State championship for four Speed School athletes
May 13, 2013 - In a back-and-forth championship game (full recap HERE), Desert Christian outlasted Phoenix Christian 11-9 to eventually claim the school's first baseball title in nearly 20 years. With Daulton Hopkins, Ryan Phillips, Zach Rosson, and Jacob Rosson getting championship rings, a total of 12 Speed School athletes have now won state championships in 2013. Arizona Daily Star article HERE; Tucson Citizen story HERE...
State finals results: Tennis
May 13, 2013 - It has become an almost annual event for Speed School athletes to have strong finishes at the state tennis championships, and this year was no exception. Speed School athletes and teams finishing in the top three:
State finals results: Track & Field
May 13, 2013 - At the state T & F finals, Pusch Ridge senior Josh Tvrdy doubled up in the middle-distance events, eventually taking 10th in the 1600m and 9th in the 800m. Tvrdy's teammate, Zach Alexander, finished 16th in the triple jump. Brandon Dorr of UHS, meanwhile, finished 16th in the 3200m.
Dramatic come from behind playoff victory
May 13, 2013 - With Speed School athlete Brittany Woolridge on the mound, Empire softball scored 4 runs in the 7th inning of their quarterfinal game for a dramatic come from behind 4-3 win, advancing to the state semifinals. Full recap...
Post-season honors for Pima infielder
May 13, 2013 - Speed School athlete Aubre Carpenter, a Sabino grad playing collegiately for Pima, was named first team All-Conference and first team All-Region for her success this spring. Full article...
Collegiate signings April 24, 2013 - Two Sahuaro softball players have signed collegiately: Brooklyn Bearshear (Dixie State) and Savannah Fuller (Lyon College). See Arizona Daily Star articlefor complete Sahuaro collegiate signings. Sahuaro's Brooklyn Beardshear
April 23, 2013 - Speed School athletes are finding success on the field as the softball season is well under way. At the collegiate level, Pima's Aubre Carpenter has been a near-impossible out at the plate, scoring the winning run for the Aztec's in their defeat of nationally-ranked Central Arizona (#3). Carpenter will be playing at the Division I level next season for Indiana State. Full story...
At the high school level, Cienega's AJ Hervey (below), whose speed and power has her with four triples already this season, has her Bobcat team undefeated in Arizona play. Full story...
Cienega's AJ Hervey (#26)
Meanwhile, Sabino's Ashlee Skillings and Ashlen Vega proved to be the key on the mound and at the plate for the Sabercat's recent win against Salpointe. Skillings pitched a complete-game win and Vega provided the go-ahead run for Sabino in the matchup of powerhouse softball programs. Full story...
Speed School athletes on international stage for Team Stars & Stripes
April 23, 2013 - Sabino's Cael Conlon and Salpointe's Alex Arnaud - a UA commit - recently traveled to Italy, playing for Team USA in the Global Bowl. The US team was dominant in its performance against Team Italy, winning 67-0. Box score...
Strong start to baseball and softball season
April 4, 2013 - Speed School athletes are among baseball and softball statistical leaders early in the high school season. Sabino's Matt Bushman leads all Southern Arizona players with 7 home runs, while Cienega's AJ Hervey is 10th in batting average. Perennial powerhouse Sahuaro's ace pitcher Brooklyn Beardshear is 6th in strikeouts, while fellow Speed School athlete Brittany Woolridge (Empire) is 10th. Complete stats...
Speed School athlete keeping Sahuaro on top
April 4, 2013 - Sahuaro's Lucas Smith is one of two returning players to a Sahuaro volleyball team that was one of the best teams in the state last year. The team's leading scorer, find out how he is making sure they stay in that position. Read more...
Winter Honor Roll: 25 Speed School athletes recognized
March 21, 2013 - The winter season was a success for a number of Speed School athletes, with six athletes winning team or individual state titles, and a number of teams making deep runs into their respective postseason playoffs. Those Speed School athletes who were honored individually were:
Devyn Hunley (above), Sabino soccer - Arizona Republic: Second-team D-II, Honorable Mention All-State; Tucson Citizen:First-team Southern-Arizona, First-team D-II, AIA Second-team; Arizona Daily Star Second-team Southern Arizona
Brandi Park, Sabino soccer - Arizona Republic: Second-team D-II, Honorable Mention All-State; Tucson Citizen: First-team Southern Arizona, First-team D-II; Arizona Daily Star Second-team Southern Arizona
Fallon Nelson, Sahuaro soccer - Arizona Republic:Second-team D-II;Tucson Citizen: Third-team D-II
Willow Cozzens, Sabino soccer - Tucson Citizen: Second-team D-II
Jordan Woodruff, Pusch Ridge soccer - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Jenna Cray, Desert Christian soccer - Arizona Republic: First-Team D-IV; Tucson Citizen Performer of the Year; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Tucson Citizen girls soccer All-Star Selections AIA girls soccer selections
Taylor Anderson,Salpointe soccer - Tucson Citizen: First-team D-II, Arizona Daily Star First-team Southern Arizona
Ryan Barents, Desert Christian soccer - Tucson Citizen: Co-Performer of the Year, First-team D-IV; Arizona Republic: Honorable Mention All-State; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Ben Brandon, Desert Christian soccer - Tucson Citizen: Co-Performer of the Year, First-team D-IV; Arizona Republic: Honorable Mention All-State; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Conor Jacobs, Sabino soccer - Tucson Citizen: Third-team D-II; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Nick DiChristofano, Sabino soccer - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Diego Morales, Sabino soccer - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Dean Ronsman, Sabino soccer - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Tucson Citizen boys soccer All-Star Selections
Gabby Courtney (above), Pusch Ridge basketball - Tucson Citizen: First-team Southern Arizona, First-team D-II; Arizona Daily Star Second-team Southern Arizona; Arizona Republic: Honorable Mention; AIA Second-team D-II
Matt Bushman, Sabino basketball - Tucson Citizen: First-team D-II; Arizona Daily Star Third-team Southern Arizona
Ben Brandon, Desert Christian basketball - Tucson Citizen: Third-team All-Southern Arizona, D-IV Performer of the Year, First-team D-IV; Arizona Republic: Honorable Mention, AIA: First-team D-IV; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Zach Alexander, Pusch Ridge basketball - Tucson Citizen: Fourth-team D-II, AIA Second-team D-II; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Marisol Rivera, Tanque Verde basketball - Tucson Citizen: First-team D-III; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Noelle Soltero, Pusch Ridge basketball - Tucson Citizen: Third-team D-II; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Deion James, Empire basketball - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Jordan McDonald, Tanque Verde basketball - Tucson Citizen: Fourth-team D-III
Ryan Barents, Desert Christian basketball - Tucson Citizen: Third-team D-IV
Jenna Cray, Desert Christian basketball - AIA: Second-team D-IV; Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Tucson Citizen girls All-Star Selections Tucson Citizen boys All-Star Selections
Baily Janis (above), Mountain View wrestling - Tucson Citizen: Wrestler of the Year, First-team All-State, First-team D-II, 113-lb. State Champion (54-0), Arizona Daily Star First-team Southern Arizona, Arizona Daily Star Wrestler of the Year
Speed School athlete projected top returner
March 21, 2013 - Andrew Fortman of UHS was named by the Tucson Citizen as one of the top returners for the 2013 baseball season. Full list...
Salpointe boys take D-I title
February 19, 2013 - Hours after the Foothills girls won their championship game, Salpointe gave the Tucson-area schools another state title with a 2-0 championship win, givining Speed School athletes Nick DiChristofano and Taylor Anderson their second consecutive state championship. Daily Star article...
Salpointe's goalkeeper Taylor Anderson
Trio of Speed School athletes team up for another state championship
February 19, 2013 - The Catalina Foothills girls dynasty continued when the Falcons won their fourth consecutive state championship - the third for juniors Aleah Strength, Amber Measley, and the second for sophomore Alex Skidmore - all Speed School athletes. Daily Star article...
Aleah Strength (left), championship game
Speed School athlete completes undefeated season; wins back-to-back state titles
February 19, 2013 - Mountain View wrestling standout Bailey Janis completed a perfect season earlier this month when he won his second consecutive state title in Prescott. With an unblemished 51-0 record on the year, Janis was recently the feature of both an Arizona Daily Star article and independent filmmaker's bio on his success on - and off - the wrestling mat (see January 16 entry below). Full state finals results...
Desert Christian enters state tournament as Sectional Champion and #2 overall
February 19, 2013 - Speed School athletes Ben Brandon and Ryan Barents continue their strong play for the Desert Christian Eagles as the state tournament continues. The Eagles entered the state tournament as Sectional Champions, having defeated Ray in the D-IV (Section 2) championship game. Tucson Citizen game recap...
#2 Desert Christian is currently facing a quarterfinal matchup against #7 Scottsdale Prep this week. Matchups...
Walk-off home run for one Speed School athlete
February 19, 2013 - Michael Masunas' home run in the championship game of the USSSA Ice Breaker Classic was enough to run-rule the opposing team, giving his Tucson D'Backs team a second championship in just over a month (the D'Backs also won the Winter Nationals in December). En route to the championship game, the D'Backs defeated national #4 Sidewinders Baseball Club. Full article...
Softball top returners
February 19, 2013 - Three Speed School girls were selected by the Tucson Citizen as some of the top returners for 2013: Cholla's Monique Salazar, Sahuaro's Brooklyn Beardshear, and Empire's Brittany Woolridge. Complete list...
