DHS Champions camps have ‘limited’ openings

Davis High’s football program, which conducts the All-Sports Athletic Champions conditioning camps, announced Saturday it still has “limited availability” for its final three sessions. The camps go this week (off Wednesday for the holiday), July 9-12 and July 16-20 and are conducted at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium on the DHS campus. Grade 5-8 boys […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Watts up? Walk-off gives DALL a perfect start

VACAVILLE — When the Davis 11-12 American team defeated Woodland American, 10-0, on Saturday, it was the best kind of victory imaginable in opening the District 64 Little League Tournament. * When Jonah Watts hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, it ended the game via mercy rule and got everyone out of […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Women’s sports pioneer Marya Welch dies

Marya Welch, whose association with the UC Davis spanned 46 years as a professor and dean, a leader in women’s sports, and a supporter of the arts and Aggie athletics, died June 24 after a short illness. She was 95. She came to the university in 1947 to establish the women’s athletics program, and she […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Gibson fireworks pace Davis 11-12 Nationals

VACAVILLE — These kids have served notice. With four pitchers combining on a no-hitter — and Tyler Gibson providing two wrecking balls — Davis National Little League stormed past Woodland National, 8-0, Saturday in the opening round of the District 64 playoffs at sun-baked Arlington Park. DNLL got all the runs it would need when […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UCD roundup: Hansen out of California State Amateur

SANTA BARBARA — Matt Hansen came up just short in the quarterfinal round of the 101st California State Amateur Championship, falling in 23 holes to St. Mary’s Ben Geyer on Friday at the La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara. Hansen led throughout the first 18 holes of match play, jumping out to a 3-up […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

Weltz wins 200 breaststroke to make U.S. Olympic team; Halsted fails to qualify

OMAHA, Neb. — Upsetting heavy favorites Eric Shanteau and Brendan Hansen, UC Davis alumnus and current volunteer assistant coach Scott Weltz stormed to a winning time of 2 minutes, 9:01 seconds in the final heat of the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at the CenturyLink Center. The victory qualifies him for […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Davis Junior All Stars’ journey comes to an end

For most teams, it’s a meaningless cliché. But for the Davis National Little League Junior All Stars, the journey truly was more important than the destination. The locals saw their quest for a District 64 championship end on Friday night with a 16-2 loss to Vacaville Central. But consider the teams they played against, the […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Davis American 9-10s earn Section tourney berth

DIXON — The best things in life are free. On Friday night, some folks paid $80 a ticket to watch the Giants lose to the Reds at AT&T Park. Others blew $10.50 a pop on the disappointing movie “Prometheus.” Meanwhile, at Hall Park, more than 300 savvy fans were watching heart-stopping, free baseball as Davis American […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Davis American 9-10s win game for the ages, 7-6 in extras

DIXON — A two-run single by Adam Dapkewicz gave Davis American the District 64 Little League championship as the local 9-10 tournament squad got past a game Dixon, 7-6, in eight heart-stopping innings Friday at Hall Park. Brilliant relief pitching by Garrett Emmons and key moments from Payne Barksdale, Josh Catacutan, Ethan Ramos and Mikey […]

June 30, 2012 | Posted in Sports

A spectator’s guide to bike race vocab

Watching cycling is a lot more fun when you know the lingo. Here’s a rudimentary glossary. Break/breakaway: A rider or group of riders that has left the main group behind. Caravan/race caravan: The official and support vehicles in a race. Circuit race: A one-day race that laps around a circuitous route. Classic race: A one-day […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

Pedal power on display at Criterium

On Independence Day, the streets of downtown Davis will be a blur of colorful jerseys and shiny racing bikes, as bicyclists from all over the world will whip around corners, battle for position and occasionally wipe out on the unforgiving asphalt, all the while trying to cross the finish line first. And the only break […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

Miscues doom Davis National in Junior All Star game

As the Davis National Little League Junior All Stars learned — albeit metaphorically — a few cracks in an otherwise perfect foundation can be enough to bring the entire house down. The locals made several hide-your-face-in-your-glove type errors that counteracted a generally positive overall performance and prevented them from overcoming a late deficit as they […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Conley’s surge earns Olympic berth

EUGENE, Ore. — UC Davis volunteer assistant coach Kim Conley surged from a big deficit on the final straightaway Thursday night, leaning her way into third place at the finish line of the 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, and earning a berth in the London Games. Her top-three finish secured […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged

Is this heaven? No, it’s Davis Little League

Earlier this month, I woke up, walked through a cornfield and emerged on a baseball field. “Is this heaven?” I asked. “No, this is Davis,” someone replied. I smiled. The weather was perfect and the crack of a baseball bat — even if it is metal — has always been music to my ears. I […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,