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AIA suspending sports at least 2 weeks

The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Monday it was postponing all spring high school sports through Saturday, March 28 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The decision came during the executive board meeting Monday, where the board entered executive session for nearly an hour and a half to discuss all possible outcomes. 

“We have about 150,000 kids competing out of 325,000 in our high school association. They are very much involved in the activities they do,” AIA Executive Director David Hines said. “The first thing is, what can we do to try and give them some opportunity, if we can? We have been paying attention to the state health department, and as we move forwa...

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New tradition building Perry baseball chemistry

It’s a tradition that started in January during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson. 

Members of the Perry baseball program all gathered at the house of senior outfielder Trenton Pallas. Sophomores up to those in the senior class were all invited over for food to watch two of the best college football programs in the country go at it on primetime. 

There was little baseball talk that night, as most, if not all in attendance focused on the game. But it allowed the team to bond and build a level of chemistry they hoped would trump that of the Perry teams in the past. 

“We had everyone over, and we were like, ‘why don’t we just do so...

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Mesquite baseball embracing underdog mentality

How the mighty have fallen.

The mystique around Mesquite has evaporated this season after losing a 1-run nail biter to Salpointe Catholic in the championship just the year prior.

Mesquite finished 28-5 last season, while being ranked second in the state to 6A champion Hamilton.

So, how in one off-season did Mesquite go from a dominant juggernaut to a non-threatening team?

The answer can be attributed to the departure of many talented seniors -- with right-handed pitcher Davis Heller committing to South Mountain Community College, first baseman TJ Clarkson committing to Utah, and outfielder Jacob Anderson going to Iowa among many others. 

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Winter wrap: Postseason tournament riddled with Gilbert schools

The winter sports season for high schools has officially come to an end,  and Gilbert schools are transitioning to baseball, softball, boys volleyball, beach volleyball, track and field and tennis. 

 But before jumping head-first into the new season, it’s time to take a look back at how each of the schools fared. 

Highland

Highland’s boys basketball team enjoyed a breakout season under coach Todd Fazio. The Hawks, led by stellar guard play, finished the regular season as the No. 3 ranked team in 6A, earning an automatic bid to the state tournament. Once there, however, Highland ran into a healthy two-time defending champion Pinnacle team that overpowered the Hawks.

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Lucero finding new purpose as CGCC basketball coach

Olivia Lucero’s path to becoming the head women’s basketball coach at Chandler-Gilbert Community College was one she didn’t expect so soon after he playing career had ended. 

She was part of a Highland girls basketball team that made a run to the semifinals her senior year in 2013 under legendary coach Miner Webster. She was one of the top basketball players in the state and was recruited by several division I college programs. 

But if there is one aspect, she learned from her basketball career that she is now teaching the women who play for her, it’s to always find that balance between life both on and off the court. 

“This is another classroom,” Lucero said. “I don’t thin...

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