Discussion of last season’s heartbreaking quarterfinals loss — a defeat to Sahuarita in sudden-death penalty kicks — is rarely heard around Sahuaro’s practices these days.
A night after falling at Sahuaro, the Ironwood Ridge boys basketball team rebounded behind the inside presence of center Mitch Lightfoot and a balanced mix of veteran scoring to beat Sierra Buena Vista 61-53 on Tuesday.
Growing up in Guanajuato, Mexico, the Velazquez boys would take to the street every day to play their one passion of soccer.
Sahuarita forward Taylor McClelland couldn’t have hoped for a better sophomore season.
An early goal by forward Emily Parker gave the Catalina Foothills girls soccer team a predictable start in the finals of the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic. The Falcons needed an unusual hero, though, to beat Sahuaro 2-1 in Monday night’s showdown between two of the city’s best.
Forward Julian Gaona found the net three times for the Tucson High boys team in the Brandon Bean Kickoff Classic on Monday night at Salpointe Catholic.
When Salpointe Catholic cornerback Adrian Lizarraga intercepted a desperation Deer Valley pass with 15 seconds left in Monday night’s Division II state semifinal, the junior didn’t just secure the Lancers’ spot in the state final with his first career interception.
Entering his senior year, Salpointe Catholic quarterback Andrew Cota had two years of evidence to prove his athletic ability.
When Paul Thomas and Noreen Cary Thomas finished their second-ever mixed-tandem race in the 2010 El Tour de Tucson, the couple was just happy to finish.
The Tucson Padres: gone. Spring training baseball: long gone.
PHOENIX — Pusch Ridge Christian looked like it had a chance to pull off a major upset at No. 1 Phoenix Arizona Lutheran on Saturday night. At least for the first 17 minutes of a Division V quarterfinal game.
About 9,000 cyclists will flock to Tucson next week for El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resort.
SCOTTSDALE — After losing to Scottsdale Saguaro on Friday night, a somber Sabino team huddled around coach Jay Campos and tried to fight back tears. With its eight-game winning streak ended, a resilient Sabino side faced a grim reality — they’d lost to a better team.
Two years ago, an underdog Scottsdale Saguaro team with a first-year starter at quarterback traveled to Tucson and knocked off top-seeded Sabino in the Division III state semifinals.
PHOENIX — Rio Rico didn’t quite take home a perfect sweep of Division III state titles, but the Hawks came close.
PHOENIX — Saturday, it was better to be good than Lucky.
Mountain View quarterback Cody Rochon barely gets rid of the ball before being brought down by Liberty’s Troy Bethsold on Friday night.
When Marley Henson finished her first high school state meet in 2009, a 26th-place finish for Rio Rico, current teammate Allie Schadler was halfway through fifth grade.
After falling 58-45 to Mesa in last season’s region championships, the Pima Community College women’s basketball team lost more than a shot at the NJCAA national tournament.
Zach Alderete of St. Augustine Catholic outkicks Logan Pinkerton in the Division IV boys cross country sectionals at Marana.
When Cienega was 1-5, just avoiding a losing record, much less making the playoffs, seemed like a distant dream for the team.
Salpointe Catholic played Friday night without two of its best players.
After the final scorecards were counted at last year’s Division II golf state championships, both Canyon del Oro golf teams were left seeing silver.
Sahuaro entered Friday night’s game on a five-game winning streak, though all of their victories came against sub-.500 teams.
When Catalina Foothills’ Harvey Nelson finally reached the dirt section at the winding Marana High School cross country course, the senior said he felt himself pulling away from the rest of the pack.
The last time Tucson High won six straight games in a season, coach Ollie Mayfield was roaming the sidelines and Mike Dawson was terrorizing the opposition.
For every mile John Hewko rode in last year’s El Tour de Tucson, he earned $2,000 more for his charity and its fight against polio.
Salpointe Catholic has cruised through the first six games of its season following a familiar formula: Score early, dominate on defense and watch a blowout happen.
When Walden Grove senior Trey Cashion breaks through the water in the 100-yard freestyle at the High School Classic on Saturday, one number will be racing through his head — 47.25.
With fellow Division II title contender Tempe Marcos de Niza in town, Salpointe Catholic was supposed to face its first challenge of the season after four straight 40-plus point victories.
Delaney Schnell will walk to the edge of the 10-meter platform at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center this afternoon, her heart pounding. The Tucson High School freshman’s eyes, however, will look out over an oh-so-familiar setting.
When Pusch Ridge Christian senior Mali Smith crossed the finish line at the Old Pueblo Invitational on Saturday, her time of 20 minutes 48 seconds represented the slowest winning time of the morning.
In Tucson High School’s season opener, quarterback Donovan Moore was dragged down at the 6-yard line on a do-or-die fourth down, and the Badgers lost.
Taylor Nations spent every weekday of her summer heading to a pool, often as the sun was just peeking over the horizon.
Salpointe’s Cameron Denson slips a tackle attempt by Juan Avalos in the first quarter. Denson caught nine passes for 156 yards and had scoring receptions of 22, 30 and 33 yards in the Lancers’ shutout victory.
Boasting a key transfer and seven runners from last year’s team that finished fourth in the Division II state championship meet, Ironwood Ridge High had high hopes entering this season.
Some new faces may have been on the field, but Mountain View continued to have Cienega’s number, shutting out its budding rival 21-0 at home Friday night.
When Matt Lujan touched the wall to finish the 100-yard backstroke in the Division I state finals last fall, two others were already there waiting and celebrating nearly All-America times.
Friday’s Coaches for Charity matchup between Sabino and Salpointe Catholic featured college-caliber prospects on both sidelines. Once the game kicked off, however, the Lancers proved to be in another league.
It took Sahuarita more than 71 minutes to score its first points of the season. Once the Mustangs broke through, they couldn’t be stopped, jumping out to a big lead against crosstown rival Walden Grove and winning the Copper Cup with a 27-10 victory Thursday night.
Sahuarita fought toe-to-toe in a defensive battle with Lakeside Blue Ridge early, but mistakes by the Mustangs and two big runs late in the game gave the Yellow Jackets a 21-0 victory in Lakeside in the season opener for both teams.
Over the next six days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Over the next seven days we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Over the next eight days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Tucson's Cody Decker refers to himself as the anti-hero, both as a ballplayer and a budding comedic filmmaker. He might need to look into rebranding soon.
When pitcher Keyvius Sampson walked into Pat Murphy's office, the manager said he could immediately tell something had changed about the 22-year-old.
For San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin, his season of disappointment continues to get worse.
Over the next 15 days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players. Our countdown continues with Salpointe Catholic's Jake Casteel, a first-team All-Southern Arizona linebacker as a junior last season.
Over the next 16 days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Over the next three weeks, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program: