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Lady Jacks continue improvement with Tafoya

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019

Despite a first-round exit from the district tournament with a 4-1 loss at Othello on Oct. 29, the Lady Jacks soccer team improved on its 2018 campaign with one more win in the 2019 season. The green and gold finished the season with a 7-9-1 overall record and 5-4 in league play; the same overall record from the season before, but with one more league win. The Jacks were able to capture the fifth seed in the district playoffs and matchup with fourth-seeded Othello, which ended its season in late-October. Although the team did not improve its overall record, head coach Francisco Tafoya said the Lady Jacks showed they would be competitive against any opponent. “We continued to show the league Quincy wasn’t going to be lay over and be over run,” said Tafoya. Quincy players celebrate after a win against Prosser on Oct. 22.Photo by Miles King/Post-Register The Lady Jacks’ season did not lack excitement; the green and gold won big games against Toppenish at home by a score of 8-0 on Sept. 28 and a 4-2 win over East Valley Yakima on Oct. 3. Quincy was also able to pull victories from closely contested games against Grandview – a 2-1 victory at home on Oct. 10 – and another against Prosser – a 3-2 penalty shootout win on Oct. 22 at home. Those close victories helped the Jacks secure their playoff position. “We showed lots of character to scrape out the much needed wins that helped us not depend on other score lines in the league to secure a spot in districts,” Tafoya added. On the other side of important close wins, the green and gold suffered some close losses, including a 3-2 loss to Prosser on the road on Sept. 26 and a 5-3 loss against Othello at home on Oct. 15. Regardless of the score, Tafoya was proud of the way the Lady Jacks fought and stayed in games. “I think it showed in multiple games where we might’ve gone down early in the game or were behind on the scoreboard,” said Tafoya. “They never quit playing and either turned the score around to win or brought the score line close to give the opposing team a headache.” According to Tafoya, the team fell just short of its goal to advance past the first round of the district playoff this season; however, the team’s playoff hopes were hindered by late-season injuries. “I still come away from this season exceeding our goal in other aspects,” said Tafoya. Girls Soccer 2019 Season: Record: 7-9-1 overall, 5-4 league Last Result: 4-1 loss at Othello, Oct. 29, District Tournament 1st round By Miles King,...

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Youth basketball league develops talent

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019

Organized by Jeremy McCreary and Mike Thorsen, young Quincy basketball fanatics now have a new way to develop their skills and compete against other local teams with the Little Lady Jacks AAU league. Some teams have already started playing, and enrollment is open and still rising, said McCreary. The cost to enroll is $30 per player. The goal for the league is to have 15 players forming two teams for each grade level from grades one through eight. The teams will play at least 15 games, said McCreary, adding that he is shooting for 20 games and possibly a tournament in February. The season for most of the players will end in January, but players who want to continue playing will have the option to participate in the February tournament. McCreary would like to host the February tournament, adding that he thinks Quincy is a good central location for schools in the area. “I think it’s appealing to other towns to come to Quincy,” said McCreary. “We have good facilities and it’s pretty easy to get here.” According to McCreary, teams will play two games per week only on Saturdays against teams from Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello, Warden and Royal. Each team will hold around two practices per week, but practices are subject to change depending on the coach. Currently, Thorsen is coaching two of the teams in the league and McCreary is coaching the eighth-grade team until the Quincy Middle School season begins. The league is seeking more coaches too, added McCreary. Other than the $30 enrollment, the team is funded through a non-profit organization. McCreary hopes to make the league completely free next season. “Other communities are charging like $100 to get into basketball,” said McCreary. “We couldn’t do that, we just charged 30 bucks and you get a jersey and you’re going to get 20 basketball games.” This is the inaugural year for the league, and other leagues similar to this have not existed in the past, according to McCreary. The closest was a Quincy city league organized by the recreation department, and Quincy High School players have hosted camps for youth in years past. McCreary was influenced to start the league to develop youth talent and bring a buzz to basketball in Quincy for girls. The Lady Jacks high school team has been winless in league play for the last five seasons, said McCreary, and he believes coaching up young players will help the high school team to perform at a higher level when players reach that level. “In our league [CWAC], there’s nine teams and all they do is play basketball year round,” said McCreary. By Miles King,...

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Lady Jacks’ season ends in district playoff first round

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019

The Lady Jacks soccer team’s season came to a close Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a 4-1 loss to Othello on the road. With the loss, the green and gold was eliminated from post-season play in the first round of the 2A district playoff. The Lady Jacks’ lone goal was scored by sophomore Nicol Ortiz in the 74th minute of the match. The Huskies scored two goals in each half to take the 4-1 victory. Sophomore forward Emily Wurl, one of the best strikers on the team, did not play in the match. She had suffered an ankle injury in a 3-2 win at Toppenish on Oct. 24. “I think she could have helped us a lot up top,” said head coach Francisco Tafoya. “In the last game against Othello, she scored three goals right off the bat in the second half.” The Lady Jacks started the match aggressive on the offensive end, scoring a goal in the 2nd minute, only for it to be negated by an offside call. In the 5th minute, the green and gold earned a corner kick that ultimately resulted in no shot. The Huskies flipped the field and put the pressure on the Quincy defense, earning a free kick in the 13th minute and putting two shots on goal in the 15th and 16th minutes. The Jacks’ defense held strong, turning away the Othello attack until the 25th minute when the home team connected on its first goal – a shot that was partially blocked by a Quincy defender and followed in by the Huskies. The green and gold earned another corner after the Othello goal in the 25th minute but again could not get a shot. Othello added its second goal of the half just minutes later, in the 34th minute, to take a 2-0 lead into the half. “The biggest thing is just us not being clinical in front of the goal. If we miss every opportunity that are clear, they come back to haunt you,” said Tafoya. The Huskies added another goal in the 69th minute to increase their advantage to 3-0. The green and gold finally got on the scoreboard in the 74th minute when Ortiz scored on an assist from sophomore Sheridan Donovan. The home team shut the door on any chance of a Quincy comeback with another goal in the 75th minute, making the score 4-1. Eliminated from the playoffs, the Lady Jacks’ season came to an end. Tafoya was glad to see the team’s improvement over last year, and he noted a similar team will return next season. “I was happy to see the girls improve their record in league,” said Tafoya. “We’re going to bring back a core of this team next year, so that’s going to help out a lot.” By Miles King,...

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Jacks close season with big win at Wapato

Posted by on Nov 9, 2019

The Jacks football team got back on the winning track to close the 2019 season with a huge 55-7 victory on the road in Wapato on Friday, Nov. 1. With the win, the green and gold move to 4-5 overall on the season. Quincy defeated the Wolves earlier in the season – also in Wapato – by a score of 34-0 on Oct. 4. The Wolves fumbled the ball six times on the night, all of which the Quincy defense recovered. The defense also had three interceptions for the game. “We really pitched a shutout,” said head coach Wade Petersen of the defense. “[Number] 10 is a good player for them [Wapato]. We knew that he was dangerous, so we really tried to focus on stopping him and we did a good job tonight.” The Wolves scored first on the defensive side of the ball with an interception returned for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the first quarter. The Jacks bounced back with a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Connor Donovan with five minutes remaining in the first to level the score. A pair of Quincy defenders bring down the Wapato runner. The Jacks’ defense did not allow a touchdown for the entire game.Photo by Miles King/Post-Register The green and gold tacked on another score with a defensive touchdown of their own just a few minutes later when they picked up a Wapato fumble and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. The Jacks converted a 2-point attempt and took a 15-7 lead with 1:48 left in the first. Junior running back Kenzie Realme added another score early in the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run to give the green and gold a 21-7 lead after a failed 2-point attempt. Following a Wapato punt, Realme found his way to end zone again on the following Quincy possession with 5:12 left in the half. The Jacks closed their high-scoring second quarter with another touchdown strike from junior quarterback Alex Aguila to senior receiver Nate Ortiz with 1:40 left in the half. After three touchdowns in the quarter, the Jacks took a 35-7 lead into the break. Opening the second half, the Jacks defense continued its strong play with an interception by senior defensive back Roberto Corona. The offense quickly flipped the turnover into points with another Realme touchdown run at the 9:50 mark of the third quarter to give the Jacks a 41-7 lead. After another Wapato fumble, the Jacks found their way to the end zone again with a long 45-yard touchdown pass to Corona with 6:02 remaining in the third. Corona stepped up on the other side of the ball as well, intercepting another Wapato pass on the ensuing possession. Senior quarterback Israel Cavazos added the final score of the game for the Jacks on a touchdown run with 11:05 left in the contest. After converting the point after attempt, the Jacks’ lead stood at 55-7, the final score of the game. “Obviously we wanted to finish the season on a win,” said Petersen. “We started rolling pretty well there, our offense started clicking and guys were making some good plays. I think it was a great victory.” Game Stats: Quincy 55, Wapato 7 Passing: Aguila: 10/18, 215 yards, 1 interception, 3 touchdowns Rushing:...

