Athletic News

Seton Catholic Preparatory Announces Selection of Carter Aby as Head Boys Basketball Coach
 
After an extensive search, Seton Catholic Preparatory is excited to announce that it has selected Carter Aby as its new head boys basketball coach for the 2022-23 season.

"We are proud to welcome Carter into the Seton Catholic family as our boys basketball coach," Athletic Director Gregg Buchanan said. “We feel he will bring a positive energy to our program, with his passion for the game and passion for making the experience of the student-athlete second-to-none. We feel that passion will carry over into our student-athletes and help them improve both on and off the court.”

Last season, Aby was the head junior varsity coach at Desert Vista High School, leading that team to a 12-6 record on the year.

Aby has quickly moved up in the coaching ranks over a two-year span, starting as a head coach for AZ Select, one of the top clubs in the state of Arizona. While coaching there, his club team recorded 45 wins in just a single year of play.

He was also a decorated collegiate athlete, playing three years for the Benedictine University Mesa men's basketball program, where he holds school records for career rebounds and blocks.

“I believe Carter will be a wonderful addition to our coaching staff her at Seton Catholic,” Principal Victor Serna said. “His enthusiasm and dedication to basketball and his integrity & character off the court matches our values as Sentinels.”

He will take over a program that looks to rebuild after a couple of tough seasons against some of the top competition in 4A, but has a solid core returning.
 
Seton Spring Sports Land 87 Athletes on Sports360AZ All-Academic teams
 
The Seton Catholic Preparatory athletic department is excited to announce that 87 athletes from seven spring sports teams were honored on the Sports360AZ All-Academic Teams, the site announced this week.
 
The award honors all athletes who participated at the varsity level during the year and earns a 3.5 weighted GPA or better OR a 3.0 unweighted GPA or better.
 
The Sentinels earned 38 first-team All-Academic honors (4.0 weighted GPA or higher) and another 49 athletes earned honorable mention honors. The program breakdown went like this:
 
  • Baseball - 11 total honors (5 1st Team, 6 HM)
  • Softball - 10 total honors (4 1st Team, 6 HM)
  • Boys Tennis - 6 total honors (5 1st Team, 1 HM)
  • Girls Tennis - 8 total honors (4 1st Team, 4 HM)
  • Beach Volleyball - 14 total honors (9 1st Team, 5 HM)
  • Boys Volleyball - 14 total honors (3 1st Team, 11 HM)
  • Track & Field - 24 total honors (8 1st Team, 16 HM)
 
This continued another successful season for Seton athletics both in the classroom and on the fields & courts, as Baseball, Softball and Boys Volleyball all made playoffs, girls tennis and beach volleyball had state qualifiers and track & field had multiples state qualifiers, including Larissa Blanchard taking home gold in the 100 hurdles.
 
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 4/25-5/1
 
GIRLS TENNIS: Junior Macey Kroll wrapped up her season in the Round of 16 at the AIA Division II Singles State Tournament on Friday.
 
Kroll won her first round match, 6-0, 6-4 but then fell in the next round to the No. 7 seed. Despite the loss, Kroll had a terrific junior season that took her to the State Tournament!
 
SOFTBALL: The Sentinels Softball fell in the first round of the 4A State Tournament on Saturday after moving on into the playoffs by winning their play in game.
 
Seton got to Saturday with a resounding 10-2 win over Desert Edge, collecting some big insurance runs late to pull away. Sierra Daniel homered in the win.
 
The Sentinels couldn't keep up the fire power on Saturday against No. 4 Paradise Honors, but kept things close thanks to some stellar defense and a lights out performance in the circle from Bella Hernandez. However, the Panthers scored the lone run of the game in a 1-0 loss to end Seton's season.
 
The Sentinels finished the year 14-4.
 
BASEBALL: The Sentinels Baseball team saw their season end in heartbreaking fashion in the 4A State Playoffs after getting their thanks to a win on Wednesday.
 
Seton moved into the tournament thanks to a 6-3 win over Sahuaro on Wednesday at home. The Sentinels busted things open with a big sixth inning and secured the win in the final frame. Tommy Steinkamp pitched into the seventh inning to secure the win.
 
The Sentinels then found themselves locked in a pitcher's duel on Saturday against No. 7 Sahuarita on the road. Starter Charles Heil threw well and Steinkamp drove in the lone run for Seton, but they couldn't overcome two runs in a 2-1 loss.
 
