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When he was a young boy, Mesa Mayor and native Scott Smith remembers what it was like being a child growing up in the fun-filled environment of downtown Mesa. He now looks to the future as he and the city plan for the new urban environment he knows downtown Mesa can eventually become.
Today is the 222nd anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution that guarantee so many freedoms from government excess that we often take for granted.
If each play on Hamilton’s game-winning drive Monday night looked similar, it’s because they were.
Hamilton coach Steve Belles took the playoff mantra "win or go home" and applied it to one play Monday night.
A Williams Field player runs toward the end zone in first quarter play while taking on Queen Creek, Monday, November 25, 2013 at Campo Verde. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
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.
A puddle of water is shown just outside the end zone at Gilbert High School, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, as the Chaparral marching band plays on the field. Semifinal football games where moved to Monday after heavy rain storms canceled games last Friday. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
So the Great Apple Controversy is over.
A potential impediment to Apple developing a facility in Mesa was cleared on Monday night after the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board agreed to sign a letter of no objection to allow for the re-zoning of the property for tax purposes.
Two guys who wore No. 40 jerseys saw each other face-to-face about 40 times on Saturday night.
Campo Verde's Jacob Sims makes a catch just shy of the end zone against Mesquite during their quarterfinal game at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Friday, Nov 15, 2013. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Mesquite's Payton Haslam celebrates with Jordan Robinson after Robinson intercepts a pass in the end zone during overtime of their quarterfinal playoff game against Campo Verde at Mesquite High School, Friday, Nov 15, 2013.
Desert Ridge will go as far in the Division I playoffs as tailback Taren Morrison will carry them.
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.
Chaparral may have racked up 421 yards of total offense, but the real story came on the defensive side of the ball for the No. 3 Firebirds, recording eight sacks in a 35-21 victory over No. 6 Marcos de Niza in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs Friday night.
Most teams would savor a victory in the state quarterfinals, but Scottsdale Saguaro was already thinking ahead to next week immediately after a 48-20 home win over Tucson Sabino in the Division III playoffs Friday night.
There are as many schools of thought on the whole advantage-disadvantage debate in "rematch" games as there are rematch games this week in the state tournament quarterfinals.
I believe the City of Apache Junction made a major mistake when they agreed to the erroneous street plan for Apache Trail North. Now we have portable speed limit signs flashing fifteen (15) miles per hour, much like a school zone, at the north and south entrance to a road that could have been two lanes of traffic in each direction with a center turning lane, which (in my opinion) would have been much more practicable.
Host No. 3 Hamilton recorded a school record three safeties and held No. 14 Millennium to just 16 total yards in a wild 35-9 victory to advance to the second round of the Division I State Playoffs.
Get ready to rock - Rock the Block that is. The annual fall festival is Saturday, Nov.9, in Downtown Chandler and features a street fair with two live performance stages.
It was the time of day when afternoon starts to creep into evening at the end of an average Arizona October; the sun still lorded over the earth and kept the surface dwellers warm to a slightly uncomfortable degree.
As part of my duties as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, I have the opportunity to talk to leaders across the nation about a number of important issues. Many of the topics affect nearly every city, large or small. Airports is a topic that is right at the top of this list.
For the second week in a row, Highland fell to a top Division I team by a touchdown. The No. 7-seeded Hawks (based on power rankings) fell to No. 2-seeded Chandler, 21-14, in the regular season finale for both teams.
Down one. The game, section title, and possibly a playoff berth on the line.
For the second time this year, the owners of a proposed mental health facility in Gilbert have opted to withdraw from its proposed location in the midst of vocal public opposition.