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Softball notesApr 16, 2014, by Jose Garcia, Multimedia Journalist/Historian
Canyon del Oro: Varsity makeup is three seniors, three juniors, six sophomores, and three freshmen. … Senior Rebecca Ziegler (.579 ave., 20 RBI, 25 runs), junior Jordyn Binnion (.489 ave., six doubles, 3 HR, 21 runs), sophomore Carli Campbell (.486 ave., 24 runs), senior Samantha Nettling (.471 ave., 25 RBIs), junior Monique Castillo (.400 ave., seven doubles), senior Makenzie Sullivan (.394 ave., 29 RBI) are the team’s stat leaders. … Team has four seniors, including a student manager, who are headed to either Northwestern, Boise State, Penn State, or Mount Saint Mary’s. Three of those seniors are the No. 3, 4, and 5 hitters in the lineup.
Kofa: Junior catcher Sally Gastelo (.441 ave.), senior pitcher Miranda Mendoza (.400), senior SS Brittany Ramos (.397 ave.), senior 2B Alicia Stephens (.426 ave.), senior CF/3B Krista Keller (.390 ave.), Sarai Camacho (2.29 ERA) are the team’s stat leaders. … "Last year we started the season out 0-4, losing each of those games by eight runs or more,” coach Emma Morrison said. “So I sat down with the team and reminded them of who they are and to take pride in the name “Kofa Kings.” So the next game I spray painted a crown at every position and told them, ‘When you see that crown remember who you are and that you are someone special and have the talent it takes to be a winner.’ And from that point on they have fought hard every game that they have played.”
Northwest Chrsitain: Elizabeth Bostwick has a 2.00 ERA and is averaging one strike per inning. … Senior Brittany Zimmerman is hitting .523. … Junior Brianna James leads the team in on base percentage and hitting .537. … Senior catcher Gabby Marram is hitting .446. … Senior Audra Pettit leads the team in home runs and is hitting .485. … Team has stolen 40 bases.
Desert Christian: “Courtney Tyra, a junior, has been crushing the ball,” coach Robert Vance said. “She has five or six homeruns, including a grand slam and a two-run walk off homerun. Lauren Radtke, another junior, has been phenomenal as a lead off hitter and a pitcher. When her change up is working, she is as good as anyone we have seen. One key for us has been our senior leadership, especially Kylie Poplin. They have taken ownership of the team and done a great job. Another key is the development of our baby ducks. Our first year players have worked so hard and have grown so much. Our number two hitter and starting shortstop, Taylor Radtke, is probably the best freshman in our section and no one works any harder than she does. First year player Emma Waller is a sophomore who has an uncanny ability for getting on base. We have eight first-year players and each one is getting better each day. They will be a huge factor in the remainder of the season.”
Veritas Prep: “I knew we had the chance to be pretty good this year with the incoming freshmen battery of (pitcher) Lainey Stephenson and Kayla Gomez, but a 21-0 start was totally unexpected,” coach Patrick Snyder said. “Our success can be attributed to a strong freshmen class, including Akeely and Hyland, along with an experienced seniors class, including captains Katie Snyder, Liz Baier and Christy Baier, that made the state tournament for the first time in Veritas’ history in 2011.” … Stephenson's ERA is 0.00 in 103 innings and 254 strikeouts and 19 wins, according to coach. She has two perfect games and six no-hitters this season. She also leads the team in hitting (.646 ave., 31 RBIs, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers, 1.092 slugging, .693 OBPP). … Gomez is hitting .540 with 28 RBI’s, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers, 1.063 slugging, .603 OBP. … Snyder (.508 ave.) was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 7, but that hasn’t kept her from performing at a high level. She is headed to Benedictine University in Chicago next year.
Valley Union: Junior Sara Han (.683 ave., 59 RBI, .1383 slugging), senior Katelyn Landwerin (4 HRs, 8 extra base hits), sophomore catcher Jessica Garcia (.410 ave., .1000 fielding, 33 SB), senior Yesenia Gamez (13 wins, .88 ERA), senior SS Kortney Haines (.389 ave., 23 SB) are the team’s stat leaders. … Haines’ brother, Blake, was paralyzed in an accident last year. “I think my players are playing just a little bit harder this year for Blake,” Valley Union coach Jeffrey Baker said.… “Senior leadership is key on this team,” Baker said. “Also, we depend on a mix of small ball and power to rack up runs. I believe we have one of the best defenses in our division.” … Baker’s daughter, Ashlee, a former D-I player, is a coach on the team.
