Watney and Woods struggling but U.S. leads

MELBOURNE, Australia — Tiger Woods doesn’t have a point. Davis High graduate Nick Watney, who is coming off of a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Emirates Australian Open, and teammate Bill Haas still haven’t had a lead through two matches. But the Americans kept the lead in the Presidents Cup through the second round, which […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

DHS track staff provides offseason mentoring

While there seems never to be an offseason in individual high school sports anymore, Davis High head track Spencer Elliott coach provides a refreshing approach to getting his athletes in shape for the spring. While there are no requirements to attend fall or winter workouts, Elliott and his coaching staff are available four days a […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Aggies add five gymnastics prospects

UC Davis women’s gymnastics coach John Lavalle announced this week that five prospective student-athletes have signed national letters of intent during the November signing period. Taylor Baron of Walnut Creek, Dani Judal of Antelope, Katy Nogaki of Villa Park, Steph Stamates of Alamo and Jamie Yamashita of San Marcos are expected to compete for the […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Gross picked for major prep soccer game

After leading the Davis High boys soccer program to the school’s sixth Sac-Joaquin Section championship last Saturday, senior standout Ryan Gross is headed for the High School All-American Game on Dec. 10 in Birmingham, Ala. Gross, who led the Blue Devils (19-2-4) to a 7-5 penalty-kick nod over nationally No. 6-ranked Jesuit, has committed to […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Where is everybody? The UCD women are terrific

If you weren’t at the Aggie women’s basketball home opener on Wednesday — and all but 324 of you weren’t — you missed what should be one of the most entertaining ensembles in all of Division I. Yes. In all of Division I. Right here in our own back yard. After earning a berth in […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Causeway Classic win would taste good

There is no chance for either the UC Davis or the Sacramento State football teams to post winning records this season. However, there is a chance for one of them to end the year with a win and go into the off-season with the pleasant taste of victory rather than the bitterness of defeat as […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Stanford will come up Big against Cal

This week’s picks are as follows: STANFORD over CAL … after last week’s stunningly lopsided loss to Oregon, Stanford may well be sleepwalking through the first part of this game. But once the Cardinal realizes it’s playing Cal, Katie bar the door. OREGON over USC … a dangerous, dangerous game for the Ducks, who are […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Frenetic Aggie women wear out Spartans, 80-60

UC Davis women’s basketball: It’s a kind of hardcourt Whack-A-Mole. In falling 80-60 to the Aggies on Wednesday at The Pavilion, every time visiting San Jose State figured it knew where to pass the ball, up popped a UCD defender. When the Spartans thought they knew where to jump the Aggie offense, suddenly the ball […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Local Level 5s perform well at state championships

Three Davis Diamonds gymnasts — Lily Heilmann, Clara Riggle and Kyra Mayfield — competed hard last weekend at the Junior Olympic Level 5 State Championships in Redwood City. Competing in the youngest session on Sunday, Heilmann drew a start on that most nerve-racking of events, the balance beam, where she overcame a deduction to take […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Cardinal, Aggies jockey for position on basketball landscape

Old NBA colleagues meet Friday night at The Pavilion in the continuing saga of two coaches hoping to put their respective basketball programs on the NCAA landscape. When former Philadelphia 76er Johnny Dawkins brings his Stanford squad to town, the Cardinal will try to run its record to 4-0 on the young season. Meanwhile, UC […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Aggies get guard from Canada

Proving that new head coach Jim Les is looking everywhere he can to add good players to the UC Davis men’s basketball program, Olivier-Paul Betu, ranked fourth among guards in Canada’s class of 2012 prep players, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Aggies next fall. Betu, a 6-foot-2 combo guard who […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Despite struggles, Aggies get Les his first victory

You’d have thought they lost. Despite getting new UC Davis men’s basketball coach Jim Les his first victory, the Aggies had to come from behind late to defeat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 84-78, in front of 849 fans in their home opener at The Pavilion. Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Stapleton named water polo MVP as Devils eye 2012

To no one’s surprise, Davis High’s brilliant Connor Stapleton has been named the Sac-Joaquin Section boys water polo Most Valuable Player, and repeated his All-American status. The junior, a member of the U.S. National Youth Team, scored 115 goals and drew 107 exclusions as the Blue Devils finished a 19-12 season as CIF runners-up after […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Awards roll in for the section-champion DHS girls

When the Davis High girls first jumped in the pool for water polo 17 years ago, then-coach Jamey Wright didn’t know what a dynasty was being created. Fifteen section final fours, 13 final contests and nine Sac-Joaquin titles later, the Blue Devils have become the area standard for excellence. Now, days after Saturday’s 8-5 win […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,