The Davis Lady Devils Rugby Club opened its 2013 season at the aptly named NorCal Kickoff Tournament on Saturday at Treasure Island.
Playing down a player in all three games, the locals still managed to win their final matchup of the day.
In the first two games — losses to Rancho Cordova and Pleasanton — Claire Clark was aggressive, Carolyn Irving and Jordan Vermette both played excellent defense and key tackles were made by Angelica Lopez, Brigi Glass and Clarisa Sandoval. The Lady Devils were at their best in the scrums, winning a majority of them.
Davis then bounced back to beat South Bay, 12-5. After SB scored first, Glass ran the ball in for a try, scoring five points. Later, Mali Ruiz also scored a try and Perla Portillo added two more points by making the conversion kick.
The Lady Devil Rugby Club is still looking for players to join their team. For more information, visit http://ladydevils.wix.com/devilrugby or come by a practice on Tuesday or Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Community Park, just north of the library.
The Davis Rugby Club, a local boys squad, defeated Kennedy High, 67-17, on Friday. For the second straight week, DRC defeated a more experienced opponent by using its athleticism in a wide-open running game that repeatedly led to scores.
Amari Hayes led the way for Davis with three tries, Winfred Roberson, Josh Greenfield and Brendan MacDonald scored twice apiece and Tyler Roberts, David Kim, Bray Harwood and Quinn Williams each added a try. Williams and MacDonald provided the leadership needed to keep the team running smoothly.
Also for the DRC, Nash Nunes and Oscar Sepulveda both made repeated tackle-breaking runs that broke apart Kennedy’s defensive pattern, and fullback Eli Castro saved several scores with his punishing tackles. The locals won virtually all of their scrums and lineouts, a remarkable feat for a group of brand-new players.
The Davis Wildcats Black, a 12U boys basketball team, won the MLK Tournament at Rocklin on Jan. 19-20.
In the opening game, Davis beat the Junior Hillmen, 39-24, pulling away in the fourth quarter with a key 3-pointer from Lance Prussel and dominating team defense that allowed just three points in the periods. Collin Yee led the way with eight points and three assists, while Henry Siegler, Max Seed and Kayden Hoal each contributed six points for the Wildcats.
The locals beat the Cal Reigns, 45-28, in the semifinals using a tenacious defense and great second-half shooting. In that contest, Prussel had two treys on his way to 12 points, Hoal dominated the paint with 10 points and four rebounds and Erick Lengtat made some key perimeter shots to finish with four points. Also for Davis, Rayan Tilmatine (two boards) and Yee each added four assists and Seed had six points and grabbed three rebounds.
The Wildcats then came from behind to win the championship game, 48-36, over the Folsom Force. Trailing 24-20 at halftime, the locals turned up the defense and gave up just 12 points after intermission. Every player got into the scoring column for Davis, paced by Will Ziegler’s 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Hoal added 11 points and seven boards, Yee’s all-around game included four points, five assists, four rebounds and two blocks, while Seed, Lengtat and Tilmatine combined for eight points. Siegler ended up with eight points.
The Davis Wildcats’ eighth-grade boys Black team made it all the way to the championship game of the Extreme Hoops Tournament last weekend in Rocklin, eventually taking second.
In the opener, the locals topped Prescott, 35-23, with Ben Bergevin (10 points) pacing a balanced scoring effort. Griffin Duisenberg added nine points for Davis, while Kyle Cuvelier (eight), Ryan Strong (five) and Yiorgos Callaway (three) rounded out the scoring.
The Wildcats used great teamwork in their next matchup, speeding past Turner, 59-28. Cuvelier ran the show, picking up three assists to go with his four points, as Duisenberg (seven boards) and Bergevin (six steals) led the way with 16 points apiece. The local big men also made strong contributions with Jesus Jimenez (five rebounds) and Max Koehler each dropping in a bucket.
In the championship game, EDH Gold held off the Wildcats, 40-30, despite 11 points from Duisenberg and nine from Strong.
