PHOENIX - Peoria was not able to lock into its game in the 4A boys basketball final against Deer Valley until the final five minutes.
But five minutes of control were all the Panthers needed to hold off their closest rival. Up 51-50 Peoria closed the game with a 14-7 run to win its first state title since 2012.
Those college basketball programs that still pan for high school prospects rather than hitting the portal tend to prefer the rawest materials.
So more polished prospects like Peoria High point guard Drew Camacho have to approach the process with patience.
With recent increases in COVID-19 cases since the emergence of the delta variant, how the 2021 high school football season ends is less certain.
For now, the Peoria Panthers enter the last month of offseason preparations thrilled that this year they at least had a true offseason
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
Of all the local athletes that suddenly leapt to track gold in the spring, none got a later start in the sport than Isaac Moreno.
The Peoria High junior was still a novice as a long jumper and was just learning how to triple jump — weeks after his rivals’ seasons began.
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.