Cienega's Jacquie Cason dives for the ball against Sahuaro during a match at Cienega High School in Vail, Ariz., Tuesday Oct. 27, 2009 Photo by Greg Bryan/Arizona Daily Star AFTER HELPING CIENEGA REACH THE STATE QUARTERFINALS, JACQUIE CASON WILL BE PLAYING AT UTEP.

Mountain View is in search of a softball coach for the first time in 12 years.

Frank Drake is stepping down as the program head, and the school is currently seeking applications to fill that slot. He is retiring after 31 years as a teacher and a coach.

A starting point in the hunt for the new coach is probably the school's own junior varsity, where coach Justin Wickson's squad went 17-1-2 this year. It was led by an emerging star in Shayna Adelstein.

Adelstein finished with 48 strikeouts against four walks in 52 innings and totaled a .530 batting average at the plate.

Willie Z 3-on-3

Salpointe Catholic will be the site of the Willie Z 3-on-3 basketball tournament May 29-30.

The event is set to aid the school's basketball program and the William Zarifi Memorial Fund which supports underprivileged children in third world countries according to a press release from Salpointe.

Will Zarifi was a 2005 Salpointe graduate who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2007. He edited the school's Crusader newspaper and was an avid basketball lover.

He went on to USC where he was a manager on the basketball team and a sharp student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

He eventually succumbed to the disease on Oct. 9, 2008.

A quick excerpt from an essay Zarifi penned while undergoing treatment for the disease:

"When you are on the verge of death, life changes. What is the meaning of life? I have no idea but I do know that I want to make a difference before I leave."

The cost to enter is $100 per team with up to five players allowed per roster. E-mail Carter Comstock at for more information and entry forms.

Hot shots

• Flowing Wells sophomore Tyler Rico is a sharpshooting phenom.

Rico was awarded the Distinguished Shooting Badge for Air Rifle from the Civilian Marksmanship Program, becoming the youngest Arizona student to win that award, and just the fifth student in state history.

He also won a Distinguished Badge for High Powered Rifle in 2008 and is looking at claiming a third in Smallbore Rifle in December at a national competition in Ohio.

At this rate, Rico is on track for an Olympic slot. If he earns that third badge, he will become one of just three men in American history to do so. The other two ended up winning Olympic gold, according to Flowing Wells ROTC instructor Robert DeWitt.

• Cienega setter Zoe Calhoun is taking her passing skills to Conway, Ark. where she will attend Hendrix College, a private liberal arts institution.

Along with UTEP signee Jacquie Cason, the Bobcats' star outside hitter, Cienega made its way into the quarterfinals for the first time in program history in the fall.

Calhoun will play in the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior Championship in Reno in July with her Zona club squad.

• Mountain View's Alex Parra reached the quarterfinals of the 5A-II singles state tournament in late April in Glendale, a notable accomplishment for any local 5A player not hailing from the powerhouse programs at Ironwood Ridge and Salpointe Catholic.

• Rincon/University soccer standout Layla Martin will be playing her collegiate ball at the University of San Francisco.

• Pima College's girls volleyball program will see an infusion of talent from Southern Arizona high schools. This year's recruiting class includes outside hitters Angie Banks (Sierra Vista Buena), Amanda Daly (Palo Verde) and Micaela Furest-Cataldo (Canyon del Oro); setters Sandra Casillas (Cholla) and Czarina Schutt (Tucson); libero Liz Romero (Sunnyside); and middle blocker Kayla Wang (Sabino).

• Tucson's Nicole Kalinowski will take her volleyball skills to the University of New England

• At the AIA Champions Luncheon in Glendale on Monday, Southern Arizonans claimed several honors.

Benson's Dain Dastrup took the Pursuing Victory With Honor award for on-and-off the field accomplishments

Colton Cray of Desert Christian took the boys 1A-3A scholar athlete award. He was one of three Eagles to claim honors.

The other two Desert Christian students, Charity Ormand and Benjamin Montemayor, took school activity awards for the girls and boys respectively in the 1A-3A.

The scholar athlete and activity awards are given to graduating seniors who have been involved in AIA athletics or activities for at least two years while maintaining a 3.75 grade-point average or higher for their final seven semesters.

Other local nominees on the scholar athlete side included Sabino's Ryan Gray, Tucson's Christine Clark and Benson's Chelsey Layton.