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Lady Jacks close regular season with win in Othello

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019

The Lady Jacks volleyball team closed the 2019 regular season with a 3-1 victory on the road at Othello on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The Jacks won the first set 25-19, the third 25-23, and the fourth 25-17. Senior Ashlyn Rosenberger led the Jacks with 15 kills, and junior Mackenzie Kleyn added six as well. Junior Kelly Mills also added five aces on the night. With the win, Quincy moves to 6-3 in league play and 9-5 overall. The green and gold started the first set strong, jumping out to a 10-5 lead and prompting an Othello timeout. The Huskies responded with a 7-to-1 run, resulting in a timeout by Quincy head coach Dean Pratt. Coming out of the break, the teams traded points before coming to a tie at 18. From then, the Lady Jacks strung together six straight points to take a commanding 24-18 advantage, before sealing the victory, 25-19. Rosenberger led the Jacks with five kills in the set. “Ashlyn carried us again, [she’s] been running it the last couple of weeks pretty good,” said Pratt. “It was a good effort.” The Jacks fell behind quickly in the second set 9-5 but later recovered and tied the set at 11. From then, the Huskies went on an 8-to-2 run to take a 19-13 lead. Quincy’s comeback attempt fell short, and the home team took the second set by a score of 25-20. The third set saw the teams trade points early. With Othello ahead 14-12, the Lady Jacks went on 7-to-1 run, giving the green and gold a 19-15 lead. The Huskies nearly completed a comeback, getting as close as one point, but ultimately the Jacks took the set 25-23. Quincy flipped the script in the fourth and final set, jumping out to a 9-3 lead, which eventually expanded to a 16-7 lead and an Othello timeout. The Lady Jacks cruised the rest of the way to a 25-17 victory in the set and the 3-1 win for the match. “For us it’s about serving,” said Pratt. “If we’re serving tough, we’re a good team.” The green and gold were to return to action in the first round of the CWAC district tournament against Ephrata at Ellensburg on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. The Tigers and Jacks split their two matchups this season with both going to five sets. “I like our chances. Both matches were great matches, they went five both games,” said Pratt. By Miles King,...

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Heikes, Kennedy qualify for 2A state championships

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019

At the district meet at Apple Ridge Cross Country Course in Yakima on Saturday, Nov. 2, Quincy runners Bryn Heikes and Jane Kennedy qualified for the 2A class state meet to be held Nov. 9. Heikes, a senior, placed 8th with a time of 18:38, and Kennedy, a junior, placed 14th with a 19:26 time. The top 28 runners and the top four teams in the meet qualified for the state meet in Pasco this Saturday. Heikes and Kennedy were the only two runners from Quincy to compete in the girls race. Ellensburg senior Leah Holmgren finished with the best time of 17:35, and Ellensburg also earned the best team score of 39. West Valley Spokane scored 59, Pullman scored 69 and Selah 109 to round out the top four teams, all of which qualified for the state meet. In total, 68 runners from 12 schools competed in the race. The Central Washington Athletic Conference district meet included all 10 teams from the conference as well as schools from the Great Northern League. The GNL teams included West Valley Spokane, East Valley Spokane, Pullman, Cheney and Clarkston. For the boys race, no Quincy runners finished in the top 28 to qualify for the state meet. Freshman Edgar Guzman came the closest with a 40th place finish and a time of 17:01. Senior Oswaldo Perez placed 66th, sophomore Israel Perez 80th, senior Tyler Wurl 84th, senior Osvaldo Romero 85th, sophomore Ecduy Gordillo 86th and junior Kevin Calixto 87th. Selah senior Shea Mattson took first place with a time of 14:49 and Ellensburg also earned the best team score of 61. Cheney scored 75, Selah 98, and Pullman 108, rounding out the top four teams. Quincy finished with the 11th best team score of 318. In total, 91 competitors from 15 schools ran in the three mile race. Heikes and Kennedy, who both will compete at the 2A state championships, will return to competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Pasco at Sun Willows Golf Course at 9 a.m. By Miles King,...

