Local Roundup: Dec. 3
Yuma High wins in Wellton
The Yuma High wrestling team continued its outstanding performance at the Sid Grande Invitational in Wellton on Saturday.
Four wrestlers placed first for the Criminals, who finished with 278 points. Kodi Doerr (106), Leo Salcedo (113), Porfirio Garcia (132) and James Gomez (195) all won their weight classes for Yuma High.
Yuma High also had three second-place finishers. Frank Gonzalez (120), Chris Marques (126) and Roberto Haro (170) all took second for the Crims.
“It feels pretty good to get a win under your belt,” Yuma High coach Jeff Welsing said. “Having a lot of young kids — it was a good experience for them.”
Antelope finished in second-place with 212 points and three first-place finishers. Jose Valdes (121), Curtis Skousen (152), and Fred Pearson (160) all won for the Rams. Skousen, still undefeated on the season, was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament.
San Pasqual's Reggie Sanchez (138) was also named an outstanding wrestler of the meet with a first-place finish for the Warriors.
Yuma Catholic also had several wrestlers with top finishes. Tito Sandigo (126), Casey Alexander (145) and Alex Varela (285) won their weight classes for the Shamrocks. Alexander had eight first period pins.
Cibola wins Deer Valley tourney
At the Deer Valley wrestling tournament, team places were announced starting with fourth, leading up to first.
By the time they got to second, there were two schools left — Sunnyside and Cibola. And when Sunnyside was announced in second, the Raiders erupted in cheers.
Cibola finished with 427 points to 413 for the defending state champions.
“That's our goal is to beat them,” Cibola coach Mike Jankowski said. “Our goal is to beat them every year and win a state title. We proved we can beat them. Now hopefully we can get a state title.”
Andy Gandara, Isaac Camarillo — the lone Cibola champ — and Ricardo Morales had head-to-head wins over Sunnyside in the tournament, which featured both team and individual rounds in the final scoring.
Luis Nunez, Mark Cruz, Mike Lugo, Jonathan Arvizo and Sergio Contreras also placed in the top four for Cibola.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
Sidewinders win Shamrock Shootout
San Luis and Kofa tied in the first round of the Yuma Catholic Shamrock Shooutout Tournament — but it was different the second time around.
The Sidewinders beat the Kings 2-0 in the championship game on Saturday.
“My kids were ready,” San Luis coach Ian McDougall said. “They've been hearing this hype for two years about how good Kofa was and how they were the no. 1 team in Yuma County...In that second game they had no fear of Kofa.”
The Sidewinders also breezed past Yuma High, winning 4-0 in the semifinal game.
Leonardo Moreno had seven goals in the tournament for San Luis.
Earlier in the day, Kofa won easily over Parker and Kingman. The Kings beat Parker 16-0 and defeated the Bulldogs 6-0.
Cibola finishes third in El Centro
The Raiders lost their first game 4-1 to Desert Mirage (Thermal, Calif.) in the Imperial Valley Classic in El Centro, Calif on Saturday. But they used a strong first half against Holtville to come away with a third-place finish.
The Raiders scored four first half goals against the Vikings, including a hat trick by sophomore Ernesto Avila, and held on for a 4-3 win. Avila also scored Cibola's only goal against Desert Mirage.
Cibola will come back to host Lake Havasu on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
Shamrocks win Holtville tournament
Yuma Catholic headed home with a championship trophy.
The Shamrocks beat Calexico 2-1 in the Holtville soccer tournament on Saturday night.
Janelle Orozco had both of YC's goals in the championship match.
YC went 6-0 throughout the tournament, beating Palo Verde 6-0 and Holtville 4-0 earlier in the day.
Jackie Hill had four goals over three games on Saturday, while Morgan Frank had three.
PREP BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Montoya finishes season in Portland
Cibola junior Bernie Montoya finished up his cross country season with a 12th place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals.
Opting to run at the Nike race in Portland, Ore., instead of the Foot Locker race in San Diego on Dec. 10, Montoya finished with a time of 15:39. In the Nike race last season, Montoya finished in 97th place with a time of 17:45.
“(The Portland weather) was much better this year. It was much dryer and wasn't as wet,” Cibola coach Kris Norton said.
Now Montoya's junior cross country season is officially in the books and will go into the off-season ready to come back for his final season with the Raiders.
PREP GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Huston runs Foot Locker regional
Cibola's Monica Huston placed 48th in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional on Saturday in Walnut, Calif.
The junior finished with a time of 19:37 and was the highest finisher for an Arizona runner.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Shamrocks win tournament
Yuma Catholic was supposed to play Seligman in the championship of the Williams Route 66 Classic on Saturday.
However, a heavy snow in Williams prevented the Antelopes from making the trip, so the Shamrocks were named champions of the tournament.
“Obviously, you want to play another game,” Shamrocks coach Brooks Neumann said. “But what're you gonna do?”
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shamrocks beat Ashfork
Even though snow wreaked havoc on the Williams Route 66 Classic, the Yuma Catholic girls basketball team got in one final game, beating Ashfork 55-38.
Madison Brazeel led the Shamrocks with 16, while posts Chelsey Mendenhall (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Mary Terkelsen (nine, 12) had big games also.
The Shamrocks went 2-2 in their games up at Williams.