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Articles by Jason Skoda

Providing Arizona High School Sports Coverage

  • Top Arizona high school football special teams stat stars

    Arizona's top special teams players

    by J. SkodaYesterday

    Williams Field's Brandon Ruiz and Mountain Pointe's Jaydon Brooks prove they can change the game on special teams.

  • All-time Arizona football winning streaks out of reach for now

    AZ football win streaks safe

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 22 20161 Comment

    Arizona's longest winning streaks in football are safe for now; Skyline, Mountain Pointe, Saguaro, Pima in regular season run

  • Arizona quarterbacks airing it out in the early going

    Arizona quarterbacks airing it out

    by J. SkodaSat, Sep 17 2016

    A good crop of quarterbacks in Arizona have started the year on a blistering pace as teams near the half-way point after this week's set of games

  • Early season mashups: Top-ranked teams face off

    Top-ranked teams face off in early going

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 08 2016

    Thursday's matchup of No. 20 Mountain Pointe and Chandler kicks off a big week between highly ranked teams in every Arizona conference

  • Top 10 most dominant Arizona high school football teams since 2011

    Top 10 most dominant AZ football teams

    by J. SkodaSat, Aug 27 2016

    With four state titles and four top 25 finishes, Saguaro leads our measure of the state's best with Hamilton a close second with one state title and three runner-up finishes.

  • 2016 Arizona Preseason Football Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona football Fab 5

    by J. SkodaWed, Aug 10 2016

    Mountain Pointe leads the way. But also watch out for Chandler, Desert Ridge, Hamilton and Saguaro in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • Arizona high school baseball and softball state champions from the last 5 years

    AZ baseball, softball champs in last 5 yrs

    by J. SkodaThu, May 26 2016

    Hamilton pulls off the rare dual state championship run on the diamond as both the softball and baseball teams win their respective Division I brackets.

  • How do top seeds do in Arizona's baseball and softball playoffs?

    How do top seeds do in playoffs?

    by J. SkodaThu, May 12 2016

    The top seed, especially in softball, is having trouble maneuvering through the postseason brackets on the diamond this season.

  • MaxPreps 2016 Arizona boys volleyball playoff matchups

    AZ boys volleyball playoff matchups

    by J. SkodaThu, May 05 2016

    Desert Ridge's fantastic season has the Jaguars thinking about a state title in boys volleyball after years of futility, while Seton Catholic and Desert Vista have the top seeds.

  • 2016 NFL Draft: Fun facts with every Arizona player taken since 2006

    Arizona NFL Draft facts, full list

    by J. SkodaWed, Apr 27 20161 Comment

    The NFL draft has been good to Arizona high school products and a handful more are expected to be selected to join the likes of Andrus Peat and Taylor Lewan.

  • Arizona high school boys volleyball power rankings standings

    AZ boys volleyball power ranking standings

    by J. SkodaFri, Apr 22 2016

    The top teams have risen to the top in preparation for the postseason beginning on May 7.

  • Arizona high school baseball power rankings standings

    AZ baseball power rankings standings

    by J. SkodaFri, Apr 15 2016

    The baseball season is down to only a handful of games, as each passing inning is one less chance to position a team for a postseason run.

  • Arizona high school softball stat leaders

    AZ softball stat leaders this week

    by J. SkodaMon, Apr 11 2016

    Players like Valley Christian's Hailey Heeringa, Red Mountain's Lyndsay Steverson and Arcadia's Emily Ingles are having fantastic statistical seasons.

  • Top high school boys volleyball stat leaders in Arizona

    Top Arizona boys volleyball stat leaders

    by J. SkodaThu, Mar 31 2016

    A look at the top statistical leaders, as submitted by coaches, through March 30.

  • 2016 Chandler Rotary Invitational: Javelin makes a grand entrance

    Javelin spices up Chandler Rotary Inv.

    by J. SkodaMon, Mar 21 2016

    As Arizona track coaches continue the fight to add javelin to the state meet schedule, the 76th-annual Chandler Rotary added the event as an exhibition to help push the process along.

  • Joe Babinski's message has been well-received for four decades

    Babinski's message has been well-received

    by J. SkodaThu, Mar 03 2016

    Perry High's Joe Babinksi retires from coaching basketball after 39 years of instructing young mean in Oklahoma and Arizona on his way to 653 career wins.

  • Arizona high school basketball role players find spots in the rotation

    AZ role players find their spots

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 25 2016

    As the state basketball tournaments dwindle down to just a handful of teams left in the semifinals, certain roles have to be filled to finish off the championship run.

  • Arizona high school wrestlers cap off illustrious careers with state titles

    AZ wrestlers cap illustrious careers

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 18 2016

    Deer Valley's Jacob Swift leads group of talented Arizona wrestlers finishing with state titles and team championships, including Roman Bravo-Young and Danny Vega.

  • MaxPreps 2016 Arizona preseason high school softball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona Softball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaWed, Feb 10 20161 Comment

    Sandra Day O'Connor leads the way as the top team. But also watch out for Pinnacle, Desert Vista, Hamilton and Red Mountain in the Arizona #MaxPrepsFab5.

  • Arizona athletes processing difficult recruiting process

    Processing the difficultrecruiting process

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 04 2016

    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.