Corona, Marcos athletes honored at All City banquet
Corona del Sol
Corona had seven athletes honored at the Tempe All City Association Fall Sports Banquet held Jan. 30 at the Tempe Sheridan.
Zack Hamm, Avery Moss and Andrus Peat were given awards for football by head coach Tom Joseph.
“All three were instrumental to our success this season,” said Joseph. “They are all tremendous young men and a pleasure to coach.”
Moss and Peat, both current members of Corona’s No. 1 ranked basketball team, will play collegiate football next fall. Moss has already committed to Nebraska while Peat was scheduled to announce his decision between USC, Stanford and Nebraska on National Letter on Intent Day, Feb. 1. Hamm, only a junior, was the leading tackler on Corona’s team this season.
Jamie Burt, Haley Kesteloot and Kasey Kiefer received awards from head coach Ben Maxfield for their contribution to Corona’s volleyball team’s 28-13 record this season.
“Haley was a tremendous leader both on and off the court during her four years on Varsity,” said Maxfield. “Her exceptional defensive skills will be greatly missed.”
Kesteloot, as the team’s libero, averaged over three digs per game for the team and a total of 20 aces this season.
“Jamie led our team in hitting this year,” continued Maxfield. “She is one of those rare players that can be goofy one second, and totally focused the next one.”
Burt, as the opposite hitter, was one of the top kill leaders on the team with a total of 229 kills averaging over 2.2 kills a game.
“We still have Kasey for another year,” stated Maxfield. “She is developing into a powerful outside hitter, and she is an extremely coachable player.”
Kiefer, one of the team’s outside hitter, played in 102 games averaging over 2.5 kills per game.
Chloe Hacker was recognized for her diving prowess winning her second Division I state diving championship for Corona this year as only a sophomore.
“Chloe came back this season focused, prepared mentally and in top condition,” said heading swimming coach Ron Musgrave. “Our diving coach, Lije Arnold, thought Chloe seemed to have developed a new “grace in flight” which in turn allowed her to add more degrees of difficulty in her dive selections this year. We are blessed to have such a truly gifted student athlete in our program.”
Marcos de Niza
Marcos had five football players receive recognition for their achievements on the football field at the Tempe All City Association’s Fall Sports banquet.
Head coach Roy Lopez presented the awards to Rashad Baker-Walker, Paul Elvira, Giovann Gomez-Makel, Adam Pavlenko and Tommy Thornton.
Senior Baker-Walker, a 5-foot-11 223 pound defensive lineman averaged over eight tackles and almost one sack a game with 97 total tackles for the season.
Junior Elvira, a 6-foot-1 wide receiver had four rushing touchdowns, 774 receiving yards averaging over 9 yards per carry and 65 yards a game.
Senior Gomez-Makel, a 5-foot-8 defensive back had a total of 74 tackles averaging over six tackles a game and was named player of the week Sept. 11, 2011 for two picks, one for a touchdown and one tackle for a loss.
Senior Pavlenko, a 5-foot-11 linebacker averaging over nine tackles and 2.5 points per game with four rushing touchdowns has committed to Iowa State.
Senior quarterback Thornton, at 6-foot-3 207 pounds, has committed to the University of Wyoming. He averaged almost 200 pass yards per game amassing a total of 2368 passing yards with 20 passing touchdowns and rushed for 768 yards during the season.