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  • Arizona athletes processing difficult recruiting process

    Processing the difficultrecruiting process

    by J. SkodaThis Week

    Arizona's 2016 class is signed, sealed and delivered. There were very few surprises, but the process still hardened the exterior of many of the players as they filtered the offers and found a home.

  • Some Arizona basketball teams benefiting without sectional tournament

    Teams benefit without sectional tournament

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 29 2016

    Sectional basketball tournaments were dropped for Division I and one other section. Whether it was a good decision or not essentially comes down to positioning as the regular season winds down.

  • Arizona high school soccer's cruel postseason fate

    AZ soccer's cruel postseason fate

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 22 2016

    Possibly more than any other sport, soccer is ripe for the upset in the postseason as defenses fill up the box to stop teams from scoring.

  • Valley Christian boys, girls programs both led by legendary coaches

    VC boys, girls programs coached by legends

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 15 20161 Comment

    Valley Christian's basketball programs house two of the 15 coaches in Arizona history made more unique by the fact that all 1,045 wins between Greg Haagsma and Scott Timmer came with the Trojans

  • Defending Division I champions Corona del Sol, Dobson adjust to new coaches in different situations

    CDS, Dobson adjust to new coaches

    by J. SkodaFri, Jan 08 2016

    The Division I basketball champions each began their title defense with new coaches. With just over a month before the postseason, both squads are still trying find last year's level of play.

  • Arizona wrestling succeeds at a high level nationally

    AZ wrestling holding its own nationally

    by J. SkodaWed, Dec 23 2015

    Seton Catholic, Liberty, Mesa Mountain View and Ironwood Ridge perform well at highly visible tournaments.

  • Christmas break tournaments mean vacation from season for Arizona high school basketball teams

    Christmas tournaments mean a vacation

    by J. SkodaFri, Dec 18 2015

    Arizona hosts two nationally visible tournaments - Nike Tournament of Champions on the girls side and Hoophall West on the boys side - this weekend. It allows coaches to try lineups and schemes without the power point ramification of a loss

  • MaxPreps 2015-16 Arizona high school wrestling preview

    Arizona wrestling preview

    by J. SkodaThu, Dec 10 2015

    Liberty wrestling has progressed to where the Lions are among the favorites to win their classification along with Mountain View, Amphitheater and Camp Verde.

  • MaxPreps 2015 Arizona high school football state finals preview

    AZ state finals preview

    by J. SkodaWed, Nov 25 2015

    A lot of familiar faces dot the Arizona football championship weekend, including one of the state's highest-ranked recruits - Saguaro's Byron Murphy - facing his former teammates at Marcos de Niza in the Division II final.

  • Arizona high school football playoffs moment-makers

    AZ football moment-makers

    by J. SkodaFri, Nov 20 2015

    A tight fourth quarter with a state championship berth on the line can be defined by one play by one player, and Arizona has plenty of candidates to be the player that comes through in the clutch.

  • MaxPreps 2015-16 Arizona preseason high school boys basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona boys basketball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaMon, Nov 09 2015

    Shadow Mountain is our pick on top of the list. But also watch out for Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Gilbert Christian and Mesa in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • MaxPreps 2015-16 Arizona preseason high school girls basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona girls basketball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaMon, Nov 09 2015

    Hamilton is our pick on top of the list. But also watch out for Mesquite, Seton Catholic, Gilbert and Millennium in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • Only 16 teams remain in each division of 2015 Arizona high school football playoffs now

    Only 16 teams remain in AZ brackets

    by J. SkodaThu, Nov 05 2015

    The Arizona state 11-man football playoffs get underway with plenty of favorites, contenders and dark horses.

  • Arizona high school football teams sweat it out before playoff selection time

    AZ teams sweat it out ahead of playoffs

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 29 2015

    Sectional champions outside of top 16 in the power rankings will edge out higher-ranked teams that fall within the qualifying parameters.

  • Offensive schemes leading to short-lived records in Arizona high school football

    Schemes leading to short-lived FB records

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 22 2015

    Westwood's Johnson and Desert Edge knock off rushing records on same night to continue assault on Arizona's record book.

