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Sports Notebook - 2006 Sports Recap

By Nathan Scherotter

Dec 16, 2006

Corona del Sol athletics proved to be successful in 2006, for both the team and for the individual.

“We had a very exciting year,” Athletic Director Dan Nero said. “Starting with the run boys’ basketball had, then to girls’ soccer, the past year has been great.”

The year encompassed numerous region titles. Varsity football, boys basketball, boys and girls golf, girls cross country, girls soccer, softball and wrestling all came away with a region trophy to make 2006 one of the most successful in Aztec history.

Along with the region victories, Corona had one 5A State Champion in girls soccer and three state finalists in boys basketball, softball and girls volleyball.

Also, individual champions over the past year included graduated seniors Robert Holbrook in wrestling and Dave Phipps in diving.

“All the kids worked so hard,” Nero said. “All the sports were great, including JV and the freshman teams.”

Nero also mentioned how impressed he was with the number of students involved in the Corona athletic program.

“I love to win championships,” Nero said. “But last year we had more kids out for sports than ever. Over 800 kids were involved; that is what I am most proud of.”

However, what might be more impressive than last year’s results are the number and quality of individual athletes who graduated in 2006 who were able to extend their sporting futures into competitive colleges.

Collegiate-bound athletes in 2006

Matt Mosley – Washington State

Nate Telep – Louisiana State University

Katie Cartwright – UC Berkeley

Casey Schreiner – Northern Arizona University

Sean Imadiyi – New Mexico

Brett Miller – Yavapai College

Matt Ortiz - MCC

Cameron Smith – SCC

Ronnie Romo – Kansas Wesleyan

Casey Barnes – Kansas Wesleyan

Brandon Adams – Colorado Christian University

Robert Holbrook – Duke

Lisa Helmers – Loyola Marymont

Collegiate-bound athletes in 2007 to date

Samantha Maxwell – Notre Dame

Phil Feinberg – Louisville

Maya Janousek – Northern Arizona University

Michelle Hein – Christian Brothers in Memphis

Brittany Cole – University of Arizona

Winter Sports Update


The Lady Aztecs, over five days of play, fought hard to come away with the Diablo Tournament title. Starting the tournament with impressive victories over Chandler and North Canyon, the Aztecs set themselves up to have a rematch of last years championship against region rival Mountain Pointe in the semi-finals. This time, however, the results were different.

The Aztecs did not need overtime to defeat the Pride. The Aztecs won 4-0 in regulation and went on to beat Desert Vista 1-0 in the championship game. Winning goal was scored by senior Alexa Daiutolo, who also set the Aztec record earlier in the tournament with six assists in one game. 

“We are really excited,” Daiutolo said. “We had some huge wins this past week and I think that this tournament helped us grow as a team.”

The boys’ soccer team made it to the semifinal game in the Diablo tournament as well. However, a late comeback by Mountain Pointe led to an Aztec loss in pk’s. The boys’ team is ranked in the top-5 in the state according to power-points.


The boys’ Varsity team went 1-1 the previous week, defeating the Skyline Coyotes and losing to the Gilbert Tigers. This loss was another close contest, however being outscored by nine points in the second half led to the Aztec’s 4th loss of the season. The team also lost another close game to Shadow Mountain last Tuesday, only losing by four points.

“We’ve lost three really close games that could have gone either way,” junior Nick Timpone said. “We have a ton of potential, but the ball just aren’t bouncing our way right now, but they will.”


Wrestling is off to another great start this season. This year’s team is trying to three-peat in region and seems poised to do just that. The team won its first three matches in impressive form. A victory over Caesar Chavez (69-4), Highland (42-18) and Westwood (47-18) leave the Aztecs with an undefeated match play record. The team also finished fourth in the Westwood Warrior Classic. 



Photo by Kris Cartwright


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