If you’re Chino Valley baseball coach Mark Middleton and you’ve graduated nine seniors from a 2017 team that finished with a 16-8 overall record and won the 3A West region title, you’re not surprised when the term “rebuilding year” surfaces in the 2018 preseason conversation.
Bradshaw Mountain’s baseball team won’t have any senior superstars to lean on in 2018 like it did with the likes of catcher Gunner Bundrick and pitcher Noah Barros last spring.
This could be the breakthrough season that the Chino Valley softball program has so patiently waited for over the past three-plus years in the 3A ranks.
A 2017 season marred by injuries long forgotten, Bradshaw Mountain’s softball team on Wednesday begins its 2018 campaign healthy and armed with optimism.
Prep Girls Basketball: State Tournament
In a showdown between two state semifinalists from a year ago, Sedona got the better of Alchesay in the quarterfinals of the 2A girls’ basketball tournament Saturday night, winning 64-52 at Prescott Valley Event Center to advance to the semis for the third straight season.
College Women's Basketball
Losing back-to-back Cal-Pac Conference games for the first time all season after a 59-55 setback at Antelope Valley on Thursday night, the No. 24-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s basketball team won’t carry the No. 1 seed into next week’s league tournament.
Prep Wrestling: State Tournament
Chino Valley 160-pound star wrestler Keller Rock may not have repeated as an AIA Division III individual state champion Saturday at Prescott Valley Event Center, but he sure proved his mettle, crawling out of the consolations to place a convincing third in a different weight class.
Junior College Softball
The Yavapai College softball team’s five-game shutout streak ended Saturday at Bill Vallely Field.
Prep Wrestling: State Championships
Chino Valley unseeded 138-pound junior wrestler J.C. Mortensen pulled off a stunner in the opening rounds of the AIA Division III state tournament Friday at Prescott Valley Event Center, advancing to the winners’ bracket semifinals after edging the No. 2 seed and registering a pin in the quarterfinals.
Prep Girls Basketball: Conference Play-In Round
The Bradshaw Mountain girls’ basketball team trailed Saguaro by 11 points through three quarters of their 4A conference play-in round game before mounting a furious comeback that ultimately fell short at the free-throw line in a 48-43 loss Thursday night.