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.
No. 3 seed Trivium Prep bested second-seeded Gilbert Christian 2-1 on Friday at Williams Field High School in a 3A girls soccer semifinal match.
A 21-win season fell just short of a state title appearance as the Perry girls’ soccer team lost to Xavier 2-0 in the 6A state semifinals Wednesday night at Campo Verde.
For the first 10 minutes of its 3A first round match, No. 2 seed Gilbert Christian girls soccer appeared to be on level footing with No. 15 seed River Valley — a team with which the Knights had no common opponents.
The volatility of the soccer postseason showed up Wednesday night as a handful of upsets shook up the 6A Conference playoff landscape.
With the way that the Perry girls soccer team attacks on the field, it isn’t surprising how the Pumas feel about putting an end to the athletic department’s dearth of state titles.
The Reach 11 Sports Complex has hosted elite level soccer tournaments ever since the North Phoenix facility was built in the early 2000s.
Nestled in to the base of the San Tan Mountains lies Casteel High School, the newest member to an expanding Chandler Unified School District.
PHOENIX - As the pressure mounted, and the shots on goal increased, the Desert Vista girls soccer team responded as championship squad tend to do on the way to close victories.
Desert Vista is no stranger to the final game of the girls soccer season. In 2013 and 2015, the Thunder made the title game, and each of those times came out on the losing side.
Desert Vista coach Marvin Hypolite is no stranger to the Division I state finals. Saturday’s finals match versus Hamilton was the third time he has taken the Thunder to the season’s ultimate game in five years.
Hamilton paid no mind to its No. 4 seed in the state tournament. The Huskies came in playing the underdog card.
Kamrie Gunderson watches it all unfold in front of her as Desert Vista’s goalie.
In an electrifying quarterfinal game that went down to the wire, freshman forward Allison Broderick scored a goal with 3:41 left in the first period of overtime to lift the Xavier College Preparatory Gators 2-1 over the Campo Verde Coyotes.
Perry girls soccer coach John Roberts knew this year his team could possibly be something special. He thought it could end in a deeper run than last year’s quarterfinal finish.