Seton finished the season 13-5.
 
TRACK & FIELD: The Sentinels Track & Field team finished up their regular season meets at the Seton and Queen Creek last chance meets, with some athletes qualifying in their final races of the year:
 
Here are Seton's state qualifiers, who will be running on May 10th at MCC:
Boys
    • Mikey Castro - 100 (8), 200 (26)
    • Michael Kossler - 300h (23)
    • Josh Morris - 400 (27), 800 (21)
    • Zach Albanese - 3200 (16)
    • Boys 4x100 - (19)
    • Boys 4x400 - (11)
    • Boys 4x800 -  (11)
    • Charles Pieper - Pole Vault (7)
    • Ryan Welp - Pole Vault (18)
    • Kaden Kastl - Pole Vault (18)
    • Sergio Miranda - Long Jump (21)
Girls
    • Larissa Blanchard - 100h (1), 100 (20), 200 (27)
    • Rylie Kelly - 200 (26), 400 (21)
    • Sasha Daniel - 100h (7)
    • Ellie Sericati - 800 (9)
    • 4x100 - (16)
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BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Boys Volleyball team wrapped up their regular season last week, splitting a pair of matches at home.
 
Seton scored a quick 3-0 victory over Marcos de Niza on Tuesday before hosting their Senior Night against Mesquite on Thursday.
 
After losing the first two sets in close contests, the Sentinels found their footing, dominating the next two frames to force a deciding set.
 
In the final frame, the two teams went back and forth, but it was the Wildcats scoring the final points to take a 3-2 win over the Sentinels.
 
Seton will host a 4A Play-in game on Tuesday against Notre Dame Prep at 6:00 p.m.
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 4/4-4/10
 
TRACK & FIELD: The Sentinels Track & Field team participated in the Friday Night Lights meet at Ben Franklin High School with some great results.
 
The team had 18 personal records set at the competition. Full results can be found: https://az.milesplit.com/meets/446567-friday-night-lights-invitational-2022/results#.YlRV08jMIdU
 
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Boys Volleyball team went 2-1 in region play and went 1-3 at the ACP Invitational to wrap up a busy week.
 
Seton scored two sweeps over Poston Butte on Monday and Thursday, dominating both matches. They fell to Mesquite on Tuesday on the road in a hard-fought match, 3-1.
 
At the ACP Invitational on Friday, the Sentinels took home a win over Dobson but fell in their other three matches in close fashion.
 
SOFTBALL: The Sentinels Softball team had a big week last week, going 4-0, including three big region wins.
 
Seton opened the week against Saguaro at home and pushed past the Sabercats, 9-2, on Monday.
 
The Sentinels then took care of business the rest of the week, run-ruling Marcos de Niza twice on Tuesday and Friday, and Coronado at home on Thursday.
 
BASEBALL: The Sentinels Baseball team earned a sweep of region rival Marcos de Niza last week.
 
On Tuesday against the Padres in Tempe, the Sentinels used a big second and third inning to notch a 13-2 victory, their first in region play.
 
On Friday, Seton needed a big fourth inning rally to gain the lead, scoring five runs in the frame, including a base-clearing double from David Ossanna.
 
They would hold on for the 6-4 win with Ethan Chavez shutting it down after a great start from Charles Heil.
 
GIRLS BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Beach Volleyball team fell in their lone match of the week up the mountain at Coconino, falling in some tough matches, 5-0, on Tuesday.
 
BOYS TENNIS: The Sentinels Boys Tennis team went 1-2 with their lone win coming on Tuesday against Poston Butte, 5-4.
 
Seton earned the win by taking four of the six singles matches, with Welp, Rodriguez, Forseth and Kizior taking wins in their flights to notch the victory.
 
GIRLS TENNIS: The Sentinels Girls Tennis team finished 2-1 in a busy week last week.
 
After dropping their first match of the week against Paradise Valley on Monday, they returned strong against Poston Butte on Tuesday, notching a 8-1 win buoyed by three wins in doubles from the pairs of Kroll/Morris, Stafford/Bell and Pacis/Flaherty.
 
They would finish the week with a straight sweep of Mesquite on Thursday at Chandler Tennis Center, 9-0.
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 3/28-4/3
 
TRACK & FIELD: The Sentinels Track & Field team hosted the fifth annual Sentinel Invitational on Saturday, welcoming 38 teams and over 1,000 athletes to Eubanks Stadium.
 
