaining in the second quarter and Rio was forced to take a timeout.

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Lady Rams Win Nail Biter – January 13, 2016

Rich Peters & Anthony Gutierrez, Editor & Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe Lady Rams faced off against Highlands in a fantastic varsity basketball game of adaptability and perseverance last Wednesday night. The first quarter started off strong for Rio. The Lady Rams quickly took the lead with a score of 11-2 with the help of Brianna Summitt, Taylor Porter and Holly Witcraft, who dominated the court at the beginning of the game. They found a weak spot in Highlands’ defense and kept the pressure on until Highlands adjusted. Highlands’ Shalina Terry and Kyanna Thurston stepped up their game and the synergy of this amazing duo brought back the score to 13-9 with Thurston going for key passes and Terry making key baskets at the end of the quarter.

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Saints Lose Heartbreaker – January 6, 2016

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe Delta Saints faced off against Faith Christian in a very close game that could’ve been either teams victory on a Monday.
The first quarter started off well for the Delta Saints but as the game progressed Faith Christian evened up the score at 11-11. Delta was great at throwing quick outlet passes and going for aggressive, high tempo plays, but Faith adapted to Delta’s quickness and countered their rush down by putting on good pressure. Faith found it difficult to challenge Delta’s defense at the rim. It was a double-edge sword when both teams played this aggressive.  Sometimes one mistake could lead to the other team’s advantage and momentum could be a big factor in deciding a team’s victory. The scoreboard at the end of the first was 16-16.

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2016 Sports New Years Resolutions – December 30, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldAnother year of sports has flown by us and now it’s time to both reflect on the past as well as look towards the future. With a fresh start just around the corner, here are some of my 2016 Sports New Years Resolutions.
No More Domestic Violence
I hope that we see far less cases and far more awareness of domestic violence across not just the sports world, but the entire world. It’s time for our so-called “role model” athletes to step up and start acting like the men they get paid millions of dollars to be. It starts at the very top. If they were held accountable for their actions, then they would think twice before making poor decisions.

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10 Off-the-Field Stories That We Wish We Could Forget from 2015 – December 23, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldWith a new year comes a new barrage of unwanted sports stories. It’s unstoppable and there’s no avoiding it in today’s media savvy world that even finds my grandmother slandering people on Twitter and illegally downloading music. So rather than trying to ignore the most unbearable stories across the sports world, let’s embrace them for a moment and take a look back on 2015’s worst of the worst.

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The Jolliest People in Sports – December 16, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldNow that the jolly holidays are upon us and the jolliest man of all, Santa Claus, and his little elves are making their final tune ups on this season’s newest sleigh model, we are left waiting for our most treasured gifts for another couple of weeks. Thankfully, ‘tis the season for some great sporting events as well as the appropriate time to look back on yet another incredible year in sports. Here are 10 of the jolliest people in sports – 2015 edition. Cheers!

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Lady Rams Off to Hot Start – December 16, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldThe Lady Rams went up against Winters on a Tuesday basketball varsity game that showed a competition of adaptability, endurance and momentum in both teams that had the crowd at the edge of their seats in the final moments of the game.
In the first quarter, Rio had a rocky start. While the Rio passing was great, it was a bit hard to get past Winters’ defense and the score showed in Winters’ 5 to Rio’s 0. Winters’ #5 Sheila Mora scored an impressive three-pointer in this timeframe. However, what Rio is great at doing is having great press and fast plays, as soon as a two-pointer from Winters’ #11 Montana Frey scored, Rio took their next opportunity and Rio’s #23 Taylor Porter immediately scored at the other end. Rio’s tempo was fast and Winters’ had a tough time getting their defense ready. Rio brought it around with a key read at Winters’ approach: they are keen at making forward plays for the basket. Porter’s tall frame blocked these deep approaches and led Winters’ offense to think. This gave the Rio defense enough time to position themselves and get ready at any adaption Winters’ would make. The score at the end of the quarter was Rio 10- Winters 5 as Rio would finish on a furious 10-0 run.

