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Youth roundup: Davis Diamonds sparkle at Junior Olympics

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Davis Diamond Colleen Peterson performs on the high bar while coach James Major stands nearby to spot her. Steven Whalen/Courtesy photo

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From page B3 | November 14, 2013 |

Four Davis Diamonds gymnasts — Colleen Peterson, Sonia Sutton and sisters Ianthe and Marishke Pretorius — competed at the Junior Olympics Level 5 State Championships over the weekend in Oroville.
Despite the tough judging at this advanced level, the locals performed well, just missing several bronze medals at the Feather River Recreation Center.

The Saturday junior session was the most competitive and highest scoring of this championships. Even though she was competing at Level 5 for the first year, Marishke Pretorius danced and tumbled an exceptional performance on the 4-inch-wide balance beam, a routine that earned a 9.025 — eventually good for fourth place. In her signature event, the floor exercise, her dynamic, playful interpretation of the routine, together with powerful tumbling, got her a 9.35 and another fourth place. Steady bars and vaults placed her in sixth all-around in a hard-fought session.

In Sunday’s junior session, Sutton vaulted to eighth place, a mere 0.45 from first. Even with a small rhythm break, the rest of her dynamic uneven bars performance placed her sixth on that event. A strong floor exercise earned Sutton an excellent 9.075 to finish seventh all-around.

Ianthe Pretorius made two of her best vaults and floor exercises when it counted most, but a fall off the beam kept her in 15th all-around. Both Sutton and the Pretorius sisters are first-year Level 5 gymnasts.

Among the senior gymnasts, Peterson started by swinging a strong uneven bars set, after struggling during warm-up, and earned an eighth-place finish. She then nailed her beam routine, showing excellent poise and technique, earning fourth. Peterson then followed up with an excellent 9.0 on floor and finished her championships by vaulting her handspring to a personal best. These four performances put Peterson ninth all-around in a tough session.

Velocity soccer

The Davis Velocity, a U18 girls soccer team, captured their second consecutive National Premier League contest this past Saturday at Playfields Park, storming to a 2-0 victory over Placer United.

Velocity went ahead 30 minutes into the game when outside back Natalie Silver made a run up the right wing and lofted a pass over the Placer defense to Mia Root, who slotted it back behind the keeper. Macaylea Mitchell added the clincher late in the second half, with fellow forwards Jade Bugsch, Ally Bowers and Sandra Figueroa also providing offensive pressure.

Goalkeeper Stephanie Doss made several key saves, and defenders Claire Buhlman, Angelica Arellano, Gabby Wiles and Bethany Gen swallowed up numerous Placer advances.

Midfielders Brooke Palmer, Alexis Olmedo, Jasmin Calderon and Sidra Bugsch helped Velocity control possession and repeatedly launched attacks on the offensive end.

Stampede soccer

The Davis Stampede, a U12 girls team, beat the Modesto Ajax, 1-0, in another nail-biter on Saturday at Davis’ Playfields Park.

The match’s only goal came with 10 minutes to go when Davis striker Mattie Eaton sent a perfectly placed through ball ahead of right wing Allie Belafsky, who sent it to the far post for the game-winner.

Davis keeper Alex Hanna secured the lead after making several tough saves as the clock ran out.

Triathlon

Get Fit Davis is presenting the Turkey Tri, a triathlon event with five different distances for athletes of all ages, on Sunday, Nov. 17, beginning at 8 a.m.

Triathlons for youngsters age 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17 each have their own distances that get progressively longer, and an 18-and-over division features an 800-yard swim, a 9.6-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run.

For more information or to register, visit www.getfitdavis.com.

Spring lacrosse

Registration for Davis Lacrosse Association spring teams is open now and will close on Nov. 30.

Spots are available for boys and girls squads of multiple ages, but team sizes are limited so early registration is encouraged. Practices begin in February and games will be played from March through May.

Interested athletes can attend an open house on Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the small conference room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The event will feature walk-in registration and a Q&A about the lacrosse program.

For more information or to register, visit www.davislax.org.

Little League

Registration for Davis Little League now is open online and runs through Jan. 15.

Current registration costs vary — depending on the division in which a child plays — ranging from $100 for T-ball to $280 for junior league. It must be noted that fees go up $30 for each level between Jan. 1 and 15.

A new Challenger Division for special-needs players has been added.

Kids 4 to 14 years of age are eligible for DLL. League officials require players 9 or older to attend one of the to-be-scheduled January skills-assessment days.

Folks interested in managing in the spring must register as a volunteer by Dec. 31, according to registrar Karen Yoon.

Only online registration is accepted. Visit www.davislittleleague.org to sign up or learn more.

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