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Blue Devil trackster Alaina King: profile in courage

Most track standouts run for the finish line. After Alaina King spent almost a year coming all the way back from a terrible knee injury, family and friends this spring thought — albeit briefly — that the Davis High 400-meter whiz might be running for her life. In an improbable saga of accidents and medical […]

Sagan sprints to a windy win in Stage 4 of Tour

AVILA BEACH — Slovakia’s Peter Sagan surged in the short final uphill sprint Wednesday to win the windy fourth stage of the Tour of California and close in on overall leader Tom Skujins of Latvia. After finishing second in the first three stages, Sagan — the Tinkoff-Saxo rider who has four Tour de France stage […]

Youth roundup: Martinez caps marvelous Diamonds gymnastics career

In proof that all good things must come to an end, Davis Diamonds gymnast Isabela Martinez finished off a 12-year career with a strong performance at last weekend’s Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships in Spokane, Wash. By qualifying through state and regional meets, Martinez was one of just 448 U.S. gymnasts from west of […]

Devils drop Jesuit on their way to tennis finals

For the past two years, Jesuit has been the only thing in the way of a Davis High boys tennis Sac-Joaquin Section title as the Marauders beat the Blue Devils in the championship match both years. DHS made sure that the Jesuit would pose no such threat this season, ousting the Marauders, 8-1, in the tournament semifinals […]

Davis’ depth is key to unpredictable section swim finals

For Davis High swimming coach Tracy Stapleton, there’s no use predicting the outcome of the Sac-Joaquin Section title meet, purely due to the large amount of variables involved in such an event. So when his Blue Devil girls and boys take to the Tokay High (Lodi) pool for this weekend’s championships, all he’s expecting is that both […]

Mark Braly: A few good men (and better women)

Only a lean, elite squad of Davis Aquatic Masters swimmers went to the U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, last month, compared to the local armada that converged on Santa Clara last year. Still, led by Sarah Hernandez, the group did very well for our club. Hernandez, 30, took first in four events and […]

Getting good — and enough — sleep takes practice

“Sleep is probably the most important form of recovery an athlete can have.”  — U.S. Youth Soccer By Karin Anderson It seems like every day we learn of new research behind the importance of sleep. Key sleep functions include: lowering stress, regulating metabolism, boosting immune system, converting days events into long-term memory, repairing cells, muscle recovery, problem […]

AYSO’s Davis World Cup ready to represent

From Albania to Zimbabwe, the countries of the globe will be well represented when 131 soccer teams descend on Davis for the 29th annual AYSO World Cup come Memorial Day weekend. Considered the biggest American Youth Soccer Organization-only tournament on the West Coast, the three-day shootout features more than 1,700 players, 300-plus local volunteers, 1,100 […]

UCD men add four hoopsters

Coming off of the best season in the program’s Division I history, the UC Davis men’s basketball is reloading with six new recruits — four of whom were announced Tuesday as signing National Letters of Intent during the spring window. The newest quartet, guards Joe Schneider and Joe Mooney and forwards Garrison Goode and Chima Moneke, […]

Legacy/Alliance roundup: Stampede, Gunners take Super Clásico titles

The Davis Legacy Stampede captured five straight games to win the girls U14 division of the local Super Clásico Tournament last weekend. It marks the second straight Clásico championship for the team. The Stampede started off the qualifying round Friday night by defeating Oakland, 1-0, as Grace Carlson knocked in a goal from 18 yards […]

Aggie golfers ready to make fifth time the charm?

“We’re going to make history. It’s just a matter of when. Will it be this year?” wonders UC Davis men’s golf coach Cy Williams, who has spent two decades directing Aggie teams. The enthusiastic mentor knows his 2015 edition — about to swing into NCAA Regional action Thursday at Golf Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. […]

Sports briefs: Aggies drop a baseball game at St. Mary’s

When UC Davis senior outfielder Austin March smacked his third home run of the season, it was nearly enough to erase an early four-run deficit, but host St. Mary’s pulled away with three runs late to hand the Aggies a 7-3 baseball defeat on Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga. Playing in its final nonconference […]

Skujins speeds to a Stage 3 win at Tour of California

SAN JOSE — Latvian Tom Skujins pedaled to a surprising mountain stage win by more than a minute and took the lead Tuesday in the Tour of California. The 23-year-old began Stage 3 in 95th position and trailed previous race leader Mark Cavendish of Britain by 42 seconds. Skujins completed the hilly 105.7-mile road stage in […]

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