Post player Marisa Stotler has given a verbal commitment to play at Washington State next fall, Dobson High girls basketball coach Tyler Dumas said.
Stotler, who will be a starter for the Mustangs for the fourth straight year when the season begins in November, had narrowed her choices to Washington State, Colorado State and San Diego State. After a home visit by Washington State, Stotler knew where she wanted to go and canceled a trip to San Diego State.
"She’s had a great summer, and really impressed people," Dumas said. "She went through the clearing house in July, took the SAT and did well and she has like a 3.9 GPA. She’s pretty happy about how things turned out."
Stotler is averaging in double figures in scoring and rebounding in her career. She’s been a first-team All-East Valley Region selection each of the past two years. She was good enough as a freshman at Hendrix Junior High to be elevated to the varsity that season.
Up and coming: Discussions of who are the area 4A powerhouses usually begin and end with Chaparral and Cactus Shadows. Chaparral is the defending state champion and having another good season, while Cactus Shadows may be better than the Firebirds this year.
Those discussions, though, should include another East Valley team which quietly has put itself on par with the other aforementioned powers — Arcadia. It almost seems like a secret that the Titans are off to a roaring 22-4 start.
"I couldn’t have said it better myself," said Arcadia coach Josh Olshan when told his team has flown under the radar this season. "I think part of it is we’re just such a small school. But we aren’t playing that way."
Indeed, the Titans’ resumé includes a split of two matches with Chaparral, a second-place finish at the Peoria Sunrise Mountain tournament and making it to the semifinals of the prestigious Cactus Shadows tournament.
Leading the way for the Titans have been sisters Megan and Melissa Toth, Kristen Hayes and Claire Kosters.
Rip-roaring ’Rabbits: Mesa High is the toast of the 5A East Valley Region at the halfway point of the region season. The Jackrabbits, always a contender in the region with Mountain View and Westwood, sport an 18-3 record heading into tonight’s match against Skyline. They are No. 5 in the most recent 5A Division I power rankings.
Mesa performed well at the Westwood Tournament of Champions a month ago, winning the Silver Division. The Jackrabbits won the Pima Roughrider Invitational this past weekend that featured 26 teams, mostly small schools.
The only blemish is a 1-3 mark against top-15 5A schools. Those are the teams the Jackrabbits must beat when the state tournament comes around in a month.
Mesquite players commit:
Mesquite seniors Seth Furmanek and Ronnie Welty have made verbal commitments to play college baseball. Furmanek chose the University of Portland and Welty opted for Kansas State. Furmanek and Welty were the top hitters and pitchers last season for the Wildcats, who finished second in the 5A Fiesta Region to Hamilton.
- Staff writer Brad Falduto contributed to this report.