Homecoming Triumph

MPG Staff  |  2017-10-18

In its second Sierra Valley Conference game at Lancer Stadium on Oct. 13th, the Cordova High School football team showed the homecoming crowd how it can score in different formations against Union Mine. Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – How sweet it was. A big win by a big score, a homecoming night, and returning alumni celebrating the history at Cordova High.

The football team seems to really be catching fire in league play and there was fire in the hearts of returning Lancers. The team won convincingly, 48-6 over visiting Union Mine. A game like that reminded the crowd of the days when it seemed to happen every week.

Returning graduates from Cordova High marched along with the newly chosen homecoming court, representing their years of graduation with pride. Some of the years that were best represented were 1965, 1967 and 1974.

There is tremendous pride that comes with graduating from Cordova High. That pride is reflected in all that the alumni continue to do for the community and why they return every year.

The Rancho Cordova Hall of Fame event, held Saturday, October 14th at City Hall, honored many of the accomplishments of famous former Lancers and their sports careers. The inductees and their history can be found on page 3 of this week's newspaper You can find it on the homepage.

For the football team’s big win sports story, check it out inside on page 13. For more photos of the homecoming events see the back page of this week's issue. Go Lancers!

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Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

MPG Staff  |  2017-10-18

RC Hall of Fame Inductees. Photo by Rick Sloan

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - This year’s Rancho Cordova Hall of Fame inductees were honored during the 2017 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Rancho Cordova City Hall.  To be elected to the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame, inductees were judged to have attained significant achievements in or contributions to athletics, as well as exhibiting high standards of character and sportsmanship.

Rancho Cordova Sports luminaries inducted are listed here.

  • 1974 American Legion Post 281 Baseball Team: Comprised entirely of Rancho Cordova youth baseball standouts, the team is honored not only for qualifying to play in the California State Championship, but for an outstanding record of accomplishment which followed.  The team eventually finished third in the state, but four team members went on to play professional baseball, four competed for junior colleges and seven for colleges, making it one of the most successful youth baseball teams in Rancho Cordova history.  The team was coached by Rich Rose and included players Gary Stonebrook, Scott Jenner, George Harper, Walt Hill, Jim Noonan, Warren Brown, Doug Land, Mike Anicich, Jim Deane, Steve Finch, John Ingrim, Mike Hoffiditz, Morgan Jones, Bob Beale and the late Mark Abbondola.
  • Farynairz Family:  Dominating Rancho Cordova high school sports in the early 1980s, brothers Brett and Tony and sister Deborah are honored for a remarkable legacy left by a single family. After outstanding Cordova High School accomplishments, Tony went on to be a baseball All American at San Diego State, Brett played outside linebacker for seven years in the NFL, and Deborah was an all American Cross Country runner at UC Davis, eventually going on to earn a medical degree from Harvard and become a leading orthopedic surgeon.
  •  Robert Arellanes:  A retired Sacramento State professor and dean, for founding the Rancho Cordova Soccer Club and Cordova High School Soccer program.
  • Ken Bowles: A longtime coach of football, basketball, softball and track.
  • Otis Griffin: A Cordova High School football standout who played for Texas A&M and Arena Football’s Los Angeles Avengers, Griffin went on to a professional boxing career.
  • Jeff Hazard:  A 1980s Cordova High School wrestling standout, Hazard went to Stanford on a wrestling scholarship, earning top wrestling honors and a degree in geology.
  • Stacy Hom Loftus: A 1985 Cordova High graduate, Hom was a champion in women’s discus at both the high school and college level.  Her 1990 throw of 170-30 still stands as a Women’s Outdoor record at Sacramento State.
  • Joe Horgan:  An outstanding Cordova High School baseball player, Horgan played at Sacramento City College before heading to Major League Baseball, where he played 47 games for the Expos in 2004 and the Washington Nationals in 2005.
  • Joe Horyza:   A legendary and beloved basketball coach at Mills Jr. High, Horyza went on to statewide leadership in the field of Physical Education and Coaching.
  • Chris Johnson:  A high school baseball and basketball player for the Lancers, Johnson evolved as a golfer at UC Davis where he earned Division II All American honors. 
  • Jerry Karnow:  An admired Mills Jr. High coach of football and wrestling, Karnow has been inducted into both the Sacramento and National Men’s Senior Baseball League Halls of Fame with a long career which included being an All CIF pitcher in 1959 and a Gold Medal winner in the Nike World Games.
  • Kevin Nixon: A Cordova Lancers basketball star, Nixon was Utah State’s MVP in 1988 and its highest scoring guard; a starter for three years and team captain in his junior and senior seasons.  He has continued his basketball stardom into coaching, including an Arizona State Championship team and assisting Bishop Gorman (NV) women’s team to four state championships.
  • Walt Phillips:  Beloved football and baseball coach in the early days of Mills Jr. High, Phillips was part of the early training and coaching combine which gave birth to Cordova High School’s legendary football teams.
  • Jack Ramsey:  A longtime and admired Mills Jr. High coach whose guidance helped shape the Cordova High School football dynasty of the 1970s.
  • Bob Reece:  Cordova High quarterback, basketball player and catcher in the early 70s, Reece who went on to Stanford, then nine seasons in the minors system of the Expos, with nine games in the Majors.  He is recognized as Cordova High’s first MLB player.
  • Ray Savorn:  A longtime Rancho Cordova resident, Savorn was an outstanding college athlete and 39-year Cordova High School teacher and coach, and accomplished senior tennis athlete.  His basketball officiating accomplishments landed him in the LaSalle Club’s Officials Hall of Fame in 2016.
  • Mike Valentine: A first-team selection on the Sacramento Bee’s 1977 All-Metro defensive team, Valentine was an elite defensive end who was a key member of the Lancers’ section champion football teams in 1976 and 1977. A top hurdler, Valentine established a then-school record 14.4 in the 120 High Hurdles and helped Cordova track teams to back-to-back Metro League titles in 1976-77.MPG Staff

