Here is a roundup of Benson High School sports for the previous week. On Monday, high school athletics were suspended until at least March 30.
TennisThe Benson High School tennis teams have been making their mark on the courts early in the 2020 season, currently posting a 4-0 record for both the girls’ and boys’ teams.
“Our tennis players are performing very well this year,” Benson High School varsity coach Ginger Barker said. “Only four of our six varsity girls and five of our six varsity boys are returning varsity members — that’s a good sign for the future of our tennis program.”
The girls started their season in Willcox on Feb. 27 against the Cowgirls, defeating the Cowgirls 8-1. The Morenci Wildcats were the next competition on Feb. 28, taking the victory on the Bobcats’ home courts 5-4. Hosting the Cowgirls on March 3, the ‘cats again brought home the victory 6-2 (with the last doubles match called off due to the weather conditions). Their final match of the early season took Benson to Duncan where they again prevailed with a 7-2 win over the Wildkats.
The Bobcat boys are also undefeated as a team. They defeated the Willcox Cowboys at Willcox 8-1, followed by a home court victory the following day over the Morenci Wildcats 9-0. Benson next hosted the Cowboys and, even though the weather did not allow for all 9 matches to take place, the Bobcats still brought home the win 8-0. Their final matches before Spring Break had them traveling to Duncan, defeating the Wildkats 9-0.
Captains for the BHS tennis Bobcats are senior Lacey Hamilton and junior Camden Waite.
“I’m looking forward to an exciting season,” Barker said.
SoftballThe Benson High School softball team improved their regular season record to 3-0 with home victories over the Santa Rita Eagles and the Pima Roughriders.
Competing in their first home contest of the season, the Bobcats hosted the Santa Rita Eagles on Monday, March 9th. The ‘cats took the lead early, finishing the first inning up 11-0. Adding 9 runs in the second, 8 in the third, and 3 in the fourth — the ‘cats finished the game by the 10-run rule at the top of the fifth 31-0. Leading the ‘cats were: Emily Darwin and Shaylyn Taylor with one home run each, and Celina Wilharm with two triples. Pitching for the ‘cats were: Teresa Garza, Wilharm, Trinity Bullock, and Shaylyn Hickman.
The following day, Wednesday, March 10th, the ‘cats took on the Pima Roughriders at home. Again taking the early lead, the ‘cats led 2-0 at the end of the first. With both teams held through the bottom of the fourth, the ‘cats found their way home to increase their lead 3-0. Increasing the lead with four more runs in the fifth, the ‘cats had a solid lead 7-0 going into the sixth inning. Pima put two on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth to challenge the ‘cats but the additional five runs in the sixth ended the game by the 10-run rule, 12-2. Leading the ‘cats were: Darwin and Tatum Benson with one home run each; Letty Lopez, Garza, and Wilharm each adding a triple, and Taylor and Darwin with doubles. Darwin pitched for the ‘cats through all six innings.
“It doesn’t take one player for our team to be successful, it takes all of us,” senior captain Letty Lopez said, “and with that it takes all the heart and confidence to be at the top.”
Captain Brooklynne Pullis echoed Letty’s comments, “I’m really happy about our positive team chemistry, working together, and playing for each other.”
BaseballWith a young team playing well early in the season, the future of the Benson Bobcat baseball program looks strong.
“We should do well this season,” Bobcat varsity baseball Coach Fred Trujillo said of his young team. “We are getting better with each practice and through the game situations we have experienced. Every time we practice or play we learn more about the game, more about our strengths and weaknesses.”
Currently 2-1 in regular season action (5-2 including tournament play), Trujillo knows that by “tightening up the simple things” his team will continue to improve. Strong pitching (two Bobcat pitchers have already thrown no-hitters) and a young team are two of the key areas for the Bobcats. Trujillo is currently starting five sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors.
In regular season action the Bobcats defeated the Pima Roughriders at Pima 16-0 (by the 10-run rule at the end of the 5th inning), fell to the Desert Christian Eagles in Tucson 7-6, and again defeated the Roughriders at home 10-0 (10-run rule at the end of the 5th).
Sophomore Juan Esparza threw a no-hitter in the Bobcats first game against Pima while senior Kyle Baker threw a no-hitter in their home game against Pima.
Benson traveled to Bisbee to compete in the Bisbee Baseball Invitational from March 11 through March 14 — finishing with a 3-1 record for the four days of competition. The Bobcats scores were: Benson 8 — Tombstone 10, Benson 2- St. David 1, Benson 11 — San Miguel 1, and Benson 9 — Tombstone 2.
Coach Trujillo is assisted by coaches Alex Montijo, Billy Coleman, and Tony Rodriguez.
Track and Field
In their second invitational of the season, the Benson High School track and field teams came home victorious — with both teams taking first place in the 8-team Santa Cruz Invitational on Friday, March 13th.
“Taking first place in this meet was totally awesome,” varsity coach Randy Barney said. “Our athletes really earned the win, through the rain and wind they kept going.”
The Bobcat boys team finished 1st with 165 point over the second place Coolidge who posted 156.75 points. Placing for the ‘cats were: sophomore James Lerblance 2nd in the 400; freshman Joey Akers 1st in the 800 and 2nd in the 1600; senior Kolby Barney 8th in the 800; senior Steven Coleman 1st in the 110 hurdles and 1st in the pole vault; junior Sean Laura 1st in the high jump and 2nd in the 110 hurdles; senior Nicholas Redmond 2nd in the 300 hurdles and 3rd in the 110 hurdles; sophomore Ryan Francione 4th in the 110 hurdles and 4th in the 300 hurdles; junior Rolando Carrillo 3rd in the javelin and 8th in the 300 hurdles; sophomore Blake Johnson 1st in the shot put and 1st in the discus; sophomore David Teso 6th in the shot put; sophomore Gabriel Osuna 3rd in the pole vault and 7th in the shot put; freshman Landen Vance 7th in the discus; freshman Jake Swies 2nd in the pole vault; sophomore Alexis Torres 1st in the long jump; freshman Brent Nicola 7th in the long jump; the 4x100 team (Torres, Osuna, Lerblance, Redmond) placed 3rd; and the 4x400 team (Lerblance, Teso, Redmond, Coleman) took 1st.
The Ladycats also took the title, placing first in the 8-team invitational with 127 points over the second place team from Alchesay who posted 109 points. Placing for the ‘cats were: freshman Madison England 1st in the 100 hurdles and 4th in the 100; sophomore Brooke Sarappo 3rd in the 300 hurdles and 5th in the 100; sophomore Lanyah Cannady 1st in the long jump, 3rd in the 200, and 6th in the 100; sophomore Amity Hall 1st in the 400 and 4th in the 200; freshman Briley Barney 7th in the 200; senior Leah Tyra 3rd in the 400 and 3rd in the pole vault; freshman Brooke Schmidt 3rd in the 800 and 3rd in the 1600; senior Dalia Moroyoqui 2nd in the 1600 and 2nd in the pole vault; senior Lacie Duerinck 1st in the pole vault and 2nd in the long jump; and the 4x400 team (Sarappo, Hall, Moroyoqui, Duerinck) finished 2nd.
“Great things are happening this year,” assistant coach Brandie Teso said, “and after seeing how our kids ended up in this invitational is proof that things are coming together. I am excited for this year and so are our kids.”