Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and Tempe Marcos de Niza High School sophomore Sean Wood has been progressing both in his academics and on the court. Wood is on the Marcos de Niza Padres varsity basketball team.
“Sean has done a nice job in his transition over to Marcos. He is a solid and fundamentally sound player who always gives 100 percent, in not only games but practices as well,” said Coach David Stark of the Padres.
Wood continues to do well in school, finishing his semester with a 4.5 GPA and an overall GPA of 4.0. He is currently taking honors classes and looking forward to getting his scholastic diploma when he graduates. “Right now some of my classes are precalculus and chemistry,” said Wood.
The sophomore has already been receiving letters of interest from colleges and universities throughout the United States, including Rice University in Texas, the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and the University of Denver. All are Division 1 schools.
“Wood is very coachable and has a strong desire to keep improving,” said Stark. “My team is coming out pretty good, and we should go far in the season.”
On November 27, the Padres hosted the Mountain View Toros. Coming into the game, the Padres had a 1-0 record and the Toros were at 1-1.
During the first quarter, the Toros scored 4 points and the Padres 0. In the second quarter, the Toros were still ahead, but that ended when the Padres started outscoring them. Before the Toros knew it, the Padres were ahead by 1, with the score 33-32. In the third, the Toros retook the lead, with 43 points to the Padres’ 35. Near the end of the fourth quarter, fans of both teams started getting louder as the Padres finally took the lead and won the game, 78-75.
“Today’s game was exhilarating—there was a lot of yelling. I feel really confident about the team,” said Wood after their win.
Wood said he hopes to become better as an individual player and as a team this year. During the summer, he stayed in practice, attending basketball camps and playing on a team.
“I really think we can prove that,” said Wood. “I think I bring some momentum to the team.”
Marcos de Niza Varsity Basketball Schedule
(All games 7-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, January 8 vs. Desert Ridge
Wednesday, January 9 vs. Desert Vista
Thursday, January 10 vs. McClintock
Tuesday, January 15 vs. Corona del Sol
Friday, January 18 at Yuma (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, January 22 at Mountain View
Thursday, January 24 at McClintock
Friday, January 25 vs. Westwood
Tuesday, January 29 vs. Central
Thursday, January 31 at Corona del Sol
Friday, February 1 at Mesa