Nathan Flood can still remember the moment he realized his little brother was a better soccer player than he was.
Athletes from Tempe area high schools were honored at the annual Tempe All-City Winter Banquet, March 27, including student athletes from Tempe, McClintock, Marcos de Niza and Corona.
Corona’s girls JV softball team had a recordsetting year with an undefeated 18-0 season. Even more remarkable is the ages of the players on the team with seven freshman having prominent roles.
The Aztecs bounced back with a 19-14 win over Mountain Ridge on Aug. 24. The Buffaloes have high hopes for this season with the return of their “pro-style” senior quarterback Nathan Clayton.
With football a little over two months away, football fans at both Corona del Sol and Marcos de Niza are most like starting to think about high school football and how their teams will play this season since both teams will have new quarterbacks while the Aztecs have a new head coach.
Although the Aztecs have several strong performers in their current wrestling program, it may be challenging for the defending Division I state championship team to repeat in 2018 after losing more than two-thirds of their state medalists to graduation when Division I is predicted to be extremely competitive this season.
“Mady Noble is a tremendous leader, both on and off the court,” said Maxfield. “She is a hard worker who, at the same time, plays in a very calm manner during matches. She can keep everyone relaxed when things get crazy.”
Corona’s badminton team will have a new head coach, two assistant coaches, and a competitive positive attitude when they play their first match of the season at home against Xavier Prep, the defending state champions, on Aug. 24.
Soccer heats up
Corona DI state championship wrestling team is doing more than working hard in the offseason to be ready when the official school season starts later this fall: They were hard at work last Saturday washing cars to help raise money for their team.