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Men’s Varsity Volleyball

By Joshua Christensen

Seniors Matthew Wilson and Ben Bloss work together on the court to secure an easy kill over the late block. (Photo by Joshua Christensen)

At home against the Eagles on Tuesday, March 20 men’s volleyball defeated Boulder City three sets to none. Everyone on the roster played at one point in the game with Alex Winiarczyk scoring nine kills for the Cougars.

“Boulder was a much needed win for us coming off of a losing streak because it boosted our confidence and will help us in the coming tournament,” Matthew Wilson, senior, said.

After losing the first set 25-4, Boulder City regained some momentum in the second set at 16-13; however, the Cougars pulled themselves back into it, winning the set 25-17. The Cougars continued the pressure into the third set outscoring the Eagles 25-15.

Coronado will play in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational in California during spring break. Their next home game is Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. against Canyon Springs.

Swim and Dive

By Ryan Kelleher

Both the women’s and men’s varsity swim and dive teams destroyed the Valley Vikings on Tuesday, March 20 at the Multi-Generational center. Men’s varsity won 202-61, and women’s varsity won 221-65.

Junior Katie Jankowski led women’s varsity to a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, and a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Denisa Ciobanu, freshman, contributed with first place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. For the men’s team, Spencer Wilkinson, sophomore, placed first in the 200-yard freestyle while Brian Gong, senior, earned second in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke.

“We had a great start to the season with two consecutive wins,” Wilkinson, said. “I am proud of our performances in not only meets but also our practices. Hopefully we can rest up and come back strong after break.”

Women’s and men’s swim and dive will pick up again after spring break with their next meet at Heritage Park against Foothill on Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Varsity Baseball

By Bryce Becker

Up at bat Jake McLean, 12, focus hard on the pitch to try and score a run for the Cougars. (Photo by Saveria Farino)

Coming off a challenging tournament, the men’s varsity baseball team fell to Rancho 9-1 on Thursday, March 22. Cristian Herrera, senior, scored the only homerun for Coronado denying Rancho the shutout.

“We didn’t lose momentum; I feel they out hit us the last inning,” Herrera said. “For the National Classic, we have been practicing a lot. I feel we are ready for the competition, and we will go in with the same mindset we’ve had all year. All gas, no brakes.”

In the fourth inning, Herrera earned a homerun giving the Cougars the early lead. However, Rancho was not willing to give up and answered back with a homer in the seventh inning. The teams were neck and neck until Rancho led out the game with a whopping eight runs in the final inning.

“I feel like we fell apart as a team towards the end of the game,” Owen Hallett, senior, said. “Going into the National Classic, we just have to get back together as a team and keep playing hard.”

The grind doesn’t stop here for the Cougars. Over spring break they will play at the National Classic in Placentia, California.

Varsity Softball

By Saveria Farino

To start the first inning Tatum Spangler, 12, throws a powerful windmill pitch to the Rams. (Photo by Saveria Farino)

The rain didn’t stop the Cougs from winning their first home game against Rancho on Wednesday, March 21. Varsity softball dominated the field and shut out the Rams 10-0.

Leading the team with four at bats, junior Madison Stephens had two hits and one RBI. With two runs and one home run, captain Tatum Spangler, senior, secured a victory for the team. The Cougs knew the game was a guaranteed win after six runs in the fifth inning.

The Cougs brought on the heat in their next game at Foothill on Friday, March 23. The game was neck and neck, and the Falcons defeated the Cougars 4-3.

Foothill started the game strong with four runs in the third inning, but with only one run in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings the Cougs couldn’t catch up in time. Spangler pitched for 2.2 innings with an average of 10.5 earned runs.  

“Our loss against Foothill was a bit of a wake up call,” Captian Veronica Jarchow, senior, said. “We realized these teams are going to bring everything they have against us because of our previous success. We have to be loud and on our toes from the start.”

Catch the Cougars at their next home softball game against Eldorado on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m.