KHS swimmers finish second in home meet

The Kingman High swim team had 14 first place finishers Wednesday at Del E. Webb Wellness Center as both the boys and girls had second place team finishes.

The boys team finished with 112 points, behind first place Phoenix Paradise Valley's 125 and ahead of River Valley's 20.

The 200-meter medley of David Yingling, Max Rose, Austin Bracken and Paul Yingling took first with a time of 1:58, while David Yingling took first in the 100-meter butterfly (1:06) and 200-meter individual medley (2:23). Bracken was first in the 100 and 200-meter freestyle events. Bracken had a time of 58.66 in the 100 and 2:09 in the 200.

Rose also took first in the 500-meter freestyle (6:36) and the 200-meter freestyle relay of Bracken, Dalton Fichter, David Yingling and Paul Yingling took first with a time of 1:49. Paul Yingling placed first in the 50-meter freestyle (24:31) and first in the 100-meter backstroke (1:07).

Other third placers for KHS included the 400-meter relay team of Rose, Gao Sheng, Brenin Peterson and Fitcher (5:04). Rose, 100-meter freestyle (1:04); Sheng, 100-meter backstroke (1:33); Peterson, 100-meter butterfly (1:42).

"They did very well in the meet," said KHS coach Maggie Alexander. "They continue to work hard each practice and drops times at each meet we attend."

On the girls side, the Lady Bulldogs had five first-place finishers as KHS placed second with a 97 behind first place Paradise Valley's 128 and ahead of third place River Valley's 28.

The 200-meter relay of Makayla Newberry, Torrey Gorra, Amanda Workman and Bryce Jones finished first with a time of 2:22.

Workman also placed first in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter butterfly. She took top honors in the IM with a 2:39 and had a 1:17 in the butterfly. Newberry also had a pair of first-place finishes in the 500-meter freestyle (6:30) and 100-meter backstroke.

Newberry was also part of the 400-meter relay with Jessica Jablonski. Gorra and Jones took second with a time of 4:51.

Jablonski also placed second in the 200-meter freestyle (2:46) and Jones finished ahead of Gorra for a second-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle (31:24). Gorra's time was 32.66.

KHS will travel to Flagstaff Wednesday.

KHS volleyball

Kingman High battled back from a 2-1 deficit to rally for a 3-2 win over Surprise Willow Canyon Thursday night in Surprise.

The Lady Bulldogs won the first game 25-20, but dropped the next two by the score of 25-18 before winning Game 4, 25-20, to force the decisive fifth game. They won it 16-14.

"They really stepped up to a new level in games four and five," said KHS coach Traci Rosenbach. "Game 5 was intense. I was so proud of the girls and their fighting spirit."

Gabby Huffer returned the court after suffering a knee injury in practice. She had 22 assists to help lead KHS. Natalie Casson had 28 kills, 12 blocks, 10 block kills, 13 digs and 15 assists. Alison Owen had 28 digs, Taylor Reed had 10 kills, five blocks, three blocks kills and six digs. Rachael Arave added eight kills, seven blocks and two block kills and Desirae Gonzalez had six kills, 11 blocks and seven block kills. Heather Weninger had five kills and six block kills.

KHS (9-3) will travel to Flagstaff on Monday and Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor on Tuesday.

KHS cross country

Kingman High's Patrick Webb took a wrong turn during the Windsor Multi Wednesday in Lake Havasu and it cost him a win.

Webb was leading River Valley's Ryan Wright when he made the turn as Wright went onto win in 18 minutes 10 seconds. Webb was second at 18:47.

But while Webb's miscue cost him top honors individually, the Bulldogs still managed to come away with a team victory with 36 points. Bullhead City Mohave finished second with 58, Yuma Kofa was third (82), Lake Havasu was fourth (103), River Valley was fifth (107) and Parker was sixth (144)

Other KHS runners included: Ethan Swenson, fourth (18:55); Jesse Marquez, eighth (19:20); and Shaun Wooten, 10th (19:27)

On the girls side, Paige Cardiff took top honors, finishing first with a time of 21:06 as the Lady Bulldogs finished second with 47 behind first place Lake Havasu's 34.

"Paige's Achilles (tendon) is hurting her a little and we talked about sitting out of the race or stopping midway if she needed to, rather than risk injury before sectionals and state," said KHS head coach Anne Bathauer. "But she said she experienced no pain out there. It's a nice way to finish the Wednesday meets for us."

Kofa was third with 55 and Mohave finished fourth with 83.

Other KHS runners included: Amanda Williams, fifth (23:08); and Paulina Delgado, eighth (24.00)

KHS traveled to the Boulder Creek Invitational on Saturday.