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The Chandler football program is doing things on the football field it has never accomplished since the AIA started running the playoff format in 1959.
Hamilton football coach Steve Belles isn’t expecting a lot of support for his Huskies in Friday's Division I state final against archrival Chandler.
Collegiate sports have a different feel about them than professional sports. Loyalties to alma maters run deep. Now Arizona State fans will have another NCAA team to cheer on.
With the change of weather and kids recently celebrating Halloween, many kids are looking forward to the fall break, Thanksgiving and Christmas and many adults are making plans for a New Year’s celebration.
The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.
CHANDLER – The developments could have been toxic or started the tearing down of the defending state champion.
Dear Gilbert Public Schools Board Members and Dr. Kishimoto,
A comic book store specializing in graphic novels, gaming and collectables opened in a new and more profitable location in Mesa this month.
BOSTON (AP) — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.
For the last six months or so, the Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park hasn’t been able to run at full capacity. That changed Saturday as the city hosted a rededication ceremony for the center that had been partially closed for renovations.
Back in 2007, Hamilton’s girls volleyball team went a measly 12-16. Not exactly impressive. But since then, coach Sharon Vanis has managed to turn things around. The East Valley Tribune caught up with Vanis before Hamilton’s Nov. 6 game against Gilbert to talk about the Huskies’ regular season, their approach to the state tournament and their hopes of winning a state title.
It is starting to look like the Desert Vista girls volleyball team has no fear.
LAVEEN – Brock Goyen went to the fifth tee on Wednesday knowing the tournament was his to win only if he played well over the next 32 holes.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend, Charles, and missing him. He was a husband, father, English teacher, social worker, canoeist, bluegrass player, therapist, connoisseur of green-apple moonshine, and a good friend.
Austin Nightingale broke free from a pack of would-be tacklers for a 55-yard rushing touchdown to help secure the win Oct. 24 against Gilbert High School.
Senior Night played out exactly the way it was supposed to for Mountain Pointe even though one of the most important ones didn’t take the field.
Roughly two years ago, I came home from work to find a letter on my front door. That letter was to inform me about a junior high school in my neighborhood that was closing. As any community member would, I simply asked why?
Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park are nearing the end of renovations as preparations are made for the return of Oakland Athletics, the Major League Baseball team that once held spring training in Mesa back in the 1970s.
The event has become bigger than the action of the floor, but it is no disrespect to the volleyball being played.
Having to account for growing student enrollment, Leading Edge Academy came up with a unique solution to the problem — open up a brand-new facility at a former grocery store.
It figures opponents will try whatever possible to stop Mesa Desert Ridge all-world running back Taren Morrison, but the Jaguars showed Friday night they can beat teams other ways if necessary.
When Higley played Apache Junction on Oct. 10, the two schools nearly ran out of room on the scoreboard. The teams combined for 170 points in a 95-75 win for Higley that saw quarterback Mason Crossland set a state record with 641 yards and nine touchdowns.
Fighting uphill isn’t easy, especially when that hill is home turf.
Fighting uphill isn’t easy, especially when that hill is home turf.
Desert Vista faced that task Friday against Division II power Centennial and came up short, losing 56-14 at Thunder Stadium.
This was a game the Coyotes (5-2) dominated throughout. After the first half they amassed 311 yards of offense and a 35-7 lead. By game’s end, they were over 500.
“We played well but we had two turnovers and dumb penalties. In order for us to be successful in the playoffs we can’t do that,” said Richard Taylor, Centennial’s head coach.
Taylor said he was most impressed by the team’s performance overall, even though individuals had stellar showings. Starting quarterback Isaac Steele threw five touchdowns and took one in himself on the ground.
“We beat two undefeated teams in the last two weeks, and for us to come play a Division I team and dominate really cemented that,” Taylor said.
On the other sideline, the Thunder (1-6) was plagued by its inability to convert on third down. The bright sport for the team was a 63-yard scoring drive, capped off with a T.J. Roberts run.
“Roberts is a guy that doesn’t care if we’re down by 49 or up by 49,” Thunder coach Dan Hinds said. “He goes as hard as he can every night and tonight was no different.”
He said he wasn’t disappointed in any of his players, that, for the most part they played a solid football game.
“Statistically it wasn’t a good game, but we made good plays. Alex (Farina) made throws that were key for us tonight.”
A 21-yard pass from Farina to Roberts set up the Thunder’s second touchdown. Roberts eventually scored on fourth down from the 1-yard line.
With just three games left on their schedule, there will be no postseason for Desert Vista. For Centennial, however, playoff hopes are still very much alive. Three games stand between them and another quest for the Division II title.
Centennial will take on Ironwood at home. For the Thunder, they’re in for another tough battle when Dobson comes in next week. Mountain Pointe will be at Corona del Sol next week. The Pride fell to Brophy 31-28, suffering just their second loss all year.
• Will Argeros is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.
Centennial 56, Desert Vista 14
C 14 21 14 5-56
DV 0 7 0 7-14
C - Isaac Steele 37 Pass to Marcel Perez (Joe Navarro Kick) 7-0, 8:49
C - Steele 5 Pass to Daniel Smith (Navarro Kick) 14-0, 2:56
C -Taylor Fiame 8 Run (Navarro Kick) 21-0, 11:09
C -Steele 80 Pass to Carl Barrs (Navarro Kick) 28-0, 7:33
DV- T.J. Roberts 4 Run (Culp Kick) 28-7, 4:57
C -Steele 10 Run (Navarro Kick) 35-7, 1:13
C-Steele 14 Pass to Daniel Smith (Navarro Kick) 42-7, 10:39
C-Steele 19 Pass to David McGriff (Navarro Kick) 49-7, 10:30
DV-Roberts 1 Run (Culp Kick) 49-14, 8:44
C-Daniel Smith 3 Run (Navarro Kick) 56-14, 7:04
First downs: 16, 9
Rush-yards: 32-313, 18-1
Comp-pass-Int: 12-14-0, 15-31-1
Pass yards: 261, 141
Fumbles-lost: 2-2, 3-2
Penalties: 4-50, 2-30
C – Gomez 11-44, Hanley 4-32, Fiame 4-28, Steele 4-24, Daniel Smith 3-14, Wakeham 2-15, Young 2-9, Davonte Smith 2-6 DV – Ford 3-21, Roberts 9-6, McIntyre 1-2, Callaghan 1-1, McDonald 1-0, Farnia 3- (-29)
C – Steele 10-11-0-234, Daniel Smith 2-3-0-27. DV – Farina 15-31-1-141
C – Daniel Smith 4-70, Perez 3-60, Nichols 2-15, Barrs 1-80, Mcgriff 1-19, Stevens 1-17. DV – McIntyre 4-13, Shepardson 3-10, Roberts 2-66, Dean 2-24, Hartshorn-West 2-12, Figueroa 1-16
Missed FG: DV-Culp, 45
Westwood’s football team is in the middle of a resurgence. In 2011 and 2012 in Division I, the Warriors suffered back-to-back 1-9 seasons, but now things are different.