The winter basketball season is
almost half over for the Aztecs,
leaving the team with a 8-7 record.
Entering the McClintock Holiday
Shootout the boys squad lost three
in a row and looked to reverse its
The first game of the tournament
slotted Corona against Desert
Mountain, a rematch of the Mesa High
Thanksgiving Invitational final. In
the previous meeting the Wolves
reeled off a late fourth quarter
comeback to hand the Aztecs their
first loss of the season.
However, on Dec. 27, the Aztecs had
their revenge, defeating the Wolves
in a physical and emotional game.
“The win was big for us,” senior
forward Johnny Beerling said.
“We played hard and were able to
build momentum for the upcoming
After this victory, the team’s path
to the championship had to go
through the Dobson Mustangs. Corona
also played Dobson earlier in the
season and was soundly defeated
The Aztecs’ second chance produced
similar results. A 50-61 loss now
places the team on the consolation
side of the bracket.
Solid performances by seniors
Phil Feinberg and Brad
Carroll has been the norm for
the Aztecs all season, and the same
was true throughout the tournament.
Also stepping up against the
Mustangs was senior forward
Justin Kelly, who pulled down
many important rebounds and added
another inside presence.
“All the games we’ve played have
been close,” Kelly said. “We have to
be able to finish off the games,
Following the tournament the Aztecs
resume head-to-head play against the
Chandler Wolves, and region play
starts the following week at home
against highly ranked Desert Vista.
“The region games coming up after
break are really important,”
Beerling said. “All the region games
are really close and mean a lot to
us and to our fans.”
The Aztecs finished the tournament
with a win again Horizon, finishing
fifth out of a possible 18.
The Lady Aztecs have continued their
winning tradition well into this
season, however lost 2-1 in the
finals to Mountain Pointe.
The Mustang Soccer Tournament at Red
Mountain Park showcased the Aztecs’
dominance through the first four
Going 3-0 to start the tournament,
the Aztecs had impressive wins over
Mesquite, Yuma and Mountain Ridge.
“We played really (through our first
games),” sophomore striker
Whitney Miller said. “We had
some big wins against tough teams.”
Tournament goals were scored by
Miller, junior striker Brittany
Cole, junior striker Krista
Hoffer, freshman midfielder
Jessica Johnson, senior defender
Sydney Rea and sophomore
The team had also dominated the
field with the absence of star
midfielder and assists-leader senior
Alexa Daiutolo, who was
unable to attend this tournament.
The Aztecs had hoped to gain the
tournament title on Dec. 30 and took
their confidence into the start of
“We have to take it a game at a
time,” Schroeder said prior to the
tournament. “We try to stay focused
on each individual game and not
think about the future. If we do
that we will be fine.”
The boys soccer team has also had
very positive results over the first
half of the season.
Going 5-2 in regular season play and
reaching the semifinals in the Tempe
Diablos Tournament left the Aztecs
with high hopes for the second half
and into the Dobson Soccer
Through the first three games of the
tournament, the Aztecs went 2-0-1.
In the semi-finals against
Salpointe Tucson, however, they took
a defeat but won later to take third
place in the tournament.
The team has defeated Mesquite 3-1,
Highland 4-3 and tied Millennium.
“Our best game was a comeback win
over Highland,” senior defender
Dain Williams said.
This game displayed all of sophomore
forward Matt Widjaja’s
skills, including a hat trick.
According to Williams, Widjaja
played well throughout the
After the tournament the boys also
look to region play, where both
Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe
stand in the way of a region title.
That competition starts the week of