UCD field hockey squad takes off

In ice hockey, players skate. In roller hockey, they roll, of course. But when it comes to field hockey, at least at UC Davis, it seems that the most common movement is flight. The Aggie field hockey team has been a bunch of jet-jumpers since the beginning of the season, repeatedly flying across the country […]

Words of wisdom for Devils? ‘Improve each week’

Steve Smyte knows a little about motivation. In eight years at UC Davis, several seasons at Boise State and dabblings in the Canadian Football League, Smyte could — as they say — coach ’em up. Now in his second campaign at Davis High, Smyte has turned last year’s banged-up, roster-short, inexperienced 1-9 football team into […]

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The two sides of UCD defender Bobby Erskine

For 60 minutes each week, UC Davis defensive end Bobby Erskine does all he can to create havoc across the line of scrimmage. But off the field, there is a very different Mr. Erskine — a humanitarian who spends much of his time away from school trying to make things right in a world stretched […]

DeRosa comes through for S.F. in the 12th

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark DeRosa kept glancing at the out-of-town scoreboard as he sat on the bench for seven innings. By the time he came to bat in the 12th, he’d seen the teams ahead of the Giants all win. “If we wanted to keep any pulse, we had to win this game,” DeRosa said […]

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Sports briefs: UCD volleyball squad edges Sac State

For the third straight year, UC Davis and Sacramento State needed five sets to decide the Causeway Classic. Aggie junior outside hitter Allison Whitson tallied a career-high 21 kills, sophomore opposite Devon Damelio picked up a career-best 22 digs and UCD captured a 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 24-26, 15-12 women’s volleyball victory on Tuesday night. The […]

Blue Devil boys cross up Sheldon

Nothing makes a coach happier than watching his team work hard on one aspect of the game, then seeing that translate to success in the next contest. Well, except winning. The Davis High boys soccer team did both for veteran coach Ashley Yudin on Tuesday, scoring all six of its goals off of crosses in […]

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Gridiron trenches to heat up when Wood visits Davis

When Will C. Wood comes to town to take on Davis High on Friday night, the Wildcats are expected to be one angry group of young football players. After losses to Pioneer and Vanden — both games in which Wood was burned by big plays and key injuries — expect WCW coach Carlos Meraz to […]

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UCD will be in a familiar stadium against a familiar foe

Getting blown out on the road by a Pac-10, now Pac-12, team in Week 1. A more disappointing loss the next week to a Football Championship Division squad. Hoping to right the ship in Week 3 against San Diego. Sound familiar? The UC Davis football team (0-2) finds itself in the exact same scenario this […]

River Cats drop first game of championship series

The Sacramento River Cats continue to struggle on the road this postseason as they dropped Game 1 of the PCL Championship Series, 3-2, to Omaha on Tuesday. In the seventh inning, Storm Chasers center fielder Lorenzo Cain broke a 2-2 tie with a go-ahead RBI single that proved to be the game-winner. After Cats catcher […]

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DHS girls conquer the Cougars

Even with some of her Blue Devils playing in different positions, Davis High coach Julie Crawford got the consistency she has been looking for from her team in a Tuesday win at Kennedy. In beating the Cougars, 25-9, 25-19, 25-6, the Devils got great serving from setter Nikki Persinger and all-around standout Angelina Leigh. Crawford […]

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Yolo could get a new state park

Talk about mixed messages. Local outdoor enthusiasts could find themselves with both shrinking and expanding opportunities to play in state parks in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In response to a shrinking budget, the California Department of Parks and Recreation is considering closing or reducing operations of 70 of its parks, including the Brannan Island State […]

Greiner Athlete of the Week (9/14/11): DHS water polo player Connor Stapleton

Davis High junior Connor Stapleton could be called the Barry Bonds of Northern California water polo — except there’s no evidence that his tremendous skills have been enhanced by anything but hard work. With dad Tracy in his 24th year at the helm of the Blue Devils boys water polo team, Stapleton has literally grown […]

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Devil JV field hockey, volleyballers in action

The Davis High girls junior varsity field hockey team played lights-out defense last week, but managed only a split in two road games. In the first Eastern League match of the season last Wednesday, goals by Sara Pinto (assist to Emmanuelle Cordier) and Kelly Ragsdale provided the 2-0 margin of victory versus River Valley (Yuba […]

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JV soccer Devils roll to early season 7-0 mark

By Elias Rashmawi Davis High handed Rocklin and Jesuit Gold back-to-back 4-1 losses last week as the Blue Devil junior varsity boys soccer team is cruising along at 7-0 this young season. The locals have outscored their opponents 38-5. Playing in its own stadium on Thursday, Rocklin opened the scoring in the hot afternoon game […]

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