Friday, January 30, 2015

Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

From page B8 | April 18, 2014 |


UCD sophomore Jamie Yamashita swings on bars at a home meet this season. She and four of her Aggie teammates recently earned MPSF All-Academic distinction. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

Five UC Davis women’s gymnasts — seniors Madeline Kennedy and Anna Shumaker, junior Lisa Wiktorski, sophomore Jamie Yamashita and redshirt freshman Katy Nogaki — were honored on Thursday when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its All-Academic squad.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have at least sophomore academic standing, have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season and have competed in a minimum of 50 percent of the team’s competitions during that year.

This is the third such award for Kennedy, whose 3.48 grade-point average in exercise biology leads the five Aggies. Shumaker and Wiktorski each picked up their second honor, while Nogaki and Yamashita garnered their first.

On the mat this season, UCD ranked 34th in the nation in regional-qualifying score to earn the program’s first team berth into NCAA postseason competition since 1998. The Aggies, who set or tied school records in all four events plus total score during the year, placed fifth at the Fayetteville Regional earlier this month.

Hurricanes soccer

Competing at last weekend’s Comstock Shootout in Carson City, the Davis Hurricanes, a U10 girls soccer team, posted one win and dominated its division in the Goalie Wars.

Bracket play began Saturday against an aggressive Pleasant Hill Xtreme squad and some controversial calls hurt the locals in a 3-0 loss.

Davis then bounced back to defeat the Carson Valley Rebels, 2-0. With Charlotte Macauley and Susannah Estrada scoring a pair of quick goals, the Hurricanes got strong defense from Ella Herringer and goalies Devon Morris and Alexis Garrett to finish off the shutout.

Later that night, with about 40 players from Northern California on hand to watch, four Hurricanes — Garrett, Bethany McElhern, Molly Mahoney and Estrada — competed in the Goalie Wars.

And when the suspenseful event came to a close, Estrada had won the age group, with Mahoney in third.

The locals completed their tournament on Sunday with a 2-0 loss to the Mount Diablo Phoenix. Despite the loss, Kiana Bagheban excelled for the Davis defense.

Yolo Post 77

Local baseball players who were born on of before Jan. 1, 1995, are invited to try out for the Yolo Post 77 American Legion team on May 17-18 at Clark Field in Woodland.

Tryouts begin at 5 p.m. both days. Players who are on high school teams that are in the playoffs are asked to attend at least one of the days to sign up, but won’t be asked to try out until their season ends.

For more information, contact coach Dave Ryan at 916-247-2426 or general manager Frank Eakle at 530-666-3797 or 530-867-6641.

Information also can be found at


The Davis AquaMonsters are a seasonal swim team that offers children an opportunity to compete on a recreational summer swim team, improve stroke technique, improve fitness and condition for water polo.

The team’s philosophy is “Swim, Fun and Friends.”

Visit for the session practice times and the different locations around Davis. For questions, email the registrar at [email protected].

Blue Devil hoops camp

The Davis High School Blue Devil boys basketball camp will run June 16-19 in the DHS gym, 315 W. 14th St.

Fourth- and fifth-grade players will go from 8 a.m. to noon, while the camp for sixth- through eighth-graders is noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $100.

The camp is designed for young players to learn the fundamentals of the game through drills as well as team and individual competitions. Future Blue Devil hoopsters will learn what they need to know to compete at the next level and also meet program coaches.

For more information or to download a camp flier, visit



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