Sahuaro's Brooklyn Beardshear
Speed School girls among top regular-season statistical leaders
February 19, 2013 - Pusch Ridge's Gabby Courtney and Tanque Verde's Marisol Rivera were both among the top ten statistical leaders for the girls basketball regular season. Rivera was 10th in assists/game, while Courtney was 7th in scoring and 5th in free-throw shooting percentage. Courtney and Rivera have trained extensively with the Speed School, with great results: Both are among the fastest players in Southern Arizona. See full list...
Sophomore selected to elite list
February 19, 2013 - Catalina Foothills middle infielder Brandon Alev was picked by Rivals.com as one of the class of 2015 Players to Watch. Brandon was one of the first athletes to train with the Desert Speed School, starting as a young sixth-grade player. See full list...
National signing day: Seven Speed School athletes sign February 7, 2013 - National signing day saw seven of our Speed School athletes sign collegiality, including two who will go on to play here at the University of Arizona. Those who signed:
Devyn Hunley (above), soccer (Sabino) - University of Arizona Alex Arnaud, football (Salpointe) - University of Arizona
Jordan Hughes, football (Sabino) - Pima
Matt Brindley, football (Sabino) - Adams State
Sunthi Danh, football (Sabino) - Colorado Mesa
Brooklyn Bearshear, softball (Sahuaro) - Dixie State
Speed School athletes among top 10 baseball juniors statewide
February 7, 2013 - Sabino's Matt Bushman and Salpointe's Colby Wilson (below) were named the 6th and 7th-ranked juniors in Arizona, according to Rivals.com. Tucson Citizen lists all ranked Southern Arizona players.
Local athletes excel at tennis tournament
February 7, 2013 - The finals of the recent 43rd Annual High School Invitational were dominated by Speed School athletes. Yash Parikh won the boys' title, defeating fellow Speed School athlete Jared Aldor. On the girls' side, Caroline Amos went undefeated in winning the girls' title. Andrew Dunn also played in the tournament, going 2-2. Full results...
Speed School athletes connect for last minute goal - and return trip to state championship
February 7, 2013 - Aleah Strength took a corner from her Foothills teammate Amber Measley - also a Speed School athlete - to put the ball in the net in the 79th minute of a scoreless state semifinal game. The Foothills girls will play in the finals on Saturday to defend their state title. Full story...
Measley (below) and Sahuaro midfielder Fallon Nelson among playoff assist leaders. Rankings...
State championship defense begins for Mountain View wrestler February 7, 2013 - Bailey Janis handily won his Sectional last weekend, winning by fall in all matches up to the final, which he won 16-0. He enters the state tournament today with a 47-0 record on the season and the #1 seed. "A big target on my back..."
James leads all scorers in near-upset of #1 seed
February 18, 2013 - Deion James led all scorers with 18 points as Empire took #1 seed Gilbert Christian to the wire in the start of the state basketball tournament. Full game recap...
Tucson Citizen: "Most exciting match of the night"
January 21, 2013 - Mountain View senior Bailey Janis (35-0) won the Flowing Wells Invitational - largely regarded as the toughest wrestling tournament in the state, perhaps even more so than the actual state tournament - in what the Tucson Citizen regarded as the match of the night. Also see the Arizona Daily Star recap...
Girls Soccer: Sahuaro vs. Sabino in a matchup of Speed School athletes
January 21, 2013 - The Sahuaro girls defeated Sabino 2-1 in a matchup that featured Speed School athletes on both sides of the pitch, and also had playoff implications for both teams. Full recap... Sahuaro forward Misty Ruiz Speed School athlete, defending state champion, featured in Arizona Daily Star January 16, 2013 - Bailey Janis, the 2012 state champion hoping to repeat this year at 113 lbs, was recently featured in a Arizona Daily Star story on his success on the mat - and some of the obstacles he's overcome. See the full story...
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Janis was also recently selected Outstanding Wrestler at the Prescott Mile High Challenge tournament after sweeping through the 113-lb. class. Full story...
National rankings come out; three Tucson teams ranked in top 100 UPDATE: January 16, 2013 - The Foothills girls team has risen to #22 nationally, while the Salpointe boys dropped to #31 nationally. Both are ranked #1 in their respective Arizona divisions and #2 among all Arizona teams. Full rankings...
January 2, 2013 - Two girls teams and one boys team have cracked the top 100 nationally for high school soccer, all featuring Speed School athletes. Fallon Nelson, Misty Ruiz, and Megan Felix are part of the Sahuaro team that came in at #93, while the Foothills team - featuring Amber Measley (below), Alex Skidmore, Aleah Strength, and Taylor Hewitt - is currently ranked #27. On the boys' side, standout goalkeeper Taylor Anderson joins fellow defender Nick DiChristofano on the #20-ranked Salpointe team. Full rankings...
A busy - and successful - Holiday Break for Speed School athletes
January 2, 2013 - The Holiday Break was a busy one for a number of our Speed School athletes, many of whom were competing around the state in local and national tournaments. In the Northwest Desert Classic (see article below), Ironwood Ridge got key outside shooting from Alyssa Madlangbayan to hold of Pusch Ridge and Gabby Courtney's 20 points, taking 3rd place in the tournament. On the boys' side of the bracket, Desert Christian, led by Ben Brandon and Ryan Barents, took down the tournament #1 seed Sunnyside in pool play, just missing the finals on tiebreaker criteria. Speed School athletes selected to the All-Tournament team were Gabby Courtney and Sabino's Matt Bushman. Full article...
Another two Speed School athletes spent the week competing with their club baseball teams at Winter Nationals. Chase Santoyo and the CDO Dorados 18U team took 2nd place at the tournament, while Matt Coyle's Tucson Bobcats - a 15U team - won the 16U division.
Finally, the Sabino girls soccer team went to Phoenix to compete against the state's best teams. Featuring a number of Speed School athletes, including Devyn Hunley, Brandi Park, Willow Cozzens (above), Jacqueline Leyva, and Megan Richardson, the Sabercat girls went undefeated in pool play and took down defending state runner-up Hamilton before finally losing in the quarterfinals to the defending state champion Highland. Full results...
Speed School athletes facing each other in Holiday tournament
December 28, 2012 - A number of our Speed School athletes are currently competing in the Northwest Desert Classic holiday basketball tournament. Notables have included Alyssa Madlangbayan of Ironwood Ridge, who provided crucial scoring for their win against Cienega, and Pusch Ridge standout Gabby Courtney (below) scoring 26 points in a winning effort against Sahuarita. On the boys side, Ben Brandon and Ryan Barents of Desert Christian have not only led the Eagles to wins in the tournament, but also the current #1 D-IV ranking. Full story...
All-Stars updated: Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star release football lists
December 28, 2012 - With the Citizen and Daily Star releasing their football All-Stars late, a number of Speed School athletes who were recognized did not make it on to our Fall All-Stars article below. Sabino athletes were featured prominently, having gone undefeated during the regular season, and with a number of those players having either participated in our off-season training programs or our summer football academy. Below are the Speed School athletes garnering honors:
Matt Bushman, Sabino - Tucson Citizen First-team All-Southern Arizona, First-team D-II, Performer of the Year, and Arizona Daily Star First-team Southern Arizona
Andrew Mike, Sabino - Tucson Citizen First-team All-Southern Arizona, First-team D-II, and Arizona Daily Star First-team Southern Arizona
Alex Arnaud, Salpointe - Tucson Citizen First-team All-Southern Arizona, First-team D-II, and Arizona Daily Star Second-team Southern Arizona Sunthi Danh, Sabino - Tucson Citizen Second-team All-Southern Arizona, First-team D-II, and Arizona Daily Star First-team Southern Arizona Vaughn Fontana, Cienega - Tucson Citizen Second-team All-Southern Arizona, First-team D-II, and Arizona Daily Star Second-team Southern Arizona
Matt Brindley, Sabino - Tucson Citizen Second-team All-Southern Arizona, First-team D-II, and Arizona Daily Star First-team Southern Arizona Cody Lloyd, Sabino - Tucson Citizen First-team D-II (Defense), Second-team D-II (Offense), and Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Alex Turner, Sabino (Above) - Tucson Citizen First-team D-II, Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Zach Joseph, Sabino - Tucson Citizen Second-team D-II, Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention Chance Stephens, Sabino - Tucson Citizen Second-team D-II, Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Jordan Hughes, Sabino - Arizona Daily Star Second-team Southern Arizona
Robby Wilson, Salpointe - Tucson Citizen Second-team Southern Arizona
Anthony Amplo, Sabino - Tucson Citizen Second-team Southern Arizona
Joey Grono, Sahuaro - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Parker Gotcher, Pusch Ridge - Tucson Citizen First-team D-V
Fall All-Stars: Football, Volleyball, Soccer, and Cross-country
December 18, 2012 - Once again, the fall season has been a succesful one for our Speed School athletes, both individually as well as from a team standpoint. Speed School athletes were integral to the success of the Tucson-area football teams in particular: Sabino's undefeated regular season, Salpointe's trip to the semi-finals as the #1 seed, and Ironwood Ridge winning the D-II state championship.
