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Jason P. Skoda
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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Denny looks to be right fit for Mountain Pointe

Clearly it was not going to be easy to find a high-level coach that would  be in the same mold as Brandon Buck to be the next guy to run the Mountain Pointe baseball program.

The search committee had a tough task, reached out to some of the state’s top coaches and eventually settled on Matt Denny.

The same guy who could be found at Tempe Diablo last week as he helped Greenway to its second Division II title in three years last week.

Walking away from a program that he clearly has playing at a very high level had Denny torn through the whole process, and much like his predecessor he told his players as soon as he made a decision so the news came directly from him.

“It was not a unanimous decision by any means,” Denny told reporters after the DII title game. “Ultimately, I just didn’t want (the players) to hear it from a friend, from a coach or a dad. I wanted them to hear it straight from my mouth so I could explain why and just give them a heartfelt talk. Yes, I was very worried it was going to distract them. I saw some definite disappointment in some eyes.”

While it could have led to a distraction or a burden the players finished it with a championship.

“How much did I want it? Through the roof,” he said. “I wanted everything for these guys.”

As the end of the season came nearer, Denny kept thinking about all of the last things he’d ever do as Greenway’s coach. At least the final bus ride came with a big old trophy in hand.

“When I told the players I was leaving it definitely shocked them,” he said. “I was worried it would be a distraction. But it went really well, obviously. It’s a great ending.”

While he is now part of the Pride family, he will always be grateful for his time at Greenway, which started in 2002 before becoming head coach in 2007.

“Greenway is where I grew up as a coach, as a parent, as a dad, as everything,” Denny said. “My professional career is here. Making the switch over next year was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made.

“Honestly it’s just been consuming me and I’ve just been trying to fight it and get these guys ready for playoff baseball and not think about the next journey I’m going to be on.”

* Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:58 pm. Updated: 8:11 pm. | Tags: Mountain Pointe Baseball , Matt Denny , Brandon Buck

Thursday 05/05/2016
Crump hopes to build a Desert Vista brand

Club basketball coaches have players come in and filter through the program pretty quickly.

Coaches do their best to put their imprint on each one, but most of the players are already highly developed before moving on to the next age group or level of play.

Gino Crump found himself wanting more time.

It led to him reaching out to high school programs in order to leave a more lasting imprint on players and now he will get a chance to do it with the players of Desert Vista.

“Club players are the best or one of the best players on their high school team, but you have a shorter window to interact,” Crump said. “With high school players you get them five or six days a week, can work on developing players at every level and have a real impact as a mentor or coach.”

Crump has had plenty of success since coming to Arizona from Washington, D.C., as head coach of the Arizona Magic, an AAU club team now known as The Factory has produced five NBA players, according to the website. The Magic went 34-8 in 2014 and have averaged 30 wins per season in his three years at the helm, according to a story in Casa Grande Dispatch.

He had similar success in his one year at Casa Grande as the Cougars went 25-6, won the Division III, Section III title, went undefeated at home and made the second of the playoffs.

Now he takes over a Desert Vista program that most thought underachieved at 14-13 a year after making the Division I state finals before losing to Corona de Sol.

Crump has a clear vision for the program moving forward that shows he was the right man for the job from the start.

"We take pride in developing certain type of kids and building a brand," Crump said. "When college coaches come to me I want to be able to say this is a DV kid. That comes with a certain brand - they have character, they have a toughness about them, play the game the right way and have a high basketball IQ.

"When we get there then the program will be doing good things."

* Contact reporter Jason P. Skoda at (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Thursday, May 5, 2016 11:08 am. | Tags: Desert Vista Boys Basketball , Gino Crump

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Berrier resigns, hopes to join son at Pueblo to run wrestling program

The shake up of wrestling leaders continues this offseason with the latest news coming from Tucson.

Tim Berrier, who led Ironwood Ridge to its fourth state title this past season and first in Division I, resigned as the NightHawks’ coach in order to possibly join his son’s staff at Pueblo.

It leaves openings at Mountain View, Seton Catholic and Ironwood Ridge.

Paul Vasquez, a Pueblo graduate, started teaching at the school last year and when Steve Lopez resigned after this season. The opening gave the two-time state champion a chance to return to the wrestling room at Pueblo should he hired.

