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Sports Notebook:
Club hockey melting ice, competition
By Ethan Holly

February 4, 2006

Although cold temperatures may still be felt around Arizona, the Corona del Sol Club hockey team was heating things up on the ice.
The Aztec team currently has eight wins and only two losses on the season. The club competes against schools across the state in a special league set up for high schools.

"Mountain Ridge and Desert Vista are two of the top teams in our league," junior Jordan Silk said.
Silk is a defenseman for the Aztecs in a sport that is difficult to practice in a region where snow is almost
unheard of.

"I shot pucks in my garage before the season started," Silk said. "And I would also work out at the gym."
Despite consistently placing as one of the top five teams in the state in hockey, the Aztec squad has had little fan support.

"People should come out and watch the players have some fun and just support the team," Silk said. "It's a physical game and you can come watch players get knocked over on the ice."
The varsity boys basketball team at Corona continued its undefeated season with a victory over Central Region rival Marcos de Niza High School. This win pushed its record to 20-0.

Despite the ongoing suspension of senior Kal Bay of the Padres, Marcos fought hard and was within one
point of the Aztecs at the half. Three-year varsity member senior Clayton Bates led Corona in the second half to a 98-90 victory.
With this victory, the Corona del Sol squad has a good chance to continue its stay in the FAB 50. The top 50 boys basketball teams from across the country are ranked each week by the Rivals scouting network.


Since winning the McClintock Holiday Invitational Tournament, the Aztecs have been ranked no lower than 40th in the nation.
The Corona basketball team is not the only Central Region high school that is doing well in the standings.
Both Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe are among the top five teams in state under the new power point rankings.
It took four years since he stepped down as head coach of the girls basketball team, but Larry Hughes has finally been honored for his numerous contributions to Corona. The official name for the gym will now be Larry Hughes Court at Sammy Duane Gymnasium.

At halftime of the Corona girls varsity game against Basha High School, the floor was officially renamed.
"We had a little ceremony at the center of the court and then had a reception afterwards," Assistant Principal Dan Nero said.
Hughes was head coach of the girls varsity basketball program before handing over the reins to assistant coach Pat Reed. During his tenure at Corona, Hughes guided the Aztecs to back-to-back state
championships and retired in 2002 after winning a third. Hughes was also involved with boys golf and the football team. The lone state championship trophy in football for the Aztecs came in 1980 during his tenure as head coach. Lacrosse coaches needed Youth lacrosse clubs in the Kyrene Corridor are looking for coaches to assist with the program. The two teams, the high school Aztecs and the middle school Warriors, compete in the Arizona Youth Lacrosse


It's a great way for an ex-player to stay involved with the sport and teach the next generation of lacrosse players.
If you are interested, contact Cliff Prausa at






























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