Six Davis Aquadart swimmers and head coach Billy Doughty recently traveled in Wakayama, Japan, as part of a group of 36 all-star athletes from California and Nevada selected to compete against the Itoman Swim Club.
“It is an incredible honor for the Aquadarts to have six athletes selected as the top swimmers on the West Coast,” Doughty said.
Itoman led by 28 points after the first day of competition, but the U.S. squad battled back to take second place by just four points.
The local swimmers all scored points for the American team, including event winners Matt Whittle (100 breaststroke) and Chenoa Devine (400 freestyle). Also reaching the medal stand were Aquadarts Chris Wieser, who took second in the 400 and 800 free, and Jonathan Pun (third in the 100 breast).
Additional points were scored by Davis’ Emma Barksdale, when she took fourth in the 200 individual medley, and Paige Maynard, who was fifth in the 100 butterfly.
Out of the pool, the Aquadart contingent was able to tour temples, like Kyoto in Osaka, and ride the Shinkansen train, which can travel up to 200 miles per hour.
“The whole experience was a once-in-a-lifetime trip,” Doughty added. “Hopefully, this trip will continue to motive all our local swimmers to want to compete at the … highest levels of swimming.”
The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team had no trouble with the South Marin Wolf Pack on Saturday, coming back from Mill Valley with a 12-2 victory in an A division contest.
Consistent face-off wins by locals Casey Aikawa and Eli Veazey along with Davis’ impressive passing skills kept the ball deep in Wolf Pack territory for most of the game.
Nate Soeth scored six times to lead the Knights but it was first-year player Neil Welch’s goal that stole the show. Welch scooped up a ground ball in front of the net, broke right and then whipped a behind-the-back shot into the net.
While the Davis offense was humming, Wade Matern playing goalie with similar success, stopping nine of the 11 shots he saw.
Diamonds girls gymnastics
For the second time in as many meets, Davis Diamond gymnast Kyra Lee dominated the Level 7 vault at the recent Spirit of the Flame Challenge, the biggest Junior Olympic event on the West Coast.
Lee’s powerful handspring earned a personal-best 9.6 to take vault gold and lead the local Level 7 team to a silver medal.
Additionally, Davis’ Kyra Mayfield won the Xcel Platinum vault with a Yamashita (9.525), while Gabriela Caceres-Fernandez dominated the youngest Xcel Silver division, winning vault, beam and the all-around as the Diamonds team took bronze.
Davis’ Emma Clark hit all four routines, including taking second on floor, for a personal-best 36.125 all-around that was good for seventh in the youngest Level 7 session. Teammate Sonia Sutton was 10th in the all-around, while Marishke Pretorius took sixth on the floor (9.225).
Among older Level 7s, Diamond Cordelia Hsiao was fifth on vault (9.125) and 10th all-around, with Colleen Peterson taking eighth on floor (9.0) and 12th all-around.
Davis’ Elena Philips captured fifth on floor to finish sixth all-around and, in the middle division, Maya Dhond was fourth on bars to take fourth all-around (35.45). Alexandra Freedland-Wolford vaulted to silver and finished sixth all-around as the Diamonds won the team vault and were third in the all-around.
Kaelyn Perkins was the lone local competitor in Xcel Gold, where she placed fourth on beam and fifth on vault. Meanwhile, in the youngest division of the high-level Xcel Platinum, Diamond Lainey Swanson was fourth on vault and floor and fifth on beam.
DHS senior Micaela Everitt and Karolina Perkins competed at Level 8, where they excelled on beam — Everitt was third in the oldest division, while Perkins was seventh among younger gymnasts. Davis’ Clara Riggle was strong on bars to place seventh.
Diamonds boys gymnastics
The Davis Diamonds sent Level 7-10 boys gymnasts to the Spirit of Flane Challenge last weekend in Santa Clara.
The local Level 10 duo of Patrick Long and Samuel Resendez performed very well as each hit all six events. Long took fifth on floor and vault to end up fifth all-around, while Resendez used a fourth-place finish on floor to earn sixth all-around.
Davis’ Level 8 squad earned several strong scores, including those from Dante Yasui (fifth on vault and sixth on floor, still rings and parallel bars) and Griffin Long, who took sixth on pommel horse. Raleigh Lindberg, Peter Conant and Racha Elsbach added personal bests for the Diamonds.
At level 7, Davis’ Kyle Moeller claimed a sixth-place finish on the still rings.
The NorCal Extreme youth hockey club got huge performances from two of its teams at tournaments on Feb. 23.
The local 16U club went 3-2 to win the gold medal in the silver division at a NorCal Cup event in Stockton. A win over the San Jose Revision got NorCal into the semifinals, where it topped the San Jose Longhorns to reach the finals.
There, the Extreme took the title with a 6-2 victory over the Stockton Junior Thunder.
For the day, NorCal was paced by Caleb Hermle (three goals and seven assists), Joe Blakewell (seven goals, two assists), Tyler Schafer (five goals), Ricky Pacciorini (four goals) and Dylan Lee, who scored twice and dished an assist.
Other contributions came on a goal from Dalton Byard, two assists from Ryan Kowta and strong defense from Max Landy. Goalie Nic Leacox saved 93 percent of the shots he saw for the 16U squad, while Alex Bilson also played well between the pipes.
NorCal’s 14U team won all four of its games at an SIHL tournament in Woodland, beating the Livermore Vipers (5-2), the Half Moon Bay Cougars (4-1), the Ripon Swag (6-1) and the Bishop Bandits (6-2).
Sam Blakewell led the Extreme with 10 goals and two assists in the tournament, while Brandon Pacciorini (two goals, five assists) and Michael Cognetti (four goals) also stood out. Local offensive support came from Nick Blakewell (two goals, two assists), Jack Shields (two goals, one assists), Thomas Witham, Tyler Rickert, Keith Walker and Cole Skoog.
Goalie Max Muller was outstanding all day.
Davis Rugby Club
The Davis Rugby Club’s boys varsity team pounded Dixon, 38-5, last weekend, while the local JV squad fell by a narrow 21-19 margin.
Winfred Roberson got the Davis varsity scoring started with an unconverted try before Michal Goodison converted on tries from Joe Dossa and Anthony Pedroia as the locals took a 19-0 halftime lead.
The advantage climbed to 33-0 after intermission as Ben Gore and Bailey Murray each scored with Tristan Tadano converting both times. After Dixon got its lone try, Murray put the exclamation point on the victory when he crashed over the line.
The JV contest was entertaining, but scores from Davis’ Sam Simon and Max Herzog and impressive kicking from Mat Meyers weren’t enough for a local win.