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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.
It is rare in high school sports to be able to watch and appreciate greatness before it moves on. Most often, a great athlete is long gone before folks truly appreciate just how special they were.
For a 17-year-old, it’s not uncommon to have a job. But a job that requires them to work 31 hours per week along with traveling out of state once a month and occasionally out of the country? That isn’t so common.
PHOENIX (AP) — A science teacher and volleyball coach at Fountain Hills High School has resigned after it was revealed she lied about having a doctorate and an Olympics medal.
Phoenix TV station KPHO reports the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board unanimously accepted Christie Slegers' resignation Wednesday night.
Slegers was hired as a teacher in 2013 and began coaching girls' varsity volleyball this fall.
She told the school and her team she was an Olympic silver medalist in the sport.
USA Volleyball says Slegers "was not a member of the official delegation/team for the 1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team.
Slegers' employment application with the school district states that she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University and there is no mention of a Ph.D.
Action from the Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 State Fall Aquatics Competition at Surprise Aquatic Center in Surprise on Oct. 17-18, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Few people can say they’ve qualified for the Olympic Trials, and even less can say they’ve done so twice.
Thirty years after winning an Olympic medal, Corona del Sol High School wrestling coach Jim Martinez will be recognized as one of the champions of his sport.
The Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 East Valley (Four Peaks Area) Swim Competition at Kino Aquatics Center in Mesa on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]
Sometimes newspaper opinion generates the cream of community-thinking, which, in truth, is what it’s supposed to do. And, another plus: Readers’ constructive input drowns out the belly-aching from tweeter-types.
The Higley Unified School District now has Special Olympics Arizona programs for students with and without special needs.
There’s a rhythm inherent to good distance running, a lovely cadence when the feet tap the asphalt or dirt or sand or treadmill belt at just the right intervals and the arms swing back and forth in perfect sync.
Mesa boys volleyball coach Tony Millanes remembers the first time he saw J.T. Hatch.
After losing its opening game, the Mesa Community College baseball team rattled off four straight wins in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship tournament and play for the title Saturday night in Enid, Okla.
I just wrapped up my 20th year of covering high school sports, including the last four at the Ahwautkee Foothills News.
McDonald’s of Arizona will host the Soccer Saturday fundraising event as part of their support of the Arizona Youth Soccer Association.
Maddy’s Pool Supply in Gilbert is giving away free swim goggles to kids who have taken swimming lessons this year. They are promoting swimming pool safety to prevent drowning.
SALT LAKE CITY — He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur.
SAO PAULO — Although expectations are high for Brazil's football team at the World Cup, it's already clear the country didn't do a very good job preparing for the tournament.
In coaching circles, the cliché regarding exceptional athletes is, “This kind of athlete does not come along very often.” For the Red Mountain High School Girls’ Track Team, the saying would be, “These kinds of athletes do not come along very often together.” Enter seniors Tayler Jameson, Abbie Sharkey, and Kristiana Warth, a trio of pole vaulters who have been competing at the highest levels in the state for several years. With all three clearing 12 feet in the indoor season, the girls are in rare company in terms of the number of athletes over a mark for a season at one school.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
NEW YORK — Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James beat her hometown Houston Rockets.
The Gilbert Police Department will host its third annual 5K and one-mile Fun Run at Gilbert Riparian Preserve on April 12.
While most teenagers spend April sparring against spring fever in their high school classes, 16-year-old Calvin Liang will be in Bulgaria fighting, literally, for his dreams at the Fencing World Championships.
The U.S.A. Triathlon Collegiate National Championships will be held in Tempe on April 4-5. The events will take place in Tempe Town Lake and around Tempe Beach Park.