Recording their sixth shutout of the regular season, the No. 1 Northland Prep Spartans beat the No. 9 Page Sand Devils at home Tuesday afternoon.
With four goals in each half, the Spartans (7-0) cruised past the Sand Devils (1-5) as they continued their pursuit of a perfect season. Seven different players scored goals for Northland Prep, while six added assists in a balanced attack. Mia Blair, Rachel Ryan, Emma Heitkamp, Brianna Hovis, Emma Blair and Regan Eager all scored a single goal, and Ellie Karren added two as she continued to lead the state in scoring.
Now outscoring opponents 50-1 in their seven regular-season matches, the Spartans have just five matches remaining in the regular season and are still well ahead in the AIA 2A Conference rankings.
The Spartans face the No. 11 Holbrook Roadrunners today at 6 p.m., the lowest-ranked team in the state. The schools faced off this past weekend in Round Valley's tournament, with Northland Prep winning 10-0.
NORTHLAND PREP 3, MINGUS MOUNTAIN 0
Ending a short two-match losing streak, the No. 16 Northland Prep Spartans swept the Mingus Mountain Academy Mountain Lions on the road Tuesday night.
The Spartans' three-match week continues today at Tuba City.
SWIM AND DIVE
Northland Prep's swim and dive teams competed in the Phoenix Country Day School Eagle Invite in Paradise Valley on Saturday, with the invitationals serving as the only way teams can obtain qualifying times for November's state championships.
Across the board, the Spartans produced multiple standout efforts. On the diving boards, sophomore Emma Quigley earned a third-place finish and senior Faith Oldroyd finished sixth. Leading the way for the Spartans swimmers were seniors Hannah Penado and Re Umholtz.
"Hannah and Re had some unbelievable swims," said Spartans head coach Jeff Leid. "They both went way under the two-minute mark in the 200 freestyle, and even though we are Division III, those swims crushed the Division II automatic qualifying times and it was cool to see those two go 1-2 in that event."
Penado kept up the pressure and recorded another victory in 100 freestyle with a lifetime-best 54.65, meeting the D-II qualifying time. Rounding out a plethora of other swims were fifth- and sixth-place finishes by sophomore Amelie Umholtz (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle), dual seventh-place finishes by senior Sarah Komadina (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and lifetime-best efforts by senior Devin O'Brien (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke).
On the boys side, the team was led by seniors Harrison Howie, Greg Pappas, Justin Jarmer and Houston Jackson, with strong efforts from freshman Eric Heinonen, who swam three events consecutively, including the 500 freestyle. Howie earned two second-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle, with Pappas earning two fourth-place finishes in those same events.
Jarmer took fourth in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 breaststroke, and Jackson swam a best time in the 100 breaststroke by seven seconds.
Overall, the Spartans girls earned a second-place finish as a team, one point behind Seton Catholic, and the boys earned a third-place finish behind the defending state champions from Phoenix Country Day and last year's runner-up, Seton Catholic.
"Overall, we swam really well and to have both our girls and boys earn automatic Division II state times bodes well for us as we get ready to close out the season," Leid said. "I am very proud of this group of athletes."
Former Northland Prep golfer Vincent Cortese shot a closing round 3-over 75 on Sunday to finish the NCAA D-III Mason Dixon Collegiate Golf Classic with a two-day total of 151. Finishing in seventh overall in the individual standings, Cortese faced off against a total of 89 players from 17 teams competed in the 36-hole tournament held at the Bridges Golf Club in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.
Cortese’s final round included two birdies and 11 pars over the 6,713-yard layout. He opened the tournament with a 4-over 76 that included one birdie and 13 pars.
"I was able to give myself a chance at par or birdie on almost every hole -- which led to the consistent scores,” said the freshman who is attending college at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken N.J., which finished seventh as a team.