Thank you for your AZ State Tax Credit contributions. They directly impact our athletic programs and clubs! 
  Varsity Boys Basketball Season Ends In State Quarterfinals

The Chargers returned to the 1A Elite Eight, but fell to #2 Rock Point 61-52 at Yavapai College in Prescott. A strong 2nd quarter had Arete in the lead, but the Cougars tied it up 28-28 at half. Rock Point got out to strong start in the third and the Chargers couldn't keep up from there. Matthew McClelland had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Brandon Fish and Toni Atologbe added 14 and 13 points in the loss. The Chargers reached and exceeded their goal this year of returning to states and even advancing. With no seniors on the roster, this group is equipped and ready for the move to 2A next year! Great season Coach Caviness and players. Thank you for the tremendous support all season Charger fans!
Fort Thomas is the 1A State Champion this year, downing North Valley Christian in the title game.

Advanced Archery Headed to States! 

Our Varsity Archers will head to Ben Avery on Saturday 2/29, seeking National Qualification. Arete Archers will shoot in flights throughout the day, competing in both Bullseys and 3D competition. The first flights start at 9:00am. The Chargers are looking to qualify as teams (high school, middle school, elementary,) but can also qualify individually for Nationals in Sandy, Utah on April 23rd and 24th. Good luck Archers! 
Join Us For  Winter Sports Awards Wednesday 2/26


Wednesday, 2/26 in the Marley Gymnasium
Middle School Awards: 5:30-6:30pm
Intermission (Pizza and Cookies): 6:30-7:00pm
High School Awards: 7:00-8:00pm 

We hope to see you this Wednesday! Dress code for student athletes is formal. 

Tour Italy With Great Hearts Athletics! 

  Great Hearts and Arete Prep are pleased to announce a unique travel, sports, and cultural experience for our student athletes and families. In June of 2021, Great Hearts will partner with EF Tours and Global Youth Tours to provide a 12 day tour of Italy, including 3 days of sports immersion in the sport of your choice (Volleyball, Soccer, or Basketball) at a club in Bologna!

Please join us for an information meeting on 2/27 at 6pm in the Archway MPR. 

Come learn about what we will see and do, travel logistics, affordable payment options, and much more!

Save the Date: 4th Annual Golf Tournament Date Announced! 

 Arete Prep Athletics will host their 4th Annual Golf Tournament on April 25th, 2020 at Kokopelli Golf Club in Gilbert. Please consider joining us for this day of golf, community, and raising funds for all Charger Athletic programs! 

Stay tuned for more information next week, including registration, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities.

  Spring Athletics Information

Arete Prep Spring 2020 Athletics are in full swing. High School sports began last week, and middle school teams start this week. Below is some basic information for each sport. As always, keep checking into our athletics website for current information:

Please direct sport specific questions to the coaching staff, using our Coaching Directory:

General Athletics and registration questions should be directed to AD Todd Conklin (
Information on enrollment and registration can be found at the following link:

All student athletes need to have a current physical on file with the athletic office and have completed all requirements  in
 Register My Athlete  in order to participate.

Spring 2020 Middle School Sports- Begin the week of 2/17

MS Boys Basketball- Head Coaches- Jason Bellomy (A), Nathan MacAnally (C), and Jacob Pinkert (B)
Start Date: Wednesday, 2/19 6-8pm - tryouts for ALL Players 
Practice Location: Arete Prep Gym
Practice Schedule: being of 2/18.... MS BASKETBALL CALENDAR
Game Schedule: TBD, games begin late Feb/early March at locations around the valley. Transportation is NOT provided by the school.

MS Girls Basketball- Head Coaches- Jacob Howell (A), Michael Naaktgboren (B/C)
Start Date: Tuesday 2/18 3:45-5:45pm
Location: Arete Prep Gym
Practice Schedule: being of 2/18.... MS BASKETBALL CALENDAR
Game Schedule: TBD, games begin late Feb/early March at locations around the valley. Transportation is NOT provided by the school.

MS Track and Field- Head Coach Clara Carnahan, Asst. Coaches Daryn Rozas, Nate Brown
Start Date: Wednesday 2/19 3:45-5:15pm *Optional practice on Monday 2/17 3:45-5:15pm (no school) 
Location: Arete Prep Campus
Practice Schedule: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3:45-5:15pm
Meet Schedule:  MS Track Meet Schedule

MS Swimming- TBD, please contact Coach Conklin with questions 

Spring 2020 HS Sports:

HS Golf: Head Coach- Ben Weir, Asst. Coach Rob McClelland 
Start Date: Monday 2/10 4pm at SVE,
Location: Practices at Sunland Village East, Home matches at Superstition Springs GC
Practice/Match Schedule:  HS Golf Calendar

HS Track and Field: Head Coach Mike Caviness, Asst. Coach Lauren Janda
Start Date: Monday, 2/10 5PM TEAM MEETING in Prep Room 100
Location: Arete Campus
Practice Schedule: Monday/Tues/Thur/Fri 4:45-6:15pm, Saturdays 11-12:30 until meets start

Beach Volleyball: Head Coach- Colton Loving 
Start Date: Tuesday 2/11 5:00-6:30 @ Gene Autry (4125 E. McKellips Rd, Mesa)
Practice Schedule:  Beach Volleyball Calendar
Game Schedule:  Beach Volleyball Schedule

Varsity Baseball: Head Coach Rick Alvarez, Asst. Coach Joe Trujillo 
Start Date: Monday 2/10 4:00-5:30 @ Extra Innings (Mesa)
Practice Location: Finalizing...
Practice Schedule: Finalizing...
Game Schedule: Baseball Game Schedule

Beginners Archery:  Head Coach- George Portillo 
Start Date: Tuesday, 3/17 3:45-5:00pm (team meeting)
Practice Schedule: Mon-Thursday 3:45-5:15pm - groups and days/times TBD once team is formed!

