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  • Gilbert High teen balances powerlifting records and 4.0 GPA

    Gilbert High senior Sara Olguin enjoys hitting the gym. The difference is she hits it a little bit more than most. And a lot harder.Her workouts are a little different than doing a couple of sets of curls and hopping on the treadmill.Olguin is a powerlifter, and a very successful one at that. She holds United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Arizona women’s records in her age and weight class for the bench press (137.7 pounds), squat (214.9), deadlift (242.5) and combined total (595.2). Olguin’s bench press, squat and total numbers also stand as USPA American records.Awfully good for having only started powerlifting about three months ago.She got into the sport innocently enough with a little nudge from her brother, Sam.“I always liked lifting and seeing the transformation and seeing how strong I could get,” she said. “And then, realizing that when I started lifting, and then noticing that I could competitively break some records and compare to other people at such a young age, I thought it was interesting and cool.”

  • Photos: Special Olympics State Fall Aquatics

    Action from the Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 State Fall Aquatics Competition at Surprise Aquatic Center in Surprise on Oct. 17-18, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

  • Q&A with Higley football coach Eddy Zubey

    When Higley played Apache Junction on Oct. 10, the two schools nearly ran out of room on the scoreboard. The teams combined for 170 points in a 95-75 win for Higley that saw quarterback Mason Crossland set a state record with 641 yards and nine touchdowns.With the win, Higley kept its playoff hopes very much alive by pushing its record to 6-1. The East Valley Tribune caught up with Higley football coach Eddy Zubey before the Knights’ game against McClintock to talk about their game against Apache Junction, their season to this point and their hopes for the playoffs.Q: What is your reaction to your game against Apache Junction? It’s not often you see teams put up 170 combined points.A: Wow. It was something that definitely wasn’t planned for. It just kind of happened. I’ve been asked multiple times by colleagues and friends and fans, ‘What happened?’ And I really don’t have a good answer for you because I can’t tell. I don’t know. It was crazy. It was something that I know that I’ve never been a part of beforeQ: What was it like to call that game offensively? I mean, everything you called must have seemed to work.A: Well, you know we have a really good offensive coordinator, Joe Ortiz. Him and I have been together, this will be our seventh year together — four at Higley and three at St. Mary’s High School over there together. He just had a good feel and a good bead for what Apache Junction was doing and we just kind of took advantage of that.

  • Photos: Corona vs Mtn. Pointe football

  • Campo Verde gets homecoming win against Coconino

    Campo Verde snapped out of a five-game schneid on Friday night for homecoming to cruise by Coconino 45-14.The Coyotes (4-5) got off to a quick start against Coconino, scoring the first 28 points against the Panthers en route to a 38-14 lead. Campo Verde increased the margin from there and staved off Coconino for the easy win,“It feels good to get a ‘w’ and be back on the right side of the ledger,” said head coach Max Ragsdale.Junior wide receiver Eli Jones came down with two touchdowns in the first half, while sophomore kicker nailed a field goal and six extra points.Ragsdale said he was proud of his team’s offense, which he said has finally started to click, but added more work is needed on the other side of the ball.“We gotta play within our scheme. We gotta do what we’re coached to do,” he said.

  • Photos: Queen Creek vs Williams Field football

    The football game Queen Creek and Williams Field on Friday, Oct. 17. Williams Field defeated Queen Creek 17-10. [Andrew Ybanez/Special to Tribune]

  • Photos: Queen Creek vs Williams Field football

    The football game Queen Creek and Williams Field on Friday, Oct. 17. Williams Field defeated Queen Creek 17-10. [Andrew Ybanez/Special to Tribune]

  • Photos: Dobson vs Desert Vista football

    The football game between Desert Vista and Dobson at Desert Vista High School on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

  • Basha QB Kelley leads Bears to 48-31 win over Highland

    In watching film on Friday's opponent, Highland, Basha coaches noticed a few coverage schemes they deemed advantageous. Quarterback Ryan Kelley more than took advantage.The sophomore Kelley threw for 444 yards and six touchdowns as Basha got back in the win column with an offensive explosion in a 48-31 victory at Highland.Kelley completed 20-of-28 passes and threw for 203 yards in the second quarter alone as the Bears (5-3) racked up 550 yards and held off Highland's second-half comeback attempt."We saw the coverages they were in and it allowed us to some things," Basha coach Gerald Todd said.Kelley understatedly elaborated: "It seemed there were holes that were just really open."Nearly all of Kelley's receivers benefited. Jared Schmidt racked up 230 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions. Hunter Rison had 105 yards and three touchdowns. Doc O'Connor also eclipsed the century mark with 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns. O'Connor also threw a 32-yard touchdown (to Rison) late in the first half that helped the Bears to a 34-10 lead at halftime.

Football rankings

Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I, II, III
1. Chandler (7-1)
2. Hamilton (7-1)
3. Mountain Pointe (7-2)
4. Desert Ridge (7-1)
5. Tempe (8-0)
6. Westwood (7-1)
7. Skyline (7-1)
8. Queen Creek (6-2)
9. Higley (7-1)
10. Basha (5-3)

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