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Youth CUSD enjoys 2011-12 sports success Both Hamilton and Basha boys made the state


tournament in basketball, where Hamilton beat Basha in the first round. Boys’ golf saw both Hamilton and Perry finishing


in the top 10. For the girls, Hamilton and Basha both finished in the top 10 with Hamilton having two of the top four individuals spots. While each of the four high schools has their own


JUST FOR KICKS: Hamilton’s Boys Soccer Team celebrates with the State Championship trophy following a school assembly. Submitted photo


BY KEVIN ROLFE It’s been a banner year for athletics at the four Chandler high schools. All four schools made the playoffs in football. Basha


lost to eventual champion, Desert Vista. Hamilton had its 54-game winning streak stopped at the championship game. Perry made the postseason but was knocked out by perennial powerhouse Chaparral. Chandler had high expectations and did make the playoffs. But sports in Chandler include more than just


football. Chandler High’s track and field program continues


to be one of the most successful in the state. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams won championships. Hamilton’s boys’ soccer team took the state crown while


the girls came up just short in the championship game. Chandler High had two individual wrestling champions and won the team title. Basha’s girls’ softball team made it to the championship game for the second year in a row. Perry took seventh overall in cross-country, and its badminton team made the state tournament.


reasons for success, all four have some things in common. “Chandler is the place to be athletically and academically,” says Marcus Williams, Perry’s assistant principal and athletic director. Williams says the growth of Chandler over the past


decade has brought many more student athletes to the area and that, in turn, has helped keep competition high. Another reason Chandler schools have seen so much success, according to Williams, is the high rate of participation at Perry and the other three local high schools. Perry had more than 1,200 student athletes come out for sports this year. “That’s half of the student population. Half. You just


don’t see that in other schools outside of Chandler.” Kevin Rolfe, a fourth-grade teacher at Basha Elementary School, is a Chandler sports enthusiast who lives with his family in Traditions at Avalon.


MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: Valley Christian High School Chorale students spend a week in New York City to perform with an international choir in “The Music of Dan Forrest.” Students are Briana Clark, Katie Vasquez, Kaitlin Dekkers, Heidi Johnson, Hannah Nolcheff, Courtney Strayer, Mariah Holback, Aaron Mouer, Jordan Kortman, Kelton White, Brandon Bellerson, Jordan Webb and Ben Slager. Submitted photo


FORE: The Basha High Girls Golf team nabbed a top 10 finish at the State tournament. Submitted photo


Receiving one of the top honors in music, Valley Christian High School’s Chorale, under the direction of Marianne Sloterbeek, was recently invited to perform as part of an international choir of distinction in New York City. The group spent five days in the Big Apple with Distinguished Concerts International New York City and performed in “The Music of Dan Forrest.” The singers spent about 10 hours in rehearsals over the course of their residency. “The Valley Christian High School Chorale received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers,” explains Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor of DCINY. Valley Christian is at 6900 W. Galveston St. in Chandler.


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Valley Christian singers perform in the Big Apple


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