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Highland building All-Star caliber program without stars

Leaving the 2020 6A State Championship empty-handed, the Highland Hawks are driven to finish what they started.  

Football more than a game for Mountain View's Roberts family

Bill Roberts grew up a multi-sport athlete at Highland High School in Pocatello, ID, playing basketball, baseball and football. Roberts said, “in Idaho, football is the only horse in town.”

Mesquite badminton sweeps Tempe for 4th win of the season

Mesquite High School badminton took down Tempe High School 9-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Chandler swim coach takes his life after arrest

Former Chandler High swim coach Bob Chen died by suicide Aug. 8, 48 hours after he was arrested in Mesa as part of a large East Valley human-trafficking sting that led to the arrest of 17 other men.

Cummard continues family legacy at Mesa High

Wherever he is on the court, Talbot Cummard does not need to look far to find his biggest fans.

Mesa-native Jagger Eaton enjoying success at young age

When Mesa-native Jagger Eaton first picked up a skateboard at 4 years old, the sport seemed to come natural to him.

Playing through a pandemic, Highland stayed safe and competitive

Like many, Highland volleyball head coach Jordan Neal spent this summer wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect his future. More specifically, he wondered how— or even if—he would coach his team in the fall.    

Chaparral raring to go after delayed season opener

Excited and thankful are two words that sum up how the Chaparral Firebirds feel heading into the 2020 season.

Despite approved timeline, football competition still in question

The Arizona Interscholastic Association took the first step toward ensuring football players and coaches would be able to follow a specific timeline this fall after voting to move forward with new recommendations from the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

Seton steamrolls to 4A girls' basketball championship

The Seton Catholic Sentinels girls’ basketball team has a long-standing history of dominance, but on Saturday it showed once again why it is one of the best teams in Arizona. The top-ranked Sentinels steamrolled their way to a 70-40 victory in the 4A girls state championship game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, defeating the no. 3 Sahuaro Cougars.

Perry defends home court in basketball quarterfinal

The Perry girls ended their final home game of the 2019-20 season with a victory Thursday, as the Pumas defeated Sandra Day O’Connor 70-55 in the quarterfinal round of the 6A basketball playoffs.

Hunter excels in Chandler title win

Chandler senior running back Dae Dae Hunter could not stop smiling after his Wolves defeated Saguaro 42-35 in the state’s first AIA Open Division Football Championship on Saturday evening.

Chandler football chasing fourth straight title

As Chandler’s head football coach Rick Garretson stood in front of his team after their semifinal victory over Salpointe Catholic, the passion could be heard in his voice.

Red Mountain in first title game in 18 years

An 18-year streak has finally come to an end for the Red Mountain High School football program. 

Higley’s Eddy Zubey to coach in Under Armour All-America Game

Higley High School head football coach Eddy Zubey has committed to be an assistant coach in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Saguaro mounts comeback win over Hamilton in Open semis

Saguaro earned a chance to play for yet-another state championship, as the Sabercats finished a comeback 20-16 win over Hamilton in Saturday’s Open Division football semifinal game.

Red Mountain rides offensive explosion to victory over Desert Ridge

No. 1 Red Mountain’s offensive explosion led the Mountain Lions to a 49-35 victory over No. 8 Desert Ridge in Friday night’s 6A football playoff semifinal.

Horizon beats Notre Dame in 2OT thriller

In a game with Open Division playoff rankings on the line, the Horizon Huskies handed the Notre Dame Prep Saints their first-ever loss on Bemis Field in a thrilling 35-34 double-overtime win. 

Mesa boy’s love of sports undaunted by diabetes

Marcus Schmidt is a happy-go-lucky 9-year-old who always seems to light up the room with his contagious smile.  

Teammates rally around Chandler cancer victim, 7

With her head freshly shaved, and her friends providing a protective cocoon, 7-year-old Leighton Accardo of Chandler looked down at her wrist and read the words on her bracelet.

Mountain View freshman defies odds to honor late brother

Collin Curtis attends 6 a.m. practices just like everybody else on the Mountain View High freshman football team.

Perry High badminton swinging for a repeat

The celebration of the 2017 state championship was bittersweet for the Perry High badminton team.

Hey, bubba, at Perry it’s hubba-hubba, Chubba

Quarterback battles take place in football every summer, often without a unanimous winner going into fall camp.