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.
Emily Crall had no idea what a small amount of water she used to take in before 125 ounces became the daily routine.
For the second time three seasons, Desert Vista doubled dipped when it came to hoisting the cross country state championship trophy.
The 44th annual Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational at the Shalimar Country Club in Tempe showcased some of the Valley’s top, high school, team and individual runners on Saturday.
The fall sports season in Arizona is revving up as teams from all across the state look for opportunities to show the hard work and dedication given throughout the grueling Arizona summer.
There is no questioning the success of the Desert Vista boys cross country program.
Desert Vista sophomore Shae Nicolaisen is not one to talk much, falling into the category of leading by example as unquestionably one of the Thunder’s top swimmers.
Before diving completely into the winter sports, there is time to take one more look back at what was accomplished, surpassed and championed in the fall.
A year ago, before being boosted by a talented trio of freshmen, Chandler cross country coach Matt Lincoln considered the state cross country meet almost an afterthought.
The cross country season hit its mid-season zenith on Friday, Oct. 2 at the annual Desert Twilight XC Festival at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande. The largest meet of the year brought in competition from all over the western part of the U.S.
The Desert Twilight XC Festival answered some questions about the cross country teams, but some new questions arose from the individual performances.
Here is a quick spin around the fall sports scene after a big weekend of competition for area teams.
The Desert Vista cross country programs have a reputation of being one of the most successful sports — boys and girls — at the high school. The girls’ team is coming into this season ranked fourth in the country in Jeff Messer’s third year as head coach.
A solid, winning football program, much like any building, is built on a strong foundation. However, instead of concrete, the basis of a football program is the principles in which a coach believes.
When the Arizona Football Coaches Association (AzFCA) got together for the meeting on Friday, there is a good chance Pete Walheim got a lot of pats on the back.