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  • Dobson Invitational Tournament boys volleyball schedule

    The 2nd version of the Dobson Invitational Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 25 at Dobson High School (1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa)The all-day tournament has expanded to 12 teams this year with a new format. All matches will be played in either the Main Gym (west half and east half) or Auxiliary Gym.Pool A:  Basha, Combs, Ironwood, Mesquite, Queen Creek, WestwoodPool B:  Campo Verde, Dobson, Poston Butte, Notre Dame, Scottsdale Christian, SkylinePOOL PLAY SCHEDULE8 a.m.: Westwood vs. Combs (West gym); Basha vs. Queen Creek (East gym); Ironwood vs. Mesquite (Aux. gym)

  • 2013-2014 All-Tribune Boys Basketball

    All-Tribune First TeamName                          School         Yr.  Pos.  CommentJake Toolson              Highland        Sr.     F     BYU-bound forward and two-time All-State player averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assistsPayton Dastrup    Mountain View    Sr.     F     Improved his outside shot to compliment interior dominance; averaged 16.5 points and 13 reboundsKodi Justice                Dobson          Sr.    G     ASU has a versatile (15.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.8 blocks) player on the wayCasey Benson       Corona del Sol   Sr.     G    Former Player of Year and POY candidate arguably the best postseason player in AZ hoops history.

  • 2013-2014 Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Markus Howard

    The freshman may have scored 23 points per game and led a relatively young school to its first boys basketball state semifinal in school history, but Markus Howard is pretty cognizant of making an assist first.He averaged nearly three of those per game during the 2013-14 season, but when a conversation begins with Markus, he invariably deferred to the older brother.Jordan Howard was “the guy” at Perry until his younger brother arrived, and while the older Howard became more of a facilitator and leader, Markus immediately became something the East Valley hasn’t seen from a freshman basketball player in at least a decade.The attention surrounding Markus grew with each passing 20- or 30-point game — both he and Perry coach Joe Babinski noted the 40 points he scored early in the season against eventual state-semifinalist Dobson as an “arrival” — but Markus’ rapid ascension to being a premier player in Arizona and the 2013-14 Tribune Player of the Year was always flanked with the knowledge his older brother’s selflessness and sacrifices helped make it happen.“Jordan was always understanding with any situation,” Markus said. “The way he handled it was unbelievable and I think it was unselfish to figure out it was best for the team, to be an all-around player and not just a scorer. But to let me do what I can do, he’s real mature and did what it took to win games.”Perry won a lot of them (26) until eventual-champion Corona del Sol ended the Pumas’ run. Markus was often unstoppable in the process. He scored not only in bulk (he scored at least 30 points five times and at least 20 points 16 times) and efficiently (51 percent shooting), but he did it in the waning seconds on multiple occasions.

  • Gerald Todd knows what Basha football has been, could become

    Fitting for a guy with a background in coaching running backs, enthusiasm figuratively sprinted its way out of Gerald Todd’s mouth.Amid external pressures and expectations of Basha’s new football coach and longtime assistant — a hire made by the school Wednesday to replace Bernie Busken given some of the other names we heard in this process — time will tell how long the proverbial “pep” in Todd’s step sustains itself. But the man has a plan.His father was a coach, and he noted his time spent in Texas and New Mexico before coming to Basha as an assistant in 2006 helped groom his interest and understanding of the differences between being “on staff” and “the guy.” Having taken bits and pieces from Busken and Tim McBurney before then, Todd’s goals for Basha are a return to championship contention status at a faster pace of play, done by kids with character who are in the classroom.“We put out, as a (Chandler district), some of the best talent in the state,” Todd said. “Players go where they want and as a district we try to make sure the kids are getting the best experience. I like those in my backyard like the other three (Chandler, Hamilton and Perry) as well. We’ll compete with what we’ve got.”His background, however, offers no guarantee it’ll be done by running the ball. The Bears have some promising pieces in place at receiver along with Ryan Kelley and Jace Plant at quarterback.But that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse. It’ll take a couple weeks for a staff to be formulated and finalized — likely an even mix of current Basha assistants and those from the outside.

