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'Niner Empire' victorious

Strikes hosts retired 49ers
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The “Niner Empire” gets ready for a win over Atlanta Sunday morning at Strikes Unlimited and Halftime Bar & Grill.

The event was the launch party for the Gold Country Chapter of Niners Empire, and featured NFL legends Jesse Sapolu and Eric Wright, along with raffle prizes and a silent auction.

Flanking Sapolu are, from left, Lisa Sapolu, Strikes owner Kari Pegram, “Helmet Head” Paul Maldonado, Trisha Pickerel, Joe Leonor, “Helmet Head” Ryan Adair, Abel Ruiz and Brenda Villegas.

“I practiced in Rocklin 15 years of my life,” said Sapolu, referring to the 49ers training camp here from 1981-1997.