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    The Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 East Valley (Four Peaks Area) Swim Competition at Kino Aquatics Center in Mesa on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

  • Gilbert High coach investigation stemmed from claim he misused furniture funds

    The brief investigation that led to Gilbert High School football coach Tim Rutt’s placement on administrative leave stemmed from an accusation he embezzled funds designated for furniture.According to a report from the Gilbert Police Department, the accusation came from Kim Calahan, who was the president of the school’s Tiger Touchdown Club — a booster club that supports the team. Calahan stated she believed Rutt, who was later cleared of the accusations by the department, embezzled $2,000 dedicated to purchase new furniture for his office and instead purchased furniture for his home. She claimed a player told her several team members went to Rutt’s home to move his old furniture to the high school office.The report states Calahan and booster members Lori Runge and Jennifer Baragar approached school athletic director Dan Haasch with the accusation on Aug. 8, and the district subsequently put Rutt on leave on Aug. 14. Calahan, Runge and Baragar all resigned from the booster club shortly thereafter.An ensuing police investigation concluded on Aug. 26 with the determination that Rutt did not commit a crime, although the Gilbert Public Schools district kept Rutt on paid leave in order to complete its own investigation into the allegations, said District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone in a previous interview. Rutt was ultimately brought back as a teacher and as the team’s head coach on Sept. 3; the team lost to Desert Ridge 45-15 in his first game, although it beat Mesquite 27-14 the week prior.Rutt’s reinstatement with the Tigers came a few days after the team’s offensive coordinator, Max Hall, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and possession of narcotics on Aug. 30. In the police report of the incident, Hall, who was a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and Mountain View High School in Mesa, admitted to using cocaine the morning of his arrest and was found with cocaine, two hypodermic needles, a metal spoon and a lighter at the time of his arrest.In a statement released on Sept. 5, Nardone emphasized Hall was not a certified staff member for the district, stated Hall “will not be returning to Gilbert High School.”

  • Tempe win over McClintock another chapter in longtime rivalry

    Tempe High School took home another victory after a slow start against McClintock High School Friday evening, marking the third consecutive win for the Buffaloes in the oldest Tempe school rivalry.The Tempe High Buffalos (3-0) dominated the McClintock Chargers (1-2) with a final score of 36-10 on Sept. 12. Early scoring by the Chargers propelled Tempe’s offensive and defensive lines to take over the game after the first quarter.“We started off slow, but we were able to get back,” said Tempe head coach Brian Walker.McClintock and Tempe have been rival schools since the establishment of McClintock in 1964. Tempe, established in 1909, and McClintock are the oldest schools in the Tempe Union High School District.While the McClintock facility was being built, future McClintock students attended Tempe high classes until spring of 1964. The rivalry set in shortly after the completion of the new school on the block. The Charger community is celebrating its 50th year anniversary as a Tempe school this year.McClintock Principal Derek Hoffland, who has worked with both schools for over 20 years, has seen the rivalry grow over time. Students who go to McClintock and Tempe often attended the same middle school, he said, adding more excitement to the rivalry through familiar faces.

  • Tempe Prep vs. Northwest Christian

  • Westwood fends off late Mesa rally to win first game against Jackrabbits in four years

    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.The Division II Warriors stuffed the Jackrabbits’ running game and force fed the Division I school with a healthy serving of junior running back Ethan Johnson, who compiled over 200 yards.The Warriors led 31-7 as the third quarter waned, but Mesa refused to go away quietly. Draven Taylor caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Ray, who started in place of Turrell Pietz-Noble, and Mesa running back Garrison Gardner later punched in a one-yard run to cut the lead to 31-21 with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.Plans for a Westwood celebration looked derailed when Mesa defensive back Kodii Dale picked off a Kane Tieman pass on the next series and scored.“My heart dropped,” Johnson said.Mesa eventually got the ball back on its own 17-yard line with 2:42 left and down by three points, but Westwood strong safety Dj Bex answered with a resounding interception. Johnson sealed the game with a six-yard touchdown run.

