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  • D-IV, V football preview: Seton, Tempe Prep look to keep rolling

    With the high school football season just around the corner, some teams will look to continue their run of success while others will look to regain it.Seton Catholic has been a dominant program at the Division IV level during the past three years, going 36-4 in that span. Coach Rex Bowser said much of that success is due to the continuity within the system at the school.“Our kids come in as freshmen and they learn the system,” Bowser said. “They’re not having to learn a bunch of new stuff every year.”That consistency will be put to the test this year as the Sentinels look to make it deeper into the playoffs after being eliminated in last year’s semifinals by Mohave Valley River Valley.Seton loses starting quarterback Kyle Johnson, who threw for over 2,400 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2013. It opens the door for senior Zach Wade to take over the Sentinels’ high-powered offense, which has averaged more than 40 points per game the past three years.Wade appeared in 10 games last year, completing 35 of 59 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions.

  • Local athletes finish in top 15 in world junior track championships

    Graduates from two local high schools each finished in the top 15 at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., earlier this week.Mountain Pointe graduate Travonn White finished in fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 7.72 meters, while Hamilton alumna Ashlee Moore took 13th place in the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,466 points.Moore, who will be a freshman at the University of Oregon this fall, set an Arizona high school record in the 100-meter hurdles during the competition, running a time of 13.59 seconds.IAAF World Junior Championships feature some of the top athletes ages 19 and younger to compete in a multitude of track and field events.

  • Gilbert Little League softball teams both win state titles

    Gilbert Softball Little League had not one but two squads take home championships in state tournaments this month.The league’s 10-11 and 11-12 all-star squads took home championships in their respective groups, with the 10-11 team winning the state title for the second year in a row. The softball players, consisting of the top players in the league, won in fairly convincing fashion; 10-11 head coach Brian Schmidt said the all-stars won the title game 23-1 to a team that only lost to Gilbert.“It was amazing, it was fun. We can always say we won a state title,” said pitcher Sydney Babik.Babik was one of the team’s stronger players, as was fellow 10-year-old and Brian Schmidt’s daughter, Morgan. Brian Schmidt said both excelled at the plate in their first season on the 10-11 team. Morgan Schmidt said the highlight for her came during the last out, when she snared a line drive that came right at her from the plate to secure the victory.The all-star tournaments are tricky for teams because the players get approximately five weeks to know each other after spending the regular season playing against one another. Schmidt emphasized it takes a lot of dedication to spend approximately two-thirds of a summer playing softball. What the experience did, he said, is provide a strong connection between the players, coaches and parents. Babik added that the experience provided her an opportunity to make a few new friends as well, a sentiment shared by her teammate.“I liked getting to know some girls I didn’t know before,” Morgan Schmidt said.

  • The Top Court: Spiral 18 Under Armour’s ride to national title

    Some dreams seem just too big to accomplish, like a mirage in a vast, empty desert.That’s what a boys national title seemed like for members of Spiral Volleyball’s Boys 18 Under Armour team. They would sit in the stands and simply watch the teams play on the championship courts, wanting to be there but just unable to make it.“Being from Arizona, you don’t see a lot of good volleyball,” said J.T. Hatch, Spiral 18 Under Armour’s outside hitter. “We would all be on the top court watching the teams … I don’t think we’d ever thought we would ever be on the top court playing.“It was kind of like those were our heroes that we watched and we really kind of admired them; we wanted to be like them because we were from Arizona, we don’t see that a lot.”Indoor volleyball isn’t a popular sport in Arizona. It is starting to pick up traction slowly but isn’t anywhere near the level of football, basketball or baseball.The Spiral boys’ success was not a spontaneous, sudden burst to greatness. Like all great things, it took time to develop.

