Vikings sink the Aggie ship

Forget leaving a few plays on the field. The UC Davis football team left a whole half on the field. After matching Portland State point for point in the first half, the Aggies appeared to lose all focus in the second, giving up 35 points while managing only one touchdown of their own en route […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Dream season ends with Blue Devil field hockey dominance

During last year’s Big Dance, the Davis High field hockey team lost its silver slipper. On Saturday, the Blue Devils were the belles of the Eastern Athletic League ball. In winning six games in two days (seven if you count a last-minute conference game Friday night against Lassen), DHS cruised through the EAL tournament — […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged , ,

For DHS athletes, winter is coming

Sure, the sun is shining brightly and the temperature remains in the mid-70s — however, at Davis High, it is time for athletes to seriously start thinking about winter sports. Tryouts for the five middle-season squads are just around the corner — and there’s a lot to be done before the Blue Devils put their […]

October 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Ritchey has seen the mountain, now the pinnacle

* Editor’s note: This is the last in a five-part series focusing on the Class of 2012 of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. In all the years Tom Ritchey has spent welding frames of his continually cutting-edge bicycles, the veteran rider, inventor and builder has galvanized the sport of mountain biking. For his life’s work, Ritchey […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Grant too much for slow-starting Blue Devils, 48-14

SACRAMENTO — The up-and-down football season continued Friday for Davis High, when Grant pasted its guests, 48-14, at Rutherford Stadium. While the Delta Valley Conference loss was a major setback for the Blue Devils in the quest for their first playoff berth since 2007, all is not lost. “We still have a lot to play […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

World Series prompts all kinds of thoughts

A hundred years ago, growing up in Southern California, World Series time was a different animal. Taking nothing away from the 2012 electronic, 1,000-frames-a-second, all-access media coverage of the Giants-Tigers games, in 1957, the World Series was almost the second coming of Christmas — even though this then-fifth-grader caught only two games on black-and-white television […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Giants blank Tigers to go up 2-0

SAN FRANCISCO — Long ball one night, a Giant dose of small ball the next. Two wins in two games and suddenly San Francisco doesn’t need to dig itself out of a postseason hole for a change. Madison Bumgarner shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings, then the Giants took advantage of a bunt […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Coming off The Big Game, Cal and Stanford should get wins

This week’s picks are as follows: CAL over UTAH … Cal coach Jeff Tedford doesn’t need a bun warmer in his car. His seat is already hot. After an uninspiring performance against Stanford, the Bears need a quick turnaround to save their coach’s job. It’s a cruel world in big-time football. STANFORD over WASHINGTON STATE […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Devils make short work of The Trail to earn share of first

Emphatically on Thursday, the Davis High girls forced Monterey Trail to scooch over and share the Delta Valley Conference volleyball top spot. In a convincing 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 whitewash on Senior Night at The Cage, the Blue Devils avenged a marathon, five-set loss to the Mustangs on Oct. 9. Both squads now sit at 8-1 […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Hartwell flies into Hall of Fame, thanks to sprint career

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series focusing on the Class of 2012 of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Erin Hartwell has sprinted throughout his medal-filled cycling career. A one-kilometer specialist, the 43-year-old cyclone of spokes will be one of four sport giants inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame on […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: DHS boys finish unbeaten in DVC play

Ken Hashimoto got his first goal of the season as the Davis High boys soccer team went on the road to beat Elk Grove, 2-0, on Thursday, clinching an undefeated Delta Valley Conference season. In getting prepared for their Sac-Joaquin Section title defense, which begins next week, the Blue Devils (21-4-5, 7-0-3) had a chance […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Throw away the scores when UCD host Portland State

Comparing scores among common opponents isn’t a good way to predict college football games. If it was, UC Davis would have been just a couple of touchdowns away from winning the 2005 national championship. You see, the Aggies upset Stanford by three points that year, USC beat the Cardinal by 30 then lost by three […]

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sandoval powers Giants to Game 1 win

SAN FRANCISCO — A roly-poly Kung Fu Panda outslugged the Triple Crown winner. An October outcast outpitched the Cy Young ace. With Pablo Sandoval and Barry Zito taking star turns, this World Series is off to a rollicking start. Sandoval hit three home runs and joined Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols as the […]

October 25, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Guinard wins an All-Devil DVC final

A person walking past the Davis High girls tennis practice on Wednesday at the Community Park Tennis Complex wouldn’t have noticed, but the Delta Valley Conference singles championship was being decided on one of the courts. How is this possible? Well, when the league got together to play its tournament on Tuesday, time ran out before […]

October 25, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,