Roundup: Badgers' Nakai Lake leads PHS boys' x-country to victory in opener at ERAU
Prescott boys 1st, girls 2nd in season/home opener
The Prescott High boys' cross-country team won its 2015 season/home opener Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, edging Phoenix Thunderbird and Peoria Sunrise Mountain in a three-way meet.
On the Embry-Riddle course in Prescott, the Badgers' boys took first with 37 points, followed by Thunderbird (second, 41) and Sunrise Mountain (third, 42).
Individually, PHS senior Nakai Lake won the race in 18 minutes and 13 seconds, nipping Sunrise Mountain's Brian Reyes by less than a second. Prescott coach Ben Holskin said Lake took the inside line on the final corner in the last 200 meters to beat Reyes to the finish line.
Rounding out the highest individual finishes for the PHS boys were John McMahon (fifth, 19:13), Bryan Evans (seventh, 19:28) and Justin Warren (ninth, 19:37).
Meanwhile, the Badgers' girls' team finished second to victorious Sunrise Mountain, which tallied 18 points to Prescott's 40. T-bird was a distant third with 85.
Top individual finishers for the PHS girls included sophomores Makennah Mills (third, 20:57) and Carissa Evans (seventh, 21:32), junior Katie Townsend (ninth, 23:48) and sophomore Swayze Smith (10th, 24:10).
The Badgers will move on to compete at the annual Peaks Invitational this Saturday morning, Sept. 5, at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.
Bradshaw Mtn. boys win dual meet vs. Goldwater
Bradshaw Mountain's boys' cross-country team defeated Phoenix Barry Goldwater by 16 points on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Bears' season/home opener at the BM Middle School course near Dewey.
Bears coach Mike Simon said Glendale Deer Valley didn't show at the meet, which turned into a dual for both the boys and girls.
On the boys' side for the hosts, Alex Villagran (second place in 18 minutes, 54 seconds), David Villagran (third, 18:59), Ricky Ayala (fourth, 19:42), Brandon Fischer (fifth, 20:04), Emilio Mendibles (sixth, 20:05) and freshman Eddie Miner (10th, 21:09) finished in the Top 10.
On the girls' side, Goldwater won with 19 points. Bradshaw didn't post a team score, as it is still piecing together a complete team, which it will have by next week, Simon said.
Bears freshman Anna Zea was a bright spot individually Wednesday, taking second place overall in 24:17, only 1 second off Goldwater's winning time.
Bradshaw will run in the Peaks Invitational Saturday morning in Flagstaff.
Chino boys cruise to win at Wickenburg Multiple
Chino Valley's boys opened the 2015 season by nabbing first place at the Wickenburg Multiple on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
The Cougars won with 31 points, followed by Parker (second, 45) and Wickenburg (third, 49).
Individual finishers for Chino included David Lemcke (second, 21:04), Brenden Tupper (third, 21:13), Jade Wilkins (sixth, 22:29), Christian Herb (eighth, 23:29), David Gehman (12th, 24:00), Alex Daniels (14th, 24:31), Adrian Saldana (16th, 24:46), Taylor Blakley (18th, 25:33), Chris Neff (21st, 28:18) and Avery Humeyestewa (25th, 30:27).
The Cougars will run during the Town of Chino Valley's annual Territorial Days at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 5.
Chino Valley 3, Kingman Academy 0
Chino Valley's spikers are off to a strong start, winning their second straight match by shutout Wednesday, Sept. 2, at home.
Versus Kingman Academy, the Cougars posted winning scores of 25-15, 25-13, 25-22.
Josie Cutlip guided the hosts with 16 assists and five service aces. Jacelynn Clements (five kills), Gabriella Cuka (four blocks) and Kylee Tiedeman (18 digs) played key roles as well.
The Cougars will play their third match in as many days at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 3, when they host Scottsdale Prep.
Embry-Riddle women 2, Arizona Christian 0 (Tues.)
Estelle Fortes and Callie Orizotti scored a goal apiece and the defense pitched its fourth straight shutout as the Embry-Riddle women's soccer team remained undefeated at 4-0-0 Tuesday in Phoenix.
The Eagles, who have outscored their first four opponents by a combined 19-0, also received an assist from Maddy Markham on Orizotti's score.
ERAU won't play again until noon Thursday, Sept. 10, when the squad faces Hope International University (California) in Fullerton.