Stationed in the middle of a fray of teenagers in alternating white and blue tank tops racing up and down the floor of the auxiliary gym at Ironwood Ridge High School is first-year Nighthawks coach Le’Sean Marks, who has a stopwatch in one hand and a whistle in the other.
Welcome to the offseason of the high school football calendar, where players, coaches and fans can all take a deep breath and fondly remember the highs and lows of the season that was.
The once-packed austere stadium tucked inside the tilt-up subdivisions of Vail whittled down to a pack of stray players and coaches last Friday night.
The fate of the Marana Tigers’ football season was set in the early minutes of their first-round playoff clash in Vail against the Cienega Bobcats last Friday night.
The calendar has officially hit the month of November, which means we’re about to embark on the best month of the high school sports calendar.
A group of Mountain View High School Lions had a surprise for coach Clarence ‘Bam’ McRae in the waning seconds of last Friday’s season finale against Flowing Wells.
One of the winningest football coaches in Southern Arizona history announced he’d hang up his whistle, at least temporarily, last Monday afternoon.
Welcome to the final week of the high school football regular season, with much work to be done to clinch a spot in the big dance. Each of the six teams in northwest Tucson have a shot at keeping their playoff dreams afloat Friday night, depending on the outcome of their games.
The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks and Cienega Bobcats volleyball teams engaged in one of the most competitive straight set sweeps you’ll ever see on Tuesday night.
Welcome to the final week of the high school football season, which came at us about as fast as a roadrunner zipping its way across the desert.
Nathan Grijalva had a feeling something special was bound to happen when he laced up his high-top cleats before the final home game of his Ironwood Ridge football career.
Diego Munguia and Sebastian Peña made a pact during the spring that took them some 779 miles and a world away.
The Canyon del Oro Dorado Baseball program named Jason Hisey as its newest baseball coach last month, replacing longtime skipper Keith Francis.
Bijan Robinson ripped the momentum from the hometown Canyon del Oro Dorados in the first minute of last Friday’s Canyon del Oro-Salpointe Catholic clash.
The changing of the seasons in Southern Arizona, from blistering hot to merely somewhat hot, corresponds with the denouement of the high school football season.
Welcome to the penultimate week of the high school football season, where teams throw everything they have at their opponents in a last-ditch playoff push.
The Canyon del Oro Dorados volleyball squad cruised past two Casa Grande high schools last week to improve their yearlong record to 12-3.
The competitive course of Friday night’s much-anticipated ballgame between Ironwood Ridge and Marana high schools was set on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Welcome to week eight of the high school football season, with a quintet of much-anticipated contests on the northwestern fringe of Tucson.
The duality of agony and ecstasy was on full display on the gridiron of Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley on Friday night.
Welcome to the first real week of sectional play in Southern Arizona, with several noteworthy matchups in these parts.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association released its first set of football and volleyball rankings Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the six programs in northwest Tucson (Canyon del Oro, Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, Marana and Mountain View) slotted in at different positions by sport.
Nathan Grijalva delivered a message on a dazzling touchdown run midway through the second quarter of Ironwood Ridge’s road game at Desert View High School.
Greetings from Week Five of the high school football season, better known as the unofficial start of regional play around the state.
Welcome to the relative midway point of the high school football season, with team’s entering their final week of freedom games before sectional play begins.
The Mountain View Lions stared down a two-sets-to-none deficit against crosstown rival Marana on Thursday night, in front of a raucous crowd of Tiger faithful.
Welcome to the fifth week of the high school football season, roughly the mid-point of the schedule. It’s been a whirlwind season so far, with a cavalcade of highs and lows among the six schools in Northwest Tucson
The Canyon del Oro Dorados’ impressive start raced forward unimpeded Thursday, sweeping the Nogales Apaches to improve to 4-0 this season.