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Ex-athletes recall 'Donna Momma' Davis as 'tiny, huge gal'


May 5, 2021

DONNA DAVIS, right, is pictured poolside, a familiar environment, during a swim meet. She coached Sweet Home Swim Club swimmers for many years.

Donna Davis is remembered for a lot of things.

That piercing whistle, which would cut like a knife through the crowd noise at competitions, supporting Husky wrestlers on the mat and swimmers in the pool.

The end-of-the-season spaghetti dinners.

The no-nonsense concern for kids' welfare and improvement.

The constant, positive presence.

Those leg-shaving parties for her swimmers before big meets.

"A tiny, huge gal," was how former Husky swimming star Leah (Land) Bishop put it.

"She was a little gal, but she had a voice like a boombox," said Alex Paul, whose son was a wrestler and who k...

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