May 2, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis tennis players Megan Heneghan and Toki Sherbakov captured first place in the Individual or Duo category while the Aggie women's tennis team claimed winning honors in the Group division, highlighting the fifth installment of the Aggie Idol student-athlete charity talent show held at Freeborn Hall Wednesday evening. The Heneghan/Sherbakov duo sang the Beatles' "Let It Be," while the women's tennis team performed "Tennis Side Story," a nod to the popular Broadway musical.
Aggie Idol is organized by the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and hosted by SAAC officers Jonathan Peterson, Bridget Bugbee, Bobby Erskine and Laura Sunday. All profits from the show supported Team Davis, a local nonprofit developed to enrich the lives of people with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Members of Team Davis, who hail from the city and its neighboring communities, compete in the Special Olympics plus a variety of other athletic, recreational, cultural and social activities.
A veteran of the American Idol auditions for which Aggie Idol is named, Heneghan finished the night as a double winner. She sang vocals for the Beatles' "Let It Be" in the evening's opening act, with Sherbakov providing piano accompaniment. Heneghan then portrayed a Cal Poly tennis player in her team's dance sketch, which pitted Aggies vs. Mustangs in lieu of the Jets-against-Sharks rivalry from West Side Story.
Track and field jumper Igor Seriba a.k.a. "Iggy," part of last year's winning group act, teamed up with Ray Green for the runner-up act in the Individual/Duo race, giving a rap performance entitled "Iggy's Feeling Great, Feeling Good." Lacrosse defender Carly Voris and tennis player Kyle Miller finished third with the guitar/piano/vocals duet called "The Player and The Poet."
The judging panel of women's basketball coach Jennifer Gross, men's basketball coach Jim Les and women's swimming coach Barbara Jahn appeared to reward creativity in the Group category. Finishing second in the Group category was "Glow Stick It" by the women's gymnastics team, which gave an imaginative dance number in which the student-athletes wore fluorescent glow sticks and glow necklaces on a darkened stage. Taking third place was "Swim Monsters," featuring 11 members of the women's swimming and diving team in goggles, floaties and zombie garb, all dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Perhaps the biggest crowd-pleaser was "Old School" by Tyler Les, Paolo Mancasola and Josh Ritchart. The men's basketball trio recreated the dance scene from their sketch's namesake film - including a spot-on version of Will Ferrell's "ribbon dance." On a more touching note was "Aria's Aria," in which tennis player Chris Aria sang a heartfelt duet of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" with guitarist Jeff Mac Schroeder.
Other acts included "The Songbirds" by Bobby Erskine and 2011 winner Dwight Smith, "Men's Soccer Serenade" by the men's soccer team; distance runners Courtney Crosta and Drew Petersen's performance of Coldplay's "Fix You," and the field hockey team's dance number "Nadia's Friendship Group." Team Davis also took the stage for a lip sync of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock `n' Roll." Even the show emcees got involved with a spoof of the film Titanic to launch the night.
This is the second year Aggie Idol has supported Team Davis. Past versions of the talent show raised donations for Invisible Children (2009), Special Olympics Northern California (2008) and Heifer International (2007). For more information on supporting Team Davis, visit http://www.team-davis.org.