Friday, November 28, 2014

Dunning: College rivalry games mean a fun Thanksgiving weekend

This week’s picks are as follows: CAL over BYU … the Golden Bears pick up the bowl-eligible win they so desperately need after last week’s disappointing effort against Stanford. BYU had national title hopes until its Heisman-hopeful quarterback, Taysom Hill, was lost for the season with a broken leg. The Cougars have not been the […]

Davis Little League offers early sign-up discounts

Families ready to sign up their youthful baseball-playing members can get a break in the cost of 2015 Davis Little League registration if they act now. There are seven divisions in which area kids can compete, and discounts are offered on early-bird registration for T-ball, Farm, AA, AAA, Majors and Juniors. For the next five weeks, through Dec. […]

Dunning: Cal should get a huge win in The Big Game

This week’s picks are as follows: CAL over STANFORD … the Bears go bowling and Sonny Dykes is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. OREGON over COLORADO … things are just Ducky in Eugene. WASHINGTON over OREGON STATE … the Beavers shocked the college football world by dumping playoff hopeful Arizona State last week and […]

Young DHS harriers have a big day at section championships

As the only Division I school to qualify squads in each of the five underclass races for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship meet at Willow Hills in Folsom, the Davis High cross country team had already showed its depth. Led by the junior varsity boys, who ran to first place, the Blue Devils proved their exceptional ability at Saturday’s […]

Sports briefs: Former Aggie Amarikwa re-ups with Chicago

Former UC Davis soccer standout Quincy Amarikwa had his option picked up by the Chicago Fire on Tuesday. In his sixth year in the MLS, Amarikwa set career highs in games played (32), starts (29), goals (eight) and assists (five). His eight goals led the Fire. Amarikwa recently finished his second season in Chicago after stops […]

UCD roundup: Aggie volleyball victory prolongs winning streak

Junior outside hitter Kaylin Squyres posted match highs of 24 kills and 18 digs, while providing four of her team’s 14 blocks, in helping the UC Davis women’s volleyball team overcome a first-set loss to post a 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22 victory over UC Irvine in a Big West Conference match at The Pavilion on Saturday. The Aggies (15-11) improved […]

Sports briefs: Aggies net another conference victory

UC Davis used a strong team-wide hitting performances of .362 overall to sweep Cal State Fullerton, 25-21, 25-16, 25-9, in Big West Conference women’s volleyball action at The Pavilion on Thursday night. The Aggies improve to 9-3 in league play and 14-11 overall. The Titans slip to 7-18 for the year and 1-11 in Big West matches. Junior Kaylin Squyres […]

Dunning: Tough games this week in the Pac-12

This week’s picks are as follows: STANFORD over UTAH … the Utes are down one quarterback, which spells disaster against Stanford’s stingy defense. The Cardinal must take wins where it can this year, and this is most definitely a winnable game. ARIZONA over WASHINGTON … Chris Petersen is beginning to wonder why he ever left […]

DHS JV/frosh runners have success at subsections

The Davis High cross country teams’ underclassmen raced well at the Sac-Joaquin Subsection meet on Saturday at Angels Camp, accomplishing their goal of advancing to sections in each of the five divisions they entered. Division I realignment before the season made qualification no easy task, but the Blue Devils were up to the challenge, even sending two additional […]

Mark Braly: Swimming in the dark takes discipline

What kind of people get up at 5 a.m., go jump in a swimming pool and swim hard for an hour? Masochists? Over-achievers? Masters of the universe? To find out, I got up at 5 a.m. to ask a few of them. I had not swum before dawn since the turn of the current century […]

Sports briefs: Gross is one of eight Aggies on Big West men’s soccer teams

After reaching the Big West Conference playoffs this fall, the UC Davis men’s soccer team saw eight players recognized on the all-league squads, which were announced on Friday. Aggie seniors Matt Sheldon, Brian Ford and Ramon Martin Del Campo were all named to the All-Big West Second Team, while sophomore goalie Armando Quezada and juniors Lucas Mohageg […]

Dunning: Big college football games on tap as four-team playoff approaches

This week’s picks are as follows: OREGON over UTAH … the Utes are capable, especially at home, but the high-flying Ducks have too many weapons at their disposal. Just ask Stanford. NOTRE DAME over ARIZONA STATE … the Irish still think they can qualify for the four-team national championship playoff, but so, too, does Arizona […]

Sports briefs: Devil tennis duo reaches section semifinals

Two of Davis High’s best singles players, senior Cat Paw U and sophomore Lauren Duan, developed some chemistry together when they teamed up to win the Delta League doubles championship. And that chemistry was on display Thursday as the third-seeded Blue Devil duo rolled through the first two rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Individual tournament at Johnson […]

Youth roundup: Hurricanes grab two wins at youth softball tourney

The Davis Hurricanes, a U12 fall softball team, topped the Five Cities Blackout, 14-4, in the opener of the Down & Dirty Tournament late last month, then added a close win over the American River Warriors in four games on the day. In beating the Blackout, Addy Schwarz had two hits and scored twice, Gabriella Lester, […]