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Arizona prep star lands on All-USA preseason football team

The high school prep season is upon us and it wouldn’t be complete without a preseason team hyping up all the stars. Arizona’s own Christian Kirk out of Saguaro High in Scottsdale was selected as one of the top wide receivers. Kirk is undecided on where he’ll suit up next year when he heads off […]
9 years ago
Arizona Sports

Arizona wrestling tournaments to begin Saturday

PHOENIX — Arizona state wrestling tournaments will begin Saturday after a jump in skin lesions caused officials to postpone it, the Arizona Interscholastic Association said Tuesday. “We recognized that the postponement of the wrestling tournaments was an inconvenience but when compared to protecting the health and well-being of our students, it was a choice that […]
9 years ago
KTAR.com

AIA provides more information regarding upcoming wrestling tournaments

PHOENIX, AZ (Feb. 10, 2014) – The AIA staff and the AIA Executive Board consider the health and safety of all students to be of the highest concern.  The postponement of the sectional tournament last week was done based on advice and counsel received from medical, public health officials and experts within the national wrestling community. […]
9 years ago
KTAR.com

AIA statement regarding wrestling sectionals

PHOENIX, AZ (Feb. 7, 2014) – It has come to the attention of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) that a number of wrestlers have contracted a skin infection.  It is important to note that none have been reported to be MRSA. Due to the number of wrestlers reported with a skin infection, the AIA, as a […]
9 years ago
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Andrew Gilstrap

AIA official: There’s been an ‘outpouring of love and support’ for family of fallen player Charles Youvella

Hopi High School football player Charles Youvella died Monday in a Valley hospital from a traumatic brain injury suffered during his team’s playoff game Saturday against Arizona Lutheran Academy. Arizona Interscholastic Association Chief Operating Officer Chuck Schmidt told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos Tuesday that the AIA is still figuring how Youvella’s injury was […]
9 years ago
KTAR.com

Hopi High’s Youvella passed away Monday night

Hopi High football player Charles Youvella passed away Monday night after suffering an injury during his team's Saturday playoff football game.  Charles’ father, Wallace, is a board member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association's executive board. Below is a statement the AIA released Monday night.  AIA statement PHOENIX, AZ (November 11, 2013) – We are deeply […]
9 years ago
KTAR.com

Football playoffs set for Divisions I through V

By Les Wilsey/AIA365.com Division VI began its playoffs last week. Now Divisions I through V are set to begin theirs. The state football brackets were set and announced Saturday morning. Play gets underway Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9 depending on division. The top seeds are Mountain Pointe (Division I), Salpointe (D-II), Williams Field (D-III), Show […]
9 years ago
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Hamilton star Cole Luke ends HS career on top

GLENDALE – Hamilton High star cornerback Cole Luke had one more piece of business to resolve going into this year’s 2012 Division I State Championship game. That was to overcome last year’s state championship loss to Desert Vista and end his Hamilton career as a champion. But to get there, Luke would have to face […]
10 years ago
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Arizona Sports 620 Weekend Radio Schedule

With so many sporting events happening in the Valley and involving local teams over the holiday weekend, we’ve put together a primer of where to find broadcasts on the airwaves. Tuesday, November 20 Arizona State Basketball vs. Cornell 6:30 pre-game/7:00 tip-off on Arizona Sports 620 Wednesday, November 21 Phoenix Suns vs. Portland 6:30 pre-game/7:00 tip-off […]
10 years ago
Dave Dulberg

Hamilton football a model of consistency in D-I

The Hamilton High School football team doesn’t expect to win in the regular season. They expect to win in the post season. Head coach Steve Belles learned that the moment he stepped on campus. “When I had an interview with (principal) Fred (DePrez) one-one-one,” Belles said this week, “he goes ‘I don’t care if you […]
10 years ago
Vince Marotta

Desert Edge headed to State Championship for first time in school history

PHOENIX – The #1 seeded Desert Edge Scorpions used their balanced offensive attack to defeat the #5 seeded Williams Field Black Hawks, 37-27, in the Division III State Playoff semifinal match-up Saturday night at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix. The game started out fast for Desert Edge when senior defensive back Ronald Dowdell […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Hamilton defeats Desert Ridge to advance to Division I State Championship

And then there were two. Two touchdowns separating the competitors. Two straight victories in the season series between the two teams. And two remaining Division I football teams competing for the Arizona State Championship. When Hamilton quarterback A.J. Thigpen broke free from the scrum for a 58-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter at […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Ironwood Ridge upends Marcos de Niza to advance to Division II State Championship Game

All this week, Ironwood Ridge preached kicking down the door. They had been to the semifinals two years in a row, with zero championship game appearances to show for it. The Nighthawks were able to snap that streak with a 35-21 win over the Marcos de Niza Padres Friday night. “You know what, it’s pretty […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Mountain Pointe blanks Brophy to punch ticket to Division I final

TEMPE — With a trip to the Division I State Championship game on the line, top-ranked Mountain Pointe High School ended fourth-seeded Brophy College Prep’s nine-game winning streak with a 30-0 shutout victory at McClintock High School. In the first half, the Pride and the Broncos surprised almost everyone in attendance with a defensive struggle. […]
10 years ago
Dave Dulberg

Brophy defense leads the way in 14-13 win over Red Mtn.

