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I hope everyone enjoyed the season opener against Corona Del Sol, what a great start to the season. I am looking for a few responsable parents or students that would like to join me in helping tweet the games, some of the Facebook interaction and possible some website help.


This year I will have limited time to Tweet the Freshman and JV games but understand that there are parents out there that as my self may not be able to make one of the games but they can follow it on twitter on their phone, pad or tablet while at work. I need few people that will take the time dutring the games I will not be able to make to get those tweets out…


I have been working on some new interactive pages for Basha with a new application that will pull data from the website and few other places, its not finished yet but in the next few weeks we will have the best Facebook in the state. I would like a few students that are willing to get photos from the Pep Rallies at school and organize some student pride on the page and get a good following with picture of pre game days for everyone to to see including the parents who follow your Bears on Facebook.



Yes the website again I am looking for those who want to be a part of helping get the word out about one of the best teams in the state. I need pictures, stories and funny stuff I can add to the website to give it the the petina of the school. We want it to seep and ooze of school spirit, so send me your pics from the games and stories and I will see where I can implement them…what a way to help your Bears and the web master get information on the website faster and with better quality content.


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Thanks for all the help and we look forward to a stellar year on all three levels with our Basha Bears.


Jori Husar.

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!

The Basha Bears want to recognize two outstanding young men with the 2010 Scholarship Award Winners.  This year an additional scholarship was offered along with the annual Jason Earl State Farm scholarship which has been given out for the past few years.  The Basha Football Boosters handed out its first annual scholarship to a football player who met certain guidelines set forth by the Boosters.

The Winner of the Jason Earl State Farm Scholarship for 2010 season was Dean Vo
The Winner of the Basha Booster Scholarship for 2010 season was John Tanguay

Both of these tremendous young men stand for what Basha football is all about.  They led not only on the field, but in the classrooms as well as are both very active within the school supporting other programs and getting involved with school spirit.

Congrats go out to both young men!!!!! Remember to keep us posted next year while you are in college.

On Dec. 19th members of the Basha Bears football program joined hundreds of others to raise awareness and money for research for Mitochondrial Disease here in Arizona.  The First Annual Walk held at Kiwanis Park, was a huge success raising over $40,000 for research.

Althought we did not have a huge presence at the walk, the players and families who participated, had a great time interacting with others and taking some time out before the holidays to make a difference.  Since this was the first annual of the walk, the Basha Football Program made a commitment to make this an annual thing and will continue to support the fight for Mitochondrial Disease.

The Players who participated in this years event were:

Seniors – Zach Williams(#99) and John Tanguay(#55)
Juniors – Blake Tamarkin(#95), Drew Mahooty(#78), Bryce Cole (#18) and Alex Benites (#52)

Next Years event will be held in November with more details to come later.

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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