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Spring tourney skeds, results in EV March 10-13 -- BB and SBMar 9, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Many East Valley schools set out for spring break this weekend, but that doesn't mean baseball and softball grinds to a halt.
Several spring break tournaments begin Monday March 10 and continue through Thursday or Friday. Here are teams entered and some schedules for those tournaments:
SOFTBALL: Marcos de Niza-McClintock Invitational -- at McClintock and Marcos de Niza high schools. McClintock Pool -- McClintock, Westview, Williams Field, Mesquite, Skyline and Casa Grande. Marcos de Niza Pool -- Marcos de Niza, Cesar Chavez, Vista Grande, Dobson, Perry and Poston Butte.
Saturday March 8 results from McClintock HS -- McClintock 14, Westview 9; Williams Field 9, Mesquite; Skyline 8, Casa Grande 1; Mesquite 24, McClintock 6; Casa Westview 7, Casa Grande 2; Skyline 7, Williams Field 6. Saturday March 8 results at Marcos de Niza HS -- Marcos de Niza 10, Cesar Chavez 7; Dobson 10, Vista Grande 3; Perry 17, Poston Butte 3; Vista Grande 11, Cesar Chavez 1; Dobson 8, Poston Butte 5; Perry 9, Marcos de Niza 2.
Monday March 10 at McClintock HS -- 10 a.m. -- McClintock vs. Skyline, Williams Field vs. Casa Grande. Noon -- Skyline vs. Mesquite, Westview vs. Williams Field. 2 p.m. -- Mesquite vs. Westview, Casa Grande vs. McClintock. Monday March 10 at Marcos de Niza HS -- 10 a.m. -- Marcos de Niza vs. Dobson, Vista Grande vs. Poston Butte. Noon -- Perry vs. Cesar Chavez, Marcos de Niza vs. Vista Grande. 2 p.m. -- Dobson vs. Perry, Poston Butte vs. Cesar Chavez. Tuesday March 11 at McClintock HS -- 10 a.m. -- Westview vs. Skyline, McClintock vs. Williams Field. Noon -- Casa Grande vs. Mesquite. Tuesday March 11 at Marcos de Niza HS -- 10 a.m. -- Vista Grande vs. Perry, Cesar Chavez vs. Dobson. Noon -- Marcos de Niza vs. Poston Butte. Wednesday March 12 (all games at Marcos de Niza HS) -- 10 a.m.-- 6 vs. 6, 5 vs. 5. Noon -- 4 vs. 4, 3 vs. 3. 2 p.m. -- 2 vs. 2, 1 vs. 1 (Championship).
BASEBALL: 4th annual Game on Germann Tournament at Campo Verde HS. Competing schools -- Pool A -- Mesa, Agua Fria, Maricopa, Tucson, Campo Verde. Pool B -- Valley Vista, Casa Grande, Higley, Marcos de Niza, Valley Christian, Tempe.
Saturday March 8 results -- Campo Verde 10, Maricopa 0; Valley Vista 14, Valley Christian 2; Tucson 7, Maricopa 2; Marcos de Niza 14, Higley 3; Mesa 8, Tucson 4; Marcos de Niza 14, Tempe 2. 7 p.m. -- Mesa 10, Agua Fria 0.
Monday March 10 -- 1 p.m. -- Valley Christian vs. Higley. 4 p.m. -- Agua Fria vs. Maricopa, Casa Grande vs. Valley Christian. 7 p.m. -- Campo Verde vs. Mesa.
Tuesday March 11 -- 1 p.m. -- Tucson vs. Campo Verde, Valley Vista vs. Tempe. 4 p.m. -- Marcos de Niza vs. Valley Vista, Tempe vs. Casa Grande. 7 p.m. -- Higley vs. Casa Grande.