PHOENIX – The Brophy Broncos edged Red Mountain 14-13 in a second round Division I playoff matchup Friday night, thanks in large part to a missed extra point attempt by Mountain Lions kicker Carter Tani in the second half. Brophy was rather short-handed on offense, as star wide receiver Devon Allen sat out the playoff […]
10 years ago
Dave Dulberg

Hamilton exacts revenge on Desert Vista 28-14

In a rematch of last year’s Division I championship game between the No.3 ranked Hamilton and the No.6 ranked Desert Vista, head coach Steve Belles and the Huskies avenged last year’s loss with a 28-14 victory Friday over the Thunder to move on to the semifinals. The win was extra sweet for Hamilton, after all […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Marcos de Niza outlasts Chaparral

In the quarterfinals of the AIA Division II State Playoffs, the second-seeded Marcos de Niza Padres defeated the seventh-seeded Chaparral Firebirds 49-36. In their first match-up last August, Marcos de Niza narrowly defeated Chaparral 29-27 on a last-second touchdown run by junior quarterback Josh Eckley. In the opening of Friday night’s playoff game, it appeared […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Queen Creek defeats Thunderbird to advance to the Division III semifinals

Matt Guida ran Queen Creek into the Division III semifinals as the host Bulldogs beat the visiting Thunderbird Chiefs 28-17. The junior running back ran for 236 yards on 31 carries and had two touchdowns on the ground. “We are just really excited,” Guida said after the victory. “We are just going to take it […]
10 years ago
Vince Marotta

Roh shines, Chapparral dismantles Perry

SCOTTSDALE – The 7th-seeded Chaparral Firebirds dismantled the visiting 10th-seeded Perry High Pumas, 45-7 in the first round of the Division II state playoffs Friday night at Chaparral High School. In what was supposed to be a highly contested matchup of two teams with identical 7-3 regular season records, the game was anything but that, […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Jabril Taylor, Pete Wahlheim honored by Arizona Cardinals

Following an impressive 35-14 win over Verrado High School last Friday night, Buckeye High School running back Jabril Taylor was named the Arizona Cardinals and Wells Fargo High School Player of the Week. Taylor rushed for a school-record 338 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries while adding a team-leading 72 receiving yards on two […]
10 years ago
Arizona Sports

Cardinals name high school player and coach of the week

Following an impressive 54-28 home win over previously undefeated Mountain Pointe Friday night, Brophy College Prep running back Marche Dennard was named the Arizona Cardinals and Wells Fargo “High School Player-of-the-Week.” Dennard, who had 82 first-half yards, gained 235 rushing yards by the end of the third quarter. It was at this point that Brophy […]
10 years ago
Adam Green

Red Mountain’s Wisniewski named Coach of the Week

The Arizona Cardinals have named Red Mountain High School football coach Ron Wisniewski as the coach of the week. Wisniewski’s Mountain Lion team upset top-ranked Brophy 33-31 in a game that saw Red Mountain quarterback Mason Thorman throw a game-winning touchdown pass with just 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The award, which is […]
11 years ago
Arizona Sports

Prescott RB named High School Player of the Week

Prescott High School senior running back Brady Mengarelli has been named the Arizona Cardinals and Wells Fargo High School Player of the Week. Mengarelli impressed in Prescott’s 56-28 win over Glendale Deer Valley High School last Friday. He had 18 carries for a school record 304 rushing yards with four touchdowns. He also threw for […]
11 years ago
Adam Green

Saguaro rallies, hangs on to beat Thunderbird

PHOENIX — To say Saguaro’s game against Thunderbird Friday night was a “must-win” would be a little bit of hyperbole. An 0-2 start would not have meant the end of the season for the two-time defending state champions, and no, this was not the biggest game on their schedule. Still, the 43-39 victory over the […]
11 years ago
Vince Marotta

Peoria punishes Moon Valley

PEORIA – The Peoria Panthers used a punishing running attack, three defensive touchdowns and superior roster numbers in beating the Moon Valley Rockets 60-20 Friday night. Peoria jumped on the scoreboard first. Moon Valley had seemingly forced the Panthers into a three and out on their first possession, but a personal foul on a punt […]
11 years ago
Vince Marotta

Cactus whitewashes Moon Valley to open season

GLENDALE — Last season, Larry Fetkenhier’s Cactus Cobras opened their campaign with a 53-0 rout over Moon Valley. In this year’s season opener, many of the principles were new, including Moon Valley head coach Sam Jacobs, but the results were very similar. Junior quarterback Talal Yousufzai threw two touchdown passes to Alex Armbrust and running […]
11 years ago