“I grew up about 1 1/2 miles from here, the wrestling room here is one of my favorite places in the world,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez is ready to keep Pueblo competing at a high level, and push it beyond what Lopez, who won a state title in 2008, has been able to do in the years after Berrier resigned.

“I'm from this neighborhood and have done pretty well for myself, I think it helps to get kids to buy into your program if you are from there,” he said. “We’re raised around similar circumstances, and were able to be successful. We'll see.”

Berrier is one of top teachers of the sport not only in Tucson or Arizona for that matter. He was named the National Wrestling Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in December.

“I'm real happy with the things we accomplished," Berrier said of the four team titles and 22 individual champs. "Seven kids went to military academies. We got a few kids headed in the right direction that needed some help.

"There was a lot of talent and little discipline (when he took over). I feel we changed the atmosphere into kids seeking excellence on and off the mat."

Paul, as much as has he had to do with Ironwood Ridge’s success in recent years, wasn’t coaching much in the early days when Berrier was churning out quality young men and top wrestlers at Catalina, Salpointe Catholic, Pueblo, Amphi and Pima College before he took over Ironwood Ridge.

Ever since the NightHawks have developed into the top program in Tucson and surpassed Sunnyside, an unfathomable thought considering the history of success for the Blue Devils, in recent years.

Berrier’s teams were known for being technicians, wrestled with class win or lose and churned out champions who went on to wrestle in college with great success. Danny Vega, who is visiting Utah Valley this weekend, will be the next one.

Now the combo hopes to do the same at Pueblo if it all comes together.

“It's awesome, our roles really won't change from the past few years, as he has kinda let me run things daily while he is in charge,” Vasquez said. “Any questions I had or have, he is the first person that I ask. I get to work with my Dad everyday doing something we both love. It's great.”

* Contact Jason Skoda at 480 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:00 am. Updated: 2:12 pm. | Tags: Ironwood Ridge Wrestling , Pueblo Wrestling , Tim Berrier , Paul Vazquez

Saturday 04/23/2016
Tempe City track meet springboard for state

The Tempe City track meet tends to bring a ton of star power.

The top three in some events will be the same three, although possibly in a different order, at the state meet the first week of May.

It was held this week with some pretty impressive efforts that should prove to be a nice springboard for what happens at Mesa Community College.

Here is a look at the final results

Boys

100 dash

1

Ryan Bender

11

Desert Vista High School

10.97

 

1

2

Jalen Bryant

11

Corona del Sol High School

11.13

 

1

3

Carter Lindsay

12

Marcos de Niza High School

11.16

  

200 dash

1

Ryan Bender

11

Desert Vista High School

22.08

 

1

2

Anferni Harris

12

Mountain Pointe High School

22.22

 

1

3

Jalen Bryant

11

Corona del Sol High School

22.38

  

400 dash

1

Ryan Bender

11

Desert Vista High School

49.76

 

1

2

Anferni Harris

12

Mountain Pointe High School

50.19

 

1

3

Nate Manley

11

Tempe High School

51.41

  

110 hurdles

1

Rakevion White

12

Mountain Pointe High School

14.41

 

1

2

Cornelius Payne

12

Mountain Pointe High School

14.74

 

1

3

Jack Sampson

11

Desert Vista High School

15.08

  

300 hurdles

1

Cornelius Payne

12

Mountain Pointe High School

39.64

 

1

2

Rakevion White

12

Mountain Pointe High School

39.91

 

1

3

Ethan Wright

9

Desert Vista High School

40.32

  

1600 run

1

Graham Eversden

10

Corona del Sol High School

4:32.93

 

1

2

Matthew Anciaux

12

Desert Vista High School

4:34.79

 

1

3

Liam Kovatch

11

Corona del Sol High School

4:35.64

  

3200 run

1

Liam Kovatch

11

Corona del Sol High School

9:41.58

 

1

2

Lucas Ykema

12

Corona del Sol High School

9:47.40

 

1

3

Slade Sumners

11

Corona del Sol High School

9:48.00

  

4x100 relay

1

Marcos de Niza High School

42.52

 

1

2

Desert Vista High School

42.63

 

1

3

Mountain Pointe High School

42.65

 

1

4

McClintock High School

43.66

   
      

4x400 relay

1

Desert Vista High School

3:23.20

 

1

2

Corona del Sol High School

3:25.61

 

1

3

Mountain Pointe High School

3:29.56

   
      

