Sunday, September 14, 2014

Youth roundup: Yet again, Yees are strong on the links


Davis golfer Alyssa Yee hits a drive on the 15th hole at Bing Maloney during Saturday's First Tee Tournament. Yee finished fifth in her division, while twin brother Collin Yee took ninth place. Courtesy photo

From page B2 | May 22, 2014 |

Local residents — and twins — Alyssa and Collin Yee each played well at a First Tee Tournament on Saturday at Bing Maloney Golf Course.

Alyssa hit nine of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation, on her way to an 84 that was good for fifth place in the girls 12-14 division.

Competing in the boys 12-13 group, Collin drove well off the tee, hitting nine of 14 fairways and finishing ninth with his 86.

Diamonds gymnastics

Nine Davis Diamonds gymnasts — Brenna Peterson, Vivian Lee, Haylee Aquino, Alex Lee, Maggie Ojeda, Charlotte Stevens, Veronica Gagon, Charlotte Lee-Smith and Makena Leacox — each won at least one event at Sunday’s Flower Power meet in Rancho Cordova.

In addition, the Davis Level 3 and 5 crews captured team wins with the local Level 2 and 4 squads both placing second at the season-ending event.

Peterson’s huge handspring vault earned a sparkling 9.55 from the Level 5 judges to take first place there and a winning tie with teammate Vivian Lee in the bars pushed Peterson to the top spot in the all-around. Lee, who also posted a convincing beam victory, added a floor silver to finish third all-around, just ahead of Diamond standout Reyna Shauman in fourth.

Also at Level 5, Carmin Fisk swung to a bronze on bars and finished fifth all-around with teammate Katie Borowsky in sixth.

Aquino dominated all ages of the Level 4 session, despite being among the youngest competitors. She picked up wins on vault, bars, floor to take all-around gold, and was third on beam behind local Alex Lee who captured first in that event by a big margin with her 9.375. Lee also took silver on vault and floor, bronze on bars, and was second all-around.

The next two places were also filled by Diamonds with Emma Rebhun — who earned silver on bars and bronze on vault, beam, and floor — in third and Lily Rigor (second on beam) taking fourth.

In the older division, Ojeda won beam and finished fifth all-around, with Chloe Nelson placing seventh and Maren Mcguire in ninth.

Davis gymnasts saw tons of success at Level 3, paced by Sophia Koehler, who took second all-around (35.85) in the youngest division — using silvers on vault, beam and floor — and Leacox, whose win on bars (9.475) helped her to third all-around. Sofia Patriquin was fourth, while Olivia Rebhun took sixth.

Stevens captured bars gold on her way to an intermediate A all-around win (36.425), while Gagon won both bars and beam to total an impressive 36.4 and win the intermediate B all-around. In addition, Ava Guistino won the silver on vault and bronze for the all-around (36.025), Lee-Smith won beam and scored 35.9 for fourth all-around and Sarah Bennetts was fifth. In sixth was Davis’ April Seeger, who took silver on bars.

Jenna Shepard placed an excellent third on bars and was sixth in her division of the all-around, just ahead of seventh-place Kyla Greenhut.

At Level 2, Diamonds Ahma Masselink (fourth all-around), Samantha Morante (third on vault and fifth all-around) and Christina Kim (seventh all-around) each performed well.

Hurricanes soccer

The Davis Hurricanes, a U10 girls soccer team, took second place in its division at recent Concord Cup.

Following a 3-0 loss to the Mount Diablo Phoenix — in which local goalie Devon Morris had several strong saves and key contributions came from Bethany McElhern — Davis bounced back to knock off a previously undefeated Pleasant Hill Extreme squad, 1-0.

Morris scored the game’s only goal off a Susana Estrada cross in the first quarter and the Hurricanes defense — paced by Ella Herringer and goalie Alexis Garrett — holding strong the rest of the way.

The third contest was another local win as Charlotte Macauley, Morris and Estrada (from Molly Mahoney) found the net to top the Concord United 3-1.

Ghost Strikers soccer

The Davis Ghost Strikers, a U10 boys soccer team, finished second at last weekend’s Concord Cup winning three games before dropping the championship contest to a tough MDSA Arsenal squad.

In the opener, the locals posted a 4-1 victory over the Walnut Creek Atleticos with goals scored by Bryce Barker and Simon Vaca-Lorenzi.

