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The weather is fantastic, so why not throw on your favorite genre themed duds, head to Main Street in Mesa, and hang out with other zombies and robots, Steampunks and Stormtroopers, Harijuku girls and harmless six-foot bunnies?
KENTON, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart.
It still hurts. Losing in the fashion the Tempe High boy’s basketball team did in the Division II semifinals last week will never be forgotten.
The 1989 Corona del Sol team was honored Saturday on the 25-year anniversary of its state championship. The 2014 team likely will enjoy similar recognition in 25 years.
Call Cory Kasperson clutch. Everyone at Valley Christian is now.
Seton Catholic's Jennifer Wirth ices the game with two clutch free throws at the end of the DII state girls basketball championship game between the Seton Catholic Sentinels and the Cienega High School Bobcats at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix on Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
A fourth state championship in five years might become a blur to Seton Catholic, but not this year. Despite a lineup of 3-4 freshman starting or receiving regular playing time, the senior anchors of Julia Barcello, Heather Heild and Crystal Eze helped bring the youngens along while remaining a concensus No. 1 team in Division II all season. The Sentinels might not have required an emotional pull, but it happened anyway. While assistant coach Tiffany Tate battles cystic fibrosis and awaits a second double-lung transplant, the Sentinels gave her the golden ball on her 31st birthday with a 37-30 victory over Vail Cienega. The defense shut out Cienega in the third quarter to bring the Sentinels back, then freshman LeeAnne Wirth (double knee fracture, a fractured vertebra and a double fracture in her wrist in the past 15 months) scored on an in-bounds play, sister Jennifer hit two free throws and Barcello made two more, all in the final 90 seconds to preserve the win and tip off an emotional party.
Seton Catholic's Liz Holter shoots a free throw during the DII state girls basketball championship game between the Seton Catholic Sentinels and the Cienega High School Bobcats at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix on Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Impressively, last year’s championship matchup between these two schools was trumped by this year’s. Overtime. Controversy. Star players showing why they are stars. Unsung Heroes. This one had it all. Seeking payback from last year’s nailbiting loss, Pinnacle led by six points midway through the fourth quarter, but Casey Benson again brought the Aztecs back, and Pinnacle’s putback at the buzzer which would have won the game was waved off because of a Corona foul before the shot. After much deliberation and review, Pinnacle was awarded two free throws with .3 seconds left, and Ben Wahlberg hit 1 of 2 to force OT. Benson (16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime) and Dorian Pickens (41 points) were tremendous, and the Aztecs got some key plays late from Cassius Peat and Alex Barcello. Benson’s scoop shot with 30 seconds left in overtime gave Corona the lead and a final defensive stand in which Pinnacle missed its final three shots, which made Corona the third big-sized school in Arizona (Mountain View and Phoenix Union) to win three consecutive titles.
Winning doesn't get old, which is a good thing with Karen Self entrenched at Seton Catholic.
TEMPE – There were whispers.
Miss a beat, fall behind by a step, and it's goodnight game.
For the second straight year, the sixth-seeded Gilbert boys basketball team found itself matched up against No. 3 Pinnacle in the Division I quarterfinals.
All season, Perry freshman point guard Markus Howard shined brightest under the biggest lights. He posted 40 points against Dobson in November and tallied 34 points in a loss to defending state champion Corona del Sol in the Super Sectionals.
Here’s a name transplants from the Windy City will recognize: Giordano’s.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was holding a series of private meetings Wednesday with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, a proposal that has focused national attention on the state as business groups, gay rights supporters and even many fellow Republicans urged her to use her veto power.
Tyler Dumas had a speech going in his head.
Ashlee Moore didn't play in Hamilton's first meeting with Mesquite back in mid-December - a 10-point win for Mesquite - but the Huskies' senior guard played in the Division I quarterfinals on Tuesday night, and helped put the"X-factor" cliche back into truth.
“If dozens of skilled teachers and administrators are suddenly bolting from the Gilbert Public Schools, parents are loudly protesting, the interim superintendent throws up his hands to quit early because these people can’t be helped, and if a forceful demand for your resignation is met with standing ovations and cheers from an overflowing board room, then it is time to take the high road. Step away from the dais, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
It was with great interest that we read the coalition of Gilbert leaders’ open letter to Town residents and businesses last week. We were encouraged that our community leaders had finally spoken out on the raging storm that threatens our Gilbert Public Schools.
Corona del Sol might want to get its hands on this game film.
A layoff has done the Hamilton girls basketball team good.
Mesa's Sumeet Khara shoots a free throw in late action against the visiting Deer Valley squad in 1st round play of the state chamionship tournament. Thursday, Feburary 20, 2014 at Mesa High School (Jerry Burch/Special to Tribune)
Mesa High's achilles heel this season proved crippling.