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The Fountain Hills High School varsity wrestling season starts this weekend. Head coach Luke Salzman likes to prepare his wrestlers for the season by taking them to watch an ASU match, and this year, he took them to watch then No. 5 ASU beat then No. 3 Missouri on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Fountain Hills High School soccer season begins today, Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Falcons recruited heavily in the offseason, and there will be more new faces than familiar ones.

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When last year’s soccer season ended, the Fountain Hills High School girls weren’t sure they’d have a team this year. They ended last season with less than 10 players, and they had no coach at the start of this school year.

The Fountain Hills High School girls basketball team lost 44-37 at Valley Christian last Tuesday, Nov. 22, and moved to 1-1 on the season. Sophomore CC Smith led the team in scoring with 24 points, and sophomore Kaylee Lewis nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

The Fountain Hills High School boys basketball team is off to a flaming-hot start, winning the first six games of the 2022-23 season. The Falcons went 4-0 in the Ben Franklin Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend and won each game by an average of 28 points.

Rosemary Hanford won second place in the women’s senior 75+ age group singles competition at the 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 5. Hanford attributes her success to the Fountain Hills Pickleball Club’s friendly and competitive culture.

The Fountain Hills High School swim team had 14 swimmers this year and the Falcons set eight new school records. The boys team placed 10th at the state championships, and junior Keian Evans became the first Falcon to medal at the state meet.

Cross country is a huge commitment to take on. Fountain Hills High School head coach Kevin Clancy said each athlete ran roughly 300 miles over the season, and the Falcons’ hard work this year resulted in the first state championship girls team appearance in six years.

The Fountain Hills High School girls basketball team opened the season with a road victory at American Leadership Academy West Foothills last Friday, Nov. 18. The Falcons won 36-15, and sophomore CC Smith led all players with 16 points.

The gym air was buzzing with excitement before the varsity Falcons even took the floor. Both the freshmen and junior varsity boys teams got big season opening wins, and the varsity boys followed their efforts with a 59-21 win over American Leadership Academy West Foothills.

At the tail end of his sophomore year, Cannon Lipps started to hit the weight room hard. After a few months, Lipps had gained roughly 20 lbs., and he was ready to transition from junior varsity quarterback to running back and linebacker for the Fountain Hills High School football team.

The Fountain Hills High School cross country team raced in its sectionals last Thursday, Nov. 3, to keep the season alive. Eight of the 12 Falcon runners finished the regular season with new personal records (PRs) and the Falcons are sending seven athletes to state this weekend.

Keian Evans became the first Falcon ever to medal at the state swim meet last Saturday, Nov. 5. The Fountain Hills High School junior won second place in the 100 meter butterfly (52.65), and the Falcons placed in the top 10 in three other events en route to a 10th place finish for the boys o…

The No. 16 Fountain Hills High School volleyball team lost its play-in match 3-2 to No. 17 Parker in a tiebreaker fifth set last Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Falcons did not have the ending to their season that they wanted, but they did avoid a disaster at the end.

The Fountain Hills High School Falcon football team lost its final regular season game of the year last Thursday, Oct. 27, 73-14 against Valley Christian. The Falcons did not end the season on a high note, but they did honor their seniors from football before the game, and seniors from swimm…

The Fountain Hills High School swim team competed in its last qualifying meet this past Saturday, Oct. 29. The girls 200 free relay team met the state provisional time at the Green & Gold Invite, but they didn’t make the top 26 rankings, so they won’t be competing at state this Friday.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team played its play-in game Tuesday, Nov. 1, and the outcome decides how much longer the season will last. The No. 16 Falcons hosted No. 17 Parker after press time, and the winner advances to the state tournament this Saturday.

The Fountain Hills High School cross country team had its final tune-up last Wednesday, Oct. 26. The Falcons ran in the Horizon Honors Invitational and tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 3, they race at Crossroads Park in the Division III Metro Sectionals.

The Fountain Hills High School swim team fared well in a large state qualifying meet this past Saturday, Oct. 22. Over 400 swimmers competed at the Phoenix Country Day meet, and it was the Falcons’ second to last chance to qualify for the state meet.

What started as a defensive battle with only one first-half touchdown quickly turned into a game where the last team to hold the football in the fourth quarter would likely win last Friday, Oct. 21.

The Fountain Hills High School cross country team competed in the 74th annual Mt. SAC Invitational meet at Mt. San Antonio College, Calif., this past Saturday, Oct. 22. The Falcons also visited Disneyland for a short time while they were out of state.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team celebrated LJ Holland and Olivia Sopeland on Senior Night and played its final home game of the season last Thursday, Oct. 20. The Falcons lost 3-2, but they moved up one spot in state rankings to No. 16.

The Fountain Hills High School swim team’s state qualifier meet at ASU this past weekend was cancelled. The Falcons raced earlier in the week, and only have three weeks until state.

Senior quarterback Spencer Nelson led Fountain Hills High School (5-3) to a 44-14 win over Bourgade Catholic last Friday, Oct. 14. Nelson tossed two touchdown passes and scored another three with his legs.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team improved to 20-12 on the season with a 3-1 win over Camp Verde last Thursday, Oct. 13. The Falcons survived a higher ranked team and will play their last home game tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 20.

