History

  • The Washington Elementary School District has a long history of athletic competition. Please help us fill this page with history.  We are looking for stories and pictures of teams and individuals portraying this rich history.  Please contact perry.mason@wesdschools.org with pictures or stories.  

  • Washington Elementary School District's history is on display with its athletics. 

    As the area of North Phoenix grew, the Washington Elementary School District grew as well.  The school district started as a single K-8 school to serve a large farming community.

    Washington Elementary (1891).

    As the city population spread north, the district slowly added schools from 1949 and through the 1960's defining the boundaries and servicing the communities as they continued to fill in.  Sunnyslope Elem (1949), Maryland (1952), Mountain View (1952), Orangewood (1955), Alta Vista (1956), Desert View (1956), Ocotillo (1957), Royal Palm (1959), Sahuaro (1960), Palo Verde (1961), Cholla (1961), Shaw Butte (1964), Manzanita (1964), Richard E. Miller (1967). 

    Then, from 1970 until 1980, another major growth spurt in certain areas created crowding, while a new demand was being created on the northern side of the district. A new wave of schools were rapidly added to provide some relief to the crowding and service new growth near the northern boundary.  In just ten years, the district doubled the number of schools.    

    Roadrunner (1970), Cactus Wren (1970), Moon Mountain (1970), Desert Foothills (1970), Ironwood School (1970), Senita/now Abraham Lincoln Traditional School (1970), Chaparral (1973), Arroyo (1974), Sunburst (1974), Lakeview (1975), Tumbleweed (1975), Acacia (1975), Sunset (1977), Sweetwater (1980), John Jabobs (1980).   

    Until 1984, the WESD was made up of a combination of K-8, K-6 schools and K-4/ 5-8 "partner" schools located near each other.  In 1984-85 the district converted four schools (Cholla, Desert Foothills, Palo Verde and Royal Palm) into Junior High Schools and built one last new school, Mountain Sky (1985). 

    Athletics have been a part of that history. The five junior high schools started tracking their own District Championships starting in 1985-86.   Prior to that, all records for sports were K-8 or K-6 records.  Some have been lost to history.  If you can fill in any of those gaps, please assist us by emailing perry.mason@wesdschools.org 

    NOTE - The years listed below may reflect the school year as it began, or the season the championship occurred. For example, "1990"  may indicate the 1990-91 school year, or a sport which finished at the end of the 1989-90 school year.  From 1986 - 2021 the championship records were only kept at the school without regulation.  This would explain why there may appear to be champions in the same sport in the same school year.  

  • WESD Boys Basketball Championships 

    7th grade Boys Champions

    Cholla - 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2019

    Desert Foothills - 1988, 1993, 2010, 2017

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004

     

    8th grade Boys Champions

    Cholla - 1987, 1988, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2017

    Desert Foothills - 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2019

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1991, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2005

     

    7/8 grade Boys Champions

    Cholla - 

    Desert Foothills - 2023

    Mountain Sky - 2022

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 

     

    2022-23 Middle School 7th grade Champions - Mountain Sky

    2022-23 Middle School Boys basketball 7th Grade champions - Mountain Sky

    2022-23 Middle School 8th Grade Champions - Palo Verde

    2022-23 Middle School boys 8th Grade Champions - Palo Verde

    2022-23 K-8 (7-8 Champions) - Orangewood

    2022-23 K-8 7/8 Boys Basketball Champions - Orangewood

  • WESD Girls' Basketball Championships

    7th grade Girls

    The 2022-23 1st Place - Desert Foothills

    2022-23 Middle School 7th Grade Girls' Basketball Champions - Desert foothills

    Cholla - 1990, 1993. 1995, 2006, 2010, 2015

    Desert Foothills - 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2018

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1991, 1994, 2004, 2016

     

    8th grade Girls

    The 2022-23 -1st place - Royal Palm

    2022-23 Middle School Girls 8th Grade Basketball Champions - Royal Palm

    Cholla - 1994, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017

    Desert Foothills - 

    1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2019 

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1995, 2003, 2015

     

    K-8 Girls Basketball

    7/8 grade Team Champions

    2022-23 Arroyo

    2022-23 K-8 5-6 grade champions - Arroyo

    5/6 Grade Team Champions

    2022-23 Orangewood

    2022-23 K-8 Girls basketball Champions - OR

  • WESD Girls' Volleyball Championships

    7th Grade Girls Champions

    Cholla - 1992, 1994, 1998, 2003

    Desert Foothills - 1987, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013

    Mountain Sky - 2022, 2023

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1996, 2005

     

    The 2022-23

    7th Grade Girls' Team Results

    1st Place - Mountain Sky

    2nd Place -Royal Palm

    2022 Middle School 7th grade Girls Volleyball Champions

    8th Grade Girls Champions

    Cholla - 1989, 1990, 2003

    Desert Foothills - 1988, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2018

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1991, 1993, 1995,1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006

     

