High-SchoolArizona: Golf

Arizona fall postseason update

November, 15, 2011
We've been MIA for a little while, but the Arizona postseason has been in full swing, so it's time to get back on track and find out what's going on around the state.


Joseph City has already won its third straight title in Division VI, but most of the other playoff rounds are deep into their brackets. In Division I there's been just one upset; No. 7 Basha took down second-ranked Brophy Prep. It looked as though Brophy was the only true challenge to top-ranked Hamilton, still running strong with the nation's longest winning streak. We'll see if Desert Ridge, Basha or Desert Vista has what it takes to slow down the Huskies. In Division II, fellow FAB 50 squad Centennial continues to win big after its slow start to the season and is a heavy favorite, but the three remaining teams (Centennial, Cienega and Ironwood Ridge) should not be taken lightly. Division III looks up for grabs (though we like Saguaro), Division IV has Blue Ridge and Show Low on another collision course, and Northwest Christian looks to be a heavy favorite in Division V.


You can find a full rundown of the state meets per our DyeStat team here. Arizona will also be hosting the NXN Southwest Regional this weekend at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Gilbert.


Ho-hum, Brophy Prep won again. The team claimed its 24th consecutive crown in Division I, outscoring runner-up Mesa Mountain View by 168 points. In a more close contest, Salpointe Catholic toppled Arcadia by 86 points. Only one meet record was set, as Mesa Mountain View's 200 free relay team set a new state mark.


Brophy Prep and Canyon del Oro each claimed team titles this season, each winning by very narrow margins. Pinnacle's Zach Wright and CDO's Jaime Waltmire took the individual titles.


Thunderbird's Marcus Wheeler is a standout basketball player who's headed to Kansas. Well, not quite. While both of those things are true, Wheeler is joining the Jayhawks next fall to play baseball, not hoops. Wheeler, a point guard for the basketball team, hit .554 and drove in 50 runs last season.

Arizona by the numbers

September, 20, 2011
Every once in a while we'll take a tour of some of the state's best stories and the numbers that follow. If you've got something you think we should mention, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

7: Touchdowns scored by Joseph City senior running back Remington Baldwin against Mogollon on Friday. Baldwin's 8-man squad cruised to a 72-26 victory.

8: Touchdown passes thrown by Scottsdale Prep senior QB Aidan Wright in a 68-22 win over Veritas Prep. The mark neared the state record for touchdown passes in a game (nine). All of the throws came in the first half; Wright sat out the second half with his team comfortably in front.

15:44: Time posted by Chinle cross country runner Jonathan Yazzie to take top honors at the Four Corners Invitational this past weekend. Yazzie won the meet by 23 seconds over runner-up finisher and junior teammate Searle Tracey.

31: Nine-hole score posted by Kingston golfer Austin Sammeli, good for five-under-par, leading his team to a second-place finish in its first home competition of the season last week.

44: Consecutive wins by the Hamilton Huskies football team. The mark is the second-longest in the nation, according to MaxPreps. (All the teams in front of the Huskies have lost, except for Phoebus.)

Arizona links on the links

September, 15, 2011
It's early, but it's already been an interesting year on golf courses across the Arizona high school landscape. Here's some of the most interesting stories we've found around the state.

Chaparral senior Luke Niccoli is one of the state's better golfers, but he's known equally as well for his impressive musical ability. Niccoli is working on an album, and two of his songs are already available on iTunes, and you can hear one of his songs here on YouTube.

Making an early case for the state's top golfer? Red Mountain senior Brett Wilson had low numbers working early in a match against Desert Ridge and Mesquite. Despite less-than-favorable conditions, Wilson was four-under-par in his nine-hole match and cruised a convincing individual victory, and his low score helped Red Mountain win the team event as well in the dual meet match.

Gila Ridge looks like it could be a formidable team at the state competition as well. The Hawks posted a very low 174 in their match against Kofa and Cibola last week, showing they're clearly at the top of the class in Yuma.

Finally, there's two things to draw from this story on Youngker senior golfer Ryan Maxwell — he's one of the state's top golfers, and his coach has one of the coolest names in all of high school sports — Taco Ybarra.

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Got Game: Zachary Wright

August, 25, 2011
Name: Zachary Wright
School: Pinnacle
Sport: Golf

Got Game: Wright is an early favorite to take top honors in this year’s field of golfers at the Division I state tournament. After all, as of press time Wright was listed in the Polo Golf Rankings as the nation’s No. 3 golfer in the Class of 2012. Last season, Wright finished in a tie for fifth place at state after carding a two-day, 3-under-par 141. He’s got the talent to score low and put up a big red number; this season we'll find out whether he can come through in the clutch and claim the state crown.

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