October 12, 2005 - Northwest resident Jade Michaelsen will sign her National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9 to attend the University of New Mexico next fall. Michaelsen is a senior on the Salpointe Catholic High School girl's volleyball team where the setter has emerged as a team leader. At New Mexico, the assist specialist will join class of 2005 Canyon Del Oro grad, and former Club Cactus teammate Joelle Ingraham.
The Land of Enchantment has been a big draw for local athletes. Former Marana High School grad Whitney Lewis (class of 2005) is a freshman at Western New Mexico, where, instead of playing volleyball like she did for the Tigers, she is concentrating on basketball. Lewis joins Kristen Kile, formerly of Mountain View High School and Pima Community College, on the Mustang's women's hoops team. Forget Kevin Bacon, its more fun to play six-degrees of Northwest Sports.
Run Mountain Lions, run
The Mountain View High School cross country team is becoming a force to be reckoned with, this time on the Class 5A level. The Mountain Lions won the co-ed Rattler Invitational Oct. 5 at Arthur Pack Park facing boys and girls squads from Buena, Flowing Wells, Salpointe Catholic and Tucson high schools. Even though Tara Erdmann of Flowing Wells and Bryce Livingston of Salpointe took home first place finishes, Mountain View garnered the most points between all of Southern Arizona's Class 5A schools, with the exception of Sunnyside High School.
The win wasn't the first time the Mountain Lions wound up on top this season. On Sept. 25, the Mountain View girls team, paced by fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes from Marina Peterson (18 minutes 42 seconds), Chrissy Kellerman and Brittany Vaughn (both at 18 minutes 45 seconds) respectively, won the Ojo Rojo Invitational in Chandler. As a whole, the girls finished in first with 56 points to Desert Vista High School's second place showing of 67 points.
Bishop's Diagonal Move
When Walter Teike signed on to coach the wrestling squad at Canyon Del Oro High School starting this winter, the veteran of 58 years worth of mat time, left a void in Catalina Foothills High School's program, for which he headed for the last six years. Replacing Teike for the Falcons will be Greg Bishop. The physical education teacher has coached wrestling before and takes over a Foothills program that last year sent three wrestlers to the Class 4A state tournament.
The Club Cactus Juniors Volleyball program will host an information meeting for its upcoming Girls USA Volleyball Club season at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the cafeteria of Amphi High School, 125 W. Yavapai Road. The meeting is a chance to meet the coaching staff and learn more about youth volleyball in Pima County and is open to players ages 11 through 18 and their parents. Information can be found at www.clubcactusvolleyball.com.