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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2008 2:48 am | Updated: 11:23 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Remember the names Chase and Cade Lortie. The two up-and-coming tennis players out of the Trailhead Members Club at Las Sendas in Mesa are racking up the trophies and accolades.

Chase, a fifth-grader at Las Sendas Elementary in Mesa, started playing tennis 2 years ago. And he has been a fast learner as he is currently ranked 13th in the Southwest in his age group by the United States Tennis Association.

He has won many tournaments including the Totally Tennis PTC Junior Open, Si Se Puede Junior Championships, Jeff Myers Memorial Junior Closed and Scottsdale Athletic Open, according to his mother Ava Lortie, who describes her sons as being very humble about their talent.

Cade, a sixth-grader at Mesa Academy, has taken a few tennis lessons between sports.

"They have both played a variety of sports such as track, soccer, football, baseball and gymnastics," Ava said.

But Cade got serious about tennis last June after watching his younger brother win tournaments. Cade won the first tournament he entered - an August 2007 satellite event.

"He won the consolation round of the September 2007 satellite, placed second in the January 2008 satellite tournament and won this month's (February) Novice tournament," Ava said.

Michael Bustamante, a 12-year USTA pro who has been at Las Sendas for six years, has been working with the boys since they got into tennis.

"They are not only good athletes, they are very smart kids and will go far," Bustamante said.

As straight-A students with several student of the month awards between them, the boys also successfully compete in academic extracurricular activities.

So over the next few years, comb the results of the academic Olympics, district writing and art awards and you'll probably see one or both of their names there.

Then check out the winners at USTA junior tournaments, as they are also sure to pop up there.

And finally, in a couple of years, look at the juniors winners at the U.S. Open and/or Wimbledon. You might even find a C. Lortie or two there also.


Justin Barnett was named the most valuable player as Scottsdale Notre Dame defeated Phoenix Pinnacle 5-4 in overtime March 2 at the Alltel Ice Den to claim the 2007-08 Arizona High School Hockey Association state championship for the second straight year.

"Our team played all out from the first drop of the puck," said Saints coach Mark Ciaccio.

The championship game between the top two seeded teams was played before a standing-room-only crowd, according to parent Jim Ross.

The Saints finished the season 17-2-1 and the Pioneers were 13-5-2. Other teams in the league are Phoenix Desert Vista, Glendale Mountain Ridge, Scottsdale Horizon, Phoenix Brophy, Scottsdale Desert Mountain and Chandler Hamilton.

The Saints will represent Arizona in the USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District High School tournament, March 28-30 in Farmers Branch, Texas. They will face prep state champions from Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and host Texas.

High school hockey in Arizona is sanctioned by the Arizona High School Hockey Association. For more information, visit www.thunderonice.com.

Other members of the Saints are Spencer Churchill, Thomas Cunningham, Sam Demaree, Michael Ferreira, Vince Francis, Ryan Hodges, Sami Kaldawi, Matthew Kron, Joey Luvisi, Jordan Luvisi, Bannon Lynott, Christopher Malinowski, Connor McLaughlin, Sebastian Ramirez, David Rizk, Patrick Ross, Kevin Ryan, Quinn Taylor, John St. Thomas, Cody Stocker and Blake Terry.

They are coached by Ciaccio, who is assisted by Daniel Francis and Chris Clement. Brenda Malinowski is the team manager.


A record-breaking turnout of 78 Senior Olympic archers competed in the 25th annual Arizona Senior Olympic state championships. The archers, from age 50 to 89, gathered March 2 at the Papago Park Range at 64th Street and McDowell Road in Phoenix. The 900-round (90 arrows each worth 10 points, shot at 60, 50 and 40 yards) tournament was not only the state archery championship, but also the qualifying round for the 2009 Senior Olympic National Championships, to be held Aug. 1-15 in San Francisco.

The Papago FITA Archers Club hosted the tournament; all of its members qualified for the national tournament. In order to qualify, archers had to place in the top three of their age group, or meet the national qualifying score.

National qualifiers from the club are: Sue Ellen McNee, Scottsdale, first, 55-59, recurve bow; David Twigg, Mesa, first, 55-59, barebow; Richard Doria, Chandler, second, 55-59, barebow; Robert Asay, Gilbert, first, 55-59, compound bow; Patrick Peters, Tempe, second, 60-64, compound bow; David Aprea, Fountain Hills, first, 65-69, recurve bow; John Hefflefinger, Phoenix, third, 65-69, recurve bow; Jim Cantillo, Chandler, first, 55-59, recurve bow; Mike Braunstein, Laveen, first, 50-54, recurve bow.

Other East Valley archers who qualified are: Bob Carroll, Apache Junction, first, 55-59, compound bow; Phillip Bowman, Mesa, first, 60-64, compound bow; Phyllis Foutz, Scottsdale, second, 70-74, compound bow; Adeline Meckstroth, Scottsdale, first, 75-79, compound bow; Douglas Kleck, Queen Creek, second, 50-54, compound bow; Michael Lee, Mesa, third, 50-54, compound bow; Garry Beck, Gilbert, third, 60-64, compound bow; Richard Orth, Mesa, first, 70-74, compound bow; Michael Klausler, Scottsdale, third, 70-74, recurve bow.

The Papago Archers and Papago Range will host the Grand Canyon State Games this weekend.

The adults and senior citizens will shoot today; while the younger archers, 8 years old to college age, will shoot Sunday.

For more information visit www.papagoarchery.com.

Know someone who deserves mention in East Valley Victories? E-mail or call Billye Jill Paulson at bpaulson@evtrib.com or (480) 898-6862.

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