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Perry is a Stand-Out

By Dean Lanford of NDP Sports Management Club 

Cooper Perry has been a core part of NDP’s football team, being a star-studded wide receiver for our Saints. Perry, who primarily plays wide receiver for NDP, has been a standout player for the team this season. He has been instrumental in helping the team to the semi-finals of the playoffs with his impressive displays of strength, speed, and technique. He has been a reliable target for his quarterback, Noah Trigueros, with 78 receptions this season. The sophomore has received for 1100 yards just this season with 20 receiving touchdowns to add to that. He finished the season 14th in the 5A division for receiving yards as well. These numbers are a testament to Perry's talent and his ability to make big plays on the field. Cooper’s talent and drive has allowed him to achieve this level of play in just his sophomore year. Because of this sheer level of success, he was nominated for Arizona High School Player of the Year this past Fall.  

Cooper has been a star since a young age which is evidenced by the fact that he played varsity as a freshman. The Arizona native played during middle school and was already talented when he first stepped on the field. But talent is nothing without hard work. Perry's work ethic and leadership skills have also been praised by his coaches and teammates. He is a dedicated athlete who spends countless hours practicing and improving his game. Perry won Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Week just after Coach Prelock won Arizona Cardinals High School Coach of the Week. Cooper had a streak of extremely successful games before getting this award. Because he earned a weekly award, he was nominated for the Cardinals High School Player of the Year and was invited to a Cardinals game for free and received a team jersey. Sadly, he did not get the award, but he still is an underclassman with many years ahead of him.  

These awards and the success of this young star have caught the attention of many colleges around the country. He has offers from big schools like Oregon, Notre Dame, and Houston. He is being patient to commit as he still has many offers coming in. As Perry enters his junior year, fans and scouts are eager to see what he will accomplish on the field. With his impressive stats and natural talent, there is no doubt that he will continue to be a rising star in the world of high school football. 

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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