Corona honors basketball seniors
The CdS boys basketball program
honored seven senior players and
their parents before the game
against San Luis on Jan. 8.
In addition to team captains Nick
Timpone and Alex Zener,
the seniors credited for their hard
work and dedication to Corona
basketball were Aaron
Foshie, Louis Feinberg,
Nikhil Kulkarni, Mike
McCoy and Logan Roberts.
The easy win for the Aztecs, 108-5,
was like icing on the cake after the
team had some impressive wins over
the winter break, finishing second
in the McClintock Holiday Shoot-out.
The Aztecs had a difficult schedule
in the preseason, losing several
games by three or fewer points.
Instead of throwing in the towel,
competing against some of the best
teams in the state has helped this
Aztec team get better.
“We have been consistently
improving, said Coach Sam Duane
Jr. “We have proven that we
are a very good team. Finishing
second in the McClintock Tournament
was a great accomplishment.”
Corona easily won its first game in
the McClintock Shootout against
Canyon del Oro. Everyone on the
team, including David Whitmore,
Tory Gomez and Grant
Walton, had productive minutes
on the court with Mike Stahl
scoring 7 big points and getting an
impressive steal for the 6’6”,
The second highly competitive game
was against cross-town rival Marcos
de Niza. Several of the players had
been teammates in middle school so
both teams came out ready to play
ball. The Aztecs pulled out a win
with a 2-point put back by Zener at
the buzzer for a 65-63 score.
The third game was against Loyola, a
Southern California team that showed
up in the desert with an impressive
roster expecting to take back the
The Aztecs were not impressed, with
McCoy putting up 12
first-half points and Leland
Devlin adding 17 on several
back-to-back threes which had CdS
going into the locker room leading
43-28 at the half.
Loyola made several runs in the
second half but never was able get
any closer than 3 points especially
after Tarik Smith came off
the bench to go coast-to-coast for a
lay-up that had the home-town crowd
on their feet.
ended up with a season-high 34
points and Timpone made
several clutch free-throws at the
end to seal the 87-80 win.
Corona was not able to beat St.
Mary’s in the championship game,
losing 59-66, despite a big game
from Kulkarni who scored 6
points and had several steals. Even
though the Aztecs lost in the
finals, several positive highlights
came out of the tournament.
and Timpone made the
all-tournament team and Coach
Duane was pleased with the
progress his team had made.
“Our bench and depth was a big plus
and a key for our success,” said
Duane. “Our scoring was also much
more balanced throughout the
tournament which we really need,”
CdS finds itself over 50 percent for
this first time with 6 wins and only
2 losses in their last 8 games for
an overall 8-7 record after soundly
beating Brophy 63-47, on Jan. 7,
with Andrew Fox scoring a
season-high 12 points.
The Aztecs had a game schedule that
included Jan. 10 against Boulder
Creek at home; Tuesday, Jan. 15, at
St. Mary’s; and Thursday, Jan. 17,
at Red Mountain before they enter
the always highly competitive
Central Region play Jan. 22 against
Mt. Pointe at home.
“I believe our team is as prepared
as anyone as we approach region
play,” said Duane. “The team has
made rebounding and defending a
priority, and we’ve tried to get
teams into an up-tempo game which
better suits the style we play and
“Additionally, we will have to
continue to get better and will have
to raise our intensity defensively
on a consistent basis every game to
be successful in the Central
Duane is also counting on the
Aztecs’ depth, which has allowed the
team to develop a strong bench and
match-up better with opposing
“Our bench has come into games and
we have not missed a beat,” he said.
“Our depth will be another key in
determining how successful we will
be down the stretch.”
You can find the Aztecs game
schedule, results and other
information at the team’s website:
The Lady Aztecs have won four of
their last six games and made it to
the finals in the Red division of
the Nike Tournament of Champions
held in Chandler over the winter
Corona played well the entire
tournament, despite battling
injuries, and is starting to gain
momentum after losing several games
in the preseason partly due to their
CdS has a couple of weeks to fine
tune its game before starting region
play Jan. 22.
