Twenty years ago, Tucson High School multi-sport star Joe Kay had his life altered forever when he was trampled when fans rushed the court. Now 38, Kay still wonders: "Does someone else have to get hurt the way I did before thereâ€™s a change?â€™â€™
The top seeded Lancers took the lead and held on late to drop the two-seed Wildcats, in the 4A state championship, Phoenix, Ariz., February 29, 2024.
The Cougars pushed the Skyhawks to overtime on a last second shot but fell in the extra period 63-61 in the boys 4A state title game, Phoenix, Ariz., February 29, 2024.
Jim Henry has chosen to stay on Sahuaro's hallowed basketball turf, where Dick McConnell made history and built a legacy. Now Henry and the Cougars have a shot at their own chapter Thursday night, when they play for the Arizona Class 4A State boys basketball championship in Phoenix.
The top-seeded Lancers got out early and readily dispatched the No.5 Wolves 61-29 in the state semifinals at Salpointe Catholic High School, February 27, 2024, Tucson, Ariz. Salpointe faces number 2 seed Mesquite for the crown Thursday.
No. 4 Sahuaro trailed by four at the half and after three, but rallied to defeat No. 1 ALA-Gilbert North Monday night in a Class 4A state semifinal matchup. The win sends the Cougars to Thursday's state title round, where they'll face No. 3 Glendale Deer Valley in Phoenix.Â
In business-like fashion, No. 1 Salpointe Catholic cruised past No. 4 Goodyear Estrella Foothills 61-29Â in an ArizonaÂ Class 4A girls high school basketball semifinal matchup Tuesday night in Tucson. The Lancers next face No. 2 Gilbert Mesquite in Thursday's state title round.
Walden Grove High School girls soccer beat Salpointe Catholic 3-1 on Friday night at Marana High School to win the 4A state championship.
Behind a hat trick from junior forward Leo Gutierrez, Salpointe Catholic High School boys soccer downed Mica Mountain 4-1 to win the program's fourth consecutive state championship â€” this time an Arizona Class 4A crown Friday night at Marana High School.
The Star's longtime columnist on what new ADÂ DesireÃ©Â Reed-Francois sees at Arizona, Washington State assistant (and Tucson High/Pima CC alum) Jeremy Harden's McKale moment, Jada Williams big-time bank shots, Steve Kerr's new NBA deal and more.
No. 4 Salpointe Catholic (19-5) defeated No. 2 Mica Mountain 4-1 Friday night at Marana High School in the 4A state finalÂ â€” the Lancers' fourth consecutive boys soccer state championship.
No. 2 Walden Grove (20-0-1) defeated No. 4 Salpointe Catholic (13-3-2)Â Friday night at Marana High School to win the Arizona girls 4A state soccer championship, with the Red Wolves avenging two straight playoff losses to the Lancers.
The second seeded Red Wolves notched three late in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit to the No. 11 Sabercats, denying them their third upset of the playoffs, in the state 4A high school soccer playoffs, Sahuarita, Ariz., February 21, 2024.
No. 2 Walden Grove (19-0-1) faces No. 4 Salpointe Catholic in the Class 4A girls state soccer championship game Friday at Marana High.
No. 2 Mica Mountain faces No. 4 Salpointe Catholic in the Class 4A boys state soccerÂ championship gameÂ Friday at Marana.
Seemingly the only certainties are death, taxes and Salpointe Catholic soccer in the state championship game.
The Thunderbolts scored the night's only goal just after the Bulldogs went down to 10 players in the first overtime period in the state 4A soccer playoffs, February 20, 2024, Tucson, Ariz. The win sets up an all-Tucson final with Mica Mountain facing Salpointe for the crown.
Salpointe Catholic High School junior forward Leo Gutierrez is so good, they're trying to send him awayÂ â€” possibly to a Major League Soccer academy. Gutierrez and the Lancers are in the 4A boys soccer state semifinals Tuesday in Flagstaff.
Bryce Cotton was named NBL MVP for the fourth time in his career. Former Arizona Wildcat Parker Jackson-Cartwright was named to the All-NBL First Team.Â
Greg Hansen's Sunday Notebook: The Star's longtime columnist on Pima Community College athletic director Jim Monaco's retirement, the continued inflation of college football staffs, the passing of former Desert View tennis coach Stacy Haines, the absurdity of UCLA's Mick Cronin and more.
Sunnyside senior Audrey JimenezÂ became the first girl to win an Arizona state wrestling title against boys, capturing the Division I title at 106 pounds Saturday in Phoenix.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy defeated No. 1 Gilbert Christian 2-1 on Saturday to win the 2024 3A boys soccer state championship. The Lions finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record
The 14th seeded Badgers trailed late into the fourth quarter but edged ahead and held on to advance past the No. 19 Colts, Tucson, Ariz., February 14, 2024.
The No. 6 Badgers gave up a goal early in the first over time period to the 11-seed Pioneers en route to a 2-0 loss in their playoff opener, February 13, 2024, Tucson, Ariz.
Michael Lev column: The Tucson High School boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the Open Division playoffs in typical fashion, scrapping their way past a bigger opponent.
Keona Wilhite joined "Spears and Ali" on ESPN Tucson last week to talk about choosing Nebraska and the rollercoaster experience in his recruitment.
Keona Wilhite is heading to Lincoln to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.Â
The Star's longtime columnist on how the Arizona should navigate the difficult path it faces toward finding an athletic director, UA basketball's rightful place as a "blueblood," the uplifting Super Bowl roster ride for former Wildcat, local productÂ Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and more.
The Star's longtime columnist on the potential longevity for Brent Brennan at Arizona, Tucson vs. Sunnyside in the first game of the season in boys' soccer, Dino Babers' triumphant return, a new role for Ricky Hunley on Brenna's staff in 2024 and more.
The Blue Devils spotted the Rangers a goal then hit for eight unanswered scores to move to 19-0-1 at RUHS in a South Region match-up, January 25, 2024, Tucson, Ariz.