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  • Cardinals sign ex-Hamilton back Bauman to practice squad

    The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Northern Arizona University running back Zach Bauman to the practice squad.Bauman — NAU's career leader in yards rushing, all-purpose yards and touchdowns — was with the Cardinals in training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent but was released Aug. 30.The move comes after running back Stepfan Taylor injured his calf in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.To make room for Bauman, cornerback Anthony Gaitor was released from the practice squad.

  • Sacrifice leads to success for Gilbert gymnast

    For a 17-year-old, it’s not uncommon to have a job. But a job that requires them to work 31 hours per week along with traveling out of state once a month and occasionally out of the country? That isn’t so common.However, Mykayla Skinner, a senior at Higley High School, isn’t your average 17-year-old. Skinner is a gymnast with eyes set on making the U.S. Olympic team and competing in the 2016 games in Brazil.But making that dream come true takes hard work. A lot of it. Skinner — who earned a bronze medal in the vault at the 2014 World Gymnastics Championships earlier this month in Nanning, China — spends 31 hours per week in the gym in addition to keeping up with her schoolwork and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life.When she’s not in the gym, which isn’t terribly often, Skinner enjoys going to the movies, just hanging out with friends and dating, but the hardest thing for her to miss is moments with her family.Skinner has had to miss holidays, birthdays and family get-togethers all for the sake of her sport.“If I’m gone and they’ll tell me how it went and I kind of get mad like, ‘oh why couldn’t I be there?’ ” Skinner said. “But then I know that sometimes I just kind of have to do what I have to do.”

  • Football coaches talk about proposal realignment

    Nothing is official yet, but the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is mulling over the idea of changing the way schools are placed in their divisions for football.Currently, schools are placed in their divisions, I through VI, depending on their enrollment. The new idea is to instead look at participation numbers in football and assign schools to their division based on that number.Seton Catholic coach Rex Bowser, Westwood coach Spencer Stowers and Williams Field coach Steve Campbell took some time to talk to the East Valley Tribune about how they felt about the proposal.Q: First off, what are your general thoughts about this new proposal?Rex Bowser: I don’t know, I suppose it depends on what everyone else’s participation numbers are. That’s the way this stuff always goes. I don’t know, I don’t really have any feeling about it one way or the other.Steve Campbell: I think there’s a chance and a risk of it doing probably the opposite of what the AIA is about, which is getting kids participating in extracurricular activities because that now essentially will dictate to a lot of programs what level they’re at, and so I think you’ll start seeing some coaches that will thin out rosters, maybe going to more of a cut-sport mentality.

  • Photos: Basha vs Chandler football

    The football game between Basha and Chandler at Basha High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

  • Photos: Corona vs Desert Vista football

  • Defense pushes Tempe to win against Moon Valley

    On a night where individual records were supposed to take center stage, it was the team-first approach of Tempe High that propelled the Buffaloes to a 38-26 victory over the Moon Valley Rockets.The victory seals the Division III Section VI championship for Tempe and keeps head coach Brian Walker’s Buffaloes undefeated.“Gant is a heck of a quarterback, but we are not just Emanuel Gant, we are the Tempe Buffaloes,” Walker said emphatically after the game.All eyes were on Tempe’s signal caller, as the senior needed just 178 passing yards to eclipse the state’s career passing yards record set by Saguaro’s Luke Rubenzer in 2013. Gant fell 28 yards shy of breaking the record, as he completed just 10 of 21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.“I have never really cared about the record to begin with,” Gant said. “If I got it, I got it and if I didn’t I didn’t. I would rather break it at home and that is what I am able to do.”It was Moon Valley that struck first, as the Rockets marched 51 yards on the opening possession of the game to score the first points of the contest. Senior wide receiver Devin Knight capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception and the successful two-point conversion put Moon Valley up 8-0 with 7:56 left in the first.

  • Defense pushes Tempe to win against Moon Valley

    On a night where individual records were supposed to take center stage, it was the team-first approach of Tempe High that propelled the Buffaloes to a 38-26 victory over the Moon Valley Rockets.The victory seals the Division III Section VI championship for Tempe and keeps head coach Brian Walker’s Buffaloes undefeated.“Gant is a heck of a quarterback, but we are not just Emanuel Gant, we are the Tempe Buffaloes,” Walker said emphatically after the game.All eyes were on Tempe’s signal caller, as the senior needed just 178 passing yards to eclipse the state’s career passing yards record set by Saguaro’s Luke Rubenzer in 2013. Gant fell 28 yards shy of breaking the record, as he completed just 10 of 21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.“I have never really cared about the record to begin with,” Gant said. “If I got it, I got it and if I didn’t I didn’t. I would rather break it at home and that is what I am able to do.”It was Moon Valley that struck first, as the Rockets marched 51 yards on the opening possession of the game to score the first points of the contest. Senior wide receiver Devin Knight capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception and the successful two-point conversion put Moon Valley up 8-0 with 7:56 left in the first.

  • Skyline gets early lead, hangs on to beat Mesa 30-21

    It looked like Skyline was going to win in a romp over Mesa through the first half. But even though the Coyotes dominated just about every phase of the game in the first two quarters, they had to survive a late rally by Mesa to win 30-21 Friday night.Quarterback Jacob Roberts found wide receiver Cory Anderson deep down the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown on Skyline’s very first play of the game to give Skyline a 7-0 lead.“I saw that the corner(back) was up pretty close and the safety came up to support the run because we run a lot,” Anderson said. “They weren’t really ready for the pass play so we took advantage of it.”Roberts finished the night with three receptions for 178 receiving yards and three touchdowns.The scoring continued for Skyline, which took a 23-0 lead into halftime thanks to a 10-yard run from wide receiver Truman Tucker, a 25-yard pass from running back Amarii Keyes to Anderson and a 46-yard field goal from kicker Daniel Espino.As good as it was in the first half, Skyline struggle to hold on to the lead in the second. A Coyotes’ defense that had been stingy against Mesa’s run-heavy attack starting giving up running lanes as the game wore on.

  • Chandler High blows out Basha in 55-10 road win

    It was three weeks ago when Chandler High manhandled city rival Hamilton, yet the Wolves found themselves behind Hamilton the past three weeks, despite identical records, for the top two spots in the rankings that ultimately determine playoff seeding.With the MaxPreps formula behind the rankings a public mystery, Chandler can only hope strength of schedule and margin of victory are two key components. If so, Friday's 55-10 road win over Basha should help the Wolves (8-1) make up some ground with one week left in the regular season.Basha was ranked five spots ahead of Hamilton's opponent this week, Highland, and Chandler's 45-point margin of victory edged the 39 by which Hamilton won."I don't know how it works," Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said. "We're just worrying about ourselves right now. Whoever is next on our schedule, that's who we'll game plan for and that's what we'll worry about."Aguano didn't have to worry much at all against Basha. His team scored on five consecutive drives in the first half and star quarterback Bryce Perkins sat out most of the second half after he threw for 281 yards on just 14 attempts."They're pretty explosive; I'm lucky to have good kids," Aguano said of his offense. "But the thing is, our defense got us the ball, sometimes with a short field."

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