Davis Magnet aims for three-peat at Daily Pilot Cup

Keith Frainie remembers the playful teasing he received. It doesn’t seem that long ago when his friends poked fun about the school team he coached at the Daily Pilot Cup.

“‘You’re more of an academic school,’ that’s what they would tell me,’” Frainie said of what others told him about Davis Magnet School. “I would tell them, ‘I have a couple more years. We’re going to come around.’”

Come around, Davis did. Frainie helped form what might be a Ducks dynasty. Davis Magnet has won back-to-back titles in the boys’ fifth- and sixth-grade Gold Division of the Daily Pilot Cup, which began Tuesday and ends Sunday.

Frainie has handed off the reins to coaches Owen Markert and Mike D’Alessandro who are well aware of what Davis has accomplished the past two years at the Daily Pilot Cup.

In 2015, Davis capped a 5-0 run in the tournament with a 6-2 victory over Whittier, and outscored opponents 25-8 along the way. It was the Ducks’ first Pilot Cup crown since it became a magnet school in 2007.

Last year, the Ducks went 5-0 again in the tournament, and beat Whittier in the final again, this time 4-1. They outscored opponents 18-3 and squeaked past Mariners Christian on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Markert and D’Alessandro can only hope for the same type of team chemistry the Ducks possessed the past two years.

“I just had a really good group of players both years,” said Frainie, who has been the Davis Magnet liaison for the Pilot Cup for five years. “The teams had a few club players, and a few extra-level players. They really knew how to play as a team, so it made my job pretty easy.”

Frainie’s son, Miles, was also a part of both championships. Frainie is now coaching his daughter, Siena, in the girls’ fifth- and sixth-grade Bronze Division.

Markert and D’Alessandro have their respective sons on the Davis team this year. Markert’s son is Aidan, and D’Alessandro’s…

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