Originally Published: November 6, 2016 6 a.m.
PHOENIX – Prescott High’s boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams both placed in the Top 10 at the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) Division III state meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Cave Creek Golf Course.
The Badgers’ girls finished seventh out of 28 teams and the boys were 10th out of 29 squads.
On the girls’ side, Prescott lead runner Makennah Mills earned first team All-State honors thanks to a sixth-place individual finish in 19 minutes and 32 seconds. Katie Kasun followed in 13th (20:15) to garner a second team All-State spot.
For the boys, Matt Bradley took 15th in 16:50 to qualify for third team All-State.
“I was pleased at the progress of our team this year,” first-year Prescott coach Cylinda Bray said.
Mills recorded the highest state-meet finish of any Prescott girl since athletic.net began keeping records in 2008. She also holds the fastest time for a Badgers’ girl on the state-meet course, known for its challenging hills.
As for Chino Valley at the D-III meet, Becca Tupper led the Cougars’ girls, finishing 78th in 22:04. Chino’s girls took 18th out of 28 teams.
For the boys, Brenden Tupper finished 82nd (18:02) and David Gehman was 99th (18:20).
At the Division II state meet, also at Cave Creek Golf Course, Bradshaw Mountain sophomore Anna Zea completed the girls’ race in 66th (22:10).
“Anna ran a solid race and gained valuable experience that will pay off for her over the next two years,” Bears coach Mike Simon said. “That course is not necessarily fast, so it was nice to see her put in a good race.”
PREP FOOTBALL Bagdad blasts St. David, advances to 1A state championship game
MARICOPA – The Class 1A No. 1-ranked Bagdad High football team on Saturday night, Nov. 5, punched its third trip to the state championship game in the past four seasons after posting a 54-12 semifinal win over fourth-seeded St. David at Maricopa High.
This Saturday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., Bagdad (10-0 overall record) will battle third-seeded Williams (9-1) for the state title, also at Maricopa High. Williams upset No. 2 Superior, 42-40, in overtime of their semifinal on Saturday afternoon.
Bagdad and Williams met earlier this season. On Sept. 2, the Sultans handed the Vikings their lone loss of the 2016 season, 56-22, in Bagdad.
The Sultans won a state title in 2013, were state runners-up in 2014 and reached the state semifinals in 2015.
COLLEGE SOCCER Embry-Riddle women win Cal Pac regular-season title
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s women’s soccer team shut out Sierra Nevada College, 2-0, on Saturday, Nov. 5, to capture the Cal Pac Conference’s regular-season title.
The Eagles (13-2-2 overall record, 7-1-0 conference) won eight straight matches, including the past four by shutout, to end the regular season.
On Saturday, freshman Andie Dean scored both of ERAU’s goals and senior Estelle Fortes registered both of its assists.
The NAIA No. 19-ranked Eagles will carry the No. 1 seed into the Cal Pac Conference tournament this week.
PREP SWIMMING Prescott’s Temple shines at Division II state meet
MESA – Prescott High swimmer Harris Temple placed eighth in the 100 freestyle, posting a new school-record time, and took 10th in the 100 backstroke to pace the Badgers in the Division II state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at Skyline High.
Temple’s time in the 100 free was 48.76 seconds and his 100 back time was 56.07 seconds.
The Badgers’ boys’ 200 freestyle relay team of Temple, Dallin Jex, Paul Kinach and Tate Bassett finished 16th in 1 minute and 35.88 seconds.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL Northwest (Wash.) 86 Embry-Riddle men 70
PRESCOTT – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s men’s basketball team evened its record at 2-2 Saturday, Nov. 5, succumbing to Northwest University (Wash.) at the ERAU Activity Center.
Sean Wood scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Embry-Riddle. But Northwest received 15 points each from Ben Tucakovic, Tre’ Benton and Kaelan Hicks, who helped the visitors pull away.
ERAU kept the game close until Northwest outscored the hosts 25-6 during one 10-minute stretch. The Eagles pieced together a late 10-3 run to no avail.
Other leaders for the hometown Eagles were Nick Johnson with six rebounds and Logan Skurdal with five assists.
Next up, Embry-Riddle will compete in The Master’s College Tip-Off on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, in Santa Clarita, California. They face host The Master’s at 8 p.m. Friday and Westmont at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.