Doping expert Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen presented the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board with the draft of a position statement on dietary supplements at Monday’s meeting.
Stray-Gundersen spent several years as a medical adviser for the Norwegian Olympic Committee.
After discussing the position statement with AIA member schools, the board expects to approve it at either its Nov. 17 or Dec. 15 meeting.
While the language may be altered slightly, the main points are as follows:
• The AIA believes that a balanced diet will meet the nutritional needs of most studentathletes.
• Nutritional supplements are rarely, if ever, needed to replace a healthy diet.
• Supplements administered for specific medical conditions may be given individual consideration.
• The AIA strongly opposes doping, which they define as the use of medications or procedures for the purpose of enhancing performance. These procedures are considered unethical.
• There is no place for recreational drug use in high school athletics and the AIA supports any legal recourse taken against students abusing such drugs.
While the AIA does not expect to implement a banned substance list or drug testing at all member schools this year, executive director Harold Slemmer said the association’s stance on supplements will continue to evolve and could eventually include both elements.
The Firebirds’ John Peel tied the state record last Friday, for any class, for career touchdown receptions when he caught three TDs to reach 35 for his career. Damian Sogovia of Phoenix Greenway caught 35 TDs from 1993-95. Peel, a senior, has two regularseason games left plus the playoffs.
Desert Mountain big man Chad Goldstein has verbally committed to UC Davis. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward chose UC Davis over Northern Arizona and Northwestern. Goldstein, an All-Tribune honorable mention selection as a junior, led the Wolves to their first state tournament berth since 2000 last season.
Wolves running back/defensive back Derrick Richardson could return to action this week after missing two games with a high ankle sprain. Chandler coach Jim Ewan said Richardson could get clearance by Wednesday to return to practice. If he does, Ewan said it’s likely Richardson will be limited to the defensive side of the ball as the Wolves gradually return him to the lineup.
Chandler (5-2) visits Mesquite (4-3) on Friday in a 5A Fiesta Region game. The Wolves have won games over Gilbert and Casa Grande without Richardson, who left early in the Mountain Pointe game on Oct. 3 with the sprain. The Wolves lost that game, 20-7.
MARCOS DE NIZA
Ineligibility and injuries have forced Padres football coach Mike Maluski to juggle his running backs.
Maurice Turner is still the main man at fullback, but Cody Hale has moved from wingback to halfback and Luke Hasenwinkle has taken over the wingback spot. Terrance Hooks is splitting time between halfback and fullback. All four players are expected to be able to play out of position if needed. "It’s not what we’d like to do, but we don’t have much choice," Maluski said.
CORONA DEL SOL
Aztecs quarterback Blaise Johnson missed his second consecutive start with a high ankle sprain Friday.
With Johnson on the sideline, Jake Nero has led Corona to backto-back wins and earned the confidence of his teammates. Nero is not as fleet of foot as his predecessor, but he makes good decisions with his throws and at 6-foot-1 he sees the field well.
"He just seems to do things right like a quarterback has to do. The kids believe he can do it," Corona coach Gary Venturo said. Johnson’s return date has not been set, and he may move to running back upon returning.
- Staff writers Les Willsey, Brad Falduto and Matt Simpson contributed to this report.