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  • Chandler QB Perkins ends high school career on highest note

    Chandler High senior quarterback Bryce Perkins does a lot on the football field. He throws. He runs. He leads.These are all the same things a famous former Chandler High standout did: UCLA’s redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley.But on Friday night Perkins did something that Hundley never did. Perkins delivered Chandler a state football title.At first the comparisons are obvious. Hundley and Perkins are dual-threat quarterbacks who are equally deadly with either their throwing arms or their legs. But Perkins has a ring, and Hundley does not.Looking at their stats helps tell some of the story.Perkins, who is committed to Arizona State University to play football, threw for 5,198 passing yards and 69 touchdowns in his career coming into Friday night’s matchup with Hamilton. Hundley only threw for 4,041 with 36 scores. Coming into the game, Perkins rushed for 1,535 yards and 24 touchdowns. Hundley ran for more yards (2,152) but fewer touchdowns (21).

  • The wait is over: Chandler downs Hamilton 28-7 for first title in 65 years

    After 65 years of futility and frustration, Chandler High School finally earned its way to the promised land on Friday night.The Wolves captured their first state title since 1949, beating rival Hamilton 28-7 in the Division I state final.Chandler’s defense held Hamilton to 167 total yards, while the offense tacked on 343 of its own.“I thought the defense won the championship for us in all the games,” Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said.Both Chandler and Hamilton started slow, going three-and-out on their first possessions. After that, however, Chandler started to find its stride.Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins, who finished 13-of-17 for 138 yards and a touchdown with one interception, gave Chandler an early 7-0 lead after he took off to the right for a 21-yard scoring run. On the ensuing Hamilton possession, the Huskies drove inside the Chandler 10-yard line, but, on a rollout, Hamilton senior quarterback James Sosinski fumbled. It was recovered by Chandler senior safety Jaray Mills at Chandler’s two-yard line.

  • Williams Field looking to topple tough Saguaro squad in D-III finals

    When it comes to Saguaro’s football team, there is one question everyone has that nobody has seemed to be able to solve: How in the world do you stop Christian Kirk.A five-star prospect, Kirk has tallied 1,125 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns to go with his 1,481 rushing yards and 22 rushing scores.For Williams Field, the goal will be to minimize the damage Kirk can do cause while implementing its own bludgeoning running game.The Black Hawks will lean on a steady diet of running back Braedyn Bushman who has totaled 2,455 rushing yards on 213 carries along with 12 touchdowns.Saguaro won the regular season matchup 42-7 on Oct. 9.

  • Hamilton in search of revenge against Chandler High

    Hamilton football coach Steve Belles isn’t expecting a lot of support for his Huskies in Friday's Division I state final against archrival Chandler.“I think it will be more pro-Chandler than it will be Hamilton,” he said.It’s to be expected after Chandler handed Hamilton its second consecutive defeat in the Battle of Arizona Avenue. Chandler throttled the Huskies on Hamilton’s own field 56-24 on Oct. 2 and the Huskies haven’t forgotten that.Chandler quarterback Bryce Perkins gashed the Huskies with both his arm and his legs passing for 407 yards and six touchdowns while running for 83 more yards and another score.Now, Hamilton is looking for redemption.“They took it to us pretty good last time,” Belles said. “I think it left a bad taste in our kids’ mouth and we want to redeem ourselves not just as coaches but as players as well.”

  • ASU moves men’s hockey from club to varsity athletics

    Collegiate sports have a different feel about them than professional sports. Loyalties to alma maters run deep. Now Arizona State fans will have another NCAA team to cheer on.On Tuesday, the Sun Devils’ athletics department announced the men’s club ice hockey team would become a full NCAA Division I program by the 2017-18 season.The team currently plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and is the defending national champion. The single-largest donation the ASU athletics department has ever received, $32 million, made the move possible.“I’ve donated time and resources to this team because I firmly believe there are many life lessons learned from playing team sports,” said Don Mullett.Mullett and his son, Chris, are the two principle donors. Chris played for the team in the early 2000s at a time when his dad made a significant contribution to keep the program from folding.“This makes me feel like a much better hockey player than I ever was. Dad, without you, who knows where the program would’ve been, thank you,” the former player said Tuesday at a press conference

  • Reloaded Aztecs ready for another run at Div. I title

    The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.Corona del Sol returns as the favorite in Division I after winning a third straight state title last year. Meanwhile, Perry has young talent that could propel it far come February.In Division II, Tempe looks to improve from a semifinal ouster in last year’s tournament while Division III Valley Christian prepares to defend its state title.Here is how the divisions pan out.Division ICorona del Sol enters the year as the clear-cut favorite in Division I. The Aztecs are led by sophomore point guard Alex Barcello, senior forward Dane Kuiper and freshman center/power forward Marvin Bagley III.

  • Reloaded Aztecs ready for another run at Div. I title

    The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.Corona del Sol returns as the favorite in Division I after winning a third straight state title last year. Meanwhile, Perry has young talent that could propel it far come February.In Division II, Tempe looks to improve from a semifinal ouster in last year’s tournament while Division III Valley Christian prepares to defend its state title.Here is how the divisions pan out.Division ICorona del Sol enters the year as the clear-cut favorite in Division I. The Aztecs are led by sophomore point guard Alex Barcello, senior forward Dane Kuiper and freshman center/power forward Marvin Bagley III.

  • Local players trying to boost badminton's popularity in state, country

    Badminton is commonly known as the world’s fastest racket sport, as it requires players to think fast and act fast due to great velocity a shuttlecock can reach.Yet despite its popularity in many Asian and European countries, badminton has a slow growing popularity in the U.S.In the U.S., people often see badminton as a weaker sport because players don’t have to be strong physically to excel, said Arizona Badminton Center manager Warren Mee. It comes as a contrast to traditional American sports Mee said require elite players to possess that strength, like football or baseball.“Americans, they see it (badminton) as a sissy sport,” he said.Badminton may not require a lot of brawn, but players still need to have agility to react to the aforementioned velocity of the birdie. The fastest smash speed that was recorded in 2005 is 322 kilometers per hour, which equates to 206 miles per hour. A Malaysian badminton player unofficially broke that record with a hit that went y broken the world smash speed record at 306 mph.“It is a lot more than just sheer strength to be good in the game,” said Mee, who was introduced to the sport by his parents.

  • Photos: Seton Catholic vs Snowflake football

    The semifinal playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

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