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Jackson Foster recorded a game-high three RBIs, Jake Plecas and Ty Walters drove in two runs each, and the Coconino Panthers needed just six innings to complete the regular-season sweep of the Mohave Thunderbirds on Saturday in Bullhead City.

On the way to the 13-2 victory, Plecas had a triple and Kyle Casados went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Casados was part of a pitching trio that also consisted of Ty Walters and Chance Pierce, and he surrendered just two earned runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Ahead 4-2 after three innings, the Panthers widened their lead in the fourth with five runs and tacked on one more in the fifth and three in the sixth. With the Grand Canyon Region victory over the 25th-ranked Thunderbirds, No. 18 Coconino got back to .500 at 6-6 and moved to 5-4 in the region.

The game ended as a one-hitter in favor of Coconino, which notched nine hits total as seven Panthers had at least one knock.

Coconino takes a break from region games next week but stays in 4A Conference play, taking on the Saguaro Sabercats on Tuesday in Scottsdale and the Buckeye Union Hawks Thursday at home. Both games are slated to begin at 4 p.m.




The No. 19-ranked Flagstaff Eagles completed the regular-season sweep of a Grand Canyon Region opponent in a single day, pushing a win streak to three games as well with the Saturday doubleheader.

Playing host to the No. 26 Prescott Badgers, who swept the Eagles last season, Flagstaff continued its recent tear on offense. Winners of six of their past seven games, the Eagles have scored in double digits in all of the victories during the stretch that now has them at 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the region standings.

A two-game series with Mingus Union is next up for Flagstaff, which will head to Cottonwood for the first game on Tuesday before hosting on Thursday. Both games have a 3:45 start time.


Coconino's Ty Furr brought home some hardware from the Blue Ridge Invitational in Lakeside Friday and Northland Prep and Flagstaff High garnered a few golds on the same day at the Scottsdale Distance Classic.

Keelah Barger and Nora Blodgett provided a one-two punch for Division IV Northland Prep in the 1600-meter race, with the former clocking a 5:14.17 and the latter coming through in 5:16.04 for a PR performance. Maddy Christopher came in third at 5:16.11, with teammates Chloe Painter finishing fifth in a PR time of 5:22.91 and Angel Curley posting a 5:27.29.

D-II Flagstaff's Brianna White, a sophomore, ran a PR performance in the 3200m for gold in 11:45.15, with fellow Eagles long-distance runner Povi Plank also getting a PR at 11:49.55 for silver. Coconino's Woodlyn Smith finished sixth in the race with a new PR as well, crossing the finish line in 12:05.73, good for D-III provisional time for the state meet. Lilia Tassinari finished 10th in 12:51.92.

Smith took second in the 800m with a PR time of 2:19.74, which as of press time is the fastest time in the event in D-III. Blodgett ran a 2:28.39 in the event for fifth place, while Flagstaff's Curley, Maddy Christopher and Chloe Painter finished in order from seventh through ninth place, respectively.

At the Blue Ridge meet, Furr surged in the sprints, winning the 200m in PR fashion at 23.48 as well as the 400m in 52.70 to end his day with two gold medals to hang with his bronze in the 100m, in which he ran an 11.75 PR. Furr's teammate Zachary Yubeta finished seventh in the 200m in 24.25, a PR.

Coconino had a strong showing in the 110m hurdles at  Blue Ridge. Led by John Leeds' PR 17.38 for fourth in the 110m hurdles, the Panthers had three other runners fare well, as Michael Helwig took eighth, Spencer Larson 10th and Sean Hutchison 11th. Leeds also was fourth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.13, a PR, and Hutchison also got a PR in the event at 44.13, a time good for fifth place.

On the field at Blue Ridge, Dawson Buckley hit a PR mark in the boys shot put at 44-06.5 for third place, with the provisional mark being 41-1. On the girls side of the shot put, Charity Saganey hit 34-04.50 for second place, with Maya Tijerin's 30-07 getting eighth place. Saganey had a provisional throw in the discus, sending it 87-07 for eighth place. In a five-way tie for fifth, Rachel Crowther hit a PR 4-10 in the high jump for a provisional qualifying height, and Marlee Tafoya had a provision mark in the long jump, finishing 15th at 12-07, a PR.

Also for the Coconino girls at Blue Ridge, Briana Benson PRed in the 400m for 10th place at 1:09.97. Jordan Brockman took third place in the 100m hurdles at 17.89 and was fifth in the 300 hurdles at 51.21.

In Scottsdale, Flagstaff's Spencer Smith had a fourth-place finish in the 800m boys race in 2:00 flat, with teammate Alan Hagerman getting a PR in 2:02.26 for seventh place.

The Eagles boys packed up the top 10 of the 1600. Corey Blubaum led the way for the Eagles in the run with a 4:34.60 for fourth, Davis Boggess was seventh in 4:36.90 and Nate Milton was 10th in 4:38.87, as all three had PRs. Page's Dorian Daw finished third at 4:33.00 and Northland Prep's Brandon Bounds finished ninth at 4:38.79.

Flagstaff and Northland Prep also fared well in the 3200m. Riley Human's PR of 9:57.45 earned him the top spot for the Eagles at third place, with teammate Flynn Fuhrmann getting fourth in 10:06.53. Nicholas Hall had a PR of 10:16.09 for the Spartans, who saw Hayden Andersen also hit a PR for eighth in 10:20.21.


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