CarLife Charger of the Week:
Matthew McClelland- Soph.- Boys Varsity Basketball 

Matthew stood out in the Chargers 61-52 State Quarterfinal loss to Rock Point. Only a sophomore, Matthew demonstrates poise and confidence in pressure situations. He finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and many strong hustle and defensive plays in the loss. 

9/3-9/8 Noah McClelland- Varsity Football 
9/9-9/14 Faith Youkhana- Varsity Volleyball
9/15-9/21 Jamie Farrington- Varsity Swimming
9/23-9/28- Wes Lanniuer- Varsity XC
9/30-10/12- Adam Whitehead- Varsity XC
10/13-10/20 Jack Spano- Varsity Football 
10/21-10/27 Max Bruns- MS XC
10/28-11/3 Faith Youkhana- Varsity Volleyball
11/4-11/9 Amanda Zajdzinksi- Varsity Swimming 
11/11-11/17 Matthew Evans- Advanced Archery 
11/25-12/1 Caleb Richards- Varsity Soccer
12/3-12/7 Deven Lipp- Advanced Archery 
12/8-12/14 Brandon Fish-Varsity Basketball
Winter Break: Davis Weir- Varsity Soccer
1/13-1/18 Alissa Kassebaum- Varsity Basketball 
1/20-1/25- Jennie Knotts- MS Soccer
1/27-2/1- Mariah Dominguez- Varsity Basketball 
2/1-2/6 Seth Beeman- JV/Varsity Basketball 
2/17-2/22- Brandon Fish- Varsity Basketball 


Monday, February 24th
6:00pm- Varsity Baseball Scrimmage @ Valley Lutheran @ East Lake Park Randy Johnson Field 

Wednesday, February 26th
6:30pm- Varsity Beach Volleyball vs. Amphitheater @ Freestone Park 
Winter Sports Awards
MS 5:30-6:30
HS 7:00-8:00pm 

Thursday, February 27th
5:30pm- MS Track GHMSL Meet #1 @ Ben Franklin 
6:30pm- EF Tours Italy Meeting- GH Athletics- Archway MPR

Saturday, February 29th 
All Day- Advanced Archery State Tournament @ Ben Avery 
Last Weeks Results: 

Thursday 2/20
6:00pm- Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Rock Point (L 61-52)

Arete Prep: Protected by ATI

Arete Prep Athletics are proud to partner with ATI Physical Therapy. ATI will be providing athletic training services for Arete Prep athletes, staff, and families through 2020 and beyond.

We welcome Sandra Hernandez as our Athletic Trainer, providing game coverage and clinical hours throughout 2020. She can be contacted at: 

ATI has many clinics across the valley, with a few very close to our campus

To find locations,learn more about ATI, or book an appointment, visit:

Sponsor Spotlight:
Modern Law

Modern Law is a proud sponsor of the Arete Prep Chargers and conveniently located in Dana Park. They were voted the best family law firm in the valley in 2019, and are happy to serve all of your family law needs.  

For more information on how you or your business can become a Proud Charger Sponsor, visit:

Sponsor Spotlight:
MTS Painting and Property Service INC. 

Thank you to MTS Painting and Property Service Inc, as they become our first 2019-20 Proud Charger Sponsor! Please consider MTS for your future projects and services. They are based in Mesa and provide free estimates.
You can visit their website at:

Thanks to the Fornoff family and everyone at MTS for their support of Charger Athletics!

For more information on how you or your business can become a Proud Charger Sponsor, visit:

CALENDARS - Practices & Competitions

These calendars are being developed and will continue to change over the season.  Always stay in contact with your coach for up-to-date team information. Please occasionally check in with the athletics website calendars for the most updated schedules. 
***Spring calendars are being developed and added as they become more complete***

***MS Basketball games are being scheduled in the next few days. The practice schedule will be developed around those. Please keep an eye on the website calendar and communicate with your coaches for the most recent plans!***

As updates occur, calendars can be found on our main athletics page ( under the "MORE" tab. 
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. IF YOU ARE ORDERING A JACKET, please contact Coach Conklin to receive the new letter. 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. 

Follow the Arete Prep Chargers on Social Media!
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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.
Spring 2020 Coaching Staff:

Varsity Boys Baseball: Coach Rick Alvarez,
                                                 Coach Joe Trujillo, 
Varsity Coed Track and Field: Coach Mike Caviness,
Varsity Beach Volleyball: Coach Colton Loving,  cloving
Varsity Golf: Coach Ben Weir,
MS "A" Girls Basketball: Coach Jacob Howell,
MS "B" Girls Basketball: Coach Michael Naaktgeboren,
MS "A" Boys Basketball: Coach Jason Bellomy,
MS "B" Boys Basketball: Coach Nathan Macanally, 
MS Swimming: TBD
MS Track and Field: Coach Clara Carnahan, 

Todd Conklin
Director of Athletics
480.222.4233 school
716.998.1253 cell