" Sports can be a tool for mentoring, teaching virtue and fostering citizenship."

Whitehead Runs at Woodbridge Cross Country Classic

Adam Whitehead traveled to the prestigious Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in CA over the weekend, to race against top regional competition. He ran in the Varsity B Gold Race, and placed 5th with a blazing 15:11 over the three mile course. 

Great Job Adam! 

The rest of our HS Cross Country Chargers competed at the Doug Conley Invite in Tempe on Saturday. Full results from that race can be found here:

Chargers Swim Competes at AJ Multi 

The Arete Prep Swim Chargers competed in a multi meet at Apache Junction last Thursday, swimming against AJ, Gilbert Christian, and St. John Paul.
The Chargers came away with some 1st place finishes, including:

Luke Nicholas: 1st in the 50 Free (23.99)
Sloan McLellan 1st in the 200 free (2:18)
Mandy Zajdzinksi 1st in the 200 free (2:03)
Georgia Sterling 1st in the 100 Breakstroke

We also have swimmers who had provisionally and automatically qualified for states, based on current PR's, including:

Luke - provisional in 100 fly, automatic is 100 back, and 50 free
Georgia - provisional in 500 and 50 free, automatic in 100 back
Jana - provisional in 50 free
Mandy - provisional in 100 breast, automatic in 50, 100, and 200 free.
Both our men's and women's 200 free relays have their provisional cuts as well!

This week's meet:

Thursday - at Chandler High School (350 N. Arizona Ave Chandler, AZ 85225) Cross streets are Arizona Ave and Erie, go west on Erie, the pool will be on the south side. This meet will be against small schools again, and we will have 2 swimmers in each event, but there will only be one heat of each event (as opposed to 2 at the Apache Junction meet,) Students will be released from school at 2:20, warm ups will begin at 3pm.

Go Chargers! 

Advanced Archery Begins 9/23

Our National and World qualifying Advanced Archery team begins the '19-20 season on Monday. The team will once again be led by NASP Coach of the Year George Portillo. The season begins Monday 9/23, with a team meeting at 3:45 in Arete Prep classroom 101.

All Archers need to have a completed sports physical on file, and must have completed registration to begin participation. The MTBI and Brainbook Courses are not required. Enrollment info can be found here:

Registration questions can be directed to AD Todd Conklin-

Team and Archery specific questions can be directed to Coach George Portillo-

Beginning Archery (Spring) is a prerequisite for becoming a member of the advanced team.  All Archers will require a lock on their bow case, for it to be stored on campus during the school day. 

We look forward to another great Archery season!

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:

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:

CarLife Charger of the Week (9/15-9/21):

        Jamie Farrington- Varsity Swimming 


Jamie showed incredible heart, determination, and commitment to the sport, by swimming the 100 fly for the final time at Thursdays meet, earning a PR and setting a great example for her teammates to not back down from challenges.

Previous Winners: 
9/3-9/8 Noah McClelland- Varsity Football 
9/9-9/14 Faith Youkhana- Varsity Volleyball
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:


Tuesday, September 24th
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ North Phoenix Prep 
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ North Phoenix Prep

Thursday, September 26th
4:00pm- Varsity Swim Multi @ Chandler Aq. Center   Early Release 2:20pm
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball HOME vs. NFL YET 

Friday, September 27th
4:00pm-  Frosh Volleyball @ Chandler Prep 4:00pm Early Release 2:30pm
7:00pm- Varsity Football @ NFL YET 

Saturday, September 21st
8:00am- MS B Volleyball HOME vs. Chandler Prep 
8:00am- MS B Flag Football HOME vs. Chandler Prep
9:00am- MS A Flag Football HOME vs. Chandler Prep 
9:30am- MS A Volleyball HOME vs. Chandler Prep 
11:00am- MS A Flag Football HOME vs. Maryvale Prep
12:00pm- MS C1 and C2 Volleyball Jamboree #2 @ Veritas 

Last Weeks Results: 

Tuesday, September 17th
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Lincoln Prep (W 3-1)  

Thursday, September 19th
4:00pm- Varsity Swim Multi @ Superstition Aq. Center (See results above!)

Friday, September 20th
4:00pm-  Frosh Volleyball HOME vs. Hayen (W 2-1)
5:00pm- JV Volleyball HOME vs. Hayden (W 2-0)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball HOME vs. Hayden  (W 3-0)
7:00pm- Varsity Football HOME vs. Hayden (L 30-36) 

Saturday, September 21st
7:00am- MS XC Meet #2 @ Heroes Park 

7:15am- HS XC @ Doug Conley Invite 
10:00am- MS A and B Volleyball @ Glendale Prep 
12:00pm- MS B Flag Football vs. LPA @ Veritas (L 13-22)
1:00pm- MS A Flag Football vs. CPA @ Veritas (L 14-21)
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. 

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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