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Sports briefs: Yamamura gets her 11th MPSF weekly award

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From page B8 | February 20, 2013 |

On the strength of a winning 38.925 all-around score at Seattle Pacific on Friday, UC Davis senior Katie Yamamura has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Gymnast of the Week.

It’s the first time Yamamura has won the award this season, but the 11th time in her spectacular Aggie career.

The Palo Alto native, and reigning MPSF Gymnast of the Year, posted individual wins on both vault and the all-around in the dual against the Falcons, helping UCD score a team total of 194.300. She went 9.800 on vault while matching that score to place second on uneven bars. The Aggies’ winning score ranks sixth in school history and third all-time for a road meet.

Yamamura won the conference’s weekly award six times as a junior in 2012, eventually claiming All-MPSF distinction in all four events plus the all-around. She also was named Gymnast of the Week on four occasions as a freshman.

This marks the fourth time the award has gone to an Aggie this season. Senior Michelle Ho has won twice and junior Anna Shumaker was honored once for UCD, which returns to action on Friday in a 7 p.m. dual meet at Sacramento State.

UCD men’s golf

Two birdies, one on each side of the Greg Norman Course, sparked Aggie Matt Seramin to an even-par 71 on Tuesday as he paced UCD on a windy second day of action at The Prestige at PGA West.

The second round of the tournament, which is co-hosted by UCD and Stanford, was suspended by darkness, but all of the Aggie players finished except Matt Hansen, who was at 4-over. The Aggies finished the day at 24-over as a team and in 11th place.

UCD’s Tyler Raber, a Davis High graduate, was at 2-over and tied for 19th after a 77 on Tuesday, Jonny Baxter had a 79 and was tied for 65th at 10-over and Ben Corfee, from El Macero, carded an 81 and was 19-over and tied for 84th. Hansen, who had a 1-under 70 on Monday, is tied for 30th place.

Teams were scheduled to finish the second round early today, then complete the tournament’s final round.

Bicycling Hall of Fame

Nominations are being taken now for the U.S Bicycling Hall of Fame’s class of 2013.

Submissions are due before March 1 and can be sent by downloading the nomination form at www.usbhof.org/nomination-process.

The four official induction categories for 2013 are modern road and track competitor (1971 to 2008), veteran road and track competitor (1970 and prior), off-road competitor (mountain bike, BMX, Cyclocross) and contributor to the sport of cycling.

Additional information about the process can be found on the website.

Batting cages open

The city-operated batting cages at Playfields Park in South Davis will reopen for the season Saturday, weather permitting. The cages will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mondays through Fridays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cages also are available for private rental.

For more information, contact Lori Conrad at 530-753-7731 or lconrad@cityofdavis.org, or visit www.citydavis.org.

Youth basketball

The Davis Hoops Wildcats, a youth basketball program for players from Davis, Dixon, Woodland and the surrounding areas, will host tryouts in the coming weeks for boys and girls in fourth grade through high school.

The tryouts begin Sunday for younger players, with workouts for high school-age athletes starting in March.

Davis Hoops teams practice one to two times per week and participate in tournaments in the Sacramento region.

For times, locations and all other tryout information, visit www.davishoops.com. For more information, contact Karen Ward at karen@davishoops.com or 530-219-8873.

Springdarts swimming

Registration is now open for the Davis Aquadarts’ Springdarts program, a spring session for young swimmers in kindergarten through high school that begins next month.

Swimmers have a choice of two sessions: the full quarter (March 11 through June 7) or the eight-week version (April 15 through June 7).

Registration forms and information are available at www.aquadarts.org under Seasonal Programs or by emailing aquadartsregistrar@gmail.com.

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