Ahwatukee Foothills Sports with Ryan Casey
Ryan Casey; AFN staff writer, asst. online editor

Nobody knows Ahwatukee sports like ahwatukee.com and the Ahwautkee Foothills News. That's thanks to Ryan Casey, an AFN staff writer for more than two years, and fellow AFN sports staffer Larry Ward (Ward's blog can be found here). From Desert Vista to Mountain Pointe, summer Little League and spot coverage of local athletes at the college and professional level, Casey and Ward give Ahwatukee Foothills readers the kind of insight usually saved for small-town news outlets, yet right in the hip pocket of the nation's fifth-largest city.

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Hinds, staff see more than football on Utah trip

Posted 4/20/2009 12:12 PM MST

I met with DV football coach Dan Hinds in his office last week to talk about  his trip to BYU  in which he, offensive coordinator Don Rezac and line coach Matt Prior picked the brain of Cougars' line coach Mark Weber. Full story is coming soon, but I thought this part from Hinds, which didn't make the story, ... Read More  »


More from Sean Coffinger

Posted 4/13/2009 1:12 PM MST

Sean Coffinger is the toughest athlete at Desert Vista not named Devon Kennard, according to his volleyball and basketball coach Ryan Tolman. The sophomore plays football (QB/LB), basketball (F/C) and volleyball (OH). He literally has days between seasons. The full story will be up shortly, but here's more from ... Read More  »


More on Spencer Chase...

Posted 4/9/2009 2:43 PM MST

Spencer Chase and Desert Vista are heading to Arcadia this weekend. I caught up with the senior sprinter earlier this week for this story, but there wasn't enough room to include everything. Here's more from Spencer, who's headed to Stanford next season: On taking over for John Kline and Allante Battle: "I have ... Read More  »


Mountain Pointe baseball run-ruled by Corona

Posted 4/8/2009 11:25 AM MST

Things started well for the Mountain Pointe baseball team against Central Region rival Tempe Corona del Sol on Wednesday night. They didn't end well, though. After grabbing a quick 2-0 lead in the first, the Pride promptly surrendered two runs in the top of the second, nine in the third and two more in the fourth. An ... Read More  »


Live updates from tonight's MP-Corona game

Posted 4/7/2009 2:43 PM MST

I'm going to try this today, and we'll see if it works. I'll be at the Mountain Pointe-Corona baseball game tonight, and trying to Twitter updates of the score. We'll see how it goes... Follow along here:  http://twitter.com/rcaseyAFN ... Read More  »


Arcadia Invitational -- list of Desert Vista entrants

Posted 4/6/2009 12:08 PM MST

Below are DV's entrants to the 41st annual Arcadia Invitational, held this weekend in California. Mountain Pointe does not have any entrants listed. (Note, this list is copied from this link: Dyestat.com.)   DESERT VISTA (AZ) (DVAZ) 1. ARSENAU, HEATHER - Female - Year: 11 - Ind/Rel: 1 / 0 #234 ... Read More  »


Hinds, DV staff return from Utah

Posted 4/2/2009 3:37 PM MST

DV football coach  Dan Hinds  and assistants Don   Rezac  and  Matt   Prior  are back from the trip  they took to BYU earlier this week, which they went on to pick the brain of Cougars' line coach  Mark Weber. "I'll tell you what, hanging around that program for a few days ... Read More  » 


Spencer Chase enjoying senior season

Posted 4/1/2009 1:26 PM MST

I was hanging around Desert Vista's track practice yesterday and ran into Spencer Chase. You know, the guy who lost the 400 by 0.01 of a second to Chandler's Markus Wheaton at the Chandler Rotary. The guy who's headed to Stanford, and who's 400 time (47.39) still ranks fourth nationally according to Dyestat. He's a ... Read More  »


Mountain Pointe sweeps DV volleyball

Posted 3/31/2009 8:07 PM MST

Desert Vista volleyball was swept by Mountain Pointe tonight. Thunder coach Ryan Tolman dissects the loss: It seemed like you guys came out with some energy in game one, then lost it heading to game game two... Tolman:  "That seems to be the way our season's going so far this year. We start ... Read More  »


DV football picking up pointers from BYU

Posted 3/30/2009 4:32 PM MST

Desert Vista football will be picking the brain of Brigham Young University's staff this week. DV coach Dan Hinds said today that he, offensive coordinator Don Rezac and newly-appointed offensive line coach Matt Prior will head to Provo, Utah, to pick the brain of Cougars' line coach Mark Weber."He's supposed to ... Read More  »


DV preparing for Chandler Rotary

Posted 3/26/2009 1:03 PM MST

Desert Vista boys track comes into Chandler Rotary as the two-time defending champions. (Ho-hum, another two-time defending champion  of something.) It's perhaps Arizona's most prestigious meet, and it comes right smack in the middle of the season. How's Ryan Stanley, DV's co-coach preparing for it? "Everything always ... Read More  »


MP softball's struggles continue

Posted 3/26/2009 9:50 AM MST

It hasn't exactly been the easiest of paths back to the state tournament for Mountain Pointe softball. The No. 16 seed in that tournament a year ago, the Pride have now started their season 5-15, including losses in six of their past seven games. Yesterday, against Mesquite, the Pride committed five errors in the first two ... Read More  »


