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  • East Valley football showed its dominance in 2014

    It has been a great year for football in the East Valley. For starters, Chandler High brought a state title home for the school’s first championship in 65 years. Hamilton also has a successful season, going 12-2, reaching the state finals and coming up just short to the Wolves.As a whole, 18 teams from the East Valley qualified for the playoffs and four of those teams (Chandler, Hamilton, Williams Field and Tempe Prep) reached the finals.As good as the season was for most teams, it didn’t come without its fair share of adversity.Williams Field almost had to forfeit its first four wins after the school reported playing ineligible players to the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA). However, after an AIA review, the Black Hawks had their wins reinstated and forged through the uncertainty to reach the Division III state finals where they fell to Saguaro 45-21.“You take high school kids and you put them through adversity and a lot of times, those kids just fold, but for these guys, it just made them stronger,” Williams Field coach Steve Campbell said. “… The more (they were told) that there was a chance we were going to have to forfeit those wins, the more they came closer together.”The Black Hawks almost lost some wins but Tempe Prep lost its coach for two games. After the school suspended coach Tom Brittain for two games for praying with his team, the Knights decided they would not crumble and won both of their games without their head coach against Paradise Honors (51-7) and Valley Christian (45-21).

  • Local players trying to boost badminton's popularity in state, country

    Badminton is commonly known as the world’s fastest racket sport, as it requires players to think fast and act fast due to great velocity a shuttlecock can reach.Yet despite its popularity in many Asian and European countries, badminton has a slow growing popularity in the U.S.In the U.S., people often see badminton as a weaker sport because players don’t have to be strong physically to excel, said Arizona Badminton Center manager Warren Mee. It comes as a contrast to traditional American sports Mee said require elite players to possess that strength, like football or baseball.“Americans, they see it (badminton) as a sissy sport,” he said.Badminton may not require a lot of brawn, but players still need to have agility to react to the aforementioned velocity of the birdie. The fastest smash speed that was recorded in 2005 is 322 kilometers per hour, which equates to 206 miles per hour. A Malaysian badminton player unofficially broke that record with a hit that went y broken the world smash speed record at 306 mph.“It is a lot more than just sheer strength to be good in the game,” said Mee, who was introduced to the sport by his parents.

  • Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

    Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst?NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.Perry, 30, has dominated the Billboard charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including nine No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her sophomore effort, 2010's multiplatinum "Teenage Dream," matched the record Michael Jackson set with "Bad" for most songs from a single album to hit No. 1 with five.Perry released "Prism," another platinum effort, last year. It includes the No. 1 smashes "Roar" and "Dark Horse."The Grammy-nominated star's upcoming performance is the fourth consecutive halftime show to display the NFL's push to include younger acts on its large stage: Bruno Mars had a show-stopping set at this year's Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Beyoncé electrified in 2013 in New Orleans; and there was Madonna, with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and the Black Eyed Peas in 2012 and 2011, respectively.Other halftime performers in the last decade have included the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.

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