Coach Busken has announced his annual state of the program address to be held next Thursday Aug. 4, 2011 in the auditorium, starting at 6:30pm.  Coach Busken will be going over expectations, and goals for the team as well as the program and the parents involvement.

We will also have sign up sheets for all positions to help out at all levels of games at Basha High School, as well as the new apparel for purchase.  You can also sign up for your Bear Club Card, Tax Credit Donations, and Candle orders all at this event.

See you next week as we get ready for season in less then a month!!!!

Chandler Unified School District Tax Credit Form


Download this form and donate $1.00 to $400.00 that will be credited back on your tax return, Its like giving the football boosters 4$400 for FREE so help the school, help you child and help school sports.


You can do this in  installments monthly , weekly or daily however you can afford it, every little bit helps!

Coach Busken has announced the dates for current bears to return to practice for spring ball and for incoming bears to join the ranks.

Varsity and JV players – Starts May 3-May 19th

Incoming Freshman – Starts on May 23rd and 24th from 4:30 til 6 pm on our Val Vista Field(closest to the street). Players will need the following items to participate:  shorts, t-shirt, socks, and football cleats for work outs.  Basha shorts and t shirts can be purchased from Brian Vorpahl in the Basha equipment room. (480) 330-4872

Monday night May 23rd @ 6 pm we will have a players and parents pizza and mandatory meeting in the school cafeteria. Please be prompt.

Monday night May 23rd @6pm in the cafeteria we will have the Nike Football Rep available for cleat sizing and purchase. 

9th grade summer lifting and workouts will begin on June 1st in the Basha weight room from 8 am – 10 am.  Workouts will be held Monday thru Thursday. Players will also participate in a summer passing league on Tuesdays in June for our 9th graders at Campo Verde.

Any questions contact Coach Busken or Brian Vorpahl @ 480-330-4872.

The 2010 Varsity Football Season saw a number of awards being handed out.  The Bears had a number of players mentioned for all region and all state teams.  Our Coach was named Central Region Coach of the Year, and we had the best overall regular season record in school history at 9-1.

We would like to recognize the 2010 Varsity Awards Banquet Winners:

Most Improved Player – Dean Vo
Most Valuable Offensive Player – Kyle Duran
Most Valuable Defensive Player – Joey Hutchinson
Eddie Basha Award – John Tanguay

Congrats boys you had a great year and were rewarded for your efforts on and off the field.

2010 Central Region

All Region Football Teams

1st Team Defense 2nd Team Defense
DL – Dhane Cumberledge DL – Efrin Tellez
LB – Zach Williams DB – Bryce Cole (Jr.)
LB – Joey Hutchison
DB – Devin Reed (Jr.)
Honorable Mention:
Boston Whitlow, David Morales
1st Team Offense 2nd Team Offense
OL – Drew Mahooty (Jr.) OL – Evan Sarver (Jr.)
TE – Dejzon Walker OL – Nate Gardner
WR – Nate Phillips (Soph.) WR – Keenan Garland  (Jr.)
RB – Myles Smith (Soph.)
Honorable Mention:
John Tanguay, Dean Vo, Matt Horton

2010 Central Region Offensive Player of the Year
QB – Kyle Duran (Jr.) – Kyle led all of 5A football in passing yards, QB efficiency rating, and TD passes, for 2010.

2010 Central Region Coach of The Year
Bernie Busken – Coach Busken garnered Region Coach of the Year status for the 6th time in his eight years as an Arizona High School coach. His overall record in Arizona is an impressive 91 wins and 11 losses.

“What a great thrill to lead Basha High Football and a great group of young men. We are building something special here at Basha and look forward to the future.” – Coach Busken

One on one with Coach Busken

What was up with those Jerseys?

Honoring the armed forces and troops that are serving this country, we are wearing them to let those people serving know how special they are to all of us at Basha.

How do you like Coaching at Basha?

I love it absolutely love it. The kids want to work hard and are excited to work  and learn every day.

Is there any difference between coaching at Mtn View and Basha?

Very similiar with the types of young men that they have that want to work hard. Mountain View has been around longer and steeped with Traditions and Basha has more of a clean slate. The kids have talent and work hard, train hard and show up.

How did it feel to finally end the win less streak against Mountain View and to secure sole possession of the Regional Championship?

It was one of the goals we had set out at the beginning of the year by the seniors. It was a long process that had to be executed one week at a time and they absolutely did a fantastic job.

Are you excited to be in the hunt for another state championship?

Yes I am, I think it says allot about our young me with the time they put in and I am very proud of them and their accomplishments. We are in the second season thats sudden death and if you lose a game its the end, but I am excited with the talent we have.

Your take on the upcoming Gilbert game?

Gilbert has improved allot since we played them we got to see allot of their games because we played some of the same teams. They have made some changes offensively, defensively and they are very talented. Big challenge if you remember first half of our game this year where they got ahead and we did not get into the game until the second half. We have allot on the line and cannot afford to think about anything else but this week’s game.

Closing Thoughts

I am Very proud of these young men and what they have done this year and how far they have come. We will keep doing it now except that its sudden death now if you lose your season is over like I said earlier “One week at a time, we have our hands full”

interview done by G. Husar

Busken victorious vs. former team as Bears earn No. 2 seed

Just seeing those red helmets and the white, blue and red uniform schemes of the Mountain View Toros across the field were enough to evoke seasons of memories for Basha coach Bernie Busken on Friday night.

