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Sports Round Up: VanKirk, Sammeli and Serrano shine on the links

VanKirk & Sammeli

VanKirk & Sammeli

KINGMAN - Lake Havasu won Tuesday's girls golf match over Kingman and Lee Williams at the London Bridge Golf Course in Lake Havasu City. The Knights shot 36-over-par 180 for the win and the Lady Bulldogs were 24 strokes behind. Lee Williams, with only two golfers, did not qualify.

Kingman's Rebekah VanKirk was second individually, shooting 5-over-par 41. Mariah Sammeli was third with a 44. Connie Peterson shot a 53, and Samantha Hernandez finished with a 64.

Lee Williams' Kaci Kay came in with a 68, and Sarah White had a 73.

Kingman returns to Havasu Tuesday to play the Knights and Flagstaff. Lee Williams plays at Peoria Wednesday.


Serrano places 2nd for LWHS

Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course hosted the Kingman, Lee Williams, Mohave and Lake Havasu boys teams Tuesday, and Havasu defeated the field with a team score of 11-over-par 155. Lee Williams was second at 167, Kingman third with a 221, and Mohave did not qualify.

The Vols' Richard Serrano finished tied for second with a 40, five strokes behind winner Eric Neal of Havasu. Savion Levrets was third with a 41. Corey Smith and Chase Williams both shot a 43, and Brandon Carver finished with a 47.

"This was a breakthrough performance for Richard," said LWHS boys golf coach Stephen Shuffler. "He played well around the greens and hit some great bunker shots."

Derek Jones led Kingman with a 42 and tied for seventh. Joshua Wyant shot a 56, Derek Brown came in with a 58, and Trey Honga finished with a 65.

Both teams played at the Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams Wednesday. Results were not available by deadline.


Bulldogs, Tigers in Yuma

The Kingman Academy and Kingman girls swim teams tied for sixth place at the CrimSwim Invitational Saturday in Yuma. The Tiger boys finished in 10th place, and the Bulldogs were right behind in 11th in the 12-team event.

Jake Miyauchi led the Academy boys team with 16 points. He took second in the 500-yard freestyle and came in fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Sofia Depner scored 12 for the Lady Tigers with fifth-place finishes in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Victoria Depner scored seven by coming in fourth in 500 freestyle. The sisters, along with Kayleigh Wright and Stasi White, scored points in the 200 medley and freestyle relays.

Makayla Newberry led the Kingman girls with nine points from a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke. Meghan Yingling added eight after taking fifth in the 100 freestyle and ninth in the 50 freestyle. The Lady Bulldogs also scored in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Newberry, Yingling, Shayla Rivera and Jessica Jablonski were the contributors.

The Bulldog boys team was led by Tyler Julle's seven points, which he earned by taking fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Kingman Academy next swims at 4 p.m. today in Bullhead City against Mohave, San Luis and River Valley.

Kingman jumps in at the Northwest Region Relays in Lake Havasu Saturday, which includes the Tigers.


Kingman 2nd at Mark Weston

The Kingman Bulldogs boys cross country team finished second at the 11-team Mark Weston Invitational in Lake Havasu City Saturday. Lee Williams finished fourth, and Kingman Academy came in ninth.

In the girls race, Kingman finished sixth, Kingman Academy seventh, and Lee Williams was incomplete with only three runners.

Kingman had three runners finish in the top 10 on the boys side. Jesse Marquez placed sixth, Tanner Cardiff was eighth and Brandon Kelly came in 10th.

Brendon Allred led all Kingman-area runners by placing second for Lee Williams. Peyton Cardiff joined Allred in the top 10. He finished seventh, one spot ahead of his brother.

Sam Skankey led Kingman Academy with a 16th-place finish.

Brianna Gastineau led the Lady Bulldogs in fifth place, and teammate Megan Gaul was 10th. Mary Jo Lohmeyer led the Lady Tigers in 24th place, and Macey Shafer was Lee Williams' to runner in 34th place.

All three teams raced at Kingman High Wednesday.

Results were not available by deadline.


Parker upends Kingman

The Lady Bulldogs fell at Parker (5-0) Tuesday 25-9, 24-26, 25-17, 25-20. The loss drops Kingman to 4-4 on the season.

Desirae Gonzalez led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 kills. Liz Angle had 17 assists and Taylor Olivas ended with 12 digs.

"When I asked the girls to set a goal, they achieved the goal," said KHS coach Greg Sumsion. "Even though we lost the match, we still accomplished every goal that we set during the match."

Kingman plays at Kingman Academy (1-2) at 6 p.m. today. The Lady Tigers played at Yuma Catholic (3-3) Tuesday, but results were not available by deadline.

Lee Williams beats River Valley

The Lady Volunteers needed just four sets to defeat River Valley (0-7) Monday at LWHS 25-15, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18.

Lee Williams (4-3) was led by Sadie Snay's six kills, 16 assists, and five aces.

Marli Lauck and Kristen Finch each added five kills.

Madi Arave had six aces and Cassie Finkbeiner scored on five.

"The girls had a hard time getting into the groove," said LWHS coach Traci Rosenbach. "They are still struggling with gelling as a team. It is more about their court sense and confidence, not their skills."

Lee Williams plays at the Estrella Foothills Invitational Saturday in Goodyear.


Joy Christian runs through Academy

Kingman Academy (2-2) had a tough time containing Tonka Watson and Joy Christian Saturday in Phoenix.

The Eagles led 41-6 at the half en route to a 62-27 win.

Joy Christian (3-1) put up a total of 525 yards, and Watson accounted for 253 of those on the ground.

KAHS hosts Parker (3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Southside Park.


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