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After a successful NFL career, coaching basketball was Chris Singleton’s new game plan. However, after a persuasive 20-minute conversation with Gilbert football’s head coach Derek Zellner, Singleton quickly changed his mind and reverted back to football.

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While their fields are six miles apart, the Gilbert Tigers and Campo Verde Coyotes are all too familiar with one another. The two bitter foes face off in a regional battle this Friday at 7 p.m. at Campo Verde High School.

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At the team’s final invitational meet of the season, where competition was strong and stakes were high, Casteel swim had one goal in mind: keep improving.

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Carson Sundem, 20, has brought passion and a new perspective to the ACP swim team in his first year as a coach. Together with veteran coach Kristine Nelson, Sundem is looking to continue to improve the ACP swim program in the years to come.

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It is always important to celebrate the positives that are hard to come by during a rough season. With all of its struggles this year, Desert Ridge volleyball picked up a small victory despite a 2-1 loss to Verrado on Friday.

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The first edition of the AIA football rankings this past Tuesday revealed what eight teams currently meet the standards for the Open Division playoffs at the end of the regular season.

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The first thing that people notice as they enter the main doors of Mesquite High School is the large glass cases lining the walls. Trophies of polished wood, silver and gold are what covers the shelves. Each trophy not only represents a prestigious win but the individual story of a team and …