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Driven to stay on top

State champs CDO golfers just want to stay hungry

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:00 am

Getting to the State championship was tough. Staying on top once you’ve gotten there is ever harder, yet members of the Canyon Del Oro High School boys golf team are looking forward to the challenge.

“We’re just trying to improve as much as we can,” said coach John Farbarik of his championship team. “We want to stay hungry. In previous years, we were runners-up. Now we accomplished (winning the State championship), and our kids will keep putting as much effort into their performances.”

Helping the team to stay on top are the many players who are returning from last year. Logan France placed sixth in State last year. Jaime Waltmire placed second in State last year.

Both golfers represented the State of Arizona in the Junior America’s Cup in 2010.

In addition, they were named to last year’s Southern Arizona All-Star golf team along with teammates DJ Niichel and Jack Otis. Otis was a winner in the summer 2011 Ricki Rarick Tournament of Champions.

Other outstanding returning players include Derek Metz, Steve Wolsfeld and Chris Cotsones.

This year’s top newcomer is Chris Meyers. The freshmen has performed impressively outside of the school arena, said Farbarik.

“He has had some of the best successes in the 13-14 age group. He’s just really good,” the coach said.

Helping to ratchet up the team’s training efforts this year are new coaches. Joining returning coach Bill Dickerson are Robert Esquibel, David Morrissey and Susie Meyers.

Funding for the expanded coaching staff was made possible through fundraisers held during the previous school year.

“We sold everything that wasn’t nailed down,” Farbarik said. “We held about six or seven car washes and sold entertainment books.”

Farbarik called the coaching staff “excellent teachers.” Having them on board will enable the staff to expand the team members’ skill and development levels, and work more efficiently in practice.

The team will kick off the 2011-12 season this weekend with away games in Gilbert, Ariz. The first home game may be played Aug. 29 at the Silverbell Golf Course in Tucson. However, that game may be rescheduled.

The next home game is scheduled for Aug. 31 at Oro Valley Country Club.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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