Sports briefs: Youth softball season starts Saturday

By From page B2 | March 14, 2014

With clear skies and temperatures expected to be in the low 80s, the Davis Youth Softball Association will celebrate Opening Day Saturday at Playfields Park.

Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Davis High softball squad, UC Davis mascot Gunrock and Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk among those helping kick off the season.

Festivities begin with a parade of teams and it looks like Wolk and Gunrock will be involved in the first-pitch ceremonies.

The city snack bar will be open and glitter headbands will be on sale.

More than 225 girls will be playing DYSA this season.

Cal Aggie Hall of Fame

Davis High graduate Christi Raycraft Warner, a water polo player for the Blue Devils and Aggies, is one of six standouts who will be inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame as the 2014 class.

The group — which also includes longtime cross country and track mentor Sue Williams, basketball player Jessica Campbell, football’s John Faletoese, baseball player Tony Schifano and track and field’s Tanisha Silas Young — will be inducted on June 7.

Additionally, former aquatics standout turned legendary water polo coach Dante Dettamanti will become the fourth recipient of the Aggie Legacy Award for outstanding achievements in an athletics-related field since leaving the university. Previous Legacy Award winners are Chris Petersen (2011), Dave Scott (2012) and Rolf Benirschke (2013).

After a DHS career that ended in a Block D award, Raycraft went on to UCD, where she captured four All-Western Water Polo Association awards as an attacker from 2005 to 2008. During that span, the Aggies won 94 games and reached the NCAA tournament twice.

As a senior, she added a second-team All-America nod by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, making her just the third Aggie to achieve higher than Division I honorable mention. Raycraft ranks among the all-time UCD leaders in goals (175), assists (79), total points (254), minutes played (2,543), steals (173) and exclusions drawn (219).

Williams, formerly Sue Cumnock, arrived at UCD in 1973 to coach the new women’s track and field team. She also formed a women’s running club, which proved sufficiently viable to become a full-fledged varsity sport two years later, then eventually took the reins as men’s cross country coach in 1990.

Although Williams enjoyed considerable success at the track helm, notably top 10 finishes at the 1982 and 1983 outdoor championships, she remains most synonymous with cross country success. Her women’s teams made the NCAA Division II Championship every year from the inaugural meet in 1981 to the program’s final year of eligibility in 2002, placing outside the top 10 only once in that entire span. Meanwhile, Williams’ men’s team appeared at the national championship 10 times in 13 years, notching a pair of top-five finishes.

The CAAHOF Inductions and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet is set for June 7 at Freeborn Hall. Invitations are expected to be distributed near the end of April, and tickets are available for purchase by the public.

For more information, call the UCD athletics development office at 530-754-2583.

Bike Hall of Fame

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is accepting nominations through April 1 for the Class of 2014.

Four categories are available for induction into the national shrine, based in Davis at 303 Third St.

Visit www.usbhof.org/nomination-process to discover how to submit packets suggesting cycling contributors in modern road and track (1981-2009), veteran road and track (1980 and before), off-road competitor (mountain bike, BMX, cyclocross) and contributor to the sport of cycling.

Completed forms should be submitted at the website, according to organization spokeswomen Sabrina Vigil.

Blue & White tournament

The 10th annual Blue & White Golf Tournament is Friday, May 16, at Wildhorse Golf Course. This scramble-format tournament begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Individual golf fees are $150 per individual, $600 for a foursome. Dinner-only tickets are $25.

All proceeds go to the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage, strengthen and sustain the interaction between DHS and its alumni and friends and to encourage philanthropic support for DHS.

Online registration is available at www.blueandwhitegolf.com.

UCD basketball camp

The Aggie hoops program will host a four-day summer camp for boys and girls ages 4 to 13, beginning June 16.

Boys ages 8 to 13 and girls at parents’ discretion can sign up for the Blue Level camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost for that session is $215, or $235 with lunch included.

The younger boys and girls, ages 4 to 7, can register for the Gold Level camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Cost for that session is $110.

For more information, visit https://ucdavissportscamps.com/mensbasketball.

AquaStarz synchronized swim team

The Davis AquaStarz youth synchronized swim team invites any youngsters who are interested in dance, music, gymnastics or swimming to try out the sport this spring.

Registration is now open for spring practices, which are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Arroyo Pool. The competitive season, where the AquaStarz went undefeated last year, begins in June and includes the team’s popular synchro show, set for July 11 and 12.

The cost to join the spring program is $250 and more information is available at www.aquastarz.org.

Enterprise staff

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