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SJHS Cheer Champions
Santan Junior High cheer placed first in the USA National Qualifier and will represent CUSD at the National Cheer Competition in Anaheim, California in February. They are defending last year's title.
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Top Lacrosse Athletes
Congratulations to lacrosse player Rylee Dockery (Casteel junior) who along with Kateri Hernandez (Hamilton senior), Reese Mastellon (Hamilton junior), and Gabriella Valadez (Perry junior) were chosen by the Women's National Lacrosse Team to represent Team Arizona and will be traveling to the President's Cup in West Palm Beach, Florida in November. The CUSD girls were selected based on skill, athleticism, and leadership and will join other lacrosse players from the state to compete on the national stage. This is the highest division in Arizona for girl's lacrosse, and we are thrilled to cheer them on! Pictured top, from left to right: Reese Mastellon, Kateri Hernandez, Rylee Dockery. Bottom: Gabriella Valadez.
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Rosa Orellana
Casteel High School wrestling coaching staff recognized custodian Rosa Orellana for all her efforts in keeping the wrestling room in excellent condition. In appreciation of all her hard work, the wrestling program surprised her with a gift basket before one of their workouts.
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East Valley Conference Champions
Congratulations to our 7th grade girls volleyball team led by Coach Kerry Lantgen, winners of the East Valley Conference Championship against Queen Creek Middle School. Santan won in three very close sets.
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Santan Junior High Sports
Sports at Santan Junior High are full of passion, talent and championships. We are a school that participates in the National Program, Positive Coaching Alliance - promoting better people, better athletes.
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Unified Basketball team
Open letter from self-contained Special Education teacher to Payne staff, teachers and students: "Panther Pride, Words can't express the overwhelming pride that Amber and I have in the Payne Staff and students! What an memorable experience you gave the Unified BASKETBALL team today! Payne has truly shown what it means to embrace inclusion and celebrate everyone's successes. Please take a moment and tell your students how proud we are of them! The energy in the gym was UNBELIEVEABLE!!! Payne ROCKS! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who come out and watched the Unified Basketball game today vs. Santan. Can't wait for our next year's basketball game!"
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Barron Silsby
Congratulations to Payne Junior High student Barron Silsby who made 24 out of 25 shots at the Region 7 Elks Hoop Shoot Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 9 and is now a four-time state champion in his division! Barron will move on next to compete at the national competition in Chicago in April. Elks Hoop Shoot website
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Santan Junior High Cheer Teams
Santan Junior High cheer teams won the U.S.A. Championship in Anaheim, California in the "Show Cheer Advanced" and the "All Girl Stunt" team categories. The girls set goals and made them happen through determination and hard work.
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Santan Junior High Cheer Team
Santan Junior High's Cheer team, coached by Chalene Baxter, Heather Kochanski and Dustin Santoni, had an exciting weekend, winning the State Championship again for the fifth time in a row. A 5-Man Stunt team was added this year, and they won State Championship, too! Santan Cheer is heading next to Nationals in California.
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Santan Junior High Cheer Team
Santan Junior High cheer earned first place both in Team Performance and Stunt Group at the USA Open recently.
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Nathan Andersen
Congratulations to Payne student Nathan Andersen who set a big goal to run in the Phoenix Half-Marathon on Saturday, February 9. He not only finished, but did so in an amazing time of 1 hour and 58 minutes!
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Sebastian Vega Paredes
Congratulations to Sebastian Vega Paredes who repeated as East Valley Conference Cross Country Champion!
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Bogle Unified Sports
Bogle Unified Sports hosted a basketball game against the Unified team from Willis Junior High in December.
