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All-City Sports Notebook

The Aztecs’ senior-laden volleyball team started the season with high expectations of making an impact at tournaments, and during the regular season and has not faltered. Currently power-point ranked at only No. 8 with an 11-0 record against teams that count in the state ranking system, the Aztecs, however, have been ranked as the No. […]

All-City Sports Notebook

After both boys and girls teams won the City Tennis Meet that ended April 1—and with both undefeated in their regular season matching—Corona’s tennis program is on track to have either one of them emerge among the top seeds in the state tournament less than a month away. Getting to the state tennis tournament, though, […]

All-city Sports Notebook: Coach discounts team’s youth, says last season’s returnees can help offset weaknesses

Corona del Sol’s baseball team is young this season but strong on speed, hitting, defense and baseball knowledge, according to head coach Dave Webb. “Our weakness is probably youth,” said Webb, “but they can still play the game.” Webb will also be relying on the experience of seven players from last season who played significant […]

All-City Sports Notebook: Corona scores state title for Duane

Corona’s varsity basketball team, which went into competition late last month with a 30-game winning streak on the line, has written a new chapter in the record books of Arizona state basketball. It also added another triumph to a long family history of coaching at Corona, achieved by a father and son—Sam Duane and Sam […]

All-City Sports Notebook: Aztecs On a roll

Corona came out unscathed and on a roll after winning the Section II tournament  Feb. 11 by defeating Mesa Red Mountain 65-44 at Mesquite High school. “It’s nice to go in the state tournament playing well and on a roll,” said coach Sam Duane Jr. “We had to play three tough games at the sectional […]

Peat picks Stanford; others also sign

Brother Todd Jr. and fellow football and basketball teammate Avery Moss will have to do without Andrus Peat at Nebraska next year. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive tackle has chosen to be one of Stanford University’s 16 national recruits, surprising experts who were predicting he would choose the Cornhuskers. After receiving more than 30 scholarship offers, […]

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 […]

Aztecs in high gear after series of tough matchups

The Aztecs were ridden hard and hung up wet, so to speak, the week of Jan. 23, when they had to play three opponents who entered the game hoping to settle the score. Playing Mesquite, Mountain Pointe and Hamilton in the span of four days put the Aztecs to the test, but they emerged unscathed […]

12-0 season propels Marcos soccer toward state title

After repeatedly being knocked out of the running, the Marcos de Niza boys soccer team is fighting back for spot in the Division II state championship game for the first time in 20 years. This current group of players with head coach Daryl Chavez, who is a banker by day, finished the regular season undefeated […]

Duane Jr: ‘Clicking’ as a team is within reach for Aztecs

After defeating Hamilton 63-47 at the MLK Basketball Classic on Jan. 16 and Desert Vista 52-44 a week earlier, Corona’s boys basketball team is doing exactly what coach Sam Duane Jr. wants it to this time of the year—starting to click. “We are playing well but we still have room for improvement,” said Duane. “We […]

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