4x800

1

Corona del Sol High School

8:16.56

 

1

2

Desert Vista High School

8:27.08

 

1

3

Mountain Pointe High School

8:28.09

 

1

4

Marcos de Niza High School

9:11.09

   
      

Discus

1

Elijah Mason

11

Desert Vista High School

189-10.00

 

1

2

Torrey Hickel

12

Desert Vista High School

168-02.00

 

1

3

Marcos Figueroa

10

Desert Vista High School

136-07.00

  

Shot put

1

Torrey Hickel

12

Desert Vista High School

59-05.00

 

1

2

Trevor Bailey

12

Desert Vista High School

48-00.00

 

1

3

Akash Patel

12

Corona del Sol High School

46-00.00

  

High jump

1

Jymil Toney

12

Desert Vista High School

6-07.00

 

1

2

Josh Onwardi

11

Corona del Sol High School

6-07.00

 

1

3

Nate Marshall

12

Corona del Sol High School

6-03.00

  

Triple jump

1

Connor Watson

12

Desert Vista High School

44-09.50

 

1

2

Marcus Naisant

11

Marcos de Niza High School

44-03.75

 

1

3

Steven Hartshorn West

12

Desert Vista High School

44-00.50

  

Pole vault

1

Nate Devore

12

Desert Vista High School

15-02.00

 

1

2

Mitchel Warnick

11

Corona del Sol High School

15-02.00

 

1

3

Tyler Chambers

10

Desert Vista High School

14-02.00

  

Girls

100 dash

1

Danielle Burns

12

Mountain Pointe High School

12.10

 

1

2

Brittany Patterson

11

Mountain Pointe High School

12.20

 

1

3

Kenya Coburn

9

Mountain Pointe High School

12.59

  

200 dash

1

Brittany Patterson

11

Mountain Pointe High School

25.53

 

1

2

Breanna Poe

10

Desert Vista High School

26.37

 

1

3

Olivia Thorburn

12

Desert Vista High School

26.78

  

400 run

1

Jackie Martin

11

Corona del Sol High School

57.97

 

1

2

Breanna Poe

10

Desert Vista High School

59.59

 

1

3

Janaea Butler

11

Desert Vista High School

1:02.61

  

100 hurdles

1

Autumn Smith

12

Mountain Pointe High School

14.49

 

1

2

Shea Landeene

12

Desert Vista High School

15.31

 

1

3

Emma Mccutchen

10

Desert Vista High School

15.94

  

300 hurdles

1

Danielle Burns

12

Mountain Pointe High School

42.82

 

1

2

Shea Landeene

12

Desert Vista High School

47.00

 

1

3

Kelsy Lum

10

Corona del Sol High School

49.77

  

800M run

1

Renee Payne

11

Corona del Sol High School

2:16.69

 

1

2

Haley Wolf

10

Desert Vista High School

2:19.32

 

1

3

Mason Swenson

12

Desert Vista High School

2:21.74

  

1600 meter run

1

Mason Swenson

12

Desert Vista High School

5:18.32

 

1

2

Alexis Artiaga

12

Corona del Sol High School

5:24.67

 

1

3

Emily Crall

11

Desert Vista High School

5:25.68

  

3200 run

1

Alexis Artiaga

12

Corona del Sol High School

11:26.94

 

1

2

Amanda Davis

11

Desert Vista High School

11:30.58

 

1

3

Madeline Bucci

11

Desert Vista High School

11:30.75

  

4x100 relay

1

Mountain Pointe High School

48.61

 

1

2

Corona del Sol High School

50.95

 

1

3

Desert Vista High School

51.18

 

1

4

McClintock High School

53.00

 

1

5

Tempe High School

54.62

   
      

4x400 relay

1

Corona del Sol High School

3:57.63

4x800 relay

1

Desert Vista High School

9:39.92

 

1

2

Corona del Sol High School

10:06.82

 

1

3

Tempe High School

11:01.50

 

1

4

Marcos de Niza High School

11:56.19

   
      

Discus

1

Kayleigh Conlon

11

Mountain Pointe High School

138-09.00

 

1

2

Jaztyne Griffin

10

Desert Vista High School

122-05.00

 

1

3

Morgan Boyd

12

Tempe High School

108-07.00

  

High jump

1

Shannon Fritz

12

Desert Vista High School

5-04.00

 

