Hours before sunrise, Corona del Sol senior Jacob Stewart dove into the water for swim practice but something was different.
The Aztecs started their first possession against Desert Ridge on Oct. 7 with a kickoff return by Brandon Gavel to the Aztecs’ 37-yard line. The gain proved fruitless when they were unable to capitalize on this good field position to sustain a drive or score a point until the third quarter.
Corona’s girls volleyball team, at the Westwood Tournament of Champions on Sept. 17, went undefeated in eight matches, losing only two sets in the process, to play against the state’s No. 1 ranked team the championship finals.
The Aztecs started the season in the same manner as they did in 2013 when they went on to take home the state championship trophy by winning their first meet, with two of their senior runners, Nate Rodriguez and Ryan Normand, crossing the finish line one-two at the Chandler Cross Country Invitational.
Corona’s football team started its first game of the season strong but fell flat in the second half, losing to Highland 27-18.
The Marcos de Niza family of students, alumni, teachers, staff and fans—in addition to a whole lot of people from Tempe and surrounding areas—can be proud of Marcos alum and new Olympian Sam Dorman, who recently won a silver medal with his diving partner, Mike Hixon, in the men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving competition during the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
High school football is just around the corner with both Marcos de Niza and Corona del Sol high schools scheduled to play in less than a month.
Wrestlers, like most high school athletes, use their summer vacation from school to sharpen their skills against the best competition they can find to further their specific athletic development in preparation for the high school season.
The Aztecs ended the season ranked No. 10 in the state after making it into the DI state volleyball championship tournament as the No. 6 seed on May 7. Corona eventually lost to the Mesa Jackrabbits in the first round 3-1 but finished the season 22-11-1 and 6-1.
Andrew Weber is adjusting to the cards he’s been dealt. In that process, he’s developed a negative into a huge positive.