January 20, 2005
Hamilton High quarterback Travis Dixon has made a verbal commitment to play at UNLV, and four of his teammates are also headed to Division I or Division II schools.
‘‘Travis recently visited there (UNLV), and that’s the place he wanted to go from the start,’’ Hamilton coach John Wrenn said.
Dixon was a first-team All-Tribune selection last fall and helped guide Hamilton to its second consecutive 5A state title in December. Dixon amassed 2,841 yards rushing and passing for the Huskies, accounting for 36 touchdowns in the process. He was recently named Phoenix metro quarterback of the year by Phoenix Metro Football.
Wrenn also said wideout Mekell Wesley has committed to San Diego State after taking a final visit to Oregon. Wesley, a first-team All-Tribune selection, had just more than 1,000 yards receiving this past season and scored 10 touchdowns. Linebacker Jimmy Rogers, another first-team All-Tribune choice, is leaning toward Division II South Dakota State. Defensive back Daniel Hill will play at Air Force. Earlier this month, lineman Chris Hegge orally committed to Nevada.
Highland High tight end Shaun Fitzpatrick has committed to Northern Arizona. Fitzpatrick led the Hawks with 45 receptions for 602 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
No TV for Toros-’Rabbits
rematch: Cox 9 had interest in televising the second boys basketball meeting between Mountain View and Mesa on Feb. 8, but a busy week for the local cable channel won’t allow it to do the broadcast.
Doing a wrap-up show on the FBR Open and committed to broadcasting the state wrestling championships later that week prevents Cox 9 from showing the game.
Good grades, too: Playing in the tough Fiesta Region, Highland is 7-8-1 overall and 1-2 in the region. The Hawks are young but made it to the final day of the Fiesta Bowl and Mustang tournaments, placing fourth in the Dobson tourney.
With five freshmen and four sophomores among his regulars, coach Tim Barmettler doesn’t have a lot of experience, but the team certainly doesn’t lack prowess in the classroom. Barmettler proudly says the Hawks have a team grade point average of 3.51 after the first semester.
- Tribune correspondent Al Bravo contributed to this report.