  • Tempe overcomes slow start to down rival McClintock 36-10

    A combination of great speed and the passing skills of senior quarterback Emanuel Gant were more than enough to give Tempe a 36-10 win against crosstown rival McClintock on Friday night.After stalling early, Gant and the rest of the Buffaloes’ offense picked up steam in the second half as the team pulled away from the Chargers. Gant threw for three touchdowns in all, including a 45-yarder to wide-open Quntion Garrett in the third quarter that ended the team’s scoring for the day.However, Tempe’s win did not come without a multitude of setbacks, many of which could have been avoided, due in part to a quick start by McClintock.“(The Chargers) did a great job at the beginning of the game, corralling and getting to us early, getting us rattled,” said Tempe head coach Brian Walker.But the Buffaloes wouldn’t allow the Chargers to keep control of the game, as Tempe began to take control of the game by stopping the McClintock’s running game. The Chargers’ offense passed only eight times, making every other forward advancement through rushing. Once the Buffaloes tightened up their defense and figured out the Chargers’ running strategy, they did not allow any more points to appear the home team’s score board.But Tempe could have extended their lead much more than the final score count shows due to many penalties and turnovers. For example, a graceful 40-yard completion by Gant in the third quarter that would have lead to a touchdown was recalled due to a holding penalty on a Tempe lineman.

  • Tempe overcomes slow start to down rival McClintock 36-10

    A combination of great speed and the passing skills of senior quarterback Emanuel Gant were more than enough to give Tempe a 36-10 win against crosstown rival McClintock on Friday night.After stalling early, Gant and the rest of the Buffaloes’ offense picked up steam in the second half as the team pulled away from the Chargers. Gant threw for three touchdowns in all, including a 45-yarder to wide-open Quntion Garrett in the third quarter that ended the team’s scoring for the day.However, Tempe’s win did not come without a multitude of setbacks, many of which could have been avoided, due in part to a quick start by McClintock.“(The Chargers) did a great job at the beginning of the game, corralling and getting to us early, getting us rattled,” said Tempe head coach Brian Walker.But the Buffaloes wouldn’t allow the Chargers to keep control of the game, as Tempe began to take control of the game by stopping the McClintock’s running game. The Chargers’ offense passed only eight times, making every other forward advancement through rushing. Once the Buffaloes tightened up their defense and figured out the Chargers’ running strategy, they did not allow any more points to appear the home team’s score board.But Tempe could have extended their lead much more than the final score count shows due to many penalties and turnovers. For example, a graceful 40-yard completion by Gant in the third quarter that would have lead to a touchdown was recalled due to a holding penalty on a Tempe lineman.

  • Chadwick churns out yards for Highland in 40-24 win against Mountain View

    Highland coach Pete Wahlheim may be biased, but he thinks Hawks senior Josh Chadwick is the best running back in the state. It would be hard for Mountain View coach had DeGrenier not to think so, too, after Friday night.Chadwick rushed for 250 yards and five touchdowns — against a defense geared to stop the run it knew was coming — to lead Highland to a 40-24 victory over the Toros at Mountain View.The 6-foot, 210-pound smooth-running Chadwick ran around, past and through defenders on 32 carries as Highland rushed for 273 yards as a team to move to 2-1."We didn't have a great week of practice but I told my line to come out ready to swing and I just followed them," said Chadwick, who had 183 yards just in the second half. "This is a big win. I can't remember the last time we beat them on this field."Chadwick scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter, and then reached the end zone on a 54-yarder and another 1-yard burst in the third as Highland built a lead, and capped the Hawks' lone long drive with a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth to seal the win."I've been saying all year I think he's the best back in the state," Wahlheim said. "I love the kid. He's a great kid, a humble kid and he can run, especially when we block like we did tonight."

  • Hamilton blows big lead, comes back to win 37-35

    Nothing was going right for the Hamilton Huskies: They had surrendered 28 straight points to the Pinnacle Pioneers and found themselves trailing on the road for the first time with less than two minutes to play.Facing 4th and 19 from midfield, Hamilton quarterback James Sosinski threw up a prayer, a prayer that was answered when wide receiver Kyeler Burke came down with the heave at the 11-yard line. That play set up the eventual game-winning field goal from Dylan Brown, propelling the Huskies to a 37-35 victory Friday night.“It was amazing, it was one of the best catches I have ever scene,” Sosinski said. “I just threw it up there and I was just praying he would catch it and he did.”Burke went up and caught the pass in the middle of three Pinnacle defenders, wrestling the ball away from a Pioneer on the way down. Belles said the play is called “Irish 50” and resembles a Hail Mary.Hamilton (3-0) took the lead early and looked to in control for the better part of three quarters. The Huskies received the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards in over six minutes to take their first lead of the game, as Ari Johnson capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to put Hamilton up 6-0.Early in the second quarter, defensive back Morris Kroma intercepted Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke off a tipped pass giving Hamilton good starting field position at the Pinnacle 26. Sosinski found Brandon Krcilek on a 15-yard touchdown pass to put Hamilton up 12-0 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

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