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Davis field hockey claims its turf — literally — in win

“This was 100 percent improvement on the turf over River Valley,” Davis High field hockey coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins said after her girls dominated visiting Bella Vista, 5-0, on Wednesday night. The contest, played on Halden Field at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, put both teams at 2-1 in the rugged Eastern Athletic League. For the […]

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Words of wisdom for Devils? ‘Improve each week’

Steve Smyte knows a little about motivation. In eight years at UC Davis, several seasons at Boise State and dabblings in the Canadian Football League, Smyte could — as they say — coach ’em up. Now in his second campaign at Davis High, Smyte has turned last year’s banged-up, roster-short, inexperienced 1-9 football team into […]

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The two sides of UCD defender Bobby Erskine

For 60 minutes each week, UC Davis defensive end Bobby Erskine does all he can to create havoc across the line of scrimmage. But off the field, there is a very different Mr. Erskine — a humanitarian who spends much of his time away from school trying to make things right in a world stretched […]

Gridiron trenches to heat up when Wood visits Davis

When Will C. Wood comes to town to take on Davis High on Friday night, the Wildcats are expected to be one angry group of young football players. After losses to Pioneer and Vanden — both games in which Wood was burned by big plays and key injuries — expect WCW coach Carlos Meraz to […]

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Devil JV field hockey, volleyballers in action

The Davis High girls junior varsity field hockey team played lights-out defense last week, but managed only a split in two road games. In the first Eastern League match of the season last Wednesday, goals by Sara Pinto (assist to Emmanuelle Cordier) and Kelly Ragsdale provided the 2-0 margin of victory versus River Valley (Yuba […]

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Just sit back and enjoy Blue Devils’ gridiron improvement

Before you go any further in assessing the 2011 Davis High football team, remember the following: * This is an entertaining band of brothers. * Facing the same two teams they opened with a year ago, the Blue Devils have played sound, fundamental football in going 2-0. Less than a third of area schools can […]

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Blue Devils roll to 28-12 victory over Sacramento

When a team doesn’t play its best football — when it lets penalties get in the way of scoring opportunities — yet still wins, observers believe that’s a sign of a decent program. Introducing your new, improved Davis High Blue Devils … In a 28-12 victory over Sacramento High on Friday, 1,500 DHS fans saw […]

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Jerry Lilliedoll: the driving force at Davis Golf Course

To most golfers, it remains good ol’ Muni. The golf course that resembles the Little Engine That Could has been the home to PGA superstar Nick Watney and countless recreational duffers. Davis Golf Course — as it’s now known — has gone from a threatened facility in the mid-1970s to a lush and affordable venue […]

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Secondary is primary to Davis High’s new defense

Who knew these guys would have a defense? After a 2010 season in which Davis High was shredded for an average of 430 yards per game, coaches knew there would be improvements … but this? In a 28-12 victory over Sacramento on Friday, the Blue Devils allowed 134 yards rushing and passing to the Dragons […]

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Davis boys find time to beat Rocklin

ROCKLIN — From now on, everybody at Davis High needs to make duplicates of all communication regarding boys soccer. Tuesday’s game at Del Oro was canceled. The Golden Eagles said Blue Devil coach Ashley Yudin didn’t want to play. The veteran DHS mentor has a May 8 email confirming the date. Then on Thursday, the […]

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Chapter two in Devil football re-emergence is Friday

Chapter two in the Davis High football re-emergence plays out Friday night as Sacramento High comes to town for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. Last year’s contest — a 27-13 Blue Devil road loss — marked the beginning of an injury-plagued Misery Mystery Tour for the locals. Then-tailback Courtney Williams […]

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Wouldn’t equal media be nice a thought for prep sports?

I spend too much time on the Internet. Often, the hours get away from me. Just last night, for example, I was doing a little research for an article next week and suddenly it was — gaaaah! — this morning. But last night’s exercise turned into this afternoon’s observation, and eventual suggestion. After talking with […]

All things considered, this DHS start really is different

At first blush, Davis High started the 2011 football season just like it did a year ago — with a convincing victory over Armijo. But break out the magnifying glass and gridiron sleuths will find evidence that last week’s 27-3 Blue Devil win bore little resemblance to that 2010 opener (a 31-6 Davis nod). As […]

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Fans can’t kick about UCD’s Schmidt; but he sure can!

Ah, the life of a kicker … For UC Davis punter Colton Schmidt, the dichotomy of itching to get in a game — yet hoping his team doesn’t need him — is something he didn’t have to deal with last week. Despite a lopsided 48-14 setback to Pac-12 power Arizona State, Schmidt’s kicking led to […]

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