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Youth roundup: Davis ruggers ride to a NorCal title

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Davis rugby player Nash Nunes makes a tackle in the locals' run to the title at the recent Northern California Youth Rugby Association Varsity Silver Division Championships. Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | May 01, 2014 |

The Davis Rugby Club’s boys varsity team hadn’t lost a game heading into last weekend’s Northern California Youth Rugby Association Varsity Silver Division Championship at Cherry Island — and it still hasn’t.

The 27-22 title-contest victory over Elsie Allen (Santa Rosa) was the 12th of the season for the second-year local program.

In Saturday’s first-round game, Davis defeated a very good Napa Stormers team, 34-10, behind strong play by Anthony Pedroia (three tries), Bailey Murray, Ben Gore, Quinten Jones, Bailey Yarrow and Joey Dossa.

Next, the locals took on league rival Rio Linda, overcoming a 5-0 deficit to capture a 20-15 win. Josh Greenfield’s three-yard plunge tied the score for Davis and then the teams traded scores to make it 10-10 at halftime.

After the break, the locals started clicking and scored 10 straight points. Winfred Roberson’s 10-yard sprint around the left side was the eventual winning try.

Davis then dominated the first half of the championship contest, taking a 15-0 advantage on two tries from scrumhalf Tyler Roberts and another from Nash Nunes.

The locals then survived a 22-point second half from Elsie Allen by getting scoring plays from senior Eli Castro and Roberts and a conversion kick from Tristan Tadano.

Also contributing for the locals were seniors Zac Slavich, Marcos Herrera and Perry Leonard, along with younger players Michal Goodison, Wally Perez, Jerid Roberson, Dean Boswell, Trent Hart, Yared Haile, Gilberto Aldecua-Felanto, Blaise Jones and Matt Meyers.

Diamonds gymnastics

Kyra Lee made program history and several other Davis Diamonds posted outstanding performances at the recent Region 1 Junior Olympic Level 7 and Xcel Championships in Tucson, Arizona.

Davis’ Marishke Pretorius, Emma Clark, Nicole Bradshaw and Cordelia Hsiao each had strong Level 7 outings, while Kyra Mayfield and Kaelyn Perkins were successful in Xcel.

Lee, an eighth-grader at Harper, won the Level 7 vault gold medal to become the Diamonds’ first-ever regional champion. After making some adjustments in warm-ups, her handsprings exploded off the table with exceptional height, distance and form, and she stuck the landing of her second attempt. The judges came up with a sensational 9.8, good for first place.

It was Lee’s best all-around meet of the season as she added a bronze on beam and took sixth on floor and scored 36.175 to finish eighth all-around.

Pretorius, the youngest Davis athlete at the meet, scored a 9.05 on vault then added a 9.2 on floor to take 12th all-around (35.975).

Also competing at regionals for the first time, Clark (10th all-around) and Bradshaw (15th) both excelled on vault and bars. Clark was fourth on vault (9.325), then finished eighth on bars, just behind Bradshaw, who scored a 9.225 to take sixth place.

In the oldest division, DHS junior Hsiao finished 19th all-around for the Diamonds, scoring 32.95.

Mayfield, competing in Xcel Platinum, earned 10th place on floor (9.275) on her way to 15th all-around (34.5), while Perkins was ninth all-around (34.525) in Xcel Gold. She was eighth on vault and ninth on beam.

Davis Baseball Academy

The Davis Baseball Academy’s U13 squad won the championship at the recent Easter Classic in Woodland, mashing the Molina Marauders, 12-1, in the title tilt.

In the final, Tyler Mortensen dominated on the hill, with help from a nearly flawless DBA defense that included web gems from shortstop Adam Dapkewicz, first baseman George Cristofsen and third baseman Nate Ade.

At the plate, leadoff man Ryan Holgate wasted no time getting on base as he opening the first inning with the first of his three hits. He later smashed a home run. Ade, Mortensen and Cristofsen each added doubles, while walks earned by Derek Mundy and Cam Knutsen helped fuel the local offense.

In the tournament opener, Davis broke open a tight contest with eight runs in the fifth to take control for a 14-4 victory. Holgate and Ade combined on the mound, each striking out five, and the DBA offense was paced by Jack Painter and Seth Parrish, who both reached base twice.

The locals edged Hard 90 Premier (El Dorado Hills), 8-7, in Game 2 as starter Adrian Sanchez lived on the edge but got out of several jams with his smart pitching.

Timmy Chin made a spectacular catch, crashing into the outfield fence, while Cristofsen closed the door by fanning the final hitter.

Holgate had a pair of hits, Sanchez reached base three times and Parish tripled to power the Davis offense.

Extreme hockey

The NorCal Extreme hockey club’s 14U squad went 2-1 at a Sunday tournament in Ripon, pounding the hosts, 1-0, then taking down the Livermore Vipers 8-3.

Extreme was then eliminated in a close loss to Half Moon Bay.

For the tournament, Michael Cognetti (six assists), Jake Kirby (two) and Sam Blakewell (one) each scored six goals for the locals. Additional NorCal offense was provided by Nick Blakewell, who had two goals and three assists, with Tyler Rickert and Steven Holm chipping in one assist each.

Extreme goalie Max Muller stopped 40 of the 46 shots he saw.

Knights U15 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team traveled to San Francisco to post a 9-6 win over Town School on Saturday, before coming home to lose a 17-3 decision to the A division Diablo Scorpion Kings.

On Saturday, the dominating Davis defense was anchored by goalies Ethan Iacono, Ryan Benjamin, Joel Valdez and Wade Matern. With Town School having trouble scoring, an early goal by Casey Aikawa gave the locals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Other tallies came from Luke Maffly, Nathan Soeth and Cole Koeberer.

Against the Kings, the Knights got two goals from Soeth, who also assisted on Bradley Kishaba’s score but it wasn’t enough.

Matern fought valiantly in goal, even using his helmet to deflect one strong shot.

Knights U13 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U13 boys Blue team topped the Elk Grove Gladiators, 10-4, on Saturday at Playfields.

Holding a slim 5-4 lead just after halftime, the locals used a 5-0 run to win the game.

Justin Qvistgaard had two goals for Davis (10-2), Sean Smith added a goal and an assist, while Lucas Griffiths, Charlie Streeb and Logan McNamara kept Elk Grove’s attack in check in front of goalie Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan (eight saves).

Stanly Topete, Corbin Russo and Hudson Garland were solid in the Knights’ midfield and Nick Mahoney and Kevin Halozan helped create scoring chances.

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