Kings’ impending move is like losing my first crush

As what is likely to be the Kings’ final season in Sacramento came to a close last week, I did a lot of thinking about how much I took for granted. Even when they had only one good player — like Mike Bibby, Kevin Martin or Tyreke Evans — I figured they would always be […]

DHS proves it’s on track at Woody Wilson

Woody Wilson Invitational? Check. The Davis High track and field teams have eyes on Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls titles this spring, so certain meets with high levels of competition that are sprinkled throughout the season serve as checkpoints. Friday’s Woody Wilson meet, which just happened to be hosted by the Blue Devils in their […]

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Aggies can’t slow Roadrunners

For the second consecutive day, the UC Davis baseball team took an early two-run lead over Cal State Bakersfield. Both times, however, the Roadrunners came from behind to top the Aggies, including a 6-2 victory on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium. A day after it scored four runs in the sixth inning to take over the […]

Popular Davis athlete dies of injuries

Scott Heinig, 22, died Sunday afternoon from injuries suffered in a fall at a post-Picnic Day party, according to family members. The Davis High School and UC Davis graduate hit his head Saturday evening after apparently stumbling or falling during friendly horseplay at a gathering of eight to 10 people at the home of friends […]

Aggie Band-Uh brings funk and noise but also barbecue

The Cal Aggie Marching Band-Uh! came armed to Picnic Day’s Battle of the Bands with more than just horns, drums and sousaphones. No, the UC Davis marching band has quite a bit more in their arsenal for the hours-long battle against California universities including UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Stanford and Humboldt State. The bands are […]

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A’s get shut down by an unlikely pitcher

OAKLAND — Phil Coke spent one offseason working as a chimney sweep in the town of Sonora, nestled in the foothills of Northern California. Now Coke is mopping up hitters exactly as the Detroit Tigers envisioned he would when they reserved a spot for the left-hander in their starting rotation. Coke and two relievers combined […]

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Top-seeded Sharks need OT in Game 1

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski once again stepped up for the San Jose Sharks in a big moment in the postseason. Pavelski scored 14:44 into overtime for the final momentum swing in a roller-coaster type of game that saw each team dominate for long stretches before the Sharks came out on top with a 3-2 […]

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Cats get an 11th-hour win over Vegas

WEST SACRAMENTO — In a game that saw Sacramento get just three hits to Las Vegas’ 10, it was fitting that the River Cats scored the winning run in the 11th on a sacrifice fly. Anthony Recker’s RBI flyout brought home Steve Tolleson, giving the Cats a 2-1 win on Thursday at Raley Field to […]

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DHS softball squad rolls over Franklin

Last season, the Davis High and Franklin softball teams were so closely matched that a coin flip was needed to determine that the Wildcats would go to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Things are a little different in 2011, as the Blue Devils showed on Thursday with a 12-0 road victory. “They’re not as strong this […]

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Dossa is dominant but Devils take second

Sometimes it’s hard to have perspective in the heat of the moment. When the Davis High boys golf team got off the course at Wildhawk in Elk Grove on Thursday, the players were disappointed with their second-place finish. Paced by a great 73 from sophomore Chase Dossa, the Blue Devils scored a combined 398 to […]

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Sports briefs: Gilbertson gets four of a kind against Cards

When the Davis High girls soccer team is comfortably ahead, veteran coach Allen Carlson will often take a player who has scored three goals out of the game to let other players have a chance. But on Thursday during an 8-0 win at Laguna Creek, either Carlson was enjoying Anna Maria Gilbertson’s play too much […]

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UCD roundup: Ritchart named to a freshman All-American team

UC Davis swingman Josh Ritchart’s impact was certainly felt by the basketball teams in the Big West. That was proven when he was named the conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year. Now, the nation also has taken notice as the 6-foot-9 Aggies was recently selected to the 21-player CollegeInsider.com Freshman Mid-Major All-American team. Ritchart ranked fifth on […]

Men and women are different; an inside look at DYSA roster selection

When it comes to softball, and just about everything else, women and men really do think differently. This was reaffirmed in my mind at an annual Davis Youth Softball Association team formation meeting hosted by my wife at our home. Close to 300 girls were to be organized and placed in some kind of order […]

DYSA roundup: Exciting 10U game ends with a play at the plate

With many teams still off for spring break, a few DYSA games were played over the past week. The schedule will be back in full swing next week. Here’s a look at some of the action: 10U Flaming Demons 14, Monos Locas 13: In an entertaining game that saw the lead change three times in […]