Local Glance: Prep Volleyball, Prep Cross Country
Cibola outlasts Yuma High
After dropping the first two games, the Yuma High volleyball team scratched and clawed its way back but eventually fell to the Raiders in the season opener at Cibola.
The Raiders won 25-19, 25-14, 16-25, 22-25, 15-5.
“The kids never quit,” Yuma High coach Trish Malone said about coming back after a lopsided second game. “Cibola hit the ball very, very well in the fifth game.”
Senior outside hitter Janeana Kosterlistzky led the Criminals with 17 kills.
“They were all on the floor all night — diving, rolling, chasing. They were hustling everywhere,” Malone said.
The Raiders (1-0) host Gila Ridge at 6 p.m. Thursday and the Criminals (0-1) travel to Holtville on Thursday.
Yuma Catholic drops opener
Poor passing doomed the Shamrocks in the season opener at home against Parker.
The Broncs came away with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-16 win on Tuesday.
“I think it was a little nerves playing at home. We're still trying to figure out how to play together,” Yuma Catholic coach Maris Grasis said.
Junior outside hitter Chelsea Mendenhall led the Shamrocks with 11 kills and had an ace while senior outside hitter Kalaina Barnett had 10 kills and two aces.
The Shamrocks can pick up their first win today when they travel to face Gila Bend.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Kings' boys, Hawks' girls take first
The Kofa boys and Gila Ridge girls enjoyed the first cross country meet of the year hosted by Yuma High at West Wetlands Park.
The Kings won with 25 points on the boys side, with Yuma High in second (36) and Gila Ridge in third (116). The Hawks' girls, though, came away winners with 26 points — beating second-place Kofa (40) and third-place Yuma High (107).
Robert Salazar took first place for Kofa, which also had Juan Pablo Figueroa finish in fifth place. For the Gila Ridge boys, junior Jonathan VanDeberg took second place overall and junior Justin Rameriz finished in fourth. Chris Carter finished in eighth for the Yuma High boys.
On the girls side, Melia Harman (Gila Ridge) took first, followed by Camille Ochoa (Gila Ridge) and Gabby Ruiz (Yuma High).