Corona was knocked out by Desert Vista
in the first round of playoffs, with a
disappointing 42-7 loss. The Aztecs were
devastated by injuries and could not
find the right recipe to score on the
tough Thunder defense.
“Overall, our season went really well,”
senior Gavin Rodriguez said.
“Until injuries hurt our team right in
the most important game of the year, the
The Aztecs finished the season with a
7-4 overall record and share the Region
Championship with Basha and Desert
In the region meet, the girls cross
country team surprised its competition,
especially Desert Vista, to take home
the region title. Top runners for the
who took 5th in 19:46.
Tori Papp was 9th,
finishing in 20:01; next came Katie
Kahler, 11th in 20:05.
In the state meet held Nov. 6, the boys
finished 11th and the girls
Corona’s girls cross country squad won
the region title, but required the help
of their sixth runner to decide a
Both Corona and Mountain Pointe turned
in a final score of 50.
In cross country, officials combine the
scores of the top five runners for each
team. Each team is allowed a sixth and
seventh runner in the event of a tie.
was Corona’s sixth runner who came in
before Mountain Pointe’s sixth runner.
Her performance sealed the upset for the
was Corona’s top runner, taking fifth in
19:46. Tori Papp was close behind
and finished ninth, finishing in 20:01.
Katie Kahler, Christina Freeman
and Katie Huch all came in just
The strategy to run in a pack paid off
as the top five runners finished within
24 seconds of each other.
The boys golf team finished sixth place
in the state tournament. Low scores
included senior Jake Golembiewski
and sophomore David Logston, who
finished the two-day competition with an
even par score.
The girls’ golf team also finished sixth
in its state tournament. Low scores
included sophomores Lindsey Kohl,
and Kelsey Hoyt.
Winter Sports Preview
This year’s Aztec basketball team will
have the difficult task of measuring up
to the past year’s squad.
Last year’s team went all the way to the
State Championship game and finished
second to Mountain View. This year’s
team returns two starters, seniors
Phil Feinberg and Brad Carroll
along with a solid supporting cast.
“The keys to success will be for
everyone to play their role,” Feinberg
said. “Another big thing will be
rebounding. If we can rebound well as a
team we should be okay.
The team’s first tournament will start
Nov. 28 with the regular season to
This year’s boys soccer team hopes to
improve on a first-round loss in last
year’s state tournament.
The 2006-2007 team will be primarily
lead by the returning seniors, however
there are a few young players who hope
to improve the team.
“We’re going to be really good this year
we have a lot of returning seniors so we
have high hopes.” senior Dain
According to Williams, the team’s goal
this year is to
keep improving as the season goes on and
excel in the state tournament.
“The key to success this year is team
cohesion,” senior Paul Schawecker
said. “We don’t have any individual
stars but as a synergistic unit we can
accomplish way more than just one
individual player,” Schawecker said.
The reigning state champions are set to
defend their state title with both
returning players and young talent for
the upcoming season.
After finishing last year with an
overtime victory against Mountain Pointe
in the state finals, the Lady Aztecs see
similar success for the upcoming season.
“My expectations are to do just as well
as we did last year,” junior Brittany
Cole said. “I know we can, we just
have to work.”
While the team has many of the returning
state champions coming back to play, it
will be missing goalie Stephanie
Phillips and senior Holly Benson,
which leaves a big hole in the team’s
defense and offense.
“We need to take every game one game at
a time and not worry about the future,”
Despite these losses, the team sees
success in the near future and hopes to
return to championship form.
“We are going to have a really good
young talented team,” senior Alexa