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Girls basketball: Cortez emerging as elite scorer - AZ Star - 12/13/13
If there is such a thing as the sophomore slump, Tucson Highs Alexis Cortez sure isnt feeling it. The 5-foot-11-inch guard is outpacing what was a very productive freshman season for the Badgers girls basketball team last year. Shes averaging 24.2 points per game, 10 more than a year ago.
Salpointes Wolfgang Weber displays his undying love for late wife - AZ Central - 12/12/13
The bus carrying the Tucson Salpointe boys soccer team was just pulling into Phoenix Brophy Prep last Friday when coach Wolfgang Webers cell phone rang. It was the call he had been dreading. Nina Weber, his wife of 34 years, had died peacefully in their home after suffering from Alzheimers for 4 1/2 years.
Flagstaff holiday basketball tournament set to start today - AZ Sun - 12/12/13
All six of Flagstaffs local high school basketball teams will be in action over the next three days at Flagstaff High School. Both the boys and girls teams will participate in the Pepsi Holiday Invitational Tournament today through its completion Saturday night. Games will be played in the gym and dome at Flagstaff, with the winners bracket primarily taking place in the gym and the losers bracket taking place in the dome.
A heart for the game - AZ Sun - 12/10/13
Established just three years ago, the Northland Prep girls soccer program managed to work their way into the state playoffs as the fifth seed with a 6-6 record.
It is a young program that consists of young talent — there wasn’t a single senior on the team in 2013. And while that record might not look too impressive, the team has come a long way, considering the odds were still against them.
Senior-laden Foothills tries to break through - AZ Star - 12/09/13
Doug D’Amore hasn’t been at Catalina Foothills more than six months, but he knows all about what has happened with the boys basketball team in each of the last three seasons, especially last year.
Back to back football titles for Southern Arizona schools the first pair in 20 years - AZ Star - 12/06/13
When Salpointe Catholic beat Scottsdale Chaparral in the Division II state championship on Friday night, it locked up the Lancers’ first football state title in school history, ending a quest that started way back in 1952.
It was definitely a win for the ages.
August results foretold 2013 football state champions - AZ Central - 12/05/13
Final thoughts on a football season gone by …
Our eyes didn’t deceive us
Sometimes, August games aren’t an accurate predictor of how a season will play out. For example, Chandler Hamilton lost its first two games last year — to Phoenix Mountain Pointe and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame — yet went on to win the Division I championship.
Brophy Prep baseball coaching legend Tom Succow entering National HS Hall of Fame - AZ Central - 12/05/13
Phoenix Brophy Prep baseball coach Tom Succow is being inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Friday in Tucson during a ceremony. He is among three coaches being inducted.
Spartans go all out in athletics, academics - AZ Sun - 10/09/13
The sports administration staff at Northland Preparatory Academy has just finished its fall sports count. Just how many athletes should a school with a combined middle school high school enrollment of 625 students have?
Hi-Health Partners with Arizona Interscholastic Association to Promote Clean Healthy and Active lifestyles for Arizona High Schools - 10/04/13
Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 Hi-Health, the Scottsdale-based health food and nutritional supplement leader has partnered with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) to foster health and proper fitness regimens in high school students. Hi-Health's partnership with the AIA will focus on educating Arizona's students and athletic departments about proper health and nutrition. This will encourage physical activity and fight childhood obesity.
Local coaches face off against former schools - AZ Star - 09/10/13
Less than three months after leaving Catalina to take over the Salpointe Catholic volleyball teams, Heather Moore-Martin will return to her former school and face the team she coached for more than a decade.
Friday Flashback: Eckley, Marcos back on radar - East Valley Tribune - 09/09/13
Two East Valley quarterbacks dominated the headlines this summer. Desert Mountains Kyle Allen so wowed coaches and scouts with his ability that he was named the top signal-caller in the country by Scout.com. Allen had his choice of colleges and chose Texas A&M.
Move down in divisions helps Westwood High School recharge - AZ Central - 09/07/13
Mesa Westwood is 2-0 for the first time since 2007. It has outscored its opponents 98-0, the back-to-back shutouts the schoolsfirst since 2005. It was so dominant in its 64-0 victory over Phoenix Maryvale on Friday that a running clock was used throughout the second half and second-year coach Spencer Stowers was able to rest his starters.
Chasing tradition - AZ Sun - 09/03/13
The Flagstaff volleyball team knows what it takes to win a state championship. Down two games to none in the 2012 Division II state title match, the Eagles fought back to win three straight games to claim the state title trophy. Flagstaff will take that knowledge, couple it with the schools long tradition of volleyball excellence, and make a run at a repeat in 2013.
