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Changing the culture of a program is never easy, so Hosea Graham is attempting to do it three minutes at a time.
The standards for athletic programs in Ahwatukee seem to be getting higher by the season.
The postseason honors are starting to roll in for Mountain Pointe as the Pride swept all four honors in the Division I, Section IV squad selected by the coaches.
Bishop Gorman’s Randall Cunningham Jr. scored on a 1-yard run with 2 minutes and 56 seconds left in the third quarter against Mountain Pointe on Aug. 23.
The Desert Vista program has seen plenty of individual state titles walk out of the wrestling room in recent years.
Whether they knew it or not, it was a bit of a test.
All of the work in preparing for the postseason is done.
Jordan Rezac was a coach’s son, understood the game, and was a football player long before he buckled his chinstrap his freshman year at Desert Vista.
It was an uphill battle from the start and not a good sign for a team fighting for its postseason livelihood.
It’s an odd football week.
What was once viewed with disdain is now being widely accepted.
Desert Vista senior wide receiver Richard Haywood made a costly mistake early, but made up for it later to spark the Thunder’s 21-10 win over Dobson on Friday.
The Mountain Pointe football team has been described as athletic, fast, quick and plenty of other superlatives on the way to being considered Division I’s premier team and nationally ranked.
As Centennial piled up yards and tacked on more first down on Friday night, Dan Hinds put his hands on his knees and lowered his head.
It may have been Mountain Pointe’s Senior Night, but it was a junior who had the best performance Friday.
Believe it or not, the football season is already halfway complete.
Tom Joseph was relieved of his duties as Corona del Sol’s football coach on Thursday, according Linda Littell, Tempe Union High School District executive director for community relations.
While great achievements in sports has it merits and is much more enjoyable, falling ever so short might be better at developing character.
It has gotten to the point where Desert Vista is daring someone else to doubt them.
Here is a look at the start date for the fall sports, according to AIA365.com:
There are plenty of outstanding offensive football players in the East Valley ready to put on a show this year. On the flip side are the players preparing to stop them. Hamilton is the preseason favorite in Division I based largely on its intimidating defense, and not surprisingly, many Huskies dot this list. Here are the Top Ten Defensive Players to Watch in 2013:
In some years, there are high school teams so talented that a coach’s main responsibility is to gently guide the rudder without messing anything up.
When Matt Haggerty began high school at Seton Catholic, he had mononucleosis. When he began his senior year, it was on a broken foot.
The remark came with the adrenaline still pumping through his veins so when Paul Lucas proclaimed he was going to approach the 10 second 100-meter dash before his career at Mountain Pointe was done it could be brushed off as competitive bravado.
Hosea Graham has a smooth stride these days.