Capitals Re-sign Favorites
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Capitals protected the rights to Mark Knowles and Yasmin Schnack in the 2012 World TeamTennis Roster Player Draft. The team also drafted Jean-Julien Rojer, Coco Vandeweghe and Asia Muhammed, as announced by the team March 13th.
The Capitals protected Knowles, a former World No. 1 doubles player, with their first round pick. Knowles, of the Bahamas, returns for his 11th season with Sacramento. Schnack was protected in the fourth round for her second WTT season.
The Capitals used their second round pick to draft Rojer, who returns for his second season in WTT. Rojer played for the St. Louis Aces last year, and was selected by World TeamTennis as the Rookie of the Year for 2011. He has a career high ranking of No. 17 in doubles and has captured five doubles titles on the ATP World Tour. Rojer was an All-American in singles and doubles at UCLA before going pro in 2004.
“There is a long list of legendary players who have come out of the UCLA tennis program, and we are very happy to have three Bruins All-Americans in Knowles, Rojer, and Schnack,” said Managing General Partner Ramey Osborne.
Sacramento drafted Coco Vandeweghe as a roster exempt selection prior to the roster draft. Vandeweghe, a 20 year-old Southern California native is currently an active US Fed Cup Team member and has a career high ranking of 89 on the WTA Tour. Vandeweghe is scheduled to play the final week of the regular season.
“It’s wonderful to welcome some of the best players in tennis in Mark Knowles, Jean-Julien Rojer, Yasmin Schnack, and Asia Muhammed to the best franchise in the League.” said coach Wayne Bryan who will be returning for his 11th season.
The team’s third round pick went to Asia Muhammed, a young American who won 3 ITF Doubles Titles in 2011. She is currently playing on the ITF Women’s Circuit.
2011 Capitals player Vania King’s schedule is undetermined due to pending Olympic commitments.
“Last year, our goal was to make the playoffs and we did that. This year, we are looking to make the playoffs again, and give ourselves a chance to win a 7th WTT Championship. We believe we have the talent to get there,” said Capitals General Manager Matt McEvoy.
Matches start at 7:35pm at Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights during the month of July.
For more information about the Capitals, the team schedule, or to purchase tickets, call (916) 859.0058 or online at www.saccaps.com.
River Cats To Host Annual Winter Wonderland
Toy Donations Accepted at Raley Field On Deck Shop
WEST SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento River Cats will host families in need from local non-profit organizations at the eighth annual Winter Wonderland on Thursday, December 8, from 3-6 p.m. at Raley Field. As part of this holiday celebration, the River Cats are collecting toys and gifts that will be presented to the children attending the event. River Cats partner Supercuts will provide free haircuts to attendees.
Toy donations can be made at the Raley Field On Deck Shop (Hours: M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed weekends). New, unwrapped toys suitable for children ages 16 and under are requested. Interact clubs from the greater Sacramento region will also collect toys, along with area Macy’s employees. In an effort to spread holiday cheer and the spirit of giving, the River Cats host the annual Winter Wonderland at Raley Field. The event is designed specifically for children and families in need in the Sacramento community. The baseball-themed wonderland offers activities such as holiday learning stations, seasonal craft projects, ballpark food and gifts.
More than 2,000 people attended the 2010 Winter Wonderland, and more than 2,000 families in the greater Sacramento area have benefited from this program since its inception in 2003.For more information about Winter Wonderland and the toy drive visit www.rivercats.com/foundation or call (916) 376-4676.
The Sacramento River Cats begin their 2012 home schedule on Friday, April 13, when they host their Interstate 80 rivals, the Reno Aces (Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) at Raley Field, at 7:05 p.m. To purchase 2012 River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans and group outings, call the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). In their first 12 seasons, the River Cats have won two Triple-A championships, four Pacific Coast League championships and 10 South Division championships. No other major American sports team has won 10 division titles in that span.