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Mountain Pointe senior key to state volleyball title

    Jared Morrison wrapped up his senior season on the Mountain Pointe boys volleyball team with a hitting percentage of 50 per cent, something few players ever achieve, and then capped off a great team season by being named Boys Volleyball Player of the Year. 
    His outstanding play this year also resulted in a second straight 5A-I state title for The Pride.
    Morrison, who is normally an outside hitter, found himself also playing setter this year.  He had 161 kills and 38 aces on the season.  He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and also earned MVP honors in two tournaments during the course of the season, and then ran the table by being selected Player of the Year for the Div. I Central Region.
    Joining Morrison on the All-Arizona first team: Colin Kennedy, senior, Sahuaro HS; Pat Tunnell, senior, Salpointe Catholic HS; Parker Del Re, senior, Highland HS; Jordan Sunderhaus, senior, Red Mountain HS; and Garrett Voge, senior, Catalina Foothills HS.  Second team honors: Kevin Villela, junior, Deer Valley HS; Alex Hamill, senior, Mountain Pointe HS; Jeff Dumbrell, senior, Boulder Creek HS; Kyle Webb, junior, Gilbert HS; Nate Usevitch, senior, Mesquite HS; and Kyle Tatum, senior, Sahuaro HS.
    Honorable mentions… (continued next page)   

Holy ‘Hoosiers’! It’s old-school basketball championships!

    Hey, if your high school didn’t win a basketball championship this year… you get another chance this summer!
    The Grand Canyon State Games (GCSG) and Arizona Basketball Coaches Association (ABCA) have put together the first annual Arizona State Summer High School Basketball Championships for boys and girls teams.  And it’s not just for varsity teams; JV and freshmen will also compete for the trophy and bragging rights.
    Teams will qualify by finishing first or second in any one of 33 different summer leagues, summer tournaments, or team camp events.  A list of participating events is included on page 2 of this article – check to see if you’re going to a qualifier.
    The three divisions of boys and girls teams will run concurrently, beginning June 29 and will crown the winners on July 2.  Skyline High School in Mesa will host the boys events, and Maricopa High School’s new 3-gym facility will be the site for the girls’ championship.
    Organizers have decided to use the “Indiana Old-School” (shades of the movie, “Hoosiers”!) single-elimination tournament because they feel it will allow teams from all regular high school divisions to compete for one champion.  That way, they say only the best varsity, JV, and freshman teams will be crowned the summer state champions.
    Qualifying events on next page; more info at or

High School basketball tips off on the big stage

    Sixty-five high school basketball players showcased their game over the weekend, as the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association and the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury hosted the second annual Boys All Star Games at US Airways Arena in downtown Phoenix.  A crowd estimated at 800-900 was on hand for the match-up between the East and West squads in the senior compeition, which was followed by a sophomore/junior All Star game.
    Suns coach, Alvin Gentry, played a big part in the program, addressing the teams before the game and then greeting each player individually as they went on the floor.  ASU center and All Pac 10 selection, Jeff Pendergraph, made a guest appearance.
    Dan Davignon from provided a follow-up summary to Valley coaches.  Here’s a portion of that report:
    The closest game of the evening was the 4A-5A Senior contest. The North team was led by Nick Markovich with 19 (Basha), Booker T Washington with 14 (Chavez), Eric Hunt with 11 (MVT), and Marques Edwards with 11 (Chavez). Hunt and Edwards led the team on defense and shut down the middle on the South. Aaron Anderson led the South with 16 (Marana Mt. View), Danny Maman had 14 (Desert Mtn.), Tyler Miller with 13 (Basha), Marcus Ayala with 11 (Maryvale), and Jon Hawkins with 9 and a fistful of assists (Greenway). Brandon Duliakis (Ironwood Ridge) was a force in the middle on both ends on the glass and defense.  It was a seesaw battle near the end but the North pulled it out 90-89. The story of the game was Washington who had a tremendous slam that brought the crowd up, excelled in all facets of the game, and won the overall state shooting.   (Continued…)

