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.
Pressed into duty at running back, linebacker Justin Stinnett helped Apache Junction play its most complete game of the young season, finally getting the Prospectors into the win column after a pair of close calls.
My-King Johnson gets in his defensive stance, waits for the slightest movement of the football; he instantly finds the hands of the lineman in front of him before impact and goes to work.
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.