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.
Olivia Grossklaus looked like there was a surprise party thrown for her at the Skyline Aquatic Center in November and she truly had no clue it was coming.
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.
The East Valley may not have come away with the top prize at the boys and girls Division I state swim and dive championships, but a school from the region took home runner-up trophies for both the boys and girls.
The girls state swimming title used to look similar to the boys situation. It was Xavier and everyone else for many years. That has changed that last couple of years, though.
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.
Travis Schureman was a bit perplexed, much like everyone else, but he isn’t as concerned as others about where the Queen Creek football program will land once divisional placement is finalized.
The Scottsdale Notre Dame junior won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly this week against Scottsdale Saguaro with times that would put her in the 4A-II state meet’s final heat.