ALA Queen Creek junior high girls cross-country wins state

For the sixth consecutive year, the American Leadership Academy Queen Creek’s junior high girls cross-country team has finished atop the state standings. In the 1.5 mile race, ALA Queen Creek had four of its runners finish within the top 10 with Evelynne Carr finishing first overall, beating her teammate Alona Haymore by about 21 seconds. […]

Casteel, Higley athletes earn Doherty Medallions

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club has announced the recipients of the Ed Doherty Award Week 10 Performance Medallions, which features athletes from Casteel and Higley High Schools. Of 14 players recognized for outstanding play during their respective games on Friday, Oct. 26, Zach Nelson of Casteel and Coleman Owen made the list, according to […]

East Valley golfers win at JGAA awards banquet

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona announced the 2018 Sportsmanship and Player of the Year Awards across five age divisions at the annual awards banquet Sunday, Oct. 21 at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Drive in Phoenix. Of the various awards, several hailed from the East Valley. Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan […]

Higley’s Maxwell earns Week 9 Doherty Award medallion

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club has announced the recipients of the Ed Doherty Award Week 9 Performance Medallions and a Higley football player made the cut. Logan Maxwell was one of six players who were recognized for outstanding play during their respective games Friday, Oct. 19, according to a press release. The others were […]

Unique to Arizona: High school badminton a growing niche in Queen Creek

On a cool, crisp Arizona autumn day, Scottsdale Chaparral High School is vacant for fall break except for three individuals in the school’s auxiliary gym. Two young women face each other on a court 20 feet by 44 feet with an elevated net slicing the area in half. They volley a shuttlecock back and forth […]

Meet the Teacher: Stephanie Mejia teaches, coaches students to success

Name: Stephanie Mejia School: Queen Creek High School Why you chose to work in the district: Because I love how the district is involved with the Town of Queen Creek. What I like most about what I do: I enjoy interacting with the students, being a resource for the students and helping students reach their […]

Brasch, Cruz headline Doherty Award Performance Medallions recipients

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club has announced the recipients of the Ed Doherty Award Week 7 Performance Medallions, which include two Queen Creek area athletes. Six players are recognized for outstanding play during their respective games on Friday, Oct. 5: Higley High School senior Spencer Brash; Scottsdale Chaparral High School junior Tommy Christakos; Chandler […]

Chemistry, speed and strength: Queen Creek defense shines through recent success

There are heaps of cliches and adages one may use to describe the necessity of a football team’s defense, but regardless of how it’s put, Queen Creek High School is using its defense well. Through seven games, the Bulldogs have allowed an average of 24 points per game and in their six wins, they haven’t […]

Casteel football players to compete in Blue-Grey All-American Bowl

Two members of the Casteel High School football team will participate in this year’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl later this year. Seniors Gunner Cruz and Cameron Brown will play in this game Monday, Dec. 17 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Their nominations were announced in August. The event will feature top senior […]

D-backs honor Paul Goldschmidt with Luis Gonzalez Award

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Paul Goldschmidt was named the winner of the 2018 Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members. Mr. Gonzalez will present […]