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  • Police clear Gilbert High coach Rutt of theft allegations, district still investigating

    The Gilbert Police Department has cleared Gilbert High School football head coach Tim Rutt of allegations of theft made against him last week.In an email, Gilbert Police spokesperson Jesse Sanger said detectives reviewed allegations that Rutt misappropriated items valued at $2,000 and determined a crime was not committed. Rutt, who was placed on paid leave by the Gilbert Public Schools district on Aug. 14, was accused of theft by a member of the booster club.District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone said in an email Rutt will remain on paid administrative leave until Gilbert Public Schools completes its investigation into the allegations. He said the district does not have a specific date for an end to the investigation, meaning Rutt could miss the Tigers' season opener against Mesquite High School on Thursday."We will proceed in a timely manner and ensure that the process is thorough," Nardone said.Rutt was hired in advance of the 2013 football season, in which his team finished with a 2-8 record, after serving as an assistant at Basha High School. He also worked at Hamilton High School for more than a decade and played at Mesa Community College and Corona del Sol High School.

  • Photos: Campo Verde vs Goldwater Football

    The football game between Campo Verde and Goldwater at Campo Verde High School on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • Photos: Williams Field vs Show Low Football

    The football game between Williams Field and Show Low at Williams Field High School on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • Williams Field defense steps up in 31-7 home win over Show Low

    Williams Field senior running back Braedyn Bushman ran for two touchdowns in the second half to help the Blackhawks secure a 31-7 victory over Show Low on Friday night.Bushman finished the night with 25 carries for 172 rushing yards and the two rushing touchdowns in the final two quarters, but he and the rest of the Blackhawks offense had a hard time finding the end zone early in the game. Despite dominating the time of possession, the Williams Field offense stalled in the first half because of penalties and turnovers.“We were just sloppy,” said Williams Field head coach Steve Campbell. “The good news is that they’re things that we can clean up. I think that in game one, there’s a lot of that. There’s a lot of sloppiness. You’re not used to going against other opponents. You’re not used to a lot of the atmosphere and that type of thing.”The Blackhawks finished the game with 117 total penalty yards. Campbell said he was still content with the performance, especially since it was nine of his starters first varsity game.When the Williams Field offense did not hinder itself, it had no problem moving the ball down the field, and Bushman said the Blackhawks cleaned up their act in the second half.“I think really what happened was we just stopped the mental mistakes,” he said. “We stopped doing the little off-sides penalties. We started doing the little things right and we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot with stupid little mistakes.”

  • Gilbert Campo Verde opens season with 35-7 win against Goldwater

    This early in the season, football teams are still trying to work out the kinks. Campo Verde coach Max Ragsdale feels like there are still several of them to be worked out in his team despite beating Barry Goldwater 35-7 on Friday night.“A lot of room for improvement,” he said. “A lot of mental errors.”Campo Verde (1-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two rushing touchdowns from running back Zac Wheeler. The Coyotes’ rushing attack worked well, as Wheeler finished with 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.“I felt we did pretty good,” he said. “Obviously we need a little bit more tweaks, we’re not all of the way there yet. We need to pick up the intensity and a little bit more tempo but overall we did alright.”The passing game didn’t fare as well as the ground attack; Campo Verde quarterbacks Cole Pineda and Dylan Wright combined to go 6-of-20 for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The battle between the two is still ongoing, Ragsdale said.“We’re still evaluating. We don’t know who our guy is,” he said. “We wanted to make sure everybody got some reps, live game reps behind the first group of offensive linemen and we wanted to make sure it got done that way.”

  • Burke carries Chandler Hamilton to easy 43-7 win over Sandra Day O'Connor

    Hamilton junior running back Kyeler Burke came into the season with a chip on his shoulder after an injury sidelined what could have been a star sophomore season. In the Huskies’ season opener against Sandra Day O’Connor, Burke looked in midseason form, leading Hamilton to a 43-7 victory.Burke tallied 83 rushing yards, including a 20-yard touchdown run on an option pitch from Hamilton quarterback James Sosinski in the first quarter. Burke also caught eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.“I just felt like I had something to prove,” Burke said. “The first couple of games (in 2013) I played well but then I got injured and it messed up my entire season. So I felt like I had something to prove to my team and to all the people watching.”Hamilton received the opening kickoff and marched 72 yards in just under five minutes to put up the first points of the game. Sosinski capped the drive with his first touchdown pass of the game, a 13-yard strike to tight end Luc Gauthier.From there Burke took over, scoring the next two Hamilton touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air, the latter coming in the form of a 51-yard touchdown reception on third down midway through the first quarter. Sosinski found Burke open in the middle of the field and Burke did the rest, outracing two Falcon defenders to the endzone.“I have known James (Sosinski) since I was in eighth grade,” Burke said. “We went to a spring camp together and ever since then we have been really good friends. We play basketball together. We are brothers.”

  • Burke carries Chandler Hamilton to easy 43-7 win over Sandra Day O'Connor

    Hamilton junior running back Kyeler Burke came into the season with a chip on his shoulder after an injury sidelined what could have been a star sophomore season. In the Huskies’ season opener against Sandra Day O’Connor, Burke looked in midseason form, leading Hamilton to a 43-7 victory.Burke tallied 83 rushing yards, including a 20-yard touchdown run on an option pitch from Hamilton quarterback James Sosinski in the first quarter. Burke also caught eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.“I just felt like I had something to prove,” Burke said. “The first couple of games (in 2013) I played well but then I got injured and it messed up my entire season. So I felt like I had something to prove to my team and to all the people watching.”Hamilton received the opening kickoff and marched 72 yards in just under five minutes to put up the first points of the game. Sosinski capped the drive with his first touchdown pass of the game, a 13-yard strike to tight end Luc Gauthier.From there Burke took over, scoring the next two Hamilton touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air, the latter coming in the form of a 51-yard touchdown reception on third down midway through the first quarter. Sosinski found Burke open in the middle of the field and Burke did the rest, outracing two Falcon defenders to the endzone.“I have known James (Sosinski) since I was in eighth grade,” Burke said. “We went to a spring camp together and ever since then we have been really good friends. We play basketball together. We are brothers.”

  • Cox 7 announces high school football TV schedule

    Cox channel seven regularly broadcasts high school football games and will broadcast five East Valley games this year.The games are: Aug. 28 Gilbert at Mesquite; Sept. 25 - Basha at Westview (8 p.m. start); Oct. 2 – Desert Mountain at Red Mountain; Oct. 9 – Williams Field at Saguaro; Oct. 30 – Mountain View at Desert Ridge.

  • Gilbert Public Schools places Gilbert High football coach on paid leave

    Gilbert Public Schools has placed Gilbert High School football coach Tim Rutt on paid administrative leave.District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone said in an email that the district placed Rutt on leave on Aug. 14 due to Rutt’s involvement in a police investigation.Gilbert Police Department spokesperson Jesse Sanger said the investigation, which is in its initial stages, is based on allegations that Rutt had misappropriated items donated by one of the school’s booster clubs. He said the approximate value of the items is $2,000.Sanger said he was not sure whether charges could come from the investigation, but said any charge would most likely be related to misdemeanor theft. He said the department will offer an update about the case on Monday. Nardone said the district is unable to provide comment about the situation because of the police investigation into it. Rutt did not respond to requests for comment.Rutt, whose team went 2-8 last year, was hired in advance of the 2013 football season after serving as an assistant at Basha High School. He also worked at Hamilton High School for more than a decade and played at Mesa Community College and Corona del Sol High School.

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