Sahuarita Golf finished their regular season with a 12-2-1 record in dual matches, and sent two golfers to the state tournament Monday and Tuesday in Tucson. Look for results in next week’s Sahuarita Sun.
Freshman Luis Lopez is currently ranked fifth for individuals, with a scoring average of 36.9 in seven qualifying matches. Rylee Koebnick is ranked 18th for girls with a scoring average of 42.8. The top 18 individuals from teams who have not qualified will make it to state. Another freshman, Kaden Boyter, narrowly missed out on qualifying for state. Kaden's average score was 39.6.
“I think both Luis and Rylee are playing well going into the tournament and I am excited to see how they will perform,” said SHS golf coach Chris Fanning. “They are great kids who take the game of golf seriously and work hard to get better. They are both freshmen, and it is quite an accomplishment to qualify for the state tournament as freshmen.”
SHS cross country
Sahuarita High School girls cross country won the Justin Prevatte Classic on Oct. 16, beating out Buena, Thatcher, Safford, Benson, Tombstone and Morenci for the win.
Marissa Lopez took first place in the 5000M and broke the course record with a time of 19:58.
Sahuarita runners and their finishing times were: Marissa Lopez (1st place, 19:58), Eliza Stowell (3rd, 20:37). Alessandra Segundo (14th, 22:09), Angelise Garcia (15th, 22:45), Grace Dixon (16th, 22:49) and Sarah Cardenas (29th, 24:04).
Sahuarita also had two boys run in the 5000M open race. Roque Mora took second place with a time of 18:41, and Noah Cornaby finished at 22:50.
Sahuarita’s swim teams competed in a pair of events last week. On Oct. 18 against Walden Grove, the boys in the 200 medley relay, Gabriel Martinez, Ian Thompson, Joseph Strode and Casey Thompson, cruised to a victory to start off the meet. Thompson also finished second in the 50 freestyle.
In the 500 freestyle, Hugh Sparks and Joseph Laity finished first and second and Jorden Oliver finished fourth. In the 400 freestyle relay, Aidan Law subbed in at the last minute and the relay took second (other relay members were Tristan McCormick, Colton Law and Gabriel Martinez).
The girls swam an excellent meet as well. In the 200 freestyle, Ari Romero took first and Amanda Penaloza took second. Sierrah Seibel came up with a first place finish in the 500 freestyle and Makaela Valencia finished third. Finishing up the meet with a first and a second in the 400 freestyle relay were Ari Romero, Sierrah Seibel, Amanda Penaloza and Hailey Thompson (first) and Samantha Bryson, Megan Fillerup, Makaela Valencia, and Abigail Weech.
The boys ended the dual meet season with a 10-0-1 record and the girls finished with a 7-4 record.
The Mustang swimmers had another chance to qualify for the state competition at the Mike Ward Invitational on Oct. 20. For the boys, Colton Law swam a 1:00.22 in the 100 butterfly and is currently ranked 22nd in the AZPreps. Thompson is now ranked 41st in the 100 freestyle and swam a 54.62. The Mustang boys currently have provisional times in all events except one and are very close to automatic times in the 50 freestyle (Thompson) and 100 breaststroke (Strode).
The girls also had some good times at the Invitational. Hailey Thompson has provisional time and is ranked 32nd in the 100 butterfly (1:10.26). She is close to gaining an automatic time in this event. Thompson is also ranked 43rd in the 100 backstroke with a 1:14.12. Seibel achieved an automatic time (6:25.44) in the 500 freestyle and is currently ranked number 30. She also swam well in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:24.91 and is ranked 46th in the AZPreps.
The SHS swimmers have one final chance to qualify for state at the Southern Arizona Swim Qualifier in Oro Valley on Oct. 26-27.
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