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Lady Rams, Saints Kick Off Their Seasons – December 9, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRio Vista and Delta squared off on the basketball court Tuesday night with the girls’ varsity teams playing their long-standing rival team game one of the season. The game was dedicated to the Tyler Uslan Foundation.
Both teams were a bit nervous, playing cautiously and looking for that one opportunity to gain the advantage over the other. This changed gradually as both teams got into the rhythm of the game and started grinding it out. At the 3:12 mark, #2 Holly Witcraft from Rio attempted a 3 pointer but missed; this was responded swiftly by Delta’s #21 Vannessa Lueras who attempted a 3 pointer of her own and scored. The score was Delta nine, Rio five.

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Stop Pissing Off the Champs – December 2, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldComing off of a 67 win season, a world championship and now currently sporting a ridiculous 19-0 record, it’s time for everyone to admit that the Golden State Warriors are good. In fact, they’re more than good – they’re historically great.
So stop pissing them off.
Stop saying that they’re just “lucky.” Stop saying that they’re just “healthy.” And please, do not even start in on the “arrogant” banter.
It all started with this past offseason when Los Angeles Clippers head coach and GM, Doc Rivers, hinted that he believed that the Warriors were in fact lucky to have won the title because they didn’t have to face his Clips or the San Antonio Spurs during their path to the Finals.

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10 Biggest Turkeys in Sports! – November 25, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldAs Thanksgiving approaches and we gather ‘round with our families to discuss what we are thankful for, we cannot forget about the main dish – turkey. Here are the 10 biggest turkeys of the 2015 sports world that we are the most thankful for. Enjoy!

Matt Williams and the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals were supposed to be the business this season, but instead they had a falling out party. Even though slugger Bryce Harper unanimously won the National League’s MVP honor by posting an insane .460 OBP and a .330 batting average to go along with 42 homers and 99 RBI’s, it wasn’t enough to propel the Nats through their toxic clubhouse woes as they missed the playoffs altogether. Manager Matt Williams has since then been fired and replaced by another former Giant, Dusty Baker.

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The Rams’ Season Comes To An End – November 18, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldThe fifty or so diehard Rio Vista Rams fans who traveled deep into the central valley to watch their team take on Gustine in the Sac Joaquin Section playoffs last Friday night were rewarded for their fanaticism. No doubt expecting to see a regular high school football matchup, instead they saw a virtual video game break out, as the Rams and hometown Redskins combined for 18 total touchdowns and 124 points in Gustine’s 70-54 win.

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Lady Rams Finish A Great Season – November 18, 2015

Luanne Haley, Assistant Coach

River News-HeraldThe Lady Rams played their hearts out last night!  Unfortunately it was the end to our season with a loss to Mariposa.  We are very proud of their efforts and accomplishments this season, including the fact of making it to playoffs – which hasn’t been done in 12 years.
Principal Turk and VP Knisley presented the coaches and players with these shirts as we boarded the bus to Mariposa.  They say “LADY RAMS Play-Off Bound 2015”

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Rams Lock Up Third Seed – November 11, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldThe Rio Vista High School Rams varsity football team finished the regular season in style last Friday night, trouncing visiting Woodland Christian 53-32.
The Cardinals threatened to ruin Senior Night for Rio, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown for a quick, 7-0 Woodland Christian lead.
But after shaking off that sluggish start, the Rams exploded on a 53-12 run before giving up a couple of meaningless scores in the fourth quarter.
Junior quarterback Ryan Mackey led the air attack, throwing for 196 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to senior flanker Ethan Penick.
But the offensive star of the night was departing senior running back B.J. Peters, who accounted for 430 total yards. Peters ran through and around the visiting Cardinals all night, rushing for 315 yards on 21 carries, for an astounding 15 yards per carry average. Peters turned those rushes into five touchdowns, and also caught a touchdown pass from Mackey.
Senior running back Trent Malta added 63 yards on just four carries, including a 42-yard jaunt.

