Consider Friday night a DHS’ football mulligan

Call Friday’s game with Foothill a Blue Devil redux. Consider last week’s loss to Yuba City a mulligan. Regardless what space Davis High football fans are in right now, expect nonleague game No. 2 to be a cleaner football exhibition — with a quicker start by the locals. Foothill, a Pioneer Valley League member, is […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Healthier Devils get a win in home opener

It’s amazing how much difference a relatively healthy back line makes in soccer.

On Monday — playing without three key defenders — Davis High’s boys took it on the chin (5-1) against Marin Academy in San Rafael.

In Wednesday’s home opener, Connor Anderson shook off his leg injury to help the Blue Devils outlast Marin Catholic, 2-1.

“Connor is still hurt out there, but I thought he did a great job (Wednesday),” DHS interim head coach Alex Park said after the chippy match that saw a total of seven yellow cards and …

UCD is a heavy favorite Thursday as Biggs’ final season begins

A blank canvas is a great thing, until the first stroke is a splotch. UC Davis football head coach Bob Biggs, who will be opening his 20th — and final — year at the helm on Thursday against Azusa Pacific, knows that as well as anyone. Accordingly, he has put his team through a series of rigorous […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Bay Area college teams should open with wins

This week’s picks, the first of an undefeated season, are as follows: CAL over NEVADA … the Bears are still smarting from that 52-31 whipping the Pack administered two years ago in Reno. Another loss to Nevada and Jeff Tedford will be coaching Pop Warner football next fall. STANFORD over SAN JOSE STATE … this […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Strong start for Davis Diamonds gymnasts

Local gymnasts Mariske Pretorius and Aubrey Watts each won gold medals as the Davis Diamonds opened their season at the National Association of Womens Gymnastics Judges Cup last weekend in Rancho Cordova. The Judges Cup featured 800 gymnasts from the strongest teams in Northern California gathering for the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic-sanctioned event. In an extremely […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Record numbers will push Devil harriers in right direction

* Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of eight stories previewing the DHS fall sports. If there is depth in numbers, this fall’s edition of the Davis High cross country program will be formidable in all divisions. “We have about 20 more athletes than we’ve ever had before,” Blue Devil head coach Bill […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Tense DHS singles match steals focus from slick play

High drama in the No. 1 singles match between Inés Guinard and Abby Bacharach punctuated Davis High’s otherwise straightforward 8-1 victory over visiting Del Oro on Tuesday at the Community Park Tennis Complex. In the Blue Devil girls’ home opener, top seed Guinard stopped the Golden Eagles’ Bacharach, 6-4, 4-6 (10-8), in a grueling two-hour […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Baseball roundup: Sky Sox have too much for River Cats

COLORADO SPRINGS — Every River Cats starting position player reached base safely at least once, but Sacramento still fell, 14-6, to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday at Security Service Field. The Cats offense scored six runs after the fifth inning, but they were victims of two big Sky Sox innings. Colorado Springs brought […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Blitzing is a secondary concern for UCD

While they want to play an aggressive style of defense in 2012, the UC Davis coaching staff knows blitzing can be risky. On one play, a blitz can give a defense an easy interception or sack. But just as easily, it can render that same defense helpless to stop the long pass. There are, however, […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Labor Day Races benefit local athletes

A Davis end-of-summer tradition continues on Monday as the Golden Valley Harriers present their 17th annual Labor Day Races. The event starts at the Davis Commons, First and D streets, and includes 5K and 10K races and a 1K kids fun run. The family-friendly event benefits high school cross country teams from Davis, Dixon and […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Chambers again anchors U.S. wheelchair hoops team

By Evan Ream Former Davis High basketball star Joe Chambers was 18 when he lost his left leg, and seemingly his sporting career, to cancer. But 12 years later, Chambers is a fixture at his sport’s high level. That sport is now wheelchair basketball and Chambers, 30, is participating in his second consecutive Paralympic Games […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Greiner Athlete of the Week (8/29/12): PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney

Though it wasn’t his first PGA Tour victory — he now has five — Davis High graduate Nick Watney’s win at The Barclays last weekend was his biggest ever. It also could turn out to be his most lucrative, since the Greiner Athlete of the Week put himself at the top of the FedExCup standings […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Devils block Pioneer from even getting a game

Though it won’t count in the standings, the Davis High girls volleyball made its mark on the season with a CIF Foundation match victory over Pioneer on Monday at The Cage. Powered by their three active seniors, and good play by the middle blockers, the Blue Devils took control early and cruised past the Patriots, […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Tough start for DHS boys on the pitch

SAN RAFAEL — There were just too many holes to fill. After going 3-0-1 in a series of defensive scrimmages at the Bay City Classic in Santa Rosa last weekend, a gimpy Davis High boys soccer team opened the regular season Monday with a 5-1 loss at Marin Academy. With defenders Connor Anderson, Alex Perez […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,