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Game notes: Brophy-Boulder Creek pack ’em in

by Jason Stone

You know it’s a special game when extra parking signs are brought out blocks away from the stadium. Boulder Creek officials did just that Friday night as No. 1 Phoenix Brophy Prep came to Anthem. Sure enough, fans packed both sides for one of the biggest games ever at Boulder Creek. It was Brophy’s first-ever game in Anthem. It was also Brophy’s third game in 10 days.

Published at azcentral.com • Sept. 1, 2012

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Brophy survives scare from Boulder Creek

by Jason Stone

Anthem Boulder Creek coach Dan Friedman knew there was a chance Brophy College Prep’s players would be tired after playing their third game in 10 days.
So Friedman devised a game plan to keep the clock moving for Friday’s big Division I game in Anthem.
The plan nearly worked as Boulder Creek put a scare into the state’s top-ranked team before Brophy pulled away for three late touchdowns in a 35-14 win.
“We didn’t play great tonight,” said Brophy coach Scooter Molander, whose team won two of the three games to start the season. “But Boulder Creek had a good game plan and they played hard in their home field.”
Scooter MolanderDown 14-7, Boulder Creek (1-1) was driving for a potential game-tying touchdown late in the third quarter. But a holding penalty and a personal foul on a third-down play killed the drive.
On the ensuing punt, a massive Brophy rush forced a partially blocked punt, which Robert Relf scooped up and ran in 10 yards for a game-changing touchdown.
“We had a game plan that worked for the most part, but one play changed the whole thing,” Friedman said. “It’s hard for young kids to recover from that.”
Washington State-bound quarterback Tyler Bruggman struggled early despite leading Brophy to an early 14-0 lead. Bruggman completed only four of his first 12 pass attempts and a third-quarter interception appeared to give Boulder Creek upset thoughts.
But Bruggman heated up in the fourth quarter, and Brophy scored three unanswered touchdowns in a 10-minute span from late in the third to the middle of the fourth quarter.
Boulder Creek outgained Brophy for three quarters before two Bruggman touchdown passes in the fourth quarter put the game away.
“We’re a better team than we were 10 days ago,” Molander said. “I can’t believe it’s only been 10 days. It feels like the middle of the season already.”

Published at azcentral.com • Sept. 1, 2012
Published at USAToday.com • Sept. 1, 2012

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Ky Westbrook stands out at Sprint Showcase

by Jason Stone

Even though school has been out for nearly a month, Chandler High sprinter Ky Westbrook still considered herself a sophomore until the final track meet.
“Finally, I am a junior,” a smiling Westbrook said moments after winning the 200 meters at Saturday’s Arizona Sprint Showcase. “Now it’s time to relax for a couple of weeks.”
The season’s end wasn’t all that pleased Westbrook. She turned out to be the only dual winner in a meet featuring the top sprinters from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, California and Colorado.
Westbrook also won the girls 100. But across the board the 106 degree heat and the end of a long season kept times mostly down.
That wasn’t the case for Brophy Prep hurdler Robert Grant, who turned in a personal best to win the 300-meter hurdles. Grant has been learning from the best the last two years as a teammate of state record-holder Devon Allen.
With Allen sitting out the 300 after winning the 110 event earlier in the evening, Grant was able to win in 37.95 seconds, the first time he cracked 38 seconds.
“I’ve been trying to do that all year,” Grant said. “It’s been great training with Devon everyday. He’s a great example.”
Allen also ran the 100 and 200, which turned out to be the most competitive of the night. In the 100, the top three runners were separated by only six-hundredths of a second.
Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks, Calif., eked out Tremayne Acy of Desoto, Texas, and Allen with a time of 10.56.
Acy returned the favor by nipping Muhammad by two-tenths of a second in the 200 with Allen 12-hundredths of a second behind in third.
The other boys winner was Bryan Nunez of Cardinal-Newman (Calif.), who won the 400 by almost a second over Mesa Dobson’s Kyle Elliott.
On the girls side, the host school won three of the five events. In addition to Westbrook’s performance, Sherelle Jordan won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.28 seconds.
Pinnacle’s Tatum Wagner won the 400 with a personal best time of 58.99 seconds.
Jackie Modesett of Houston also turned in a personal best with a time of 43.11 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
“It is a different heat than Texas, so it was tough to breathe,” Modesett said. “But it was a great way to end the season.