1

2

Jenna Figueroa

10

Desert Vista High School

4-10.00

 

1

3

Jillian Lombardi

10

Desert Vista High School

4-08.00

  

Pole vault

1

Aliya Simpson

12

Desert Vista High School

11-08.00

 

1

2

Annika Krietenstein

12

Mountain Pointe High School

11-08.00

 

1

3

Shannon Fritz

12

Desert Vista High School

11-08.00

  

Shot put

1

Kayleigh Conlon

11

Mountain Pointe High School

45-06.00

 

1

2

Jaztyne Griffin

10

Desert Vista High School

37-01.00

 

1

3

Olivia Fairchild

12

Desert Vista High School

34-00.75

  

Triple jump

1

Nura Muhammad

11

Mountain Pointe High School

39-01.50

 

1

2

Chynna Simmons

11

Mountain Pointe High School

38-07.25

 

1

3

Brittany Patterson

11

Mountain Pointe High School

37-03.25

  

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Saturday, April 23, 2016 6:25 pm. Updated: 10:18 pm. | Tags: Tempe City Track Meet

Monday 04/11/2016
Desert Vista's spring signing period sends 17 more to the next level

It's hard to imagine any other school than Desert Vista leading the state in sending athletes to college to continue their careers.

The latest signing period totals 17 seniors moving on the next level.

Here is the list:

Steven Hartshorn West-NAU-Track

Cameron Rayford-NAU-Track

Torrey Hickel-Oklahoma State-Track

Aliya Simpson-Colorado State University-track

Jack Snyder-New Mexico State-Golf

Dustin Johnson-Gateway Community College-Baseball

Heath Chapman-Scottsdale Community College-Baseball

Spencer Rubinoff-Friends College-Baseball

Paul Fitzpatrick-Carroll University-Soccer

Raymond Figueroa-Mesa Community College-Football

Tatum Brimley- Biola University-Basketball

Toni Davis- Arizona Christian University –Basketball

DJ Hamilton-Mesa Community College-Basketball

Marissa Moreno-Pima Community College-Softball

Mara Kemmer-UNLV-Softball

Brooke Hughes-Siena College-Softball

Hailey Harward-Long Beach State-Volleyball

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Monday, April 11, 2016 1:24 pm. | Tags: Signing Day

Friday 03/18/2016
LaRoche ordeal with White Sox a reminder of a true blessing

I have a lot of freedom in my current role within my profession.

For instance there are dozens of athletic events each day and it is up to myself to pick and choose which ones to attend.

Some days it is easy and other times it is not.

Additionally I mostly work from home which has been a true blessing as I have been essentially a stay-home-dad for the last nine years.

It allowed me to forge a relationship with my daughter that wouldn’t have been possible if I worked an 8-to-5 office job.

Cherished time, believe me.

A lot of times it meant I took her with me to interviews for a feature story and others it meant she was with my while covering a game.

I have a Facebook photo album called ‘Jyllian and I working’ that is one of favorite things in this whole wide world.

I bring it up now because of the mess that has enveloped the Chicago White Sox spring camp.

Earlier this week the organization informed Adam LaRoche, a reserve first baseman, that he need to cutback on the amount of time his 14-year-old son Drake spent with the team.

By all reports Drake spent nearly as much time at the team’s facility as his father, even getting his own locker in the clubhouses in Chicago and Arizona, and traveled on the team plane for road series.

His presence was approved and welcomed a year ago, LaRoche’s first with the White Sox, but Sox President Kenny Williams asked him to scale it back this year.

Instead of trying to find a common ground LaRoche retired and walked away from his 2016 salary of $13 million.

The story has taken several twists and turns – the players nearly boycotted a game after a team meeting, the team ace Chris Sale accused Williams of lying and said he can’t be trusted – and it is far from over.

I happen to be working in Cubs camp the day afterward and it was the topic of the day.

Everyone had different versions of the same thing.

It’s a touchy subject. Team make the rules, but the about face in this case was odd. Each clubhouse has its own set of rules, but to a man they all supported LaRoche’s decision to put #FamilyFirst.

“For (Drake) to be allowed in and then can’t be, that is bizarre,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “Personally, I don’t think it would have been an issue if he had driven in 125, as he normally does. Adam is a class-act guy.”

