Athletics

Heritage Academy Gateway Athletics

Welcome to our athletics page! Heritage Academy employs the best coaches & faculty in the Valley. Part of being the best includes knowing what makes a good team and how to have a fun while developing character in youth through academics and athletics. We invite you to come take a tour, meet our staff, come watch a game, and see how our awesome scholars are excelling on and off the court/field.

IN THE NEWS! If you haven’t heard how awesome our athletics program is, check out our Article in the Queen Creek Independent Newspaper.

Interested in Coaching at our campus? Click here for Current Coaching Opportunities

Welcome to 2017-2018 Athletics here at Heritage Academy Gateway campus!

Some good reads recommended by our A.D. Matt Godfrey:

1. “Coaching from the Sidelines”

2. College Coaches are looking for Multi-Sport Athletes

3. Why Conditioning in Sports is Vital

4. Be a Great Teammate this Season

There are 3 required items to become eligible to compete as an Athlete at our campus for any and every athletic contest:

1-Heritage Academy has an academic eligibility requirement in order to compete. Here is the wording from our handbook: “Academic Eligibility to Compete”: Scholar Athlete grades are checked on Mondays before 4th hour (or the first day of the school week) during the sports season. Players must be passing with 70% or above in each of their individual classes to participate in the athletic contest, or to practice after school, for that week. Eligibility, therefore, is determined on a week-to-week basis.”

22017 – 2018 Athletic Packet  This packet includes a current sports physical by a medical professional. Sports physicals are good (per our league bylaws) for twelve calendar months. Our recommendation is to get a physical during the summer and then it will be good for the entire upcoming school year.

3-Concussion in Sports. Must be watched prior to any participation per our league bylaws. Please watch videos and answer all questions (aprox 30 minutes). Then either download the certificate to your computer and email to mgodfrey@heritageacademyaz.com, or print the certificate and give to the athletic director or your coach.

Sportsmanship Matters (click below to learn more):

Sportsmanship for Athletes

Sportsmanship for Parents and Fans

Heritage Academy is excited about our baseball program, which has been growing over the past 2 years. We are looking at adding a high school boys baseball team for this upcoming Spring sport’s season.

Currently, we offer a junior high baseball team which is becoming more competitive, and we offer opportunities for players who might need some skill development.  The main requirement is a strong commitment to building excellence and team loyalty.

Heritage has a number of boys and girls basketball teams for junior high, junior varsity and varsity levels.  Heritage competes in the Charter Athletic Association (CAA). Come join the program!

Congratulations to 4 of our basketball teams this year for qualifying and participating in the playoffs.

We are pleased to announce that for the 2017-2018 school year, we will have a High School Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team.

Junior High Boys Basketball Announcement: 

Placement showcase for Junior High Boys Basketball will start the week of October 23rd. This will last for approximately 2-3 class periods. The athlete should come prepared and ready as the coaches will be making decisions on what team to place the athletes.

Click on “Calendar” above and sort on a team to view upcoming games.

Jr High BBall Team #3 warming up before a home game during the 16-17 season

We have a competitive cross country program which is quickly making a name for itself in the CAA. Come be a part of a championship experience.

Congratulations to the Junior High Boys 2016 Cross Country Team for winning the CAA State Championship!

Boys XC Team are State Champs!

Visit this page to access a copy of this season’s Meet Schedule and Meet Results: CAA Cross Country Webpage

High School XC Athlete of the Week: Jewelana Anderson-Not only did she finish 2nd in our first race of the season just a few seconds behind the leader.  She was an amazing cheerleader for both the High School boys and Junior high teams.  Following then around their courses encouraging them.  She also cheered for and encouraged athletesfrom other schools.

Jr High XC Athlete of the Week: Isabella Kish – She’s the first ever jr. high girl to medal in cross country.

Meet the Coaches:

High School Head Coach: David Leavitt

Junior High Head Coach: Christie Higgins

Coaching Philosophy: I strongly believe that hard work and dedication can triumph over natural

physical ability. Any athlete who commits to a goal and pursues it wholeheartedly can achieve

tremendous personal success. Similarly, teammates who commit to each other and hold themselves

accountable produce team victories. I am a firm believer in a positive learning environment, where

teammates encourage and support one another to achieve both athletic and academic success.

Coaching Experience: I worked as an assistant cross country coach at a previous school that won state

championships for both the boys and girls teams. In the first season at Heritage Academy, the boys’

team won the state championship.

