The end of the fall sports season has officially arrived, as athletes from across Chandler have already jumped into winter sports seasons.
The beginning of yet another round of prep sports allows the time to reflect on what was a successful season for several teams.
Here’s a look at how each school fared in the fall sports season.
Basha High wrapped up its fall athletics season watching its girls volleyball program hoist the 6A state title trophy after an high-intense match that went five sets against top-ranked Perry. The Bears battled back from a two-set deficit to win the title. Sticking on the hardwood, the Bears badminton program made it to the quarterfinals of the Division I tournament. Basha was led by Hannah Doyle and Katie Pryor, who represented the team in the doubles tournament.
The Basha swim program finished eighth overall in Division I, while the football program battled injuries throughout the year but still made an appearance in the 6A Conference playoffs.
The Chandler football program won its fourth straight title appearance Saturday against Saguaro in the historic Open Division championship game. The Wolves went undefeated including a win in the game featuring arguably the two most dominant programs in the state in recent years.
Chandler’s badminton program also enjoyed success this season, making it to the semifinals of the Division I tournament. The girls cross country team finished sixth overall while the boys finished ninth at the state meet. Lucas Kelly represented the Wolves in the pool by finishing third in the 100-yard butterfly, while Abby Taylor finished third in the girls 100 backstroke.
Rujuta Sane claimed the Division I state badminton title this season, representing a Hamilton team that finished as the runner-up to Perry. Sane also ran cross country for the Huskeis, finishing fourth overall in the Division I race to help her team place seventh. Johnny Walker and Joy Callinan won the boys and girls golf individual state titles, while the Hamilton boys also claimed the team championship.
The volleyball program made a run to the 6A quarterfinals this season, losing to eventual runner-up Perry. After winning just three games last season, the Hamilton football program elevated itself into one of the top four teams in the state. The Huskies nearly knocked off Saguaro in the Open Division semifinals, which would have set up a rematch with Chandler for the state title.
Perry’s badminton team has long been one of the most dominating teams in Division I, and they proved that yet again this season. The team captured their third straight badminton title, while Nikhita Jayaraj and Ashley Rodarte beat teammates Sophie Jex and Megan Dye to claim the doubles championship. The volleyball team continued the Pumas’ success on the court with a second-place finish in the 6A Conference tournament, losing to Basha in five sets. Kalli Fama finished second in both the girls 100-yard freestyle and backstroke to help the Pumas place sixth overall in Division I.
The football program, which appeared in the last two 6A Conference championships, fell short in the quarterfinals after a shootout with Desert Vista. The boys cross country program finished eighth while the girls placed fifth in state.
Led by Dayton Carlson’s seventh-place finish, the Casteel boys cross country program managed to place second overall in Division II at the state meet. The girls, led by Cassidy Cann’s eighth-place finish, placed fifth overall. Rio Newcombe placed third in boys Division II golf followed by his teammate, Wyatt Chapman in fourth. The two helped lead Casteel to a fifth-place finish overall in the division.
The volleyball program made the postseason tournament but fell in the first round. The football program, led by second-year coach Bobby Newcombe, advanced to the 5A semifinals before falling to top-ranked Williams Field.
Arizona College Prep
Arizona College Prep’s football team went from a one-win team in 2018 to the playoffs in 2019 under coach Myron Blueford. The Knights entered the postseason as the 12th ranked team in the 3A Conference but ran into Blue Ridge in the first round.
The girls cross country team placed 10th overall in the Division III race, while the boys finished 12th. The ACP volleyball team was the No. 7 seed in the 3A bracket and made a run to the quarterfinals.
The Chandler Prep football program made the postseason as the No. 13 seed but fell in the first round. Colorado Stanley represented the Titans in the pool by finishing fifth in the boys Division III 100-yard backstroke. The boys finished 23rd overall while the girls placed ninth.
The Chandler Prep volleyball team also enjoyed success this season as the 10-seed in the playoffs. But the Titans ran into a Scottsdale Christian team in the quarterfinals that went on to win the state title.