If you get your bell rung, sit it out for awhile

    A new study is telling athletes at all levels that it’s just plain stupid to return to play too quickly after suffering a concussion on the field.
    The study was done by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.  It adds to the growing concern in the sports community about the long-term effects of concussions, and whether schools have adequately-trained personnel on the sidelines to make sound decisions about these injuries.
    An article by Janice Lloyd in USA Today points out the latest research indicates as many as 40.5% of the athletes that suffer concussions return to play too soon, and that concussions account for almost one in 10 of sports injuries.  And, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.5 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the U.S. 
    In fact, one set of statistics claims that 16 per cent of football players said they returned to the field on the same day the concussion occurred.  The majority of concussions apparently occur in football and girls soccer.
    One state, Washington, has even enacted a law that regulates when a high school athlete can return to games after sustaining a concussion.  It’s call Zackery Lystedt’s Law, named after a 16-year-old football player who suffered a brain injury in 2006 after returning to play after suffering a concussion.
    The law, which is the first of its kind in the country, stipulates that a youth athlete who suffers a concussion cannot return to the activity until he/she has written consent from a health provider. (continued next page)

Texas running back tops SN 100 list

    Marcus Lattimore (photo left), a powerful 207 lb. running back from Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC, was named the No. 1 player in the 2010 class as Sporting News Today released it’s Top 100 list of recruits.
    The list of players was selected based on discussions with 300 players in the 2010 class.  In addition to the usual talent factor, SN also worked character and maturity into the criteria for inclusion in this inaugural list.  Lattimore has not committed to a college yet, but made a visit to Auburn.
    Here’s who made the top 20 on the list:
    2) Lache Seastrunk, 5’10” runnng back from Temple HS in Texas  3) Seantrel Henderson, 301 lb. offensive lineman from Cretin-Durham Hall HS in Saint Paul, Minn.  4) Lamarcus Joyner, 5’9″ RB from St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  5) Matt Elam, 205 lb. DB from Dwyer HS in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  6) Justin McCay, 6’4″ WR from Bishop Miege HS in Shawnee Mission, Kan.  7) Jamel Turner, 205 lb. defensive lineman from Ursuline HS in Youngstown, OH  8) Corey Nelson, 200 lb. LB from Skyline HS in Dallas, TX  9) Gabe King, 230 lb. defensive lineman from Page HS in Greensboro, NC  10) DeMarco Cobbs, 6’2″ WR from Central HS in Tulsa, OK (continued)

Confidence is a key to top athletic performance

Prior to Super Bowl III, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath made one of the boldest statements in the history of sports when he guaranteed victory against the powerful and heavily-favored Baltimore Colts. Namath and the Jets made good on his claim, however, and defeated the Colts in what many consider to be one of the greatest upsets of all time. Broadway Joe (as Namath was called) certainly wasn’t short on believing in his ability to achieve his goals – and neither should you.

Former NBA great Michael Jordan once said that you have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. What MJ is really talking about is confidence, or your overall belief in your ability to be successful in your sport. Keep in mind that ultimately your performance will be determined by how you think, feel, and act during a competition. You need to realize that your confidence plays a very important role in how you think, feel, and act. More specifically, research in sport psychology suggests that confident athletes:

·        think more productively,

·        feel more positive emotions and less negative emotions,

·        and act in ways that lead to greater achievement.


To get a better idea of how your confidence level might affect the way you think, feel, and act while you play, let’s look at William, a very confident pitcher for his high school baseball team.  (Continued)

