FLORENCE — If there’s one thing that high school athletics learned in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s how to make quick adjustments when it comes to scheduling opponents.
It’s finally August and that can only mean one thing — football season is just around the corner. Here in Pinal County all teams have started some form of practice or conditioning as the start of the season will be divided up with smaller schools starting on Aug. 19 while 4A-6A schools kick …
CASA GRANDE — It was absolute domination by two Pinal County teams in the 1A Conference as they secured the top two seeds in the playoffs and ended up in the state title game.
CASA GRANDE — The Poston Butte baseball team had an overall impressive season as the Broncos went undefeated in the regular season and secured the top seed in the 4A Conference state tournament.
CASA GRANDE — Continuing on with the second part of taking a glimpse at this upcoming high school football season schedules and highlighting some potentially interesting matchups.
CASA GRANDE — The high school football schedules were officially posted online by the Arizona Interscholastic Association for the upcoming seasons and there are a lot of changes for our Pinal County teams.
TEMPE — The Arizona State softball team managed to snag a top 16 spot last year and hosted during regionals, but did not make it to the final game as they were eliminated quickly after having been upset by two unseeded teams.
TEMPE — The transition from high school ball to college ball is sometimes difficult for athletes as they try to adjust to a higher level of competition and a variety of other factors can also come into play.
TEMPE — The hits were there and so was a solid defensive effort, but the eighth-seeded Arizona State softball team still ended up the losing side as it fell to No. 9 Northwestern 4-3 in 11 innings on Friday night.
SAN TAN VALLEY — There are a lot of different things that can factor into what makes a season memorable for coaches and athletes. For three members of the Poston Butte softball team it was the fact that they got to spend this past season together.
TEMPE — The biggest take away so far through the second day of the Tempe regionals is that opponents should not sleep on San Diego State.
TEMPE — Although Poston Butte alum Lindsay Lopez did not make an appearance, the rest of her Arizona State teammates showed up in a big way in the team's opening regional game against Cal State Fullerton, taking down the Titans 5-2, and taking their first step toward the Women's College Worl…
SAN TAN VALLEY — Roy Carrasco and Ethan Hatch were already batterymates before they arrived at Poston Butte their freshman year.
MESA — The Combs boys track and field team capped off an impressive showing at the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s state meet with a sixth place finish overall with 33 points.
MESA — Poston Butte was well represented in the final day of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s state track and field meet on Saturday at Mesa Community College, as the Broncos competed in 12 events.
MESA — American Leadership Academy-Ironwood represented Pinal County in four Division III final running events at the state track and field championships on Tuesday.
MESA — The track and field season has seen several Pinal County schools come out to Mesa Community College to show off their abilities. The shot put was a stacked event, featuring six competitors from Pinal County, but ultimately, it would be Combs’ Brodee Tucker having the best performance …
MESA — Over a dozen athletes represented five Pinal County schools during the Division III field event finals at the state track meet on Tuesday.
MESA — One year ago, Brodee Tucker could have literally waltzed into the javelin finals without even approaching the mark of his personal best throw — that wasn't the case on Saturday at the AIA State Track and Field Championships at Mesa Community College.
CHANDLER — After having split the regular season series at a game apiece, the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood boys volleyball team knew that its matchup against Chandler Arizona College Prep would be a tough battle.
TEMPE — After scraping by in their opening round game against Cottonwood Mingus Union, questions were raised about Poston Butte’s chances for a deep run in the 4A State Championship.
QUEEN CREEK — It’s been an impressive start for the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood boys volleyball program which is in its second year of existence and is also competing in its second postseason.
PHOENIX — The American Leadership Academy-Ironwood Warriors play with all-out passion and effort, and those traits were on full display in their 3A state tournament playoff game against Phoenix Bourgade Catholic.
TEMPE — After enduring choppy waters on Saturday in the first round of the 4A Conference state tournament, Poston Butte’s ship weathered the storm and advanced to Monday’s game where the pitching crew was back in control.
QUEEN CREEK — Despite the 4-1 final score between Chino Valley and American Leadership Academy-Ironwood, it was nail-biter up until the very end.