Members of the Fountain Hills High School football team rested their bodies last week over their bye weekend. The Falcons are 3-0 in region play, and they’ve outscored their opponents 157-63 in those last three games. The Falcons host a lower ranked non-region Bourgade Catholic this Friday, …

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team (19-12) bounced back after a two-game losing streak and won five games in a row last week. The Falcons have three big games left with major playoff implications in the balance, and they host No. 11 Camp Verde in the first of those big games tomo…

The Fountain Hills High School swim team competed against Saguaro and Seton high schools last Thursday, Sept. 29. The Falcons have little over four weeks until the state championships, and three more invitational chances to qualify.

The Fountain Hills High School football (4-3) team won in convincing fashion on the road last Friday, Sept. 30. The Falcons defense grabbed seven interceptions, returned three for touchdowns, and beat Phoenix Christian 62-13. Senior running back Gavin Furi added four offensive touchdowns in …

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team (11-10) lost two games last week against higher ranked teams. The Falcons fell 0-3 to both Scottsdale Christian Academy and Northwest Christian, but they showed they could keep up with the No. 3 team in the state.

Last Friday night, Sept. 30, the Fountain Hills High School cross country team competed in the largest cross country meet in Arizona, the Desert Twilight XC Festival. The runners raced at night, and head coach Kevin Clancy said almost everyone set a season best and most Falcons set a new per…

It didn’t take long. The Fountain Hills High School swim team competed in its third meet of the season and first state qualifier this past weekend, Fast Times in Cools Pines at NAU, and the Falcons already have three individuals and two relay teams with state qualifying times.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team improved to 8-4 with two wins last week. The Falcons beat Chino Valley 3-0 on the road, and then they edged out a victory over Payson at home, 3-2.

The Fountain Hills High School football team beat Arizona Lutheran Academy 40-28 last Friday, Sept. 16. The running back tandem of seniors Gavin Furi and Ryan Dyhrkopp combined for five of the Falcons’ six touchdowns in their first region win.

Should any Fountain Hills High School athlete get injured this year, Braelynn Hoffman will be there to care for them. Hoffman is the new certified athletic trainer for the Falcons.

Fountain Hills hosted the second largest cross country meet in the state this past weekend on Saturday, Sept. 10. Fountain Hills High School staff showed up as early as 3 a.m. Saturday morning to prepare for over 2,000 kids and 100 high school teams.

The seniors on the Fountain Hills High School football team have dealt with a maddening amount of turnover, having a new head coach three of the past four years. The Falcons lost 42-6 to Marcos de Niza last Friday, Sept. 9, and their record dropped to 1-3, but the Falcons are still bought in…

The Fountain Hills High School swim team has two meets this week, including a state qualifying meet this Saturday, Sept. 17. The Falcons swam fast in their first meet on Sept. 1, and several swimmers beat the state provisional cut, but they’ll need to swim that fast or better this weekend to…

After finishing their first week 5-2, the Fountain Hills High School volleyball team slid to 6-4 after a three-game stretch last week. The Falcons lost twice at home but beat Payson 3-1 on the road.

The Fountain Hills High School cross country team hit the road for the first time this past weekend and raced in Flagstaff to start the season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Falcons will host a meet this Saturday, Sept. 10, during the Fountain Hills Invitational.

The Fountain Hills High School football team fell 33-12 at Scottsdale Christian Academy last Friday, Sept. 2. The Falcons kept the game close in the first half but struggled with special teams all night and couldn’t overcome their self-inflicted wounds to win.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball went 5-2 last week to start the 2022 season. The Falcons beat ALA-Ironwood 3-2 on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and then they went 4-2 in the Longhorn Invitational tournament this past weekend.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team started its season yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 30. The Falcons played at ALA – Ironwood after press time, and this weekend they will play in the Longhorn Invitational Tournament at Payson High School starting on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8:30 a.m.

The Fountain Hills High School football team won 22-14 on the road at Dysart last Friday, Aug. 26. The Demons struck first and fast, but the Falcons made in-game adjustments and came back from a 14-0 deficit to win.

The Fountain Hills High School swim team starts its fifth season in program history tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 1. The Falcons will face BASIS Phoenix and Paradise Honors at the Melrose Paradise Recreation Club at 5 p.m.

The Fountain Hills High School volleyball team will travel to American Leadership Academy – Ironwood next Tuesday, Aug. 30, and start its season at 6 p.m. The Falcons have a nearly identical roster to last year, and head coach Olivia Long said she feels confident and comfortable with her pla…

The Fountain Hills High School football team fell to Chino Valley 20-14 in the season opener last Friday night. The Falcons lost the turnover battle 8-4 and were not very effective in the pass game, but they rushed for 170 yards as a team.

James Collins has been an important part of the Fountain Hills Unified School District family going on 15 years now. He’s coached basketball here since 2007, he keeps the buildings clean and operable, and now he’s a full-time security guard at Fountain Hills Middle School.

Friday nights under the lights return this week. The Fountain Hills High School football team will host the Chino Valley Cougars at 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 19, to start the regular season at home.