Falcons’ Baseball Season Comes to an End

Source: Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2016-05-25

The FLC baseball season came to end Sunday afternoon at Santa Rosa JC when the Falcons fell to the number-one seeded Bear Cubs, 7-1, for their second straight defeat after winning Friday’s opener. The Falcons had not lost two games in a row since late March and had only lost once since then. They finish the season with a final overall record of 26-15 (an FLC record for wins), having advanced to the regional playoff round of eight.

The Falcons surprised the Bear Cubs by winning game one on Friday, 3-1. Sophomore starting pitcher Will Felton had another outstanding game to finish his FLC career, allowing just one run on four hits in almost six innings of work. Meanwhile, sophomore Tyler Kaim provided all the runs Felton would need with his three-run home run to left field in the third inning. Jason Wullenwaber took over for Felton and struck out seven Bear Cubs in his 3+ innings of work to earn the save.

On Saturday, the Bear Cubs jumped out to a 4-0 lead with pairs of runs in both the first and second innings. Greg Vaughn’s home run to left cut the deficit to 4-1 in the third inning, but that was as close as the Falcons would get as Santa Rosa’s Alec Rennard was nearly unhittable, allowing just three hits over his eight innings. Santa Rosa added three runs in the 4th and two more in the 6th to break it open, eventually winning 10-4.

In Sunday’s deciding game, three Bear Cub pitchers combined to limit the Falcon offense to just one run on four hits as Santa Rosa won 7-1. The Bear Cubs advance to host Chabot College in the Sectional round with the winner heading to a State Final Four berth.

Congratulations, Falcons, on an outstanding record-breaking season!

Falcon Golfers Not on Target

Source: Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2016-05-25

The FLC men’s golf team concluded their season on Monday with a disappointing showing at the CCCAA state championship tournament in Palm Springs, finishing eighth with a total team score of 789 at Desert Island Country Club.

The state championship title went to Reedley College, a team the Falcons defeated in three of the five NorCal Major tournaments, with a team score of 745.  Playing two 18-hole rounds in one day, five of the six Falcon golfers had one round of 80 or more.  The lowest 36-hole total for FLC was Eric Olsem’s 156, achieved with two rounds of 78.

Despite the disappointing finish, the Falcons accomplished several FLC firsts during 2016:  school record low team score, two school record-tying individual low scores, a 3rd Big 8 championship, Big 8 Player of the Year (Mason Troike), NorCal MVP (Troike), and the third FLC golf team to qualify for the state championship tournament.  Congratulations Falcon golfers and Coach Zarecky on another outstanding season!

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Gulchuk Leaps to Top 3 Finish for Lancers

By Mike Bush  |  2016-05-25

Julia Gulchuk flew very high for the Cordova High School track and field team in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Championships at California State University, Stanislaus toward the end of last week.

The Lady Lancer leaped to third place finish the triple jump at 35 feet, 7 ½ inches. She accomplished that feat in her first attempt on May 19 th .

“It was a great day, with Julia moving on in the triple jump,” said Cordova head coach Shane Jackson. “She did amazing and reached the next level.”

The best thing about her mark in the triple jump, Jackson points out, is that it was her season best that was accomplished on her 18 th birthday.

Another Lancer who had a strong finish, but fell short of earning a berth at the section’s Masters Championships was Azariah Dozier. Competing in the 200 meters, she took second place in her flight at 26.99 seconds, but missed in earning a spot in the final 16.

The next stop for Gulchuk is the section’s Masters Championships, which will be held at Elk Grove High School, which started yesterday, Thursday, with the trials.

The finals will end today, Friday.

According to the section’s Website, www.cifsjs.org, the trials and finals for the girls’ triple jump were scheduled to take place on Thursday.

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Making Progress, Eyeing the Future

By Mike Bush  |  2016-05-25

Leading Cordova in hitting this season was Logan Appino, shown here during a recent home game, with a .488 batting average. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Big shoes to fill.

