Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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JV roundup: Blue Devil girls smash soccer opponents

DHS players — from left, Makenna Rubinstein (3), Bhavna Kodira (23), Hannah Thompson (18) and Brooke Rosenblum (22) — celebrate a goal in the Blue Devils' 12-0 victory over Monterey Trail on Monday. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Another two Delta Valley Conference teams were no match for the Davis High junior varsity girls soccer squad.

In beating Laguna Creek last Wednesday and Monterey Trail on Monday, the Blue Devils outscored their opposition 23-0.

DHS enjoyed its road trip to Laguna Creek, coming home with a dominating 11-0 win.

Kate Bosco set up the first goal when she turned the corner on the right side and sent in a low, hard cross that Hannah Thompson punched in at the far post.

Makenna Rubinstein then abused the Cardinal defense with three goals created off the dribble and Annie Leck found Alexis Olmedo at the top of the box for a tally.

Emily Torbert completed the first-half Devil scoring barrage after receiving an excellent cross from Elsa Iverson.

In the second period, Thompson scored unassisted as she cut through the central defense and buried a rocket from 18 yards and Katie Grahn scored unassisted.

Excellent ball movement by the locals set up the next goal as Hannah Deknikker laid the ball back to Leck, who sent a square pass to Mackenzie Quick — who then finished. Quick then sent a nice through ball to Iverson for a score and, the final Davis tally was a LCHS own goal as Leck’s shot was deflected in.

In their final home game of the season, the Devils took advantage of perfect field and weather conditions to smoke the Mustangs, 12-0.

Iverson opened the scoring off a pass from Leck and Olmedo added an impressive unassisted goal after she chased down a ball on the right side.

Deknikker followed that by beating the entire left side of the Mustang defense with a scintillating run to set up an Iverson finish, then Olmedo found midfielder Alex Diaz open for a rifle shot that made it 4-0.

DHS wrapped up the first half when a Thompson penetration led to clinical strike from Marin Garcia and Claire Buhlman floated a beautiful corner kick into the box that defected off a Mustang defender to Bhavna Kodira, who finished with a low drive.

After intermission, Olmedo fed Quick for a tally and Kasey Carlson moved up from defense to score two nice goals, the second assisted by Rubinstein, who then set up a Kodira net-finder.

Brooke Rosenblum sent a high cross that Thompson headed home before defender Megan Klisiewicz finished up the Blue Devils’ scoring off a feed from Jodie Stroeve.

DHS JV boys lacrosse

The Blue Devils split a pair of games last week — beating Bella Vista before losing to Oak Ridge.

DHS conquered the Broncos, 12-2, in Fair Oaks on April 23.

Sophomore attacker Griffin McNamara, who also filled in at midfield, led the Devil scoring with five goals and two assists, sophomore attacker Isaiah West contributed three goals, while Davis got one each came from Justin Reno, Jed Arvin, Connor Amesbury and Jake Guida.

Local assists came from sophomores Jackson Herget (three) and Josh Rix (two), as well as Arvin and freshman midfielder Tom Thornton. Herget won seven of nine face-offs and paced the team in ground balls with six.

DHS’ leaders on defense were freshmen Jake Griffiths, with three takeaways, and Wiley Wilson, who picked up  three grounders. Ben Heeren and Brian Johnstone, both Blue Devil sophomores, and freshman Hunter Harris also made life difficult for Bella Vista.

The Davis defense excelled in the first quarter as Guida and Griffiths made a slick interceptions and Sachin Kumar continually forced ball carriers to the sidelines. Eventually, on a man-up situation, McNamara, Arvin and West passed the ball like a high-speed bucket brigade, leading to the initial goal, before Reno scored unassisted to end the period.

The second quarter was literally kick-started by Harris, who used his foot to send a loose face-off ball to McNamara, for a goal. Kumar’s defense then set up a Herget-to-Guida tally and Thornton and Griffiths teamed up for a takeaway that led to a West goal. Arvin followed up with an unassisted goal just before haltime.

After the break, West scored off a pass from Rix, Reno fed to Amesbury and Herget found McNamara on a fast break. The Broncos finally scored despite the intense defense of Kumar, Johnstone and sophomore goalie Connor Spann (four saves for the night) to get their first goal, but McNamara answered and it was 10-1 after three quarters.

Herget won the first face-off of the fourth period and sent the ball to McNamara for a goal just 10 seconds in, and Rix dished to McNamara for another tally soon after. Later, another Griffiths interception led to a strong downfield run by sophomore midfielder Logan James, who got support from Wilson.

Friday’s home game against Oak Ridge was a more even matchup, with the locals actually leading 7-4 at halftime before the Trojans prevailed, 13-10.

Amesbury led the scoring with a trick, DHS got two goals each from McNamara, Arvin and West, and Herget added one.

Spann pulled off nine saves in the game and Kumar paced the defensive effort with nine grounders and three takeaways.

DHS JV baseball

The Blue Devils had a strong week, outscoring Grant and Laguna Creek, 37-10, over the three games, including two mercy-rule-shortened outings.

DHS opened the set with 13-3 victory over visiting Grant on April 23.

In the win, Devil lefty Solomon Biers-Ariel made his JV pitching debut (he usually plays outfield) and, with the help of a solid defense, held the Pacers scoreless on one hit in three innings.

Meanwhile, the Davis bats were hard at work, tallying four runs on four hits in the first inning alone. Aided by walks, hit batters and Grant errors, the locals held a 13-0 lead after three innings.

After a Pacer triple led to a run in the fourth, a sharp Nate Curtis-to-Kyle England double play ended the threat.

Grant managed two more runs in the fifth inning but it wasn’t enough to stop the game from ending early. Curtis and Noel Parente led the Blue Devil offense, each posting a single and a double.

A visit to Laguna Creek on Thursday seemed a more even matchup — at least until the top of the fourth inning, after which DHS cruised to a 14-7 victory.

With his team trailing 2-0, Devil Eric Walker led off the third with a liner to right, Andrew Bolich walked and both scored on Ben D’Angelo’s scorcher down the third-base line. D’Angelo came in on a sharp line drive by England and the locals briefly led 3-2.

The Cardinals answered with two runs in the bottom of the third but the Blue Devils took control in the fourth …

Kris Prince started the rally with a fly ball to deep right center and the next nine DHS batters reached base before the Cardinals brought in a new pitcher.  In the end, eight hits resulted in eight runs and a comfortable lead for the locals.

England and D’Angelo both threw well in the road win and the Devil defense was sharp. Bolich’s bat led the way with three hits, aided by D’Angelo and England (a double and single apiece) and two singles from Prince. Almost every Davis player who came to bat got a hit as the Blue Devils had 14 in all.

A day later at home, the Cards went quietly, as DHS finished a 10-0 victory in five innings.

Brendan Pohl pitched a complete-game shutout and, when LCHS did manage to get runners on base, they were caught stealing or picked off.  The Devil bats were busy enough with seven hits — paced by Curtis’ two singles — and were helped out by walks and Cardinal errors.

Enterprise staff

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