Like the wind that was gusting all day at the Delta Valley Conference doubles championships on Friday at Monterey Trail, Davis High’s Paul Klavins and Russell Richardson blew through the competition on their way to the finals.
There, however, the Blue Devil tennis players ran into Franklin’s version of a wind-breaker — a doubles team made up of the Wildcats’ two best singles players, Andrew Amor and Kevin Ha. The DHS duo took the first set 6-3, before dropping the next two by the same score.
The second-place finish still comes with a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section doubles tournament later this week.
“It was a great match,” said Davis coach Dale Hersch, who saw Klavins/Richardson win three matches in straight sets to reach the finals. “It was so windy and those four players all hit the ball so hard that everybody had to adjust.”
For two other Devil squads, the luck of the draw was not on their side. Ben Alpers and Sam Theg got a bye in the first round — because a team didn’t show up — then had to face Klavins/Richardson, falling 6-1, 6-2 to their DHS teammates.
Matt Buckley and Ben Young made up a team that Hersch felt could have made some noise, but they were matched against Amor/Ha in round one and lost 6-0, 6-3.
“That match was actually a close (6-0, 6-3),” Hersch said. “They got a couple of bad breaks.”
The final DHS pair was slated to be Isaac Yee and Sean Mishra, before an injury in practice forced Hersch to find a replacement for Mishra. Seeing his little brother in need, senior Matt Yee came to his aid and Team Yee was formed.
The brothers enjoyed playing with each other so much that they decided to keep going through the semifinals before running into the champions.
After beating a squad from Monterey Trail, 6-1, 6-0, and another from Elk Grove, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, Team Yee’s run to the semis earned All-DVC honors for the two brothers.
Friday’s results mean Davis will be represented in the section singles and doubles event — which is being contested at the Laguna Creek Racquet Club on Thursday and Friday — by Richardson and Klavins (in doubles) and singles players Glenn Hull and Robert Lipman. Hull and Lipman will play in Davis on Monday to determine the DVC singles champion.
When you’re 17-3-1, you can laugh a little bit.
After dispatching Monterey Trail 15-0 at home on Friday, Blue Devil baseball coach Dan Ariola looked back on the combined no-hitter by Jack Shelledy and Kris Mackewicz and said:
“There ya go. I pulled another guy out with a no-hitter.”
Ariola was making light of a couple of instances earlier this year where — while protecting arms in March — he yanked pitchers Ben Eckels (at Yuba City in an eventual loss) and Alec Miramontes (against Grant in a DHS rout) while their no-nos were intact.
This time, a 10-run second-inning outburst kept Shelledy (5-0) baking in the dugout. With Davis up 13-0 after three frames, Ariola figured Shelledy could be saved for another day — especially with the Devils meeting Elk Grove on Wednesday and Friday. Shelledy and Mackewicz fanned seven between them in the five-inning mercy-rule game.
George Hatamiya and Galen Hoshovsky provided the big DHS bats. Hatamiya was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Hoshovsky’s two hits got him three runs batted in.
The Blue Devils travel to Monterey Trail on Monday (4:15 p.m.). The Mustangs are 0-15.
With the Blue Devil defense posting another stingy performance, a strong third period on offense was enough to clinch a 5-3 DHS victory Friday at Bella Vista.
The Devils (8-7, 3-3) and Broncos settled in early to what would be a defensive battle, and Willie Hawkins notched the only score for the locals as they trailed 2-1 at the half.
After the break, however, the Davis offense caught fire, while the defense remained an impenetrable wall. Ball movement was key as the Blue Devils passed around beautifully to start the third period with Kian Reno eventually setting up Daniel Rowen for the first of three DHS goals in the quarter, tying the game at 2-2.
Reno then won the ensuing face-off and got the ball to Mikie Schlosser for a score that put Davis in the lead to stay at 3-2. But Schlosser wasn’t done yet. The sophomore used an outstanding individual effort, weaving through Bronco defenders and coming in from behind the goal for his second straight tally.
While the Devils were notching goals, their defense was preventing Bella Vista from matching. Tim McIntyre, Dom D’Angelo, Austin Barden, Kelby Spore, Sam Gellen and Rudy Buhlman put the pressure on, causing turnovers and sending the ball toward the offensive zone.