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Sports briefs, week of Nov. 6, 2019

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019

Mid State Volleyball Club hosting tryouts Local volleyball club Mid State Volleyball Club will host tryouts for girls ages 10-18 on Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Jackrabbit Gymnasium at Quincy High School. The cost to enter the tryout is $10; however, the fee will be waived for those who register ahead of time at www.evergreenregion.org. For more information, contact Darci Kleyn at 509-398-5323. Quincy swimmer competes at district At the 2019 districts 5, 6 and 7 2A girls swim meet on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, Quincy High School senior swimmer Grace Van Der Merwe placed 5th among 16 swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 6:00.71. She also placed 6th with a time of 2:34.74 in the 200-yard individual medley among 15 swimmers. Unfortunately, Van Der Merwe did not qualify for the state meet in either of the two...

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Guzman impresses in freshman season at QHS

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Coming off a 7th place finish against Ellensburg and Ephrata on Thursday, Oct. 24, freshman cross country runner Edgar Guzman has finished a stellar season, just his first at Quincy High School. Most recently, the 15-year-old Quincy native placed 7th in a meet at Colockum Ridge on Oct. 24 against Ellensburg and Ephrata. Ellensburg presents some of the toughest competition in the Central Washington Athletic Conference. Twice Guzman has finished 5th – the first time running against Selah and Prosser at Apple Ridge Cross Country Course in Yakima and again on Oct. 17 competing against Wapato and Othello in Wapato. Guzman also placed 6th in the first meet at Colockum Ridge against East Valley, Grandview and Toppenish on Sept. 26. Edgar Guzman sprints to the finish line for a 7th place finish at Colockum Ridge on Oct. 24.Photo by Miles King/Post-Register His success this year has earned him a trip to Apple Ridge on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the district meet. Guzman wants to continue to improve over the next few seasons and mentally prepares himself for races by telling himself he’ll do well. “I just think to myself that I’m going to do good; bring up the confidence,” said Guzman. Guzman has been running cross country for three years and ran on the team at Quincy Junior High as well. During his eighth-grade season, Guzman realized he could compete at a high level, finishing first place in every race during that season. However, before starting this season, he was not so confident. “Thinking about cross country back in eighth grade I wasn’t as confident,” said Guzman. “[Its] more mileage and more running.” Guzman has found more comfort in running the longer distance at the high school level, he added. Middle school races are about 3,000 meters, whereas high school competitors run about 5,000 meters, or 3 miles. First-year Quincy boys cross country coach Ruth Royer is excited to have Guzman on the team going forward, adding, “to me, [he] is pretty impressive as a freshman.” Royer also sees some other qualities in Guzman that are exciting to her as a coach, such as leadership and likeability. “Not only do I see a naturally talented athlete, but he is liked well by his peers,” said Royer. “When you have somebody that is talented and is a well-rounded person at the same time, that is a pretty great thing to have.” By Miles King,...