HS girls volleyball: Nighthawks return with heavy talent, high hopes - AZ Star - 09/03/13
Ironwood Ridge was the only team in Southern Arizona to make it past the first round of the state tournament a year ago. This season, the team returns six of its top nine players, including the heavy favorite to be named the All-Southern Arizona player of the year in junior Aunesty Jantz.
Arizona High School football rewind: Week 1 - AZ Central - 09/02/13
azcentral sports' Richard Obert looks back at Week 1 games and surprises in high school football in Arizona. What did we learn?
Local golf teams rocking the links - AZ Sun - 08/29/13
Coconino High Schools boys golf team has some big shoes to fill. The 2012 team leader, Drew Fockler, departed Flagstaff for the year-round golfing California has to offer and first-year head coach Jim Popham knows hes got his hands full replacing the state qualifier.
Walden Grove the same but new heading into second season - AZ Star - 08/29/13
Walden Grove football coach Chris Sargent didnt have to teach his team what a fair catch is this summer. It is one major sign the program entering its second year has come a long way.
A look at 3 solid HS football choices in Arizona this weekend - AZ Central - 08/26/13
Here are three must-see high school football games this weekend: Peoria Centennial at Chandler, Thursday, 7 p.m., Cox7
Salpointe receiving trio hoping to make a run at the record books - AZ Star - 08/24/13
Ten years ago, Salpointe Catholics Dennis Bene coached one of the most prolific passing attacks Southern Arizona has ever seen. Senior quarterback Tyler Graunke threw for a 5A state-record 3,372 yards and city-record 38 touchdowns while receivers Rocco Bene and Jack Darlington became the first duo in state history to each pass the 1,000-yard mark.
Heat resistant: Coaches, athletes well-tuned on safety during fall's heat - East Valley Tribune - 08/19/13
Mesa district athletic director Steve Hogen graduated high school in 1977, and his football experience surely mirrored many others from that time period.
Cibola football looks to defend city crown once again - Yuma Sun - 08/17/13
The Cibola football team may look a little different this year. After losing former star running back Jordan Mitchell to graduation, Raiders coach Lucky Arvizo said that hell likely throw the ball a little more and use a committee for the running back duties.
Gilbert High adds former ASU assistant as offensive line coach - East Valley Tribune - 08/15/13
Former Arizona State assistant Bob Connelly will coach the offensive line for the Gilbert High football program this year.
Mining communities Globe, Miami home to intense football rivalry - AZ Star - 08/14/13
GLOBE -- Anyone who has driven through the towns of Globe and Miami has seen the letters G and M on the towns hillsides. Few know why the letters were painted into the hills, though. It was 1934.
Prep football notebook: Tripping around the Valley in 1st week of practice - AZ Central - 08/10/13
I got out to about 10 schools, who were working hard through the heat in their first week of preparations for the upcoming football season.
Highlands Miner Webster named national coach of the year - East Valley Tribune - 08/09/13
Highland coach Miner Webster was named the Coach of the Year for 2012 by the National Coaches Association for girls basketball.
Deer Valley LB Chanel Francis Roberts finds home on and off the football field - AZ Central - 08/08/13
Chanel Francis added a name this year. He is now Chanel Francis Roberts after adoption papers finally went through for a foster home in which he has lived for six years after his blood-related mother, without a green card, was deported back to Africa, he said.
Don't sell Desert Ridge short among Division I elite - East Valley Tribune - 08/07/13
There seems to be a clear consensus about the top two football teams in Division I heading into the season. Hamilton, of course, is the favorite, by virtue of winning last years title and returning the states top defense.
Paradise Valley completes strong football camp, ready to roll with sophomore QB - AZ Central - 08/05/13
Paradise Valley coach Donnie Yantis said he just finished football camp, which he calls the best since 2004. He has to replace All-Arizona quarterback Ryan Finley, who is now at Boise State. But he feels good about sophomore Daniel Bridge-Gadd, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, who can run and throw.
Players to watch: Explosive Denson is key to Salpointe state title run - AZ Star - 08/04/13
Over the next 20 days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players. Our countdown continues today with Salpointe Catholic's Cameron Denson, a verbal commit to the UA and the heavy favorite to win Southern Arizona offensive player of the year.
Out-of-state football clashes highlight first few weeks of prep season - AZ Central - 08/02/13
With only 29 teams in a reduced Division I for football this year and schools told to find five freedom games, lots of coaches were scrambling to schedule games. Some looked out of state. Some out-of-state people came to them.
