A Phoenix prep school basketball coach has accepted the position of Mesa Community College’s director of athletics.
Jeff Fore, who coached at James Sandoval Prep School in Phoenix and also coached Kuwait’s national basketball team, will take over the position effective June 16.
Fore takes over for John Mulhern, who applied for the job after serving as the interim athletic director this past year.
MCC has 16 teams in 11 sports.
Athlete of the Week
It’s rare for a basketball player to get player of the week honors in the spring, but Mesa Community College’s John Peña gets Tribune honors for helping the Arizona All-Stars upset the NJCAA Division I All-Stars 101-97 this past weekend.
Peña scored 26 points in the third annual event at Scottsdale Community College Sunday, which hosted many of the best junior college players from around the country.
Peña, who will be playing at the University of Northern Colorado next season, hit six of 11 three-point shots and was named player of the game for his efforts.
EX-CGCC player honored
Neil Medchill, who played for Chandler Gilbert last season, was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference player of the week recently as an outfielder for Oklahoma State.
Medchill leads OSU this season, hitting .407, with three home runs and 21 RBI’s in 26 games this season, according to the team’s Web site.
He also leads the Cowboys in Big 12 play with a .400 average.
Oklahoma State University is 28-11 overall and 11-7 in conference action.
Arcadia’s Kipikas to MCC
Phoenix Arcadia’s Kendrick Kipikas has signed with MCC to play basketball this fall.
Kipikas, a 6-8 forward for the Titans, is among the first to sign with MCC’s new head coach Sam Ballard.
MCC football scrimmage
MCC’s football team will have an intra-squad scrimmage tonight as interim coach Mike Jacobs begins the Thunderbirds’ quest to try and repeat as Valley of the Sun Bowl champions.
“I want to run 60 to 80 plays, but we’ll be stopping to water the horses, as we don’t have enough offensive linemen to go much more than that,” Jacobs said. “We also have three quarterbacks that need to get some work in.”
The game, which starts at 7 p.m. at John D. Riggs Stadium in Mesa and is open to the public, will have entertainment provided by the college’s Student Life and Leadership group.
Anyone interested in tickets or additional details can contact MCC at 480-461-7542
Today: CGCC baseball at South Mountain CC, 3 p.m.
Saturday: CGCC baseball vs. South Mountain CC, noon