Aztecs pay tribute to top coaches, athletes

Feb. 6 is the Saturday where the local high school wrestlers compete in sectional tournaments to determine who qualifies to compete in the individual state championship tournaments and who watches from the sidelines.

Aztecs appear headed toward upswing

After being on top with three straight state championship seasons to their credit, it’s been and up and down year for the Aztecs and new head coach Neil MacDonald.

Sports Notebook: Speed, consistency boost Aztecs’ advantage

A great deal of speculation before the season started, for the four-time defending D1 state champions Corona del Sol Aztecs, centered around the resignation of former head coach Sam Duane, Jr. and the departure of 6-11 sophomore Marvin Bagley III, last year’s sports Player of the Year.

Aspiring athletes seek guidance from outside coaches

By Kody Acevedo High school practice isn’t enough anymore. That’s what aspiring athletes are finding.

New coach spurs culture change for lacrosse

By Kody Acevedo It’s starting to become as mainstream as football or basketball, but there.

An emotion-filled end to a memorable season

It was an emotional end to an otherwise outstanding season for Marcos de Niza in its quest for the school’s first state high school football championship when the Saguaro Sabercats scored back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter to ultimately defeat the Padres 38-20 on Nov. 28 at Tucson’s Arizona Stadium.

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Marcos de Niza’s Padres stood their ground and defeated a reignited Corona del Sol for the second time in two weeks Nov. 6 to spoil the Aztecs’ chances of making it past the first round in the DII state football playoffs.

Playoff hopes on the rise for Padres

“This could be the year!” The Marcos de Niza football team and its fans have heard this statement repeated over the last nine years but are quietly hoping it’s true this year.

Local schools’ teams rack up wins

Corona’s boys team, led by junior runner Slade Sumners, finished second with 105 points, at the prestigious Doug Conley Invitational Elite event held Sept. 26 at Tempe’s Rolling Hills Golf course.

For a high school hero, a return to the place he still can call home

In fall 2011, Andrus Peat dressed in Corona del Sol’s orange, yellow and black every Friday night as a member of the Aztec football team. Four years later, he returned to the Valley from his new NFL home to play football, this time sporting black, white and gold—the colors of the New Orleans Saints.