Wednesday March 12 -- 10 a.m. -- Tempe vs. Valley Christian. 1 p.m. -- Valley Vista vs. Higley. 4 p.m. -- Agua Fria vs. Tucson. 7 p.m. -- Casa Grande vs. Marcos de Niza. Thursday March 13 -- 4 p.m -- A2 vs. B2. 7 p.m. -- A1 vs. B1 (championship).
Mesquite Spring Break Tournament -- at Mesquite and Gilbert high schools. Competing schools -- Pool A -- Gilbert, Basha, McClintock, Desert Vista and Bradshaw Mountain. Pool B -- Mesquite, Queen Creek, Prescott, Desert Ridge and Red Mountain.
Monday March 10 at Gilbert HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- Gilbert vs. McClintock, 12:30 p.m. -- McClintock vs. Desert Vista. 3:30 p.m. -- Desert Vista vs. Bradshaw Mountain. 6:30 p.m. -- Bradshaw Mountain vs. Basha. Monday March 10 at Mesquite HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- Mesquite vs. Prescott, 12:30 p.m. -- Prescott vs. Desert Ridge, 3:30 p.m. -- Desert Ridge vs. Red Mountain, 6:30 p.m. -- Red Mountain vs. Queen Creek.
Tuesday March 11 at Gilbert HS -- 9:30 a.m.-- Desert Vista vs. Gilbert, 12:30 p.m. -- Gilbert vs. Bradshaw Mountain, 3:30 p.m. -- McClintock vs. Basha. Tuesday March 11 at Mesquite HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- Desert Ridge vs. Mesquite, 12:30 p.m. -- Prescott vs. Queen Creek, 3:30 p.m. -- Mesquite vs. Red Mountain.
Wednesday March 12 at Gilbert HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- Basha vs. Desert Vista, 12:30 p.m. -- Basha vs. Gilbert, 3:30 p.m. -- Bradshaw Mtn. vs. McClintock. Wednesday March 12 at Mesquite HS -- 9:30 a.m.-- Queen Creek vs. Desert Ridge, 12:30 p.m. -- Queen Creek vs. Mesquite. 3:30 p.m -- Red Mountain vs. Prescott.
Thursday March 13 at Gilbert HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- A4 vs. B4. 12:30 p.m. -- A3 vs. B3. Thursday March 13 at Mesquite HS -- 9:30 a.m. -- A5 vs. B5; 12:30 p.m. -- A2 vs B2. 3:30 p.m. -- A1 vs. B1 (championship).
Highland Hawk Tournament -- at Highland HS. Competing schools -- Perry, Williams Field, Cienega, Seton, Dobson, Andress (El Paso, Texas), Franklin, El Paso Texas, Highland.
Monday March 10 -- Noon -- Perry vs. Williams Field,. 3 p.m. -- Cienega vs. Seton, Williams Field vs. Dobson. 5:30 p.m. -- Dobson vs. Andress. 8 p.m. -- Franklin vs. Highland.
Tuesday March 11 - 9 a.m.. -- Andress vs. Williams Field. Noon -- Andress vs. Perry, Cienega vs. Franklin. 3 p.m. -- Dobson vs. Perry, Seton vs. Franklin. 5:30 pm. -- Cienega vs. Highland. 8 p.m. -- Highland vs. Seton.
Wednesday March 12 -- 9 a.m. -- A4 vs. B3. Noon -- B4 vs A3. 3 p.m.-- A2 vs. B1. 6 p.m. -- B2 vs. A1.
Thursday March 13 -- 9 a.m. -- A4-B3 loser vs. B4-A3 loser. Noon -- A4-B3 winner vs. B4-A3 winner. 3 pm. -- A2-B1 loser vs. B2-A1 loser. 6 p.m. -- A2-B1 winner vs. B2-A1 winner (Championship).
More tournaments for spring sports teams are on the wayMar 9, 2014, by Don Ketchum, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Spring tournaments continue this week at various venues in the area from Fountain Hills west through Scottsdale, Phoenix, the southwest, northwest and north Valley and northern Arizona.
Here is a look . . .
