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Youth roundup: Diamonds send a six-pack to Arizona


Davis Diamonds gymnast Nicole Bradshaw completes her floor exercise at the recent Level 7 State Championships. Bradshaw posted a team-best all-around score and was one of six Diamonds to qualify for regionals. Darrell Dickey/Courtesy photo

From page B8 | April 03, 2014 |

Six Davis Diamonds gymnasts — Nicole Bradshaw, Mariske Pretorius, Emma Clark, Kyra Lee, Sonja Sutton and Cordelia Hsiao — each found success at last weekend’s Level 7 State Championships in Stockton as all of them qualified for the regionals, set for later this month in Arizona.

Competing in the Junior D division, Bradshaw put together the meet of her career, scoring a team-high 35.325 in the all-around. Her 9.1 on uneven bars also was a personal best and she added an eighth-place finish on floor. Clark, meanwhile, earned a 9.3 for her floor exercise and a 9.1 (10th place) on vault, then persevered through a beam fall to make the qualification score.

In Senior A, Lee danced and tumbled to sixth (9.225) on floor, then nailed a big beam routine, while Hsiao’s four-for-four performance including taking sixth on beam.

The youngest Diamonds, Pretorius and Sutton, each performed all four routines without a fall. A 9.025 on floor was Sutton’s highlight, and Pretorius totaled a strong 35.3 in the all-around. Another Davis gymnast, Colleen Peterson, took 10th on beam, her signature event.

Matrix soccer

The Davis Matrix, a U14 girls soccer team, played several close contests through torrential rain at last weekend’s Soccerfest tournament. The locals never lost a game in regulation and eventually missed third place on a shootout.

In its opening game, Davis pounded Pleasant Hill, 7-0, behind three goals from Khalida Pergher and two from Megan Kong. Kelly Zheng and Alissa Casillas each tallied once for the Matrix, and the shutout came courtesy of strong defense from Laurel Krovetz, Nancy Avoce, Claire Williams and Erin Benedict.

Next up was Sunnyvale, a team the locals topped 3-1 on single goals from Kong, Casillas and Bella Heeren. Ball control from Maddie Spangler, Lucia Ferrer and Fiona Strachan-Payne was key for the Matrix as the only Sunnyvale goal came on a penalty kick.

Pergher had the only Davis goal in a 1-1 tie with Mount Diablo, while goalkeeping from Strachan-Payne and Karynna Lopez sent the locals to the semifinal.

There, the Matrix played the Fury to a scoreless tie in regulation before falling in PKs.

Another 0-0 tie in the third-place game, a rematch against Mount Diablo, set up another shootout. Davis goals from Pergher and Zheng caused a 2-2 PK deadlock, before the locals fell in a sudden-death shootout.

Hurricanes soccer

Competing in the A bracket at the recent Visalia Soccer Slam Classic, the Davis Hurricanes, a U10 girls soccer team, played their way to third place.

An early goal by Alexis Garrett, off a textbook cross from Susana Estrada, wasn’t enough in Davis’ opener as it fell to Tulare, 3-1.

The locals then lost to Visalia, 3-2, with goals coming on an impressive hooked corner kick by Molly Mahoney and Estrada’s drive through the defense.

A 1-1 tie with San Pedro in Game 3 — with Estrada scoring in the first five minutes — got the Hurricanes back on the right track as Ella Herringer played great defense and keeper Bailee Casey had a couple of key saves.

Davis raced to a 4-0 win over Visalia in the final game of the tourney, with Olivia Johnson and Devon Morris each contributing a goal and an assist. Morris capped the victory by finding the net on a shot that went between a defender’s legs.

Fusion soccer

Davis’ Sami Esquivias scored what proved to be the game-winner goal just 10 minutes into final contest of the tournament, to give the Fusion, a girls soccer team, the championship at last weekend’s Pleasant Hill Soccerfest.

The win, which came over hometown rival the Davis Notorious, gave the Fusion its fourth in four tournament matchups.

The Fusion’s road to the final game started with a 4-1 win over the Pleasant Hill Rage in a match that was locked in a scoreless tie at halftime. Davis’ Alaina King finally broke the deadlock with a goal off a rebound but the Rage scored the equalizer a few minutes later. The locals took over from there with a goal from Kristen Chastain and two by Sophia De Runtz.

Next, a close battle with Mountain View featured good performances from offensive midfielders Grace Richter, Morgan Mooney-McCarthy and Emily Talbert before King finally scored the only goal of the game.

Game 3 was another 1-0 win as King’s tally was enough to edge San Mateo. The play of Fusion defenders Abbey Fisk, Meg Klisiewicz, Willa Moffatt, Addy O’Hanlon and Kelsey Long, as well as stellar goalkeeping from Eimile Nolan, kept the shutout intact.

Davis Rugby Club

The Davis Rugby Club is inviting local fans to watch its undefeated Varsity Silver squad try to stay that way in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Brown Stadium.

A victory for the Sacramento Valley Rugby Silver Division-leading locals would clinch the top seed in the upcoming Northern California Youth Rugby Association’s regional playoffs later this month.

The Silver team’s 10 a.m. game against Rio Linda will be followed by Davis Varsity Bronze squad matchups against Vacaville (11:30 a.m.) and Elk Grove (1:20 p.m.).

Admission is free for the three-game event.



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