  • Chandler heptathlete Moore headed to world track championships

    Sitting in the bleachers watching a track meet as just a young girl, Ashlee Moore already knew what she wanted to do.She wanted to be a track star.Now she will be competing on one of the world’s biggest stages.Moore, a Chandler resident, recently won the USA Junior heptathlon title at the USA Outdoor Championships and earned herself a spot on Team USA for the junior world championships July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore.After winning a national title, many would be ecstatic, elated, or any combination of emotions that one associates with winning. Moore however, was much more subdued after struggling in the javelin and 800-meter run at the outdoor championships.“I was happy,” Moore said. “I didn’t think I was as happy as I would have been just because of my performance, but it was exciting. I was kind of surreal …

  • EV football teams in Divisions II, III face tough roads to playoffs

    Just because the schools are a little bit smaller doesn’t mean the competition isn’t just as stiff.The paths for the top East Valley football contenders in Divisions II and III are no less strenuous than their Division I counterparts. In fact, they may even be harder.Division II Mesquite looks to improve on its 11-2 record a year ago, when it made it to the state semifinals before being eliminated by Chaparral.The Wildcats open with Gilbert before heading for a tough road game against Williams Field, which they lost to 32-21 a year ago.The middle of the schedule opens up a bit with three games against Ironwood, Corona del Sol and Westwood, all of which were under .500 in section play in 2013.The end of the schedule will be good preparation for a state tournament berth with a home date with Marcos de Niza and a road test at Campo Verde.

  • EV football teams in Divisions II, III face tough roads to playoffs

    Just because the schools are a little bit smaller doesn’t mean the competition isn’t just as stiff.The paths for the top East Valley football contenders in Divisions II and III are no less strenuous than their Division I counterparts. In fact, they may even be harder.Division II Mesquite looks to improve on its 11-2 record a year ago, when it made it to the state semifinals before being eliminated by Chaparral.The Wildcats open with Gilbert before heading for a tough road game against Williams Field, which they lost to 32-21 a year ago.The middle of the schedule opens up a bit with three games against Ironwood, Corona del Sol and Westwood, all of which were under .500 in section play in 2013.The end of the schedule will be good preparation for a state tournament berth with a home date with Marcos de Niza and a road test at Campo Verde.

  • Chandler Prep Academy appoints new volleyball coach

    Chandler Prep Academy announced the appointment of a new girls varsity volleyball coach.Sarah Baughman will take over the reins of the program after serving as a varsity assistant coach at Chandler Prep as well as a club coach at Club One since 2009.Baughman will be a teacher at the school, teaching seventh- and eighth-grade literature/composition and ninth-grade humane letters. She attended Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, where she was a member of a 5A-I state runner-up team.

  • Gilbert Early College wins summer basketball tournament

    Leading Edge Academy Gilbert Early College’s varsity girls basketball team took first place in the Canyon Athletic Association’s Summer Cup tournament on June 27.The Spartan girls have dominated the past few years, winning the past three consecutive CAA state titles.

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Boys Basketball

Last Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I Division II
1. Corona del Sol 4-0 Cat. Foothills 5-0
2. Pinnacle 2-0 Gilbert Christian 0-1
3. Mountain View 1-0 Sahuaro 3-2
4. Hamilton 5-0 Shadow Mtn. 4-0
5. Mesa 4-1 Salpointe 4-2
6. Gilbert 3-1 Cienega 0-0
7. Sunnyslope 5-0 Buena 3-0
8. Perry 5-0 Marcos de Niza 0-0
9. Desert Mtn. 2-2 Paradise Valley 3-1
10. Chaparral 2-2 South Mtn.

Girls Basketball

Last Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I Division II
1. Desert Vista 6-0 Saguaro 4-3
2. Dobson 6-0 Bradshaw Mtn. 7-0
3. Hamilton 0-0 Marcos de Niza 4-3
4. Highland 6-1 Mtn. View (Marana) 2-2
5. Westview 5-2 Seton Catholic 6-1
6. Millennium 4-1 Flagstaff 0-1
7. Mtn. Pointe 5-1 Williams Field 5-2
8. Mesquite 5-2 Thunderbird 4-3
9. Mtn. View 3-4 Pusch Ridge 5-0
10. Basha 1-0 Peoria 3-1

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