Golf: Salpointe's coach: Quihuis good as any - AZ Star - 07/31/13
Nothing that Krystal Quihuis accomplishes anymore really surprises Mike Hultgrist, the associate head coach for Salpointe Catholic's girls golf team. Hultgrist has been around the Lancers for a while, and he coached Sara Brown, an LPGA vet and former Michigan State standout.
Mountain Pointe banged up but believing as football practice begins - AZ Central - 07/30/13
It is two hours before first official football practice Monday, and coach Norris Vaughan sits behind a desk in the front of Phoenix Mountain Pointes remodeled, plush varsity locker room, drawing up plays for national powerhouse Henderson (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.
Elite softball players taking up coaching - East Valley Tribune - 07/29/13
A miniature youth movement got underway this summer in the human resources department at two East Valley high schools, and it has nothing to do with the ages of incoming freshmen.
Phoenix Maryvale High senior Cesar Armando Ledezma overcomes foot deformities - AZ Central - 07/27/13
Cesar Armando Ledezma saunters into the locker room on a summer afternoon, boasting to a long-time coach in the Phoenix Maryvale High athletic department about how he set a personal record earlier in the day with a 525-pound squat lift.
Perry makes coaching hires - East Valley Tribune - 07/25/13
Brock Kearsley was hired as the new girls basketball coach. Kearsley was the girls coach at Apache Junction since 2007, including the Desert Sky Region Coach of the Year in 2010, and was previously an assistant at Queen Creek for six years. The Oregon native also coached at Western Oregon as a graduate assistant in the late 1990s.
Hurdles guru Tim ONeil will lead Mountain Pointes boys and girls track teams - AZ Central - 07/25/13
Tim ONeil, unable to get a teaching position at Phoenix Brophy Prep, has landed on his feet quite well, after getting the head track and field coaching position at Phoenix Mountain Pointe, which features one of the nations top sprinters, junior Paul Lucas. ONeil also will be on campus as part of the faculty.
Home sweet home: Arredondo ready to take over DV softball program - East Valley Tribune - 07/24/13
Softball has taken KLee Arredondo to places like The Netherlands and Venezuela, but something always brings her back home. She feels like it will continue with news of her being recommended, per board approval, to be the next Desert Vista softball coach after Chris Crowl stepped down to spend more time with family.
2 successful coaches have work cut out trying to revive 0-10 football teams - AZ Central - 07/20/13
New Phoenix Maryvale coach George Martinez kept his players home for football camp this week, leading about 40 to 50 players through evening workouts. There isnt the big bucks that many high school programs have to travel for camps.
Scottsdale Prep hires former standout Texas coach to lead girls volleyball program - East Valley Tribune - 07/17/13
The Scottsdale Prep girls volleyball team made an impressive hire today, selecting LeAnn Thomsen to take over the program.
Skyline's Jon Sims: Fighting for a future - East Valley Tribune - 07/14/13
At first blush, its impossible to see the pressure which eats at Jonathan Sims. Conversation with him flows smoothly. Hes loquacious, gregarious and naturally inquisitive. Inside him, though, is the worry of a bright future gone dark.
Former NFL players Hellestrae, Pritchard teaching life lessons at Scottsdale Christian Academy - AZ Central - 07/13/13
Thanks to the Internet, it didnt take long for the 30 to 40 Scottsdale Christian Academy football players to get familiar with their head coachs top two assistants.
Vacation becomes vocation for Dorados - AZ Star - 07/11/13
Jim Luckow couldn't get the images of destruction out of his head. So on the last day of the school year, while Canyon del Oro High School students wore "Three months of vacation!" smirks of unadulterated joy, the teacher asked kids from his construction class a question: Would they want to go to Moore, Okla.?
Sahuaritas Heaven Acquart earns All-American status - Tucson Citizen - 07/03/13
Sahuarita junior outfielder Heaven Acquart was named a Third Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Acquart batted .547 with seven triples and 10 doubles for the Mustangs. She also stole 18 bases.
Highland soccer player named to All-American team - AZ Central - 07/02/13
Jaden DeGracie, a recent Highland graduate, has earned two straight azcentral.com sports All-Arizona selections and two straight Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year awards.
Wrestling: Olympic gold medalist draws a crowd to camp - AZ Star - 07/01/13
Henry Cejudo may have been one of the smallest wrestlers in the Pueblo gymnasium Saturday, but he was looked at like the biggest star. The Olympic gold medalist and current mixed martial arts fighter was the main attraction of the fourth annual Sam Portillo Wrestling Camp, which drew more than 150 wrestlers from around the state and as far away as California, Colorado and Texas.
High school volleyball: Moore-Martin leaves Catalina for Salpointe job - AZ Star - 06/27/13
As Catalina High School's longtime volleyball coach, Heather Moore-Martin always tried to raise her team's level of play when it visited the Salpointe Catholic gym. She'll continue to take that approach, only now she'll call Salpointe home.
