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John Giles was sworn in as the 40th mayor of Mesa shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday during a grand event at the Mesa Arts Center, taking the reins from longtime friend Alex Finter, who served as interim mayor after Scott Smith left to run for governor.
Mesa senior halfback Turrell Pietz-Noble ran all over the field against Valley Vista, but it wasn’t enough for the Jackrabbits to avoid a 35-19 home loss on Friday night.
The Westwood High School Honor Choir sings "God Bless America" at the swearing in of John Giles as Mayor of Mesa.
Westwood High School overwhelmed Mesa High School early and hung on late to beat the Jackrabbits 38-28, giving the Warriors their first win against Mesa in four years.
Thousands of students attend district schools in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Tempe. Classes for Chandler Unified School District and Queen Creek Unified School District begin on July 21. Students at Higley Unified School District, Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District start classes on Aug. 4; the Tempe Elementary School District begins again on Aug. 5; and sessions at Gilbert Public Schools and Mesa Public Schools start on Aug. 6.
Just because the schools are a little bit smaller doesn’t mean the competition isn’t just as stiff.
The Mountain Pointe Pride boys basketball team has about four months until the regular season gets underway. For head coach Hosea Graham, that time is all about one thing: work.
After losing its opening game, the Mesa Community College baseball team rattled off four straight wins in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship tournament and play for the title Saturday night in Enid, Okla.
The same graduation songs, same routines, same set up — and they happen year after year after year. Some might call the graduation ceremony repetitive. Others might call it tradition, just another day, another thing you have to go through.
Today, we leave this field as educated young warriors ready to take on what the world will throw our way. Every day we ask ourselves, “Are we really ready for this?” Are we on the right track? Is this what we are meant to do with our lives?” To be honest, I don’t think anyone will have the answers to these questions. The answers are something we must search for within ourselves. Digging deep, we come across the person who we are today.
Senior Makayla Andre spoke during commencement exercises at Westwood High School. [Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools]
Senior Nathan Hui spoke during commencement exercises at Westwood High School. [Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools]
As prom and graduation for East Valley high school students approach, three coalitions have partnered to reduce underage drinking and drug use.
The 2nd version of the Dobson Invitational Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 25 at Dobson High School (1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa)
All-Tribune First Team
All-Tribune First Team
Red Mountain baseball coach Ross Pagel took a few minutes this week to discuss the team’s rough start to the season, winning the Gilbert-Mesquite tournament and occasionally seeing his father in the opposing dugout.
It’s time to put it all together.
Westwood High School
945 W. Rio Salado Parkway
(480) 472-4400 or mpsaz.org/westwood
Since opening for the 1983-84 school year, Westwood High School’s pep level has been punched up a notch by its mascot, the Warrior. A crowd riser tasked with perking up the student body at events ranging from football games to pep rallies, the Warrior gets some help these days from a second mascot; the school added the War Eagle to its arsenal of enthusiasm to bring even more excitement to game days. This year's Warrior performers are Tahji Robinson, left and Isaiah Gonzalez.
Second place - Tie
Dobson High School Mustangs
1501 W. Guadalupe Road
(480) 472-3000 or mpsaz.org/dobson
Mountain View High School Toros
2700 E. Brown Road
(480) 472-6900 or mpsaz.org/mtnview
Desert Ridge High School Jaguars
10045 E. Madero Ave.
(480) 984-8947 or gilbertschools.net/Domain/9
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Clearing her head was just as important to Vanessa Davis as clearing the 13-foot mark in Saturday’s pole vault event at the 74th annual Chandler Rotary.
Chandler police detective Sean McKenzie was remembered Friday for his big heart, fun-loving personality and being what gatherers said was a "good cop."