4A, 5A state tennis championships have great storylines

    You had to enjoy the feel-good stories that played out in the 5A II state tennis championships, as Pinnacle High School’s girls picked up two more tennis titles Saturday after winning the team championships earlier in the week, the school’s first ever in tennis… and the 5A II state singles title went to a freshman.  Meanwhile, in 4A play, the storyline revolved around brothers competing together – and against each other!
    Pinnacle’s No. 2 seed, Priscilla Annoul, won the singles title by defeating Shannon Contreras of Tucson Ironwood Ridge HS, 6-2, 6-0.  The doubles title went to Pinnacle’s Katie Metz and Mackenzie Onofry after their 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alyson Fix and Brittany Brewer of Deer Valley HS.
   On the boys’ side, it was the top-seeded freshman from Horizon HS, Nicholas Montoya, winning the singles title from No. 2 James Carr of Marcos de Niza HS, 6-2, 6-4.  And Ironwood Ridge was guaranteed a win in the doubles as both teams were from that Tucson school.  No. 1 Timothy Holten and Dillon Kennedy teamed up to defeat teammates Josh Taylor, seeded No. 2, and Conor Spiegel, 7-5, 6-1.  It was Holten and Kennedy’s second straight doubles title.
    In 5A I competition, Kelsey Lawson of Corona del Sol won the girls singles title by defeating Tucson Salpointe Catholic’s Maggie McGeorge in dominating fashion, winning 6-1, 6-1.  But Salpointe Catholic fared better in doubles competition, as Lauren Amos and Courtney Amos (cousins) won the doubles title over Xavier, 7-6, (8-6), 6-1.
    On the boys’ side in 5A I, Mountain Pointe High School’s Andy Nguyen climbed back to the top of the, closing out his high school career with a second state title, 6-4, 6-2, over No. 2 Garet Dunn of Corona del Sol HS.  Nguyen was the title-holder his sophomore year.  In doubles, second-seeded Kyle Ogren and Alex Lawson of Corona del Sol HS defeated Brophy Prep’s Chris Salvatore and Eric Chalmers, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.
    In 4A competition, the Notre Dame Prep girls picked up a couple of titles in 4A II and Chaparral HS did the same in 4A I play.  (Continued)

Local grads fill ASU football roster for 2009 season

    As the annual ASU football Spring Game gets underway April 18, thoughts turn momentarily to the gridiron. 
It’s no secret that Sun Devil football coach, Dennis Erickson, does a good job of mining the talent right here in his own backyard, and the upcoming season is no exception.  The 2009 roster has just been released and more than a third of the full roster contains the names of players who attended local high schools.
    ASU’s freshman class includes eight true freshmen from Valley high schools, and another 11 redshirt freshmen.  
    Nine incoming freshmen are rated among the nation’s Top-30 at their respective positions, including four from Valley schools: Corey Adams, a defensive tackle from Saguaro HS; Kody Koebensky, an offensive lineman, also from Saguaro; Anthony Jones, a linebacker from Hamilton HS; and Jamal Miles, a running back from Peoria HS.  Their chance of seeing playing time may be good, since last season set a record when 10 true freshmen saw playing time.
    Among those 19 freshmen this year who will be hoping for playing time include: (redshirts) Allante Battle, a wide receiver from Desert Vista HS; Deveron Carr, a cornerback from Chaparral HS; Tom DeMichele, a linebacker from Arcadia HS; Steven Figueroa, a tight end from Desert Vista HS; Gerald Flunder, a cornerback from Shadow Mountain HS; Patrick Jamison, a lineman from Hamilton HS; Keelan Johnson, a safety from Mesa HS; Cameron Kastl from Mountain Pointe HS; John McDonald, a linebacker from Seton Catholic; James Morrison, a running back from St. Mary’s HS; and Zeb Togiai, a lineman from Desert Vista HS.

Larger schools overrun Valley Christian Invitational

    Many of the top small schools in the state compete in the annual Valley Christian Invitational, one of the larger track and field meets in the state.  Host Valley Christian’s girls team, which has won 13 consecutive 2A championships, held its own against the field of 19 schools in the April 18 event, while the boys also turned in some strong performances.    
    On the girls side, Valley Christain HS posted winning times in the 300m hurdles, 4×800 relay, and the long jump.  The boys won the 300m hurdles, 4×400 relay, and 4×800 relay.
    But it was the larger schools – particularly Desert Vista HS, Queen Creek HS, and Saguaro HS – that had the strongest showings.  All three posted good times in the girls running events, while Desert Vista dominated the field events.  On the boys side, it was all Desert Vista’s show in both running and field events.
    Girls results (top 5 finishers):
    (100m dash) Mariah Bowers, Queen Creek (12.68); Kaytlin Stevens, Desert Vista (12.79);  Raven Owens, Queen Creek (12.84); Christie McHugh, Joy Christian (13.03); Shanel Smith, Valley Christian (13.08).
    (200m) Mariah Bowers, Queen Creek (25.94); Katie Drake, Saguaro (25.94); Alisha Maxwell, Desert Vista (26.37); Sydnee Freeman, Desert Vista (27.12); Sara Raber, Mingus (27.31).

