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BRIEFS: UCD men seeded 2nd in WWPA tourney

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November 16, 2010 | Leave Comment

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With each sporting a 13-1 record in conference games, there is no question that the 14th-ranked UC Davis men\’s water polo team and the No. 8 Loyola Marymont squad were the top two Western Water Polo Association teams in the regular season.

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That\’s why the Lions, who won the only matchup between the two WWPA stalwarts on Nov. 5, will enter this weekend\’s league tournament seeded first, with No. 2 seed Aggies (16-9 overall) are their top challenger. The event begins Friday at Santa Clara\’s Sullivan Aquatics Center, with a 9 a.m. matchup between seventh-seeded Air Force and No. 10 seed Chapman. UCD gets the winner of that contest in a second-round game at 2:20 p.m.

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The Aggies familiarized themselves with this pool last Saturday, when they won a defensive struggle against Santa Clara, 6-4. The 12th-ranked Broncos are the fourth seed in this tournament, while No. 11 San Diego is seeded third.

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The event ends Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. championship game and the winner of that match will be the conference\’s automatic qualifier to the four-team National Collegiate Championship, hosted by California on Dec. 4-5.

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UCD finished fifth at last year\’s WWPA tournament.

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UCD cross country

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Aggie harriers Jonathan Peterson and Calvin Thigpen received All-Region accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.

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All-Region awards for Division I cross country were announced following Saturday\’s NCAA Regional Championships and were given to student-athletes of member schools that finished in the top 25 individually at one of the nine regional sites.

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Peterson finished fifth overall in the men\’s 10K race at the NCAA West Regionals, crossing the line in 30:07.41. With his top five finish, the junior becomes the first UCD male runner to qualify for the Division I national meet since UCD completed its transition to D-I. Peterson was the

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highest-placing individual from a Big West school at the regional.

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Thigpen, a senior out of Santa Rosa, was the next Aggie to cross the line, as his time of 30:35.95 was good for 20th overall. Thigpen, who was coming off of a third-place finish at the Big West championships, has earned four top-20 finishes this season including a second-place nod at the season-opening Hornet Jamboree.

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The national championship meet in on Monday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind. Peterson\’s race, the men\’s 10K, will begin at 9:48 a.m.

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Cycling lecture

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Dr. Todd Weitzenberg, a semi-pro cyclist and sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, will give a lecture titled

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“Exercise Can Save the World” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis.

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The museum, at 303 Third St., will be open for tours beginning at 4 p.m. and light refreshments will be served beginning at 6 p.m.

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Weitzenberg is a graduate of the Chicago School of Medicine and did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and fellowship in sports medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. In addition to being a team physician for Sonoma State University, he is a medical director for the Nike Women\’s Marathon and the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon.

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This event is sponsored jointly by Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Admission is free; to RSVP, call Tina Bozzini at (530) 757-4121.

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World Cup speaker

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FIFA World Cup soccer official Veronica Perez will speak on Friday at the Veterans\’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.

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The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Perez, a Sacramento resident, has been invited by Davis AYSO to talk about her experience and “to give any (pointers) she can to any area officials,” AYSO spokesman Fred Main says.

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There is no charge and Main adds that his organization urges all referees and soccer fans to attend. RSVP at refereeadmin@davisayso.net.

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In 2008, Perez was appointed to FIFA\’s international panel as an assistant referee. Her first year, she was appointed to work at two international tournaments: the Beijing

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Summer Olympics and the U17 CONCACAF Qualifier in Trinidad and Tobago. She recently returned from the U-20 women\’s World Cup.

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Perez, who also officiates Central California Soccer League women\’s and men\’s matches, was used extensively as an assistant referee in the last women\’s World Cup.

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DHS alumni games

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The Blue Devil basketball program will conduct four alumni games on Nov. 27.

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DHS is inviting boys and girls of all ages to dust off their hightops and inviting their friends and family and the entire community to come watch. Younger alumni will play varsity teams and older alums will take on the programs\’ junior varsity crews.

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Game times are scheduled for 2 and 3:15 p.m. (JV) with 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. for the

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varsity vs. alumni outings.

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Admission will be charged for this Blue Devil basketball program fundraiser, and games will be held in the North Gym with an alumni social scheduled afterwards at Sudwerk, 2001 Second St., at 7 p.m.

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Registration forms are available at http://www.davishighhoops.com. For more information, contact boys coach Dan Gonzalez at (530) 304-6825 or girls mentor Jeff Christian at (530) 574-4641.

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Spring lacrosse

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The Davis Lacrosse Association has opened registration for its 2011 boys and girls spring lacrosse programs. Parents can register online at http://www.davislax.org until Nov. 30 for boys and Dec. 10 for girls.

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Teams are established by age ranging from U9, for players born between Jan. 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2003, and U15, for players born between Jan. 1, 1996, and Dec. 31, 1997. Practices will start in late January or early February with times and locations to be announced.

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The registration cost is $350 for U15 and U13 players and $250 for U11 and U9 players. For insurance purposes, all players must be members of U.S. Lacrosse ($25 annual fee). Scholarship assistance is available.

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There is a late fee of $50 for any registration or payment received after the above dates. Team sizes are limited so all players have an opportunity to play, so early registration is encouraged.

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Players must obtain their own equipment.

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Information about Davis Lacrosse Association, the sport, equipment and other items can be on the website or by contacting Don Aiello at donaldta@pacbell.net or (530) 750-3892.

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Enterprise staff

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