Nov. 3, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: The Canyon del Oro baseball team got a new head coach Oct. 26 when the Amphitheater School Governing Board approved Len Anderson to take over the Dorados. CDO athletic director, Ed Moody would not comment on the new hire, except to say that the new coach had "a boat-load of experience."
CDO is a state and national powerhouse. The head coaching position became available in September after Keith Francis stepped down to take an assistant coaching position at Pima Community College.
NW VB REPRESENTS
She may not play her high school volleyball in the Northwest but Oro Valley resident Jade Michaelsen is representing the region quite nicely. The junior was named the 5A Southern Region Volleyball Player of the Year last week for her role in Salpointe Catholic's 35-5-1 season. In doing so, Michaelsen becomes the second Oro Valley resident to earn the honor in as many years. Last season, the award went to Canyon del Oro's Audrey Bockerstette, who was honored along with Michaelsen as a member of the 2004 5A Southern Region First Team at the regional tournament Oct. 27. Michaelsen and Salpointe went on to edge out Bockerstette's CDO squad in the 5A Southern Region tourney championship game Oct. 28.
The 4A Region Player of the Year honors were kept in the Northwest as well. Michelle McLain of Ironwood Ridge's volleyball squad was awarded those honors at the 4A Sonoran Region playoffs in which the Nighthawks won their first ever region title. The accolades didn't end there for McLain and Ironwood Ridge. Joining the senior on the All-Region first team was junior Kara Bauman. Stephanie Slaton earned Second team honors while Kelly Brady and Audrey Barbera were named as honorable mentions.
CDO RUNNING WILD
Don't look now, but Brock Knight has quietly snuck into the top 10 of running backs in Tucson. Knight has shouldered the load for Canyon del Oro in the absence of senior running back Sean Romero, who had previously missed a lengthy stretch of games with a leg injury. The 5-foot-10-inch Knight has amassed 759 yards on the ground including eight touchdowns for the Dorados.
Marana High School's football team may be experiencing its growing pains this season, the Tigers are 1-7 on the season, but quarterback Michael Bailey has provided the MHS faithful with something to cheer about this year. Through nine games, Bailey, a senior, is among the top 10 Tucson-area quarterbacks in both the 5A and 4A regions in passing yards. Bailey upped his yards through the air to nearly 1,000 to go along with his five scoring strikes in Marana's 23-6 loss at Cholla Oct. 29. Bailey's No.1 target this season has been George Keathley, who has gained 490 yards and scored three touchdowns. Keathley is the only player from the Northwest to rank among the top 12 in receiving yards among 5A and 4A pass catchers and leads all Tucson schools with an average of 34.4 yards per catch. Despite the Bailey-to-Keathley connection, to put the Marana's scoring woes into perspective, the 12 touchdowns scored by the Tigers this season is the same amount of rushing TD's earned by Ironwood Ridge's Dakotah McQuay.
SPEAKING OF RELOCATED NORTHWESTERNERS
Former Ironwood Ridge quarterback Sean Brevaire is picking opposing defenses apart these days for Salpointe. After leaving the Nighthawks last season, Brevaire has taken the Lancers to a 5-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in 5A Southern Region on 1,522 passing and 11 TD tosses. Brevaire is leading all Southern Arizona schools in passing.
MORE NEW COACHES
Canyon del Oro added new faces to its coaching family Oct. 26 when the Amphi School District Governing Board approved two assistant coaches for the winter sports season. Elijah Gomez will assume the role as assistant wrestling coach for the Dorados while Jon Kimberlin takes over as assistant basketball coach.
Thornydale Little League
The Thornydale Little League will conduct registration for team managers for the upcoming 2005 season. Prospective skippers can register from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 or Nov. 13 at Arthur Pack Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road. For more information call 579-7522.
Tryouts for 2005 Club Cactus Junior Girls Volleyball season will be held Nov. 7 and 14 at Amphi High School, 125 W. Yavapai Road. Cost for the tryouts is $10 for pre-registration and $20 at the door. For information call 579-7522.