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Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.
Gilbert’s main business support organization recently tabbed two members to be its male and female business people of the year.
As the saying goes, Jimmies and Joes trump X’s and O’s.
It may be that Arizonans know more about who is the secretary of state than the treasurer.
The play call was “Earth and Wind.” The result carried No. 3-seeded Chaparral back to the Division II state championship game for the fourth time in five years.
Mesquite coach Jim Jones walks on the sideline as his team takes on Chaparral in a semifinal game at Gilbert High School, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
PASADENA, Calif. —
A year ago, Mesquite’s football team had turned in their uniforms and was about to go through the process of finding a new coach.
Mesquite's coach Jim Jones checks his play sheet during the overtime quarterfinal playoff game against Campo Verde at Mesquite High School, Friday, Nov 15, 2013. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
No. 3 Chaparral vs. No. 2 Mesquite (at Gilbert H.S.): The storybook season for Mesquite continues, thanks to a wild gut-check victory last week against a Campo Verde team which deserves plenty of credit for coming back and forcing overtime after a terrible first half. Still, Mesquite made a couple plays and found a way to win, the kind of toughness and resiliency which has defined the Wildcats this season under coach Jim Jones. Chaparral, however, is a different animal. The Firebirds’ skill position players could be the best Mesquite’s stingy defense has seen this season, and the Chaparral defense – in particular the front seven – are fast, physical and playing as well as they have all season (as Marcos de Niza can attest to). Once again, a potentially wet, sloppy field plays into Mesquite’s hands, but outside that, it’s going to be tough sledding for Mesquite’s offense to consistently move the ball on Chaparral (even though the offensive line is a Mesquite strength). The Wildcats want to plod and slow this game down to a crawl as much as possible, there’s no chance they win a shootout. Chaparral, however, is the most capable team Mesquite has played, of not allowing that to happen.
Prediction: Chaparral 24, Mesquite 17
It appeared recent history would repeat itself when Mesquite ran off to a 17-0 lead against Campo Verde after the end of the first 24 minutes in the quarterfinal matchup of Friday night. Unfortunately for Mesquite, Campo Verde didn’t stay down this time, and came close to pulling off the comeback and the upset before ultimately ceding to the home team, 26-20.
Mesquite coach Jim Jones is not telling a fish story but instead sending out information to his defense during the game against Campo Verde Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 in Gilbert.[Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
On a fall night that turned cold in a hurry, the Mesquite High School offense and defense remained as hot as Hades in the Wildcats' 30-0 senior-night win against Campo Verde on Friday night.
Raise your hand if, in August, Mesquite vs. Campo Verde was atop your list of premier matchups heading into the playoffs; that this game would decide a section championship and have a significant impact on earning home playoff games?
In today’s age, it doesn’t take long for once-proud football programs to fall quickly from relevance.
Despite another strong night by quarterback Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza was unable to keep up with Mesquite as the Wildcats continued their turnaround season with a 47-28 win on Friday.
Mesquite spoiled Poston Butte’s homecoming with a seemingly routine, 35-12 victory on Friday night behind relentless defense and an aggressive offense.
In last week’s football game between Hamilton and Basha, there were 38 points scored after a seemingly-innocuous 1-yard touchdown run by Huskies tailback Tyrell Smith early in the second quarter.
When Jim Jones arrived as the new football coach at Mesquite in February, he saw a talented group of kids but a fractured program.
Mesquite head coach Jim Jones applauds his defense during first half action of their football game against Glendale Cactus on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Mesquite knocked off Cactus 49-35 in non-divisional football action Friday night in Glendale. The game became wilder as time ticked by.
For the second consecutive week Mesquite pitched a shutout. This time, the Wildcats (5-1) rolled past Westwood, 49-0, on Friday night at Mesquite. The Wildcats led 35-0 at halftime as their offense could not be stopped in the first half.
Friday’s football game between No. 9 Mesquite (Div. II) and Corona del Sol (Div. I) featured two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum.
For at least the first half, the Mesquite Wildcats gravitated to the end zone like a moth to the flame one their way to a simple and satisfying 41-13 victory against the Ironwood Eagles on Friday night.