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Athlete Spotlight: Isabel Quintero-Soria
Isabel Quintero-Soria Many teenagers would balk at a 4:00 a.m. wake up time, but Isabel Quintero Soria, cross country athlete at Dysart High School, laced up early to beat the heat each day and was committed to staying in shape and focused on the sport during the closures. 

 “It was difficult because of everything going on, but I made it my goal to run early everyday as the sun rose to make sure I did not lose focus,” said Quintero-Soria.

Isabel has been a member of the varsity cross country team since her freshman year.  She started her journey with the team when Ivory Carson, Math teacher and cross country coach,  encouraged her to try out.

“Coach told me about the team, and I tried out and was surprised at how fast I was and how much I enjoyed it,” said Quintero-Soria.

Coach Carson recognized her natural talent right away. 

“At the Sectional Meet in 2017, Isabel told me the time she would run before the race, which was well beyond her personal best. She ran faster than the time she quoted,” stated Carson. “That day verified something I felt. Isabel is that quiet leader who does what she says and says what she does.”

Isabel has grown as an athlete and member of the team. She was chosen as senior captain this year to lead her close-knit team. 

“My team is a family to me,” she said.  “I have a different mindset when I am with them.  We motivate one another and we just really just love to run together.”

Isabel not only looks to her team for strength but also her coach. 

“Coach Carson is a father figure, he keeps us on track not only in sports but also in class he helps everyone out,'' she said.  “He’s definitely the one to go if you need motivation or just someone to talk about life.”

Speaking of family, Isabel is the youngest of nine children and has a ton of support from her large household and her own personal cheering section at competitions. 

“It’s crazy. I have five brothers and three sisters.  It is awesome to hear them encouraging me from the sidelines during meets.”

Isabel competed in the AIA Division II State Cross Country Meet for the past three years and  established herself as the number seven cross country runner all-time at Dysart High School.  Her desire for her senior season is to move up the all-time list breaking the school record of 19:53.2 held by Gabriel Gomez. With a successful senior season, she will be inducted into the prestigious 100 mile club, an honor bestowed upon four year letter winners in cross country at Dysart High School.

“She inspires others to excellence,” said Carson.

In addition to cross country, Isabel ran track for the first time last season but it was cut short because of COVID-19. Even in the brief season she established herself as the two-mile specialist on the team placing sixth at the Richard Thompson South Mountain Invitational and earning fourth place running the lead-off leg in the 4x800 relay.

Isabel is working arduously to attain a cross country scholarship at an in-state college to major in Criminal Justice with the hope of becoming a lawyer or a detective. 
 
Posted : 9/8/2020 | Direct Link
Dysart recognizes All District Boys and Girls Basketball
Dysart recognizes All District Boys and Girls BasketballThe Dysart Unified School District held their annual All District Boys and Girls Basketball Team Award presentation to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary student athletes who displayed excellence in the 2019-2020 season. 

First Team, Second Team, and All Academic Team athletes were selected from Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge, Dysart, and Willow Canyon High Schools.

First Team 
Boys 
Sunday John, WCHS; Glory Nwotite, SRHS; Elijah Thomas, VVHS; Dwight McKnight, VVHS; Daryian Matthews, DHS; Riley Fornerette, DHS 

Girls
Marisa Davis, VVHS; Jennah Isai, VVHS; Alanis Delgado, VVHS; Elena Zamora, WCHS; Talia Dial, DHS; Kelsey Ericksen, SRHS

Second Team 
Boys 
Donovan Johnson, SRHS; JaQuan Moore, SRHS; Aadem Isai, VVHS; Jayson Hayes, WCHS; Pike Tancil, WCHS; Raul Montoya, DHS

Girls 
Sophia Martinez, VVHS; Anna Garcia, WCHS; Shelby Maher, WCHS; Jacinda Chavez, DHS; Lauren Ponsford, SRHS, Halle Bryan, SRHS

Dysart recognizes All District Boys and Girls BasketballAll Academic Team 
Boys 
Daryian Matthews, DHS; Tyler Grgurich, DHS; David Bright, WCHS; Xavier Vaughn, WCHS; Anthony Gibbs, SRHS; Donovan Johnson, SRHS; Tate Garrett, SRHS; Glory Nwotite, SRHS; John Kane, SRHS; Demari Hackett, VVHS; Aadem Isai, VVHS; Clayton Werner, VVHS 

Girls 
Ava Ferraro, VVHS; Madison Magee, VVHS; Mia Martinez, WCHS; Kandice McCall, WCHS; Lauren Ponsford, SRHS; Alexis Holland, SRHS; Talia Dial DHS; Hope Sumner, DHS
Posted : 3/6/2020 | Direct Link
Dysart recognizes All District Boys and Girls Soccer
Dysart recognizes All District Boys and Girls SoccerThe Dysart Unified School District held their annual All District Boys and Girls Soccer Team Award presentation to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary student athletes who displayed excellence in the 2019-2020 season. 

