The start of the quarterfinals for prep football across the state also presents the beginning of the historic Open Division playoffs, as the state’s top eight teams from 6A, 5A and 4A begin their quest for a true state championship.
The third-ranked Basha Bears girls volleyball program found themselves facing an uphill battle on Tuesday night at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, as they trailed top-seeded and district-rival Perry by two sets in the 6A Girls Volleyball State Championship.
Makayla Donahoo was not supposed to be on the badminton court, especially with her heading to college on a Division I softball scholarship at Weber State.
The teams from Mesa and Chandler were in the fifth set of a spirited girls’ volleyball match. As the score went back and forth, the crowd went wild with each passing point.
The typical successful wrestler has been on the mat for years, has wrestled a ton of matches outside of the regular season and has a refined set of skills honed over countless hours of drilling.
The Mountain View Toros defeated the Dobson Mustangs 62-35 Friday night in a wire-to-wire victory to snap a two-game skid and improve to 13-7 overall.
The Mesa Jackrabbits came into Friday’s contest against the Dobson Mustangs unlikely to make the playoffs, but took home a commanding 63-27 win behind senior wide receiver Leon Morgan.
Heading into Friday night, it had been nearly 24 years since the Dobson Mustangs had claimed victory over Mountain View.
What was once a 13-game losing streak, now is a two-game win streak, as the Dobson Mustangs move to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2011, beating the Central Bobcats 49-22 Friday night.
The first runs of games shuffled the rankings a bit, but some of the teams still haven’t take the field so there is still a feeling out process.