Chandler High School’s football team celebrates on the field after the team defeated Brophy College Prep 56-7 at Chandler High School in Chandler on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.
Two headlines that once would have made me angry.
One still does:
Chandler High football program finalizing deal to play IMG Academy in late August.
I suppose, at one time in my life, and not so long ago, I would have hated this idea. IMG is the antithesis of what high school sports are supposed to be about. The Florida academy, for example, thinks nothing of poaching top players from around the country.
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Austin Jackson announces he will attend USC
Phoenix North Canyon’s Austin Jackson, the state’s No. 1 recruit, announces he will attend USC, February 1, 2017, at North Canyon High School.
National Signing Day – Arizona recruits on where they will be playing college football
Arizona football recruits Andrew Nichols of Centennial High, Adam Bay of Desert Ridge High, Bryce Gilbert of Higley High, and Tyler Johnson of Highland High on where they will be playing college football next year. David Wallace/azcentral sports
Jared Poplawski discusses switch from ASU to Colorado
Saguaro High School tight end Jared Poplawski talks about attending Colorado.
Saguaro’s Wacaser, Seawards discuss UCLA
Saguaro High School defensive guard Sean Seawards and lineman Jax Wacaser talk about attending UCLA.
Chandler dominates Mountain Pointe to win the 6A state championship
Behind a powerful TJ Green, Chandler held possession, forced turnovers and picked up a redemption win over the favorites. (Patrick Breen/azcentral sports)
Williams Field holds off Centennial to win 5A title
With a fumble return and interception from Williams Field’s Tre’ Bugg, the Williams Field football team took home the state championship trophy. (Patrick Breen/azcentral sports)
Dallin Edwards leads American Leadership Academy to 3A state title
Dallin Edwards accounted for four touchdowns as American Leadership Academy beat Sabino to win the 3A Conference state title. (Jake Rill/azcentral sports)
Centennial coach Richard Taylor reacts to loss in 5A title game
Centennial coach Richard Taylor reacts to his team’s 14-6 loss to Gilbert Williams Field in the 5A state championship on Saturday, Nov. 26 2016. (Alex Caprariello/azcentral sports)
Williams Field’s Tre’ Bugg on his role in 5A championship win
Senior cornerback Tre’ Bugg played a huge role in Williams Field’s 5A state championship win on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (Alex Caprariello/azcentral sports)
Williams Field’s Brandon Ruiz on 5A championship win
Williams Field’s 5A state championship is especially important for Brandon Ruiz and his 2017 senior class, Nov. 26, 2016. (Alex Caprariello/azcentral sports)
Thatcher’s Layton Alder talks about his blocked punt in the 2A Conference championship
Alder’s block helped Thatcher come from behind to beat Eagar Round Valley 33-28 in the Conference 2A state championship. (Nick Snow/azcentral sports)
Saguaro QB Max Massingale on 4A state championship win
Scottsdale Saguaro QB Max Massingale on his team’s 4A state championship win against Tucson Catalina Foothills, Nov. 26, 2016. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
Saguaro coach Jason Mohns talks 4A state championship
Scottsdale Saguaro coach Jason Mohns discusses 4A title win against Tucson Catalina Foothills, Nov. 26, 2016. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
Saguaro celebrates 42-14 win in 4A title game
Scottsdale Saguaro players rush the field after their 42-14 win against Tucson Catalina Foothills in the 4A high school football state championship, Nov. 26, 2016. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
6A title game preview: Mountain Pointe vs. Chandler
Richard Obert and Scott Bordow dissect Saturday’s 6A football championship game between Mountain Pointe and Chandler. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
HS football 5A title game preview: Centennial-Williams Field
azcentral sports high school insiders Richard Obert and Scott Bordow dissect Saturday’s 5A football championship game between Centennial and Williams Field. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
HS football 4A title game preview: Saguaro-Catalina Foothills
azcentral sports high school insiders Richard Obert and Scott Bordow dissect Saturday’s 4A football championship game between Saguaro and Catalina Foothills. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
HS football 3A title game preview: Sabino-American Leadership
azcentral sports high school insiders Richard Obert and Scott Bordow dissect Saturday’s 3A football championship game between Sabino and American Leadership Academy. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
HS football 2A title game preview: Thatcher-Round Valley
azcentral sports high school insiders Richard Obert and Scott Bordow dissect Saturday’s 2A football championship game between Thatcher and Round Valley. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
Chandler teammates TJ Green, Johnny Johnson will be college rivals
Green has committed to Oregon State and Johnson to Oregon. First they will team up to try to beat Mountain Pointe for the 6A championship
Sabino athlete Drew Dixon wants state title
Sabino’s Drew Dixon has committed to the University of Arizona as a wide receiver.
