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Corona del Sol’s Four-peat State Champion Basketball Team to be HonoredThe honors keep coming for the Corona del Sol Aztecs, ranked No. 1 in Arizona and No. 6 in the U.S. in the March 23 MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
Corona's boys basketball team, led by head coach Sammy Duane Jr., captured the state title and matched state history when it won the AIA Division I State Championship on March 2. The victory marked four straight state titles for Corona and the first time a team has won four straight since Phoenix Union did it from 1958 to 1961.
Coach Duane made history by becoming the first Arizona big division coach to win four consecutive state basketball titles and senior Cassius Peat became the first Division I high school basketball player in the state to win four state championships in a row.
Upcoming honors for the Corona del Sol Boys Basketball Team:
March 27 at US Airways Center
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trailblazers – 7 p.m. game
On the court halftime recognition
April 8 at 11 a.m. at Corona del Sol High School
MaxPreps/Army National Guard presentation
April 15 at 7 p.m. at TUHSD Governing Board Room
500 W. Guadalupe, Tempe, AZ
Governing Board recognition
“I’m really happy and proud of our team. Our players handled the expectations and pressure of being number one all season as true champions!” said Duane. “What this team accomplished together is something that they will carry on for a lifetime. I’m honored to have been a part of such a great team and season.”
- Coach Duane has been named AIA Division I Coach of the Year and Section Coach of the Year
- Senior Dane Kuiper, who has signed to play basketball for The University of New Mexico, has been named to the AIA All-Division I First Team, All-USA Arizona American Family Insurance Boys Basketball Team and the Tempe All City Basketball Team.
- Peat has signed to play football for Michigan State. He is the son of NFL & and Arizona Cardinals veteran Todd Peat, and brother of Corona alum Andrus Peat, who has declared for the NFL draft
- Sophomore Alex Barcello has been named Gatorade Arizona Boys Basketball Player of the Year (the fourth Corona del Sol player to be chosen for this honor), Arizona Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year, AIA Division I Player of the Year, AIA Section Player of the Year and All Tribune Player of the Year. He’s also been named to the AIA All Division I First Team, All-USA Arizona American Family Insurance Boys Team, All Tribune Team and the Tempe All City Team.
- Sports analysts have called Marvin Bagley III the best freshman in the country. He has been named All-USA Arizona American Family Insurance Big Schools Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He’s also been named to the AIA All Division First Team, All-USA Arizona American Family Insurance Team, All Tribune Team and the Tempe All City Team.
- Barcello and Bagley have already received college scholarship offers from more than eight Division I schools.