McIntyre, Barden and Buhlman nabbed two takeaways each, while mid-line players Dillard Brown, Kevin Willefert, Reno, Hawkins and D’Angelo had one apiece.
The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter — with Ryan Geary assisting freshman Mark Bruemmer on the DHS tally — to round out the scoring.
Reno was 9-of-10 on face-offs and goalie Will McPherson made six saves for the Blue Devils, who will host Piedmont on Tuesday (7:15 p.m.) in their regular season home finale.
Ashley Pugh’s early goal had the Blue Devils ahead early on Friday at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, but St. Ignatius poured it on the rest of the way to capture a 14-4 win.
Pugh, who was assisted by Kiki Tanaka, also scored again to open the second half and Laurel Darragh quickly followed with a goal that cut the Wildcats’ lead to four. That was as close as DHS would come, however, as Kelly Chuck’s unassisted goal was the only other time the locals found the net.
Lauren Blackwell assisted on Pugh’s second goal, while ground balls were credited to Erin Chavanne, Darragh, Tanaka and Pugh. Brynne Satre, Tanaka, Chavanne and Pugh each contributed a takeaway for the Devils, who committed “a lot of unnecessary turnovers,” according to coach Jenn Morris.
Morris, however, also commended the outstanding play of Pugh, Shauna Simon and goalkeeper Kelly Richmond, who had 10 saves.
After a game Wednesday at Northgate, DHS finishes the regular season at home against Piedmont at 7 p.m. Friday.
Join the Davis Lacrosse Association for a free, fun introduction to lacrosse for boys and girls in grades 2-7 on Saturday, June 11.
If you already play, come with a friend or a sibling. The clinic is at Northstar Park and no equipment is required. Bring water and wear comfortable clothing.
All participants must pre-register online. To register go to http://www.davislax.org and clink on the tab labeled “Register Online.” Click on the link labeled “Free Lacrosse Clinic Spring 2011″ to start the registration process.
For general questions about the Davis lacrosse programs, contact Don Aiello at (530) 750-3892 or [email protected]
Registration is available online for AquaMonsters’ spring and summer sessions.
The Davis AquaMonsters are a seasonal swim team that offers children an opportunity to compete on a recreational summer swim team, improve stroke technique and fitness, and condition for water polo. The team’s philosophy is “Swim, Fun and Friends.”
Visit http://www.davisaquamonsters.org for session practice times and locations. For more information, email the registrar at [email protected] or call (530) 554-4494.
Featuring an 18-hole golf tournament and a post-competition concert, the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation Day on the Green is the group’s big fundraiser. This year it will be conducted on Saturday, May 21, at Wildhorse Golf Course.
At $150 per golfer, registration can be done through http://www.dhsblueandwhite.org or by contacting tournament co-chairman Will Arnold at (530) 219-8918 or [email protected]
The event is a four-person scramble (foursomes are $600) and includes the concert, box lunch and awards reception.
Tournament-day registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. tee time.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting Arnold.
“We are really lucky to have Will and Liz Malinoff co-chairing,” foundation President Nancy Peterson says. “We are fortunate to have them, especially being able to tap into (Liz’s) community spirit and passion for golfing.
“Our concert chairperson is Karen Mattis.”
Mattis has lined up local bands Smack Jupiter, One-Eyed Rhyno, Uncle Tony and Down Hill From Here.
The Davis Junior Blue Devils cheer program is returning to the gridiron.
Ever wonder what a terrific stepping stone it would be to lead the cheers at the junior varsity or varsity levels at Davis High or beyond at college? For kids 6 to 14 years old, bringing the noise and energy at a youth football game this fall could be a big first step.
The registration fee is $300 and the deadline to sign up is July. Fees include uniform, cheer camp and competition. All parties interested in being a cheer coach — or for more information about the cheer program — should visit http://www.juniorbluedevils.com or email Miriam Fisk at [email protected]
Registration for Junior Devil players is also under way. The eight-team format once again will be in place, ensuring playing time and competition for players of all skills levels.
Registration is ongoing and the early-bird sign-up fee is $275. Officials say fees will increase in the future.