Save for any unexpected revelations, it appears the Chandler Valley Christian football program is in the clear.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board accepted Valley Christian’s report on a possible unreported recruiting violation Monday, meaning Valley Christian will not be punished.
“As of right now, this case is over,” said Chuck Schmidt, the assistant executive director of the AIA. “To re-open it would be up to the board.”
The alleged violation involved quarterback Rob Brown and assistant coach Kelvin Liermann. Liermann coached at Maricopa last season and Brown was enrolled there for a short time but never set foot on the field.
The allegations claimed that after Liermann’s contract was not renewed by Maricopa, he encouraged Brown and two other players to transfer to Valley Christian, though he was not on either school’s staff.
Valley Christian forfeited its first three games this season after Brown was ruled ineligible, but the issues were cleared up and Brown played in Valley Christian’s remaining games.
Valley Christian athletic director Marlin Broek declined to comment until he receives official word from the AIA on the outcome.
The board will discuss a bylaw proposal in future meetings that would add a third party to investigate cases such as this “to give another dimension to the board,” Schmidt said.
Other states have adopted the policy with success, Schmidt said.
In other news from the executive board meeting, the Gilbert football program was placed on advisement and Gilbert Mesquite’s football program was warned for their fight in the teams’ regular season finale on Nov. 3. Citing videotaped evidence, AIA executive director Harold Slemmer said “Mesquite was definitely more involved” in instigating the fight. A warning is a more severe punishment and could put Mesquite in jeopardy of not winning any type of overall excellence awards from the AIA.
Gilbert Highland beat host Winslow to capture the Winslow Winter Classic Saturday. Morgan Wohltman scored 14 points to lead a balanced effort for Highland in the title game.
Phoenix Xavier knocked off defending 4A Division I champ Glendale Cactus to win the Deer Valley Invitational. In the semifinals, the Gators beat Glendale Deer Valley, which was last year’s 5A-II champ. The Gators are 8-1 this season and ranked fifth in 5A-I.
Even though Mesa Mountain View suffered its first loss of the season, Toros coach Gary Ernst was pleased with the play and effort his team displayed at the Maldonado Classic in Reno, Nev., this past weekend. The Toros finished third and won three of four games.
The matchup Ernst hoped for in the semifinals — against Artesia, Calif. — materialized, giving the Toros their toughest test so far.
“We were up two with 2 1/2 minutes to go,” Ernst said. “Down the stretch we had trouble stopping them. We did a really good job of defending (Arizona State bound) James Harden the first half. But he took over in the second half. We didn’t have an answer for him.”
Mountain View’s standouts from their 2005 and 2006 state championship teams, Harper Kamp and Kendall Wallace, also impressed. Kamp averaged 19 points per game and Wallace 18.
Alexa Daiutolo had a week to remember two weeks ago. The Tempe Corona del Sol senior set a school record with six assists in a 6-0 win against Phoenix North Canyon Dec. 4. She followed with a goal and two assists Dec. 8 in a 4-0 victory against Glendale Ironwood in the Diablos Soccer Classic and scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory against Phoenix Desert Vista Dec. 9.
Daiutolo is now the school’s all-time leader in assists (49) and is second on the school’s all-time points list (113).
Mountain View enjoyed a profitable weekend in Las Vegas. The Toros finished second in the 59-team Las Vegas Holiday Wrestling Classic behind California powerhouse Sultana (Hesperia).
The biggest surprise for the Toros came from Ridge Nielsen, who finished second at 215 pounds, going 5-1.
Nielsen had just two days of practice after wrapping up football on Dec. 9 and had not wrestled since the ninth grade. One of his wins came against the top seed in his weight class.
Other top finishers for Mountain View were Juan Carlos Sanchez (103) and Jadon Johnson (135), who both placed third, and Joe Farnsworth Jr., who was fourth at 189.
Staff writers Steve Burks, Mark Heller and Les Willsey contributed to this report.