Three hundred Aquadarts, Minidarts and Summerdarts took to Community Pool last weekend to compete in the three-day Davis City Championships swim meet. The successful event was won by the White team (2,794 points), with the Blue (2,556) and Red (2,430) having a fierce competition for second.
Several young swimmers stood out by winning multiple races, including 6-year-old Teo Kurtovic; Adelia Biello, 7; and Jason Joo, 12, who each captured four age-group titles.
Lucia Wait and Grace Ewey won three events apiece in the 6U girls division, while Alex Li and Ian Veress had similar success in 7-8 boys races. Amy Schroeder and Audrey Portello triple-dipped in the 9-10 girls division with Nicholas Goldberg posting three 9-10 boys victories.
In the 11-and-over division, girls Linnea Gatmon-Sandrock and Julia Palchak won three reaces each and David Tippet took first in three boys events.
Even more speedy swimmers captured two events each, including Chris Li (6U boys) and Mona Zhou, Kate Schroeder, and Evan Marczak in the 7-8 division. Peyton Schoen grabbed two 9-10 girls golds with Tate Cutler, Andrew Wong, Jason Hein-Gilley and Jordan Sacramento duplicating that feat in the 9-10 boys division.
Amelia Allison, Erik Tippee, and Bryce Gregg won two 11-and-over races apiece.
The rest of the gold medals were captured by different local youngsters. Elena Facciotti, Anna Kimball and Mia Haudenschild each won a girls 6U race, while girls Savana Sull, Elizabeth Barger and Ahma Masselink and boys Liam O’Neill, Vamsi Chilamkur, Erik Kimball and Jude Veress grabbed 7-8 victories.
Single winners in the 9-10 division were girls Justine Canio, Kylie Oosthuizen, Sydney Ng, Aricia Huo, Hannah Lee, Mia van de Heetkamp and Shea Sorrentino and boys Luis Carbajal, Mitchell Fong, Brian Chin and Jasper Eerkens.
Rounding out the crew of gold medalists were Lauren Limberg, Rachel Hedman, Grace Hickerson, Adeline Umphress, Thai Nguyen, Kenda Wyels and Chella Grattet — in the 11-and-over girls division — and boys Jack Carsel, Jacob Chan, Evan Recanzone and Manuel Salamanca.
The meet represented the conclusion of the summer season for the younger Aquadarts and Summerdart swimmers, but the fall season begins Aug. 25. For more information or to register for Falldarts, visit www.aquadarts.org.
The Davis Stampede, a U13 girls soccer team, played at a high-level throughout the ultra-competitive Mustang Stampede Tournament in Danville last weekend, reaching the finals of the Premier Division before eventually taking second.
The successful run started Saturday morning with a 2-1 win over Santa Clara Sporting. Lily Byrne got assists on both local goals, first feeding midfielder Sydney Moore, who drilled it in off a defender’s head from 20. The next set-up went to Jordan Davis for the eventual game-winner.
Next came a back-and-forth affair with the physical Juventus Regazze, which ended in a 3-3 tie after a flurry of second-half scoring. Early on, Sophie Karperos intercepted a goal kick and quickly drove it into the net to give the Stampede a 1-0 lead.
It was the only goal of the first half, but after the break goals from Davis and Karperos put the locals up 3-2 before Juventus tied the score late.
Davis then took care of Oregon’s Capital FC, 4-0, with Niya Allen scoring twice, the second on an impressive left-footed screamer from 20 off a through ball from Anu Kane. Additionally for the Stampede, Anne Ayotte found Karperos in the box for another tally, then scored herself off an assist from Moore.
In a 1-0 quarterfinal win over the tourney host Mustang Blast, Davis had the only local goal, redirecting Yasmeen Dmeiri’s free kick with an acrobatic volley.
The semifinal featured the Stampede’s most dramatic win of the tournament as the game against the top-ranked Avalanche was scoreless through regulation. Battling injuries, heat and fatigue — and needing several clutch saves by goalkeeper McKenna Lutzker — the locals finally scored the winner in the final minute.
On the play, Dmeiri calmly sent the ball into the box from long range with Davis in hot pursuit. When the keeper failed to clear it, one Stampede player — Davis — tried to outrun the entire Avalanche defense to the ball as it rolled slowly toward goal. Davis won the race, and sent the locals to the championship contest.
Though the Stampede dropped the final to the Manteca Red Stars, it wasn’t for lack of effort from defenders Grace Carlson, Grace Barger, Leah Eccles and Skye Shaffer, along with midfielder Lindsey Vernau and left wing Julyana Lara.
The Davis Elite FC Lightning, a U12 boys soccer team, opened its season with a bang, winning the Fair Oaks Cup Classic with an impressive run.
The locals dominated both ends of the field to go 3-0 in pool play, outscoring their three opponents — the Folsom Dragons, Manteca Rangers and River City Arsenal — 20-1.
It was a different story in the championship match as a well-played game against the Solano Coyotes ended 0-0 through regulation. After missing its first two penalty kicks, Davis found its stride, burying seven straight to win the shootout — and the tournament title.
For the weekend, Lightning striker Conner Clark led the way with eight goals, while Cavan Schraner and Jason Henkel also added scoring. Davis keeper Neil Smith was sharp — with help from defenders Jacob Perez, Nate McAllister, Ethan Schraner and Josh Faith‚ and midfielders Jaiden Temple, Keenan Busse, Zevik Citron, Ty Soderquist and Jason Inouye were all over the field, helping with scoring and defense.
Registration is now open for the upcoming River City Rowing Juniors season.
River City Rowing Junior Crew is a competitive program geared toward athletes looking for something that will challenge them both in sport and in life. RCRC offers teens (13-18) a safe environment in which fitness, self-discipline, teamwork and camaraderie are emphasized.
RCRC trains from September through mid-May, at the Port of West Sacramento, competing against more than 35 other junior rowing programs in the Southwest District. RCRC competes in regional as well as national events including San Diego Crew Classic and the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship.
An informational meeting for interested rowers and parents will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the RCRC boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento.
Visit www.rivercityrowing.org for more information and to request a registration packet.
Hot Shots basketball
Tryouts for the Davis Hot Shots eighth grade through varsity-level teams — as well as sign-ups for next month’s fundamentals clinics for grades four through varsity — are set for Monday and Tuesday at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.
Registration for tryouts will take place upon arrival, with eighth-grade workouts going from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and varsity running from 10:30 a.m. to noon, but forms can be found at www.davishotshots.com. Information such as cost also can be found on that site.
Sign-ups for the fundamental clinics — set to run once a week for four weeks in September — will be taken Monday and Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.