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  • Perry, Seton kick off season with eyes on state title

    With football season finally over, local high school stadiums are now filled with soccer games. The East Valley is loaded with girls teams capable of making deep playoff runs on the pitch.Division IComing off a 14-7-2 season and a state finals appearance, Perry appears ready to go far in the postseason again.An early goal for Perry will be getting settled at goalkeeper. Senior Carly Sandstedt, who recorded 112 saves last year while only allowing 21 goals and tallying seven shutouts, is out with a knee injury.However, Perry coach Jason Dunn said his team is an “attack-minded” one.“I still want to keep the foot on the gas when we play,” he said.

  • Wheeler, Day, Jones lead cross country pack for 2014

    Boys Runner(s) of the Year:Tyler Day, Mesquite and Marcus Wheeler, Corona del SolThese two talented seniors waited their turn behind past champions like Bernie Montoya of Cibola and Nate Rodriguez of Corona del Sol and staged one of the tightest head-to-head season battles in state history.Day and Wheeler raced six times, with each coming out ahead three times. Day won individual titles at the Ojo Rojo Invitational and the Division I, Section I race, with Wheeler second in both of those races.Wheeler was the champion at the Doug Conley Invitational and claimed the Division I state championship, again, with Day placing second in both. Wheeler was also second at the Desert Twilight race, with Day coming in third.Day’s biggest prize in the matchup came in their final prep cross country race, as he placed eighth at the Nike Southwest Regionals and earned a trip to Portland, Ore., for the Nike Cross Nationals. Day is the first male runner from the East Valley to advance to the Nike Nationals, and third Arizona boy to earn the trip. He finished 43rd at Nike Nationals.

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  • Mountain View guard Armani Hawkins chooses ASU

    Mountain View junior guard Armani Hawkins has verbally committed to Arizona State, according to multiple reports.Hawkins is rated as the top Arizona player in her class and No.15 nationally by ESPN. Her big sister, Arnecia, was also a standout with the Toros and will be a sophomore next season with the Sun Devils. The pair played together one year in high school and are on a similar path to do so in college.Armani averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a sophomore. Mountain View went 18-10 last season.

  • Mountain Pointe RB Paul Lucas picks up Oregon State offer

    No one has ever questioned Paul Lucas' speed.The Mountain Pointe track star won the Division I 100-meter dash title as a sophomore last season in 10.44 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in state history.But as a running back on the Pride's football team, Lucas still needed to prove he had the ability to make cuts, elude tacklers and see the field. After Friday night's game against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, he answered any and all concerns.Lucas played a starring role in the upset of the Gaels, rushing eight times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Shortly after, he was offered a scholarship by Oregon State, becoming the ninth East Valley player in the class of 2015 to pick up a D-I offer.With his game-breaking speed, Lucas could become a hot commodity on the recruiting scene if he keeps this up.

  • First Class: E.V. football seniors a peerless group of recruits

    Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.The Phoenix metropolitan area underwent unprecedented growth from 2000-09, as more than one million people made their way to the area, causing a 33 percent population increase.The subsequent housing collapse helped curb the boom and took some focus off the changed landscape, but there is one place where the results are resoundingly evident: the Arizona high school football scene.With a population increase so substantial, it seemed only a matter of time until the East Valley jumped up the list of destination spots for college football recruiters. A greater pool of players meant overall improvement and an increased ceiling for the cream of the crop.For many coaches, it took time to buy in. Arizona had long been known as an area large on space but short on elite talent, and few wanted to waste their time unless it was a sure thing. So Nebraska dabbled and Southern California would swoop in and steal top-flight recruits when needed, but in the early 2000s, it wasn’t open season quite yet.By 2008, the movement began. Michigan came down to recruit elite defensive lineman Craig Roh from Chaparral and quickly noticed the vast potential in his teammate, Taylor Lewan. Desert Vista’s Devon Kennard and Saguaro’s Corey Adams were also national recruits.

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