Kayla Bonstrom is smiling a lot these days. "This is the best couple of months I've had in a while," the Canyon del Oro senior softball player said. "I can't ask for a better time."
The good times began in May when Bonstrom and the Dorados won the 4A-I state championship and completed a 35-1 season. CDO finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country by ESPNRise Magazine.
She then joined with her club team, the Arizona Hotshots, out of Phoenix, and began the summer tournament circuit.
Coming off a junior season where she hit .554 with nine home runs, 21 doubles and 65 RBIs, Bonstrom was the focus of several Pac-12 Conference coaches when summer recruiting began.
But Bonstrom had a plan in the back of her head.
The outfielder/pitcher first visited Stanford more than a year ago and instantly fell in love with the campus.
"Stanford is the whole package," Bonstrom said. "The athletics, the academics, the community; it has everything."
The Cardinal coaches were recruiting Bonstrom, but she couldn't verbally commit until she was accepted by the university.
In June, while she was in Colorado with the Hotshots, Stanford associate head coach Trisha Ford told Bonstrom's club coach to have the CDO standout give her a call, because she had some good news.
Bonstrom had been accepted to the prestigious school.
"It was one of the best conversations I've ever had in my life," Bonstrom said.
Despite serious interest from Arizona and Washington, Bonstrom instantly verbally committed to the Cardinal.
If a state championship and a commitment to Stanford wasn't enough, Bonstrom was named a first-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. CDO teammate Kayla Henry was named to the second team.
"That was something I definitely didn't expect," Bonstrom said.
The future Cardinal wants to do something in the medical field but is open to other career paths.
She's the second athlete from CDO to commit to Stanford this summer. Standout linebacker Blake Martinez committed to the Cardinal football team earlier this month.
"He's worked real hard, too," Bonstrom said. "It's real neat to have two people from CDO going to such a great university like Stanford. It says a lot about our high school."
Foothills basketball coach won't be back
Michael Steward, the Daily Star's 2009 Southern Arizona boys basketball Coach of the Year, won't return to Catalina Foothills for his fifth season next year.
Foothills athletic director Jody Brase confirmed Steward is no longer at the school; she said his final day at the school was Tuesday but had no further comment.
In his first season, Steward went 15-16, but had a turnaround season in 2008-09, leading Foothills to a 24-7 record.
Overall, Steward went 78-42 in four seasons.
Steward didn't return voice mails left by the Star.
Mtn. View to have new baseball coach
Mountain View athletic director Todd Garelick is searching for a new baseball coach.
Former coach Anthony Chavez has accepted a job at another school.
Garelick said he is taking his time with the hire and interviews could stretch into August.
Mountain View missed out on the 5A-II state tournament last season.