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Marcos grad living a dream as he pursues pro-golf career

Andrew Augustyniak is having the time of his life. The former Marcos de Niza golf star is one year removed from college and pursuing a successful professional golf career. He is doing what few have an opportunity to do: Live his dream. For years, golf has been his passion. It all started as a child, […]

Fencing proves only one of Corona grad’s talents

Nicole Tilley carries a large workload—and she loves it. A 2007 graduate of Corona del Sol, Tilley has managed to become not a key member of the Northwestern University fencing team but a great scholar, as well. Having graduated early this year, Tilley worked her way up to team captain of the fencing team and […]

Tempe South Little League: Relentless, hard and smart

With a 12-4 victory over Chandler North, Tempe South Little League All-Star Baseball Team this season became the first 11-year-old team in the league’s history to win a regional title and advance to the state tournament. Tempe South manager Scott Novic said the team remained focused through regionals and won the title by playing their […]

Triplets x2 prove tough competitors in youth football league

Almost every sport, it seems, is a game of numbers. It’s not unusual for a homerun hitter to be “one-upped” by the next guy at bat. A quarterback can be a “double threat” when he’s both a passer and a runner. But a triple threat? That’s where the numbers don’t get thrown around as much. […]

Trick-shot teen on his way to being ‘The Happiest Person in the World’

They are the Salty Dogs. Armed with a hard-work ethic and an abundance of talent, they are becoming one of the most popular shows in Arizona. The group has developed quite a following by executing creative trick basketball shots. There are half-court shots, shots made from diving boards, shots made from the top of buildings […]

Free neighborhood program credited with steering teen away from gangs, drugs

Sometimes, Chandler resident Jonathan Davis thinks about where he would be if he were never introduced to ICAN. “I probably would have never graduated high school. I probably would have been in a gang and doing drugs,” he said. Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods is an organization geared toward providing free, comprehensive out-of-school programs that help […]

11 Padre wrestlers make the grade in state finals; Morales tops division

Marcos de Niza High School’s wrestling team capped the season with a strong finish, qualifying 11 wrestlers, six of whom won second-place ranking in the state tournament. Sophomore Jessie Morales claimed a state title in the 130-pound division. Marcos de Niza wrestling coach Jim Weed said he was proud of his wrestlers’ performances. He said […]

A new coach, a new vision

Corona del Sol football players got a chance to meet their new coach when Tom Joseph was introduced to his players and parents at an introductory meeting. In the meet-and-greet, Joseph, who accumulated a 92-23 record during nine years as coach at Mesa Mountain View High School, laid out his plans and expectations. Hard work […]

New coach’s goal: Rebuilding Aztec football prowess

New Aztec Coach Tom Joseph leaves behind a football legacy at Mesa Mt. View High School. — Photo courtesy Robert Sirrine Tom Joseph knows that 2011 holds some challenges, but that doesn’t worry him. He’s faced adversity before, and this time will be no different. Joseph is Corona del Sol High School’s new football coach, […]

New coach, returning talent hold promise for 2011

Next season will be one of change and redemption for the Corona del Sol Aztecs football team. The Aztecs will have a new coach for the 2011 campaign following Zane Zamenski’s resignation at the end of the season. Corona lost 10 games in a row after winning its opener 17-10 in double overtime against Mountain Pointe, finishing its […]

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