Red Mountain softball ranked No. 1 in nation; other Arizona teams in top 50 - AZ Central - 06/26/13
Red Mountain, the four-time defending state champion in Arizona prep softballs highest division, is also No. 1 in the nation. This according to Student Sports final Fab50 rankings. This is what Student Sports wrote about Red Mountain:
Rhodes leads Shamrocks to playoffs in first year as coach - Yuma Sun - 06/24/13
Eight games into her first season coaching, Alyssa Rhodes would have had cause for concern. The Yuma Catholic softball coach just watched her team not only lose for the fifth time in six games, but they were embarrassed in their own tournament. In three of its four losses in the Shamrock Classic, Yuma Catholic lost by a combined score of 45-0 added to losing 12-0 at River Valley.
Corona del Sol has pieces of what could be one of Arizonas all-time great hoop teams - AZ Central - 06/22/13
Tempe Corona del Sol won a state championship with two All-American football players in the post two years ago. It captured the Division I crown last season without a post player.
Summer PrimeTime tourney showcases states top boys hoops teams - East Valley Tribune - 06/20/13
Eight of the best boys basketball teams in Arizona will convene at Highland on Friday and Saturday for the Summer PrimeTime tournament. Each team will have one exhibition game before the single-elimination tournament begins. The semifinals are Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by the championship game at 1 p.m. Phoenix Pinnacle defeated Mesa for last years title. Here is the bracket: PrimeTime bracket 2013 (I).
Former major league pitcher Bill Swift looking forward to 1st college coaching gig - AZ Central - 06/18/13
Former major league baseball pitcher Bill Swift, who led Scottsdale Christian Academys baseball program since 2001, is leaving to become the head baseball coach at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, school president Len Munsil said.
Amphi's passing tourney sign of times - AZ Star - 06/15/13
Amphitheater High School's football program has always been about running the ball. Today, however, the Panthers will throw it. A lot. Second-year coach Brandon Willard will host the first-ever Amphi Air Raid and Big Man Battle today on campus. Running the ball - the style of play popularized by Vern Friedli for 36 years before he retired in February 2012 - will not be an option.
Arizona wins Jr. Sunbelt Classic; Luis Gonzalez named MVP and Andre Jackson placed on All-Tourney Team - Tucson Citizen - 06/13/13
Former Buena/Pima/Pittsburgh Pirate and current White Sox pitcher Donnie Veal was the first high school baseball player from Southern Arizona ever to be named to the Junior Sunbelt Classic All-Tournament team (2002) and he was joined by Salpointes Jacob Hunter some eight seasons later in 2009.
High school basketball: Pollins, new Tucson High coach, hints dynasty - AZ Star - 06/12/13
Kevin Pollins has always considered Tucson High's basketball program a sleeping giant. Now he'll have his chance to prove it. Pollins, 55, was hired by the Badgers late last week to take over the boys program. He replaces Gary Lewis, who resigned in March.
Former University of Arizona QB Kris Heavner fits in well as Horizon football makes big changes - AZ Central - 06/11/13
A new synthetic grass surface is being installed in the football stadium. A new weight room is near completion. A great time for a young, energetic, new coach to come into Horizon High. I walked into a great situation, said Kris Heavner, who left Tucson Santa Rita after one season as head coach.
2013 spring high school all-stars: Girls and boys track & field - AZ Star - 06/09/13
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Alyssa Thompson, Salpointe Catholic (pictured) COACH OF THE YEAR: Elmer Yazzie, Pusch Ridge Christian
Val Kaff named Gatorade Softball Player of Year - East Valley Tribune - 06/06/13
Capping a stellar four-year career at Mountain View, senior pitcher Val Kaff was named the Gatorate Softball Player of the Year for Arizona
Ex-Notre Dame volleyball coach Laura Harris takes over Cactus Shadows program - AZ Central - 06/04/13
Laura Harris, who led Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep to the girls state volleyball championship in 2007, has been named volleyball coach at Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.
Unlikely hero in high school baseball all-star game - AZ Central - 06/02/13
In an all-star game dominated by runs and hits, a pitcher came to the rescue. While the Norths 18-7 victory over the South in the Division 3 all-star game featured a total of 25 runs and 30 hits in Surprise Stadium Saturday, Kevin Spencer of Blue Ridge held the South scoreless for three innings. That enabled the North to create separation and eventually win by an 11 run margin.
Go-to-guy is going away as Dave Shapiro retires from Chandler High - East Valley Tribune - 06/01/13
The handwritten note on a piece of paper is taped to Dave Shapiros office window. It rested there Wednesday either as a joke or to mock his peers: 48 days until students report. 42 for administration. Shapiro wont be there. Once the first week of June concludes, hes playing permanent hooky after 31 years in the Chandler Unified School District as a teacher and coach, the last 15 as Chandler Highs athletic director.
East Valley players dot Baseball Americas MLB draft watch list - East Valley Tribune - 05/30/13
Baseball America published its Arizona prospect report on Thursday with the MLB draft one week away. Not surprisingly, several East Valley names dotted the list.
2013 Spring Golf All-Stars - Tucson Citizen - 05/28/13
The Division III golf competition takes place in the spring in a co-ed format allowing the smaller schools the ability to compete with athletes that may be playing other sports in the fall and when more public and private courses are available.
Arizonans in NCAA Softball Tournament: 2013 - AZ Central - 05/27/13
We take a look at the former Arizona high school softball players on teams competing in the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament.
Daily Sun's Girls Tennis Athlete of the Year - AZ Sun - 05/23/13
History has a way of repeating itself. In 2010, Aubrey Danks won the Daily Sun's Athlete of the Year award for leading the girls tennis team to a 13-0 record and into the Division II state tournament before getting knocked out by eventual winner Notre Dame Preparatory. Aubrey has never looked back, and again, for the fourth straight year, claims the athlete of the year title.
Cesar Chavez basketball coach Gary Lee keeps fathers memory in his heart - AZ Central - 05/22/13
Laveen Cesar Chavez boys basketball coach Gary Lee, who has had a successful run leading the Champions to the Division I state semifinals in recent years, lost his father, Jerry Page Lee, a former long-time coach in Benson, to Parkinsons disease and dementia on Monday. He was 81.
Desert Christian pulls down major awards at the AIA Champions Luncheon: Sarah Macdonald & Courtney Spalt named scholar athletes - Tucson Citizen - 05/21/13
University of Phoenix Stadium: Monday, May 20
VX Best Of: Spring sports - East Valley Tribune - 05/19/13
Spring sprang, and now summer has set in. But before everyone scurries away on vacations, summer passing leagues and other non-high school hi-jinx, lets take a quick pause to remember the months of April and May, in which more champions were crowned, memories were made and, sadly, others dreams were dashed. From juggernauts to newbies and some real-life drama in between, heres the best the high school spring sports state tournaments had to offer.
High school triumphs put San Manuel over the top - AZ Star - 05/17/13
For a few hours Saturday night, San Manuel may have been the happiest place in Arizona. After all, the 3,500-person town had plenty to celebrate. San Manuel High School won its first softball state title since 1994, and Miners track star Wayne Newman went out a triple champion at the state meet.
Montoya's effort behind the scenes gives him third straight Player of the Year honors - Yuma Sun - 05/16/13
Everybody saw that Cibola senior Bernie Montoya won eight track and field state championships including three straight years being king of the 1,600 and 3,200. But nobody saw him wake up at 5 a.m. on summer days to run two or three miles before meeting up with the rest of the Cibola runners.
Baseball helps Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep coach Brian Fischer pick up the pieces - AZ Central - 05/15/13
Youre not sure how to approach Brian Fischer, so you apologize before you ask what the last three weeks of his life have been like. Its certainly not a stupid question, Fischer responds gracefully. I dont know. Its been a very emotional month for me. I have my days. Im trying to put it all in perspective. Baseball, my family, all that. It changes.
Four galore: Red Mountain wins fourth consecutive softball state title - East Valley Tribune - 05/14/13
So said the victors, a Red Mountain softball team which, within the biggest classification of schools in Arizona softball history, has now gone where only the Lions had gone before: From a three-peat to a four-score.
Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Conner coming home to Shadow Mountain - AZ Central - 05/14/13
Jerry Conner, who started the boys basketball program in the mid-1970s at Phoenix Shadow Mountain, is returning to lead the Matadors with familiar faces next to him on the bench. Mike Bibby, who led Shadow Mountain to its first state championship in 1996 as a senior point guard, will join Conners staff, along with his cousin, Ray Walcott, and Shadow Mountain Athletic Director Mike Warren, who has an extensive basketball coaching background.
High school softball: I-Ridge coach enjoys last year - AZ Star - 05/13/13
Randy Anway has been the only coach for the Ironwood Ridge softball team and he's trying to lead the team to its first state title in his final game today. Win or lose, he'll be at peace.
Montoya wins eighth state title in final Cibola state meet - Yuma Sun - 05/12/13
Cibola senior Bernie Montoya was behind a pack of seven runners after the first lap of the 800-meter dash at the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division I Track and Field State Championship on Saturday at Mesa Community College.
