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Prep Roundup: Area cross country squads kick off season at Lee Williams Multi

Lee Williams, Kingman and Kingman Academy runners compete at the season-opening Lee Williams Multi. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Daily Miner)

Lee Williams, Kingman and Kingman Academy runners compete at the season-opening Lee Williams Multi. (Photo by Beau Bearden/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – The Lee Williams, Kingman and Kingman Academy high school cross country teams got off to a fast start to the season with the Lee Williams Multi. The Lady Vols took first place, while the Vols were second. The Lady Bulldogs were third and the Bulldogs were fourth.

“We have a lot of work to do on both teams, however all times were faster than last year,” said Kingman head coach Anne Bathauer. “Our training has been great and we are going to continue to improve. If we can keep everyone healthy, this could be a great year and if they believe the future looks bright for KHS cross country.”

Lee Williams’ Cayden Robles took third to lead the area school finishers on the boys side at 18.50.00, followed by Zack Tempert in fourth (19:42.00) and Kingman Academy’s Elijah Davis in seventh (19:47.00).

“As a whole, the team did well,” said Academy head coach Robert Skankey. “Most of our runners recorded better times than last year’s meet. Our freshman newcomer, Elijah Davis, made a statement by finishing seventh. If he puts in the effort, he will be contending for that No. 1 spot sooner than expected.”

Kingman’s Christian Yazzie just finished out of the top 10 with a 20:50.00 and Reed Blake was the next Bulldogs runner in 26th.

On the girls side, Lee Williams’ Darleen Bland ran a 23:09.00 to take first overall. Fellow Lady Vol Alexis Hecker followed closely behind at 23:19.00 for second, while Lee Williams’ Hallie Powell was fifth and Kylie Cantrell took ninth.

Kingman’s Julia Ostberg and Jimena Lopez led the Lady Bulldogs in 14th and 15th place, respectively. Kingman Academy’s Mia Martinez was 27th to lead the Lady Tigers.

Lee Williams and Kingman are back in action Saturday at the Ray Wherley Invite in Prescott, while Academy travels to Parker Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Swim

At Lake Havasu, the Lee Williams, Kingman and Kingman Academy swim teams traveled to the 2018 Golden Anchor Thursday in Lake Havasu.

Lee Williams’ Diego Narvarte made his season debut with a first-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle at 28.83, while finishing second with a 43.42 in the 100 backstroke. Kingman’s Christine McIver swam a 37.12 to also take first in the 50 free. Kingman Academy’s Callie Wright was close behind McIver at 38.81 for second place. Wright added another second-place finish in the 100 backstroke at 1:32.90.

“The performance of my KHS swimmers is exciting to watch as they are continually striving to improve," said Kingman head coach Jerusha Presnal. “As their coach, I love how each swimmers’ work ethic begins to pay off this time of the year. They begin to see how their hard work makes a difference. Coach Tabatha Gravell and I are very proud of each and every swimmer.”

For the Tigers, Kaden Bean tallied a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle at 1:07.55 and Lee Williams’ William Rogers followed in second (1:13.34).

The Lady Vols also had a top finisher in the 100 free with Amelia Brackett taking first at 1:17.05, followed by Kingman Academy’s Katie Niskanen in second (1:23.41). Niskanen was also second in the 200 Individual Medley at 3:16.20.

Lee Williams’ Beauen Bratley took second in the 200 freestyle at 2:31.81, while the Vols tallied second in both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Volleyball

Lake Havasu 3, Kingman 0

At Lake Havasu City, the Kingman High School volleyball team dropped a 3-0 loss (25-9, 25-18, 25-16) Thursday night to the Lady Knights (3-0).

Kingman (0-4) is back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a road contest at Paradise Honors (1-6, 0-1 3A Metro West Region).