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For DHS footballers, next time it counts

The dress rehearsals are done. The Davis High football team took on Sacramento High in the locals’ second — and final — scrimmage of the preseason Thursday night, leaving only a week of practice standing between the Blue Devils and the first game of the season. The second scrimmage, just like last Saturday’s against Folsom, […]

Blue Devil stick coach has high hopes

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. The sky is the limit for the Davis High field hockey team in 2015, at least if you ask fifth-year head coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins: “I expect big things. They could be better than our undefeated 2012 team.” That 2012 team […]

Stiff UCD field hockey slate starts Saturday with No. 4 Syracuse

As field hockey goes, the 2015 UC Davis schedule isn’t for the faint of heart. In coach Tiffany Huisman’s second year on campus, the Aggies open the season Saturday with No. 4 Syracuse. The 4 p.m. contest will be played at Stanford. “We’re just going to go out and play hard, compete and play our […]

More tidbits as Aggie football opener approaches

* Editor’s note: “Countdown to Kickoff” is a daily Enterprise feature until UC Davis opens its season on Thursday at Football Bowl Subdivision Nevada. It’s This-n-That Friday in UC Davis Gridiron Land … Aggie Women’s Huddle: If you’re quick — and a woman — there’s still time to get involved in Friday night’s popular annual event. UCD players and coaches […]

Shaffer bleeds blue, has golden soccer outlook

Dwayne Shaffer isn’t opposed to adjusting based on his players’ skill sets. The UC Davis men’s soccer coach, in his 19th season with the Aggies, usually likes his teams to play hard-nosed defense, control the pace, keep the games close. But this year, Shaffer’s guys might have a different strategy. There’s speed galore up front […]

Luuga, Williams emerge from crowded Aggie backfield

* Editor’s note: “Countdown to Kickoff” is a daily Enterprise feature until UC Davis opens its season on Sept. 3 at Football Bowl Subdivision Nevada. A couple of years ago, then-freshman UC Davis tailback Manusamoa Luuga got the start at Nevada. First-year coach Ron Gould was looking for a running back to carry the load — and […]

Depth returns to a cat-quick UCD men’s soccer team

After 12 games, the 2014 UC Davis men’s soccer team was the only undefeated squad in the nation. It wasn’t until Oct. 9. when UC Irvine stunned them 1-0, that the Aggies first fell. However, along the way, the locals were wearing out. In their first 11 games, they went to overtime in eight. Injuries were piling up. Nonetheless, a 1-0 […]

Devil boys tie Vacaville in tune-up for Friday opener

With many of the Davis High boys soccer players new to the team, a dress rehearsal was in order. And that’s what the Blue Devils got on Wednesday when Vacaville visited Yudin Field for a scrimmage that ended in a 3-3 tie. Taking the field without several of last year’s standouts — some due to graduation and others because […]

Despite new faces, DHS girls volleyballers hoping for similar results

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. When the Davis High girls volleyball team takes the court for its first regular-season match — on Friday (6 p.m.) at The Cage against Sacramento High — it will do it with just five returners from last year’s […]

DHS girls confident, still working on doubles lineup

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a nine-part series previewing the Davis High fall sports. High school tennis is simple. Every team has two parts: a singles squad and a doubles crew. Both sides of the equation need to be strong for a team to make a long postseason run. With the season opener set […]

Youthful Aggies to start with 3 tough volleyball tests

After greeting the largest freshman class in UC Davis volleyball history, coach Dan Conners’ Aggie women begin a rugged preseason slate that eventually will give fans a handle on where the locals fit in the Big West Conference. ”I think the group that is returning is quite a bit ahead of where we were last year,” […]

Devil QB Beckman worked hard to get to this point

It’s been eight years since Davis High last had a winning football season. With senior quarterback Jack Beckman taking on a leadership role, second-year head coach John Wiley believes that will help the Blue Devils turn the corner this fall. That 2007 playoff campaign saw DHS go 7-4 and make a one-round Sac-Joaquin Section tournament appearance under coach Jim Johnson. […]

Despite 2014 injuries, UCD linebacking corps sees silver lining

* Editor’s note: “Countdown to Kickoff” is a daily Enterprise feature until UC Davis opens its season on Sept. 3 at Football Bowl Subdivision Nevada. Part of the UC Davis football misfortunes of 2014 was that the Aggies couldn’t get their defense off the field. UCD allowed more than 37 points per game and were the worst […]

UCD women rally to take soccer win from Hornets

UC Davis women’s soccer player Riley Marshall probably wanted the postgame interviews to end in a hurry on Monday. She had a phone call to make. You see, Marshall — a freshman from San Diego — had just scored her first collegiate goal and needed to tell Mom and Dad “Guess what?” And don’t forget […]

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