QUEEN CREEK — With only a four-year window to play high school sports, the odds of three brothers being able to play alongside each other are slim. All of the elements — age gap, talent level …
CASA GRANDE — When it comes to rivalries in Pinal County, most have turned rather amicable in recent years, even when two teams are having successful seasons and a lot is at stake.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Some of Pinal County’s top scorers were on display Thursday night, but in the end Coolidge’s firepower was too much for San Tan Foothills to keep up.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The battle for San Tan Valley added another chapter in its history Friday night, this time on the basketball court as the Combs Coyotes hosted their cross-town rival Poston Butte. Both teams battled hard, exchanging leads and playing a tough, gritty style, but it was the Bro…
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Battle of Gantzel between Poston Butte and Combs has certainly lived up to its name when it comes to girls basketball; and in the latest installment on Friday night, the Broncos walked away with the 60-54 win — but they had to go into overtime to get it.
QUEEN CREEk - Sure, it takes four whole quarters to win a basketball game. But on Monday night in Queen Creek, the Thatcher Eagles capitalized on some early mistakes by the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood Warriors and cruised to 67-41 victory.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Along with the new year comes the start to the second half of the season in high school winter sports, which usually entails the start of regional play.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Combs coach Ben Johnson’s voice echoed throughout the gym as he tried to amp up his team midway through the second quarter, as the Coyotes trailed Phoenix Cortez by 15 points on Thursday night.
CASA GRANDE — After all the craziness that surrounded sports in 2020 due to COVID-19, the new year brought a lot of memorable moments in what seemed to be an effort to make up for that lost time.
CASA GRANDE — This football season was one for the record books as the 4A Conference championship game came down to Casa Grande Union and Poston Butte; and the two Pinal County teams did not disappoint on the biggest stage at Sun Devil Stadium.
CASA GRANDE - Nearly a month after they met during Thanksgiving weekend in the Joe Partain Memorial Classic, Coolidge and Poston Butte faced off in another classic on Tuesday night.
SAN TAN VALLEY - For nearly a decade, athletes have suited up in helmets and pads for the Combs Coyotes and throughout that time the football program has seen four individuals at the helm.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Under brisk and windy conditions, the Poston Butte Broncos played their first home game of the season on Tuesday night, where they fell to the reigning 4A Conference state runners-up 7-0.
TEMPE — The Battle of Pinal County for the Class 4A football state championship was epic in every aspect.
It was fourth and 10 with less than three minutes left when the ball soared out of Angel Flores’ mighty right hand and rose like a rocket into the Tempe night sky, through the lights that have made so many college players legends. It hung in the air for what seemed like eternity but in reali…
QUEEN CREEK -- Despite the success the American Leadership Academy-Ironwood boys soccer team had in its first four seasons of existence, a quick Google search revealed little information about the program. To second-year head coach Joe Bouchelle, it surprises him that they have flown under t…
SAN TAN VALLEY — After a late, game winning touchdown in their first round playoff game against Phoenix Northwest Christian, the Broncos steamrolled the Prescott Badgers and Glendale Cardinals to advance to the first state championship game appearance in school history.
SAN TAN VALLEY — In her fourth season since taking over the Poston Butte girls basketball team, Savannah Bix has managed to establish a culture for a program that has shown gradual improvements every year.
SAN TAN VALLEY — For the first time in school history, the Poston Butte Broncos will compete in a state championship game.
SAN TAN VALLEY — After a shortened 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Tan Foothills boys basketball team is back on the court, and hopefully, trying to get back to their previous winning ways.
SAN TAN VALLEY — After a dominant 49-7 blowout of the Prescott Badgers last Friday, the Poston Butte Broncos are one step closer to reaching the 4A Conference State Championship game, and competing for their first ever state title. However, the Broncos will face one of their biggest challeng…
SAN TAN VALLEY — After it took a last minute touchdown to beat No. 16 seed Phoenix Northwest Christian to advance to the quarterfinals last week, the No. 1 seed Poston Butte Broncos put all the questions and worries about themselves to bed, after getting out to a 35-0 lead in the first half …
SAN TAN VALLEY — After a wild game that saw the Poston Butte Broncos’ playoff hopes almost collapse in front of them last week, the Broncos are hoping for a more well-rounded performance in their quarterfinal match up against the Prescott Badgers.
