The Davis High boys rugby club posted two big wins on Friday when Elk Grove visited Brown Stadium.
The local varsity silver team topped the visitors, 54-0, with the Davis varsity bronze squad beating Elk Grove, 36-5.
Tristan Tadano (four tries) and Nash Nunes (three) paced the Davis silver team, while other scores came from Jerid Roberson, Dean Boswell and Joey Dossa, who used his superior speed to bolt through the defense for a 60-yard try. Perry Leonard kicked two conversions for the locals, who got strong contributions from Winfred Roberson, Ben Gore, Quinten Jones, Bailey Yarrow, Anthony Pedroia, Josh Greenfield and Marcos Herrera.
The Davis bronze team found similar success behind an electrifying performance from Frankie Spinardi, who converted three tries, including a 40-yarder. Matt Meyer added a score from 10 yards out and contributed six more points by kicking three conversions.
Nate Ortiz made it 29-0 when he bulled his way across the try line from 15 yards out, breaking numerous Elk Grove tackles along the way, and first-year player Yared Haile demonstrated his speed and elusiveness by weaving through the Elk Grove defense for a 30-yard try to finish the game. Fine play by Blaise Jones, Chase Jones, Eden Kohn, Trent Hart, Diego Rodriguez, Robert Campos and Max Herzog supported the Davis scorers.
The Davis Wildcats’ boys 13U Black squad went 3-0 to win the Black division at the Sac Area Tournament in Rocklin last weekend.
In the opening game, the Wildcats defeated Granite Bay, 63-34. Trailing in the first quarter, the locals turned up the full-court press and went on a 12-0 run to pull away for the victory.
Arcel Rusanganwa led all scorers with 15 points and had five steals for Davis, matching teammate Collin Yee, who added eight points and four rebounds in the tournament opener. Wildcats Henry Siegler (10 points) Erick Lengtat (nine) and Lance Prussel (five) each shot well from the perimeter, while Rayan Tilmatine made every shot he took to finish with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Will Ziegler added six points and two boards.
In the second round, the locals beat Del Oro, 35-30, this time jumping out to an early 10-point advantage. Rusanganwa scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the way, Yee (seven points) had four steals and Prussel drained two treys. On defense, Davis’ Max Seed was key as he locked in on Del Oro’s best players.
In the championship game, the Wildcats edged the Hurricanes, 54-50, in a see-saw affair. Davis played smart on both sides of the floor against its aggressive opponent and Tilmatine made two clutch free throws with 48 seconds left to seal the victory. He finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
Yee had seven points, four rebounds and five assists, including a great pass to Siegler (nine points), who made the field goal that put the locals ahead. Ziegler pulled down eight boards.
NorCal Extreme hockey
The NorCal Extreme hockey club sent two teams to the recent Winter National tournament in San Jose.
The local 16U squad finished 2-2, opening the event with a 4-2 win over the San Jose Tsunami Blue. NorCal then fell, 4-0, to a tough Hawaii Kiha Warriors team, before bouncing back to shut out Bender Nation by the same score.
That set up an exciting matchup with formidable Hockey House Army team from Canada, which finished regulation tied 1-1. The Extreme, however, lost in the second period of sudden-death overtime.
For the tournament, Ricky Pacciorini led the locals in scoring, posting three goals and an assist, while Joe Blakewell added two tallies and three assists. Caleb Hermle was another NorCal offensive threat as he netted two goals and found teammates for two assists, and Tyler Schafer (one assist) and Dylan Lee each scored once.
Sam Blakewell (two assists) and Henry Campbell (one) supported the Extreme offense and Max Landy, Ryan Kowta and Dalton Byard played great defense for the locals in front of goalie Nic Leacox, who turned away 44 shots in the four games.
The NorCal 14U squad played well but had a tough draw at the same tournament. Playing each of the top four teams in the tournament, the locals were competitive, but couldn’t get a victory.
Sam Blakewell scored five goals and handed out two assists to pace the Extreme, Brandon Pacciorini added a goal and two assists and Michael Cognetti’s two goals accounted for the rest of the NorCal scoring.
Nick Blakewell, Cole Skoog, Thomas Witham and Keith Walker provided offensive pressure for the locals, while Jack Shields and Tyler Rickert were strong on defense, as was goalie Max Muller.
Junior Blue Devils clinic
Come get ready for the Super Bowl and learn about the Davis Junior Blue Devils when the organization presents a free, noncontact football and cheer clinic on Saturday at Brown Stadium on the Davis High campus.
The event, which is open to football players and cheerleaders ages 6 to 14, runs from 10 a.m. to noon with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Craig Barksdale at 530-848-6581.