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  • Athletics - March 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 3/1/2024

    Winter Athletics Banquet
    We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our winter sports student athletes on March 4. Selected for honors by their high school coaches, 48 basketball players, soccer players and wrestlers will be recognized. The keynote speaker is Jim Dean, Associate Executive Director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. SUSD athletic banquets are made possible through the support of the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation and the Scottsdale Charro Foundation.

    Winter Sports Wrap-Up
    SUSD high schools were well represented on the courts, pitches and mats in post-season state basketball, soccer and wrestling competitions.

    Our Desert Mountain varsity team made it to the Open Division quarterfinals this year with another outstanding run.  Basha proved to be their final stop.

    After a successful play-in game, our Chaparral boys progressed to the quarterfinals in 5A competition before falling to #4 Higley.

    In 4A, Saguaro fell in its play-in against ALA-QC.

    On the girls’ side, Saguaro also played in and won a first round match-up before giving it their all against #2 Mesquite in their last game of the season in the quarters.

    Soccer saw 4A Saguaro winning a play-in match before falling in the first round to Salpointe.  Arcadia was defeated in its play-in match against Pueblo.

    In 5A, there was a split, as well.  Chaparral succumbed to Copper Canyon in play-in play; Desert Mountain succeeded in its play-in match-up before falling to Ironwood.

    Over in 4A girls competition, Saguaro made it all the way to the state semifinals before their Cinderella run was dashed by Walden Grove.  Arcadia made it to the state quarterfinals, falling to Walden Grove.

    In 5A play, Desert Mountain and Chaparral made the post-season brackets and faced each other in the quarterfinals.  The Lady Wolves emerged the victors, but their title hopes ended in the semis against Campo Verde.

    Boys and girls wrestlers qualified for the state tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum last month.  Congratulations to Arcadias’ Nolan Field, Coronado’s Dylan Castaneda and Desert Mountain’s Michael Lininger, Atlas Vorderbruggen, David Groot-Greene, Alexander Coler, Sawyer Hoffman and Saguaro’s Jacob Brown for representing SUSD post-season.

    Kudos also to Coronado’s Hadeel Saleh and Arcadia's Yvette Sigelnski who competed in the Division 2 girls state competition.

    Arcadia Cheer
    It was a successful journey to L.A. last month for the Arcadia Cheer team.  The Lady Titans performed well, competing in the finals and placing fourth in the Advanced Division out of 20 teams.  They came in 11th out of 23 in Varsity Show Cheer and rounded out the competition with a 12th place finish out of 23 teams in Crowd Leader. 

    Many thanks to coaches Sophia Digati and Davis Berryhill for their inspiring guidance this season!


    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Athletics - February 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 2/1/2024

    High School:
    The Chaparral and Desert Mountain High School boys basketball teams had the opportunity this week to experience competing on an NBA court.  Called the “Hoopin’ It Up” program, the Footprint Center permits high school athletes to play a regular season game on the Phoenix Suns’ floor a few times each year.  While the venue is much larger than a high school gym, the Firebirds and Wolves fit right in and the atmosphere was great!  Desert Mountain ended up winning the contest, 85-65.  We want to thank Greenway High School Athletic Director Jeff Feldman for including SUSD in this year’s program!

    Girls Flag Football
    SUSD is undertaking the initial steps to be able to offer girls flag football as a high school sport in the fall.  As of fall 2023, girls flag football is an officially sanctioned AIA sport.  If your student is interested in playing next school year, please reach out to your school’s athletic director.

    Winter Sports Wrapping Up
    It's almost tournament time for boys and girls basketball, soccer and wrestling.  Find tournament schedules and brackets, once they’re determined, on the AIA website.

    State Spiritline Championships
    The AIA hosted its annual Spiritline Traditional State Championships Jan. 18-20 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix and SUSD was well-represented.  Here’s how they finished:

    4th Place, D2 All Girl Stunt
    5th Place, D2 Pom and Show Cheer

    7th Place, D1 Pom
    10th Place, D1 Show Cheer

    Desert Mountain:
    3rd Place, Pom
    3rd Place, Large Jazz

    8th Place, D3 Show Cheer

    We want to extend our congratulations to our high school pom, cheer and dance teams, thank the coaches and parents who spend many, many long hours supporting them, and wish them he best of luck as they go on to compete in upcoming national tournaments!

