This week in sports

In order to prevent a touchdown by the Falcons during the home game on Thursday, Sept. 28, the Cougars call a timeout to regroup and prepare for Foothill’s strong offense. Photo by Ryan Kelleher

Here’s a look back at the week in sports.


By Ryan Kelleher

The men’s varsity football team lost to the Foothill Falcons, 0-38 on Thursday, Sept. 28. Despite battling hard, the Falcon’s aggressive offense was too much for the Cougs to handle. Carlos Perez, senior, led the Cougs with 13 completed passes and a gain of 127 yards.

Freshman and JV football also lost to the Falcons, 7-14 and 7-31 on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Their next game is at Basic on Thursday, Oct. 5.

After this loss, the Cougs stand with a record of 2-3, while Foothill is undefeated with a 5-0 record. Varsity’s next game is at Basic on Friday, Oct. 6.

“I feel like at the moment it is alright, but could be better. Our numbers are super low, but we have great coaches. Regardless of what happens, I’m going to make the most of my final season,” Matthew Tokos, senior, said.

Cross Country

By Sage Tippie

Racing their way to victory, the Cougars fought hard during their cross country meet at Sonata Park, at home, on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Both teams beat out Foothill, Australian Select, Desert Pines, Liberty, Silverado, and Sunrise Mountain, the women by 31 points and the men by 27.

“Even though I was injured this meet, it was definitely one of my stronger races because I really pushed myself until the finish. All of our training paid off because even when I was in pain, I could rely on all the determination and strength we gathered from practices,” Hailey Cromwell, 11, said.

In the girl’s race, sophomore Claire Rawlins took third overall with a finishing time of 18:25 for the 2.86 mile race. Caitlin Shannon, junior, and freshman, Kylee Baird, followed in fifth and sixth place with times of 19:00 and 19:01. Sophomore, Ellen Wise, took seventh place finishing at 19:15.

Creating a gap between him and his opponents with a finishing time of 15:36. Tom Dougherty, sophomore, snagged second place overall for the boys’ cross country race. Bryce Tondryk, sophomore, followed in third finishing 16:05. Tim Conaway, senior, dashed in at fourth overall with a 16:07 finish. Eddie Smisson, sophomore, took seventh place after finishing 16:13. Their next meet is Friday, Oct. 5 in Huntington Beach.

Women’s Varsity Soccer

By Angelina Callorina

To continue their undefeated season, women’s varsity soccer shutout Basic 10-0 on Tuesday Sept. 26. The lady Cougars also conquered the Green Valley Gators 1-0 on Sept. 28. Makenna Cucuru, senior, was able to break the tie and score for her team in the second half.

“The moment she scored the whole field went crazy. All of us were screaming and hugging each other because we were so happy Makenna scored,” Mackenzie Malia, sophomore, said.

The women’s varsity team is undefeated so far this season. On Tuesday, Sept. 26 JV beat Basic 6-0; on Wednesday, Sept. 28, they beat Green Valley 2-0. Following their victory the freshman girls beat Green Valley 5-1.


By Rayne Hayes

After an undefeated season, the men and women’s tennis teams are going to Regionals. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the women defeated the Foothill Falcons 17-1, losing their only game of the week. Following their victory, the women shut out both Eldorado and Silverado 18-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 28. After their reigning season, they had the first regional match on Saturday, Sept. 30 against Las Vegas, also another 18-0 shutout. Their next regional match will be on Wednesday, Oct. 4 against the Liberty Patriots at 3 p.m. As of now, they are number one in the class 4A Sunrise Region.

“It is amazing to see how our team as grown, it was no surprise that we were undefeated in our region this year, and I’m blessed to be able to spend my last year with such a talented team,” Co-captain Hannah Grossman, senior, said.

The men had various victories throughout the week as well. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, they beat the Falcons 12-6; after their victory, they beat Silverado 15-3 on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and in their last match of the week, they destroyed Eldorado in a shutout,18-0. They are currently number one in the Class 4A Sunrise Region as well. Their first regional match is Tuesday, Oct. 3 against Rancho High School.


By Joshua Christensen

Both freshman and JV women’s volleyball scored 2-0 against Eldorado on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Varsity also shut out Sundevils going 3-0. All three teams are undefeated so far.

“The varsity didn’t even lose a point during the first set! That’s amazing! I’m so proud of all the girls on varsity,” JV volleyball player Kelsey Middleton, sophomore, said.

The next volleyball game is Thursday, Oct. 12 against Liberty, who is 2-2 in league play.