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Men’s Basketball

By Ryan Kelleher

Under pressure from Liberty defenders, Jaden Hardy, freshman, prepares to overhead pass to fellow Cougar Tahj Comeaux, senior. Photo by Ryan Kelleher.

In their last conference game of the season, the men’s varsity basketball team lost to the Liberty Patriots, 61-69 on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Freshman Jaden Hardy led the Cougs with 20 points and Tahj Comeaux, senior, had 17 rebounds.

The Cougars started off strong, with a 19-16 lead by the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Patriots were not giving up. At the half, Coronado lost the lead, 32-35, and the Patriot lead extended into the third quarter, 46-51. With only two minutes left in the final quarter, the score was tied, 59-59. Despite fighting hard, the Cougs had too many turnovers in the final minutes of the game.

“At the moment, we are liking our chances in playoffs,” Max Howard, sophomore, said. “Being the third seed, people won’t expect us to pull out a regional championship win, but we like our odds.”

Even after this defeat, men’s basketball qualified for play-offs. Their first playoff game will be at Eldorado on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. This is the fifth year in a row men’s basketball will make a playoff appearance, but the team currently sits with no state championships.

Flag Football

By Saveria Farino

With a quick getaway Caitlin Shannon, junior, scores a touchdown to keep the Cougars in the lead. Photo by Sage Tippie.

The Cougars fought hard against the Foothill Falcons on Monday, Feb. 5 dominating 35-12. In the first half, the Cougs earned 14 points and then 21 in the second. Seniors Drew Stewart and Jensen Boman both scored one touchdown, and Caitlin Shannon, junior, scored three touchdowns. Lexie Potts, junior, aided the team through strong offense with seven tackles to seal the win.

“This season has been so fun, and it felt really good to beat our biggest rivals [Foothill],” Boman said.

Shutting out the Patriots 41-0, the Cougs triumphed in the final game of the league season. In total the team scored 11 touchdowns; they were led by Shannon who scored five touchdowns for the Cougs. On offense, running back Amanda Burt, junior, had 21 runs with 159 total yards, and wide receiver Erin Shannon, freshman, had three runs with 26 yards total. Giovanna Coelho, senior, contributed to the team’s success with seven tackles and two assists.

The Cougars came out on top in the South East League Division this season with an 18-game winning streak. Playoffs begin on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at home against Eldorado High School.

Bowling

By Bryce Becker

With the perfect arm swing, Megan Knudson, senior, aims to shoot a strike. Photo By Halie Foster.

On the road to regionals, women’s varsity bowling started off strong on Monday, Feb. 5 and defeated Vegas High School all three matches. This took the team to the playoffs where they triumphed over the Silverado Skyhawks on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The final match to secure the regional title took place on Thursday, Feb.8; Basic shut out the Cougars in all three matches.

“It’s frustrating because we beat Basic all three games during the season, and in the second  match, we won 2/3 games, so it was frustrating to come up short in the regional game,” Megan Knudson, senior, said.

The boys varsity bowling team won their first matches on Monday, Feb. 5, advancing to the playoffs where they were struck down by Silverado on Wednesday, Feb. 7.