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Varsity Swimming and Volleyball Begin 2019 Competition Today! 

Two more Charger programs begin their 2019 fall seasons today.

Varsity swim will travel to Phoenix Country Day School to swim in a multi meet vs. ALA-Gilbert North, Horizon Honors, and hosts PCDS. The Chargers are led by Coach Andrea Cook, and have healthy numbers out this year with 18 swimmers competing. The team is led by Senior Amanda Zajdzinski, who was a 2-time AIA State Champion last year, winning both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Junior Luke Nicholas was also a state qualifier in 2018.
Follow along with AIA D3 and Charger Swimming here:

The JV and Varsity Volleyball teams will make the long trek to Duncan, AZ, as they open up '19 with a region match. The Chargers qualified for their first AIA State Tournament in '18, losing in the first round. First year Coach Catrina Warren has an exciting vibe surrounding the Chargers this season. Warren played her college career at Iona, captaining the team her junior and senior seasons. The 2019 team will be led by Senior Faith Youkhana, who was a 2nd team all-region seleciton in '18. She will be supported by a very deep, talented group of young Chargers. They certainly have their eye on a second consecutive state tourney bid. Volleyball will play their home opener on Friday, as Baboquavari visits with 4:30 (JV) and 5:30 (Varsity) start times.
Follow along with AIA 1A and Charger Volleyball here:

Purchase Your 2019-20 Chargers Family Season Pass!

You can now purchase your Chargers '19-20 season pass. This family pass gets you and all immediate family members into ticketed events on the Arete campus, including Football, Volleyball, and Basketball games. The family season ticket is $75.
Regular admission to these events is $5 for adults and $2 for students.
Forget carrying cash, and save money in the end! Use the following link to purchase:

HOMECOMING 2019 T-Shirt Pre-Orders Due 9/5! 

Pre-order your 2019 Homecoming shirt, which can be worn to school on Spirit Day, 9/13. Dri-Fit tees are $15. Cash or check (made out to Arete Prep), and your shirt size is due to Coach Conklin by the end of the day Thursday. 
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 Mariah Morrison as our Athletic Trainer, providing game coverage and clinical hours throughout '19-20. 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:

Become a Charger Corporate Sponsor! 

The Arete Prep Chargers would like to present our 2019-20 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.

Thank you for your support and Go Chargers! 
Join Arete for a Phoenix Rising FC Community Night 

Students, families, and friends can enjoy an exclusive special on tickets to the Phoenix Rising FC match vs. USL foe San Antonio FC on 9/7. A portion of every ticket purchased will go directly back to the Arete Prep athletic program.

Phoenix Rising is the Valley's hottest sports team and ticket right now. They have won 14 straight matches and sit in 1st place in the USL! The games provide an energetic, family friendly atmosphere, with many attractions, and vendors for food and drink. It is an excellent gameday experience!

For all match information and to purchase tickets, please use the following link:

8:00pm kickoff at:
Casino Arizona Field
751 N McClintock Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
CarLife Charger of the Week:

As competition begins in late August, we will once again be announcing our "Charger of the Week." Thank you to our community partner and neighbor CarLife, and Jeff Breid, for sponsoring our programs and supporting our scholar athletes. This award is performance based, with a strong emphasis on leadership and service!


Tuesday, September 3rd
11:45pm- MS Charger Club Meeting (Room 101)
12:45pm- HS Charger Club Meeting (Room 101) 
4:00pm- Boys MS Flag Football Scrimmage vs. Christ Greenfield 
4:00pm- Varsity Swim Multi Meet @ PCDS (Early Release 2:20pm)
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ Duncan (Early Release/Bus 12:20pm)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Duncan (Early Release/Bus 12:20pm)

Wednesday, September 4th
3:30pm- MS B Volleyball @ SPA (Early Release 2pm) 
5:00pm- Girls MS A Volleyball @ SPA

Friday, September 6th
4:30pm- JV Volleyball HOME vs. Babo 
5:30pm- Varsity Volleyball HOME vs. Babo
7:00pm- Varsity Football HOME vs. Babo

Saturday, September 7th
TBD- Varsity XC @ Peaks Invite (Buffalo Park, Flagstaff)

Last Weeks Results: 

August 30: Varsity Football vs. El Capitan (W 64-28)

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. 

There are still updates coming as MS schedules are developed, so please stay tuned. 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 $250. All high school sports are $290. 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.
Fall 2019 Coaching Staff:

Varsity Football: Coach Cord Smith,
JV  Volleyball:  Coach Bre Ward,
Varsity Volleyball: Coach Catrina Warren,
Varsity Swimming:  Coach Andrea Cook,
Varsity X-Country:  Coach Jon Spano,
Advanced Archery:  Coach George Portillo,
MS Flag Football:  Coach Jason Bellomy,
MS Cross Country:  Darry Rozas,
MS A Volleyball:  Coach Kalyn Marquez,
MS B Volleyball:  Coach Nicholas Kaprielian,
MS C1 Volleyball:  Coach Jeremy Gethings,
MS C2 Volleyball:  Coach Clara Carnahan,
Todd Conklin
Director of Athletics
480.222.4233 school
716.998.1253 cell