  • Higley softball 'pink out' honors coach

    Pink stands for strength in the Higley Lady Knights softball team.The Lady Knights surprised their coach, Patti Smith, on April 3 when they organized a “pink out,” complete with pink shirts, banners, pink bases and balloons.“With her surviving cancer 9 years in the summer, it’s to honor her. We love Coach Smith. It’s fun. It’s fun to decorate the field,” said senior Mackenzie Magee.It’s the third year in a row the Lady Knights have honored Coach Smith with a “day of pink.”“Coach Smith is an inspiring person. She is always so positive and wants the best for us. We all appreciate her and look up to her for that,” said senior Tori “Anne” Day.Coach Smith said she appreciates the team effort, as well as their desire to continue to raise awareness of breast cancer.

  • Basha promotes Gerald Todd as new football coach

    Through all the swirling rumors and guessing games, Basha stayed inside the walls.Gerald Todd was named the third football coach in school history on Wednesday morning, according to an email from athletic director Brent Rincon.Todd has been at Basha since 2006, where he has served as an assistant under former coaches Tim McBurney and Bernie Busken, and as a social studies teacher.Todd takes over for Busken, who resigned last month after four years at the school, including a 6-6 record in 2013. Spring football begins in a couple weeks.Prior to coming to Basha, Todd had a couple stints at Carlsbad High (N.M.) as both a teacher and an assistant coach (1997-99, 2001-06) with running backs, and later as offensive coordinator. He also coached in Texas from 1992-1995 and 1999-2001.Todd played and began his coaching career at Abilene Christian University (Tex.) in the early-to-mid 1990s.  He graduated from Abilene Christian with a degree in political science in 1989 and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from New Mexico State in 2002.

  • Basha promotes Gerald Todd as new football coach

    Through all the swirling rumors and guessing games, Basha stayed inside the walls.Gerald Todd was named the third football coach in school history on Wednesday morning, according to an email from athletic director Brent Rincon.Todd has been at Basha since 2006, where he has served as an assistant under former coaches Tim McBurney and Bernie Busken, and as a social studies teacher.Todd takes over for Busken, who resigned last month after four years at the school, including a 6-6 record in 2013. Spring football begins in a couple weeks.Prior to coming to Basha, Todd had a couple stints at Carlsbad High (N.M.) as both a teacher and an assistant coach (1997-99, 2001-06) with running backs, and later as offensive coordinator. He also coached in Texas from 1992-1995 and 1999-2001.Todd played and began his coaching career at Abilene Christian University (Tex.) in the early-to-mid 1990s.  He graduated from Abilene Christian with a degree in political science in 1989 and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from New Mexico State in 2002.

