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Valley Vista's path back to a third 6A girls basketball state final in four years was very narrow. The #1 seed trailed #4 Gilbert Perry 47-46 with 10 seconds left in its 6A semifinal Feb. 27. The … more
Not even a senior season injury or fewer games in the spotlight after a transfer out of Chaparral caused Darvon Hubbard concern during his recruitment.   After all, if powerhouse programs … more
Valley Vista offensive lineman Andrew Rumary entered the fall with nine scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools — aka the schools on television every Saturday in fall. In … more
GILBERT - Nearly two months of progress seemed to evaporate in three or four minutes for the Dysart Demons Tuesday night. A late 12-4 run bumped host Mesquite's halftime advantage to 37-27. Still, … more
SURPRISE — Before his team’s 3A first round playoff matchup with Northwest Christian, Paradise Honors Head Coach Parrish Tatum was determined to press the Crusaders into submission. In … more
Ben Isai's young Valley Vista boys basketball team picked an ideal time to reveal its growth. In the Monsoon's second visit to Liberty this season, they limited turnovers, made most correct … more
The Dysart Demons were perfect all season on their home pitch, but the Mesquite Wildcats changed that in a hurry. Less than four minutes to be exact. Squaring off in a 4A play-in game Thursday in … more
Having wrestled the big boys for two years, Dysart’s Samantha Trantham entered the first season of state sanctioned girls wrestling in 2018-19 full of confidence. Maybe a little too much … more
PHOENIX — The science and research to back cupping therapy, the popular recovery method, is still fuzzy, but it remains widely used. Those in the sports therapy industry are lauding its … more
The two-month search for a new Shadow Ridge football coach ended with the selection of former Ironwood offensive coordinator Sean Hegarty on Jan. 17. Hegarty played football at Paradise Valley … more
Valley Vista girls basketball played 10  players significant minutes during Thursday's renewal of the state's best girls basketball rivalry at Millennium in Goodyear. Nearly all of them contributed as the Monsoon erased a nine-point deficit on the road. Then the team's two veterans brought the #1 team in 6A home against the #1 team in 5A. more
The central defense partnership of Gretchen Kuffel and Piper Stone has met with an unexpected, and unfortunate, early end. This duo was in its third year as the core of the Shadow Ridge girls … more
An old basketball adage - "You can't win a game in the first quarter" - took a beating Jan. 24 in Surprise. Valley Vista blitzed Shadow Ridge in the opening eight minutes, taking a 22-4 lead. The … more
The Madhouse on McDowell will say hello to basketball once again as several state high school basketball championships will be played at the Phoenix venue. The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. … more
The last couple winters of Paradise Honors girls soccer were hard to push through. Senior forward Sierra Sweeney played a bit as a freshman, then skipped her sophomore season before returning to … more
This time, with this team, Paradise Honors boys basketball never allowed Valley Christian a glimmer of hope. These teams split four games last year but the Trojans picked up the decisive win in … more
The Northwest Christian girls soccer team - eventually - was too deep, too physical and too experienced for an emerging Paradise Honors squad. But the Panthers announced their arrival in the 3A soccer field during the opening half of the Jan. 9 game. more
It figures. Sunrise Mountain's girls soccer teams had two golden scoring opportunities  late in the first half, only to see two Willow Canyon players block them with their legs. So in the … more
While the building of Willow Canyon’s boys basketball program has been bumpy at times, the synergy between third-year varsity player Sunday John and third-year head coach Joseph Colletti has … more
For the tenth straight year, West Valley Preps honors the best football players from schools in the Northwest Valley. Players may only be selected for offense or defense, but can earn a secondary nomination on special teams. more
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