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Delta Saints: Back-to-Back SMAL Champs – November 11, 2015

Tim Rapp, Saints Insider

River News-HeraldFriday Night Lights was at its best last week in Clarksburg.  The Delta Saints football team took the field in a must win game on Senior Night in front of a large crowd.  With the Foresthill Wildfires already a lock for a two or three seed in the Division 7 playoff bracket, the Saints knew they had to win the game.  On the line was a chance to be SMAL Champs and the opportunity to continue playing in the playoffs, but a loss would mean last place and an end to the season.
The Senior Night festivities began at 6:40 when the Saints senior players were introduced onto the field with their parents.  Ten Delta Saint student-athletes walked onto the field that night not knowing for sure if this would be their last time to suit it up and play a game they love.  Seniors Will Schauer, TJ Rapp, Brandon Mason, and Mauricio Hernandez were four players among the ten that have played the last three years together on the varsity team.  They have been through a lot together and became the foundation for a very young Delta Saints football team.

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Rams Fall Out of Second Place – November 4, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldWhen Sierra Delta League rivals Golden Sierra and Rio Vista face off in any high school sporting event, it must be like looking in the mirror. Both are true Division V schools with small enrollments. Both are from remote, rural outposts, with the Rams located in the heart of the Delta, and the Grizzlies from Garden Valley, in the foothills above Placerville.
The resumes of both schools’ 2015 varsity football teams have the same look about them as well:
Tight, high-scoring win over Highlands? Check.
Comfortable wins over San Juan and Vacaville Christian? Check.
Blowout loss to perennial SDL titan Bradshaw Christian? Unfortunately, check.
Both teams also came into Friday night’s contest in Rio Vista with the reputation of scoring a lot, albeit while also surrendering a lot of points, at least to the quality teams they had played.

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Golden State Warriors Season Preview – October 28, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldAfter the greatest season in franchise history and one of the greatest seasons in the history of the NBA, nothing major needed to happen. The core of this team is young and still on the rise. They had to moveDavid Lee, who was an integral part of turning the once guttered franchise around. Lingering injuries, the emergence of the relentlessly defensive minded Draymond Green, as well as the ability to play Harrison Barnes at the stretch four pushed Lee out of the lineup. Like a true professional, the two-time All-Star understood his role as he returned to health in time for the playoffs and still managed to play his heart out when called up –  especially in the Finals.

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Rams Win Again, Inching Towards Playoffs – October 28, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldThe Rio Vista High Rams varsity football team beat league rival and host San Juan 61-30 last Friday in a high-scoring affair that resembled an Arena Football League contest.
Both teams combined for eight touchdown passes and 750 yards through the air, but the difference was Rio’s ability to run the ball while stopping the Spartans’ running game.
The Rams scampered for 256 yards and four rushing touchdowns, while holding the Spartans to 36 yards on the ground with no scores.

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Delta Volleyball Falls to Woodland Christian – October 28, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldIt was a challenging game for the underdog Delta Saints as they faced off against Woodland Christian at Thursday’s volleyball game.
It was a 3-0 sweep from Woodland Christian against Delta.
The first set started off with Woodland’s powerful serving. The set progressed with Delta hitting the ball out of the court, netting the ball and losing control of the ball. These mishaps ultimately reflected in the score to be 14-2 to 22-3 to 25-5 in favor of Woodland against Delta. It was a rough start for Delta.

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Rams Bounce Back with Big Win – October 21, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldThe Rio Vista High Rams football fans at last Friday night’s home contest versus Encina were rewarded for their loyalty in a couple of ways.
First, the Rams blitzed the Bulldogs from the start, cruising to a 44-0 win, led by senior running back B.J. Peters’ five touchdowns.
Second, the alumni from the Class of 1965 were honored at halftime, during which the group of proud, former RVHS students presented a donation of $10,000 to the Rams’ Booster Club. It was a hugely generous act and gesture.

