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* The first practice of the season isn’t until Oct. 31 but the Mountain Pointe girls basketball team is in mid-season form.
At least when it comes to packing meals at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa.
Over fall break the Pride spent two hours at Feed my Starving Children and packed 35,856 meals packed in that filled 166 boxes. That amount feeds 98 kids for a year.
Not sure how the season will go in Justin Hager’s first year with the Pride but they are off to a great start.
* Desert Vista junior distance runner Habtamu Cheney had a great performance at the Woodbridge Classic in California.
He ran clocked a time of 14 minutes and 32 seconds on the 3 mile course, which translates into a 15:01 on the normal cross country course of 3.1 miles. The 14:32 is the fastest time ever from a Thunder runner on a 3.0 mile course.
Cheney dropped 2 full minutes off of his time since he ran the same course in 16:35 as a freshman for the Thunder in 2014.
Then last year he finished the Woodbridge course in 15:26.
His progress has been pretty dramatic on is way to becoming the Thunder’s No. 1 runner.
If he continues the trend of essentially cutting a minute off of his times each year, Cheney should challenge for the state title in November if he cuts close 60 seconds off last year’s state meet time of 16:15.
* The Horizon Honors girls volleyball team is looking a return trip to the to the state semifinals.
The Eagles are 14-2 overall and 10-1 in power rankings games including 4-0 in the 2A Metro East Region as the regular season enters the final two weeks.
Horizon Honors is ranked No. 1 in the 2A power rankings despite having the second-hardest schedule in the conference.
Senior Alexa Smythe leads the way with 154 kills, 36 aces, 28 blocks, 87 digs and 187 assists.
* The Desert Vista girls team swim team is performing at a championship level.
The Thunder beat Xavier in a dual meet at the end of September and then followed it up by winning the Wolves Classic at Chandler.
Desert Vista finished with 287 points with Chaparral second at 285, Hamilton third at 213 and Xavier fourth at 208.
Shae Nicolaisen set the meet record with a time of 56.78 seconds besting the old mark of 56.93 set by Pinnacle’s Kendra Griffin in 2012.
The girls won the 200 free with a time of 1:38.56 with Alisha Vandererf, Breanna Larchick, Noelle Lavigne and Nicolaisen in the lineup.
The Thunder boys finished second with 203.5 points to the dominating Brophy squad, which finished with 367.5.
Thunder senior Josh Vedder won the 100 freestyle in with a time of 46.99.
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