Author: Anthony Ray

Arizona Western Junior College (AWC) 5-foot-11, 175-pound freshman point guard prospect Lestor Medford is on a tear this junior college season. Ranking among the scoring leaders in the conference this season, Medford has helped his Matadors to a 17-4 overall record and a high-major division-I billing for himself. Currently, Arizona Western ranks third in the ACCAC with a record of 8-3, while ranking #2 in the conference among division-I junior college programs (Cochise JC ranks in the top spot). Medford’s play has been a big reason for the success of the Matadors this junior college season, as he has provided…

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#12 seed Hamilton High School girls are determined to win it all this season. Thursday evening they proved it with a big 52-50 victory over #1 seed Mesa Mountain View HS – advancing to the state finals where they will now face the nation’s #1 team in the lady Knights of St. Mary’s HS. Hamilton led by as many as 20 points in the first half, after 5-foot-10 senior forward Cassidee Ranger blazed 5 three-pointers in the game’s first half. After the Toros trailed 48-32 with under 6 minutes remaining in the game, 6-foot-2 junior post Jordan Jensen scored 9-straight…

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#23 seed Perry High School had another big upset on their minds entering Tuesday evening’s Division-I quarterfinal match-up with #2 seed Pinnacle HS. After knocking off #10 seed North HS on the road, and then #7 seed Basha HS on the road as well, Perry looked to be the cinderella team in this year’s state playoffs. Riding a serious high into Tuesday’s contest, the Puma’s would face a Pinnacle HS team that has rolled through each of their opponents this postseason. Pinnacle (30-3) has been on a tear this season, winning their last 13 games in a row. One of…

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#1 seed Corona Del Sol (30-1) continued their run towards winning this year’s Division-I state title Tuesday evening with a nice 69-54 quarterfinal playoff win over Brophy Prep. After getting off to a slow start in their last playoff game, the Aztecs would come out much faster in this one – taking a 13-4 lead with 3:50 remainning in the first quarter after a transition basket by 6-foot-7, 300-pound post Andrus Peat (Stanford commit – football). Corona would extend their lead to nine points, 23-14, in the first period after a nice driving layup from 6-foot-3 senior combo-guard Calaen Robinson…

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#2 seed Kellis High School (26-2) has rolled through their competition this season, but Wednesday evening at Wells Fargo Arena, in this year’s quarterfinal playoff, they would struggle against #7 seed Paradise Valley (24-6) – winning a narrow victory in overtime, 52-51. Kellis would jump out to an early lead in the game, 17-8, in the first quarter after a three-pointer from the corner from 6-foot-5 senior forward Bikonzi Moise. Paradise Valley would climb back in the period, and only trail by 3 points after the first – 17-14. Paradise Valley would quickly narrow the margin in the second period,…

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It was a rematch of an earlier season meeting between #1 seed Mesa Mountain View and #8 seed Chandler HS. In a previous meeting this season, Chandler (23-6) blew out top-ranked Mesa Mountain View on the Toros’ home floor. This game would prove to be much different as Mountain View came out very focused, behind the play of Arizona State signee, 5-foot-9 senior guard Arnecia Hawkins. Playing on the home floor of her future college home, Hawkins would blow up for a game-high 26 points in the victory. Chandler would jump out early behind the play of University of Arizona…

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Parents & Players, Platinum Sports Academy (Doing business as AZ Aces and Attitude Dream Basketball) is holding two more Tryouts for there 15U, 16U & 17U teams. Remaining Tryout Dates: Tuesday, February 21 6:30-9:00PM Thunder Bird Adventist Academy 7410 E. Sutton Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Sunday, February 26 10:30-130PM Thunder Bird Adventist Academy 7410 E. Sutton Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Tryout fee: $15 per person Platinum Sports Academy will have all the necessary information needed, and how the program will be ran during the tryouts. For more information please contact Coach Ben Letcher: Cell 480-495-2169 or email bletch24@gmail.com Coach Austin…

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It was the fifth time these two teams met this season. After losing three of the four times previously to Highland HS (29-5), the Dobson girls would put it all together Monday evening to defeat the Hawks 53-36 – never trailing in the game. Dobson’s 5-foot-8 junior guard Katherine Hamilton, one of the top junior prospects in the state, would catch fire early and often to lead her Mustangs to the big victory. Dobson (24-8) would get off to a great start in the game, as they would take a quick lead behind the play of Hamilton. A Hamilton jumper…

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St. Mary’s (28-0) girls continued their terrific season and pursuit of another state championship Monday evening with a big, 77-39 win over Desert Vista (25-7). After a slow start to the game, the Knights poured in 52 points in two quarters to blow the game wide open – advancing to the Division-I semi-finals. St. Mary’s looked flawless in the first quarter of their last performance – a huge playoff win over Mountain Pointe HS. In the first period of Monday’s quarterfinal playoff match-up with Desert Vista, the Knights struggled early as they would miss many scoring opportunities – but that…

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Two of the state’s best teams in the state met Saturday evening in the Division-I state playoffs as Cesar Chavez (25-5) and Buena High School (24-6) faced off. The game featured two teams with similar fast-breaking styles and good athleticism. The difference in the game would turn out to be the size and length of Cesar Chavez, led by 6-foot-5 sophomore Pablo Rivas and 6-foot-6 senior post LJ Harmon. The play of Chavez 5-foot-11 senior guard JD Reagan would also make a major difference, as he would blow up in the game’s fourth period to put the game out of…

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