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Rams Soccer Loses Again, But Improving – October 21, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast Monday, Rio and Vacaville clashed against each other in an intense soccer game including close-call moments from both teams and a clutch factor from the underdog team that almost determined the outcome of the game.
The game started with Rio attempting 3 goals from #7 Gonzalo Romero and #11 Enrique Lopez but Vacaville struck back with their offense chipping away at Rio’s defense in a game of endurance as the ball was kept at Rio’s defense for quite a while.
This resulted in Rio’s defensive line defending against close calls from Vacaville’s onslaught at the goal. The ball was pushed back and forth from both teams as momentum shifted every few seconds. It was like a game of Ping Pong where the ball was never in one team’s possession for very long. There was one aggressive approach from #11 Lopez who cut through the mid and defensive line of Vacaville and almost made a successful goal setup. The score was still 0-0.

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JR Rams Sweep the Day, Look Towards Playoffs – October 21, 2015

JR Rams Insider

River News-Herald

Great day of football for the JR Rams on Saturday as they won at all four levels against the South County Spartans (the East Nicolaus JR program). They needed those wins, as many of the games on Saturday had playoff implications.
The mighty mites started the day off with a dominating 27-0 win in a game where both teams were competing for the 2nd playoff seed in the upcoming ISAC playoffs.  The running back trio of Isaiah Holley, Jeremiah Makua, and Marco Carillo led a bruising rushing attack that exceeded 300 total yards rushing.  On defense, Justin Byers and Charlie Jeffers really controlled the middle, while Isaiah Holley was doing a great job at his outside linebacker position.  Great job and great team win, with everyone contributing to that shutout!

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A Letter to My Son – October 14, 2015

Tim Rapp, Delta Saints Coach

River News-HeraldMy name is Tim Rapp.  I am a coach at Delta and I have two sons on the football team. TJ Rapp is a senior and Jacob Rapp is a junior.  I wanted to share a story with you.
I grew up in West Sacramento myself in the 70’s and 80’s, but I commuted to Delta High for school and sports.  I played football and baseball from the fall of 1983 to the spring of 1987.  I played with some really good players, like Bart Greene and Ricky Weeks.  Anyway, I have always tried to stay in touch with the community and hoped that if I ever had kids they would go to Delta and play on the same fields I did so many years ago.  Well my hopes came true.

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Strange Moments in MLB Postseason History – October 14, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldNow that the MLB postseason is upon us, things around the world of baseball are bound to get a little strange. Maybe it’s just the October/Halloween time of year, but there is just something about the baseball playoffs that is a little spooky.
Steve Bartman
In 2003, Steve Bartman just added to the Chicago Cubs’ misery. Now I’m just waiting for this season’s Bartman. Yes, they made it out of the Wild Card and they are a great ball club, but I really, truly believe that they are cursed. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them up 3-0 in the World Series and still lose.

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 Rams Stifled By Bradshaw Christian – October 14, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldThe showdown between Rio Vista’s varsity Rams football team and league rival Bradshaw Christian last Friday night was much anticipated.
The Pride are defending league champions and, like the Rams, perennial section playoff participants. Bradshaw had played its typically tough preseason slate, knocking off upper division schools De Anza and Summerville before throttling both Encina and Vacaville Christian in Sierra Delta League play.
The Rams had put up gaudy offensive numbers in beating Brookside Christian and Delta before also winning its first two SDL games, beating the Falcons from Vacaville Christian and Highlands.

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Rams Soccer Suffers Another Tough Loss – October 14, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldLast Monday, Rio Vista’s men’s soccer team went up against Encina, one of the major threats of this season, in a home game at the lower field at Rio Vista High School.
The Rams put up a hard fight but couldn’t keep up with Encina’s aggressive offense as the final score of the game was Encina 7 – Rio 1.
The beginning of the first half started off in a stalemate between both teams as they kept attacking each other for control of the ball and in response solidly defending each other until Encina scored the opening goal, setting the advantageous pacing and tone for the rest of the match.

