Set to open the 4A Conference tournament on Tuesday, the No. 5 Flagstaff Eagles and No. 9 Coconino Panthers found out their first round opponents Saturday afternoon.
Earning a first-round home match, Flagstaff (14-3) will host No. 12 Shadow Mountain Matadors (11-6) at 6:30 p.m. The Matadors swept the No. 14 seed Prescott Badgers 3-0 finish out the regular season on Thursday. With a win, Flagstaff would advance to play No. 4 Sunrise Mountain or No. 13 Higley on Thursday at the higher seed’s home court.
Meanwhile, Coconino will open with a long trip to the No. 8 Nogales Apaches (15-2) on Tuesday with the winner likely heading to top-seeded Cactus Shadows Falcons (17-0), who beat the Panthers in four sets in mid-September.
SWIM AND DIVE
Flagstaff Eagles swimmers and divers closed out their season Thursday with an away meet at Mingus Union High School. Both the Eagles boys and girls teams were undefeated coming into the meet, and hopeful to continue their winning ways and display some late-season speed in the pool.
The Flagstaff boys won 107-67, and the girls were victorious, 117-65.
Freshman Madi Boose got the Eagle girls started with a personal best swim in the 200 freestyle of 2:07.21. Junior captain Bryce Fennel responded in the boys 200 by outsprinting the Marauders’ Dallin Gordon to take the win. The boys 50 freestyle was similarly close, with sophomore Ryan Wendel outtouching Gunner Tillemans.
The girls began to pull away with a tight win in the 200 freestyle relay, followed by another close race in the 100 breaststroke between Mingus’ Emma Warner and Flagstaff's Pearl Himelick, a freshman.
The meet ended with another close race in the boys’ 400 freestyle relay, with the Eagle boys prevailing in 3:42.37.
This weekend, Eagle divers will compete in the state dive qualifier in Phoenix, and the swimmers will continue their preparation for the Division II state championship meet Nov. 3-4 in Mesa.
"Ryan Wendel is our only swimmer with automatic qualifying times in the 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly,” Eagles head coach John Lowe said, "but I expect all three girls relays to qualify, so we should be well-represented at the state championships.”
In the Flagstaff-Coconino football game Friday night, freshman Luis Jaramillo scored the Eagles' lone touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run in the second quarter.