Spring Ball recap

Last of our spring ball reports.

Casa Grande


Coach Tracy feels that this has been the best in the three years that he has been here.  They have better speed this year and have had a much better attitude in the weight room.  Coach Tracy was also able to find a pleasant surprise with a young man that will be a sophomore next season. RB Harnish Ayora (6'1" 185) ran a 4.61 40 and benched 275 and looks like he could be some help in the backfield and at outside linebacker.  Casa Grande returns 8 offensive starters and 6 defensive starters.  They play a tough schedule but were able to pull out a few wins last year, are there more in store at CG?


Desert Edge


Desert Edge head coach Ryan Felker feels that his team has good speed on offense and that is most evident by WR Marcus Coleman and QB Chase Brunick. Both kids had good seasons last year and look to help DE make the jump to full time varsity football. A player that may need to be watched is move-in LB Marcus Jacobs. Marcus is a sophomore that looks good on both sides of the ball, according to Felker.



Head coach Mike brown feels that, "We need to work on all phases from top down." But did mention that Nick Certo, Ryan Keogh, Zach Himmelberger and Nathan Hodges all stepped up during the spring.

Ironwood Ridge


Ridge HC Gary Minor has only nine returning seniors and four of them were starters in '04. He also has two sophomore starters, including Colin Gilbert, their leading receiver last year.

6'5 232 OL/DL Sean Pearson is attracting D-I attention.  Minor feels that he is their best prospect. 


Lake Havasu


Coach Brett Bending has seen about a 110% increase in spring football attendance since the 2003 season.  Back then they only had about 32 players show up but had 80 players out this spring.  

Spring Standouts according to Bending were:

Sean Michaels (RB/SS), Ryan Vizzard (QB/FS), Eric Lopes (RB/CB), Zach Falldorf (OL/DL), Chris Hoag (C/LS/NT), Trevor Athay (QB/RB/OLB) Mike O'Neil (ILB/RB), Richard Stickney (OLB/WR) and Brian Wooster-Leyva (WR/CB


Paradise Valley


PV head man Donnie Yantis feel that spring ball went well out at PV even with a bunch of new faces in their system.


On the offensive side of the ball, Yantis feels that QB Stuart Walter has started to really develop. Stuart (6'4 215) has a really strong arm and will only be a junior. PV will once again rely on their ground game and Sr. Tomarcus Jordan will replace Matt Clapp at fullback, He is 6'3 218 pounds and runs 4.6. Yantis feels that, "He has really become a leader on and off the field. He has a bright future ahead of him." At the halfback position, JR Michael Williams replaces Aazaad Muhammad. Williams is the fastest athlete in the school, running high 4.4's 40. Expect good things from him. Look for good depth at receiver. Jacob DeSanti and Tyler Davis both are experienced kids with good potential but the surprise has been Jr Javon Jones, 6'5 185 runs 4.5, cousin of Reggie Bush. Javon transferred to PV last August but didn't play football. A committed summer to the weight room could determine his success. The O-line returns 2 guys. Leading the way is 5'7, 210 center, Trevor Fierro. Fierro is the strongest kid in the program. The other returner is 6'4, 305, Kyle Tilford, 2 year starter at tackle. He is a good one and is being recruited by a host of schools.


On the defensive side of the ball, PV gets a big addition in former Phoenix College head coach Gary Cook has been hired as their new DC. At DB, they return 5'10 SR Adam Monteilh who Yantis feels is one of the better corners in the state. He was Andrew Leahy's back up last year. On the DL, 2-way players Fierro and Tilford lead the way, are the top guy with some guys challenging them as well. DEs, Blake Reading and Mike Brackney also return.  


PV's kicker also returns. Eric McClellan is another one that Yantis feels could be one the valley's best. He will also handle the punting duties this year. Yantis is optimistic about their season. If they can get by two tough road opponents in the 1st two weeks (Peoria and Hamilton), PV may be a dangerous team.

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