Last week in sports

Stepping up to the plate, Isabel Rodriguez, 10, readies herself for a pitch in the varsity girls softball game against Foothill. Photo by Lorin Enns.

Varsity Softball

By Rayne Hayes

At this week’s home match, the Cougs beat the Foothill Falcons 2-0 on Tuesday, April 24. They started out strong in the first inning gaining one run. The rest of the innings were quiet with both teams coming close to scoring; however, the Falcons were no match for the Cougs gained one more run to end the game in the sixth inning.

While away, the Cougars dominated Eldorado shutting them out 18-0 on Thursday, April 26. In the first inning, they earned five runs, and in the second inning, they ran in another six. In the last inning, they achieved an impressive seven runs finishing off the Sun Devils in the third inning.

Going against their known rival, the Basic Wolves, the women played an intense game winning 5-4 on Friday, April 27. The women started off strong, achieving two runs in the first inning. The Wolves picked up some ground in the second inning with one run. The third inning was quiet, but the fourth inning brought an upset and the Cougars were down by one run. Going into the fifth inning 4-3, the women kept their heads in the game and ran one in tying it up. The sixth inning was quiet again, but it was anyone’s game. In the seventh inning, the ladies prevailed with a game winning run.

“There were so many emotions in the moment, and I felt pure happiness when we won,” Captain Tatum Spangler, senior, said. “I was so proud of the huge team win and all the girls. It felt good to get the momentum back onto our side before playoffs.”

While up to bat, Ethan Stephens, 10, decides not to swing as Foothills pitcher throws a fastball in the varsity boys’ baseball game against the falcons. Photo by Lorin Enns.

Varsity Baseball

By Bryce Becker

Men’s varsity baseball played against Silverado on Wednesday, April 18 and defeated the Silverado Skyhawks 2-0. Next, the Cougars lost in a tough game against Bishop Gorman on Thursday, April 19, 11-3. Finally, Cougars finished off the week in an away game against Rancho on Saturday, April 21 5-1.

“The season is coming to an end, and we are going into these last games with playoff mentality to end the season right,” Cristian Herrera, senior, said.

Cougars began the week of April 24 with a win against Foothill 12-2. Herrera had three RBI’s, seniors Joey Calvert and Boston Mabeus made two. They then defeated Eldorado on Thursday, April 26, 11-1. Junior Brayden Buttweiller pitched four innings and struck out three. Wrapping up the week, Cougars played Basic on Friday, April 27, winning with the same score, 11-1.

Come out to support the Cougars as they play their last home game on Wednesday, May 2 at 3:30.

Leaping over a hurdle, Jason Vott, 11, runs for victory during the home track meet against Green Valley and Australia Select. Photo by Sage Tippie.

Track and Field

By Sage Tippie

At their home meet against Green Valley and Australia Select on Tuesday, April 26, the boys’ track and field team took first place earning 83 points while girls took second earning 53 points.

The boys dominated the relays, earning first in the 4x200m and 4x100m, and third in the 4×400-m and 4×800-m relays. The Cougs also triumphed in the triple jump, with freshman Jayson Irvin and juniors Chancellor Williams and Andrew Burdalski earning first, second, and third place respectively. Williams also took first in the high jump. Burdalski also took second in the long jump, followed by senior Edward Andrews in third. Sophomore Justin Watterson took the hurdles events by storm, taking first in both the 110m and 300m hurdles. In the 800m run, senior Tim Conaway took first, followed by sophomore Brendan Graves in third. Leading in the sprints events was junior Dillon Stewart, who took first in the 200m and 100m dash

In the pole vault, sophomore Sophia Hyman earned the Cougs a winning height of 9’9”. Hyman also leaped to victory in the long jump, earning second place followed by junior Lexie Potts in third. In the high jump, junior Shay Mentley took first with a 4’10” jump. In the 800m run, seniors Emma Schmidt and Bonnie Stewart earned second and third place. The Cougs won the 4x100m relay in 52.22 seconds. They also dominated in the 300m hurdles, with senior Alexa Buttars taking first, followed by sophomore Madyson Selva in second and junior Nicole Pang in third. In the 100m hurdles, junior Emily Wickens took second place. Sophomore Claire Rawlins raced into first in the 1600m run.

“I’m very proud about how much our team has progressed: every meet I feel like we improve. I’m excited to see how all our hard work throughout the season will pay off when we compete at Regionals,” Mentley said.

Come support the Cougs as they move onto the Sunrise Region meet at Basic on Saturday, May 5.

Men’s Volleyball

By Ryan Kelleher

After receiving a back set from setter Alex White, 11, Cody Sciabica, 12, takes his approach and swings at the ball. Photo by Ryan Kelleher.

Men’s varsity volleyball clutched a win at home against the Liberty Patriots, 3-2 on Wednesday, April 25. Senior Ben Bloss led the Cougs to victory with 28 kills and 12 digs while Alex Winiarczyk, sophomore, had 18 kills and 13 digs.

Coronado started the match off strong winning the first set, 25-19, but the battle was far from over. Liberty fought back, winning the second and third set, 26-24 and 25-23. Heading into the final two sets, the Coug’s superior offense and aggressive serving overwhelmed Liberty’s defense. Varsity won the final sets, 25-23 and 15-10. Senior Cody Sciabica contributed to the win with 11 kills, and Matt Wilson, senior, pitched in with 77 assists and three aces.

“The Liberty game taught us to play as a team, rather than just as individuals,” Winiarczyk said. “When we work together and play as a team, we can do great things.”

The Cougs also beat the Valley Vikings, 3-0 on Monday, April 23. Junior Payton Burks helped secure the win with 11 kills and three aces. Varsity played again on Friday, April 27 against the Las Vegas Wildcats but was defeated, 3-0. Despite coming close in every set, the Wildcat offense was too much for Coronado’s defense. Men’s volleyball final conference game is at Silverado on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Swim and Dive
By Joshua Christensen

Freestyling down the lane, Kaya Rodriguez, 10, approaches the last turn of her heat. Photo by Josh Christensen.

The varsity swim team defeated Las Vegas at the Henderson Multigenerational center for the Coronado senior meet on Saturday, April 28. The men scored 191 to Foothills’ 80, and women scored 214 to 60. Coronado’s senior swimmers were Rojeen Khassto and Brandon Nellis.

“We recognized our seniors, gave them flowers and bubbles, and continued the meet,” Kaya Rodriguez, sophomore, said. “The team had a great time, and for our last dual meet of the season, it was a great way to end the regular competition season.”

Coronado’s next event is the last chance to  meet at the Pavilion pool on Wednesday, May 2 where swimmers will have their last chance to improve their times for regionals’ qualification.