Veteran catcher David Ross, a former LaRoche teammate, understood the pull to be family.

“My family is way more important than my job, personally,” Ross said. “Sometimes you have to make decisions about your core values and I think Adam made his decision on what his core vales are and what’s important to him in life. More power to him.”

The whole thing got me to thinking about how lucky I have been over the years to bring my daughter to sidelines for soccer games, press row at Wells Fargo for state basketball playoffs, wrestling matches and ball fields throughout the East Valley.

She has always been well behaved, well received and I’ve noticed over the years that she can provide to be a bit of an icebreaker for interviews.

It won’t be long now that she no longer wants to join me on her own accord or is simply old enough to say home on her own.

It will sadden me and let me reflect on the early years of her going everywhere with me as my “intern” with a press pass.

And much like LaRoche I know if at anytime someone ever questioned her presence by my side I would have walked away without reservation.

It wouldn’t have cost me $13 million, but it would have definitely cost me some priceless moments.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@evtrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda.

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Friday, March 18, 2016 4:24 pm. Updated: 4:31 pm. | Tags: Adam Laroche , Chicago White Sox

Thursday 03/03/2016
Pride shows quick improvement on tennis court

In trying to catch up on early season spring sports results one of the things that popped up was a quick turnaround with the Mountain Pointe boys tennis team.

The team win the Bronze Division at the East Valley Doubles team Invitational at Gene Autry on Saturday.

The Pride lost 4-1 to Desert Ridge in pool play but when the two squads met up in the finals Mountain Pointe turned the tables and won 3-2 for the championship.

"To rebound in the finals was great for us," Pride coach Larry Holmes said. "This tournament win will give us a springboard to build on."

In the title match, the No. 1 doubles team of Justin Timmerman and Logan Kenney lost to the Jaguars.

The groups to win were 2-4 as Jakob Carlson-Justin Williams, Jake Wilson-Alex Bauman and Matthew Logan-Connor Blythe to come away with the title.

In the first go-around only the duo of Logan and Blythe won.

The other championship matches had Mountain View def. Desert Vista 3-2 for the Gold title and Shadow Mountain topped Skyline 3-2 for the Silver.

* Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Thursday, March 3, 2016 2:09 pm. Updated: 2:33 pm. | Tags: Mountain Pointe Boys Tennis , Desert Vista Boys Tennis , Larry Holmes , East Valley Doubles Tournament , Matthew Logan , Connor Blythe

Thunderbird Invite a must-see for golf fans

The junior golf circuit for the JGAA is underway and one of the premier events is on tap this weekend.

The Thunderbird Invitational, held at Papago Golf Course, hosts a field of 48 boys and 24 girls on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Just about every top golfer in the East Valley is in the field, and with the weather as great as it is right about now it should be a great weekend to go watch a bunch of birdies on of the area’s top best courses.

Tee times start at noon on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“It’s amazing to think that this event has been showcasing Arizona’s long list of talented junior golfers for 22 years,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “As always, the field is made up of some very talented players in both the boys and girls divisions.”

This year’s field in the boys division features a host of strong players.

Highland’s Brock Goyen enters his first event of the 2016 season after winning the 2015 Desert Mashie Spring Championship as well as a tie for fith in last year’s Thunderbird Invitational. Also in his first event of the year, Thunderbird’s Jake Chanen won the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier last year, and placed second in the 2015 Thunderbird Invitational.

Last year’s champ on the girl’s side, Ahwatukee resident and Xavier product Alisa Snyder defends her title at the 2016 Thunderbird Invitational.

She also won the 2015 Thompson Invitational, a Junior Masters Series event. Snyder joins Gator teammate Emily Mahar of Scottsdale, who recently won the 2016 New Year's Shootout and the 2016 Phoenix Metro Junior Championship.

If there was a favorite, Ashley Menne of Surprise would fit the bill. She already won both of the Junior Masters Series events played so far this year: the 2016 Wigwam Invitational and the 2016 BMO Invitational. Chaparral’s Kelly Su enters after a great 2015 season that included a win at the State Junior Championship; a win at the Junior World Qualifier #1; and a win at the Tucson City Championship.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:41 pm. | Tags: Junior Golf , Thunderbird Invitational , Alisa Snyder , Brock Goyen

Tuesday 02/23/2016
Diamond stars return to the field

While in the midst of the final week of state basketball, the baseball and softball seasons get started this week.