Busken’s Bears were playing for their first outright region championship in school history in their regular-season finale against the Toros, and if that wasn’t enough, the coach was facing a team he once led to three state titles and an 82-9 record from 1995-2001.

The Bears took care of business, dispatching the Toros 27-7 to finish with a 9-1 mark and a 6-0 run through the Central Region, earning them a No.2 seed in the 5A-I state playoffs.

According to the Tribune’s projected power point rankings, Basha will face No. 15 seed Gilbert in the first round of the playoffs, while Mountain View enters as the No. 14 seed and will play at No. 3 Desert Vista.

Kyle Duran threw three touchdown passes – two to Dejzon Walker – as Basha built a 20-0 lead and always had the game under control over the mistake-prone Toros (5-5, 4-2), who could have earned a piece of the region title with a victory.

It was a strange feeling, Busken said, seeing the Toros from a different sideline for the first time.

“It was really weird, because you look out there and you see a 47 and you think of four brothers that played for you that wore that number,” he said. “I know them very well. I know what they stand for, I know their tradition and their kids are going to play hard and they’re not going to quit and they’re not going to give up.”

Busken, in his first year at Basha after three seasons coaching Western New Mexico, had quite the dynasty working at Mountain View back in the late ’90s. His Toros won 40 straight games and two state championships from ’97-99. But during the spring of 2002 allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players cost him his job.

He says he’s had eight years to grow and learn from that experience and is ready to start building the next chapter of his football life, which includes a shot at another state championship starting next week. But those memories of Toros titles and success still linger a bit.

“I’ve got a lot of friends over there and (there’s) a lot of good people,” Busken said. “But I’m a Basha Bear, and I love the Basha Bears and our kids have played their butts off, and the good thing is we’re getting better right now. We’re gettin’ better fast.”

The Bears built a 14-0 halftime lead on Matt Horton’s 2-yard TD in the first quarter and Duran’s 75-yard flea-flicker to Devin Reed early in the second quarter. Duran hooked up with Walker for TD passes of 23 and 19 yards in the second half.

Mountain View struggled with turnovers. Jeremy Boatright threw a pair of interceptions and Cody Stewart tossed another, and the Toros also fumbled on a punt return.

“We were inept,” Toros coach Tom Joseph said. “We didn’t execute to save our lives.”

By Michael Welton, For the Tribune

The Basha Bears played before a packed house and beat the Mesquite Wildcats 21-20 to set up next week’s game for the Central Region Title. Mesquite scored first with the Bears answering on a 72 yard pass from Kyle Duran to Nate Phillips. The second Basha score was a 4th and inches when Kyle Duran punched it in on a wedge play. The bears final score came on a 5 yard Duran to Phillips pass in the 4th quarter. Mesquite drove down the field and scored with one minute left and faked the kick which was no good and the BEARS WIN!!
What a great effort by our players and coaches. We asked two things of our team. First, that they give all they have and leave it all on the field. Second, have fun. What a great way to celebrate homecoming and to honor our seniors for this week. Our defense played their hearts out against one of the premier backs in Arizona. Our linebackers were outstanding and they include Zach Williams, Joey Hutchison, Blake Tamarkin, and Brock Davis. The secondary play was solid and led by Bryce Cole and David Morales.
Our kicking game needs to work a few kinks out but hit all three extra points by Justin Barber. It was great to have our holder Jacob Johnson back after having his tonsils removed and missing a week. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR BASHA BEARS. See you Friday.

The JV football demolished Mesquite 43-6 to win the title. The wildcats scored with two minutes left to avoid the shut out. Once again the young Bears defense was dominant led by their front of Terrell Harrison, Mark Benites, Romel Calvin, Zach Denny, and Robert Jackson. Excellent secondary play was turned in by Zach Torriente, Levi Le Baron, Tanner Graves, Zack Galvez, J.J. Husar, Brandon Shaw, and Matt Bailey.
The offense exploded in the 2nd half with great O-line play and consistent performances by Kenny Lewis, Ronnie Querry, Bryce Brooks, Cody Duran, Brandon Marxman, and all the young men who played a great 4th quarter.
What a nice season for the JV Coaches, head coach Scott Hoffmeyer, Mike Carlin, Dennis Washington, and Brent Hines. Great job men way to finish strong!!!!

Basha 9th Football Finishes as Central Region Champions

What a great way to finish our season with all of our players getting to play against Mesquite and claiming the region championship. In their wins this season, the young Bears averaged 46 points per game and looked sharp. “Our young men played well at times and learned a ton this season. We look forward to the off season and getting faster, stronger, and let the natural growing process take over with our weight training.”
We plan to get started soon with some pre off season testing of strength, speed, and agility. Having our 9th graders in the weight room 2nd period has given us a real jump on them learning what we want and how to do things. We will re-focus on our lifting techniques and our nutrition.
There were several great plays on Wednesday vs. Mesquite. Jake Carlin was the anchor for the offensive line that has helped the 9th running and passing game. Ivan Sanchez, Dillon Udall, Zach Rucas, Dionte Sykes, Rajhan Meriwether, Zach Werlinger, T.J. Thompson, Antonio Nevaraz, all made super big time plays to name a few. Congratulations to all the 9th grade coaches and players.
See you at the banquet.  bb