High-SchoolArizona: Marcus Wheeler

The Five Days of List-Mas: AZ's A-List

December, 12, 2011

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Arizona's A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Arizona? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Zachary Wright (SR), Pinnacle, Golf
Credentials: LSU recruit, nation’s No. 11 recruit in the Polo Golf rankings, won D-I state title by five strokes

4. Marcus Wheeler (SR), Thunderbird, Baseball
Credentials: Kansas recruit, state’s top recruit, batted .554 last year, also standout basketball player

3. Demarquise Johnson (SR), Westwind Prep, Basketball
Credentials: Washington State recruit, No. 1 in AZ by ESPNU, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer

2. Connor Brewer (SR), Chaparral, Football
Credentials: Texas recruit, No. 34 in the ESPNU 150, state champ

1. Davonte’ Neal (SR), Chaparral, Football
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year, No. 29 in the ESPNU 150, state champ

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Arizona.

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.