Lauren Keene

One Aggie team healthy, the other on the mend

No matter how talented a sports team appears to be, often the wild card in ensuring a successful season revolves around health. For the UC Davis basketball programs, the women have been on a recent roll while welcoming back two important players. The men, on the other hand, are working to stay in the Big West Conference […]

Aggie Monson and wife Mimi about to greet baby Scarlett

Neal Monson has had a worldly life. His experience far outdistances his almost 24 years of age. A two-time All-Utah selection as a prep player at Waterford School, Monson went on to be a key member of Salt Lake City College’s  27-7 squad that made it to the National Junior College Athletic Association Big Dance […]

Graham’s career-high 21 paces Aggies past UC Riverside

Caution: Watching Aggie men’s Big West basketball may be hazardous to those with weak hearts. Seven days after UC Davis came from 11 points down against CSUN to win on a last-second 3-pointer by Siler Schneider, the locals again Thursday overcame an improbable trey by Secean Johnson with 3:44 left to beat visiting UC Riverside, 58-55. […]

Crunch time at hand for Blue Devil boys basketball

It’s getting to be crunch time for the Davis High boys basketball squad. With only nine games remaining in conference, the Blue Devils (8-9, 1-4) sit in a sixth-place tie in the uber-competitive Delta League. Their 87-79 loss at Pleasant Grove on Wednesday put the locals 3 1/2 games behind Grant (8-7, 4-0) and Sheldon (9-4, […]

Anderson was a giant among Aggies

I tried to get to know more about Jack Anderson in recent years. We had a couple of breakfasts at Cindy’s, one of his favorite hangouts. Anderson didn’t need to look at the menu either time we ate at the comfortable, ’60s-style South Davis restaurant. He was comfortable in Cindy’s — and he knew what he wanted. […]

Aggie men hope to keep W’s coming; surging women on the road

Aggie fans have to wonder if Siler Schneider’s heart-stopping 3-pointer that beat CSUN last week was the demarcation of better things to come for the UC Davis basketball men. Until that shot — which beat the visiting Matadors, 63-62, with 1.7 seconds left last Thursday — the Aggies were losers of eight of their last nine and looking like […]

Lace ’em up: DHS spring-sport tryouts set

With a dozen Davis High sports on the spring horizon, news about tryouts, equipment needs and first meetings has been released by school officials. For athletes in grades nine through 12, the Blue Devil choices provide even the most casual athlete with a chance to represent DHS on the field of play. “I believe athletics […]

Aggie gymnasts take a big leap forward at home

The UC Davis women’s gymnastics team has served notice. For the first time in program history, the Aggies scored more than 194 points in their second outing of the season. A crowd of 1,277 fans watched UCD sweep the balance-beam competition and take a stirring second to No. 19 Boise State in Friday’s home opener. The […]

Schneider’s late 3-pointer gives Aggies a dramatic win

Joseph Siler Schneider. Remember the name. Following an accomplished high school career that saw him named Kansas Player of the Year in 2014, the UC Davis freshman guard has continued to make an impression at the Division I level. On Thursday, playing in front of 2,498 fans at The Pavilion, Schneider sent the crowd into a […]

Key fundraisers designed to boost local youth sports

One of the great family entertainment values of each Yolo County summer is an American Legion baseball game at Clark Field in Woodland. If you haven’t had the experience, you’ve missed out on one of our area’s surviving slices of Americana. Players from throughout the region — primarily from Davis, Woodland and Pioneer high schools […]

Friday tri-meet opens UCD gymnastics home slate

It wasn’t exactly what the Aggies had in mind last Sunday when UC Davis finished fourth in the five-school NorCal Classic. But the 192.700 score — behind winner No. 14 California (195.575), No. 22 Stanford (194.800) and Sacramento State (194.325) — is a season-opening tally from which the locals expect to build Friday night when they host No. 19 […]

Aggies have another deep women’s water polo roster

The same as it ever was … It seems every year UC Davis women’s water polo teams lose key players to graduation. Then with every new season, longtime Aggie coach Jamey Wright welcomes a handful of seasoned athletes ready to carry the torch. The 2016 campaign — which begins this weekend at the LouStrong Memorial […]

Aggie men need to snap out of it against CSUN

Somebody, quick! Throw a pail of cold water on these guys. The UC Davis men, once 4-2 and playing good basketball, are suddenly 0-2 in Big West Conference play and losers of eight of their last nine outings. It’s not that this team is without good players (guys like Neal Monson, Josh Fox, Darius Graham […]

UCD women pledge consistency as Irvine arrives

Consistency. The UC Davis women have been talking about it all offseason, through training camp and into the first two games of the Big West Conference basketball schedule. “We were disappointed in the way we played in spurts last season,” UCD head coach Jennifer Gross said back in August. “We know we have some exceptional players. If we stay […]

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