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  • Corona del Sol basketball coming together over the holidays

    Coming together over the holidays

    by J. SkodaThis Week

    Corona del Sol has some missing parts early on, but still takes an 8-0 record into two big-time events, including the VisitMesa.Com Basketball Challenge on Friday where 10 other Arizona programs are also participating.

  • Arizona girls basketball teams look to claim spot among the best at Nike TOC

    AZ teams ready for Nike TOC

    by J. SkodaThu, Dec 18 2014

    Three local teams - Desert Vista, Millennium and Hamilton - find a spot in the Joe Smith Division at the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions, which is held Thursday through Monday.

  • MaxPreps 2014 Arizona high school wrestling preview

    Arizona wrestling preview

    by J. SkodaSun, Dec 07 2014

    Mesa Mountain View works hard to stay on top of Arizona wrestling by heading out of state for top national events; Cibola, Seton Catholic, Camp Verde and St. Johns appear to be in line for state titles.

  • 2014 Arizona high school football finals preview

    AZ football finals preview

    by J. SkodaThu, Nov 27 2014

    Williams Field and Liberty played in the independent state title game in 2008 as programs just started out, and now both teams are playing for their first true state championships.

  • Rematches rule 2014 Arizona high school football playoff semifinals

    Rematches rule Arizona football semifinals

    by J. SkodaThu, Nov 20 2014

    Brophy might be the hottest team in Arizona,riding a nine-game win streak. The Broncos get to prove how far they have come in the semifinals as Brophy, which lost 41-6 to Hamilton in September, plays in one of five rematches this weekend.

  • MaxPreps 2014-15 Arizona preseason girls basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona girls basketball preseason Fab 5

    by J. SkodaFri, Nov 14 2014

    Desert Vista is our pick as the top girls basketball team in Arizona this season. Also watch for Hamilton, Millennium, Dobson and Highland.

  • MaxPreps 2014-15 Arizona preseason boys basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    Arizona boys basketball Fab 5

    by J. SkodaTue, Nov 11 2014

    Corona del Sol is our pick as the top boys basketball team in Arizona yet again this season. Also watch for Gilbert Christian, Chaparral, Shadow Mountain and Desert Vista.

  • Gilbert Christian is the new kid on the block in the AIA Division VI football playoffs

    Gilbert Chr. is new kid in D-VI playoffs

    by J. SkodaFri, Nov 07 2014

    Gilbert Christian is in its second-straight 8-man football semifinals in just the Knights' fourth year existence as they prepare to take on top-seeded defending champion Bagdad on Saturday. Perennial championship contenders Mogollon and Pima meet in the other semifinal.

  • Spectacular quarterbacks leave their mark on Arizona high school football

    Spectacular QBs leave their mark

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 30 2014

    The quarterback play in 2014 has been record-setting and breathtaking as players like Tempe's Emanuel Gant, Chandler's Bryce Perkins and Higley's Mason Crossland drive their teams toward the postseason.

  • Arizona high school football players and coaches put it all on the line with health issues

    Coaches, players put it on the line

    by J. SkodaFri, Oct 24 2014

    Two Arizona figures - Yuma Catholic coach Rhett Stallworth and Joy Christian quarterback Matt Mitchell - deal with health worries while being fully committed to football teams.

  • Final touches before Arizona high school volleyball playoffs begin

    Final touches before VB playoffs begin

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 16 2014

    Sixth annual Nike Tournament of Champions gives teams a chance to play intense games and work on improving without playoff implications.

  • Halfway through and ready for more in the Arizona high school football season

    Mid-season Arizona football update

    by J. SkodaThu, Oct 02 20141 Comment

    Five weeks into the football season, and plenty of things have become clear but the second half could be even better.

  • Mountain Pointe-Hamilton Preview: Competitive nature bonds head coaches Norris Vaughan, Steve Belles

    No. 16 Mountain Pointe to face Hamilton

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 25 2014

    Both coaches are alike in how they run their programs, and it has led to a mutual respect that isn't always found among coaching ranks.

  • Chandler vs. Mountain Pointe highlights huge Week 4 in Arizona high school football

    Week 4 will be huge in Arizona

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 18 2014

    Aside from matchup of Xcellent 25 teams, Globe and Miami will play for the 100th year and two coaches will gun for career win No. 300.

  • Arizona high school football coaching changes: New leaders look to jumpstart programs

    AZ football coaching changes

    by J. SkodaThu, Sep 04 2014

    Arizona has 47 new football coaches taking over programs this fall. The new guys are wide-ranging, from a legend at Poston Butte to newcomers at Basha and Wickenburg.