SAN TAN VALLEY — As time ran out on the scoreboard, Justin Evans might have been a yard short. But then he felt it, the relentless push of his teammates who collectively decided they weren’t going to be upset on Friday, that their season wasn’t over. And when the chaos cleared, Evans had sco…
APACHE JUNCTION — The Apache Junction Prospectors will once again be in the mix for the 4A State Championship and are looking for some redemption this year, after being forced to forfeit in the play-in round last year due to COVID-19.
SAN TAN VALLEY — This is the second straight year that the Poston Butte football team capped off a perfect 4-0 run in the Black Canyon Region.
APACHE JUNCTION - With their eyes set on the 4A conference playoffs, the Apache Junction Prospectors looked to build some momentum in their final game of the regular season.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Combs easily cruised past a young winless Tempe team 55-6 Friday night, and it wasn’t only a few hot shots hogging the spotlight.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Poston Butte Broncos are coming off of an impressive season where they went undefeated in region play at 10-0. That success was due largely because of the play from Nina Bongiovanni. The Broncos' senior led the team with 157 kills on the year, while adding 56 serving ace…
APACHE JUNCTION — The Apache Junction Prospectors have put together a strong 2021 campaign. The team will go into their final game with a 6-2 overall record, and will be in the mix for the 4A conference playoffs.
SAN TAN VALLEY — With the 4A Black Canyon Region lead firmly in grasp for Poston Butte, the Broncos took care of business Friday against crosstown rival Combs, cruising to a 28-6 win on the road.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Poston Butte Broncos have had an up and down season. The team started their first ten match stretch 2-10, but caught fire late in the season, going 7-3 in their last 10 matches of the season.
COOLIDGE — With their position being on the outside looking in entering Friday night’s regular season finale, the Coolidge Bears made one final statement, hoping it would be enough to convince the powers that be that they belong in the playoffs.
SAN TAN VALLEY — For the first time in two seasons, Apache Junction and Combs met up for the Battle of Ironwood and it was the Prospectors who came out on top, 46-34.
CASA GRANDE — With only one more game left in their season, the Vista Grande Spartans celebrated their seniors before their home match up against the Poston Butte Broncos.
We’re at the home stretch of the high school football season, with 1A schools already in the middle of their playoffs, 2A and 3A schools entering their final week and 4A and 5A schools with two or three games left. That means playoff situations are starting to solidify, and we’re here to tak…
SAN TAN VALLEY — Riding the momentum from their 56-37 win over region rival Apache Junction, the Poston Butte Broncos didn’t take their foot off the gas.
CASA GRANDE — With only a week left in the regular season, volleyball teams are trying to finish off on a high note with hopes of making a final push to snag a playoff spot.
SAN TAN VALLEY-- The Poston Butte Broncos (19-12) dominated their Pinal County rivals on Tuesday night, the Apache Junction Prospectors, 3-0 with set scores of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-13.
FLORENCE — The Florence Gophers have had an up and down season. Going into their match against South Central region rival San Tan Foothills with an 18-15-3 record, the team looked for improvement and to get an early edge against the Sabercats.
APACHE JUNCTION — With the two teams jockeying for position atop the 4A Black Canyon region standings. The No. 5 ranked Poston Butte Broncos and the No. 8 Apache Junction Prospectors went to battle in a back and forth affair.
PHOENIX — After a tough loss to perhaps the best team in 4A, the Poston Butte Broncos flipped the script against struggling Phoenix Northwest Christian with a 35-0 shutout. But as Broncos head coach Dain Thompson will tell you, no win (let alone a shutout) against a 4A opponent is an easy one.
FLORENCE — American Leadership Academy-Ironwood was always in the game, only trailing by a touchdown at the half and going into the fourth quarter. But the Warriors never managed to get the upper hand, and Florence came away with a 35-21 win Friday.
For most teams, the 2021 high school football season is somehow halfway over, so PinalCentral figured it’s time for some county-wide power rankings.
SAN TAN VALLEY - Cross-conference matchups are full of opportunity. They give the lower-tiered team a chance to prove that attendance numbers tell only part of the story and challenge the higher-tiered team to prove they are the bigger dog.