Author: George Courtney

Arizona Preps is continuing to bring unique coverage to the state of Arizona. We continue our Coaches’ Spotlight to showcase and highlight Arizona’s best high school coaches. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Coach Katie Fonseca who is the Head Girls Basketball Coach of Mesa High School. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Coach Fonseca for many years (I used to coach her nephew in AAU). We first met when she was here visiting family while serving as the Head Women’s Coach of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. Here is our Q & A from our…

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Due to the nature of the pandemic, some basketball programs have a limited number of participating student-athletes. The result is the cancellation of lower levels (JV & Frosh) and earlier varsity tip-off times. This game tipped off at 4PM, and it was a treat being able to cover a game at the high school that Arizona Legend and Former NBA Player Richard Jefferson played at.  This game seemed to be a defensive battle for both teams. Bradshaw Mountain and Moon Valley High School traded possession for possession, with the Lady Rockets slowly hanging on to a slim 25-22 lead. This…

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This shortened pandemic season has things heating up state-wide. The race for the top spot in the 6A East Valley Region is a dogfight between Dobson, Westwood and Mesa. Each team sports quality coaching and talented student-athletes. Tuesday evening, Dobson’s “Four Horsewomen” (5-foot-10 JR Forward Allira Martin, 5-foot-7 SR Guard Jaden Leslie, 5-foot-6 FR Guard Ahdiayh Chee and 5-foot-7 SR Guard Rachel Early) controlled the tempo, having quality possessions and smart shots. Mesa impressed with a “Triple-Threat” of their own in 5-foot-4 JR Guard Mackenzie Shivers, 5-foot-4 SOPH Guard Ashiian Hunter and 5-foot-8 SR Wing Dei’Jonae Moore. Mesa played very…

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In an unusual schedule, both Mesa and Red Mountain High School opened their season with a region game. Mesa would thwart Red Mountain, 74-38. In the big home win, Mesa would unleash their version of a “BIG 3” – emerging with seniors, 6-foot-7 senior post Tanner Crawford (22 points), 6-foot-1 senior guard Jimari Grayson (14 points) and gifted 5-foot-11 senior guard Steven Cervantes (15 points). The BIG 3 would propel Mesa to a big home victory, despite also showcasing glimpses of their younger talent – two standout guards, which included 6-foot-3 senior guard Bennet More (11 points) and 5-foot-10 senior…

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Last week, Arizona Preps Senior Editor Anthony Ray and myself were invited to San Tan Charter School in Gilbert, AZ, to watch a game between Olympia (WA) and San Tan Charter. The game was refreshing to see, since it gave us a preview of what is in store for the Roadrunners of San Tan Charter. Olympia (WA) edged San Tan Charter 35 to 27 in a defensive battle. Both squads were well coached, as Olympia went on a small run with about 5 minutes left in the 2nd half to pull away.  San Tan Charter is led by 2021 6-foot…

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Hawaii is known for a tropical destination and as a factory for talent in football, volleyball, baseball and softball. It feels like once in a blue moon there will be a division-I or II prospect to come out of Hawaii. Five young men are trying to show the world that there is talent in the 50th state. I was able to sit down with all five young men over dinner.  All five young men have expressed the goal to improve, develop and find an opportunity to continue their playing careers at the college level.  Some may wonder how five young…

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