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May 4: Panther Wrestling Pins Down Third Place
Panthers Wrestling came up big at the JH Wrestling Championships on Saturday May 4 at the MHS campus. Individually, there were three Panther Wrestlers who placed in the top five:
Diego Romero took first place in the 114 lbs weight class
Ryker Fletcher took first place in 85 lbs weight class
Michael Miller took third place in the 170 lbs weight class
Brandon Morrow placed fourth in the 98 lbs weight class
We wish to congratulate each of the Panthers in all they accomplished, and look forward to the 2020 wrestling season! Way to represent our school!
May 2: Lady Panthers Run Ends
Girls Soccer: The Lady Panthers qualified for the JH Playoffs as the number one seed - their first opponent was Cactus Canyon. While the Panthers were without leading scorer Haley Jeske, the team still had Emma-Leigh Hunt, the number two scorer. The game was a defensive battle throughout, but the Cougars were able to finally break the defensive tussle with the only score of the game at the 10-minute remaining mark. The Lady Panthers were unable to score in spite of attempting more shots (12) than the Cougars (3). The final score of 1-0 ended an otherwise remarkable season. While the dream season did not end with the raising of the banner, the disappointment of this year is only met with hope of next year. Congrats Lady Panthers! Fight on and stay resilient.
Week of April 22-April 26:
April 25: Lady Panthers play to a tie; Boys' basketball displays grit
Girls Soccer: The Lady Panthers were facing the only team to beat them - Ben Franklin. This time, the game ended in a draw, 1-1. While the Panthers were ready to play, the heat of the day proved to be too much to defeat. Coach Steeves needed to substitute more than usual, which inhibited any consistency. Haley Jeske scored the only goal. While the tie was not the exact way to get revenge, the Panthers 5-1-1 record still tops the league. Next up: April 30, at HoHokum (Coolidge).
Varsity Boys' Basketball: Basketball can be a humbling sport, but thrilling as well! There are moments of joy followed by moments of heartache. Thus was the game against Ben Franklin. The 61-46 defeat would seem to indicate a blow out; however, what the score does not portray is the grit and determination to never quit. The boys had to play catch-up for the better part, and with 4:20 left to play the score was 40-32 - plenty of time to catch the Chargers. But, with that anticipation and the joy from several key steals by Nick Lockett and Dennis Sims, there was the heartache of a rash of turnovers, seven, within the remaining time which seemed to extinguish their effort. Nick Lockett led the team with 13 pts, adding 5 rebs and 6 stls; Rashad Green played more aggressive netting 11 pts, 7 rebs, 2 stls, and 1 blk; Dennis Sims contributed with an all-around game of 9 pts, 7 rebs, 8 stls, 4 assists, and 1 blk. As with the game against the Tigers, the Panthers displayed great energy in their play. That's the up; the turnovers (33) are the heartache. Basketball is a teacher of life, how to enjoy the good and overcome the tribulation. Next up: April 30, at HoHokum (Coolidge).
Box Score v Ben Franklin
Week of April 15-April 19:
April 18: Lady Panthers too much for Tigers; Boys' basketball again falls short
Girls Soccer: The Lady Panthers are proving to be too much for their opponents, as demonstrated by their 6-0 defeat of the Desert Wind Tigers. Seventh-grader Emma-Leigh Hunt tied Haley Jeske's record of four goals in one game. The combination of Hunt and Jeske continues to propel the Lady Panthers and is giving headaches to the opposition. Jeske added another goal with Catherine Zimmerman completing the scoring. The Lady Panthers' historic season marches on and improved their team record to 5-1. In their last three games, they have outscored the opposition 18-1! Next up: April 25, at Ben Franklin.