  • Ready or not, the stretch run is coming in Arizona high school football

    Ready or not, football stretch run coming

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 15 2015

    With three weeks left in the regular season, bye weeks and returning players help teams prepare for the football playoffs in 2015.

  • Arizona high school football coaches put their trust in elite quarterbacks

    AZ coaches trust elite QBs

    by J. SkodaFri, Oct 09 2015

    The relationship between coach and quarterback goes a long way in how plays are called on Friday nights.

  • Nike Tournament of Champions gives high school volleyball teams a chance for a postseason primer

    Nike TOC provides postseason primer

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 01 2015

    The annual Nike Tournament of Champions features girls volleyball teams from 12 states, including six nationally ranked programs, to create one of the top tournaments in the country.

  • Desert Vista girls volleyball reestablishes its dominance

    Desert Vista VB is back to dominance

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 24 2015

    Desert Vista girls volleyball goes 9-0 at the Tournament of Champions to remind all that the Thunder are still the team to beat in Division I, while programs like Salpointe Catholic and Verrado begin to take control of the smaller divisions.

  • Backup quarterbacks playing bigger roles in Arizona high school football

    Backup QBs playing bigger roles for teams

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 17 2015

    Quarterback depth is a must, as several teams have already played multiple signal callers in 2015.

  • Overreacting to early results can be dangerous in Arizona high school football

    Early results shouldn't cause overreaction

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 10 2015

    It's easy to read too much into football results simply because there are so few games and so much attention paid to the game.

  • High school football realignment helps Arizona schools find right fit

    Realignment helps teams find fit

    by J. SkodaFri, Aug 28 2015

    New divisional placement for Phoenix Union and Mesa city football programs allows for a new sense of being able to compete rather endure the blowouts of years past.

  • Mashup of divisions brings new look to Arizona high school volleyball

    Arizona VB divisional changes in 2015

    by J. SkodaFri, Aug 14 2015

    The redistribution of teams in 2015 by the AIA has many of last year's final four teams moving up to a higher division, with plenty of intrigue coming out of the massive Division III.

  • MaxPreps 2015 Arizona high school cross country preview

    AZ cross country preview

    by J. SkodaFri, Aug 07 2015

    The depth of quality runners in Arizona has brought the state to an impressive level as programs like Hopi, Desert Vista, Page and Flagstaff lead the way.

  • MaxPreps 2015 Arizona preseason high school football Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    2015 Arizona football Fab 5

    by J. SkodaThu, Aug 06 2015

    The early-season pick is Chandler, but look out for Chandler, Hamilton, Saguaro and Brophy in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • Arizona high school wrestlers maneuver their way to national titles

    AZ wrestlers capture national titles

    by J. SkodaThu, Jul 30 2015

    Sunnyside's Roman Bravo-Young, Desert Edge's Brandon Courtney and Chandler's Jason Holmes combine for four championships in Fargo, N.D., as Arizona returns with 11 All-Americans.

  • Some Arizona high school football teams start early in 2015 thanks to zero week games

    Zero week has AZ teams starting early

    by J. SkodaThu, Jul 23 2015

    Zero week football games have teams practicing earlier than ever as a good portion of Arizona teams open up Aug. 20-21.

  • Arizona high school wrestlers look to continue success at Fargo Nationals

    AZ wrestlers seek glory in Fargo

    by J. SkodaFri, Jul 17 2015

    Arizona wrestling continues developing and hopes to take another step over the next week at Junior/Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

  • Current and past Arizona prep baseball stars likely to factor into 2015 MLB Draft

    Top draft prospects from AZ

    by J. SkodaFri, Jun 05 2015

    A year after having three high school products selected in the first 75 picks, Arizona's top prospects are from the college level, while prep athletes fall outside of the top 100.

  • Arizona high school alums faring well in 2015 NCAA track and field

    AZ alums faring well in NCAA track

    by J. SkodaWed, Jun 03 2015

    Several former Arizona prep stars will head to NCAA track championships in Oregon.