Seton had two athletes win their events, as Larissa Blanchard took home gold in the 100m hurdles and Zach Albanese took first in the 3200m run.
 
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Boys Volleyball team went 2-1 in region play and went 1-3 at the ACP Invitational to wrap up a busy week.
 
Seton scored two sweeps over Poston Butte on Monday and Thursday, dominating both matches. 
 
SOFTBALL: The Sentinels Softball team had a big week last week, going 4-0, including three big region wins.
 
Seton opened the week against Saguaro at home and pushed past the Sabercats, 9-2, on Monday.
 
The Sentinels then took care of business the rest of the week, run-ruling Marcos de Niza twice on Tuesday and Friday, and Coronado at home on Thursday.
 
BASEBALL: The Sentinels Baseball team earned a sweep of region rival Marcos de Niza last week.
 
On Tuesday against the Padres in Tempe, the Sentinels used a big second and third inning to notch a 13-2 victory, their first in region play.
 
On Friday, Seton needed a big fourth inning rally to gain the lead, scoring five runs in the frame, including a base-clearing double from David Ossanna.
 
They would hold on for the 6-4 win with Ethan Chavez shutting it down after a great start from Charles Heil.
 
GIRLS BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Beach Volleyball team fell in their lone match of the week up the mountain at Coconino, falling in some tough matches, 5-0, on Tuesday.
 
BOYS TENNIS: The Sentinels Boys Tennis team went 1-2 with their lone win coming on Tuesday against Poston Butte, 5-4.
 
Seton earned the win by taking four of the six singles matches, with Welp, Rodriguez, Forseth and Kizior taking wins in their flights to notch the victory.
 
GIRLS TENNIS: The Sentinels Girls Tennis team finished 2-1 in a busy week last week.
 
After dropping their first match of the week against Paradise Valley on Monday, they returned strong against Poston Butte on Tuesday, notching a 8-1 win buoyed by three wins in doubles from the pairs of Kroll/Morris, Stafford/Bell and Pacis/Flaherty.
 
They would finish the week with a straight sweep of Mesquite on Thursday at Chandler Tennis Center, 9-0.
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 3/21-3/27
 
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels finished a busy week 1-2 with some hard-fought contests against tough competition.
 
The week started with Seton hosting ALA-Queen Creek, one of the top teams in the conference. They played step for step with the Patriots but were unable to take a set in a 3-0 (12-25, 20-25, 16-25) loss on Tuesday.
 
The Sentinels rebounded in a big way on Thursday against Horizon Honors on the road. Trailing 2-0 in the match, they rattled off the next three set wins to steal a 3-2 (16-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-6) win.
 
Seton would then play its second straight five-set match on Friday at home against Eastmark. After dropping the first set, they would score resounding 25-15 wins in both sets two and three to take a 2-1 match lead. However, they were unable to hold it, falling in the final two frames to drop the match, 3-2.
 
SOFTBALL: The Sentinels Softball team split their two games last week, both of which came on the road.
 
Seton dropped the first game of the week on Monday up at Mingus Union, 6-4, in what was a back and forth affair until the host scored two in the bottom of the sixth to pull away.
 
The Sentinels responded in a big way on Wednesday against Apache Junction, making quick work of the Prospectors in a 14-1 victory that moved them to 5-2 in power-point games this season,
 
BASEBALL: The Sentinels Baseball team continued a strong start to the season, securing two more wins ahead of region play.
 
On Tuesday against Apache Junction, the Sentinels used a big second inning to take a lead and never looked back in a 13-3 win.
 
Seton continued the onslaught on Friday, notching a 17-1 victory over Coconino on the road, moving to 7-0 in power point games this season.
 
TRACK & FIELD: The Sentinels Track & Field team had a busy week, hosting the Division III section of the Chandler Rotary on Wednesday and competing in the large school event on Friday and Saturday.
 
There were plenty of fast times and medals for both the boys and the girls last week.
 
 
GIRLS BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Beach Volleyball team secured a win in their lone match last week, taking on Marcos de Niza on the road.
 
Seton notched three match wins with the pairs of Krumbach/Engelbert, Hiller/Fogerty and Kupferer/Salazar picking wins to secure the victory for the Sentinels.
 
