Falcs survive regulation woes to outfight Paradise Valley in double OT

By Pete Mohr | September 30, 2009

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! (kneeling, l,) DT Michael Millitello, with “D” game ball, RB Cam Larson, with “O” game ball; (back, l-r) Quad-Captain Tommy Murphy, Brady Dombrowsk, QB Dillon Classen, Quad-Captain Zack Sexton, Quad-Captain center/LB Tyler Souva.
Photo By Pete Mohr

CSHS – Several weeks ago, Head Coach Chad DeGrenier observed to this writer, “If we’re close at the end of three, we’re gonna win the game in the 4th quarter.” For the third game in four Friday nights (throw out the Sept. 17 “laugher” at Shadow Mountain), the Falcons’ superior conditioning – physically and mentally – paid off, igniting them to a 29-22 thriller over Paradise Valley in double overtime.

The win vaulted 4-0 Cactus Shadows to the #3 ranking in latest A.I.A. Power Points behind #1 Apache Junction and #2 Saguaro, whom the ‘Birds will challenge Oct. 9 and 16, respectively – both on the road.

Plagued by every setback imaginable during a deadlocked 22-22 regulation, including a “rabbit-eared” referee, the Falcons, inspired by a defiant defense, throttled the Trojans in both overtimes. On the first snap of 2nd OT, QB Dillon Classen capped another “triple threat” performance by perfect touching a swing pass “right” to sophomore running back Cam

(“Mr. OT”) Larson for the go-ahead (and winning) six. Hit at the one, Larson, not-to-be-denied, launched himself, ball extended, just inside the

right pylon. Touchdown! Bryce Redmond converted for the 29th point. Falcons needed a stop to win, 29-22.

Bring on the “Bradshaw Bad-Asses!” Led by DE Larson’s 2nd down sack of P.V. quarterback Kevin Spain, they stuffed the Trojans, four-and-done! Strike up “Mighty Falcons!”

Hats off to veteran P.A. announcer Kevin Aholt, whose spontaneous cheerleading from the press box got CSHS students and fans raucously behind the ‘Birds when they needed it most. I’ve never heard the West Stands crowd more “into it!”

Falcon scoring. 1st period: Zack Sexton, seven-yard run. Redmond converts, 7:00. 3rd period: Brady Dombrowski, four-yard pass from Classen. Redmond converts, 3:45. 4th period: Tommy Murphy, 12-yard pass from Classen. Classen sweeps right for the tying two-point conversion, 4:20. 2nd overtime, first play: Cam Larson, 10-yard swing-pass from Classen. Redmond converts.

Next up, at home, Friday, Oct. 2, the 0-4 (Flagstaff) Sinagua Mustangs, who’ve fallen on hard times in recent years. Falcons need this “breather” before hitting tough roads to “A.J.” and Saguaro. Against the struggling Mustangs, “Crow” sez the Falcs are a “lock,” the final score depending upon how much mercy is in “Coach D’s” heart.

Lady Falcons win ‘Classic’


Lady Falcons ran a 5-0 table at Sept. 26 “Falcon Classic,” defeating Marcos de Niza, P.V., Cienega, N.W. Christian and, in the championship game, Cactus (24-26, 25-12, 15-10). Juniors Co-Captain Summer Anderson (outside hitter) and Jordan Smith (libero) won All-Tournament honors. The LadyBirds ran their record to 17-6, for a #4 ranking in A.I.A. power points. A “block” point by senior Sarah Grothe, followed by two service aces from senior and Co-Captain Kelsey Janke, closed out the Lady Cobras in the deciding third game. Queen Creek here, Thursday, Oct. 1, in an important Desert Sky match-up.
Photo By Pete Mohr

CSHS 2009 Homecoming Court

homecoming court2009 HOMECOMING COURT
(Not in order of appearance)

King and Queen nominees (seniors):
Anna Torosian escorted by Nia Deeyor
Madeline Moore escorted by *A.J. Zygutis
Molly Shoulders escorted by Austin Welch
Kelsey Janke escorted by Shelby Moore
Maria Carranza escorted by Paul Welch
Representing the Class of 2011 (juniors):
Songee Barker escorted by Johan Beishline
Representing the Class of 2012 (sophomores):
Cory Gunter escorted by Sam McInerney
Representing the Class of 2013 (freshmen):
Kathryn Kaufman escorted by Alex Brettell

mr cactus shadows

*A.J. Zygutis won the “Mr. Cactus Shadows” contest







Madeline Moore and Austin Welch were crowned Queen and King.

Follow the Falcons

JV Thurs., Oct. 1 at Sinagua 6pm
VAR Fri., Oct. 2 Sinagua 7pm (H)
FR Oct. 7 at AJ 6pm
JV Thurs., Oct. 8 AJ 6pm (H)
VAR Fri., Oct. 9 at AJ 7pm
ALL Thurs., Oct. 1 Queen Creek 4/5/6pm
ALL Tues., Oct. 6 at McClintock 4/5/6pm
ALL Thurs., Oct. 8 at AJ 4/5/6pm
VAR Fri.-Sat., Oct. 9-10 at Goldwater Tourney TBA
Cross Country:
ALL Fri., Oct. 2 at Twilight Invit. (Queen Creek) TBD
ALL Wed., Oct. 7 A.J., Saguaro, Seton 4pm (H)
ALL Sat., Oct. 10 at Doug Conley Invit. (Tempe Rolling Hills) TBD
Boys Golf:
VAR Thurs., Oct. 1 Coro., SDO, Saguaro 3:30pm (H)
VAR Tues., Oct. 6 at AJ w/JL Combs 3:30pm
Girls Golf:
VAR Mon., Oct. 5 Arcadia, Higley 3:30pm (H)
VAR Wed., Oct. 7 at Campo Verde w/Combs 3:30pm
Swim & Dive:
ALL Tues., Oct. 6 AJ 3:30pm (H)