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A man killed in a shootout with state Department of Public Safety officers and a security guard on a Tempe freeway Monday morning was suspected in one Phoenix-area killing on Sunday and possibly another earlier Monday, police said.
Gilbert Christian girls basketball coach Darryl Young took a few minutes to talk about winning a second state championship in four years after losing a big piece of the puzzle for the year on the first day of the season.
The Chandler Tri-City Christian boys basketball team captured the Canyon Athletic Association State Championship on March 1, defeating Glendale Desert Heights Prep at US Airways Center. The 57-51 victory gave Tri-City its second consecutive title and third in the last four seasons. The Warriors finished their season with a record of 22-3.
All season, Perry freshman point guard Markus Howard shined brightest under the biggest lights. He posted 40 points against Dobson in November and tallied 34 points in a loss to defending state champion Corona del Sol in the Super Sectionals.
Ashlee Moore didn't play in Hamilton's first meeting with Mesquite back in mid-December - a 10-point win for Mesquite - but the Huskies' senior guard played in the Division I quarterfinals on Tuesday night, and helped put the"X-factor" cliche back into truth.
During a four-game stretch in early January, Mountain View senior guard Cherokee Davis might have been the best girls basketball player in the East Valley. The 5-foot-3 slasher averaged 31 points per game and shot 55 percent.
If this was basketball circa 1955, the Hamilton boys basketball team would hardly qualify as distinctive or unique: A bunch of guys who pass the ball around and play defense.
Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne knew the negative impact her sabbatical would have on the program, the big hit on recruiting, the lack of continuity and leadership and, mostly likely, the losses on the court.
Suns guard Goran Dragic, center, shoots between Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, left, and forward David West in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Bethany Wolph, Guard, Valley Christian: Similar to Seton Catholic, Valley Christian has been a perennial title contender for years. And, similar to Seton Catholic, the Trojans have relied on freshman contributions before. This, however, is new. Wolph (11.9 points per game) is second on the team in scoring behind sophomore Mara Kemmer, and has quickly become a product of hard work in morphing herself from a shooter into a scorer (she plays with some of the Seton girls in club ball), and her mother, a “basketball junkie” according to Timmer. Megan Timmer and Angie Andreas are also seeing significant minutes as freshmen for the No. 1-seeded team in Division III, but Wolph “was the biggest shock” in Timmer’s view between eighth grade and now. “Bethany was always a shooter but didn’t have a complete game, wasn’t real tall, her ball skills were solid, but now she can score — not just shoot — and she’s coming around defensively and rebounding,” he said. “She really had to get better and you could see the improvement right away in summer and fall.” The challenge moving forward will be playing in a series of larger, neutral site venues — more than Div. I or II —, and against some of the Northern Arizona schools’ several thousand opposing fans. That’s a lot to ask of a few freshman (there are no seniors on the roster) who play such pivotal roles in the Trojans’ attempt to win a third state title in Timmer’s long-standing tenure. “Those kids are pretty mature at every level and in games when it comes to pressure, 6,000 fans, the physical play they’re going to find, so we addressed it,” Timmer said. “I’m pretty confident this group will handle it as well as anyone. I’m not afraid we’ll be that nervous or tight we can’t perform.”
2013-2014: 11.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.2 spg
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:
A freshman has already made a name for himself this basketball season, but perhaps Perry's Markus Howard isn't just another freshman.
LOS ANGELES — While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.
Almost exactly a year after a routine pre-training camp physical uncovered a heart condition that threatened his career, and maybe worse, Channing Frye is back with the Phoenix Suns.
Mountain View junior guard Armani Hawkins has verbally committed to Arizona State, according to multiple reports.
St. Mary's star shooting guard Courtney Ekmark, a Connecticut commit and the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, will be home-schooled and skip her senior season of basketball, athletic director Greg Fahrendorf said in an email.
Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died.
Everyone likes a player who is an overachiever, team player, good PR guy for the franchise and media friendly. Jared “J.D.” Dudley was all that in Phoenix. I hate to see him leave here and wish the Suns could have packaged all the free agents Lance Blanks brought here who were “me oriented” and overpaid from last year. Performance and chemistry is what J.D. brings to a team. The Clippers get a star player that might bring them an NBA championship, in my opinion.
Beginning Wednesday, the top boys basketball players from across the East Valley will showcase their skills in front of dozens of college coaches at club tournaments.
There have been highs and lows from the 2012-2013 athletic year.
A “Celebration of Life” service to honor respected educator and leader among state high school sports circles Art Wagner is scheduled for Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert.
For Suns fans, rooting against the Lakers has never been so much fun.
Every time an opposing coach schemes to stop Casey Benson from driving left, wry smiles from a knowing few pop up across the gym, because arguably the most well-known boys basketball player in the East Valley has a secret.
‘Twas not the winter of everyone’s discontent. At least, not for all the basketball players, soccer studs and wrestlers who took their shots, saves and takedowns for glory’s sake and found some.