Watney and Woods will face off in match play

MARANA, Ariz. — Luke Donald won’t be playing the 18th hole at Dove Mountain this year, either. Donald, so dominant in winning the Match Play Championship last year that he closed out every match before the 18th hole, became only the third No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round Wednesday in another predictably […]

Kings beat Wizards to snap skid

WASHINGTON — Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards, 115-107, on  Wednesday in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview — minus the All-Stars. Tyreke Evans added 22 points […]

Youth basketball: Wildcat girls start the hoops season off with a title

Playing in their first tournament of the season, the Davis Hoops Wildcats’ seventh-grade girls team won two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday to capture the title. At the event, which was contested in Roseville, the locals got strong performances from Davis players Kelsey Forrester, Cara Satre, Nicole Pugh, Sarah Grahn and Tessa Malone. […]

Youth soccer: Bet on Red Crew in Vegas

The Davis Red Crew, a U16 boys team, started off strong in last weekend’s Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup and ended up in the tournament’s consolation finals. Davis won both of its Saturday’s games, beating Joga FC from Utah, 2-1, before notching a 1-0 win over the Croatian Eagles Red (Wisconsin). Against Utah, Pedro Alvarenga scored […]

Youth roundup: Aquadarts assert their pool dominance

At a swim meet last weekend in Solano County, the Davis Aquadarts’ purpose was made clear by the name of the event: The Last Chance Qualifier. The locals were up to the task, many swimming fast enough to earn spots in the regional Junior Olympics meet next month. After last weekend’s success, a total of […]

Exciting Devil boys’ hardcourt style will return

No playoffs, but a good time had by all. By a hair’s breadth, the Davis High boys were forced to watch this winter’s Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championships from the stands. The high-scoring Blue Devils’ 14-12 record was undermined by a weak Delta Valley Conference power rating — and a so-so 5-5 league mark by the […]

UCD men’s hoops finds its stride

From the first day of practice, the UC Davis men’s basketball team knew the 2011-12 season was going to be an uphill battle. The Aggies had a roster full of young talent with 10 underclassmen and a first-year head coach, Jim Les, who brought with him a new system. Les, a former Sacramento Kings guard, […]

Sharks sputter early in loss to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — San Jose couldn’t overcome its slow start on Tuesday. Jeff Carter had three goals — two on the power play during Columbus’ four-goal first period — and the last-place Blue Jackets handed the Sharks their season-high fourth straight loss, 6-3. “They were much better prepared to compete than the white team,” said […]

King stay close before Miami heats up

MIAMI — The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings’ challenge. Dwyane Wade had 30 points and 10 assists, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh each scored 20 points and the NBA-leading Heat stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. […]

Aggies punch out Broncos

UC Davis starter Justine Vela went the distance and struck out 15 Broncos as the Aggie softball team went on the road and edged Santa Clara on Tuesday at PAL Stadium in San Jose. While leaving 10 runners on base, UCD managed just enough offense to get Vela the victory and improve to 4-8 on […]

Foster: Lady Blue Devils need to bang next year

Anyone close to the Davis High girls basketball program knew that the 2011-12 campaign would be a learning process — for its young players and the new coach. After a 10-16 season in which the Lady Blue Devils struggled through Delta Valley Conference play at 3-7, first-year varsity mentor Karen Foster looked back at what […]

New coaching era dawns for Davis High girls soccer

* Editor’s note: This is the first in a 13-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. It’s not the easiest of tasks, taking over the reins of a program that is just months removed from one of the most accomplished seasons in the history of Davis High sports. But new Blue Devil girls soccer coach […]

UCD roundup: Aggie pool teams pick up awards

After taking third place at last weekend’s conference championship meet, the UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team had 13 selections when the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team was announced on Tuesday. Aggie senior Kayleigh Foley had the top MPSF time in three freestyle events, Liliana Alvarez added a league-best mark in the 100-yard breaststroke […]

Greiner Athlete of the Week (2/22/12): DHS girls basketball’s Tiffany Ho

Percentage-wise, not many prep athletes will get college scholarships and even fewer will make their careers in professional sports. For most, the biggest takeaway from their athletic careers is the memories. Unless their team makes a playoff run, wins and losses aren’t usually what players will look back on as they grow older. However, the […]