Chino Valley girls 3, Northland Prep 0
Chino Valley High's girls' soccer team left no doubt on Thursday, Oct. 22, that it deserved to win the Division V, Section II title and garner an automatic berth into the D-V state tournament.
On a cold, late-October afternoon at Sinagua Middle School's field in Flagstaff, the D-V No. 4-ranked Cougars shut out No. 5 Northland Prep and finished a match ahead of the Spartans in the final section standings.
Chino Valley (10-2 overall, 5-1 section) avenged a season-/section-opening 2-1 loss to Northland Prep (8-4-1, 4-2) Sept. 1 at home on the strength of two penalty kicks and some clutch defense.
In the process, the Cougars pitched their third consecutive shutout to end the regular season, outscoring the opposition a combined 18-0.
Chino's Shelbey Shelton (two goals, assist) converted two penalty kicks in the first half after Northland Prep goalie Lauren James was whistled twice for interference in the box. James was issued a red card on the second interference call and will miss the Spartans' first-round playoff match Thursday, Oct. 29.
Leading 2-0 at halftime, the Cougars' Katie Farnsworth scored an insurance goal in the 70th minute on an assist from Shelton. The tally came some 13 minutes after Chino goalie Giselle Chinchilla made a thrilling save on a Northland Prep penalty kick.
Chino Valley likely won't learn until noon Saturday, Oct. 24, what seed it will receive into the eight-team D-V state championship tournament. The tourney's top four seeds host a first-round playoff match at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
If the Cougars and the Spartans stay put in the rankings, Chino would host Northland Prep in the state playoff opener. It would be the fourth meeting of the season between the teams, as Chino has a 2-1 record vs. the Spartans.
If Chino moves up to the No. 3 seed, coach Allen Foster said it's likely that the Cougars would host No. 6-ranked Desert Christian. In the process, they would avoid being in the top half of the bracket with top-seeded and three-time defending state champion Blue Ridge.
Yavapai 1, Chandler-Gilbert 0
The Roughriders on Thursday, Oct. 22, stayed in the hunt for the Arizona Conference's regular-season title and the top seed into the Region I, Division I tournament, after this narrow win at Chandler-Gilbert.
Yavapai College's record improved to 15-2-1 in conference (17-2-1 overall), while Chandler-Gilbert dropped to 11-8-1.
The Roughriders had their ninth shutout of the campaign Oct. 22.
Scoreless at halftime, Yavapai sophomore attacker Miles McRae scored the go-ahead goal in the 57th minute on an assist from Reece Weldon for a 1-0 lead that stood.
Thanks to the victory, YC upped its road record to 7-0-1 with two matches left in the 2015 regular season.
The Roughriders are in the midst of playing three league matches in as many days. They will visit Glendale C.C. at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and Phoenix College at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in their regular-season finale. Both are make-up matches originally postponed due to rain.
Prescott 3, Sunrise Mtn. 1
The Division II No. 8-ranked Prescott High spikers picked up a key road victory over No. 12 Sunrise Mountain Thursday, Oct. 22, in Section IV play.
The Badgers (12-3 overall in power-point matches) improved to 7-2 in section while the Mustangs (12-3) suffered their first section loss of the season, dipping to 8-1.
Playing in Peoria, Prescott won 25-14, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14. Abbey Smith paced the PHS attack with 10 kills and six service aces. She also had 10 digs.
Other Badgers who stood out included Bailey Anderson (eight kills), Blake Johnson (14 digs), Grace Hendricks (13 digs, two aces), Erinn Marroquin (13 assists, three aces) and Allie Jo Amos (13 assists).
Prescott has two section matches left in the regular season before the D-II state tournament gets underway. The Badgers host Valley Vista on Senior Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, before visiting Tolleson Union for the finale at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
Chino Valley 3, Round Valley 2
Chino Valley High's volleyball squad won its third consecutive Division IV, Section I match on Thursday, Oct. 22, upsetting D-IV No. 17-ranked Round Valley, 25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 16-14, at home.
Jacelynn Clements paced the No. 26 Cougars' offensively with 10 kills and three service aces. Josie Cutlip (15 assists, five aces), Kylee Tiedeman (14 digs) and Gaby Cuka (seven kills, three blocks, three aces) contributed for the hosts.
Chino Valley (9-8 overall, 3-2 section) will host Grand Canyon for its season/section finale at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
Mayer 3, Flagstaff BASIS 0
Mayer High's volleyball team evened its record at 8-8 after this straight-games victory over Flagstaff BASIS, 25-12, 25-14, 25-11, on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Wildcats sophomore Cambree Swink helped lead the way with seven aces, five assists and eight digs. Senior Makellia Colquitt had six aces, four kills and five digs. Junior Jessica LaRue chipped in with five kills, four digs and three blocks.
"The girls played their most complete game of the season today," Mayer coach Nick Colquitt said. "They came out and put it all together and were able to earn the victory quickly and efficiently."
The Wildcats finish their season at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at home against Division V No. 25-ranked Arizona Charter on Senior Night.