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AIA announces fall sports modifications, best practices

Just two days after the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced its phased-in approach to the start of fall sports this year, officials released a list of updated modifications and best practices that will help mitigate the spread of coronavirus while competing.

AIA releases updated fall sports schedule

The future of fall sports in Arizona became clearer Wednesday afternoon as the Arizona Interscholastic Association released a revised schedule following a special Executive Board meeting.

Arizona football coaches propose Oct. 2 start for season

Representatives from the Arizona Football Coaches Association have finalized a proposal that would delay the start of competition for the 2020 season until Oct. 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Near-miss last year motivates Chandler boys volleyball

The Chandler boys volleyball team was one win away from the team’s first state championship in May 2017.

Hamilton softball has eyes set on three straight state titles

After winning two straight softball championship games, Hamilton’s softball team is looking for a “three-peat.”

Mesa basketballer proves them wrong from Dobson to ASU

It’s Thanksgiving in Las Vegas. ASU men’s basketball trails Kansas State by two with 14 minutes remaining in the first game of the Continental Tire Invitational.

Wickenburg upsets Casteel to advance in 3A

The clock showed 33 seconds and Casteel the possession.  The dramatic conclusion of a 3A State Basketball Playoff game looked promising for the 3 seed. They'd get the final look. 

Red Mountain falls to Desert Vista, ending season

Red Mountain’s season ended Friday night in the 6A boys basketball quarterfinals, falling 66-53 on the road to Desert Vista. 

Perry falls to Brophy Prep in the quarterfinals of the state playoff

Perry High School’s boys basketball team saw their season come to an end on Friday night, falling on the road to Brophy College Preparatory 47-38 in the quarterfinals of the AIA 6A Boys Basketball State Championships.