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Youth roundup: Devil rugby seasons end on high notes

Davis' Jordan Vermette gets lifted high to catch a pass on a line-out in a recent Lady Blue Devils contest. The locals split matches last weekend including a season-ending win over Berkeley. Courtesy photo

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From page B3 | May 09, 2013 |

The Davis Lady Blue Devil Rugby Club finished their regular season with a 5-4 record to earn a spot in last weekend’s Northern California Invitational Tournament, which was contested at the Cherry Island Sports Complex.

With Davis’ numbers dwindling, the locals were joined by a few players from the Bowling Green Dragons (Sacramento). The combo squad dropped its tourney opener, 58-25, to the Lancers before finishing strong with a 36-15 victory over Berkeley in the third-place game.

In Saturday’s game against the Lancers, the Lady Devils put up a good fight as Estephanie Franco scored the first local try, then Tally Carillo added three of her own. Also for Davis, Jordan Vermette won a majority of the line-outs, while Brigi Glass and Carolyn Irving made other contributions.

The next day, Alaska Castro opened the Blue Devil win in the third-place contest with a try, then Destiny Nash added another. Those two each scored again, and Perla Portillo added the conversion kicks for Davis.

Castro and Carrillo scored ties after the break, while Claire Clark, Angelica Lopez, Glass and Vermette were key in the victory.

Davis Blue Devil rugby

The Davis Blue Devil rugby club ended its season with a 48-15 win over Piedmont in the Northern California Rugby Association Silver Division playoffs.

The first-year squad qualified for the postseason after a 10-2 regular-season record, but didn’t advance to the next round because of players’ prior commitments.

In the win over Piedmont, fly-half Quinn Williams scored the first of his four tries off a line-out, taking a nice feed from scrum half Tyler Roberts and exploiting a gap in the defense. Derek Pleasants made the conversion kick and came right back to set up Williams’ second trip to paydirt. The score was set up by Eli Castro’s devastating clear out of a ruck.

After a Piedmont score, Davis winger Ahmari Hayes hustled down on the restart and stole the kick and a nice passing sequence ended in a Wally Perez score. Perez then returned the favor to Hayes for more Blue Devil points as aggressive play from forwards Brendan McDonald, Brian Stabenfeldt, Zac Slavich and Carson Murray and savage tackling by Nash Nunes, Dylan Newsome, Reid Blankinship and Mike McTygue paved the way.

When the Pirates cut the local lead to 22-15 early in the second half, Hayes raced 50 meters for the next Blue Devil score, and Davis began to pull away. Oscar Sepulveda also contributed to the Davis victory.

Knights U11 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U11 boys lacrosse team went on the road Saturday and challenged No. 2 Granite Bay before falling 9-6.

The Knights offense put pressure on the Grizzlies as Tanner McNamara recorded four goals and Lucas Griffiths added two, while Davis goalies Gerad Lichtenhan and Mason Johnstone defended the goal admirably.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this team,” said Knights coach Dave Ceppos, who team ended the regular season at 4-6-2. “They played hard and learned all season, had great fun along the way, and were excellent sportsmen all the time.”

Knights U15 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse squad won a pair of games last weekend, including a match against Granite Bay, who had easily defeated the locals earlier this season.

In the rematch, Davis’ Rowan Hart scored five times, Austin Griffiths had a hat trick and Sean Gellen (two) and Aidan Mager added goals in the 11 to 6 victory.

Other contributions came from Knights goalie Miles Herget, who had four saves, and Kyle Morse, who set the tone by winning all 11 of his face-offs. Additionally, Gellen, Liam Condon and Gabriel Beauchamp combined for 30 ground balls, while Ethan Iacono led the locals with four takeaway.

In their next game, the Knights ran all over Pleasant Grove, 16-0, with every player contributing. Hart and Gellen led the way with six goals each, and dominating defense was paced by David Zingaro and Enya Fujishima.

Wildcats 4th-grade hoops

The Davis Wildcats’ fourth-grade boys team traveled to Rocklin on Sunday and came home with a 35-11 victory over Carson Valley.

Davis Jason Firpo (eight points), scored the game’s first bucket following a steal and Gave DeUlloa (six) and Jordan Painter (four) quickly added to the Wildcats’ earlier lead.

In the victory, local Dillon Zloczewski played great defense picking up several steal and rebounds, while Phillip Langreck had two points and added key ball-handling.

Ryan Firpo got hot from the outside, making the game’s only 3-pointer among his five points, and Jackson Isidor was strong inside pouring in eight of his own.

Lang Bledsoe and Mitch Molica were strong defense for the Wildcats.

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