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SUSD High Schools Nab Two State Championships

You can call the Desert Mountain High School softball team the two-time 5A champions, having successfully defended their 2023 state title last month!  Led by outstanding pitching and a key hit from Lily Goodwin, the #1 Wolves downed #3 Canyon View 3-1 at ASU’s Farrington Stadium on May 13th.  Read all about the title game here.

As Desert Mountain was wrapping up its game, six miles away the also undefeated Saguaro High School baseball team was battling against #3 Canyon del Oro at Tempe Diablo Stadium.  Fabulous pitching and timely hitting were the mantra there, as well, as the #1 Sabercats avenged their 2023 championship loss to Tucson’s Golden Eagles.  Read all about the 2-1 thriller here.

SUSD Summer Camps

Our summer athletic camps are up and running!  If your student wants to test the waters of a new sport or hone their existing skills, these camps fit that bill! 

Sign up and pay for a summer camp activity here.  To find the camp your student wants to take part in, search for the name of the high school at which it will be held.

Fall Sports

Despite the school year having ended just recently, it’s none too soon to be thinking about fall athletics!

At the high school level, that consists of cross country, girls flag football (new!), football, golf, Spiritline, swim and dive, and volleyball.

At our middle and K-8 schools, fall sports are baseball and girls volleyball.

A few things need to happen before our teams take to the fields, floors, water and courts: an updated physical and permission to treat an injury.

Please take this form to your student’s physical to be filled out by the physician.

HonorHealth will provide $25 AIA-approved physicals for SUSD student athletes on Saturday, August 3rd at its Sports Physical Therapy office located at 8630 E. Via De Ventura Blvd., Suite 101, in Scottsdale.

The proceeds from these physicals to go directly back to the five SUSD high school Athletic Training departments which directly assist and treat our student athletes because of SUSD’s HonorHealth partnership.

Sign up your student for an HonorHealth appointment here.

You must also complete and submit this treatment consent form. 

Finally, register your athlete for fall competition at Register My Athlete.  This registration must be submitted and accepted before participation in fall sports, including tryouts, is permitted.

HonorHealth will provide $25 AIA-approved physicals for SUSD student athletes on Saturday, May 18th at its Sports Physical Therapy office located at 8630 E. Via De Ventura Blvd., Suite 101, in Scottsdale.

Make your student’s appointment here.

Middle school athletes, students headed to summer Scout and cheer camps, community college athletes, younger siblings, older siblings, and family from other schools are also welcome.  Just register as "Saguaro" and bring the form required for that activity.

Because of our partnership with HonorHealth, all of the proceeds from these physicals will go directly back to the five SUSD high school Athletic Training departments to be used to directly assist our student athletes.

This opportunity will be offered again on Saturday, August 3rd.

Can’t Get Enough Sports?

From baseball, volleyball, cheer and more, SUSD’s Community Education department offers so many summer camps for elementary, middle and high school students, it will boggle your mind!

If your student wants to try out a sport for the first time or work on their skills, these camps, held at our high schools, are a great way to pass the summer and have fun! Some camps start the week after school is out; others run through most of July.

See the camp schedule here.
Sign up and pay here.  To find the camp you’re interested in, look for the name of the high school at which it is to be held.

High School Girls Flag Football

SUSD worked to have a first-ever intramural girl's flag football season this spring with Chaparral and Coronado fielding teams.  They played a practice game on April 9th and Coronado participated in a Jamboree at Pinnacle High School on April 13th with teams from the Paradise Valley and Peoria Unified School districts.  Our goal is for all five SUSD high schools to have competitive AIA teams this fall. 

We will celebrate outstanding high school student athletes in baseball, beach volleyball, softball, tennis, and track and field on May 15th at the final Athletics Banquet of the school year. In the meantime, in some sports, the job is yet undone …

Playoff Baseball

The excitement on the diamonds continued into the postseason for four of our high school baseball teams. 

4A:  #16 Arcadia shut out #17 Sahuarita 10-0 in a crucial play-in game, but was nipped by a run, 7-6, by #2 Estrella Foothills in the first round.

#1 Saguaro continues to roll, chalking up wins against #16 Sahuaro (4-0), #9 Bradshaw Mountain (8-2) and #4 Salpointe (2-1).  The Cats next take the field on May 8 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.  Their opponent is not yet determined.  Follow the bracket here.

5A:  Play-in games proved the undoing of both Chaparral and Desert Mountain.  #10 Chaparral fell to #23 Desert View 9-7; #9 Desert Mountain was defeated by #9 Millennium 10-6. 

