Friday, October 24, 2008

Blog has moved

For the past couple months, we at the Enterprise have been managing two identical sports blogs hosted at different web sites, this one and the one available through our newspaper web site.

This will be the final post on this blog and we will be permanently moving to the new blog, so to see new posts you will have to visit that one.

Here is the link to the new blog.

You can also access it by going to and clicking on "Blogs" at the top, and then "Enterprise sports blog".

Outside of the site at which we will post, nothing will change about the blog. We look forward to providing you with extra tidbits of information on our blog that doesn't make the paper.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Farewell, Davis

Sadly, this will be my last post with The Davis Enterprise.

On Thursday, I was informed that the sports editor position was eliminated for budgetary reasons and my services were no longer needed. How can a newspaper survive without a sports editor? Well, you'll have to ask The Enterprise about that one.

Despite the way things ended, I enjoyed my four years in Davis. It was quite a culture change from conservative, rural Marysville (where I worked last) but I adapted eventually.

I will miss the relationships I formed with several individuals, both at UC Davis and Davis High School. It was always a pleasure coordinating our football preview cover with Aggie coach Bob Biggs. No matter how strange the cover sounded originally, he always humored us.

I will miss talking with Davis High coaches like Paul Ochs, Bill Gregg, Dan Gazzaniga and Leigh Whitmire as well. They always seemed to make my job easier and I was floored by the dedication to their sports.

It was a challenge adapting to UC Davis' transition to Division I, but I think our sports writers did an incredible job. We've tried to expand coverage of sports like men's soccer and baseball in the past two years as those programs gained national attention.

My fondest memory reporting on a game came in June when the baseball team played the Cardinal at the Stanford regional. I can still feel the noise from the big Davis crowd as it hung on every Eddie Gamboa pitch in the ninth inning.

As for me, I will bounce back. Maybe I will see Lane Kiffin on the unemployment line.

Thanks for the memories, Davis.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Biggs on comebacks

Enterprise photo editor Wayne Tilcock put together a video package of UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs talking about some of the top comebacks in Aggie history.

Chris Saur's 60-inch epic story, which featured thoughts of ex-coach Fred Arp as well, ran in Friday's edition.

Here's the link to Wayne's package.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bulldogs run over Devils

Alex Bell's 180 yards on the ground and 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown weren't enough as the Davis High football team fell 56-28 to Vacaville on Friday night at Halden Field.

Vacaville (3-2) got it done on the ground, rushing for 376 yards with Jimmy Hines leading the way by getting 215 on 15 carries and three touchdowns.

The Blue Devils (0-5) had their best offensive game of the season, with their 28 points being twice as many as they scored in their first four games combined.

DHS tied the game at 21 late in the first half on an 18 yard scamper by Bell before Vacaville scored 28 straight points to put the game away.

Also on Friday, Dixon ran wild on Brookside Christian in a 43-0 rout and Pioneer was overwhelmed by Roseville 48-13. Woodland fell to Rio Americano 24-21 on Saturday.

For more on the game, check out Sunday's Enterprise.

- Conor Tekautz

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Now on deck ...

UC Davis women's soccer is the next sport we'll feature on the UC Davis page on Wednesday.

The Aggies are 5-4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Big West Conference after consecutive 1-0 setbacks to UC Irvine and Long Beach State.

UCD had won four in a row before that - all of those one-goal victories.

The Aggies are still a very young team: Nine freshmen and six sophomores are part of the roster. One of the few senior starters - Molly Scott - is pictured against Sacramento State.

By the way, the Aggies are home this week, facing UC Riverside on Friday and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Where does finish stack up?

The Greg Denham-to-Bakari Grant touchdown pass on the game's final play against Northern Colorado will go down as one of the top finishes in UC Davis' history.

Where does it stack up?

We'll explore that issue this week at The Enterprise.

Feel free to weigh in with other memorable finishes.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New Woodland rivalry?

David Butterworth’s return to Halden Field was a success on Friday as visiting Pioneer knocked off Davis 21-7 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Blue Devils (0-4) made some progress, as they turned the ball over just once and cut back on penalties. DHS’ run defense - except for a Martin Galindo 67-yard run - was solid. The Patriots were missing their top running back in Kalin Carlos (high ankle sprain).

DHS running back Alex Bell, who carried the ball a whopping 28 times, found the end zone from 11 yards out in the second quarter to make it a 14-7 game.

