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 out these days. Young players like Jared Zarate, a junior...

New coach spurs culture change for lacrosse

By Kody Acevedo It’s starting to become as mainstream as football or basketball, but there is still a lot of work to be done for...

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...

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.

For Marcos, an early season loss is vindicated

Marcos de Niza's Padres varsity football time, which lost its first game of the 2015-16 season 24-12 to Mountain Pointe, took its vengeance out on neighboring McClintock High School a week later with a dominating 49-7 win.

Area Little League executive joins a growing call for head protection

As you read this, you'll probably blink at least once. While you were blinking, a 95-mph fastball has traveled 48 feet from the mound to home plate.