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Spring sprang, and now summer has set in.
Here is a collection of thoughts and stories from those who've crossed paths (personally or professionally) with former Higley district athletic director Art Wagner, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 15.
Ky Westbrook’s standards are so high, it was hard for her to hide the disappointment of running an average race despite easily winning the 100-meter dash on Saturday.
The 2013 Arizona track and field championships started to resemble 2012 a little too closely for Devon Allen’s liking.
How many times can a team keep doing this?
Whether it was emotion, momentum or just plain talent, no one would have been surprised if either Highland or Gilbert won the state boys volleyball championship on Saturday night.
Boys volleyball state championship
Gilbert’s boys volleyball earned its second consecutive spot in the Division I state championship match, and a bigger cheer inside the sportsmanship spotlight.
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.
Cameron Dudley had a great view from the bench last year when the Gilbert boys volleyball team won the state title.
2013 Track and Field state Championships
For most hitters a mistake pitch is something up and over the plate.
The Chaparral baseball team isn’t quite ready to give up on its dream of a third consecutive state title.
After getting past No. 18 Ironwood Ridge in three games earlier in the day (25-17, 25-16, 25-19), No. 15 Hamilton ran into No. 2 Highland, who knocked the Huskies out of the second round of the boys state volleyball tournament, 25-17, 25-13, 25-18.
Her team found ways to stay alive for at least a few more days in the Division I state tournament, but Lindsey Collins wasn't gushing.
Here are the first two rounds of the boys volleyball state tournament, which begins Saturday and continues May 7 (quarterfinals), May 9 (semifinals) and May 11 (championship):
Mountain View Toro Valerie Kaff delivers pitch while taking on Desert Vista at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix Wednesday, May 1, 2013. [Jerry Burch/Special to Tribune]
Mountain View's Valerie Kaff swings while up to bat against Desert Vista at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix Wednesday, May 1, 2013. [Jerry Burch/Special to Tribune]
While rowing has been a sport dominated by colleges and teams on the East Coast, crew teams have started to flourish in unsuspecting places — like the desert.
Boys volleyball state tournament outlook
As if the first-round heart-pounding win wasn’t enough, the Desert Vista baseball team had to go to extra-innings again to keep its season alive.
Danielle Block has a hard time balancing the rigors of pitching and hitting.