The Patriots (3-1) helped put the game away, however with a 23-yard touchdown from quarterback Pat Colin to Galindo with 4 minutes, 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Colin connected with James Tillman a 23-yard score in the first quarter as well.

The Blue Devils had a chance for a second score in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter but the drive stalled on Pioneer’s four-yard line.

In other area games, Dixon fell to rival Vanden 14-7 in a tight game in Fairfield. Michael Hendrix scored on a 37-yard touchdown, but the Vikings took advantage of two Ram turnovers for their two scores. Also, Woodland fell to Roseville 27-9 and Anderson beat Winters 8-0.

For more prep football action, check out Sunday’s Enterprise.

Monday, September 29, 2008

UC Davis page starts Wednesday

Our UC Davis page will begin again this week. Look for it every Wednesday.

This week, we'll focus on UC Davis volleyball's fast start. The Aggies led nationally ranked Long Beach State 2-0 on Saturday before falling in the final three games.

UCD's new coach Jamie Holmes' team is 8-7 overall, a marked improvement for a program that went 4-24 the last two seasons. Senior Renee Ibekwe is pictured in a match against Sacramento State.

Every week the page will focus on Aggie programs like soccer, volleyball, water polo and cross country, which sometimes get overshadowed by UCD football and basketball.

The page will feature standings, statistics and a look at upcoming games.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Greetings from New England

BROOKLINE, Mass - I have arrived at Northeastern’s Parsons Field after getting lost for the second time in just 11 hours of being in Boston.

While Google maps seemingly provide perfect directions for the city of Boston, the lack of street signs make it a tough area to navigate.

Though there was apparently a downpour here on Friday, and the skies seem ready to empty at any moment, there has so far been just a sprinkling of rain. The field looks to be in good shape but, like the skies, it also seems poised to become a rainy mess.

Parsons Field is a stark contrast to the 25,000-plus seat stadium the Aggies played in last weekend in Montana. It is essentially a high school stadium, which seats just more than 2,000 fans. Of the teams I’ve seen in the last few years of covering high school and college football, only Davis High would be jealous of this stadium.

Despite this being the Huskies’ first home game of 2008, there probably no more than 700 fans in attendance at the moment due to threat of some pretty heavy rain. About 25 percent of those people are UCD fans that made the trip, including a 15-person group for the Aggie Band-uh.

UCD running back Joe Trombetta is dressed (albeit wearing the No. 6 which usually belongs to Chris Miller who is not with the team because of injury) but will not start. Trombetta has been nursing an ankle injury and participated in most of the week’s practice but I suspect the sloppy conditions could make head coach Bob Biggs weary of playing him unless he needs to.

Brandon Tucker, who performed well as the feature back last week with Trombetta out, will get the start.

- Chris Saur

Friday, September 26, 2008

Devils penalized heavily in loss

VACAVILLE - The Davis High football team totaled 143 yards on 14 penalties against 139 yards of offense in a 22-7 loss to Will C. Wood on Friday at Vacaville's Tom Zunino stadium.

The Wildcats ran the ball 44 times for 191 yards with Mike McChristian leading the way with 56 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Josh Landers added 39 yards on 12 rushes and two short touchdown runs.

The Blue Devils drove 77 yards on 12 plays at the end of the first half for their first touchdown of the season. Derek Nelson found Darius Harris in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

Among the plays DHS had negated, the two biggest were a 50-yard return on the opening kickoff by Nelson, and a 45-yard touchdown scamper by Alex Bell which would have cut the lead to 22-14 with 8 minutes to go.

The win was Wood's first on the field since Oct. 7, 2006 - the Wildcats lost to Fairfield in 2007 but ended up winning because Fairfield used an ineligible player.

The question is now - when will the Blue Devils pick up their first win? DHS takes on Division III Pioneer next week at Halden Field. The Patriots beat Foothill 21-16 on Friday.

In other area games, Woodland beat El Camino 24-14 in a Thursday matchup. Dixon rushed for 298 yards and improved to 2-1 with a 22-7 win over Amador. LaRoy Jones and Jason Harvey rushed for TDs and Jeffrey Anderson tossed a TD as well. Winters lost its third straight after a 26-21 loss to Vacaville Christian.

For more on the game, check out Sunday's Enterprise.

- Conor Tekautz