In other sports, the Desert Christian soccer boys and girls teams both made it to the championship game before falling to champion Blue Ridge, and the Mountain View cross-country team finished third at the state championship meet. Congratulations to all of our Speed School athletes on these teams. Below are the individual awards and accomplishments by some of the athletes we have worked with:
Nikki Helin (above right), Desert Christianvolleyball - Tucson Citizen Player of the Year, First-Team (D-IV)
Addi Vavala (above left), Desert Christianvolleyball - Tucson Citizen First-Team (D-IV)
Whitney Nesbitt, Cienega volleyball - Tucson Citizen Fourth-team (D-II)
Brandon Dorr, UHS cross-country - Tucson Citizen First-team (D-I)
Josh Tvrdy, Pusch Ridge cross-country - Tucson Citizen First-team (D-IV)
Ben Brandon, Desert Christian soccer - Tucson Citizen Performer of the Year, First-team (D-IV)
Ryan Barents, Desert Christian soccer - Tucson Citizen Performer of the Year, First-team (D-IV)
Jenna Cray, Desert Christian soccer - Tucson Citizen Performer of the Year, First-team (D-IV)
Cody Lloyd (above), Sabino football - Football Coaches Association First-team running back (D-III), Second-team defensive back (D-III) Chance Stephens, Sabino football - Football Coaches Association First-team (D-III) Matt Brindley, Sabino football - Football Coaches Association First-team (D-III)
Sunthi Danh, Sabino football - Football Coaches Association Second-team (D-III), Arizona Republic First-team (D-III)
Alex Turner, Sabino football - Football Coaches Association Second-team (D-III)
Anthony Amplo, Sabino football - Football Coaches Association Second-team (D-III)
Speed School athlete commits to University of Arizona
December 18, 2012 - Sabino standout and Speed School athlete Devyn Hunley has signed her letter-of-intent to play for University of Arizona soccer (see full Tucson Citizenarticle). Hunley, the daughter of former Arizona linebacker Lamonte Hunley, is a dangerous scorer with explosive acceleration. Four years ago, Devyn was featured in a Tucson Citizen article on youth training programs. See theoriginal article!
Current Sabino stars Brandi Park (left) and Devyn Hunley (right), circa 2008
Wrestlers excelling in early-season competition
December 18, 2012 - Two multi-sport Speed School athletes are dominating thus far in the early part of the high school wrestling season. Sahuaro's 170-lb. Kieren McQuerry - also a linebacker for the Cougars - is 9-0, with all nine wins coming by pin, and was the Douglas Invitational Champion.
At Mountain View, 113-lb. returning state champion Bailey Janis (below) is 39-1 with first-place finishes at the Camp Verde Invitational, Mountain View Duals, and Salpointe Invitational, and a third-place finish at the Flowing Wells Invitational. See full article...
A win for Foothills girls; Individual honors for one Salpointe player
December 18, 2012 - With a number of Speed School athletes in the starting lineup, the Catalina Foothills girls won their third straight Brandon Bean soccer invitational. With solid play and scoring from Amber Measley, Alex Skidmore, and Aleah Strength throughout the tournament, the Falcon girls defeated Sahuaro in dramatic fashion, scoring with just 13 seconds remaining to win the championship game (see the Tucson Citizenand Arizona Daily Star early-round updates).
On the boys side, Salpointe's Taylor Anderson (above) was dominant in goal, and won the Brandon Bean Award for Best Keeper as Salpointe finished as runner-up to the Foothills boys. Full Tucson Citizen article.
Ironwood Ridge wins state title
November 26, 2012 - Congratulations to our Speed School athletes on the IRHS squad who won the DII state championship - in convincing fashion - against Peoria Centennial last Saturday. Full story...
Desert Christian wins Thanksgiving tournament
November 26, 2012 - Desert Christian defeated Pusch Ridge in overtime of the finals of the Boyd Baker tournament over Thanksgiving break. The Eagles got a combined 17 points from Ben Brandon and Ryan Barents, while Zach Alexander - another Speed School athlete - led all Pusch scorers with 16 points. Full story...
Cienega centerfielder signs with Division I Jackson State
November 26, 2012 - Cienega centerfielder/slapper AJ Hervey recently signed with Jackson State University. Hervey will take her speed to the next level - she was a perfect 8 for 8 last season in stolen bases. Full Story...
Eagles boys' and girls' teams each finish as runners-up
November 7, 2012 - The Desert Christian boys and girls teams each finished just one win short of completing their "dream season," as each ultimately fell in the state title game to champion Blue Ridge. Both teams had their strongest seasons to date, with a number of Speed School athletes on both rosters. Full story...
Speed School athletes display endurance to go along with speed
November 7, 2012 - With a small handful of Speed School athletes running cross-country in the fall, this was the perfect time for their training to peak as the state meets were held last weekend. Top finishers included: Brandon Dorr (37th D-I, 17:00), Josh Tvrdy (11th, D-IV, 17:10), and Bailey Janis, a state champion wrestler whose Mountain View team finished 3rd overall. Full story...
Brandon Dorr (far right), UHS
Hat trick from Brandon as Desert Christian enters playoffs as #1 seed
October 22, 2012 - The Desert Christian boys' soccer team got three goals from Ben Brandon as the Eagles won their final regular-season game. As the #1 seed entering the postseason, Desert receives a first-round bye and will host their second-round match. Full story...
Jordan Hughes player of the game for Sabino in dominating win
October 22, 2012 - Sabino quarterback Jordan Hughes was named player of the game by the Arizona Daily Star after his three-touchdown performance in a 49-0 Sabercats win. Full story...
Speed School athlete's impressive TD run featured on ESPN
October 18, 2012 - 12-year old Jimmy Hamilton, a running back for the Tucson Chargers and long-time participant in our summer camps, was recently featured on ESPN's Sportsnation for his incredible touchdown run. For the full story on how the game film came to be shown on ESPN, click here.
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High school football playoffs nearing; Speed School athletes coming up big
October 18, 2012 - With two more weeks remaining in the high school season, Speed School football players across Tucson are gearing up for the postseason. Among Southern Arizona teams, three have stood out as powerhouses - Ironwood Ridge (#1), Salpointe (#5), and Sabino (Division III #1). Good luck to all of our Speed School athletes on those teams! Complete rankings...
Salpointe's Jared Sires
Sahuaro grad selected for JUCO All-Star game
October 18, 2012 - Jake Cole, a Speed School athlete while at Sahuaro and now playing for the Pima baseball program, was recently selected for a junior college all-star game. Full story...
Gentry Hicks cracks the top ten for University of Utah
October 18, 2012 - Gentry Hicks, a former Speed School athlete and son of original Desert Speed School founder Murray Hicks, cracked the top ten for the first time as a collegiate golfer when he tied for 8th place at the Pac-12 preview. Now golfing for the University of Utah, Hicks is a CDO grad. Tucson Citizen article.
Pusch Ridge XC running well as a team
October 18, 2012 - Speed School athlete Josh Tvrdy was recently featured in the Tucson Citizen along with his Pusch Ridge cross-country teammates. See the TC article here.
Desert Christian teams playing at a high level in fall sports
October 18, 2012 - Speed School athletes are a large part of Desert Christian's boys' and girls' soccer successes thus far this season, as well as the strong play of the girls' volleyball team. See the Tucson Citizen's report on the soccer and volleyball teams. DCHS senior Ben Brandon
Speed School athletes part of big wins as high school football season gets underway
September 6, 2012 - A number of Speed School athletes have already made impacts as some local teams picked up big wins on the field. Jared Sires, Alex Arnaud, and Mike Allen were all part of a big Salpointe win that resulted in Scottsdale Chapparal its first home loss since 2007.
Back in Tucson, Sabino avenged a loss last season to Cienega with a 31-14 win. Sunthi Dunh and Jordan Hughes combined for 199 yards rushing, while Michael Bair recovered a fumble that later led to a Dunh touchdown.
Not to be outdone, up-and-coming Sahuaro handily defeated Cholla 41-6. Sahuaro wideout Joe Grono is listed by the Arizona Daily Star as a preseason all-star. Speed School athletes look to make an impact in the Fall Soccer Season September 6, 2012 - The Tucson Citizen has named Jenna Cray, Ryan Barents, and Ben Brandon on their Watch List for the 2012 Fall season. Cray has already made an impact herself, scoring a hat trick in one of her first games this season. Full story...
Sahuaro wideout Grono always a threat
August 23, 2012 - Sahuaro's Joe Grono is featured as one of the Arizona Daily Star's high school players to watch this season. Always one of the fastest players on the field, this season will be the opportunity for the Cougar's wideout to impress college scouts looking for a difference-maker. Full story...
Big responsibility for pair of lineman anchoring Sabino's line
August 23, 2012 - Sabino's Andrew Mike and Ian Pickrel are recognized in an Arizona Daily Star story featuring some of the biggest and strongest high school football lines in the area. Mike is easily one of the biggest - at 6-7, 280 - and Pickrel one of the strongest, with a max squat of 485. Full story...
Speed School athletes excelling in both speed and endurance
August 23, 2012 - Pusch Ridge's Josh Tvrdy and UHS' Brandon Dorr were named to the Tucson Citizen's preseason watch list for Cross Country. Both athletes had strong 2011 seasons at the state level and look to improve upon that. Full story...
Pima softball recap
June 17, 2012 - The Pima women's softball team, with a number of Speed School athletes on the roster, completed another strong season this past spring. The women finished #4 in the nation, with Sabino grad and Speed School athlete Aubre Carpenter being named 3rd-team All-Conference. Full article...
Tucson club team takes 2nd at Nationals
July 11, 2012 - Sahuaro High volleyball star and Speed School athlete Eric Stark took home - along with the rest of his Arizona Premier teammates - a silver medal from the USA Volleyball National Championships. Congratulations to Premier for representing Tucson well at the national level! Full results...
Speed School athletes competing at Nationals
July 3, 2012 - A number of our Speed School athletes are competing this week at regional and/or national events for their sports. These include Allie Curtis and Brittany Woolridge, currently in bracket play with Desert Thunder (results), as well as Ashlee Skillings, whose AZ Cats are 4-2 going into bracket play, and AJ Hervey and Brooklyn Beardshear, currently 5-1 going into bracket play (results).
