The Coconino Panthers girls tennis team added another clean sweep to its record on Thursday, beating the Deer Valley Skyhawks 9-0 in Glendale.

Emma Walker won at No. 1 singles for the Panthers, who improved to 4-0 with their third sweep of the season. Olivia Larson claimed singles court two for Coconino, 6-2, 6-4. Walker and Larson took the No. 1 doubles point, 8-3.

Connor Garrod finished her No. 3 singles match between the Division II schools 6-3, 6-1, and Taylor Rhoton was victorious at No. 4, 6-1, 6-1. Rhoton and Garrod won at No. 2 doubles, 8-2.

Hannah Goodman and Angel Begay also had an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles, with the former winning her No. 6 singles match, 6-2, 6-1, and the latter taking her No. 5 spot 6-2, 6-4.

Coconino faces a tough test at home today when it takes on Cactus Shadows at 3 p.m.


Flagstaff ran into a tough Cactus Shadows Falcons squad on Thursday, falling 9-0 to the 2018 D-II state tournament runner-ups in Scottsdale.

The Falcons blanked the Eagles in singles from courts two to five and also cleaned house in doubles on three straight 8-0 wins, handing Flagstaff its second loss this season.

Flagstaff's No. 1 singles player Pearl Garner lost 6-2, 6-1, and teammate Catherine Gripp fell 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 6 position. The defeat put the Eagles' record at 4-2.

Cactus Shadows improved to 6-0.

Flagstaff is scheduled to get season going again after spring break Tuesday, March 26, with its first home match of the season against Deer Valley. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m. at Thorpe Park.



Flagstaff dropped its first match of the season on the road in Scottsdale, falling to the Falcons as a stretch of clean sweeps was snapped.

Flagstaff's Joshua Yordy outlasted his opponent in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 in the matchup of D-II teams. No other courts went to a tie-breaker. The Eagles entered the day coming off four straight 9-0 wins.

Flagstaff's record got its first dent at 5-1. Cactus Shadows improved to 7-0.

Flagstaff picks the season back up after spring break with a Tuesday, March 26, match at Deer Valley.




Coconino got into the win column with a victory over Grand Canyon Region opponent Mohave on Thursday in Bullhead City as three Panthers ended the day with three hits apiece.

The 4A Conference Panthers, now at 2-2 to start the season upon sweeping the doubleheader against Mohave, saw Kyle Casados, Bentley Bleeker and Tyler Tapia each connect for three hits and score two runs as well. Tapia went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a double, and Casados added a double on his 3-for-4 day. Bleeker finished at 3 for 4 and had an RBI.

Jordan Lucero was 1 for 3 with two RBIs for Coconino, which broke open a 3-1 lead with a five-run fifth inning, and teammate Tyler Walters notched a triple.

Walters tallied four RBIs in the nightcap win, with Lucero adding three. Ty Furr hit a home run for the Panthers in the second game, and Coconino scored five runs in the top of the fifth to enact the mercy rule and get the victory in five innings.

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