Playoff Softball:  

5A:  SUSD is home to both the #1 and #2 softball teams in Arizona, Desert Mountain and Chaparral.  The Lady Wolves, as you may recall, are the defending state champions and are 2-0 so far in postseason play.  They have beaten #16 Centennial (10-4) and #8 Higley (3-0) in their quest to repeat.  Chaparral, on the opposite side of the bracket, is doing its best to square off against them for the state title, having successfully fended off $15 Casa Grande (8-7) and #10 Marana Mountain View (4-3).  Both teams’ next games are May 4 at Papago Softball Complex at 9:30 a.m.  Keep up with the scores and schedule here.

4A:  #2 Arcadia will also see action May 4 at Papago, at 11:30 a.m., when it takes on #3 Canyon del Oro.  The Lady Titans have beaten #15 Walden Grove (4-1) and #7 Mica Mountain (3-1) to reach the 3rd Round.  Follow Arcadia’s progress here.

Playoff Tennis:

The singles and doubles titles have been determined. Team play continues ...

Division I:  

Girls:  Desert Mountain’s Alexandra Frazier made it to the quarterfinals before falling to the eventual state champion from Boulder Creek.  Kaley Gravel fought bravely against another Boulder Creek player, but did not advance.

In doubles play, the duo of Chae Rin Youn and Hannah Fitzgerald won four matches to reach the state championship.  It was Xavier that grabbed the crown in a tight, three-set match.

In team play, #1 Desert Mountain meets #5 Corona del Sol on May 3 at Scottsdale Ranch Park at 1 p.m.  Should the team succeed overall in the six singles and three doubles matches there, it will advance to the state final against the winner of the other state semifinal between #2 Xavier and #3 Hamilton, also at SRP Friday afternoon.  The state championship will be contested at 11 a.m., May 4, at Paseo Raquet Club in Glendale.

Boys:  Congratulations to Desert Mountain’s#4 singles player Arnav Hingorani , who saw semifinal play in the Division I state tournament.  Over the course of three matches, he allowed his opponents to only win a combined three games!

Over in doubles play, Chaparral and DM competed.  The Firebirds’ Conor Cruse and Ethan Wallace saw off pairs from Rincon/University, Millennium and Hamilton before falling to the eventual state champs from Brophy.  Desert Mountain’s Daniel Yuke and David Chin lost I the quarterfinals, but not before taking down teams from Millenium and Corona del Sol before their defeat to another strong Brophy team.

In team championship play, Desert Mountain shut out Highland in first round play, but ended up falling to Mesa Mountain View 5-4 in the quarterfinals.

Division II:

Saguaro’s Rianna Muntean and Rylan Bratspis make deep runs in the state singles tournament, picking off, respectively, players from Verrado and Ironwood Ridge, and Canyon del Oro, Prescott and Az College Prep.

In doubles, the Arcadia teams of Cowley & Johnson and Williams & Atwood both advanced to the second round.

Beach Volleyball:

In Division I, the Desert Mountain duo of Olivia Colletto and Kara Hairston made it to the second round before their defeat at the hands of the team from Desert Vista in three, hotly contested games.

In Division II team play, Arcadia made it to the state semifinals, where it ran into Salpointe Catholic, and that was that.  In the pairs competition, it was an all-SUSD fight to the finish with Arcadia’s Lane Sheedy and Alexa Helms downing Saguaro’s Bella Reyes and Ava Cotton May 2nd at Casteel High School to take the state championship!

Track & Field

The boys and girls state track & field championships will be held May 10-11 at Mesa Community College.  Strong performances heading into the finale include Chaparral sophomore Gabbie Banning, who ran 44.89 in the 300-meter hurdles at the Northeast Valley Championships.  That’s the eighth fastest time in Arizona!  In that same meet, Saguaro junior Reiss Rinaldi ran 48.21 in the 400 meters to wipe out the school record and move to No. 5 in the state. Rinaldi also plays wide receiver for the Sabercats.

Follow the meet girls championship here.
Follow the meet boys championship here.

Middle Schools

It’s track season for our middle schoolers, with a full complement of competitions this month. All meets take place at Coronado High School and start with the field events at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5 p.m. with all running events. 

Meet dates are:

  • April 11th
  • April 18th
  • April 25th
  • May 2nd: Middle School Championships
High Schools

The SUSD high school track meet is set for April 16-17 at Saguaro High School. Both days’ events get underway at 3:30 p.m.

Playoff season is fast approaching, too. Check on the brackets for your favorite sport to see the matchups and schedules.  

Coaching Kudos

We are proud to report that Saguaro High School varsity boys basketball coach Lucas Ramirez has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ 2024 Guardian of the Game for Inclusion.  Coach Ramirez has headed up Sabercats hoops since 2020. His teams have reached state post-season play three times and won a regional title. Ramirez brought college and grassroots level experience to the Saguaro post and has helped grow the influence and impact of the Latino Association of Basketball coach as a resource for coaches of Latino descent nationwide while serving as that organization’s vice president.
Coach Ramirez and this year’s four other honorees will receive their awards at the NABC convention in Phoenix on April 5.

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

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

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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