Thu, Oct. 17

Letter: Thanks to all for great basketball season


The City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department would like to extend a thank you and congratulations to all 21 teams and coaches who participated in the youth basketball league this year. Boys and girls of all age groups and divisions once again left the court with a smile on their faces thanks to the tremendous effort from everyone involved in this year's program including the parents and coaches.

In the third year of the Mini Mites it continued to be a successful addition to the league. The boys and girls in first grade had a great season and with a strong focus on fundamentals and team work, with an extra emphasis on fun, the kids caught on quick and found much success on the court. The coaches in this division did a great job mentoring these kids and we would like to say thank you to Joe Odell, Tommy Mestas, and Jeff Cook for the outstanding job they did.

The Mighty Mites division, consisting of boys and girls from 2nd and 3rd grades had a fantastic year. With 7 teams in the league this year it was not only the biggest league we had but the most competitive league year as a whole. In this league there is a strong emphasis on learning and fun at this level and all of the coaches were able to get the message across to their players with great success. Thank you to Zach Calandra, Noel Shreeve, Brian Phillips, Meagan Hughes, Josie Priest, Daniel Grenough, and Rick Walsworth for the outstanding job you did as coaches! The only ones who appreciate it more than us are the kids.

Power Division I, boy's grades 4th and 5th, is very much a transitional year for players moving to a bigger court, using a bigger ball and having violations called on them at a higher level. This transition means coaching these boys can be very challenging but again, the volunteer coaches did a great job to insure the transition was made, and the kids had fun. Thank you to Jon Cook, Dave Rodiriguez, Robert Ontiveros, Mikey Harrison, and Todd Bowers as well as all of the assistant coaches.

Power Division II, boy's grades 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th .This division was highlighted by a late season game for each team played on the Mingus Union High School Gymnasium. This league is set up to be as close to High School level basketball as we could create at this age group. The coaches are allowed to make free substitutions throughout the game and game planning is much more evident. The coaches do a great job making sure the kids are prepared for the next step as they get ready for the next level of basketball. Thank you to Denise Dedrick, Zach Calandra, and Amber Randall.

The Girl's League, girls grades 4th through 7th, were once again able to get off to a fast start with the support of all three coaches who we would like to give a big thank you to. Those coaches are Tommy Mestas, Alicia Sorenson, and bryan Thompson.

These leagues would also not be able to happen without additional support from the Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District, Mingus Union High School, and the Cottonwood Recreation Center.

Last but not least, we must thank the officials and scorekeepers. The level of appreciation for these positions cannot be overstated enough. Thank you Donnie Buss, Joe Perez, Frank Soqui, Bobby Woods, Joey Woods, and Sharen Richardson for officiating, Hayley Lennon, Karelia Morales, Sean Williams, Heather Calandra, and Erin Humphreys for keeping score.

Jak Teel

City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation

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