 
BOYS TENNIS: The Sentinels Boys Tennis team dropped their lone match last week, falling 9-0 in a tough matchup against ALA-Gilbert North in Gilbert.
 
ESPORTS: The Sentinels eSports programs continued their spring season over the past two weeks. Currently Seton's Smash team is 1-2 on the season, while Rocket League is ranked 38th in the state with a 2-2 record.
 
Seton Winter Sports Land 65 Athletes on Sports360AZ All-Academic teams
 
The Seton Catholic Preparatory athletic department is excited to announce that 65 winter athletes from five sports teams were honored on the Sports360AZ All-Academic Teams, the site announced this week.
 
The award honors all athletes who participated at the varsity level during the year and earns a 3.5 weighted GPA or better OR a 3.0 unweighted GPA or better.
 
The Sentinels earned 20 first-team All-Academic honors (4.0 weighted GPA or higher) and another 45 athletes earned honorable mention honors. The program breakdown went like this:
 
  • Boys Basketball - 14 total honors (2 1st Team, 12 HM)
  • Girls Basketball - 9 total honors (3 1st Team, 6 HM)
  • Boys Soccer - 14 total honors (3 1st Team, 11 HM)
  • Girls Soccer - 19 total honors (11 1st Team, 8 HM)
  • Wrestling - 9 total honors (1 1st Team, 8 HM)
 
This continued another successful season for Seton athletics both in the classroom and on the fields & courts, with the Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer teams all make runs to the Playoffs and wrestler Lucas Eviston take home gold at the Division IV State Meet.
 
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 3/7-3/13
 
SPIRITLINE: The Sentinels Pom team wrapped up their competitive season on Saturday, as they danced in the AIA State Cheer and Dance Competition at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
 
The team of Tatum Estrada, Libby Fogerty, Ashlyn Minnis, Madeline Arnold, Ava Sweet and Aleah Garcia got the chance to perform their routine on the big stage at the State Meet.
 
SOFTBALL: The Sentinels Softball team split two Spring Break games last week, falling to Coconino but responding with a win over Combs.
 
Against the Panthers on Monday at Mullin Field, Seton got down early in the game. The bats came to life in the final inning but it was too little to late in a 7-3 loss.
 
The Sentinels rebounded the next day, pushing across 14 runs in a big victory over Combs on the road on Tuesday.
 
BASEBALL: The Sentinels Baseball team remained unbeaten in power point play with three wins over Spring Break.
 
Seton opened the week with two run-rule victories over Coronado and Combs, outscoring those teams 36-1 in the wins.
 
The Sentinels had to rally in their final game of the week against Catholic rival St. Mary's, as they scored nine runs in the top of the seventh inning to take home a 15-7 win on Wednesday.
 
TRACK & FIELD: The Sentinels Track & Field team hosted nearly 900 athletes from some of the biggest schools in the state in their inaugural Arizona Open at Eubanks Stadium on Friday.
 
The team totaled over 15 personal records at the meet and Larissa Blanchard broke her own school mark in the 100m hurdles to place third overall in the event
 
Full results from the meet can be found at: http://wingfootfinish.com/result_details.cfm?ResultsID=956
 
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Boys Volleyball team took care of business in their lone match of Spring Break, sweeping San Tan Charter, 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-13) on Friday at McMahon Gymnasium.
 
Seton came out on fire and never looked back in the win, moving to 2-0 in the young year.
 
Benally, Kossler earn Scholar Athlete distinction from National Football Foundation
 
Senior Sentinels Mattias Benally and Michael Kossler were both named to the Top 60 Scholar Athlete list by the National Football Foundation's Valley of the Sun Chapter, announced on Monday.
 
The honor is given to those who have given exemplary effort in the classroom (GPA of 3.2 or above), on the field and in their communities.
 
Benally earned Elite Academic Team status from the foundation and Kossler was an honorable mention for the prestigious honor.
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 2/21-2/27
 
GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Sentinels Girls Basketball team fell in a 4A Semifinal on Wednesday, battling hard in a tough environment but falling 42-29 to Salpointe Catholic in Tucson.
 
Seton found themselves down 10-1 after the first quarter and tried clawing their way back over the next three frames but couldn't make up the ground to move on.
 
The Sentinels completed another fantastic year, winning a Desert Sky Region title and finishing 21-7 on the season.
 
