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.
Austin Field at Chandler High was lined with runners and competitors who wanted to take home gold medals Saturday for their teams at the 77th annual Chandler Rotary track meet.
Top-seeded Gilbert came into the 6A Conference girls state basketball semifinals undefeated against Arizona competition.
Top-seed Gilbert is heading to the semifinals of the girls 6A Conference playoffs after a tough victory over eighth-seeded Highland.
After losing in last year’s final, the Gilbert High School Tigers (16-2-2) are AIA 6A boys’ soccer state champions, after beating Tolleson High School (21-1) 1-0 at Campo Verde High School, despite having just 10 players the entire second half.
Tempers flared, cards were dealt and the crowd was vocal at Gilbert High on Saturday as second-seeded Gilbert boys soccer narrowly defeated No. 10 Mesa, 1-0.
Kyle Pedersen admitted it was a little odd to have to address what should come naturally with the Gilbert girls basketball team.
The 2016 state volleyball playoffs got underway Wednesday, as the first round brought two teams who have become quite familiar with each other during the regular season as No. 10 Basha visited No. 7 Gilbert.
The Corona del Sol girls volleyball team avenged an early season defeat to Hamilton on Saturday evening to claim the 2016 Tournament of Champions hosted by Westwood High.
The Hamilton girls volleyball team sought improvement Tuesday night against an unbeaten Corona Del Sol squad.