Prescott High's mountain biking team took second place in the Arizona High School Cycling League's final Division II state standings after claiming third in the 2015 season-finale race Nov. 8 at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell.
The Badgers were runners-up among a field of 40 Arizona squads that competed in five league races this fall, from Sept. 13 through Nov. 8, at sites around the state.
Sierra Vista Buena High won the team state championship and Cave Creek Cactus Shadows was third. Prescott compiled 10,493 points on the season to Buena's 10,626 and Cactus Shadows' 10, 466. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) sponsors the annual races.
"Our kids did an incredible job, and they fought hard," Prescott coach Wayne Fernandez said of his Badgers' 2015 season. "It was a tough season. The competition level has really gone up (over the past few years). ... I am really one proud coach. They did what I asked them to do."
On the White Tanks' 5.2-mile loop course, which features roughly 325 feet of climbing per lap, Prescott, Chino Valley (seventh place in the state) and Bradshaw Mountain (eighth) concluded the campaign well.
Top 15 individual overall finishers, by classification, for these three local teams at White Tanks were as follows. ...
D-II VARSITY GIRLS (4 laps)
Zoe Dunn, Chino Valley: 5th place; 1 hour, 40 minutes and 12 seconds. (State finish: 5th).
D-II VARSITY BOYS (4 laps)
Andrew Mull, Prescott: 6th place; 1:16:48. (State finish: 7th).
Andrew Myrick, Prescott: 9th place; 1:21:31 (State finish: 9th).
D-II JR. VARSITY GIRLS (3 laps)
Lexi Hammes, Prescott: 2nd place; 1:12:33.43 (State finish: 4th).
Alex Shumaker, Prescott: 3rd place; 1:12:33.49 (State finish: tied for 2nd).
Drew Shumaker, Prescott: 4th place; 1:12:33.60 (State finish: tied for 2nd).
McKenna Baxter, Prescott: 8th place; 1:17:20 (State finish: 8th).
Dani Cross, Prescott: 11th place; 1:22:15 (State finish: 9th).
K'yanna Bruner, Bradshaw Mtn.: 13th place; 1:26:57 (State finish: 15th).
Angela Senger, Bradshaw Mtn.: 15th place; 1:30:15.
D-II JR. VARSITY BOYS (3 laps)
Paul Fabian, independent rider from Prescott BASIS: 1st place; 53:49 (State finish: 2nd).
Connor Rosborough, Prescott: 5th place; 56:44:19 (State finish: 3rd).
D-II SOPHOMORE BOYS (3 laps)w
Grayson Hughes, Prescott: 6th place; 1:00:44 (State finish: 5th).
D-II FRESHMAN GIRLS (2 laps)
Pheobe Dunn, Chino Valley: 3rd place; 45:48 (State finish: 3rd).
D-II FRESHMAN BOYS (2 laps)
Jacob Hill, Chino Valley: 5th place; 42:39 (State finish: 3rd).
Koby Schevers, Bradshaw Mtn.: 9th place: 44:08 (State finish: 7th).
Other local cyclists of note during the 2015 season were:
Bradshaw Mountain varsity girls' rider Hannah Madler, who finished sixth in the state standings. She rode in four of the series' five races.
Prescott JV boys' rider Dylan Lundmark, who was 14th in the state. He rode in all five series races.
Bradshaw Mountain JV boys' rider Brenden Phillips, who was 15th in the state. He rode in all five series races.
Prescott JV boys' rider Duncan Mills, who was 16th in the state. He rode in all five series races.
Bradshaw Mountain sophomore boys' rider Daniel Medevielle, who was 15th in the state. He rode in all five series races.