In Prescott Valley, defensive breakdowns and turnovers cost the Pusch Ridge Christian girls basketball team Wednesday, as the Lions lost 44-34 to Goodyear Estrella Foothills in the Division III state quarterfinals.
When Pusch Ridge Christian senior Mali Smith crossed the finish line at the Old Pueblo Invitational on Saturday, her time of 20 minutes 48 seconds represented the slowest winning time of the morning.
MESA - St. Gregory junior Stephanie Boulger couldn't stop smiling after she cleared 11 feet in the girls pole vault Friday at the Division IV state championship meet.
Pusch Ridge senior Sarah Macdonald is all alone as she approaches the finish line in first place in the 3,200-meter run in Division IV.
At Pusch Ridge, down by eight in the fourth quarter, the Lions (2-4) failed to convert a crucial fourth-down play in the Florence red zone, coming up a couple feet short. Junior quarterback Jacob Frithsen had two touchdown passes in the loss.
At Tanque Verde, the Lions (1-3) gave first-year coach Troy Cropp his first career win, racing out to a 35-7 halftime lead over the Hawks (0-4). Taylor Fitzgerald had two rushing scores and a receiving TD in the win.
Sarah Macdonald of Pusch Ridge was all by herself at the finish line in last fall's Division IV cross country meet, winning by nearly a minute.
Last year at this time, Sarah Macdonald was searching for her first state title. Since then, the Pusch Ridge Christian senior has won a Division IV cross country championship and three individual track titles.
At Flowing Wells, Amphi (0-2) scored twice after trailing 21-7, but fell an extra point short of tying the game against the Caballeros (1-1). Panthers QB Thomas Bolen had three touchdown passes of over 60 yards. The Panthers missed the crucial extra point on the final TD.
At Pusch Ridge, the Broncos were able to keep things close in the first quarter, but key penalties and defensive breakdowns led to a 22-0 halftime deficit.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association's scheduling committee unveiled proposals last week that would dramatically alter high school sports' competition structure, answering concerns about changes made in the past year.