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Weekend rewind: Mountain Lions make Gold Bracket at Wolf Howl

Desert Ridge's Donjae Lohgan, right, had two top five finishes over the weekend. (Desert Ridge track Twitter page)

The second full week of action has set most teams on a course for the rest of the season.

It doesn’t mean a slow start can’t be trumped by a hot streak or fast start can’t stall out in the weeks to come as the season progresses.

But the foundation has been set for the 2018 season.

Here is a look at some results two weeks into the season.

Boys volleyball

Four area teams headed to the Wolf Howl Classic with Red Mountain faring the best as the only local to team to make the gold bracket after finishing second in its pool.

Red Mountain’s Doug Grabek made the all-tournament team. (Red Mountain Boys Volleyball Twitter page)

Led by all-tournament pick Drew Grabek, the Mountain Lions won their first five matches of the tournament, including a win over Mountain View, before losing to Boulder Creek and eventual champion Sandra Day O’Connor.

“The guys played strong together,” Red Mountain coach Kristy Simmons said. “We beat teams that other coaches were telling me they were shocked we beat. As a whole my starting lineup is solid together. They have learned to respect themselves and their teammates.”


Mountain View heads the class so far as the Toros are off to a 7-1 start after finishing first in the Desert Vista tournament and went 5-0 on the week.

The pitchers have thrown two shut outs while the offense has scored 57 runs in eight games with a .368 batting average.

Junior Sean Rimmer has been the catalyst in hitting .588 with two doubles, two home runs, seven runs and seven RBIs in the first six games.

Every team in the East Valley Region has a winning record with Skyline at 5-2, Westwood at 5-3, Mesa at 3-2, Red Mountain and Dobson at 4-3.

Desert Ridge is off to a 2-5 start after going 0-3 last week.


Red Mountain is the lone EV Region squad with a winning record at 5-4, with Desert Ridge also off to a 5-4 start while Mountain View is at 6-6.

Dobson (3-5-1), Westwood (2-7), Skyline (1-4) and Mesa (1-7).


Desert Ridge’s Zach Landa won the discus (145-10) and finished fourth in the shot (47-2.25) to pace the Jaguars at the Saunders Montague Desert Classic.

Donjae Logan finished third in the 200 (22.80) and fifth in the 100 (11.35), while Nicole Ross was third in the high jump (5-0) and Savannah Marshall was fifth in the long jump (15-9).

Mesa’s Sean Wray was second in the 100 (11.22) and fourth in the 200 (22.84), while Nathan Montague was third in the shot put (48-0.5).

Mountain View’s Sarah Marske was second in the 300 hurdles (46.38), third in the 100 hurdles (15.22) and eighth in the 100 dash (13.10), while Kailey Welch was fourth in the 1600 (5:34.77) and fifth in the 800 (2.28.83).

Maianalani Ta’ase was second in the javelin at 98-6 as the sport finally becomes a sponsored event in Arizona.

On the boys side, John Carpenter was on the pole vault at 13-6, while Tyson Smith was second at 13-0. Carson Klepinger was second in the 3200 (9:49.98) and was closely followed by teammate Zach Frisch (9:51.30) for third. Dax Hodges was fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.25).

Skyline’s Carlene Hamilton was fifth in the 3200 (12:06.63) and seventh in the 1600 (5:37.98).

At the Aztec Invitational, Westwood’s Rahni Turner won the 100 hurdles (14.68) and was second in the 300 (49.51), while Lilena Pekipak was fourth in the shot put (29-11).

The Westwood boys were led by James Smith as he swept the hurdles events in 14.35 and 37.50.

Red Mountain’s top competitor at the Aztec Invite was Emillee Clark, who won the shot put in 36-8 while Taylor Westra was second in the shot (35-7.5) and fourth in the javelin (93-0). Nikki Hemmerlin had a couple of top five finishes in the 1600 (5:20.00, fourth) and the 3200 (11:34.15, fifth) runs.

The Mountain Lions boys had Johnie Talamantes finish second in the 110 (14.59) and 300 hurdles (38.81), while Gabe Williams finished fifth in the javelin at 140-4.


The Red Mountain and Mesa boys are off to a 3-0 start while Desert Ridge is at 2-1 with Westwood at 1-1. The Toros are 1-3 and Skyline and Dobson are at 0-3.

The Jackrabbits girls lead the way at 4-0, while Dobson is 2-2 and Westwood is 1-1. Red Mountain is 1-2, Mountain View 0-2 and Skyline 0-4.

– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.


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