Spring Sports begin March 1

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NPA Parents,

Spring is right around the corner and NPA is looking forward to starting our spring sports programs, with official practices scheduled to start on Monday, March 1st. Below please find information on NPA’s sports offerings:

Spring sports season is upon us and NPA Varsity Softball will be officially starting our season on March 1. We plan to schedule pre-season workouts starting in February once a location and time is identified.

Varsity softball is open to all students in grades 9 thru 12. Prior softball experience is preferred.

Please contact me by phone or email – Betty Dean at 928-300-5754 (call or text) or email bjdean@wlgore.com, if you are interested in participating this year.

Our first official practice will be Monday March 1 from 4-6 weather permitting on the Sinagua Softball field across from the school. Should the field not be playable then we will work with NPA’s Athletic Director Mike Elder and the other Winter and Spring sports team for time in the gym. At this time, we plan to meet each day of the week at this time and Saturdays from 10-noon till our games begin around March 17. More to come on the season schedule as it is completed by the AIA.

Looking forward to a Softball season this year!

Coach Matt Schmidt can be reached at:
email: pmswjsdad@aol.com
cell: (928) 225-0598
Coach Schmidt will schedule a student-athlete/parent meeting prior the official start of the season, so please check back to our NPA website (on the EXTRACURRICULARS page) for more information, or contact Coach Schmidt.

The NPA boys and girls tennis teams practice at Continental Country Club. The boys team is coached by Eric Mokelke. Coach Mokelke can be reached at:
email: emokelke@gmail.com
cell: (928) 864-9598
NPA is currently searching for a coach for the girl’s team.

Track and Field

Yes – it’s not quite February, and yes, we just got more than 3 feet of snow, but the spring Track and Field season is just around the corner. Despite the frightening COVID numbers in Arizona, the AIA is still planning for a delayed and somewhat shortened spring sports season. As an outdoor sport, and by using extra precautions not used in a typical season, Track & Field can be conducted as a low-risk sport. But let’s cross out fingers that all of our teachers and students can get vaccinated before the season is out. That would truly be something to celebrate.

Rather than our usual February start for practice, we are aiming for our first official practice during the week starting March 1st. Competition cannot begin until the team has been conducting practices for two weeks, so the earliest possible date for our first track meet would be mid-March.

Feel free to recruit your classmates to join the Track and Field team! With sprints and distance running, hurdles and jumps, throwing events and relays, there are events that everyone can have fun competing in.

Annual athletic physicals are being waived for returning athletes, but you will still have to register to compete. The link below will take you to the NPA athletics page explaining how to register through the ”Register My Athlete” portal.

How to Participate

It is unclear whether or not we will be able to conduct any small group, offseason training. In the meantime, do your best to start getting in shape on your own. Your event coach may have a workout plan for you to follow. If not, staying in shape in the offseason will help you avoid those early season aches and pains and injuries, and help you be at your best throughout the season. Whether it’s a winter sport that you are already participating in, a daily run, weight training in your garage, jumping rope, snowshoeing in the forest, or some other fun activity, make sure to plan some physical activity into your daily routine.

If you have questions, feel free to email me (Coach Perry) at flagperry@gmail.com or Head Coach Mark Hughes at MHughes@northlandprep.org.

We’ll send more updates in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy the snow, and Think Spring!

Our first official practice will be Monday, March 1 at the Continental Golf Range at 3:00 PM. Matches begin on March 22.
Golfers must register to compete. The link below will take you to the NPA athletics page explaining how to register through the ”Register My Athlete” portal.

How to Participate

More information will be shared as it is known.

Contact the NPA coach Beth LaCour;
email: BLaCour@northlandprep.org