Tim Derksen proved he could play on the big stage during his four-year career at Amphitheater.
Last year's Arizona Daily Star Southern Arizona boys basketball Player of the Year played in three state championships. He averaged 19.8 points per game in the state tournament from his sophomore year on and had eight double-doubles in 12 playoff games over that stretch.
It came as no surprise, then, that Derksen was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team earlier this week.
"I anticipated it and I wasn't surprised," Amphi coach Ben Hurley said. "I think the biggest reason I wasn't surprised was just to see his development from year to year."
Derksen, playing at San Francisco, has not slowed down.
A few weeks ago, he scored seven points and had three rebounds in a 71-61 loss to Gonzaga, the current No. 1 team in the country.
He also scored three points in Thursday's overtime loss to Loyola Marymount in the second round of the WCC tournament in Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-3-inch guard has started 25 games this year and averages 22 minutes. He's fourth on the team in scoring (7.2 points per game) and shooting percentage (47).
"I think he's going to continue (growing)," said Hurley, who was at Derksen's game Thursday night. "I could see him evaluating his progress this year and what are some weaknesses he needed to work on and I could see him putting in that time in the offseason to improve on those and do whatever it takes to get better."
Warriors basketball coach resigns
Pima County Hall of Fame basketball coach Randall Moore resigned from coaching the Pueblo boys team, athletic director Ray Unger said.
Moore, who was named the ACCAC coach of the year in 2000 at Pima College, went 8-44 over the last two years with Pueblo.
Unger said he'd like to have the opening filled by the end of this month.
"We're looking for the best person we can get," he said.
Salpointe's Deboskie lands first offer
Kaelin Deboskie, who transferred to Salpointe Catholic from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High earlier this year, received a college offer from New Mexico State. Salpointe coach Dennis Bene said this is likely the first of maybe eight to 10 offers for his new receiver.
As a junior in Texas, Deboskie averaged 101.5 yards receiving per game and caught 10 touchdowns.
Nighthawks to play at Hamilton next fall
The Game of the Year in 2013 will be held Sept. 27 when Ironwood Ridge, the defending state champion from Division II, travels to Chandler Hamilton, the winners in Division I.
That was revealed when some of next year's fall schedules were released this week. Complete schedules will be released July 3.
It's a shame I-Ridge didn't play Hamilton last season. The Nighthawks were 4-0 against Phoenix powers and could have possibly made it 5-0.
Dorados set to host annual charity game
Canyon del Oro's softball team will add some pink to its normal uniforms a week from today when it hosts Casa Grande Vista Grande at 4 p.m.
It's for the Dorados' annual Breast Cancer Awareness game.
They will also take part in the Southern Arizona Race for the Cure on March 17. The Pink Dorados will also have a proceeds night Thursday, 5-9 p.m., at the Dairy Queen in the Coxco at 5960 N. Oracle Road.