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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.
Under new management and a new name the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is open for business and getting ready to host its first national event.
“Just found out the COLA increase for 2014 is 1.5 percent. Guess I’ll buy a Porsche.”
All-Tribune First Team Offense
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.
The wrestling season is a few weeks old.
The chill of winter means basketball is already underway with a plethora of early-season games and tournaments, and yet the question remains:
Of all things which can impact a football game's outcome, Mother Nature often isn't on the list in this part of Arizona, but it could be a significant factor this weekend.
The order of business for Mountain Pointe wasn’t much different than the previous weeks.
Francisco Avitia, Skyline (pictured): 329 yards, 6 TD
Luke Quinn, Horizon: 188 yards, 3 TD
Kam’Ron Johnson, Tempe: 187 yards, TD
Paul Perry, Mesquite: 175 yards, 4 TD
Weston Barlow, Queen Creek: 165 yards, TD
Zech Gatling, Scottsdale Christian: 163 yards, TD
Truman Tucker, Skyline: 159 yards
Turrell Pietz-Noble, Mesa: 152 yards, 2 TD
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 131 yards, TD
Rajhan Meriwether, Basha: 123 yards
Elijah Castro, Chaparral: 119 yards, 3 TD
Ethan Johnson, Westwood: 118 yards, TD
Deion Warren, Desert Mountain: 100 yards
If there is any question as to which city has a stronghold on football in Arizona, there shouldn’t be.
Weston Barlow, Queen Creek: 320 yards, 4 TD...
Turrell Pietz-Noble, Mesa: 230 yards, 3 TD...
Ryan Velez, Brophy: 187 yards, TD...
Brandyn Leonard, Mountain Pointe (pictured): 180 yards, 3 TD...
Dylon Gillette, Gilbert: 150 yards...
Kam’ron Johnson, Tempe: 148 yards, 2 TD...
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 144 yards, 2 TD...
Ethan Johnson, Westwood: 138 yards, 3 TD...
Francisco Ativia, Skyline: 120 yards, 2 TD...
Cade Van Raaphorst, Desert Vista: 120 yards, TD...
Paul Perry, Mesquite: 116 yards, TD...
Elijah Castro, Chaparral: 112 yards...
Antonio Marchica, Cactus Shadows: 111 yards, TD.
Two East Valley quarterbacks dominated the headlines this summer.
Even after a quick start, Quinn may still be largely an unknown, but that will change if he continues to put up numbers like this. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior has carried the ball 50 times for 634 yards and 11 touchdowns — a 12.68 yards-per-carry average — and added 16 catches for 344 yards and four scores. Horizon is off to a 4-1 start and the offense is averaging 53.4 points per game. The Huskies might not be considered a state title contender quite yet, but they have the type of explosiveness which scares other teams, and it’s Quinn who is leading the charge.
Honorable mention: Paul Lucas, RB, Mountain Pointe; Kam’ron Johnson, RB/DB, Tempe; Brian Lewerke, QB, Pinnacle; Bryce Perkins, QB, Chandler; Weston Barlow, Queen Creek.
Weston Barlow, Queen Creek (pictured): 231 yards, 4 TD
Ricky Wilson, San Tan Foothills: 203 yards, 2 TD
Ricky Wilson. San Tan Foothills: 195 yards, 2 TD
Kam’ron Johnson, Tempe: 161 yards, 3 TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 158 yards, 2 TD
Paul Perry, Mesquite: 145 yards, TD
Joe Kuhlmann, Cactus Shadows: 136 yards, TD
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge: 135 yards, 2 TD
Jacob Anderson, Williams Field: 134 yards, 2 TD
Turrell Pietz-Noble, Mesa: 127 yards, 2 TD
Max Vankempen, Paradise Valley: 115 yards, TD
Saige Waxter, San Tan Foothills: 115 yards, TD
Nicholas Bush, Higley: 111 yards
Isaiah Reece, Saguaro: 104 yards, 2 TD
Tyrell Smith, Hamilton: 104 yards, TD
Luke Pineda, Campo Verde: 103 yards
George Wright, Corona del Sol: 100 yards, 2 TD
Outlook: Marcos de Niza had one of its best seasons in school history a year ago, finishing 11-2 and making the Division II state semifinals. However, there will be a lot of work to do in order to duplicate that finish after a trying offseason.
It’s a little simplistic at this point to call sports — the landscape filled with men playing or covering children’s games valued at millions upon millions of dollars, often at the exclusion of women — a boys club, but history has proven that label apt. Go back 46 years to the 1967 Boston Marathon, when Katharine Switzer’s race was nearly interrupted when race official Jock Semple tried to pull her off the course (her boyfriend literally body checked him out of the way).
Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate, recently declared that the federal war on poverty “has failed miserably.” No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started.
Football practices have officially started for a handful of East Valley teams, and season openers will be creeping up in a matter of weeks. Several underclassmen dotted the All-Tribune teams at the end of last season and they are back to chase championships. It’s a bumper crop of athletes playing varsity football this season, and here are the Tribune’s Ten Offensive Players to Watch in 2013: