LOCAL GLANCE (Sept. 12): Football, volleyball, golf, swimming
Badgers blow past Criminals
For most of Thursday night, coach Curt Weber said the Yuma High defense was basically chasing its own shadow against a speedy Tucson High team.
The speedy Badgers scored two special teams touchdowns in the first 5 minutes and the Criminals fell in Tucson 51-0.
“They are, by far – and we’ve played two other good teams so far – but they are, by far, the fastest team we’ve seen this year,” Weber said.
The Badgers (1-2) returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown then held the Criminals (0-3) to a three-and-out. They took the next punt in for a touchdown and a 15-0 lead.
Weber said the Criminals missed a field goal in the closing minute of the first quarter.
“We had shots to score, but once you give them the ball in the open field, it’s like chasing your own shadow. Or trying to tackle your own shadow. It’s really hard to do.”
Arturo Vargas had 17 carries for 93 yards, while Chris Gonzalez added 63 yards on 16 carries.
Desert View routs Kofa
Moving into the Desert View red zone in the final minute of the first half Thursday, it looked like Kofa was finally going to score.
But once again, the Kings failed to score, and after the Jaguars took the second-half kickoff back for a score, the rout was on.
The Kings fell 44-0 to the Jaguars in Tucson to fall to 0-3.
“It was probably the best half we played all year,” coach John Blabe said. “We were down 7-0 and driving with the ball, probably had about 100 yards of offense. But they returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and that’s all she wrote.”
Blabe said quarterback Tim Baumgarner had 90 of those 100 yards.
“Offensively, that was our best half of football,” Blabe said. “We just couldn’t knock it in. Then we just fell apart in the second half. We were back to our old selves. I guess were a one half football team.”
San Luis falls to North
The San Luis football team lost 67-0 to Phoenix-North on Thursday.
It was a reversal of fortune for North, which lost in 60-plus point shutouts in its first two games against 2012 playoff teams.
“They’ve got a lot more speed than Trevor Browne, I can tell you that much,” coach Doug Thompson said. “It wasn’t pretty.”
No stats were available from the game.
“They just lit us up on defense,” Thompson said. “We threw the ball – we didn’t throw it that bad – but we had a couple interceptions. We couldn’t even come close to their speed.”
Kofa sweeps again
The Kofa volleyball team picked up its third sweep in as many days on Thursday.
The Kings breezed past Phoenix-Camelback 25-18, 25-5, 25-11 to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Kenia Patron had 16 digs and Sally Gastelo had 12 assists for Kofa, which plays in a two-day tournament starting today at Flowing Wells in Tucson. Taylor Leonard and Jasmine Ortiz each had five kills in the win.
YC sweeps San Luis
The Yuma Catholic volleyball team finished its barnstorm of Yuma Union High School District teams with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 win at San Luis on Thursday.
The stretch started with a loss at Kofa Tuesday before winning at Gila Ridge Wednesday.
“We battled hard all week,” coach Marsis Gracis said. “We came out and played Kofa tough then had to go to Gila Ridge and played them well. We finished it off down in San Luis, and they were digging everything tonight. They made us earn it. It was a real good week.”
Sophie Edwards had 12 kills and 15 assists and Chelsey Mendenhall had 13 kills and 15 assists. Madison Brazeel added 19 digs.
Yuma High swept
The Yuma High volleyball team was swept 25-10, 25-14, 25-2 on Thursday night by Verrado.
No stats were available from the match. The Criminals host Holtville Monday.
Cibola boys win
The Cibola boys golf team carded a 180 on Thursday at Desert Hills against a Kofa team with two golfers.
Kody Fiser led the Raiders with a 38, earning his first state qualifying score of the year.
He needs five to earn a trip to the season finale.
Gary Wisener had a 41 and Ebe Ramirez a 44. Cameron Sharpe led the Kings with a 44.
Cibola splits with Mohave
The Cibola boys beat Mohave 127-56 but the girls lost 92-78.
Eli McBride was the Raiders’ only multiple winner, taking first in the diving portion with 220 points, then knocking 10 seconds of his 100 freestyle to win in 1:02.67.
Juan Covarrubias (27.89 in 100 free), Brandon Buthmann (6:14.86 in 500 free) and Donnie Buthmann (1:11.08 in 100 breaststroke) took first for the Raider boys.
Anna Gould (2:13.40 in 100 free), Alina Gonzalez (31.07 in 50 free) and Amanda Moser (7:21.65 in the 500 free) won for the Cibola girls.
AWC splits with PV
Arturo Valle scored two goals as Arizona Western defeated Paradise Valley 5-1 on Thursday, while the women lost to the No. 1 Pumas 3-2.
“It was a good win tonight for the men,” coach Kenny Dale said. “Our possession of the ball tonight was the key to victory and I am really proud of them for that.”
The Matador men improved to 4-2-1 overall and in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, while Paradise Valley dropped to 1-6.
On the women’s side, the Matadors took the top team in the country into overtime, but lost on a penalty kick by Nicole Nsa, the second goal for her on the night.
The Matadors were trailing 2-0 at halftime before goals by Elisa Espino and Greta Espinoza tied the game.
“I was really impressed with how we fought back after being down 0-2 to the No. 1 team in the nation,” Dale said.