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River Valley awaits Blue Devils in football opener

The first test is always the most important one. That’s what the Davis High football team’s new up-tempo offense gets on Friday when the Blue Devils head to Yuba City to take on River Valley in their season opener at 7 p.m. DHS’ offense has shown a good deal of growth in two preseason scrimmages, but speed of […]

September 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A consistent DHS defense could be dangerous

It was an up-and-down 2014 season for the Davis High defense. Despite the tumult, the Blue Devils showed a great amount of promise and potential at various times throughout the year, and a large number of younger players made major impacts. Now, in 2015, those players return with a chance to build on that potential […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Devil offense plans a breakneck pace

The Davis High football team has, as a certain fighter pilot might say, a need for speed. It’s coach John Wiley’s second year at the helm of the program, and he’s instituting a new strategy when the Blue Devils have the ball: up-tempo offense. It’s a strategy that has become increasingly popular in all levels […]

September 01, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

For DHS footballers, next time it counts

The dress rehearsals are done. The Davis High football team took on Sacramento High in the locals’ second — and final — scrimmage of the preseason Thursday night, leaving only a week of practice standing between the Blue Devils and the first game of the season. The second scrimmage, just like last Saturday’s against Folsom, […]

August 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Blue Devil stick coach has high hopes

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. The sky is the limit for the Davis High field hockey team in 2015, at least if you ask fifth-year head coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins: “I expect big things. They could be better than our undefeated 2012 team.” That 2012 team […]

August 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DHS girls confident, still working on doubles lineup

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. High school tennis is simple. Every team has two parts: a singles squad and a doubles crew. Both sides of the equation need to be strong for a team to make a long postseason run. With the season opener set […]

August 26, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Blue Devils scrimmage state champs

It’s better to jump into the deep end of the pool than it is to wade in slowly, or so the thinking goes. The Davis High football team jumped right into the deep end Saturday night, taking on the defending state champion Folsom Bulldogs in their first scrimmage of the year. Unsurprisingly, Folsom reached the […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 17, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 16, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 — […]

July 09, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 ,

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