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Lee Williams cross country shines in Casa Grande

KINGMAN - The Lee Williams High School boys cross country team made a loud noise at the Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet Friday in Casa Grande. The Volunteers finished fifth out of 43 teams in the small schools race and have vaulted up the rankings ladder to No. 3 in Division III, according to athletic.net.

The meet hosted nearly 6,000 runners competing in 19 separate races.

"The atmosphere was electric," said LWHS cross country coach Joan Abraham. "Our meet was great."

Brendon Allred led the Vols with a run of 16 minutes, 40 seconds over the 3.1-mile course. That time was good enough for fifth place and is the fourth fastest time in D-III this season. Zach Moyd covered the course in 17:08, which has him ranked 15th.

Cayden Robles finished 42nd for Lee Williams, Peyton Cardiff was 59th and Tyson Spencer came in 114th to round out the scoring for the Vols.

The Lady Vols came in 30th place out of 35 competing. Hallie Powell led Lee Williams with a run of 22:56 and finished in 88th place. Cassie Finkbeiner (129), Alondra Correa (139), Marian Esplin (161) and Macey Shafer (195) contributed to the Lady Vols' scoring.

"All the girls ran well," Abraham said. "Every one of them ran their fastest time and each cut more than a minute off of their season best."

Lee Williams, along with Kingman and Kingman Academy, compete at the Ray Reynolds Invitational today in Lake Havasu City.

VOLLEYBALL: Academy takes Kingman in four

Kingman Academy won its third consecutive match with a 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 25-15 win over Kingman Monday at KAHS.

Shaunti Short had 28 assists and three kills for the Academy (4-6 Division IV). Isabella Anderson added eight kills and six digs, and Aspen Jackson recorded six aces and five kills.

Kingman (0-9 D-III) continues to look for its first win. Aurora Camacho had 11 digs and nine kills for the Lady Bulldogs. Kim Carroll and Desirae Gonzalez each had nine kills and four blocks. Courtney Mossor contributed 11 assists.

Academy plays at No. 19 Valley Lutheran (6-3) Thursday, and Kingman opens its D-III, Section II schedule the same day when it hosts Wickenburg (1-9) at 6 p.m.

BOYS GOLF: Two wins put LWHS in first

Back-to-back wins Thursday and Monday have the Lee Williams boys golf team on top of the Division II, Section VII standings.

The Vols shot 159 at Laughlin Ranch Golf Course in Bullhead City Monday to win by 57 strokes over Kingman (216) and Mohave (228).

Corey Smith made it back-to-back medalist wins as well. He shot 38 to win on Monday after shooting 40 on Thursday at the Continental Golf Course in Flagstaff.

Smith was one shot better than teammates Brandon Carver and Cole Morton in Monday's win. Richard Serrano (43) rounded out the Vols' scoring in the match.

"We historically play well down there, and today was no different," said LWHS boys golf coach Stephen Shuffler. "Having my top three - Smith, Carver and Morton - go low is good to see as we head down the stretch."

Lee Williams hosts Kingman, Bradshaw Mountain and Mohave at 3 p.m. Thursday at Valle Vista Golf Course.