Union Mine’s Ali McDonald, center, goes for a layup against Sheldon’s Melissa Gilmore, left, and Alina Higgins during last month’s Jan Vitel Tournament. McDonald is the top scorer for the 18-1 Diamondbacks.
Union Mine’s Ali McDonald, center, goes for a layup against Sheldon’s Melissa Gilmore, left, and Alina Higgins during last month’s Jan Vitel Tournament. McDonald is the top scorer for the 18-1 Diamondbacks. Mark Studyvin Mountain Democrat (Placerville)
Union Mine’s Ali McDonald, center, goes for a layup against Sheldon’s Melissa Gilmore, left, and Alina Higgins during last month’s Jan Vitel Tournament. McDonald is the top scorer for the 18-1 Diamondbacks. Mark Studyvin Mountain Democrat (Placerville)
Joe Davidson

Joe Davidson

A unique perspective on sports in the Sacramento region, from high schools to the pros

Why the Union Mine girls basketball team is 18-1 without doing ‘anything super fancy’

January 22, 2018 05:07 PM

About This Blog


Joe Davidson has covered sports for The Sacramento Bee since 1988. He's an award-winning authority on high school sports, specializing in going behind the scenes to report on what makes teams and athletes unique. Though Davidson has been accused of being a graduate of Del Oro, De La Salle, Elk Grove, Franklin, Grant, Granite Bay, Jesuit, Oak Ridge, Rocklin, St. Francis and many other local schools, he attended high school in Oregon, where he participated in football and track.

Contact Davidson at jdavidson@sacbee.com or on twitter at @SacBee_JoeD.

Facebook: Sacramento Bee High School Sports

Sports Night


Sign up to receive breaking sports news alerts and the Sports Night newsletter with late-breaking developments, stats and scores.