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cshs homecoming parade twirlersHomecoming week’s parade kick-off!

Every parade has to be led by a band, right?  For last Saturday morning’s Homecoming Parade, Cactus Shadows Music Director Gary Wykoff’s “Falcon Pride Marching Band” did the honors. Before the musicians, 82-strong, stepped off, the Band’s talented twirlers were photographed by Sonoran News: (l-r) Elaina Groby (Soph), Songee Barker (SR), Hannah Morgan (Soph). Congratulations to CSHS Student Council’s faculty advisors Cameron Bender and Allison Zilka for orchestrating yet another spirit-filled event!  And thanks to the Town of Cave Creek and MCSO officers who made the parade possible – and safe. 

cshs girls cross countryGirls Cross Country – The ‘Leader of the Pack’!

Sophomore Dani Zalewski led Girls Cross Country “pack” in their Sept. 15 win over Notre Dame, and she repeated at last Saturday’s Bradshaw Mountain Invitational, which the varsity Ladies won by a single point over (Cottonwood) Mingus.  Varsity Boys took 3rd. Brittany Johnson led JV Girls to a 1-2-3-4-5 =15 points perfect scoring! Varsity medalists (“Top Twenty” finishers):  Ladies Zalewski, Sloane Myers-Lenz, Jenny Gormley, Terri Baker, Savannah Alexander, Nicole Nathern, Mackenzie Brown; Guys Ethan Homan, Co-Capt. David Tze, Brandon VanBibber, Simon Lopez, Co-Capt. Dylan Lenzen. Congratulations, XC runners!

Courtesy photo by Sam Lekander

Falcon Golfers qualify for state championships!

CSHS Head Golf Coaches Mike Sarraino (Girls) and Jim Marando (Boys) received good news for their respective squads last week. Based on a complicated formula that includes “difficulty” and “slope” for five courses played during regular season competition, Gals and Guys have received Arizona Interscholastic Association qualification for their respective State Championships.  The title events will be played, Thursday-Friday, Oct. 28-29, at Tucson’s Randolph Park Golf Courses. Congratulations, Links Ladies and Golf Guys!

Volleyball holds #2 ranking; At poston (10/12), Saguaro (10/19)
CSHS – Head Coach Tom Gardner’s #2-ranked Lady Falcons breezed over Campo Verde (Oct. 7); had a competitive showing at the Goldwater Tournament (Oct. 8-9); should win easily at “new program” Poston Butte (Oct. 12); and then get a week’s breather before their second match vs. Saguaro, Tuesday, Oct. 19 (A). LadyBirds are next home, Thursday, Oct. 21, for a Region match against McClintock, before closing out their regular season with an away test at always-tough Cactus, Wednesday, Oct. 27. The Ladies will host #1-ranked Queen Creek on “Senior Night,” Thursday, Oct. 28.  If the Ladies win at Saguaro and defeat McClintock at home, a victory over the Lady Bulldogs would make CSHS Desert Sky champions, undefeated in Region play. C’mon, students! Get your homework done early and be there on the 28th!