Mesa Red Mountain filled its vacant varsity wrestling position this week, hiring Mesa assistant Dave DiDomenico.
DiDomenico replaces Nick Karantinos, who resigned in February to spend more time with his family after a 15-year stint as coach of the Mountain Lions. DiDomenico has served as an assistant to Bobby Williams the past four seasons at Mesa. Mesa won the 5A Division I state team title the past two seasons.
DiDomenico, who teaches social studies, brings 17 years of coaching experience to Red Mountain, where he served as an assistant coach earlier this decade.
JOHNSON MOVING ON
Former Chandler High boys and girls swimming coach Richard Johnson will join the coaching staff at Mesa Skyline this fall. Johnson resigned earlier this spring after a long tenure at Chandler. He will join Skyline boys coach Pete Caruso and girls coach Kathy Myrmel.
BASEBALL all-state teams
The Arizona Baseball Coaches Association selected its all-state teams for 2007 with a number of first-team and second-team choices from the East Valley and Scottsdale.
Players selected to the 5A first team are player of the year Tim Alderson, P, Scottsdale Horizon; Kevin Rhoderick, P, Horizon; Devin Fuller, P, Gilbert; Andrew Pollak, C, Tempe Corona del Sol; Josh Garcia, 1B, Riccio Torrez, 2B, and Matt Newman, OF, Phoenix Brophy; Dean Espy, 3B, Red Mountain; Phil Konieczny, DH, Phoenix Mountain Pointe; Mickey McConnell, UT, Mesa Dobson; and Kevin Odom, SS, Casa Grande.
Class 4A first-teamers are player of the year Jake Schlander, SS, Scottsdale Chaparral, Casey Lytle, OF, and Danny Coulombe, P, Chaparral; Joe Jacobson, 1B, and Colby Eaton, 2B, Scottsdale Coronado; Torrey Jacoby, SS, Scottsdale Notre Dame and Jimmy Patterson, OF-P, Tempe McClintock.
Class 3A first-teamers are co-player of the year Jason Demore, SS, Ryan Guy, P, and Kyle Harless, OF, Fountain Hills; and Greg Paddock, SS, Coolidge. 2A first-teamers are Koby Tempe, 3B, and Tanner Allen, SS, Chandler Valley Christian and Tim Linamen, OF, Scottsdale Christian.
Basketball all-star games
The Arizona Basketball Coaches Association will conduct its annual 3A-1A and 5A-4A boys all-star games Saturday at Skyline.
The 3A-1A game is at 2 p.m., followed at 4 p.m. by the 5A-4A contest. A truckload of local players dot the 5A North and South rosters. Playing for the South are Mesa Mountain View’s Harper Kamp and Kendall Wallace; Dobson’s Mickey McConnell and Kramer Knutson; Phoenix Desert Vista’s Ty Abbott and Garrett Lever; Gilbert’s Maurice Jackson; Corona del Sol’s Brad Carroll, Mesa’s Benzel Jackson and Tempe Marcos de Niza’s Waylon Towns. Competing for the North are Scottsdale Desert Mountain’s Kelly Bardet; Paradise Valley’s Javon Jones; Notre Dame’s Tom Fow and Horizon’s Matt Dietrich.
Mesa AD of the year
The Mesa schools’ athletic directors selected Westwood’s Thad Gates as its region’s athletic director of the year. Gates just completed his fourth year as the Warriors AD.
ST. MARY’S SIGNEES
Several Phoenix St. Mary’s students signed letters of intent for next fall. Football signees include Josh Means (Western New Mexico), Jason Owens (Alcorn State), Josh Felton and Josh Smith (Phoenix College) and Paul Dankowski (Glendale CC). Volleyball player Ariel Carmichael and soccer player Victoria Albaricin will both attend Holy Names University, and girls basketball guard Lonnie Sanchez will play at Central Arizona College.