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Wins over Marcos keeping Aztecs' playoff hopes alive

By Ethan Holly

April 15, 2006

Corona del Sol's 9-15 varsity baseball team is fighting to keep its playoff hopes alive. In two crucial region games the Aztecs displayed why their growing momentum provides hope for this season.

Corona senior pitchers Casey Barnes and Tim Martin paced the Aztecs to 12-4 and 9-3 victories over Marcos de Niza.

“We’re not a lock but I think we have a pretty good chance at making state,” junior Weston Stover said.

Aztec baseball has fought hard in region and played evenly with the competition.

“We’ve split every region game with Basha, Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista,” Stover said.

With games against highly ranked teams such as Brophy and Hamilton, the Aztecs will use their tough practices as motivation.

“We practice hard so we can play hard,” Stover said. “We practice playing tired, we’ll do some drills and then stop and run. We do this so when it comes to games we can play through it.”

With a sweep over the Padres, Corona baseball hopes to build upon its growing confidence.

“The momentum we have built will help us keep winning,” Stover said.

Boys varsity volleyball at Corona rode a balanced attack to third place in the prestigious Brophy Invitational.

Defeating central region foe Mountain Pointe twice in the tournament was a highlight for the team.

“It was a great victory and a small step towards a larger ambition of winning state,” senior Aram Asadi said. “I knew we were capable of beating them all along.”

The Brophy Invitational consisted of the top eight teams ranked in the pre-season. Volleyball powers Mountain View and Brophy battled in the championship game with Mountain View coming out on top.

“I thought we did really well at this tournament,” Asadi said. “Everyone exceeded their level. It’s part of that great team chemistry that we’ve needed a bit more of.”

With the current central region standings, the Aztecs will need Mountain Pointe to defeat the Desert Vista Thunder in order to still have a shot at winning the region title.

Track and field at Corona has remained competitive in region with the help of a consistent core of discus and shot-put throwers.

“So far we have been pretty good,” senior Arthur Ruiz said. “We’re not number one in state, but we aren’t horrible either.”

Ruiz has been aided by Coach Tim Kelly, who has helped him for the past four seasons at Corona.

“He’s a good coach who definitely knows what he is talking about,” Ruiz said.

A key member of this year’s track squad is junior Ryan Kelly.

“He has been doing phenomenal,” Ruiz said. “He’s throwing about 160 feet.”

Although perhaps not the most glamorous events in track and field, the shot-put and discus throwers will provide a boost to the Aztecs in the remaining region games.

Members of track and field took time out of their schedules to spend time with some of Corona’s little ones, the Aztykes.

“We chose them to come because of the people on track,” said junior Amanda Bollard, one of the Aztyke staff members. “A lot of them had been on football and asked to come back.”

The day's activities were geared toward competitions including a sprint, and three-legged and wheelbarrow races.

“It’s a new atmosphere and a new experience for the Aztykes when you get high school athletes to come in here,” Bollard said.

“Getting to hang out with a football or baseball player and interacting with them is important.”


Photo by David Stone


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