Thank you for your tax credit contributions to Arete Prep Athletics! 

Dear Great Hearts Families,

As the Network Director of Athletics for Arizona, I work with our prep school athletic directors across the network to ensure that our students receive a robust athletic experience alongside their classroom experience. I am writing to update you on the upcoming winter season.

On Thursday, November 5, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) informed us that, due to Maricopa County not meeting the AIA Return to Play health metrics to start winter season practices, we are required to delay the start of the season. This decision affects every school in the AIA located in Maricopa, as well as some of the other counties in Arizona.

Accordingly, Great Hearts will also delay the start of practices for the Great Hearts Middle School League until the AIA allows the winter season to begin. Current fall seasons for middle school and high school will be able to continue and finish on time. Off-season workouts and open gyms/fields can continue for high school teams. Please contact your Athletic Director for more information on your school's specific times and dates.

We will have an update of metrics and eligibility from the AIA next Thursday, November 12, so please expect an update on that from your Athletic Director. We are sorry for the delay and any personal disappointment this may cause you or your athlete.

If you have any questions please contact your Athletic Director, or feel free to contact me at

Jon Rickey, Arizona Network Director of Athletics

You may continue to register for HS and MS Winter Athletics. We will continue to communicate as time frames and official start dates become more clear. Please keep in touch with your team and Coach regarding off season opportunities, and as always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. 
Coach Conklin
Arete Prep Athletic Director

Register for Winter '20-21 Athletics at Arete Prep! 

Click the following link to learn more about our '20-21 winter season, including registration and payment info. 

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*

MS A Flag Football to Play for 1st GHMSL Championship

The Chargers shut out Maryvale Prep on Saturday, 18-0 to advance to the program's first Championship game. They will take on Lincoln Prep, who they tied 6-6 earlier this season. Ben Bellomy scored two Touchdowns on Saturday to lead the offense. The Chargers have featured a very balanced attack on offense and defense all season, with an outstanding 8th grade class leading the charge! Arete will host the championship but the details are not available at time of this publication. Stay tuned!

Boys XC Advances to States for Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, the Arete Boys XC team qualified for the AIA Division IV State Meet. Their fourth place team finish at sectionals on 11/4 granted them to the opportunity to run at States. Wes Lannuier set the pace for Chargers in very hot conditions, finishing third. He was followed by Helaman Forsyth, Jason Rozas, Logan Hansen, Derick Ruiz, Jaden Schneider, and Noah Wesson.  The girls ran hard and had a great season, but did not qualify as a team or individually for States. Grace Stoops and Sara Tollen were the top Charger finishers at Sectionals. The State meet is 11/13 back at Crossroads Park:

Division IV Boys - 1:15pm start (11:00am early release for runners), and Awards are at 2pm.

Spectators are very limited. Please contact Coach Conklin or Coach Spano for ticketing information, which must be pre-purchased.

Congratulations Coach Spano and Chargers! 

The MS XC Chargers will run at the GHMSL Championship Meet on Wednesday 11/11 at Crossroads Park. The boys race starts at 9am and the girls at 9:40am. Good luck to all of our XC Chargers!
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!

Wes Lannuier- Senior - HS XC

Wes led the Chargers to their third straight DIV State Meet, placing third at the Sectional Meet at Crossroads Park last week. Wes sets a high standard for himself and teammates, and leads by example in training. He is always encouraging his teammates and just as excited for their growth and success as he is his own. 
Congratulations Wes!

*MS A and B Volleyball Playoffs- stay tuned for details! 

Wednesday, November 11th
9:00am- MS XC GHMSL Championship Meet @ Crossroads Park

Friday, November 13th 
1:15pm- HS XC DIV State Meet (Early release 11am) 
7:00pm- Varsity Football HOME vs. Holbrook (SENIOR NIGHT!)

Saturday, November 14th
TBD- MS Flag Football Playoffs/Championships 
Last Weeks Results: 

Tuesday, November 3rd
4:30pm- C Volleyball HOME vs. SPA (L)
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ CPA 
6:00pm- C Volleyball HOME vs VPA (L)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ CPA (L 3-0) 

Wednesday, November 4th
2:00pm- HS XC Sectional Meet @ Crossroads Park 
(Boys Qualify for State Meet!) 

Thursday, November 5th 
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ LEA (cancelled) 
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ LEA (cancelled) 

Friday, November 6th 
7:00pm- Varsity Football @ St. Johns (L 49-6)

Saturday, November 7th
8:00am- MS A Flag Football @ Maryvale 8am (W 18-0)
10:00am- MS B Flag Football @ CPA 10am (L 21-12)

CALENDARS - Practices & Competitions

 Please keep in touch with your Coach and team app/communication as well!

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 $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.
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