Although the spring sports season is
almost a month away, the expectations
for this year’s Corona del Sol
softball team continue to build.
Last season’s team was loaded at all
positions, resulting in five of its
members being selected for the all-city
banquet. More importantly, last year’s
varsity team contained no seniors and 10
juniors. Also on the Aztec squad were
two sophomores and a freshman.
“Our expectation for this year’s team is
to win state,” Senior Elena Marroquin
With 10 seniors returning to the squad,
the Aztecs will leap immediately from
inexperienced status to being one of the
best teams in the Central Region. Head
coach Jennifer Ray has led the Aztecs to
a state title before and it appears this
group is capable of winning another.
“Coach Ray makes it fun for everybody to
play,” Marroquin said. “She is very
supportive of everyone on the team.”
Senior players who signed with colleges
include Kelsey Starr at
University of Nevada Reno, Caylyn
Carlson at Arizona State University
and Elena Marroquin at Mesa Community
Aztec Girls Soccer continues to
roll through the competition, winning
all three games in central region play.
With the team’s only loss coming in its
first match against Horizon High School,
the Aztecs appear poised to return to
the state championship game.
“I am not sure if Horizon is one of our
top competitors because we have improved
so much since the beginning of the
year,” junior Ashley Smeltzer
The Aztec squad is currently ranked
first in powerpoints in state and has
cruised to early victories in region.
Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie
Phillips has been scored on just
once in region play.
“Overall we have got a very talented
team this year,” Smeltzer said.
“Our speed up front is unbelievable,”
With skilled teams from Red Mountain
High School and Mountain Pointe eager to
upset the Aztecs in state, the team will
need to continue to play its best all
the way through the state tournament.
“This is one of the best teams that
Corona has ever had,” Smeltzer said.
Corona Boy’s Varsity Basketball
continued its undefeated season by
beating rival Desert Vista High School
in a central region matchup, 61-56. The
Aztecs hold on to their number one
ranking in state as well as adding to
their powerpoint total.
Before this game, despite losing twice
this season, Desert Vista was ranked
higher than the Aztecs in powerpoints
and would have had the top seed in the
Senior Brett Miller helped Corona
pull away with several key
Boys Varsity Soccer
obtained a key region victory with a 6-3
win over the Marcos de Niza
“We tried to just stay inside our game
plan,” junior Paul Schauwecker
said. “The key was to control the ball.”
Head Coach Dan Salas was absent, as he
was serving a one-game suspension due to
an ejection against Basha High School.
This young varsity squad has only
several upperclassmen and has improved
significantly since the beginning of the
season. The Aztecs will compete in an
extremely difficult region. Top-ranked
Desert Vista has had only one goal
scored on them against it this season by
an Arizona team.
“When we play our style we’ve got a
chance to win any game because we will
put the ball in the net,” Schauwecker