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Diego Herrera-Vendrell State Champion!

Written By: Kamryn Eskew of NDP Sports Management Club

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey of Peak Image Photo

On Saturday May 6th, Diego Herrera-Vendrell won his first State Championship in boys discus on Saturday. With a throw of 166' 7", he broke his own school record and has placed 32nd nationally.

When speaking with Diego about this achievement, we asked about the training process for a disc thrower: "It's just a bunch of repetition. I think analyzing every single thing you do in a throw is difficult because the throw happens within half a second. So, it's just trying to remember absolutely everything that you could have improved on and actually applying it to the next throw over and over again." Diego has had to put in countless hours, handwork, and dedication to reach this goal and title.

Diego never thought that he would be able to win a state championship at NDP, especially in discus throwing. He says, "I started out as a jumper my freshman year, so I didn't even consider the possibility of throwing or going to a state championship." Coach Nash has played a huge role for NDP's Track and Feild Team, but especially for our throwers. He is the head coach and has helped every athlete individually improve their skills. He has made sure to form good relationships with all of the athletes. For Diego, Coach Nash made a significant impact: "Coach Nash has been my biggest fan since day one when I was still a jumper. When I started disc practice I was throwing maybe half as far as I am now. He was always trying to reel me into it. Coach Nash has always guided me, supported me and given me as many opportunities as possible. I can't be more thankful for him." Thank you Coach Nash, for all you do in NDP Athletics! 

Out of the three types of throwers there is discus, shot put, and javelin. Diego does all three of these categories and is joined by fellow throwing teammates who have built great friendships. He says, "Everyone who throws is part of our little family and that's what Coach Nash does so well. He brings us all together and we all feel comfortable with each other."

In the future Diego does want to throw in college: "University of Oregon is known for its incredible track and field. But that is a stretch and that's going to take a lot of work. So, I've got another year to try and get some sort of recruitment from there. But if not, then my other option would probably be Stanford University. I will be very thankful for whatever I receive." 

Amazing job Deigo! NDP is proud of you! 

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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