Crowd Evicted During Lady Prospectors’ Game

The court wasn’t the only place action could be found during Apache Junction’s girls basketball game against Scottsdale Coronado on Jan. 10. As the game wore on, the bleachers became more boisterous, and, in the perception of the referees, less than cordial. As a result, the Dons came from behind and won the 4A Black Canyon Region game 44-41 before what became a nearly empty AJHS gym. Continue reading...


AJ Takes Region Victories Over Dysart, Cortez

Apache Junction forward Trevor Bayer wasn’t sure if he took any of his field goal attempts inside the 3-point arc in the Prospectors’ 61-47 Black Canyon Region boys basketball win over Phoenix Cortez. He’s not too concerned about it, though. It’s his job. “I’m a shooter, and I’m going to shoot!” the junior forward explained. Continue reading...


Cougars Edge AJ in Last Minute

Casa Grande Union paid a visit to the AJHS gym on Dec. 15, seeking its first boys basketball win of the season. Apache Junction, meanwhile, was looking for a much-needed victory. In a furious contest with a wild finish, the Cougars prevailed 64-62. After Brigham Milkey’s 3-pointer pulled the Prospectors to within two points with 23.4 seconds remaining, CGU was called for a travel, turning the ball over to the Prospectors. Continue reading...


Panthers Hold Off Canyon State in CAA Boys Hoops

Imagine Prep-Superstition won an entertaining, see-saw CAA Division III, Region 1 boys basketball contest on Jan. 11, as the Panthers held off visiting Queen Creek Canyon State Academy 68-64. The Panthers improved to 6-1 on the season, handing the Rams their first defeat in seven games. “We’ve been trying to preach just the little stuff,” Panthers Coach Travis Gordon said. “We’ve got a lot of talent, but it’s going to take the little stuff, the hustle plays, setting screens. They came out rebounding and really wanted this game. Continue reading...


Prospectors Try to Slow Up Wolves

Apache Junction had the plan for its boys basketball game on Dec. 8, but visiting Goodyear Estrella Foothills had the ultimate response. For most of the first half, the Prospectors were able to slow the pace of the game to hang with the taller and athletic Estrella Foothills squad. But a late rally helped the Wolves pull away with a 58-40 victory. Continue reading...


AJHS’s Vargas Signs with Briar Cliff

While making his recent visit to Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, Apache Junction wrestler Taylor Vargas learned quickly to dress for the Midwest autumn weather. “It was pretty cold when I went up there,” Vargas said. “I had to dress up all nice because I was going there to tour the campus, meet the coaches and everything. I wasn’t wearing a coat and it was pretty cold outside! I wasn’t really prepared for it.” Continue reading...


Power Outage, Washington Can’t Stop Lady Prospectors

Nearly midway through the second half of Apache Junction’s girls soccer match against Phoenix Washington on Jan. 11, the Lady Prospectors’ Emily Rutkowski was tripped and awarded a penalty kick. As Emily prepared for the PK, the lights went out at Davis Field. After a nearly 35-minute delay, the lights were back. Emily’s long-awaited PK attempt sailed wide right. Continue reading...


Lady Panthers Top ASU Poly

 While Imagine Prep-Superstition girls basketball goes through the growing pains that accompany a first-year varsity program, there are signs of encouragement. Like the Lady Panthers’ 22-16 victory on Jan. 9 over ASU Poly Prep. Two days later, IPS battled, but dropped a 29-21 decision to Heritage-Mesa. Miracle Drane was the Lady Panthers’ top scorer against ASU Poly Prep with 10 points. Trinity Ellis also led IPS with 10 points against Heritage. “We’re in a position where we’re just trying to come together and learn our system and do the right things to win games, and get ourselves into a position to win games,” Lady Panthers Coach Nick Margot said. Continue reading...


AJHS NJROTC Air Rifle Team Place 5th in State Competition

On Saturday, December 9, the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC Air Rifle team competed in the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) State Championships to vie for a spot in the Western Regional Championships. AJHS shooters scored their highest team score of the season and set an Apache Junction record that was held since 2002. They placed fifth overall, missing out from moving on by 62 points. Continue reading...


Lady Prospectors Fall to Sunrise Mountain

After leading early, Apache Junction suffered a cold third quarter and eventually lost 43-33 to Peoria Sunrise Mountain on Dec. 7 at the AJHS gym. Sunrise Mountain led 18-15 at halftime and outscored the Lady Prospectors 12-6 in the third quarter. Maya Richardson and Kylee Vanwormer each hit 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs (4-5) maintained a nine-to-11 point lead down the stretch. 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...