Tyler Alev, Catalina Foothills/520 Elite On the baseball side, Tyler and Brandon Alev have been playing in the Western Regionals with 520 Elite, with Tyler's 17U team advancing to the 3rd-place game (baseball results).
Stockton Pringle, a Speed School athlete for the last year, is playing in the Western Regional Finals with the Tucson Bobcats, a team that has risen to a USA Baseball #11 ranking nationally (Full Story). In tennis, Yash Parikh is currently playing at USTA Nationals in Long Beach, while Rachana Bhat is at USTA Clay Court Nationals (tennis results). Softball Showcases underway
June 28, 2012 - Speed School athletes are competing this week in the elite college showcase tournaments in Colorado. They include:
Ashlee Skillings (AZ Cats)
AJ Hervey (Hotshots Gold Creed)
Brooklyn Beardshear (Hotshots Gold Creed)
Allie Curtis (Desert Thunder)
Brittany Woolridge (Desert Thunder)
Doubles championship for graduating seniors at USTA Southwest Juniors
June 28, 2012 - Doubles partners Zaina Sufi and Courtney Amos, multiple-time state champions at the high school level, ended their Junior careers with a doubles championship at the elite Southwest Regionals, held locally in Tucson. In addition, each finished with 3rd place finishes in singles. Other Speed School athletes placing in the event - which showcases some of the top talent in Arizona and the surrounding states - included Harsh Parikh taking 4th in singles and 2nd in doubles, and Yash Parikh placing 4th in singles.
Good luck to both Zaina and Courtney as they continue their tennis careers collegiately; Sufi at DePaul and Amos at Yale. Full story and local results here...
Twenty-three Speed School athletes named to Spring All-Star teams
June 26, 2012 - A total of 23 Speed School athletes were named to All-Star teams for the Spring high school season, accounting for more than 50 total nominations. Highlights include eight selections for Player of the Year in tennis, along with a number of individual and team state champions.
Spring All-Star selections Tennis
Andrew Dunn - Arizona Daily Star Player of the Year, Tucson Citizen Player of the Year (doubles), Arizona Daily Star First-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-I)
Zaina Sufi - Arizona Daily StarPlayer of the Year, Tucson Citizen Player of the Year (D-II), First team All-Southern AZ, First team Division II Courtney Amos - Arizona Daily Star Player of the Year, Tucson CitizenPlayer of the Year (D-I), 1st team All-Southern AZ, 1st team Division I Rachana Bhat - Tucson Citizen Player of the Year (D-II doubles), Arizona Daily Star First-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-II)
Kirtana Bhat - Tucson Citizen Player of the Year (D-II doubles), Arizona Daily Star First-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-II)
Nicole Whinery - Arizona Daily Star First-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-I)
Gabby Courtney - Arizona Daily Star Second-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-III)
Jenna Cray - Arizona Daily Star Second-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-III)
Lauren Amos - Arizona Daily Star First-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team Division I
Ben Scherer - Arizona Daily Star First-Team All-Southern AZ, Arizona Republic All-State, Coaches Association All-Star, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-II)
Tyler Kimbrough - Arizona Daily Star Second-team All-Southern AZ, Tucson Citizen First-team All-Southern AZ
TJ Snyder - Tucson Citizen Third-team All-Southern AZ
Jeremy Timpf - Arizona Daily Star First-team All-Southern AZ
Alex Turner - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention, Tucson Citizen First-team All-Southern AZ, First-team (D-III), All-Southern AZ (100m)
Sunthi Dahn - Tucson Citizen First-team (D-III) (4x100)
Abby Maas - Arizona Daily Star All-Southern AZ (Triple jump), All-Southern AZ (4x100), All-Southern AZ (LJ)
Jordan Cropper - Arizona Daily Star All-Southern AZ (4x400), All-Southern AZ (400), All-Southern AZ (200)
Caleb Spegman - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Josh Tvrdy - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
Eric Stark - Arizona Republic Honorable Mention, Tucson Citizen First-team (D-I), Arizona Daily Star Second-team All-Southern AZ
Ryan Barents - Arizona Daily Star Honorable Mention
National Championship for local Speed School athlete
June 26, 2012 - Cienega softball standout Brandi Klein (and 4A State Champion while with Cienega), now playing for Phoenix College, can now add a National Championship to her resume. An outfielder with the Bears, she trained with the Speed School while a high school athlete, improving her range in the outfield and becoming almost an impossible out while bunting.
Congratulations to Brandi and the entire Phoenix College softball team! Full story...
Speed School athletes in AZ vs. CA All-Star game
June 26, 2012 - Tucson High's Rayvean Moore and Sabino's Jeremy Timpf were selected to play in the Arizona vs. California All-Star football game, held in Phoenix. Moore is signed with Southwest College in Kansas, while Timpf is headed to West Point to suit up for Army. Complete All-Star rosters.
Speed School athletes pitch team to win in Prescott Invitational
June 26, 2012 - KFC Post 59 got a complete game pitched by Ben Scherer and a complete game shutout by Tyler Kimbrough to win the American Legion Invitational in Prescott. Full story...
Club soccer regionals
June 26, 2012 - Several Speed School athletes have been competing across the region as their club teams take on some of the top national competition. Athletes include: Daniel Havel (TSA '94), along with Preston Parry and Ronaldo Fierro (Cisco Tucson '96). Results...
Speed School athletes in finals at USTA Junior Southwest Championships June 5, 2012 - Both Jared Aldor (Cienega) and Rachana Bhat (Foothills) made it to the finals of the highly competitive USTA Regionals, held here in Tucson. Aldor won his match in the 16 Singles Division, while Bhat was the 18 Singles runner-up.
Desert Christian athlete named Girls' Student of the Year Award, featured in Tucson Weekly June 5, 2012 - Kristen Cray, a three-sport graduating senior from Desert Christian High School with a 4.0 GPA, was named the 1A-3A Girls' Student of the Year and recipient of the Scholar-Athlete scholarship award-winner. A dominant soccer player who also excels on the basketball and tennis court, Cray will be continuing her studies next year at Colorado Christian College. See full Tucson Weekly story... Speed School athlete receives Athlete of the Year recognition
June 5, 2012 - Kenzie Rod, a graduating 8th-grader at Tucson Country Day School, was selected as her school's Female Athlete of the Year for 2011-2012. Rod is a three-sport athlete who carried a 4.05 GPA. Described by her coaches as "a natural leader on the court who pushed herself and teammates to get better," she now has the chance to compete at the high school level in basketball, volleyball, and softball. Congratulations to Kenzie on a great honor!
Speedy receiver signs collegiate letter-of-intent
May 25, 2012 - Tucson High's Rayvean Moore, one of the fastest players to come out of Tucson since Keanu Nelson and JJ Holliday, signed collegiately with Southwest College. Moore will be teaming up with current teammate Aly Soro at Southwest. See all Tucson High signings! Rayvean Moore (far right), Tucson High
Pusch Ridge girls track & field takes home state championship; Speed School athlete wins triple jump
May 25, 2012 - Helped in part from Abby Maas' first-place finish in the triple jump and seventh-place finish in the long jump, Pusch Ridge took home the team title last week at the state championships by a convincing margin of 68 points over the second-place team. Complete D-III track and field results!
Abby Maas, Pusch Ridge (holding trophy, right)
Five tennis champions, 2 runners-up at high school state championships
May 25, 2012 - A total of five Speed School athletes won state championships earlier this month at the state finals meet, with two others making it to the finals. Training partners Courtney Amos (Salpointe) and Zaina Sufi (Foothills) each won individual singles titles; Amos winning the D-I title and Sufi the D-II title. Each are headed to Division I collegiate programs next year. Full story...
Courtney Amos, Salpointe
In doubles action, Salpointe's Andrew Dunn teamed up with his brother to win the D-I doubles title. Another set of siblings, Foothills' Rachana and Kirtana Bhat - both Speed School athletes - took first in D-II doubles. In addition to the state champions, Lauren Amos of Salpointe took second in D-I doubles, and Pusch Ridge's Gabby Courtney did the same at the D-III doubles level.
Salpointe's Andrew Dunn (left)
Salpointe's strong playoff run comes to an end in state championship game
May 25, 2012 - Powered by strong play from Adam Borboa, Tyler Kimbrough, and Ben Scherer, the Lancers baseball team made it to the state championship game before losing to Peoria Liberty. Salpointe got big plays - and solid pitching - from these Speed School athletes in wins against Sahuarita and top-seeded Sunrise Mountain before the state finals loss.
Salpointe's Ben Scherer
Freshman making a difference for #4 Kenyon College
April 19, 2012 - Speed School athlete Wade Heerboth, a freshman at Kenyon College (OH), is already proving a vital asset to the men's tennis team - which has risen to a #4 ranking nationally, the highest in the school's history. Full story...
Speed School athlete signs collegiately
April 17th, 2012 - Salpointe guard Iliana Gonzales has signed a national letter-of-intent with Franciscan University (OH). An excellent ball-handler and decision-maker, Gonzales also has the scoring ability to play at the next level. She is the sixth Speed School athlete from the 2012 high school class to sign with a collegiate program.
