UCD roundup: Aggies hold court at home

The UC Davis women’s tennis team, ranked 64th in the nation, dominated in singles play on Saturday, winning five matches in straight sets to capture a 6-1 win over San Francisco at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. In their home opener, the Aggies snapped a four-match losing streak — all road losses to ranked teams. […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Super Bowl is set up for excitement

INDIANAPOLIS — MVP quarterbacks on marquee franchises. A rematch of a nail-biter from four years ago, featuring many of the same key characters. Madonna and plenty of Manning — Eli, and Peyton, too. This Super Bowl certainly has all the makings of another thriller, the perfect finish to a season that began in turmoil and […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Super Bowl? Let’s talk Peyton Manning

Oh, by the way … There’s a Super Bowl on Sunday. If you’re locked into the Peyton Manning story, the Giants/Patriots game is a sidebar to the strange treatment Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is giving arguably the most savvy quarterback in NFL history. Regardless of your team allegiance, Manning has been everything a football […]

February 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

That sound you here is the whoosh of 22 DHS treys

ELK GROVE — When longtime Davis High boys basketball coach Dan Gonzalez sat down with collegiate Hall of Fame mentor Gary Smith six weeks before this basketball season began, folks in Devilville could sense something was in the air. A new style of ball was being considered. Suddenly, from the ashes of a defense-minded scheme […]

February 04, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Lady Blue Devils get back on track

The Davis High girls basketball team may be out of the running for a Delta Valley Conference championship, but it hasn’t thrown in the towel on its season just yet. This week at practice — following a loss to Grant on Tuesday which mathematically eliminated the Lady Blue Devils from defending their DVC title — […]

February 04, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Program aims to prevent injuries

Young athletes are at high risk for overuse and traumatic injuries, and Sutter Physical and Hand Therapy is starting a program to help decrease injury risk and enhance performance. Weekly one-hour sessions are sport-specific and are designed to support high-level performance with strength, conditioning, agility and plyometrics training. Led by physical therapists, the training will […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD men lose another late lead

IRVINE — Another night in the Big West. Another close loss for the UC Davis men’s basketball team. Sophomore Josh Ritchart hit four 3-pointers — including three in the second half — but host UC Irvine picked up 13 points after the break from Chris McNealy and came from behind to top the Aggies, 68-61, […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Kings snap skid by beating Blazers

SACRAMENTO — Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and John Salmons had a season-high 19 for the Sacramento Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 95-92, on Thursday. The Blazers had beaten the Kings in 12 of the previous 13 games, but Sacramento ran off five straight points late in […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

New batch of soccer Aggies includes two locals

It has already been reported in these pages that Davis High soccer standouts Dana Granger and Ryan Gross will be taking their talents across the street to UC Davis starting next year. But soccer is a team game, and each Aggie program has announced a class of recruits who will work with the former Blue […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Haggen hits it well for UCD in Hawaii

Andrew Haggen improved on his first-round score by five strokes, while Luke Vivolo shot a 75 for the second straight day as the UC Davis men’s golf team remains in 20th place at the 22nd annual Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach. After shooting a 6-over 78 in Wednesday’s first round, Haggen shot a solid second […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Process for selecting (and releasing) coaches eyed

It is called the Davis Joint Unified School District Recruitment and Selection Manual. Modeled after a boilerplate California School Boards Association manual, the local guide is being reviewed and massaged into a valuable tool that site administrators and district officials and trustees will embrace with renewed attention. Board of Education President Susan Lovenburg and Vice […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

UCD roundup: Aggie women win a thriller in Fullerton

Blair Shinoda hit the game-winning jumper with 13 seconds left and Hannah Stephens finished with 14 points to lead the UC Davis women’s basketball team to a thrilling 57-55 victory on Wednesday at Titan Gym in Fullerton. Lauren Juric finished with nine points and grabbed five rebounds for the Aggies (14-7, 6-3 Big West), while […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

DHS boys go to OT for another win

The Davis High boys basketball team has spoken to Michael Jackson’s lawyers, and they’re willing to give up the copyright on “Thriller.” For the second time in under a week, the Blue Devils (12-10, 3-3) used an extra period to overtake their opponent and sent a throng of ecstatic fans racing onto the court at […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Biggs pleased with 2012 recruitment class

UC Davis head football coach Bob Biggs wore a Cheshire grin as he sat in his office on National Signing Day. It was a very good Wednesday for the former Aggie quarterback who, in the fall, finished his 19th season at the helm. “It’s the culmination of a lot of ground work,” said Biggs, after […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,