Chandler, Hamilton runners dominate Sun Angel Classic

    The Chandler HS 4×100 boys relay team avenged it’s loss earlier this season to Cesar Chavez HS, and its girl runners also racked up impressive wins in individual events and relays, as Valley high schools ran in conjunction with the college/open meet at the annual Sun Angel Classic over the weekend at ASU.
    Hamilton HS also had a strong showing on both the boys and girls sides, led by Ryan Milus, the returning state champion in the 100 meters; he posted a 10.49 to win the event at ASU.
    Chandler HS, which had set the state record in the 4×100 relay last May at 41.09, ran a 41.72 to edge out Hamilton HS (41.82). 
    Two-time defending state champion, Desert Vista HS, did not participate in the Sun Angel Classic, but opted instead for the Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational.   
    Results for the boys’ events:
(100 meter dash) Ryan Milus, Hamilton (10.49), Bryce Lamb, Chandler (10.77), Markus Wheaton, Chandler (10.79), Miles DiSabella, Westwood (11.10), Dmitri Holman, Centennial (11.11), Brandon Jenkins, St. Mary’s (11.12), Isaiah Underwood, Ironwood (11.18), Aaron Williams, Desert Mountain (11.32).

Nutritional supplements: Are they necessary?

    As a coach in the sports performance field, I am often approached by athletes that want to know what supplement or shake they should be taking to gain weight, improve performance, or feel better.  My answer is pretty simple and direct: NONE.
    (Joe Marsit is the Center Director at Velocity Sports Performance in Scottsdale)
    The nutritional supplement industry is an explosion of fancy marketing, great gimmicks, and wonderful claims of success.  The truth of the matter is if any of these products worked as well as they claimed, America wouldn’t be facing an obesity crisis, we’d all be bouncing off the walls with energy, and we’d all be lean, tan, and smiling pearly whites. 
    As I teach many of my students in class, if the answer was as simple as a pill in a bottle, there would be a lot more people healthy and happy.
    One important thing to remember about supplements is the industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration the same way other food products and medicines are.  What this means is there is very lax control over the bottling and labeling of products sold as nutritional supplements.  Oftentimes, supplement products contain different amounts of ingredients listed on the label, and may even contain substances not listed on the label.
    Each year, there is a handful of professional athletes that test positive on their screening test and the source of the positive test is traced back to a substance in the supplement regimen that was not listed on the labels.  Drug tests do not allow forgiveness for not knowing what you were taking, so many of these athletes face thousands of dollars in fines and time off in suspensions for a supplement that may have even been cleared as OK by the drug hotline.

Girls basketball All Star selections made

    The Arizona Basketball Coaches Association has released the names of this year’s selections for the Senior All-Star Teams.  All games will be played at the US Airway Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.
    Boys teams are scheduled to play Saturday, May 23, and the girls teams the following week, on Saturday, May 30.
    In the boys competition, the first game will begin at 4:00 pm and the second at 6:00 pm.  Steve Kerr, Suns general manager, is expected to speak to the players prior to the first game.  The girls will play in conjunction with a Phoenix Mercury game, with games going at noon and 2:00 pm.
    The All-Star teams have been divided into four teams for girls and four for the boys: 1A, 2A, 3A girls North and South; 4A and 5A girls North and South; 1A, 2A, 3A boys North and South; and 4A and 5A boys North and South.
    Team selections: 
    Girls 1A, 2A, 3A North: Chantel Moss (Coolidge HS), Crystal Todachine (Monument Valley HS), Raquel Singer (Winslow HS), Cassie Spleiss (Camp Verde HS), Sanel Smith (Valley Christian HS), Dabrielle Raye (Rock Point HS), Tamika Antonio (San Carlos HS), Crystal White (Coolidge HS), Chrissandria Jackson (Winslow HS), Danya Wilson (Rock Point HS).  Alternates: Samantha Sam (Winslow HS), Nicole Baldwin (Snowflake HS), Rhiannon Russell (Salt River HS), Sophia Salazar (Santa Cruz HS).