The Lady Aztecs lost to Gilbert
Mesquite in the Nike Tournament Red
division final despite being within
3 points at 51-49 in the fourth
quarter on a basket by Jordyn
Corona resorted to fouling in an
attempt to get the ball back in
their hands so they could score
points. Mesquite responded by
making their free throws when Corona
put them on the line and the Lady
Aztecs could not make up the
difference, finally losing 66-60.
Corona’s leading scorer, and
Wentis had team highs with 16
points each. Ali Beard,
second in rebounds for the team,
leads the team in 3-point shots and
blocks, with almost one block a
game; she is the second leading
scorer with almost 9 points a game.
In addition to Wentis,
Pestaolzzi and Ali Beard,
Coach Pat Reed has also
started getting consistent
performance from Nicole Coggins,
with over 8 points a game; she leads
the team in steals at 33. Andrea
Beard has continued to be a
force to be reckoned with in the
middle, with almost one block a game
and leading the team in rebounds.
has continued to be the leader in
assists, averaging almost 4 a game
and ranking second in steals at 31.
Juqova Cook has been crashing
the boards when she is on the floor
averaging over 4 rebounds a game and
averaging over 4 points a game.
Corona is hoping to keep its train on track going into the second
half of the season, but in order to
do that they will need to take a
long bus ride to Yuma to play San
Luis Tuesday night, January 8, and
another bus ride to Anthem to play
Boulder Creek, January 10.
Their next home games are Tuesday,
Jan. 15, against St. Mary’s and
Thursday, Jan. 17, against defending
5A-I state champion Red Mountain.
Region play will start Jan. 22 at
Corona del Sol’s wrestling team won
the McClintock wrestling tournament
over the holidays, with 10 wrestlers
placing against 26 teams.
Every competitor in Corona’s line-up
scored, with the team amassing 237
points against the next-best team,
Mesa Westwood, at 168 points.
At the start of the season, coach
Dan Vibber felt his team would
be extremely competitive, but
winning the McClintock tournament
has given its wrestlers an added
incentive to try not only to win the
Central Region title but to repeat
5-A state championships in several
weight classes and win the state
5A-I team title.
has five returning state medalists.
Junior Luke Macciaroli, in
the 215-pound weight class, was
state runner-up last year, state
champion the year before, and is off
to a great start this year with a
was named outstanding wrestler in
the McClintock tournament in the
upper weight classes, winning all
five of his matches by fall or major
Another returning state medalist is
senior Trevor Stapp (280),
who was state champion and state
tournament MVP last season.
along with sophomore Ryan Miller
(125), won titles in the McClintock
tournament. Miller was state
champion in his weight class last
year as a freshman.
Another sophomore, Derek Felton
(152), state runner-up last year,
made the championship final at the
Senior Travis Fulton (160)
and junior Kasey Turner (119)
also made the championship final at
The Aztecs received help in the
consolation bracket from varsity
wrestlers to help win the McClintock
Returning seniors Trey McAlister
and Skyler Fish, along with
juniors Jordin Pagel and
David Hoover, have varsity
experience and are expected to
continue contributing to wins the
rest of the season. Varsity lineup
newcomers who also expected to pin
some opponents to the mat during
this season are freshman Ryan Cox,
sophomores Justin Cullins,
Blake Ortiz, Brad Spadafor
and Mike Howard and juniors
Kevin Etchells, Patrick
Szajna and Sean Larsen.
said he hopes to have established
his best line-up for the rest of the
season, which started Jan. 9 when
the Aztecs hosted Yuma Cibola.
Corona was due to host the Aztec
Duals Wrestling Invitational Friday
and Saturday, Jan. 11-12. Then the
Central Region matches will start,
with Coach Vibber expecting
Desert Vista to be the team to beat
with several other teams looking
good in the preseason for the state
matches including Mesa, Dobson,
Highland and Red Mountain.