Hold on to your hats. It’s non-stop prep sports until June

The whirlwind starts now. It took only 90 minutes to make an assessment … The 2011 Davis High Blue Devil football team has a completely different feel to what we saw in coach Steve Smyte’s first season. Despite its best intentions, DHS was hamstrung from the beginning. Smyte was hired late (appointed in May, for […]

New-feel Blue Devils kick off football practices

“Yes. Great work, Cookie. That’s the way to stay with him!” comes the coach’s praise. “No, no, no!” the coach isn’t happy on the next play. “The object is you get the safety to bite on the play-action,” the mentor demonstrates his admonition. “If he doesn’t do that, I want you to cut on his […]

Vaughn will take over for Peters at the UCD baseball helm

While it’s never easy when a coach moves on, the smoothest transitions often come when a team can maintain a sense of continuity. In the case of the UC Davis baseball team, the resignation of head coach Rex Peters — announced by the school on Monday — was made less disruptive by the fact that […]

Sports briefs: Aggie gymnasts earn academic awards

Six UC Davis gymnasts, plus the Aggie women’s team at large, were honored as part of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women’s academic awards program. Betsy Lim, Marcy Miller, Stacey Nicolini, Jessica Rea, Erika Van Dyke and Katie Yamamura received individual All-Academic honors. As a team, UCD combined for a 3.27 grade-point average during […]

Flying high: Davis paraglider shares X-Alps experience

By Margaret Burns Thirty pilot/athletes from 22 countries started out in the X-Alps race on July 17 and only 18 finished 14 days later. They had attempted to paraglide and hike the 900 miles from Salzburg, Austria, to Monaco with a 25-pound backpack and an assistant driving a van with the rest of their gear. […]

Cats can’t weather Storm Chasers

OMAHA – The Omaha Storm Chasers were not thrown off their game by two rain delays as they defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-5 on Saturday to earn a series split. Sacramento (70-45) posted four runs in the top of the second inning, including a solo homer by Michael Taylor. However, Omaha put up two […]

Dodgers defeat Diamondbacks, keep Giants in first place

PHOENIX — Nathan Eovaldi pitched five solid innings in his major league debut and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Saturday night. The Diamondbacks’ loss allowed the San Francisco Giants to remain atop the National League West standings by half a game. Eovaldi (1-0), who pitched in the Double-A Southern League All-Star […]

McCarthy goes 8 innings, A’s blank Rays 8-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brandon McCarthy pitched five-hit ball for eight innings, David DeJesus homered twice and the Oakland Athletics earned a rare road victory by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-0 on Saturday night. McCarthy (5-5) helped Oakland win for just the eighth time in its last 38 games away from home. He struck […]

Under-14 baseball tryouts

The Davis Crush, a competitive under-14 travel baseball team, will conduct tryouts on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. at Civic baseball fields at Fifth and B streets. The Crush is coached by former UC Davis Aggie player Tim Busbin. This tryout is for boys with birthdates after May 1, 1997. Players should arrive at […]

AquaMonsters fall sessions begin

Fall sessions for the Davis AquaMonsters begin on Monday, Aug. 8. The AquaMonsters are a seasonal swim team that offers children an opportunity to compete on a recreational summer swim team, improve stroke technique, learn stroke skills such as flip turns and dives, improve fitness and conditioning for water polo. The team philosophy is: swim, […]

Piercy leads Reno-Tahoe Open

RENO, Nev. — Scott Piercy reeled off eight consecutive birdies to post a 28 on the front nine then bounced back from a bogey on the 17th to eagle the 616-yard closing hole Saturday and break the course record at the Reno-Tahoe Open with an 11-under 61. The 32-year-old Las Vegas native, who is winless […]

Cain sharp for 8 innings, but Giants lose to Phils

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain is receiving little run support lately. Problem is, he’s used to that. Cain allowed just three hits over eight innings, but that was enough for Cole Hamels and the streaking Philadelphia Phillies to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Saturday. Pablo Sandoval homered with two outs in the ninth […]

Taxiera baseball book finds a home at the Hall of Fame

Don’t get me started on baseball — or Joe Taxiera’s brilliant project, “A Unique Look at Big League Baseball.” His 2011 volume, tagged the broadcasters’ edition, has taken on new life. This book provides fodder for arguments between generations, between team followers and between American League fans and National League purists. Taxiera, a Davis guy […]

Female Blue Devil champs of 1970s will be honored

Save the date: Wednesday, Nov. 30. The section title-winning Blue Devil girls basketball teams of 1975 and 1976 will be honored in pre-game ceremonies at Davis High School. From otherworldly center Denise Curry, to board-sweeping Sue Towne and swingman Therese Cardinet, those ground-breaking Blue Devil players and their coaches will be recognized before the locals’ […]