By Ellis Sondrup
The Cougars celebrated a shutout win in the homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 18 against the Basic Wolves. The 41-0 victory pushes the Cougars to a 4-4 record, with two games remaining in the season.
Basic started the game in possession but could not gain traction. The Cougs scored and completed the extra point midway through the first quarter. Momentum carried the Cougars through the first half, picking up with a fumble recovery from junior Mark Skelton, leading to a touchdown. The Cougars were up 20-0 at the conclusion of the first half.
Quarterback Keegan Tharp completed five touchdown passes for five out of six scored, making for a strong passing game for the Cougars. The strong performance by the offensive line created pockets and opportunities for Tharp.
“We’ve thrown the ball pretty well all year and I hope it will continue this week,” Head Coach Biletnikoff said. “As for our offensive line, they continue to work hard every week, they’re a big reason for our success in the passing game, and I think whoever they line up against they’re going to give it their all. Our defense has kept us in every game this year and getting a shut out last night was just another example of how our defensive staff has prepared them to be successful.”
Half time included the homecoming halftime show and crowning of royalty. Seth Burdo was crowned king, and Olivia Castillo was crowned queen. The Cougars finished the game strong, scoring three additional touchdowns to shut out the Wolves 41-0. Coronado’s next game is at home on Thursday, Oct 24.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
By Ryan Kelleher
Both the men’s varsity tennis team and women’s varsity team won the 4A Desert League Regional Title. Men’s varsity tennis defeated the Clark Chargers 10-4 in the regional championship match on Thursday, Oct. 17. The women’s team defeated Clark 10-6 for their regional championship on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
“Clark was the only loss we had all season,” senior captain Sebastian Frace said. “It’s the best feeling to comeback after a couple weeks of hard work and practice and crush a team that beat you before.”
The women’s team went undefeated 12-0 in league while the men’s team had final league record of 11-1. The state playoff and championship matches will be held at Darling Tennis Center this year. Both teams play again in a state playoff match against a currently unknown opponent on Thursday, Oct. 31
Men’s varsity soccer
By Bryce Becker
Men’s varsity soccer defeated Desert Oasis 5-2 in a home game on Monday, Oct. 14. The end of the first half left the Cougars tied 2-2 but after scoring three more goals in the second half the Cougars secured the win. Juniors Ryan Wilkinson and Maor Kohen led the Cougs to victory each scoring two goals against the Diamondbacks. Juniors Ryan Daniel and Taye Adams contributed with three assists and one assist respectively.