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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.
Chandler Traditional Academy Hawks, Athlos Titans, Chandler Seton Catholic Sentinels, Perry Pumas.
Chandler High School mascot Scruffy flexes for the camera during a home game against Buena on Sept. 5, 2014.
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Chandler running back Chase Lucas runs the ball for a touchdown in the first half against Buena at Chandler High School on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Chandler defeated Buena 56-10.
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.
It might come in a flash or happen over the course of the season, but by the end of the year, there are going to be a handful of football players from the Southeast Valley who are going to have breakout seasons in 2014.
Norris Vaughan has coached 331 games, but the next one will be different than any other in his illustrious career.
The Team America song, “Pearl Harbor,” probably said it best when the lyrics asked, “Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?” Unfortunately the answer is that the infamous director’s films continue to make a crap-ton of money, despite how god-awful bad most of them are; and when it comes to the amount of moola his latest flick, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is likely to make, I’m certain it will be no exception.
Abella A Chuck
Abella A Chuck
Arizona has enjoyed a slow, steady rise to track prominence nationwide. Much of that rise was aided by the Chandler girls program, which won two Nike Team National titles, and individuals like Billy Orman, Devon Allen and Bernie Montoya.
All-Tribune First Team Offense
All-Tribune First Team Offense
Here is the Division I Section 1 All-Section football team as voted by the section's football coaches:
Here is the 2013 Chandler All-District football team, as voted by the school district's football coaches:
A Hamilton player causes Chandler running back Chase Lucas to fumble the ball, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Gilbert. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Hamilton's Derek Andresen gets stiff armed by Chandler running back Chase Lucas during the game Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Gilbert. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
Chandler running back Chase Lucas grabs the arm of Hamilton's Hunter Jensen, while trying to elude being tackled during the game Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Gilbert. [Brant Clinard/Special to Tribune]
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge: 358 yards, 5 TD...
Weston Barlow, Queen Creek: 301 yards, 5 TD...
Jacob Anderson, Williams Field: 204 yards, TD...
Paul Perry, Mesquite (pictured): 159 yards, TD rec....
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 143 yards, 4 TD...
Tyrell Smith, Hamilton: 135 yards, 3 TD...
Wesley Payne, Mountain Pointe: 133 yards...
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: 133 yards, 2 TD...
Chase Lucas, Chandler: 98 yards...
Chandler could do no wrong in the first half Friday night.
These matchups are inevitable. Whether sooner or later, a second helping is almost always required for a football team to play on.
Chandler running back Chase Lucas gets taken down by Skyline's Tyler Brailsford during their game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Chandler. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]