DHS volleyball drops a close match at Vacaville

If her team has to lose, Davis High volleyball coach Julie Crawford just asks one thing of her girls: never give up. And because the Blue Devils didn’t on Tuesday at Vacaville, Crawford remained optimistic after the locals’ first loss of the season. DHS (1-1) won the first game, 25-19, before dropping the next three […]

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Greiner Athlete of the Week (9/7/11): UCD soccer midfielder Alex Henry

When UC Davis men’s soccer player Alex Henry tells the story of his first collegiate goal to his grandkids, there will be no exaggeration necessary. It’s not just that the sophomore midfielder’s first score was an overtime game-winner — or that it came in front of a packed house at Aggie Soccer Field on Sunday […]

Devil JV soccer boys begin season sizzling

Scoring 30 goals in its first five contests, the Davis High boys junior varsity soccer team came roaring out of the gate with five straight victories. Along the way, the Blue Devils picked up the Woodcreek Tournament championship, in which they scored 17 times against three overmatched schools. After sending home visitors Marin Academy and […]

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Yuba City wasn’t the start frosh footballers wanted

YUBA CITY — Made up of newcomers and veterans of the 2010 Davis Junior Blue Devils Midget championship squad, the Davis High freshman footballers suffered through a 32-6 setback to Yuba City on Friday. But coach Derek Brothers, seeing the opening game as a bump in the road, still has his team’s back… “We have […]

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Cross country showing from frosh/soph, JV is solid

VACAVILLE — The Davis High cross country team got off and running Saturday with a successful day at the season-opening Vacaville Lagoon Valley Classic. Three Blue Devil squads dominated their races, with the frosh/soph girls, junior varsity girls and frosh/soph boys each finishing first in team scoring. Individually, DHS had two first-place winners. Daniel Rowen […]

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Welcome to the foundation of Davis High sports

Welcome back to our weekly look at junior varsity and freshman/sophomore sports at Davis High School. It was clear to Sports Editor Chris Saur and me that — despite the risks inherent with leaning on parents or overworked coaches to help us collect information and stats — recapping the week’s action for the future varsity […]

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Aggies savor 2-1 OT victory over powerful UCLA

With no practice scheduled Monday, members of the UC Davis men’s soccer team spent an extra 24 hours on Cloud 9. After stunning No. 6 UCLA, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday at Aggie Soccer Stadium, the local heroes have been the buzz of the collegiate soccer world. And that spotlight feels mighty good. “This means […]

Sports briefs: UCD’s Craven plays well in field hockey loss

A NorPac West Defensive Player of the Week performance from UC Davis goalkeeper Conley Craven wasn’t quite enough for the Aggies as Kelley Harrison scored with under six minutes remaining on Sunday to help Brown University edge the locals, 3-2 on Sunday in Providence, R.I. Brown (1-1) came back from a 2-1 deficit to come […]

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Watney falls out of contention as Simpson captures Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Mass. — Webb Simpson, a PGA Tour winner for the first time just three weeks ago, figured his next victory would be easier. But it was more work than he could have imagined on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He had to make three par saves in the middle of the back nine […]

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Cats winning streak ends in season finale; playoffs next

With one eye looking ahead to the upcoming Pacific Coast League playoffs, the Sacramento River Cats dropped their regular-season finale at Colorado Springs, 6-5, on Monday. The loss snapped the Cats’ 10-game winning streak and sent Sacramento into Wednesday’s postseason opener in Reno at 88-56 for the season. The River Cats finished the year with a […]

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Sandoval, Bumgarner lead resilient Giants to win

SAN DIEGO — Coming off a deflating loss to the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to see signs that the defending World Series champions hadn’t packed it in. They haven’t. Pablo Sandoval homered twice, lefty Madison Bumgarner struck out a career-high 13 in 8 1/3 innings and the Giants […]

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Royals rally to roll past A’s

OAKLAND — The worst outing of Andrew Bailey’s career happened so quickly the closer barely broke a sweat. Bailey threw just 11 pitches before Oakland manager Bob Melvin pulled the two-time All-Star after only one-third of an inning. By then, Kansas City had strung together three hits, scored twice and had another runner in scoring […]

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Junior Blue Devils go 5-2 to open new season

It was a grand opening day for the Davis Junior Blue Devil youth tackle football program Saturday as the local teams went 5-2 in games at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium and on the road at McClatchy High School. Throughout the day, more than 900 fans ebbed and flowed at the festivities at Davis High; […]

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Smyte puts opening DHS victory in perspective

Paul “Bear” Bryant — the legendary University of Alabama coach — would tell his players that they had the first half of the season’s first game “to shake out the cobwebs.” “After that, they were expected perform at the highest level,” Bryant told The Sporting News in 1967. “If we started slow, ‘No excuses from […]

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