Lady Eagles Soccer Begins Season at Othello

By: Jeff Stoker

Othello – The Connell Lady Eagles (0-1) traveled to Othello on Saturday, September 2 to challenge the Lady Huskies in their season opener. The Lady Huskies (1-0) dominated the match from start to finish, running away with the 9-1 victory. It was a disappointing start to the new season for the Lady Eagles, who are looking to earn a repeat trip to state to take care of some unfinished business.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Wapato on Tuesday, September 5 to face the Lady Wolves (0-0). The roar warriors will continue with a difficult opening schedule by traveling to Toppenish (0-0) on Thursday, September 7 and again to Union Gap on Tuesday, September 12 to face the La Salle Lady Lightning (0-0) before hosting Reardan (0-0) on Thursday, September 14 for the home opener. Come out to the Yakima Valley and support your Lady Eagles soccer team before welcoming them home.


Football Kicks Off Season at Othello

By: Jeff Stoker

Othello – The Connell High School (0-1) football team faced off against rival Othello (1-0) on Friday, September 1 in Othello.  The Huskies looked to put the Eagles away early, jumping to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter.  The Eagles did not bow to the early deficit however and clawed their way back into the game.  Despite a valiant effort to come back and win, the Eagles fell to the Huskies 27-20.

Carson Lloyd passed for three touchdowns in the comeback effort, completing 19 of his 36 passes for 179 yards.  Jackson Forsyth led the rushing attack with 82 yards on the ground on 10 carries.  Kellen Riner led the team with 9 receptions and 74 yards and one of Lloyd’s touchdown passes.  Mathieu Cope and Joshua Forsyth also had a receiving touchdown in the losing effort.

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Nilaya Coronado advances to state wrestling

CONNELL – One local girl is headed to the state Mat Classic wrestling tournament this Friday. Nilaya Coronado qualified for state Saturday, Feb. 12, by placing fourth in the Girls Region 4 tournament at Ephrata High School. Coronado will open state with a match against Kaliana Bill of Burlington on Friday morning in the Tacoma Dome. She is one of two Connell Eagles to compete in the tournament; Jocelyn Morales Flores did not place at her weight class.

Coronado earned 18 team points for Connell wrestling at 155 pounds.

In her opening match, she pinned Kharma DeWolf of Innovation in 36 seconds and then lost by pin to Royal's Emma Villa, who pinned her in 51 seconds.

In the consolation bracket, she then pinned two competitors in a row – Skylar Thonrton of Rogers (Spokane) in 38 seconds and Aaliyah Gomez of Othello in 11 seconds – before topping Shealynn Spino of Eisenhower in a 10-4 decision.

That propelled Coronado into the bout for third place, which she lost by an 11-7 decision to Viktoria Dovhoruka of Rogers (Spokane) to finish fourth, good enough for a state berth.

Flores won her opening match by pinning Vaea LaMoureaux of Reardan in 3:24, but then was pinned by Ashley Dayana Naranjo of Moses Lake in 2:41.

She lost her last match to Jada Hernandez of Warding, 8-0, and was eliminated from the post-season.


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