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Youth roundup: Diamonds shine bright at state meet

Davis Diamonds gymnast Amanda Braun performs her floor routine at the recent Junior Olympic State Championships. Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | March 28, 2013 |

The Davis Diamonds had five gymnasts — Isabela Martinez, Chloe Chan, Amanda Braun, Micaela Everitt and Rebecca Hill — represent the program at the recent Level 8-10 Junior Olympic State Championships in Livermore.

Despite being unable to compete last year because of injury, Martinez jumped up to Level 9 this season. At the state meet, she completed her first piked Tsukahara vault to get a 9.1 and take eighth, then used a nice floor routine on her way to a personal-best 34.25 all-around score. That was good for 10th place and a berth in the regional championships next month in Arizona.

In the Junior Level 9 division, Chan started strong, placing sixth on beam, then earned a season-best 9.075 on vault. The Da Vinci Junior High student was 10th all-around, just missing a spot at regionals.

Braun, Hill and Everitt competed at Level 8. Braun opened with a personal-best 9.1 on vault to finish fifth and posted her best floor performance on her way to ninth all-around. She was just outside of the number to qualify for regionals, but was honored by USA Gymnastics as a graduating senior.

Everitt was eighth on vault before executing well on beam to earn an 8.775 and fifth place.

Davis boys rugby

The Davis Blue Devil Rugby Club’s Silver Team got out to a big second-half lead then held on for a 43-24 victory over Del Campo on Friday, improving to 6-2 on the season.

Eight-man Oscar Sepulveda got the Davis scoring started with his first of two tries, running in from 15 meters behind a series of picks and drives from the local forwards. Sandwiched between Sepulveda’s two scores — his second was a 60-meter beauty full of broken tackles — was a Brendan MacDonald 5-meter try, which came off a series of well-executed rucks.

Devil Winfred Roberson got into the scoring act when he picked up a loose ball and sneaked in on the weak side, dragging the Cougar fullback with him for the final few meters.

Next, it was fly half Quinn Williams’ turn next as he used some nifty moves and dummy passes on his way to a 50-meter jaunt. Meanwhile, fullback Derek Pleasants’ foot was good on 4-of-5 conversion attempts, negotiating heavy winds all game long.

Carson Murray finished off a beautiful combination of phases from the active Blue Devil forwards when he touched down after the Davis scrum had battered its way to the 2-meter line, and Marvin Grant finished the scoring when he took a sweet Williams off-load and finished from 10 meters out.

Mike McTygue, Zac Slavich, Josh Greenfield, Dylan Newsome and Brian Stabenfeldt did their usual gritty work in the Davis rucks and scrums, controlling a majority of loose balls. Additionally, Wally Perez, Tyler Roberts, Carson Bernard and Eli Castro each made big tackles to thwart Del Campo’s backline movements.

On Saturday, the Davis Bronze team shut down Chico, 24-0, behind four tries from Tristan Tadano and great defense from Ben Gore.

The local teams will host a doubleheader on Sunday at Brown Stadium, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Lady Devil rugby

The Davis Lady Blue Devil Rugby Club dominated the Chico Oaks, 76-5, on Saturday.

Jordan Vermette started the game off with two quick tries, which were followed by first-half scores from Brigi Glass and Estephanie Franco as Davis (5-1) took a 26-0 lead.

The second half saw more Lady Devil dominance, as Glass and Franco scored two more times each. Vermette also added one and Carolyn Irving and Angelica Lopez each completed a try. Additionally, Perla Portillo put 16 points on the Davis board with successful conversion kicks, while Lupita Perez played a strong game including one excellent run.

Knights U15 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team continued its winning streak by beating Folsom, 10-2, on Saturday and Napa, 10-3, a day later.

In the first game, Davis’ Sean Gellen led all scorers with six goals, while Rowan Hart, Austin Griffiths, Kyle Morse and Gabe Beauchamp also contributed to the effort with one tally apiece. Local goalie David Zingaro made a pair of saves.

Against Napa, it was Hart’s turn to pour in six goals, highlighted by one where Liam Condon ran from the backfield, eluding four players before providing the assist. Gellen added a hat trick for the Knights and Aidan Mager’s goal completed the scoring.

Goalie Miles Herget had two saves and Davis got good defense from Paul Buhlman, Ethan Iacono and Diego Sandlin against a Napa team that came into the game with an impressive resumé (7-0 record without allowing more than five goals in a game).

Knights U13 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ two U13 teams faced off on last weekend with the local White squad edging the Blue group, 11-3.

