Formation change keys DHS soccer romp

For the first 10 minutes of the Davis High boys soccer season, it looked as if the new-look Blue Devils would find games tough in 2015 after a massive exodus of starters to college and academy programs. But then head coach Alex Park changed DHS’ formation, and the hosts cruised to a 7-0 victory over […]

It takes brains for Aggies to compete with The Big Boys

* Editor’s note: “Countdown to Kickoff” is a daily Enterprise feature until UC Davis opens its season on Thursday at Football Bowl Subdivision Nevada. Every spring, UC Davis football coaches pore over the names of prep athletes who have shown even as much as a casual interest in becoming an Aggie. In determining how to thin the herd, most coaches at other […]

Re-tooled DHS golf team eyes repeat Delta title

* Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. If the Davis High girls golf team is to repeat as Delta League champion, and match its strong Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional and Masters tournament performances, the Blue Devils are going to have to do it with a new batch of top contributors, […]

For DHS footballers, next time it counts

The dress rehearsals are done. The Davis High football team took on Sacramento High in the locals’ second — and final — scrimmage of the preseason Thursday night, leaving only a week of practice standing between the Blue Devils and the first game of the season. The second scrimmage, just like last Saturday’s against Folsom, […]

Watney, Spieth struggle as FedEx Cup playoffs begin

EDISON, N.J. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months, and saw Davis High graduate Nick Watney have his own difficulties. Both players shot a 4-over 74 and were tied for 95th after Thursday’s opening round of The Barclays. Watney opened on the back nine […]

Giants power past visiting Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO — Rookie Kelby Tomlinson wasn’t sure how to react when his grand slam was replayed on the stadium video board. Veteran Marlon Byrd reminded him to smile and take in the moment. Tomlinson hit a slam for his first career home run and Byrd added a three-run shot, leading Madison Bumgarner and the […]

Aggies release men’s hoops schedule

Three games against NCAA Tournament teams, a double dose of Causeway Classics and 15 exciting home contests highlight the 2015-16 UC Davis men’s basketball schedule, announced Thursday by head coach Jim Les. It’s a challenging slate for the defending Big West Conference regular-season champion Aggies, who made the NIT, the program’s first trip to the […]

Blue Devil stick coach has high hopes

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. The sky is the limit for the Davis High field hockey team in 2015, at least if you ask fifth-year head coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins: “I expect big things. They could be better than our undefeated 2012 team.” That 2012 team […]

Sports briefs: Blue Devils see encouraging signs on the tennis court

With the Davis High girls tennis team eyeing a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, coach Sally Hosley likes to get her squad as much court time against top competition as possible. So on Thursday — even though the two teams will meet in a regular-season match next week — the Blue Devils hosted powerful […]

Stiff UCD field hockey slate starts Saturday with No. 4 Syracuse

As field hockey goes, the 2015 UC Davis schedule isn’t for the faint of heart. In coach Tiffany Huisman’s second year on campus, the Aggies open the season Saturday with No. 4 Syracuse. The 4 p.m. contest will be played at Stanford. “We’re just going to go out and play hard, compete and play our […]

More tidbits as Aggie football opener approaches

* Editor’s note: “Countdown to Kickoff” is a daily Enterprise feature until UC Davis opens its season on Thursday at Football Bowl Subdivision Nevada. It’s This-n-That Friday in UC Davis Gridiron Land … Aggie Women’s Huddle: If you’re quick — and a woman — there’s still time to get involved in Friday night’s popular annual event. UCD players and coaches […]

Shaffer bleeds blue, has golden soccer outlook

Dwayne Shaffer isn’t opposed to adjusting based on his players’ skill sets. The UC Davis men’s soccer coach, in his 19th season with the Aggies, usually likes his teams to play hard-nosed defense, control the pace, keep the games close. But this year, Shaffer’s guys might have a different strategy. There’s speed galore up front […]

Republic notebook: Assistant Malenab is Sacramento’s unsung hero

Ten days ago, when Sacramento Republic FC announced new job titles for head coach and now technical director Paul Buckle as well as director of football Graham Smith, the addition of the duty of “video analyst” to assistant coach Chris Malenab’s job description didn’t make the headlines. But in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Real Monarchs SLC, […]

Blackburn’s solid start isn’t enough in Cats loss

OMAHA, NE. — Sacramento’s Clayton Blackburn notched his ninth quality start, but Omaha’s J.C. Sulbaran was a little bit better as the Storm Chasers beat the River Cats, 5-1, on Wednesday. Blackburn (8-4) entered the game leading the Cats’ starting staff in ERA (3.26) and strikeouts per nine innings (7.2), and second in wins (eight). On […]