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Helmus is on an impressive ‘Empty Nest Quest’

In the fall of 2009, Joann Helmus and her husband Mark — both optometrists at Helmus + Baker Optometry in downtown Davis‚ saw their youngest son Nolan off to college. Suddenly, after 24 years of raising children, Joann and Mark had no kids left in the house. It’s a pretty common situation for parents across the […]

No rest for Renaud: Local lacrosse star has a jam-packed summer

There has been very little “vacation” in soon-to-be Davis High junior Camille Renaud’s summer so far. Renaud, a star midfielder for the Blue Devil lacrosse team, recently returned from the Under Armour All-America Tournament, hosted at Towson University in Maryland, her third lacrosse tournament of the summer. Add two lacrosse camps and a consistently practicing […]

Starz win a 16U title at national tournament

It’s unusual to see absolute dominance in volleyball tournaments that bring together the best of the best from throughout the country. Theoretically, every squad there would posses enough talent to make each game or match a struggle. Apparantly, the Five Starz Volleyball Club’s 16U team didn’t get that memo. Playing against some of the best squads the […]

AquaStarz to show off this weekend

Music history is dotted with a variety of impactful female artists, many of whom have left an indelible mark on their chosen genre or even the music industry in general. This Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Community Pool, the Davis AquaStarz synchronized swimmers will highlight the contributions and legacies of these artists — […]

Celebrating July 4 on the diamond

It’s hard to find a more American celebration of Independence Day than the July 4 Little League All-Star games. The entire Davis complex is fully festooned in red, white, and blue, there’s a hot dog in almost every hand, and there’s a baseball game on every field. “It’s just a great celebration of what’s American,” Tim […]

Local Juniors have another tough outing in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — For the second straight night, Davis National dug itself a deep hole early, surrendering nine runs in the first inning and five more in the second frame of Monday night’s Little League District 64 Junior Tournament contest. Though they managed to get some runs back, it wasn’t enough as the locals were eliminated, falling to […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DALL 10-11s go the distance in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Down 11-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s Little League District 64 10-11 All-Star tournament contest against Vacaville Central, the Davis American squad appeared destined to have its day cut short. The Little League’s mercy rule mandates that all games with a deficit of 10 or more after five innings be ended, […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Davis American 9-10s eliminated by Dixon

When the second inning ended 3-2, it looked as if Tuesday night’s Little League District 64 9-10 All-Star Tournament clash between Davis American and Dixon was going to be a high-scoring one for both sides. But while Dixon managed to keep the momentum going, the Davis bats cooled off along with the temperature, allowing the visitors […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Orioles grind out Majors victory

There aren’t many things in sports that are tougher to come back from than a comeback. Overcoming the psychological effects of watching a lead slip away, and mustering the physical effort required to wrest control of the game away from a suddenly hot opponent is beyond the capabilities of many teams. The Davis Little League Orioles […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Orioles overwhelm Astros for AL championship

It’s usually not a recipe for success for a baseball team to have its hit total doubled by the opponent. However, the Davis Little League AAA Orioles managed to make it work Monday night, blowing out the Astros, 12-0, in five innings despite collecting only three hits to the Astros’ six. The Orioles won the American League […]

June 09, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Devil distance squad is masterful

On a night of athletic excellence, it was the Davis High distance crew that stood out. The Blue Devils dominated the longer running events on Day 2 of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet Friday evening, placing one runner in the top four in each of the four races. All four of those runners, […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

With roster still pending, Post 77 drops opener

WOODLAND — When the Yolo Post 77 had tryouts for its summer season earlier this month, 45 players showed up, each angling for one of 20 spots on the final roster. On Wednesday night, the local American Legion baseball squad was down to 26 players as it kicked off the regular season with a 7-2 loss to […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged

Devils crowned as section tennis kings

It’s been a while since someone really challenged the Davis High tennis team. The Blue Devils ripped through Delta League play in undefeated fashion, and kept rolling through the first three rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The dominance continued Wednesday, as DHS clobbered a short-handed Granite Bay squad, 8-1, to win the section championship, its first […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Devils drop Jesuit on their way to tennis finals

For the past two years, Jesuit has been the only thing in the way of a Davis High boys tennis Sac-Joaquin Section title as the Marauders beat the Blue Devils in the championship match both years. DHS made sure that the Jesuit would pose no such threat this season, ousting the Marauders, 8-1, in the tournament semifinals […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,
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