That’s what first-year Cordova High School baseball head coach Doug Hughes had to do this season. For more than 40 years, Guy Anderson guided the Lancers’ diamond program to many league and Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearances.

“The thing I want to continue to do that Coach Anderson was able to do is build a strong program and have a winning tradition,” Hughes said. “Everyone involved with the Cordova baseball program knew this wasn’t going to happen overnight.”

One of Hughes’ goals this season was to have a junior varsity baseball team, which one wasn’t fielded last season. This season, Cordova didn’t field a lower level team.

“That is one of our main goals for next year,” Hughes said. “For us to be successful we need to build from the ground up.”

This season, Cordova posted a 5-10 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 6-15- 1 overall. At one point during the season, the Lancers were still in the thick of the conference’s race toward grabbing one of the three playoff appearances.

“It was an exciting time around the field as well as the campus knowing we were in the hunt for the playoffs,” Hughes said. “The keys for us were we were getting timely hits, good pitching and we were catching the ball.”

In early April, the Lancers won four of six SVC games that ignited them into a playoff run. Cordova started its season at 0-4- 1 that included conference losses to El Dorado and eventual SVC champion Union Mine.

“Our goals we set as a team were to be students first, to have fun, play as a team, compete everyday (and) never give up, give 100 percent,” Hughes said. “A 100 percent of the time and make the playoffs. We fell one goal short and that was making the playoffs.”

At the plate, the Lancers were led by junior Logan Appino, who had a batting average of .488 and seven stolen bases. Three Cordova players batted over .300; sophomore Jeremy Buck (.387), plus 13 RBIs, and Jarrett Harris and Spencer Gudgel, both of whom had .306 averages.

In the field, Gudgel had a .986 fielding percentage, followed by Appino at .959. Jordan Myers followed at .933 and Chris Wheat at .926.

There were two seniors on this year’s squad in Harris and Jacob Larson, “Jarrett and Jacob gave me a warm welcome to the Lancer family from day one,” Hughes said. “Jarrett was our captain and team leader. He was a coach on the field.”

Of the 14 players on the squad, 12 are projected to return next season; seven juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.

Another item Hughes plans to address in the off-season to have ready for next spring – the return of the Cordova Easter Baseball Tournament. The tourney was cancelled this season.

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Olympians to Teach Water Polo Skills

By Ella Tomlin  |  2016-05-20

Jessica Steffens, Olympian at the Attacker position earned a Gold Medal in 2012 and a Silver Medal in 2008.

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are just around the corner and our area will welcome four decorated Water Polo Olympians to Rio Americano High School on June 4th. American River Water Polo Club is offering an opportunity for our local athletes to learn from the best of the best. During three, one-hour clinics, the athletes will learn skills, strategies, and competitive mind-set from some of the most elite athletes in the world.

Jessica Steffens, Olympian at the Attacker position earned a Gold Medal in 2012 and a Silver Medal in 2008. Sean Nolan, Olympian at the Goalie position was with the 2000 Olympic team. Sean Nolan, is currently the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program - National Goalie Technical Director. Peter Hudnut was an Olympian Defender on the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Team. Joining the group will be four-time Olympian, Ryan Bailey; He was part of the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Men’s water polo teams and is considered one of the all-time great centers in the sport of Water Polo.

After the clinic, Peter Hudnut, Ryan Bailey, and ARWPC’s own Heather Moody, will be the guests for meet and greet event at Ten22, a restaurant in Old Sacramento. From 6-8 p.m., they will share their Olympic experiences, chat about the sport of water polo and what the sport means to them. Tickets are available for purchase tickets www.ARWPC.com.

American River Water Polo Club actively supports growing the sport of water polo throughout the Sacramento region. The club offers recreational and competitive water polo programs with their main location of Rio Americano High School along with some programs also located at the Folsom Aquatic Center and MC McClatchy High School. During the summer, the club offers a non-competitive swim team at Rio Americano. It runs for 6 weeks. The club recently added summer swim lessons at El Camino to help promote water safety in our community. ARWP’s Performance Director, Heather Moody, a two-time Olympian as a player and two-time as a coach, heads up a dedicated staff that focuses on fundamental development of core water polo skills and quality swim programs for all ages.

