High schools: Verdugo, Sahuaro thinking state title

2013-04-29T22:00:00Z High schools: Verdugo, Sahuaro thinking state titleGreg Hansen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

At a school that has won three state championships and produced major-league ballplayers Jim Olander, Sammy Khalifa, Tom Wiedenbauer and John Butcher, a skinny eighth-grader wearing his cap backward shouldn’t turn the coach’s head.

Sahuaro is a tradition-blessed place that has delivered second-round draft picks like Kevin Dukes and Wes Kent, College World Series standouts such as Joe Estes and Gib Siebert, and All-Pac-10 two-sport stars Rodney Peete and Steve Martin.

But when a 14-year-old middle school kid they call “Doogie,” a lefty, showed up to watch his brother practice in 2010, Cougars coach Mark Chandler saw through the baggy shorts and free spirit.

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