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 ,

Conley Gibson ready to take the mound again

Conley Gibson died this week. But for family, friends and the thousands of people he touched — no matter how briefly — he’ll never be gone. Gibson was the youngest 90-year-old on the planet. The Los Angeles transplant was a baseball man like few others. He spent a parts of nine decades on the diamond. […]

August 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: NorCal picks up hockey hardware

NorCal Extreme brought two teams to the recent International North American Roller Hockey Championships and brought back a pair of medals. The NorCal 14U squad grabbed bronze with a win over Hong Kong in the third-place game. The contest was the culmination of a strong tournament performance, as the Extreme finished round robin play with victories […]

August 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Baseball roundup: Kansas City slips past Oakland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Will Smith, a 23-year-old left-hander, made his ninth major league start Wednesday night and he pitched like a veteran. Smith went seven strong innings, Chris Getz doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics, 3-2. Smith (4-4) limited the A’s to two runs and five […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Americans get their kicks in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The United States ended 75 years of frustration in Mexico, winning at its southern neighbor and regional revival for the first time Wednesday night when Michael Orozco Fiscal’s goal in the 80th minute and Tim Howard’s late sprawling saves provided a 1-0 victory. Dominated for most of the night, the Americans went […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,