UCD men are trey magnifique

It happens in a matter of seconds. Aggie guard Josh Ritchart sets a pick. One Mississippi. He rolls outside. Two Mississippi. The 6-foot-9 sophomore catches the pass. Three Missi … He releases. … ssippi. Swish. Ring up another 3-pointer for the UC Davis men’s basketball team. “In our offense, we keep the floor really spread,” said […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Aggie earns MPSF’s best of the week

UC Davis junior Katie Yamamura was selected Tuesday as the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week for the 2012 season. This is the fifth time she’s been honored in her career but the first since late in her freshman season. Yamamura, who prepped at Palo Alto’s Gunn High School, won the individual […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

So close, but turnovers betray Lady Blue Devils

Despite a 50-47 overtime loss to visiting Grant, there was a look of resolve on the faces of the Davis High girls basketball team members as they filed off court to the locker room afterward. No heads down. No tears. No towel throwing. Resolve. To the girl, they knew they let this one get away. […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

San Jose’ streak is snapped in a shootout

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Cullen scored in the third period and in the first round of the shootout to help the skidding Minnesota Wild recover from a late stumble to beat San Jose 5-4 on Tuesday night, stopping the Sharks’ four-game winning streak. Mikko Koivu scored next for the Wild, and Josh Harding stopped […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Kings get blown out in Philly

PHILADELPHIA — While the rest of his teammates started hot, Elton Brand needed a little more time to find his rhythm. The old veteran has hit his stride. Brand had a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Sacramento Kings 112-85 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory. The Sixers […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Budget proposes cuts to state parks

California’s newly released 2012-13 state budget proposes big changes in the way some state agencies manage activities of outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the changes are good, while others, not so. Some begin on July 1 and others depend on voter approval of the governor’s suggested tax increase. If retained in the final budget, the changes […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

As a new season begins, Watney reflects on 2011

By Garrett Johnston Davis High graduate Nick Watney, who grew up in Dixon, is coming off his most successful season on the PGA Tour to date. He won two tournaments in 2011 and had 10 top-10 finishes. These outstanding accomplishments marked some of the best moments of his seven-year career, and feats he has aimed for […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Greiner Athlete of the Week (1/11/12): DHS boys basketball’s Hayden Russell

The up-tempo system that the Davis High boys basketball team plays puts a premium on versatility. That’s just one of the reasons that junior Hayden Russell has thrived so far this season. The Greiner Athlete of the Week is not only a great scorer from the wing — like in his 24-point performance that included […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Parenting on the slopes: All you need are M&Ms and good gloves

By Samantha Critchell One of the worst things a parent can see on the ski slopes — short of an injury — is the swelling of a tear underneath the layers of facemask, goggles and helmet. The problem isn’t only that the little drop of water could freeze: It could be the moment your child […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

DHS ski team wins first race of the season

By Christine Schmidt While there is no doubt that this will be a challenging ski racing season due to the warm weather and limited snow, the Davis High School ski team demonstrated it will be the team to beat this year, taking first place in the season’s first slalom on Monday. The racing conditions challenged […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

No. 2 Alabama shuts out No. 1 LSU for BCS title

NEW ORLEANS — The Rematch of the Century, it wasn’t. For Alabama, it was good enough for No. 1, if not a lot of style points. The Crimson Tide romped to another BCS championship against top-ranked LSU with a smothering defensive performance Monday night, a numbing barrage of field goals and even a long-overdue trip […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Stricker holds on for a TOC win; Watney moves up to take 12th

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Steve Stricker has a bad habit of losing big leads. He managed to slip back into his old habit of winning. Despite losing most of his five-shot lead in only six holes, Stricker steadied himself in time to kick off the new PGA Tour season with a three-shot victory in the Tournament […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

DHS soccer concern understood, but is it unfounded?

When Sara Stone was named Davis High girls soccer coach last month, there was “concern” voiced in a public forum that the experienced daughter of Blue Devils boys coach Ashley Yudin was going to be an extension of her father when it came to choosing players for DHS teams. We can only hope. The major […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Stone keeps Blue Devil soccer family, er, a family

Like father, like, ah, daughter? When Sara Stone was named as the new coach of the Davis High girls varsity soccer program, it was a homecoming of sorts. Stone, who is the darling of daddy Ashley Yudin (longtime DHS boys coach), was a game-changing midfielder for the Blue Devils in the mid-1990s. She went on […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,