Pinnacle-Dobson boys basketball game will take aim at epilepsy

Pinnacle-Dobson boys basketball game will take aim at epilepsy

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Pinnacle-Dobson boys basketball game will take aim at epilepsy

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SCOTTSDALE HIGH SCHOOL NOTES

Pinnacle’s gym Friday night will be filled with purple-clad fans, as Pinnacle and Mesa Dobson boys basketball teams raise awareness of epilepsy.

Fans are being asked to wear purple. Proceeds from the game will go to fight epilepsy, which Pinnacle player A.J. Elliot’s brother Luke, 12, lives with.

Luke, a sixth-grader, was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago but, through medication, has been seizure-free since Oct. 1, 2012, when he had five in one day.

“It’s really important,” Luke said. “Four months ago, I sent out a letter to friends and relatives and raised $4,000. It’s for a good cause.”

Proceeds from the game will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona.

Talking to people close to him, Pinnacle coach Charlie Wilde said he was stunned to realize how prevalent epilepsy is.

“My daughter had a girl on her team whose brother had epilepsy and had two seizures in practice,” Wilde said. “I talked to somebody at a volleyball game, and their dog has epilepsy.”

Every year Pinnacle boys basketball finds a game on the schedule that benefits something.

“It just seemed like a big thing,” he said. “Really our team voted on what we were going to do it on this year. Our team gets it. Last year, we went with brain cancer. These kids pick what they want to do, and we pick a game, and it gets bigger every year.”

Quinn commits

Horizon senior running back/defensive back Luke Quinn said he committed Sunday to the University of Nebraska-Kearney, an NCAA Division II school.

Quinn had committed to Wyoming in October, but the new coaching staff there did not honor it, thus causing him to start over in the recruiting process.

Quinn, a dual back who can catch the ball out of the backfield, keyed one of the more explosive offenses in the state last season with 1,131 rushing and 772 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.

Andrews returns

Mark Andrews, who helped key Desert Mountain’s boys basketball team’s Division I semifinal run last season, returned to the team last week. He had nine points and five rebounds in a 73-60 win over Phoenix Carl Hayden. It was his first game of the season. He missed all but the last three games, rehabilitating a football knee injury to get ready to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl early this month.

Entering this week, Desert Mountain was 11-10, 2-1 with Andrews back in the lineup. He had 10 points in a 60-57 loss to Pinnacle on Friday.

Girls hoops

Saguaro 5-foot-8 senior guard Casey Rarrick has been the key to the defending Division II girls basketball champion’s 17-5 season. Last week, in wins over Notre Dame and Phoenix Shadow Mountain, she had 41 points 16 of 30 shooting. She is averaging 18 points. Saguaro faces a big game Thursday night at home against Phoenix Washington, which came into the week with a 17-7 record.

Soccer

This is the final week of the regular season for soccer. On the boys side, Coronado, which has finished runner-up at state to Phoenix Cortez the past two seasons, came into this week as the No. 1 seed in the AIA/MaxPreps Division III seedings.

Scottsdale Prep, which is seeded No. 13, finished Tuesday against Phoenix Northwest Christian, which was seeded No. 10.

The state playoff for the three divisions, boys and girls, begins next week at various sites. Check http://www.aiaonline.org for schedules.

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