AJHS Boys at Superstition Cup Golf Tournament

Apache Junction’s Boys Golf Team competed in the Superstition Cup Invitational Tournament at Kokopelli Golf Club in Chandler Sept. 15-16, taking 11th place overall. To fill in a team, AJ Coach Ed Matlosz had Claire Hoffman, the girls’ No. 1 player, enter the tourney as she did in the East Valley Cup, where she finished 25th. Boys No. 1 Harrison Talbott finished 33rd overall with a +34 in the 36 hole event. New golfers Matthew Swigert and Wesley McJunkin finished the 36 holes. Continue reading...


Imagine Prep Suffers First Loss

Imagine Prep-Superstition got off to a bad start Sept. 22 in its CAA Division III football game against Heritage Academy-Mesa, and things didn’t improve for the Panthers as the night wore on. Lackluster play on both sides of the ball by IPS, compounded by Heritage Academy’s physical dominance, helped the Heroes emerge with a 20-7 victory at the Highland Jr. High field. It was the Panthers’ first loss after opening the season with three straight wins. “We work hard to find film that helps us exploit anything,” Heroes Coach Pete Roberts said. Continue reading...


Higley Rolls Past Prospectors

Higley handed Apache Junction its fourth 4A football loss of the season Friday, a 65-6 rout at Gilbert. The Knights (3-1) jumped to a 37-0 lead after one quarter, building a 51-0 halftime lead. “They’re legit,” Prospectors Coach Vance Miller said. “We competed and battled as long as we could. “Unfortunately, we got a ton of injuries. Now, we have to get healthy and get ready for (Phoenix) Washington next week when we start region play.” Continue reading...


Lady Prospectors Serve Notice

While closing out Apache Junction’s three-game 4A volleyball sweep over Phoenix Cortez on Sept. 21, Mady Uehling was in the best of serving grooves. Starting at 15-6 in game three, Uehling served the final 10 points, including six aces – the last one coming on match point – as the Lady Prospectors won 25-2, 25-16, 25-6, improving to 11-12 overall with the non-region win. Good as that stretch was, Uehling said she’s done better. “In club ball, I served 16 aces last year at a match in Las Vegas,” Uehling recalled. “It’s like being in the moment. When people are cheering, you don’t even notice it. You just focus, go back, focus on your serve and make it. “I don’t get to play a lot, so it’s great. We’re trying to get to state, and we’re trying.” Continue reading...


Positive Change in Attitude

What a difference 48 hours can make. Imagine Prep-Superstition had a week off before resuming its volleyball schedule on Sept. 19, hosting nemesis ASU Prep Poly. Old habits plaguing a young squad were exposed by the visiting Sun Devils, who prevailed in three games 25-18, 25-4, 25-6. “Right now, I think our biggest weakness is that our team is not a team yet,” Lady Panthers Coach Tiffany Cook said. “We are 15 girls with six on the court at a time. We are not six girls playing as a team on the court with the other girls cheering them on. If they’re not on the court, and that’s what they have to show for it, they’re on the court for themselves, not for the team.” Continue reading...


Talbott, Hoffman Shine for AJ Golf

Harrison Talbott of Apache Junction won the Southern Dunes Invitational, playing against Maricopa, San Tan Valley Poston Butte and Phoenix Washington. Talbott shot a 47. Apache Junction’s Claire Hoffman placed 25th out of 76 players at the Boys’ East Valley Invite, shooting an 80. Hoffman then went back to Los Colinas and won first place with a 42, playing against Queen Creek girls the next day. Hoffman now has four first place finishes this season. Continue reading...


Prospectors Hold Their Own Against Canyon Del Oro

For over three quarters, Apache Junction’s young football squad held its own against Oro Valley Canyon del Oro on Sept. 1 at Davis Field. In the end, the Dorados athleticism, experience, and a couple of fortuitous breaks helped them hold off the Prospectors 27-13. The game was tied at 13-13 until CDO went ahead to stay on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Zachary Eidenschink to Jose Cruz with 10:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. Continue reading...


Tough Decision for Coach Fig

Content with his coaching and teaching gig at Apache Junction High School, Ray Figueroa wasn’t looking to move anywhere else when Phoenix North inquired about his availability to fill their opening for a baseball coach. The offer from North – a 6A Metro Division school – not only overwhelmed Figueroa, it forced him to consider a move he wasn’t planning to make. At the AJUSD Governing Board meeting on Aug. 8, the board, following executive session, voted to decline Figueroa’s request to be released from his teaching contract for the 2017-18 school year. Continue reading...


Growing Pains for Lady Panthers

Imagine Prep-Superstition’s young volleyball team went through some growing pains Wednesday night, as the Lady Panthers lost a five-game decision to Queen Creek Heritage Academy-Gateway in their season opener. Heritage Academy-Gateway won 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-7. “It’s basically all freshmen out there, with some sophomores and juniors and two seniors,” Lady Panthers coach Tiffany Cook said. “It’s pretty much a young crowd, many of them are new to the team. Some are returning from JV, for others, it’s a brand new school. Continue reading...


AJHS Booster Club Invite New Members

The Apache Junction High School Booster Club, a nonprofit organization of parents, teachers, grandparents, administrators and community members, is extending an invitation to join their organization. Applications are available at the AJHS office, or on the school’s website under “parent organizations,” at the monthly Booster meetings, and any of the group’s concession stands. The AJHS Booster Club meets monthly in the 11/12 Building on the high school campus at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited; membership is not necessary to attend. At the meetings, upcoming events are reviewed, along with requests for funds from student groups that are present. Students of the Month are also honored at the meetings. Continue reading...