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Youth roundup: Strong start for Diamonds boys and girls

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From page B2 | January 17, 2013 |

Fifteen girls from the Davis Diamonds gymnastics program opened their season at the recent Golden State Classic in Rancho Cordova.

In the younger Level 7 session, Davis’ Karolina Perkins’ tumbling and dancing earned a bronze medal (9.05) on floor, while Nicole Bradshaw swung to fifth place on bars to finish ninth all-around.

In the intermediate age division, Kyra Lee vaulted a powerful handspring (9.1) to place ninth all-around for the Diamonds. Kate Miller, meanwhile, began with a 9.05 floor performance, then was awarded fourth for her excellent 9.15 vault. Adding in a solid fourth-place performance on the beam, Miller captured fourth all-around as her 35.0 was only behind three gymnasts from Australia.

In addition, Kadence Waggoner earned 9.0 on vault and floor to finish fifth all-around and Cordelia Hsiao’s 9.025 on vault helped her to eighth all-around.

Local Level 8 gymnast Amanda Braun placed fourth on vault (9.075), beam and all-around, with a total qualifying for Level 9. Rebecca Hill competed a Tsukahara vault for the first-time ever and was rewarded with a 9.0 (fifth). Hill then placed fourth on beam to finish sixth all-around and Micaela Everitt performed all her skills and routines, placing eighth all-around. The Diamonds Level 8 gymnasts took the bronze medal.

At Level 9, Chloe Chan finished seventh place in a tough field on floor, while Isabela Martinez placed a promising eighth on beam.

Sunday’s Xcel session saw Olivia Cooper place third on vault (9.1) on her way to a 35.45 all-around score, which was good for seventh in the Bronze Division. Alexandra Friedland-Wolford earned 8.3 on beam in spite of a fall, and 33.825 all-around. In the Silver Division, Laney Swanson won beam (9.375), took the bronze medals for bars (9.0), floor, and vault, to finish second all-around (35.85), and Ellen Olsson earned scores over 8 on bars and beam and totaled 31.15 all-around to help the Diamonds take second as a team.

Diamond boys

The Davis Diamonds boys started their season by sending 12 gymnasts — ages 7 to 17 — to last weekend’s Oroville Invitational. The local Level 8-10 athletes competed for team titles.

Davis’ Patrick Long’s consistency on all six events earned him second place all-around, while teammate Samuel Resendez competed a full-twisting dismount off the still rings and showed the judges his great legwork on the pommel horse to earn first place in both events and a Level 9 all-around title.

The Level 8 Diamonds — Arvin Domier, Daniel Bair and Sean Smith — each put together solid routines including Domier claiming first place titles on the vault and parallel bars. Bair competed a Higgins on the high bar for the first time to secure a third-place finish, and Smith posted solid performances on the floor (sixth) and vault (fifth). The combined efforts of Davis Level 8-10 group resulted in a second-place team finish.

Level 6 competitor Dante Yasui demonstrated his strength on the parallel bars to take second place, matching his finish on the pommel horse. In addition, Racha Elsbach tied for fifth on the vault, and Kyle Moeller performed a clean and dynamic rings set to get third place.

Veteran Leo Cooper was joined by Level 4 first-timers Lukas Smith, Alexander Miyamoto and Markus Engwall, with Engwall and Cooper tying for seventh on vault. Miyamoto earned an 11th-place finishes on bars and vault, while Smith captured first place by executing a textbook bar performance.

DHS club rugby

The newly formed Davis High School Rugby Club played its first match of the year on Friday at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, beating Al Arqam, 52-20.

The locals overcame their lack of experience with superior speed and power as the Davis’ roster features some familiar faces from the Blue Devil football program.

Ahmari Hayes scored the first and best try of the night, running the ball in from more than 60 yards out, while captain Quinn Williams kicked well and repeatedly broke through their defensive line to set up punishing runs by Winfred Robeson, Dylan Newsome and Eli Castro. The local forwards were paced by Brendan MacDonald, who disrupted the visitors with his hard tackles.

The Blue Devil surprised their coaches with their success in scrums and lineouts and their overall performance hinted at future success.

Wildcats hoops

The Davis Wildcats’ eighth-grade boys White basketball team came back from a pair of losses to post an impressive win the final game of last weekend’s tournament at Hardwood Palace in Rocklin.

Davis started off slow, losing to the Nevada Nets (45-19) and the Hurricanes (49-29). In those games, Darshan Adams had 19 points to lead the Wildcats, and Austin Griffith added five.

The locals bounced back to used excellent team play in a 42-35 victory over the MH Wolverines. Kevin Blanc used hot 3-point shooting to pace Davis with 17 points, while Max Koehler (eight points) blocked several shots, and Isaiah Davis-Della (four points) shut down the Wolverine’s top scorer in the fourth quarter. In addition, Wildcats point guard Tyler Mundy scored 10 points, and Matt Kelley hit a key fourth-period trey to help secure the win.

DYSA softball

Registration for the Davis Youth Softball Association’s spring season is still open, and families who sign up before Friday, Jan. 25 will avoid a late fee.

To register, visit www.davisyouthsoftball.org and follow the instructions for the 2013 Spring Registration program.

Players that get a friend to sign-up will receive a free glitter headband on Opening Day. After the friend registers, send families should send an email indicating their name and the name of the friend to communications@davisyouthsoftball.org to get the headband.

Football and cheer clinic

The Davis Junior Blue Devils are inviting potential and returning football players and cheerleaders to attend a free clinic on Saturday, Feb. 2 at DHS’ Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.

The one-day camp, which is designed for kids ages 6 to 14, will run from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and youngsters are encouraged to bring cleats or running shoes and something to drink.

For the football players, the clinic will emphasize basic fundamentals, skills and agility. The accompanying cheer clinic will teach basic skills.

Prizes will be awarded and athletes can have some fun with DHS coaches and players.

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