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May 16, 2016

The playoffs have begun. We had our first game today against Vacaville and won 2-1.

There are twelve teams in the division 1 (large high schools) section of the Sac Joaquin Northern bracket. The teams come from three different leagues: the top five teams from the Delta League (ours); the top four from the Sierra Foothill League; and the top three from the Montecito Empire League. Todays round was an elimination round, meaning if you lose, you’re out of the playoffs. Glad we won. Thursday’s game is also a “play in” game, so it’s also a must win (or go home) situation. Then, should we survive beyond that, we enter the four-team tournament, which is double elimination. The winner of that is crowned Northern Bracket champ, and goes on to compete against the winner of the southern bracket. THAT is the big prize. And that is the one Davis has won three times (as recently as 2014). It takes a lot of talent and a good measure of luck to get that far. Wish us a bit of the latter.

Lotta tournament detail for ya.

Anyway, the game today against Vacaville was played on our field, and it represented the final game ever on the Blue Devil diamond for the graduating seniors. All remaining games–and we hope there will be many–will be played at Sac City College and, if we’re still in ’til the end, University of the Pacific down in Stockton.

Sniff.

So… here are some parting shots:

Taken last week on Senior Day… this is our graduating senior:

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Photo credit: Mark Martin

Below is the home game press box crew:

Anya and Shelby, DHS seniors who are volunteer team managers, and who run the scoreboard, cue walk-up music, fetch line-ups, ice, and do whatever the coaches need them to do. Sweet and helpful.

And Dianna and me… seasoned, faithful (or is it obsessive) scorekeepers:

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Peter took the above picture. Speaking of whom, this is Peter, our absolutely wonderful announcer, posing with Dianna:

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I guess we’re all feeling sentimental… here’s another:

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(Damn, I’m gonna miss this stuff.)

Here’s the view from my perch…

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Here’s one that Wes took just after today’s victory..

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Coach Dan Ariola and his graduating seniors:

Daniel, Mason, Ryan, James, Solly, Hunter, Pierce, Gabe, Peter and Ray.

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And finally, in the this-doesn’t-happen-often catagory…

The boys decided to wear dress shirts and ties to school today in honor of the opening day of the playoffs:

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