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You would think that the basketball season was right around the corner from all the attention Corona’s boys basketball team has garnered in the press so far this summer but according to coach Sam Duane Jr., it’s business as usual for his team. “We’ve been working on team chemistry, one of our usual summer goals, […]

Single-vote defeat of AIA transfer rule still causing consternation

The defeat of the AIA transfer rule in early March has been deemed by many of the sports writers in the state as one of the biggest stunners of 2012-13, along with Corona’s boys basketball team repeating as state champions. The Aztecs were not touted as favorites to repeat this past season after losing shooting […]

Camaraderie helps reinvigorate softball; 19 from Tempe get All-City recognition

Corona’s softball team won 11 of its last 12 games to end the regular season 21-11 and enter the state playoff tournament as the No. 16 team where they lost in the first round 2-1 to No. 17 Perry. “Our regular season was quite successful and challenging at the same time,” said coach Jennifer Ray. […]

Stellar year for Corona track as boys place 2nd in state

Corona’s track program had is best year in recent history with the boys team capturing second place at the Division I state track meet May 8 and 11 at Mesa Community College when two relay teams not only gave the Aztecs valuable points but were crowned state champions, one for the second year in a […]

Corona track team sprints toward a record-breaking season

The Aztec track program has been hot the past couple of weeks setting 44 personal records and breaking four school records according to head coach Jim Kelly. “We had 22 athletes qualify for the prestigious Arcadia Invitational Track Meet in Arcadia, CA, April 5-6, where several of our kids broke school records or set personal […]

Baseball coach pitches what may be a life changing concept to his team

Corona head baseball coach Dave Webb’s chance meeting with a young man last fall turned out to have an unexpected, and at the same time beneficial, impact, not only on Webb but on his players and the entire team as well. “Last fall, while working for USA Baseball,” Webb said, “I met a young man […]

High school athletes recognized in annual fall All City awards

Corona athletes honored were Stephanie Kennedy and Kasey Kiefer for volleyball, Sam Radford, Aaron Simons and James Contes for football, Nathan Rodriquez for cross country, Chloe Hacker in diving and Halie Carpenter for girls golf. Senior Kennedy, playing the libero position, led the team in digs with 475, or 4.4 digs a set, and in […]

Aztec wrestlers pin their hopes on a state tourney victory in February

The Aztecs, expected to be one of the strongest teams in the state tournament in February, continued their dominance by winning the Moon Valley Invitational Dec. 22 and defeating their closest competitors, Camp Verde, by 53 points, Dobson by 111 points, Coconino by 125 points and Desert Vista by 129 points. Corona, undefeated in Arizona […]

Holiday matches will test wrestlers’ durability

Corona’s wrestling team has started this season on top, winning every match including a first-place at the Southwest Showdown. Not only have they won every match but nine of their wrestlers have lost only two or less matches in their quest for another state championship. “Freshman Bridger Barker (170 pound weight class), junior Ethan Tursini […]

Benson, Siefker setting page for Aztecs’ 2013 run at state title

The Aztecs may have a huge target on their back after winning 30 straight games and the Division I state championship last season, but with the help of a veteran point guard, a hard-nosed defender and the leadership of five seniors, they could easily find themselves in the mix for another state title. Aztec returning […]

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