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It was three weeks ago when Chandler High manhandled city rival Hamilton, yet the Wolves found themselves behind Hamilton the past three weeks, despite identical records, for the top two spots in the rankings that ultimately determine playoff seeding.
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The Hamilton Huskies hadn’t lost a home game in 64 straight games. They didn’t make it to 65, as Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins led the Wolves to a 56-24 rout over Hamilton.
Paul Lucas has always been told it looks effortless when he runs.
In a game with nearly 800 combined total yards in the first half and 87 combined points, it might be difficult to highlight the play of the defense.
Who is afraid of the big, bad wolf? Certainly not East Valley Tribune readers, who voted Chandler High School’s wolf as the best school mascot for the second consecutive year.
Having Wolves as a mascot is hardly unique. According to the website highschoolnicknames.homestead.com, Wolves are the 29th-most common selection among high schools nationally. Even two other high schools in Arizona — Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale and Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear — share the nickname of Canis lupus.
But Chandler High School can claim something its state brethren lack: longevity. Established in 1914, Chandler High has existed in some form for an entire century.
Chandler High’s student body has done its part to uphold the proud Wolves name. According to the school’s website, Chandler High has produced 50 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the past six years and the school recently received an “A” grade from the Arizona Department of Education.
In sports, the Wolves football team, led by Bryce Perkins and Chase Lucas, is one of the best Division I squads in Arizona and is expected to contend for a state championship this season.
So perhaps the only people who should fear the big, bad wolf — affectionately named “Scruffy” at Chandler High — is anyone who doubts the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Chandler High School Wolves.
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Chandler High School mascot Scruffy flexes for the camera during a home game against Buena on Sept. 5, 2014.
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Two hours before kickoff on Friday, the homecoming festivities were in full swing. Pop up games, music, and refreshments lined the Mountain Pointe parking lot. Students, dressed in the theme of the night, USA, milled around waiting for the gates to open.
The Chandler High student section cheers for the Wolves at a home game in Chandler on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
Chandler and Centennial, the universal No. 1 or No. 2 ranked teams in their respective divisions, lived up to the hype in Friday night's season opener.
Chandler at Centennial
Music blared from a loudspeaker nearby as Chandler High’s football team worked out in only helmets on their second day of practice Tuesday.
Football practices have officially started and season openers will be creeping up in a matter of weeks.
Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins showed he could do something no Wolves QB has ever done before - beat Hamilton and now the Arizona State recruit hopes to lead Chandler to a state title.
In order to reach the Arizona Division I state football championship, you have to make it through the regular season first.
Take a peek from a few miles away and it appears Chandler senior Ky Westbrook had a sensational track season. She took home four state titles in the 100, 100 hurdles, 200 and shot put, and the Wolves took home their ninth consecutive state title due in large part to her efforts.
State records, continued domination and a newcomer to the podium’s top step highlighted last week’s Division I state track and field meet.
Chandler junior Ky Westbrook, center, won four events at the Division I state track meet on May 10. The Chandler Wolves won their ninth-straight state title at the meet. [David Jolkovski/Tribune]
Chandler: After a 19-20 season last year, the Wolves are already halfway toward that win total this season with 9 seniors on the team and a taste of the postseason in 2012-2013. In addition to Casey at the net, the Wolves have three others at least 6-foot-3 led by Andrew McCall, Jonah Orndorff, Cory Simon and Jon Minetto.
As with many high school sports in Arizona, boys volleyball is rapidly growing in both talent and depth.
Who’ll stop the Scottsdale schools?
The year was 1976, and Gary Ernst was a fresh-faced coach at Chandler High who’d taken his young Wolves’ deep into the big-school boys basketball state tournament.
Chandler Wolves' Marco Morales (14) shoots the ball during the basketball game between Desert Vista Thunder and Chandler Wolves at Desert Vista high School on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.