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Boys Basketball: Team relying on returning players

Boys Basketball: Team relying on returning players

Nick Manzo, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

Basketball is hoping to recover after their 79-69 loss in the Final Four to Pinnacle. The team also finished 4th in Arizona Division 6A rankings with an overall record of 19-10. Their success last season wouldn’t have been possible without head coach, Sam Duane, who has an overall record of (387-1...

Underclassman bringing length the playoff bound Pumas

Underclassman bringing length the playoff bound Pumas

Grant Sands, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2019

  Walking through the hall it is impossible to miss them. Standing at 6’10 freshman Dylan Anderson and 6’9 sophomore Carter Van Hammond are bringing height and length to a boys basketball team that enters the playoffs with a record of 17-9 (5-3). Van Hammond, who was 6’0 by fourth grade, ...

Basketball finding its groove before rivalry game

Grant Sands, Staff Reporter

December 17, 2018

The Battle of Val Vista will hit the hardwood as the Puma’s boys basketball team will take on Basha High Dec. 21 in a pivotal matchup heading into the playoffs. “It’s a big region game, it’s a big rivalry game,” head coach Sam Duane said. “We got to come in ready to compete. It’s go...

Returning starters are vital in nearing basketball season

Grant Sands, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2018

Beginning his third season at the helm of the boys basketball program, head coach Sam Duane has a lot of reasons to be optimistic. He has 3-returners from a 2017-18 squad that finished second in the 6A Premier Region (13-13, 5-3), and this year’s team boasts something Perry has rarely seen - size in...

Long football season affects winter sports teams

Long football season affects winter sports teams

Victoria Vredevoogd, Staff Reporter

November 28, 2017

The Pumas are proud of how far they have made it in the football play offs and students are excited for the championship game, but has anyone ever thought of how this could affect some of the other winter sports teams? Wrestling, Boys basketball, and even girls soccer is falling short of some player...

Pumas start preparing for the 2017-2018 boys basketball season

Pumas start preparing for the 2017-2018 boys basketball season

Victoria Vredevoogd, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2017

In year two of the Sam Duane era, the Pumas are going have to face some hurdles head-on, according to the head coach. The Pumas bolster a roster full of youth, and for a program looking to build on last season's abbreviated postseason appearance, inexperienced players are going to have to play like uppe...

‘Character Matters’ implemented across all CUSD athletic programs

‘Character Matters’ implemented across all CUSD athletic programs

India Buckner, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2017

A person’s character can say a lot about them. It can shed light on how they were raised, if they are a team player, and can even foreshadow who they might be in the future. Sound character is extremely important on any team, and in the wake of the Hamilton High School football hazing incident...

Puma basketball closes first season under Duane

Lauren Fountain, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2017

Though their playoff run was cut short in a play-in game on Feb. 10, the basketball team had a memorable season under the new leadership of Coach Sam Duane. The Pumas went 11-16 with undoubtedly the most revered game of the year on Feb. 7 against previously-undefeated rival Basha. A young team...

Basketball heads into playoffs united

Basketball heads into playoffs united

Lauren Fountain, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2017

Transitioning a program under a new head coach is no easy feat. Losing nine seniors during that transition is even harder, especially when those spots are being filled by fairly young players. The team attributes their success to Coach Sam Duane, the championship-winning coach from Corona del Sol....

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