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Headshot: The Mighty Fall of Jed York’s Santa Clara 49ers – October 7, 2015

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Rich Peters, Editor

With all my spiteful talk of the Oakland Raiders organization a few weeks ago, I just had to dig into my second least favorite face of Bay Area sports, (behind Oakland Athletics GM now EVP Billy Beane of course) pompous San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York.
What York has done to one of the greatest franchises in the history of all of sports is a damn shame and one of the biggest collapses in NFL history – and all for what? So he can show everybody how much control he has? So he can prove to the world just how mighty the York family is? Well look how far the mighty have fallen.

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The Anti-Mr. Octobers – October 7, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldThe MLB playoffs are finally upon us after a long, grueling season. To me, as well as many others across the world, October baseball is the best time in sports. With every single play so magnified, you really see who has what it takes to be a champion and who doesn’t. We all know about THE Mr. October Reggie Jackson and Mr. November Derek Jeter, and we all saw the postseason dominance of Madison Bumgarner just a season ago.  Those players all stepped up and rose to the occasion whenever they were called upon, but what about those who didn’t? These are the Anti-Mr. Octobers.

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The Rams Make for a Memorable Homecoming – October 7, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldIn a high school football game that started on Friday night and felt like it lasted until Saturday, the Rio Vista Rams outscored and outlasted the league-rival Highlands Scots, as senior defensive back Ethan Penick punctuated the 47-40 win with an interception return for a touchdown in the last seconds of the contest. For the hearty souls who stuck around until the end, it turned out to be an instant classic.
The Scots marched into Rio Vista on Homecoming Night behind their record-setting quarterback, Isaiah Tenette, and had averaged 54 points per game in their 3-1 non-league slate. And they did prove explosive, with Tenette accounting for five touchdowns on the night, three through the air and two on the ground.

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Saints End Losing Streak – October 7, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldComing off of a bye week, the Delta Saints were desperate for a big victory and got exactly that on Friday night. In a 42-0 whooping of Elliot Christian, it seems that the Saints were able to take their three game losing streak out on the Eagles in grand style.
Junior Delta quarterback Jacob Rapp made sure his team was going to end their losing ways and got them back on track in what has been a tough season so far. Rapp threw for 101 yards and three touchdowns, but it was his accuracy that set the tone from the start. He completed 9-13 pass attempts and finished with a 131.7 QB rating.

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RAMS HOLD STRONG ON THE ROAD – September 30, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldEveryone who’d been following the Rio Vista and Vacaville Christian varsity football teams this season expected a shootout. The Falcons were averaging 32 points per game in their non-league contests before hosting the Rams last Friday night, while Rio Vista was averaging just under 46 points per game in their first three contests, including a 72-8 blowout of their rival Delta Saints.
Well, plenty of points were in fact scored, with the Rams holding on at the end for a 48-42 victory in the league opener for both teams.

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 HEADSHOT: The Raider Nation Experience – September 23, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldLast Sunday I attended the Raiders game at the beautiful Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and I was not disappointed. A 40 minute wait to pay $35 to get into a dirt parking lot separate from the stadium lot on the outskirts of I-880, bums frantically coming in and out of a hole in the fence closest to our truck, 15 minute lines to use the limited and distant outhouses that were jammed up with broken beer bottles, non-stop stolen t-shirt salesmen harassing us, muggy, 100 degree Oakland weather – and that was just the tailgate!

