The high school sports scene in the East Valley featured a mix of continued dominance for some teams, along with others finally breaking through after years of being very close. Some teams failed to survive adversity, while others found a way to thrive through their difficult times.
Back in June, Mountain Pointe boys basketball coach Hosea Graham said it was time to go to work. Only two seniors were returning and the majority of the roster was learning to up its level from junior varsity.
Rex Bowser sits down at a small table in the corner of a Starbucks in Chandler. The longtime Seton Catholic football coach sips his coffee in a laid-back, relaxed manner and begins to tell the story of his more than four-decade-long career.
It has been a great year for football in the East Valley. For starters, Chandler High brought a state title home for the school’s first championship in 65 years. Hamilton also has a successful season, going 12-2, reaching the state finals and coming up just short to the Wolves.
“Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” So said Red Redding to Andy Dufresne in that masterpiece, “The Shawshank Redemption.” If you have never seen the film, that is your immeasurable loss.