Local players get tourney ride on ASU squads

       A handful of former local high school athletes are sitting on ASU men’s and women’s basketball rosters, enjoying the experience of going to the NCAA’s big dance.   
    The Nov. 17 regional cover of the Sports Illustrated College Basketball Preview featured Sun Devils Briann January and James Harden, who have lived up to the early-season hype and have been instrumental this season in taking their respective teams to the NCAA tournament.  
    The men’s team, which got a No. 6 seed and will open with Temple, has included a quartet of home-grown players in its building plans for the future of a program that won 21 games last season and 24 this season.
    Ty Abbott is a sophomore guard from Desert Visa HS, Trent Anderson is a redshirt freshman from Ironwood Ridge HS that plays forward, and Taylor Rohde and Stephen Rogers are stepping right from high school onto the college hardwood this year.  Both freshmen are forwards, Rohde from Pinnacle HS and Rogers from Mountain View HS.

Ironwood Ridge, Shadow Mtn top the Doug Conley

    There was no lack of drama at this year’s Doug Conley Invitational cross country event over the weekend.
    Tucson Ironwood Ridge HS edged out defending champion Xavier Prep HS, 107-109, on the girls’ side, while the Shadow Mountain HS boys team also held off last years’ defending champion, Rio Rico HS, for a 129-133 win.
    The annual event, held at Tempe’s Kiwanis Park, invites the top 20 cross country teams from around the state, regardless of class or division.  Selections are based on a coaches’ poll.  There were 174 runners in the field this year, the 36th annual Conley, competing on the newly-designed 3.1-mile Kiwanis Park course.
    Shadow Mountain had four runners finish in the top 26, including senior Cody Smith, who finished in fifth place.  Four of the Ironwood Ridge runners posted top-15 finishes, as Sarah Miville came in sixth with a 19:17.30 time and Kat Howard finished in 19:26:29 for an eighth-place finish.

2008 High School Football Season Preview

A final thank-you to the high school football coaches from around the Valley that submitted information to enable us to feature their schools and, more importantly, to be able to recognize their athletes. 

   CLOSING OUT our 2008 preview, we take a look at some of the teams that scored big last year and plan to be back at the top of the heap again this season.  We include State 5A champion Brophy Prep and a variety of regional champs as this final segment includes Buckeye Union HS, Corona del Sol HS, Deer Valley HS, Higley HS, and Mountain Ridge HS.

    “I’m looking forward to working with another hard-working bunch of young men,” says Brophy Prep‘s head coach Scooter Molander.  “(It’s) another year and more fun challenges!” 
    The challenge for Molander is whether his Broncos are up to defending their 5A I State Championship in 2008.  The Broncs went 12-2 in 2007, winning the Desert Valley regional championship enroute to its second state title in three years.
    Molander has 10 returning starters, on both sides of the line, to work with as he builds this year’s program.  His senior defensive end, 6-5 Trenton Murphy, is already picking his way through a pile of offers from D-I college programs.
    Joining Murphy again this year are senior linebackers Matt Padilla (All-State), Adam Holzmeister (2nd team All-State), and Brandon Boyardi, also a stand-out on the Bronco baseball team.

2008 High School Football Season Preview

We want to continue to thank the high school football coaches who have submitted the information that is enabling SportZine to recognize their schools and, especially, their athletes in our Preview.    

ROUNDING OUT our segment on those schools trying to make the turn this year after posting sub-par seasons in 2007, we are featuring Agua Fria HS, Arcadia HS, and Bourgade Catholic HS.
    NEXT UP… the schools that were successful in 2007, but have set their sights on continuing their winning ways in 2008.  Coming in the next segment: Brophy Prep HS, Buckeye HS, Corona del Sol HS, Deer Valley HS, Higley HS, and Mountain Ridge HS.

    Agua Fria coach, Kelly Epley, says his Owls will know this week which way their season will go.  They play Apache Junction HS Friday night and Epley says, “That’s the game that’s going to make or break our season.  It’s a game that we can win.”
    The Owls are a 4A I team that play in the West Valley Region.  They are coming off a 4-7 season last year, but still managed a playoff berth.  This year, they are counting on 15 seniors to lead the way back to the playoffs.  Last year, they started a lot of juniors and sophomores, but Epley points out that “Every team is only as good as its seniors.”  And he feels he has some good ones in Justin Lewis, who will play both ways at defensive end and tight end; running back Jordan Yancey; and 250 lb. offensive tackle Ramon Lopez.  The Owls’ strength this year lies largely in the offensive and defensive lines. 

