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Coconino's Pedro Billups won a Division III state title at 106 pounds, and Page had three at the top of the podium by the end of the D-IV state tournament on Friday at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott.

Billups, last year's runner-up in the weight class, won by technical fall over Chase Sorenson of Blue Ridge, 15-0. A beast the entire way through the bracket, the Panthers junior was taken into the third period only once during his run.

The other three Panthers who made the state tourney left without medals, and Coconino finished in 18th as a team out 51 D-III programs.

For Page, Zachery Ruiz claimed the title at 113 pounds, Kimball Begay took first place at 195 pounds and heavyweight Cheyenne Richardson also came away from the mats with gold hardware, helping the Sand Devils finish fourth overall as a team. Begay and Ruiz won their championships matches on sudden victories, while Richardson won by fall in 3:06.

Also for Page, Carson Stansfield (138 pounds) and Hayden Gracia (152) earned medals as sixth-place finishers.


BASKETBALL

SAND DEVILS 46, HORNETS 28

Camryn Nockideneh scored 13 points and Makala Benally added 11 Friday night to lead top-seeded Page to a win over No. 4 Ganado in the semifinals of the 3A North Regional girls basketball tournament in Ganado.

Page (21-4) will meet third-seeded Chinle at 5:30 p.m. at Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance for the tourney title. The teams were meeting for the third time this season and second time in six days. Page's girls now have won 14 straight.

The Page boys (19-6) beat Window Rock Friday night to advance to the title game against the Chinle-Monument Valley winner, at 7:30 p.m., also in Fort Defiance.

The tournament is expected to have little impact on seeding for the state 3A tournament starting next week. Page's boys, ranked 10th as of Friday, will likely start at home Wednesday while the second-seeded Sand Devil girls will play next Friday at a neutral site.

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Daily Sun correspondent Todd Glasenapp contributed to this roundup.

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