Something I’ve wanted to look at since the fall sports season ended was how the Mesa schools measured up against each other when it came to all-region first-team picks.
Some were easier to track down than others.
Football and volleyball are listed right on AzPreps365.com while others like golf, badminton, cross country, and swimming had to be taken from the city/region meet results where we used the top four or eight depending on the sport.
Here is how it shook out from the nine fall sports (six sports, three with both genders competing):
- Mountain View 52 first-team all-region performers
- Red Mountain 45
- Skyline 19
- Mesa 13
- Desert Ridge 11
- Westwood 9
- Dobson 7
Desert Ridge is in the 6A Central Region and I was unable to find swim results and badminton results.
Here are some other tidbits:
Badminton listed only the player and coach of the year. Skyline swept it with Maggie Trias earning the singles honor, Ana Munoz and Michaela Daas taking the doubles honor with Erik Lutz being named coach of the year.
The All-6A Conference in football included Red Mountain punter Riley Pagel, Desert Ridge defensive end Desha Bennett and Mountain View defensive back Tate Allen earned All-6A Conference honors.
The East Valley Region football coach of the year was Red Mountain’s Mike Peterson, Player of the Year was Lance Lawson, Mountain View’s Tate Allen was Defensive Player of the year and Mesa’s Kris Jackson was Offensive Player of the Year.
Desert Ridge football had a co-coach of the year in Jeremy Hathcock for the 6A Central Region and co-defensive player of the year in Desha Bennett.
Mesa’s Annie Hatch earned All-6A Conference honors and shared the East Valley Region player of the year with Skyline’s Kamaile Hiapo.
Skyline’s Grant Kennedy and Mountain View’s Kailey Welch won their respective Mesa City cross country meets.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.