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LAS VEGAS Baseball
Head coach: Sam Thomas, 21st season
2018 record: 16-15 (9-11 4A Sunrise/seventh)
Returning lettermen (starters): Twelve (seven)
Top players: C Leonel Anaya (Sr.), UTL Danny Jimenez (Sr.), IF Nathan Freimuth (Sr.), OF Joel Lindahl (So.), 1B Trevor Johnson (Jr.)
Outlook: The Wildcats return seven starters from last year’s team.
“With the new region layout, and the strength of the Northwest, we are hoping to compete for a playoff berth,” Thomas said.


LAS VEGAS Softball
Head coach: Fernando Carmona, first season
2018 record: 9-23-1 (6-14 4A Sunrise/ninth)
Returning letter winners (starters): Five (three)
Top players: 1B/3B Kaitlyn Horstdaniel (Sr.), P/SS Angelina Visitacion (Jr.), CF Midajah Chavira (So.)
Outlook: Carmona takes over a team that hasn’t had the recent success to which it had become accustomed, but hopes to change that this year.
Horstdaniel (.389 average) and Visitacion (.356) are among only five returning letter winners.
“The team looks to rebound after a difficult season,” Carmona said. “They have worked really hard in intramurals and look forward to a winning season. Horstdaniel is off to play college ball next season, and along with Angelina Visitacion, will lead the Wildcats.
“We are young and lack experience, but all the girls have bought in.”


LAS VEGAS Volleyball
Head coach: Matthew Hagan, first season
2018 record: 25-18 (8-2 4A Sunrise/second)
Returning lettermen (starters): Eleven (four)
Top players: MB Jaelin Gray (Jr.), S Kevin Sweitzer (Sr.), OH Leander Gates (Sr.), OH Allan Juarez (Jr.), DS/OH Ashton Barney (Sr.)
Outlook: Hagan takes over a team that advanced to the Sunrise Region semifinals last year and brings back four starters.
Gray (119 kills, 76 blocks), Sweitzer (495 assists, 167 digs), Gates (222 kills, 217 digs) and Barney (309 digs) lead a group of 11 returnees.
“The program is working hard to continue the proud traditions established under coaches Sue Thurman and Justin Graham,” Hagan said. “The Wildcats will rely upon the leadership of a hungry senior class. With a very experienced team (11 returners, 11 seniors), we expect a very good season.
“The new region alignment will make it very difficult but returning our setter, our top two defensive specialists and two of our top three hitters from last season, it should make for a great season.”
Hagan also expects a big season from Gray.
“Jaelin Gray should be one of the top five players in the state and will be one of the most important players for us this year,” Hagan said.