Baseball: Desert Christian wins first title - Tucson Citizen - 05/12/13
Desert Christian (25-4) outlasted Phoenix Christian 11-9 Saturday night to win the schools first baseball title. Head coach Grant Hopkins has spent the last couple of years preparing his players for the big stage by playing in invitationals with bigger schools and by bringing in former Sabino and CDO coach Mike Hanson and his son Ryan Hanson to help coach. Mike has been a coach for over 20 years and Ryan played on Sabinos 1997 championship team.
Devon Allen's three titles lead Brophy to Div. I track and field championship - East Valley Tribune - 05/12/13
The 2013 Arizona track and field championships started to resemble 2012 a little too closely for Devon Allens liking. Almost any other athlete in the state would be ecstatic with two runner-up finishes and a pair of state titles, but the Brophy star is not your average runner.
San Manuel defies logic, wins Division IV softball title over Northwest Christian - AZ Central - 05/11/13
It doesnt make any sense, San Manuel winning the Division IV state softball championship Saturday. Sure, San Manuel was the No. 2 seed, so it wasnt as if a long postseason run was entirely a surprise . Still, the Miners had one senior and five freshmen among the 12 players on their roster. San Manuels starting pitcher, Lyana Waddell, is a freshman. Its best hitter, Felicia Medina, is a sophomore.
Gillick leads Eagle girls to 2nd place - AZ Sun - 05/10/13
Flagstaff High School's Tatiana Gillick became a Division II state champion Wednesday for the second year in a row, winning the 1-mile event with a time of 5 minutes, 08.11 seconds. As Gillick and four other Eagles scored in the opening day of the state championships, Flagstaff High sits in second place with 16 points behind Tempe (17) going into the rest of the DII finals, which will be held Saturday.
City collision: Gilbert, Highland to meet in boys volleyball title match - East Valley Tribune - 05/09/13
It took more than four hours, nine sets, and an upset of the No. 1 seed, to create an all-Gilbert final in the boys volleyball state tournament. The fourth-seeded Tigers did pull it off, beating Desert Vista, three games to one, including the deciding game score of 30-28. Gilbert will defend its state title on its home floor against city-rival Highland at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Full house for Flagstaff track and field teams - AZ Sun - 05/09/13
Athletes from Flagstaff's three high schools have flocked to Mesa Community College to take part in the 2013 Arizona State Track and Field Championships. The Division II championships got started Wednesday with boys and girls pole vault, boys long jump, high jump and discus, and girls triple jump and shot put. Once field events were completed, the opening day finished with DII boys 4x800 relay, girls 1,600 and 800 and boys 3,200.
Chandler teen, 17, vaults over blindness, into state HS track championships - East Valley Tribune - 05/08/13
arkness can be paralyzing. Think about when a blackout occurs. The initial reaction is to freeze and the next move is usually hesitant until your bearings are found or the lights come back on.
Mesa Red Mountain nears another state title - AZ Central - 05/07/13
In the past four seasons, Mesa Red Mountain softball has made the state tournament its own invitational. 2013 is no different. The three-time defending champions are now one win away from appearing in their fifth consecutive state championship game. Sixth-seeded Red Mountain advanced to the Division I tournament winners bracket semifinals after beating No. 10 Mesa Desert Ridge 11-0 in five innings Monday night at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.
Spring sports near finales - AZ Star - 05/06/13
With tennis over, baseball, softball, boys volleyball and track are the only spring sports left in this final full week of high school sports. Baseball and softball will be ongoing throughout the week along with volleyball and the three-day state track meet will take center stage on Saturday when it concludes. Here's a look at what to watch for in each sport.
Softball: Empire scores 4 in the 7th to win 4-3 - Tucson Citize - 05/05/13
Only four softball players in the country have 70 or more RBIs this season and one of them is Empires Kelsey Smith. Smith came into the Division III quarterfinal game against Show Low with 70 RBIs and it looked like she would end her season with 70 after Show Low scored three unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the top-seeded Ravens.
Miami girls tennis dynasty continues - AZ Central - 05/04/13
The Miami girls tennis powerhouse added another championship Saturday night, defeating Phoenix Country Day 5-3 in the Division III final. Behind the strength of their deep roster, top-seeded Miami was able to put away a pesky Phoenix Country Day team. The doubles team of Celine Mavin and Ashley Madrid had the title-winning match as they scored a 10-4 victory to clinch.
No. 10 Nogales stuns No. 2 Greenway 7-4 - Nogales International - 05/03/13
As the lowest seeded team still standing in the states Division II baseball playoffs, not much was expected much from No. 10 Nogales Highespecially against a No. 2 Greenway squad that was on a 17-game winning streak.
