Desert Vista High senior Joe Waldren, a member of the Thunder wrestling team, suffered multiple skull fractures and a broken femur in a singlecar accident last Thursday at the intersection of Guadalupe Road and Loop 101.
The extent of Waldren’s injuries is not known. He is currently recovering at Scottsdale Heathcare Osborn hospital.
"It’s a day-to-day situation right now," Desert Vista wrestling coach Todd Ford said. "(Tuesday) night was very touch-and-go. He’s improved since then, but it’s still day-to-day."
According to Ford, Waldren was injured when a classmate lost control of the vehicle in which he was riding on the way to Fiesta Mall in Mesa. The passenger side of the vehicle slammed into a pole injuring Waldren. The driver and back-seat passenger are safe and back in school.
Waldren finished sixth in the 145-pound weight class at state as a junior.
His teammates are planning to hold a car wash Saturday at the Burger King on the corner of 48th Street and Chandler Blvd. in Ahwatukee Foothills.
"It’s not so much to help financially, it’s more because the kids feel like they have to do something," Ford said.
Rather than jockey with the football and boys soccer teams for field space at their own school, the defending 5A state champion Huskies moved the first week of girls soccer practice to Paradise Valley Community College.
"We always go over there for the preseason just to get out of the way of football, even though they lost last week," said Horizon coach Todd Garelick, who also coaches the PVCC men’s team.
If the Huskies are to make another run at state, they will have to replace leading scorers Krystle Turner and Michelle Deatherage, who they lost to graduation.
That’s possible, considering five All-Tribune team members return from the squad off a team that defeated Phoenix Xavier for the state title last February. They are goalkeeper Megan Currey, midfielders Shaye Harrel and Mallory Fox and defenders Claire Bodiya and Amanda Lernor.
Trojans 6-foot-6 small forward Calvin Chitwood has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Cal State-Northridge.
The athletic wing averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior.
The Hawks expected to have two experienced players back from last year’s 5A state championship basketball team until Whitney Oborn moved to Utah to live with her grandparents. She was usually the first post player off the bench last season.
Now the lone Hawk back is Lindsay Lieneman, who was usually the second or third player off the bench last season.