Devil girls roll into Speck Tournament final

Ashleigh Vandenbrink tallied 19 points as Davis High waltzed into its own Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament final with a 63-35 victory over Vacaville Christian on Friday night at The Cage. Vandenbrink also pulled down six rebounds, had four assists, two steals and a block as the Blue Devils went to 3-1. The Falcons fell to […]

DHS girls overpower Australian squad

It’s become a love fest. Basketball teams from Eltham College Prep of Victoria, Australia, are in California for a whirlwind tour and games throughout the state. The boys and girls teams from just north of Melbourne arrived in San Francisco over the weekend. They attended a University of San Francisco women’s game, journeyed through the Bay […]

Three-goal flurry gives Sharks a 5-2 win

SAN JOSE — Ryane Clowe, Brad Winchester and Torrey Mitchell scored in a 6-minute span of the second period to rally the San Jose Sharks past the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night. Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Sharks, who had lost four of five. Mike Ribeiro and Brandon Morrow had […]

Runaway matches highlight tournament opening night

A line has been drawn in the sand at the Dorothy Speck Memorial Basketball Tournament. Four schools emerged as the cream of this year’s crop as the 39th edition of this girls gathering had no close contests. Before Davis High stopped visiting Eltham College Prep of Australian, 71-18, Chico, Vacaville Christian and Woodcreek all proved […]

Area sports briefs: Pham signs on with UCD

Tiffany Pham, a standout player from Laguna Creek High School, has signed a national letter of intent with UC Davis and will join the women’s tennis team next fall, it was announced by head coach Bill Maze. Pham, a 5-foot-3 native of Elk Grove, helped the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the Delta Valley […]

Junior gridders ‘Shrine’ light on Blue Devil future

If anyone thinks Rome was built in a day, you’ve never been involved in football. It’s a touchy deal, building a gridiron program. To use Davis-speak, it takes a village. High school kids don’t decide overnight, “Hey, I think I’ll play football”; walk on the field one Monday afternoon in September; and star the following […]

Kemp, Lott named All-West Region

UC Davis senior Lisa Kemp earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region second-team honors, and classmate Aisha Lott earned third-team accolades — her second straight all-region nod — as the post-season honors continue for the Aggies. Kemp, a midfielder from Eden Prairie, Minn., earned her first all-region distinction after also receiving All-Big West […]

49ers finding creative ways to generate offense

By Antonio Gonzalez SANTA CLARA — Pete Lavorato was at home watching the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving when a play popped up on television that looked all too familiar. “I remember watching it going, ‘Hey, there’s the fly sweep!’ ” Lavorato said. “That was kind of cool.” The coach at Sacred Heart Preparatory in […]

Crabbe leads Cal past San Jose State 81-36

BERKELEY — Allen Crabbe scored 18 points, Justin Cobbs had 10 points and five assists in his second straight start and California beat San Jose State 81-36 on Wednesday night. Jorge Gutierrez added 14 points for the Golden Bears, who scored 15 unanswered points in the first half to take a lead that was never […]

Youth sports roundup: NorCal plays well in opening tourney

The NorCal Extreme hosted the first Sierra inline hockey tournament of the season at its home rink in Woodland this weekend. In 14-and-under action, NorCal took a quick lead over Ripon Savage on first-period goals by Jack Skoog and Ryan Kowta. Caleb Hermle found the net in the second period and the team ended with […]

Youth soccer roundup: Davis shocks the competition

The under-18 Davis Legacy Shock posted a solid 3-0 win against the higher-ranked Ajax United Elite, playing some of its best soccer of the season. Davis controlled the ball right from the start, and Courtney Jimenez scored the first goal after a nice passing sequence from Arianna Heyer and Tyler Cunningham. Jimenez also scored the […]

The legacy of Speck Tournament continues

When the eight teams in today’s Dorothy Speck Memorial Basketball Tournament take the court, they will become part of an event that helped usher in the modern era of girls sports. Dorothy Helen Speck, the mother of nine children, is remembered for her role in enlisting early support (shortly after Title IX) for the girls […]

Winning is a ‘buzz’ for Aggie women

Assumptions are tricky things. Some people may assume that UC Davis women’s basketball head coach Jen Gross is an offense-minded leader, especially since she brought in an up-tempo offense when she was hired as an assistant in 2004. But Gross, who dominated the hardwood in UCD’s Recreation Hall from 1993 to 1997 as the lead […]

Raiders go back to the drawing board

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders don’t have much time to get over Sunday’s lopsided loss in Miami. With a trip to undefeated Green Bay this week, whatever problems the Raiders (7-5) had against the Dolphins need to get corrected in a hurry. There’s plenty to fix, too. A sputtering offense that punted on eight of […]