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 Then on Red Mountain's ensuing fourth down play from the three, junior safety Zay Johnson intercepted Boren's pass in the end zone to seal Liberty's 34-28 victory and this young football program's first state title. more
The unusually large senior class for Liberty football was fraying at the seams after a 41-17 home loss to Phoenix Pinnacle on Oct. 18 that left the Lions at 5-3 and dashed their goal of qualifying for the open division. more
Instead of slowing down in the final five minutes as teams become careful with the ball, the wild Dec. 3 rivalry basketball game between Liberty and Sunrise Mountain only sped up, careening toward its conclusion. more
The girls basketball season is under way for all local high schools. Here’s what local coaches have to say about their teams a week after the regular season began. more
Several local boys basketball teams began play this week during preseason tournaments, but the 2017-18 high school basketball season officially starts Monday. West Valley Preps asked the local … more
No. 7 Liberty held off a comeback attempt by No. 6 Phoenix Desert Vista 33-30 Friday night to earn a trip to the 6A final and a shot at the school’s first state championship. It’s the … more
State semifinals Nov. 226A#7 Liberty (9-4) 33, #6 Phoenix Desert Vista (9-4) 304A#6 Gilbert Mesquite (10-3) 28, #2 Cactus (10-3) 27#4 Desert Edge (10-3) 35, #9 Yuma Gila Ridge (11-2) 283A#3 Northwest … more
Daniel Muller has achieved something that may be more rare than three straight state titles. He has become a household name on campus. As a diver. At the West Valley’s premier football … more
The West Valley Preps football player on the week votes have finished the regular season and it's time to honor the last four winners.  Liberty senior tailback/linebacker Jace Accurso more
Hunter Krasa finished third in his final Division I state cross country meet — and the Mountain Ridge senior has no complaints. Krasa finished eighth last year after running out of gas late. This time, in the first race Nov. 16 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix, he stayed with the pack and placed a strong time of 15:40. more
PHOENIX — Deer Valley junior Randy Espinoza saw the finish line in front of him an nothing else. He said he felt good on the downhill approach to the finish Nov. 16 at Cave Creek Golf Course. But Gilbert Campo Verde senior Kenny Edwards lurked over his shoulder. more
The entire season, Cactus has rallied around their motto to “close the show”. During Friday night’s matchup against Peoria, the Cobras defense absolutely closed the show, … more
Liberty wasn’t going to be the next victim on the Mesa Mountain View upset tour. The No. 7-seeded Lions (8-4) jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead Nov. 15 and cruised to a 45-28 win over the visiting No. 15 Toros (6-6) to advance to the semifinals of the 6A state playoffs. more
Hamilton took a major step toward validating its return to elite status on Friday, using a punishing running game and stifling defense to stun Centennial 28-19 in an Open Division quarterfinal playoff game. more
All games played on Nov. 15 Open Division #7 Chandler Hamilton (9-2) 28, #2 Centennial (9-2) 19  6A #7 Liberty (8-4) 45,  #15 Mesa Mountain View (6-6) 28 5A #4 Queen … more
It did not take long for Centennial football fans to realize Jaydin Young was his own young man. The younger, smaller brother of Coyote legend Dedrick Young, Jaydin never had to worry about direct … more
Millennium girls volleyball made sure not to give Centennial an opportunity to dig deep for a comeback in the 5A state semifinal Nov. 9. The Tigers saw the Coyotes making a run in the second and third sets and shut both down to win in straight sets (25-13, 25-20, 25-19). more
Most teams are banged up when the playoffs start, but since it’s do-or-die time, teams that push through adversity the easiest are usually the ones that raise the championship … more
Some teams would have let the pressure get to them and panicked, but No.8-seeded Sunrise Mountain kept being aggressive Nov. 8 and eventually overwhelmed No. 9 Sierra Vista Buena, 49-36, in … more
The Peoria Panthers, the 4A state bracket’s 7-seed, turned up the heat in all three phases of the game Friday night at home to down the 10-seed Greenway Demons 22-7, and advance to the state quarterfinals. A familiar foe awaits. more
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