May 25, 2005 - After 14 years with the boys volleyball squad at Canyon Del Oro High School, Patrick McDonald will step down as head coach. McDonald, who has been the team's skipper for the past three years, will leave his post in favor of a new career pursuit: teaching math abroad to the children of people working with the U.S. Department of Defense.

This year, the Dorados were as dominant as ever, ranking No. 1 in the state for most of the season before advancing to the Class 5A-4A state finals where they fell to back-to-back champ Gilbert Highland High School.

Leap to the top

It should be noted that CDO junior Jaime Minor claimed a track and field state title on May 11 at Arizona State University. Her triple jump of 38 feet, 2 inches was tops in Class 5A and was good enough to eclipse the previous school mark, which, by no coincidence, she already owned. Minor entered the state meet as No. 1 in the triple jumps and long jumps from the 5A Southern Region, having won both events at the region meet at Flowing Wells High School.

Combined with Jordan Powell's state-winning leap in the long jump, the two titles marked the first for the Dorados program.

Swim PRCA

The athletic department at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, 9500 N. Oracle Road, continues to expand. Starting in the fall, the school will add a swimming program for boys and girls. The addition of swimming will give the school 16 sports teams. Last winter, Pusch Ridge added a girls soccer team to its growing roster of sports.

Born in the USA

Catalina Foothills High School head baseball coach Jason Hisey will join the staff of the Junior National Team for USA Baseball. The team will play in the Pan American Games for a shot to qualify for the World Championships in 2006. Hisey piloted the Falcons to a 33-3 mark this season, tying an Arizona high school record. His Falcons advanced to the Class 4A state championship game for the third time in four years. Foothills unfortunately came up short in all three of those games, losing twice to Chaparral High School.

IRHS VB camp

Bill Lang, coach of the Ironwood Ridge High School girls and boys volleyball teams, will head the school's annual summer volleyball camps. The camps are open to any high school athletes wishing to improve their skills. The specialized camps are considered among the best in the state. The first session will be the Freshman Fundamentals Camp, which will run June 8 through 10. Other camps will run through July. For more information, visit www.nighthawkvolleyball.com.

Ahead

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