September 15, 2019
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Cougars total team effort throttles Gauchos Swarming defense and power running lead Cougars to win Big win for the Ranch volleyball team This week in RP sports RP Cal Ripken League preparing for busy month Hanford Little League soars to victory Rough fourth quarter costs Cougars Competition brings adults together 9U-Red vs River Park practice in the park Nine all-league players from RCHS softball team Greeting the floor is hard Seawolves bow out in round 1 of NCAAs Credo Gryphon-NCS Champions Jones has gone for an off track excursion Rohnert Park All Stars out executed It will go in, I am sure Titans secure division win! Rancho Senior Varsity and Coach Hotaling Credo wins the NCS Division 6 semi-final 7-0 Cougars stumble in quarter-finals U12/60 places second in tournament Drag racing at Sonoma Cougars looking to break through Wait, I have it! “To be a Cougar, you have to have a heart of a Warrior” Technology High Vintage car racing takes over Sonoma Raceway U12 Boys - Rohnert Park Royals won first place in the Silver Division Big first inning leads U12 to win against Hayward Regionals, here we come! Up in the air we go Credo/Technology volley ball Cardenas makes good use of errors Honoring Tech High Lady Titans 24-hours of Lemons at Sonoma Raceway Technology High recognizes two senior players Muraki brothers lead River Park to win Cal-Ripken Play-off games in ‘B’ Park Not going anywhere INDYCAR Showcase Honoring Tech High Lady Titans Phan, player of the year Rancho Cotate High School Rancho moves on to quarter finals Callinan Junior Racquetball players win National Championships Rohnert Park defeats Nevada 10-0 Youth tennis camp is huge success Lacrosse holds free clinic Sept. 21 Advancing to the next round Anudokem leaps for the basket Technology High Cougars lose grip in final minutes Ing qualified Panthers trounce Cougars A collision bound to happen Not where I wanted it Warriors struggled during semi-finals Warriors and All Star Blue RC Girls’ basketball won invitational Herman soars RC Cougar fan facing surgery receives outpouring of support Heading for a goal Seschin and Curry watch with interest Scott goes up for a shot Roseland beats Tech High Titans Peninsula speeds past Resurrection A nice tight race Nguyen shows thanks Worden lays it up Heart break for Cougars The girls received their pennant for their NBL Championship win!  Rancho graduate signs with Holy Names University Laughlin makes a diving save Senior night for the volleyball team RPSC kicks into action Excitement for new football season  Cougars triumph over Vikings Cougars overcome Pumas The Gryphon dominates the Eagles Worden is walk-off winner Move aside Man of Steel, we’ve got Ironman: Ironman triathlon returns to Sonoma County Getting it over the net Kuhlman watches the orb sail Lady Titan’s vs St. Helena Royals win bronze Cougar Ladies dominated Cougars stumble in overtime Winding up for an out Rancho ends losing streak Credo wins softball rematch SSU Equestrian wins third Going for a goal Misi ready for the big hit Great job Lady Titans Sandoval scores against Piner Roby goes high Wildcats beat Seawolves Rancho stumbles against Terra Linda Race to the stars Cougars pounce on Tigers Credo closes season with a win Hayes comes in first Titan’s vs. Anderson Valley Balint, pitcher for the U of Oregon signing autographs Ca. School for the Deaf wins 72-60 RP prepares for opening day Parker reaches for a basket Boys lacrosse played last home game Local playing with Ducks Northern California locals round out SCCA Championship Runoffs Rancho girls beat El Molino Shots don’t win the game SSU briefs Titans’ baseball: Learning respect for the game Game on home turf Vasquez digs in hard Cross country standouts Mata player of the match 8th Annual John’s march against Stomach Cancer Titans lose to Wildcats SSU Track and Field season opener 15 hits fuel SSUs 11 run victory SSU Smith blocks A world of difference Rancho plays last home game Scoring the final goal Tech High started a blaze Getting better all the time Cougars fought and lost hard Strong showing at Hornet Invitational Tech Titans: A Band of brothers and sisters Credo defeats Tech 15 to 3 Ranch boys and girls played mixed 39 years for championship Gryphons advance to semi-finals Seawolves place first Cougars clash with Cardinals Morie with determination Seniors being honored Rancho NBL Redwood Champions After the last game of the season Seawolves top Jacks in series final two games A much-needed win Cars and coffee at the Speedway O’Daniel makes it back Pumas defeat Cougars Credo out on the road next week Seawolves sweep over Cal State East Bay Backhanding very nicely Rancho Cotate defeats Santa Rosa A well-deserved win Credo over Tech, 8-1 Cougar win breaks 39-year dry spell Finished up with a win Tech High Seniors honored Tam defeats Cougars Tigers sweep it all! I am the leader of the pack Jaguars crush Cougars Cougars trounce Pumas Cougars score narrow win Exhibition match brings out the stars Cougars march toward playoffs Cougars finish season with a win Playing the last home game Seawolves earn team ethics and sportsmanship award Rancho beat Ross Valley Cronin is safe A solar car will be on the track Rain does not stop Credo softball Cougars shutout Eagles Cougar seniors wave farewell Cougars' winning streak continues Tomales defeats Tech High Coyotes bring down Titans Credo stumbles in overtime Gray battles to the hoop Racing begins March 9th Is the ball in there? Finding victory in defeat Tech High Reim swimming Tech baseball, a learning season Roseland Beats Tech High Cougars remain undefeated RCHS girls’ basketball team honored their seniors Cougars rain on Lobos’ parade First year gymnasts come in third Will I do it? Girls played last game Rancho alumnus signs with New York Red Bulls Wildcats beat Cougars Healdsburg takes the win Seniors were defeated by the staff Martinez has a powerful kick Hayman flips it up Oppenheim, Sarudiansky, Nudell Named All-PacWest Tech High doesn’t have enough steam Lambrecht puts on pressure SSU Sports Briefs Alfaro makes a hit