  • Red Mountain track sets school records

    In coaching circles, the cliché regarding exceptional athletes is, “This kind of athlete does not come along very often.” For the Red Mountain High School Girls’ Track Team, the saying would be, “These kinds of athletes do not come along very often together.” Enter seniors Tayler Jameson, Abbie Sharkey, and Kristiana Warth, a trio of pole vaulters who have been competing at the highest levels in the state for several years. With all three clearing 12 feet in the indoor season, the girls are in rare company in terms of the number of athletes over a mark for a season at one school.Much of the credit is of course due to their dedication to their discipline, but they’ve had help along the way from current pole vault coaches Cara Manis and Blair Howland as well as elite vaulters Dean and Jill Starkey. Combined with an early start in vaulting years ago, the results thus far in their careers is quite noticeable. “All of our coaches have done a great job pushing us to big meets,” says Warth. “It has been great having all three of us at those meets to push each other and make sure that we support each other on our best and worst days.”What is more amazing is their ability not only to push and support each other on the track, but also in the classroom. With GPA’s of 3.64, 3.952, and 4.729, and class ranks of 163, 90, and 6, Warth, Jameson and Sharkey, respectively, each lady has opened opportunities to progress to college and be successful. “My commitment to track gives me less time for homework, but it forces me to make good decisions about the time I dedicate to homework,” says Sharkey. “It also makes me more focused when I’m doing homework because I know I need to get it done correctly the first time.”But in all their time at Red Mountain there have been ups and downs for sure in each of their careers. Jameson suffered a stress fracture in her foot her Sophomore year, Warth spent much of her Junior year fighting a quad injury, and Sharkey had a lingering ankle and elbow injury that hampered her results at times. However, as their head coach, Brent Krieg, says, “They have remained positive, upbeat, and always dedicated to the process of improving, learning, and working hard for their goals. They have unconditional support for each other and lead our team both on and off the track.”With the end of the season looming, results are definitely important. However, the ladies remain confident in their bond as athletes. “It helps when we travel to big meets like Arcadia, the Chandler Rotary, and State because we have teammates who are competing right next to each other and we know we have each other’s back,” said Jameson. This is the atmosphere that Red Mountain coaches have instilled since taking over the program. “Our athletes are expected to be supportive of their teammates no matter the event in which they compete. The culture we’ve created in the past couple of years is partly a by-product of these pole vaulters’ willingness to compete against each other while at the same time hoping that each of them does better every meet.”The question will remain whether the formula works by the end of their high school careers, but for the trio of vaulters their grades, training, and competition has led them to several options for the future. Yet, their biggest impact has been to help create a team of athletes who care for each other, work hard, and cherish the success based on process. Truly, “These kinds of athletes do not come along very often together.”

  • 2013-2014 All-Tribune Girls Basketball

    All-Tribune First TeamName                        School          Yr.   Pos.   CommentEmily Wolph         Desert Vista        Sr.     G      POY candidate averaged 15.3 PPG, 2 RPG, 2.2 APG and 2.7 SPG for Div. I state championsCecily Wilson           Mesquite         Sr.     G      Tribune POY was already good defender but made huge strides offensively between junior and senior year to lead elite Div. I teamCamille Zimmerman   Tempe Prep   Sr.     F       Despite double- and triple- teams she averaged 25.4 PPG, 13 RGP and shot 85 percent FT; Headed to Columbia after record-setting seasonJulia Barcello    Seton Catholic      Sr.      F       Gatorade POY in AZ for 2013-2014 averaged a double-double for three consecutive years and Seton’s career leader in rebounds (1,390) and blocks (282); Headed to Colgate in fall

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Boys Basketball

Last Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I Division II
1. Corona del Sol 4-0 Cat. Foothills 5-0
2. Pinnacle 2-0 Gilbert Christian 0-1
3. Mountain View 1-0 Sahuaro 3-2
4. Hamilton 5-0 Shadow Mtn. 4-0
5. Mesa 4-1 Salpointe 4-2
6. Gilbert 3-1 Cienega 0-0
7. Sunnyslope 5-0 Buena 3-0
8. Perry 5-0 Marcos de Niza 0-0
9. Desert Mtn. 2-2 Paradise Valley 3-1
10. Chaparral 2-2 South Mtn.

Girls Basketball

Last Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I Division II
1. Desert Vista 6-0 Saguaro 4-3
2. Dobson 6-0 Bradshaw Mtn. 7-0
3. Hamilton 0-0 Marcos de Niza 4-3
4. Highland 6-1 Mtn. View (Marana) 2-2
5. Westview 5-2 Seton Catholic 6-1
6. Millennium 4-1 Flagstaff 0-1
7. Mtn. Pointe 5-1 Williams Field 5-2
8. Mesquite 5-2 Thunderbird 4-3
9. Mtn. View 3-4 Pusch Ridge 5-0
10. Basha 1-0 Peoria 3-1

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