Sunday, August 31, 2014

Youth roundup: NorCal makes two hockey championship games


NorCal Extreme defenseman Max Landy, left, handles the puck on an offensive charge with support from Dylan Lee. The local 16U squad won its division at a recent PIHL tournament in Woodland. Courtesy photo

From page B3 | March 20, 2014 |

The NorCal Extreme roller hockey club sent two teams to a recent PIHL tournament in Woodland and each made their division’s championship game.

The title-winning local 16U squad opened the day with a 5-1 win over the Tsunami Blue, dropped a 2-1 match to the Tsunami Red, then used a 7-4 victory in a rematch with the Tsunami Blue  to reach the finals.

There, Ryan Kowta’s hat trick sent the Extreme past the Tsunami Red, 4-1.

For the day, Caleb Hermle (four goals and six assists) and Joe Blakewell (six goals, one assist) led the NorCal offense, while Kowta finished with those three goals and had two assists. In addition, Tyler Schafer scored twice, Ricky Pacciorini had a goal and an assist while Dylan Lee had one assist.

Henry Campbell contributed good offensive presence, while the local defense was paced by Max Landy and Dalton Byard.

Meanwhile, the NorCal 14U team made the tournament title match, where they suffered their second loss of the day to the Tsunami Red.

The Extreme routed Half Moon Bay and tied the Tsunami Blue to reach the final game.

Sam Blakewell led the way for the locals, pouring in seven goals with one assist on the day. NorCal’s Michael Cognetti had two goals and two assists, while Jack Shields and Jake Kirby each added a goal and two assists.

Also contributing for the Extreme were assistmen Thomas Witham, Cole Skoog and Nick Blakewell, and Brandon Pacciorini, who played good defense and tacked on a goal and an assist. Tyler Rickert was solid on defense, while Keith Walker helped out on offense.

Aquadarts swimming

The Davis Aquadarts youth swim team placed fourth in last weekend’s Sierra Nevada Junior Olympics in Folsom.

Several Aquadarts had outstanding individual swims …

Among the 8U girls, Davis’ Sara Kos won all of her races to capture the age group’s high-point trophy, breaking two team and meet records along the way. Kos set new benchmarks in the 25 breaststroke (18.99) and the 25 backstroke (17.68)

Aquadarts 8U swimmer Catalina Taylor was second in the high-point standings, while teammates Ethan Wells (third in 25 back) and Mickayla Passantino (ninth, 25 butterfly) each swam well.

The local 10U girls had the highest score of any Aquadart crew, with Emily Castles, Emily Prussel, Emily Wells and Isabelle Meraz each making finals (top 10) in five or more events. The quartet combined for 34 personal-best times and broke team records with wins in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

Other Davis 10U swimmers Celia Cariou-Gomez (three finals), Erika Dahlgren (first in the 50 back), Faith Townsend (second in 50 breast), Amy Schroeder and Mia van de Heetkamp performed well.

Aquadart Tate Cutler, 10, swam to success in his first Junior Olympic meet, reaching five finals swims.

In the 11-12 events, Theo Cariou-Gomez placed in all seven swims and Anthony Cannata placed in four. On the girls side, Keianna Pineda placed in finals with all seven of her seven swims, taking second in the 50 (28.44) and 100 fly (1:02.81).

Additionally, Davis’ Meg Erickson showed her distance strength, reaching the top five in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle and making the top 10 in two other events, while teammates Amelia Alison, Grace Hickerson and Jason Joo also performed well.

The local 13-14 squad was led by Zoe Cosgrove, who placed in the 100 and 200 back and the 400 individual medley, and Megan Flynn, who swam to top-four finishes in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Zach Byrne reached the finals of the 1,650 free, the 200 breast and 400 IM.

Club rugby

The Davis Rugby Club’s varsity-level boys team faced Grant on Friday with both squads coming in with undefeated league records.

The locals played with confidence, even against a huge Grant team, and pulled out a 34-24 victory.

Davis got off to a great start, surprising its opponent with a driving lineout. Mike Goodison earned the try, which was converted by Tristan Tadano, and the locals rolled from there.

First-half scoring from Goodison and Anthony Pedroia, with conversions from Tadano, staked Davis to a 24-4 advantage.

