Dave Shapiro is calling it a coaching career.
The Chandler high school athletic director said he’ll hang up both his cross country and track and field whistles at the end of the school year.
Shapiro has spent 32 years at various East Valley high school tracks, including Westwood, Marcos de Niza, two years at Mesa Community College and Chandler for the past 28 years.
Shapiro’s been the school’s cross country coach since the early 1990s and coached track for 14 years at the school before he returned to being a track assistant in 2001.
“I’m getting old,” he quipped.
“...It’s time to try it, but I’ve worked with a lot of good people over a lot of years.”
He said he plans to continue as A.D. for a couple years and joked it’s being done in hopes of convincing a few people he’ll only be semi-retired.
“Coaches have a pool going saying there’s no way in hell I can be retired,” he said. “We’ll see. I think I’m done.”
It was a rare sight to see the Red Mountain baseball team shut out for the first five innings of play on Thursday against Phoenix Brophy.
But even when the Mountain Lions went into the bottom half of the sixth inning trailing 4-0, coach Jason Grantham didn’t panic.
“I knew if we stayed with it we’d be OK,” he said. “We’ve relied on our offense a lot throughout the season.”
Red Mountain’s top five hitters are all batting .400 or better, and the middle-of-the-order trio of Cole Gleason, Ryne Dean and T.J. Bennett might be the state’s best.
Not surprisingly, those players were in the heart of a rally as the Mountain Lions scored five runs in the final two frames to pull off the victory.
Dean hit a laser up the middle to drive in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh. The Mountain Lions are hitting .388 as a team.
It took three tries, but Brophy baseball coach Tom Succow won his 600th baseball game on Friday against Hamilton.
The Broncos lost to Hamilton on Tuesday and Red Mountain on Thursday, but finally got the job done with a 15-10 victory over the Huskies on Friday. Succow began coaching at Brophy in 1977 and won the state title in 2006. He also has two state runner-up finishes.
Gilbert senior guard Shawn King signed with the University of Illinois-Chicago this week to play basketball in the Horizon League.
King, the Central Region Player of the Year, led the East Valley in scoring this season at 23.8 points per game. He shot 52 percent and 43 percent from 3-point range.
He also shot 83 percent from the free throw line and pulled down 7.2 rebounds per game and 2.7 assists per game.
King finished his career with the most 30-point games in a single season (4) in school history, third in single-season scoring (23.8), and third in total points scored in a single season (615).
The Williams Field boys volleyball team is 8-4 in power point matches through its first 12 contests and will almost certainly qualify for the 4A state tournament.
Senior Cody Sutton is a big reason for that. The libero has 142 digs this season, and his average of 3.6 digs per game is tops in the state among teams that put their statistics on Maxpreps.com.