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Highland senior Jaden DeGracie was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for girls soccer in Arizona for a second consecutive season.
Hamilton's Kylie Miniefield,left, and Highland's Jaden DeGracie battle for the ball during the Division 1 Championship game, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Campo Verde High school in Gilbert. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
For more than 50 minutes there was more than a little nervousness in the stands and on the field for No. 3-seeded Highland in its Division I girls soccer first-round match.
There is no doubt what the Desert Vista girls soccer team is shooting for this season.
Highland hopes it gets another shot at Pinnacle in the girls soccer state tournament.
Call them The Fresh Connection. In a game littered with opportunities for both teams, it was an early second-half goal in the 46th minute that proved to be the difference as fourth-seeded Gilbert Highland defeated No. 5 Phoenix Mountain Pointe 1-0 Saturday to send the higher-seeded Hawks to the 5A-I state semifinals.
Red Mountain hung on for a 55-54 road win over Phoenix North on Tuesday night in boys basketball.
Tempe held on to upset No. 2 Chandler Seton Catholic 69-66 on the Sentinels' home floor in a 4A-II East Sky Region game Wednesday.
Gilbert's Highland High School will graduate 715 students in its Class of 2013. The students have earned $10 million in scholarships.
Division I Girls Soccer State Championship
It's said that no one likes to settle a soccer game with a penalty kick shootout. Least of all in the state championship.
Making it to the state tournament should not be a given, but it has been for wrestlers in 5A Division I and 5A Division II the past four seasons.
Marvin Hypolite took over a very good Desert Vista girls soccer program that had been to two state title matches and had two other semifinal appearances since 2007.
The proverbial weight slid off Highland's girls soccer team and crashed into a hundred mythical pieces.
All-Tribune First Team
Highland’s journey to its first girls soccer state championship in 2011-2012 was years in the making, but could a repeat merely take months?
All-Tribune First Team
Who’s ready to make the leap?
The stakes just became much greater.
No disrespect to the local high school track and field — especially because it’s as good as ever the past five years — but sometimes it pays to go beyond these borders.