Former DV soccer player selected to U.S. Women's Team Pool

Posted 3/24/2009 2:30 PM MST

Carrie Whigham, a junior at Desert Vista who chose to only play club soccer this season, has been selected to the U18 U.S. Women's National Team Pool, according to her mother, Kristy. Whigham will attend a camp in Carson, Calif., from April 4-11. She's already verbally committed to Oklahoma (she did so last October) and ... Read More  »


Brent Miller hired as DV tight ends coach

Posted 3/19/2009 10:28 AM MST

It's interesting to see how these things work out, isn't it? Brent Miller, a former DV quarterback and ASU tight end who had a brief stint with the Arizona Cardinals in preseason last year, has been hired by DV coach Dan Hinds to work with the Thunder's tight ends this upcoming season. Hinds said Miller was up for a grad ... Read More  »


DV's Tilleman commits to Calgary

Posted 3/16/2009 11:12 AM MST

Dan Tilleman told us this time last month that he was leaning toward attending the University of Calgary to play basketball. Tilleman's father, Karl starred there from 1978-1984, and was named the school's greatest athlete -- ever. "I'm thinking about possibly going there," Dan Tilleman said last month, "just because for historic reasons, he was the big hotshot up there."


Pride baseball rallies for a win

Posted 3/11/2009 12:34 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

9:30, Wednesday morning, gorgeous outside -- why can't all baseball be like this? Mountain Pointe "hosted" Tempe McClintock at Scottsdale Saguaro this morning, and used an 8-run fifth inning to come back to beat the Chargers. Some highlights: -Jake Waldren started, and looked good through three -- one run, a walk and four ... Read More  »


MP baseball takes Scottsdale tourney

Posted 3/9/2009 9:07 AM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Mountain Pointe won the annual Scottsdale Invitational hosted by Chaparral -- going 4-1, including  a win over Highland in the championship game. I know I've said it before, but this team is a serious threat for that state title come season's end. No one else seems to think so (both major papers left the Pride out of ... Read More  »


DV track: 274 kids

Posted 3/5/2009 2:46 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Between its boys and girls track programs, Desert Vista has 274 kids on its teams. "It's a logistical nightmare," said DV co-coach Ryan Stanley. "You can just imagine. We had 260 out last year. I think kids come out, and it's just a good time, and it's a good, positive thing. And we've had some ... Read More  »


DV girls hoops falls in semifinals

Posted 3/2/2009 12:55 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Say this about Desert Vista girls basketball: They certainly travel well.Both sides of the gym at Gilbert High School were packed last Friday night, and a good amount of Thunder faithful -- students included -- made the trek for the game."It was good having that support," said freshman guard Simone Westbrook. ... Read More  »


Some insight into DV girls hoops

Posted 2/26/2009 7:56 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

I thought of something interesting during DV girls basketball's first round win last night.It deals with what Basha coach Lawrence Williams   told me on Tuesday :"She (first-year coach Rachel Proudfoot ) has brought a lot of discipline to that team," he said. "That's the main difference, I think, from this ... Read More  »


Some insight into DV girls hoops

Posted 2/26/2009 7:56 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

I thought of something interesting during DV girls basketball's first round win last night.It deals with what Basha coach Lawrence Williams   told me on Tuesday :"She (first-year coach Rachel Proudfoot ) has brought a lot of discipline to that team," he said. "That's the main difference, I think, from this ... Read More  »


DV girls basketball -- first round

Posted 2/25/2009 6:06 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

I'm getting ready to head out to Desert Vista's first round game with Scottsdale Desert Mountain, and thought I'd pass this along:We put out another paper here at the AFN, the Ocotillo Tribune, within which we cover Hamilton, Basha and Perry. I tagged along with Brett Fera yesterday's Basha basketball practice, and ... Read More  »


That's a comeback.

Posted 2/25/2009 10:55 AM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Unreal. Team's down nine with less than a minute and comes back to win.http://deadspin.com/5160247/how-to-score-11-game+winning-points-in-46-seconds   ... Read More  »


High school basketball fight

Posted 2/18/2009 2:40 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe boys basketball teams got into it during both meetings this season, but it was nothing at all like this:  http://www.wsfa.com/global/story.asp?s=9859983.Wow.  ... Read More  »


Xavier/Brophy continue streak over DV in title games

Posted 2/16/2009 12:31 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

"We beat DV in everything." An off-the-collar remark uttered by a male fan on the field, celebrating Xavier's championship over Desert Vista in girls soccer last Friday night.It got me thinking: Do they?Turns out, when it comes to championship games, matches, meets or tournaments, it looks that ... Read More  »


What's next for DV boys hoops seniors?

Posted 2/16/2009 12:08 PM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Their season over, Desert Vista guards Marcus Lever and Dan Tilleman will now take their time sorting through opportunities to play at the next level.Lever said it was between Cal, Hawai'i and NAU for him."I've just got to get in the gym, that's what it's about, working hard," Lever said.Tilleman said he ... Read More  »


Desert Vista girls soccer headed to title game

Posted 2/12/2009 1:24 AM MST on Ahwatukee.com

Kristen Kastelic's goal with 3:55 left in Desert Vista's semifinal game with Tucson Salpointe  sent the Thunder to the state finals.What were members of the team thinking?Kastelic:   "I don't know what I would've done if we lost this game. I looked, there was like four minutes left, and I was ... Read More  »

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