Friday, February 27, 2015

Youth roundup: Dragons pitching is on fire in tournament win

Davis Blue Devil Danny Kumata, right, drives the puck toward the Woodland goal during a tournament last week in Antioch, while Kumata's varsity-level teammates Daniel Rooney, back left, and goalie Eddie Berlin provides support. Courtesy photo

From page B2 | October 25, 2012 |

The Davis Dragons — a 14U baseball team made up of players from Davis, Dixon, Esparto and Winters — took home top honors at last weekend’s Halloween Scream tournament at Playfields Park.

Facing some tough competition, the Dragons won their first three games to earn a spot in the championship game against the Sierra Valley Storm.

In the title tilt, the Storm jumped out to an early lead, but Davis battled back to tie the game. With the score knotted, Dragons reliever Jaret Wedow took over, shutting down the Sierra bats for five consecutive innings. With the game heading into extra innings, local closer Ryan Bell continued the trend by blanking the Storm on 12 pitches.

Davis’ Connor Bunfill got on base in the bottom of the frame, then scampered home when Ivan Martinez knocked the first pitch he saw down the third-base line.

As in the championship contest, the Dragons got great pitching and defense all weekend. Hurlers Matt Butler, Gabe Gutierrez, John Treat, Wedow and Bell gave up just seven runs total in the four games, while Kevin Blanc, Ian McIsaac and Martinez provided clutch hitting.

Blue Devil club hockey

The Davis Blue Devil club roller hockey program participated in the season’s first tournament last weekend in Antioch, where the varsity and JV-aged squads matched up with the Antioch Bucks, Chico Firebirds, Ripon Indians and rival Woodland.

The Davis varsity team is anchored by seniors Jacob Muller, Dailey Glander, Teddy Xiao and goalie Eddie Berlin. In the season-opening tournament, strong offensive and defensive power also was provided by Daniel Rooney, Danny Kumata and Ryan Kowta, with goals scored by Glander, Ricky Pacciorini and Joe Blakewell.

In JV action, Blue Devil team captains Max Landy and Dylan Lee led the team’s solid performance. Additionally, goalie Max Muller was strong in the net with support from Brandon Pacciorini and Cole Skoog. Goals were scored by Victor Valdez-Chabot, Jack Skoog, Lee, Sam Blakewell and Jack Shields.

Stampede soccer

The Davis Legacy Stampede, a U11 girls soccer team, played five close games over the weekend, losing just once.

Davis started by hosting league opponent BOCA of Sacramento. With the locals down by two goals in the second half, Jordan Davis was able to knock in a ball that was bobbled by the opposing keeper. The Stampede later drilled the equalizer to complete a 2-2 tie.

Saturday and Sunday featured Davis playing four games at the OctoBOOfest tournament at Sacramento’s Granite Park. In their first match, the Stampede faced a physical San Juan Spirits team and held tough for a scoreless tie.

The locals then met the ACC Mavericks Dynamite and this time they couldn’t come back from an early deficit. Despite a goal from Anne Ayotte, which came after Yasmeen Dmeiri’s shot attempt, Davis fell 2-1.

Coming back on Sunday, the Stampede outplayed the talented FC Elk Grove using sound, elegant soccer. Dmeiri drilled in the game’s only goal on a free kick from 30 yards out and Davis took a 1-0 victory. Another 1-0 win — this time with Ayotte scoring to beat American River — gave the locals a third-place finish.

Throughout the weekend, the Stampede got tough midfield play and backfield defense from Emily Speakman, Grace Carlson and Sydney Moore.

Apex soccer

The Davis Legacy Apex, a U11 girls soccer team, used strong defense and great teamwork to outscore their bracket opponents, 19-5, then capture first place at the OctoBOOfest last weekend.

The Apex crushed CAP FC, 6-0, in their opener behind Lindsay Vernau’s second-half hat trick. Vicky Li, Allie Belafsky and Leah Eccles each added goals in the win, and great defense by Emma Noll and Mikayla Maclaughlin ensured the shutout.

Davis kept rolling with a 5-1 win over the East Bay United as Belafsky scored three early goals to help her team take control. Later, Li intercepted a pass and sent a missile between the near post and EBU goalie. Exceptional midfield play by Eliana Enriquez, Gabi Skilling and Elyse Kenyon set up the locals to sustain offensive pressure throughout the game.