Published at azcentral.com • Jun. 23, 2012

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Estrella Foothills shines in singles

by Jason Stone

Goodyear Estrella Foothills isn’t known as a tennis school. But Max Schell and Erin Cory are doing their parts to change that.
Winning dual Division III state singles championships just minutes apart Saturday should help that goal.
“Nobody really cares about tennis at our school,” Cory said after winning her second straight singles state championship. “We’re trying.”
Estrella Foothills’ singles sweep highlighted a day of championship action at Glendale’s Paseo Racquet Center that had promised some high drama.
Schell and Cory posted identical 6-1, 6-1 wins to begin the championship day, Schell over Delaney Harbin of Phoenix Christian and Cory over Kindra Holliday of Miami. The pair has known each other since second grade, and Schell’s mother is Cory’s coach, making the championships even more special for the pair.
Schell won it all in his first year on the team after only playing club previously.
“I wanted the team experience, and it was so much fun,” Schell said.
Alex Lawson of Tempe Corona del Sol won his second straight Division I singles title and fourth state championship overall, defeating third-seeded Nolan Bauer of Scottsdale Chaparral 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“Sometimes you’re not at the top of your game, and I sort of fought thought it,” said the left-handed Lawson, who is bound for Notre Dame this fall.
Tucson Salpointe Catholic’s Courtney Amos rallied from behind to upset top-seed Madison Clark of Phoenix Xavier Prep 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 in the Division I girls singles finals.
Clarke had lost only once all year entering the match and looked to be cruising when she won the first four games of the first set. Plus, Amos was especially vulnerable at that point because she had played a 2 hour, 55 minute semifinal match earlier in the day.
Instead, Amos found a second wind, rallied to win the opening set and then blew past the freshman Clarke, who is the No.1-ranked 16-year-old in the Southwest Region of the U.S.Tennis Association.
“It’s my senior year and I really wanted to win,” the Yale-bound Amos said. “I just thought, ‘Just go for it.'”
Gilbert Campo Verde’s Dominic Patrick successfully defended his boys Division II singles title, defeating Jacob Hedderig of Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 6-1 6-7, 4-3 (retired). Hedderig had to drop out late in the third set because of a left leg cramp.
“It’s always been tough playing him,” Patrick said. “That isn’t the first time there was cramping. We always play hard three-set matches.”
Top-seeded Zaina Sufi of Tucson Catalina Foothills added to her family legacy with her first singles championship in girls Division II, defeating Phoenix Sunnyslope’s Aleeza Kanner 6-1, 6-3. Sufi’s older sister, Hala, won four-straight singles state championships from 2000-2003. Zaina and two other siblings have a total of five doubles state championships as well.
“I lost in the championship my freshman and sophomore years so going out like this is a good feeling,” said Zaina Sufi, who won a doubles title last year.
Boys doubles winners included: Salpointe’s Matt Dunn and Andrew Dunn over beat Hudson Blake and Zach Cihlar of Phoenix Brophy Prep, 6-4, 6-4, in Division I; Griffin Dales and Joshua Hedderig of Cactus Shadows over Alec Petford and Cody Petford of Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge, 6-4, 6-4 in Division II; and Matt Fisher and Jamie Sydnor of Fountain Hills won the Division III title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Thatcher’s Brandon McMaster and Ethan Bryce.
Girls doubles winners included: Maggie Cohen and Scarlet Rush of Xavier, who beat Lauren Amos and Claire Baxter of Salpointe in Division I, 6-3, 6-1; Catalina Foothills pair Rachana and Kirtana Bhat over Marissa Baca and Katrina Domingo of Ironwood Ridge, 7-5, 7-5, in Division II; and Leah Stofko and Nicole Bassoff of Phoenix Country Day School, who were 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 winners over Sami Towne and Gabby Courtney of Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian in Division III.

Published at azcentral.com • April 28, 2012

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Mtn. Ridge needs win against ex-coach

by Jason Stone

Mountain Ridge went into the season with state title aspirations. But for the second straight week to start the season, the Mountain Lions are still searching for their first win.
The Lions lost to Desert Vista last week and welcome Chandler and coach Jim Ewan, the former leader of Mountain Ridge, to campus this week with high stakes on the line.
“Chandler is the best team we’ve played so far,” Mountain Ridge coach Steve Belles said.
The game highlights a week of action where many local teams are looking to rebound from losses last week.
Ironwood and Cactus are not among the losers last week. The Eagles travel to Brophy after beating Marcos de Niza, and Cactus hosts Amphitheater from Tucson after squeaking by McClintock last week.
Other games are Agua Fria at Apollo, Independence at Apache Junction, Pinnacle at Glendale and Tucson making the trip to Deer Valley.

Published at glendalestar.com • Sept. 15, 2004