Boys volleyball state tournament breakdown - East Valley Tribune - 05/03/13
The bracket has been revealed for the boys volleyball state tournament, which begins on Saturday and finishes with the title match on May 11. The first two rounds are both played on Saturday, with the first round matchups taking place in the home gym of the team which has the corresponding top-8 bye. The winner of the first round then plays the top-8 team for a berth in the quarterfinals.
Amazing year for Bushman - AZ Star - 05/03/13
One way or another, Matt Bushman knew he was going to be playing a sport this week. He just didn't know which one. Sabino's 6-foot-5-inch 205-pound junior is a three-sport, year-round athlete. He plays football, basketball and baseball.
Memory of teammate fuels Scottsdale Prep girls track team - AZ Central - 05/01/13
Twenty-five girls show up for practice wearing blue shirts with Hudsons Heroes on the front and Be strong and courageous on the back. When the workouts get difficult, they draw strength from the girl who always thought shed be back in the discus ring, even when she couldnt walk and could barely move her right hand.
State tournaments heat up in baseball, softball, tennis - AZ Star - 04/29/13
Southern Arizona crowned four state champions on Saturday at the individual tennis tournament, and that was just the beginning. Baseball, softball and tennis teams continue their state tournaments and boys volleyball teams join the action Saturday. Here's a look at what to watch:
Tennis: Mike Lee claims D-II state singles title for Catalina Foothills - Tucson Citizen - 04/28/13
Catalina Foothills freshman Mike Lee captured the Division II state singles title Saturday afternoon at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale. Lee defeated Alex Bose of Ironwood Ridge (6-7, 7-5, 7-6). Lee comes from a line of champions including his older brother and former Sabino standout Jackson Lee. Jackson won a Division III state doubles title as a freshman in 2011 and sat out this year so he can play for Catalina Foothills his senior year. The brothers have already played doubles together in USTA play.
Brophy sweeps boys tennis titles; David Akin and Michael Cowan take doubles, Hudson Blake wins singles - AZ Central - 04/27/13
No. 1 Tucson Salpointes Andrew Dunn slammed his racket. Everybody around the crowded Court 17 watching the doubles final saw it, including the two umpires. A collective groan rang out as the game-winning point in a third-set tiebreaker seemed headed seventh-seeded Phoenix Brophy Preps way.
Let the games begin - AZ Sun - 04/27/13
It's time to get down to business for local baseball and softball teams. The regular season is over and five Flagstaff teams and the Page baseball team have all made the 2013 postseason. Leading the way are the Flagstaff and Coconino softball teams as the area's highest ranked competitors.
Rio Rico shortstop sets 2 records - AZ Star - 04/26/13
If you blinked, you might have missed Rio Rico senior shortstop Ben Mauseth. The four-year starter and team captain broke two state records this season, with a .681 batting average and 55 stolen bases.
Chandler sprinter Ky Westbrook breaks state record in the shot put - AZ Central - 04/25/13
Chandler junior Ky Westbrook broke a state record Wednesday during the Chandler City Meet at Basha, but it didnt come in one of the two sprints she is closing in on.
Whomever gets in, Division I softball state tournament is stacked - East Valley Tribune - 04/24/13
Baseball will have a grind of a playoff schedule upcoming for those not among the top eight seeds, but softball especially Division I appears to be deeper than ever. Or, at least, deeper than the past five years. Basha coach Scott Hoffmeyer sees five or six teams who could win it all among the biggest schools, and Desert Mountain coach Rick Sharp concurred, noting good pitching will still win out.
Hurdler Sherrelle Jordan inspired on the Chandler track by big brother Dion - AZ Central - 04/24/13
Sherrelle Jordan is in New York for her brother Dions big day in the NFL Draft. Dion Jordan has always inspired her, more so since 2007 when he sustained third-degree burns during his last football season at Chandler High and spent a month in the hospital.
High School Tennis: No. 2 Foothills boys chase eighth title in 9 years - AZ Star - 04/23/13
Second-seeded Catalina Foothills will begin a quest for its eighth title in nine years when it opens the Division II boys team state tournament today. The Falcons (13-1) host No. 15 Gilbert Williams Field at 3 p.m., and they're not alone. Seven local teams are hosting first-round matches.
