This week, college football saves the best for last

This week’s picks are as follows: STANFORD over ARIZONA … this may end up being the best game of the weekend. With a late Saturday night start, it’ll easily be the last game of the weekend. A tough early test for the Cardinal, with two of the nation’s best quarterbacks displaying their wares. Fortunately, one […]

River Cats’ road woes continue in Game 2

Sacramento may just be letting these games get away at this point, knowing its best chance to win this postseason is at Raley Field. The River Cats went down 2-0 for the second straight playoff series as they dropped Game 2 of the PCL Championships, 15-4 at Omaha on Wednesday. The series now shifts back […]

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Youth roundup: Bad Blues make good at softball event

Despite practicing together five times before the Labor Day tournament, the Davis Bad Blues, a 10U fall softball team, went 2-3 at Lollapalooza. The locals got contributions from every player on the team during the three-day event. Grace Harrison was 4-for-8 with three walks, two doubles and six stolen bases, while also pitching five solid […]

Youth soccer: Royal Arsenal takes title in Truckee

The Davis Royal Arsenal, a U14 boys soccer team, gave up just one goal in four games to take home the championship of the Fire in the Sky Tournament in Truckee. In their first game, the Royal Arsenal beat the Yuba-Sutter Azzurri Diablos, 3-1. Francis Avoce scored two goals, while Jonathan Miras had one and […]

Depth lifts Devils over Pioneer in girls tennis

At Davis High, coaches tend to look at their teams like high divers peering down at the water. It’s always good to be extra-deep. After Wednesday’s match against Pioneer, it seems that the Blue Devils girls tennis team is more like an ocean than a swimming pool when in comes to depth. Despite sitting five […]

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DHS roundup: Devil water polo teams top Ponderosa

For Davis High, playing boys water polo in the Delta Valley Conference means that every league game is significant no matter the opponent. The conference is by far the best in the section — last year three of the final four teams standing in the Sac-Joaquin playoffs were from the DVC — yet just the […]

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Carlson retires after 14 winning girls’ soccer seasons

His Davis High girls soccer teams have won four Sac-Joaquin Section crowns — including standing as reigning champions. In his 14 seasons at the helm, the Blue Devils have never had a losing campaign or missed the playoffs. Now, Allen Carlson has announced his retirement from coaching and has hinted that he will retire after […]

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Davis field hockey claims its turf — literally — in win

“This was 100 percent improvement on the turf over River Valley,” Davis High field hockey coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins said after her girls dominated visiting Bella Vista, 5-0, on Wednesday night. The contest, played on Halden Field at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, put both teams at 2-1 in the rugged Eastern Athletic League. For the […]

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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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