Fall wrap: Gilbert schools claim hardware

The end of the fall sports season has officially arrived, as athletes from all Gilbert schools have already jumped into winter sports seasons. 

The beginning of yet another round of prep sports allows the time to reflect on what was a successful season for several teams. 

Here’s a look at how each school fared in the fall sports season.


For the second straight year, Highland High Schools fall sports teams ended their respective seasons with success. The cross country program led the way with senior Leo Daschbach winning the boys Division I individual championship, which helped the Highland team capture the team title. The girls finished second to join t...

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Williams Field wins 5A title over Campo Verde in defensive battle

Williams Field tight end Joshua Gale dropped to his knees and sobbed before burying his face into his helmet near midfield at Sun Devil Stadium.

Gale, a senior, couldn’t contain his emotions as his teammates stormed the field to celebrate their 19-0 win over region foe Campo Verde in the 5A Conference championship game. But his tears quickly turned to laughs when he and the rest of the Williams Field team hoisted the trophy.

“My emotion just overwhelmed me, and I dropped to my knees,” Gale said. “This is the happiest I’ve been in my life. Just being able to finally kiss the trophy, it’s special.”

Gale caught one of Williams Field’s only three touchdowns on the day, an 80-yard pass from senior quarterback Mason Bugg i...

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Williams Field lands 5A title game berth

Plenty has changed for the Williams Field High School football team since it opened the 2019 season with two straight losses. 

The Black Hawks have since gone on to average over 49 points per game, outscoring opponents 546-213. They jumped up in the 5A rankings, ending the season as the No. 1 overall seed in the conference playoffs and made an argument for being involved in the inaugural Open Division, which pins the best eight teams from the 6A, 5A and 4A conferences against each other in one bracket. 

But as of now, the thought of what could have been is behind Williams Field. Now, every player is focused is on bringing a title to the school for the second time in four years. 

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Mesquite wins 4A football title in dramatic fashion

“It’s pretty cool,” first-year Mesquite football coach Scott Hare said of the No. 6 Wildcats’ 28-23 defeat of No. 4 Desert Edge in the AIA 4A championship game Friday, in as nonchalant a fashion as he could muster.

“And I don’t want this to happen right now. I’m not very excited about this,” he added as a pair of players dumped a bucket of cold water on him in celebration.

The win, much like the semifinal victory – a win that Mesquite scored on a potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt by Cactus – came via a defensive stop late in the fourth quarter. Down just five points, Desert Edge sophomore quarterback Adryan Lara had the Scorpions driving with a chance to take the lead, but the Wildcats made a key stop and...

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Mesquite to make 1st championship appearance

There was never any doubt in the mind of Mesquite’s players or head coach Scott Hare when the Wildcats lined up to stop Cactus’ two-point try in the 4A semifinals. 

They were confident the defense would do its job.

“We aren’t panicking at the end of these games, so it allows us to just keep going,” Hare said. “We said don’t quit, play it all the way to the whistle, and that’s what they did. I mean, it came all the way down to the one-inch line. 

“That’s the difference between going to state and going home.”

Mesquite stopped Cactus just short of the goal line. Celebration ensued. 

The Wildcats, who hadn’t made the playoffs in two seasons, are movi...

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