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On heels of Flores suit, Black high school football coaches in Arizona hungry for more opportunities

Many Black Arizona high school football coaches say the state has a similar issue as does the NFL: The number of minority coaches does not reflect the diversity of Arizona’s population and of the players.... Read more»

Losing contact: Instead, flag football emerging in Arizona, across U.S.

Flag football is quickly emerging as an option for athletes and the sport is gaining momentum among boys and girls - with backing from colleges and the NFL - as more and more parents direct their children away from full-contact, tackle football.... Read more»

Arizona Senate committee approves measure targeting transgender girls in school sports

Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to bar transgender student athletes from playing on women’s sports teams for Arizona high schools and colleges.... Read more»

Two proposals target Arizona trans youth in sports, medicine

Arizona medical professionals who perform gender-affirming surgery or provide hormonal treatment to transgender or gender nonconforming minors would face felony charges and prison time under a proposed law from northern Arizona legislator Sen. Wendy Rogers.... Read more»

Proposed Arizona law would ban transgender female students from women’s sports

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»

‘We would play on the moon’: Coaches OK with prep title games in Tucson

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»

High school football

Leavens leads Marana to 1st playoff win since 1983

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»

Az high schools forced to seek creative funding solutions for athletics

As the costs of high school athletics rise and education funding in Arizona continues to be squeezed, revenue streams like this have become critical to maintaining the viability of high school sports in the state.... Read more»

Concussion-prevention effort targeting younger athletes

Organizers of an effort to reduce concussions in high school sports are appealing to a younger audience with a smartphone game geared toward athletes ages 8-12. "Barrow Brain Ball" expands upon Barrow Brainbook, the interactive online education that the Arizona Interscholastic Association requires for every high school athlete in Arizona.... Read more»

Law requires online concussion class for prep athletes

When her son, Phillip, complained about headaches that wouldn’t go away after several days, Deannea Tanner at first chalked it up to allergies. Then Phillip, a center for Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s football team, asked if it could be a concussion.... Read more»