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Longtime football assistant Tim Rutt is expected to become Gilbert's new football coach, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation.
Basha's Brandon Rutt drives Westview's ball carrier to the ground, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Basha. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Westview's Dordell Provchy barely gets off a pass as Basha's Steven Westbrook and Brandon Rutt wrap him up, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Basha. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Basha's Steven Westbrook and Brandon Rutt set their sights on Westview's quarterback Kordell Provchy, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Basha. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
Outlook: Last season was an interesting one for Basha. The Bears finished up 7-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs, but were very competitive against the state’s elite teams. A few different bounces could have resulted in a couple more wins and a longer run in the postseason. This year’s team has the look of a top-10 squad once again.
The Bears will travel out of state for the first time in their history to face off with a top-5 Nevada team in Green Valley. Mountain Pointe defeated Bishop Gorman — Nevada’s best team — last week, and Tucson Salpointe had its way against Liberty, so Basha will look to make it 3-0 against Nevada opponents. The offense should be good out of the gate, as quarterback Zach Werlinger and running back Rajhan Meriwether have the talent and experience to lead the way. Brandon Rutt is the leader on defense, but that’s where the Bears have more question marks. Green Valley’s offense is its strength, as dual-threat quarterback Christian Lopez and wide receiver Markus Varner could be tough to contain. This one has all the makings of a shootout, and even though both teams have talented players, I’ll go with the Arizona team based on the previous week’s results.
Prediction: Basha 35, Green Valley 31
-- Kyle Odegard
Braden Johnson went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBIs as Corona del Sol blasted Glendale Mountain Ridge (5-1), 16-2, Saturday to win the Corona del Sol Aztec Invitational. Russell Teames went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs and Ben Rodriguez had three hits and two RBIs for the Aztecs (4-2).
Andrew Gulla collected seven RBIs as Chaparral overpowered Apache Junction, 10-5, in a 4A East Sky Region baseball game Tuesday at Apache Junction.
There have been highs and lows from the 2012-2013 athletic year.
Statistics and information for Saturday's 5A-I state championship game
The world moves too fast these days to allow us much time for reflection, reminiscing or wishful thinking. It’s not what we’ve done, only what we’ve done lately.
Maybe the best way to measure Teddy Ruben’s value isn’t what he meant to Saguaro on the field, but what it would have been like without him.
Tempe Marcos de Niza yearns to sidestep the stumbling block that has plagued its ascent to the top of 5A Division II as the prep football season opens for many schools on Friday.
A breakdown of the matchup and intrigue surrounding each of this week's East Valley high school football matchups.