 “Rancho Cordova has a uniquely powerful history of youth sports achievement,” said David Sander, a Rancho Cordova City Councilman and president of the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association.  “Our Hall of Fame memorializes that incredible history and should inspire our current youth athletes as well.” 

The Rancho Cordova Athletic Association was formed in 2013 to foster lifelong values of good sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy active lifestyles through development of excellent youth sports facilities and organizations, positive coaching and access to play for all.

Source: Rancho Cordova Hall of Fame, Shelly Blanchard

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Share in The Magic!

By Sydnie Anderson  |  2017-10-18

The staff Murphy’s Magic invite you to learn a magic trick or two! Photo courtesy Murphy’s Magic.

Learn a New Trick: October 31st Is National Magic Day

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Murphy’s Magic Supplies is wanting to share the joy of National Magic Day with you.

Magicians are in the business of keeping secrets, but National Magic Day is something to be celebrated with everyone.  In 1927 a “Houdini Day” was established to honor the deceased Harry Houdini who was world renowned for his escapology and full range of stage magic tricks. In 1938,  it was proclaimed October 31st, the day of his death, to be National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini.  A plan was formulated to celebrate this day by having free magic performances for those who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show. 

Over the years National Magic Day has evolved and different forms of magic are being shared. Murphy’s Magic Supplies, a leading international magic supply wholesaler, has made it their mission to get as much magic into the hands of people to stay true to its origin.  Observe this day by teaching yourself a magic trick or watch other magicians perform.  Like www.facebook.com/MurphysMagicSupplies to learn more about magic and sign up at  www.murphysmagic.com/gift to learn 5 free tricks you can be prepared to share on October 31st, National Magic Day.

Murphy’s Magic Supplies, Inc. is the world’s largest wholesaler of magic and is committed to providing outstanding service with honesty and integrity unparalleled in the magic industry.  Established in 1998, Murphy’s sells magic tricks and supplies to on-line and brick-and-mortar stores around the world.  Their retail partners sell amazing magic effects to famous magicians, local performers and hobbyist alike. 

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Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - With the time change comes greater danger. Awareness and conflict avoidance are first steps.

Robinson’s Taekwondo offers a free clinic on personal safety and self-defense just for women.  Women are especially vulnerable as they are often exposed to danger as they pick up and drop off family members in school, run errands or shop for the holidays in the early dark. This is a special night of self-defense, safety and conflict avoidance with Black Belts and extra special tips, treats and temptations from style, fashion, makeup and more for the ladies!

Plan to attend this safety awareness and simple self-defense clinic, our instructors will help raise awareness of dangerous situations and locations, show how to escape an attacker’s hold and give everyone who attends a safety ‘mindset’.

Experts and vendors will also attend to share ideas, tips and treats with those attending.

The event is being held at all Regional participating Robinson’s Taekwondo locations across the Sacramento area on Friday Night, October 27, 2017 at 6:30pm

This special community service event is FREE, but failing to be aware and prepared to survive a very high price to pay! Be safe not sorry later, but register today!

Visit www.robinsonstkd.com to register. Click on Events! 

