UCD’s Randy Wright: Born to play quarterback

UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs was convinced Randy Wright would be a great college quarterback after watching one of his last Cardinal Newman high school practices on a cold, foggy December night in Santa Rosa. Wright’s Aggie teammates were optimistic after a poised performance in his first start — a baptism-by-fire loss to Cal […]

Johnson wins, Watney 10th at Barclays

EDISON, N.J. — The way Dustin Johnson began the final round of The Barclays, he figured the only thing that could keep him from winning was the rain. Needing a good start, he opened with back-to-back birdies. In a bunker for the first time all week, he holed the 85-foot shot for eagle on No. […]

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DHS girls volleyball team has postseason aspirations

“Our goal is simple. Make the playoffs.” New Davis High girls volleyball coach Julie Crawford feels she has the players to make it happen and is encouraged by what she sees. “At practice, (the girls) are focused and they are all hungry to learn and improve,” the Harper Junior High physical education instructor explains. “They […]

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Reagan a driving force in Blue Devils’ football future

After a 56-0 rout of Davis High last season, Grant defensive coordinator Reggie Harris crossed the field and put his hand on Blue Devil coach Steve Smyte’s shoulder … “Your No. 10? He’s the best high school quarterback I’ve seen in awhile. He’s certainly the best we’ve seen in league recently.” Wow. Didn’t the locals […]

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So far, DHS football coach Smyte likes what’s happening

SACRAMENTO — Don’t believe a watched pot never boils. Any Davis prep football fans in attendance at the recent Blue & White scrimmage could see those hot bubbles rising to the top of the Blue Devil caldron. Now, after another encouraging outing at Friday’s five-team gridiron jamboree at Natomas High, it’s about time for real […]

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Good sports that they are, DHS girls roll to tennis win

It was what sportsmanship is all about … Davis High girls tennis coach Sally Hosley knew visiting River Valley of Yuba City wasn’t a very strong team. So, she pulled her punches and allowed new Blue Devils to get some experience, while giving veterans a rest, or different responsibilities. The results on Friday afternoon were […]

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DHS boys soccer opens season with pair of wins

SANTA ROSA – Davis High’s boys soccer squad started the season in stylish fashion with two wins on the first day of the Bay City Invitational on Friday at Montgomery High . Opening the two-day tournament with a 1-0 triumph over Terra Linda (San Rafael), the Blue Devils made the cut in the 16-team field […]

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Astros keep Giants bats quiet

SAN FRANCISCO — The bats were nearly silent, and so was the San Francisco clubhouse. Things are going so sour for the Giants these days, maybe they feel talk is cheap. The Houston Astros, the team with the worst record in baseball, beat San Francisco, 3-1, on Thursday to leave the defending World Series champs […]

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Cats’ title hangover continues in Fresno

Since clinching the division title on Tuesday, the Sacramento River Cats have been on cruise control for the past two nights. And Fresno has been the beneficiary. For the second straight game, the Grizzlies jumped out to an early lead on Thursday and then held on when the Cats finally started scoring runs. Fresno won […]

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Fan participation and lack of injuries highlight UCD Blue/Gold Game

The atmosphere was perfect at Aggie Stadium on Thursday night as the UC Davis football team played its annual Blue/Gold Game in front of nearly 300 fans on hand for the scrimmage and the surrounding fanfest. The Aggie faithful enjoyed some exciting plays on the field and activities throughout the stadium on “Meet the Aggies” […]

Veterans, frosh mix to make DHS girls tennis strong

There’s plenty of room for Davis High tennis players to climb the top-12 ladder this fall, considering the Blue Devil girls graduated seven key seniors in June. But a quick look at how the locals will retool — beginning Friday against visiting River City — hints that fans shouldn’t be too surprised if, once again, […]

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These aren’t the gridiron Blue Devils of recent history

Summer hiberation is over. When I saw my shadow on Monday, it told me there were nine more months of prep sports. To celebrate, I’ve started my team-to-team visits at Davis High and am delighted to see that while new coaches and another generation of athletes are bringing some fresh air to Devilville, nothing really […]

A’s blow lead, then get blown out in N.Y.

NEW YORK — Talk about getting slammed. The Oakland Athletics made it all too easy for the New York Yankees, handing out 13 walks that helped set up a record three grand slams on Thursday in a 22-9 romp. “It was definitely embarrassing,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. Rich Harden started the parade, walking Curtis […]

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Top-seeded Watney is battling opponents, weather

EDISON, N.J. — Davis High graduate Nick Watney, the No. 1 seed as the FedEx Cup playoff series began Thursday, got off to a good at the first round of The Barclays. And it might take a force of nature to keep him from winning the tournament and increasing his chances of winning the $10 […]

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