Bob Grey Classic, Tuesday (March 11) through Saturday (March 15) at Goodyear Desert Edge.
2014 West Valley Classic, Wednesday (March 12) through March 21 at Glendale Independence and Glendale Ironwood highs.
Teams: Phoenix Alhambra, Phoenix Carl Hayden, Phoenix Central, Glendale Copper Canyon, Phoenix Cortez, El Mirage Dysart, Glendale, Glendale Independence, Glendale Ironwood, Avondale La Joya, Phoenix Maryvale, Phoenix North, Peoria, Phoenix Trevor Browne.
Xavier Tournament, Thursday (March 13) through Saturday at Rose Mofford Sports Complex, Phoenix.
Teams: Anthem Boulder Creek, Yuma Cibola, Flagstaff Coconino, Mesa Desert Ridge, Glendale Raymond S. Kellis, Buckeye Verrado, Phoenix Xavier Prep.
Paseo West Valley Invitational (boys and girls), Friday (March 14) and March 15 at Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale, and Glendale Ironwood high.
Teams: Avondale Agua Fria, Phoenix Barry Goldwater, Anthem Boulder Creek, Glendale Cactus, Peoria Centennial, Laveen Cesar Chavez, Glendale Deer Valley, Goodyear Desert Edge, Glendale, Phoenix Greenway, Glendale Ironwood, Peoria Liberty, Goodyear Millennium, Phoenix Moon Valley, Glendale Mountain Ridge, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, Phoenix Sunnyslope, Phoenix Thunderbird, Buckeye Verrado, Surprise Willow Canyon.
Track and field
Mogollon Midweek (boys and girls), Wednesday at Heber Mogollon.
Brophy AMDG Invitational (boys), Friday at Phoenix Brophy Prep.
Teams: Anthem Boulder Creek, Phoenix Bourgade Catholic, Phoenix Brophy Prep, Chandler, Chandler Hamilton, Glendale Ironwood, Mesa, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Glendale Mountain Ridge, Scottsdale Saguaro, Mesa Skyline.
Gaucho Relays (boys and girls), Friday at Glendale Community College.
Husky Invite (boys and girls), Saturday at Phoenix Horizon.
Boys VB: Mesa defeats Brophy Prep for Wolf Howl gold titleMar 8, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Mesa High's boys volleyball team had a chance to avenge its only loss of the two-day Wolf Howl Invitational late Saturday afternoon. The Jackrabbits didn't let the opportunity pass them by.
Leading virtually all the way in both sets, Mesa pinned down Gold Division title with a very tight 25-23, 25-23 victory over Brophy Prep at Chandler High's Coy Payne Gymnasium. Mesa lost in three sets to Brophy to open bracket seeding play on Saturday morning.
"That's how a championship match should be," Mesa coach Tony Millanes said. "We got off to good starts, but every time we were close (to winning) they'd get three good jump serves, or big blocks or kills. It wasn't easy."
Mesa, which lost in three sets to Brophy to open play on Saturday,Leading the way for Mesa, which posted a 10-1 record in the tournament that began Friday morning, was senior outside hitter JT Hatch. Hatch had a big match, tallying 14 kills in just the two sets plus 10 digs. His early success in the opening set and the overall desire his teammates showed in the infant stages forced Brophy coach Tony Oldani to call time for a pep talk.
Oldani wasn't happy with the lack of desire he saw compared to how Mesa came out and told his team as much. They did respond despite bowing in straight sets.
"For this early in the season they've show me they are resilient," Oldani said. "The other night against Desert Vista we were down 0-2 and they came back to win. They've show me they'll continue to battle and battle. They just needed a little reminder."
When Oldani asked for time in the opening set, Brophy trailed, 10-6. They was more hustle after that, but Mesa's execution made it hard for Brophy to cut down the lead. Mesa was up 21-16 when Brophy managed seven of the next 10 points to pull within 24-23.