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Women's Empowerment Receives $25K from US Bank

By Kristin Thébau  |  2017-10-18

U.S. Bank Foundation representative Pam Maxwell presents check to Women’s Empowerment’s board of directors and executive director Lisa Culp.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - U.S. Bank Foundation’s Community Possible program has awarded a $25,000 grant to Women’s Empowerment. The grant will support classes and programs that help homeless women gain the skills and confidence they need to secure a job and create a brighter future for their children. 

“We are so impressed with U.S. Bank’s commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “This generous donation will ensure homeless women can get a job, become financially self-sufficient and provide their children with a safe, stable home. We are very grateful to U. S. Bank for their investment in ending homelessness.”

In Women’s Empowerment’s initial nine-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s child development center and transportation assistance. Each woman works with a master’s level social worker to address her root causes of homelessness. She attends classes on job-readiness, financial literacy, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. 

Women who have graduated from the nine-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point in their lives when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, and job retention services for employer and employee.  

“The building blocks of a thriving community where all things are possible include stable employment opportunities, a home to call your own and a community connected through a culture of arts, recreation and play,” said Jessica Cook, product manager with U.S. Bank and Women's Empowerment board member. “Women's Empowerment provides the most comprehensive solution in Sacramento for women and children who are homeless. At U.S. Bank we believe in Community Possible and are proud to have Women's Empowerment as one of our partners in Sacramento.”

Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $54.2 million in 2016. Visit www.usbank.com/community.

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com

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Cordova Football Too Much for Union Mine

By Mike Bush  |  2017-10-18

Alvin Banks rips through for a big gain. Photo by Rick Sloan.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – There is more than one way to find the end zone.

In its second Sierra Valley Conference game at Lancer Stadium on Oct. 13th, the Cordova High School football team showed the homecoming crowd how it can score in different formations against Union Mine. That led to a 48-6 win over the visiting Diamondbacks.

Cordova (2-0 in the SVC, 5-2) scored three touchdowns in the first quarter for a 22-0 lead – but only one was on offense. After the Lancers went three and out on their first offensive drive, Union Mine (0-2 in the SVC, 2-5) had the ball. But Lancer defensive back Alvin Banks has an interception and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown.

“Our defense is peaking at the right time,” said Cordova head coach Darren Nill.

The Lancers scored their second touchdown also on special teams. After Union Mine punted after its second possession, Cordova running back Raymond Fite took the Diamondbacks’ punt return and rushed it back for another score for a 15-0 score.

“We knew we had too much speed for them,” Nill said. “We were going to try to exploit that every chance we got.”

The Lancers added another touchdown before the opening quarter was done for the 22-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Cordova continued its scoring attack on the D’Backs’ defense, with three more touchdowns that led to a 41-0 halftime lead. Lancer quarterback Johnele Sanders led the way, as he threw two touchdowns in the first half, and completed 9-of-14 passes for 160 yards. He also rushed for 102 yards and scored another TD on the ground for three combined in the game.

Banks, a wide receiver, also had a big game for the Lancers. He hauled in 154 yards receiving on seven receptions. Fite had 39 yards rushing on four carries, Clifford Bright 5-40 and Chase Allen 4-29.

One of the pluses for the Lancers, in the second half after the D’Backs asked for a running clock, was playing everyone to cap off the homecoming victory. Most of the fourth quarter included playing time for the two girls on the football squad; wide receiver and defensive backs Kiran Pooni and Ajay Williams, who had returned some kickoffs for the Lancers this season.

“They got a ton of playing time,” said Nill of Pooni and Williams.

On defense, Lancer outside linebackers Yusef Pugh had six tackles in the contest and Elijah Jenkins and Ryan McMoore four each.

Cordova hits the road to Placerville for a tougher SVC game on Friday. El Dorado (2-0 in the SVC, 5-2) welcomes the Lancers. The winner of this game will have an inside track toward winning the conference title.

“Big game,” said Nill of the upcoming game. “It’s going to be a great night of football.”

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Sacramento Arts Festival Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary 

MPG Staff  |  2017-10-18

John Lane, of John Lane Photography, will be displaying his photographs at the upcoming Sacramento Arts Festival, November 3 – 5, at the Sacramento Convention Center Complex.Photos courtesy c3 Communications, Inc.

Sacramento Region, CA  (MPG) - The 20th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival, considered the best ever in quality and variety, returns to the Sacramento Convention Center from November 3 through November 5. The festival has become not only the premier art and craft show in the Central Valley, but is also one of the top art festivals in the country.

Local favorite John Lane of Carmichael and John Lane Photography, will be displaying his photographs at the upcoming Arts Festival.

Strolling through the festival, attendees can shop from a vast selection of extraordinary art and contemporary craft.  Visitors can choose from ceramics, clothing, decorative fiberworks, furniture, glass, gourd art, jewelry, leather, metalworks, paper, stone, woodworks, drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and two and three dimensional mixed media.

