Bruins defeat Chinle Wildcats
POLACCA—Last year, Hopi High School’s junior varsity football team beat Chinle on the last play of the game. This year the Bruins beat the Wildcats, 20-14, by keeping Chinle from scoring on the last two plays of the game.
Chinle had the ball at the Hopi half-yard line with the first and goal with 21 seconds left. But Joseph Auclair dumped the runner for a six-yard loss. The Wildcats had another chance with second and goal from the seven with 10 seconds left but the Hopi defense burst through for another sack as time expired to give the Bruins the victory.
Coran Pewo broke loose for a 35-yard TD trot and James Campus ran in the conversion points as Hopi led 8-0 midway through the first quarter. That was all the scoring until the final period.
On the opening play of the fourth quarter, quarterback Auclair connected with Campus on a 28-yard TD pass. The run failed on the conversion attempt, but Hopi led 14-0.
On the second play of the final quarter, Kriithebius Blacksheep returned the kickoff 70 yards for a TD and he also ran in the conversion points as Chinle pulled within 14-8.
Hopi drove the ball down field and Pewo scored on a one-yard TD run. The run attempt failed but the Bruins led 20-8 with 8:11 left in the game. A key play in this drive was when Auclair had a ball snapped over his head, but recovered nicely so instead of a 10-yard loss, Hopi had 15 yard gain out of the play.
Chinle marched down field and Blacksheep scored on a 32-yard TD run. Christopher Van ran in the conversion points as Chinle pulled within 21-14 with 4:07 left.
Three plays later Hopi fumbled at its own 10 setting up the last minute plays.
Chinle wins at cross country invite
POLACCA, ARIZ.—Chinle Junior High won the boys and girls races at the Hopi Junior High School cross country invitational Sept. 1 in Polacca.
Chinle won the boys race with 62 points, Hopi was right on its heels with 67 and Ganado third with 78. Tse Ho Tso from Window Rock grabbed fourth with 95 and Tuba City Boarding School fifth with 99. Valley-Sanders placed sixth with 205 and Jeddito seventh with 240.
Gordon Segay from Tse Ho Tso was the individual boys winner with a time of 13:58. Harry Kisto and Stet Lomayestewa, both frorn Hopi, placed second and third. Milton Yazzie from Chinle grabbed fourth followed by Kevin Burnside from Tse Ho Tso and Rand Norbetto sixth from Chinle. Davis Gooday from Tuba City Boarding School placed seventh followed by Aaron Yazzie from Ganado.
Teo Sean White took 15th and Tyron Birch placed 27th to help Chinle come up with the winning score.
Travis Sahneyah, Kenneth Stewart and Abel Howe placed 22nd, 23rd and 24th for Hopi Junior High.
Chinle won the girls race with a score of 29, followed closely by Ganado with 43 and Tuba City Boarding Schooi third with 87. Tse Ho Tso was fourth with 89 and Hopi placed fifth with 117. Chinle Boarding School and Kayenta tied tor fifth with 210 points each and Jeddito finished seventh with 326.
Melanie Montano from Chinle was the individual winner with a time of 6:12 and second place went to teammate Kayla Towne. Candace Begody of Ganado placed third followed by Brianna Little of Tuba City Boarding School and Sharona Yazzie of Ganado.
Erika Jake of Chinle grabbed sixth, followed by Gabrielle Frances of Tse Ho Tso and Deandra Walley of Ganado. Nicole Watson of Chinle took ninth followed by Rozanne Nasafotie of Hopi, Ferlinda Begay of Chinle, Tiffany Curley from Ganado, Lillian Enfield of Chinle, Liane White of Tuba City Boarding School and Jovanna Smith of Ganado.
The other finishers for Hopi were Tracey Honanie, 23rd; LaTawnye Shattuck, 28th, Donna Selina, 29th; Chelsea Secakuko, 32nd; and Shanna Koyaquaptewa, 48th.
Hopi Junior High Coach Vernon Sieweyumptewa said the results trom both races were what he expected from the Hopi teams since they had only been practicing for one week.
"We had just started working so I told them to just do their best," he said.
He commended Kisto, Lomayestewa and Nasatotie for giving a strong showing at the invite.
“These are our leaders," he said.
Coach Sieweyomptewa said by mid-season the Hopi Junior High cross country teams should be strong and competitive.
"By working hard, having a positive attitude and dedication we will show our strength,” he said.
Coach Sieweyumplewa said Hopi wili work hard to be competitive at regionals and state, but he isn't making any predictions at this time.
"We plan to finish strong,” he said.
Warriorettes defeat Hopi in volleyball action
POLACCA, Ariz. — Raelynn McCabe, rookie volleyball coach for Tuba City High School, won her first game as a head coach when the Warriorettes beat Hopi, 15-0, 15-1, in the first game of the season for both teams.
3A powerhouse Tuba City went to the final four last year after finishing second in the Enchantment Region behind Monument Valley, which went on to become the 3A state champions. Monument Valley has its entire starting team back while Tuba City returns four of six starters.
“Monument Valley has to be favored, but one of our goals is to get further this year and to beat Monument Valley,” Coach macabre said
The coach said the Warriorettes gave a strong team effort in defeating the Lady Bruins. She added that she wishes Hopi High the best and if they work hard everyday that it will pay off.
“They have a lot of talent. They had good passes. They just need to stay aggressive,” she said.
Coach McCabe expects Tuba City to be one of the top teams in a tough conference.
“We’ll have to practice hard every day just to stay competitive,” she said.
The four returning starters for Tuba City are Sharlimaur Navaho, Heather Thomas, Leighia Daw and Amy North. The new starters are Gwendolyn Riggs and Taella Begay. The key substitutes are Kari Tuchawena, Tia Semallie, Candice Tallsalt and Adrienne Begay.
Coach McCabe and Navaho and Begay hit the ball especially well against Hopi.
“Sometimes we have a tendency to fall asleep on defense, but we did a good job of staying awake today,” she said.
McCabe had coached freshman and junior varsity volleyball a year each before moving up to head coaching job this year.
“I was nervous going into my first game, but the girls work hard so they make it easy for me. It’s a good group of girls,” she said.
“It felt good to win my first game as coach and get it out of the way, but all credit goes to the girls because they’re the ones out there.”