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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 3:11 pm | Updated: 9:25 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It’s getting closer to crossing that coveted line between good and elite, and though it’s only been a varsity program for five years, Chandler Basha wants take one more step.

A perennial playoff team under coach Tim McBurney, the Bears have been to the state semifinals, but no further, and until they do, they know it’ll be the likes of Chandler Hamilton and Phoenix Brophy that draw the hype.

The Bears reached the playoffs last year, but the rugged defense and disciplined style of McBurney didn’t fully materialize.

“We do have other things we want to do to get to that point, feel like we’re making that progress,” McBurney said. “We’re one of those on the verge, on the outside looking in. We understand we’re not in that elite group.”

This year could be that chance. The Bears have seven starters returning on defense, including most of the team’s front seven. No surprise there, since Basha is known for defense the past couple of years.

What they hope will be a more productive offense.

Junior quarterback Mike Benjamin ran the team during the last regular season game and two playoff contests, and his ability to pass and run will provide an outlet the Bears haven’t enjoyed in a few years.

He’s got Will Still behind him and receivers A.J. Williams and Stefan Fulce. Fulce impressed during summer passing leagues and early in camp, and the Phoenix Brophy transfer from two years ago who had to sit out last season could be a legit No. 1 receiver.

It’s one of several options the Bears believe they have, another step toward the East Valley’s football stratosphere.

“We want to get into the mix where we’re competing for a real run at the title year in and year out,” McBurney said. “That has to translate to wins, and with our schedule we’ll find out early on what we’ve got.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Justin Hibbert WR/DB 5-10 175 Sr.
2 A.J. Williams WR/DB 6-0 190 Sr.
3 Stefan Fulce WR/DB 5-10 165 Sr.
4 Brennan Reid WR/DB 6-4 205 Sr.
5 Jordan Fraser FB/DB 6-1 195 Sr.
7 Richard Parker WR/DB 6-0 165 Jr.
8 Zach Baldenegro WR/DB 5-11 150 Sr.
9 Josh Baty FB/LB 6-2 225 Sr.
10 Matt Horton QB/DB 5-10 165 So.
11 Trevor Plautz WR/DB 6-0 165 Sr.
15 Michael Benjamin QB/DB 6-0 175 Jr.
16 Joseph Granado QB/LB 6-0 180 So.
17 Jerman Robles K 5-7 160 Jr.
18 Chase Kunkel FB/DB 5-10 185 Sr.
20 Alvin Clark RB/DB 5-11 175 Sr.
21 Kyle Cesmat K 6-4 190 Sr.
22 Will Still RB/DB 5-9 170 Sr.
23 Reece Green WR/DB 5-10 155 Sr.
24 Dillon Sterling WR/DB 5-9 150 Jr.
25 Lucas Guevara RB/DB 5-8 150 Jr.
31 Dillon Belsher WR/DB 5-10 175 Jr.
32 Jared Jones TE/LB 6-2 190 Jr.
33 R.J. Trejo TE/LB 5-10 165 Jr.
34 Joe Schafranek FB/DL 5-11 180 Jr.
41 Johnny Falcione QB/LB 5-9 195 Jr.
42 Dylan Flannery FB/LB 6-0 205 Sr.
44 Branden Zavala FB/LB 5-11 195 Jr.
45 Landon Palmer TE/LB 5-10 180 Jr.
50 Jake Smith OL/DL 5-10 195 Jr.
51 Laione Sekona TE/DL 6-0 195 Sr.
52 Chase Tarwater OL/DL 5-11 200 Jr.
54 Brian Joyce OL/DL 5-11 230 Sr.
55 Albert Avery OL/DL 6-0 280 Sr.
56 Jay Smith OL/DL 6-4 215 Sr.
57 Tyler Rosenfield OL/DL 5-10 190 Sr.
59 Henry Moncada OL/DL 5-5 210 Sr.
60 Dillon Hedges OL/DL 6-0 245 Sr.
63 Roger Freed OL/DL 6-3 245 Jr.
65 Cassidy Sorensen OL/DL 6-3 285 Sr.
67 Matt Harmeyer OL/DL 6-4 230 Sr.
70 Cody Roberts OL/DL 6-1 220 Jr.
71 Travis Johnson OL/DL 6-1 220 Sr.
72 Justin Gardner OL/DL 6-2 250 Jr.
74 Dustin Burley OL/DL 6-4 220 Sr.
75 Brandon Williams OL/DL 6-2 260 Jr.
76 Fred Swanson OL/DL 5-10 250 Sr.
77 Wesley Walden OL/DL 5-11 270 Jr.
78 Daniel Blanton OL/DL 6-2 265 Jr.
79 Michael Bratsat OL/DL 6-4 280 Sr.
81 Nathan Cole WR/DB 6-0 150 Sr.
82 Brandon Humphries TE/DL 6-3 180 Jr.
83 Cameron Larson TE/DL 6-1 195 Jr.
84 John Dillon TE/DL 6-1 205 Jr.
86 Alex Villanueva WR/DB 5-11 175 Jr.
87 Matt Wheeler WR/DB 5-8 145 Jr.
88 Sam Sumner WR/DB 5-8 150 Sr.
89 Taylor Mouser TE/DL 6-0 200 Sr.
91 Quinton Andrews RB/DL 6-0 200 Sr.
95 Semisi Sekona TE/DL 5-10 180 Jr.
96 Zach Simonetta WR/DB 5-11 175 Jr.
97 Andrew Adjei WR/DB 6-0 146 Jr.
99 Zach Williams TE/LB 6-3 190 So.
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