Monday, Monday: a different kind of DHS football practice

When the Mamas and the Papas sang “Monday, Monday … Can’t trust that day,” for sure the farthest thing from their minds was Davis High football. But like many prep programs, the first day of the work week (once the regular season starts) is a mixed bag. As the Blue Devils toiled past 7 p.m. […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

New era for DHS boys soccer nears as Park takes reins

* Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of eight stories previewing the DHS fall sports. Two weeks ago, Alex Park was getting ready for his 10th season coaching junior varsity boys soccer at Davis High. Suddenly — with the abrupt resignation of longtime Blue Devil coach Ashley Yudin — Park is being […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Underappreciated units could be the key to UCD’s success in 2012

It’s a rare thing to see a fan wearing the jersey of an offensive lineman or a punter. In fact, it’s almost unheard of. But for fans of the UC Davis football team, such a jersey might be an excellent investment this year. In his final season as Aggie head coach, Bob Biggs is pushing […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Golden Valley Harriers host 17th Labor Day race

In an active town like Davis, nearly every holiday is associated with an athletic event. Locals take advantage of their days off to participate in events like the Fourth of July Criterium and the Turkey Trot, among many others. And for the 17th straight year, Labor Day means the Golden Valley Harriers Labor Day race. […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

There’s a D in Davis — and it stands for defense

It’s waaaay too early to talk in absolutes about high school football making a comeback in this community. But for players, coaches and fans who spent any time around a Blue Devil day filled with scrimmages and workouts Saturday, there are confident smiles circulating at Davis High School. “Defensively, we are head and shoulders above […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Let the games begin; DHS starts a busy sports year

With more than 43 teams in 27 sports, Davis High is expected to send 1,250-plus athletes into action during the 2012-13 school year. Given how seriously competitors’ parents, community members and educators support Davis athletes, it should come as no surprise that our local high school has topped Sac-Joaquin Section campuses by winning 113 regional […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UCD offense hangs on the balance

Under head coach Bob Biggs, the UC Davis football team has always strived for offensive balance. But last year, perhaps more so than in any of Biggs’ other 19 seasons at the helm, the Aggies got away from that balance. Their running game sputtered — 3.1 yards per carry — forcing them to the throw […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UCD women top Fresno State in opener

Ashley Edwards’ goal in the 19th minute and Allison Kelly’s header in the 60th gave the UC Davis women’s soccer team a two-goal lead and the Aggies held on to defeat visiting Fresno State, 2-1, in a season-opening nonconference match on Friday. Fresno State, also playing its first game of the year, picked up a […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Exhibition tie kicks off Aggie men’s season

Davis High graduate Ryan Gross got his UC Davis career off to fine start, assisting Ramon Martin del Campo on the Aggies’ only goal in Saturday’s men’s soccer exhibition against Chico that ended in a 1-1 tie. UCD goalkeeper Kris Schultz came up with three key saves to thrill the fans at the Aggie Soccer […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Watney one of many in Garcia’s rearview mirror

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No lead is ever really safe at birdie-friendly Sedgefield Country Club. The last time Sergio Garcia played here, he learned that the hard way. Garcia shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead at 14-under 196 after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship. It’s a familiar spot for the Spaniard, […]

August 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s shut down K.C. behind C & C homer factory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dan Straily was surrounded by trouble in the second inning when pitching coach Curt Young made a visit to the mound. Straily went on to earn his first major league victory as Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City […]

August 17, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

River Cats crush New Orleans

METAIRIE, La. — Sacramento exploded for a five runs in the fourth inning on Thursday at Zephyr Field, lifting Brad Peacock to his team-high 11th victory as the River Cats topped the New Orleans Zephyrs, 8-1. Already ahead 1-0, the Cats sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth, recording seven hits and building […]

August 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Board etches athletics policy and procedure in stone

This community takes its high school sports seriously. Successful programs bring accolades to Davis High, many of its athletes are considered for grants at the next level and increased attendance — especially at football games — can mean additional revenue for a strapped athletic department. But hiring (and firing) of coaches, dealing evenly with athletes […]

August 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Wicked start for Watney at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. — It came as little surprise that Carl Pettersson, finished Thursday’s first round of the Wyndham Championship as the leader at 8-under 62. Or that David Mathis and Tim Clark tied for second, one stroke back. After all Pettersson, who is a member at the Sedgfield Country Club, went to high school in Greensboro […]

August 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,