IRVINE — UC Davis junior guard Elijah Pepper has been named to the 2022-23 All-Big West Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaching Squad, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Pepper is coming off back-to-back second-team All-Big West selections as he led the Aggies with a career-high 15.1 points per game. The Selah, Wash. native was fifth in the conference in scoring, second in steals and second in threes per game at 1.6 and 2.3, respectively.

The 6-foot-4 guard posted 20 double-digit performances and averaged a career-high 5.4 rebounds per game.

Pepper has increased his goal production each season and enters the season averaging 12.2 points and 5.2 boards per game on 119 three-pointers.

UC Davis was selected to finish sixth in the preseason coaches poll with 54 points. UC Santa Barbara was expected to win the league with 99 points and nine votes for first place.

The Aggies will start the road season in Cal on Monday, November 7. Next, UCD will open the roster at home against Cal Maritime on Wednesday, November 9.

DHS Girls Field Hockey

Emma Brayton scored on a penalty corner shot, which proved to be the difference for the Davis High women’s field hockey team as they cruised to a 2-1 win over Pleasant Valley on the road on Tuesday.

Davis (9-0 in the Eastern Athletic League, 10-5) scored his only goals of the game in the fourth and first quarters.

Eveyln Soller scored the other goal for the Blue Devils in the first quarter, also on a penalty corner shot.

Davis and Pleasant Grove face off again Tuesday at Ron and Mary Brown Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m.

DHS Girls Golf

The Davis High women’s golf team played in the Delta League center meet on Monday, but could not qualify for the Sac-Joaquin section meet as a team.

Blue Devil players Saera Ojha and Alessandra Tracking qualified as individuals for the section’s Divisional I tournament, which will take place at the Timber Creek Golf Course in Roseville on Monday

Saera also made All-League.

Junior Blue Devils

The Davis Jr. Blue Devils midget football team lost to the East Nicholas Jr. Spartans 38-8 at Ron and Mary Brown Stadium on October 15.

Brannon Hicklin caught a 28-yard pass from Lucas O’Hare for the Jr. Blue Devils’ only score. Landry Clark kicked off the extra run.

Hicklin finished the night rushing for 41 yards and catching two passes for 32 yards.

Simon Pypendop had 24 yards on six carries.

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