UCD’s Gruendl finds a home — in the opponent’s backfield

Two seasons ago, junior Byron Gruendl was a little-used safety for the UC Davis football team. In the Aggies’ new defensive regime, led by coordinator Mark Johnson, who took over at the start of that 2009 season, Gruendl is a linebacker. And, as he showed again Saturday, he’s a darn good one. Gruendl was all […]

October 16, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Blue Devil JV fall short, 20-19, in Elk Grove

ELK GROVE — It looked good for 35 minutes, but when Laguna Creek snapped off a 60-yard touchdown pass to David Wheeler with 4:22 remaining, the Davis junior varsity lost, 20-19. Despite 220 yards rushing and a 21-yard TD reception by Nathan Curtis, the Blue Devils coughed up a 19-6 lead. After Curtis’ catch (from […]

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Davis improves but loses another in rugged DVC

ELK GROVE – “Tell ya what… We competed right to the end.” Davis High football coach Steve Smyte, for the most part, liked what he saw on Friday – despite the Blue Devils losing 28-14 to Laguna Creek. But wasn’t this the same old story? DHS has a thin roster. Players have to play out […]

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Nelson says his brilliant year isn’t ‘good enough’

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary… Warrior: noun, often attributive (pronounced wȯr-yər or wȯr-ē-ər) — a man engaged or experienced in warfare; broadly: a person engaged in some struggle or conflict. Add the following entry… Corey Nelson: noun, often disruptive to opponents (pronounced bad newz) — a warrior (see above). If you’re a Blue Devil football fan, what […]

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

DHS girls water polo finishes fifth at Western States

MODESTO — Led by a solid senior core, the Davis High School girls water polo team finished fifth at the Western States tournament on Saturday. The Blue Devils went 4-1 in the two-day event, topping Northgate 12-5 in their final game. DHS opened the tournament with back-to-back wins before falling in Saturday’s opener, 7-3, to […]

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UCD women’s golf in 12th place at Stanford Intercollegiate

STANFORD — Junior Amy Simanton had three birdies on her back nine to finish with a 1-under 70, while sophomore Jessica Chulya fired a 71 as the No. 21 UC Davis women’s golf team moved up a spot Saturday and is 12th after 36 holes at the Stanford Intercollegiate. The Aggies cut five shots from […]

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UCD uses 38 consecutive points to blow past UTSA

If there was a breeze coming from Aggie Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it was the UC Davis football team’s giant sigh of relief. Rolling off 38 straight points after an early Texas-San Antonio field goal, the Aggies bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss to dispatch the Roadrunners, 38-17, on Jim Sochor Field. By beating […]

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DHS boys water polo rebounds to top El Camino

Two days after a heartbreaking loss, the Davis High School boys water polo team regrouped and handed El Camino an 11-5 loss at Arroyo Pool on Friday. “This was a great job by our team,” DHS coach Tracy Stapleton said. “After a disappointing loss to Jesuit on Wednesday, I challenged the team to bounce back […]

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Lewis leads UCD women’s golf at Stanford Intercollegiate

STANFORD — Freshman Blair Lewis rebounded from an early double-bogey with three birdies and nine straight pars later in her round on her way to par 71 as the No. 21 UC Davis women’s golf team finished the first round of the Stanford Intercollegiate in 13th place on Friday. The Aggies are eight shots over […]

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UCD cross country has strong showing at Bronco Invite

SUNNYVALE — Led by sophomore Shannon Harcus, the UC Davis women’s cross country team finished 14th at the Bronco Invitational at Baylands Regional Park on Saturday. Harcus finished the 5-kilometer invitational race with a time of 17 minutes, 57.1 seconds — breaking the 18-minute mark for the first time ever — and was 36th overall. Aggie […]

October 16, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UCD field hockey falls to No. 12 Cal

BERKELEY — Emily Mecke’s score in the 65th minute brought visiting UC Davis to within a goal of No. 12 Cal on Friday night but the Golden Bears were able to hold on for a close 3-1 NorPac Conference win. The Aggies fell to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the NorPac, while Cal (12-2, 3-1) […]

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Long Beach State sweeps UCD volleyball

LONG BEACH — Sophomore Haleigh Hampton tallied 12 kills to boost Long Beach State to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-12 sweep of UC Davis in the battle of two first-place Big West Conference women’s volleyball teams in front of 1,234 fans Friday night at Walter Pyramid. The Aggies fell to 18-4 overall and 4-3 in conference. […]

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Thank you, thank you: I’m humbled, numb and proud

The pressure is on. I promised myself not to talk about my once-in-a-lifetime honor as part of this year’s Blue & White Foundation Davis High School Hall of Fame. Almost a week after the induction ceremonies, I am numb, humbled and proud. My “class” included: the talented virtuoso Elinor Armer; the late popular and influential […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Committee hears ideas on future of Aggie athletics

Change is coming to the UC Davis athletics department. How much of a transformation it undergoes is in hands of the advisory committee charged by UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi with recruiting a new athletics director. The change could be as minimal as just hiring an AD and keeping the status quo, or as vast as […]

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