Area sports briefs: Pham signs on with UCD

Tiffany Pham, a standout player from Laguna Creek High School, has signed a national letter of intent with UC Davis and will join the women’s tennis team next fall, it was announced by head coach Bill Maze. Pham, a 5-foot-3 native of Elk Grove, helped the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the Delta Valley […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Junior gridders ‘Shrine’ light on Blue Devil future

If anyone thinks Rome was built in a day, you’ve never been involved in football. It’s a touchy deal, building a gridiron program. To use Davis-speak, it takes a village. High school kids don’t decide overnight, “Hey, I think I’ll play football”; walk on the field one Monday afternoon in September; and star the following […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Kemp, Lott named All-West Region

UC Davis senior Lisa Kemp earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region second-team honors, and classmate Aisha Lott earned third-team accolades — her second straight all-region nod — as the post-season honors continue for the Aggies. Kemp, a midfielder from Eden Prairie, Minn., earned her first all-region distinction after also receiving All-Big West […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

49ers finding creative ways to generate offense

By Antonio Gonzalez SANTA CLARA — Pete Lavorato was at home watching the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving when a play popped up on television that looked all too familiar. “I remember watching it going, ‘Hey, there’s the fly sweep!’ ” Lavorato said. “That was kind of cool.” The coach at Sacred Heart Preparatory in […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Crabbe leads Cal past San Jose State 81-36

BERKELEY — Allen Crabbe scored 18 points, Justin Cobbs had 10 points and five assists in his second straight start and California beat San Jose State 81-36 on Wednesday night. Jorge Gutierrez added 14 points for the Golden Bears, who scored 15 unanswered points in the first half to take a lead that was never […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Youth sports roundup: NorCal plays well in opening tourney

The NorCal Extreme hosted the first Sierra inline hockey tournament of the season at its home rink in Woodland this weekend. In 14-and-under action, NorCal took a quick lead over Ripon Savage on first-period goals by Jack Skoog and Ryan Kowta. Caleb Hermle found the net in the second period and the team ended with […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Youth soccer roundup: Davis shocks the competition

The under-18 Davis Legacy Shock posted a solid 3-0 win against the higher-ranked Ajax United Elite, playing some of its best soccer of the season. Davis controlled the ball right from the start, and Courtney Jimenez scored the first goal after a nice passing sequence from Arianna Heyer and Tyler Cunningham. Jimenez also scored the […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

The legacy of Speck Tournament continues

When the eight teams in today’s Dorothy Speck Memorial Basketball Tournament take the court, they will become part of an event that helped usher in the modern era of girls sports. Dorothy Helen Speck, the mother of nine children, is remembered for her role in enlisting early support (shortly after Title IX) for the girls […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Winning is a ‘buzz’ for Aggie women

Assumptions are tricky things. Some people may assume that UC Davis women’s basketball head coach Jen Gross is an offense-minded leader, especially since she brought in an up-tempo offense when she was hired as an assistant in 2004. But Gross, who dominated the hardwood in UCD’s Recreation Hall from 1993 to 1997 as the lead […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Raiders go back to the drawing board

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders don’t have much time to get over Sunday’s lopsided loss in Miami. With a trip to undefeated Green Bay this week, whatever problems the Raiders (7-5) had against the Dolphins need to get corrected in a hurry. There’s plenty to fix, too. A sputtering offense that punted on eight of […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

49ers still taking it one game at a time

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers had just returned to the celebratory locker room after clinching the NFC West and ending an eight-year playoff drought when players immediately turned their attention to several televisions around the room. They were just in time to catch the thrilling final seconds of the unbeaten Green Bay Packers’ […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Dixon Rugby Football Club hosts free mini-camp this weekend

Dixon Rugby Football Club invites Davis and surrounding area youths to its second rugby mini-camp this fall. Boys and girls in fifth through 12th grades are welcome to check out the sport of rugby, learn new skills and prepare for the 2012 season. No experience is necessary. The mini-camp is free, and car pools from Davis […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sharks can’t get to Wild backup goalie

SAN JOSE — Not bad for an emergency goalie. Minnesota was without starting goalkeeper Niklas Backstrom because of a lingering groin problem and Josh Harding was forced out of the game less than two minutes in. Enter Matt Hackett, who recorded 34 saves to win in his NHL debut in the Wild’s 2-1 victory over […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

New wrestlers bring a new attitude to DHS

Wrestling might be the oldest sport in the world, but it’s all new to many of this season’s Davis High grapplers. After struggling to field a complete team last year, Blue Devil coach Ty Brown has been flooded with an influx of new players in the past couple months. “We’ve got so many ninth- and […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,