QUEEN CREEK — The No. 11 American Leadership Academy-Ironwood softball team was in cruise control during Saturday’s 3A Conference play-in game against No. 22 Fountain Hills as the Warriors defeated the Falcons 13-2 in six innings and grabbed the first postseason win in program history since …
SAN TAN VALLEY — With the Poston Butte Broncos coming into the 4A Conference playoffs as the number one seed, the expectations for the San Tan Valley squad have never been higher.
SAN TAN VALLEY — A battered Poston Butte softball team overcame short rest (among other things) to prevail in the play-in game with an 11-5 win over Phoenix Shadow Mountain on Wednesday and punched their ticket to a playoff game on Saturday morning.
All those long, grueling hours of practicing on the field are about to payoff for many Pinal County teams as the postseason kicks off on Wednesday with the play-in tournament for the 6A-4A conferences.
CASA GRANDE — Much like Friday night’s game between the Poston Butte and Vista Grande softball teams, the matchup on Monday night was a battle of resiliency as the fireworks carried over from the previous game.
SAN TAN VALLEY — With the postseason set to begin on Wednesday, the baseball schedule’s regular season finale gave fans a taste of what could very well be a playoff matchup between the 4A Black Canyon’s No. 1 and 2 seeds. In the battle of powerhouses, Poston Butte prevailed over Vista Grande, 7-0.
CASA GRANDE — Throughout the season, the Poston Butte Broncos and Vista Grande Spartans have cemented themselves as serious contenders in the 4A Conference.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The 4A Conference softball postseason is scheduled to get underway next week. Friday’s matchup between Poston Butte and Vista Grande was not only for sole possession of the top spot in the Black Canyon region, but also a fight for a potential bye from the play-in tournament.
CASA GRANDE — While San Tan Foothills track and field head coach Mike Carlin mentioned that his squad is still growing as a program, the Sabercats are hoping that some of their prominent athletes will get a chance to shine at the state tournament.
QUEEN CREEK — With only two games left on their regular season schedule, the Coolidge and American Leadership Academy-Ironwood softball teams met on Tuesday afternoon as their seasons hang on opposite ends of the spectrum.
SAN TAN VALLEY — After almost two weeks of waiting to settle the grudge match between each other, the seventh-ranked Vista Grande Spartans and Combs Coyotes finally stepped back onto the baseball diamond to finish what they started.
SAN TAN VALLEY — With the regular season coming to a close in a few weeks, the Poston Butte Broncos have put themselves in a position to compete for both a region and state championship in the 4A Conference.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Combs head coach Rick Surls said in the preseason that he expects his team to surprise some people; he believes that his team has too much talent not to. Against Vista Grande on Tuesday afternoon, the Coyotes came oh-so close to doing just that.
SAN TAN VALLEY — In full state championship pursuit, the Poston Butte Broncos have been on an absolute tear having won seven straight games coming into Monday afternoon’s contest with Phoenix Barry Goldwater.
QUEEN CREEK — While boys volleyball has been part of the Arizona Interscholastic Associated for more than 15 years, many schools are just finding their way into the sport with relatively new programs.
CASA GRANDE — After all the craziness from a shortened season last year, many Pinal County boys basketball teams and individual players shined bright this year and provided a lot of memorable moments deep into the postseason.
SAN TAN VALLEY — After securing the win in their first matchup against crosstown rival Combs 12-0, the Broncos and Coyotes renewed their grudge match once again on the baseball diamond Friday.
FLORENCE — American Leadership Academy-Ironwood capitalized on walks and players hit by pitches to roll past the Gophers 18-5 in five innings Thursday on Florence’s field.
CASA GRANDE — While some new faces made a splash in the Pinal County girls basketball scene this year, it is two well established seniors who had a tremendous impact on on their individual programs that take the top honors in this year’s all-county team.
SAN TAN VALLEY — After three impressive years with the Poston Butte Broncos, Sierra Badger will continue her basketball career at the collegiate level, as she recently signed to play at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
FLORENCE — It’s been a good start to the season for the San Tan Foothills baseball team, as the Sabercats recently wrapped up the 34th Annual Joe Padilla Tournament as the runner-up over the weekend.