DHS boys hold off late-charging Oak Ridge

When the Greeks hid in the Trojan horse, they waited until the last possible moment to emerge and start wreaking havoc on the city. The Oak Ridge Trojans tried to do the same thing on Wednesday against Davis High’s boys water polo teams, and were nearly successful. But unlike the Greeks, Oak Ridge waited too […]

Mustangs put DHS volleyballers in must-win situation

After losing at Monterey Trail on Wednesday in a match that was close despite finishing in three games, the Davis High girls volleyball team’s path to the postseason is clear. The Blue Devils must win their last two games — Halloween night at home against Elk Grove (6 p.m.) and next Wednesday at Franklin, the […]

Improving Diamonds outdo themselves in Oroville

Sonia Sutton, Alissa Casillas, Lily Heilmann, Colleen Peterson, Clara Riggle and Kadence Waggoner each won at least one event and every Davis Diamonds gymnast improved her scores as the locals competed at the Junior Olympic-sanctioned Halloween Jamboree on Saturday and Sunday. The Davis gymnasts were the best team in Level 5 and took third place […]

Blue Devils hope to rule the field-hockey roost

It’s been a heckuva ride. Initially, the field hockey team at Davis High looked like the sure Eastern Athletic League champion. After the Blue Devils dominated a season-opening jamboree, confidence was soaring. Then came a shaky conference start, followed by a loss to visiting Archibishop Mitty on Sept. 17. Sputtering through the rest of the […]

Youth softball: Smurfs go to the Extreme to sweep a doubleheader

The Davis Smurf Extreme, a Davis Youth Softball Association fall ball 10U team, used suberb all-around play to win both games of a Sunday doubleheader against Placerville. Pitching and defense shined for the locals in a 9-7 win in the opener before the Davis bats led the way to a 20-19 victory in Game 2. […]

D-line play is key to any chance Davis has at Elk Grove

If Davis High’s football team hopes to spring a sneak attack at Elk Grove on Friday, the Blue Devil defensive front will be the key. “Our line will be critical in this game,” DHS coach Steve Smyte promises. Smyte points out that the unbeaten Thundering Herd is just that, thundering — thanks to running backs […]

After Grant and Franklin, Blue Devils now get Elk Grove

This Delta Valley Conference football schedule is looking more and more like a walk through a dark barn with Michael Myers. Lopsided losses to bullies Franklin and Grant already have left welts on the psyche of Davis High’s undermanned-but-game Blue Devils. Both the Wildcats and Pacers are imposing — no question — but neither are […]

Turnovers doom UCD in latest football loss

There’s no doubt that 2011 has been a frustrating football season for UC Davis, which sits at 2-5 overall after Saturday’s loss to South Dakota in the Aggies’ Great West Conference opener. Two of UCD’s losses were pretty much predetermined as it played road games at Football Bowl Subdivision schools Arizona State and Hawaii. In […]

Elk Grove can’t close gate, DHS horses roam free

Ashley Yudin grew up in Odessa, Texas. The Davis High boys soccer coach wrangled horses as a youth. He’s never had a bronco he couldn’t rein in — until now. “With this team, they pretty much just go,” Yudin says, adding that a few weeks ago he tried to instill a concept of more ball […]

DHS girls swarm DVC singles semis

“It was a very happy ride home,” Davis High girls tennis coach Sally Hosley said after the Delta Valley Conference singles tournament in Laguna Creek on Tuesday. “Overall I was very proud of all the girls (Tuesday).” The high spirits were because Hosley was riding with three of the four DVC semifinalists — Blue Devils […]

Sports briefs: Girls basketball camp set for this weekend

The Lady Blue Devil basketball camp — open to girls from fourth through eighth grades — will take place Saturday and Sunday at Davis High. Cost for the eight hours of instruction is $50 in advance. The camp will emphasize fundamentals and individual skill development, according to first-year Devil varsity coach Karen Foster. “Players are […]

Lots happening with prep junior varsity, frosh sports

After an exciting 2-1 overtime victory against Lassen High in Susanville on Oct. 19, the Davis junior varsity field hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision at home to Pleasant Valley on Monday — ending its season at 7-7. Up north, the Blue Devils battled their hosts to a 0-0 tie in regulation, using goals by […]

Blue Devil JV hope to regroup after 56-6 loss

Sometimes the most important quality of a coaching staff is the ability to lead a team with infectious optimism in the face of utter defeat. After the Davis High junior varsity football team’s 56-6 shellacking at the hands of Grant on Friday night, Blue Devil head coach Mike Satre and his assistants will have to […]