First Team, Second Team, and All Academic Team athletes were selected from Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge, Dysart, and Willow Canyon High Schools.

First Team 

Boys
Angel Balderrama Valenzuela, VVHS; Koa Patterson, WCHS; Jose Sanchez, DHS; Gabriel Engwall, SRHS; Jose Arellano Franco Jr., VVHS; John Grant, WCHS; Ivan Medrano Contreras, DHS; Alexander Flores, SRHS; Michael Fejarang Verdugo, VVHS; Sebastian Nassif, WCHS; Jesus Chavarria Jr., DHS; Dillon Morrow, SRHS; Mario Saenz Rodriguez, DHS.

Girls
J’adore Easley, VVHS; Paige Garcia, WCHS; Erika Arellano, DHS; Bayley Forbis, SRHS; Sara Lowry, VVHS; Megan Tracey, WCHS; Brooke Williams, DHS; Kayleen Laramee, SRHS, Gabriella Samano, VVHS; Haley Sherwood, WCHS; Alhayla Nunez-Lozano, DHS; Sophie Konieczny, SRHS; Logan White, SRHS.

Second Team

Boys 
Luis Lopez, VVHS; Bryson Wilke, WCHS; Delano Blackman, DHS; Kyle Frazier, SRHS; Piero Moral, VVHS; Augusto Jovito Palo, WCHS; Agustin Orozco, DHS; Jorge Gonzalez, SRHS; Alex Padilla, VVHS; Vincent Alanis, WCHS; Mauri Ortiz, DHS; Dysart recognizes All District Boys and Girls SoccerJoshua Cano, SRHS; Krystofer DePascale, VVHS.

Girls 
Hope Schlinger, VVHS; Amber Krey, WCHS; Kiara Sanchez, DHS; Cara Braswell, SRHS; Lyllian Hobbs, VVHS; Madison Garcia, WCHS; Yuritzy Sarmiento Saavedra, DHS; Cassie Sheerin, SRHS; Morgan Sweeney, SRHS; Abby O’Connor, SRHS; Rachal Nielsen, VVHS; Katelyn Nylen, WCHS; Estrella Chavez Alvarez, DHS; Piper Stone, SRHS; Emily Heinzerling, DHS.

All-Academic Team 

Boys 
Alexander Flores, SRHS; Sean Enouen, SRHS; Jose Meza Jr., DHS; Delano Blackman Jr., DHS; Damian Madrid Amador, VVHS; Michael Fejarang Verdugo, VVHS; Giovanni Miranda, WCHS.

Girls 
Cassie Sheerin, SRHS; Cara Braswell, SRHS; Gabrielle Gomez, DHS; Rebeca Vega, DHS; Lyllian Hobbs, VVHS; Madisyn Yazzie, VVHS; Lexi Williams, WCHS; Alyssa Reyes, WCHS 



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Posted : 2/28/2020 | Direct Link
DHS Girls Cross Country Update 10/5 & 10/9
October 5
Glendale Showcase


Girls place 7th of 17 teams led by Gabby Gomez who placed 9th of 100 runners.

October 9
Arizona Lutheran Academy  Invitational


Girls placed 1st of 10 teams placing 1-3, 12th and 21st. Gabby Gomez placed 1st individually, followed by Cailyn Ainsworth and Isabel Quintero-Soria. Freshmen Viviana Mercado was 12th and Alanna Crowe was 21st.

Girls Cross Country medal winners 10-9-19

Next competition for the DHS Girls Cross Country team is Saturday, October 12, at the O'Connor Invitational, Skunk Creek Landfill.
Posted : 10/10/2019 | Direct Link
DHS Boys Cross Country Update 10/5 & 10/9
October 5
Glendale Showcase

Boys placed 5th of 23 teams led by Daniel Hanson who placed 8th of 165 runners

October 9
Arizona Lutheran Academy  Invitational

Boys placed 1st of 10 teams running a near perfect race, placing 1-5, 8th, 13th, and 16th. Senior Captain Luis Acuna Esquivel placed 1st individually, followed by Cole Walter's, Daniel Hanson, Angel Arroyo Briones, and Ali Waheed. Maximus Lancaster was 8th, Carlos Celeya, 13th, and Cesar Fonseca, 16th.


Boys Cross Country medal winners 10-9-19


Next competition for the DHS Boys Cross Country team is Saturday, October 12, at the O'Connor Invitational, Skunk Creek Landfill.
Posted : 10/10/2019 | Direct Link
Swim and Dive Meet 9/19
Dysart High Swim and Dive team competed on Thursday this week against Buckeye HS.  Overall, the team did well.  Although both teams ended in second place, the swimmers swam hard and showed a lot of effort in their events.  Our diver was able to increase his scores from the previous meet, indicating that he has been practicing hard.  