2008 High School Football Season Preview

We want to continue to thank the Valley’s high school football coaches for sending us the information that will enable us to recognize their schools and, more importantly, their athletes.

NEXT UP in our series, still focusing on the schools that finished out of the running last year, but looking for better days this year:    
    We move the spotlight from our coverage of Apollo HS, Copper Canyon HS, and Desert Mountain HS… to this week’s installment covering Maryvale HS and Cesar Chavez HS in the 5A-I Metro I Region, and 3A schools Estrella Foothills in the West Region and Fountain Hills in the South Region.  (Coming up next… Agua Fria HS, Arcadia HS, and Bourgade Catholic.)
    “I really don’t know what’s going to happen with us,” says Maryvale head coach, Pat Rowe.  “We have put in a new scheme offensively and we’re excited about it, so only time will tell.”
    The Panthers, 4-6 last year, are trying to make things happen in 2008 with a lot of inexperience on the field; only 6 players return on both sides of the ball – and most of them are two-way players.
    Those returning players include: seniors Ray Jones and Saul Duarte at running back and linebacker, senior defensive back Omar Gonzalez, senior center Damien Esquivel, junior Hector Medina on the offensive and defensive line, and sophomore linebacker Aaron Nevins.

2008 High School Football Season Preview

Thanks to all the high school football coaches who responded to our request for information about their team’s outlook for 2008.
    Our last Football Preview was included in the print edition of SportZine Magazine, at a time when space was limited.  Today, we are able to use our web edition and enjoy unlimited space to recognize as many athletes as possible.
    We have divided this year’s entries into 2 categories: 1) Those that struggled last year and are primed for a new season, and 2) Winning programs that are re-loading to do it again.
    FIRST UP, those that struggled in 2007… Apollo HS (2-8), which will depend heavily on the younger hawks on the roster this year… Copper Canyon HS (3-7), a team plagued by key injuries last season… and Desert Mountain HS (4-6), which is pinning its 2008 hopes on an untested offensive line.
    “We are going to be a much more athletic team than last year, especially on defense,” says Apollo head coach, Zack Threadgill.  “Our young players are going to have to step in and play significant roles.  We look forward to the opportunity to compete in our region games, and ultimately compete for the region title.”

Valley HS football players big part of ASU roster

    One-fourth of Arizona State University’s football roster this season contains the names of players from high schools scattered throughout the Valley.  More than a third of those are freshmen stepping up to the demands of a whole new level of play.
    The lions’ share of the local recruits are funneling into the program from Hamilton High School.  The six former Huskies players include freshman wide receiver Gerell Robinson and freshman Patrick Jamison on the offensive line; redshirt freshman linebacker Colin Parker; sophomore wide receiver Kerry Taylor; junior linebacker Gerald Munns; and senior defensive tackle David Smith.

Area Code Games conclude as local players shine

    Notre Dame Prep infielder Tony Piazza singled in the second game of the final day of the 2008 Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA., to give his Cincinnati Reds to tie the game in the third inning.  The Reds scored once more in the top of the seventh when Brophy Prep’s Jake Williams, son of former Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams, doubled.
    But both hits came in a losing effort as the New York Yankees took the final game for both teams in the week-long showcase of elite high school talent that ended Monday.  The Games were won this year by the team representing the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
    Notre Dame pitcher Casey Upperman was the first of a group of Arizona baseball players to make his mark at the Games.  Upperman was credited with the Reds’ opening night’s 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, Aug. 5.  In that same game, teammate Kirby Pellan from Corona del Sol HS doubled off Jeffrey Ames from Vancouver, Wash.   Two nights later, Jake Barrett from Desert Ridge HS, took the mound as the starting pitcher for the Reds, but was tagged for the first home run of the Games, as the Reds fell to the Texas Rangers, 4-0.  Lance Harper of Desert Mountain (Scottsdale) HS kicked in a single in the losing effort.