Pusch Ridge girls selected to Arizona All-Star game May 19
March 21, 2012 - Pusch Ridge's Gabby Courtney was selected to the West team for the girls' All-Star basketball game (underclassmen), while her teammate Abby Maas was selected to the South team for the senior girls' game. Both girls were instrurmental in Pusch Ridge's successful season after moving up three divisions for the 2011-2012 season. Complete team rosters here. Speed School athletes crucial to softball, baseball tournament wins
March 21, 2012 - Northern Colorado-commit Tyler Kimbrough provided both scoring at the plate along with solid relief pitching to help Salpointe collect a big 12-4 win against Flagstaff in the early stages of the Lancer Baseball Classic. Full story...
On the softball field, Desert View's Reese Ramirez took over on the mound after the team's starting pitcher went down in the first game of the Badger Softball Tournament. Pitching five consecutive games for Desert View - including a stretch of nine straight retired hitters - she helped lead her team to the championship game of the twelve-team tournament. Full story...
Eleven Speed School athletes named to Winter All-Star teams
March 15, 2012 - A total of eleven Speed School athletes accounted for were named to various All-Star teams for their successful seasons in soccer, basketball, and wrestling, accounting for over twenty total nominations. These athletes include:
Dirk McOmber, Empire wrestling(State Champion) - TucsonCitizen.com All-State Team, Arizona Daily Star All-State Team
Amber Measley, Foothills soccer (State Champion) - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team, Arizona Republic All-State Team
Devyn Hunley, Sabino soccer - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team
Jenna Cray, Desert Christian soccer - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team
Kristen Cray, Desert Christian soccer - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team
Ben Brandon, Desert Christian soccer - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team
Ryan Barents, Desert Christian soccer - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team
Gabby Courtney, Pusch Ridge basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team, Arizona Republic All-State team
Noelle Soltero, Pusch Ridge basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team
Abby Maas, Pusch Ridge basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team
Maddy Peddy, Desert Christian basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team, Arizona Republic All-State team
Ryan Barents, Desert Christian basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team
Luke Gleason, Desert Christian basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona first team
Ben Brandon, Desert Christian basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team
Kristen Cray, Desert Christian basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona second team
Jenna Cray, Desert Christian basketball - TucsonCitizen.com All-Southern Arizona third team
In addition to the recognition these athletes earned, congratulations are in order to Lonnie Tvrdy (Pusch Ridge basketball), Steve Lord (Desert Christian soccer), Iram Alday (Desert Christian basketball), and Charlie Kendrick (Foothills soccer) for their recognition for being named Coach of the Year for their respective sports. For complete All-Star teams, see below.
Wrestling: Tucson Citizen All-State Team,Arizona Daily StarAll-State Team
Soccer: Tucson Citizen girls' All-Southern Arizona teams, Arizona Republic All-State girls' teams, Tucson Citizen boys' All-Southern Arizona teams.
Basketball: Tucson Citizen girls' All-Southern Arizona teams, Tucson Citizen boys' team, Arizona Republic All-State girls' teams. Ironwood Ridge grad wins state swimming title
March 15, 2012 - Daniel Bleyl, a Speed School athlete while a local high school state champion swimmer, has added another state championship to his resume, winning the Arizona Senior State Title in the 100-yard butterfly. See complete results at TucsonCitizen.com.
Tennis families provides plenty of on-court firepower for Salpointe
March 15, 2012 - Speed School athletes Lauren and Courtney Amos team up again for Salpointe in an attempt to defend their state title. Arizona Daily Star full story...
Andrew Dunn teams up with older brother Matt to do the same for the Salpointe boys' team. Tucson Citizen.com full story...
Basketball playoffs continue; Pusch Ridge girls advance to second round February 16, 2012 - Facing a taller Sahuaro team, Pusch Ridge got tough rebounding from Noelle Soltero (below) and 11 points from Gabby Courtney as they out-rebounded their first-round opponent. The Lions continue their playoff run on Friday against #8 Peoria Liberty. Arizona Daily Star full story...
State Championship weekend Two team championships and 1 individual title for Speed School Athletes February 14, 2012 - Congratulations to the fourteen Speed School athletes won state championship titles over the last weekend! More details below:
Dirk McOmber wins State Wrestling Championship Amassing an impressive 44-2 record this year, Empire's Dirk McOmber completed his season by winning the 195-pound weight class State Title. A strong, fast athlete, McOmber is currently being recruited by a number of top collegiate programs. Complete results...
Salpointe boys soccer wins state title - "Decisively" Having faced a tough playoff run, Salpointe won the State Championship by a convincing 3-0 margin over Notre Dame Prep. With five Speed School athletes on the varsity team, the Lancers finish their season as the #1-ranked team in Arizona and the #10th-ranked team nationally. Arizona Daily Star...
Catalina Foothills girls team completes strong season with a state title - the 3rd straight Having come out of the toughest sectional in the state - featuring Sahuaro, Sabino, and Ironwood Ridge - the Foothills girls team posted a 2-0 shutout in the state title game against Cactus Shadows - a team who had outscored playoff opponents 10-0 until that point. Arizona Daily Star story...
Desert Christian wins Division IV sectional; Pusch Ridge girls advance to Division II State playoffs
February 14, 2012 - The DCHS boys got solid play from from Ben Brandon and Ryan Barents to win the Section II championship - advancing to the state tournament as the #1 overall seed. Meanwhile, Speed School athletes Abby Maas, Gabby Courtney, and Noelle Soltero helped the PRCA girls become the smallest school to make the Division II state tournament. More info on the sectional championships - and the upcoming state tournament schedule - at the Tucson Citizen page. National Signing Day: Five Speed School athletes commit February 1, 2012 - Five Speed School athletes signed collegiate letter-of-intent forms today to continue their athletic careers beyond the high school level. Congratulations to the following individuals for all your hard work!
Good luck to all athletes at the next level! For complete Southern Arizona signings, click here.
Speed School athletes complete back-to-back hat tricks
February 1, 2012 - Catalina Foothills got plenty of scoring from two of their players at just the right time. As the regular season wound down, Amber Measley provided a hat trick in Foothills' win against Salpointe. The next night, Aleah Strength got a hat trick of her own against a strong Sabino team - scoring all three of her goals in a ten-minute span. Full story...
In one of the most competitive playoff matchups in recent years, Foothills, Ironwood, Sahuaro, and Sabino are all set to play either first- or second-round matchups against each other. Good luck to all teams!
Tucson Citizen's Sport Centennial: Softball and Basketball February 1, 2012 - Two coaches with Speed School connections were recently honored by the TucsonCitizen.com for their work with high school athletes. Lonnie Tvrdy, whose Pusch Ridge girls' teams have done their off-season training with the Speed School, was noted for having led his girls' teams to four consecutive state championships - tied for second-most in the state among girls' programs. Full story... Billy Lopez, a member of our eastside facility at Desert Sports & Fitness, was highlighted for having led the Sahuaro girls' softball teams to six of their eight state championships - the most in the state. Lopez is also a member of the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame. Full story...
Girls Soccer: Foothills 2, Sabino 1 2OT January 19, 2012 - The headline says it all - a thriller of a game that featured Speed School athletes on both sides. Amber Measley (below) provided the game-tying goal before Foothills finally put the winner in the back of the net in the 78th minute.
Measley also scored the go-ahead goal the following night in an equally hard-fought match against powerhouse Ironwood Ridge, helping give her Foothills team yet another 2-1 win. The Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen both had stories on the two games. See below for full stories.
Foothills' Girls Soccer Cracks ESPN's national rankings
January 9, 2012 - Catalina Foothills girls' soccer team should be considered a favorite to repeat as state champions, and a recent ESPN poll indicates just that: The Foothills girls are ranked #1 in Arizona and #26th overall nationally, according to the poll. Full story...
A great year for tennis in 2011 and continuing into 2012 January 9, 2012 - The last year was a highly successful one on the tennis court for our Speed School athletes, and ended on a high note, with one athlete competing in USTA Nationals, and another being recognized by Greg Hansen as one of the Top 100 Sports Figures of 2011. See both stories below.
Zaina Sufi among Top 100 Sports Figures of 2011 (Full story...)
Kirtana Bhat competing in quarterfinal round of USTA Nationals (Full story...)
Small schools looking to higher competition January 9, 2012 - One of the things we encourage among all our Speed School athletes is a sense of competitiveness that not only wants to win, but wants to beat the best competition out there. That's why we were so excited to see two separate articles recently featuring some of our Speed School athletes seeking out the best competition. Read both articles below:
Desert Christian boys basketball schedules high-level mid-season tournament against Division I schools (Full story...)
Pusch Ridge girls basketball moves up two levels to become the smallest school competing at Division II (Full Story...)
Arizona Daily Star 2011 Football All-Stars January 9, 2012 - Six Speed School athletes were among those honored last month when The Arizona Daily Star released their Southern-Arizona All-Star teams for football. They include Salpointe's Jared Sires and Sahuaro's Joe Grono, both third-team wide receivers. Additionally, Tucson High's Rayvean Moore, Sabino's Ian Pickrel, and Sahuaro's Josh Miller and Kasey Ackerley were named Honorable Mention selections. Congratulations to all six and keep up the hard work! Full list...
Basketball updates January 9, 2012 - A majority of our basketball players spent a portion of their Winter Break competing in local Holiday Tournaments. On the boys' side, Desert Christian got balanced scoring from Ryan Barents, Ben Brandon, and Luke Gleason in their win against Sahuarita, while Sabino got strong play from Matt Price, but ultimately fell to CDO (Full Story...).
On the girls' side, the tournaments ended with three Speed School athletes being named to All-Tournament teams: Pusch Ridge's Gabby Courtney and Abby Maas in the Northwest Desert Classic (All-Tournament Teams), and Desert Christian's Maddy Peddy in the Flowing Wells Shootout (All-Tournament Team).
