Ducks can still quack without James

This week’s picks are as follows: STANFORD over WASHINGTON STATE … the improving Cougars were the better team for most of four quarters at UCLA, but faded in the final minutes and are bitterly disappointed as they head into the meat of their schedule. Don’t expect the Cardinal to have pity. The Stanford folks are […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tom Hemmingsen is the Aggies’ mighty mite

The first time UC Davis wide receiver Tom Hemmingsen touched the football this season, it slipped through his fingers on a punt return and Arizona State recovered. The most recent time the Aggie sophomore had his hands on the ball was when he carried it into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown reception last […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

MLB roundup: Rangers take 3-1 ALCS lead with extra-inning win

DETROIT — The Texas tag team of Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli was too much for the Detroit Tigers. Cruz made a rocket throw to keep the score tied, then hit a crushing three-run homer in the 11th inning off Jose Valverde that helped send the Rangers over the Tigers, 7-3, on Wednesday for a […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Youth softball: More competitive games for DYSA fall teams

The Davis Youth Softball Associations’ 14U squad played Lincoln close in a Game 1 loss before falling 12-0 in the second contest of a doubleheader. In the opener, an 11-8 defeat, DYSA’s McKenna Miller set the tone early by beating out an infield single and scoring on an RBI hit by Alex Ewing. A six-run […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Youth soccer: U10 girls from Sacramento succumb to a Stampede

The Davis Legacy Stampede, a U10 girls soccer team, won two league matches last weekend, beating the Sacramento United and the San Juan Spirits. Davis’ Anne Ayotte got things going during a 3-1 win over Sacramento with a quick turn-and-shoot maneuver in the box that surprised the goalkeeper and put the Stampede up early. In […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Diamonds sparkle in San Rafael

A team of 26 athletes from Davis Diamonds Gymnastics traveled to San Rafael for the annual Tumble in the Jungle Junior Olympic meet last weekend where several locals posted powerful performances. Davis’ Kaelyn Perkins, Brenna Peterson and Lily Heilmann each won the all-around in their divisions, and Diamonds teams took silver in both Level 4 […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Davis girls take the torch from St. Francis

Veteran Davis High girls water polo coach Doug Wright spent the first part of this season feeling a sense of relief that his team didn’t have the pressure of being the favorite to win the Sac-Joaquin Section title. After Wednesday’s 5-4 win over rival St. Francis, that pressure is back. The Troubadours (12-1) came in […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Jesuit edges DHS boys in the pool

In a water polo match like Wednesday’s, where the teams combine to rattle the cage 26 times, a two-goal defeat is hardly definitive. For the Davis High boys, giving up three quick Jesuit goals and battling back to make it a one-goal contest late in a 14-12 road loss to the Marauders, this just means […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

DHS roundup: Devil field hockey knocks off Chico

Riding three straight shutouts and playing a much better brand of field hockey than it was a few weeks ago, Davis High’s matchup with Eastern Athletic League frontrunner Chico came at just the right time. The Blue Devils made it four consecutive shutouts on Wednesday, traveling north to hand the Panthers a 2-0 loss, Chico’s […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Improved tackling mandatory if DHS wants to compete

What now? Coming off a 62-21 thrashing at the hands of Franklin in last week’s Delta Valley Conference opener, how do Davis High football players — and coaches — dig down and bounce back? “Every week is gut check week,” said Blue Devil head coach Steve Smyte. “Every time you strap on a helmet, you […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Davis girls cement position for DVC golf crown

Well, that was fun. In Delta Valley Conference girls golf — unless schools like Laguna Creek and Franklin start sinking handfuls of aces — it’s all over but the putting. Case in point: league gathering No. 3 on Wednesday at Wildhorse Golf Course. Following JiHye Lee’s 87 and Melanie Habib’s 90, Davis High carded a […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

UCD men’s tennis looks to climb the ladder in 2011

Last season, the UC Davis men’s tennis team may have finished last in the Big West, but the standings didn’t show the resilience the Aggies actually showed throughout the year. On several occasions, UCD edged opponents 4-3, proving that it had poise in tight matches. “Last year was a challenging year,” said Aggie head coach […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Devils beat Franklin, ready for DVC soccer showdown

Quick! Guess what is shaping up as the most meaningful soccer game of the season for the Davis High boys? Granite Bay? The tie against the nation’s then-No. 1 team Jesuit? Maybe Marin Academy … Nope. Try Thursday’s date against upstart Grant High. Yep, the Pacers of prep football fame. After the Blue Devils dispatched […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Davis JV soccer team near season scoring record

The Davis High junior varsity boys soccer team bulldozed through four of its most recent five opponents — outscoring its foes 28-3 in a span of two weeks while going 4-1. With 81 goals scored, and seven games left, the Blue Devils need only one tally to tie last year’s record-setting number. Completing two dominating […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,