The phrase "tough times" doesn't even begin to describe what the Camelback High School baseball program has endured in recent years. One win in three seasons, recurring issues with academic ineligibility, regular losses by as many as 20 runs and sometimes worse -- the Spartans have seen it all.
Through all of it, though, coach Todd Goertzen has seen progress and plenty of players unwilling to give up. Now, thanks to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, the team will have something to be proud of.
Ethier partnered recently with New Balance to set Camelback up with new cleats, warmup gear and brand-new uniforms, which the team will design itself.
A Phoenix native and graduate of St. Mary's High School -- about 10 minutes from Camelback -- Ethier heard of Camelback's situation through the Orange County-based Going to Bat Foundation. They had pinpointed the school as one working hard in the community and in need of a helping hand, and Ethier took it one ...