By: Ralph Amsden
A roundup of the previous days’ news and events surrounding the city of Chandler’s prep and alumni sports scene- all to help keep you in the know. Did I miss anything? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to include it.
In the News:
Basha’s Brandon Yamamoto is starting to see some collegiate interest for his football skills- Pima Community College has offered him a scholarship. We’ll keep you updated if more offers roll in.
Basha basketball had a trio of division 1 prospects on their 2011-12 basketball team. Jaron Hopkins transferred to Dobson, and Torren Jones to a prep school out of state, leaving only Maurice Kirby to graduate as a Bear, but all three have had continued their playing careers at the next level.
Jaron Hopkins is a sophomore at the University of Colorado, averaging 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 2 minutes of action per contest. He’s still doing stuff like this to defenders.
Torren Jones was dismissed from the University of Missouri team after his freshman season, and is playing this year for Midland College in Texas. He’s averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game, and has an offer from West Virginia.
Maurice Kirby was one of several players to move on from Virginai Tech after last year’s coaching change. Kirby is playing for Coffeyville Community college in Kansas, where he is averaging 9 points and 8 rebounds per game, and has committed to finishing his college basketball career at Loyola of Chicago.
Chandler alum Cameron Jordan may not have been able to make good on his promise to take the Saints to the Super Bowl and win it in front of an Arizona crowd filled with friends and family, but he’s still making the best use of his time during the NFL playoffs by assisting with a food drive for the hungry in Louisiana. Jordan told William Johnson of The Town Talk “No one should have to go days on end, or even a single day for that matter, without eating a decent meal. Unfortunately that is the reality for thousands of people right here in New Orleans and across our state.”
Hamilton basketball may have lost to Corona yesterday, but during the game, ESPN and Sportscenter’s Twitter accounts tweeted about Corona freshman Marvin Bagley to their combined 29 MILLION followers, so the Dog Pound wanted to make sure they got a picture with the now-nationwide sensation.
— CTownRivals.com (@ctownrivals) January 7, 2015
Caleb Peart may be the 5th Hamilton defensive lineman in the last 6 years to win the Curley Culp Award from the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation. While they haven’t announced the award anywhere that I can find online just yet, Richard M. Stover of VandyMania.com indicated that Peart has already been told he won the award, joining Qualen Cunningham, Jaxon Hood, Shaq Jenkins and Tevin Hood as Hamilton’s past winners. The award luncheon is scheduled for January 16th, a date that Peart also has pencilled in for his official visit to Vanderbilt.
Hamilton alum Zach Bauman went undrafted after breaking records at Northern Arizona, and caught on with the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason, even scoring an odd, highlight reel game-winning touchdown. Bauman was released by Arizona, only to be picked up later, released again, and then picked back up one more time. Bauman finished the season on Arizona’s practice squad, and has been signed to a futures contract that guarantees he’ll be a part of the team’s offseason training come March.
Speaking of NAU, the Lumberjack football team seems like a likely destination for Hamilton alum Kendyl Taylor, who announced via Twitter early this morning that he’d be transferring from the University of Washington after three seasons in the program. Taylor is a redshirt sophomore with two years of eligibility remaining, and a transfer to an FCS school would mean he’s eligible to play immediately, and wouldn’t have to sit out a year. Taylor made his last catch for the Huskies, an 11 yard reception, in front of friends and family in last week’s Cactus Bowl.
Thank you 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/Sjs9uzdASo
— Kendyl Taylor (@Kendyl13Taylor) January 7, 2015
Perry alum Jordan Howard celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday, and despite his young age, he’s Central Arkansas basketball’s leading scorer. Howard is averaging just over 15 points per game, good for 9th in the nation among NCAA freshman.
Perry Track and Field’s Cade Burks plans on taking an unofficial visit to the University of Nebraska. Burks, who won the elite heat in the 800 at last year’s Chandler Rotary, is a junior. Per NCAA track and field recruiting rules, recruits are able to receive electronic communications starting on September 1st, but coaches can’t visit or make phone contact until July 1st, essentially when the athlete is already a senior.
2014 Gatorade Player of the Year Julia Barcello is a freshman at Colgate, and while she isn’t getting much playing time yet, she did play a season high 12 minutes in a January 3rd game vs Bucknell, grabbing a career high 7 rebounds.
Ashley Koch eclipsed the 1000 career point and 600 career rebound mark last night in a 65-21 win over Northwest Christian. Koch has scored in double figures in 10 of the Trojans 16 games this season, including a career high 25 against Cesar Chavez.
Yesterday’s Results (1/6/15):
Boys Basketball (12-4) vs Skyline (8-6)- L 70-63
Girls Basketball (12-3) at Skyline (6-6)- W 70-22 (Rachel Price- 12 points, Kali Duggar 7 rebounds)
Boys Soccer (4-2-1) vs Perry (4-5)- W 1-0
Girls Soccer (11-1-2) at Perry (8-2-2)- W 3-1
Boys Basketball (11-4) vs Centennial (4-9)- W 70-57
Girls Basketball (12-4) at Perry (3-9)- W 56-46
Boys Soccer (6-0-3) at Skyline (2-6-1)- W 4-0
Girls Soccer (2-3) vs Skyline (4-3)- W 7-0
Boys Basketball (3-9) vs Corona (13-1)- L 69-48
Girls Basketball (10-5) at Corona (7-9)- W 71-46
Girls Basketball (3-8) vs Chandler (10-4)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (4-5) at Basha (4-2-1)- L 1-0
Girls Soccer (8-2-2) vs Basha (11-1-2)- L 3-1
Girls Basketball (11-4) vs Higley (2-11)- W 62-30
Girls Soccer (3-2) vs Coronado (0-5-2)- W 11-0
Wrestling at Combs- Results not reported
Boys Basketball (13-5) vs Northwest Christian (6-9)- W 70-55
Girls Basketball (16-0) vs Northwest Christian (2-7)- W 65-21
Boys Soccer (1-5) vs Coronado (6-1)- L 11-0
Girls Soccer (6-4) at Tempe Prep (0-6-2)- W 4-0
Today’s Action (1/7/15):
Boys Basketball (12-4)- off
Girls Basketball (12-3) at Maricopa (10-3)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (4-2-1) vs Skyline (2-6-1)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (11-1-2)- off
Wrestling vs Mountain Pointe (Alumni Night)- 4pm
Boys Basketball (11-4)- off
Girls Basketball (12-4)- off
Boys Soccer (6-0-3)- off
Girls Soccer (2-3)- off
Wrestling at Hamilton (Hamilton/McClintock)- 4pm
Boys Basketball (3-9)- off
Girls Basketball (10-5)- off
Boys Soccer (7-0-1) at Highland (10-1-2)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (5-1-3) vs Highland (12-1-1)- 6pm
Wrestling vs Chandler/McClintock- 4pm
Boys Basketball (12-2)- off
Girls Basketball (3-9)- off
Boys Soccer (4-5)- off
Girls Soccer (8-2-2)- off
Wrestling vs Desert Vista- 5pm
Boys Basketball (9-5) at Williams Field (7-5)- 7pm
Girls Basketball (10-4) vs Williams Field (9-8)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (3-4) at Maricopa (3-4)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (3-2) at Maricopa (1-4-1)- 4pm
Boys Basketball (13-5)- off
Girls Basketball (16-0)- off
Boys Soccer (1-5)- off
Girls Soccer (6-4) vs Coronado (0-4-2)- 6pm
Wrestling vs Phoenix Christian/San Pasqual/Mayer/Northwest Christian/ACP- 3pm