Colton drops to 0-5 in Skyline league with loss to Arroyo Valley

Team celebrates graduating seniors at Senior Night ceremony prior to the game


J. Dollins

Isaiah Stuart looks for his shot against Arroyo Valley.

Colton,CA—After a blistering start to the season, Colton has struggled in Skyline league play, entering Friday night’s game against Arroyo Valley with an 0-4 record. None of that mattered, however, as the players and their families celebrated Senior Night.

This year, Colton’s basketball team graduates seven players: Gabriel Aparicio, Alex Cardos, Ivan Pech, Colton Suchil, Devin Torrez, Calvin Walewangko, and team manager Jaden Zesk.

After Senior Night, though, the game was still on, and the Yellowjackets looked to get even with Arroyo Valley after losing to the Hawks 72-41 on January 11.

Colton fought hard all the way down to the wire in this one, but Arroyo Valley still came out on top, defeating the Yellowjackets 61-52.

“They played disciplined,” Colton head coach Kendrick Ayres noted about the opposition. “They hit the offensive blast.”

To start the game, Arroyo Valley only suited up six players. Colton struggled against them in the first half, going into the break down 30-16.

But in the second half, Colton warmed up and started to pull down more rebounds, which enabled them to push the offense and get out on the break. Josiah Diggs (8 points) and Isaiah Stuart (10 points) led the charge for the Yellowjackets, as the team put up 22 points in the third.

Colton continued the fight in the fourth, pulling within two, which led to a back-and-forth battle in the game’s final minutes. Untimely fouls hurt the Yellowjackets, which allowed the Hawks to extend the lead and seal the 61-52 victory. 

This is Colton’s fifth consecutive loss in league play, putting them in last place as they head into their final regular season game against Rim of the World on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The home game starts at 5:30 p.m.



Girls basketball traveled to Bloomington High for a rematch against the Bruins. Colton lost the game 32-21, dropping their record to 0-5 in the Skyline league and 11-10 overall. They finish their regular season schedule on Wednesday night against Rim of the World at Hubbs Gym.