Cesmat – The Jury is In at Casteel, Bulletin Board Material for Coaches…

Photo by Arianna Grainey/Casteel Athletics

Three years ago I wrote that Casteel quarterback Landon Jury would be one to remember. He’ll hit the varsity stage for the first time on Friday against Skyline. Just a junior, his opportunity for a signature victory will come at home against Hamilton next week. I’ve seen him compete in multiple sports since 7th grade. He’s a terrific student/athlete who has an uncanny knack on the field for finding ways to get out of trouble along with that rare ability to feel the pressure and not panic. He’s at a program that has flown under the radar at the intersection of Power and Riggs Road in SE Gilbert, but those days are over. The Colts have ascended to the 6A Premier region, which means Chandler, Highland, Hamilton, and Perry dot their schedule. Games against Mtn. Pointe, Desert Ridge, Queen Creek, Williams Field, and Higley mean that Jury will have more than his fair share of opportunities to be tested and stretched. He’s a humble kid, who’s handled business the right way on and off the field by biding his time for a varsity starting position under head coach Bobby Newcombe. While most of the media attention on quarterbacks will be focused elsewhere to start the season, Jury is the one that I’ll be following closest. The college coaching world will be watching how he performs too…

Bulletin Board Material 

I’m going to do a public service for some high school head coaches today. Here’s the “media is against us” fodder you need to jack up your locker rooms. You’re welcome…

Chandler won’t go undefeated in 2021…

Brophy will be sneaky good and make the Open…

Popular sports anchor Jody Jackson will have more than a few stories done on her being a football mom at Corona Del Sol…

Early in the season, Basha sidelines will be packed with media. The Bears should be 2-0 coming into their early-season showdown with Brophy…

Chandler had to stop a 2-point try in overtime by Liberty just to get to the Open finals last December. They had to hold their breath in the championship game and watch as Hamilton missed a 27-yard field goal with 17 seconds left that would’ve given the Huskies the trophy. Lucky? No! That’s how it goes in sports. But there are many who believe that this is the year that someone comes up and knocks off the big bad Wolves…

Chaparral’s Anthony Lucas will be the defensive player of the year…

Hamilton won’t be Hamilton again until they beat Chandler. No other game matters more to the longtime Husky fans. Until proven on the field, they are second fiddle on Arizona Avenue…

More than ever, mid-season transfers will change program’s fortunes in a huge way…

Pinnacle tight end Duce Robinson is one player that you should make plans to see…

The offensive player of the year is wide, wide open…

St. Mary’s v Brophy is great for high school football, but the Knights aren’t deep enough yet to take down the Broncos. Brophy wins big on Friday night…

Put Saguaro at Chaparral(Friday Sept. 24)  on your schedule of games to attend this season. Even if you don’t have a kid playing, go check out these two teams…

Building a program

Last Friday night I dropped in on the opening football game for Arizona College Prep at their new stadium. Awesome campus vibe. Packed student section and skydivers coming in with the game ball. Head coach Myron Bluford does a good job with that program. They’re building something over off Gilbert and Brooks Farm roads in South Gilbert…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of Sports360AZ.com. His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.