Parking lot rally brings families together

  • Ethan Lee, 4 1/2, jumps for joy as his car clears the ramp and his brother, EJ, 3 1/2, is equally excited as he races his car during the RC Parking Lot Fun Run sponsored by Fundemonium held on the third Sunday of every month from 1-4 p.m. Jane Peleti

By: David Rheinhart
August 24, 2018

Maybe it was the cries of the kids as they gleefully smashed their remote controlled cars into the plastic barriers, or the patient smiles of the parents, or the colorful cones and banners that lent Fundemonium its festive air on Sunday for their monthly R/C Outdoor Racing event. It’s hard to point to any one thing. 

People from all across Sonoma County descended on the Fundemonium parking lot to gather together for the little known hobby of R/C racing. 

“I have too many cars, as my wife would say,” said Stephen Buttrick. 

Buttrick first got into the hobby at 15 when he accidentally broke his brother’s R/C truck. His brother forced him to replace it, but in doing so he got Buttrick started in the sport. Now Buttrick is sharing his passion with his two sons. 

“Ethan is the older one, he’s almost five, and he’s starting to work on his own R/C car,” Buttrick said. “So it’s up to me to teach him everything—all the little tricks that I know. And of course make sure we don’t break it so Mom doesn’t get upset.”

Most people were like Buttrick who came to the sport while young, but for others like Walter Alexander it was the chance to spend quality time with their kid that drew them in and kept them interested. 

“It’s good father and son time,” said Alexander. “It’s something we’re both into. There’s a competition to it and it’s just good outdoor fun. I like working on my own truck, so I guess working on these is the same thing only smaller and less expensive.”

Smaller and less expensive is a major selling point on a vehicle that can go over 60 miles an hour and be legally controlled by a 10-year-old. In fact, for many of the kids attending the event, crashing seemed to be most of the draw. 

“We have a saying ‘round these parts: If you don’t break it once in a while then you’re not having enough fun,” said Fundemonium’s owner, Steven Elliott. 

Elliott and his wife have been in business in Rohnert Park for about four years now. Before then they were in Petaluma and they moved north for the chance to expand their square footage and to provide a more communal area. Gatherings like the R/C Outdoor Race are incredibly important to Elliott and harken back to why he and his wife started the business in the first place. 

“When I was a kid I was into scale plastic modeling and it was really hard to meet other people that liked doing that. I always wanted to have a place where you could find others and share that experience,” Elliott said. 

For those that wish to dive into R/C hobby, the Redwood Empire R/C Ground Pounders meet on the second Tuesday of every month here in Rohnert Park.