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Football Falls in a Thriller in Return to 2A

Varsity Football finally got their opportunity to return to 2A, 11 man football, and proved they belong. In a back and forth game, they eventually fell to Glendale Prep on a late 2-Pt conversion, 58-57. The Chargers racked up over 600 yards of offense. JR QB Matthew McClelland had 326 passing yards and 290 rushing yards, to go along with 7 touchdowns. What a performance! Senior WR Owen Kremer totaled 226 receiving yards in his 2A debut. The Chargers next travel to Miami on Friday 10/16. spectators are limited to (4) family members of coaches and athletes. 

Based on his performance, Matthew is a finalist for AZ Central Performer of the Week. You can vote (as many times as you can!) at the following link. Voting ends Wednesday at Noon. 

Varsity Swim Update 

The Chargers swam against ALA on Monday of fall break. Sloan McLellan placed first in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 fly. 

The Chargers next competition is a Great Hearts District Meet on 10/24 @ Apollo. Their opportunity to qualify for States will be in a sectional meet with details TBD. 

Varsity Volleyball Begins Busy Stretch 

The Chargers begin yet another busy week in 2A Volleyball. They will try to avenge an early season loss to Gilbert Classical on Tuesday at home. They then travel to Rancho Solano Wednesday and are back home to host Lincoln Prep on Friday. The young and developing group, led by Coach Warren, have gotten off to a 3-3 start as they head into the main stretch of the season. All start times this week are 5pm for JV and 6pm for Varsity. The Great Hearts spectator policy is still in effect, limiting us to (4) family members per athlete or Coach. You can also get into matches by volunteering at our check in table and concessions. Contact Coach Conklin for volunteer opportunities ( 

HS Cross Country: Titan Invite Results 

The Chargers ran at the Titan Invite on Thursday of fall break, at Crossroads Park in Gilbert. Our top finishers were Wes Lanniuer for the boys, clocking in at 17:28 (15th place,) and Grace Stoops, who finished in 23:16. Full results for the Varsity races can be found here:

The Chargers will return to Crossroads Park on 10/23 for the Showdown at Sundown Phoenix Classic. Stay tuned for spectator details! 
Order Charger Gear at our Sideline Store- 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*

Face Coverings are In! 

If you pre-ordered a Arete face covering, they can be picked up at the Prep front desk at your convenience. 
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:

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!

Matthew McClelland - JR- Varsity Football 

JR QB Matthew McClelland had 326 passing yards and 290 rushing yards, to go along with 7 touchdowns. He also had 5 tackles and an interception on defense. Matthew leads with words and actions, sacrifices for the team, and helped prove Arete belongs in 2A! What a performance! Congratulations Matthew. 

October 13th
5:00pm- JV Volleyball HOME vs. Gilbert Classical 
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball HOME vs. Gilbert Classical

October 14th
3:30pm- C1 Volleyball HOME vs. Lincoln 
4:30pm- C2 Volleyball HOME vs. Lincoln 

October 15th
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ Rancho Solano 
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Rancho Solano 

October 16th
5:00pm- JV Volleyball vs. Lincoln Prep 
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball vs. Lincoln Prep 
7:00pm- Varsity Football @ Miami 

October 17th
8:00am- MS Flag Football A vs. Chandler Prep 
11:00am- MS Flag Football B vs. Lincoln Prep 

Last Weeks Results: 

October 5th
8:00pm- Varsity Swim vs. ALA @ EVO, Power Road 
*See results in article above*

October 8th
HS XC @ Titan Invite @ Crossroads Park, Gilbert 
*See results in article above*

October 9th
7:00pm- Varsity Football HOME vs. Glendale Prep (L 58-57)

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. 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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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 2020 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:  Darryn Rozas,
MS A Volleyball:  Coach Kalyn Marquez,
MS B Volleyball: Coach Hayley Ferguson,
MS C Volleyball:  Coach Jeremy Gethings,

Todd Conklin
Director of Athletics
480.222.4233 school
716.998.1253 cell