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Carmichael Beavers Swim Team Turns 50

Posted: 4/24/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Beavers Swim Team is proudly celebrating their 50th season. Since their conception in 1965, the Beavers have had many successful years winning championships and setting individual league records. Achieving these feats goes hand-in-hand with the team’s goals of desire, dedication, and determination. Contributing to the team’s recent success are the Beavers’ current president Ron Miller, head coach Doug Smith, and parents of the team swimmers. These parents diligently maintain the standing tradition of a family atmosphere, promoting a fun swimming experience where children learn to swim in a competitive forum.

The Carmichael Beavers range in age from 4 to 18 and they practice nightly at Del Campo High School’s pool, which has been their home for the past 12 years. The team welcomes the community to come out and enjoy their efforts. The Beavers’ 2015 home meets are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 6th, 13th, and 20th, as well as July 11th.

In commemoration of this 50th Anniversary, some elements have been added to the season’s usual repertoire. Special 50th swim caps, suits, and t-shirts are being offered and the Beavers Swim Team will be accompanying their 50th Anniversary float during their regular appearance in Carmichael’s Annual 4th of July Gala Parade.

All Carmichael Beavers alumni are invited to join the team on Saturday, May 16th for recognition and participation in a special alumni swim meet. The time trials start at 8:00 a.m. and the alumni meet will take place at 11:00 a.m. The current Beavers team looks forward to meeting past Beavers team members!

For more information, visit or Follow CB Swim on Facebook at Carmichael Beavers Swim Team.

Source: Roni Santiago

Derby Madness Takes Over at Sacramento State University

By Anne Stokes

Posted: 3/27/2015

Annie Reksic Blocks Blue Crush
Capitol Punisher jammer Blue Crush (#11, right in star helmet) attempts to pass Folsom Prison Bruiser blocker Annie Reksic (#10) during the exposition roller derby match at Sacramento State.
Photos by Anne Stokes

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sac City Rollers teamed up with Sacramento State University’s Women’s Resource Center and UNIQUE Programs on the evening of Thursday, March 12th, bringing their hard-hitting style of entertainment to campus. The free event featured the Capitol Punishers and Folsom Prison Bruisers competing against each other in an exposition match in celebration of March’s Women’s HerStory month.

“The reason we brought [Derby Madness] here in the first place was to expose Sac State students to these kind of events, because it’s not something usually on college campuses,” explained Zenia LaPorte, Sacramento State University Assistant Director for Programs and Marketing “It’s definitely a fun, action-packed event, and the crowd definitely gets into it. It’s a good time.”

Second-year communications student Andrea Arango, who attended Thursday night with her friends, had never seen a roller derby match before but quickly caught on to the game’s rules. “I’ve never seen something like this! I was like, a roller derby? Are we going to go and see people roller skate in circles? But it’s more than that,” she said. “I would say if you’re open to learning and seeing new things, you should definitely go. Have an open mind. I decided to go this year just to see what it’s about and I’m glad I came.”

“It’s always fun playing here at Sac State,” said Aleitha Burns, who has skated under the moniker “Aleithal Weapon” for the past seven years. “We get a lot of new fans, a lot of volunteers. It’s an opportunity for us to just play roller derby without the high pressure of sanctioning and rankings and the competitive nature. But of course we’re all athletes, so our competitiveness comes out.”

The game itself is a fast-paced, full-contact team sport in which 10 athletes at a time compete to out maneuver each other and score the most points. “There are two basic positions in women’s roller derby,” explained Burns. “There are the blockers, they make up the pack, and then the other position is the jammer. Essentially, the goal is for the jammer to get through the pack. The jammers score every time they successfully make it through the pack. So the pack is simultaneously playing offense to help their jammer through and defense to stop the opposing jammer. Jammers score points for every blocker from the opposing team they pass.”

Skater Bird Dog Works to Pass Foxy Knoxy in a Roller Derby Demonstration Match
Capitol Punisher blocker Foxy Knoxy (#777, inside right) blocks Folsom Prison Bruiser jammer Bird Dog (#415, in the star helmet) as she attempts to pass the pack and score during the exposition match at Sacramento State. Jammers score points for every opposing blocker they pass while blockers simultaneously obstruct opposing jammers while clearing the way for their own team’s jammer.

Founded in 2006, the Sac City Rollers was Sacramento’s first women’s flat track roller derby team. The team is comprised of two interleague teams, the Capitol Punishers and the Folsom Prison Bruisers, who compete together on an international level. “We play against our local teams here in California; we also have played against teams from Canada, we’ve played against teams from Scotland, [and] we’ve played against teams from Michigan,’ explained Burns. “In two weeks we have our first tournament [of the season]; it’s called the Dust Devil in Tuscan, Arizona, where we’ll be playing against a team from New Hampshire. Tournaments give us an opportunity to play teams from a larger range.”

The team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, raising hundreds of dollars each bout for local charities, culminating in their annual Red Red Holiday Invitational tournament each December, the proceeds of which benefit the Sacramento Food Bank. “We have raised thousands of dollars over the last nine seasons for the Sacramento Food Bank,” said Burns, adding that “every game that we have, we pick a local charity to raise money for. All the proceeds from our raffle prizes all goes directly to a charity. At each bout we raise a couple hundred dollars for various charities.”

Burns, who is a middle school science teacher, is one of over 100 women and girls who make up the Sac City Rollers. Athletes come from a variety of backgrounds, from stay-at-home mothers to laboratory scientists, and range in age from as young as 18 to women in their mid-40s, who commit to working out at least three to four days a week for two to three hours at a time. According to Burns, however, the benefits reach well beyond just staying in shape: “I’ve gotten a whole group of friends that I know will always have my back no matter what happens.”

The Sac City Roller’s next match against the Auburn Outlaws is slated for March 21st at The Rink in Sacramento. If you think you may have what it takes to be a Capitol Punisher or Folsom Prison Bruiser, tryouts will be held on Sunday, June 7th. For more information, visit

Dirty Hippie Knows Stretching Before a Workout is Important
Folsom Prison Bruiser Dirty Hippie (#1LUV) stretches out pre-game at Derby Madness, the exposition match at Sacramento State’s University Union Ballroom.
Aleithal Weapon Zooms Around the Track
Capitol Punisher jammer Aleithal Weapon (#713, at left), known off the rink as teacher Aleitha Burns, scores points as she passes the pack of Folsom Bruisers during Derby Madness. “I grew up roller skating, I was a rink-rat. Every Friday, Saturday night I was at the roller skating rink. I got my first kiss on skates,” she admits. “So when I heard about roller derby, I thought ‘hey, why not?’ I like full-contact sports, I love roller skating, and try outs were happening in a few weeks. So I went to tryouts and have never looked back seven seasons later, from a rookie all the way to our All-Stars.”


River Cats Playoff Tickets!

Posted: 8/21/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - You can’t beat playoff baseball, so plan ahead and purchase your Playoff Strips or single-game tickets for the Cats’ September run towards a fifth Pacific Coast League Championship. A Playoff Strip will guarantee you the best seats to all potential playoff games. If any of the five potential home playoff games are not played, you will receive a full refund for those games.

The playoff game is Friday, September 5th, with additional games on the 6th and 7th if necessary. The Pacific Coast League Championship Game One is Tuesday, September 9th and Game Two is Wednesday, September 10th.

All Playoff Strips and single-game tickets purchased on or before Thursday, August 28th will be mailed out, and those purchased after August 28th will be left in Will Call. Visit for a schedule of remaining games, or call (916) 371-HITS (4487) with any questions.

Be a part of the fun and excitement, and help continue the legacy!

Source: Sacramento River Cats

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