Hayden hoping to build on last season’s success

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Hayden Lobos

  The Hayden football team reached the state playoffs last season for the first time in nearly a decade, when current Lobos’ head coach John Estrada led the 2007 team to a 10 – 2 record.

  Estrada expected last season’s results to increase the number of players on the team in 2017 but it’s simply not the case, as only 16 players were on the roster for the season opener.

  “It has been somewhat disappointing in regards to our numbers,” Estrada recently told the Copper Basin News. “There are a lot of good athletes out there that can help the program that choose not to play.”

  “I was optimistic with our success last year we would have more players,” he continued. “Nonetheless, the kids we have will represent on Friday nights. They had a good summer and continue to work hard.”

  Perhaps it’s better to look at this season in terms of quality above quantity and the Lobos have plenty of the former.

  Five defensive starters figure to be the strength of this year’s team, including Noah Monroy and Omar Lopez.

  On offense, the Lobos return several skill position players as well as starting quarterback Mario Mariscal. Joel Rodriguez, Robert Bohrn and Frankie Valencia will make significant contributors in 2017.

  “We’re working hard to be game ready by (the season opener),” Estrada answered when asked for his overall impressions of the Lobos.  “As long as we do our jobs, execute, hit, and stay healthy, we’ll be ok.”

Andy Luberda (1029 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Ray High School seniors rewarded for hard work

    15 hours ago
    by

      This year’s graduating seniors were rewarded for all their hard work with thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards […]


    Hayden High School seniors rewarded for hard work

    15 hours ago
    by

      Hayden High School graduates were rewarded for all their hard work with thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards […]


    Hand Me Up volunteers respond to request

    15 hours ago
    by

      The Copper Area Health Volunteers (CAHV) have responded to a request from the Ray Unified School District to help […]


    Award winners announced at Superior Jr. High Sports Banquet

    14 hours ago
    by

      Superior Jr. High recently announced its athletic award winners at the annual Sports Awards Banquet, which took place on […]


  • Additional Stories

    Award winners announced at Superior Sr. High Sports Banquet

    14 hours ago
    by

      Superior High School Principal and Athletic Director William Duarte emceed the annual Sports Awards Banquet, which took place on […]


    Town of Kearny declares a water crisis

    15 hours ago
    by

      The state of Arizona is experiencing a drought situation and the time is approaching when Kearny will receive a […]


    Student honors presented at Ray High School

    15 hours ago
    by

      The 2017-18 Ray High School Classroom Awards Assembly was held May 17 in the RHS auditorium.   The program […]


    Letter to the Editor: Friends of Kearny Library disband

    15 hours ago
    by

      The Friends of the Kearny Library voted on Monday, May 14, to disband due to lack of membership. We […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger