The Davis and Oak Ridge High girls tennis teams each have a long history of success and both squads usually play deep into the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason.
This makes the two programs want to face each other as much as they can to get close, competitive matches.
Thursday’s season opener was exactly that as the homestanding Trojans edged the Blue Devils, 5-4, in a match that was decided with the final shot.
With the teams tied 4-4, the final matchup to finish was No. 1 singles, where DHS stalwart Cat Paw U won the first set and lost the next two by slim margins. The second set went 9-7 and the third-set tiebreaker was 11-9. Devil coach Sally Hosley was nothing but proud of her senior standout:
“Basically, it doesn’t get any closer than that,” Hosley said. “I was very proud of her determination and sportsmanship.”
The Davis depth showed in the rest of the results as singles wins came from No. 5 Megan Ewens (7-5, 6-4) and No. 6 Katherine Murdoch.
“(Ewens and Murdoch) used their strong mental games to pull … wins,” Hosley explained. “They were both 100 percent in their matches both physically and mentally.”
The coach also reported that her No. 1 doubles squad — Angela Fleming and Maddie Yang — used good communication in their 6-3, 7-5 victory.
The final win came courtesy of Michelle Bacigalupi and Soomi Yoo at No. 3 doubles, where they won the first set, 6-4, lost the second, 6-0, then earned the victory with a 10-8 tiebreaker triumph.
Roy Hobbs honor
As part of its 28th anniversary celebration on Monday, the Woodland-Davis Roy Hobbs Men’s Baseball League honored Don McCreary, who retired after taking an at-bat on Monday night.
McCreary was the very first batter in the league’s debut season in 1987 and had the distinction of playing for the same team — then Wagnon Chiropractic and later re-named the Seals — for all 28 seasons, according to league founder and past president Lanny Ropke.
About a hundred people were in attendance Monday — including many past teammates and opponents including original league players Lee Jackson and Tom Melendrez — to see McCreary dig into the same batter’s box as he did on Aug. 1, 1987. The game was halted to honor him after the ole’ ballplayer hit one last single up the middle.
“I love the game of baseball and I will miss all of the camaraderie of being with my teammates,” said McCreary whose 1988 squad won the first Men’s Senior League World Series, defeating a team from Sacramento that featured former Giants pitcher Jim Barr.
Robinson to coach St. Francis
Former UC Davis women’s soccer coach Maryclaire Robinson — who retired last fall after her 22nd season at the Aggie helm — will take over as interim head coach for the St. Francis High girls program ahead of the 2015 spring season.
Robinson, a 1986 graduate of St. Francis, is running the team for the season while coach Rosella Kelly takes a year off for the birth of her third child.
Robinson posted a 201-169-34 record during her tenure on the UCD sideline, leading the Aggies to league titles in the Northern California Athletic Conference and the California Collegiate Athletic Association as well as taking them to the quarterfinals of the 2002 NCAA Division-II tournament.
Last year, the Troubadours won their 13th Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Republic soccer clinic
The playoff-bound USL PRO Sacramento Republic FC will host a free youth soccer clinic on Monday in Old Sacramento as part of the Americana celebration.
The clinic, for youngsters of all abilities ages 5 to 14, will go from 1 to 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of J Street and Firehouse Alley. Players should wear athletic shoes and apparel and will need to sign a waiver to participate.
Republic FC forwards Ismar Tandir and Tommy Stewart — the team’s leading scorer — along with defender Cristian Gonzalez will lead drills and teach fundamentals with an autograph session to follow.