Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sports briefs: UCD footballer Kaspar earns national academic award


UCD defensive lineman Anthony Kaspar (95) — shown here sacking an opposing quarterback during the 2013 season — earned a prestigious academic award this week. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

From page B8 | May 01, 2014 |

Anthony Kaspar, a UC Davis player, was named this week to the 2014 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

Kaspar, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle from Dana Point who finished his Aggie career last fall, earned the distinction by achieving at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average during his entire UCD tenure.

The NFF Hampshire Society honors football players who meet that standard while being starters or significant contributors.

Kaspar is majoring in food science and was twice named to the All-Big Sky All-Academic team. He helped lead the defensive line last season, posting 48 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

UCD academics

Twenty Aggie student-athletes from 12 different teams were selected as Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in a recent announcement by Diverse magazine in April. The award recognizes undergraduate minority student-athletes who achieve academically, athletically and in the campus and community.

Senior Jessica Chulya, junior Blair Lewis and sophomore Andrea Wong represented UCD’s women’s golf team on the list, while junior Cekarri Nixon, sophomore Christine Hoffman and redshirt freshman Kaz Shidara are Aggie tracksters. (Hoffman and Shidara also run cross country.)

Softballers Kimberly Pena, a senior, and sophomores Christa Castello and Christina Guidry were recognized, while seniors Liliana Alvarez and Megan Leung were named from the swim team. Senior Melissa Kobayakawa and sophomore Tiffany Pham represented UCD women’s tennis on the honor roll while sophomores Cassandra Quebral and Jamie Yamashita come from women’s gymnastics.

Aggie track/cross country runners Amar Dholakia and Cody Nguyen — both sophomores — were joined by senior Jabari Howard (football), junior Andre Brown (men’s soccer) and senior Joshua Granger (men’s golf) in earning the award.

Alvarez, Brown, Chulya, Granger, Leung and Quebral were repeat winners.

UCD track and field

Sprinter Cekarri Nixon and high jumper Katie Barber turned outstanding performances last weekend at Cal into awards on Tuesday as the Aggies were named Big West Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

Nixon, a junior from Sacramento, finished first in the 400-meter dash in 53.77 seconds — the top time in the Big West this season — and ran a leg on UCD’s winning 4×100 relay (45.56 seconds) at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge on Saturday. She also took seventh in the 200 in 24.64 seconds.

Barber, a junior from Moorpark, broke the Aggie high jump record when she cleared 5-8.75 on Saturday.

DHS girls golf

Girls entering ninth though 12th grades this fall who are interested in playing for the Blue Devil golf team are invited to bring their parents to an informational meeting on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. in DHS’ Room N-8.

Families will learn more about the fall season and summer opportunities.

For more information, contact coach Rhonda Mohr at

DHS field hockey

The Blue Devil program invites new and current players to attend a Saturday, May 19 informational meeting about the upcoming fall season.

During the 6 p.m. get-together at The Cage, players will learn, among other things, about a DHS/MPG Inc field hockey and conditioning camp set for June 25 through July 24. The camp will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-10 a.m., and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

For more information about the meeting or the camp, contact coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins at

Women’s cycling fundraiser

The Davis Bike Club is partnering with the Women’s Cycling Association to host a fundraiser for the new Women’s Development Program on Sunday, May 11, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

With Amgen Tour of California Women’s races set for May 11 (in Sacramento) and May 12 (in Folsom), the local fundraiser will be hosted by cycling personality Bob Roll and film director Kathryn Bertine.

The event, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature a screening of Bertine’s documentary “Half the Road,” about the passion, pitfalls and power of women’s professional cycling, along with a Q & A, silent auction and reception.

Funds will go to the Women’s Development Program, which aims to get more women to ride bikes and encourage all levels of riders. To purchase tickets, visit and click on “DBC Women’s Development Program Fundraiser.”

Among those expected to attend are pro cyclist and WCA president Robin Farina, pro cyclist and WCA board member Laura Van Gilder and pro cyclist Emily Kachorek.



Enterprise staff

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