Chandler Hamilton had a surprising and disappointing end to its football season, but basketball is going great guns on both fronts.
Veteran coach Kevin Hartwig’s boys team entered second-round play Thursday night in the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic at Phoenix Central High with an 11-2 record.
Its only losses are at the hands of Mesa High by two points and Phoenix Pinnacle (by one).
Hartwig has two of the top scoring tandems around in seniors Ryan Evans and John Jackson. They’ve been the Huskies two leading scorers in better than 90 percent of their games.
“We’re looking for a third guy to do more scoring and take some of the pressure off,” Hartwig said. “We’ve got a guy or two we think can do it.”
Junior guard Ryan Campos is the likely candidate. He’s had double-figrue scoring in about half the games and is a solid shooter. He figures to get good looks with teams having to focus on Evans and Jackson.
The girls squad is the biggest surprise. They are coached by first-year mentor Jeff Kain.
The Huskies are 13-1 after a runner-up finish in the Nike Tournament of Champions I which took place Dec. 19-22.
They followed that up with a title in the Nike Tournament of Champions II last weekend.
The Hamilton girls have not lost to an Arizona team this season.
Among their Arizona opponents to date only Phoenix Shadow Mountain has a winning record.
Nine of their next 10 games will be against opponents with winning records.
Sitting a big one out
Gilbert Highland transfer Nick Witherill won’t be available to play for the Hawks Tuesday night when they open 5A-I Fiesta Region play against Chandler Hamilton.
Witherill had two technical fouls in Highland’s 69-60 victory over Cincinnati Taft last Saturday. According to AIA rules, a player who is ejected from a game (two technical fouls initiates that) must sit out the next game. That happens to be the region opener.
STRUTTING THEIR STUFF
Several local football players are participating in national all-star games on Saturday.
Hamilton running back Covaughn DeBoskie will be joined by teammate Gerell Robinson at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Robinson, who starred at several positions for the Huskies, is listed as a defensive back for the West team.
The game will be televised live at 11 a.m. on Channel 12.
Two players each from Chandler High and Phoenix Desert Vista will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Miami. Defensive back Marc Anthony, who has committed to California, and linebacker Kurt Mangum will represent the Wolves, and Desert Vista is sending tight end Steven Figueroa and wide receiver Allante Battle.