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As the saying goes, Jimmies and Joes trump X’s and O’s.
SAINT-EMILION, France — An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the Saint-Emilion vineyard's CFO, they were clearly fakes — too new looking, not on the right kind of paper.
Arizona's economy won't recover until more people move here, but more people won't move here until the unemployment rate drops.
TUCSON — Chaparral did two things early in Friday's Division II state final that no other opponent had been able to do against Salpointe Catholic this season: score a first-quarter touchdown and take the lead.
It’ll be a short ceremony — 30 minutes in all — but the second menorah lighting organized by the Chabad Jewish Center of Gilbert this Sunday will celebrate Chanukah while honoring a local soldier.
Hamilton can match Mountain View on Saturday with its eighth big-school state championship, while Mountain Pointe is in search of its first championship.
No. 3 Chaparral vs. No. 1 Salpointe Catholic (6 p.m. Friday at University of Arizona stadium): It’s funny sometimes how schedules are scrutinized. Salpointe Catholic hasn’t played nearly as difficult a slate as Chaparral did during the regular season or playoffs, but the Lancers are considered unanimous favorites. There’s good reason. The Lancers have it all: explosive playmakers on offense and defense, led by Cameron Denson, Andrew Cota, and Kaelin Deboskie, and one of the top defenses in the state (regardless of division). Chaparral, however, has all of the same ingredients, and the Firebirds know they’re underdogs which bodes well, if not unusual. The game is basically a home game for Salpointe Catholic, which works in their favor. Similar to Mountain Pointe, this could be Salpointe Catholic’s year, but Chaparral has the defense and offensive balance to make the Lancers sweat. Since nobody has played Salpointe closer than 31 points this season (45-14 win over Peoria Liberty in the quarterfinals), what happens if Chaparral gives them a game? The Firebirds will, and we’ll find out what Salpointe is made of.
Prediction: Salpointe Catholic 34, Chaparral 27
Sixty years ago Tom Prather started hauling furniture out of his parents’ home near Glenwood Springs, Colo.
PHOENIX — A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed against federal officials connected with the botched Fast and Furious program by the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Most teams would savor a victory in the state quarterfinals, but Scottsdale Saguaro was already thinking ahead to next week immediately after a 48-20 home win over Tucson Sabino in the Division III playoffs Friday night.
Of the top four seeded teams in the Division I playoff bracket, it looked like No. 4 Desert Ridge might have the toughest first-round assignment in facing No. 13 Desert Mountain.
As Basha amassed nearly unfathomable yardage totals Friday night, the one thing looming over the Bears, threatening to cast for naught nearly 700 yards of offense, was a missed extra point midway through the second quarter.
After lean years, Combs, Mesquite and Skyline are back in postseason, but see it as only a step in each program's respective climb upward
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Organic kibble? All-natural chow? Fido and Fluffy don't know it, but their owners want them to eat better — and they are forking over big bucks to make it happen.
PHOENIX — A “reverse sting” operation to collar those who might be interested in robbing stash houses is “troubling” but not illegal, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
There is a saying that, no matter how it is accomplished, a win is a win.
“The cupboard is bare”, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently in reference to the federal budget crisis. “There’s [sic] no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that.”
Pinnacle rolled to an easy victory over Mountain Ridge on Friday night and moves up to No. 6 in the rankings. Quarterback Brian Lewerke had 304 passing yards and four touchdowns. Next week's game against Horizon will be interesting for both sides. Pinnacle's defense gave up 35 to Basha and will get another tough test against the explosive Huskies. Pinnacle's offense can score, too, so the matchup should be entertaining.
The Pioneers came up with a signature victory against Horizon. Everyone above Pinnacle won so it remains at No. 6 in the rankings, but defeating the explosive Huskies is a momentum-builder as the playoffs approach. Pinnacle has the same gaudy record as the past couple seasons, but there is little doubt this year's team is better-equipped to make a deeper tournament run.
These teams faced off in a memorable shootout in 2012, as Basha jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead but watched as Chandler scored 41 second-half points to secure a 10-point win. The Wolves will be favored in this one, especially coming off a victory over Hamilton a few weeks back. Chandler’s offense may be even more explosive than last year behind QB Bryce Perkins, RB Chase Lucas, WR Mitch McCulley, WR Dionte Sykes and WR Elijah Sykes, while Basha should be able to put up points as well led by quarterback Zach Werlinger and wide receiver Doc O’Connor. It should be another entertaining showdown, but Chandler’s vast array of weapons on offense may be too much for the Bears to slow down.
Prediction: Chandler 45, Basha 38
-- Kyle Odegard
Desert Ridge defeated visiting Skyline, 42-19 on Friday for the Jaguars' sixth consecutive win for the Jaguars.
Deion Warren might have saved Desert Mountain's season.
While Tarek Morrison burst onto the high school football scene as Desert Ridge's star quarterback in 2012, twin brother Taren spent the season in the background.
20. Ironwood Ridge...
18. Desert Mountain...
17. Queen Creek...
This is a group that we don't really know what to make of quite yet. Ironwood Ridge is the defending Division II champion and has played well, but can a lineup with massive turnover compete for the title again? Highland started slowly but has turned it on of late. However, it remains to be seen if the Hawks can hang with explosive offenses. Desert Mountain is in a freefall, while Queen Creek is fighting injuries to its two best players. Brophy is having a down year but it's still a very well-coached team with an impressive defense.