Next, in a 6-3 victory over Nevada Barcelona, Belafsky poured in four more goals, while Eccles converted a Vernau corner kick into a score and added another tally off of a free kick. Lani Bugsch and Riley Johnston played strong defense in front of Hannah Wheeler, who was tremendous in the goal.

The Apex then took control from the start of the final contest, and held off the Cal Blue Fury, 2-1. Belafsky found the net first on a penalty kick and Eccles scored the other local goal, while Wheeler continued to shine in the goal.

Davis Water Polo Club

Two boys 14U teams from the Davis Water Polo Club played Pacific Zone Fall League competition on Sunday.

The Davis White team finished a perfect 4-0 in the Advanced division, which was contested in San Ramon, getting started with a 16-4 win over De Anza. In that contest, the locals jumped out to a 9-2 first-half lead then closed out behind the scoring of outside shooter Daniel Alvarez and inside standouts Cameron Wright and Josh Orrick.

Getting right back in the pool for its next game, Davis White got strong performances from defenders Steven Csaposs, Nick Masson and Jack Liu, as well as goalie Garrett Dawson, in an 11-1 victory.

Playing their next two games back-to-back later in the day, the locals defeated the 680 Drivers, 15-7, and then topped the 680 girls team in an exhibition match. Matthew Blackwell and Peter Blumberg provided solid play at both ends of the pool throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Davis Blue team played in the Novice division tournament, held in San Anselmo. That group also went undefeated, taking down Marin A, TPC and Marin B.

First, the locals eventually outlasted Marin A, 12-11, in a back-and-forth thriller. Davis Blue then held off a feisty Conta team to win the next contest, 6-4, before rolling over Marin B 11-2 in the day’s finale.

Jake Taylor, Alex Preisler, Lucas Brown, Sam Ault, Matthew Martin, Owen Musgrove, Liam Lawless-Roberts, Spencer Demmin and Ethan Tran all contributed for the locals all day long.

For more information on Davis Youth Water Polo, contact Jamey Wright at [email protected].

Tsunami softball

Despite dropping a doubleheader against Sunrise a week earlier, the Davis Tsunami, a U10 softball team, won two NorCal American-Silver divisional playoff games last weekend.

Opening up with against the Nevada County Nitro at Slide Hill Park, Davis pulled out a 15-14 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Layla Fitch and Madison Rutherford shared local circle duties for five strikeouts, while Surina Beal, Lizzy Jones, LaSiya Earnest and Shelby Harry each had RBIs. Maya Zingaro, Heather Breckner, Rutherford, Lizzy Jones and Harry each scored multiple runs in the Tsunami win.

Staying hot, Davis also won the nightcap, 12-11. Beal went the distance in the circle and struck out five, while Jane Rauchway and Earnest had two hits each and Tara Reddy also contributed with the her bat. Rauchway’s walk-off single sealed the win.

The Tsunami defense also shined in Game 2, with Rutherford, Jones, Beal, Earnest and Fitch all making sparkling fielding plays.

Sign up for fall Hoops

Tryouts start this weekend for this fall’s Davis Hoops Wildcats eighth-grade boys season.

Three days of workouts begin Sunday at 9 a.m. at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd., then continue Monday and Tuesday nights. Those tryouts are at Holmes Junior High, 1220 Drexel Drive, starting at 7:15 p.m.

For more information and to download the waiver form that must be signed, visit

Lady Blue Devil camp

With the Davis High girls basketball season just around the corner, head coach Karen Foster has announced the second annual Lady Blue Devil Basketball Camp, set for Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day teaching and scrimmage clinic is open to third- through eighth-grade girls. Kids will be given a crash course on fundamentals, get to play age-appropriate pickup games and meet their Blue Devil heroes, who will join DHS coaches in providing the instruction.

For additional information, contact Foster at 530-400-9768 or karenf@calnevumc. Pictures of previous camps and registration forms are at

Junior high volleyball

DHS will host another Junior High Volleyball Night when the Blue Devil varsity girls meet Monterey Trail on Thursday in a key Delta Valley Conference match.

Game time is 6 p.m. at The Cage. Junior high players in uniform, and their coaches, will get in free.



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