2011 Fall All-Stars
December 13,2011 - The Arizona Daily Star released their All-Star teams for cross-country, swimming, volleyball, and golf, including four Speed School athletes who received Honorable Mention recognition. On the boys' side, Pusch Ridge's Josh Tvrdy and UHS' Brandon Dorr were both recognized for cross-country. Among the girls, Sahuaro's Katie Riddle was listed for volleyball and Sabino's Courtney Ivanoff (golf) were also named. Complete Daily Star listings...
Additionally, two individuals were also named to the Tucson Citizen All-Star team for football: Sabino's Sunthi Danh and Salpointe's Jared Sires, named to the first- and second-teams, respectively. Dunh, an all-purpose back/returner for the Sabercats, was also named to the Arizona Football Coaches Top 25 players for the season. Complete Citizen listings...
Speed School athlete signs with Northern Colorado
November 29, 2011 - Salpointe's Tyler Kimbrough joins two other Speed School athletes from the 2012 class to be continuing at the next level, signing a letter-of-intent with Division I Northern Colorado. From the school website: "Tyler is very disciplined at the plate," head coach Carl Iwasaki stated, "he can also play virtually any position on the field and will benefit the program."Read more...
Eagles win Boyd Baker tournament
November 29, 2011 - The Desert Christian boys' team - typically one of the strongest of the small schools - is off to a good early start, having won the Thanksgiving Boyd Baker tournament. The Eagles, led by a number of Speed School athletes, defeated Tanque Verde in the final. See article here.
Speed School athletes in Brandon Bean tournament
November 29, 2011 - Almost all of our high school soccer players were busy this last weekend with the annual Brandon Bean soccer tournament. For defending state champion Catalina Foothills girls, it wasn't until two of our athletes connected to get the scoring started. Amber Measley put a corner from Tori Augustinovich in goal to provide the first of two scores in the Falcon girls' first game. For more updates on the tournament, see the Tucson Citizen page here.
Speed School athlete in Old Spice Classic on ESPN
November 21,2011 - Speed School athlete Brandon Burnett will play along with his teammates in the Old Spice Classic men's college basketball tournament over Thanksgiving Break. Burnett, who trained with the Speed School program while in high school at Cienega and in preparation for Division I basketball, is a 6-6 guard for Indiana State. His team faces Texas Tech at 10:00 Thanksgiving Day on ESPN, and will be featured again on Friday and Sunday, also on ESPN/ESPN2. For complete game times and details, click here.
Cienega advances to state championship game
November 22, 2011 - In a game that featured Speed School athletes on both sides of the ball, Cienega defeated Ironwood Ridge 24-21 to advance to the state title game. They will play #1-ranked Chaparral on Saturday for the state championship. Good luck Bobcats! Full story...
Also over the weekend, Sabino got an early touchdown from Sunthi Dunh, but it wasn't enough as the Sabercats lost to Scottsdale Saguaro in the semifinal game. Congratulations to the Sabercats on a strong season. Full story...
Cienega, Ironwood, Sabino all still in state title hunt
November 17, 2011 - All three Southern Arizona football powerhouses are still alive in their quest for state championships. #2 Cienega faces #6 Ironwood on Friday, while #1 Sabino faces #5 Scottsdale Saguaro on Saturday. Full story...
"Nobody's in better shape than the kids at Sabino" - A must-read look by the Arizona Daily Star on the high level of coaching at Sabino (Jay Campos) and Cienega (Nemer Hassey). Full Story...
Cross-country runners named first-team All-Stars:
November 17, 2011 - UHS' Brandon Dorr and Pusch Ridge's Josh Tvrdy were both named to Tucson Citizen's first-team All-Southern Arizona teams. Dorr, part of a very strong Rincon/UHS team, was named to the First Team for Division I. Tvrdy, the number-one runner for Pusch Ridge Academy, was also listed as a First Team selection (Division IV). Dorr and Tvrdy, sophomores and juniors, respectively, are considered some of the top returners for next season. All-Star teams.
Pair of Speed School athletes sign collegiately
November 17, 2011 - Congratulations to Zaina Sufi of Catalina Foothills and Ashley Curtis of Salpointe for their recent letter-of-intent collegiate signings. Sufi, a tennis state champion, signed with the DePaul University tennis program. Curtis will be continuing with the Northwestern (Wash.) softball team. Good luck to both girls as they continue at the next level! List of Tucson-area signees.
Sabino football wins OT thriller 34-31
November 17, 2011 - Congrats to the Sabercats and particularly our Speed School athletes for their thrilling, down-to-the-wire win against defending 4A State Champion Phoenix Thunderbird. With scores from Cael Conlon, Sunthi Dunh, a fumble recovery by Ian Pickrel, and tough between-the-tackles running from Cody Lloyd, Sabino got a late score from Dunh to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra period, Thunderbird struck first with a field goal, but Sabino won the game when the Sabercats matched with a touchdown. #1 Sabino (11-1) will face Saguaro in the semifinal game this Saturday.
October 27, 2011 - November brings the time of year that all of our fall athletes train for - football, soccer, and volleyball playoffs, as well as the state cross-country meet for our endurance athletes. A number of our athletes and teams are poised for a successful postseason, not least of which are the powerhouse Desert Christian boys and girls soccer teams. Both have #2 seeds entering the playoffs - earning first-round byes - and play this weekend in Phoenix.
A number of our football players also look to do their part to help their teams, as four area schools enter into the month of November with legitimate shots at a state title. Sabino football is currently ranked #2 in Division 3, and Division 4 has Cienega as a #2 seed, Salpointe #3, and CDO #10 (complete rankingshere).
We've also seen some great results from our younger athletes as well. Three Speed School-trained youth football teams enter the city championships playoffs, which begin this weekend, with #1 seeds. On the soccer field, the TMSFC Great White won the 2011 Soctoberfest. What makes this win so impressive is that the Great White are an age 12-and-under team - and won playing in the U14 division.
Good luck to all teams this month - this is what we've trained for all off-season!
Desert Christian wins battle of top soccer teams
September 29, 2011 - Two goals by Desert Christian were needed in a come-from-behind win against Div. IV powerhouse Willcox. Along with a win against St. Gregory, this puts the Eagles in prime position for one of the top seeds entering the state tournament. Full story here.
Speed School athlete crucial in tournament win
September 13, 2011 - Speed School athlete Colby Wilson, a Salpointe outfielder, provided a crucial go-ahead RBI triple in the championship game of the West Labor Day Tournament in Phoenix. Playing at the Rockies' and Diamondbacks' facilities, the 520 Elite Club team was dominant throughout the tournament, winning both the 16U and 18U divisions. In doing so, they cemented their reputation as the top travel team in Tucson. Full story...
Speed of Sabino backs too much for Palo Verde September 13, 2011 - Sabino was dominant in its 50-0 win over Palo Verde, bringing the Sabercats to 2-1 on the season. Speed School athletes demonstrated their speed out of the backfield, with Cody Lloyd rushing for two scores, Sunthi Danh scoring a rushing touchdown and also a 50-yard punt return for a score, and Zach Joseph with a 92-yard touchdown run. Full story...
Sabino's Sunthi Danh eludes defenders en route to a 50-yard punt return.
Sophomore runner hopes to help team contend for state title September 13, 2011 - Speed School athlete Brandon Dorr will be joining talented teammates in a hunt for the state cross-country title. The Rincon/UHS Rangers finished 7th at the state meet last year and hope to improve upon that finish this season. Already off to a strong start, Dorr took 2nd-place in one of the first meets of the year at Pusch Ridge, behind teammate and overall winner Ryan Silva.
Frist-place finish for Speed School athlete at BMX Nationals
July 27, 2011 - Sammy Montijo - one of our youngest athletes in the Desert Speed School program - recently completed a weekend of competition at Las Vegas Nationals and returned with an armful of hardware. Competing in the 8-year old expert class, Sammy placed 1st, 4th, and 5th in his events over the course of the weekend, which included top riders from across the country. "We're thrilled," said his father, Sam Montijo, "he's never placed this high before, and to do so at Nationals is great for his confidence."
To improve his speed, acceleration, and balance on the bike, Sammy has been working for the last several months with one of our Head Trainers, Luis Quiroga. His program has emphasized leg strength, power, and reaction time in addition to improving his overall core and upper-body strength. Training alongside much older athletes, Sammy has seen great improvements in his athletic skills - with great results to show for it!
Sabino standout Carly Cathey signs with Hamiline University
July 27, 2011 - (This story originally appeared in the Tucson Citizen. View original article here). Sabino standout Carly Cathey signed to play basketball at Division-III Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cathey was a four-year varsity player at Sabino and team captain for two years, earning 1st team all-region honors during her junior season and 2nd team all-region her senior year. She averaged 10.1 points per game and made 57 3-point field goals during her senior year.
According to Sabino coach Al Addleman, Cathey was instrumental in returning the Sabercat program to the state playoffs for the last two years after a 12 year absence.