Brophy served at that point, but Mesa put together a perfect serve receive, set and set-point kills with Seth Johnson (6 kills and 11 digs for the match) doing the honors.
Mesa jumped out faster in the second set, taking a 6-1 thanks to the hitting of Jacob Komenda (six kills) and Hatch. Brophy rallied to take its only lead of the match at 13-12. Three kills by Hatch and a hitting error by Brophy put Mesa up 23-19. The Broncos Billy Andrew and Cooper Munhall led a run that tied things at 23. Andrew led Brophy with six kills and Munhall had five.
Brophy couldn''t take the lead serving at 23-all with a service error. Mesa closed the match with a Komenda kill.
"We've got some weapons and the experience helps us with our attack scheme," Millanes said. "This was a great tournament to open the season. Chandler and Hamilton were tough, So is Brophy. We were in a bunch of tough matches today."
Mesa advanced to the finals of the gold bracket defeating Hamilton 25-22, 26-24. Next it knocked off Chandler, 25-15, 25-22. Brophy also didn't lose a set in the final eight bracket play until the final. The Broncos beat Sandra Day O'Connor, 25-19, 25-23 and then Gilbert, 25-15, 25-10. Boulder Creek and Desert Ridge were the other teams qualifying for the Gold Division in the 22-team tournament.
A historic day for AIA legislative council, executive boardMar 7, 2014, by Jose Garcia, Multimedia Journalist/Historian
The Arizona Interscholastic Association legislative council took a giant step Friday toward diversifying the AIA’s committees and executive board, a legislative body that hasn’t reflected its student body in the past 100 years.
But a change, as AIA official Don Logan eloquently advocated for during Friday’s annual legislative council meeting, is coming. The legislative council voted to approve a proposed amendment that will now require the AIA’s conferences to nominate a female, a person of color and a male when there’s an executive board or committee member opening.
The legislative council, for the most part, was in favor of the diversity amendment at the start, but agreeing on whether the AIA’s executive board or the AIA’s conferences should select the future board or committee members proved difficult. After about two hours of debating, the legislative council approved the original diversity amendment, giving the AIA’s executive board the power to select future conference recommended board or committee members.
At least 30 of the 40 legislative council members in attendance at the AIA’s office Friday needed to vote yay for the diversity proposal to pass. The proposal passed with 32 yays.
“This was historic,” said Chuck Schmidt, the AIA’s associate executive director said, about Friday's diversity vote. “The ability to represent children as a 501(c)(3) entity has to be our primary objective, and when this (diversity) policy was instituted four years ago, it was a major shift as to how we did business. And it has worked.”
The diversity policy was first recommended by Mike Bejarano, a Tucson administrator and former AIA executive board member, four years ago.
This year, Amphitheatre District Athletic Director Joe Paddock, the Class 4A conference rep on the AIA’s executive board, recommended that the policy should become a bylaw.
Before Friday’s vote, AIA executive director Dr. Harold Slemmer opened the diversity debate with a speech about “being behind the times” and the importance of the diversity proposal before introducing Logan. Logan has served as an AIA official for 20 years and was injured in 2004 when a package sent by twin white supremacist brothers to Logan exploded.
Logan was the Director of Scottsdale’s Office of Diversity and Dialogue when he received the package. On Friday, he didn’t talk about what happened in 2004, but Logan did urge the legislative council to vote for a more inclusive AIA executive board.
Glendale District representative and legislative council member Jim Threadgill applauded the AIA’s executive board for the diversity proposal, but he was in favor of letting the conferences pick the board and committee members instead of the AIA’s executive board. Threadgill said he wanted to make sure that experienced representatives were picked to serve on the board.
“It’s not democratic when a board choses its own members,” said legislative council member Doug Meyer of Arizona Lutheran.
Also present Friday at the AIA’s office was Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a civil rights activist, who told the legislative council to trust the AIA’s executive board to make the right decisions.
