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 tonight’s rivalry game against Perry, the boys basketball team will be without Antwan Ross-Jones, who scored 26 in their last meeting, and will also be without PG Chris Ahern, who is suffering from a deep bone bruise. Basha boys basketball coach Mike Groathaus sat down with our own Brett Quintyne on this week’s podcast- check it out by clicking play below:
Chandler girls basketball has an opportunity to surpass last season’s full season win total tonight when they host Buena. Chandler’s girls are playing their first year under coach Brenda Arbuckle after previous coach Zon Thompson‘s first losing season that saw the Lady Wolves go 12-13. Chandler’s girls basketball team traditionally does very well in regular season play, with Thompson averaging nearly 20 wins per season while coach at Chandler. This year, the Wolves are led by senior Micaela Clayton. While stats haven’t been kept for their game in the last month, Clayton did average 14.4 points per game in the Wolves’ first 7 contests.
With Hamilton boys soccer undefeated this far into the season, we checked in to see how two former Husky players are doing playing beyond high school.
Tanner Clay finished his senior season for College of Charleston in November, and was second on the team in goals, with 3.
Tony Cascio was taken in the Major League Soccer expansion draft by Orlando. This will be his third MLS club in the last three years, as he was loaned from Colorado to Houston last year, and upon taking him back from Houston, Colorado left him unprotected in the expansion draft. In other news- Cascio gets married this week in Arizona, so congratulations to him!
About one month away from the start of softball season, Perry alum Jillian Leslie is hoping to improve upon her freshman year at Harvard, where she went 5/26 with 3 RBIs as a backup at first base.
Seton alum Matt Haggerty is recovering from foot surgery and hopes to pick up where he left off in his second season as the starting CF for Grand Canyon University baseball. Haggerty also hopes to say out of the way of the baseball. He was beaned a team-high 12 times last season, seven more than the second highest total on the Lopes baseball team.
Winners of 49 out of 50 of their last games, Valley Christian’s girls get a chance to avenge that one loss in a home game against defending champion Fountain Hills on Tuesday, January 13th.
Yesterday’s Results (1/8/15):
Boys Basketball (3-10) at Gilbert (10-5)- L 58-28
Girls Basketball (11-5) vs Gilbert (10-5)- W 69-40
Boys Soccer (5-5) vs Desert Ridge () W 4-0
Girls Soccer (9-2-2) at Desert Ridge () W 6-1
Today’s Action (1/9/15):
Boys Basketball (12-4) at Perry (12-2)- 7pm
Girls Basketball (13-3) vs Perry (3-9)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (5-2-1) at Gilbert (8-3-2)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (11-1-2) vs Gilbert (4-4)- 6pm
Boys Basketball (11-4) at Buena (10-3)- 7pm
Girls Basketball (12-4) vs Buena (0-13)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (6-0-3) vs Red Mountain (2-6-1)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (2-3) at Red Mountain (4-3-1)- 6pm
Boys Basketball (3-10)- off
Girls Basketball (11-5) at Tolleson (5-8)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (8-0-1) vs Perry (5-5)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (5-2-3) at Perry (9-2-2)- 6pm
Boys Basketball (12-2) vs Basha (12-4)- 7pm
Girls Basketball (3-9) at Basha (13-3)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (5-5) at Hamilton (8-0-1)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (9-2-2) vs Hamilton (5-2-3)- 6pm
Boys Basketball (10-5) vs Tempe (10-4)- 7pm
Girls Basketball (11-4) at Tempe (3-7)- 7pm
Boys Soccer (3-5) vs St Mary’s (0-4)-6pm
Girls Soccer (4-2) vs St Mary’s (1-3)- 4pm
Boys Basketball (13-5)- off
Girls Basketball (16-0)- off
Boys Soccer (1-5) vs Santa Cruz (2-6)- 6pm
Girls Soccer (7-4) PCDS Desert Classic vs Santa Cruz (11am) and Sunnyslope (3pm)