The Coronado and Palo Verde boys and girls are expected to battle for the Class 5A state swimming and diving championships.
Palo Verde’s Daniel Bellinger, a tight end at San Diego State, was the first Las Vegas player drafted. The other was Bishop Gorman’s Jalen Nailor, a wide receiver at Michigan State.
Palo Verde hosted Coronado in a Class 5A Desert League baseball game Thursday afternoon. Palo Verde won 13-3.
Palo Verde hosted Green Valley in a Class 5A softball game Tuesday afternoon. Green Valley won 8-4.
Connor Fields, a Green Valley High School and UNLV graduate, was involved in a scary BMX crash in last year’s Olympics in Japan and is recovering from a brain injury.
Palo Verde scored in the 10th minute and added two more goals, and a suffocating defense gave Hug precious few openings as the Panthers won their second state title..
Palo Verde has been a force to be reckoned with all year and enters the Class 5A state tournament with momentum after winning last weekend’s Southern Region championship.
Both are Class 5A state volleyball semifinalists, but Gorman has been the state’s top program in the past five seasons, while Centennial has been rebuilding this season.
The Faith Lutheran boys defeated Palo Verde to win their first state championship, and the Palo Verde girls rolled past Faith Lutheran to claim their sixth title.
Las Vegas edged Durango 10-7 on Friday to win the Class 4A Mountain League title and clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs.