Mark Arneson (57), a fierce tackler for the Palo Verde Titans and Arizona Wildcats, played linebacker for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1972 to 1980.
Through Aug. 23, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:
Six seniors from third-seeded Catalina Foothills are hoping to end their careers with four state championships when the playoffs start today.
Catalina Foothills defender Emily Green, left, competes in last season's state title game against Cactus Shadows. Green and her Falcons teammates will attempt to win a fourth straight state title, starting Tuesday.
With February only a few days away, crunch time is here for winter sports teams.
Palo Verde's Jasmine Stokes, left, scored 51 goals in 26 games last season.
Palo Verde girls soccer coach Jim Mentz gives out a Hershey's Skor candy bar to players for every hat trick they get.
Rozario Martinez is a student of the game - especially the game in which he's currently playing.
At Sahuarita, the Mustangs (8-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead aided by two Palo Verde (2-6) turnovers and never let up on the gas in a convincing victory. Sahuarita's offense dominated, racking up 499 total yards. Its defense gave up 130 yards.
At Palo Verde, Douglas (0-6) led Palo Verde 13-0 going into halftime. So the Titans (2-4) looked to their running game to bring them back. Palo Verde put up 14 points in the third and another 14 in the fourth to get the win. Douglas receiver Grant Watkins had two catches for 77 yards and two TDs.
Palo Verde receiver Rozario Martinez snags a 28-yard catch to keep alive a Palo Verde drive in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.
New Amphitheater coach Brandon Willard said "there's a lot of pressure" replacing Vern Friedli, who retired after 36 years. "I've got to do my best ... and keep the tradition going," he said.
In Brandon Willard's head coaching debut at Amphitheater, his Panthers held opposing Palo Verde without an offensive touchdown.
It wasn't a surprise when Catalina Foothills' Jenna Glad scored
the Falcons' lone regulation goal in a quarterfinal win over
Ironwood Ridge on Saturday.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is expecting traffic to
back up on westbound Interstate 10 in Tucson this weekend.