LOCAL GLANCE (Feb. 27): Prep track, baseball, softball, soccer
The Cibola and Gila Ridge girls track teams figured to be the best in the area this season and they each got an early test against each other Wednesday.
By the time the meet was over, they didn't settle much.
The two teams tied with 85 points each, while the Raider boys edged the Hawks 69-66. Yuma High was third on the boys side with 40-1/2 and San Pasqual fourth with 2-1/2. On the girls side, San Pasqual was scoreless and the Criminals had seven.
Baylee Lakey won two golds for the Raiders in the shot put (33 feet, 2 inches) and discus (99-2). Kayla Fiser won the triple jump (31-2) and finished second to Gila Ridge's Paeden Jackson in the long jump by two inches (14-11/14-9) and in the 200-meter run (26.9/27.06). Jackson was also on Gila Ridge's winning 1,600-meter relay team (4:29) and won the 400 in 1:02.
For the Hawks, Adam Williams (11.00) and Camille Ochoa (13.82) each won the 100, Jonathan VanDeberg took the 1,600 (5:05) and 3,200 (10:54), Madison Haynes finished first in the girls 800 (2:38) and Alec Wilson jumped 6-0 to win the boys high jump.
Abraham Thompson and Zach McClanahan each had two golds for the Raiders. Both were on the winning 1,600 relay that won in 3:3, while Thompson won the shot put (42-7-1/4) and was second in the 300 hurdles (44.88). McClanahan won the pole vault by clearing 13-6, setting the school record by a foot.
Yuma High's David Stiles won three events — the triple jump (40-11), long jump (20-6) and 110-hurdles (15.89).
Cibola wins two in Havasu
The offense took a little while to heat up for the Cibola softball team, but it took off when it did.
The Raiders turned the first end of a doubleheader from a close game late into a 10-5 win and won 10-5 in Game 2 as well.
Cibola broke open a 3-3 tie with seven runs in the top of the seventh in Game 1 and led the entire way in Game 2. Alicia Young went a combined 5 for 7 while Bethany Olea, Alexis Evans and Alexia Saenz each went 4 for 7. Dennise Carrazco tallied three hits in the second game.
“We learned a lot about ourselves today,” Cibola coach Shelly Baumann said.
Nadia Hernandez picked up the win in Game 1, striking out nine batters and walking just two. Sydni Lankford pitched Game 2 and despite allowing 13 hits and five walks, she struck out six and earned the victory.
Gila Ridge falls to Mohave
Every Hawk softball hitter except two recorded a hit Wednesday against Mohave, but the timing was never right as they lost to the Thunderbirds 3-1.
Nikki Kelland earned the loss allowing eight hits, one walk, one hit batter and three strikeouts.
“The difference was they got a hit when it mattered,” Gila Ridge coach Jaime McGalliard said. “We had runners on base all day, we just couldn't push one through when it mattered.”
Candi Kelland and Candra Land each went 2 for 3, and Nikki Kelland had the lone Gila Ridge RBI.
The Hawks continue playing on the road with a 6 p.m. Friday game against El Centro-Central.
Hawks bash Calexico
The Gila Ridge baseball team had more than enough offense on Wednesday and beat Calexico 15-1 in six innings.
Senior second baseman Irving Lopez had three hits and two RBIs, and junior center fielder Bobby Mena, junior shortstop Marco Jaime, senior first baseman Hayato Johnson and senior outfielder Michael Sapp each had two hits and two RBIs in the win.
“I'm very pleased with our offense. One through nine, we swung the bat really well,” Gila Ridge coach Greg Osowski said.
Junior Victor Castro picked up the victory by pitching five innings and struck out seven for the Hawks, who improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in AIA power-point games.
PREP BOYS SOCCER
Cha, Ruiz honored
Two players from the Yuma Catholic boys soccer team got some more accolades.
Hector Cha and Jorge Ruiz were each named to an Arizona Interscholastic Association All-Division III team.
Cha was got first-team honors, and Ruiz was named to the second team.