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As the saying goes, Jimmies and Joes trump X’s and O’s.
The wrestling season is a few weeks old.
To compensate for a lack of change at the top of the boys basketball landscape as the 2012-2013 season begins, the girls basketball world might pick up the slack.
The chill of winter means basketball is already underway with a plethora of early-season games and tournaments, and yet the question remains:
Here's a list of East Valley high school athletes who've signed letters of intent during this early signing period. This list will be continually updated.
After lean years, Combs, Mesquite and Skyline are back in postseason, but see it as only a step in each program's respective climb upward
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.
Division II, Section II
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?
There is a saying that, no matter how it is accomplished, a win is a win.
Football is — among so many things — a game of attrition, which explains why many schools struggle either suddenly or gradually. That’s happening everywhere around East Valley football programs these days, seemingly with more frequency than ever (at least it feels that way).
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Weston Barlow, Queen Creek: 268 yards, 2 TD
Max Vankempen, Paradise Valley: 241 yards, 3 TD
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge (pictured): 213 yards, 4 TD
Deion Warren, Desert Mountain: 200 yards, 2 TD
Zech Gatling, Scottsdale Christian: 192 yards, 2 TD
Antonio Marchica, Cactus Shadows: 187 yards, 2 TD
Brandon Hatfield, Poston Butte: 176 yards, 2 TD
Dillon Gyllette, Gilbert: 157 yards, 2 TD
Connor Graham, Notre Dame: 156 yards, 5 TD
Tyrell Smith, Hamilton: 152 yards
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 147 yards, TD, rec. TD
This week’s high school football “epicenter” moves to Ahwatukee for the much-anticipated Hamilton vs. Mountain Pointe tilt — and understandably so — but it’s also shaping up to be a top-notch schedule around the East Valley, and a pivotal one for some undefeated teams to have their mettle tested.
Three male high school students were hospitalized Tuesday morning after taking cold medicine while at school.
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.
Final scores from Week 3 of the high school football season:
Jordan Brown, Paradise Valley: 85 yards, TD; 2 INT
Conrad Burnap, Red Mountain: 10 tackles, sack, forced fumble
Kyron Cardwell, Higley: 2 INT, fumble rec.
Nate Woods, Skyline (pictured): 2 INT
Zaneil Chatman, Dobson: 47-yard TD rec.; 16-yard game-winning TD run
Brandon Hatfield, Poston Butte: 125 yards rushing, 2 TD; 162 yards rec., 2 TD
Jarrod James, Mesquite: 39 yards rec.; game-winning 40-yard FG
Sinjin Kirkpatrick, Higley: 99-yard KO return for TD
Chase Lucas, Chandler: 101 rec. yards, 93 rush yards, 2 TD
Alex Madrid, Campo Verde: 72-yard KO return for TD; TD rec.
Wesley Payne, Mountain Pointe: 65-yard kickoff return for TD
Zach Rucas, Basha: 6 tackles, 2 INT
Roman Scholtens, Williams Field: 55-yard punt return for TD
Cade Thompson, Basha: 6-for-6 PAT; 2-for-2 FG
Chip White, Highland: 2 INT
Christian Kirk, Saguaro: 60 rush yards, TD, 35 rec. yards. TD, kick return TD
The Division I girls volleyball landscape has been dotted with dynasties ever since its inception.
Two East Valley quarterbacks dominated the headlines this summer.
It’s a lot of fun to watch the East Valley’s best go toe-to-toe throughout the season, and there will be no shortage of those heavyweight showdowns in upcoming weeks.
Logan Ruppert, Skyline: 278 yards, 2 TD
Joe Kuhlmann, Cactus Shadows: 257 yards, 4 TD
Dezmond Sueing, Westwood: 185 yards, 3 TD
Ryan McCord, Highland: 178 yards, 2 TD
Elijah Castro, Chaparral (pictured): 177 yards, 4 TD
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 164 yards, 4 TD
Turrell Pietz-Noble, Mesa: 160 yards
Gabe Lopez, Skyline: 152 yards, 2 TD
Josh Hoekstra, Pinnacle: 149 yards, TD
Brandon Hatfield, Poston Butte: 139 yards, 3 TD
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 126 yards, 3 TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 125 yards, 2 TD
Nicholas Bush, Higley: 123 yards, TD
Brennen Dobson, Red Mountain: 120 yards, TD
Matt Guida, Queen Creek: 114 yards, 3 TD
The “Who’s your daddy bowl,” in the words of Dobson coach George De La Torre, but this father-son clash (Mike De La Torre is Poston Butte’s coach) goes beyond family wagerings (of which there are a couple in place for this game). Dobson is coming off a disappointing 12-0 loss to Mesa in the season-opener after unveiling its revamped football field/track, which put a pall over the evening. Can Dobson find some offense? Poston Butte (1-1) played Queen Creek to the end in a season-opening loss (20-12) and beat Gila Ridge last week. The Mustangs have relied on junior Brandon Hatfield running the ball (241 yards, 3 TD in two games) and a defense which has forced and recovered five fumbles. Zaq Smith and Chris Musselman have scored on special teams and defense, respectively. This all means neither team has been ablaze offensively, and the first one to find it probably wins. An early lead in this game could be paramount.
Prediction: Poston Butte 14, Dobson 10
-- Mark Heller
September has not been one to remember for either team, but this could be Gilbert’s chance to get in the ‘W’ column. Both teams have struggled mightily every which way so far this season, but it’s been tumultuous around Gilbert moreso as new coach Tim Rutt tries his hand at running a program and turning the Tigers around. It’s been rough offensively, as the Tigers have yet to put up double digits in any of its four losses to start the season. After losses to Mesa and Poston Butte, the Mustangs eked out a win over Glendale Raymond S. Kellis two weeks ago, and an easy shutout over Phoenix Maryvale. Dobson has a bit more spring in the step after the past two weeks, but Gilbert is desperate, and the Tigers’ finally get a win as they brace for a b-r-u-t-a-l second half of their schedule...
Prediction: Gilbert 17, Dobson 14
-- Mark Heller
The state’s football Goliath hasn’t even played a down this season and already it has company.