Assistant Gerald Todd gets the nod at Basha as new fb coachApr 16, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Basha High did not stray far in finding the third coach in its football history, officially naming Gerald Todd on Wednesday to take over the program.
Todd, who has coached and taught at Basha since 2006, replaces Bernie Busken. Busken resigned late last month. Todd coached on the previous varsity staffs of Tim McBurney and Busken.
Todd previously served twice in Carlsbad, N.M, sat Carlsbad High (1997-99 and 2001-2006). At Carlsbad High he was running backs coach and offensive coordinator. Todd also had coaching stints in Texas at Alief Elsik High in Houston and at Odessa High (1992-1995). His experience again was with running backs specifically and offense in general. Todd has collegiate experience at Abilene Christain (1989-1992) and 1995-97). todd is a graduate of Abilene Christian where he was a standout running backand team MVP in 1988.
Baseball: Mtn. View rallies from 4 down to edge Horizon, 7-6Apr 15, 2014, by Les Willsey, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Horizon's pitching has been stellar all season. Mesa Mtn. View has a solid record, but has encountered trouble winning against top-tier teams. The reverse was true Tuesday afternoon.
Mountain View shook off a 6-2 deficit midway through the contest and used Brady Gerber's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to complete a 7-6 win over Horizon in a Division I baseball game at Toro Field.
Horizon outhit Mountain View 15-8, but the stingy Huskies' pitching staff wasn't the one coach Eric Kibler had witnessed from the season's outset on this day. Horizon pitchers walked nine batters (including two intentionally) and hit two batters. Add that to eight hits by the Toros and two errors that cost at least two runs and it wasn't Horizon's day. Mountain View had a 1-5 record vs. top 11 teams in the D-I power-rankings as they stood Tuesday morning.
"That's baseball," Kibler said. "Our pitching has been outstanding and our defense has been solid. That wasn't the case today. We hit the ball well, but we aren't used to giving up that many runs. Our offense was good enough to win this one, but not the rest of our game."
Mountain View posted four runs in the fourth inning chasing Horizon sophomore starter Ian Sanger and evening the contest at 6. The score remained there until the seventh despite both teams making bids in the fifth and sixth to take the lead.
Horizon threatened to take the lead in its half of seventh after getting two, two-out singles. Those ended the day for Toros' starter Spencer Moran. Moran gave way to Brent Bailey, who got a fly out to right.
Mountain View's game-winning rally in the bottom of the frame started with a leadoff walk to Conner Wise, the Toros' seventh free pass for the game. Kyler Kocher sacrificed Wise to second. Situations dictated Horizon issuing intentional walks to fill the bases for Gerber in hopes of getting a double play. The Toros left fielder laced a 2-2 pitch to left to plate Wise with the winning run.
"We have a platoon in left with Gerber and Canon Anderson," Mountain View coach Mike Thiel said. "They've been unbelieveable. Both are hitting .400 or better (from the No. 9 hole)..... I thought we did a good job of making their pitcher work. I know he's beaten some good teams."
Thiel credited staff ace Moran for a gutty performance.
"He gave up a lot of hits today," Thiel said. "A lot of kids would have packed it in after the four runs in the second. He fought through it and gave us a great effort."
Sanger, a lefthander, brought a 4-0 record to the contest with wins over Hamilton, Chaparral, Mountain Pointe and Red Mountain. Moran, the winner via shutout in games earlier against Desert Ridge and Perry, didn't have a 1-2-3 inning on Tuesday. He was just shy of the 100-pitch mark when he exited.
Sanger allowed five hits, five walks and six runs in 3 1/3 innings. Moran survived a rough second inning that saw Horizon bat around, score four times and was capped by a long two-run homer by the Huskies' Matt Kroon. Moran made it through 6 2/3 innings He was touched for 15 hits and all the runs.
Horizon entered play allowing 46 runs in 24 games thanks to its superb pitching and normally steady defense. Horizon had blanked its last three opponents -- Chaparrall, Desert Mountain and North Canyon -- prior to Tuesday. The Huskies dropped to 20-5 overall and 11-3 in power-ranking games. Mountain View boosted its mark to 17-9, 10-4 prg.