    Spring Sports
    The spring baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, and beach volleyball seasons are getting underway.  Register your athlete to participate at Register My Athlete (RMA). High school competition schedules can be found at https://www.azpreps365.com/

    Middle School:

    More than 700 students took part in last weekend’s festival event for our 3rd quarter sports – boys flag football, girls basketball, and boys and girls cross country.  Tier 2 competition begins next week. Find the schedule here

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Athletics - January 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/1/2024

    New Coach, Same Result
    The Saguaro High School football team has been a frequent visitor to ASU’s Sun Devil (now Mountain America) Stadium in recent years. The Sabercats’ amazing history at that facility had another chapter added to it last month as Saguaro won the 6A state football championship, downing Red Mountain, 40-20.

    Congratulations to first-year Cats coach Zak Hill, his assistants and the varsity football team!



    Badminton Honors

    Congratulations to Chaparral High School badminton coach Carrie Davis! The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has selected her as its 2022-23 Arizona Badminton Coach of the Year! Carrie was nominated by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

    The NFHS relies on its member state associations to recognize those who lead their sport, shaping their students and contributing in a positive way to their community. Honorees are selected based upon their coaching performance in the 2022-23 school year, community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching. 

    Dear NFHS and AIA: Great choice!

    More Coaching Honors
    Hearty congratulations to the coach of Desert Mountain High School’s girls cross country team: Kevin Kemmerle is the AIA’s Division II Cross County Coach of the Year! That’s what happens when you coach your team to a state title.  😊

    Also, Wolves senior runner Kaia LaHaan, who helped lead her team to that championship, has received All-Arizona Div II honors.

    Desert Mountain's Crystal Strimple is The Arizona Republic's Swim and Dive Coach of the Year, too!

    Cheers to That!
    More high school accolades to pass along, this time from the world of Spiritline!

    The Chaparral High School cheer team took top honors in the Cheer Small Finals of last month’s AIA D1/D2 Spiritline Game Day competition, besting their rivals from Higley by 5.5 points. Arcadia finished in ninth place in the D1/D2 Large Finals prelims; Desert Mountain landed 20th.


    The Chaparral dance team also brought home some hardware for its second place in the D1/D2 state Dance competition at that same Game Day event held at Glendale’s Mountain Ridge HS. In the D1/D2 Large group, Desert Mountain finished fourth. In D3/D4 Cheer, Saguaro took second place honors.

    All-District Athletics Banquet
    More than 60 of SUSD’s high school student athletes were celebrated at the first of three annual Athletics banquets last month. From badminton to golf, cross country to swim and dive, volleyball to football, these students representing all five SUSD high schools were honored for their outstanding fall seasons.

    Congratulations to them all, as well as to Desert Mountain swimmer Gabrielle Primiano and Chaparral golfer Tyler Anderson, recipients of the fall banquet Charro Foundation Scholarships.


    Middle School Athletics
    Don’t forget to sign up your student for third quarter sports! Flag football, girls basketball and cross country are the order of the quarter. 

    The Q3 festival will be held on Saturday, January 27, at Mountainside MS and Desert Mountain HS! The day’s schedule will be posted in the coming days on both the district’s Athletics home page, as well as on your school’s Athletics website. The Q3 competitive season schedule can already be found here

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Athletics - December 2023

    Posted by Steven Paluch on 12/1/2023

    Middle Schools
    Just one week remains in the fall middle school boys basketball, girls softball and boys and girls soccer seasons.  More than 1,000 students took part in the early November sports festival! Quarter 3 sports are boys flag football, girls basketball, and boys and girls cross country.  The Q3 festival is set for Saturday, January 27, all at Desert Mountain High School.

    High Schools 
    Our high school athletes are nearly done with their seasons.  Desert Mountain girls’ teams fared especially well.  The girls swim and dive team can now call themselves the four-time Division 2 state champions!  Outdistancing their closest competitor by 53 points, the Lady Wolves led the way with wins in the 200-yard medley relay, 400 yard free relay, 200-yard freestyle (Juliette Daigneault), 200 IM and 100-yard breaststroke (Gabrielle Primiano), AND the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard free (Emmy Therrien)!  WOW!  

