Lauren Keene

Dufresnes are the Devils’ dynamic duo

The key to success in any team sport lies not just with talent, but also in the players’ ability to work together. This connection between teammates — often referred to as chemistry — is sometimes hard to achieve and hard to maintain, but always tough to beat. And there isn’t much better chemistry than the Davis […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Blue Devil softball squad returns a solid core

When the Davis High softball team takes the field for its season opener on Tuesday at McClatchy, fans will see familiar faces, but might have a nagging feeling that something is different. That’s because the 2014 Blue Devils return five starters from a team that reached the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last year, however, all but […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Youthful DHS boys tennis team still eyeing a title

With eight of its top 10 players from last season gone, the young Davis High boys tennis team is looking to build for a successful future. The question is, will the youngsters come together in time for that successful future to mean an 11th consecutive appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals? “It’s kind of a […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Seven runners with Davis ties to be honored Saturday by the SRA

For Davis High cross country coach Bill Gregg and his son Brendan, running has always been an important part of life. Brendan Gregg — who is one of several runners and coaches, including his dad, with local ties who will be honored by the Sacramento Running Association this week — said having his father as […]

January 23, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Disability doesn’t stop Hess from hitting a bullseye

Despite how it may seem in popular culture, there is a lot more to archery than just aim and fire. “Every young kid these days wants to be Katniss Everdeen from ‘The Hunger Games,’ ” says Davis resident D’arce Hess. “But there’s a lot more to it.” Competing for Team USA, Hess was an alternate […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

O’Keeffe sets the pace for DHS cross country

Davis High sophomore Fiona O’Keeffe already is having a season for the ages as she prepares to defend her Sac-Joaquin Section cross country individual title on Saturday. After capturing the section crown as a freshman, O’Keeffe has not slowed down a bit. In fact, she regularly leaves her competition — as well as records — in the […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Fortune 500: the Blue Devils’ elite girls water polo program

The Davis High girls water polo team won its last game 19-1, and the Blue Devils are working toward their fifth consecutive section title. But hard as it may be to believe, the program passed an even more impressive milestone earlier this month — 500 victories. Actually, it’s more accurate to say DHS blew past that […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

NorCal Extreme has golden touch in Junior Olympics

The NorCal Extreme 12U boys’ hockey team put on a show at the AAU Junior Olympics in Huntington Beach, July 7-21. Like the entire Extreme organization, the 12U team is composed mainly of a few kids who have been playing together for as long as they can remember. In total, the organization consists of 24 […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Huge NorCal contingent begins Junior Olympics play Thursday

“I couldn’t imagine playing for anyone else,” peewee goaltender Nicholas Leacox said of the NorCal Extreme hockey club, which draws players from Davis and Woodland. And why would he, as the organization is riding high this week with four of its teams headed to the AAU Junior Olympics Tournament, which begins Thursday. In addition to […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

RCRC Juniors excel at national event

When the River City Rowing Club went to the National Junior Championships earlier this month, most of the teams it faced were led by some of the best young rowers in the country. The locals, however, used a more balanced approach to place in the top 16 in two events, including a fourth-place finish by […]

June 18, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Local professor honored for storied swimming past

The names that adorn the plaques at the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame include some of the greatest sports figures in our nation’s history. Last month, UC Davis adjunct professor Marilyn Ramenofsky — a world-class swimmer in the 1960s — joined those prestigious ranks, taking her place among trailblazers, legendary Olympians, record breakers and […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DHS boys golf prepares for postseason

The Davis High boys golf team will be facing some of its toughest competition as it plays an 18-hole playoff tournament Monday. The sectional tournament features seven other teams — representing the top two teams from their respective divisions — including Jesuit, Oak Ridge, Vacaville, Will C. Wood, Franklin, Granite Bay and Del Oro. Davis […]

May 05, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DHS grad leading UCD boxing club to prominence

The UC Davis club boxing team practices in the empty Pavilion three times a week, putting in hours of hard work, sweat and training that nobody will ever see. It is these long hours of training that have turned the Aggies from a brand-new squad into a breeding ground for national-title contenders. In their fifth year […]

March 22, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Terrific trio will lead young DHS badminton squad

* Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a 12-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. The Davis High girls badminton team possesses youth and determination that should help it contend for years to come. In 2013, these young players we’ll be led by first-year coach Eben Simanjuntak and their three standout co-captains, Mo Xu, Debra Ouyang and […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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