heat subsiding and the traditional
homecoming game coming up, school athletics
are in full swing for the Corona del Sol
Girls badminton has a new coach, and a fresh
group of talent heading into one of their
most difficult out of region schedules
included the talented Horizon High team as
well as attending the prestigious North
Canyon Badminton tournament. Senior Rachal
Bowden led the way for the Aztecs with a
second place finish overall in the singles
"There was a lot of good competition out
there," Bowden said.
Bowden, along with seniors Kelsey Starr,
Danah Ramirez and Jennie Barcelona, must
provide experience for a squad that contains
14 freshman players as well as newcomer
"I think it's fun having new players on the
team," Bowden said. "I get to really help
out a lot and it's a good opportunity for me
to learn how to coach, because that is
something I'd like to do later in life."
Although Bowden has been a member of the
badminton team since her freshman year, it
was in eighth grade that she started to
develop the talent that makes her one of the
top players in state.
"In eighth grade at Aprende I was champion
in doubles badminton with my friend Kortney
Smith," Bowden said.
"When I found
out that (badminton) was at Corona, I
thought it was a good opportunity."
Although she has had numerous coaches during
her time at Corona, one helped her to reach
her potential, she says
"Coach Pom was my technique coach my junior
year. She was the first one to really take
me aside and get really in-depth into
technique with me," Bowden said.
The inclusion of 14 freshman and a new coach
has not always been the perfect transition.
"It is a little difficult. It has to be for
the better," Bowden said. "I'm glad she has
seniors to help her explain the game to the
Although they may be inexperienced, these
Aztecs have already started to bond as a
"We get along, normally some teams have
problems but we don't," Bowden said. "I
love not having drama."
football continued to show promise,
especially on the defensive end, by holding
on to defeat Desert Mountain 7-3.
"The entire defense played well," Senior
Andy Stitt said. "We had some big stops
during the game."
Senior Matt Saba helped preserve the victory
by intercepting a pass in the end zone to
ensure the Aztecs victory.
"After he intercepted the ball we just took
a knee after that," Stitt said. "The defense
stopped them all night."
This win lifts the Aztecs to 2-1 on the
season. Next week’s opponent is the Highland
Hawks, followed by the all-important
homecoming game. Rather than pick an
opponent to blowout, the Aztecs will be
playing the always dangerous Saint Mary's
"Were trying to remain focused," Stitt
said. "In practice on offense were going
full speed. We have got more of a sense of
The Corona del
Sol pom squad aided the victims of Hurricane
Katrina by holding a fundraiser at the
Coldstone Creamery Sept. 14.
"We raised $471 for the hurricane victims,
and this was matched by GAP for a total of
942 dollars," Senior Rebecca Hasulak said.
The pom team was in charge of the store from
6 to 9 p.m. Many teachers at Corona offered
extra credit to students who visited the
store and purchased some ice cream from the
"We took orders and made ice cream for the
people in line," Junior Briana Wagner said.
"It felt good
to do this and give the money off to a good
This was a pretty sweet deal for all those
"My favorite ice cream to get there is
french vanilla with cookie dough and
raspberries," Wagner said.