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Ramtown Roundup

Apr 06, 2023 12:00AM ● By MPG Staff

Taken March 27, the night of the Kings vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves, where the entire game was 'neck and neck' until the final buzzer with Timberwolves having a 3-point lead. Photo by Jim Ward

At least a couple local guys had the thrill of attending the recent Sacramento Kings game in in the capital to watch the Minnesota Timberwolves nearly match the Sacramento players in a stressful constant back and forth battle ending with the Timberwolves 119 over the Kings 115.

Two days later on March 29, the Kings played the Portland Trailblazers and ‘put a whoopin’ on them of 120-80 for the win and sealed their Playoff entrance hopes for the first time in 17 years.

“Having been over a decade-long season ticket holder, it is a welcomed heart that our local Sacramento Kings have made the playoffs once again,” said Dixonite Jim Ward. “After a 17-year absence, and upon the move to a new arena with new ownership in 2016, it is a shot in the arm for our fans and regional economy. Go Kings!”

An interesting tidbit Ward reported is that the ‘D League,’ Stockton Kings have made it to the Playoffs as well. Their Head Coach is former Player/6th man of the Year Award Winner, Bobby Jackson of the early 2000s Sacramento Kings!

The wet weather has certainly impacted spring sports this season including the Dixon High School Golf Team led by Coach Ben Santos who reported there will have to be some make-up games due to the rains.

Santos was actually a tennis coach but wound up helping coach golf with Brett Cauchi years ago.

He’s a self-professed “sports junkie” propelled by the love of children in his life plus, he has played—and coached—numerous sports from Suisun to Fairfield, to Dixon.

“Golf is still a gentleman’s game,” he said. “Students are very well behaved. There’s no fighting. They keep their own score because if you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself,” he explained.

When Cauchi took a northern California job, Santos applied with Principal Marquez thinking the position was volunteer so was pleasantly surprised when he was “required” to fill out paperwork due to it being an official stipend position.

“I knew all the kids from when I coached Little League and I enjoy being around the kids,” he said. A new schedule will be forthcoming but for now, the next rounds of Dixon High School Golf competitions will be at 3 p.m. against the following teams: Tuesday, April 18: Casa Robles; Thursday, April 20: Pioneer; Tuesday, April 25: Mesa Verde and Thursday, April 27, in Rio Linda.

The Girls Golf Team is coached by Frances Garcia, who led them to winning the Golden Empire League (GEL) in October of 2021. Jill Obelleiro claimed the league’s MVP for the second year in a row and Kelsey Wayne and Alexys Redd were named all-league.

If you are a senior football player and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and you plan to attend college, you are eligible to apply for the Dixon Quarterback Club’s scholarships. They will be awarding four $500 scholarships so stop by the Dixon High Counseling office to pick up your application.

Dixon High School Athletics Director Brett Peterson announced the Boys and Girls swim teams earned close victories against Pioneer to conclude the season. Heading into April’s GEL Championship Meet, the boys are 1st with a 5-0 record while the girls are in a 3-way tie for First!