Keyword: AIA

Chandler coach to receive national honor

Chandler High School wrestling coach Vidal Mejia will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Arizona Chapter in a Nov. 12 ceremony. Mejia took over as head coach of the …

Girls take to gridiron this fall in Arizona

For the first time, high school girls will be playing football for their schools in an AIA season. This fall, girls will hit the gridiron at 55 Arizona high schools. About half are completely new to the sport. …

Dysart superintendent resigns, takes Arizona …

Dysart Schools superintendent will leave in June.

Undermanned Panthers fall at home in second-round

PEORIA — At full strength, the Peoria Panthers matched up fairly well with their Friday, Feb. 10 second-round Open state boys basketball tournament opponent. Unfortunately for the Panthers, …

Coyotes fall to Wolves in Open quarterfinals

CHANDLER — Even with a whole offseason to think about what might have gone better in a playoff loss, the Centennial Coyotes football team has a lot to look forward to. “We’re …

Free throws sink Surprise Willow Canyon in playoff …

The whole season boiled down to old fashioned mechanics and plenty of poise for the Phoenix Arcadia Titans.

Tough Liberty D leads way to region title, 21-9 win …

PEORIA — Following a difficult Oct. 15 loss to Queen Creek, the Liberty Lions walked off their home field feeling down, disheartened and disappointed. What a difference three weeks can make.

Stopke puts stop to Deer Valley comeback as Lake …

GLENDALE — With the Deer Valley Skyhawks on the verge of a monumental comeback, Lake Havasu’s Isaac Stopke said enough is enough.

Desert Edge back on track with win at Ironwood

GLENDALE — Physical, emotional games are what give high school football teams momentum in conference play.  That’s what the Desert Edge Scorpions hope to take from Friday’s …

Cactus throttles Sunrise, stays unbeaten on the season

Four weeks in, and it’s getting hard to tell when (or if) the Cactus Cobras are actually struggling.

2021 Prep Football Preview: Deer Valley

For a second straight fall high school football teams are navigating their way around and through the COVID pandemic, and it’s hard to tell if things are worse or better than last year.

2021 Preps football preview: Highland Prep

Highland Prep enters the Arizona Interscholastic Association a STEM school eager to prove itself in the arena, particularly on the football field.

Peoria Panthers celebrate a century of football

A common thread runs through the now century-long history of Peoria High School football beyond the green and gold threads all Panthers wear. No matter what the team on the field has, in terms of size and speed

Highland Prep sharpens teams for AIA

Shane Stephenson arrived from Montana in 2020 to coach the Highland Prep football team and serve as the charter school’s assistant athletic director. He quickly realized after settling in …

Sunrise blanks Millennium in likely girls’ soccer …

A couple sophomores spoiled Senior Night at Millennium in what will undoubtedly amount to a playoff match preview.

AIA allows for visiting parents starting Feb. 8

The Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board announced Thursday that due to improving COVID-19 metrics up to two parents or legal guardians may attend their student-athletes' home and away games as allowed by the school and county guidelines.

Surprise coaches were at forefront of alt basketball …

After the 5-4 decision at a Jan. 12 AIA board meeting to reinstate the winter sports season, boys and girls basketball, soccer and wrestling will start as (re)scheduled on Jan. 18. Players and coaches are required to wear a cloth mask

AIA board reverses course, votes 5-4 to start winter …

Much like the decision of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board to cancel the winter sports season Jan. 8 by one vote, the 5-4 decision at Tuesday's board meeting to reinstate the winter sports season.

Wilson: Sports can wait for HS students

Dysart Unified School District students will wisely not be in the classroom until mid-October. However, the Arizona Interscholastic Association wants to open practices before returning. They have …

AIA realignment picture comes into focus

A blog by Richard Smith West Valley Preps Following the appeals process, and other comings and goings, the next two-year block of high school sports is coming into focus. Let’s look at …

AIA realignment picture comes into focus

A blog by Richard Smith West Valley Preps Following the appeals process, and other comings and goings, the next two-year block of high school sports is coming into focus. Let’s look at …