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Ever since Paul Lucas dazzled the state with his electric 100-meter dash state title run last spring, he figured to be an asset for the Mountain Pointe football team.
In 2006, the Hamilton football program began a trend of venturing out from Arizona to play some of the nation’s premier teams. The Huskies have acquitted themselves well in these high-profile matchups, winning several and staying competitive in the losses, proving they deserve mention among the country’s top programs.
Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.
In the past week, we’ve revealed 10 of the top football players to watch on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in 2013. Sometimes, though, it’s the under-the-radar guys who make as big of an impact.
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:
Football practices have officially started for a handful of East Valley teams, and season openers will be creeping up in a matter of weeks. Several underclassmen dotted the All-Tribune teams at the end of last season and they are back to chase championships. It’s a bumper crop of athletes playing varsity football this season, and here are the Tribune’s Ten Offensive Players to Watch in 2013:
Casey Benson wasn’t the only busy family member during the 2012-13 boys basketball season.
The 2013 football schedules have officially been released, and Friday night lights are quickly approaching.
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.
Dani Jones put together one heck of a state meet.
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.
Volleyball was Kyle Pitman’s secondary sport, but it was hard to tell with his effort and influence on the court.
Tyler Viza’s inclusion at No. 427 in Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who saw Desert Vista’s comeback against Brophy in the first round of the Division I state baseball tournament.
The football coaches evidently can’t wait until August for their first showdown of the year.
Higley Unified School District athletic director Art Wagner, 42, was found dead near Higley High School Wednesday morning, according to the Gilbert Police Department. Police say the matter is still under investigation, but believe Wagner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ninety feet is the perfect distance between bases, but on Thursday afternoon it must have felt more like 90 miles for Mountain Pointe.
Last week, the Division I and II baseball state tournaments moved to spring training stadiums across the Valley.
The Chaparral baseball team isn’t quite ready to give up on its dream of a third consecutive state title.
Danielle Block has a hard time balancing the rigors of pitching and hitting.
Rick McConnell didn’t intend to spend the last 28 years coaching boys basketball at Dobson.
Maybe it’s inaccurate to say Riley Unroe was born to be a switch-hitter, but the evidence was pretty clear by age 2.
Westwood boys basketball coach Hosea Graham has been chosen as Aaron Windler's successor at Mountain Pointe, Westwood athletic director Reggie Castro said.
Noah Miller is in a perpetual fight with his own body.
Kaylah Lupoe is a bit shy, has a smile that can break an iceberg let alone the ice, and a nasty streak that disrupts the most cohesive of offenses.
Sherrelle Jordan and Ky Westbrook finished with the same impressive result on Saturday.