LOCAL GLANCE (Jan. 30): PrepSoccer, JUCO Basketball, JUCO Baseball, JUCO Softball, Prep Basketball
For 20 minutes, coach Ian McDougall said, his San Luis boys soccer team was outplayed in all aspects by Alhambra.
And even though the Sidewinders were trailing after that stretch in the second half, it didn't keep the No. 10 seed from upsetting the No. 7 Lions 4-3 at Phoenix-Carl Hayden on Wednesday in a Division I first-round playoff game.
The Sidewinders jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring in the third minute on an own goal, then in the 29th on a goal from Javier Espinoza.
That's where things went downhill for the Sidewinders, giving up three goals in 20 minutes, falling behind 3-2 in the 55th minute.
“We just mentally fell apart for 20 minutes,” McDougall said. “We made mistakes mentally and physically and they punished us.”
But McDougall said his team didn't hesitate in fighting back. Richard Hernandez tied the game in the 69th minute, then with 3:04 left, Andres Elizalde gave San Luis the win.
“We fell behind, but we've come back before,” McDougall said. “These guys are confident.”
The Sidewinders advance to the quarterfinals Saturday.
Kofa falls to Gilbert
The No. 10 Kofa boys soccer team lost its playoff opener 2-1 on Wednesday to No. 6 Gilbert at Mesa-Corona del Sol.
The Kings took an early lead in the 10th minute on a Frank Mallek throw-in to Kevin Huizar.
And while the throw-in benefited Kofa early, it haunted them late. Coach Jamie Nicewander said the Tigers were launching throw-ins as far as 40 yards. Both goals, one in the 30th minute and one in the 60th, came off throw-ins.
“We had really not seen that style of play before,” Nicewander said. “It's hard to defend it if you've never seen it.”
The season was a return to the playoffs for the Kings, who missed the postseason last year.
“We had a decent run,” Nicewander said. “We're never happy until we get further in state, but it's good to be back in the mix again.”
JUCO MEN'S BASKETBALL
Matadors near 100
Marvin Whitt led four Matadors in double figures as No. 23 Arizona Western breezed past Chandler-Gilbert 99-49 on Wednesday night.
Whitt scored 27 while Aaseem Dixon (15), Damien Walker (14) and Anthony Alston (10) got in on the act for the Matadors, who improved to 19-4 overall and 14-1 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
JUCO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Matadors win 7th straight
The Arizona Western women's basketball never trailed Wednesday and beat Chandler-Gilbert 69-50 at home.
Lisette Longomo scored a team-high 18 points. Samantha Wallace added 17 for the Matadors, who improved 18-5 overall and 10-3 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
Matadors host Caballero Classic
The Arizona Western baseball team begins a three-day, four-team tournament with a doubleheader against Pacifica University (Covina, Calif.) at 3 p.m. today at Desert Sun Stadium.
Also at the tournament is fellow Arizona Community College Athletic Conference foe GateWay and Utah State University-Eastern.
The Matadors play USU-Eastern in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Friday at Desert Sun Stadium.
Admission to all of the games are free.
Matadors start Great Western Shootout
The Arizona Western softball team certainly will get plenty of time on the diamond this weekend.
The Matadors play eight games in three days as they host the Great Western Shootout at AWC Softball Field and Joe Henry Park starting today.
Arizona Western (2-2) plays Western Nevada at 10 a.m., Southern Nevada at noon and Salt Lake at 2:30 p.m. today — all at AWC Softball Field.
Admission is $5 for the entire day.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
YC wins at Tonopah
Matt Pistone had 14 points and 12 rebounds as Yuma Catholic topped Tonopah 56-20 on Wednesday.
Jagan Cleary had 11 points for the Shamrocks, who play in the Division IV Section I tournament beginning next week.
Cibola routs Yuma High
Jordan Mitchell did it all Wednesday night with 14 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists in a 68-39 win over Yuma High.
Steven Loucks had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Daniel Kirkland added 11. Cibola coach Tim Keller said the win gives the Raiders the city championship.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shamrocks close year with win
The Yuma Catholic girls basketball team did what it needed to do. Now the Shamrocks play the waiting game.
The Shamrocks topped Tonopah 51-26 behind 26 points from Madison Brazeel on Wednesday.
The Shamrocks entered the night ninth in the section in power points in Division IV Section I, with the top eight advancing to the section tournament.
“Hopefully this gets us in,” coach Bob McGalliard said. “We entered tonight 24th in power points in the state. I'll tell you, I don't think there's 24 teams in the state better than us.”