Juno Boyd came to Arizona and Perry High from Alaska so perhaps it is fitting someone from a state known for frigid temperatures would decide the first-round 5A-II boys soccer playoff game Wednesday played in Alaska-type weather.
Chandler continued its roll in girls basketball Tuesday night. For the second time in two weeks that meant knocking off neighbor to the south - Hamilton.
The Wolves got 31 points inside from Je Zhe Newton and Raven Anderson and gradually wore down the host Huskies, 72--55, in a battle for the top spot in the 5A Fiesta Region.
Mesa High is not taking the 5A Fiesta Region by storm in boys basketball if final scores are the indicator. The wins, however, continue to pile up for the Jackrabbits.
With almost a wire-to-wire performance on Friday night, Mesa used a torrid start at both ends of the floor to post a 79-72 victory over visiting Brophy Prep.
Perry High tried to douse coach Jim Vanney with a victory bath moments after the Pumas dispatched Westwood in boys soccer Thursday night.
Vanney barely got his jacket wet as the Pumas\\\\\\\' aim was poor. It was one of the rare times Perry misfired.
Karen Self has often rested easy the last three-plus seasons watching her Seton Catholic girls basketball team rack up 99 victories. With two mainstays like Theresa Wirth and Kayla Bustos few if any sleep aids are needed.
Six weeks ago Mesa Mountain View put the clamps on Corona del Sol on the Aztecs home floor with a 49-40 win the night of the 5A state championship football games. On Tuesday night Corona returned the favor.
With guard Calaen Robinson playing his best all-around game of the season and the Aztecs defense clogging the middle after the first 12 minutes or so, Corona seized control and beat the Toros, 50-43, in a 5A Central Region game at Toro Gym.
Corona del Sol girls soccer coach Matt Smith has seen it happen before and probably will see it again.
Senior Night for the Aztecs and a senior normally not in the limelight steps into it. Monday evening that meant midfielder Kendall Barrett.
A final wrestling invitational tune-up turned out quite well Saturday for Dobson High.
Polishing off all seven of its foes in pool play the Mustangs matched up with city rival Red Mountain in the team final and came away a 49-21 winner at the Nate Johnson Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Red Mountain High School.
The Mesa Mountain View girls basketball team settled in for a three-game week starting Monday and capped it with a third victory on Friday.
After a slow start the Lady Toros used a strong second quarter to distance themselves from visiting Dobson and post a 56-40 win at Toro Gym.
Mesa High has played a significant part in state athletics with its long history and tradition. Football, basketball and wrestling have been highly successful sports to name a few.
A sport to be honored Tuesday night is one the school helped play a role in inaugurating in the state three decades ago -- boys soccer.
The Mesquite boys soccer team knows how to rebound. The Wildcats bounced back from their first power-point game loss last Friday by stretching Gilbert to a shootout and prevailing, 3-2 (5-3), in a 5A Central Region match at Gilbert High.
Hamilton High has won most of the games that count so far this season. Friday night was no exception.
The Huskies ended a three-game losing streak over the past two seasons to rival Chandler with another solid performance in taking a 67-46 boys basketball victory over the Wolves in a 5A-I Fiesta Region game at Hamilton.
With basketball teams comprised mostly of 10 to 15 players it is hard to find playing time for more than seven or eight on a roster most nights. Some can find time for up to 10. That juggling act is a choice administered carefully by hardwood mentors. Corona del Sol and Mesa Mountain View boys teams have encountered success in mixing and matching.