Eckels — the hitter — helps Davis clinch crown

ELK GROVE — Ben Eckels has been touted as a terrific pitching prospect. The Davis High mound ace throws more than 90 mph, has great control and can mix his pitches. Visit any Blue Devil game and fans will see talent-hungry MLB scouts queue up, Juggs Guns in hand, to get a peek at the […]

May 08, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Playoffs? Playoffs? At Davis High, everybody’s in!

In an unprecedented season of sports at Davis High School, teams from all 13 spring athletic programs will make postseason appearances, beginning this week.

From badminton to boys volleyball; knifing through a swimming pool or flying over the bars in field events; from softball to hardball … every Blue Devil team will be vying for section crowns this month.

In lacrosse, both local boys and girls squads are competing in the rugged North Coast Section in an attempt to put a Sacramento stamp on a Bay Area athletic staple.

May 08, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

DHS boys, Klein are just short of Masters berths

It couldn’t have been any closer for the Davis High boys golf team at Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championships, and Blue Devil coach Karl Ronning saw it all coming. When DHS arrived at Cameron Park Country Club, Ronning his and players immediately noticed that the course was set up to be very challenging. That […]

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Two Cats earn weekly awards

Sacramento River Cats Josh Donaldson and Graham Godfrey earned Pacific Coast League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for their performances last week. Donaldson led the league in almost every major offensive category over the past seven days, as he went 11-for-19 in six games, posting a .579 batting average. He also led […]

May 08, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

A Gran old time at fondo

A group of the sport’s greats mixed with an enthusiastic group of amateurs on Sunday morning in Davis for the inaugural U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Legends Gran Fondo. The ride, which featured two different outings covering 93 and 63 miles, attracted hundreds of participants including several former Olympic and Pan American Games medalists. Tour de […]

May 08, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

UCD roundup: Aggies win a Big West diamond series

UC Davis pitcher Craig Lanza struck out six batters in his first collegiate win, while Nick Lynch hit his second home run in as many games as the Aggies took a 5-4 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. UC Davis claimed the series and moves to 18-25 overall and 6-9 in the […]

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Oak Ridge boys fall to Blue Devils in tennis playoffs

As the 88-degree sun bounced its rays off the velvety surface of the Community Park Tennis Complex on Monday, Davis’ High’s Garrett Hosley was showcasing the stuff of a winner. Down to triple match point in the eighth game of a 2-5 third set, the lefty Hosley turned in a nifty shot to hold off […]

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Perfect week for AAA baseball action

The sun was shining, the Snack Shack had long lines and fans were cheering while catching up with each other as a truck-load of AAA Davis Little League games were being contested over the past week. Looking back, here’s what happened … White Sox 25, Blue Jays 7 — A 16-run final inning, fueled by Mark […]

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Majors-division play continues hot and heavy in DLL

It’s got serious in Davis Little League’s majors division as May arrived and the battle for playoff positions heightened. Here’s a look at play during the past week … Twins 7, Rays 2 — Winning pitcher Cooper Shorts, with mound help from Payne Barksdale and Ryan Holgate, held the Rays, while Ryan Benjamin’s three-run homer […]

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Baseball roundup: Bumgarner beats Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO — After going four straight games without holding even a single lead, the San Francisco Giants were hoping for a big performance from Madison Bumgarner. He delivered with his arm and bat. Bumgarner shut down Milwaukee for seven innings and added an RBI double to win his eighth straight home start, helping the […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UCD roundup: Aggie softballers move into first with series win at Pacific

Kelly Harman posted three hits, including two RBI doubles while Justine Vela tossed a complete game shutout with just four hits as the UC Davis softball team took a 3-0 win on Saturday to clinch a series victory at Pacific’s Bill Simoni Field. The Aggies (22-27, 12-6 Big West) knocked off the league-leading Tigers (33-18, […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Unbeaten Devil boys have 11 players on All-BSAL squads

After sweeping through the regular season without a loss in 18 games, it came as no surprise that Davis High players were very well represented when the Bay Short Athletic League picked its all-conference boys lacrosse team. The Blue Devil haul included Mikie Schlosser’s co-MVP award, three first-team selections, five players voted to the All-BSAL […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Cal Poly blows by UCD, evens series

With strong winds gusting toward left field, UC Davis starting pitcher Tom Briner did everything he could to keep the Aggies in the game against visiting Cal Poly. Briner, aside from a shaky third inning, held the hard-hitting Mustangs — who came into the weekend with a slugging percentage of .399 — in check. However, […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Watney is still near the top after Round 3 at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For someone playing so close to his house, Webb Simpson has been on edge all week. The home crowd. Two rounds with Tiger Woods. His name atop the leaderboard at Quail Hollow alongside Rory McIlroy and so many others late, including Davis High graduate Nick Watney on Saturday. It has caused him […]

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