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The football regular season has come and gone, and while it’d be foolish to make snap judgements or draw concrete conclusions about anything based on one year, it’s interesting to take a quick look back and see what effect (if any) the recently implemented appeal process had on a few East Valley schools.
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.
Queen Creek football fans are used to seeing their running back run rampant through opposing defenses. However, Friday night against McClintock, it was junior Weston Barlow, not Matt Guida, who was racking up rushing yards. With Guida injured, Barlow took center state in Queen Creek’s 42-18 victory over McClintock.
Tom Hanks didn’t know where the cameras were.
Scoreboards are shorting out. Schools are running out of replacement light bulbs. Stat keepers and scoreboard operators are getting carpal tunnel and blurred vision trying to watch and write seemingly every two seconds while the big board changes seemingly every two minutes.
Outlook: It took a couple years for Matt Lewis to put his coaching imprint on the McClintock football program. He admits he had to be tougher in his first year to get the right kids in the program and get the wrong ones out. Since then, he’s slowly lightened up, ready to now enjoy the process with the players who have gone through the transition with him. The No. 1 sign it’s working? Despite a 2-8 season in 2012, the participation numbers at the school are improving.
Outlook: Tempe is ready for the next rung.
Here are the local athletes and their expected National Letter of Intent commitments. For additions, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the athlete's name, high school, sport and college of choice.
Mesa and Gilbert mayors will each host joint town hall meetings this week with Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon.
Gilbert Mayor John Lewis; Congressman Matt Salmon; Mesa Mayor Scott Smith
Since 1986, the Scripps Celebrity Super Bowl Poll has been asking big names in entertainment, news, sports and pop culture to predict the outcome of the big game. This year, more than 115 celebrities picked between the San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and the Baltimore Ravens, featuring linebacker Ray Lewis.
All-Tribune First Team Offense
The occupational tools for high school athletic directors do not include a fire extinguisher.
Highland’s journey to its first girls soccer state championship in 2011-2012 was years in the making, but could a repeat merely take months?
The heralded holiday movie season is marked by big-budget extravaganzas, Oscar hopefuls and family films suitable for post-Thanksgiving or early Christmas viewing and for filling that luxuriously open week (for some lucky workers and students) before New Year’s Day.
Maybe it really doesn’t matter if Basha and Perry are in two different divisions.
Last Friday was a good day, not only because it was Week 6 of the high school football season and marquee matchups were every which way, but because, at places like McClintock, the past few seasons of on-field woes might actually lead to a brighter future.
Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
It seemed like early mistakes might doom the Queen Creek football team on Friday night.
Many Tempe players took their lumps as young players, but they also gained experience and grew hungry for a win.
The name couldn’t be more apropos.