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 […]

Blue Devils host another football scrimmage Thursday

In what will serve as its second and final tune-up for the upcoming 2015 prep football season, Davis welcomes Sacramento High to Brown Stadium for a Thursday night scrimmage. The junior varsity teams will match up at 5 p.m. before the 7 p.m. varsity main event. The varsity Blue Devils had their hands full with […]

Luuga, Williams emerge from crowded Aggie backfield

* Editor’s note: “Countdown to Kickoff” is a daily Enterprise feature until UC Davis opens its season on Sept. 3 at Football Bowl Subdivision Nevada. A couple of years ago, then-freshman UC Davis tailback Manusamoa Luuga got the start at Nevada. First-year coach Ron Gould was looking for a running back to carry the load — and […]

Depth returns to a cat-quick UCD men’s soccer team

After 12 games, the 2014 UC Davis men’s soccer team was the only undefeated squad in the nation. It wasn’t until Oct. 9. when UC Irvine stunned them 1-0, that the Aggies first fell. However, along the way, the locals were wearing out. In their first 11 games, they went to overtime in eight. Injuries were piling up. Nonetheless, a 1-0 […]

Devil boys tie Vacaville in tune-up for Friday opener

With many of the Davis High boys soccer players new to the team, a dress rehearsal was in order. And that’s what the Blue Devils got on Wednesday when Vacaville visited Yudin Field for a scrimmage that ended in a 3-3 tie. Taking the field without several of last year’s standouts — some due to graduation and others because […]

Despite new faces, DHS girls volleyballers hoping for similar results

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. When the Davis High girls volleyball team takes the court for its first regular-season match — on Friday (6 p.m.) at The Cage against Sacramento High — it will do it with just five returners from last year’s […]

Youth roundup: Real Davis captures Creek Cup soccer tournament

Real Davis, a U12 boys soccer team, struck gold again last weekend, winning the Creek Cup tournament for its second title to go with another second-place finish in four summer events. Coaches Jorge Nieves and James Pierce said locals’ latest championship came thanks to a foundation of solid defense, the improving midfield creativity and the deadly […]

Pro baseball roundup: River Cats edge Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Angel Pagan’s Sacramento debut was a good one as the veteran outfielder reached base four times, scored twice and helped the visiting River Cats to a 5-4 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday. A two-time world champion (2012 and 2014) with the Giants, Pagan is rehabbing tendinitis in his right knee. He […]

DHS girls confident, still working on doubles lineup

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. High school tennis is simple. Every team has two parts: a singles squad and a doubles crew. Both sides of the equation need to be strong for a team to make a long postseason run. With the season opener set […]