The Buckaroo baseball team stayed winless in Class 2A East baseball after three losses to the Emery Spartans last week.
The Bucks, 0-6 in region play and 5-9 overall, lost both games of a double-header on a cold windy Tuesday in Monticello and another game on Thursday in Castledale.
Throwing errors in the first game of the double-header in Monticello hurt the Buckaroos early, leading to the Spartans first five runs. Then, when Spartan hitter, Race Nielson, hit a home run, it was 7-0.
The Spartans added five runs in the third and fourth innings to win going away, 17-2. The Buckaroos scored two runs in the fourth inning to avoid a shutout.
The Bucks scored three runs in the nightcap, but the Spartans countered with 13 to drop the Bucks 13-3.
Home runs by Hector Cordova and Thomas Anderson put the Bucks on the scoreboard, as did doubles by Tyler Draper, Race Young and Anderson.
At Emery on Friday, MHS only managed three hits and were unable to get anyone across home plate in a 7-0 shutout by the Spartans.
The defense played better, however, only allowing seven runs against the Spartans who are 3-1 and 10-3 on the season, ranked fifth in 2A and are in third in Region 2A East.
Moving out of state for a week, the Bucks line up against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers this week in Monticello and travel to Shiprock on Saturday.
The following week they play against the Broncos of San Juan for an important two games, one in Monticello and one in Blanding. San Juan currently sits at 2-2 in region play and 7-6 overall.
Track and Field
The Buckaroo tracksters traveled to Manti last week for the 2017 Temple View Qualifier, “a tough meet” according to Buckaroo track coach, Jeff Hunt.
Only one Buckaroo was able to place in the 17 boys team meet, featuring 3A and 2A schools and just two 1A schools.
Adam Bunker came in tied for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5' 8" to get the only points for MHS. Bunker also finished just outside the medal stand with a ninth place finish in the 3200 in a time of 10:57, which was a 40 second improvement on his best time of the season.
The girls picked up their two team points in their first sprint medley of the season, where they placed seventh. Makayla Sheeran, Aspen English, Carlyn Goodwine, and Madison Freestone finished with a time of 5:07.95.
Even though they didn’t place, Madison Freestone and Hannah Leiatuaua produced their best efforts of the year in their individual events.
Freestone, ninth in the 1600, lowered her best time seven seconds to 6:07. Leiataua, tenth in both the discus and shot, tossed the discus 73'11", three feet four inches farther than her best this year and extended her shot put distance by nine inches, to 27'8".
Five Buckaroos boys have qualified for the state tournament by virtue of their reaching the qualifying distances or times. According to coach Jeff Hunt, Shandon Bradford – Javelin; Adam Bunker – high jump; Weston Nebeker – high and long jump; Max Hedglin – 100m; Carson Duncan – discus and the 4x100 meter relay; Max Hedglin, Thomas Anderson, Brayson Wilcox, Gage Wilcox have qualified.
Two girls, Madison Freestone and Makayla Sheeran, are very close to qualifying.
Qualifying times and distances are set using last year’s state meet times and distances. The formula takes the state meet winning time or distance and multiplies it by three. Then the eighth place time or distance is added in, and the total is divided by four to get the qualifier.
It has been a difficult track season for the Bucks, with the weather not cooperating very well and many other school events conflicting with track meets.
This week, the Bucks traveled to Price on Tuesday for the 2017 Carbon High Invitational.
“Once again,” bemoans Hunt, “we [have been] pretty short handed and will continue with a skeleton crew as the juniors and seniors head to D.C.”