Coronado coach B.J. Pasquel and his Dons got a nasty surprise when they assembled for their first practice Monday. There was no locker room, no training room or ice available, apparently no water and the field at the school was unplayable.
Coronado is being rebuilt and looks more like a construction site than a school. Pasquel figured that meant his team would be in for a few inconveniences. He certainly didn't expect there wouldn't be water available or that the field would be rock hard because it had not been watered much over the summer.
"There is no water for these kids, so coaches are buying water, bringing ice," Pasquel said. "I know there are two other high schools (Arcadia and Saguaro) in the Scottsdale school district that are under construction. They don't have these problems. "I'm not one of those guys to cry about stuff. You make the best of your situation, but we're getting shafted."
Pasquel enlisted the help of his players' parents to bug the Scottsdale Unified School District about the problems.
"Our kids did a very nice job of going home and talking to mom and dad," Pasquel said, "because this is like most districts, the louder the parents are.. . . More often than not our parents don't say two words, but they did and I'm glad they did. They called. They sent e-mails."
Apparently, their cries were answered. Pasquel said sprinklers on the field were turned on Thursday morning.
Dave Peterson, the chief of facilities and finance for the Scottsdale Unified School District, said the whole fiasco was due to miscommunication. Peterson said the water had to be turned off recently due to demolition but that the field still was watered by truck. As for locker rooms, Peterson said they should be open by next Monday.
Chandler Basha is the only local 5A school playing 11 games this season. The Bears picked up Chandler Hamilton's game with Tucson High enabling Hamilton to play out of state in Ohio in mid-September.
Schools playing 11 games must declare prior to their season opener which game won't count toward their 2006 power-point ranking.
‘‘We're still looking it over, debating it,’’ Basha coach Tim McBurney said.
Ten games is the maximum that count toward computing power-point rankings. Basha's other opponents are Mesa Dobson, Phoenix North Canyon, Tucson Sunnyside, Yuma Cibola, Gilbert, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Laveen Cesar Chavez, Tempe Marcos de Niza, Tempe Corona del Sol and Phoenix Desert Vista.