Charron Campbell, who was part of Amphi’s first girls basketball team to win a region title, has passed away at age 39, according to the Panthers’ football coach Jorge Mendivil, who is also a teacher at the school.
Campbell, who resided in Chandler, was part of The Arizona Daily Star’s 5A Southern Coaches All-Region Team as a senior in 1999-2000. She went on to play at Pima.
The 1998-99 Amphi girls team with Campbell as a junior won the 5A Southern title, the school’s first regional title. The Panthers set a school record with 21 wins.
The Panthers in 1998-99 were coached by Phil Reynolds and were led by Cattheria Turner, who went on to play at Oklahoma State and later became a coach at the college level.
Wamnee Wea “Eagle Woman” Ereaux told the Arizona Daily Star in a 2003 interview of the 1998-99 championship team with Campbell:
“That was the coolest team I’ve ever been on. We had three Hispanics, two Anglos, four African-Americans, an Asian and a Native American, five seniors, five juniors and a sophomore and we got along great, like 11 best friends. There was no drama; we just all liked to play ball and win.”
Mendivil mentioned Campbell, who is survived by her mother and father, was cremated and no services are scheduled.
Some of her former teammates are trying to schedule a basketball day in her honor at Amphi.