Tweet with us…


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.

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.

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

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.

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

I promised I would always be truthful without being overly critical, so here goes.

The Basha 9th grade team played their poorest game of the season last Wednesday against Desert Ridge. There was little blocking, poor tackling, and a general lack of focus and effort on the part of the players. I think everyone was upset leaving the game especially the parents and coaching staff. It is time the players step up and take responsibility for their actions and performance. Nothing is perfect in the world as parents or with coaching so we need to help our young men focus more effectively. This is a very physical game that requires great effort and concentration. To the few who played well, congratulations and please continue to work hard and try to help your team mates pay more attention. Hard work is contagious unfortunately so is lack of hard work. We look forward to getting back in school and attending class with the structure it offers during the school day. I think our young men can be an excellent group but it is time to step up a bunch. We have two games left against quality opponents and I look for two excellent games to be played by our freshmen bears.

Our JV team continued to play hard and destroyed an undermanned Dobson JV team. Everyone played in the first half and had fun getting involved on the field after many weeks of practice. I am impressed with their determination and desire and with their attitude of doing their very best. Many outstanding performances were given especially by the offensive line and defensive linemen. Kenny Lewis looked cat quick, Justin Solomon made several excellent plays, J.J. Husar had some excellent plays, Zach Denny, Ronnie Querry, Bryce Brroks, Cody Duran, Zach Torriente, and Brandon Marxman all continue to impress. With two games left we plan to make a few personnel changes due to injury and look to finish up strong.

Zach Denny and Dalton Krum are healing up nicely after hitting each other attempting to tackle a Dobson player. We are happy that it appears they will be fine after a week or two off. I know many of us had these outstanding young men in our players over the week end. Thank you for you thoughts and well wishes. The head coach from Dobson and I got together and thought the safety of our young men was more important than finishing the last five minutes of the game. I hope you understand.

The varsity bears played at Dobson on Friday winning 35-14. We mishandled two punts in the first quarter and this is a concentration issue we will be working on. Our defense started strong for the most part and then set the tone by blocking for Devin Reed’s two punt return touchdowns. One TD was a 91 yard return with the 2nd being a 44 yard touchdown return. The offense had two real nice drives going the length of the field for their first TD on a short pass to Dezjon Walker, the 2nd drive culminated with a one yard run with Myles Smith, and the 3rd TD recorded on a one play, 61 yard TD pass to Nate Phillips. We sat out two players with slight injuries that are big difference makers for the Bears, Matt Horton and Joe Granado who will return this week full speed ahead.

The reserves played all the 4th quarter and were driving for another score as the clock expired. They were led by 9th QB Zach Werlinger who handled our offense very effectively. Outstanding players for this game included running backs Dean Vo and Myles Smith, LBers Zach Williams, Brock Davis, and Joey Hutchison along with very good coverage by all the players in the secondary. GREAT JOB MEN.

It gets really tough down the stretch with the remaining games determining if we are in the post season tournament. Your continued support and great attitudes really help our players to do well. Thank you for being there for them.

Coach B.

Biggest (or littlest) fans!

On October 7, 2010 the Basha Bear Football Team met some of their biggest (or littlest) fans!  Defensive Coach, Manny Palomarez and Booster Club President, Brian Vorphol brought 19 boys from the Bears defensive team to Ms. Vatistas’s kindergarten classroom at Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School in Ahwatukee.

In order to prepare for the Bears upcoming visit, the students in Ms. Vatistas’s kindergarten went through a week of vigorous football themed activities that centered on their curriculum.  The culminating activity was to write one question to their very own Basha Bear player.

When the football team arrived in the classroom, they were each assigned their own kindergartner with whom they spent the entire hour with.  Each player helped their student read the question that they had prepared specifically for them.  Once all the questions had been answered, the “big” Bears presented their “little” Bears with a Basha Football t-shirt.

The players (who were on fall break) and their kindergarteners ended their time together by relaxing and enjoying a delicious football themed cupcake.  This was definitely an experience that neither “little” Bear nor “big” Bear will ever forget!



Ask Busken

Here is where you can ask Coach Bernie Busken questions about the team, games, ides and almost anything about football. Remember that Coach Busken is Busy with the team and it may take time for him to respond to your questions.


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…)