Tempe, McClintock athletes honored at All City banquet
Greg Mills – Junior, Offensive Line, All City Offensive Line
Greg Mills’ play on the offensive line helped lead the Tempe Buffaloes to 169 rushing yards per game, including 221 yards rushing in their final game of the season against Maricopa. He was selected All City for his aggressive and intelligent style of play on the line. His dominating play on the field and his leadership off the field make him a blessing for any football team to have on their roster. Only a junior, Mills will return for one more season of football under Coach Brian Walker.
Comments from Tempe Buffaloes Coach Brian Walker — “I am extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to coach Greg for the past couple years. He has been a consummate leader both on and off the field. He has volunteered at many community worthy events throughout the Tempe community, as well as achieving a 3.8 core GPA in the classroom. Greg is a two-year letter winner for us and I am waiting to see his continued growth this upcoming season. It’s going to be a blessing to have him back next year. His leadership alone both on the field and off the field is going to mean so much to this program.”
Joseph Wells – Senior, Wide Receiver/Defensive back, All City Defensive Back
Joseph Wells was selected All City as a defensive back representing the McClintock Chargers, but he was a star on all sides of the football. He played receiver and kick returner, and led with explosive plays like two touchdown receptions in the third quarter of the first game of the season to defeat Tempe High 47-14. He also returned an impressive 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play against Marcos de Niza in October. Wells is still undecided on his choice of college.
Comments from McClintock Chargers Coach Matthew Lewis — “I don’t know if it’s so much what football will do for him; it’s more what Joe will give to wherever he decides to be a part of. What I’ve learned is that as much as he has helped and was a leader on this team, he’s going to bring more to the table to whatever he chooses to do next and that’s really the blessing. He was for all intensive purposes the MVP of our entire team. If you looked at our defense, offense and special teams he was the MVP of each of those areas. The character, the work ethic and the fact that he was always supportive of a new coaching staff had the greatest impact in terms of his leadership.”
Editor’s note: McClintock High School and Tempe High School each each had one athlete honored at the Tempe All City Association Fall Sports Banquet held Jan. 30 at the Tempe Sheraton.