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The East Valley has hundreds of athletes who will move on to play college sports, a few might eventually reach the professional ranks. Needless to say, paring down a list of the top players from the 2012-13 school year was no easy task. However, there were five females that stood out above the rest, either for their complete dominance in one sport or their ability to compete at the highest level in different ones.
Kaylah Lupoe is a bit shy, has a smile that can break an iceberg let alone the ice, and a nasty streak that disrupts the most cohesive of offenses.
All-Tribune First Team
St. Mary's Courtney Ekmark (right) and Pinnacle's Sydney Wiese were both All-Tribune first-team selections.
After tinkering around awhile, St. Mary's put its foot down and held up another trophy.
Highland's Kayla Miranda,left, guards Pinnacle's Sydney Wiese during the Division I semifinal game at Wells Fargo Arena, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Highland's Olivia Lucero, left, brings the ball up the court while being guarded by Pinnacle's Sydney Wiese in the Division I semifinal game at Wells Fargo Arena, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Perhaps it's because the senior year for a core group of Pinnacle girls basketball players. Perhaps it's because that same core group has been in championship games three times and had its collective heartbroken each time.
Pinnacle had a height advantage and good game plan in its Division I state girls quarterfinal matchup with Dobson on Monday afternoon.
Beep-beep and Pinnacle was running the floor in the Division I girls state basketball tournament Friday night.
As was the case back on Nov. 24 when Pinnacle and Mountain Pointe got together in the championship game of the Lady Hawk Basketball Tournament, Saturday’s Division I, Section III girls final showcased two of the bigger stars in Arizona: the Pioneers’ Sydney Wiese and the Pride’s Kayla Lupoe.
If this is Chantel Osahor hobbled, pity be to those who face her at full strength.
MLK Basketball Classic
Years ago, coach Nick Markette had the Hamilton boys soccer team over to his house for dinner.
It took a while for Gilbert’s boys soccer team to score, but in the end the result was more of the same.
Pinnacle advanced to the semifinals of the Nike Tournament of Champions on Thursday with a 70-57 win over Salesian High School (CA) at Basha High School.
Devante Walker and Zack Patton combined to score 43 of Campo Verde’s 69 points to lead the Coyotes to a slim 69-65 overtime victory versus visiting Higley on Thursday.
Chandler Prep's Travis Farschman hit his seventh three-point shot of the game with 15 seconds left in overtime and teammate Jack Hanson stole the ball seconds later to clinch a 62-59 victory over visiting Canyon State, Tuesday.
During the first 16 minutes of play Saturday night, something was clearly not right with Pinnacle senior guard Sydney Wiese.
Not many teams can lose a pair of college-bound stars and be just as good as the year before.
All-Tribune First Team
Using a swarming pressure defense and an opportunistic fast-break offense, No. 7 Dobson defeated No.10 Pinnacle 62-35 in the second round of the Division I girls state basketball tournament at Dobson.
Jaron Hopkins scored 26 points and Torren Jones added 25 points and a school-record 22 rebounds as visiting-Basha beat Yuma Kofa, 73-51, on Thursday night.
The top of the Division I girls basketball scene will have a familiar look this season, as many of the top six seeds from last year's 5A Division I state tournament have significant talent returning.