After the break, Grant made a run to get back in the game but, with Davis up 29-24 late in the contest, Winfred Roberson crashed over the line. Tadano converted to finish off the win.

Facing such a physical team, local players like Pedroia, Eli Castro and Nash Nunes matched Grant’s strength.

Diamonds gymnastics

The Davis Diamonds boys gymnastics squad competed in last weekends Northern California State Championships in Tracy, with every team member doing well enough to qualify for regionals, set for April in Phoenix.

The local Level 8 crew of Griffin Long, Dante Yasui, Peter Conant, Walter Trygstad and Racha Elsbach all performed well, accomplishing nearly all of their goals and setting several personal records.

Davis’ Level 10 duo also shined as Patrick Long added a double front to his routine to take sixth on floor, just ahead of teammate Samuel Resendez (eighth). Resendez also completed a Yurchenko layout vault for the first time this season.

In the level 6 session, Diamond Joshua Faith added some new skills to his parallel bars routine and performed them all well. He took fourth on the event.

Kyle Moeller rounded out the Davis performance by swinging to sixth on the Level 7 pommel horse.

Knights U15 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team posted a pair of wins last weekend, including a key victory over Pleasanton’s A Division squad.

First, on Saturday, the Knights went to Elk Grove and knocked off the B division Gladiators, 11-4.

The locals used great passing and strong shooting to keep offensive pressure on throughout the contest, with Bijan Soltani scoring his first goal of season (off an assist from Faustino Villarreal) in the second quarter.

Jonathan Tiangco tallied for the first time this year — off a pass from Nathan Soeth — for Davis’ sixth goal and Ethan Iacono’s all-around performance included two interceptions, each of which led to his own goals.

The Knights then returned home Sunday to defeat the Pleasanton Thunder, 15-12.

The game was close throughout as the tough defense — paced by Bradly Kishaba, Joel Valdez, Owen Musgrove and goalie Wade Matern — kept the locals close.

Davis then took control in the final period as Soeth assisted on goals by Casey Aikawa and Cole Koeberer to put the Knights ahead. William Johnson scored the final local goal to provide insurance.

Knights U13 lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U13 boys Blue squad swept a home doubleheader from Sacramento as the locals beat the Stingers’ A team, 10-6, and B team, 11-1.

In the A division matchup, Davis (6-1) fell behind 4-2 before storming back for the win behind a hat trick with three assists by Tanner McNamara. Justin Qvistgaard and Nick Mahoney each found the net twice for the Knights, while Morgan Heard, Lucas Griffiths and Logan McNamara tallied one goal apiece.

Local goalie Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan kept the Stingers’ relentless attack at bay with the help of defenders Kyle Difuntorum, Charlie Streeb, Logan McNamara and Griffiths.

Davis then cruised by Sacramento’s B team, starting quickly when Mahoney scored the first of his three goals. Logan McNamara added a hat trick of his own, Cayden Hotaling scored twice and Tanner McNamara was stellar in goal.

Corbin Russo was strong on defense, as was Justin Qvistgaard who had a highlight moment when he weaved through the defense for the length of the field for a goal.

City batting cages open

After a lengthy renovation period, the city-operated batting cages at Playfields Park are now open. Seven brand new pitching machines welcome batters at the South Davis facility.

Operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cages are also available for private rental.

For more information, contact Lori Conrad at 530-753-7731 or or visit

AquaStarz synchronized swim team

The Davis AquaStarz youth synchronized swim team invites any youngsters who are interested in dance, music, gymnastics or swimming to try out the sport this spring.

Registration is now open for spring practices, which are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Arroyo Pool. The competitive season, where the AquaStarz went undefeated last year, begins in June and includes the team’s popular synchro show, set for July 11 and 12.

The cost to join the spring program is $250 and more information is available at

UCD basketball camp

The Aggie hoops program will host a four-day summer camp for boys and girls ages 4 to 13, beginning June 16.

Boys ages 8 to 13 and girls at parents’ discretion can sign up for the Blue Level camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost for that session is $215, or $235 with lunch included.

The younger boys and girls, ages 4 to 7, can register for the Gold Level camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Cost for that session is $110.

For more information, visit



Enterprise staff

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