2 Payton Dray G 5' 9" 160 11  
    3 Jake Pandrok G 6' 3" 170 12  
    5 Ilisia Washington G/F 6' 4" 202 12  
    10 Jimmy Brown F 6' 7" 210 11  
    12 Spencer Walker F 6' 3" 220 12  
    13 Cameron Tippetts G 5' 11" 170 12  
    20 Severy Alva G 5' 10" 182 11  
    21 Brayden Little G 6' 3" 165 12  
    22 Conner Peterson G 5' 9" 150 10  
    23 Trevon Brooks F 6' 4" 215 12  
    24 Konnor Lemons G/F 6' 1" 165 11  
    30 Trenton "TJ" Walker G 6' 1" 160 10  
    32 Nick Lott F 6' 4" 193 12  
    33 Tim Fuller F/C 6' 9" 215 12  
    COACHING STAFF          
    Head Coach Derrick Donaldson  
    Assistant Coach Adam McCoy  
    Assistant Coach Nick Witherill  
    Assistant Coach Chris Johnson  
    Assistant Coach Jason James  
Dallin Mayes
Ray Sanchez
 4301 E Guadalupe Rd  ●  Gilbert, AZ 85234
    Principal Melinda Murphy  
    Athletic Director Rod Huston  
    Athletic Secretary Vicki Haro  

Cameron Tippetts Brayden Little Spencer Walker
Conner Peterson Trenton "TJ" Walker Konnor Lemons
Jake Pandrok Payton Dray Trevon Brooks
Ilisia Washington Jimmy Brown Nick Lott
Severy Alva   Tim Fuller


From Left to Right
Top Row: Tanner Pomeroy, Kyle Christensen, Nate Nabrotzky, Carter Coray, Jake Mathie and Wyatt Merrill
Middle Row: Jarrett Gray, Austin Oppong-Brenyah, Roland Grey, Ethan Wallace and Payton Sellers
Bottom Row: Braden James, Jackson Brown, Dylan Atchley and Shivam Parmar


    1 Shivam Parmar G 5' 2" 100 10
    2 Jackson Brown G 5' 10" 135 10
    3 Jarrett Gray G 5' 9" 145 10
    5 Tanner Pomeroy F 6' 3" 170 10
    10 Jake Mathie F/C 6' 4" 175 10
    12 Braden James G 5' 7" 125 10
    20 Payton Sellers G 5' 9" 145 10
    22 Austin Oppong-Brenyah F 6' 1" 215 10
    23 Wyatt Merrill F 6' 2" 145 10
    24 Dylan Atchley F 5' 9" 180 10
    30 Ethan Wallace G 5' 10" 125 10
    31 Roland Grey F 6' 1" 180 10
    32 Kyle Christensen F 6' 3" 175 10
    33 Carter Coray F/C 6' 5" 190 10
    42 Nate Nabrotzky F/C 6' 3" 225 10

2015-2016 FRESHMEN

From Left to Right
Top Row: Jake Oolman, Kyle Hester, Michael Moon, Kainoa Kiilehua and Austin McNamara
Middle Row: Sur Clay-Sharp, Glen Guerrette, Talalelei Pauga, Brian Maciejewski, Anthony Esposito and Romir Parmar
Bottom Row: Jeffrey Grover, Braxton Martin, Rian Espinosa (Manager), Justin Stidhum and Brennen Hixon


    1 Romir Parmar F/C 5' 10" 125 9
    2 Justin Stidhum G 5' 50" 130 9
    5 Braxton Martin F 5' 9" 125 9
    10 Sur Clay-Sharp G 5' 5" 127 9
    12 Brennen Hixon G 5' 9" 130 9
    15 Glen Guerrette F 5' 10" 120 9
    20 Jake Oolman F/C 6' 1" 160 9
    23 Kyle Hester G 6' 2" 160 9
    24 Jeffrey Grover F/C 5' 9" 120 9
    32 Talalelei Pauga F 5' 10" 140 9
    33 Austin McNamara F 6' 2" 120 9
    34 Anthony Esposito F 5' 9" 145 9
    44 Kainoa Kiilehua F 6' 1" 175 9
    45 Michael Moon F 6' 5" 175 9
    52 Brian Maciejewski G 6' 2" 180 9

