weather icon Clear

Lady Eagles sit atop league standings

Boulder City High School’s flag football team sits atop the 3A Southern League standings following Monday’s, Dec. 10, 25-13 victory over Sunrise Mountain.

Despite giving up a garbage-time touchdown to end the game, the Lady Eagles (4-1) dominated the Miners on both sides of the ball.

“I think the team played well,” senior Ryann Reese said. “We have been practicing really hard in order to get where we are now, but I feel like we have more to show. I’m very proud of my team and the way our season is going right now.”

The Lady Eagles are riding a four-game winning streak after their opening-season loss to 4A Southeast Career Technical Academy.

Steering the ship for the Lady Eagles, with much improved play behind center, junior quarterback Makaela Perkins completed 16 of 22 passes for 105 yards Monday, throwing a pair of touchdown strikes to Reese.

“Makaela’s been doing a much better job,” head coach Kevin Ruth said. “She starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the offense that coach (Chris) Morelli is trying to set up. Today, we relied a little bit more on the run, but when we need to throw it, she’s done a really good job and made some good decisions.”

A versatile offensive weapon, Reese finished with seven catches for 30 yards, while rushing for 99 yards on 15 carries. Having a breakout game for the Lady Eagles, junior newcomer Makena Arboreen led the way with 158 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Newcomer Jasmyn Curl rushes for 22 yards and a touchdown on two carries to help the Lady Eagles remain undefeated in league play.

“We had a lot of girls graduate last year who were a big part of our team, but we had a lot of new athletes show up ready to play hard and they are doing exactly that,” Reese said. “Being 4-0 is really good for us, but we have to keep our heads low and keep grinding.”

Looking like a rejuvenated team after posting an 8-8 record last season, the Lady Eagles also defeated league opponents Mojave 13-12 on Dec. 5 and Valley 20-12 on Friday, Dec. 7.

“I think a couple of our games have been closer than they needed to be this year, but one thing our girls don’t do is panic,” Ruth said. “In the past if we were down or in a close game, we would all hit the panic button; where this year, even if we get stuff or another team scores first, we just go back out there and keep fighting.”

Showing resiliency against the Rattlers, Reese scored both touchdowns on the ground, rushing for 137 yards on eight carries. Junior defenders Clarissa Sitko (10 tackles), Emily Rinella (eight tackles) and Arboreen (seven tackles) led the defense.

Against the Vikings, Perkins threw three touchdown passes, finishing 12 of 17 passes for 144 yards. Perkins found senior Haley Jackson (two catches, 28 yards) and juniors Erin Taggard (two catches, 10 yards) and Sara Harvey (one catch, seven yards) in the end zone.

On defense, Arboreen generated two sacks, while Reese and Rinella each had one. Reese and Sitko both intercepted passes.

Off until the conclusion of winter break, results from the Lady Eagles’ rivalry game today, Dec. 13, against Moapa Valley will appear in next week’s issue.

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
School teams prepare to start season

A step in the right direction to resuming high school athletics, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has shifted into its third phase of COVID-19 modifications, moving closer to its target date of Jan. 2 for the start of winter sports.

Grothe starts season with win

Zane Grothe, a 2010 Boulder City High School graduate, finished first in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday, Oct. 18, in Budapest, Hungary, as the professional International Swimming League began its new season.

Lone Pine visit like walking onto movie set

Lone Pine, California is a laid-back town of around 2,000 people in Owens Valley on the foothills of the eastern Sierra Nevada. You’ve probably heard of it because it’s used as a base camp for hiking Mount Whitney, located just 12 miles west. What you might not know is Lone Pine is also home to the Alabama Hills, which draw people from around the world for their recreational opportunities and their rich film history.

Play ball; sports set to return

Youth sports are back in Nevada for the first time since last March, thanks to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s announcement Oct. 2 that he would be easing restrictions on local recreational sports.

Camp, picnic or bird-watch at bend along river

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area is at the southern tip of Nevada, along the Colorado River, about 6 miles south of Laughlin. It’s a great place to visit, even for a day trip, as it’s not too far from Boulder City, about 85 miles away.

Easter, Williams win title at state bass championship

Izec Easter and Corey Williams, members of the Boulder City Bass Club, placed first at the 2020 Nevada High School State Championship on Sept. 20 at Cottonwood Cove at Lake Mohave.

Fall colors add to Zion’s scenic views

With cooler autumn temperatures upon us, my thoughts always go to Zion National Park in Utah. Just a few hours’ drive from Boulder City, the park seems worlds away with its majestic red sandstone monoliths, mature deciduous trees and diverse wildlife surrounding the banks of the North Fork of the Virgin River.

Gilliam eyes career with MLB

Establishing his place as one of the top players in Nevada as only a sophomore, Boulder City High School baseball star Jet Gilliam has verbally committed to California State University, Long Beach.

Travel team puts baseball players on college scout’s radar

Jet Gilliam and Seth Graham-Pippen, sophomores at Boulder City High School and future stars of its baseball program, have carved out their own their futures playing this summer with Nevada’s Prep Baseball Report travel team.

Eagles athletes win baseball tourney

The Southern Nevada Eagles 18u team from Boulder City won the Rocky Mountain School of Baseball’s Labor Day tournament in Salt Lake City.