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Sports Notebook - Lady Aztecs score co-region honors

By: Nathan Scherotter

Feb. 3, 2007

Girls Soccer
Soccer season for Corona del Sol’s lady Aztecs has been rather monotonous and repetitive so far, with the team facing serious adversity only a few times on the way to co-region champion honors and a ranking of first in powerpoints.

“Our season (21-3-1) has gone really well so far,” sophomore Lexie Schroeder said.

“We have had some tough competition, but we are ready for anything and will hopefully do as well or better than last year.”

The biggest win, according to junior Brittany Cole, was a win over the second-ranked team in state, the Mountain Pointe Pride. Coming off three straight losses, the Aztecs saw this game as a rallying point for the rest of the season and momentum to bring into state. Cole also set the career-goals record for the team during the season.

However, the momentum that the ladies are bringing into the playoffs might be slightly hindered with an injury to defensive player sophomore Ashley Kniffen. Kniffen sustained a foot injury and is unable to play for four weeks, which makes her inactive for the remainder of the season.

Team members are trying to stay positive in the face of Kniffen’s injury and are looking forward to their upcoming challenges.

“I expect us to do very well and win all of our games,” Schroeder said. “Hopefully the next two weeks will go well for us.”

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer finished the season with a 12-9-1 record and a solid seventh place in powerpoints.

The team had its first day of state tournament play Jan. 30, taking a 1-0 victory over the Red Mountain Lions. The goal was scored by senior Tony Bersano with eight minutes remaining in the second half.

The team had never faced the Lions this past year, however seems confident about a first round win.

“We think we can win it,” senior Dain Williams said. “We’ve played with all the teams ranked ahead of us and think we can be beat all of them.”

While looking forward to the playoffs, the team is analyzing its previous successes to gain momentum for the upcoming days.

The team pulled off a close victory against second-ranked Highland after being down 2-0 in the Dobson Tournament. Also the team looks back at the two semi-finals losses in tournaments to learn from its mistakes.

“We couldn’t quite get over the hump in those two tournaments,” senior Paul Schauwecker said. “But now we know what it takes to win those kind of games.”

With a first round win the team looks to face region rival and champion Mountain Pointe in the second round of state.


The boys basketball season has turned out to be consistently unpredictable. The team has at times shown signs of playing great basketball, yet on the other side of the spectrum has fallen in the face of worthy opponents.

“It (our season) could be better,” senior forward Justin Kelly said. “We have had ups and downs, but now I think we are on our way big time.”

The confidence Kelly describes recently translated into winning six of the past seven games, losing only to highly ranked Desert Vista.

The team wraps up regular season play next week at home against Marcos de Niza on Feb. 8. As of now, the team is focused on the remainder of its regular season games and is starting to prepare for a tough run at the state title.

“I expect to win the rest of our games,” Kelly said. “We want to have momentum going into the state tournament.”

Over the season, seniors Phil Feinberg and Brad Carrol, along with sophomore Leland Devlin have consistently led the Aztecs in scoring and pose big threats both in and out of the lane.


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