LOCAL GLANCE (April 11): MMA, Prep Track, Prep Baseball, Prep Softball, Prep Boys Tennis, Youth Football
Cibola graduate Kelvin Gastelum is a win away from becoming The Ultimate Fighter champion and earning a UFC contract.
Gastelum got through the TUF reality show and will fight Saturday night against Uriah Hall. The winner of the middleweight bout will get a contract in mixed-martial arts' highest circuit.
The event from Las Vegas will air live at 6 p.m. Saturday on FX.
Gastelum brings in a 5-0 record and is looking to become the youngest TUF champ and the second from Yuma, joining Efrain Escudero. He'll face Uriah Hall, who is 7-2.
Fights during the run of the reality show do not count in the fighter's official record, but Saturday's bout is official.
Stiles, Watson dominate
David Stiles and Michelle Watson each won four events as Yuma High swept a three-team meet at Lake Havasu.
The Criminal boys finished with 85, ahead of the Sidewinders (46) and Knights (41). The Yuma High girls had 84, Lake Havasu 38 and San Luis 29.
Stiles won the 110-meter hurdles (15.21 seconds), 100 dash (11.58), long jump (21 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (43-3). Watson won the 100 with a season-best 17.34, triple jump (32-9), long jump (16-0) and high jump (4-7).
The Criminal boys also got strong performances from their field athletes, as both Kody Jose and Chance Hamilton built upon their region-best marks. Jose tossed a 139-3 in the discus, 12 feet farther than his previous best. Hamilton went 44-6 in the shot put.
Gila Ridge blows out Yuma
Offense wasn't hard to come by for the Hawks as they beat Yuma High 13-1 Thursday afternoon.
Marco Jaime led the charge for Gila Ridge, going 3 for 4 with five RBIs. Bobby Mena, Hayato Johnson and Austin Browning each checked in two hits.
“They swung the bats pretty well,” Gila Ridge coach Greg Osowski said. “We scored in every inning, so that was nice to see.”
Emilio Griego earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings with five strikeouts.
YC crushes Antelope
The Shamrocks needed only three innings to take care of Antelope, beating the Rams 23-0 Thursday afternoon.
Alex Olsen, Jaime Montanez and Sam Atiyeh all had two hits. Montanez and Atiyeh each had three RBIs, while Olsen knocked in four.
“We hit the ball well,” Yuma coach Curt Foppe said. “We came out and did what we were supposed to do.”
Atiyeh started the game for the Shamrocks, pitching two innings and striking out six. Joey Miranda pitched the third inning, striking out the side.
Yuma Catholic beats Antelope
Errors plagued the Antelope defense Thursday as the Rams lost to Yuma Catholic 16-8.
Gabby Rowlinson earned the win for the Shamrocks and also went 2 for 5 with a triple. Stephanie Vandervoort went 2 for 4 with a home run, and Melissa Bustamante went 2 for 3 with three runs scored.
“We didn't show up to play and they stuck it to us,” Antelope coach Mike Jorjuria said.
Analysia Rivera got the loss for the Rams, pitching four innings. Alissa Caddell pitched three innings in relief.
PREP BOYS TENNIS
Cibola edges Southwest
It wasn't the Cibola boys tennis team's best performance, but the Raiders beat El Centro-Southwest 5-4 at home on Thursday.
Brett Boyer won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, Abijay Murugesan won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Munashe Zvavamwe won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 and Joey Lee won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6. The doubles team of MyungSu Son and Caleb Villapudua won 8-2 to secure the win.
“It wasn't one of our best efforts, but we played well enough to win,” Cibola coach Duncan Phillips said.
The Raiders host Gila Ridge on Monday.
Pop Warner registration
Yuma's Pop Warner Football League will have its registration April 20 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at both the North End Community Center and Ray Kroc Sports Complex.
Registration is $175 for football, $125 for flag and $100 for cheerleading.
All children must bring a birth certificate, 2-inch by 2-inch self photo, report card for the past four quarters and a physical.
For more information, call Bill Silva at 941-0379.