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Basketball fun continues March 24 at Marcos
By Ethan Holly

March 18, 2006

The Tempe Union High School District was represented by three teams in the final four of the 5A division one boys basketball semi-finals.

The basketball fun will continue  with the first annual District Dunk Contest that is to be held March 24 at Marcos de Niza High School.  High-risers including Sean Imadiyi, Eric Hipolito and Mychael Broom are expected to participate.

Corona del Sol Varsity Girls Tennis is off to a strong start on its way to defending the central region title. Head coach Carol Sandvig has been able to adjust to the departure of 5A singles champion Lynley Wasson and has guided the Aztecs to a 7-2 record.

“We lost three members from last year’s varsity team,” senior Tara Prindiville said. “It was hard, but a lot of our team has stepped up.”

Instrumental to Corona’s success is senior Andrea Schams, who is the number one player on the tennis team. Schams and freshman Danielle Hoime have provided the Aztecs with two highly skilled players who can fill Wasson’s space.

In order to continue the winning tradition that has been associated with Corona girls tennis, the players have been pushed in practice.

“It is hard, but we have fun because we are doing it together as a team,” Prindiville said.

Corona Boys Volleyball is standing at a 4-3 record going into spring break.

With a schedule that includes top teams such as Mountain View, Brophy, and Highland, the Aztecs must bring their best effort every night.

“We want to win region and get farther in state,” senior Max Sisson said.

The break in classes gives the varsity volleyball team the chance to recuperate and add in junior Steve Harmon who just finished playing varsity basketball.

“Unity and team chemistry are what we need to work on,” senior Aram Asadi said. “I think the middle blocker position has lots of versatility. There is competition for spots and lots of rolls that can be filled.”

The Aztecs hope to make a strong push into state by finding the right line-up that will spark the team.

“Once we get a steady line-up we’ll clobber the competition,” Asadi said.

The state runner-up Corona boys basketball team relied on many seniors during this season, now its time for younger players to prepare for their chance.

Junior Brad Carroll was a key contributor for the Aztecs and had a huge game in the state semi-finals.

“It was pretty fun but kind of scary at the same time,” Carroll said. “I had to step up.”

While junior Phil Feinberg has become one of the top high jumping talents in the country, his dedication on the basketball court earned him key minutes for the Aztecs.

“All of the junior players who did not get a lot of playing time this year will need to step up next year because they will be senior leaders,” Feinberg said.

The Corona varsity squad was able to press so deep into the state playoffs due to their extreme depth and the seniors from this years team will be sorely missed.

“We’ll miss all the seniors, especially Sean Imadiyi,” Feinberg said.

Although Feinberg will leap immediately into track and field, Carroll will spend the off-season and the summer honing his skills for next year.

“I’m going to play on a club team and go down to the YMCA and shoot,” Carroll said.

The future of the Corona basketball team is in the hands of perimeter players Feinberg and Carroll, but if the team wishes to obtain close to the success they had this season, next year’s junior class will need to make major contributions.

Kyrene Corridor residents Alex and Kelsey Lawson may only be in middle school, but there is nothing elementary about their skill at tennis. Alex recently won the Price’s Creamery Sun City Junior Open in El Paso, Texas, in the 12-and-under singles division. He also placed first in doubles. Sister Kelsey finished third in singles and second in doubles in the 14-and-under division.  Alex and Kelsey are sixth and eighth graders respectively at Kyrene Middle School.













































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