Thursday, December 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Postseason expedition holds promise for DHS water polo teams

By
From page B1 | November 07, 2013 |

With the accolade that is the Sac-Joaquin Section title once more on the line, the Davis High boys and girls water polo teams are equally keen on reeling it in.

And the Blue Devil squads’ determination may cast some doubt on their opponents’ chances; as the boys are in pursuit of their 15th SJS championship victory under the guidance of Davis mentor Tracy Stapleton, while the girls have claimed the title 10 times since it was introduced to the section in 1996.

The contest, which gets underway this weekend and will conclude a week later, presents both of the juggernaut teams an opportunity to defend the title that was theirs in 2012.

Though for the Blue Devil girls, it has been a while since the title wasn’t in their possession. DHS coach Doug Wright has led his girls to four consecutive SJS championships.

This wouldn’t be the year to bet against the Blue Devils (22-6 overall this season), given that all of the standouts from last year’s roster are on deck this year.

The local girls already have exhibited their will to succeed in the postseason; they’re fresh off finishing fifth at the NorCal tournament, where they took games from some of the region’s best.

“We have as good a team, or better, than we had last year,” Wright said. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves, though. My expectation is that we take the tournament game by game and reach that championship match, and go from there.”

DHS has been a presence in all but three of the section’s finals since 1996. Wright was willing to entertain predictions as to who may await his squad there this year: St. Mary’s or St. Francis of Mountain View.

The latter team gave Blue Devils their only loss, 10-7, of the recent NorCal tournament.

And the boys have their own rivals to overcome. Either Jesuit or DHS (or both) have been in the SJS boys water polo championship game since 1994.

The Marauders edged out the Blue Devils for two consecutive titles — in 2010 and 2011 — before the locals snapped the runner-up streak for the pennant last year.

The DHS boys crew retained six of the seven Davis starters from 2012. Boasting eight seniors, the veterans need only remember the lessons of the season (which ended with them standing at 21-6 overall).

“We need to do the things that we’ve been working on all season,” Stapleton said. “It starts with defense. We need to be active, to move more, to anticipate what our opponent is trying to do next.”

As far as offense is concerned, the Blue Devil mentor trusts in his strong pack of centers: Garrett Fisk, Graham Fullerton and Conrad McCarthy. This senior trio will especially come in handy in the tournament’s later matches.

“We have every intention of getting ourselves into that championship game,” Stapleton said. “We’ve played all the section’s strong teams, and beat all of them; there’s no reason to go in questioning whether or not we can win.

“It’s just going to come down to our execution. Our athletes know what to do, but they’ve got to want it enough to really put out the effort in this tournament.”

Play begins with a match at Johansen High for both the girls and the boys, against Lincoln on Friday and Rodriguez on Saturday, respectively.

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Former foster youths aided by UCD’s Guardian programs

    By Sarah Colwell | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Rain Recyclers saves water for another day

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    City plans signs to improve flow on Fifth Street

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Boston bombing suspect in court for first time since 2013

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    U.S., Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    State gets more rain, big mudslide

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Feds will discuss Berryessa Snow Mountain protection

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    ‘Longest Night’ service Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Nominate teens for Golden Heart awards

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Journalist will join post-film discussion Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    City offices will take a winter break

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    New technology chief will join McNaughton Newspapers

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Yolo County needs a few good advisers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Per Capita Davis: Time to stop fooling around

    By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A4

     
    NAMI-Yolo offers free mental health education program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    .

    Forum

    Disagreement on mother’s care

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Marovich is a brilliant diplomat

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    And a jolly time was had by all

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Remember that all lives matter

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Pollution from electric vehicles

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Devil boys host Les Curry beginning Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    UCD women gear up for second half of swim season

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggie men begin 4-game road trip at Air Force

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    On skiing: What to know when buying new skis

    By Jeffrey Weidel | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Youth roundup: DBC Juniors rider Kanz wins a cyclocross event

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

     
    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B3

    College Corner: How does applying for financial aid work?

    By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: B3

     
    Something growing in the mailbox

    By Don Shor | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Anniversary: Barbara and Jan Carter

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Arts

    Sing and dance along to Cold Shot at Froggy’s

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Point of Brew: Recollections of Christmases past

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A7

    Golden Bough brings Irish holidays to The Palms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Come ‘Home for the Holidays’ and benefit school arts

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Rena Sylvia Smilkstein

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, December 18, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Last Minute Gift Guide

    Young phenoms make YouTube success look like child’s play

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG1

    Classic or contemporary, it’s all holiday music to our ears

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG2

    Teen gifts: ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG3

    Holiday decorating contest winners light up our lives

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: LMG4 | Gallery

    Gift ideas for the health-conscious

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: LMG6

    Hall of Fame proudly puts these toys on the shelf

    By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG7