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.
Regional title hopes were on the line during Senior Night at Mesquite High School as Williams Field defeated Mesquite in an overtime slugfest, 54-49.
The offensive consistency and explosiveness Williams Field showed on the football field in the fall has not transferred over to the Black Hawks boys basketball team just yet.
GLENDALE – The culmination of events ended up in Williams Field’s favor but it sure didn’t stack up that way.
GLENDALE – The final drive for Williams Field, that little thing that ate up clock and never gave back the ball, had some critical moments.
Max Fine had one of those –‘Wait, what just happened?’ moments as the football sailed over his head.
Williams Field has navigated the course of the season with perfection, garnishing a 13-0 record and advancing to the 5A state championship for the second time in program history.
In the second meeting of No. 2 Williams Field and No. 5 Queen Creek in the semifinals on Friday, the Blackhawks used defensive dominance and a potent rushing attack to defeat their rival, 37-12.
The 2016 playoffs have spoiled fans with great rematches from the regular season, and as the semifinals get ready to kickoff, rematches are once again slated for Friday night.