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Middle-school sports: who gets to play

In elementary school, athletics are meant to teach kids how to be part of a team, how to be a good sport. The pursuit of a sport also is supposed to teach the three F’s to kids: fun, fitness and fundamentals. Everyone gets to play, no matter each one’s skill level, no matter the score. […]

Tempe South Little League goes to bat for 2012 season

From the smell of the ballpark, and the feel of the cold grass, to hearing the “ting” on the bat once again, spring is the greatest time of year for a baseball fan. It offers hope for those young and old; from the college elite trying to make their first big league roster, to the […]

Marcos QB Thornton commits to Wyoming football

Former Marcos de Niza quarterback Tommy Thornton has officially committed to the Wyoming football program. Thornton joined Marcos de Niza his junior year, moving from Parker, Colorado where he played two seasons of varsity football.  He led the Padres to a 9-3 season in 2011 with 2,368 yards passing, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. […]

Tempe, McClintock athletes honored at All City banquet

Greg Mills – Junior, Offensive Line, All City Offensive Line Greg Mills’ play on the offensive line helped lead the Tempe Buffaloes to 169 rushing yards per game, including 221 yards rushing in their final game of the season against Maricopa. He was selected All City for his aggressive and intelligent style of play on […]

Lack of pro ranking doesn’t have to stop pursuit of sports

If you’re like me, you spent your entire childhood on the court, running the diamond, sprinting the field or in between the nets. The harsh reality is that a pure desire to succeed can take you only so far in the sports world, and you probably figured that out around the age of 16, just […]

Common goals give team its staying power

A team can be defined as a gathering or joining together in a cooperative effort toward a common goal. Tempe Thunder is a 13-and-under team that was started four years ago, and the members have stuck together competing and supporting one another since then. Though they happen to play baseball together, in this case their […]

Junior Pee-Wee Wildcats no lightweights as contenders

The next generation of Corona del Sol football players already has gotten plenty of experience on the field. Recently realigned withCorona’s Aztecs, players in the Junior Pee-Wee, or JPW, Wildcats have been competing for years in and around west Chandler. The team, which consists of athletes ages 10 and 11, has earned an impressive honor, […]

Hobby Lobby opens in W. Chandler; eyes holiday hiring, shopping

If you’re into arts and crafts, you’ll be happy to know that a new Hobby Lobby opens Oct. 21 in west Chandler. The store will be located on the northwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Country Club Way, across from Chandler Fashion Center. Vincent Parker is the director of training and customer service for the […]

At Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School Keeping kids healthy means keeping kids active

Keeping kids active and engaged in physical activities at a young age is vital to their development. Gavin Martin, program supervisor for the Kyrene School District, knows this. He has been working to get kids more involved while making sure to maintain safety.  Martin is working with Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School in west Chandler […]

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