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Rams Crush Saints in Rival Game – September 23, 2015

Rich Peters & Anthony Gutierrez

River News-HeraldIt was a clash between two rival teams: Rio Vista’s Rams and Delta’s Saints who met last Friday at Rio Vista High School.
The two rivals butted heads, but it was the Rams who had an amazing night start to finish, retaining “The Bell” and winning by a lopsided score of 72-8.
Rio started out with all of the home crowd momentum in the first half, as their energy was high, so was their performance as a team. It was 28-0 in a short matter of time with key touchdowns from outstanding Rams B.J. Peters, Ethan Penick and Andy Ventura.
The final score of the first half was 42-0, but the energy Rio brought wasn’t stopping in the second, as they kept rushing past Delta’s defense with B.J. Peters leading the way.

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JR Rams Visit Esparto – September 16, 2015

JR Rams Insider

River News-HeraldIt was a tough day of football this past Saturday as expected as the JR Rams visited the JR Spartans of Esparto. The JR Rams have a lot of respect for the Esparto organization as they have had numerous tough battles with them over the years.
The mighty mites would kick off the fun in what was probably the game of the day. The JR Spartans started strong keeping the ball almost the entire 1st quarter, but the JR Ram defense would hold up in the red zone. It was a 0-0 defensive struggle at halftime. The JR Rams would take control in the 3rd quarter, starting with a 55 yard touchdown run by Marco Carrillo. After a strong defensive stance and getting the ball back, Isaiah Holley would burst through the line on his way for a 45-yard TD. Emmett Medders would then pass in a 2-point conversion to Isaiah. Shutting out the strong JR Spartans was a great defensive effort by the JR rams lead by Jeremiah Makua, Adam Stone, and Justin Byers. Coach Makua, Coach Friedel and Coach Medders had the boys ready to play.

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Lady Rams Volleyball Sweeps the Lady Saints – September 16, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldRio Vista’s Lady Rams beat Delta’s Saints in their Varsity volleyball game last Friday in a 3-0 sweep with scores 28-26, 25-17 and 25-14.
Rio and Delta had an intense first set with the beginning scores being neck and neck. Delta’s Kasey Kohler #19 gave the Saints a kickstart, scoring four straight to open things up, but Rio quickly answered with Josie Hamilton #9 on her amazing receiving and #10 Brianna Summitt serving the ball to tie the scores at 4-4. It was a back and forth point game until Delta’s Madison Allen #3 served the ball with the help of Tania Jaimes #9 on setups for a score of 6-11 in Delta’s favor. Delta’s Allysa Smith #4 also served the ball stretching the Saints points to 7-13. But Rio answered with Lacey DuBois #32 who had amazing returns and brought the ball back to Rio. The score was 14-14 and from then on, the match was decided on which team gained the momentum first. The scores tied at 20-20, 24-24, 25-25 and 26-26. Both teams were nervous. Some of the players netted the balls at the serves but it was Rio who came out on top and won the set 28-26.

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When Tennis Got Rowdy – September 9, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldThe US Open is underway and sure to be another great tournament, as it is the final major of the year. There are a lot of storylines to follow, mainly whether or not Serena Williams can become the first female to win a Grand Slam since the great Steffi Graf in 1988. It’s about the only feat remaining on Serena’s career checklist and would cause for quite the rowdy American celebration on U.S. soil. Here are some of the times when tennis did in fact get rowdy, for better and for worse.

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Rams Can’t Stop Run In Home Opener – September 9, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-Herald

While battling Amador in their home opener last Friday night, the Rio Vista High School Rams’ varsity football team had to be thinking that it would be a good primer for facing some of the tougher Sierra Delta League opponents later in the season. After all, the Buffaloes, from the larger-school Mother Lode League, had trampled the SDL San Juan Spartans the week before. Coupled with Rio Vista’s thrashing of Brookside Christian in their opener, both teams faced stiffer competition in Week 2.

