LOCAL GLANCE (April 19): Tennis, baseball, softball, track, soccer
Eventful first day at state
A pair of Yuma County boys doubles teams made the second round at the AIA Division II State Tennis Championships in Phoenix.
The Gila Ridge duo of Scotty Nickerson and Kevin Qian won in the first round 6-0, 6-1. According a tweet from Qian, they won in the second round 6-0, 6-0 and will face the No. 2 ranked team from Notre Dame Prep at 12:30 p.m. today.
Rajinder Singh Kaila and Jose Pedroza won 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round. Their second round result was not available on the AIA website at presstime.
Gila Ridge singles player Katlyn Jones rolled into the third round — winning 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-4.
Gila Ridge's Robin Beauregard won his first round match 6-1, 6-1 but lost in the second round.
The Antelope girls double team of Jessica Shaw and Joanna Pratt advanced to the third round by winning 6-2, 7-5 in the first and 6-1, 6-2 in the second.
The Yuma High girls double team of Julie Ter Hark and Nicole Pelroy made the second round. They won 7-6, 6-2 then lost 6-2, 6-3
On the Division I side, both Raider boys entries won their first round matchup but lost in Round 2. Brett Boyer won 6-3, 6-4 before a 6-0, 6-4 loss. Abhijay Murugesan and Myungsu Son won their first round match before losing 6-2, 6-2.
“Brett did a good job of hanging with them,” Cibola coach Duncan Phillips said. “I'm really proud. We heard a lot of compliments about how hard we played, and that's what I've been looking for all season. It's kind of nice.”
For Kofa, Michelle Manon made it to the second round but lost 6-1, 6-1.
Yuma High stuns Cibola
The Yuma High baseball team won its first AIA power point game, putting a crimp in Cibola's quest for a home playoff game with a 5-4 win Friday on a walkoff strikeout.
Trailing 4-2 in the final inning against Adan Vega, the Criminals (1-14) loaded the bases against the pitcher for Cibola (11-5) with a single by Riley McAdams, a walk to Fernie Garcia and a bunt single by Leo Nunez. Vega followed by hitting the next two batters — Daniel Ramirez and Andres Munoz — to tie the game.
Vega seemed to recover, getting two strikeouts but when he struck out Matt Magdelno, a passed ball allowed him to reach and Nunez to score the winning run.
After the loss, the AIA website had the Raiders No. 16 in the power points — which is the last spot to host a first-round game in the 24-team field. They still face No. 20 San Luis on Monday.
YC crushes Ajo
The Shamrocks pounded out 20 hits and the Yuma Catholic baseball team crushed Ajo 19-1.
Sam Atiyeh picked up the win, allowing one earned run. Joey Miranda had two triples and drove in three runs. Alex Olsen, Jaime Montanez and Zach Boehler each went 2 for 4. Olsen and Montanez each had two RBIs.
Cibola tops Yuma High
Four Raiders had two hits apiece as the Cibola softball team beat Yuma High 8-2 on Friday.
Nadia Hernandez went 2 for 4 and picked up the win. Alexia Saenz had a double and a triple in her two at bats, and Alyssa Gallegos was also 2 for 2. Bethany Olea went 2 for 4.
YC escapes Ajo in eight
Amanda Milnick and Josie Quiroz had three hits apiece and the Yuma Catholic softball team edged Ajo 9-8 in eight innings on Friday.
Gabrielle Rowlison notched the win, striking out 11 in eight innings. Quiroz had a homer, scored twice and drove in four runs. Milnick scored twice. Janelle Orzoco finished 2 for 5, including the walkoff two-run double.
PREP TRACK AND FIELD
Shamrocks post solid marks in Glendale
With the state tournament creeping closer, the Yuma Catholic track team had several members improve their marks at the Glendale Invitational on Friday.
Amanda Barzynski threw a personal best 92 feet, 3 inches in the discus and the girls 1,600-meter relay team of Krysta Aitkin, Adriana Solorzano, Madison Brazeel and Sydney Compton improved their time by nearly 10 seconds to 4:33.
On the boys side, John Barzynski got a personal best of 41-3 in the shot put, Donovan Rooks finished second with a triple jump of 42-1 and the 3,200 relay team of Becket Edwards, Adam Gump, Jaime Casillas and Gabe Nunez posted a 9:09.27 — the best time of the season.
Harvest Prep stays hot
The Harvest Prep boys soccer team won 4-2 against ASU-Prep Poly on Friday.
The win caps a 3-1 week for the Eagles, who also won 6-0 against Imagine Prep and 5-1 against Tempe-Madison. The team lost 3-0 to Summit.
The team is fourth in the Charter Athletic Association's Eastern Conference.