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.
The final rankings had some movement, including a new top-ranked team for the first time all year, after the regular season came to an end.
Twenty area teams had their school name placed on a line in the AIA state football playoff brackets Saturday morning.
At the beginning of the year, it was easy to pinpoint Chandler-Hamilton the game of the week for the final Friday of the regular season.
The 2016 state badminton tournament is ready to tip off on Monday as qualifying teams now focus their sights on the state championship after the individual tournament ended on Saturday.
East Valley high schools dominated day two of the 2016 state badminton singles and doubles tournament, capturing two state championships and three state runner-ups at Independence High School on Saturday afternoon.
With Skyline’s starting running back hobbled this week in practice, sophomore Aaron Wood knew he’d likely be in line for a heavier workload Friday than he’s used to in his normal role as the Coyotes’ No. 2 back.
Some wounds sting longer than others and, for Skyline, last week’s 21-14 loss to Hamilton, their first of the year, lasted particularly long.
If Friday’s contest against Skyline felt a little like déjà vu for the Hamilton football program – from the opponent, to the score, to the way the Huskies seemingly tried everything in their power to give away a victory before snatching it back – know that even Steve Belles was having flashb…