Senior Lisa Helmers ended her
recruitment this week and nobody was as
happy as she was.
“I’m so glad I made the decision early,”
Helmers said. “It takes a lot of worry
out of my high school basketball
season. Now I can really enjoy my
A leader on the Aztec girls basketball
team almost her entire four years,
Helmers was very confident in her
decision to attend Loyola Marymount
“The location was great and so were the
coaches,” Helmers said. “Loyola was
also a great school academically.”
Despite the intense interest from
University of Portland as well as Santa
Clara University, Helmers knew that LMU
was the right choice for her. Her
teammate on the Arizona Elite club team,
Jessica Vargas will also be
attending Loyola Marymount next year.
Although Helmers will be playing
basketball in college she also was a
pivotal member of the Corona girls
varsity volleyball team.
“I never really though about not
playing,” Helmers said. “It keeps you
The Aztec volleyball squad took second
in state against top rival Xavier High
The game was amazing,” Helmers said.
“Playing in a big arena with all the
fans watching brought it to a bigger
With volleyball season over, Helmers
must now focus on leading an
inexperienced squad in basketball.
“Although we’re young hopefully we can
make a lot of improvements as the season
goes on,” Helmers said. “Jordyn
Wentis is a sophomore who can come
out right away and make a big impact.”
The Aztec Boy’s Varsity golf team
concluded their season with a 5th
place overall finish in state. Hamilton
High School took first in one of the
strongest field of teams in years.
Although the Aztecs had hoped for a
higher finish, the future for the team
looks very promising.
“We return five of our top six players
next season, which is really exciting,”
Junior Nate Scherotter said.
“Brophy graduates all of their top six
and Hamilton loses three of their top
six so we seem to be in good shape for
With a team that believed it was among
the top three in state, their finish was
“We just didn’t capitalize on the
opportunities we had,” Scherotter said.
“We didn’t play great, we all just
Between high school golf seasons,
players generally can play at
tournaments sponsored by different
associations. The JGAA (Junior Golf
Association of Arizona) has individual
tourneys that most members of the Aztec
team will be participating in.
Hopefully the tough lessons learned by
this year’s squad can translate into
bigger success next year.
“This year we played more like a team
than in years past,” Scherotter said.
“This experience will hopefully let us
become stronger players for next year.”
The Aztec Varsity swim team continued
their region dominance with both the
boys and girls teams taking 1st
in region. The girls swim team had an
especially impressive year with head
coach Deb Peterson being awarded the
Girls Region Coach of the year, and
swimmers Erin Campbell and Sam
Maxwell being named region swimmers
of the year.
Girls swim placed third overall in the
state tournament and also were named the
Tempe city champs. The boys team was
led by region swimmer of the year
Nate Telep and they took 5th
WANTED: Boy’s Lacrosse Players for the
Warriors middle school team and the
Aztec High school team. Kyrene Corridor
resident Cliff Prausa will be the head
coach of both teams. He competed in the
sport at the collegiate level as well as
directing youth lacrosse in the area for
four years. Both teams will be
competing in their respective divisions
of the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League.
New players are welcome and will learn
the fundamentals quickly. For more
information you may contact Prausa at
(602) 738-9377 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.