There hasn’t been much time to dive into every spring sports team in the East Valley just yet so last year’s All-Tribune teams works as a nice cheat sheet for top players returning this year.

Baseball starts with the return of the Tribune’s player of the year from 2015 as Hamilton junior first baseman Nick Brueser is back after hitting .425 with 11 doubles, nine home runs and 35 RBIs with 13 stolen bases.

The other two first-team selections coming back are all of them are from Corona del Sol.

Senior outfielder Ryan Novis was the offensive catalyst as he hit .500 with 55 hits and produced 51 runs (33 runs, 18 RBIs)/

Junior Quinn Flanagan made a good first impressing, going 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA (56ks/49IP) for the Aztecs.

Marcos de Niza sophomore Nick Leach might be hard pressed to duplicate his initial campaign in a Padres’ uniform as the second baseman hit .425 with 31 runs and 19 RBIs.

Skyline junior shortstop Boyd Vander Kooi hit .444 with 26 runs scored and 23 RBI, while Mesa senior third baseman Tony Eto had 23 extra-base hits, 38 runs and 23 RBI with .473 average.

On the softball side of things three first-team selections are expected to be back as Williams Field senior first baseman Dalaney Nance hit .494 with 27 RBIs, while Red Mountain senior third baseman Lyndsay Steverson is one of the state’s top sluggers after going .492 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs last year.

Campo Verde’s Joee Romley is back in the fold as the junior outfielder hit .359 with 21 RBIs, while Westwood senior outfielder Savanna Shields is one of the area’s top speedsters after she scored 40 runs and stole 55 bases last season.

Other players to look out for are second team pick from last season.

*Elise Evans Chandler Prep 1B Fr. Didn’t play like a youngster, batting in 38 runs while scoring 29 runs and hitting .458.

* Bella Loomis Hamilton SS So. Hit .495 with 16 RBIs in her second season.

* Taylor Miller Corona del Sol 3B So. Only had 22 at-bats, according to MaxPreps profile, but hit .636 with 15 RBIs.

* Kiara Kennedy Desert Vista OF Soph. - Led the Thunder w/ 14 extra-base hits. including 10 doubles while hitting .333 with 17 runs, 20 RBIs

* Lindsey Wilson Seton Catholic OF Jr. - Outfielder who got on base effectively with a .528 batting average.

* Megan Herzog Mesquite Sr, - Pitched and played infield. Struck out 66 batters while hitting .446 with 29 RBIs.

* Myka Sutherlin Campo Verde Soph. - The young stud had a 1.78 ERA with 167 Ks in her first year of high school.

* Paige Cadien Chandler Prep Soph. - Her ERA of 2.96 was a tad high but she made up for it by going 7-2 with 123 Ks. Also hit .538.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@evtrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda.

Posted in Ahwatukee sports, Valley and state on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:14 am. Updated: 7:35 pm. | Tags: Baseball , Softball

Thursday 02/18/2016
Woodmansee develops into ASU's leader on diamond

The next step for Colby Woodmansee is a big one.

The Arizona State junior shortstop has made them all since leaving Desert Vista.

He earned some time as a freshman, and then had a breakout year as a sophomore for the Sun Devils as he was named first-team All-Pac-12.

Now he enters his junior year at 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds and is considered one of the team leaders and it is the first time he is draft eligible since

The website DIbaseball.com has him ranked as the fifth best shortstop in the country after hitting .308 (74 for 240) with 36 runs, 18 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBIs.

On Tuesday it was announced that Woodmansee was named to the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball student-athlete in the country.

Woodmansee is the 12th Sun Devil to be named to the preseason Golden Spikes Award This marks another major preseason accolade for Woodmansee, who has also earned preseason All-America recognition from Perfect Game (first team), Louisville Slugger and Baseball America (third team), and was listed as one of the top 50 prospects in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by Baseball America.

Sun Devils coach Tracy Smith inherited Woodmansee and he couldn’t be happier.

“All I know is what I’ve seen since I’ve been here and he has been pretty impressive,” Smith said earlier this month. “He’s got a big frame that he can grow into still and I think more power will come.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

Posted in Ahwatukee sports on Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:12 am. Updated: 11:25 am. | Tags: Colby Woodmansee , Arizona State Baseball , Desert Vista Baseball , Tracy Smith

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