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Turnovers plague Jacks in loss to Ellensburg

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019

The Jacks football team closed out the 2019 regular season with a loss on the road to the Central Washington Athletic Conference North leader, Ellensburg, on Friday, Oct. 25. With the loss, the Jacks fall to 0-4 in league play and 3-5 overall. Senior running back Carmelo Martinez accounted for Quincy’s only score of the game, a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. “We were super short-handed tonight,” said head coach Wade Petersen. “We were down like five or six starters … We’re just trying to plug these kids in.” The green and gold did not start off the game well, fumbling on the first possession. The Bulldogs quickly converted the turnover into points, connecting on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 8:45 left in the opening quarter. After a Quincy punt on the ensuing possession, the home team tacked on another score with a 6-yard touchdown run with just over three minutes remaining in the first. On the point after attempt, the kick holder was unable to get the ball down but ran in the attempt for two instead. Ellensburg took a 15-0 lead into the second quarter. The Jacks’ best chance to score in the second quarter came after an Ellensburg kick returner dropped a punt by Quincy. The green and gold recovered the muffed punt. But, after the Jacks offense returned to the field it turned the ball over once again, throwing an interception. Ellensburg scored again after the Quincy turnover with a 7-yard touchdown run at the 6:42 mark of the half. The teams headed into the break with the home team holding a commanding 22-0 lead. The Bulldogs continued their dominance in the third quarter, forcing two more Quincy turnovers in the quarter and tacking on an additional two touchdowns. By the end of the quarter, the Ellensburg advantage had ballooned to 37-0. The home team added its final touchdown of the evening early in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard run. Quincy’s defense stepped up later in the quarter, forcing two Ellensburg fumbles and recovering both. Quincy finally got on the scoreboard with Martinez’s touchdown run at the 1:28 mark of the final quarter. “I gave our line some big props,” said Petersen. “All the grind, all the work they do and all the punishment they take in the middle really doesn’t go unnoticed by me.” With the regular season now finished, the Jacks return to action on Friday, Nov. 1, in Wapato to face the Wolves for the second time this season. The last time the two met, the Jacks came away with a 34-0 victory. “We just talk about finishing strong, trying to get better [and] play to the best of our abilities,” said Petersen. “Kids have to find something to play for.” Game Stats Ellensburg 44, Quincy 8 Passing: Aguila: 6/14, 102 yards, 3 interceptions. Rushing: Martinez: 3 carries, 24 yards, 1 touchdown. Receiving: Ortiz: 3 catches, 50 yards. By Miles King,...

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Lady Jacks clinch victory in penalty shootout

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019

The Lady Jacks soccer squad defeated the visiting Prosser Mustangs 3-2 in penalty kicks on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Jackrabbit Stadium. The teams played 80 minutes to a 2-2 tie and an additional 10 before facing off with penalty kicks. The visitors were the first to miss a penalty kick in the third round after both teams put the first two in. Sophomore Emily Wurl connected on the Lady Jacks’ third attempt to put the pressure on the Mustangs. Prosser missed again on its fourth attempt, but senior Piper Horning’s shot to seal the victory missed. Quincy players celebrate after Prosser misses its last penalty kick, sealing the victory for the Lady Jacks. Photo by Miles King/Post-Register Prosser sealed its fate on the next shot, missing its last attempt as well, giving the green and gold the 3-2 advantage in the extra period. “It’s something that we practice just about every other day at practice,” said Head Coach Francisco Tafoya. “That’s what we did yesterday because I knew it was going to be a close game.” Junior Klaritssa Cruz scored the Lady Jacks’ two goals in regulation; one in the first half in the 35th minute and the other in the second half in the 67th minute. The visitors scored early in the contest in the 17th minute and again late in the half in the 38th minute. With Cruz’s lone goal in the half, the Lady Jacks went into the break trailing 2-1. Sophomore Sheridan Donovan nearly netted a third goal for the Lady Jacks in the 74th minute and Wurl again in the 75th. The Lady Jacks took 15 shots for the game and earned two corner kicks. Sophomores Ryann Harrington and Stephanie Aguirre combined for six goalkeeper saves for Quincy. With the win, in addition to another over Toppenish on Thursday, Oct. 24 – their last match of the regular season – the Lady Jacks now hold a 5-4 league record (7-8-1 overall), good for 5th place in the league standings and a berth in the CWAC district playoffs. The Lady Jacks were to return to action in the first round of the CWAC district playoff on Tuesday, Oct. 29, against Othello on the road. By Miles King,...

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