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  • Chandler shrugs off slow start, beats Highland 49-21

    Despite struggling through a slow start, Chandler turned on the jets through the final three quarters to put away Highland 49-21 Friday night.After the first quarter the game was still 0-0 with Chandler’s offense struggling to get anything going. The Wolves broke through in the second quarter, scoring 28 consecutive points after long, efficient drives.Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins threw the first of his five touchdown passes of the night to wide receiver Justin Jan with 8:16 left in the second quarter to break the scoreless tie. Perkins threw another touchdown to Jan as well as a 15-yard strike to wide receiver N’Keal Harry in the quarter en route to a 28-0 second quarter lead.Highland tried to climb back into the game in the second half. The Hawks scored the first touchdown of the second half on a two-yard run from Josh Chadwick. It was the closest Highland got.Perkins said that there was a lack of physicality early on for the Wolves but that the team eventually turned it around.“We started off slow on both sides of the ball,” Perkins said. “We didn’t come out very physical, I think it was because of our thought of the lack of competition that we had tonight…we still had to pick up the intensity and pick up the focus and we came out and did our job and in the second quarter and throughout the second half we came out victorious.”

  • Westwood shellacks Poston Butte, earns playoff berth

    In a 10-game season, the outcome of two games can make or break you. For the No. 13 Poston Butte Broncos, their season may not be broken just yet, but they’re running out of duct tape.Sitting at No. 5 in the Division II power points rankings just two weeks ago, the Broncos must now wait for Saturday’s selection show to see where – and even if – they’ll play again this year.A week after falling at home on senior night to Gilbert Campo Verde on a night where the offense could get nothing going, this time it was the Broncos’ defense that failed to answer the bell, giving up three touchdowns to Mesa Westwood on the Warriors’ first three drives of the game, en route to a 32-15 loss.Westwood (9-1, 4-1), No. 10 in the power points entering the game, locked up the sectional title and a guaranteed berth in the Division II playoffs.The gashing of the Broncos defense seemed due in part to the frenetic pace of the Warriors’ offensive attack combined with the major hole in the middle for Poston Butte. Senior linebacker Chris Musselman, who committed to the Air Force Academy earlier this month, injured his leg last week against Gilbert Campo Verde and seems unlikely to play again this season.Without the presence of the bruising middle linebacker, Warriors star running back Ethan Johnson had a field day, rushing for 128 yards in the first half alone and finishing the night with 227 yards on 35 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

  • GameNight: Thunder holding out hope that season isn't over after loss

    Desert Vista is down, but the doesn't necessarily mean the Thunder are out.Desert Vista lost by the score of 21-18 to Brophy at Phoenix College on Friday to end the year at a disappointing 3-7.But with just 29 teams in Division I and a strong strength of schedule the Thunder might have a chance to sneak into the playoffs.Whether or not the season is over won’t be known until Saturday morning when the AIA releases the brackets (show starts at 9 a.m. on 98.7 FM) as the Thunder came in as the 17th seed. A win probably would have secured a spot, jumping at least No. 16 Millennium.Millennium lost on Friday as well, leaving some to wonder if the Thunder’s strength of schedule will move Desert Vista past the team from Goodyear.Regardless of what happens the Thunder played with passion and confidence to push Brophy until the final seconds when a 39-yard field goal would have tied it but sailed left.

  • Pride closes out regular season with blowout over Dobson

    Senior Night played out exactly the way it was supposed to for Mountain Pointe even though one of the most important ones didn’t take the field.The Pride steamrolled Dobson at home by the score of 55-0 to finish the regular season at 8-2 to remain in line for a Division I home playoff game next week.By the end all of the seniors who stayed dedicated despite rarely seeing the field got their chance to show what they could to do with the opportunity to play.“It was good to get all of the seniors in there,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “We were able to do it because our first team did what they were supposed to do. Now we are ready for the playoffs and we will see who will play.”Mountain Pointe entered the game at No. 7 in the power rankings and where the Pride ends up in the 16-team brackets with hopes of defending their state title will be announced Saturday morning.It appears the first-round game will have to be without leading rusher Brandyn Leonard, who missed the game with mononucleosis. The hope is to have him back for the state quarterfinals.

  • State volleyball tournament brackets released

    The Arizona Interscholastic Association released the state tournament brackets for volleyball on Friday. The tournaments begin on Tuesday in Division I and Division II at the higher-seeded schools. Divisions III, IV and V will be in Prescott Valley for all four rounds of their tournaments, beginning on Thursday.View the brackets for all five divisions at left.

  • State volleyball tournament brackets released

    The Arizona Interscholastic Association released the state tournament brackets for volleyball on Friday. The tournaments begin on Tuesday in Division I and Division II at the higher-seeded schools. Divisions III, IV and V will be in Prescott Valley for all four rounds of their tournaments, beginning on Thursday.View the brackets for all five divisions at left.

  • Cardinals sign ex-Hamilton back Bauman to practice squad

    The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Northern Arizona University running back Zach Bauman to the practice squad.Bauman — NAU's career leader in yards rushing, all-purpose yards and touchdowns — was with the Cardinals in training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent but was released Aug. 30.The move comes after running back Stepfan Taylor injured his calf in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.To make room for Bauman, cornerback Anthony Gaitor was released from the practice squad.

  • Sacrifice leads to success for Gilbert gymnast

    For a 17-year-old, it’s not uncommon to have a job. But a job that requires them to work 31 hours per week along with traveling out of state once a month and occasionally out of the country? That isn’t so common.However, Mykayla Skinner, a senior at Higley High School, isn’t your average 17-year-old. Skinner is a gymnast with eyes set on making the U.S. Olympic team and competing in the 2016 games in Brazil.But making that dream come true takes hard work. A lot of it. Skinner — who earned a bronze medal in the vault at the 2014 World Gymnastics Championships earlier this month in Nanning, China — spends 31 hours per week in the gym in addition to keeping up with her schoolwork and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life.When she’s not in the gym, which isn’t terribly often, Skinner enjoys going to the movies, just hanging out with friends and dating, but the hardest thing for her to miss is moments with her family.Skinner has had to miss holidays, birthdays and family get-togethers all for the sake of her sport.“If I’m gone and they’ll tell me how it went and I kind of get mad like, ‘oh why couldn’t I be there?’ ” Skinner said. “But then I know that sometimes I just kind of have to do what I have to do.”

Football rankings

Last Updated: Oct. 27, 2014 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I, II, III
1. Chandler (8-1)
2. Hamilton (8-1)
3. Mountain Pointe (7-2)
4. Desert Ridge (8-1)
5. Tempe (9-0)
6. Westwood (8-1)
7. Skyline (8-1)
8. Queen Creek (7-2)
9. Higley (7-2)
10. Perry (5-4)

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