Gilbert Highland boys basketball coach Jon Shaw has resigned his coaching position after three seasons guiding the Hawks, district athletic director Mark Cisterna confirmed.
Shaw started in the 2004-2005 season after taking over for John Burns, who left for a junior college job in Kansas. Highland posted a 15-14 mark in Shaw’s first season and reached the state playoffs where it lost to eventual state runner-up Phoenix St. Mary’s in the first round. The Hawks missed the state playoffs the past two years going 5-21 and 11-18, respectively.
It may be early, but the Phoenix Desert Vista boys track team definitely got the state’s attention with its win at the Aztec Invitational on Saturday. The Thunder easily beat two-time defending champion Chandler, 172-118.5.
Junior Allante Battle won two events and was second in another, and pole vaulter Shea Kearney cleared 15 feet to win his event. Matt Boughton (1,600) was a winner and Chris Conway and Eric Woodward went 1-2 in the 3,200 meters.
But one big surprise came in the throws, where brothers Steven and Chris Figueroa helped the Thunder rack up a combined 26 points in the shot and discus, events that have not been strong areas for the team in the past.
Chandler was without its top thrower, Cameron Jordan, and its top sprinter, Mikhail Barton, pulled up in the 400-meter relay with cramps in his legs. But even if those two were at full speed, the Wolves would have been hard-pressed to make up the difference.
The Chandler girls, on the other hand, got big contributions from some new faces to win with 157 points, well ahead of second-place Mesa Mountain View (134).
Some prominent new faces were Angela Reyes and Chinequa Lee, who were first and third in the 200, respectively, and Quiana Jackson, who won the 800. Chandler also swept the relay events.
Scottsdale Saguaro safety Max Tabach has signed with Glendale Community College. Tabach set a 4A record with 16 interceptions for the state champion Sabercats, but could not find a Division I collegiate fit.
Saguaro defensive back Chris Soto has committed to play at Scottsdale Community College. Another local product moving on to a local community college is Gilbert Higley offensive lineman Gannon Conway, who recently signed with Mesa.