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Winter Sports Update 1/8/21

The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board on Friday voted 5-4 to cancel the high school winter sports season.

However, high school practices will remain on as scheduled. There are three meetings over the next two days which should help provide a more clear picture of what our winter season will look like. 

This uncertainty causes stress for our athletes. Please be reassured that we are committed to providing a season of play. We thank you for your patience as we work through yet another challenge in our pursuit of what is best for our student athletes.

Questions can be directed to Arete Athletic Director Todd Conklin at:

The GHMSL functions independently from the AIA. All middle school practices and games remain on as scheduled.

Advanced Archery also resumes as regularly scheduled. 

Winter Sports- GH Arizona Statement

Dear Winter Sport Families,
I hope that this holiday season afforded you some well-deserved rest and that your second semester is off to a good start. I am reaching out to update you on the status of the winter sports season.

We have received word that the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), the High School Athletics Association that Great Hearts competes in, has decided to cancel all winter sports due to the current status of COVID-19. We are deeply saddened by this news as athletics is a key part of each student's scholastic experience. While we recognize that the competitive season is no longer viable, we believe that it is still vital to provide a safe environment for our student athletes to continue practicing and competing. We remain committed to providing an athletic experience for our students while maintaining the same safety measures that we have been following all school year. This means that all Great Hearts middle school and high school sports teams will continue to be in operation.

For our Great Hearts Middle School League, all sports will continue to function as is with all safety and social distancing practices in place. If you need more information regarding practice or game schedules, please contact your athletic director or reach out to your student's coach directly.

For our high school athletes, our athletics team is hard at work putting together a plan to create a league for this season so that our students can keep practicing and compete against other athletes from across the Great Hearts network and the Phoenix Metro area. As these details are finalized, your Athletic Director will be updating you.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Jonathan Rickey
Director of Athletics
Great Hearts Arizona

Winter Sports- GHMSL Fan Policy 

Arete Prep and the Great Hearts Middle School League will emphasize creating a safe environment for our student athletes,  coaches, and spectators. 

The GHMSL will allow 2 family members per athlete to attend our MS Soccer games. Please help us adhere to this policy, wear masks, and distance from others at games so that we can continue to at least have two family members present. 

This policy is fluid, and can change based on county and local metrics. Please stay tuned for updates, and thank you for your patience.

Questions can be directed to Athletic Director Todd Conklin (

Fall Uniform Return 

If you are still in possession of your fall Arete sports uniform, please return it to your coach or the athletic office ASAP. Any uniforms not returned by 1/18 will be billed for accordingly. 

 Sideline Store Remains Open 24/7/365!

Our BSN Sideline Store remains open, and offers a wide variety of gear including t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, hats, and much more! There are many options for customization as well. 

*Only black 1/4 zips are school/uniform approved*

Advertise With Arete Prep Athletics! 

The Arete Prep Chargers would like to present our 2020-21 Athletic Advertising Opportunities to you! This unique opportunity includes high visibility to your company through both our junior high and high school athletics and fine arts events, creating outstanding exposure for our sponsors. In addition to our regularly scheduled events, schools and clubs from all over the valley and state visit our location for athletic and nonathletic events. Click the following link to learn more about our sponsorship program and to view the application.

We are also revamping our field scoreboard banner and have a few spaces available for local business advertising. Please reach out to Coach Conklin or our Academy Giving Manager Jessica Vaughan for more information. 

Thank you for your support and Go Chargers! 

CarLife Charger of the Week:
Sammy Mourad- Senior- Varsity Basketball

Sammy has worked really hard to improve his own skills, while at the same time encouraging his teammates in their pursuit to get better as a player themselves.  This has helped to bring our team to a whole new level so far this season.  His teammates have recognized his efforts and have already voted him "Teammate of the Week" twice this season. 

Congratulations Sammy!

Tuesday, January 12th
AIA Executive Board Meeting 

Thursday, January 14th
3:45pm- Boys MS A Soccer @ Lincoln Prep (Early Release 2:20pm)
4:00pm- Girls MS B Soccer HOME vs. Lincoln Prep
5:30pm- Girls MS A Soccer HOME vs. Lincoln Prep

Saturday, January 16th
9:00am- Advanced Archery virtual shoot @ Arete 
10:00am- MS B Boys Soccer @ Lincoln Prep 

Last Weeks Results: 

No competitions last week 

CALENDARS - Practices & Competitions

 Please keep in touch with your Coach and team app/communication as well. Continue to follow these practice schedules and more information will be communicated as decisions are made. 

Advanced Archery- Virtual Shoot on campus 1/16/21

As updates occur, calendars can be found on our main athletics page.( under the "MORE" tab. Always keep in touch with your coach for the latest schedules. 
Visit East Valley Sports to Order Your Varsity Jacket!
You may now visit East Valley Sports (6306 East Main Street, Mesa, 85205) to inquire about ordering an Arete Prep Varsity Jacket. We have redesigned the Varsity Letter that was distributed at Fall Sports Awards. Please keep in mind that jackets take 7-8 weeks for production. We are very excited to see school pride represented in Varsity Jackets around campus! Jackets are dress code approved but may only be worn by the owner. 

***East Valley Sports is in the process of going out of business***
We are searching for a new Varsity Jacket partner, but feel free to contact them in the meantime. 

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As always, visit our athletics website:
for information, updates, schedules, rosters, scores, and more! Content will continue to be added throughout the year! 


1. Complete the Athletic Online Enrollment. (Must be completed by a parent/guardian.) 

2. Every athlete must submit a physical on the approved AIA Physical Forms. Physicals are good for 12 months and must be resubmitted annually. 

3. Submit the athletic fee. All middle school sports (including archery) are $260. All high school sports are $300. Select Online Payment to pay by debit/credit card online, or you may submit cash, check, or money to the front office. 

4. (HS ONLY) If not previously completed, every high school athlete must complete the Brainbook Concussion Course. The AIA will notify Arete electronically once the student has successfully completed the course. High school athletes are required to complete this course only once during their high school career. 

All items must be completed and turned in before your student may participate in their sport.
Todd Conklin
Director of Athletics
480.222.4233 school
716.998.1253 cell