Don’t mess with Ahna Heller and Shelley Morse. The two Davis friends can read you like a book — especially if you’re playing Texas hold ’em. Hooked on the game about eight years ago, when they started joining home games with their husbands, Heller and Morse have evolved into serious students of poker. So serious, […]
There are more than 30 stories within the 2011 Davis High football team. Some have been written. Others are yet to be told. Regardless of subject matter, there are two common themes among all — courage and commitment. Despite a 2-7 record, the author of this Blue Devil volume — head coach Steve Smyte — […]
“Oak Ridge has traditionally been very competitive for us, so (our players) were really on their A game,” Davis High girls tennis coach Sally Hosley said with a hint of surprise in her voice — on Sept. 6 after her Blue Devils topped the Trojans, 9-0. On Monday, it was Oak Ridge that brought its A […]
More than 325 bicycle enthusiasts from across the nation formed a joyful indoor peleton at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall on Saturday.
The fans were guests at the annual U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which honored sport contributor Mike Sinyard, track maven Marty Nothstein, off-roader Ruthie Matthes and the late Bobby Walthour Jr. — the third member of his family so enshrined.
During the cycling star-studded event, emcee Michael Aisner (himself a Hall member) kept the evening light. The race-organizing pioneer and public relations giant once ran the Coors Classic in Colorado. Knowing many of the sport’s standouts as he does, Aisner had an anecdote about almost every person who joined him at the podium.
They’re watching … Yard by yard, the fortunes of local football are changing for the better. Buoyed by the championship success Saturday of three Davis Junior Blue Devil teams, Davis High head coach Steve Smyte sent some words of praise to the little Devils. “That’s a nice group coming our way,” the second-year varsity coach […]
It was the same, valiant tale on Friday night at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. The undermanned, young Blue Devils — all 24 of them — battled deep into the game with Monterey Trail before falling, 27-14, in the season finale for both schools. “This was another building block,” DHS head coach Steve Smyte promised. […]
A decade from now, should the Blue Devil football program rise from these challenging times, the 10 graduating Davis High players will look back on 2011 proudly. Were the 10 seniors a foundation for better days ahead? “Oh, definitely,” three-sport Devil Kris Mackewicz offers. “I know all of us put in a really strong effort. […]
He’s a fan. The guy also can be a psychologist, adviser or friend. Ask Blue Devil head coach Steve Smyte, and he’ll tell you that his sideline sidekick can also be a defensive coordinator or fortune teller. Sometimes he’s a faith healer. So who is this guy? Leonardo da Vinci Jr.? A descendant of Albert […]
Just what every other school in the Sac-Joaquin Section soccer playoffs wanted to hear… Davis High has another scoring threat. In an efficient 5-0 first-round victory Thursday night over visiting Sheldon, the Blue Devils got two goals from mainstay Tom Nolan and two second-half tallies from David Villegas — a freshman who was just called […]
For the second straight year, the Amgen Tour of California is missing Davis. It wasn’t for lack of trying as the Davis folks again put our city’s best foot forward — but organizers of the nation’s top cycling road race decided Santa Rosa would be the kickoff on May 13. Not having the Tour is […]
MODESTO — Winners of two straight Sac-Joaquin Section championships, the top-seeded Davis High girls started their quest for crown No. 9 Friday morning at 8 a.m. against Bear Creek. The Delta Valley Conference champion Blue Devils will try to improve on their 25-4 record in the first round of playoffs at Johansen High. The Bruins […]
Gym space will be hard to come by next week at Davis High as winter sports tryouts begin in earnest. While many Blue Devil athletes have been involved in suggested workout routines or supervised conditioning, the roster-creating sessions for girls and boys winter sports teams begin Friday with snowboarding. Basketball, wrestling and skiing follow suit […]
Thanks to clutch goals by Juan Pablo Cruz, Ricardo Navarro and Ricky Martin last week in a 3-1 victory over Pleasant Grove, Delta River League member Sheldon snuck in as the No. 3 team in its conference. Now the Huskies get the unenviable task of facing Davis High (15-2-4) in the first round of the […]
Take a few minutes. Go top to bottom in poring through the Davis High football roster. There is improvement everywhere. Sure, the Blue Devils are struggling. A 2-6 record — 0-4 in the Delta Valley Conference and losers of six straight — doesn’t hint at the strides that have been made. For a school that […]