Where is everybody? The UCD women are terrific

If you weren’t at the Aggie women’s basketball home opener on Wednesday — and all but 324 of you weren’t — you missed what should be one of the most entertaining ensembles in all of Division I. Yes. In all of Division I. Right here in our own back yard. After earning a berth in […]

Causeway Classic win would taste good

There is no chance for either the UC Davis or the Sacramento State football teams to post winning records this season. However, there is a chance for one of them to end the year with a win and go into the off-season with the pleasant taste of victory rather than the bitterness of defeat as […]

Stanford will come up Big against Cal

This week’s picks are as follows: STANFORD over CAL … after last week’s stunningly lopsided loss to Oregon, Stanford may well be sleepwalking through the first part of this game. But once the Cardinal realizes it’s playing Cal, Katie bar the door. OREGON over USC … a dangerous, dangerous game for the Ducks, who are […]

Frenetic Aggie women wear out Spartans, 80-60

UC Davis women’s basketball: It’s a kind of hardcourt Whack-A-Mole. In falling 80-60 to the Aggies on Wednesday at The Pavilion, every time visiting San Jose State figured it knew where to pass the ball, up popped a UCD defender. When the Spartans thought they knew where to jump the Aggie offense, suddenly the ball […]

Youth roundup: Local Level 5s perform well at state championships

Three Davis Diamonds gymnasts — Lily Heilmann, Clara Riggle and Kyra Mayfield — competed hard last weekend at the Junior Olympic Level 5 State Championships in Redwood City. Competing in the youngest session on Sunday, Heilmann drew a start on that most nerve-racking of events, the balance beam, where she overcame a deduction to take […]

Cardinal, Aggies jockey for position on basketball landscape

Old NBA colleagues meet Friday night at The Pavilion in the continuing saga of two coaches hoping to put their respective basketball programs on the NCAA landscape. When former Philadelphia 76er Johnny Dawkins brings his Stanford squad to town, the Cardinal will try to run its record to 4-0 on the young season. Meanwhile, UC […]

Aggies get guard from Canada

Proving that new head coach Jim Les is looking everywhere he can to add good players to the UC Davis men’s basketball program, Olivier-Paul Betu, ranked fourth among guards in Canada’s class of 2012 prep players, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Aggies next fall. Betu, a 6-foot-2 combo guard who […]

Despite struggles, Aggies get Les his first victory

You’d have thought they lost. Despite getting new UC Davis men’s basketball coach Jim Les his first victory, the Aggies had to come from behind late to defeat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 84-78, in front of 849 fans in their home opener at The Pavilion. Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, […]

Stapleton named water polo MVP as Devils eye 2012

To no one’s surprise, Davis High’s brilliant Connor Stapleton has been named the Sac-Joaquin Section boys water polo Most Valuable Player, and repeated his All-American status. The junior, a member of the U.S. National Youth Team, scored 115 goals and drew 107 exclusions as the Blue Devils finished a 19-12 season as CIF runners-up after […]

Awards roll in for the section-champion DHS girls

When the Davis High girls first jumped in the pool for water polo 17 years ago, then-coach Jamey Wright didn’t know what a dynasty was being created. Fifteen section final fours, 13 final contests and nine Sac-Joaquin titles later, the Blue Devils have become the area standard for excellence. Now, days after Saturday’s 8-5 win […]

UCD will need its defense to step up again at Causeway Classic

When North Dakota visited Aggie Stadium on Saturday, the two teams spent three hours playing good defense, each hoping its offense could score enough to win. That day, it was the Fighting Sioux (7-3, 2-1 Great West), and now they will play for a share of the conference championship. UC Davis played really well on […]

Sports briefs: UCD’s Salit selected to All-WWPA first team

UC Davis senior Aaron Salit was picked for the All-Western Water Polo Association first team on Tuesday, while junior attacker Colin Hicks made the second team and defender Chris Richardson garnered All-Freshman distinction. This is the second such honor for Salit, who also claimed first-team All-WWPA and ACWPC All-America honorable mention in 2010. The 6-foot-6 […]

U.S. takes a friendly from Slovenia

In the fog at Stozice Stadium, the U.S. offense became visible for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann became coach. On a night when the Americans celebrated captain Carlos Bocanegra’s 100th international appearance, Edson Buddle, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore all scored to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Slovenia in Ljubljana on […]

Greiner Athlete of the Week (11/16/11): UCD guard Samantha Meggison

Early in a season, especially one where the squad features a new head coach, college basketball teams need their experienced players to shoulder the load while everyone else gets up to speed. The UC Davis women have four seniors who have all been in the rotation for nearly their entire careers, so it’s no surprise […]