The winners jumped out early using the good passing of Justin Qvistgaard and Nicholas Hicks to score four times in the first period and two more in the second.

Meanwhile, the Blue team put good pressure on White goalie Wade Musgrove, who needed every bit of his skill to keep a blank slate. His Blue counterpart Elijah Smith upped his game in the second quarter to stop the White attack.

After halftime, Max Woodland scored twice and Natthan Yelle added his own tally as the Blue squad worked its way back. After the flurry, the defenses and goalies went back to work with the Blue team making seven saves in the third period.

In the fourth quarter, however, the White team pulled away with four more goals, including Jack Blair-Neuburger’s first of the season. That came off of a nice assist from Nathan Soeth.

Sean Smith picked up four ground balls for the Blue squad.

Lightning soccer

The Davis Lightning, a U10 boys soccer team, continued its winning ways last weekend, capturing second place at the Visalia Cuties Soccer Slam.

The Lightning advanced to the second round by topping their flight with a 2-0-1 record, then beat the Tulare Sting, 3-0, in the semifinals. That put Davis in the championship contest, where it lost a spirited battle with the host Visalia Terminators, 3-1.

The Lightning attack was paced by midfielder Connor Clark, who posted five goals and an assist, while attackers Cavan Schraner (three goals, one assist) and Jadin Temple (two and one) rounded out the scoring.

Ethan Schroeder (one assist), Jacob Perez and Carson Whitehead anchored the stout Davis defense, with Schroeder earning the tournament’s Individual Effort Medal. The locals also got strong performances from goalies Neil Smith and Nick Kennedy, who added an assist.

Heat soccer 

The Davis Heat, a U16 girls soccer team, came within five seconds of competing a doubleheader without a loss last weekend in Turlock.

After starting the day with a 1-0 win over the Castro Valley Fury, the locals allowed the Stockton Storm to slip in the winning goal in the final seconds of a 2-1 decision.

Davis’ Sophia Hernandez scored the only goal in the victory, off an assist by McKenna Rubinstein. Despite scoring just once, the Heat controlled the tempo of the game with superior passing and ball control.

Later, facing the physical but familiar squad from Stockton, the locals gave up an early goal, then matched when defender Renee Schuman dribbled all the way up the field, then crossed to Mikayla Vang for the tally. After that, the contest turned to a defensive battle, with Davis’ Claire Dicker, Hannah Thompson, Annie Leck, Brooke Rosenblum and keeper Christina Roeckl-Navazio (four saves) preventing any Storm scoring.

Despite offensive pressure from Hernandez, Vang and Alexia Moore, the Heat couldn’t pull ahead and Stockton won on the late goal.

NorCal hockey

Three NorCal Extreme teams competed at the recent Sierra Inline Hockey League tournament in Woodland, paced by the U14 squad’s 3-0 record.

The NorCal U12 team started strong, shutting out San Jose (8-0) and Half Moon Bay (5-0). After playing Livermore to a 2-2 tie, the Extreme then fell to the Delta River Rats, 5-2.

Jack Shields paced the locals with seven goals and an assist, Brandon Pacciorini tallied four times while Nick and Sam Blakewell — who had seven assists — scored two each. The NorCal U12 squad got single goals from Cole Skoog and Thomas Witham, with goalie Max Mueller turning in a save percentage of 86.

The Extreme’s U14 team could not be stopped in three victories, pounding Chico (7-0), the Cougars (5-0) and the River Rats (6-1). Max Landy anchored the local defense, helping goalie Nicholas Leacox, who stopped 96 percent of the shots he saw.

On offense, Joe Blakewell powered NorCal with seven goals and four assists, while teammates Michael Cognetti (three goals, two assists) and Miguel Witham (three goals, one assist) provided support. The U14 scoring was rounded out by Brandon Pacciorini (two goals, three assists), Sam Blakewell (two goals) and Dylan Lee, who tallied once.

The Extreme U16 group got off to a slow start with close losses to the River Rats (2-1) and Silicon Valley (3-1), but found its groove in the rematches. The second time around, NorCal edged the Rats, 3-2, then finished the tournament strong with an 8-1 win over Silicon Valley. Caleb Hermle took top scoring honors with seven goals for the locals, while Joe Blakewell (three assists) tallied three times  and Tyler Schafer put in two.

Henry Campbell netted one goal the Extreme, Dalton Byard contributed two assists and Ricky Pacciorini mounted repeated offensive strikes. Ryan Kowta stabilized the NorCal defense for goalie Leacox, who posted an 83 save percentage.

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