Varsity Boys' Basketball: In a game that marked the last home game for this current roster of eighth-grade boys, as well as honoring last years 2018 title with the basketball championship banner, the Panthers proved they were not quitters - even when the score is not in their favor. Playing the in-town Desert Wind Tigers is always special, and the effort of play was demonstrated on both sides. While the Tigers won 80-72, both teams showed good heart and outstanding resilience. The game turned in the second quarter when, after a 17 all tie to end the first, the Tigers went to a half-court press. What ensued was a 34-point Tiger second quarter and 9 Panther turnovers. The Tigers' Joseph Smith scored 17 of his game-high 25 during this stretch, with Aaron Ojeda adding 12 of his game total 24. As for the Panthers, they again found their rhythm in the fourth quarter outscoring the Tigers 25-19, but it was too late. For the game Nick Lockett led the Panthers with a team-high 20 pts, adding 6 rebs, 7 stls, and 3 assists. Dennis Sims once again nearly notched a triple-double with 16 pts, 9 rebs, 9 stls, with 3 assists. Tayton Bartlett added another double-double with 15 pts and 17 rebs and 3 assists. As with other games, the boys' effort was undone by turnovers (28) and poor free-throws (16 of 47). Next up, at Ben Franklin on April 25.
Box score vs Desert Wind
JV Boys' Basketball: The JV Panthers were once again so close to victory. The Tigers were able to hold off the Panthers 23-21. Makai Taylor had 4 pts 2 rebs and 2 stls with Brady McMullen showing his steady improvement with 5 pts 7 rebs, 3 stls, and 1 block. Layton Firestone contributed 5 pts 6 rebs. As a team, they had 15 turnovers and shot 3 of 14 from free throws. Next game, at Ben Franklin, April 25.
April 16: Girls Soccer Maintains Dominance; boys' miss free throws and playoffs
Girls Soccer: The Lady Panthers are back to their winning ways with a 5-1 dominating game against Combs. Haley Jeske is breaking all Panther soccer scoring records; her four goals set a school record for a game. Emma-Leigh Hunt continued her excellent start by completing the game scoring. Since their uncharacteristic defeat by Ben Franklin, the Lady Panthers have outscored their opponents 12-1. Next up for the Ladies, Desert Wind on April 18 at the MWMS field.
Varsity Boys' Basketball: The game against Combs was to be a resurgence of the boys' team on their way to the playoffs. In fact, the Panthers were able to overcome a 10-point deficit to take a 7-point lead with 2:38 in the game. But defensive breakdowns and untimely turnovers undid their efforts in the 59-49 loss. Nick Lockett led the Panthers with 13 pts, Rashad green, Tayton Bartlett and Dennis Sims each added 10 pts, but as has been the theme of the 2019 season, poor free throw shooting (6 of 21) and turnovers have derailed the Panthers. Next up: Desert Winds on April 18, on the MWMS campus.
Box Score vs Combs:
JV Boys' Basketball: After coming up just short against Coolidge, the JV Panthers went up against Combs, but again were unable to get the victory after the 31-17 defeat. Brian Sparks led the Panthers with 8 pts and Makai Taylor was able to contribute four more. Next up, Desert Winds on the MWMS campus on April 18.
Week of April 8-April 12:
April 11: Girls dominate; boys' come up short
Girls Soccer: After playing lethargic against Ben Franklin, the girls soccer team regained their form, to defeat Coolidge 7-0. It was a statement game for the girls and for the need to play at a high-level. Once again, Haley Jeske and Emma-Leigh Hunt provided the bulk of the scoring with two scores each, while Catherine Zimmerman, Jessica Taylor and Anaya Canionero each added one. Next up: at Combs JH on April 16.
Varsity Boys' Basketball: After consecutive losses to Cactus Canyon and Ben Franklin, the Panthers were determined to end the streak - no one told Coolidge. The Bears came with their own intensity and determination. While the 61-52 score seems one sided, the Panthers were able to overcome at one point, what was a 20 point third-quarter deficit. Led by eighth-graders, the team displayed heart and played with energy. Dennis Sims nearly recorded a triple-double with 9 pts, 11 rebs, and 13 stls - as of now, those steals are a school record! Rashad Green added 12 pts, 8 rebs, 3 assists, and 5 stls and Tayton Bartlett played big, adding his own double-double with 10 pts and 17 rebs. The Panthers continue to struggle with turnovers (29) and free throws (5 of 20), but this game demonstrated that the boys' team, with the right mix of energy and effort, will be able to play with and beat anyone. Next up: at Combs JH on April 16.