Davis then dominated its next two opponents, defeating the PHMSA Arsenal, 10-1, and the Concord United, 8-1. In those matches, the Ghost Strikers got lights-out defense from Joey Clark, Cooper Ferguson, Andrew Yang and Dillon Rockwell, while the local offense was led by Matt Henkel and Declan Fleet.

In the title game loss to their longtime rival, Ghost Striker defenders Santiago Ruffalo-Burgat, Cooper and Clark held tough and the passing of Henkel, Yang, Fleet and Jack Faust was key. Barker scored both Davis goals, an impressive feat considering MDSA gave up just four all tournament.

Junior rowing

The River City Rowing Club Junior team competed at Saturday’s West Coast Under 17 Championships at San Pablo Reservoir in Richmond, with 24 boys and girls crews racing in 18 individual events.

When the results were in, the locals had two gold medals, seven silvers and five third-place finishes.

RCRC saw Mikhayla Armstrong win the women’s U17 1x, ahead of teammates Lauren Paciulla (third) and Natalie Jacobs (fourth), while locals Sawyer Norton and Keara Forrest joined forces to take first in the women’s U15 2x.

Norton also was on second-place RCRC boats in the U16 8x — with Holly Gerhard, Anna May Testerman, Michelle Seo, Katryna Niva, Morgan Mooney-McCarthy, Leyna Reynolds, Torrey Fredrickson and Suzie VanderGheynst-Karagosian — and the U15 4x+, where she was joined by Forrest, Fredrickson, VanderGheynst-Karagosian and Celeste Jacobs.

In finishing second in the U17 4+, Armstrong, Paciulla and Gerhard teamed up with Sophia Hahn and Olivia Rix, a duo that worked with Zoe Newman, Celeste and Natalie Jacobs to take silver in the U17 4x+.

On the men’s side, RCRC’s Niko Zill and Josh Fong combined forces to come in second in the U15 2x, while Alex Sobrato took silver in the U17 1x. In addition, Haley Tschudin, Tazio Capozzola, Reed Hoshovsky, Gabe Kunkel, Alex Carlton worked together to post a second-place finish in the U17 4+.

Alliance soccer tryouts

Davis Alliance Soccer Academy will be hosting tryouts for its U15 girls team — the Odyssey — on Wednesday, May 28, and Monday, June 2, at Walnut Community Park, 2700 Lillard Drive.

Both workouts begin at 6 p.m.

Registration cost for the season is $150 per player plus $81 for club Adidas uniform kit.

For more information, visit or send an email to If you cannot make tryouts, send an email and the team will try to accommodate you.

Basketball tryouts

The Davis Hot Shots youth basketball program will hold tryouts for its summer session next Wednesday and Thursday at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd.

Players in grades five, six and seven will go from 4 to 6 p.m. with eighth-grade through varsity-aged athletes trying out from 6 to 8 p.m.

In addition, Hot Shots president Dino Clark will hold weekly fundamentals clinics for boys and girls in grades four through 11. Registration is on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Harper gym.

For more information as well as tryout forms, visit

Football/cheer camp

The Top Gun/Line Tough Football Camp — designed to teach noncontact skills through age-appropriate drills — is set for Saturday, May 31 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), at Brown Stadium.

Targeting kids ages 10-14 (fifth through eighth grades), the potential Blue Devil football players will be grouped by age and perceived abilities, says new DHS varsity coach John Wiley.

Instruction will come from the Devil coaching staff and players. Cost is $25 and players should wear shorts, a T-shirt, socks, cleats or tennis shoes and bring a water bottle or sports drink.

The Davis Junior Blue Devil cheer coaches will provide instruction for interested cheerleaders and the cost also is $25.

For clinic forms and more information, visit or

The Junior Blue Devils are also accepting registration on the website for the fall football and cheerleading seasons.

Additionally, the organization is looking for youth football coaches. Training will be provided and interested people can contact coach Joe Carnazzo at

Field hockey clinic

The Blue Devil field hockey program will put on a free clinic on Saturday, May 31, from 8 to 10 a.m.

Athletes must show up with a parent to sign a participation waiver.

For more information, send an email to DHS coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins at

Lacrosse clinic

Interesting athletes are invited to try out the sport at the Davis Lacrosse Association’s introductory clinic, set for Sunday, June 1, at Northstar Park.

The clinic runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is open to boys and girls in grade one through seven, who should wear comfortable clothing and bring water. The cost of $25 includes a regulation lacrosse stick and game ball.

All participants must pre-register at — click on the “Register Online” tab to get started. More information also is available on the website.



Enterprise staff

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