    8th Grade Girls' Teams

    2022-23

    1st Place - Mountain Sky

    2nd Place - Desert Foothills

    2022 Middle School 8th grade Girls Volleyball Champions

     

    K-8 Grade Girls Volleyball Champions

    Sunnyslope - 2022 

    Arroyo - 2023

     

    K-8 Girls' Teams

    2022-23

    1st Place - Sunnyslope

    2nd Place - Abraham Lincoln

     

  • WESD Boys Volleyball Championships

    7th grade Boys Champions

    Cholla - 2007

    Desert Foothills - 1992, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2008

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 2001

     

    8th grade Boys Champions

    Cholla - 1988,1990, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010

    Desert Foothills - 2004, 2006, 2008, 

    Mountain Sky -

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1996, 1999

     

    Combined 7/8 Boys (starting 2011)

    Cholla - 2012

    Desert Foothills - 2023

    Mountain Sky - 2022

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 

     

    7/8 Grade Boys' Teams

    2022-23

    1st Place - Mountain Sky 

    2nd Place - Cholla

    2022 Middle School 7/8 grade Boys Volleyball Champions

     

  • WESD Wrestling Championships

    Varstity

    Cholla - 

    Desert Foothills - 1989

    Mountain Sky - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. 2003, 2004, 2005. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,

    Palo Verde - 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

    Royal Palm - 1993

     

    Junior Varsity

    Cholla -

    Desert Foothills -1992, 2007

    Mountain Sky - 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

    Palo Verde -

    Royal Palm -

  • WESD Middle School Girls' Softball Championships

    Cholla - 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2014, 2017

    Desert Foothills - 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2021, 2022, 2023

    Mountain Sky - 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2024

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 

    2022-23 Results

    1st Place - Desert Foothills

    2022-23 Middle School Girls Softball Champions - Desert Foothills

    2nd Place - Mountain Sky 

    WESD K-8 School Girls' Softball Championships

    2022-23 Results

    1st Place - Abraham Lincoln

    2022-23 K-8 Girls Softball champions - Abraham Lincoln

    2nd Place - Maryland

  • WESD Girls' Track and Field Championships

     

    Cholla - 2023 (7th), 2024 (8th)

    Desert Foothills - 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011,2012, 2013, 2016, 2019

    Mountain Sky - 2023 (8th), 2024 (7th)

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 2015 (8th)

     

    1986 - 2023 WESD Track and Field record book for 7& 8 Grades

    2022-23 7th Grade Middle School Girls' Team Results

    1st Place - Cholla

    2nd Place - Desert Foothills

    100 K. Williams CH 13.50
    200 I. De La Cruz PV 28.71
    400 I. De La Cruz PV 1:08.31
    1600 V. Valencia DF 7:06.79
    4x100 D. Morley, K. Williams, D. Ayala, B. Hampton CH :57.83
    4x400 E. Maxey, L. Perez, B. Garcia, V. Valenzuela DF 5:21.14
    High Jump A. Jackson RP 4' 4"
    Long Jump D. Ayala CH 12' 
    Shot Put N. Jones MS 23' 11"
    Discus D. Reyes DF 45' 8"

    2022-23 8th Grade Middle School Girls' Team Results

    1st place -  Mountain Sky

    2nd Place - Royal Palm

    100 K. Price RP 13.21
    200 H. Davis RP 29.29
    400 T. Busby RP 1:11.94
    1600 S. Gaio Lauro CH 7:06
    4x100 R. Tsosie, T. Busby, K. Price, H. Davis RP :57.83
    4x400 T. Busby, J. Diaz, R. Tsosie, K. Price RP 5:08:78
    High Jump K. Price RP 4' 1"
    Long Jump H. Davis RP 13' 8"
    Shot Put F. Rosales MS 26' 4"
    Discus F. Rosales MS 51' 8.5"
  • WESD Boys Track and Field Championships

    Cholla - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019, , 2024 (7th and 8th)

    Desert Foothills 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2023 (7th - tie)

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 2023 (7th - tie & 8th)

    Royal Palm - 2015 (8th G)

     

    1986 - 2023 WESD Track and Field record book for 7& 8 Grades  

     

    Note: Track and Field was a P.E. unit and an annual meet was held each year until 2010, when it became a Middle School sport with regular meets.  The K-8 Schools and 5-6 schools continue with track and field as a P.E. unit.  During the years prior to becoming a middle school sport there was not always a differentiation in the records between 7th grade and 8th grade teams, so there may appear to be two champions in a year, but likely one was 7th grade, and one was 8th grade.  .  

    The 7th and 8th grade Championship, at the end of the Middle School season, is open to 7th and 8th graders from the K-8 schools.  