Davis Diamonds gymnasts Kyra Lee, Isabela Martinez, Kadence Waggoner, Clara Riggle, Olivia Cooper, Emma Thompson, Nina Langley, Lainey Swanson and Katrina Hernes each won at least one event at last weekend’s Snowflake Invitational in Oroville. With the strong showing, the locals won the team competitions in the Level 7 and Xcel divisions and took bronze in Level 8-10.
At Level 7, Karolina Perkins bounced back from a slow start to earn 9.0 on bars and 9.125 on floor and take fourth with her 35.85 all-around score.
Lee put on a handspring vault demonstration, earning a sensational 9.375 to win the event, then took eighth all-around. One spot behind Lee in the all-around was Nicole Bradshaw, who scored a 9.0 on floor.
The older Level 7 division was close at the top, but 9.1 scores on vault and floor as well as the beam bronze earned Riggle the all-around victory in her first try at this level. Kate Miller’s big bar routine earned her the bronze there and, eventually, fifth all-around, while Waggoner was sixth after winning on vault (9.25).
Also at Level 7, Kyra Mayfield got a 9.0 on vault, then earned a silver on floor (9.2) to capture eighth all-around and Cordelia Hsiao, the reigning Level 6 state champion on vault, took second on that event at the Snowflake with a 9.2 to finish 10th all-around ( 33.4).
Among the older Level 8 gymnasts, Amanda Braun earned 9.0 for her vault, good for second place, in addition to taking third on bars. With her 9.125 floor performance, Braun ended up in fourth all-around. Teammates Rebecca Hill (eighth) and Micaela Everitt (ninth) weren’t far behind, while Martinez won the Level 9 vault competition to take fourth all-around.
In the Xcel bronze division, Cooper and Thompson finished 1-2 on every event with Cooper winning beam, floor and the all-around and Thompson grabbing the vault and bars golds.
Competing in the silver division, Langley won beam (9.4) and the all-around, Swanson captured vault, bars and floor to take second and Lucy Shauman and Ellen Olsson rounded out the top four. Hernes dominated the gold division, winning vault, bars and floor to take the all-around.
The Davis Warning, a U12 girls soccer team, earned two wins in weekend games against Pleasant Hill and Mt. Diablo.
In the first outing, Sasha Ballowe had three goals and an assist to lead the locals to a 5-0 victory over PH. Gia Fanucchi and Meghan Eisenman had the other two Davis tallies, with Leah Pinto and Lindsey Vernau adding assists. Delaney Seward and Abby Johnson controlled the midfield while Averi Brayton shined at defense.
In the second game, the Warning took down Mt. Diablo, 3-1, with late goals from Ballowe and Vernau clinching the win. Eisenman scoring the first local goal and Davis got shutdown defense from Angela Herrera, Alondra Arambula and Fiona Strachen-Payne down the stretch.
The Davis Domination, a U12 girls soccer team, used an offensive explosion to top the Winters Unstoppables, 7-0, on Saturday.
Chella Grattet punched in three of the Davis’ first- half goals and Mitchelle Atungulu and Claire Duisenberg each scored another for a 5-0 lead at the break. Allison Ayers put in the final two goals after intermission.
Excellent midfield play by Claire Stevens, Lucia Ferrer, Sara Ludden and Laurel Krovetz keyed the local attack, while the Domination defense was paced by Alissa Casillas and Caroline Duncan.
The Davis Los Azules, a U16 boys soccer team, beat Parkway United, 3-0, on Saturday in Sacramento.
Bryant Murray scored the first goal, off an assist from Anirudh Ramakrishnan, who then scored himself on a pass from Rudy Campos. Niko Pandelos completed the local scoring with assistance from both Caleb McYates and Juan Pablo Almanza.
The Davis defense was paced Ryan Tinsley, Alec Farboud, Thomas Oide, Murtaza Masroor and Ryan Quinn, while Winston Tran’s passing and Will Stukas’ shooting were key to the victory.
The Davis Junior Blue Devils are inviting potential and returning football players and cheerleaders to attend a free clinic on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 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.