Local Roundup: Jan. 21
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
Kings hand Raiders first region loss
Kofa took a 2-1 lead into halftime and held on to defeat Cibola by that score at home on Friday for the Kings' third win this week.
Lesly Salazar scored the game-winner with 15 minutes left in the first half for the Kings, who gave the Raiders their first loss in Gila Valley Region play. Abigail Rosales had the Kings' first score.
Mikisa Armenta had 10 saves for Kofa. Andrea Bedoya scored in the 27th minute for the Raiders.
“It was a great end to a great week for us,” Kofa coach Marisela Velasquez said. “Our girls battled all game and worked hard to hold them in the second half. Everyone came off the field exhausted.”
Kofa plays at Lake Havasu on Tuesday.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
Gila Ridge loses heartbreaker
For about 78 minutes, the Gila Ridge Hawks boys soccer team had upset in their minds.
But it wasn't meant to be as No. 3 San Luis (10-1 overall, 7-1 GVR) scored on a header off a free kick with about two minutes left to beat the Hawks 2-1 in a GVR contest Friday.
“San Luis is one of the better teams in the state,” Hawks coach Jay VanWassenhoven said. “We almost pulled it off.”
Lupe Paz scored off of Andres Argaez's assist in the seventh minute to give the Hawks (2-8, 2-6) a 1-0 lead.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Cibola outpaces San Luis
Sophomore Jordan Mitchell scored a season-high 32 points as Cibola defeated San Luis 69-57 in a Gila Valley Region contest Friday at Raider Gym.
“I'm not expecting this out of a sophomore,” Cibola coach Tim Keller said. “He's really stepping up.”
Trailing by as much as seven in the first half, Keller said he inserted sophomore Brett Boyer, who was brought up to the game from the junior varsity squad, and had him and Mitchell break San Luis' zone defense.
Mitchell nailed six 3-pointers while Boyer drained four en route to 14 points. Deante Gaines and Paul Mitchell added 10 each for Cibola (7-1 overall, 3-1 GVR).
San Luis (4-7, 1-3) was led by Mark Ochoa and Orlando Lopez. They both scored 19 apiece.
Shamrocks get big win
Yuma Catholic picked up a big win with a 61-48 victory over No. 12 Horizon Honors at home on Friday.
Bradley Crye led the Shamrocks with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Tommy Pistone added 15 points, 12 of which came from 3-pointers.
Matt Koppinger led YC's 1-2-2 zone defense that limited the Eagles and scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
“We knew we needed a good win to get us into the playoff hunt and we got it tonight,” Yuma Catholic coach Brooks Neumann said. “We've been playing pretty good since Christmas and we had to play our best to win this one and we did.”
Yuma Catholic plays host to Antelope on Tuesday.
Tecumseh paces Warriors
Chaz Tecumseh was one of two Warriors with a double-double in San Pasqual's 53-39 home win over Mayer on Friday.
Tecumseh had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Manny Sanchez had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Lomaintewa had 18 points to lead the Warriors.
San Pasqual was down one at halftime but outscored Mayer 20-9 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Hawks use big second half to bury Criminals
Gila Ridge had three players score in double figures as the Hawks defeated Yuma High 50-27 at home on Friday.
The Hawks outscored the Criminals 31-10 in the second half and held the Crims to two points in the third quarter.
Bryce Patane led the Hawks with 12 points and Lance McLaren and Kelvin Harold had 11 points. Corey Semler added nine for Gila Ridge.
Gila Ridge (8-11 overall, 2-2 GVR) plays host to Lake Havasu on Tuesday.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Hawks lock down Crims
Vivian Rowland led Gila Ridge with 23 points in a 56-16 win at Yuma High on Friday.
Summer Ehrig added 12 points for the Hawks (7-2 AIA, 3-2 GVR).
“We came out and played great defense and battled all game,” Gila Ridge coach David Schultz said. “Now we need to carry this momentum with us in our next game.”
Gila Ridge plays at Lake Havasu on Tuesday.
Horizon Honors too much for YC
Horizon Honors shot red-hot from the field and dropped Yuma Catholic 67-32 on Friday.
Makena Zamora and Madison Brazeel had 10 points each for the host Shamrocks.
San Pasqual can't overcome Mayer
Down a point with two minutes left, San Pasqual couldn't get over the hump in a 45-41 loss to Mayer.
Coach Patricia Malvido said her Warriors had problems passing all night. She said stats from the game were not available.
Raiders roll Sidewinders
Cibola beat San Luis 62-30 on Friday.
Brandi Badilla had 12 rebounds and Alexis Evans added eight rebounds for the Raiders.
Cibola (8-1 overall, 3-0 GVR) hosts Yuma High on Tuesday.
Hawks in hunt at Salpointe
Gila Ridge has six wrestlers competing in the semifinals of the Salpointe Catholic Invitational in Tucson.
The Hawks entered the day in second place behind Tucson-Ironwood Ridge in the 25-team field.
The wrestlers in the semifinals are Abel Mejia (119), Alex Jordan (119), Jose Cazares (130), Isaac Saenz (140), Kevin Jumbeck (160) and Juan Reyes (189).
The Hawks also have five wrestlers the consolation bracket who can add to their final point total.
Kofa's Arce, Solorio undefeated
Two Kofa wrestlers enter the final day of the Pack Invitational at Peoria-Centenial undefeated.
Mickey Arce (112) and Jose Solorio (189) each went 5-0, while Brian Landeros (160) and Roberto de la Joya (171) were 4-1. Kofa was in 14th place in the 30-team tourney.
There are four more duals today, and then the top two wrestlers from each of the two pools advance to the individual semifinals.