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!!!!

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 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

A very hard fought week for the Basha Football program. Our 9th grade team fell to Hamilton in an exciting football game with several outstanding performances. Rajhon Meriwether again was spectacular and solid play was turned in by Zach Werlinger and Wesley Sutton, Zach Rucas, Ivan Sanchez, and Jake Carlin. It is very interesting watching these games each week and fun to see the players grow, improve and watch different people step up each week. We want our freshmen to continue to work hard and keep getting better and look forward to having ALL the players step up in the same game!!!!!!!  KEEP UP THE HARD WORK. (more…)