The Harper eighth-grade boys basketball team improved to 6-0 on the season by posting wins over Winters and Jacobs of Dixon last week.
In beating Winters, 61-23, the Huskies used a relentless defense, pressing full-court and playing tight man-to-man, to open up a 27-2 first-quarter lead. Ryan Holgate (18 points) and Vinnie Dossa (14) led the local scoring.
Then, in a matchup of undefeated teams, Harper knocked off league rival Jacobs, 75-49. Up-tempo play and unselfishness carried the day for the Huskies, who were paced in scoring by Chris Simpson’s 31 points.
Sean Finerty added 16 local points and Holgate had 12, while Will Smith and Nate Soeth help control the paint with physical play and point guard Reed Hessl provided a steadying influence.
NorCal Swish hoops
The NorCal Swish, a fifth/sixth-grade girls basketball squad made up of players from Davis and Dixon, competed hard in a recent three-game tournament at Hardwood Palace and it paid off with the team’s first victory.
The win came in NorCal’s second game as rebounding from Brooke Imamoto, Sam Hendrix and Samantha Bloom and steals by Alex Machado, Amaralyn Ewey and Syrina Beal provided additional local offensive opportunities. That resulted in a 12-point swish victory.
Marin Rage made other contributions for NorCal and Imamoto pulled down seven more boards in the tournament finale. In that same contest, Beal nailed a 3-pointer as part of her seven-point performance.
Local rock climbing
Davis boulderers Everett Sloane, 13, and Adam Schroth, 12, represented Team Rocknasium at the USAC American Bouldering Series Season 15 Division 1 Championships last month in Seattle.
Facing off against strong competition from more than 10 Northwestern states, Schroth, a seventh-grader at Emerson, placed 17th among boys in his division while Sloane, a seventh-grader at Holmes, took eighth place among boys his age.
The two good friends’ performances were notable as it was their first appearance at an event of that level.
Meanwhile, Liam Vance, a veteran of those competitions and a member of the Team Rocknasium coaching staff, also earned an invite to the event. The seven-time competitor at nationals, who had reached the podium three times and gotten a spot on the U.S. youth national bouldering team four times, was unable to go to last month’s divisional because of an injury.
Diamonds girls gymnastics
Emerson ninth-grader Kate Miller led the Davis Diamonds gymnastics team at last weekend’s Junior Olympic Roseville Invitational as she won the Level 8 vault title. Her local teammates Chloe Chan (third on beam) and Isabela Martinez (fourth on floor) placed well in the tough Level 9 competition.
In addition, Cordelia Hsiao — a Davis High junior — was fourth on vault, beam and floor at Level 7, while Nicole Bradshaw took fourth on bars. Among Xcel gymnasts, Diamond Kyra Mayfield used a Yamashita vault to take first place in the Platinum division where teammate Lainey Swanson won bars.
At Level 8, Miller added an eighth-place finish on floor to earn 10th all-around, while Davis’ Clara Riggle was 11th and Karolina Perkins and Micaela Everitt tied for 12th.
In addition to winning vault at 9.55), Mayfield also earned the beam silver and floor bronze (9.025) to take second all-around in Xcel Platinum with Swanson in fifth. Diamond Kaelyn Perkins earned silver on bars and bronze on vault at Xcel Gold, taking fifth all-around, and Elena Philips was 13th all-around in Xcel Silver.
Diamonds boys gymnastics
The Davis Diamonds’ boys gymnastics team posted strong performances all weekend at the recent Mas Watanabe Invitational in Elk Grove.
The locals had three Level 4 athletes, as Cullen Javers was fourth on floor and sixth on vault and Neko Berrong and Corey Hackett picked up valuable experience.
At Level 5, Davis’ Alexander Miyamoto was eighth on floor, Lukas Smith took fourth on vault, Kaden Taylor placed eighth on bars and Henri Schulz finished sixth on floor and vault. Their teammate Keenan Berrong scored a 9.5 on rings.
The Diamonds’ only Level 6 competitor, Joshua Faith, hit five of six routines to finish ninth all-around, while Davis’ Kyle Moeller took sixth on vault to take ninth in the Level 7 all-around.
At Level 8, the beginning of optional gymnastics, the locals had a strong group of competitors as Raleigh Lindberg, Griffin Long, Dante Yasui, Peter Conant and Walter Trygstad took second place in the team standings. Some of the highlights were Trygstad placing third on floor, with Conant right behind in fourth, and Yasui earning bronze on vault and bars to take fourth all-around.
Davis’ Samuel Resendez debuted some new skills at Level 10, while teammate Patrick Long, a senior who is committed to the Naval Academy, claimed the bronze or silver on every event to finish third all-around.
Davis boys rugby
The Davis High Rugby Club’s boys bronze team fell to Dixon, 44-34 on Friday.
The Rams took an early 15-0 lead before the Blue Devil ruggers got on the board late in the first half with a 5-yard bull run by Anthony Pedroia. Michal Goodison’s conversion kick made it 15-7.
Dixon scored again to bring the halftime score to 20-7, but Davis came out fired up in the second half and scored the next three tries.
Pedroia started the spurt with another hard-fought 5-yard run, then Ricky Houch made the play of the game when he took the ensuing kickoff back 60 yards for the try. The next score, which came on Frankie Spinardi’s 22-yard run followed by Goodison’s conversion, put the locals ahead 24-20.
The Rams, however, scored the next four tries to take control.
Late in the game, Tyler Roberts’ 5-yard try rounded out the Davis assault.
Davis girls rugby
The Davis girls club rugby team started its season on Saturday, facing some strong competition at the 16-team Kick-Off Tournament in Sacramento.
With 15 of the 24 girls on the local roster playing rugby for the first time, Davis got better as the event wore on.
First, in a 10-0 loss to Motley, Carolyn Irving played well on the local backline, making many tackles. Irving then stayed tough in a 25-0 loss to Alameda as she and Jordan Vermette made several key stops.
Facing Chico in the tournament final, the Lady Devils saw Estephanie Franco and Perla Portillo score tries and Portillo add a successful conversion kick in a 15-12 loss.
For Davis, rookies Emma Peterson, Tia Jackson and Lindsay Callahan had excellent tourneys, making several tackles each, while Molly Wease showed promise as the eight-man and Guadalupe Perez played well at forward.
Hot Shots hoops
The Davis Hot Shots, a local youth basketball club, will hold tryouts this month for boys teams from fifth grade to varsity-level.
Players interested in playing for the fifth/sixth-grade squad or the seventh/eighth-grade team should come to a tryout on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.
Then, tryouts for the Hots Shots’ ninth-grade, JV and varsity squads are set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harper.
For more information and the necessary forms, visit www.davishotshots.com.