Local Glance: Prep Cross Country, Prep Volleyball, Prep Swimming
The Yuma Catholic boys cross country team took first Thursday at West Wetlands in a meet against Yuma High and Brawley.
Sophomore Becket Edwards won the race in 18 minutes, 23 seconds. The Shamrocks had five in the top 10, including freshman Nels Rogers (20:38).
The Shamrocks finished with 32 points to Brawley's 40 and Yuma High's 53. Filomeno Munoz of Yuma High finished seven seconds behind Edwards.
Yuma High's Gabby Ruiz was the area's top finisher on the girls' side in fourth (23:45). Brawley won with 26 points, while Yuma Catholic had 43 and Yuma High 70.
The Shamrocks had four runners bunched between fifth and ninth — Adriana Solorazano (fifth, 24:08); Louise Scholle (seventh, 25:33); Loretta Peffer (eighth, 25:41) and Patricia Scholle (ninth, 25:45).
“I was extremely pleased,” YC coach Ralph Farr said. “It was great that God blessed us with the best day to run we've had in months. It's a lot better when it's 90 with cloud cover than 110 like it usually is.”
Antelope loses tough one
Antelope played one of its best matches under head coach James Jones Thursday in a 15-25, 25-11 23-25, 25-18, 15-9 loss at Parker.
Jones said it was the first time the Rams won even a game against the Broncs in years.
“It was amazing,” Jones said. “It was probably my proudest moment in my coaching career. They were shocked. It shows how impressed they were with our girls.”
Jacey Burks had 10 kills and nine blocks for the Rams, while Kayla Cruz had six aces and 21 assists.
Kofa sweeps San Luis
Jasmine Ortiz had 15 kills and 11 digs as Kofa won at San Luis 25-10, 25-15, 25-18 on Thursday.
Jacky Fuentes added seven kills for the Kings, while Sally Gastelo had 26 assists.
Yuma High falls to Holtville
The Criminals dropped their second straight match, losing at Holtville 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 on Thursday.
“We're playing well, we just can't finish,” Yuma High coach Trish Malone said.
Senior outside hitter Janeana Kosterlistzky led the Criminals with six kills and senior libero Darlene Verdugo had 16 digs. Malone felt the Criminals hadn't mentally recovered from a tough, five-game loss to Cibola on Tuesday.
“It took three games for us to wake up and by then it was a little too late,” Malone said.
Gila Ridge girls top Cibola
Gila Ridge got a strong performance to beat the Cibola girls 102-67 on Thursday.
The boys team lost 100-83, though the Raiders got a 13-point boost from their three divers. Hawks coach Heather LaVin said Gila Ridge doesn't have any divers.
Weston Lines won the 200 yard individual medley (2:09.02) for Gila Ridge while Jesse Kaba (2:24.17) won it for the Cibola girls. The Cibola team of Danny Russell-Cheung, Ryan Corbin, George Gould and Freddy Martinez won the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Junior Haylee Dahl took the 100 freestyle (1:03.80) and finished second in the 200 IM.
Yuma High splits
Yuma High faced both Kofa and River Valley in separate duals on Thursday, beating the Dust Devils 365-58 but losing 345-315 to the Kings.
Kofa topped River Valley 366-52 in the other dual.
Crim swim coach Jon Rochelle said the 200-yard medley team of Anthony Spaugh, Trey Land, Robert Groggett and Chance Bathrick are closing in on a state-qualifying time.