Longtime Tucson High School teacher and coach Harold Gabitzsch died Monday morning. He was 60. Gabitzsch was a fixture in the high school art community and also coached girls golf and girls tennis at Tucson.
Catalina Foothills and Ironwood Ridge pulled off the double repeat. Those two athletic departments tied for the top slot for the second straight season in this year’s version of the Star Cup.
PHOENIX - Sean Elliott, step aside. Santa Rita point guard
Terrell Stoglin has taken over.
Southern Arizona took ownership of 23 team state championships
over the last 10 months.
New Tucson cleanup man Victor Ferrante was waiting for a call
from the Schaumburg (Ill.) Flyers this off-season after bashing his
way to the best season of his pro career for that Northern League
franchise last summer.
Mountain View is in search of a softball coach for the first
time in 12 years.
The latest version of the Tucson Toros was diamond-bound at Hi
Corbett on Wednesday night, complete with a roster
Championship week is upon Arizona.
If Proposition 100 does not pass, thousands of high school
athletes will be forced to stop playing next fall either because
junior varsity and freshman teams will be cut or because the
players will be unable to afford higher fees.
Tucson point guard RaTanya Newsome thought the pain in her knee would cost her a shot at playing hoops collegiately. Newsome suffered a complete tear of her anterior cruciate ligament just weeks before the end of the high school basketball regular season, costing her the playoffs and possibly worse.
State tournament overload is upon Arizona.
The state's all-time winningest wrestling coach, Salpointe
Catholic's Tim Brown, is leaving the mat.
Southern Arizona's high school teams will travel less, spend
less and face tougher competition if the Arizona Interscholastic
Association passes the biggest overhaul in state history.
The Catalina baseball program's breakout season ended up broken
State tournaments begin on the diamonds this weekend.
Russ Pennell, the hoops coach who led Arizona to the Sweet 16 in
2009, is in the process of building a NCAA Division II contender at
Grand Canyon University.
Spring's state playoff slate starts today at 3:30 p.m. with the
5A-I and 5A-II team tennis tournaments.
Mike Stoops wasn't the only local football coach to benefit from
the Scelfo family's move to Tucson.
David Sheppard will transform into a plebe in the fall. The Salpointe Catholic senior cross country and track standout signed a letter of intent to run for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday. During a ceremony at the school's Hall of Fame room, Sheppard was one of six Lance…
Distance runners will take the spotlight Friday during the the third version of the Southern Arizona Distance Classic at Sabino High School. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the boys and girls 1600-meter runs, followed by the 800s. Then comes the 3200, and the event finishes with the 800 rela…
Touting four future collegians, Salpointe Catholic appears to be
the area's surest bet in nearly a decade to make a deep run in the
state's highest-level baseball state championship.
The 4A-II Gila Region softball arms race comes down to aces
Monet Ormsby (Cholla), Erika Tapia (Douglas) and Yvette Alvarez
(Sahuarita). Those are the three pitchers guiding the top three
programs in the Gila, all undefeated in region play.
The stories of specialization abound locally with examples all
over the city.
Sunnyside star Ryan Rosthenhausler said he realizes the baseball
program's current roster is riddled by youth, lacking live-game
experience at the varsity level.
Eighteen baseball programs from four states and a Canadian
province will invade Southern Arizona for the second version of the
Cherry Field Classic.
The freshmen are far from under-classed at
Every race will see an exchange at Rincon/University on Saturday. The Rincon Relays is among the city's most-attended high school-only track and field meets. It features an assortment of four-person relay races, including many of the uncommon variety.
Once a power in high school softball, Flowing Wells is slowly
rebuilding after missing the playoffs the last two years.
Canyon del Oro's unbeaten run in baseball now spans 17 games
over two seasons, the program's last loss coming May 5 of last
spring to Catalina Foothills.
Ironwood Ridge's baseball season went ugly immediately, a
four-game losing streak raising tensions in a program that made the
5A-II quarterfinals last May and that is expecting to advance
further this spring.
A wealth of the area's state championship-contending track
athletes will take over Arizona's Drachman Stadium Thursday through
Saturday as the Willie Williams Classic returns.
Nearly three decades after Jerry Gastellum took the Cholla
softball squad to the peak of program history - an appearance in
the 5A state final - the next generation of the family owns a shot
at similar success.
A northwest-side rivalry resumes Friday on the diamonds. Canyon del Oro's baseball squad - the defending 4A-I state champion and Sonoran Region favorite - will travel to Ironwood Ridge, a rising contender in the 5A-II under coach Jason Hisey.
Cienega star catcher Emily Pohl does not want to be in a mad
rush to exit the premises when the final game of her high school
career ends this spring.
Amphitheater wrestling coach Sam Portillo is Olympic
Basketball season is officially over for Southern Arizona
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Santa Rita's demon was finally exorcised.
Tucson is road-bound for the bulk of the 5A boys hoops state playoff games on Thursday. Ironwood Ridge, the No. 2 seed, is the area's lone boys program playing on a home court, facing No. 15 Laveen Betty Fairfax in the opening round of the 5A-II tourney.
Prescott Valley will own a distinctly Southern Arizona look late this week. Three of the four teams to play in the 4A-II boys basketball semifinals Thursday night at Prescott Valley's Tim's Toyota Center are from Tucson: Santa Rita, Palo Verde and Amphitheater.
The area's longest consecutive state-championship reign is in
TEMPE - The wrestling program at Ironwood Ridge gained
Sunnyside-level status at Wednesday's 5A-II individual state
championships. And for a night, the Nighthawks went beyond
Arizona's perennial powerhouse.
Santa Rita became just the second local boys hoops squad all
year to master Amphitheater, beating the Panthers by nine points
Friday night behind 38 points from star point guard Terrell
Stoglin, a Maryland commit, ending a 26-game unbeaten spree.
The 4A-I belongs to Southern Arizona. Of the eight Arizona
Interscholastic Association state championships available in that
conference during the fall, local powers took seven - lacking only
in girls volleyball - including five from Catalina Foothills (boys
and girls swimming, boys and girl…
Southern Arizona will be playing for four - and possibly six - soccer state championships coming up this Friday and Saturday. On the boys side, a 4A-II semifinal Wednesday will involve No. 3 Amphitheater, winner of 11 straight, facing No. 10 Palo Verde, an upset winner over No. 2 Tempe in th…
MESA - Darrell Knight of Sa-huaro transformed a loose throw-in
into a state semifinal appearance Saturday afternoon.
MESA - Southern Arizona is guaranteed to place a soccer crew in
the 1A/2A/3A boys state championship.
MESA - Douglas' bid for a second straight major upset was
stopped in overtime on Friday night, ending Southern Arizona's run
in the 4A-II girls soccer state tournament.
MESA - Amphitheater star Ramon Aragon's versatility was on full
display Friday night at Red Mountain Park.
Just as he was emerging as a serious inside-outside threat for
perennial local power Santa Rita, junior power forward Roland Jones
has been sidelined for the season.
Two-time defending 1A boys hoops state champion St. Gregory is
prepping to make another deep-playoff spree without its star point