Congratulations to the State Champion South Mountain Girls Basketball team. The Jaguars beat Window Rock in the semifinals and upset top-seeded Valley Christian in the championship game, 58-55, Saturday evening to win the Division III Title at Glendale’s Gila River Arena. Senior Najiyyah Pack scored 32 points and had 14 rebounds in the 63-47 semifinal win Friday, and paced the Jags with 18 hard-fought points in the finale. South trailed most of the game against 31-1 Valley Christian, but scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, 14 coming from the free throw line, converting 14-16 in that stretch. The Jags made 11 free throws in the final 1:52. Senior Ozarhia Fisher, who was in foul trouble early, played the fourth quarter with four fouls but hit 8 of 9 free throws for the game, and Pack was 7 of 8 from the line. Sophomore Joanna Campbell added 17 points for South. South trailed by 10 in the third quarter, but sophomore Jessia Quintero’s three-point shot gave the Jags their first lead, 45-43 in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars, who last won a title in 2008, finish with a 24-8 record under Coach Kisha Gwyn. The title is the third championship for South Mountain within the last year. Two weeks ago, the Boys Soccer team won a State Championship, and last spring, the Girls Track and Field team won State.
Congratulations to the South Mountain Boys Soccer team for capturing the Division II State Titlewith a 2-0 victory over Sunnyslope in the Championship match at Campo Verde High School. It was the first AIA soccer title for a Phoenix Union school. Angel Jimenez broke a scoreless tie 13 minutes into the second half with a 30-yard blast, and Bryan Medina added penalty kick goal in the final minutes of the game to seal the victory. The Jaguars went 17-3 this year under second year coach Jose Diaz, including playoff wins over Canyon del Oro, second-seeded Tucson and Yuma Cibola to advance to the title contest.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named South Mountain High School as a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during the 2014-15 school year.
Chyna Coleman, Class of 2008, starred in basketball and track at South, but she has just completed her senior year at Jackson State University where she helped take her volleyball team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
BUS DRIVERS NEEDED!
The Phoenix Union High School District is hiring Bus Drivers! Drivers work six-hour shifts but receive full-time benefits, and start at $14.38 an hour. For more information, contact the PUHSD Talent Division at 602-764-1100, or www.phoenixunion.org/jobs