Joe Davidson

Davis High beginning to warm up in baseball, track and soccer

It was quite a week for Davis High School, from the diamond to the track to the soccer pitch. And perfect timing, too, as the postseason looms.

Rounding into form after a slow start to the baseball season, the Blue Devils swept Jesuit 5-4 and 12-10 in Delta League play, knocking the Marauders down in the rankings from No.2 to No.5.

Despite being thinned by graduation, fourth-ranked Davis, remains in the league title hunt while building momentum for its main mission – defense of its Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship.

Davis entered the week with a five-game winning streak despite not having its top player, Ryan Kreidler. The shortstop has been sidelined because of a wrist injury, playing only the season opener March 4. The junior, who has verbally committed to UCLA, hopes to return for the postseason.

Drew Gnos leads the Blue Devils in batting (.352), RBIs (16) and runs (20). He had three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI and scored three runs in the 12-10 victory over Jesuit that clinched a playoff berth. The pitching staff includes freshman left-hander Tyler Mortensen, who has three wins and an 0.93 ERA. He beat Elk Grove, which was No. 1 at the time, 7-1 on April 20.

On the strength of its 15-1-1 record, Davis’ nationally ranked girls soccer team earned the No. 1 seed in the section Division I playoffs, which start Tuesday. Led by attackers Sidra Bugsch and Julia Curtis, the Blue Devils open against Edison of Stockton as they seek their second title since 2011 and fifth overall.

On the track, nationally recognized Blue Devils runner Fiona O’Keeffe offered another glimpse of her endurance and talent, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday at American River College.

The junior won the 1,600 in a state-leading 4 minutes, 49.47 seconds and coasted in the 3,200 in 10:28.94 (she is the state leader at 10:15.53.).

Davis’ Willie Hall won the boys 800 in 1:53.74 and Michael Vernau the 3,200 in 9:20.19.

Meet of Champions highlights – Sheldon’s boys 4x100 relay team (Stephon Rhodes, Marcus Beloney, Elias Brown and Erick Spivey) won in 42.04 seconds, the fastest time in Northern California this season. In the 4x400 relay, Sheldon’s Cameron Stone, Derek Dokter, Spivey and Beloney set a NorCal best, 3:18.91. Beloney also won the 400 in 48.12.

▪ Darrin Paulo of Grant won the discus (179 feet) and the shot put (61-61/2), both season bests. In the shot, Paulo edged friendly rival Jonah Williams of Folsom (60-91/4).

▪ State leader Austin Laut of Oak Ridge captured the pole vault with a season-best 16-31/4.

▪ NorCal leader Arturo Sotomayor of Roseville won the 1,600 in 4:13.02, with Sean Kurdy of Jesuit second in 4:17.30.

▪ Pleasant Grove’s Rae’vyn Lawler (11.93) edged Cosumnes Oaks’ Natsumi McGee (12.01) to win the girls 100 meters.

▪ John McDonald of Lincoln-Stockton set the state’s best time (10.50)in the 100 meters, with Woodcreek’s Tyus Williamson second in a personal-best 10:67, the third-fastest NorCal mark. McDonald also won the 200 in a NorCal-best 21.53.

▪ Ariane Arndt of St. Francis won the girls 800 in 2:13.72. She has the state’s second-fastest time, 2:10.05.

Placer honors – Placer’s inaugural Hall of Fame banquet Saturday honored the school’s best athletes of all time, punctuated by a father-daughter combo.

Ryan Hyatt set middle-distance records in the early 1970s that still stand at Placer. He then coached daughter Lindsayto four consecutive CIF State 800-meter championships in the late 1990s. Lindsay’s baby sitter was Stacy Dragila, another Placer inductee who won an Olympic gold medal in the pole vault.

Other individual inductees were athletes Gary Anderson (wrestling and football), Jeff Blauser (baseball and football), Ola Lee Murchison (multiple sports) and Bernhard Peat (multiple sports) and coaches Tom Barry (basketball), Earl Crabbe (multiple sports), Ralph LeFebvre (track and basketball) and Bill Miller (football and girls tennis). Also inducted were the 1989-90 girls basketball team, the CIF State Division III champion, public address announcer Bob Burge and principal Jug Covich.


Records through Saturday; previous ranking in parentheses


1. Elk Grove (4) 16-8

2. Franklin (3) 20-5

3. Oak Ridge (1) 23-4

4. Davis (6) 14-11

5. Jesuit (2) 17-8

6. Woodland (5) 18-6

7. Pleasant Grove (8) 11-14

8. Rocklin (9) 11-13

9. Granite Bay (10) 12-11

10. Woodcreek (11) 12-10-1

11. McClatchy (12) 18-6

12. El Camino (16) 13-8

13. Vista del Lago (15) 18-6

14. Oakmont (17) 16-10

15. Roseville (19) 16-10

16. Lincoln (20) 18-6

17. Rio Americano (13) 15-9

18. Christian Bros. (14) 13-11

19. Yuba City (-) 14-11

20. Sacramento (-) 17-7

Joe Davidson


Records through Saturday; previous ranking in parentheses

Team Record

1. Elk Grove (1) 23-2

2. Woodcreek (2) 20-1-1

3. Pioneer (3) 22-2

4. Sheldon (4) 19-6

5. Del Campo (7) 17-8

6. Ponderosa (6) 21-3

7. Bella Vista (5) 19-6-1

8. Roseville (8) 16-9

9. Bear River (9) 18-6

10. Del Oro (18) 15-9

11. Vista del Lago (19) 17-7

12. Casa Roble (13) 15-7

13. St. Francis (16) 14-12

14. Pleasant Grove (11) 15-10

15. Rocklin (12) 13-9

16. Cosumnes Oaks (10) 14-12

17. Lincoln (14) 17-8

18. Antelope (15) 13-14

19. Franklin (17) 16-9-1

20. Whitney (20) 11-16

Mike Finnerty