Kroon and Ben Lewis each had three hits for Horizon and teammates Evan Williams, Alex Campbell, Trevor Horn and Chris Isbell had two hits apiece. Alex Traylor was 3-for-3 for Mountain View. Chase Rich, Ronnie Adair, Bailey and Gerber had RBI for Mountain View.
Scoring avalanche continues for Fountain Hills baseballApr 15, 2014, by Don Ketchum, Staff Writer, AIA365.com
Runs aren’t coming in bunches for the Fountain Hills baseball team. They are coming in truckloads.
On Tuesday (April 15), the Falcons provided yet another example of why they have a strong chance to repeat as Division III state champions.
They routed visiting Tempe Prep 20-0 (five innings, 10-run rule) to run their record to 17-3, and have scored 10 or more runs in half of those games, including 33 in their previous game. Fountain Hills entered the day as the No. 6 team in power points, while Tempe Prep (16-5-1) was third in Division IV power points.
Fountain Hills collected 16 hits, including two by senior star Andrew Bryniarski.
Bryniarski, who was azcentral’s Small Schools Player of the Year as a junior in 2013, had a two-run home run and a triple and now has driven in 38 runs. The hits were the 24th and 25th extra-base hits of the season (he has 35 hits total). It was his ninth homer of the season.
Two Fountain Hills pitchers combined to limit Tempe Prep to one hit.
Fountain Hills scored three in the first inning, seven in the third and 10 in the fourth, when it sent 15 men to the plate.
The Falcons hit the road on Wednesday (April 16) for a game against Chandler Valley Christian.
Symposium to offer college requirement insightApr 15, 2014, by Jose Garcia, Multimedia Journalist/Historian
Parents and students athletes who want to learn more about eligibility requirements for college can attend the 2nd annual Educational Symposium May 17 at Arizona Christian University.
There is no charge to attend symposium. Administrators, counselors and coaches interested in completing their certified athletic administrator exam and leadership training courses can do so during the symposium.
To view the symposium's itinerary go here.
Softball notesApr 15, 2014, by Jose Garcia, Multimedia Journalist/Historian
Chaparral: Senior P Dallas McBride (.450 ave., 8 HR, 35 RBI, 1.87 ERA, 132 K’s), senior RF Alana Anderson (.446, 33 hits, 11 SB) are the team’s stat leaders. … “The team has been getting better each and every day,” coach Stefanie Ewing said. “Once they started focusing on paying one game at a time and doing the little things correctly, we started playing better. I still think our best ball is yet to come and really like the way the seniors and team have come together.
“I also have had two freshmen, Kyligh Ortiz (.370 ave.) and Taylor Canatelli (3.11 ERA, 48 innings), contribute. What’s great is this year if Dallas gets in trouble I can switch things up and put Canatelli in.”
Basha: “Our leaders so far have been Nicole Matta, Breiile Breland and Brittany Medina,” coach Scott Hoffmeyer said. “They are all seniors and playing very well for us. The keys to our success are the way all the girls get along. They are constantly together and help each other with grades, friend issues, etc. They are a team on and off the field. Our pitching staff has been an interesting story, we have six and they have been sharing all the duties. They are beginning to depend on each other to improve themselves. It has been an interesting development to watch.”
Gilbert: Stat leaders — senior Dani Nelson (.483 ave., 10 HR, 34 RBI’s), senior Taylor McCord (.483 ave.), senior Alex Astorga (.500), and junior pitcher Lynsey Duncan (2.47 ERA).
Hamilton: “We have a group of seniors who wanted to change the culture of Hamilton softball and have set the stage for years to come on how you become a team with their fantastic bonding and team building events,” coach Rocky Parra said. “Tie that in with a young but talented group of girls and that adds up to a winning combination.” … Team has stolen 42 bases. … Sophomore outfielder Nicole Slaughter is hitting .509. … Senior Sam Reynolds has committed to Southern Mississippi, junior Jaime Hatch to UNLV.
Desert Ridge: “We have great senior leadership, as far as stats go,” coach said. “But there are several younger girls who are not far behind. I have five seniors this year, and they will definitely be missed next year. But I feel like I have plenty of girls who can and will step up to fill their shoes when they are gone. I fee this team, as well as last year’s team, is very scrappy.” … Senior Mariann Kennison (.426 ave.), senior Courtney O’Brien (.426 ave., .88 ERA, .759 sluggling), senior Chryse Hausenfluck (18 RBI), senior Mariann Kennison (.530 OBP), senior Sara Captain (.957 fielding percentage), sophomore Bailey Klitzke (11 wins, 124K’s) are the team’s state leaders.