    2022-23 7th Grade Middle School Boys' Team Results

    1st Place - Mountain Sky

    2nd Place - Desert Foothills and Palo Verde – (Tie)

    100 J. DeHaro MS 13.08
    200 J. Morales DF 25.7
    400 J. Morales DF 58.87
    1600 J. Morales DF 5:39:25
    4x100 J. Deharo, Z. Mitchell, J. Jones, J. Tower MS 59.31
    4x400 I. Grant, D. Watts, J. Celestine, I. Martinez Montes PV 5:24.29
    High Jump T. Glenn MS 4' 10"
    Long Jump I. Grant PV 13' 7"
    Shot Put J. Morales DF 29' 
    Discus I. Grant PV 69' 9"

    2022-23 8th Grade Middle School Boys' Team Results

    1st place - Palo Verde

    2nd Place - Royal Palm

    100 C. Valdez Castro PV 11.65
    200 J. Fredia PV 24.94
    400 M. Duran RP 58.43
    1600 G. Gomez RP 5:36
    4x100 V. Vu, J. Fredia, C. Valdez Castro, N. Pehm PV :50.79
    4x400 J. Fredia, N. Pehm, V. Vu, C. Valdez PV 4:05.81
    High Jump V. Vu PV 5' 
    Long Jump C. Valdez Castro PV 17' 3"
    Shot Put J. Stewart MS 33' 2"
    Discus A. Lee RP 86' 1.75"
  • WESD Cross Country Championships

    Girls 

    Cholla - 1986, 1987, 2013, 2016, 2017, 

    Desert Foothills - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2018

    Mountain Sky - 2022

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2014, 2015

     

    Boys

    Cholla - 1990, 2016

    Desert Foothills - 1987, 1995, 1996

    Mountain Sky - 2022

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000

     

    2022-23 Girls Team Results

    1st Place - Mountain Sky

    2nd Place -Cholla 

     

    2022-23 Boys Team Results 

    1st Place - Mountain Sky

    2nd Place - Royal Palm

     

    K-6 WESD MEET Results 

    2022-23 K-8 Season Results at ASU WEST on Saturday, November 18, 2022

    Congratulations:

    1st Place - Lookout Mountain

    2nd Place - Sunnyslope (K-8)

    3rd Place - Acacia

    4th Place - Orangewood

    Tied for 5th Place - Sunburst, Abraham Lincoln, and Sunset

    K-1 Girls 2022-23 Top 25K-1 Boys 2022-23 Top 252nd Grade Girls 2022-23 Top 252nd Grade Boys 2022-23 Top 253rd Grade Girls 2022-23 Top 253rd Grade Boys 2022-23 Top 254th Grade Girls 2022-23 Top 254th Grade Boys 2022-23 Top 255th Grade Girls 2022-23 Top 255th Grade Boys 2022-23 Top 256th Grade Girls 2022-23 Top 256th Grade Boys 2022-23 Top 257th and 8th Grade Girls 2022-23 Top 257th and 8th Grade Boys 2022-23 Top 25

  • WESD Scoccer Championships

    Girls 

    2022-23 Season Champions

    1st Place - Mountain Sky

    2022 Middle School GIRLS Soccer Champions

    2nd Place - Desert Foothills  

    Past Champions:

    Cholla - 2014

    Desert Foothills - 

    Mountain Sky - 2022, 2023

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018

     

    Boys

    2022-23

    First Place - Palo Verde

    2022-23 Middle School Bouys Soccer Champions - PV

     

    Cholla - 

    Desert Foothills - 

    Mountain Sky - 

    Palo Verde - 

    Royal Palm - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2020 (co-champions)

     

     

    Note: Soccer became an official middle school sport in 2007

     

    K-8 Co-ed Soccer

    2022-23

    First Place - Mountain View

    2022-23 K-8 CoEd Soccer Champions MV

    Past Champions:

    Abraham Lincoln -  

    Arroyo - 

    Maryland - 

    Mountain View - 2022, 2023

    Orangewood - 

    Sunnyslope -

    Sweetwater - 

  • WESD POM/CHEER

    The WESD does not hold a championship for Cheer and Pom, but in 2006 the five middle schools started an annual event to showcase cheer/pom/spirit/dance teams. from 2006-2009 the event was scored, but given the variety of the types of teams, the event was changed to one evening at the end of the basketball season, for them to demonstrate their best routines and display their spirit.  In 2023 the K-8 and 5-6 schools were invited.

    2022 Group Photo

    2022 -Cheer Event group photo at Royal palm 

  • WESD 5-6 Grade Boys' Basketball 

    2022-23 First Place Division I - Acacia Elementary School

    2022-23 Division I champions - Acacia

    2022-23 Second Place Division I - Lookout Mountain Elementary School

    2022-23 First Place Division II - Arroyo

    2022-23 5-6 Div I Champions Arroyo

    2022-23 Second Place Division II - Chaparral

    WESD 5-6 Grade Girls' Basketball 

    2022-23 First Place Division I - Lookout Mountain Elementary School

    2022-23 Girls DI Champions Girls Basketball LOM

    2022-23 Second Place Division I - Chaparral Elementary School

    2022-23 First Place Division II - Desert View Elementary School

    2022-23 Girls Basketball DII Champs - DV

    2022-23 Second Place Division II - Shaw Butte Elementary School