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Coconino Beach Volleyball

Coconino's Lexi Settle sends the ball back over the net during beach volleyball practice Friday afternoon at Coconino High School.

The Coconino Panthers rebounded from their season-opening loss with 4-1 win over Shadow Ridge Stallions on Wednesday at the Victory Lane Complex in Phoenix.

Coconino got wins from its No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 pairs, with court three coming down to a decisive third set.

Ashley Monette and Shae Dahl secured the win at No. 3, rallying for the victory after dropping the opening set 21-19. The duo reclaimed momentum in the second set with a 21-11 win and won the tiebreaker 15-12.

At No. 1, Dana and Brooke Parker kept their regular-season record clean with a 21-8, 21-10 rout. Lexi Settle and Mireya Cabrera opened up their match at No. 2 with a 21-17 win and held on in the second, 23-21, to get the sweep.

The Division II teams decided to play their No. 1 and 5s first. On court five, Coconino's Kenzie Palmer and Megan Hicks won 21-19, 21-12.

At No. 4, Sam Hampton and Kendall Haylett dropped their matchup, 21-12, 21-18.

Coconino plays its first-ever match on campus next Wednesday when they host the Deer Valley Skyhawks at 4 p.m.


Former Coconino girls basketball star guard JJ Nakai on Tuesday became the first-ever Pima Community College women's player to make roll call on a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American list.

Averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game for the Aztecs this season, Nakai earned WBCA Two-Year College Coaches honorable mentions to add to her season of accolades. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Year, first-team All-ACCAC and first-team All-Region I, D-II recently.

Nakai and No. 2 Pima will face No. 1-seeded Mesa Community College on Saturday in the NJCAA Region I, D-II finals.


The Coconino Panthers track and field team took second place on the girls side and fourth place on the boys side of the Small School Invitational Saturday at Mesa Community College.

Woodlyn Smith ended her day with a pair of first-place finishes, winning the 100 and 300 hurdles for the Panthers, who were part of the 48-team field consisting of Division III and IV schools. She also placed second in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 100m for the Coconino girls.

The 4x800 highlighted the day for the Panthers boys squad. Sam Lasley, Alex Petersen, Taylor Taliman and Jon Ulibarri teamed up to finish first in the event. Ulibarri also ran with Ty Furr, Josh Monke and Steven Owens in the boys 4x400 for a fourth-place finish.

Ulibarri recorded a second-place finish in the 800m race as well.

The Panthers cleaned house in the shot put, with Charity Saganey finishing first, Maya Tijerin second, and Kortnee Begaye fourth. On they boys side of the event, Zack Christopher tossed his way to a fourth-place finish.

Also for the boys, Jordan Brockman placed fifth in the 100 hurdles, and Luke Hagaman placed fourth in the pole vault and Bryant Palmer finished fifth.


The Page Sand Devils opened their regular-season slate at home with a pair of wins over the Chinle Wildcats on Saturday.

Page started the Conference 3A, North Region doubleheader with a 7-2 victory and capped it off with a 15-11 win.

Tyanna Kelly recorded three RBIs in each game, with Erin Hunt tallying three in the night cap. Kelly hit two home runs and a triple in the second meeting and had a homer and double in the first game.

Shelby Blake started the day in the circle and struck out eight batters and Amaya Curley was Page's pitcher in the second game, getting help from the lineup on the way to the win.

Page is back in action for another doubleheader and will continue region play Saturday against Window Rock.


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