QUEEN CREEK – American Leadership Academy-Ironwood is in its third season as a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association and it’s safe to say that the Warriors were not on anyone’s rad…
The high school basketball season is racing forward, as the regular season ends Friday. While some teams battle for playoff positioning, others try to close out their season by making a strong impression. Here’s a look at the latest PinalCentral boys basketball power rankings.
SAN TAN VALLEY – Krystle Mann, a stay-at-home mother to three sons, makes and sells cornbread and jam to pay for new baseball gear and help cover club fees – approximately $1,500 per year.
With just two weeks until the start of the state tournament, the good basketball teams are starting to separate from the pack. Here’s PinalCentral’s latest power rankings of the season for girls basketball.
COOLIDGE — Brooklyn Pablo continued her torrid run this week by scoring 23 points as the Coolidge girls (5-7) dominated San Tan Foothills (3-8) from start to finish, snapping a three-game losing streak.
COOLIDGE — While they have yet to lose a game to any team not named Florence, Coolidge has been winning without Nick Harrison fully showing off what he can do from beyond the arc.
With a pandemic-shortened regular season in high school basketball, there are just a handful of games left for most teams before the playoffs begin. Here’s a look at the latest PinalCentral boys basketball power rankings.
SAN TAN VALLEY — There’s something to be said about the Combs football program and how successful it’s become in sending its athletes to play at the college level.
SAN TAN VALLEY — It wasn’t the cleanest basketball game as bodies kept hitting the deck and the ball constantly sailed from one end of the court to the other.
SAN TAN VALLEY — San Tan Foothills High School is used to changing football coaches every year or two, but “I’m going to stop that streak,” their latest coach said.
CHANDLER – The 2020 high school baseball season was going to be one for many of Arizona’s top players to showcase their talents and attract attention at the next level.
As the high school basketball season barrels toward mid-February, it’s a good time to take a look at the top teams in Pinal County. Here’s PinalCentral’s first power rankings of the season for girls basketball.
The high school basketball season is now well underway, and with a pandemic-shortened regular season, the playoffs will be here in the blink of an eye. Now that most teams have at least a handful of games under their belt, here’s a look at the first PinalCentral power rankings of the season,…
CASA GRANDE — Based on their first meeting of the season, the rematch between the Combs and Vista Grande boys basketball teams should have been competitive. Instead, Combs dominated a depleted Vista Grande squad and came away with a 66-36 road win Friday night.
SAN TAN VALLEY — It was another nail biter game between the Vista Grande and Combs girls basketball teams Friday night, with an almost exact outcome, as the Coyotes won 49-44.
COOLIDGE — Former district rivals Coolidge and San Tan Foothills played it closed for much of three fast-paced quarters. Unfortunately for the Sabercats, the first quarter of the boys basketball game also happened Feb. 2.
COOLIDGE — When a team only has six players in uniform, it takes some major effort to still pull through, and the Coolidge girls basketball team got plenty of those Feb. 2 to get its second win of the season.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The crosstown rivalry between Poston Butte and visiting Combs was everything a rivalry should be: intense, scrappy and at times a bit chaotic.
CASA GRANDE — Basketball games aren’t often won in the first quarter, but it may have been the most important quarter for the Vista Grande boys in their home opener against Poston Butte on Friday.
SAN TAN VALLEY — After qualifying for the play-in round last year for the first time in school history, the Poston Butte girls basketball team has reloaded.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Before the Arizona Interscholastic Association voted to cancel winter sports, Poston Butte boys basketball coach Rob Walker said it was a unique year.
PHOENIX — Just four days after the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board voted to cancel the winter sports season, that decision was reversed.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Devastated. It’s one of the many words that can be used to describe the reaction to the Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board’s decision to cancel the entire winter sports season.
PHOENIX — In a move that came out of nowhere for many, the Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board voted to cancel the winter sports season Friday morning.
CASA GRANDE — The page has turned to 2021, thank goodness. 2020 was one of the strangest years in history with a global pandemic, and the world of sports looked unlike anything ever seen.
CASA GRANDE — Despite playing football in the midst of a pandemic, Santa Cruz Valley had business to take care of on the field, and it did exactly that. Its star player and coach lead PinalCentral’s all-county team honors.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Following the conclusion of an impressive 2020 season, Poston Butte football star Zion Burns is officially ready for the next level.
CASA GRANDE — Nothing was normal in 2020, and that includes high school volleyball. But Combs senior Kerstyn Hedrick wasn’t going to let challenges slow her down.
SAN TAN VALLEY — There will be many familiar faces on the junior college softball diamond the next few years as more and more Pinal County athletes are signing with in-state schools.
As the coronavirus continues to ravage the country, it’s important to be grateful for the good things. High school football has been a respite for many in Arizona, a reason to be thankful.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Any coach wants their seniors to go out on a high note. Unfortunately around the country, and especially at Combs High School, nothing this year has gone quite how people wanted. But at the end of a season where multiple games had to be canceled and a playoff game was just o…
CASA GRANDE — Two Casa Grande Union seniors finished their high school cross country careers with a cherry on top, posting the two fastest times in Pinal County at the boys and girls state cross country meets.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The 2020 Poston Butte Broncos weren’t supposed to have a season this year. No high school teams appeared likely to play as COVID-19 ran roughshod through Arizona all summer.
FLORENCE — San Tan Foothill’s Justice Gutierrez caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Peyton Moore in the game’s final seconds, thrilling fans. But it was Florence who was in control throughout the game in a 42-12 win.
APACHE JUNCTION – Growing up, Alex Guy was called “Shock Collar” because his hits on the football field felt like an electronic dog collar. Throughout junior high school, his football pads acted as a Superman cape because he transformed into a different person on the field. When time came fo…
PHOENIX – Amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, David Hines met with state health officials recently to gain insight for the high school winter sports season. The executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association recommended delaying the start of basketball, soccer and wres…
SAN TAN VALLEY — Kyleigh Potter was swinging the hottest bat in Pinal County before COVID-19 canceled her junior softball season earlier this year.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Interscholastic Association recommended postponing the start of winter high school sports such as basketball, wrestling and soccer to its executive board Monday, possibly pushing the start of those sports into January.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Through the first five games of the 2020 Arizona high school football season, the Poston Butte Broncos could be described in one simple word: Dominant.
MESA — San Tan Foothills held their hosts Mesa Eastmark to just one second-half touchdown while they racked up four to earn a 35-15 win, their first this season.
PEORIA — Poston Butte Broncos coach Dain Thompson was unhappy following last week’s win over lowly Tempe High School. He didn’t care for the effort his team put forth, and with a dynamic Peoria team next on the schedule, he knew that performance wouldn’t cut it.
APACHE JUNCTION — The PinalCentral Game of the Week between Apache Junction and Combs will not be played Friday, as positive COVID-19 tests have put Apache Junction in quarantine.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Piecing together a competitive football game at the last minute is a tall task. Throw in the complications that come with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and it feels almost impossible.