Last week in sports

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Varsity Flag Football

By Bryce Becker

At the line of scrimmage, the Cougar receivers prepare to run for the touchdown zone. Photo by Matthew Eskridge

Varsity flag football started the week losing a tough, 6-14 battle against the Legacy Longhorns on Monday, Dec. 10. The first quarter remained scoreless until Legacy ran a touchdown holding the lead until the fourth and final quarter. The Cougars scored a touchdown bringing the game to a tie, but the Longhorns won with a touchdown in the last few minutes.

The Cougs played Bishop Gorman winnig 38-6 on Wednesday, Dec. 12. After scoring 26 points, the Cougars held the lead throughout the game scoring 12 more points in the fourth quarter.

“We need to keep improving at practices, running more plays and improving for league,” sophomore Rachel Burt, corner, said. “We are going to rest during break and come back stronger ready for league to start.”

The Cougars lost against Bonanza, 6-13 on Friday, Dec. 14. The game was close, but the Bonanza offense scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and their solid defense managed to prevent the Cougs from scoring again. 

The Cougars are 6-2 overall and play their next away game versus Basic on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Varsity Wrestling

By Ryan Kelleher

Against the Green Valley Gators, Jase Brock, sophomore, tackles his opponent to the mat as the ref begins the countdown. Photo courtesy of Jase Brock

The varsity wrestling team lost to the Green Valley Gators, 18-60 on Tuesday, Dec. 11 for the first league match of the season. Seniors Jordan Marzka and Nathaniel Tomisato both won by fall in the 195 pound and 285 pound divisions.

“We have to practice really hard the next few weeks,” senior Jacob Randolph said. “League games are very important if we want to advance to regionals and state. The level of practice must improve.”

Wrestling currently has a 2-5 overall record and 0-1 league record. The Cougs’ next match is at home against the Liberty Patriots on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Track and Field

By Angeli LaGuardia

Coronado holds annual preseason track and field race on Saturday, Dec. 15. In order to participate in the meet, runners paid a $15 entry fee, for this meet results determine how hard they must practice for the upcoming Winter season.

“Attending this meet was really helpful,” junior Elijah Hernandez said. “As a runner, I’m training for the regular season, so the meet was a glorified practice for what’s to come. The race was also helpful for the other runners that came out who haven’t been able to experience what a meet is like quite yet, an introduction almost.”

High School and college students were able to attend the race, starting with the 400m. Hernandez won first and then competed in finals, the 100m. Runners were motivated to display their best for this meet for the winner of the 100m received a grand prize of $1500.

“Just watching all the best runners compete was an all-around beneficial experience,” senior Andrew Burdalski said. “I got to understand and get more information on how to develop a better mindset and work ethic from athletes, and tips from my peers for an overall better season.”

Runners not only strived to over perform for the potential gain of $1500 but in hopes that their performance would impress professional athlete Justin Gatlin, the race’s sponsor. Known as the fastest man alive, Gatlin had beat Usain Bolt in last year’s World Athletic Championship. Cougars were able to converse with Gatlin, discussing not only his success within his career but how to train in order to pursue a running career.

“The meet was a fun experience. It’s not every day you get to meet and learn from the fastest sprinter in the world,” senior Beau Hartley said. “Coronado got an amazing opportunity to have their runners interact with Justin Gatlin.”