    Their classmates on the girls cross country team won their first state championship on the same day, November 4th.  After a second place finish in last year’s state meet, this group of Lady Wolves was bound and determined to bring home the Division 2 title, and they did!

    Desert Mountain was led by First Team All-State runners Kaia LaHann, who placed 6th and Haley Wilkinson, 7th, resulting in a 17-point victory over second place Flagstaff. It was a true team race, with the top five scoring runners all finishing within 90 seconds of each other.  Freshman Sylvia Harding (26th), sophomore Lyla Yango (27th) and senior Ella Larsen (39th) all finished before Flagstaff’s 4th runner crossed the finish line to secure the win. Sophomore Maren Newman (74th) and senior Ellie Weigel (104th) rounded out the team places. This is the first SUSD cross country state championship since 1981. Congratulations!

    Staying on the DM theme, Desert Mountain girls tennis coach Kim Dever was recently named the U.S. Tennis Association Southwest Division’s High School Coach of the Year!  You’re the best, Coach Dever!

    There’s just one last fall athletics event to wrap up, and that’s tomorrow’s 6A state football championship. The 12 noon matchup at ASU’s Mountain America Stadium pits our #3 Saguaro Sabercats taking on Mesa’s #12 Red Mountain.  

    Tickets are only available on Gofan.co  ($20 adults/$7.50 students w/ ID).  If you plan to go, wear black and sit with the Saguaro contingent in the west (home) stands.  Be advised that like SUSD, ASU has a clear bag policy for fans.

    GO CATS!!

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Athletics – November 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2023

    High school fall seasons are wrapping up and new ones are about to begin at the middle school level.

    Middle Schools
    Coming up Saturday, Nov. 4, it’s the second quarter Middle School Sports Festival, held at various locations around the district.  Second quarter sports are boys basketball, boys and girls soccer, and softball.  Come out and support our 6th, 7th and 8th grade student athletes!

    Find the Festival schedule here.  
    Find the Q2 competition schedule here.

    High Schools
    It’s getting to be crunch time for high school athletics, with season-ending tournaments getting underway.

    For football brackets, https://azpreps365.com/brackets/football.  Arcadia is undefeated; Desert Mountain has one loss.  Divisional playoffs get underway Nov. 9; Open Division competition begins Nov. 17.

    For volleyball brackets, go to https://azpreps365.com/brackets/volleyball-girls.  5A Desert Mountain and Chaparral both survived their Tuesday play-in matches, as did Arcadia in 4A.

    The state swim and dive state championships are this week.  For info on the boys competition, click here

    For info on the girls state competition, click here

    The state cross country championships are this Saturday, Nov. 4, at Cave Creek Golf Course, 15202 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix.  Find the race schedule at https://aiaonline.org/sports/crosscountry.

    The Division 2 boys and girls state golf championships were held Oct. 24-27 at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen Village.  Chaparral senior Raegan Capizzi won the state title with rounds of 67 and 71, holding off Casteel’s Julia Herzberg by three strokes.  Read more about Raegan’s big win here.  She’s headed off to play for the University of Denver on a scholarship next year.  Overall, the Chaparral girls team came in third; Arcadia finished tenth.

    Over on the boys side, Desert Mountain’s Trey Moore capped off the season with a second place, 139 finish, followed by Saguaro’s Oscar Uribe (read more about Oscar in the Partnerships blog), who finished three strokes back, good for eighth place.  Team-wise, Desert Mountain came in third, Saguaro was eighth and Arcadia finished eleventh.  Great job, SUSD golfers!

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Athletics – October 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/1/2023

    This month, some of our high school sports head into final, district-level events before heading off to state competition.  Here is the schedule:  

    Oct. 4: SUSD High School Girls Golf Invitational, 1 p.m., Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, 2400 Biltmore Estates Dr., Phoenix

    Oct. 17: SUSD High School Boys Golf Invitational, 1 p.m., McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale

    Oct. 18: SUSD High School Cross Country Meet, 2:30 p.m., Chaparral Park

    Oct. 21: SUSD High School Swim Meet, 6 p.m., Cactus Aquatic and Fitness Center, 7202 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale

    Meanwhile, our middle school athletes wrap up their first-quarter sports ‒ boys baseball and girls volleyball ‒this week.  Second quarter sports are boys and girls soccer, boys basketball and girls softball.  The festival for those sports is set for Saturday, Nov. 4.