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Saints Lose Big Again – September 9, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

River News-HeraldThe Delta Saints lost another tough one 50-22 in last Friday night’s non-league matchup with the  Turlock Christian Eagles.
The Eagles (1-1) simply dominating offense was too much for the Saints to overcome. Sophomore Turlock quarterback Jakob Skinner completed 9/11 pass attempts for 138 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the game with a whopping QB rating of 161.9.
Turlock was also able to have their way on the ground, rushing for a combined 348 yards and averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

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Rams Dominate Season Opener – September 2, 2015

Greg Lucas, Rams Insider

River News-HeraldAfter taking over as Head Coach of the Rio Vista High School Varsity Boys football team in early August, implementing new offenses and defenses, and whipping the players into some kind of football shape in three short weeks, Chris Medders had expectations of the Rams “playing fast” in their season opener versus Brookside Christian.
Well, they played plenty fast enough to dominate the Knights in all phases of the game, exploding for eight touchdowns in the 53-6 blowout win at Lincoln High School’s football stadium in Stockton.

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Saints Lose Opener, Look Forward – September 2, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

The Delta Saints took a tough 54-22 loss on opening night to the Le Grand Bulldogs. River News-HeraldDelta’s run defense couldn’t stop much, giving up a whopping 371 yards on the ground. Lead by the ground attack duo of juniors Carlos Iniguez (200 yards, 3 TD’s) and Eric Zaragoza (117 yards, 1 TD), the Bulldogs averaged over 16 yards per carry and the Saints had their hands full all night.

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 Jr Rams Host Tough Napa Program – September 2, 2015

Isaiah Turner carries the rock.

The JR Rams hosted the Napa Valley Jets this past Saturday. The JR Rams always know they have a battle on their hands when the Jets come to town and this weekend was no different.

The mighty mites kicked off the day losing to the Jets 31-6. While the Jets are a strong team, it was just “one of those days” for the mighty mites. Marco Carrillo ran the ball hard contributing the lone TD for the day. One thing to note, mighty mites lost to the Jets in the regular season last year and dominated them in the conference championship. However, they played a great game and the MM have work to do to get better.

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Delta Saints Football Season Preview – August 26, 2015

Rich Peters, EditorRiver News-Herald

High school football is set to kick off on Friday and things are starting to heat up. Here is a look at the upcoming Delta Saints’ season.
With 13 Delta seniors graduating last year, there will be a big turnover and major change for the Saints roster, but change is nothing that this team isn’t used to.
Second year head coach Stephen Bunch took over the reigns of a team that went just 2-8 in 2013-2014 and lead them to the SMAL title with a record of 6-3 (4-0 in league) last season. This year he is looking to continue that upward trend, but with a group of new faces.

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Rio Vista Rams Football Season Preview – August 26, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

River News-HeraldFootball season is just beginning and here’s a preview of what to expect:
The Rio Vista Rams have junior Ryan Mackey as their quarterback and senior Adrian Chaves as their lineman. Both players have been a part of the team since their freshman year.
They will face their long standing rival Delta eventually and these RVR players are both inclined to beat the Saints and keep “The Bell.”
“Good luck to Delta,” they said.

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Jr Rams Have Big Weekend in Dixon – August 26, 2015

River News-Herald

The JR Rams kicked off their season Saturday playing in Dixon against the Dixon Rams.

The Mighty Mites got the day started with a 36-12 win. It was a bruising rushing attack by the JR Rams with Isaiah Holley, Jeremiah Makua, and Marco Carrillo all rushing for over 150 yards each. Isaiah would score 3 TD’s, Jeremiah 2 TD’s, and Marco scored 1 touchdown as well. It was a great start for the JR Ram mighty mites as they started their journey to repeat as ISAC Champions.

 

The Fan No Longer Matters: Corporate Greed of Pro Sports – August 12, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor
Jed

If you haven’t heard, the NFL preseason is among us and tickets will in fact be sold at regular season prices. Ridiculous? I think so too. The fans deserve better and because of that, I want to break down the worst ways in which fans are mistreated across the entire sports spectrum. From high priced tickets to fans fighting each other, professional sports have become a high priced disaster and a mockery of the average household income.

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