Sand Devils become No. 1

Page junior point guard Jonah Holiday (25) looks to the basket in a rivalry game against the Monument Valley Mustangs inside the Sand Devils gymnasium on Saturday night in Page, Arizona. Photo by Krista Allen/Lake Powell Chronicle.

Local sports roundup

By Kelvin Digo Sloan

PAGE – The Sand Devils had a good new year start after coming back from Christmas break.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association on Jan. 7 released new rankings and seated the Sand Devils at No. 2, Valley Christian at No. 1, the defending champions Lady Sand Devils at No. 3, and the American leadership Academy-Gilbert North at No. 1.

The Page Boys got two players back from injuries: Junior guard Trent Holiday, the 2019 3A State Cross-country Champion, who’s a huge player and a really a big help with his talent and his speed; Senior guard Benjamin Alvarez is another player who brings a lot to this team coming off the bench.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, the boys and the Lady Sand Devils faced the No. 5 Chinle boys and the No. 17 Lady Wildcats on the Sand Devils home court. It was a big conference region game for the boys team. They are the two top teams in the 3A North Conference.

Chinle 41, Page 50

The Lady Wildcats had an even first quarter run of 6-6 until the second quarter, 2-11 Page, third 11-19 Page, and fourth quarter Chinle outscore Page, 22-14 Chinle. But Page pulled away with the win, 50-41.

Leading scorers for Lady Sand Devils:
 • No. 10 Neve Redhair – 5-foot-7 junior                 
13 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
 • No. 23 Camryn Nockideneh – 5-foot-10 senior    
12 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
 • No. 14 Diana Secody – 5-foot-6 junior                  
7 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Chinle 48, Page 60

Page Sand Devils got their first home conference game test from the defending 3A North Conference Champions Chinle Wildcats. First quarter 11-17 Page, second quarter 17-15 Chinle, third quarter 17-3 Chinle, and fourth quarter 3-17 Page. It wasn’t an easy match up for the Sand Devils, but they managed to overcome in the fourth quarter, taking the win from Cooper Burkbank. The Wildcats’ final score was 48-60 Page.

Leading scorers for the Sand Devils:
• No. 34 Stuart Sandall – 6-foot-9 junior                 
19 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds
• No. 21 Trent Holiday                                              
9 points, 2 assist, 2 rebounds
• No. 25 Jonah Holiday – 6-foot-1 junior                  
9 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds

On Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, the Sand Devils traveled to 2A Piñon Eagle territory for a non-conference game. After beating the Wildcats, they headed to Piñon, Arizona, where and the Eagles couldn’t handle the Devils. Sand Devils fans fill up the gym and supported their team with the win.

Page 50, Pinon 31
• No. 25 Jonah Hoilday        
27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals
• No. 34 Stuart Sandall        
18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal
• No. 5 Gabe Gomez  – 5-foot-9 senior        
12 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds

Page versus Pinon

• No. 23 Camryn Nockideneh          
8 points, 1 rebound,  2 steals
• No. 25 Arianna Jenkins – 5-foot-9 sophomore    
7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
• No. 5 Francine Keyonnie – 5-foot-2 junior          
7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 of 2 free throw

On Jan. 11, 2020, the Sand Devils faced another rival home game against the 3A North Monument Valley Mustangs. Over Christmas break, the Mustangs beat 6A, 5A, and 4A teams. The Mustangs are going to give the Sand Devils competition on their territory.

Throughout the game, Monument Valley played with the Sand Devils: first quarter 14-16 Page, second quarter 14-10 Monument Valley, third quarter 8-12 Page, and fourth quarter 8-18 Page. The Sand Devils had to regroup and break up Mustangs’ strategy because the Monument Valley team was really hanging. But both teams got into foul trouble in the fourth quarter. Finally, the Sand Devils pulled away with the win.

Monument Valley 44, Page 56

Page leading scorers:
• No. 11 Jordan Varner – 5-foot-11 senior               
12 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds
• No. 1 Robert Smith                  
12 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
• No. 34 Stuart Sandall                            
8 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal
• No. 25 Jonah Holiday                
8 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds

The Lady Sand Devils had it going in the first quarter, during which the Lady Mustangs played team ball and got by Page with the scores of the first quarter 13-9 Monument Valley. Not long after, the Sand Devils took control the of the game in the second quarter 3-21 Page. The Sand Devils just roll on by with win over the Lady Mustangs.

Monument Valley 29, Page 48

Lady Sand Devils leading scorers:
• No. 20 Miquedah Taliman – 5-foot-10 junior        
12 points, 3 assists,  2 rebounds
• No. 1 Ashlyn Adakai – 5-foot-3 senior             
8 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
• No. 3 Emma Yazzie – 5-foot-6 junior             
8 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

Next game:

Jan. 16, 2020
3A North Conference rivals game
Page travels to Tuba City Warriors.                                   

Jan,18, 2020
Page Sand Devils plays the Ganado Hornets.

AIA standing 3A State Ranking:
3A North Conference Region

3A Boys
No. 1 Page
No. 5 Chinle
No. 18 Window Rock
No. 20 Monument Valley
No. 22 Tuba City
No. 37 Ganado

3A Girls
No. 2 Page
No. 6 Ganado
No. 10 Window rock
No. 12 Tuba City
No. 17 Chinle
No. 25 Monument Valley

2A Boys
No. 1 Alchesay
No. 7 St. Johns
No. 3 Round Valley
No. 37 Many Farms
No. 38 Hopi
No. 39 Piñon
No. 49 Greyhills Academy

2A Girls
No. 3 St. Johns
No. 16 Alchesay
No. 18 Valley Sanders
No. 26 Piñon
No. 32 Hopi
No. 43 Many Farms
No. 47 Greyhills Academy

No. 14 Coconino High

4A Girls
No. 14 Flagstaff High
No. 24Flagstaff

Sand Devils Boys Wrestling
Jan 15, 2020
Monument Valley multi

Jan 17, 2020
MV round multi at 1 p.m.
Ganado, Red Mesa, Tuba City, Winslow, Joseph City, Page, Shonto, Hopi, and Many Farms

Jan 17-18, 2020
Doc Wright Invitation in Winslow High School at 1 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2020
Verrado Tournament in Buckeye, Arizona
Girls, JV and Freshman at noon

Jan. 22, 2020
Monument Valley Round Robin
Chino Valley, Chinle, Flagstaff, Mingus, Shonto, Tuba City, and Winslow.