Box Score vs Coolidge:
JV Boys' Basketball: Similar to the varsity, the JV Panthers played well and seemed on the verge to get the win, but some turnovers down the stretch cost them the opportunity to defeat Coolidge. The 21-20 loss was difficult to accept, but the JV Panthers are showing positive signs of improvement. Once again, Makai Taylor was able to lead the team with 9 pts (3-7 FGs) and 5 stls. Leo was able to add 5 pts (2-2 3s) and Brady McMullen contributed 5 total rebs and 2 blks. Next up: at Combs JH on April 16.
April 9: Ben Franklin Sweeps Panthers
Girls Soccer: The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Ben Franklin Chargers 5-3. Haley Jeske continued her excellent play by tallying two more goals and Emma-Leigh Hunt adding another goal to complete the scoring. The Lady Panthers will look to rebound on April 11 as they take on Hohokam at the MWMS campus.
Varsity Boys' Basketball: The Panthers looked to rebound from their first home loss in four years against the Ben Franklin Chargers. Unfortunately, foul trouble and turnovers, plus overall disciplined play by the Chargers proved too much to overcome. Ben Franklin jumped out to a 25-8 first-quarter lead, something at any level of basketball is difficult to overcome. With Dennis Sims and Nick Lockett both in early foul trouble, it was a portent of difficulties to come. The Panthers did not quit and worked hard to get back into the game, but the deficit was too great, falling to the Chargers 65-26. Sims led the Panthers with 7 pts, 7 rebs, and 2 steals; Lockett was unable to get on track finishing with 2 pts and 2 rebs. Nate Leon was a surprise contributor with 5 pts (1-2 3s) and 3 steals. The Achilles heal for the 2019 Panthers are turnovers (17) and free throws (4 of 22). The boys still have the talent to make a run for the banner, but talent plus hard work will bring about that desire. Next up for the Panthers, Hohokam on April 11 on the MWMS Campus.
Box Score vs. Ben Franklin
JV Boys' Basketball: Like the varsity boys' team, the JV team played hard, but they were unable to overcome turnovers and fouls as the Ben Franklin Chargers doubled up the Panthers 32-16. Sixth-grader Makai Taylor is making a name for himself, as he again led the team with 7 pts (2-7, 3-6 ft) and 4 steals. Brian Sparks contributed 2 pts with 3 steals and one block shot and Edward Currie also added 2 pts and 3 rebs. As with the varsity, 17 turnovers did not make the game easy. Next up for the Panthers, Hohokam on April 11 on the MWMS Campus.
Week of April 1-April 5: Lady Panthers impress; boys hoops stuggle
Girls Soccer: Once again the girls' team demonstrated its dominance, as they defeated the Cactus Canyon Cougars 6-0. This game proved to be another step forward. Emma-Leigh Hunt led the team with her first ever hat-trick, three goals in a game, as a Panther. Eighth-grader Haley Jeske, continued her excellent start by adding two more goals and Anaya Canionero completed the scoring for the Panthers. Next up for the Panthers, Ben Franklin on the MWMS campus on April 9.
Varsity Boys' Basketball: Cactus Canyon arrived at the MWMS campus and shocked everyone by defeating the Panthers for the first time at home in four years. The Cougars were able to hit 4 3-pt shots as well as 13 of 19 free throws. Kevin McIntosh led the Panthers with 12 pts (2-3 3-pt) and 3 steals. Tayton Bartlett was able to add 4 pts while grabbing 11 rebs. For the game, the Panthers were able to get 36 team rebounds and 14 team steals, but 22 turnovers along with 12 of 31 field goal shooting as well as 4 of 21 free throws, contributed to the 47-30 loss. Rashad Green and Nick Lockett each had 6 pts with Lockett getting 7 rebs. Next up for the Panthers, Ben Franklin on April 9.
Box Score vs Cactus Canyon:
JV Boys' Basketball: Panthers were able to defeat the Cactus Canyon Cougars 18-12. Sixth-grader, Makai Taylor led the team with 7 pts (including one 3-pt) 4 rebs, and one steal. Layton Firestone contributed 3 pts, 6 rebs, and one block and Brady McMullen provided 6 rebounds.