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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Sat Dec 22, 2012.

The spring season has come to an end and summer is about to turn hot.

Of course the competition was already plenty heated as the Ahwatukee Foothills area continued to remain one of the hot spots for top athletes and some of the best teams.

Here is a quick look at some of the best moments from the spring season.

 

One for the memory banks

The ping might have been the sweetest sound in Mountain Pointe baseball history.

With runners on second and third and one out in the eighth inning, Mountain Pointe's Jordan Kipper ripped a base hit down the left-field line to score Sam Kingery with the winning run in a 7-6 win over Chandler Hamilton in the Class 5A Division I state title game.

It was the culmination of one of the best seasons in the state in a long time as the Pride crushed its way to the title by scoring 11 runs a game and setting the state record for home runs with 87.

The emotional scene that ensued was a classic and something all involved will remember as they celebrated the first baseball title in school history.

"I couldn't write it up any better than that," said Kipper, who had four hits in five at-bats in the title game.

Winner, winner steak dinner

The Desert Vista track program has a tradition of state champions getting treated to a steak dinner.

Senior Yasmine Yacut probably won't be dining alone, but she is the only Thunder athlete to win a state title this year as she won the 800-meter run for the second time.

Other than that it was a difficult year for the track programs as several state contender hopefuls were unable to come through in the final meet of the year.

 

The runaround

The Desert Vista boys volleyball team had a unique way of warming up the last few years as senior Sean Coffinger led them through a pre-game run through campus home or away where it was a follow-the-leader-type scenario.

If Coffinger jumped up and touched a sign, climbed and jumped off a picnic table or took time to sun bathe, the rest of the team would follow.

"Believe it or not, they get pretty warmed up and break a sweat," Thunder coach Ryan Tolman said. "They have fun with it and they do it early enough that they get back in plenty of time to get focused on the match.

"If it helps with the team bonding then let them go and have fun."

By the way, the Thunder was pretty good on the court as well, getting to the state quarterfinals as a 12th seed before losing to Chandler in a five-set marathon in which it won the first two games.

 

Making a push

The Desert Vista baseball team missed the postseason, but it doesn't mean the Thunder (13-17) didn't play like a playoff team down the stretch.

The Thunder lost a difficult season finale to Phoenix Brophy, 9-6, in a game it lead 4-0 and was hurt by an error in the middle innings.

Desert Vista finished one spot out of the 16-team field, but the Thunder made a valiant push to make it as the Thunder won five of seven games heading into the final game.

 

Tennis history

The Desert Vista girls tennis team had a standard-setting season, reaching the team semifinals for the first time in school history.

The team was solid throughout its lineup and was helped out by the return of Kathryn Hunnicutt, who didn't play last season after being a bit burned out. She became a good No. 2 singles player and advanced the deepest from the team in the individual state tournament.

"I've had great talent before, but this team is so mentally tough," Desert Vista coach Angel Singer said at the time.

 

Quite a pair

The Mountain Pointe programs produced the deepest runs in the individual tennis tournaments. Mae Maiefski and Sam Wang started the tournament as two of 128 individuals, and 120 eliminations later, they were still swinging.

It ended there - in the Elite Eight - as Maiefski lost 6-1, 6-0 to Kristie Lee of Scottsdale Desert Mountain and Wang was bested by Goodyear Millennium's Nick Cunningham, 6-2, 6-2.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com

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