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Desert Vista senior Aaron Green (42) is seemingly always around the ball like all good middle linebackers tend to be every play.
Matt Trujillo (15) has become one of the Thunder's starting linebackers after trying several different combinations.
The Desert Vista linebacker corps was one of the team's biggest question marks and the unit is starting to come together with players like Longan Fetters, right, making big plays.
Desert Vista has showed some fiestiness this year, including Connor Cox in this squirmish to start the year against Palo Verde, and he is one of linebackers contributing to to defense's development.
With Desert Vista practices underway, water jugs are a must in the summer heat as coaches continue to emphasize hydration in the wake of five football deaths nationally in the past week.
The Desert Vista football team didn't reach the pinnacle it did a year ago but the Thunder still walked off the field knowing it remains one of the top programs in Division I.
The Desert Vista boys golf team was dealt a bit of bad news when it became clear the Thunder finished state runner-up for the fourth straight year after thinking it had won the event.
Desert Vista girls volleyball won both the fundraising and the match in the annual Dig Pink match against Mountain Pointe.
The Desert Vista boys cross country team showed a lot of grit by winning the Division I state championship despite losing its top runner late in the season.
Desert Vista will have to contain Basha wide receiver Nate Phillips in order to win the first-round matchup.
Desert Vista's first-round game of the state playoffs is a rematch of last year's semifinals, a game the Thunder won 42-32 on the way to the state title.
Desert Vista's running game, led by Jarek Hilgers, need to have time-consuming drives to keep the Basha offense off the field.
If the saying "defense wins championships" is true then Desert Vista took a step forward as it goes for a second straight Division l state championship.
Desert Vista's combi of Victoria Wadsworth, left, and Suhitha Veeravelli enter the state doubles tournament with high hopes.
This letter is to thank the administrators, faculty and students at Desert Vista High School for their recent celebration of the lives of staff and alumni who died last summer. It was a real tribute to the leadership of Principal Dr. Anna Battle to take a few moments before the Ahwatukee Bowl to recognize the contribution each of the deceased made to the Desert Vista family.
Desert Vista's Anthony Abbadessa, right, and Nick Farina, bottom, attempt to intercept the ball, but Mountain Pointe's Garette Craig comes up with it for a first down during the "Tukee Bowl" between Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe at Desert Vista on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
Mountain Pointe celebrates when they won the "Tukee Bowl" between Desert Vista and Mountian Pointe at DV on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
Desert Vista senior Brooke Honeycutt, right, is expected to be one of the state's top middle blockers this year before heading off to Pepperdine.
Desert Vista junior Colton Estevez is one of three juniors providing hope the Thunder can get over the hump to win a state title this fall.
Desert Vista players celebrate Matt Young’s interception return for a touchdown during the Division I state championship game against Hamilton last November. The Thunder have a lot of pieces back from that team this year, but the 2012 team must forge its own identity.
Nick Farina, Desert Vista
Brian Johnson/AFN The Desert Vista High School marching band once again kept the football crowd entertained last Friday during the Thunder's first-round playoff victory over Mountain View. The team, and band, are home again this Friday for a 7 p.m. contest against Tucson Salpointe at Thunder Stadium. Nov. 12, 2010
Brian Johnson/AFN Desert Vista's marching band has been busy this year - playing at both home and away games. Led by Josh Thye, director, the band once again kept the crowd entertained at the Oct. 8 football game against Mesa. Oct. 8, 2010
Desert Vista graduate Kyla Neale(CQ) hugs her teacher Judy Hoffman during their graduation Thursday night on the Desert Vista High School football field. May, 26, 2011- Darryl Webb/AFN