SOFTBALL: The Sentinels Softball team opened up their season at the Dobson/Westwood Invitational, playing six games over three days last week.
 
Seton went 3-3 on the week, collecting a win each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They opened the season with a 8-0 win over Dobson followed by an 8-7 win over Winslow the next day.
 
They wrapped up the tournament securing a 15-3 win over Dobson on Saturday.
 
BASEBALL: The Sentinels Baseball team split four games over three days to open the year at the Pinon/Huffman Pinal County Memorial Tournament.
 
Seton started the year on Thursday, securing a 6-2 win over Mesa in the night cap out at Poston Butte. On Friday, they collected their second victory of the year, scoring 11 runs in the first inning, including a grand slam from Mikey Williamson to defeat Maricopa 17-0.
 
The Sentinels fell in their final game on Saturday to Casa Grande due to time limit.
 
TRACK & FIELD: The Sentinels Track & Field team opened the new year by hosting a mini-meet with five other teams at Eubanks Stadium on Friday.
 
Full results from the meet can be found at: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/444733/results/all
 
GIRLS BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The Sentinels Beach Volleyball team had two matches last week, falling 4-1 in both contests against Estrella Foothills and Notre Dame Prep.
 
The pair of Caleigh Krumbach and Nicole Engelbert finished the week 2-0 at their flight, including a thrilling three-set matchup against a pair from Notre Dame.
 
GIRLS TENNIS: The Sentinels Girls Tennis team opened the season at home against Notre Dame Prep, falling 7-2 at the Chandler Tennis Center.
 
Macey Kroll won her singles flight and partnered with Abby McCormick to score a win at No. 1 doubles to provide the tallies for Seton.
 
BOYS TENNIS: The Sentinels Boys Tennis team started their year on the road, falling 9-0 in a tough matchup against Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale.
 
ESPORTS: The Sentinels eSports programs started their spring season last week.
 
The two Seton Smash teams fell in their opening week matchups against Coronado and Verrado, while the Sentinel Rocket League team took down Mountain Ridge, 3-1, start their season off on a high note.
 
Sentinel Sports Roundup - 2/7-2/13
 
GIRLS SOCCER: The Sentinels Girls Soccer team is on a run in the 4A State Playoffs, winning their first two postseason matches last week.
 
To open the playoffs, Seton went on the road to Combs for a play-in game on Wednesday and scored 5 goals in a 5-0 shutout. Cheyenne Rubio notched two of the Seton goals while Madi Schweinberg, Emma Breen and Stephanie Cosentino notched the other goals in the win.
 
Then the Sentinels scored a big upset win over No. 3 Youngker on Saturday, winning 3-0 to make it to the 4A Quarterfinals. Rubio scored the opener in the first 10 minutes of the first half and Seton held the Roughriders at bay the rest of the way. Larissa Blanchard and Rylie Kelly added insurance in the back half of the second half.
 
They take on Walden Grove in a 4A Quarterfinal down in Tucson on Wednesday.
 
BOYS SOCCER: The Sentinel Boys Soccer made the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, but saw their season come to an end in their play-in game against Buckeye Union on Wednesday.
 
The Sentinels battled all 80 minutes but were unable to find the back of the net to keep up with the Hawks in a 4-0 loss.
 
Seton finished the year 5-7-1.
 
WRESTLING: The Sentinel Wrestlers competed in the Division IV Sectional meet in Heber on Friday, with two wrestlers qualifying for the AIA State Meet this Friday.
 
Lucas Eviston continued his march to the state title in the 132 pound weight class, winning all of his matches to be crowned Section Champ.
 
Joe Baker also earned a berth into the state meet, finishing 4th at 157 pounds.
 
GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Sentinels Girls Basketball team finished the regular season with a win over Marcos de Niza on Monday, 64-11, in Tempe.
 
Seton earned the No. 3 seed in the 4A State Playoffs and will begin their tournament play on Wednesday at McMahon Gymnasium, hosting Bradshaw Mountain.
 
 
BOYS BASKETBALL: The Sentinels Boys Basketball team wrapped up their season on Monday against Marcos de Niza for Senior Night.
 
Seton hung with the visiting Padres, trailing by just two midway through the second quarter. However Marcos de Niza went on a run to finish the half and the Sentinels couldn't recover in a 62-35 loss.