But the last person to talk before the diversity proposal vote was taken was Jim Love, one of nine school board members serving on the legislative council. Love was sitting in a front row during Friday's meeting but stood up and turned around to address the legislative council as he gave a passionate speech about the importance of focusing on the students council members serve.
“What we miss in the big picture is what are we doing for the kids,” Love said. “We lose sight of that when we try to figure out who is in charge. We have tried for the past 50 years (to have a more diverse executive board), and we haven’t done it. They (conferences) have had the opportunity to do it and haven’t done it.”
It’s believed that only one African-American and one Native American have served on the AIA’s executive board in the past 100 years.
Love and Schmidt agreed that more work needs to be done to get more voices heard, including conference members. But one of the first big steps toward accomplishing that was taken Friday.
“Today was huge,” said Love after the legislative council meeting. “It was huge. I was very happy to see what happened.”
More big news
Friday’s diversity vote dominated the legislative meeting, but it wasn’t the only important proposed amendment that was passed.
The amendment to raise the fees schools pay to officials also passed. Since 2009, the AIA has seen a 21.5 percent drop in officials registrations because other organizations are paying officials more to work at their events.
“It’s huge,” said the Gary Whelchel, the AIA’s state commissioner of officials, about the pay increase for officials. “We are bleeding officials. This isn’t a transfusion. But this is going to stop the bleeding, and it’s going to help us in the recruiting efforts.”
Arizona prep baseball products all around the Cactus LeagueMar 7, 2014, by Don Ketchum, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Arizona high schools always play an exciting brand of baseball and that is evidenced by the steady stream of top-notch players at the college and professional levels. Some have even reached the major leagues, and are on display this spring all around the Valley in the Cactus League.
Here is a quick look at Arizona players who are on a field near you . . .
*Jake Barrett, relief pitcher, Mesa Desert Ridge, Arizona Diamondbacks.
*Kole Calhoun, outfielder, Buckeye, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
*C.J. Cron, first baseman Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Angels.
*Shelley Duncan, outfielder, Tucson Canyon del Oro, Diamondbacks.
*Andre Ethier, outfielder, Phoenix St. Mary’s, Los Angeles Dodgers.
*Tuffy Gosewisch, catcher, Phoenix Horizon, Diamondbacks.
*Paul Konerko, first baseman/DH, Scottsdale Chaparral, Chicago White Sox.
*Matt Pagnozzi, catcher, Gilbert Highland, Milwaukee Brewers.
*Eric Sogard, infielder, Phoenix Thunderbird, Oakland Athletics.
Check out these Arizona stars if you can. It’s a nice way to spend the afternoon.
D-I baseball teams show their strength early in the seasonMar 7, 2014, by Don Ketchum, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
The 2014 high school baseball season barely is a couple of weeks old, and the race among Division I teams already is at full throttle.
Phoenix Brophy Prep was 5-1 entering Friday’s (March 7) play, its most recent win coming on Thursday night (March 6) when it rallied for a 10-9 victory over visiting Phoenix Pinnacle. Pinnacle (4-2) and Brophy slapped the ball around the yard throughout the game.
Pinnacle has jumped into the mix by defeating Division I defending champion Phoenix Mountain Pointe and up and coming Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor. Pinnacle turned around to play another solid team, Chandler Hamilton, on Friday.
At the close of a busy week, Pinnacle appeared to run out of gas as visiting Hamilton dominated 18-4.
Brophy features Fenton Kelly, who hit a three-run home run early against Pinnacle, and pitcher Ryan Castellani. The right-hander has a chance to be a first-round selection in this June’s annual Major League Baseball draft.
Pinnacle also has some players who make contact on a regular basis.
Leading the way for the Pioneers against Brophy were Jacob Weiss, with a solo home run, and Ryan Nelson, with a two-run double.
Some of the other schools expected to challenge in Division I, according to a preseason top 10 by azcentral.com, are Scottsdale Chaparral, Mesa Desert Ridge, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, Gilbert Mesquite, Phoenix Sunnyslope and Phoenix St. Mary’s.