2015-2016 SCHEDULE
(Start times unless noted Freshman 4:00pm, JV 5:30pm, Varsity 7:00pm)



  11/23 Monday 6:30PM Carl Hayden (W) 69-56 1-0
  11/24 Tuesday 7:45PM Skyline (W) 71-51 2-0
  11/25 Wednesday 7:00PM Saguaro (W) 57-41 3-0
  11/28 Saturday 7:00PM Mountain Ridge (L) 52-55 3-1
  12/01 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Desert Mountain (W) 61-53 4-1
  12/03 Thursday 7:00PM Home Boulder Creek (W) 71-67 5-1
  12/08 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Mesa (L) 53-59 5-2
  12/10 Thursday 7:00PM Home Mesquite (W) 86-50 6-2
  12/11 Friday 7:00PM Home Mountain Ridge (W) 59-56 7-2
  12/22 Tuesday 8:00PM USAir Corona del Sol (L) 70-76 7-3
  12/26 Saturday 7:30PM Mayfair (CA) (W) 48-37 8-3
  12/28 Monday 8:35pm Los Alamitos (CA) (L) 80-87 8-4
  12/29 Tuesday 2:15pm Gahr (CA) (L) 63-69 8-5
  12/30 Wednesday 3:20pm Rancho Christian (CA) (W) 54-51 9-5
  01/06 Wednesday 7:00PM Away Skyline (W) 65-59 10-5
  01/08 Friday 7:00PM Away Mountain Pointe (W) 61-45 11-5
  01/12 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Desert Vista (W) 72-59 12-5
  01/15 Friday 7:00PM Home Desert Ridge (W) 49-39 13-5
  01/20 Wednesday 7:00PM Away Perry (W) 58-47 14-5
  01/22 Friday 7:00PM Home Chandler (L) 52-66 14-6
  01/26 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Gilbert (L) 54-59 14-7
  01/28 Thursday 7:00PM Home Hamilton (L) 52-53 14-8
  02/02 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Basha (L) 42-60 15-8
  02/04 Thursday 7:00PM Away Gilbert (L) 52-67 15-9
  02/09 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Mountain View Mesa (L) 46-58 15-10
  02/11 Thursday 7:00PM Away Red Mountain (L) 47-55 15-11
  12/18 Thursday 7:00PM Home Boulder Creek (L) 61-64 15-12


.2015-2016 GAME RECAPS


Highland stays steady in besting Desert Vista
Posted: Tuesday, January 12 2, 2016
By Les Willsey - Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com

Highland guard Sevey Alva offered a taste of what he had in store for Desert Vista in the first quarter Tuesday night. In the second half, he unloaded and he and the Hawks ran away from the Thunder.

Alva produced big time off the bench by scoring 18 points -- 11 in the third period -- helping Highland topple Desert Vista, 72-59, in a Division I boys game at Highland High.

Highland, fifth in the D-I power-rankings entering the contest, improved to 12-5 overall and 7-2 in power ranking games. Desert Vista came in at No. 7 and was fresh off a victory last Friday over Corona del Sol. The Thunder fell to 10-8, 6-4.

"We've been waiting for that from him," Highland coach Derrick Donaldson said of Alva. "He can shoot the ball. With us it seems to be a different guy every night. Whatever five guys we have on the court, they can contribute. They're not out there just to pass."

Alva, a 5-foot-10-inch junior, hit a three in the first quarter shortly after checking in to start Highland back from a 10-4 deficit. With only a few seconds left in the quarter he made a steal at midcourt and a layup followed just before the buzzer to give the Hawks an 11-10 lead. Alva's 18 points are a season high and the sixth time he's scored in double digits in 2015-2016.

