November 9, 2004
The Mesa rivalry of top public schools is alive and well in boys swimming.
The Toros finished second to juggernaut Phoenix Brophy at Saturday’s 5A state meet but needed to hold off Dobson in the final relay to secure second.
Going into the relay, Mountain View led Dobson, 159-148.5, and although the Mustangs finished fifth while the Toros were seventh, it wasn’t enough to overcome the difference.
Dobson actually finished ahead of Mountain View in two of the three relays but had 10 qualifiers competing on the second day to Mountain View’s 12 and two divers.
With the two teams seeing each other in dual meets, at the Mesa Relays, the city meet and the East Valley regional meet, the rivalry looks intact.
Mountain View has finished second in the state three times in the last five years while Dobson was second last year and is the only school other than Brophy to win the state title since 1979.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Brophy’s pool: The dominating Brophy boys swimming program certainly showed its prowess on Saturday, matching its state record 515-point total on Saturday and setting two state relay records in the process.
Consensus swimmer of the year Alex Righi dropped .02 of a second off his 100 backstroke record he set in qualifying on Friday.
Righi also swam the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay in 20.31, just .01 off the state record for the 50 set by Olympic gold medalist Gary Hall Jr.
Falcons-Firebirds derailed: The rivalry may be over before it started.
Cactus Shadows volleyball coach Karen Sitkiewicz noted that some people were making a rivalry out of Chaparral vs. Cactus Shadows as a result of their meeting in the 2003 state final. However, that’s the only time they’ve met outside of in-season invitationals.
Although she and her team were looking forward to meeting again in the 2004 championship, the Falcons were beaten in the quarterfinals on Thursday by Goodyear Millennium.
With Cactus Shadows likely headed for 4A’s Division II, chances are the Falcons and Firebirds won’t meet again soon.
"It’s disappointing because of the split that this won’t become a rivalry," Sitkiewicz said.
Scottsdale Quarterback Club honorees: Coronado’s Eric Beltran and Chaparral’s Matt Boatman are the Scottsdale Quarterback Club’s offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Beltran rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries in a victory over Desert Ridge. Boatman had 14 solo tackles in a win over Arcadia.
Beltran and Boatman will be honored at an upcoming luncheon at the Elks Club, Oak and 64th streets in Scottsdale.
- Staff writer Brad Falduto contributed to this report.