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Youth roundup: Harper boys cap perfect season with a title

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Davis Diamonds gymnast Kyra Lee launches off the vault table on her way to a win in that event at Sunday's Sweetheart Invitational. Darrell Dickey/Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | February 20, 2014 |

Harper Junior High’s eighth-grade boys basketball team finished its season at 13-0 after dominating the Yolo County Athletic League Tournament on its way to a championship.

The first game provided an indication of things to come as the Huskies raced out to a commanding first-quarter lead in beating Emerson, 51-38. Sean Finerty led nine Harper scorers with 12 points, while Chris Simpson, Reed Hessl and Tommy Aquino each made key 3-pointers in the second period. Huskies Ace Gimenez, Yaseen Mohabbat and Hebert Garcia all provided hustle and defense in the win.

Eleven more locals scored in the next matchup as Harper defeated Douglass, 52-27. Quentin Mchugh scored all 7 points of his points in the fourth quarter to match the total of his Husky teammate Cole Koeberer. Will Smith and Nate Soeth played well inside for the locals, who also got strong performances from guards Jack Painter, Derek Mundy and Vinnie Dossa.

The championship contest was another big win for Harper as it topped Lee, 58-36. A 24-1 first-period run by the Huskies put the game away as Finerty scored 18 points and Ryan Holgate added 10.

Diamonds gymnastics

The Davis Diamonds’ girls gymnastics team competed at the Sweetheart Invitational on Sunday in Oroville, with Isabela Martinez capturing the Level 9 floor exercise with a 9.25 and Kyra Lee winning the Level 7 vault (9.525) and floor (9.275).

In addition, the local crew won the Xcel team competition.

Davis’ Level 7 squad placed third overall and first in the team vault standings. Nicole Bradshaw paced the Diamonds all-around with an impressive 35.125 to finish sixth, while Sonia Sutton took seventh all-around in the younger division.

Other strong local Level 7 scores came from Marishke Pretorius (silver with a 9.2 on floor) and Emma Clark (9.125 on beam for a bronze). Lee was fifth all-around in the older division, Davis’ Cordelia Hsiao won the vault silver (9.2) and Colleen Peterson placed fifth on beam.

Among the Diamonds’ Level 9 gymnasts, Martinez placed fourth all-around, one spot ahead of Chloe Chan, who stuck her double back flip on floor exercise to take fourth.

In the older Level 8 session, local Clara Riggle was fourth on bars and all-around, Kate Miller won the silver on vault and placed fourth on floor and Micaela Everitt, a Davis High senior, earned bronze on floor.

Gabriela Caceres-Fernandez won the Xcel Silver vault (9.225), beam (9.5), floor (9.15), and all-around (37.075) for the Diamonds with bars being captured by teammate Alexandra Freedland-Wolford (9.25) to make a Davis sweep. Maya Dhond, Elana Phillips, Freedland-Wolford and Elisa Bourne finished 2-5 in the all-around.

Additionally, local Kaelyn Perkins won the Xcel Gold beam and silvers on vault, floor and all-around. In Xcel Platinum, Davis’ Lainey Swanson won beam and the all-around (35.65) with teammate Kyra Mayfield taking gold on floor and the bronze all-around.

Diamonds boys

The Davis Diamonds boys gymnastics team split in half last weekend as the Level 6 through 10 athletes headed to the High-Tech Invitational in Rancho Cordova while the Level 4 and 5 crew was at the Star Wars Invitational in Redding.

The local Level 4 standouts were Cullen Javers (third all-around), Neko Berrong (fourth) and Corey Hackett (fourth on vault) as Javers and Berrong tied for a parallel bars win.

The Diamonds Level 5 group was paced by Henri Schulz, who won floor, was second on high bar and third in the all-around. He qualified for the state meet, as did teammate Alex Miyamoto, who was sixth all-around. Kaden Taylor took fifth on rings and high bar, where he was one spot ahead of Davis’ Lukas Smith, and Keenan Berrong, who hit personal bests on two events.