Highland never trailed again, but held only a 25-21 lead at halftime. Alva didn't start the second half, but returned to the floor in the first minute of the third period when starter Ilisia Washington picked up his third foul. Alva teamed up with consistent, steady senior Tim Fuller to guide Highland to a double-digit edge post haste. Fuller and Alva sank back-to-back threes to push the Hawks' lead to 31-22. The margin reached as many 13 with Alva adding eight more points in the quarter via another three and two baskets in the paint. Fuller, signed to play at Weber State next season, finished with a game-high 23. Jake Pandrok, who struggled a bit offensively in the first half, chipped in with 15 points.

Desert Vista managed to cut the lead to 51-44 with 6:20 to play, but Highland protected the lead the rest of the way. Highland's second-leading scorer, Jake Pandrok, scored nine points in the final period and Washington added a three and a dunk to seal the outcome.

Poor shooting from the free-throw line by Desert Vista in the first half contributed to its deficit at intermission. The Thunder made 1 of 9 free throws the first 16 minutes. Caleb Simmons and DJ Hamilton paced Desert Vista with 17 points apiece. Tarik Cool, one of the primary holdovers from last year's D-I final along with Simmons, had 10 points.

Highland's win continues the D-I boys saga so far this year of Team A beats Team B, Team B beat Team C and Team C beat Team A (i.e. Highland beat Desert Vista, Desert Vista beat Corona del Sol and Corona del Sol beat Highland).

"Who wins it is up in the air," Donaldson said. "That's a good thing for all of us. A lot of good teams out there."

Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 9:03 am
By Jeff Edgington, Special to Tribune

The Highland Hawks used a steady performance from senior Tim Fuller and got a home win over the Desert Mountain Wolves 61-53.

Fuller had 15 of his 21 points in the second half Tuesday where the host pulled away.

ďHe was as big as we need him to be," Highland coach Derrick Donaldson said. "Really set the tone. We were looking to come out and improve on some things from the Mesa Tournament. We lost that title the other day and had some things we wanted to work on."

Actually both teams fared well in early season tournaments. Desert Mountain in the Salpointe Tipoff Classic in Tucson and Highland fell in the final of the Fear the Hop Tournament in Mesa.

The Hawks jumped out to an early 13-4 advantage in the opening quarter and really didnít let the Wolves back in it. Desert Mountain never got it within six despite several second half runs.

Two back-breaking runs summarized the second half- the first of which was a 7-0 spark after the Wolves cut it to 42-36. Immediately after that 49-36 lead the Wolves answered to make it 49-41.

Thatís as close as it got, however. A Jake Pandora 3-pointer inspired a 10-0 Hawks run and fueled the Nest to a 59-41.

Donaldson cleared the bench with 2 minutes remaining. The visitors briefly quieted the gym ending the contest by chipping away.

Grant Fogarty lead Desert Mountain with 21 in the defeat. The Wolves (4-2) will try to rebound against Scottsdale Unified School District foe Saguaro.








.2015-2016 STATISTICS





Per Game Averages




Coach and the Seniors

The Team Pose - 03








Head Coach - Derrick Donaldson
Derrick Donaldson was born and raised in Southern California. His love of basketball began at a young age while watching his own father coach basketball at the University of Laverne. Derrick found a passion for coaching while completing his undergraduate work at California State University, Fullerton. While attending Cal State Fullerton, he began coaching Freshman Boyís Basketball for one of the local high schools. Since his first year of coaching, Derrick has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Education from National University and second Masters in Special Education from University of Phoenix. He has coached for sixteen years in various positions from Freshmen Head Coach to Varsity Assistant Coach.

Coach Donaldson feels this is one of the best teams that the staff has coached in the last 6 years and feel they have a shot at doing some special things as long as they continue to enjoy the process!

When Coach Donaldson is not coaching, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife Sophia, their wonderful daughter Kinsley Fay and their dog Bear. Coach Donaldson is thankful for his families support throughout the season.

