Cordova Baseball Splits Four Games

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-23

Cordova batter Zach Guererro makes contact with the ball in last week’s SVC home game against Rosemont. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Four games in six days.

During that time span, the Cordova High School baseball team split half of those games into wins. Most important is that the wins were in Sierra Valley Conference action.

The latest conference win came on Monday at El Dorado High, where Cordova (2-1 in the SVC, 3-5) posted a 6-4 win over the host Cougars. That game had the Lancers’ bat come alive with 11 hits. Leading the way was Jeremy Buck, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Following Buck in hitting were Austin Smith, Logan Appino and Trevor Ready, all of whom had two hits each. Appino also had a stolen base. Nick Ravareau and Spencer Gudgel had a base hit each. Ready and Gudgel also had two RBIs each.

On the mound, Smith went the distance for the Lancers. He allowed only four hits, and struck out five Cougar batters.

Sheldon 14, Cordova 4

In a non-league game at the Huskies’ field on March 18th, the game was tied 1-1 after the first inning. Then in the bottom of the second frame, Sheldon scored four times for a 5-1 lead.

The Huskies expanded their lead to 7-1 in the third, and scored at least one run through the sixth inning. The game was called at that time due to the 10-run mercy rule. Sheldon finished the contest with 13 hits.

Cordova had seven hits. Buck and Appino had two hits each. Ready, Smith and Zack Guererro had a hit each. Guererro’s lone hit was a double.

Union Mine 13, Cordova 3

In an SVC game in El Dorado on St. Patrick’s last Friday, the visiting Lancers had eight hits.

Appino had the big bat again for Cordova, going 3-for-3. Ravareau and Guererro had two hits each, and Jordan Meyers had one.

Cordova 10, Rosemont 9

In the SVC home opener on March 15th, Appino was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 that included a triple and an RBI.

Part of the Lancers’ hitting parade against the Wolverines was Tipton, Ready, Ravareau, Smith and Buck, all of whom had a hit each.

Appino and Smith split time on the hill. Appino allowed only two hits, and struck out three Rosemont batters. Smith fanned four and walked two.

On Wednesday, weather and field conditions pending, Cordova was scheduled to play an SVC road game at Galt.

Today, Friday, Cordova will host Liberty Ranch in an SVC game. Next Monday, the Lancers play a non-conference game at Franklin of Stockton. Next Wednesday, Cordova is back in SVC action at Rosemont. Game times for all three are scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Softball Loses at Sac City; Baseball: Pitching Woes Continue as Falcons Lose Third Straight to Santa Rosa

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-03-23

McKenna Rickles leads the Falcons with a .392 batting average.

Women’s Softball

A mid-day deluge and lightning storm couldn’t stop the FLC women’s softball team from playing their scheduled game at Sacramento City College on Tuesday afternoon, although the Panthers came out on top 7-3. Falcon shortstop McKenna Rickles continued her hot hitting as she became the first Falcon softball player to hit two home runs in one game, accounting for all three FLC runs. The Falcons took a 2-1 lead on the first of Rickles’ homers in the third inning, but the Panthers quickly responded with four runs in their half of the inning. Rickles’ solo homer in the seventh - her third hit of the day – raised her team-leading batting average to .392.  Two Big 8 teams desperate for a win - each with just one conference victory thus far in 2017 - squared off in Santa Rosa on last Saturday as the Falcons visited the Bear Cubs for an afternoon doubleheader. It couldn’t have started out worse for the Falcons as they gave up seven runs in each of the first two innings, ultimately losing the opener 15-6. The Falcon bats finally came to life in the fourth and fifth innings as they scored six runs, but the early 14 run deficit was too much to overcome. McKenna Rickles had two hits, collected two RBI, and stole a base as the Falcons’ offensive star of the game.

Rickles took the mound for the Falcons in the late game, and after the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first, things were looking positive for the visitors. But as has been the case, one error led to more mistakes and the Bear Cubs took full advantage, scoring five runs in the second inning. Rickles settled down and shut them out the rest of the way, but despite her second multi-hit offensive game of the day, the Falcons only tallied one more run as they lost 5-2. The Falcons hope to right the ship on Tuesday, when they’re scheduled to visit Sacramento City at 3:00 pm.

