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Sports Notebook

By: Nathan Scherotter

Nov. 4, 2006


Senior quarterback/kicker Gavin Rodriguez left it all on the field to boost the Aztecs to victory over the highly ranked Basha Bears.

In a game that meant the difference between postseason or no postseason, it was all on the line for the team.

With the defense keeping Aztecs in the game by returning two turnovers for touchdowns by senior Tyler Blum and Eric Benson, it was up to Rodriguez to lead a last-minute drive to tie the Bears.

Throwing and running his way to get into field goal range, Rodriguez delivered the game-tying shot. However, on a late hit, Rodriguez went down with a cracked tibia.

His injury required surgery and a long recovery, taking him out for the season and leaving a big hole in the Aztec offense.

“With Gavin out, we have to keep running the ball like we always do,” senior linebacker Erik Lorenz said. “We have all our linemen back from injury, so that helps out a lot.”

The overtime victory for the team will pay dividends in the near future.

“(The victory) is huge because it gives us a chance for a home game the first round of the playoffs and a chance to be region champs,” Lorenz said.


The lady Aztecs volleyball team fell just short of capturing its fifth straight region title, but made up for that in the state tournament.

Defeating the region champion Mountain Pointe Pride in the first round and Xavier in the quarterfinals, the team was poised to capture a state championship.

The championship game, held Oct. 28 at Hamilton High School, placed the Gilbert Tigers against the Aztecs.

Despite the girls’ efforts, the Tigers proved to be too much and went on to take the title 3-1, leaving the Aztecs with the consolation of state runner-up.

“We had a lot of fun this season, which is the most important thing,” Coach Ben Maxfield said. “We exceeded everyone’s expectations, except our own, and silenced some critics.”

Swim & Dive

The swim and dive team will be sending more swimmers to the state championships than in the past seven years.

Following a less-than-rewarding region meet where both the boys and girls teams finished second, the individuals who qualified for state are looking forward to the challenge.

“The past couple of years we’ve been region champions, this year was a little disappointing that we didn’t win region however we still had an excellent meet the most swimmers qualified for state,” senior Ryan Shanken said.

Both teams finished with a 5-2 record and both finished second in the Tempe City Meet.

This year’s team was led by senior state champion Sam Maxwell, along with juniors Adam Small and Dana Sheperd.

Cross Country

This year’s Cross Country teams showed future promise for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. The boys squad had a successful season after losing their top two runners to graduation.

The team is looking to the future with several talented freshmen that placed third in the region tournament.

“We had a strong showing at the region tournament and look forward to a successful ending to a great season,” senior Eric Aiken.

The girls team is also hoping to build on a strong season. Led by young runners, the season’s highlights include taking first place at the Ojo Rio Invitational.

The state tournament for both the boys and girls will be held on Nov. 4 at the Cave Creek Golf Course.


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