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Moon struck: Last week’s lunar eclipse

Wrangler News photographer Billy Hardiman, whose previous foray into celestial photography focused on last summer’s Perseus meteor shower, ventured forth once again for the recent midnight showing of a spectacular Blood Moon, so named because of its blood-red hue. If you missed it, not to worry: the same meterologic phenomenon will be visible again on […]

Marcos de Niza baseball

By Alex Zener The Padres, with 13 seniors out of the 19 players on the roster, have an experienced team that has amassed a 12-9 overall record as of April 14 and is 10-3 in its Division II Section 4. Leading the team in several statistical categories is senior Kreston Woods, who could probably play […]

Aztec volleyball making major strides after a year of impressive rebuilding

By Alex Zener Halfway through the season, the Aztec volleyball team’s nine returning and four new players are determined to prove that after a transformational season last year they are not the same 12-21 team that fell short in their pursuit of a state tournament win. “We have learned a lot in the first half […]

Kids partner to aid homeless, helpless pets

By Chelsea Martin In order to pursue a better tomorrow in our communities, educators say, there must be increased focus on educating the eager, resilient children of today. That’s the philosophy of Scales Technology Academy, which is partnering with a new community-based program of graduate students at ASU aimed at just that goal. A group […]

Easter bunny comes to town!

For the families who turned out for our first-ever Wrangler News Easter Egg Hunt, the message was clear: When the local newspaper gets behind what’s going on in the neighborhood, people respond. There’s nothing new about this theory, but it’s nonetheless reassuring to know that community newspapers are still a big part of our lives, […]

All Smiles for young blind student

Despite being 7,700 miles and 11-plus hours apart, Tempe residents Denise Rentschler and Kate Baldanza forged a bond that helped bring happiness to a blind 9-year-old and hope to dozens of other disabled kids. The pair’s long-distance collaboration netted almost $7,000 in donations to Team Asa, a non profit focused on helping special-needs kids. Rentschler […]

Marcos music program plays their way into the NEMC nationwide contest

 Skills learned on the playing field can build more than just athletic prowess. They can lay a foundation for teamwork, for tenacity, for the ability to confront life’s challenges head on. And while the route may be less strenuous, the roadmap to a successful, rewarding adulthood lies within the reach of many young people who […]

Gardening project gets a thumbs up

At Sureño Elementary School, a select group of kids dig gardening, an interest they’re developing through their studies of sustainability. Photos by Billy Hardiman

World’s smallest heart pump now saving lives at Chandler Regional

Story & photo by Chelsea Martin Edward Townley is appreciative of plenty things—most importantly his life. Townley suffered a massive heart attack on Jan. 10, and Chandler Regional Medical Center, with the use of the world’s smallest heart pump, the Abiomed Impella 2.5, managed to save his life. Death having come in such close proximity, […]

Brisas school’s marimba band grows from teacher’s passion

by Chelsea Martin Research has found that studying music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably exercise in different areas. Kyrene de las Brisas music teacher Karen Monks is one who boldly preaches by those dictums. Monks, who has been with the Kyrene district since 1981, has been a fervent believer in […]

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