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Baseball Finishes Strong 2022 Season

Congratulations to our NDP Varsity Baseball team on a great 2022 season! Our boys ended their year as the 4A West Valley Region Champions finishing in the top 8 teams of 4A with a final record of 17-5! There were 9 Saints recognized for their efforts this season with All-Region Awards. 

Senior and Santa Clara Signee, Chris Gaudio, was named the 4A West Valley Region Player of the year!

Chris posted a .470 batting average, leading the team in hits, triples, home runs and RBI. He also carried a 2.54 ERA as the Saints ace pitcher with 63.1 innings pitched, 88 strikeouts and 5 wins to his credit.

Chris said his mentality for this season was to go out and to put the Saints in the best position to win, whether that be pitching or hitting. “This season was so special to me because the makeup of the team this year consisted mainly of kids who went to my middle school, Copper Ridge. Playing together with these guys who I grew up with just made this season one to remember,” Gaudio says.

He believes through hardships and successes, he will take his determination to win into his college career at Santa Clara University.

Chris wants to thank his mom and dad for pushing him to be the best baseball player, along with all of his coaches for teaching him and making me the player he is. Chris especially wants to thank Ike and Ron Davis who have taken him in like family and shown him how to be professional. Lastly Chris wants to thank God for the amazing opportunity and ability to play baseball.

Head Coach Brian Fischer attributes the teams success in the 2022 season to long hours in the weight room in the off season, along with a good start to the season going 6-0 against 6A teams. He says, “The kids bought into the system from the start.” 

Last year the Varsity Baseball team graduated 16 players. They came into the 2022 season with only 2 returning players with varsity experience. Coach Fischer says, “the goal was to compete, get into playoffs and get experience. We exceeded all expectations with this team and had a great year.”

Coach Fischer says expectations are set high after the 2022 season. As NDP is headed back into 5A play, there will be a boost in strength of schedule. He says, “This year, our young players learned a lot on how to play this game. We will be ready to play the best in the state.”

In the off season, NDP baseball will be hosting an incoming Frosh program during this summer. For more information, check out our Camps and Clinics pages. The future looks good for NDP Baseball. Coach Fischer says, “Our returners will get bigger, faster, stronger, along with playing club to get ready for next season.” 

All-Region Honors:


Region Player of the Year:

Chris Gaudio


All-Region First Team:

Chris Gaudio

Ty Borowski

Erick Dessens


All-Region Second Team:

Aaron Kniffin

Griffin Nee

Brice Martin


All-Region Honorable Mention:

Will Jenkins

Tommy La Porte

Chase Wagner

Sports Recap Week of September 5, 2022 



The Varsity Volleyball team had a full slate of games last week - 2 non-league matches as well as a tournament. The Saints went 8-3 on the week, opening with a huge come from behind win over Verrado on Wednesday night. The Saints were down 0-2 to start the match but clawed their way back to force a 5th and deciding set. The Dog Pound was in full effect and helped push our NDP Saints to a 15-13 final set win! Over the weekend, the team went 6-3 at the Westwood Tournament of Champions and finished in 2nd place in the Silver Bracket. Junior Evan Hendrix ('24) fired her 1000th career high school kill for NDP. What a great achievement!   

The JV volleyball Team went 2-0 on the week and the Frosh Team finished 1-1. 



The Varsity Football Team opened their home campaign with a decisive 50-0 trouncing over visiting Ironwood. Junior Quarterback Noah Trigueros fired 5 touchdown passes with 280 passing yards. Sophomore Cooper Perry hauled in four touchdown receptions and 124 total receiving yards. Junior Reid Meyer ran for 58 yards and a TD as well. The JV Team lost a close one 14-24 to Desert Edge while the Freshman Team  beat visiting Ironwood 30-6. 


Cross Country 

NDP's Cross Country teams raced at the Fountain Hills Invite at Fountain Park on Saturday with Junior Evan Grawer placing 7th for our boy's team and Junior Ava Handel placing 14th for our girl's team. Boys Varsity placed 6th overall and girl's varsity placed 12th overall. 


Girls Golf 

Girls Golf squared off against Cactus Shadows on Wednesday and Makenna Cox led the way for the Saints with a 52. 


Boys Golf 

Boy's golf took down Desert Mountain on Tuesday with a score of 147-162. Freshman Landon Ashcroft fired a 33 to lead all golfers. 



Swimming had the week off. 



Cheer and Pom looked fantastic as they showed NDP Saints Spirit at the Varsity Football game last Thursday night. The halftime performance was great! Keep working hard, ladies - your first competitions will be here before you know it! 



The D1 Hockey Team opened their regular season and won twice over the weekend, beating Campo Verde 5-3 and Brophy 6-1. Junior, Cody Bjorndale tallied 4 goals and Senior, Tyler Posch scored five goals respectively. Shout out to the great crowd at the Brophy game on Sunday Night. 


Go Saints! 

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