Local Roundup: Feb. 5
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
YC falls to Red Rock
Short-handed Yuma Catholic didn’t have enough magic left for another run at the state semifinals, losing to Sedona Red Rock 4-2 on Saturday in a 1A/2A/3A Girls Soccer State quarterfinal.
The No. 12 Shamrocks were already missing three starters due to injury entering the game, and lost forward Jocelyn Higuera shortly after they took a 2-1 lead in the 22nd minute.
Coach Jesus Quintana said that injury proved too much to overcome.
“When we got ahead, our confidence was a lot higher because we thought we could compete with them,” Quintana said. “But after the injury, we just weren’t able to recover.”
The Shamrocks, who entered the tournament last year as the No. 11 seed but reached the semifinals, fell behind 1-0 when freshman goalie Evita Jarmarillo, playing for one of the injured starters, punched away a high shot attempt. But Sedona Red Rock knocked in the rebound.
But Jackie Hill tied the game in the 15th minute, then Morgan Frank gave the Shamrocks the lead. But after the injury, Red Rock scored three straight to advance to the semifinals.
Yuma Catholic had just one senior in its starting lineup.
“That’s been the toughest part of the season,” Quintana said. “We had all those underclassmen. It makes a big difference.”
11 Raiders guaranteed state trip
Cibola had four wrestlers claim championships at the Raiders’ Division I Section I Championship on Saturday and 11 automatic qualifiers in all as they took first place with 276 points, 52 points ahead of runner-up Desert Vista.
The Raiders also have two wrestlers alive for a wild-card berth to the state tournament. The top wrestler among the sixth-place finishers at each of the three sectionals will earn a spot. That will be decided at a seeding meeting today.
Adam Razo (152) was the lone Raider to win on a pin in the championship round, but Rafael Jaimes (103), Adam Ludwin (119) and Isaac Camarillo (112) also won sectional titles.
Other Raider qualifiers for state were Luis Nunez (third at 125), Eric Arias (second at 130), Pierre Gaud (fourth at 135), Pablo Moreno (second at 140), Andrew Garcia (second at 145), Pedro Rosas (third at 160) and Tracy Chavez (second at 215).
Ricardo Morales (171) and heavyweight Arturo Gaona will find out their fates today.
The state tournament is Thursday and Friday at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott.
Also at the sectional, Kofa sent three through to state. Juan Ortiz won the heavyweight championship, while Elder Origel took second at 152 and Mikey Arce was fourth at 112. Joe Solorio is alive for a state berth depending on the seeding meeting with his sixth-place finish at 189.
Yuma had four qualify for state as the Criminals finished sixth as a team. James Gomez (171) took second, Alberto Heras (145) finished third, Richard Cabrera (189) took fourth and Chris Marquez (112) took fifth.
Gila Ridge had three first-place finishers and eight total qualifiers at the Division II Section II Championship. Two more are alive for wild-card berths. The Hawks finished 20 points behind first-place Marcos de Niza.
Taking first for the Hawks was Abel Mejia at 119, Alex Jordan at 125 and Kevin Jumbeck at 160. Other qualifiers were Austin Gerber (fourth at 103), Jose Cazares (third 130), Isaac Saenz (second at 140), Alex Diaz (fifth at 171) Eddie Pena (second at heavyweight).
Alive for a wild-card berth are Fernando Martinez (145) and Juan Reyes (189).
In the Division IV Section I championship at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Antelope had seven wrestler qualify for state and has two more waiting to see if they make the cut.
Reigning heavyweight state champion Johnny Salcido finished first and will be the top seed in his bracket at the state tournament. Also qualifying for the Rams are: Kurtis Skousen (second at 145), Michael Tyler (third at 135), Colt Pelfrey (fourth at 160), Chad Cullison (fifth at 103), Hugo Saboria (fifth at 119) and Jason St. Clair (fifth at 130).
Jose Valdez (112) and Travis Cullison (152) will wait to hear if they make the state tournament.
San Pasqual only took five wrestlers and qualified three. Joe Delgado won at 103 pounds, while Reggie Sanchez (130) and Andrew Baltazar (140) took second.