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Aztecs finish strong at Conley

By: Nathan Scherotter and Jeff Burns

Oct. 7, 2006


The varsity football squad was handed its first tough loss of the season away at St. Mary’s 23-21.

Coming off of two dominant victories against Desert Mountain and Highland, a touchdown by the opposition in the fourth quarter was just enough for the Knights to pull out the victory.

This game, despite the loss, showed how productive the Aztecs running game was. The running back tandem of senior Donovan Connor and junior J.R. Hamm were very effective throughout the game. The next game was scheduled Oct. 6 against Goldwater High School.

Cross Country

The Aztec cross country teams faced stiff competition at the Doug Conley Invitational Sept. 30.

The event is known as one of the largest and possibly the most competitive meet during the regular season, attracting Arizona’s premier cross country squads in every region.

Frankie DiCesare led the squad with 44th place. The rest of the team followed in a quick pack as Katie Kahler, Tori Papp, Christina Freeman and Katie Huch all finished within two minutes of DiCesare.

“Our pack is really tight which is what successful cross country teams have,” coach Pat Smith said.

Junior Tyler Reak led the boys squad with a time of 17:13 in the 2.9-mile course. He finished 56th out of 178 runners. The boys squad finished 19 out of the 25-team race.

The girls team bunched together and came out strong, finishing ninth out of 23 teams.

The Aztec cross country squad was scheduled to compete in the George Young Invitational scheduled Oct. 7 and will then have some time off before its next meet Oct. 18.

Boys and Girls Golf

Both the boys and girls golf teams have been able to continue their hot streaks well into the middle of the season.

The boys team has sustained an undefeated record, going 12-0 in its first six matches. Performances by seniors Jake Golembiewski, Ryan Baughman, Kevin Kruft and underclassmen Stephen Denton and David Logston have propelled the team to its ranking as one of the top teams in the state.

Fast approaching for the team is the region championship, at which the Aztecs will try to three-peat” their region title.

The girls team has also been easily surpassing the competition. The team is currently 7-2, and at the Tempe City Championship won by the margin of 44 strokes. Consistency from its top performers, sophomores Kelsey Hoyt and Hailee Axelsen have led the Aztecs to the dominant force in the region.


The girls team suffered a tough loss against rival Gilbert at home on Sept. 27. By a score of 3-1, the Aztecs lost their number-one ranking in state. Following that devastating loss, the Aztecs fell to region rival Marcos.

However despite these two losses, the team’s previous performances have solidified the team as state contenders with strong performances in the Westwood Tournament of Champions.

During these two losses, star senior Adriene Busch was out of the lineup with an arm injury. The usual players, seniors Michelle Hein, Sara Bowden and Busch have emerged as excelling players.


Aztec badminton has been on a tear lately, starting off the season with a record of 8-1. On Oct. 3, the Aztecs swept Cesar Chavez High School and continue to show that these girls are a force to be reckoned with.
Seton Basketball

After 13 years of service to the Seton Basketball program, Coach Hosea Graham has stepped down to let Ernie Pintor take over as head coach.

Pintor is entering his 10th year as a coach at Seton. Pintor has paid his dues through the years; he has coached the freshman team, the junior varsity, and has been an assistant for the varsity team. All told, Pintor has totaled more than 20 years coaching youth basketball.



Photo by David Stone


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