  • 2014 Arizona high school volleyball season could be full of surprises

    Arizona volleyball scene wide open

    by J. SkodaTue, Sep 02 2014

    Division I returns plenty of college talent that should lead their teams toward successful seasons, while the smaller divisions have traditional powers looking to return the top.

  • Get  tickets now: Top 10 must-see 2014 Arizona high school football games

    Top 10 must-see Arizona football games

    by J. SkodaThu, Aug 21 20141 Comment

    The football season gets underway this weekend with a few games to start an 11-week odyssey, but here are a handful of games that shouldn't be missed.

  • Sollenberger Classic: Role reversals in Las Vegas showdowns

    Role reversals shape Sollenberger

    by J. SkodaThu, Aug 21 2014

    The Ninth annual Sollenberger Classic provides some familiar storylines as Brophy College Prep (Phoenix) and Reed (Sparks, Nev.) try to duplicate's Mountain Pointe's program-shifting win a year ago.

  • MaxPreps 2014 Arizona preseason football Fab 5

    Arizona preseason football Fab 5

    by J. SkodaMon, Aug 18 2014

    Mountain Pointe is our pick as the top football team in Arizona this season. Also watch for Chandler, Hamilton, Saguaro and Centennial.

  • Arizona high school wrestling setting the standard for years to come

    AZ wrestling setting standard

    by J. SkodaFri, Aug 01 2014

    Team Arizona returns from Greco-Roman and freestyle nationals with a record number of All-Americans (15) and a triple crown winner in Ironwood Ridge's Danny Vega.

  • Desert Vista's Kristine Anigwe eyes gold medal opportunity with U.S. National Team

    Anigwe eyes medal chance with Team USA

    by J. SkodaWed, Jun 11 2014

    Kristine Anigwe, a 2015 Cal commit, used a stellar performance in the state title game to earn a spot on the U-17 U.S. National squad headed to the Czech Republic.

  • Cole Tucker leads list of Arizona high school baseball players taken in 2014 MLB Draft

    Tucker leads AZ players taken in MLB Draft

    by J. SkodaMon, Jun 09 2014

    Tucker is one of 12 high school ballplayers taken in the MLB first-year player draft. The shortstop becomes 13th Arizona product to be taken in the first round.

  • Drive for 5 ends with another Red Mountain softball title

    Drive for 5 ends with Red Mountain title

    by J. SkodaWed, May 21 2014

    Red Mountain beats Mountain Ridge 8-1 for the Division I state title for its fifth-straight championship, a feat that has never happened in Arizona softball history.

  • Arizona track athletes like Ky Westbrook set the standard for years to come

    Setting the standard for years to come

    by J. SkodaSun, May 11 2014

    The Arizona track season ends with three state records and the culmination of one of the greatest careers in state history.

  • 2014 Arizona high school baseball playoffs are predictably unpredictable

    AZ playoffs are predictably unpredictable

    by J. SkodaSat, May 10 2014

    The presence of No. 22 Gilbert and No. 20 Liberty in the Division I Arizona state baseball tournament shows once again how seeds don't mean as much on the diamond.

  • Mountain Pointe will be playing for all of Arizona at NHSI tournament

    Mountain Pointe playing for AZ at NHSI

    by J. SkodaWed, Mar 26 2014

    Mountain Pointe baseball wants to represent the brand of baseball being played in Arizona while participating in the National High School Invitational this week at the USA Baseball training complex in North Carolina.

  • Track athletes at Chandler Rotary will benefit from no team scoring

    No team scoring at Chandler Rotary

    by J. SkodaThu, Mar 20 2014

    Removing team scoring from the 74th annual Chandler Rotary track meet allows athletes to empty tank on a few events and the talented national field could lead to plenty of records.

  • Arizona title roundup: No. 11 Corona goes OT to complete three-peat

    Arizona roundup: No. 11 Corona three-peats

    by J. SkodaSat, Mar 01 2014

    In a game that had it all, Corona del Sol goes to extra lengths — and a TV replay — to beat Pinnacle for third Division I boys title; Desert Vista girls win D1 title behind Kristine Anigwe. Other boys winners: Shadow Mountain, Valley Christian and Arizona Lutheran Academy; More girls' winners: Seton Catholic and Gilbert Christian.

  • Desert Vista girls' transition highlights Arizona girls basketball playoffs

    Arizona girls basketball playoff update

    by J. SkodaThu, Feb 27 2014

    Desert Vista girls basketball program had to replace its coach in 2013 and coach J'ontar Coleman has led the transition as the Thunder prepare for their first semifinal since 2004.

  • Mountain View runs away with 2014 Arizona wrestling state championship

    Toros run away with championship

    by J. SkodaMon, Feb 24 2014

    Mesa Mountain View wins first wrestling state title since 2000 behind nine state placers and strong wrestling room, while Cibola brings Division II crown back to Yuma.