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Congratulations to Morgan Fiedler and Faith Luckey who were selected for the Arizona Soccer Association 2019 05 Girls ODP (Olympic Development Training) roster to participate in the 2019 season. They will now move on to compete in the ODP West Championships. ASA Names 2019 ODP Rosters
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For seven years, Sport360AZ has been committed to acknowledging the best and brightest student athletes in Arizona. Congratulations to these ACP Erie players who were named to the Sports360AZ All-Academic Girls Volleyball First Team:
  • Julia Golichowski - 4.72 weighted GPA
  • Daria Sukhareva - 4.70 weighted GPA
  • Krista Rowan - 4.68 weighted GPA
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For seven years, Sport360AZ has been committed to acknowledging the best and brightest student athletes in Arizona. Congratulations to these ACP Erie cross country athletes who were named to the Sports360AZ All-Academic Cross Country First Team:
  • Elizabeth Nakai - 4.83 weighted GPA, 4.00 unweighted GPA
  • Devon Baggot - 4.75 weighted GPA, 3.92 unweighted GPA
  • Evelyn Jimenez - 4.62 weighted GPA, 3.97 unweighted GPA
  • Makenzie Hanson - 4.16 weighted GPA, 3.90 unweighted GPA
  • Jacob Kottraba - 4.00 weighted GPA, 3.33 unweighted GPA
Sports360 All-Academic Cross Country Teams
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For seven years, Sport360AZ has been committed to acknowledging the best and brightest student athletes in Arizona. Congratulations to these ACP Erie cross country athletes who were Sports360AZ All-Academic Cross Country Team Honorable Mentions:
  • Conner Dosmann - 3.50 weighted GPA, 3.03 unweighted GPA
  • Elias Hernandez - 3.89 weighted GPA, 3.22 unweighted GPA
  • Ethan Fawkes - 3.87 weighted GPA, 3.20 unweighted GPA
  • Joseph Maddox - 3.92 weighted GPA, 3.17 unweighted GPA
Sports360 All-Academic Cross Country Teams
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Casteel High School Boys Varsity Wrestling finished 1st place at the Desert Mountain Duels meet. The Colts got pins from Jimmy Maheras, Xylex Abele, Jayden Martin, Jackson Rudd, Timothy Mayhew, Aj Valle and Diego Webster, and a couple of hard fought wins by Will Effinger and Jaden Lemos. The Colts travel next to the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions. Great work, Colts!
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For seven years, Sport360AZ has been committed to acknowledging the best and brightest student athletes in Arizona. Congratulations to these Casteel High cross country athletes who were Sports360AZ All-Academic Cross Country Team Honorable Mentions:
  • Cassidy Cann - 3.87 unweighted GPA
  • Daniel Kirkland - 3.84 unweighted GPA
  • Dayton Carlson - 3.75 unweighted GPA
  • Derek Baca - 3.5 unweighted GPA
Sports360 All-Academic Cross Country Teams
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For seven years, Sport360AZ has been committed to acknowledging the best and brightest student athletes in Arizona. Congratulations to these Casteel High cross country athletes who were named to the Sports360AZ All-Academic Cross Country First Team:
  • Colin Zurek - 4.75 weighted GPA
  • Graham Farnsworth - 4.72 weighted GPA
  • Jadyn Herron-Jonap - 4.25 weighted GPA
  • Kyle Shirley - 4.23 weighted GPA, 3.77 unweighted GPA
Sports360 All-Academic Cross Country Teams
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Arizona College Prep - Erie had a deep run into the state volleyball playoffs in its first year competing at the 3A level. The Knights upset No. 1 Snowflake in the semifinals to advance to the championship game where they were ultimately defeated by Northwest Christian.
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In girls volleyball, ACP Erie was named 3A Metro East Region Champions and were the AIA 3A state runner up.
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Congratulations to ACP Erie coach Melanie Underwood who was named the Coach of the Year for the Division II East Valley Section.
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On Saturday November 10, Casteel earned state runner-up in boys cross country at the Cave Creek Golf Course, placing only behind Flagstaff. Sophomore Dayton Carlson led the way for the Colts.
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7th grade flag football
Bogle Junior High 7th grade flag football won their first East Valley Conference championship for football in Bogle's history!
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8th Grade Flag Football
Congratulations to Casteel High 8th Grade Flag Football, 2018-2019 East Valley Champions!
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8th Grade Girls Volleyball
Congratulations to Casteel High 8th Grade Girls Volleyball, the 2018-2019 East Valley Champions!
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7th Grade Baseball
Congratulations to Casteel High 7th Grade Baseball, the 2018-2019 East Valley Champions!
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7th grade girls volleyball team
Congratulations to the Payne Junior High 7th grade girls volleyball team who won the East Valley Conference (EVC) 2018 championship!
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Neomi Beach
Congratulations to ACP Oakland athlete Neomi Beach who was one of three CUSD students elected to represent Arizona at the USA Volleyball High Performance tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pictured left to right: Neomi Beach from ACP Oakland, Kylie Wong from Mountain Pointe, Jaylah Moreno from Perry High, and Andi Nothdurft from Casteel High. Their team placed ninth overall at the national level.