Festival attendees can shop for themselves, their homes and for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.  There is something for everyone including:

The festival includes 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works. It will feature both local and national artists from 11 states, as far away as New York

There will be special demonstrations of craft and art where attendees can meet and talk with the talented artists and craftspeople about how they make their unique items

Also included will be delicious festival food featuring Spiro’s Gyros (Greek), Indian Gourmet, American cuisine, and five vendors selling take home food, as well as continuous live Main Stage entertainment including the GG Amos Blues Band, The Kurt Ribak Jazz Quartet, and Gabe Lewin on guitar

The event is planned for Friday through Sunday, November 3 – 5. Times are Friday 10am to 6pm,  Saturday 10am to 6pm,  and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. (Entrance at 14th and J Streets), Sacramento, CA 95814. Admission is $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, with children under 12 free. For more information, tickets and $1 off coupon please visit www.sacartsfest.com

Source: c3 Communications, Inc.

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Business Coach Holds Special Open House

By MPG Staff  |  2017-10-18

A full house of friends and clients attended the open house event to thank the BizCoach.com team for all their support. Photo by Paul Scholl

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – Some things get better with age. Business gets better with coaching.

On Wednesday September 13th, BusinessCoach.com held its annual open house at their offices in Sacramento, with a special surprise in store for one of the partners.

Gary Henson, president and founder of the business, invited folks from all over the greater Sacramento area to enjoy some food, drink, and fun, and to participate in a big surprise.

During the first hour of the event Gary introduced everyone to his staff at BusinessCoach.com, which includes his wife, Jenene Stafford, the Architect of the Company, Sales Partner Johnny Lujan, and Executive Assistant Brittany Swafford.

The best part of the evening was revealed at the end, when cake and decorations were brought out as a surprise for Mr. Henson's wife Jenene, who turned 50. Friends she hadn’t seen in years were there to wish her a happy birthday.

Gary and the team at BusinessCoach.com want to thank everyone who came out and helped make Jenene's night such a special treat.

BusinessCoach.com is the industry leader in Executive Coaching services. They provide coaching to businesses and also teach, certify, and empower those who want to become, or already are, business coaches. They work with owners and leaders that are stuck working long hours, managing under-performing employees, and are struggling to produce enough profit.

Over the past 28 years they have helped over 7000 clients stay focused, work less hours, and dramatically increase their profits to provide them overall peace of mind. Coach Gary says, "You are growing the most when you are least comfortable."

BusinessCoach.com is located at 2025 Hurley Way Ste. 111 in Sacramento, CA. We can be reached by calling (916)-922-7766 or emailing admin@businesscoach.com.

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Austin Bennett Speaks October 18 for Your Kids

By Karen Klinger  |  2017-10-17

Austin Bennett

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Austin Bennett (Bennett4Senate) is running against Senator Richard Pan in California Senate District 6.  Please attend and hear Austin Bennett speak at the Eagle Forum of Sacramento Meeting on Wednesday October 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Arden Park Recreation and Park District, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento 95864. 

A father of 5 children Mr. Bennett is well aware and concerned about the loss of parental rights through legislation authored by Senator Pan's "Mandatory Vaccination Bill SB 277", which became law; principal author of Sanctuary State SB 54, which became law, and "Bill of Rights for All Children of California SB 18", which will be reheard January 2018.  Join others who want to hear a vision for a better future for California families.

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Flick-or-Treat returns to Raley Field

Sacramento River Cats Media  |  2017-10-17

Annual community Halloween event features movie screening and trick-or-treating

West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Flick-or-Treat is back for its fourth year at Raley Field. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, this generation-defining story will play on the videoboard following an evening filled with trick-or-treating, games and prizes, and more at Raley Field on Saturday, October 28th. Flick-or-Treat is part of Dinger's Drive In, a two-part movie series at Raley Field.

Pre-movie trick-or-treating on October 28th is offered from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. before the movie screening begins. Various local partners and organizations, including Sacramento State, Sacramento Public Library, WestSacramento Police, Yolo County Library, and more will be in attendance, handing out treats and other goodies. Local media, including KCRA and K-LOVE will also be participating. Additional pre-movie activities include Harry Potter themed games, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and much more.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Warner Bros’ wizard-filled fantasy film – based on the novel series by J.K. Rowling – stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. The adventurous movie follows Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education, and is rated PG.

The screening is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Trick-or-treating and family friendly activities will begin when gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for all children are $4 while adults are $6. Tickets can be purchased online or by visiting the Round Table Ticket Office at Raley Field. This event is rain or shine.

For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

Source: Sacramento River Cats Media

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