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Sand Devils sports roundup

Modified: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013


Ailiana Herman with the dig as teammate Burgandy Begay waits to hit.
CROSS COUNTRY

The Sand Devils boys and girls cross-country teams opened their seasons with championships at the Hopi Invitational Sept. 3, then followed up four days later with strong performances at the Peaks Invitational in Flagstaff.

The boys finished second to Tuba City in the 19-team field thanks to three top-ten finishes: Xiaija Schuldies placed fifth out of 134 runners, Tyron Yazzie was seventh and Justin Littleman tenth.

The girls, who finished fourth among 18 teams, were led by freshman Mariah Yazzie’s 14th place finish. There were 128 runners.

After traveling to Kayenta for the Pizza Edge Invitational Sept. 11, the teams host the Page Cross Country Invitational Sept. 14. It’s the only home meet of the season.

BASEBALL

The boys of summer have become the boys of fall.

The Page High baseball team began play as the Lake Powell Sand Devils, according to coach Alex Randel.

The team is made up of players currently in high school, he said. They play an 18-game schedule against teams in Utah and Arizona.

The Devils opened their season Sept. 7 with a couple of close losses.

Against Sampete (Utah), they scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth but came up short, losing 8-6.

Dillon Nockideneh pitched two-and-a-third innings of no-hit relief, though he was tagged for two unearned runs.

In the other game, Pine View (Utah) scored a run in the bottom of the six to win 6-5.

Collin Knight went two for two and drove in three runs. Cole Larsen also had two hits, with an RBI.

The Sand Devils next play Sept. 14. in a doubleheader in Utah. Teams and times have yet to be finalized.

They’re at home Sept. 15 against Kingman Academy. Starting time is noon.

GOLF

The Page High golf team won its home opener by a single stroke, according to coach Michael Bryan.

Led by Lindsay Wood (pictured above chipping onto the green as Bryan watches from the cart), who shot a state-qualifying score of 37, the Sand Devils scored 166. Mingus carded a 167 and Bradshaw Mountain 171.

Wood needs four more qualifying rounds throughout the season to again make it to the state tournament. Because she plays on a boys team, she is required to play in the boys’ state tourney.

Noah Larson shot a 40, one shot short of a qualifier.

Pictured at left is sophomore Michael Demangone, who shot a 44.

After competing in the Bradshaw Multiple Sept. 10, the Devils return to Lake Powell National Sept. 12 to face Coconino.

VOLLEYBALL

The Page High volleyball team lost its season opening match at home Sept. 3 to Monument Valley, but picked up their first wins at the Payson Invitational last weekend. New coach Meliya Collins said the Sand Devils won three matches, lost five and split three at the tournament.

After playing Coolidge at home Sept. 12, the girls host the Page Invitational Sept. 14

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