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Zuri Berry: Turning a negative into a positive

Chris Davis must’ve thought all was lost early Sunday morning, when he awoke to his two Kawasaki motorcycles being stolen before his race in the E-Street Fall MX Series in Marysville.

Thanks to some good people ” and some better Samaritans ” those wrongs have been righted.

Three days after the theft, a couple of folks enticed by a $500 reward tracked down and located the Nevada Union student’s bikes.

“It’s awesome,” Davis said over the phone Tuesday. “I’m going to pick up the bikes right now.”

It’s just another example of good people doing good things in the Foothills. While we all slept in and watched our football Sunday morning, Davis and his father Mark Davis were out in Marysville looking to break in the youngster’s new 2009 Kawasaki KX250F ” only a week and a half old. Sunday would’ve been the bike’s first race. The thieves also took Davis’ 2005 Kawasaki KX250F, which was “tricked out” and labeled with all 16 of his sponsors.

When Pete Brown, owner of Roseville Yamaha, heard of the story from Scott Davis (no relation), the track’s owner, he quickly got a Yamaha for the younger Davis to race that Sunday.

I’d say Brown deserves a kudos. But the good deeds don’t end there.

Scott Davis put up the $500 award for the bikes because they happened at his track.

“He’s fantastic,” said Mark Davis of Scott. “He really took responsibility for what’s going on around here. I never blamed him or his wife. It wasn’t his fault. Thieves are thieves. I mean, there’s a six-foot fence around the track. It keeps the honest people out but not the thieves.”

The attitude is that folks like Scott Davis and Pete Brown are not only sympathetic to the plight of others, but they take action when folks are being wronged. Those are enviable traits and are actually reflective of the people in the Foothills communities.

It doesn’t matter if they’re up or down the hill. They did something they didn’t have to do and they should be applauded for such actions.

And to top it off, the men that retrieved the bikes showed some courage. After tracking down the alleged thieves and identifying the bikes, an argument ensued about their return, Chris Davis said. The two parties ended up getting into a fight, with the good guys winning.

I would never say that fighting is the best way to right a wrong, but apparently it worked in this situation and I’d dare add that a few lessons were learned ” by both parties.

“We come here for every weekend,” Chris Davis said. “We usually don’t lock anything up. I can say we’ve learned from this.”

And I’m sure the beaten, and probably embarrassed, have learned their lesson too ” do unto others as you wish those would do unto you.

The Davis’ are extremely thankful for those that helped them and I’m thankful that there are great people of this ilk that exist.

Zuri Berry is a sports writer at The Union. His column appears Wednesdays. You can also read his blog online at TheUnion.com/blogs/sports. To contact Zuri, e-mail zberry@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

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