Running Career: I have run distance races for over 15 years. I participated in 3 marathons, 22 half

marathons, 3 Ragnar Relays, and many adventure/obstacle races.

Congrats to our 2016 Junior High Flag Football Team #1 Canyon Athletics Association (CAA) State Champions in Division I and their perfect 16-0 season!

Flag Football Championship Team 2016

Click on your Flag Football team below to access Team Roster, Game Schedule, Team Stats, Standings, etc:

Flag Football Team #1

Flag Football Team #2

Flag Football Team #3

Flag Football Team #1 Athlete of the Week: Elijah Scott-Outstanding defense, has a commanding lead on the team in interceptions, pick sixes and has continued to improve.

Congrats to the following Heritage Kenpo students for earning their Black Belt: Daniel Gallacher, Kevin Rowse, Lisa Fischer, and Vince Santos!  Well done!


Since 1995, Kenpo classes have been taught by Jon Duke.  Mr. Duke was the first certified Advanced American Kenpo Concepts instructor in the State of Arizona.

Mr. Duke’s martial art certifications include:

  1. 1995 – International Martial Arts Instructor License issued by the Matsusokan Karate Association
  2. 2002 – Teaching Credential Advanced American Kenpo issued by Martial Science University
  3. 2002 – 4th Degree Black Belt – Advanced American Kenpo issued by Martial Science University
  4. 2003 – 5th Degree Black Belt – Hakutsuru Master Level issued by Sandoval Karate Kobudo Federation

Heritage has an outstanding co-ed soccer program for junior high, junior varsity and varsity levels.  Come out and play!

A Heritage of Success!

  • 2016 – Junior High Soccer Team #1, State Runner-up,  Charter Athletic Association (CAA)
  • 2017 – Junior High Soccer Team #1, 2nd Round of the Playoffs

Varsity Head Coach for High School Coed Varsity Team:

Head Coach, Jon Thomas

High School & Jr High Girls interested in playing softball during this 2017-2018 school year, please contact Coach Godfrey @ mgodfrey@heritageacademyaz.com to be added to the interest list.

Come join a fun class while getting great exercise! This is a growing program and is a lot of fun.

Get a copy of this season’s Swim Meet Schedule, Meet Sheets and Meet Results here: CAA Swimming Webpage

Junior High Swimmer of the Week: Melanee Ray-What an incredible start to her season! She was set new Personal Records during both of her  first two events. We are looking forward to many more great performances and years of swimming for Heritage Academy!

We do our swim practices at EVO Swim School-South Gilbert

We have 3 options for our scholar swimmers:

1-Swim Class Only-This option is for those who are wanting to get some practice and instruction in before they decide to compete with the swim team.

2-Swim Team Only-This option is for those who are actively on a local competitive swim team during the Fall swim season and don’t have room on their class schedule to fit the swim class into their schedule. Current or prior experience on a swim team is strongly recommended but not required.

3-Swim Class and Swim Team-This is the preferred and recommended option. This will give the swimmer an opportunity to work out with the other swim team members and is the best value for your money.

4 High School Swimmers at the 1st Swim Meet of the Season. From left to right: Zak Cowsert, Korbin Hall, Jace Michaelson, Logan Thomas.

A few of the State Swim Meet athletes from Gateway campus

Meet the Coach

Gateway Head Coach: Matt Godfrey

Coach Godfrey has grown up participating on Swim Teams and still swims for exercise and as part of his training and participation in Triathlons. He has worked as a Swim Instructor and a Swim Team Coach. He is passionate about the sport of Swimming and enjoys helping others to be the best swimmer that they can be.

Heritage Academy Gateway has 1 State Champion in Track and Field and our athletes are getting faster and better every year.

We offer Track and Field for both Males and Females at the Junior High and High School levels.

Heritage competes in the Charter Athletic Association for junior high, junior varsity and varsity girls volleyball.  Can you jump, set or spike?  Come out and play!

Click on your team below to access Team Roster, Game Schedule, Team Stats, Standings, Etc: 
Volleyball Athletes of the Week:
Jessica Ensley-She’s been working hard on her positive attitude, aggressive play and shaking off mistakes.  She is growing to be a team leader, and we’re very proud of her accomplishments already this season.  We’re excited to seeing her grow even more before the season is over!”

Juliette Miller-She is a hustler!

This class offers students an opportunity to improve their strength and basic athletic conditioning. We strongly recommend all of our High School athletes to do a minimum of 1 semester of weights each school year on B Days.

Students and teacher will work together to fit the individual’s needs. Classes are held at Desert Fitness Gym