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Transgender activists have voiced concerns about House Bill 2076, which would require interscholastic and intramural leagues to classify separate co-ed, male and female sports specifically.

Female transgender students could be restricted from competing in Arizona sports under a new proposed bill. If voted in, the new state law would require interscholastic and intramural leagues to classify sports specifically. Read more»

For the first time since 2009, Arizona’s state high school football championships will be played in Tucson, at Arizona Stadium.

The last time Tucson hosted a state title game in high school football was 2009. On Dec. 2, the city takes center stage again. The 4A, 5A and 6A championships are set for Arizona Stadium, the home field for the UA Wildcats. Why? Read more»

Tucson High football coach Justin Argraves speaks with his team after the Badgers snapped a 22-game skid against neighborhood rival Salpointe Catholic on Sept. 9.

The 2016 season featured two programs snapping longstanding losing streaks against neighborhood rivals, another earning its first playoff victory in 33 years and a certain local power returning to dominance with a perfect regular season. That’s just to name a few of the high notes, despite the lack of a championship. Read more»

Sabino senior Drew Dixon, who is verbally committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats, has accounted for 1,367 yards rushing and receiving, 1,100 passing yards and 34 total touchdowns. More importantly, he has the Sabercats in the state finals for the first time since 2009

The two programs are led by veteran coaches and a pair of Arizona Wildcats commits, hungry to go out as champions. Both programs are one win from achieving that mighty goal. Read more»

Cienega gets set to go in for a score in the third quarter, to pull within 14 points of Peoria Centennial. But the Coyotes pulled away from there to advance to the 5A state championship game.

Cienega’s football team put together a perfect regular season and rolled through two playoff games to pull within one win of its second state championship appearance in program history. But for everything the Bobcats have to remember about their 2016 season, Friday night provided plenty to forget. Read more»

Cienega and second-year coach Pat Nugent are a win away from the program's second state championship appearance. The undefeated Bobcats play Peoria Centennial in the 5A state semifinals at Tucson High on Friday night.

Southern Arizona teams have historically taken a back seat to their Phoenix-area counterparts and others in the northern part of the state. Here's a chance to prove that theory wrong. Cienega, Salpointe and Foothills play Friday; Sabino and Benson on Saturday. Each is just one win away from playing in a championship game. Read more»

Sabino football coach Jay Campos, left, poses with senior athlete Drew Dixon after Saturday's 48-0 win again Winslow in the 3A state quarterfinals.

“There was really no doubt, from the minute we came out, who was going to win this football game,” Sabino coach Jay Campos said. “Our defense played great and when we got clicking on offense it was hard to stop us and we were scoring points left and right.” The Sabercats next take on top-seeded Show Low. Read more»

Salpointe Catholic's football team rolled to a 48-6 win on Thursday night to move onto the state semifinals for the third time in the last five seasons. Now the No. 4 Lancers take on top-seeded Scottsdale Saguaro next week for a spot in the 4A state championship game.

Running back Mario Padilla rushed for 212 yards and two TDs as Lancers rolled past Tempe for 48-6 win in the 4A state quarterfinal. Salpointe, the winner of six straight, moves on to play top-seeded and nationally ranked Scottsdale Saguaro next week for a spot in the state championship game. Read more»

Sabino football coach Jay Campos speaks with his team after a win against Pusch Ridge Christian earlier this season. The fifth-seeded Sabercats host No. 13 Winslow in the 3A state quarterfinals on Saturday night.

“It’s been a roller coaster, this year for me,” said Campos, who took over the program in 2003 but is stepping down to focus on being an assistant principal. “Knowing this could be my last one and knowing we have such a strong team, wanting to all the right things and putting ourselves in the best position, it’s been like no other year I’ve ever had." Read more»

Marana senior quarterback Connor Leavens leads his teammates and fans in singing the school's fight song after the seventh-seeded Tigers topped No. 10 Glendale Kellis 28-21 in the opening round of the 5A state playoffs Friday night.

Senior quarterback Connor Leavens passed for three touchdowns, and rushed for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute to give the Tigers a dramatic 28-21 win — Marana's first postseason victory since 1983. Read more»

Cienega beat Mountain View 43-28 last week to cap off an unbeaten regular season and earn the No. 1 seed in the 5A state playoffs. The two could meet in the state quarterfinals next week.

Play opens Friday night, with 11 Tucson-area teams on the gridiron, with another five taking the field on Saturday. Here's our game-by-game breakdown with predictions for all of the local first-round action. Read more»

Cienega coach Pat Nugent addresses his team after Friday's win at Mountain View, wrapping up an undefeated regular season and giving the Bobcats the No. 1 seed in the 5A state playoffs.

Jamarye Joiner and the top-ranked Bobcats finished off an undefeated regular season by holding on for a 43-28 win at Mountain View, sending Cienega into the 5A state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and the team to beat. Read more»

Amphitheater running back Carlos Valarezo has combined for 1,438 yards rushing and receiving and scored 19 touchdowns, helping the Panthers come within one win of qualifying for the 4A state playoffs.

Plenty is still up for grabs before state playoff brackets come out Saturday morning. Here's our region-by-region breakdown of what to watch for. Read more»

Salpointe players huddle up around coach Dennis Bene after Friday's 34-7 win against Catalina Foothills, locking up the 4A Kino regional championship.

Sophomore Mario Padilla rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns as freshman Bijan Robinson added 140 yards on the ground and a score of his own to help Salpointe top the Falcons on homecoming night. The Lancers locked up the 4A Kino regional title with a 34-7 win. Read more»

Desert View running back Alex Courtemanche is the state's leading rusher, with 1,763 yards and 25 touchdowns. But, more importantly, the senior has the Jaguars on the verge of their first postseason appearance since 1996.

The clash is just one of three matchups in Tucson this week with significant playoff implications. No. 4 Ironwood Ridge host second-ranked Cienega in a big 5A Southern showdown while fourth-ranked Catalina Foothills travels to face No. 6 Salpointe Catholic with the 4A Kino regional title still up for grabs. But, given their history, just about all eyes should be on Desert View and Marana. Read more»

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