2016 3A Football State Champions

American Leadership Academy's (ALA) Queen Creek High School won the State 3A football championship on Saturday night with a convincing 31-14 victory over Sabino High School (Tucson). This concluded an impressive 13-1 season for ALA including four wins in the state playoffs all of which were won by 17 points or more. In only their third season in the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), the Patriots brought the championship home to Queen Creek after losing in last year's state semi-finals. This is the first-ever AIA team state championship for a charter school in Arizona, and continues an impressive run of accomplishments for ALA. Earlier this year, they had their first-ever AIA individual state champion when sophomore Katie McBratney won two events at the state swim championship.

Additionally, teacher Richelle Lewis was recently recognized as the Arizona Charter School Association's state Teacher of the Year. ALA began seven years ago as a single, K-6 campus in Gilbert. They now serve 6,200 students in all grade levels at eight campuses here in the East Valley, including two high school campuses (Queen Creek and Ironwood). Now with the 3A football championship in hand, the Patriots are no longer the up and coming charter school. They have boldly announced their arrival!