Playing an unfamiliar format, and without their best player for two of the four matches, the Davis High boys played three elite opponents nearly even at the DeccoTurf High School Tennis Classic in Louisville, Ky.
After losing to Deerfield, Ill., 8-1 and Baylor — a semifinalist in the 2012 Tennessee state tournament — 6-3 on Friday, the Blue Devils lost star Glenn Hull to a nagging back injury during a Saturday match against Henry Clay.
With Hull having to retire in his matchup, DHS fell to the 2012 Kentucky state semifinalists, 6-3. Then, even without their standout, the Devils nearly took out Ocean Spring High — the 2012 champion in Mississippi — before falling 5-4.
“(Losing Hull) certainly cost us both Saturday matches,” said Davis coach Dale Hersch. “Glenn was one of the top players in this tournament. Moving everyone up a spot on the ladder was really asking a lot.”
The lineup tinkering was more impactful because of the college-style format used at the tourney. Instead of six players playing singles and six new players making up the doubles teams, squads at the DecoTurf Classic used just six players each pulling double duty, a format that was familiar to all of the Blue Devils’ opponents.
“All of the players on these teams play singles and doubles during their seasons,” Hersch explained. “In California, you play one or the other. It really showed in the doubles as we won only two of 12 doubles matches.”
Chase Kellison figured in both of those doubles wins, teaming with Isaac Zhang to get a victory against Baylor and partnering with Andrew Dumit to prevail against Ocean Springs.
Kellison also got a singles win in the match against OS, joining Zhang and Sean Mishra. It was the second singles victory for Mishra, who also recorded the only DHS point against Deerfield.
Zhang and Phil Glazer were the Devils’ other two-time singles winners as they each notched victories against Henry Clay. Isaac Yee also had a win in that matchup and Hull’s victory in the Baylor outing rounded out the locals’ individual triumphs.
“The tournament was a great experience for the boys,” Hersch said. “This tournament will make us stronger as we get ready to defend our section title.”
DHS boys swimming
Event wins by Matt Whittle and Jonathan Pun and the Blue Devil 200 medley relay squad highlighted the DHS participation in a triple dual swim meet against Jesuit and Bellarmine on Friday.
Despite those strong performances, the Devils fell to Jesuit, 90-80, and Bellarmine, 111-59.
Pun and Whittle were on the winning relay team, teaming with Connor Stapleton and Riley Hickman.
Whittle added a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly to his victory in the 200 individual medley, while Pun touched first in the 100 breast.
Other Blue Devils to finish in the top five included Hickman, who took second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 free. Stapleton was fourth in the 100 backstroke and Adam Raabe ended the 500 free race in fifth.
In the 200 free relay, DHS’ quartet of Pun, Stapleton, Graham Fullerton and Sean Li finished third, a placing that was matched by Hickman, Raabe, Whittle and Andrew Block in the 400 free relay.
NDE golf tournament
The North Davis Elementary School PTA is looking for players and sponsors for its fourth annual fundraising golf tournament, which is now named the John Henderson Memorial Tournament.
John was a 7-year-old second-grader at North Davis who died in December 2011 after he fell off a chair lift at Sugar Bowl.
The tournament is set for Sunday, April 21, at the Yocha Dehe Golf Course at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. Proceeds will benefit the elementary school and its arts program.
The cost of $150 per player covers golf — play begins at 9 a.m. — a buffet lunch at 3 p.m. and a goodie bag.
Organizers will hand out prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, first- and second-place team, scratch score, mulligan score, Need Lessons (highest score) as well as a 2013 Honda Accord — courtesy of University Honda — for a hole-in-one on No. 7. An accompanying raffle includes prizes such as a 2013-14 season ski pass courtesy of Sugar Bowl.
Sponsorships are available from the $2,500 level all the way down.
For more information, visit www.djusd.k12.ca.us/NorthDavis.
UCD basketball camp
Registration is open now for the UC Davis men’s basketball program’s summer youth camp, designed for players ages 4 to 13.
Families can register for the camp, which runs June 17-20, at https://ucdavissportscamps.com/mensbasketball.
The camp is broken down into two age-group levels, each of which will feature instruction from Aggie players and coaches.
The Gold Level, for boys and girls ages 4-7, is a half-day workout from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers will learn basic skills and participate in basketball-related games and activities. The cost is $110 ($95 for additional children in the same family), and kids are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks.
The all-day Blue Level camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is “open to any and all boys 8-13 years old and girls are welcome at parent’s discretion,” according to organizers.
This level focuses on skill training to improve the offensive aspect the athlete’s game. Instruction will emphasize fundamentals, including shooting skills, ball-handling, passing, footwork, shot selection, rebounding and proper mental approach. In addition, live competitions will help campers successfully apply the techniques they learn during drills.
The cost for the Blue Level is $230 ($215 for additional children) with lunch included or $210 ($195) for those who bring their own lunch.