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Injury strengthens key player’s resolve, love of game

Corona del Sol senior defensive end Rashaad Armstrong has had the game of football taken away from him before. With his game reaching new heights and improving, he knows now, more than ever, just how much the game means to him and how much he wants to continue playing. For four years, Armstrong has been one […]

Peat remains undecided over offers; recruitment pace hits a new high

— Photo by Kris Cartwright Corona del Sol defensive lineman Todd Peat is in demand. That situation, he says, is an obstacle course, full of twists and turns, highs and lows. In a few months it’s all coming to an end. Peat will sign his name on the dotted line and commit to one of […]

Aztecs’ quarterback isn’t deterred by lack of years

He’s been out of middle school barely two years, but he’s already being trusted to play his sport’s most important position. Evan Kinney is the starting quarterback for the Corona del Sol High School football team. As 15-year-old sophomore, Kinney is one of the youngest players on the squad yet he’s being asked to become […]

Mistakes down the stretch proving to be Aztecs’ Achilles heel

If the Corona del Sol Aztecs football team is to reverse its fortunes, head coach Zane Zamenski says they’ll have to work harder before they can experience a breakthrough. After starting the season with a 1-0 record, the Aztecs lost five straight games, the worst a 50-0 loss to the Mountain View Toros Oct. 1 […]

Coach Zamenski remains optimistic as grid season advances

After a slow start for the season, the Corona del Sol Aztecs believe they are beginning to turn the corner. Despite the team’s 1-3 record, following a 41-36 loss to North Canyon Sept. 16 at home, Aztecs football coach Zane Zamenski said he believes the team is improving. “They’ve made some strides. We’ve been very […]

Tempe’s Family YMCA expands its after-school program

Tempe’s Family YMCA, on South Rural Road, each year moves toward a goal of expanding its after-school program and making it a more educational and enjoyable experience for the kids. In its latest iteration, the program focuses on children 5-12 years of age. It runs Monday through Friday, from school dismissal until 6 p.m. With a […]

‘Proactive’ approach best to maintain a trouble-free roof

With the monsoon season finally under way, there are a few things one can do to ensure a strong roof and keep leaks at a minimum. James DeVore, owner of Shamrock Roofing, a company based in Tempe, said being proactive and not reactive is one of the most important strategies to keep in mind. He said always pay attention […]

Center for Educational Excellence adds YELP Program

With the summer coming to an end, area charter schools are gearing up for the season with new programs and curriculums designed to challenge minds and create a high-level learning experience. Center for Educational Excellence Director Stacy Cochran said her school is making a number of changes, including expanding its classrooms and enhancing its foreign […]

Corona’s Class of ‘09: Where are they now?

Corona del Sol’s class of 2009 has several star athletes, including members of the school’s 2009 baseball team who won the State 5A-I Championship. Several members of this bumper crop of athletes went on to play at the college level. Here’s how some of these fared playing at the next level. Michael Felton and Brock […]

Update: Kyrene keeping pace despite downturn

Dr. David Schauer, superintendent of the Kyrene School District, painted a picture of the district’s plans for the future during a Chandler Chamber 2010 State of the Schools Education Forum April 22 at the Hilton in Chandler. Schauer spoke about the district’s budget and what it was doing to provide a positive learning environment for […]

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