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Youth roundup: Judges like what they see from Davis Diamonds


Davis Diamonds gymnast Vivian Lee performs her floor routine at the recent Judges' Cup. One of many locals to start the season strong, Lee took first place in that event and qualified for the state championships. Courtesy photo

From page B3 | August 28, 2014 |

Davis Diamonds Veronica Gagon and Sarah Bennetts posted dominating all-around victories at the recent 2014 Judges’ Cup — the season-opening meet for Junior Olympic Levels 2-5 which featured 800 Northern California gymnasts competing in Rancho Cordova — while teammates Charlotte Stevens, Haylee Aquino, Vivian Lee and Brenna Peterson each earned an event victory in their respective age and levels.

Additionally, the Diamonds Level 3 team placed second, just 1.3 points out of first and the local Level 4 squad won a bronze after taking first in the floor exercise. In this first meet of the season, Davis’ Gagon, Bennetts, Stevens, Peterson, Aquino, Lee, Maeve Kelly, Margarita Ojeda, Emma Rebhun, Alexandra Lee, Kyla Greenhut, Makena Leacox, Ava Guistino and Charlotte Rosendale each qualified for the state championships.

In the oldest Level 3 division, 10-year-old Gagon blew away the competition, winning bars, beam, floor and the all-around (36.825), while Stevens won vault and was third all-around (36.15) with help from bronze medals on beam and floor. Greenhut took silver on beam and finished fifth all-around.

Olivia Rebhun was eighth among the younger Level 3s with her score of 34.075 coming tantalizing close to qualifying for the state meet.

Leacox was successful in the Intermediate A age division, taking silver medals on vault (9.0) and bars (9.375) on her way to an all-around bronze (36.075), Meanwhile, Diamond Sofia Patriquin improved in every event in taking sixth all-around (34.475) and finishing just 0.025 points from the states qualifying score.

Bennetts made her presence felt in the Intermediate B division, winning gold on beam (9.625) and taking silver on vault (9.1) to earn the all-around title at 36.9. Finishing second in the all-around was teammate Rosendale, who won silver on floor and bronze on vault, bars and beam. In addition, Guistino was solid on every event to take fourth (35.875).

The Level 4 session was hotly contested and found Aquino taking fourth on bars and beam in Intermediate B, before ripping off a great floor routine to win that event (9.525) and propel her to third all-around (35.95). Ojeda finished fourth on vault and floor to place fifth all-around (35.275), while Emma Rebhun captured bronze on bars and took sixth all-around (35.25). Also steady for the Diamonds were Kathleen Sheridan (bronze on floor and 10th all-around), Lily Rigor (12th all-around) and Chloe Nelson (13th).

In the younger session, Alexandra Lee won silver medals for her beam and floor performances, eventually taking ninth all-around (34.3) ahead of teammate Anissa Morgan, who was 13th.

Isabel Lavallee earned a silver on floor and placed eighth all-around in the oldest division, with teammate Maren McGuire taking fourth with a strong beam outing.

The local Level 5 squad saw Vivian Lee show great promise, winning floor (9.1) with picture-perfect choreography then taking the beam bronze, to finish fifth all-around (35.0).

In Intermediate B, Peterson vaulted to a win at 9.25 and captured a bronze of bars to finish fourth all-around (34.525), one place ahead of Kelly, who was also one spot back — fourth — in bars. Additionally, Carmin Fisk earned bronze on bars and eighth all-around, Katie Borowsky was 10th all-around and Julia Miyamoto took 11th.

The youngest Davis Level 5 competitor, Aubrey Watts, bounced back from a fall to take 11th all-around (33.625).

NorCal Extreme hockey

The NorCal Extreme roller hockey club sent two squads to Las Vegas last month for the AAU Junior Olympics, with the 14U team taking third place in its division.

Rebounding from a tournament-opening 9-4 loss to the San Jose Junior Sharks, the locals found their groove in a 4-3 win over the California Rollers then routed the San Diego Stingrays, 6-1.

Despite tying the San Diego Select, 3-3, in the next outing, NorCal made it to the elimination round where it sent Huntington Beach home, 4-2. Extreme dropped its semifinal matchup but bounced back to beat the San Jose Revolution, 6-4, to earn the bronze medal.

Throughout the tournament, local Sam Blakewell led the way with 11 goals and added seven assists, while Michael Cognetti put away seven goals with one assist. Jake Kirby scored six times, Brandon Pacciorini tallied four to go with two assists and Nick Blakewell had three goals and two assists. In addition, Steven Holm and Tyler Rickert each scored a goal and dished out four assists.

The Extreme 16U also qualified for the prestigious tourney. However, despite nine goals and eight assists from Caleb Hermle, seven tallies and five assists from Joe Blakewell and four goals by Ricky Pacciorini, NorCal came away with just one win — 7-5 over Mission Bauer. The locals nearly advanced past their first elimination round, but Team Las Vegas scored a last-minute goal to capture an 8-7 victory.

Other contributors to the Extreme cause included Sam Blakewell (one goal, two assists), Dalton Byard (one of each), Ryan Kowta (one of each) and Dylan Lee, who assisted on two goals. Henry Campbell, Max Landy and Tyler Schafer provided offensive pressure, while Nic Leacox held things down in front of the NorCal net.

Also at the tournament, seven Extreme players — Kowta, Leacox, both Pacciorinis and all three Blakewells — suited up for Team USA CA Northwest.

Catania soccer

The Davis Alliance Catania, a U16 girls soccer team, took second place at last weekend’s Pacifica Fog Classic.

The opener was renewal of a rivalry with the Rancho Cordova Mustangs, which Catania won 1-0 on Sasha Ballowe’s penalty kick. Ballowe scored again — this time off an assist from Odessa Seng — in the next contest, a 1-1 tie with Benicia Arsenal.

Davis then picked up the pace to cruise past the Ceres Earthquakes, 6-1, with goals coming from Seng, Ballowe and A.J. Schiesari. The victory wouldn’t have been so convincing if not for the strong midfield play of Sarah Miller, Anna Sincavage, Kaelin Arreola-Bittner and Lauren Weinkner nor the stingy defense of Lexi Kornblum, Elizabeth Stodden and Shailah Arreola-Bittner. Kate Meerscheidt and Alondra Arambula shared time in goal and combined to form a brick wall.

That win sent Catania into a championship-game rematch against Rancho Cordova. Played in a powerful wind, the exciting back-and-forth affair saw the Mustangs score first before Schiesari answered off a nice corner kick from Lexi Kornblum.

Rancho then tallied in the last two minutes, but again Davis replied with Ballowe’s final-second score sending the game to overtime. The Mustangs, however, found the winner near the end of the second extra period.

Little League fall ball

Registration is open through Monday for the Davis Little League’s fall baseball season.

DLL offers AA through Juniors teams in the fall so players should be between 7 and 14 years old by April 30, 2015.

Cost is $125.

For more information, visit

Junior rowing

Registration is now open for the upcoming River City Rowing Juniors season.

An informational meeting for interested rowers — ages 13 to 18 — and their parents is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the RCRC boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento.

Visit for more information and to request a registration packet.

Beginning synchronized swimming

Davis AquaStarz synchronized swim team will offer a beginning class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 6-7 and 13-14, at Arroyo Pool in West Davis.

The class is open to all swimmers ages 6 to 18 who are comfortable in deep water and able to swim at least one lap of freestyle.

For more information or to enroll, email or visit



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