Photo by Les Stukenberg.
PRESCOTT — Prescott High’s varsity badminton team has caught fire, now having won five of its last seven matches after a 0-2 start to the 2016 season.
On Sept. 22 at the PHS auxiliary gym, the Badgers defeated Deer Valley, 6-3, upping their record to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in Division II’s Northwest Section. The Badgers are tied with Chaparral for first place in the section.
Versus the Skyhawks, Prescott won four out of six singles matches and two out of three in doubles.
In singles, the Badgers’ No. 2 Abby Nelson (11-2, 11-5), No. 3 Mackenzie Schultz (11-5, 11-5), No. 4 Paige Campbell (11-5, 8-11, 11-2) and No. 5 Zoey Frazier (11-2, 11-0) were winners.
In doubles, the Badgers’ No. 2 duo of Megan Raiss-Campbell (15-11, 15-3) and No. 3 tandem of Frazier-Sierra Price (11-15, 15-11, 15-10) were victors.
Prescott faces a big test at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, when it visits Chaparral in Scottsdale with first place in the section on the line.
Badgers stay unbeaten with 3-1 victory over rival Mingus
PRESCOTT — Prescott High’s 4A Conference No. 1-ranked volleyball team remained undefeated in power-point matches this past week, defeating Mingus Union, 3-1, on Sept. 22 in Cottonwood.
The Badgers (7-0 overall, 4-0 Grand Canyon Region) were led offensively by Alex Koehler, who registered a team-best 18 kills. She added four digs and a block.
Karlee Holliday notched eight kills, seven digs, three service aces and two blocks. Keiana Vicente added six kills, four digs, two aces and three blocks.
Setter Erinn Marroquin finished with 18 assists, 10 digs and three aces. Allie Jo Amos (12 digs), Grace Hendricks (13 digs) and Danny Dreher (four kills, three blocks) also contributed.
Prescott will play two region matches at home this week, including Lee Williams on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and 4A No. 3 Flagstaff on Thursday, Sept. 29. First serve for both matches is 6 p.m. at the PHS Dome gym.
Bradshaw Mountain volleyball continues its freefall in standings
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain volleyball lost both of its region matches at home this past week, succumbing to Coconino, 3-0, on Sept. 22 after a setback to Mingus Union on Sept. 20.
It is the Bears’ fifth straight loss in power point matches.
Versus Mingus, the Bears lost a tight one, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 21-25. Mailani Mannel paced Bradshaw’s attack with 15 kills. Sydney Rittershaus (six kills), Randee Clifford (five kills) and Kat Brannan (five kills) chipped in.
At the setter position, Clifford dished 21 assists and Saylor Ford had 12. Defensively, Jordyn Moser registered 19 digs, while Mannel and Clifford tallied nine and eight, respectively. Brannan, Mannel and Rittershaus each had a block solo.
Bradshaw will play two region matches on the road this week. The Bears travel to 4A Conference No. 3-ranked Flagstaff on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Lee Williams on Thursday, Sept. 29. Both matches start at 6 p.m.
Cougars’ winning streak halted by Scorpions
SEDONA — Chino Valley High’s volleyball team saw its four-match winning streak come to an end Sept. 22 on the road, as Sedona Red Rock won in straight games, 10-25, 10-25, 15-25.
Jose Cutlip (nine assists, service ace), Katryna Davis (13 digs, ace) and Kylee Tiedeman (10 digs) guided Chino in the losing cause.
The Cougars’ only two losses on the young season have come to Red Rock, as they now own a 4-2 overall record. Chino opens 3A West play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at winless River Valley.
Mills finishes 10th at Doug Conley Invitational
TEMPE — Racing in the Elite division against several of the state’s fastest runners, Prescott High’s Makennah Mills took 10th place at the annual Doug Conley Invite Sept. 24.
Mills finished the 3-mile course in 18 minutes and 40.7 seconds, earning her a medal. Her 3-mile time was the fastest for a Badgers’ girls’ runner since at least 2008, when athletic.net began keeping team records on its website.
As a team, Prescott’s boys were 18th out of 24 squads, while the Badgers’ girls were 19th out of 20 in the Elite Varsity races.
“All athletes had impressive races, with personal records for all but one runner,” Prescott coach Cylinda Bray said.
On the boys’ side, Bray said she was proud of Michael Perroncino, a freshman runner who runs on the JV team. He ran a personal-best 21:50 (making a gain of 5:57) in the second race of the day.
“When our varsity squad heard this I could tell they were ready to race themselves,” Bray said. “It shows how all runners can help motivate a team no matter what race or level.”
Bray added that she was happy with her team’s progress and looks forward to the Badgers running in the Twilight Meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in Casa Grande.
Sunnyslope wins seven-team Bradshaw Mountain golf invite
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Sunnyslope’s golf team won the seven-team Bradshaw Mountain Invite on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Prescott Golf & Country club near Dewey. Prescott placed third and Bradshaw was last.
Each team’s top four players played 27 holes with a par 108 in the two-day tournament. Sunnyslope (+57, 489 total score) won; Mingus Union (+77, 509) was second; Prescott was third (+95, 527); Flagstaff was fourth (+105, 537); Page was fifth (+157, 589); Coconino was sixth (+164, 596); and Bradshaw was seventh (+227, 659).
Prescott High’s Payton Peterson won on the individual side with a +7 score (115 total score).
For Bradshaw individually, Anne Transier shot the low round of +12, 120. Her score was not counted for the boys’ team, however. The Bears other finishers included Carson Randa (+40, 148), Bryce Preston (+46, 154), Coyden Healey (+49, 157), Jordan Hill (+93, 201) and Logan Naud (+105, 213).
Bradshaw Mountain will visit Lee Williams at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Embry-Riddle splits Cal-Pac matches this week
TORRANCE, Calif. – Embry-Riddle’s women’s soccer team split a pair of Cal Pac Conference matches on the road this past week, defeating Providence Christian College 4-1 Sept. 22 in Pasadena, California, before losing 1-0 to Marymount California Sept. 24 in Torrance.
Versus Providence Christian, the NAIA No. 23-ranked Eagles were led by goal scorers Estelle Fortes, Adri Jackson, Parker Lee and Megan Currier.
Embry-Riddle (5-2-2 overall record, 1-1-0 Cal Pac) will play host to Simpson University in Cal Pac action at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Eagles’ campus field in Prescott.
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