Local Roundup: Sept. 6
Cibola volleyball squeaks past Gila Ridge in five
The Gila Ridge volleyball team forced a fifth and final game against Cibola, but the Raiders eked out a 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 21-25, 19-17 win on Tuesday.
The Raiders took the deciding game by taking advantage of an overpass by Gila Ridge as the Hawks fell to 1-3 on the year.
“It's going to take us getting to these close games over and over again until we break through and win one of them to prove that we can win these matches,” Gila Ridge coach Colleen Ford said. “I'm proud of my team, they hung in there and hang with these teams, but we just need that extra point or two to win these matches.”
Destiny Dilworth had 10 kills and Brittany Petkovich had 11 digs for the Hawks.
Bethany Olea was perfect in her serving for Cibola, going 16 for 16, with two aces. She also had 13 digs in the match.
Brandi Badilla led Cibola in kills with 14. Nicole Payne had 14 assists and went 23 for 27 serving with an ace for the Raiders. Amanda Nelson had 11 kills and seven blocks. Keevrin Mosley had 10 digs in the match.
Gila Ridge plays at El Centro-Southwest today.
Antelope falls to Parker
Parker beat Antelope 3-0 on Tuesday.
The Lady Broncs (2-1) beat the Rams 25-23, 25-17,25-16.
Brianna Bejarano had five kills, nine digs and four aces for the Rams (0-3). Santana Castro led the team in digs with 23. Jacey Burkes had seven kills, two blocks and three aces in the match.
“Even though we didn't win the game we played a lot better,” Antelope coach Anna Delgado said. “I was happy with that, because improvement is what I'm looking for.”
Kings beat Wildcats
The Kofa Kings picked up a victory on the road against Willow Canyon (0-2) on Tuesday night.
The Kings (3-1) swept the Wildcats 25-17, 25-23, 25-15.
“My team had a lot of good pickups tonight,” Kofa coach Brittany Garcia. “They hustled for every single ball and never gave up. They did not make a lot of mistakes tonight. They were just on their A-game tonight.”
Miranda Brookhart picked up 12 kills for the Kings. Maggie Galvan racked up 22 assists on the night, while MaKyla Orman had three blocks for Kofa.
River Valley defeats Yuma
The Criminals (0-2) travelled to River Valley only to lose 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Dust Devils won 25-13, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18.
Janeana Kosterlitzty led the Criminals with seven kills in the match. Brittney Ramos also had three kills on the night.
“We played very, very well,” Yuma coach Trish Malone said. “We saw a great deal of improvement from last Tuesday. Service errors basically bit us in the keister tonight. If we clean those up, we've got a pretty good thing going this year.”
Shamrocks take two from Salome
Yuma Catholic swept a doubleheader at Salome on Tuesday, winning the first match 13-25, 25-9, 25-21, 25-13 and the second match 25-9, 25-12,25-11.
YC (4-) had five players with more than eight kills.
The Shamrocks play at Tonopah on Thursday.
Cibola bests Central
Even with the Raiders' top five runners resting after this weekend's meet, Cibola still manages to beat El Centro-Central on Tuesday night at Wetland's Park.
The girls team won the meet with a score of 24. Central had a score of 31.
Andy Bedoya came in first for the Raiders with a time of 23:22. Her teammate Autumn Amidon came in third with a time of 24:40. Yessenia Rodriguez took fifth for the Raiders with a time of 24:52.
The boys team won their meet with a score of 20. The Central boys team scored a 35.
Oscar Castellanos, from Central, took first place in the meet with a time of 17:14. Cibola's Luis Garibay wasn't far behind, taking second with a time of 17:59. Andrew Almarez took third with a time of 18:46.
“Fortunately we have that depth where we can rest them (the top five) and still win the meet,” Cibola coach Kris Norton said. “We try to stay focused on the big races without giving up any victories for the local races.”
Diablos open season with a win
The Yuma Diablo started of their fall season with a sweep in the 17 and under division.
The Diablos went 5-0 in the Labor Day Arizona State Championship held over the weekend in Peoria.
They beat the Mesa Aces 14-2 and Glendale 7-4 on Saturday. They won both games on Sunday beating the Tucson A's 9-4 and the Arizona Elite 8-0.
The Diablos capped off the tournament beating Peoria 7-1 in the championship game on Monday.
“The boys played pretty well,” Diablos coach Faron Owl said. “We hit the ball pretty well. It was one of our better tournaments that we've played in awhile.”
The winning pitchers for the tournament included Jordhy Renteria, Ronnie Flores, Christian Marquez and Omar Celaya, all of which are from Cibola. Hayato Johnson from Gila Ridge also got a win for the Diablos.
The Diablos will host their own 17 & under tournament September 23 - 25.