    As a reminder, we ask that you please follow the established guidelines for attendance at our athletics events.

    Game Day Guidelines

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Athletics – September 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2023

    Middle Schools

    It was a great day last Saturday at Chaparral Park, Ingleside Middle School, and Arcadia, Coronado and Saguaro High schools, where 872 of our middle school students participated in the Tier 1 Fall Sports Festival. Five hundred fifty-five girls took to the volleyball courts; 317 boys turned out at the baseball diamonds. Many thanks to our middle school coaches and athletic directors for providing a fun experience for our student athletes.

    Tier 2 play begins Sept. 7. See the complete fall and year-long middle school sports schedule here.

    High Schools 

    The busy high school athletics season has begun! SUSD’s fall sports include football, girls volleyball, cross country, golf, badminton (Chaparral and Saguaro), swim and dive, Spirit/Pom/Cheer, and freshman tennis (Desert Mountain). Team schedules can be found here.

    We want to take this opportunity to remind our spectators of some safety-related policies we enforce at our athletic events:

    First, bags are not permitted at sporting events unless they are clear. You can refresh yourself on the policy implemented last year here.

    Also, there are some special rules in place governing the attendance of our middle school students at high school games.  All middle school students are required to wear their SUSD-issued ID badges in order to be admitted to events.  Additionally, although they need not be seated with them, all middle school students in attendance must be under the supervision of a parent, guardian or designated chaperone.  This practice is used in many school districts; it became our practice late in 2022.  This information was shared through ParentSquare earlier this week with all SUSD parents.

    We very much appreciate your assistance in keeping our athletic events safe and enjoyable for all.

    Cardiac Safety

    You don’t have to peruse the sports headlines too far to read stories about a young athlete who suddenly suffers from a previously undiagnosed medical issue.  That is why we are partnering with the local Anthony Bates Foundation to sponsor a cardiac screening event on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Saguaro High School.  The event is for those aged 10 and up.  Read about the event and sign up with information found on this flyer.

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • August 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2023
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  • Athletics – August 2023 SUSD Source

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2023

    Middle Schools
    There are nine middle grades schools within the Scottsdale Unified School District. For each SUSD middle school sport, there are “Tier 1” teams that allow every student who tries out to participate in a Saturday Festival.  Tier 1 teams play for about the first half of the first three academic quarters of the school year. When Tier 1 play concludes, the teams are cut to form “Tier 2” competitive teams from the Tier 1 group of players.  

    For Tier 2 sports, every effort is made to “make” teams with the desired numbers of participants, but it is possible that teams of fewer students are formed because of low participation.  It is also possible that a school is removed from the Tier 2 schedule because there are not enough participants to field a team. 

    High Schools
    All five of our high schools offer comprehensive athletic programs that have recent and historic success.  If you have any specific questions related to them, we encourage you to reach out to the coach and/or site Athletic Director.

    Register My Athlete (RMA):   SUSD will continue to utilize RMA as our online tool to register athletes for both high school and middle school sports.   Each student must have a physical completed by a doctor in order to participate.  For that document, click here.

    Physicals: SUSD and Honor Health are hosting a Sports Physicals Day on Saturday, August 5 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.  For more information, click here.

    No Bags at Games:   SUSD does not allow bags at our sporting events.  If a bag must be used, it must be clear.  For information on this, click here.

    Bag Guidlines

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  • In Case You Missed It …

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 6/1/2023

    Desert Mountain High School teams hoisted state championship trophies last month in 5A softball and Division 1 girls and boys team tennis and girls doubles!  And Saguaro was the state runner-up in 4A baseball.  The 2022-2023 school year was a GREAT one for SUSD high school athletics!  

    DMHS Boys TennisDMHS Girls TennisDMHS Girls Softball

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