College Showcase Tournaments July 18, 2011 - With summer comes a time of high-level competition for our softball players. Arizona is known for being one of the strongest states in the sport of softball, and it's during this time that our girls get the chance to travel throughout the country and compete against some of the top national competition. Speed School athletes who are competing in national showcases or the national championships include:
National Championships Brooklyn Beardshear
Spring Honor Roll June 27, 2011 - The Arizona Daily Star recently released their honor roll for boys' and girls' track, boys' and girls' tennis, baseball, softball, and boys volleyball, and thirty-one Speed School athletes were honored - a large number of state champions among them. Athletes honored include:
Tyler Grammar, IRHS - Track & Field, State Champion (4x100 relay), 3rd-place (200), 5th-place (100),
First-Team (4x100), First-Team (200), Second-Team (100), Arizona Daily Star
TucsonCitizen.com All-Star selection (100, 200, 400, 4x100) Wade Heerboth, Foothills - Tennis, State Champion (Team), First-team, Arizona Daily Star Rachana Bhat, Foothills - Tennis, State Champion (Team), First-team, Arizona Daily Star Courtney Amos, Salpointe- Tennis, State Champion (Team), First-team, Arizona Daily Star Zaina Sufi, Foothills - Tennis, State Champion (Team), First-team, Arizona Daily Star Lauren Amos, Salpointe - Tennis, State Champion (Team), First-team, Arizona Daily Star
Andrew Dunn, Salpointe - Tennis, State Champion (Team), Second-team, Arizona Daily Star Nicole Whinery, Salpointe - Tennis, State Champion (Team), Second-team, Arizona Daily Star Matt Summerset, Desert Christian - Track & Field, State Champion (Discus), Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star, TucsonCitizen.com All-Star (Discus)
Abby Maas, Pusch Ridge - Track & Field, State Champion (4x100), 2nd-place (Triple Jump), Second-Team, Arizona Daily Star,
TucsonCitizen.com All-Star (4x100, Triple jump)
Caleb Tvrdy, Pusch Ridge - Tennis, State Champion (Team)
Taylor Riesgo, Sabino - Softball, First Team, Arizona Daily Star
Brooklyn Beardshear, Sahuaro - Softball, Second-Team, Arizona Daily Star
Aubre Carpenter, Sabino - Softball, Second-Team, Arizona Daily Star
Eric Stark, Sahuaro - Volleyball, Second-Team, Arizona Daily Star
Paige Peterson, Salpointe - Softball, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Dana Hughes, Salpointe - Softball, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Elle Uldrich, Pusch Ridge - Track & Field, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Josh Gleason, Desert Christian - Tennis, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Luke Gleason, Desert Christian - Tennis, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Jenna Cray, Desert Christian - Tennis, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Kristen Cray, Desert Christian - Tennis, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Gabby Courtney, Pusch Ridge - Tennis, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Josh Tvrdy, Pusch Ridge - Track & Field, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star, TucsonCitizen.com All-Star (400)
Patrick Yonas, Sabino - Track & Field, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star, TucsonCitizen.com All-Star (4x100)
Complete Arizona Daily Star spring honor roll lists can be found here and here.
Speed School athlete part of elite tournament win June 27, 2011 - Sabino's Kelsee Levey, an multi-position player on the Arizona Roadrunners 18U club team, was part of the team's win at the elite Father's Day Tournament in Phoenix. Competing against some of the top talent from Nevada, California, and locally, the team came back from a loss during pool play to place first. Currently the team is in Denver, CO to compete at the Western Regionals, one of the top national tournaments.
Sprinter takes home Junior Olympic gold at State Meet June 27, 2011 - Alex Turner advanced to the Junior Olympic regionals in Albequerque with his first-place finish - along with his relay teammates - in the 4x100 state final. Turner also placed 5th in the individual 100m.
Pusch Ridge boys tennis wins state; Girls' team finishes second May 27, 2011 - Caleb Tvrdy helped provide a crucial come-from-behind doubles win in guiding his Pusch Ridge boys tennis team to the 2A State Championship this spring. On the girls' side, Gabby Courtney helped lead her team to the championship match, where the girls fell to Phoenix Country Day. Tvrdy and Courtney, both Speed School athletes, are also members of the Pusch Ridge basketball team. The win for the Pusch Ridge team is the fifth team title for Speed School athletes this year, joining the 4A Foothill's boys and girls teams, and the 5A Salpointe teams. http://www.azcentral.com/sports/preps/articles/2011/05/14/20110514pusch-ridge-wins-2A-3A-boys-tennis-thatcher.html
State championship for girls relay team May 27, 2011 - Abby Maas, the state runner up in the triple jump, also helped her 4x100 relay team earn a state championship medal as the girls won the 1A-3A relay. Pusch Ridge also had another place-winner with Elle Uldrich placing 8th in the triple jump.
Speed School athletes bring home 2 state championships at boys' state Track and Field meet May 19, 2011 - Desert Christian's Matt Summersett won the discus and Tyler Grammar anchored his Ironwood Ridge relay team to a state championship at the state finals this last weekend. Grammar also placed individually, finishing 5th in the 100 and 3rd in the 200. Other Speed School athletes placing in the meet included Patrick Yonas (11th, 100), Jeff Rovner (12th, 110 hurdles), Garrett Barnella (13th, 800).
Tyler Grammar, Ironwood Ridge
All-Region Awards for Speed School athletes May 19, 2011 - Brothers Bobby and John Hosmer headlined four Speed School athletes who were voted onto the All-Region Team by area coaches. Bobby, a catcher, was a First-Team selection while John joined Felix Gonzalez on the Second-Team. Salpointe's Tyler Kimbrough rounded out the group with an Honorable Mention selection. Congratulations to all four on the recognition well-deserved. http://tucsoncitizen.com/highschoolsports/2011/05/14/2011-5a-southern-all-region-teams-coaches/
Salpointe boys and girls' teams win 5A state titles May 12, 2011 - Salpointe got wins from Courtney Amos and Nicole Whinery before a crucial win in a close match by Lauren Amos sealed the state title for the Lancers. On the boys' side, Andrew Dunn teamed with his brother to provide what his coach called a "momentum-shifting" win in the doubles action. Speed School athletes have now won four state team titles this year and two individual state championship. http://azstarnet.com/sports/tennis/high-school-and-prep/article_f18f861e-4608-520b-8177-272fc9855db3.html
Speed School athlete selected for invitation-only recruiting combine May 12, 2011 - Salpointe's Alex Arnaud was among 3 players from his position across the state selected for the elite Schuman Combine. This combine, held in Los Angeles next month, helps showcase the top football talent in the southwest for collegiate coaches.
Emory University wins conference title and invitational; competes for national title May 12, 2011 - The Emory University golf team finished the regular season as the UAA Conference Champion as well as the winner of the elite Georgia Cup Invitational. Currently the team sits in 6th place in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. The Eagles feature freshman Alec Berens, a Speed School athlete and member of the 2009 state champion Catalina Foothills team. A talented multi-sport athlete, Berens has trained at the Speed School to improve his flexibility, power, and overall strength - all of which has helped his golf game.
Cienega's Burnett signs with Indiana State May 12, 2011 - Cienega's 6'-6", 225 lb. Brandon Burnett, who started training with the Desert Speed School as a 180-lb. freshman, recently returned from Indiana, having signed with the Sycamores basketball team. A strong, talented wing with good leaping ability, he now joins the list of Tucson-area players currently playing at the Division I level. As a high school senior, Burnett was a McDonald's All-American nominee and ranked #84 nationally by ESPN. http://azstarnet.com/sports/article_3e495fa0-3798-5ed1-82de-78fdac744f46.html
Softball player hitting well at the collegiate level May 12, 2011 - While Sahuaro grad and Speed School athlete Kira White is recovering from a shoulder injury that has slowed her first collegiate season, Cienega's Brandi Klein is having no trouble adjusting to the collegiate level, finishing the season hitting .390 for Phoenix College, according to the Tucson Citizen.
Track athletes top AIA performance lists May 12, 2011 - Pusch Ridge's Josh Tvrdy and Desert Christian's Matt Summersett each are among the AIA leaders in their respective track and field events. Summersett is currently #2 in the discus, according to the most recent AIA performance list, while Tvrdy leads all 400m sprinters with a very impressive 48.63. With the state meet approaching, both will look to medal in their events. http://tucsoncitizen.com/highschoolsports/2011/04/13/track-field-d-iv-aia-performance-list/
Speed School athletes dominate early rounds of State Tennis tournament April 18, 2011 - Local Speed School athletes rolled through the first and second rounds of the state tournament this past weekend. Foothills' Wade Heerboth, the #4 seed, won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. In fact, nearly all Speed School athletes dominated by a similar margin: Foothills' Zaina Sufi and Rachana Bhat along with Salpointe's Courtney Amos and Lauren Amos all won their second-round matches 6-0, 6-0. http://azstarnet.com/sports/article_28d1ec44-9da7-5d9e-ab0e-f668fc88f280.html
Foothills' Wade Heerboth.
Sahuaro outside hitter Stark punishes opponents in Warrior Invitational April 18, 2011 - Speed School athlete Eric Stark - also a member of the Sahuaro basketball team - was crucial in Sahuaro's dominance of the volleyball court at the recent Warrior Invitational at Pueblo High. His "nasty kills," as one sportswriter described his play at the net, was critical in closing out several games at the tournament. The Cougars volleyball team also features the talents of another Speed School athlete, Lucas Smith, a wide receiver on the school's football team. http://azstarnet.com/sports/article_280cdf9d-c1c5-59d9-88f5-a53691c9af59.html?mode=story
Pair of baseball players selected to 2011 Players to Watch list April 18, 2011 - Sabino's Spencer Larson and UHS' John Hosmer, both of whom have trained with the Speed School program, were selected by ArizonaVarsity.com as some of Arizona's top prospects for the class of 2011. Hosmer was an Honorable Mention selection and Larson, who was initially listed as the #44th-best prospect statewide, was recently upgraded by the scouting site to #27th. For complete listings of Tucson-area players who made the list, see: http://tucsoncitizen.com/highschoolsports/2011/01/05/national-wrestling-arizona-baseball-rankings/
AIA Top-performers list: Speed School boys top sprinter's lists April 12, 2011 - Sabino's Patrick Yonas and Ironwood Ridge's Tyler Grammar top the sprints on the most recent AIA top-performer lists. Yonas currently has the top 100m time of 11.07, while Grammer leads the 200m with 22.36. Grammar also is currently sitting in 4th in the 100m, and anchors the top-ranked 4x100 relay team (Yonas' Sabino team is 3rd). For complete rankings for these and all other track events: http://tucsoncitizen.com/highschoolsports/2011/03/25/track-field-aia-performance-list/
Ironwood Ridge's Tyler Grammar anchoring 4x100 relay.