Mountain Pointe: Junior Kristen McCann (.507 ave., .537 OBP, 13 doubles, 104 innings, 93 K’s, 2.14 ERA), junior C, 1B, 3B Hannah Hoban (.551 ave., .608 OBP, 6 HR, 11 doubles), sophomore C/OF/P (.328 ave., .362 OBP), freshman SS Mercedes Lopez (.400 ave., .571 OBP) senior 3B J.J. Huerta (.421 ave, .431 OBP, 7 doubles) are the team’s stat leades. …
Mountain Ridge: Anybody in the starting lineup can hit it over the fence, coach said. … Batting average leaders: Corrin Green (.567, 7 HR), Kaylin Ayotte (.561), Bailey Gaffin (.500), Alyssa DiCarlo (.561, 8 HR). … “Giselle Juarez is consistently getting tougher and tougher on the mound,” coach Michele Markham said. “She has crazy movement and great speed.” …
Red Mountain: Junior Alex Wiley leads the team in average (.434), RBI’s (24), doubles (9), and hits (33). Wiley is 4-0 with a .54 ERA in 26 innings and 32 K’s… Junior Alyssa Fernandez leads the team in runs (32), hits (30) and has 17 RBI’s and five homeruns. … Senior Bre Macha has a 10-3 record and has pitched 91 innings with 137 K’s and a 1.08 ERA. … Senior Marian Ruf is 3-1 in 23 innings with a 1.22 ERA and 32 K’s. … “One of the keys to our success so far has been the internal motivation to win the state championship again,” coach Richard Hamilton said. “Another key to our success is the strength of our team chemistry to this point.” … The six seniors on Red Mountain have signed to play college ball.
Sandra Day O’Connor: Team ERA is 2.73. … Justyce McClain is hitting. 569. … Freshman Hayley Busby leads the team with 19 RBI’s. … “Each day the team is making improvements from the day prior,” coach Melissa Hobson said. “The key to our success so far is focusing on the process versus the outcome, putting in quality work versus a quantity of time spent, taking care of the little things, looking at opportunities as “get to” instead of “have to,” and most importantly of all staying focused and positive.”
Sunrise Mountain: Senior Brooke Taylor is batting .492. … Senior Danae King is batting .518 with 28 RBI’s. … Junior catcher Whitney Chamberlin is hitting .517 with 30 RBI’s. … Freshman Hanna Krosky is hitting .521. … Val Vidal is 9-2 on the mound with a 1.20 ERA.
Cactus: Senior P/SS Morgan Renyer (.403 ave., .471 OB%, 20 runs, 10 RBI, 6-5 in 87 1/3 inning with 87 K’s, 2.56 ERA), sophomore P/2B Tatumn Porras (.395 ave., .446 OB%, .618 slugging, 21 runs, .947 fielding, 10-2 in 64 1.3 innings with 49 K’s, 1.74 ERA), sophomore CF Alexis Malave (.384 ave., .413 on base percentage, 12 runs, 1.000 fielding), junior 2B/SS Sedona Wyse (.351 ave., 9-10 SB), sophomore C Briley Feringa (.993 fielding, throwing out 50 percent of runners). … “Keys to success: team cohesiveness, work ethic, solid defense, good pitching when needed most, team hitting (moving runners, sac bunts, timely hitting) and most important, players who are good teammates to one another,” coach Bartt Underwood said.
Raymond S. Kellis: Senior Jessica Jantz (.484 ave., 8 doubles, .516 OBP, .719 slugging), Jessica Rojo (1.45 ERA, 62 K’s), sophomore Rose Jaramillo (.526 ave., 10 doubles, 20 RBI, .877 slugging), senior Taylor Uden (.491 ave., 23 RBI, 10 doubles, .906) are the team’s stat leaders. … “(Rojo) worked hard in the offseason, and she has shown she is capable of taking control of opposing batters,” coach Shawn Sullivan said. “Secondly, we are a year older and little more seasoned. We have a core of seniors, and they are exceptional leaders to our underclassmen.”