Meanwhile, at the High-Tech Invite, local Joshua Faith, a Level 6 competitor used a season-high all-around score to place eighth and qualify for the state meet.

Diamond Kyle Moeller was third on vault, parallel bars and in the Level 7 all-around, while the Level 8 squad — made up of Raleigh Lindberg, Griffin Long, Dante Yasui, Peter Conant and Racha Elsbach — had a great showing.

Davis’ Level 10 duo of Patrick Long and Samuel Resendez did likewise, taking first and second, respectively on floor. Long (second on vault) and Resendez (third on horizontal bar) also excelled in other events.

Velocity soccer

The Davis Velocity, a U18 girls soccer team, fought through adversity to reach the elimination round of the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase last weekend.

Before falling to the eventual tournament champion Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minnesota) in the quarterfinals, the locals went 2-0-1 in bracket play, beginning with a 1-0 victory over the Caboto SC Strikers (Canada) on Saturday morning. The Velocity scored 10 minutes into the second half when Jasmine Calderon collected a nice pass from fellow midfielder Jade Bugsch and redirected it to Shawna McLaughlin for a goal from 20 yards out.

Later Saturday, Davis scored another 1-0 victory on a McLaughlin tally, this time beating Omega (Kansas). Madeline Wolcott’s corner kick set up the goal, while locals Macaylea Mitchell, Sandra Figueroa, Sarah Quintero and Aly Bowers provided offensive pressure.

A scoreless draw against Downtown United (L.A.) on Sunday — in which defenders Claire Buhlman, Jessica Cummins, Natalie Silver, Gabby Willey and Brittany Bartle continued their aggressive play and goalkeeper Danelle Hendershot made several point-blank saves — put the Velocity in the quarterfinals.

Down to 10 healthy players, some of whom were nursing injuries themselves, Davis ran out of gas in a 4-0 loss to Shattuck. 

Matrix soccer

The Davis Matrix, a U14 girls soccer team, used a balanced offense and a tough defense to take third place at last weekend’s President’s Cup Soccer Tournament in Saratoga.

The Matrix opened group play by edging the MDSA Fury, 1-0, with Erin Benedict assisting Khalida Pergher on the game’s only goal.

Despite strong offensive pressure by Alissa Casillas and Lucia Ferrer, Davis played Mountain View to a scoreless tie, which set up a rematch in the semifinals. In that contest, Megan Kong scored for the locals in the third quarter but regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie and MV won in penalty kicks.

Another overtime matchup saw the Matrix go up 3-2 in a shootout, then capture third place when keeper Karynna Lopez made the game-clinching save.

Hurricanes soccer

The Davis Hurricanes, a U10 girls soccer team, got a goal from Alexis Garrett, off an assist from Susana Estrada, to post a 2-1 home win over the Pleasant Hill Ambush on Saturday.

In the first half, Davis went up 1-0 when Molly Mahoney scored off a cross from Charlotte Macaulay.

After the Ambush tied things up, the two teams faced off in a fast-paced fourth quarter that feature great defense by Hurricanes Kiana Bagheban and goalies Addison Magness and Devon Morris.

Davis’ Keiko Chan also contributed to the victory.

Extreme hockey

The NorCal Extreme’s 16U boys roller hockey team skated to a PIHL tournament title earlier this month in Chico.

After the locals dropped a round-robin game to Chico, 4-2, they bounced back to pound Stockton, 9-2 and 5-0, in consecutive contests. That put NorCal in the title game, where it got revenge on Chico with a 2-1 victory.

Joe Blakewell led the Extreme with five goals and three assists in the tournament, Caleb Hermle added three goals and five assists, while Tyler Schafer and Sam Blakewell each tallied three times. Two goals from Ryan Kowta (two assists) and single scores by Dylan Lee and Ricky Pacciorini rounded out the local scoring.

On defense, NorCal was paced by Max Landy and Dalton Byard, while goalies Nicholas Leacox (save percentage of 88) and Alex Bilson (67) also played well.

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