AJHS Dominates All-Region Team

Over the course of the 2017 football season, Apache Junction’s Ethan Zimmerman scored a touchdown from almost every spot on a field – except the interior offensive line. “Maybe we could have sent him out on a tackle eligible play,” Prospectors Coach Vance Miller said. By trade, Zimmerman played primarily in the defensive secondary. Depending on the situation, the versatile senior has also seen duty as a wide receiver. Add his special teams skills in kicking and returning kicks, and Zimmerman was a unanimous choice as the 4A Black Canyon Region Player of the Year. Continue reading...


Imagine Prep Grinds Out Victory

Imagine Prep-Superstition not only avenged an earlier loss to American Leadership Academy-Ironwood, the Panthers eliminated the Warriors from the CAA Division III football playoffs on Nov. 4 with a 14-6 opening round victory. The neutral-field victory in a game played at Valley Christian High School earned Imagine Prep a semifinal contest on Nov. 14 against No. 2-seed Phoenix South Pointe, which drew a bye. That game was played after this edition of The News went to press. Continue reading...


Prospectors Compete at State Cross Country

Apache Junction finished 27th overall in the boys team competition of the AIA State Division III Cross Country meet, held Nov. 4 at Cave Creek Golf Club in Phoenix. The Prospectors’ top finisher was Erik Salas, who finished 36th overall with a time of 17:35. Also counting toward the boys team total was Gabe Carranza (136th, 19:01), Nathaniel O’Brien (179th, 20:12), Joseph Goodwin (180th, 20:20) and Joaquin Juarez (193rd, 21:18). Joey Soh finished 196th in 21:57. Continue reading...


Hoffman Places in Top 50 at State D-II Girls Golf

Claire Hoffman of Apache Junction competed in the AIA State Division II Girls Golf Tournament, held Oct. 23-24 at Tucson Omni National Golf Course. Hoffman, a senior, tied for 46th place overall with Hannah Pak of Cien., each finishing with a two-day total of 188 (44-over par). Continue reading...


Registration Open for Senior Softball

Welcome back seniors, now gear up! The weather is great for playing softball, and if you have a team, check out the Apache Junction Parks & Recreation’s Senior Softball Leagues. The city offers leagues for teams with players ages 70 and over on Mondays, and teams with players ages 60 and over on Thursdays. Games start early January. Continue reading...

2017 All-4A Black Canyon Region Football Team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Phillip Pardia, Phoenix Washington
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction
COACH OF THE YEAR
Vance Miller, Apache Junction

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
Running Backs - William Lohman, Apache Junction; Cody White, San Tan Valley Combs
Quarterback - Phillip Pardia, Washington
Linemen -  Isaiah Little, Washington; David Leasau, El Mirage Dysart; James Bryan, Phoenix Cortez; Adam Lopez,  Apache Junction; Cole Evens, Combs
Receivers - Tommy Ryan, Apache Junction; Nick Howland, Combs; Zach Lewis, Scottsdale Coronado
Utility - Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction

DEFENSE
Linemen - Tahro Hasty, Combs; Isaiah Little, Washington; Raymond Cruz, Dysart; Deaonte Morgan, Washington
Linebackers - Tyler Prettyman, Dysart; Gabriel Marquez, Apache Junction; Elston Cadle, Dysart; Zeke Sanchez, Combs
Secondary - Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction; Onesfori Anzaruni, Cortez; Travion Hughes, Washington
Utility - Nick Howland, Combs

SPECIALISTS
Placekicker - Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction
Punter - Logan Dela Cruz, Apache Junction
Punt Returner -  Roy Anderson, Combs
Kick Returner - Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction
Long Snapper - Isaiah Little, Washington 

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
Running Backs - Alexis Mendez, Coronado; Joey Przybyszewski, Apache Junction
Quarterback - Gibson Limongello, Apache Junction
Linemen - Deaonte Morgan, Washington; Isaiah Buendia, Coronado; Ethan Wright, Apache Junction; Elston Cadle, Dysart; Davion Barnes, Cortez
Receivers -  Gabe Garcia, Washington; Jordan Lopez, Dysart; Manny Acosta, Apache Junction
Utility - Marcus Banda, Dysart

DEFENSE
Secondary - Akimi Coney, Coronado; Antonio Horrison, Combs; Gabe Garcia, Washington
Linemen -  Davion Barnes, Cortez; Zach Clement, Apache Junction; Alexis Ochoa, Coronado; Freddie Borunda, Apache Junction
Linebackers -  Nick Selover, Apache Junction; Mikel James, Coronado; Alfred Epps, Washington; Deacon Murillo, Cortez
Utility - Ethan Ferrera, Apache Junction

SPECIALISTS
Placekicker - Jalen Lupton, Combs
Punter - Jalen Lupton, Combs
Punt Returner - Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction
Kick Returner - Zach Lewis, Coronado
Long Snapper - Gabriel Marquez, Apache Junction

HONORABLE MENTION

OFFENSE
Running Backs - Alfred Epps, Washington; Sonatanae Taunima, Combs
Quarterback - Kobe Ganados, Dysart
Linemen - Zach Clement, Apache Junction; Simon Taunima, Combs; David Pena, Washington; Gabriel Leasau, Dysart; Bryan Meinecke, Apache Junction
Receivers - Desani Walker, Washington; Justin Rowe, Combs; Donovan Nielsen, Cortez
Utility - Deacon Murillo, Cortez

DEFENSE
Secondary - Chazz Chavez, Apache Junction; Hassan Razzouki, Dysart; Roy Anderson, Combs
Linemen - Adam Berthelot, Combs; Juan Andrade, Dysart; Isaiah Jacobs, Combs; David Pena, Washington
Linebackers - William Bermijo, Coronado; Gabriel Leasau, Dysart; Reid Machajewski, Apache Junction; Marcus Banda, Dysart
Utility - Anthony Schaub, Cortez

SPECIALISTS
Placekicker - Isaiah Ahmedia, Washington
Punter - Donovan Meeks, Washington
Punt Returner - Alfred Epps, Washington
Kick Returner -Cameron Stewert, Combs
Long Snapper - Cole Evens, Combs