Facing off in Peoria, No. 5 Flagstaff had its season come to end with a 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 loss to No. 4 Sunrise Mountain Thursday night.

Bouncing back with a third-set win, Flagstaff led 18-12 in the fourth before Sunrise Mountain rallied to clinch the match in four sets and advance to the semifinals of the Conference 4A state volleyball tournament.

Entering the night with a 14-3 regular season record, a first-round sweep of Shadow Mountain and a six-match win streak, the Eagles fell to the Mustangs in their first loss since Oct. 11 in five sets to Cactus Shadows, the No. 1 seed in the tourney.

Sunrise Mountain will continue its season, which has included a 15-2 regular-season record and a pair of playoff wins, as the Mustangs will now face  Shadows on Tuesday.


Five swim and dive teams from Flagstaff will compete at their respective state meets this weekend in the Valley.

Division II Flagstaff will be in Mesa at the Skyline Aquatic Center, while the D-III Northland Prep and Basis Flagstaff swim teams will be in Paradise Valley at Phoenix Country Day School’s Dady Aquatic Center.

Both division’s swimming preliminaries will take place on Friday, as well as D-II’s diving finals, at their respective pools while the swimming finals will be on Saturday.

The Flagstaff boys will enter relay teams in the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle. Individuals Carter Kraus, Ryan Wendel and Bryce Fennell will swim for the Eagles. Kraus will swim the 100-yard backstroke, Fennell will be in the 500-yard freestyle and Wendel will swim in both the 50- and 100-yard butterfly. Diver Thomas Wesche will also be in the state meet, competing on the 1-meter.

Meanwhile, the Flagstaff girls will start with Kayla Huffman, Margare Horton and Rori Avelar in the 1-meter dive. The Eagle girls will enter three relay teams -- the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle -- along with multiple individuals.

Hannah Doskicz will swim in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle, with Pearl Himelick also in two events, the 200-yard IM and 100-yard breaststroke. Meadow Higgins (200-yard IM), Madi Boose (500-yard freestyle), Rachel Diehl (500-yard freestyle) and Zie Kypta-Keith (100-yard backstroke) round out Flagstaff’s state swimmers.

Northland Prep filled up the D-III meet, with both the girls and boys entered in double-digit events.

The girls team will be in three relays: the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle. Several Spartans on the girls side will swim in multiple events, as Aurelia Umholtz will swim the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, Amelie Umholtz will be in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, and Devin O’Brien enters the 200-yard IM and 100-yard breastroke. Additionally, Hannah Penado will swim the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke while Jillian Raab rounds out the multi-event swimmers in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Sarah Komadina also will be at state in the 100-yard freestyle.

On the boys side, the Spartans again will be in three relays -- the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle -- with six individuals in multiple events as well. Eric Heinonen (200-yard free, 100-yard backstroke), Justin Jarmer (200-yard IM, 100-yard breaststroke), Alan Davis (200-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle), Greg Pappas (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle), Harrison Howie (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle) and Austin Kwan (100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke) will represent Northland Prep.

Lastly, the Basis Flagstaff Yeti will send its first girls swim team to the state meet. Along with relay teams in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle, Ally Montgomery, Abigael Conn, Alexandra Henes and Maille Conn will swim for Basis.

Montgomery will swim the 200-yard IM and 100-yard backstroke, and Abigael Conn hopes to make a splash in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. Henes and Maille Conn will also swim in the 500-yard freestyle.


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