Aggie football: what an evolution it’s been

There may be a reason for every season, but if I had my way, the calendar would run only from September through January and then start over in September again. The reason I feel this way is simple: football. It’s been in my blood since I was born, which, not surprisingly, was two days before […]

Former Blue Devil Palamo puts rugby on back burner at Utah

The University of Utah is an easy 660-mile, 10-hour drive due east from Davis. But for former Blue Devil athlete Thretton Palamo, the journey to Salt Lake City took him several times around the world. Now, the 23-year-old sophomore, who was the youngest rugby player in men’s international competition history, has earned a spot as […]

It’ll be a long and winding Devil cross country road

It’s heady stuff, the sport of cross country at Davis High. Blue Devil girls have earned 10 Sac-Joaquin Section championships, including seven straight from 2002 to 2008. But for first time since 1999, they didn’t finish in the top three in 2010. The young men have captured seven consecutive crowns and go into this fall […]

Davis High soccer boys spank visiting Napa, 4-1

With Tom Nolan scoring three goals — the first on an assist from goalkeeper Derek Pleasants — the Davis High boys righted their soccer ship, beating visiting Napa, 4-1, Wednesday at Yudin Field. The nonleague victory puts the Blue Devils at 1-0-1 (the shortened games at Montgomery High over the weekend don’t count in the […]

Youth soccer: Legendary performance by Davis girls squad

The Davis Legacy Legends, a U16 girls soccer team, came tantalizingly close to capturing its third consecutive tournament championship last weekend, dominating a tense title match before losing in penalty kicks. After going undefeated through bracket play at the Tiburon Fall Kickoff, the Legends battled the Mustang Stampede for the championship on Sunday at McKegney […]

Big test opens season for two teams that struggled

By midnight Friday, Davis High’s football team will know if the glass slipper fits — or if things turn into one big pumpkin. Traveling to Fairfield to play an Armijo squad that has lost 16 straight contests, the new-feel Blue Devils should be in position to add another setback to the Indians’ skein. However, DHS […]

Look for Stanford and Cal to start season with wins

The long and wondrous 2011 college football season is about to begin. There will be winners and losers and no tie games. The object here is to pick only winners. This week’s picks are as follows: CAL over FRESNO STATE … those crazy Bulldog fans have snapped up way more tickets than Cal fans for this […]

UCD football season opens Thursday at ASU

Though it’s usually tough to gauge how good a college football team is going to be until it faces live competition, last week’s Blue/Gold scrimmage gave UC Davis fans an interesting glimpse at what look to be the Aggies’ top strengths and weakness going into the 2011 season. In fact, it was probably a more […]

Sports briefs: DHS moves football homecoming

Homecoming for Davis High has been changed to Friday, Sept. 23, in an effort to avoid any conflict with the observance of the Yom Kippur holiday. School officials made the announced Tuesday, moving the celebration, which will not include a dance. DHS Athletic Director Dennis Foster says administrators and students “are working on the parade.” […]

Devil girls roll over Rio Vista

No guys? No problem! New Davis High girls head coach Julie Crawford made the transition from the boys game look easy, as the Blue Devils swept through Rio Vista, 25-12, 25-15, 25-9, on Tuesday in the first official game of the 2011 season, played at The Cage. DHS had cruised to three consecutive victories on […]

The new Blue Devil trench won’t be any pushover

It’s called the poison pistol. It’s a spread offense that can contract and expand based on an opposition’s defense. The goal is to hit ’em where they ain’t. For Davis High, the guy running that poison pistol is quarterback Shayne Reagan. But the senior signal-caller knows he — and sophomore tailback Winfred Roberson — won’t […]

Blue Devil field hockey shouldn’t miss a beat in 2011

Field hockey is another Davis High School fall sport that is experiencing a coaching change, but after a Saturday exhibition, it appears all is well at Susan Beaton Field. The Blue Devils blew through Eastern League rivals with a 5-0-1 mark at last weekend’s jamboree in Chico, leaving first-year mentor Sandie Marotti-Huckins with a good […]