DHS defender Brooke Palmer controls the ball in a game earlier this week. On Thursday, the Blue Devils won at Woodcreek, 1-0. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo


Sports briefs: Rubinstein’s rip sends Devils to soccer win

By From page B8 | March 07, 2014

The Davis High girls soccer team found itself in a rare situation on Thursday at Woodcreek as it was facing a squad that it had beaten on Saturday in the St. Mary’s tournament championship contest.

Knowing the Timberwolves would be looking for revenge, the Blue Devils were up to the challenge, winning 1-0 in Roseville.

“I told the team ‘you guys are in a tough position because you already beat them,’ ” said DHS coach Sara Stone. “And, they are a physical team and we were down a few players with injuries, so I thought we responded really well to all of that.”

The battle was scoreless through the opening period and the first half of the second before the Devils finally scored the game-winner, thanks to Makena Rubinstein.

After the sophomore spent much of the match playing in the back, Stone moved her up front to take advantage of her speed and Rubinstein came through off a rebound. The ball bounced to her at the top of the box, where she had her back to the goal. Rubinstein quickly turned on the defender and sent a shot that caught the goalie off guard.

“It was a great goal,” Stone said.

Davis could have been up more comfortably but freshman Julia Curtis saw two of her shots hit the crossbar. That meant the 1-0 lead had to hold up and junior goalie Marianna O’Brien made sure it did with two nice saves late in the match.

Stone was happy with her team’s performance:

“We were moving the ball well between the defense and the midfield, which is something we have been working on. I also thought we possessed the ball well.”

The Blue Devils now have a few days to nurse their injuries before hosting Sheldon on Tuesday in a 3 p.m. match.

Davis Little League

It will be a celebration of all that is right with Davis Little League baseball.

After the traditional Saturday morning parade from North Davis Elementary School to the DLL complex, frequent coach Kirk LaBourdette will throw out the season’s first pitch to grandson Ashton Diaz LaBourdette.

It will be a bittersweet moment for the local baseball community. LaBourdette’s son Bryson, 25, was killed in an accident on Highway 50 in January.

For years, Kirk was involved with Bryson in Little League — and this season the elder LaBourdette will be his grandson’s Farm-team coach.

“He was going to be a fourth-generation contractor,” Kirk reflected about Bryson. “He loved creating and building things his whole life.”

The passion began in childhood with Legos and building blocks, “and kept going on from there.”

“He’d make a room light up when he came in.”

In addition to the first-pitch remembrance, UC Davis mascot Gunrock will make an appearance, as will Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and members of the Aggie baseball team.

Food vendors — Guadalajara Taqueria, Woodstocks Pizza, Jamba Juice, Krush Burgers (chicken and beef sliders) and the Davis Firefighters (tri-tip) — will be serving through 1 p.m.

That’s when the games begin and the Snack Shack takes over, offering hot dogs, pizza, candy and those famous sno-cones throughout the season.

Registrar Karen Yoon says an equipment swap table will be set up against the Farm field fence.

“If you have gently used baseball equipment that your child has outgrown, or does not need, or if you are in need of baseball equipment, we will have a table available for you to donate or take,” Yoon explained in a recent letter to DLL parents. “No cash exchange … no hats or helmets, please.”

Lucky Run

The fourth annual Lucky Run celebrates kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 8, in Community Park near the Veterans’ Memorial Center.

The routes travel along the many beautiful North Davis greenbelts and there are three distances to choose from. The organizers — keeping the theme of Lucky 7 and 13 — offer race distances of 7 kilometers, 7 miles and 13.1 mile (half-marathon). Nearly 3,000 participants are expected.

Registration is $40 for the 7K or 7-mile, $60 for the half-marathon and $16 for the kids fun runs, for children 12 years and younger.

The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 7K and 7-mile at 8:15 a.m. There are four kids runs beginning at 11 a.m.

The event benefits A Change of Pace Foundation, whose mission is “to encourage, educate and motivate kids to inspire lifelong habits toward a healthy lifestyle.” Their efforts provide free fitness programs to regional schools, equipment and enhancements to existing after-school running programs.

Both packet pickup and late registration take place from noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Fleet Fleet, 615 Second St. Race-day registration runs from 6:45 to 7:50 a.m. on site at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.

For more information, visit www.changeofpace.com.

Enterprise staff

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