No looking back for 2012 Blue Devil softball squad

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a 13-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. There’s no looking back. Sure, Davis High lost some rock-solid softball players — pitchers Caitlin Grim and Becky Nakano and catcher Emily Glass — to graduation. Yes, the Blue Devils have a new head coach. But there are six raring-to-go […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Watney takes Tiger out in match play

MARANA, Ariz. — Tiger Woods had a five-foot birdie putt to extend the match, and Davis High graduate Nick Watney already was thinking about how to play the next hole. He had his yardage book out, trying to decide whether 3-wood was the right club to hit off the first tee. “The old adage is […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Small in numbers, but mighty? Boys volleyballers ready

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a 13-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. Davis High boys volleyball coach Julie Crawford was “very surprised” at her team’s slim turnout for tryouts. But now, after a few weeks together with her guys, Crawford is “very pleased” with the talent of those on the roster. […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Watney and Woods will face off in match play

MARANA, Ariz. — Luke Donald won’t be playing the 18th hole at Dove Mountain this year, either. Donald, so dominant in winning the Match Play Championship last year that he closed out every match before the 18th hole, became only the third No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round Wednesday in another predictably […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Kings beat Wizards to snap skid

WASHINGTON — Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards, 115-107, on  Wednesday in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview — minus the All-Stars. Tyreke Evans added 22 points […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Youth basketball: Wildcat girls start the hoops season off with a title

Playing in their first tournament of the season, the Davis Hoops Wildcats’ seventh-grade girls team won two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday to capture the title. At the event, which was contested in Roseville, the locals got strong performances from Davis players Kelsey Forrester, Cara Satre, Nicole Pugh, Sarah Grahn and Tessa Malone. […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Youth soccer: Bet on Red Crew in Vegas

The Davis Red Crew, a U16 boys team, started off strong in last weekend’s Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup and ended up in the tournament’s consolation finals. Davis won both of its Saturday’s games, beating Joga FC from Utah, 2-1, before notching a 1-0 win over the Croatian Eagles Red (Wisconsin). Against Utah, Pedro Alvarenga scored […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Aquadarts assert their pool dominance

At a swim meet last weekend in Solano County, the Davis Aquadarts’ purpose was made clear by the name of the event: The Last Chance Qualifier. The locals were up to the task, many swimming fast enough to earn spots in the regional Junior Olympics meet next month. After last weekend’s success, a total of […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Exciting Devil boys’ hardcourt style will return

No playoffs, but a good time had by all. By a hair’s breadth, the Davis High boys were forced to watch this winter’s Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championships from the stands. The high-scoring Blue Devils’ 14-12 record was undermined by a weak Delta Valley Conference power rating — and a so-so 5-5 league mark by the […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

UCD men’s hoops finds its stride

From the first day of practice, the UC Davis men’s basketball team knew the 2011-12 season was going to be an uphill battle. The Aggies had a roster full of young talent with 10 underclassmen and a first-year head coach, Jim Les, who brought with him a new system. Les, a former Sacramento Kings guard, […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sharks sputter early in loss to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — San Jose couldn’t overcome its slow start on Tuesday. Jeff Carter had three goals — two on the power play during Columbus’ four-goal first period — and the last-place Blue Jackets handed the Sharks their season-high fourth straight loss, 6-3. “They were much better prepared to compete than the white team,” said […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

King stay close before Miami heats up

MIAMI — The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings’ challenge. Dwyane Wade had 30 points and 10 assists, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh each scored 20 points and the NBA-leading Heat stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Aggies punch out Broncos

UC Davis starter Justine Vela went the distance and struck out 15 Broncos as the Aggie softball team went on the road and edged Santa Clara on Tuesday at PAL Stadium in San Jose. While leaving 10 runners on base, UCD managed just enough offense to get Vela the victory and improve to 4-8 on […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Foster: Lady Blue Devils need to bang next year

Anyone close to the Davis High girls basketball program knew that the 2011-12 campaign would be a learning process — for its young players and the new coach. After a 10-16 season in which the Lady Blue Devils struggled through Delta Valley Conference play at 3-7, first-year varsity mentor Karen Foster looked back at what […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,