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Andi Nothdurft
Congratulations to Casteel High athlete Andi Nothdurft who was one of three CUSD students elected to represent Arizona at the USA Volleyball High Performance tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pictured left to right: Neomi Beach from ACP Oakland, Kylie Wong from Mountain Pointe, Jaylah Moreno from Perry High, and Andi Nothdurft from Casteel High. Their team placed ninth overall at the national level.
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Congratulations to Coach Brian Whitacre who was named Arizona Boys Track coach of the year by USA Track and Field. 2018 USTFCCCA Boys High School Track and Field Coaches of the Year - State-by-State Winners
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Casteel captured our first individual wrestling championships. Ramon Manos, at 120 pounds, wrapped up a 51-0 season by winning the Division IV title.
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Kim Welsh and Peggy Newendyke
Peggy Newendyke recently wrote a grant to support our Unified Sports, allowing athletic equipment and uniforms to be a part of the ongoing athleticism in our year-round sports.
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Isaac Davis
Isaac Davis was recognized by the Phoenix Chapter of the National Alliance of African American Athletes as the Class of 2020 Sophomore Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Phoenix Chapter website
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Heather Osborn
Heather Osborn was recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. To earn this distinction, she demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise including a thorough evaluation of her educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous written examination. Heather is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level. Congratulations! NIAAA Certification Program website
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Varsity Boys Soccer
Congratulations to our Boys Soccer team, the AIA 3A State Runner-Up! The first team in school history to make it to the finals in the AIA State Championship tournament.
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Varsity Wrestling State Champ
Congratulations to our first wrestling state champion! Yousuf Halik made Knights history when he won the D4 AIA State Heavyweight title!
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Kyli Swann
Congratulations to Kyli Swann who was named AZ Central Girl Athlete of the Week for Feb. 2 - Feb. 8. AZcentral sports Girls Athletes of the Week for 2017-18
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Casteel Pom, Coached by Rylee Sammons, won the AIA State Championship in Division III Pom category on January 20. They also won first place in the Division III Pom Category at the 2018 State Cheerleading and Pom Tournament in March. This is a huge accomplishment for a first year competitive Pom team. The team of 6 girls is composed of 2 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 1 freshman. Despite having no seniors, the team still managed to compete at the Varsity level.
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Santan Junior High cheer team
Santan Junior High cheer team won the U.S.A. Championship in Anaheim, California in the "Show Cheer Advanced" category. They also came home to win the Junior High Division 2018 Arizona State Championship. The girls set goals and made them happen through determination and hard work. Congratulations to coaches Chalene Baxter, Heather Kochanski and Dustin Santoni and the Storm!
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Congratulations to Samantha Anger of the Casteel women's varsity soccer team who was recognized as a MaxPreps/United Soccer Coaches High School Player of the Week for January 1-7, 2018. The United Soccer Coaches uses results and statistics provided by MaxPreps to select one boy and one girl honoree from each participating state competing during the spring high school season. MaxPreps/United Soccer Coaches High School Players of the Week Announced for January 1-7, 2018, CBS Sports Digital
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Casteel High School  Women's Soccer
Girl's Varsity Soccer won the Chandler Prep Platium Division Soccer Tournament. Casteel High School Women's Soccer webpage
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Casteel Spiritline Pom won 1st place in the Spring It On Cheer and Dance Competition. Casteel High School Spiritline webpage
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Casteel Spiritline Cheer won 2nd place in the Spring It On Cheer and Dance Competition. Casteel High School Spiritline webpage
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Cross Country East Valley Champions
Congratulations to the Casteel boy's junior high cross country team on winning the 2017-2018 East Valley Championship! Casteel High School Junior High Cross Country webpage
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Casteel High School  Junior High Cross Country
Congratulations to the Casteel girl's cross country team on finishing 2nd in the East Valley Championships. Casteel High School Junior High Cross Country webpage
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Girls Cross Country Team
Congratulations to Payne Junior High's girls cross country team who placed first in the East Valley Conference (EVC) Cross Country Championships.
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Santan Junior High Cheer Team
STORM WARNING! The Santan Storm Cheer Team took first place at the USA Spirit Competition on Nov. 18. This win earned them a spot to compete at the USA Jr. Nationals Competition in Anaheim, California in February. This team is full of student athletes who work hard every week by keeping their grades up, cheering on the Santan basketball teams and practicing for their competitions. GO STORM!
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Casteel High Varsity Football - 3A Metro Region Champions (10-0), Fall Season 2017-18.
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