Each year, the club offers three free water polo clinics and the next clinic is June 5th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Rio Americano High School. This free clinic is open to kids from 5-13 who can swim a minimum of 25 yards. The youngest group, 5- to 8-year-olds, use a pool float noodle to help support them while in the pool. The clinic groups are divided up by age and time so check out www.ARWPC.com for a detailed list of times found at the register button.

Join ARWPC for their free clinic and other aquatic programs. Check out a great sport that combines swimming skills, basketball and a lot of fun!

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Amgen Tour Brings Overall Finish to Sacramento

Source: Karen Doron, Sacramento County Communication and Media  |  2016-05-18

The final stage comes after the riders’ cycle throughout California, kicking-off in San Diego May 15, ending at the Capitol building on May 22.

Sacramento County is proud to host, for the very first time, the overall finish stage of the 11th annual Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the United States. On May 22, Sacramento will be abuzz with both the men’s and women’s finishing stages of the tour.

The final stage comes after the riders’ cycle throughout California, kicking-off in San Diego May 15, ending at the Capitol building on May 22.  The nearly 800 mile tour will end with an 84-mile Final Stage highlighting the beauty of the Sacramento region. The riders will travel along the Sacramento River through the delta and cross the iconic Tower Bridge twice before crossing the finish line around the Capitol building.

“Sacramento County is proud to welcome the 2016 Amgen Tour of California back to our capital region. We're excited to showcase the most beautiful areas of the County and celebrate the tour finale here in California's capital." said Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, Chair, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Sacramento County is also home to Stage 6 of the men’s race and Stage 2 of the women’s race. Both events will ride through the City of Folsom on Friday, May 20.

The Sutter Health Community Ride, sponsored by Sacramento County, is fun for the whole family – beginning in Folsom at 10am and tours the scenic American River Parkway before ending at the Sacramento stage finish in downtown Sacramento. The ride is open to the public and will include cyclists of all ages and skill levels.  

Live race coverage can been seen on NBC Sports Network and many local restaurants are hosting viewing parties complete with food and drink specials as well as Amgen Tour of California swag.

Participate in “May is Bike Month” by riding your bike to all the Tour of California events. There will be a free bike valet at the west steps of the Capitol sponsored by Sacramento County.

For a full list of day-of event information visit the Sacramento Sports Commission.

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Cordova Baseball Ends Season With Losses

By Mike Bush  |  2016-05-12

Cordova hitter Jeremy Buck takes a cut during a recent home game. Photo by Rick Sloan

On Tuesday afternoon, a season that started rough but turned around and showed promise to earning a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth came to an end for the Cordova High School baseball team.

Making the trek to Stockton to play at McNair, the Lancers were grounded by the Eagles, 7-1 in a non-league game.

“We played well for 5 1/3 (innings),” said Cordova head coach Doug Hughes.

Cordova (5-10 in the Sierra Valley Conference, 6-15-1 overall) trailed 2-1 until the sixth inning. That’s when an error allowed the Eagles to add to their score.

“McNair is a very good team,” Hughes said

Leading hitters for Cordova were Logan Appino and Jeremy Buck, both of whom went 2-for-3. Buck had a double an RBI.

Rosemont 2, Cordova 0

In the SVC finale in Sacramento on May 5th, the Lancers had three hits; Jarrett Harris, Chris Wheat and Buck.

“We tried to play the spoiler,” said Hughes of the SVC race.

On the mound, Harris went the distance for the Lancers. He allowed only three hits and struck out three Wolverine batters.

Halfway through SVC action, Cordova was in the running for the conference’s third and final playoff berth. But Union Mine, Liberty Ranch, El Dorado and Rosemont won a share of the conference title.

The top three teams from the SVC advance into post-season based on head-to-head competition among the four teams. Union Mine, Liberty Ranch and El Dorado advance into the playoffs as the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds, respectively.

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