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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:23 am

James Contes is a good student with plenty of academic college options, but nothing yet for football.

The Corona del Sol running back and many other high school peers will get a final chance to show their worth in the Canyon-Coast Classic All-Star Game against elite Southern California high school competition on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif.

This game has generally been played in the summer, long after National Letter of Intent Signing Day. The coaches moved it up to get unsigned players a final look and to get out of the heat, but it didn’t come without headaches.

Several Arizona high school coaches were scheduled to lead the team, but an Arizona Interscholastic Association bylaw forbids high school coaches to be involved when All-Star games are conducted during the school year.

To avoid any sanctions, junior college coaches are now taking over and will be coaching the Arizona standouts.

“I don’t know all the rules,” Corona del Sol coach Tom Joseph said. “Here’s what I always say: I’m doing this for kids. I’m not doing this to feed my ego. We just want to do what’s best for the kids.”

Although the coaching situation has been ironed out for the moment, there have still been problems. Since schools can’t be involved, for instance, the players can only use equipment they have bought themselves.

However, despite the hurdles, the local standouts are in California now and prepared to hit the gridiron in a high school setting one final time.

Last season, former Hamilton defensive tackle Jaxon Hood performed so well in practices and in the Semper Fi All-American Game that he picked up late scholarship offers from Arizona and Arizona State.

For some of the players involved, any offer would be welcomed.

“It’s definitely like a showcase,” Contes said. “You’re playing with a lot of kids who have a good amount of skill instead of your high school team where anyone can make it. It’s a good game to step it up.”


Arizona Roster

Name                             School                Pos.

Kyle Woolard             Desert Edge           DB/RB

Drake Danielson        Queen Creek            DL

Richard Becerra        Marcos de Niza          OL

Charlie Renfree              Brophy                 OL

Parker Zellers            Notre Dame              DL

Nick Brown                   Florence             WR/RB

Tyler Eggers                 Hamilton               WR

Landry Payne            Mtn. Pointe            LB/DB

Tyler Williams         Ironwood Ridge        DB/QB

Robert Coleman     Ironwood Ridge          OL

Devon Brunetti            Saguaro                OL

Garette Craig            Mtn. Pointe           DB/RB

Kolby Gregory           Mtn. Ridge                K

Seivion Morris            Westview             DB/RB

Antonio Diggs            Millennium              LB

Andrew Curtis             Brophy                  LB

Antonio Zepeda       Camelback             DL/TE

Robert Relf                  Brophy                  LB

A.J. Thigpen              Hamilton                QB/P

Billy Nichols               Pinnacle                  OL

Patrick Johnson    Paradise Valley            OL

Brandon Murphy        Liberty                   WR

Kani Benoit            Thunderbird               RB

R.J. Tui                    Desert Edge              DL

Trevor Osborne  Northwest Christian   DB/WR

Ardis Palmer          Westview                DL/TE

Tyler Rogers             Liberty                   QB/P

Travonn White       Mtn. Pointe               DB

Frank Ogas             Morenci                    DL

Cody King            Desert Ridge               OL

James Contes    Corona del Sol              RB

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