Emma Fernandez: Fall sports season becomes one for the books


The 2015 fall sports season was one for the books.

Football went 4-6 in the highly competitive Division I. Case Hatch, Adam Higuera, and Sam O’Hare all earned a spot on the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) All-Section first team. Cutter Hatch, Nate James, Jack O’Hare and Kevin Perez all earned a spot on the AIA’s All-Section second team. Case Hatch was even named the Arizona Cardinal’s defensive player of the year (DPOY).

Badminton had another successful year. They made it to the playoffs and made it to the semi-finals. Lauren Kater and Laike Reader were selected for All-Section first team and doubles team of the year. Katie Cross and Jillian Lagasca received honorable mentions in singles. Head coach Lerina Johnson was named coach of the year.

Girls’ volleyball made it to playoffs and went to the second round. Taylor Knoll and Ryann Davis earned a spot on the All-CUSD first team, while Hannah Stevenson and Kennedy Kaminsky both earned an honorable mention.

Both cross country teams went to state. The boys placed seventh and the girls placed 16th. Anthony Haren was named to the All-State second team. Cade Burks, Joe Delamater, Kane Hudson, Anthony Haren, and Paige Ellsworth were all named members. Head coach

Daniel Pescador was named coach of the year.

Boys’ golf had another impressive year. They qualified for state as a team, where they finished in fifth place and as sectional champions. Brady Hatten, Brad Pottle, Grant Froman, and Mike Finnegan were all selected as All-CUSD members. Head coach John Lowery was selected as coach of the year.

Girls’ golf qualified for state as a team for the first time in school history. Kati Gloss, Dakotah Kreil, and Cayla Clark were all chosen as All-CUSD members. Head coach Brian Bernier was named coach of the year.

Swim and dive had another amazing year. The swim team sent Jake Perrine, Kaden Miller, Tai Combs, Kaylee Sulzberger, Haley Nemmers and all of the relay teams to state in their categories. Dallin Beals placed 24th at state and Taylor Rudd placed 30th for the boys’ dive team. As for girl divers, Celeste Llona placed 12th, Kaylie Jackson placed 18th, and McKinley Milius placed 19th.

Varsity cheer got second place at a competition and received a bid to nationals. Their five-man routine also received a bid to nationals.

Also, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ golf, swim and dive, badminton, and cross country all won their individual battles against Basha in an effort to ensure Perry wins the war this school year. Advantage Pumas.

Overall, all the sports team performed exceptionally well this season. These successes have proven once again that perry is committed to pushing the envelop in the athletic department.