Winter Honor Roll April 12, 2011 - With a number of state champion soccer athletes and strong basketball seasons from our Speed School athletes, here are the athletes who were honored for their accomplishments on the field or court:
Daniel Havel, Foothills - State Champion, soccer; Honorable Mention All-State, Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen Tori Augustinovich, Foothills - State Champion, soccer
Cassidy Augustinovich, Foothills - State Champion, soccer
Willow Cozzens, Sabino - State Runner-Up, soccer
Devyn Hunley, Sabino - Sate Runner-Up, soccer; Honorable Mention All-State, Arizona Daily Star and 2nd-team All-State, Tucson Citizen Ben Brandon, Desert Christian - State Runner-up, soccer; Honorable Mention All-State, Arizona Daily Star Kristen Cray, Desert Christian - soccer, Honorable Mention All-State, Tucson Citizen Jeremy Courtney, Pusch Ridge - basketball, First-Team All-Southern Arizona, Tucson Citizen Daniel McCleod, Pusch Ridge - basketball, First-Team All-Southern Arizona, Tucson Citizen Matthew Fox, St. Greg's - basketball, First-Team All-Southern Arizona, Tucson Citizen Dominique Banks, Amphi - basketball, First-Team All-Southern Arizona, Tucson Citizen Tyler Vance, Pusch Ridge - basketball, Second-Team All-Southern Arizona, Tucson Citizen Gabbi Courtney, Pusch Ridge - basketball, All-State (2A), All-Region (2A), Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star Carly Cathy, Sabino - basketball, 2nd-team All-Region; Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star and ArizonaVarsity.com
Morgan Chmielowiec - basketball, Honorable Mention, Arizona Daily Star
Addtionaly, Desert Christian head soccer coach Steve Lord, whose Eagles were State Runners-up, was awarded "Coach of the Year" by the Tucson Citizen. Congratulations to Coach Lord on this well-deserved honor.
Speed School athletes at McKale Center January 18, 2011 - A number of Speed School athletes had the opportunity to play under the spotlight at McKale Center recently for the annual MLK Classic basketball showcase. The action featured several thrillers, with the Sahuaro boys team holding on for a three-point win against Flowing Wells. Speed School athlete Eric Stark contributed 6 points in the win. In another close matchup, the Sabino girls lost by two to CDO, with Speed School athlete Carly Cathey providing 8 points in the losing effort.
The Desert Christian girls, featuring a number of Speed School athletes, was dominant in their defeat of Northwest Christian. Desert's sophomore guard Sara Boice, who is already making a name for herself, credited her older brother Daniel - a Speed School athlete now playing at Dordt College - for her competitiveness spirit. “He’s the competitive one,” said Sara. “He’s in college now and I guess that’s where I get it from.” http://tucsoncitizen.com/highschoolsports/2011/01/18/mckale-center-plays-host-to-the-mlk-basketball-classic/
Fall Honor Roll November 29, 2010 - With the conclusion of the fall high school season, a number of Speed School athletes won individual honors for their achievements this past season, including one state champion. Honored athletes include:
Dylan Leahy, Palo Verde - Tucson Citizen Southern Arizona All-Star, football
Gabbi Courtney, Pusch Ridge - All-Southern Arizona selection, volleyball
Kaitlyn Kirschner, Pusch Ridge - All-Southern Arizona selection, volleyball
Daniel Bleyl, IRHS - 6th and 12th, swimming state finals; All-Southern Arizona honorable mention
Garrett Barnella, Sabino - 41st, 4A cross-country state finals
Josh Tvrdy, Pusch Ridge - 40th, 2A cross-country state finals
Abby Dockery, CDO - 75th, 5A cross-country state finals
Brandon Dorr, UHS - 165th, 4A cross-country state finals
Gentry Hicks, CDO - Arizona State Champion, Golf; Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, and Arizona Republic Player of the Year.
Speed School athletes challenge soccer powerhouse for state title November 6, 2010 - Trying to win their first soccer title since 1997, the Desert Christian boys' soccer team gave eventual winner - and seven-time defending champion - Blue Ridge all they could handle before eventually falling in the championship game 2-1. Head coach Steve Lord has built the Eagles team into one of the strongest programs in the state and the team has been helped by their off-season training regimen at the Desert Speed School. Having finished runner-up three times this decade, best of luck to these athletes as they continue training towards their state championship goal.
Congratulations to our Speed School athletes on the runner-up Eagles:
Update - April 12, 2011 - Head Coach Steve Lord was honored as Coach of the Year by the Tucson Citizen for his work with the Desert Christian soccer team. Congratulations to Coach Lord for an honor well-deserved.
Pusch Ridge star's speed makes him an all-purpose threat October 23, 2010 - Pusch Ridge senior Tyler Vance piled up 225 all-purpose yards, including a 90-yard kickoff return, as his team won their seventh straight game. Vance was named player of the game for the Lions, who currently sit atop their 2A region with an 8-1 record.
Class of 2010 moves up to the collegiate level including 15 Speed School athletes August 26, 2010 - As last year's graduating high school seniors head off to college this month, fifteen Speed School athletes will be continuing to play at the collegiate level. These include:
Daniel Boice (Desert Christian) - Basketball, Dordt College
Alec Berens (Cat. Foothills) - Golf, Emory University
Ronnie Burton (Cienega) - Football, Pima
Jake Cole (Sahuaro) - Baseball, North Carolina
JJ Gorosave (Cienega) - Football, Pima
Harrison Graham (Salpointe) - Baseball, Trinity
Lauren Hostetler (Sahuaro) - Softball, Pima
Brandi Klein (Cienega) - Softball, Phoenix College
Josh Landau (Cat. Foothills) - Soccer, San Diego
Courtney McCoy (Sahuaro) - Softball, Trinidad State
Keanu Nelson (Sabino) - Football, Stanford
Dominique Parker (Cienega) - Football, Pima
Kaity Sitzman (Sabino) - Softball, Villanova
Greg Schimke (Pusch Ridge) - Football, Olivet Nazarene
Kira White (Sahuaro) - Softball, Pima
Keanu Nelson, Sabino High School
All-Southern Arizona Baseball and Softball teams announced; 18 Speed School athletes recognized.
May 24, 2010 - The Arizona Daily Star announced its Southern Arizona all-start teams this week and Desert Speed School athletes made a strong showing, with 7 boys and 11 girls earning recognition for their play on the baseball and softball field. North Carolina-bound Jake Cole from Sahuaro earned top honors as Player of the Year on the boys' side. Speed School athletes earning selections were:
Jake Cole, Sahuaro
Kaity Sitzman, Sabino
Brandi Klein, Cienega
Second Team Harrison Graham, Salpointe
Paige Peterson, Salpointe
Kira White, Sahuaro
Aubrey Carpenter, Sabino
Taylor Riesgo, Sabino
Third Team Aaron Vaugh, Pusch Ridge
John Hosmer, Rincon/UHS
Spencer Larson, Sabino
Shawna Comeaux, Sabino
Dee Anna Long, Cholla
Honorable Mention Bobby Hosmer, Rincon/UHS
Aron Harrington, Salpointe
Alyssa Fletcher, Sabino
Lauren Hostetler, Sahuaro
Dana Hughes, Salpointe
Tennis, Track, Volleyball honors May 2010 - A total of nine Speed School athletes were honored for their excellence on the tennis and volleyball court as well as the track this spring, including several state finalists and state champions. These include:
First Team Kenny Liscum, Marana (Volleyball)
Rachana Bhat, Foothills (Tennis) - Arizona State Champion (singles)
Zaina Sufi, Foothills (Tennis)
Courtney Amos, Salpointe (Tennis) - Arizona State Champion (doubles) and Tucson Citizen Player of the Year
Second Team Wade Heerboth, Foothills (Tennis)
Honorable Mention Patrick Yonas, Sabino (Track)
Kristin Andrews, Desert Christian (Track)
Boys basketball 2010 All-Stars announced; 4 Speed School athletes honored February 28, 2010 - Four Speed School athletes were honored by the Tucson Citizen list of 2010 basketball all-stars, including Cienega star Brandon Burnett, who was honored not only as an All-Southern AZ player but also as an All-State selection. Honored athletes include:
Brandon Burnett, Cienega - First-team 4A Southern AZ, Second-Team All-State
Daniel Boice, Desert Christian - First-team 2A
Trever Cook, Pusch Ridge - First-team 2A
Jeremy Courtney, Pusch Ridge - Second-team 2A
Daniel Boice, Desert Christian
Speed School athlete named Collegiate Player of the Week
January 19, 2010 - University of SF-Academy of Art freshman forward Aaron Aikman was named Player of the Week for his role on the glass and scoring for the Urban Knights in their games against Dixie State and Grand Canyon. Aikman, a star player for Desert Christian High School from 2006-2009, trained with the Speed School program throughout high school, focusing on footwork, upper-body strength, and his vertical jump. He played in every game this year for his collegiate team, starting ten games as a freshman.