KINGMAN - Roland Asuncion and Haley Moore were three-sport athletes while at White Cliffs Middle School, and the pair is expecting to do the same when they begin their prep careers at Kingman High this fall. Asuncion and Moore have already begun to prepare themselves to put on the Bulldogs uniform.
Asuncion played football, basketball and baseball for the Wolves, and he's worked hard for KHS football this week with mini-camp and summer-school football. "It's good, but it's hard," he said.
KHS football coach Rob York said he expects Asuncion to be a strong safety on defense and tailback on offense. He said Asuncion's attendance at everything football is already paying dividends for him.
"He's getting better everyday," York said.
"He's pretty athletic and coachable. He's still young, but if he keeps showing up and working hard, he'll learn fast."
Asuncion said if he were asked to choose only one sport to play, it would be basketball.
"I grew up playing it, and it has been fun for me."
White Cliffs basketball coach Tami Howland said Asuncion brings the intelligence aspect to the game of hoops.
"Roland's a very smart basketball player and can see the court very well," she said.
"He's a true point guard who looks to get the assist though he has a 3-point shot. He was clutch for us on the team."
Asuncion hopes he can utilize his high school playing career to keep playing one of the games he loves so much.
"Hopefully, I can get a scholarship and play college ball," he said.
Moore's a runner
Moore ran cross country and track and was on the girls basketball team for the Wolves. She expects to run cross
country and track for the Bulldogs but plans on trading basketball for soccer her freshmen year.
"This past year basketball was for fun," she said. "I've been playing soccer for years in NAYSL. I've been playing soccer since I was really little, and it has grown on me a lot."
Moore has been either running the streets or on her treadmill to get ready for high school. That's the kind of effort KHS cross country and track coach Anne Bathauer likes to hear about.
"I've watched Haley run, and I'm excited to have her on my team," Bathauer said. "She's come a long way since the sixth grade."
One thing Bathauer admires about kids is how they conduct themselves, and Moore has already impressed her future coach. "She's a nice girl and that's always important," the coach said.
Moore has a runner's build, and that, along with her work ethic, has Bathauer hopeful about her and the team's future.
"I know she's been working real hard," Bathauer said. "I've been talking with her, and I'm excited. She's tall, lanky and should help the program."
Moore said she wants to get to the varsity level as soon as possible and use athletics to get her through college.
"I know I want to pursue something in science like biology," she said.