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Pick an object: broad side of a barn. The ocean. For whatever reason, the Valley Christian girls basketball team couldn't hit anything beyond the rim with a basketball on Saturday night in the Division III state championship game.
NEW YORK — Traditionally, the American male was measured against the stoic hero who shook off all doubts, vanquished all foes and offered women a muscular shoulder to cry on.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn't want to give this week's opponent a psychological edge when he was asked if the Seahawks (12-2) are a dominant team.
It all sounds exhausting: A championship program with completely new starting lineups, followed by a coaching change, followed by injuries to its top talent.
The Bulldogs knew they had a pretty good player waiting in the wings behind senior Matt Guida, the 2012 Tribune Player of the Year, but the secret didn’t last long. When Guida suffered a hamstring injury early in the season — one which sidelined him for most of the regular season — Barlow ran with the opportunity. A lot. He finished second in Arizona with 2,335 yards rushing (according to MaxPreps.com) and had 24 touchdowns (25 total TDs), a comfy 8.75 yards per carry. That, by the way, includes one game he didn’t play because of a concussion and a couple other games in which his carries were limited by the scoreboard. Let’s throw in his 38 yards per punt and a 24-yard kick return average for good measure.
Hamilton finished the season with a comfortable 31-0 road victory over Chandler district foe Perry on Friday night. The Huskies were in control from the opening kickoff and overmatched their hosts in nearly every facet.
In a game dominated by a pair of defenses that made stop after stop after stop, the Hamilton offense did just enough at the game's end to give the Huskies' a 14-7 homecoming win over a feisty Highland squad on Friday night.
The ingredients for a long-term, competitive rivalry in the Southeast Valley between Queen Creek and Williams Field are all on the table.
The Chandler-Hamilton game went as this rivalry tends to go for 47 1/2 minutes on Friday night.
When J.T. Nettleton transferred to Saguaro from out of state this spring, he was warned about playing in the shadow of fellow wide receiver Christian Kirk.
The stat stares squarely at Chandler's psyche: 0 for 17.
The Hamilton football team was beat up physically heading into Friday night’s showdown against Mountain Pointe, as several key players sat out with injuries.
Whatever lucky charm Campo Verde pulled out to survive two monster mistakes in the final minutes of its game against Highland wore off at exactly the wrong time, providing the visiting Hawks one more chance to escape with a 27-24 victory on Friday night.
There wasn't much Preston Jones could say.
The embodiment of Mountain Pointe football – physical, athletic and relentless – was helped off the field.
There were more penalties than points Friday night at Gila Ridge.
5. Peoria 6-0...
4. Williams Field 6-0...
3. Queen Creek 5-1...
2. Saguaro 5-1...
1. Desert Edge 6-0...
Peoria and Williams Field both remain in their spots with easy wins. The Black Hawks will have their toughest test of the year next week in a matchup against Saguaro. The Sabercats move up one spot with a 35-28 win over Queen Creek. The Bulldogs drop one spot, but were without star running back Matt Guida for the contest and lost standout backup Weston Barlow to a possible concussion in the second quarter. Desert Edge remains at the top.
Two East Valley quarterbacks dominated the headlines this summer.
Not much was expected of Brandon Krcilek this season.
Barrow Neurological Institute is unveiling a new program that will essentially put a doctor on every sideline.
It's a problem of epidemic proportions. Kids suffering hundreds and thousands of concussions every year.
Outlook: Two years ago, a large collection of talented sophomores were thrown into the fire at Highland. The Hawks had gotten off to an 0-5 start, and with little chance of making the postseason, coach Pete Wahlheim figured it was time to turn the page and evaluate his youngsters.
While Desert Vista had the national focus earlier this week because of a visit from the big guy, the Mountain Pointe football program garnered some national attention as well.
A lacrosse stick is a simple piece of equipment: a metal pole, a plastic head and some coarse netting.