American Leadership Academy ready to make history
Football team seeks school’s first state championship.
Centennial coach discusses 5A final
Peoria Centennial coach Richard Taylor previews 5A title game against Williams Field.
Mountain Pointe coach previews 6A final
Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s Norris Vaughan discusses his team’s state title game against Chandler.
Saguaro OL Corey Stephens shocked by region POY honor
Stephens ready for 4A championship after missing first meeting with Catalina Foothills,
Andrew Carlsen talks about his TD, INT as Sabino beats Show Low
Andrew Carlsen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass and had an interception as Sabino upset top-seeded Show Low 23-21 in the 3A Conference semifinals Saturday at Gilbert Williams Field High School. Nick Snow/azcentral sports
Round Valley quarterback Brian Hill on semifinal win
Eager Round Valley quarterback Brian Hill acknowledges the help he received from his defense and special teams in his team’s 2A conference semifinal win on Saturday. (Alex Caprariello/azcentral sports)
Goal-line stand to end regulation keys Thatcher 2A semifinal win
A goal-line stand by Thatcher to end regulation was key in defeating Santa Cruz 27-26 in OT in the 2A football semifinals. (Richard Obert/azcentral sports)
Chandler reacts to semifinal rout over Perry
azcentral sports Richard Obert takes you to the big win spurred by Chandler running back T.J. Green.
Game changers emerge in Arizona high school football
Football state semifinals is when the best players emerge in Arizona high school football. (Richard Obert/azcentral sports)
Bagdad wins 1A football title
Brothers Israel and Benjamin Loveall lead Bagdad to 60-6 win over Williams on Saturday. (Richard Obert/azcentral sports)
But if it’s OK for some of the top basketball schools in the state to play, say, a Findlay Prep in a holiday tournament, why shouldn’t Chandler take on IMG? I’m sure Chandler’s players and fans love the idea. Who wouldn’t get jazzed about playing the No. 1 team in the country (at least according to those meaningless national polls)?
So bring it on.
Just one thing: It is not a high school football game. Don’t call it that. Don’t expect me to. Ever.
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LaMelo Ball scores 92 points in California high school basketball game.
Remarkably, I’ve heard all kinds of justification for Ball taking 61 shots in Chino Hills’ 146-123 victory over Los Osos on Tuesday. His older brother, LiAngelo, was sidelined with an ankle injury so more of the offensive load fell to LaMelo. He was hot, so his teammates kept feeding him the ball. And this one: Who did it hurt, anyway?
Are you kidding me?
I can’t think of a better – or is that worse – example of putting self over team. I know the game has changed over the years, but there’s still something very wrong about one kid taking 61 shots in a 32-minute game. (Do the math.)
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Los Osos coach Dave Smith said this to the Los Angeles Times: “It’s about integrity and sportsmanship. When only one kid shoots every shot but one in a quarter, that’s not right. That’s not, as coaches, what we’re supposed to do.”
If I was Chino Hills’ principal, I’d be having a talk with coach Stephan Gilling. But I seriously doubt that will happen. After all, Ball’s 92 points were the No. 1 story on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
That’s all that matters, right?
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