BRIEFS: Huge week for Devils in college

By September 22, 2010

A pair of Davis High graduates, who also happen to be stepbrothers, were each honored this week for their performances as college athletes.

As mentioned in MondayÕs online edition of The Davis Enterprise, UC Davis running back Josh Reese was named Great West Offensive Player of the Week for his role in the AggiesÕ 38-24 win over San Diego on Saturday.

On Tuesday, ReeseÕs stepbrother and North Carolina defender Jalil Anibaba was named the Atlantic Coast Conference MenÕs Soccer Player of the Week. Anibaba anchored the Tar Heel backline as UNC shut out its second straight opponent in CarolinaÕs 1-0 win over Duke on Friday.

Anibaba was a key factor in holding the nationÕs leading scorer and reigning ACC Player of the Week, Ryan Finley of Duke, scoreless and to just four shots Ñ half of his season average.

On Saturday, Reese rushed for 104 yards Ñ the second 100-yard game of his career Ñ and two touchdown to lead a resurgent UCD running game.

UCD menÕs golf

Junior Tyler Raber, a DHS graduate, carded five birdies en route to a final-round 3-under 69 on Tuesday to help the Aggies finish in a tie for ninth at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.

Raber finished in a tie for 16th at 1-over 217 for UCD, which 6-over 294 as a team on Tuesday, tying in the tournament standings with Pacific and Washington State. Aggie freshman Matt Hansen followed his spectacular 3-under score on the first 36 holes on Monday with a 73 in the final round, tying for 10th in his collegiate debut at 2-under 214.

UCDÕs Josh Granger had a 77 and tied for 48th at 226, Austin Graham finished with a 76, tying for 59th at 229, and Andrew Haggen carded a 76 to place 62nd at 230.

Raber bogeyed his first hole on Tuesday Ñ the par-4 10th Ñ but then had two birdies and six pars over the remainder of the front nine to make the turn at 2-under. Three birdies and him play an even back nine even..

The Aggies will return to the course to play in the Windon Memorial Classic at Northwestern on Sunday and Monday.

UCD baseball

Former Aggie standout Daniel Descalso was called up to the St. Louis CardinalsÕ active roster on Saturday, becoming just the second player in UCD history to advance to the majors.

Descalso technically made his debut that night against San Diego, when he was announced as a pinch hitter for Jason Motte in the sixth inning, but was called back after the Padres brought in a new relief pitcher.

On Monday, Descalso came in as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and grounded out.

Descalso is the first Aggie to earn a spot on an active major league roster since 1983 when pitcher Steve Brown was called up by the California Angels. Brown played with the Angels during the 1983 and 1984 seasons.

After hitting .397 for UCD in 2007, Descalso was drafted by St. Louis with the 112th overall pick. He spent the last two seasons as the starting second baseman for the Memphis Redbirds, the CardinalsÕ Triple-A affiliate.

This season, Descalso posted a .282 batting average and carried team highs in runs (86) and doubles (32), while his 71 RBI and 132 hits were second-best on the Redbirds.

As an Aggie, Descalso ranks fifth all-time in career hits with 210 and seventh in career doubles with 42.

Tennis Festival

Registration is open through Friday for the third annual Harvey English Tennis Festival, a one-day event that will be played on Oct. 2.

The festival is named after local tennis legend and UCD professor Harvey English, who died this year at the age of 99, and the 2010 event will honor longtime Davis High girls tennis coach Paul Ochs, who recently retired after 34 seasons.

Players ages 18 and older are eligible to register and the cost is $20.

The festival will begin at 8 a.m. at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on the UCD campus and will last until 4 p.m.

All adult menÕs, womenÕs and mixed doubles teams are welcome, and organizers will arrange teams for players without a partner. Players will be divided up by skill level and placed into groups of four for a round-robin with each match being a 10-game pro set.

Players can register online at http://harleyenglishtennis.com or by contacting the Retiree Center at [email protected] or (530) 752-5182.

Lacrosse clinics

Join the Davis Lacrosse Association on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northstar Park for a fun introduction to lacrosse for boys and girls in grades 2 through 8.

The clinic is free and no equipment is required, just bring water and wear comfortable clothing.

All participants must pre-register online at http://www.davislax.org by clicking on the tab labeled ÒRegister Online.Ó Then click on the link labeled ÒFree Lacrosse Clinic Fall 2010Ó to start the registration process.

For general questions about Davis Lacrosse programs, contact Don Aiello at (530) 750-3892 or [email protected]

Devil Scramble

The first Devil Scramble, a golf tournament to benefit the DHS boys and girls golf teams, will be Monday, Oct. 18, at El Macero Country Club.

Players are asked to pre-register by Sept. 30.

Golfers can choose either a scramble or ÒshambleÓ format. The cost for this event is $150, which includes entry into 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, dinner and various awards. Nongolfers are invited for dinner at the cost of $30.

For more information, contact DHS boys coach Karl Ronning at [email protected] or Blue Devil girls coach Rhonda Mohr at [email protected]

Lacrosse camp

The Davis Lacrosse Association will offer its annual Fall Ball lacrosse camp for boys in grades 2 to 12, from beginners to advanced players.

Fall Ball is an opportunity to try out the fastest-growing team sport in Northern California or hone skills for the next season.

The boys Fall Ball will take place on Thursdays and Sundays from Sept. 30 through Nov. 21 in Davis, while the girls will go Wednesdays and Sundays from Sept. 29 through Nov. 21.

For more information, visit http://www.davislax.org. To register, go to the website and click ÒRegister Online.Ó

For general questions about Davis Lacrosse programs, contact Don Aiello at (530) 750-3892 or [email protected]


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