MESA — Before taking his first jump at the all-divisions championship state track meet last weekend, San Tan Foothills junior Da’Merrion Person already felt like a winner.
MESA — When it comes to the Poston Butte track and field team, junior Julia Harris has become the iron woman of the program — competing in multiple events, Harris has set herself apart as a leader among her peers.
MESA — Entering his senior year at Combs, Hunter Clare had one goal in mind — put the Coyotes on the map.
MESA — There will always be a connection between American Leadership Academy-Ironwood’s TaHaj Acoff, Travis Mbuya and Maleah Tucker.
SAN TAN VALLEY — San Tan Foothills High School’s first state champion was recognized at Tuesday’s meeting of the Florence Unified School District Governing Board.
It was a busy weekend in Glendale and Mesa as 13 Pinal County schools had athletes competing in the divisional state championships.
The first-round of the 3A Conference state tournaments for baseball and softball didn’t end well for all the Pinal County teams that made it past the play-in tournament last week.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Despite finishing in the top-eight in the 3A Conference and bypassing the play-in round, it seemed as though many overlooked the San Tan Foothills Sabercats baseball team in the playoffs.
GILBERT — Facing a talented team like the Gilbert Mesquite Wildcats was expected to be a tough task for the Poston Butte Broncos baseball team.
Half of the 12 Pinal County teams that reached the play-in tournament on Wednesday have advanced to the first round of their individual state tournaments.
This is the follow up for the play-in tournament previews for all six softball teams.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Minus a few absences from some schools — Pinal County was well represented during the inaugural Pinal County Track and Field Championships, hosted by Poston Butte on Friday.
SIGNAL PEAK – Matt “Tugboat” Wilkinson acknowledged he wasn’t at his best on Saturday. But the Central Arizona College baseball ace also received zero run support as the third-ranked Vaqueros lost 2-0 to Eastern Arizona in the opener of a doubleheader at McSwain Field.
FLORENCE – High school senior players in the 1A-3A Conferences from around the state came together and competed in the Arizona Smallball Sho Case on Saturday in Florence.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Despite having to replace seven starters from last year’s squad the Poston Butte Broncos baseball team has found a way to win ball games.
CASA GRANDE — Following a phenomenal year in the 2021-22 season, there were high expectations for the Pinal County boys basketball teams this past season.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Nearing the halfway point of the softball season, Poston Butte and Vista Grande have been on a rollercoaster the past few games.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The young and developing Combs softball team is not immune to growing pains and a fair share of lopsided games.
QUEEN CREEK — The early season for the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood baseball team has been a struggle, with just two wins on the year, the Warriors were hoping to catch a strong Gilbert Christian team by surprise.
QUEEN CREEK — There’s a youth movement going on in Pinal County softball as many teams are finding ways to win with rosters that don’t feature a lot of seniors.
CASA GRANDE — Records are meant to be broken. Well, in Poston Butte’s case they first have to be set.
GILBERT — Following its most successful season in school history, the Combs boys volleyball team is looking to take another step forward this year.
APACHE JUNCTION — With just four seniors on the team, the Apache Junction Prospectors are dealing with the growing pains of a young baseball team.
CASA GRANDE — Poston Butte and Vista Grande have developed a great little rivalry within Pinal County, having produced a couple nail-biting thrillers that have come down to the wire.
FLORENCE — San Tan Foothills has seen quite a resurgence with some of its team sports in the 2022-23 year, with the boys’ basketball team just narrowly missing the playoffs, and both the football team and boys’ soccer team competing in the postseason.
SAN TAN VALLEY — It was a devastating end to a very promising season for the Poston Butte baseball team last year.
PHOENIX — The age old tale of David versus Goliath — big, versus small. This was the matchup that greeted a packed house in the Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum Friday night.
FLAGSTAFF — For a second consecutive season Poston Butte’s playoff journey ended at the hands of a familiar foe in the high country.
PHOENIX — The American Leadership Academy-Ironwood wrestling team sent six competitors to the AIA state wrestling championships last week in hopes of one of them walking away with a medal in the Division III bracket.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — As the sun set in Prescott Valley at the Findlay Toyota Center Tuesday, the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood boys basketball team prepared for their toughest challenge to date, facing an undefeated Fountain Hills team in the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament.
PHOENIX — The Poston Butte boys wrestling team had twice as many wrestlers qualify for the state tournament than any other Pinal County team.
QUEEN CREEK— The American Leadership Academy-Ironwood Warriors boys basketball team proved to be too strong for Snowflake, beating the Lobos convincingly, 56-44 in a 3A playoff basketball game in Queen Creek on Saturday night.
SAN TAN VALLEY — It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago the Poston Butte girls basketball program was nowhere near being a winning program, much less a playoff contender.
CASA GRANDE — Nearly 60 Pinal County wrestlers qualified for the Arizona Interscholastic Association state wrestling tournament which begins on Thursday at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
QUEEN CREEK — For the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood boy’s soccer team, everything came together this season. After securing a 9-2 record, their best since joining the Arizona Interscholastic Association, the team proved they could compete at a high level.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Before the regular season even wrapped up, Poston Butte head coach Savannah Bix was already worried about how her team would handle going a full week without any games.
QUEEN CREEK — After knocking on the door a couple times, the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood boys soccer team has finally earned its first playoff win, but they don’t think they’re done yet.
SIGNAL PEAK – All in all, it was a darn good day for the Central Arizona College softball team.
SIGNAL PEAK — A new chapter has begun for the Central Arizona softball team as first-year head coach Maddi Hackbarth takes over the program.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Poston Butte assistant football coach Rod Holmes recalled an early memory of Connor Lopez and Cade Alisa during a signing ceremony for the two athletes on Wednesday morning.
COOLIDGE — The answer seemed simple for the Coolidge boys soccer team — win and keep the season alive.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Poston Butte girl’s basketball team is one of the best in the county. The Broncos entered Friday’s night game against American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North with an undefeated region play record, and they used their top-tier defensive skills to secure a 57-27 win — th…
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Combs Coyotes boys soccer team are young and looking to prove themselves in the 4A East Sky Region. Sitting right at the cutline for the playoffs, the Coyotes treat every game like a must-win, however, going up against the raining 4A state runner-up is no easy task.
MARICOPA — Last week the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board heard appeals from schools wanting to switch conferences. Two Pinal County schools were on that list looking to move down a conference in Maricopa and Desert Sunrise.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The old saying “defense wins championships” is one that the Poston Butte girls basketball team lives by. Making the Broncos’ opponents uncomfortable is exactly what led them in their 53-17 win Friday over cross-town rival, Combs.
QUEEN CREEK — In a top five matchup between Pinal County’s two best soccer teams, American Leadership Academy-Ironwood showed early why it currently sits at No. 2 in the 3A Conference power rankings and has an undefeated regular season record.
GILBERT — In his first year as the head coach for the Combs Coyotes, Hosea Graham said that he wants his team to “stop participating, and start competing.”
SAN TAN VALLEY — The idea had been floating around for a few years, but last week it finally came to fruition as Poston Butte inducted it’s first-ever class into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Coming into their Friday night matchup, the Coolidge Bears had everything to lose, while the San Tan Foothills Sabercats had everything to gain. The Bears’ undefeated season was put on the line against a tough and gritty Sabercats squad.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Both the Coolidge Bears and the San Tan Foothills Sabercats have had up-and-down starts to their seasons, sitting at or below the .500 mark entering their Friday night matchup and hungry for a win.