Men’s Baseball

The Saturday afternoon finale of the three-game series with Santa Rosa started out well for the Falcons as they took a first-inning 2-0 lead. But things quickly turned ugly as the Bear Cubs capitalized on five doubles, three singles, three hit batters, and a passed ball to score 10 runs – all in the second inning. To their credit, the Falcons didn’t fold as they rallied to score six more runs over the next five innings. Carson McCusker smashed his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning, a two-run shot that landed on the middle of the track, having completely cleared the protective screen in left field. The 15-8 final score was reflective of the type of season it has been thus far for the Falcons: lots of hitting and decent run support, but the pitching has been far from reliable. The team ERA in nine conference games is 7.96, meaning they’re allowing nearly 8 earned runs per game. With three games against Modesto (7-11 overall, 3-3 in Big 8) this week, the Falcons hope to turn things around.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Fri March 24      M/W Tennis – Big 8 Playoffs TBD

Sat March 25     Softball vs Sierra at FLC, 12:00 and 2:00 pm

                Baseball at Modesto, 1:00 pm

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Retired Local School Teacher Turns 100

Courtesy of Eskaton Village, Carmichael  |  2017-03-23

Active centenarian Clea Meyers was surrounded by friends, families and well-wishers as she celebrated the amazing accomplishment of reaching her 100th birthday. 
--Photo courtesy of Eskaton Village, Carmichael.

Clea Meyers, a retired Rancho Cordova teacher, reached a major milestone with her 100th birthday in March. She’s having lots of parties with well-wishers.; Meyers can be seen walking around Eskaton Village in Carmichael, where she lives. With her pedometer clipped on, Meyers participates in the Eskaton Step It Up walking program, logging an impressive 7,000 steps per day – which she has no problem achieving.

According to Meyers, good food, good exercise and attitude are the secrets to living a long and healthy life. She explained, “It’s about having a positive attitude and caring for others.” During her nearly 100 years on earth, she has practiced what she preaches. About 15 years ago, she began knitting hats for children in the hospital.

The mother of two, grandmother of five, and great-grandma to nine, grew up in Nebraska. She met her husband there, they were both in education. In 1959, after visiting her sister and brother-in-law in Sacramento, the couple decided to move out west. “It was so nice to get out of the snow and ice,” she said. “And the teacher salaries we so much better in California.”

Meyers spent 20 years teaching second grade at Peter Shields Elementary in Rancho Cordova. She loved teaching. The greatest part for her was working with the students, she said, “Opening their eyes to the world and seeing them grasp and grow into adults.”

Meyers is proud to be a resident at Eskaton Village, Carmichael where she has lived since 1997. “Absolutely the best place one can live,” she exclaimed. “The food is so good."

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More Blessings in a Backpack

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-03-23

Students of all ages face the fear of hunger on a daily basis. Blessings in a Backpack works tirelessly to make sure FCUSD students don’t go to bed without food. 
--Photo courtesy of Blessings in a Backpack (

“Kids should worry about being kids and not where their next meal is coming from.” This simple statement is at the heart of the Rancho Cordova-based service organization Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB) and its Program Coordinator JD (Janice Davis). BIAB provides meals to hundreds of Rancho Cordova students for whom hunger is a constant threat.

The group works year-round, utilizing everything from online shopping, accepting donations, food drives and more to address the ever-growing need. On April 1st, they are sponsoring one of their premier fundraisers, the 3rd Annual Girls Night Out. “There will be vendors with some very cool stuff. Doug Thomas from 96.9 the Eagle will be our M.C.,” according to BIAB’s website. There will also be beer, wine and a special Mardi Gras mix for sale. Advance tickets are $20 or $25 at the door and also include appetizers and desserts all evening, raffles and prizes. Vendors on hand include a massage therapist, henna tattoos, artwork, books, chic clothing, scented candles, stylists and much more.

The actual numbers of children going hungry in this city are staggering, according to Davis. “Sadly, hundreds of our children right here in Rancho Cordova have to wonder if that lunch they're eating on Friday is their last meal until they return to school on Monday. We are a nonprofit working to end the 60 (plus) hours some children go without food.  The kids receive free breakfast and lunch every day of the school year but what about the weekends? That's where Blessings in a Backpack steps in.  We send home 6 meals and 2 snacks each Friday to help combat a child from going hungry.”

BIAB is a national organization feeding 90,000 children across the country. “I was watching the nightly world news and they did a story about kids going hungry when they leave school on Friday because they didn't have food until they got back to school on Mondays.  Then I found out our schools are Title 1 schools so I knew our kids were getting breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday but what did they do that 60 plus hours over the weekend?  That's exactly why I got involved,” Davis explained.

The group works year-round, utilizing everything from online shopping, accepting donations, food drives and more.

This week actually marks a milestone Davis’ work. “It was 3 years ago today I started feeding 30 kids at Cordova Villa.” Back then Davis, along with her husband, daughter and granddaughters Logan and Lindsay, began their efforts in her living and dining rooms, storing and packing between 30 to 40 food bags each week.

The more they became involved, the greater they realized the need was. Currently BIAB provides meals for students at five schools. “Last year we fed over 200 children and had to move the operation out of the house to store and pack our food bags. This process worked pretty well for us but children were constantly asking us asking me what they could do to help, which got us to thinking,” said Davis.

Thus, began BIAB’s partnerships with an impressive array students, teachers, government, social service campaigns and agencies. One such student group, Kids Helping Kids, was among the first to pitch in. “We decided to move packing the food bags to each of our schools.  Their respective student councils lead up the packing each week.  BIAB delivers the food to the schools each Wednesday and the children take it from there.  Kids helping Kids has helped create just a bit more kindness,” Davis commented.

BIAB works hard to meet a shockingly deep need right in the Rancho Cordova community. “Sadly, hundreds of our children right here in Rancho Cordova have to wonder if that lunch they're eating on Friday is their last meal until they return to school on Monday,” she said.

“Many of the children we've encountered expressed surprise that other students might go weekends without food,” according to Davis.

BIAB has a current core team of 20 adult and ten junior volunteers. Because BIAB is part of a national network, Davis can concentrate her efforts on building relationships with schools, corporate and private sponsors and getting donations where they need to go. “I raise [money] and feed the kids. The cool thing is we get to keep 100% of what we raise to feed our kids here at the FCUSD.”

Thus far non-denominational congregation Unity of Sacramento has provided space for BIAB, but as the needs have increased, so has the need for additional storage. Davis said, “We are in desperate need of a bigger storage locker to keep our food in.  We are very fortunate to have large food drives to help us cut down our food bill but it will not fit in our current location. We do not need refrigeration; simply a room we can store the food in and I can come and load it out of.  The Rancho Cordova area would be perfect as the schools we feed are in Rancho.”

For more information on BIAB, their programs and partners visit them on the web at

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Library Recognized as Finalists

Sacramento County  |  2017-03-22

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Sacramento Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for their commitment to providing programs and services that improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. We salute them and their valuable work in providing educational opportunities to their community and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who visited Sacramento Public Library to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story and learn more about how these institutions make an impact, please visit

The National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. The representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Sanctuary State Puts Californians in Harm’s Way

From the Office of Senator Jim Nielsen  |  2017-03-22

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama)

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Along partisan lines, Senate Democrats passed two legislative proposals that would make California a safe haven for convicted felons who are in the country illegally and provide free legal service for them.
Former chairman of California’s state parole board, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), and sheriffs across the state denounced the Democrat-controlled legislature’s actions.
“How many more lives have to be harmed before Sacramento politicians wake up and realize these policies are dangerous for our communities?” said Senator Nielsen. Nielsen represents the families of two sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty by a convicted criminal who was deported twice for committing several crimes, for membership in a drug cartel, and for entering the country illegally. “This is not about immigration; this is about enabling criminal behavior and activity that endangers our citizens.” 
The California State Sheriffs’ Association stated in their letter to the author, “This bill creates a severe public safety problem.”
Specifically, Senate Bill 54 (De León), is a legislative proposal that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, school police and security departments from sharing information about criminals with federal officials.
The second measure Senate Bill 6 (Hueso) would provide free legal services to arrested individuals. SB 6 takes general fund monies from programs like scholarships for college students to give to organizations to defend criminals.
“California leaders must protect the safety of our citizens from convicted felons who are here illegally – not hire lawyers for them,” said Senator Nielsen.
To contact Senator Nielsen, please call him at 916.651.4004, or via email at

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River Cats Take on San Jose Giants at Raley Field

Source: Sacramento River Cats  |  2017-03-22

The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce a cross-level scrimmage against the San Jose Giants, the class-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The two teams will go head-to-head in a scrimmage at Raley Field on Wednesday, April 5, just one day before Sacramento’s Opening Day. Tickets for the game start at just $5 and are available now at

This pre-season scrimmage is an extension of Spring Training and is likely to feature many of San Francisco’s top prospects. Christian Arroyo and Tyler Beede – the system’s top two prospects – are expected to take the field for the River Cats while 2016 first-round pick Bryan Reynolds (No. 4 prospect) may start for the San Jose squad.  Other prospects likely to be involved in the game include Joan Gregorio (No. 7), Jalen Miller (No. 15), Heath Quinn (No. 17), and Sacramento fan-favorite Austin Slater (No. 22).

First pitch on Wednesday, April 5 at Raley Field is set for 6:05 pm. Gates for the game will open at 5:00 pm with parking lots to open at 4:30 pm. Parking will be $5.

General admission tickets start at just $5. There will be a $10 ticket option which includes a general admission ticket, a hot dog, chips, and a soda. Tickets can be purchased online at

All River Cats season ticket members will have tickets to the exhibition game included with their plan. For more information please email or call (916) 376-HITS (4487).

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