Phoenix Brophy Preps Devon Allen breaks own state record in high hurdles - AZ Central - 04/22/13
Phoenix Brophy Prep senior Devon Allen, who got a late start to the track and field season because of an injury, broke his own state record in the 110-meter high hurdles Saturday during the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
- Girls basketball: Cortez emerging as elite scorer - AZ Star - 12/13/13
- Flagstaff holiday basketball tournament set to start today - AZ Sun - 12/12/13
- Salpointe’s Wolfgang Weber displays his undying love for late wife - AZ Central - 12/12/13
- A heart for the game - AZ Sun - 12/10/13
- Senior-laden Foothills tries to break through - AZ Star - 12/09/13
- Back to back football titles for Southern Arizona schools the first pair in 20 years - AZ Star - 12/06/13
- Brophy Prep baseball coaching legend Tom Succow entering National HS Hall of Fame - AZ Central - 12/05/13
- August results foretold 2013 football state champions - AZ Central - 12/05/13
- Spartans go all out in athletics, academics - AZ Sun - 10/09/13
- Hi-Health Partners with Arizona Interscholastic Association to Promote Clean Healthy and Active lifestyles for Arizona High Schools - 10/04/13
- Local coaches face off against former schools - AZ Star - 09/10/13
- Friday Flashback: Eckley, Marcos back on radar - East Valley Tribune - 09/09/13
- Move down in divisions helps Westwood High School recharge - AZ Central - 09/07/13
- HS girls volleyball: Nighthawks return with heavy talent, high hopes - AZ Star - 09/03/13
- Chasing tradition - AZ Sun - 09/03/13
- Arizona High School football rewind: Week 1 - AZ Central - 09/02/13
- Walden Grove the same but new heading into second season - AZ Star - 08/29/13
- Local golf teams rocking the links - AZ Sun - 08/29/13
- A look at 3 solid HS football choices in Arizona this weekend - AZ Central - 08/26/13
- Salpointe receiving trio hoping to make a run at the record books - AZ Star - 08/24/13
- Heat resistant: Coaches, athletes well-tuned on safety during fall's heat - East Valley Tribune - 08/19/13
- Cibola football looks to defend city crown once again - Yuma Sun - 08/17/13
- Gilbert High adds former ASU assistant as offensive line coach - East Valley Tribune - 08/15/13
- Mining communities Globe, Miami home to ‘intense’ football rivalry - AZ Star - 08/14/13
- Prep football notebook: Tripping around the Valley in 1st week of practice - AZ Central - 08/10/13
- Highland’s Miner Webster named national coach of the year - East Valley Tribune - 08/09/13
- Deer Valley LB Chanel Francis Roberts finds home on and off the football field - AZ Central - 08/08/13
- Don't sell Desert Ridge short among Division I elite - East Valley Tribune - 08/07/13
- Paradise Valley completes strong football camp, ready to roll with sophomore QB - AZ Central - 08/05/13
- Players to watch: Explosive Denson is key to Salpointe state title run - AZ Star - 08/04/13
- Out-of-state football clashes highlight first few weeks of prep season - AZ Central - 08/02/13
- Golf: Salpointe's coach: Quihuis good as any - AZ Star - 07/31/13
- Mountain Pointe banged up but believing as football practice begins - AZ Central - 07/30/13
- Elite softball players taking up coaching - East Valley Tribune - 07/29/13
- Phoenix Maryvale High senior Cesar Armando Ledezma overcomes foot deformities - AZ Central - 07/27/13
- Hurdles guru Tim O’Neil will lead Mountain Pointe’s boys and girls track teams - AZ Central - 07/25/13
- Perry makes coaching hires - East Valley Tribune - 07/25/13
- Home sweet home: Arredondo ready to take over DV softball program - East Valley Tribune - 07/24/13
- 2 successful coaches have work cut out trying to revive 0-10 football teams - AZ Central - 07/20/13
- Scottsdale Prep hires former standout Texas coach to lead girls volleyball program - East Valley Tribune - 07/17/13
- Skyline's Jon Sims: Fighting for a future - East Valley Tribune - 07/14/13
- Former NFL players Hellestrae, Pritchard teaching life lessons at Scottsdale Christian Academy - AZ Central - 07/13/13
- Vacation becomes vocation for Dorados - AZ Star - 07/11/13
- Sahuarita’s Heaven Acquart earns All-American status - Tucson Citizen - 07/03/13
- Highland soccer player named to All-American team - AZ Central - 07/02/13
- Wrestling: Olympic gold medalist draws a crowd to camp - AZ Star - 07/01/13
- High school volleyball: Moore-Martin leaves Catalina for Salpointe job - AZ Star - 06/27/13
- Red Mountain softball ranked No. 1 in nation; other Arizona teams in top 50 - AZ Central - 06/26/13
- Rhodes leads Shamrocks to playoffs in first year as coach - Yuma Sun - 06/24/13
- Corona del Sol has pieces of what could be one of Arizona’s all-time great hoop teams - AZ Central - 06/22/13