This week our theme was Believe.  We focused on having a firm conviction about our team and our swimming skills.  We are honoring two outstanding swimmers (H2Os) for having a strong conviction in their team and swim skills.  Our female H2O is Suzanna Gonzales.  She has shown a Belief in herself as a swimmer by competing is a timed event rather then an exhibition.  She showed Belief in the team by supporting each team member throughout the meet.  She has taken the idea of Believe to her classes and worked hard to improved her grades so that she will be able to continue with the team.  Our male H2O is Jackson Gertge.  He has shown Belief in the team by continuing to support throughout the meet as well as during practice.  He has shown Belief with his own swimming by asking for assistance in improving his strokes during practice.  We are proud of our entire team for showing a Belief in our team and each other, but especially proud of Suzanna and Jackson for an exemplary demonstration of Believe this week. 

We would also like to thank our staff that came out to support our team at the only home meet that we have this year.  Thank you to Alora Garrett for scoring the meet.  Thank you Cindy Rogers, Sunny Resch, Zech Guess, and Elliot Hinojosa for being timers during the meet.  

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Posted : 9/23/2019 | Direct Link
Swim and Dive Meet 9/19
Dysart High Swim and Dive team competed on Thursday this week against Buckeye HS.  Overall, the team did well.  Although both teams ended in second place, the swimmers swam hard and showed a lot of effort in their events.  Our diver was able to increase his scores from the previous meet, indicating that he has been practicing hard.  

This week our theme was Believe.  We focused on having a firm conviction about our team and our swimming skills.  We are honoring two outstanding swimmers (H2Os) for having a strong conviction in their team and swim skills.  Our female H2O is Suzanna Gonzales.  She has shown a Belief in herself as a swimmer by competing is a timed event rather then an exhibition.  She showed Belief in the team by supporting each team member throughout the meet.  She has taken the idea of Believe to her classes and worked hard to improved her grades so that she will be able to continue with the team.  Our male H2O is Jackson Gertge.  He has shown Belief in the team by continuing to support throughout the meet as well as during practice.  He has shown Belief with his own swimming by asking for assistance in improving his strokes during practice.  We are proud of our entire team for showing a Belief in our team and each other, but especially proud of Suzanna and Jackson for an exemplary demonstration of Believe this week. 

We would also like to thank our staff that came out to support our team at the only home meet that we have this year.  Thank you to Alora Garrett for scoring the meet.  Thank you Cindy Rogers, Sunny Resch, Zech Guess, and Elliot Hinojosa for being timers during the meet.  

Dysart Swimmer
Posted : 9/23/2019 | Direct Link
Swim and Dive Flagstaff Invitational 9/14
On Saturday 9/14, the Dysart Swim Team competed in their first invitational in Flagstaff.  There were over 15 schools in attendance. The Dysart Swim Team competed in all but two events, gaining experience with invitationals and altitude. A few swimmers were able to gain a personal best for their events. Overall, we are proud of their time in Flagstaff!

This weekend, we wanted to honor a swimmer based on the Be A Champion theme, Accountability. Breeawna Wells spent much of her down time during the invitational watching the other teams and swimmers looking for techniques that could help her improve her strokes. She also shows the desire to improve, requesting feedback from the coaches during practice. We are proud of our H2Os this week. 
 
Posted : 9/19/2019 | Direct Link
Swim and Dive Flagstaff Invitational 9/14
On Saturday 9/14, the Dysart Swim Team competed in their first invitational in Flagstaff.  There were over 15 schools in attendance. The Dysart Swim Team competed in all but two events, gaining experience with invitationals and altitude. A few swimmers were able to gain a personal best for their events. Overall, we are proud of their time in Flagstaff!

This weekend, we wanted to honor a swimmer based on the Be A Champion theme this week, which is Hard Work. Andrew Crockett shows an eagerness to learn and improve his skills. At practice, he works hard by giving 110% in all practice sets. This shows and pays off when he competes. He is also accountable because he is very coachable.  He listens to the coach’s feedback and internalizes it, to correct his swimming strokes. Because of his Hard Work and Accountability, he decreased his breast stroke time from a 2:08 to a 1:49. This is a huge decrease and was at a high altitude!  We are proud of our H2Os this week. 
 
Posted : 9/19/2019 | Direct Link
Swim and Dive Meet 9/5
We are continuing our tradition of honoring two outstanding swimmers (H2Os) this year. We honor our swimmers based on our Be A Champions theme of the week. This week’s theme was Integrity. We were looking for two athletes that were honoring the code of ethics and sportsmanship that we’ve been talking about since we started this season. We are also looking for these athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship throughout the meet. Our first athlete is Bethanie Lopez-Draeger. She showed integrity throughout the week by keeping her word about swimming a new and difficult event, working through a pre-meet cramp, and encouraging others on the team to keep working hard. Our second athlete is Josh Widomski. He demonstrated integrity by focusing on the dive skills he had practiced, encouraging others during the meet, and supporting a relay team. We are proud of our team overall, but especially so for these two as they took our discussions about integrity to heart. 

DHS Swim Team next competes on 9/19 at the Surprise Aquatic Center, at 4pm for their first home meet. We welcome you to come out and support Dysart Swim and Dive.
Posted : 9/6/2019 | Direct Link
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