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.
Skyline starter Boyd Vanderkooi struck out all but two Mesa Jackrabbits on Tuesday afternoon finished with 10 in a complete game 9-0 shutout of Mesa at HoHoKam Stadium.
After narrowly losing the first game, the Mountain View boys volleyball team battled back to win the next three, defeating Mesa 3-1.
A year ago, the Basha boys basketball found itself on the losing end of the state semifinal game to Mesa.
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.
Kate Hatch has spent countless hours at Mesa High with her older siblings as volleyballs whizzed by or the squeak of basketball shoes echoed in the Jackrabbits’ gym.
The annual Moon Valley Invitational hosted 32 teams from around the state this past Friday and Saturday.
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.
Entering Tuesday night's East Valley region volleyball match Mesa coach Amy Strawn wanted her team to realize the importance.
When the clock struck zero on the Mesa High School scoreboard Friday night, one team excitedly ran to the sideline, while the other retreated to its end zone for a stern talking to by their coach.