Associate Head Coach - Adam McCoy
Adam McCoy was born and raised in Southern California where he played high school and college basketball. Coach McCoy completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona University. While attending Cal Poly, he began coaching Freshman Boyís Basketball at his alma mater in 2000. While coaching, he went on to complete his teachers credential and Masters work in Special Education at National University. Coach McCoy is currently working toward his Administrative Credential at the University of Phoenix. Coach McCoy has been a basketball coach at the high school level for 16 years and is excited about the ongoing opportunity to continue the winning tradition within the Highland Boys Basketball program.

Coach McCoy resides in Queen Creek and has been married to his beautiful wife Margaret for 9 years. They have a 7 year old son, Noah; who is considered the teamís ball boy. Nicco, who is 7, is following in his brotherís footsteps and in the gym constantly as the newest addition to the Highland family. Coach McCoy thanks his family for their endless support and love.

Fun Fact: Coach McCoy and Coach Donaldson were bitter rivals, until 2004, when they decided to unite and become a coaching force in the Southern California basketball scene.

Varsity Assistant Coach - Nick Witherill
Nick Witherill was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He attended Scottsdale Saguaro for three years and finished his final year of high school here at Highland. He then went on to play basketball at Washington State University under current Virginia coach Tony Bennett. He finished his final years of college basketball eligibility at Grand Canyon University here in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ while receiving a bachelors of science in finance and economics.

Nick previously coached JV at Highland and Saguaro High Schools compiling a combined record of 33-21 in his three seasons as head coach.

Nick is excited to be back helping at Highland after a one-year hiatus at Saguaro in Scottsdale. As owner and operator of a basketball training academy, Nickís goal is to help players reach their potential not only athletically, but in life as well


Varsity Assistant Coach - Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He attended Desert Vista High School for 2 years and finished his last two years at Highland High School. He then went on to play basketball at South Kent Prep in Kent, Connecticut. He then went on to play at Grand Canyon University under head coach Russ Pennell. He then transferred to basketball powerhouse the University of Arizona to play along side his younger brother, Pac 12 player of the year and former consensus first team all American Nick Johnson.

After finishing his basketball career he went on to receive his bachelorís degree in communications and general studies. Chris is now working for a shoe company called DONO as a branch developer.

This will be Johnsonís first year coaching at his former high school along side former teammate Nick Witherill. Chris is excited to help bring the Varsity Basketball program back to where it once was, a true powerhouse in the state of Arizona!

JV Head Coach - Jason James
Coach James has a great passion and love for the game of basketball along with a strong demands the same from his players. Coach James beliefs are teaching the fundamentals of the game, hard work and enhancing his playerís high school careers and influencing them beyond high school and into their bright futures.

Coach James believes the game of basketball is a platform to build on work ethic, attitude and the character, to help our playerís in curriculum, commitment to community supporting their career and players future goals in life.

Coach James was the Freshmen Coach with Highland High School in 2014-15 season. His past coaching experience he has worked and operated at the club level for the past 8 years in the Arizona Valley, along with 5 years in New Mexico before to Arizona in 2007.




JV Assistant Coach - Vernon Daniels
Vernon Daniels was born in North Carolina, and raised in Georgia before moving out to Arizona later in junior high. Basketball became a passion of his at an early age from watching is father play and grew from watching his childhood idol Allen Iverson. As a player Vernon had four years of varsity basketball in high school, three years with Maricopa high school before transferring to Mountain Pointe his senior. At the end of his high school playing career Vernon finished with 20 plus scholarship offers and signed to play for two time national champion Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

 After time spent at Grand View he decided to take a chance to move up and transferred to Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. At Fullerton he got the chance to practice/train with professional coaches and players from varies levels/leagues, but after the season Vernon decided it was best to ďHangíem upĒ due to injuries.

Vernon has always had one foot into coaching since he was in high school, coaching younger kids whenever he didnít have practice of his own. This will be his first year coaching at a high school and is excited about the experience heíll gain as a JV coach on this season.

When Vernon isnít coaching high school ball he loves to still get into the gym and train, as well as training/coaching his middle school and elementary players



Team Manager - Dallin Mayes

Team Manager - Ray Sanchez