SAN TAN VALLEY — The Poston Butte volleyball team has set a lofty goal for themselves of only losing five games this season.
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Benjamin Franklin held visiting Combs to just one touchdown in each half to roll to a 31-14 win Friday at the teams’ first-ever meeting on the gridiron.
SAN TAN VALLEY — When two teams clash in a playoff rematch from the previous season, everyone hopes for a competitive, tough-nosed matchup between football players with something to prove.
QUEEN CREEK – Benjamin Franklin and Combs will meet on the football field for the time ever Friday, giving fresh oxygen to a long-running local debate over who’s best.
SAN TAN VALLEY – The Combs swim team doesn’t have a local pool, so they make the jaunt up to Apache Junction three days a week to practice in a pool that’s typically about 93 degrees.
TEMPE – Apache Junction wasn’t prepared for the way its season ended last year as the Prospectors had to cancel their final games due to COVID.
QUEEN CREEK — Excitement and fireworks were in the air on Chandler Heights road just west of Ellsworth on Friday night, but the fireworks were not the only thing booming at American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Poston Butte and American Leadership Academy — Queen Creek football programs both have a chip on their shoulders from how last season ended.
QUEEN CREEK-- Looking for their first win in nearly three years, the Queen Creek American Leadership Academy Ironwood Warriors played a tight first half with Fountain Hills but found themselves on the wrong end of three second half touchdowns as they fell, 35-12.
SAN TAN VALLEY – The Combs football team became very good at adapting on the fly last season due to the chaos caused by the pandemic.
SAN TAN VALLEY - Over the noise of a train that runs behind Poston Butte High School’s football fields, head coach Dain Thompson can be heard reciting a mantra to his team: “let’s be awesome.”
SAN TAN VALLEY — After many years on football sidelines as an assistant coach, Mike Carlin is taking on a big test in his first stint as a head coach on the gridiron.
SAN TAN VALLEY - The American Leadership Academy-Ironwood Warriors have had a tough stretch of seasons over the last few years. With their last win dating back to the 2018-19 season, the 3A Central region competitors are looking for the players to buy into the process, instead of focusing so…
SAN TAN VALLEY — At the age of 16, Combs High School junior Hailey Linnastruth is the top female shooter in her school-based club trap shooting conference.
CASA GRANDE — Vista Grande had a softball season for the ages, and in appropriate fashion, two of its players take home PinalCentral’s top all-county honors.
CASA GRANDE — Two Pinal County baseball teams were a cut above the rest all season, and those teams also produced the county’s top two players.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Competing in four events at the Division III state track meet didn’t seem like much of a challenge for Poston Butte’s Octavious Joe, so he tried out his skills at the Arizona Decathlon State Championships.
GOODYEAR — It will be a busy Saturday for several Pinal County baseball players who were selected to participate in the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games at Goodyear Ballpark.
PHOENIX — Taniela “Bubba” Taunima walked around the athletic fields of Desert Vista High School on Saturday carrying a chocolate cake almost as big as him.
PHOENIX — Poston Butte had a good day at the finals of the Division III state track meet, taking ninth in the boys team standings. And that was mostly due to the efforts of electric junior Octavious Joe.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Poston Butte baseball program had already broken records and achieved things no other team in school history had done. Why not add one more accomplishment to the resume and send four players to the next level?
MESA — There’s an old adage in baseball about not giving a good team extra outs. Gilbert Mesquite took advantage of additional opportunities it received against Poston Butte in the 4A state semifinals.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Chris Holcombe’s first thought after Poston Butte held on for a thrilling state playoff win Tuesday night: he was glad he wouldn’t have to play Vista Grande again.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Poston Butte’s first batter, Junior Lopez, hit the ball out of the park Saturday, which may have told Coconino High School they were in for a tough day.
The state playoff brackets for baseball and softball were released late Thursday morning. With a quick turnaround ahead, Pinal County teams at least know who and where they are playing.
CASA GRANDE — A hotly contested battle between two of the best baseball teams in 4A went down to the wire Monday night, and it ended on a call that left the home team furious.
QUEEN CREEK — Regent Benedict ran the final stretch of his 1600-meter race Friday with his next closest competition barely in view behind. It’s not his ideal arrangement, as he prefers a closer competition, as evidenced by his final time of 4:55:49 being a full 11 seconds off his personal be…
SAN TAN VALLEY — Two of Pinal County’s best softball teams met for the second time in four days on Monday, but one walked away having proven that they’re at another level.
CASA GRANDE — Two Pinal County softball teams in the top 10 of the 4A rankings met Friday night, and Vista Grande walked off with a decisive victory over Poston Butte.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Baseball is a game that has many rituals and superstitions. For believers, the start to Friday night’s matchup between Vista Grande and Poston Butte might have been a good indication of how the game would go.
MARICOPA — The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions it caused took a lot out of the high school soccer season. In a sport that requires running long distances, athletes had to wear masks while adjusting to constantly changing schedules while playing few games than normal.
COOLIDGE — A week after they lost a lead in the final inning to American Leadership Academy-Ironwood, the Coolidge Bears played in a way that wouldn’t allow any for any comeback hopes.
CASA GRANDE — Five days after beating Combs 10-0 in San Tan Valley, the Vista Grande baseball team picked up another run-rule win over the Coyotes at home.
CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Kiwanis Invitational is always the biggest host track meet for Casa Grande Union, and its girls team performed very well among a crowded field of competitors.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Two Pinal County teams that started their season down on their luck met twice this week, with one gaining a new spark and the other still searching for answer.
COOLIDGE — A pair of Pinal County softball teams with recent history of playoff appearances entered the most important part of the season Tuesday, with Coolidge’s Kiana Villa displaying some of the stuff the Bears hope will take them on another run.
APACHE JUNCTION — Results won’t happen overnight, but a new era of baseball is being ushered in at Apache Junction, and it’s being led by Jason Hutchens.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Many spring teams enter this season with a lot of questions and uncertainty following last season’s abrupt cancelation due to the pandemic.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Of all the Pinal County baseball teams that had to cancel their 2020 seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, none was dealt a more cruel blow than San Tan Foothills.
CASA GRANDE — A high school basketball season almost never happened. But then it did, and Pinal County had plenty of individual talent on the hardwood.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The baseball teams with very talented rosters had it toughest when the spring sports season was canceled one year ago. Poston Butte was one of those teams, but with zero seniors on the 2020 roster, the Broncos are primed for a championship run.
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Combs baseball program doesn’t have the same participation as other sports at the school, and that impact is particularly felt during a pandemic-shortened season.
SAN TAN VALLEY — It’s only fitting that three San Tan Valley high schools had reason to celebrate at the Division III wrestling state tournament, and that includes American Leadership Academy-Ironwood.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Six Pinal County schools competed at the Division III state tournament Thursday, but Combs outshone them all on wrestling’s biggest stage.