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Freshman helps Pinnacle girls earn 5A-II soccer crown
Jorian Baucom scores hat trick as Pioneers finish unbeaten season with 4-2 victory over Ironwood Ridge.
Soccer Don Ketchum February 12, 2011

State wrestling: Sunnyside again, Ironwood Ridge finally
Sunnyside senior Kory DeBerry faced his final high school wrestling match Friday night with a chance to become a rare four-time individual state champ. DeBerry won his first three titles competing in 5A-II at 135, 140 and 145. His opponent from Mesa High in the finale, Edgar Verdi, was a state champ last year at 152 in 5A-I. With the change in conference designation both rested in Division I this year. Something had to give. It wasn\'t DeBerry.
Wrestling Les Willsey February 11, 2011

Chandler makes 10-point deficit disappear, defeats Xavier
Wolves finish Class 5A-I Fiesta Region season with a perfect 10-0 mark.
Basketball Don Ketchum February 11, 2011

Flying bodies make soccer a risky business
Flagstaff player suffers broken leg against Verrado in semifinal.
Soccer / Basketball Don Ketchum February 11, 2011

Sunnyside, Ironwood Ridge send most to wrestling finals
Wrestling Les Willsey February 10, 2011

Verrado boys soccer team motivated to make history
Buckeye school can win first championship in Friday\\\'s Class 4A Division II title match.
Soccer Don Ketchum February 10, 2011

Brophy outlasts resliient Kofa on late Grigsby header, 4-3
Kofa High does not get to travel to the Valley much these days due to Yuma budget limitations, but the Kings first trip to the metro Phoenix area this season came close to being a remarkable one. The fifth-seeded Kings fought off a first-half onslaught of chances and a two-goal deficit late to No.1 seed Brophy before falling in the final three minutes to the Broncos, 4-3, in a 5A-I boys soccer semifinal at Campo Verde High School.
Soccer Les Willsey February 10, 2011

Chandler High hires assistant Aguano as next football coach
Chandler High took longer than expected but decided on Thursday to name longtime Chandler varsity assistant Shaun Aguano as its next football coach.
Football / Basketball Les Willsey February 10, 2011

Hamilton answers Mesquite goal quickly, reaches soccer final
It has been rare this season when anyone scores on the Hamilton girls soccer team. Shutouts in 21 of 24 games and four goals allowed overall is mighty impressive. The Huskies gave up their first goal since December on Wednesday night to 5A-I semifinal foe Mesquite midway through the second half and were faced with the question: Could they respond?
Soccer Les Willsey February 9, 2011

Xavier scores twice late to beat Desert Vista in soccer, 3-1
Xavier coach Barb Chura is not bashful when it comes to talking about freshman forward Nikki Walts -- and for good reason. Walts scored two goals in the final 13 minutes Wednesday to help the Gators skip past Desert Vista, 3-1, in a 5A-I girls soccer semifinal at Campo Verde High School.
Soccer Les Willsey February 9, 2011

Notre Dame girls win shootout, earn spot in 4A-II final
Goalkeeper Taylor Mogel turns away two Arcadia shots to help Saints remain unbeaten at 21-0.
Soccer Don Ketchum February 9, 2011

Multi-sport athletes such as Foster are pleasure to watch
Saguaro football star has amazing quickness on the basketball floor.
Football / Basketball Don Ketchum February 8, 2011

Saguaro puts itself in position to make run at 4A-I title
Sabercats use balanced effort to turn away visiting Peoria boys 66-50.
Football / Basketball Don Ketchum February 8, 2011

Flagstaff bests Valley Christian in state tourney tuneup
Flagstaff and Valley Christian are getting ready for championship runs in different conferences in girls basketball so what better way to prepare than facing each other before the postseason begins. Flagstaff used an individual run from Kia Sandoval in the second period and a team burst early in the fourth to defeat Valley Christian, 61-44, at Valley Christian.
Basketball Les Willsey February 8, 2011

Division III, Division IV state wrestling tournament preview
Wrestling Les Willsey February 8, 2011

Division I, Division II state wrestling tournament preview
Wrestling Les Willsey February 7, 2011

Bill to protect athletes from head injuries is smart choice
Players would could not return to action, including games or practices, unless cleared by medical personnel
Stories Don Ketchum February 7, 2011

Valley Christian girls hoops primed to repeat with Jones
Basketball Les Willsey February 6, 2011

Signing with ASU means a lot to Moon Valley lineman
Vi Teofilo never thought he would be good enough to play at a large university, but hard work paid off.
Football / Soccer / Wrestling Don Ketchum February 6, 2011

Arcadia girls advance to 4A-II soccer semifinals
Two goals from Broadrick and one from Stewart lift Titans to 3-1 victory over Thunderbird.
Soccer Don Ketchum February 5, 2011

Arrubla scores only goal as Hamilton boys top Salpointe, 1-0
After watching the first half of Hamilton and Salpointe in the 5A-I boys soccer quarterfinals the advantage was clearly to Hamilton. The only problem was the Huskies lacked a goal to show for it. No. 2 seed Hamilton remedied that problem 12 minutes into the second half Saturday and posted a hard-fought 1-0 win over the No. 7 seeded Lancers at Red Mountain Soccer Complex.
Soccer / Golf Les Willsey February 5, 2011

Chandler girls basketball team hopes rise to top has arrived
Chandler High girls basketball has been in the championship neighborhood several times since the new millennium began. The Lady Wolves just haven\'t been able to net the 5A girls title that has eluded the program since 1999-2000. With Chandler winning 12 of its last 13 games, nine in a row (71-35 over Desert Vista on Friday) and resting in the No. 2 slot of the 5A-I power rankings, coach Zon Thompson is more optimistic by the day his 19-4 team can be special.
Basketball Les Willsey February 4, 2011

Xavier earns key win over Hamilton in double overtime
Guards Rikki Mulloy and Aubrey Lincoln provide spark, combining for 42 points.
Basketball Don Ketchum February 4, 2011

Hey, who pulled the plug? Power outage delays game
Kingman, Deer Valley expected to finish boys basketball contest that has about 4 1/2 minutes left.
Basketball Don Ketchum February 4, 2011

Perry pulls away late to top Skyline, enhance playoff hopes
Playoff hopes were strengthened for one and dented for another Thursday night after Perry pulled away late to knock off Skyline, 65-53, in a 5A East Valley Region boys basketball game at Skyline High.
Basketball Les Willsey February 3, 2011