Champions have been crowned, seniors have graduated and fall prep sports teams have begun preparations for the upcoming season in August.
Now that the school year has officially come to a close, it presents an opportunity to look back at some of the top programs from each school this spring.
Here’s a look at how all of the Chandler-area high schools fared this spring.
Chandler added three more championship trophies this spring, as the boys volleyball team and both the boys and girls track and field teams won state titles. It was the fourth straight title for the girls, which has evolved into one of the most dominant programs in the state. The boys volleyball program got redemption from last season by beating Mountain View in five sets.
Hamilton’s baseball program was one of the teams to beat heading into the 2019 season, and the Huskies proved why in the state tournament. After waiting three hours and 40 minutes to play, the Huskies dominated Corona del Sol to win its seventh in program history. Hamilton’s girls tennis team advanced to the state title game in the division I tournament, but lost to Xavier Prep. Neil Bhardwaja and Rahul Bhat won the boys doubles title by beating Brophy.
Basha’s beach volleyball program nearly took home a state title in the pairs tournament, as Haley Carrington and Sam Drewry fell to Desert Vista’s pairs team to take home the second-place trophy. Camden Mateen anchored Basha’s boys track and field team at the state meet in May with a gold-medal win in long jump. His teammate, Connor Ivie, placed second in triple jump. Basha finished eighth overall at the meet with 33 points.
Several boys and girls in Casteel’s track and field program medaled at the state meet in May. The boys relay team placed first in the 4x100-meter relay and second in the 4x400. Matthew Abramson took silver in the 400-meter, while Taylor Starkey and Tyla Biggs each placed first in pole vault and javelin. The boys finished second overall, while the girls finished third. Other notable performances include the boys volleyball program, which advanced to the 5A semifinals but lost to eventual champion Campo Verde.
Like Casteel, Perry’s athletics program has become one of the best in the state in short order. The beach volleyball program advanced to the division I state championship for the second year in a row, but fell to Xavier in five sets. The Pumas won the title last season. The baseball program, playing with heavy hearts all season as Jacob Medina, a former player, battled leukemia, made it to the 6A tournament but fell to Basha in the first round.
Valley Christian’s track and field program stood among the top in the state once again, as the boys captured their second straight title and the girls finished third. The boys relay team placed first in the 4x100-meter and 4x400 to help clinch the title. Logan Kelley also played a vital role with his first-place finish in pole vault. On the girls’ side, Rebecca Smith also won the pole vault title, while Chloe Fraley took first in javelin.
Seton Catholic’s boys track and field team won gold in the 4x100-meter relay at the state meet. The win set the stage for the Sentinels to place seventh overall in the team standings. Seton Catholic’s baseball program advanced to the 4A semifinals before falling to rival Mesquite.
Arizona College Prep
Arizona College Prep’s beach volleyball team pushed Fountain Hills, the previous two-time defending champion, to five sets in the semifinals before losing. Krista Rowan and Daria Sukhareva advanced to the pairs state title game but finished second after losing to Salpointe Catholic’s pairs.
Chandler Prep’s Sangeet Bhalla represented the Titans in the division III tennis singles championships match. The second-ranked player heading into the tournament, Bhalla ran the table but ultimately fell to top-seeded Sofia Fetsis from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. At the state track and field meet in May, Isaiah Usher placed first in division IV javelin. On the girls’ side, Olivia Mountain placed second in the 800-meter run and third in the 1600m. Nicole Spencer-Walters placed second in discus.