PHOENIX - Looks like the washing machines will finally get some work.
PHOENIX - After falling into the losers bracket of the Division II state softball tournament Wednesday, defending champion Canyon del Oro had to make a statement if it wanted to defend that title.
GLENDALE - Mike Lee fought through frustration and then cramps to give Catalina Foothills its second title of the day at the state tournament.
GLENDALE - It seemed as if Allie Scott and Gabrielle Courtney of Pusch Ridge Christian were in control of their Division III girls doubles match Saturday after winning the first set, but a state title doesn't come easy.
GLENDALE - Up a set and just two games from advancing to the state semifinals, it looked like No. 5 seed Richard Foitik was going to get some revenge on fourth-seeded David Strong of St. Gregory.
TEMPE - Less than a week. Another game with Arizona State. Another nail-biter. But the result wasn't any different.
GILBERT - The nerves were present, and the expectations were high.
GILBERT - Back-to-back state titles are never easy, but with a lead against a frustrated team playing a man down it would seem like the script for an easy Salpointe win.
GILBERT — The nerves were present, and the expectations were high.
TEMPE - No. 3 Sabino ran into some hard hitters and a tough pitcher in the third round of the state tournament and finds itself in an unfamiliar position - having to come back from a big loss.
TEMPE - Salpointe Catholic starting pitcher Ben Scherer had Scottsdale Notre Dame under control for a little more than six innings Thursday afternoon. In the seventh, he needed a little help.
PHOENIX - While Lyndsay Leikem made her presence felt throughout
the game, it came down to free throws on the other end.
PHOENIX - Palo Verde came out on fire, but the Titans had to
sink free throws to hold on in the state Division II girls
quarterfinals Tuesday night at Grand Canyon University arena.
GILBERT - It was a night of missed chances and bad bounces, and
No. 1 Palo Verde found itself in an unfamiliar position.
PHOENIX - Savanna Schmidt was just trying to create something.
Little did she know she was booting Catalina Foothills back into a
state championship match.
PHOENIX - It seemed as if it was just a matter of time, and,
when the chance came, it would be easy for Palo Verde.
TEMPE - One key stretch and one key player may have been the
difference Saturday for Arizona.
PHOENIX - Pima College was already the surprise of the national
tournament and, for nearly an hour, the Aztecs were again by
staying with the No. 1 team in the nation.
MESA - With stars in the distances and the sprints, Salpointe
had plenty of depth going into the finals of the Division II state
swim meet on Saturday.
MESA - Arms around each other, Reed Patterson of
Rincon/University and Jason Alentado of Catalina Foothills looked
like buddies after a dip in the pool - a duel in the 100
MESA — Arms around each other, Reed Patterson of
Rincon/University and Jason Alentado of Catalina Foothills looked
like buddies after a dip in the pool — a duel in the 100
GILBERT - It took 10 years for the Salpointe boys volleyball
team to get back to the state championship. It took a little more
than an hour for seventh-seeded Mesa Mountain View to
unceremoniously end the Lancers season short of their goal.
CHANDLER - Seventh-seeded Sierra Vista Buena had to feel pretty
good after advancing in the state tournament for the first time in
eight years earlier this week.
GLENDALE - Palo Verde had a tough assignment in its 4A-II state
girls quarterfinal: face a top post player, a veteran team and
PHOENIX - Pusch Ridge was facing a big challenge in top-seeded
Phoenix Northwest Christian in the semifinals of the Class 1A/2A/3A
boys state tournament.
MESA - Catalina Foothills sophomore Daniella Emami did all she
could to help the Falcons restart their state championship
MESA - Maybe Matthew Berg should be nervous every time he
MESA - Christine Clark has plenty to talk about to her Harvard classmates next fall. "I think it's probably one of the toughest races I've ever done in my high school career," Clark said after capping her impressive career at Tucson High with a win in the 300-meter hurdles Saturday night at …
GILBERT - The second-seeded Salpointe Lancers had not lost a
match that counted since the beginning of the season. In the state
tournament, the Lancers swept both of their opponents.
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SURPRISE - Ironwood Ridge ran into a tough pitcher while Brandon
Matthews had just one bad inning, leaving the Nighthawks with
having to get to the championship of 5A-II state baseball
tournament the hard way.
TEMPE - It was Arizona's turn to ride high in the amusement park world of college softball. A pair of freshmen were the ticket Saturday - another run-rule-shortened game, this time with the Wildcats routing Arizona State 14-2.
GILBERT - Salpointe Catholic ran into a buzz saw one match short
of the state championship.
PHOENIX - The Santa Rita Eagles have another shot at the
school's first state football championship. At least this time,
however, they won't have to get up as early.
5A STATE SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
PHOENIX — A couple of late mistakes kept St. Augustine from
reaching their ultimate goal.
MESA — With just one senior on the floor much of the night,
experience may have been the difference in Tucson's outcome in the
5A-I girls basketball state quarterfinals.
PHOENIX — After controlling most of the 110 minutes of play,
Rincon/University High School still had its destiny in its hands.
In this case, Mihn Vu's hands.
PHOENIX — Catalina ran into a one-man wrecking crew in the 4A-II
state baseball semifinals Friday night.
TEMPE — Arizona did just about everything it could on the court
to beat its archrival, even having a late bounce go its way before
seeing the familiar shortfall on the scoreboard.
PHOENIX — It almost got away before Rincon/University restored
order with a classic finish.
PHOENIX — Sierra Vista Buena found itself in the same position
it was in last year at this time. The Colts were not going to let
it slip away again.
PHOENIX — Sometimes you have to go out of your way to make a
statement. For Salpointe Catholic, it was about 120 miles.
TEMPE — Sierra Vista Buena ran out of lives or gas or any other
cliché you can come up with in failing to rally one last time in
its first-round state playoff matchup.
CHANDLER — Salpointe gave No. 3 Chandler Basha a couple of
mulligans, and the Bears got the break they needed for the second
CHANDLER — The lone Southern Arizona representative in 4A
volleyball's final four fell one match short of its goal.
TEMPE — Salpointe Catholic's Emma Darlington did not finish her
high school career quite the way she would have liked, but she was
the bright spot for Southern Arizona in a Phoenix-dominated 5A
state swim meet Saturday.
PHOENIX — Maybe with a little revenge on their minds, Max Fritz
drove his team for the go-ahead touchdown and defensive back Sean
Gibbons knocked down the final gasp as the Salpointe Lancers beat
rival parochial school Phoenix Brophy for the first time in three
GLENDALE — Salpointe Catholic coach Pete Fajardo described it
the best way possible, even in a desert: "It just snowballed."
GLENDALE — It has been almost 30 years since Rincon/University
has had a shot at a state boys basketball championship. The Rangers
will get another chance Saturday after a 61-39 win over Scottsdale
Chaparral on Wednesday night at Glendale Arena.