By Saveria Farino
The road to the sunrise regional championship began on Tuesday, May 8 as the men’s varsity baseball team took on Liberty High School. After last week’s loss to the Patriots, the Cougars were determined to dominate. To secure the 8-5 win, the Cougs had three runs both the first two innings. The Patriots tried catching up in the fifth inning with three runs, but the Cougs locked up the win with one run at the top of the sixth inning.
One down three to go.
On to Rancho
— Coronado Baseball (@cougarsbballnv) May 9, 2018
Game two was also a breeze for the Cougars. They took on the Rancho Rams on Wednesday, May 9 and destroyed them by the fifth inning, 21-6. The Cougs started strong with eight runs in the first inning, one in the second, six in the third, two in the fourth, and four in the fifth inning. Senior Boston Mabeus had five at bats with three home runs and five RBIs for the team.
“Overall the game was already awesome because we had previously lost to Rancho twice in the regular season, so beating them by 15 was awesome for the team and I,” Mabeus said. “Personally, I had a three home runs later in the game; that was my favorite part of the game.”
The Cougars took on one of their biggest rivals, the Basic Wolves on Thursday, May 10. The game was tied 0-0 until the top of the eighth inning when sophomore Ethan Stevens scored a run for the team. The Wolves snagged two runs in the bottom of the final inning, leaving the score 2-1. This was the Cougs first lose in playoffs, but it didn’t bring them down. The team got a lot of support from the student body through social media. Twitter accounts including @_CougarNation_ and @cougarsbballnv posted regular updates after every victory:
aaaaand another W
— Cougar Nation (@_CougarNation_) May 10, 2018
The fourth and final game of the Sunrise Region Championship was hosted at Green Valley High School on Friday, May 11 where the Cougars faced the Rancho Rams one last time. This game took the Cougs by surprise and was much harder than the previous game against Rancho. Coronado started strong with three runs at the top of the first inning, but the Rams were able to catch up ending the second inning with five runs. The Cougs stayed ahead until Rancho earned eight runs in the final two innings, ending the game 14-10.
“I learned a lot from high school baseball,” Jake McLean, senior, said. “I learned how to deal with failure, I learned how to be a leader and how to adjust to certain situations that wouldn’t always go my way.”
By Ryan Kelleher
In their first playoff match, men’s varsity volleyball defeated the Green Valley Gators 3-0 on Tuesday, May 8. Andrew Corales, junior, had 15 digs while senior Ben Bloss pitched in with 13 kills and two aces.
The Cougs’ strong defense and superior serving secured them a 25-18 win in the first set. In the second set, varsity built momentum and crushed the Gators 25-12. For the third and final set, Coronado won 25-23. Junior Alex White contributed with 14 assists, four aces, and seven kills.
Men’s varsity volleyball clutched a 3-2 playoff win against Las Vegas on Thursday, May 10. Senior Matt Wilson had the most assists with 33 while Bloss had the most kills with 17. Varsity started the match strong winning the first set 25-23, but the Wildcats came back to win the following two sets 25-23 and 25-17. For the last two sets, Coronado battled and persevered to win both 25-20 and 15-13.
“In all our playoff games, we played as a team and as friends,” Alex Winiarczyk, sophomore, said. “We had fun on the court while also playing our hearts out. Going to state is an amazing feeling.”
Despite battling hard, varsity fell to Foothill 3-1 on Saturday, May 12 in the regional championship game. Although the Falcons defeated the Cougs, varsity played the Centennial Bulldogs on Tuesday, May 15 where they lost the final set 25-15.
Track and Field
By Sage Tippie
For the first time in school history, both the girls and boys track and field teams took first at the Sunrise Region meet on Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, May 12. The girls championed at 125 points while the boys secured 142 points.
The boys dominated the relays, earning first in the 4x400m, third in the 4x200m and 4x800m, and fifth in the 4x100m. They also dominated in pole vault, with junior Keaton Daniel earning first with a new school record of 15’5” and senior Edward Andrews taking second with a 13’6” jump. Edwards also leaped to victory in the long jump, earning third place while junior Andrew Burdalski took fourth in the triple jump. Leading in the hurdles events was sophomore Justin Watterson, who earned first in both the 110m and 300m hurdles. In the 800m run, sophomore Tom Dougherty took first while senior Tim Conaway followed in third. Dougherty also came in fourth in the 1600m run. Junior Dillon Stewart took third in the 200m dash and fourth in the 100m dash.
“Becoming region champions this year is such an accomplishment for our team,” Edwards said. “We’ve come so far from the beginning of the year and have improved so much and exceeded our own expectations every meet. A win like this makes all the hard work worth it, and at this rate, we could even have our eyes on a top three place in State.”
The girls took the distance events by storm, boosting them to triumph. In the 800m run, freshman Erin Shannon took first, junior Spencer Farr took second, sophomore Claire Rawlins took third, and sophomore Ellen Wise took fifth. Shannon also took first in the 1600m run, putting the Cougs ahead along with Rawlins who took third in the 3200m and 1600m run and Wise who took fifth in the 1600m. In the high jump, junior Shay Mentley took fourth with a 4’10” jump. With a 11” height, sophomore Sophia Hyman leaped to second place in the pole vault. Senior Emma Schmid earned third place for the 400m dash. The Cougs took fourth in the 4x100m relay and fifth in the 4x400m relay. They also dominated in the 300m hurdles, with junior Reagan Raimer taking second, followed by junior Emily Wickens in fifth.
Champions of the region meet will move onto the class 4A state meet at Carson on Friday, May 18.
Swim and Dive
By Joshua Christensen
At the Sunrise Regional event in the UNLV pool, Coronado swimmers took first and second place overall. The girls scored 508 easily defeating their closest competitor, Green Valley, by 105 points. The boys lost by 11 points to Green Valley with a score of 483. The Cougars have four boys and two girls, sophomores Jared Miao, Spencer Wilkinson, and Pilar Cohen, and seniors Brandon Nellis, Timmy Newton, and Alexis Edmonds, advancing to state and five relay teams advancing.
“I felt really good about my 100-meter breaststroke and when I got out of the pool, I found out I was going to state,” sophomore Spencer Wilkinson said. “It was an amazing feeling.”
The state meet is on Saturday, May 19 at 12:15 p.m. and will be held at UNLV. The boys took runner-up at state last year after taking home the regional title. The girls will continue to be the defending regional champions, continuing their three-year streak.
By Kierra Long
At the Sunrise Regional playoffs the women’s varsity softball team took two losses: 15-12 and 9-1 both to Basic on Saturday, May 12 at Bishop Gorman.
Senior pitcher Tatum Spangler, had to sit out during the second inning due to an injury on her throwing arm. Although she was out for the rest of the day, the team recovered and got their first run in the third inning, tying the score 1-1. The team fought hard to break the tie, but Basic came out on top when they got seven runs in the seventh inning.
The team put up a fight during the first inning of the last game of the day. The score was neck and neck the whole game. During the fourth inning both teams had gotten 3 runs making the score 7-10. With three innings left, the Cougars fought hard to take home the Regional Championship title. Although Basic won, Cougars made them work hard for their win. After being defeated the Cougar’s season is over.
“We are really happy with the outcome of our season overall,” senior Veronica Jarchow said. “We did really well considering we lost eight seniors last year and only had four returning girls this year. People didn’t expect us to do as well as we did. We were all upset about the outcome of Saturday though. We put our hearts on the field. I can say that I am very grateful for the way our season went. I am proud of all the girls, and how far they have come and improved their skill. I wouldn’t trade this season for anything.”